He'Brew Genesis 10:10
Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
3.73 | pDev: 11.8%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
He'Brew Genesis 10:10He'Brew Genesis 10:10
Notes: A huge balance of specialty malts, pounds and pounds of American and European hops, brewed with a hint of luscious Pomegranate juice.
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Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a thin and glowing orangish-brown in color with a small, quickly-dissapating head.

Smell - I can't really smell pomegrants here. It's mostly a melon-type of aroma with brooding alcohol and some bitter malts.

Taste - The pomegrant comes out a little at the taste, but it's drowned in booze. The melon was picked too early but the malt backbone held on nicely.

Mouthfeel - This is thin, not medium-bodied, with way too much booze for the style.

Drinkability - How does a straight 3.5 rating end up with a 4.0 drinkability score? Well, the sum of its parts worked better than they did individually is all I can say. It went down well enough and I didn't mind the big alcohol like others might.

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Photo of elricorico
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A medium brown-orange colour with a tick yellow tinged head. Head fades after just a couple of minutes.

First whiff when there was a lot of head gave the impression of a hoppy barley wine or a double IPA. Once the head faded, the smell almost becomes weak, a faint fruit juice aroma is picked up.

Up front the taste is sweet and fruity, and quite pleasant. I believe I can pick up the pomegranate up front, but I've only ever had pomegranate once, so I wouldn't count on it. The finish is unfortunately not so pleasant. The alcohol burn is quite sharp, like poorly made scotch. Some citrus hop flavour tries to make itself known, but is quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol. Not to my liking overall.

Mouthfeel has the thickness that most big beers have, but I find the carbonation a little coarse. Still it isn't bad.

A big beer that lets you know it is big. Maybe some age would settle it down?

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.61/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've never had a pomegranate beer before. My daughter wanted to try it. Nobody liked it, so I got to sample the entire 22oz bottle. I'm sorry I did. It was a reddish/brown color with a medium sized head. It did have a fruity odor, but was also kind of musty. It was unpleasantly bitter, with a strong alcohol presence. I couldn't detect any pomegranate, or any fruit for that matter. This was a harsh-tasting beer, one I had to struggle to drink.

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Photo of mentor
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from DaveCo Liquors (Thornton) and consumed that same evening. Pours a single finger tan-yellow head over a crystal clear light copper. Really a delicious looking liquid. Smells mild. Pine and clean alcohol. A small bit of co-humulone.

Taste really outdoes what the aroma leads to expect. Some piney hops with orange and tangerine. Spice which I think is a combination of hops and alcohol sting. Malt is wet sweet underneath and quite supportive. Esters are present, but shadowy. Strawberry and pear. Nice alcohol burn is clean to start and rough in the aftertaste. This beer will benefit from 6 months aging, perhaps a year. thick body and heavy carbonation.

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Photo of kenito799
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into wine glasses and shared.

Dark brown with burgundy highlights. 1 inch foamy head recedes with lacing.

Sweet and malty aroma, very pleasant. The taste is of a well crafted and well balanced strong ale, a subtle full fairly sweet fruitiness not apparent at first but in the middle of the taste; the finish is a not overly aggressive hoppy bitterness and a touch of tartness, preventing any cloying sensation. Alcohol is there but well integrated. Wouldn't drink too many at this level but you don't get tired of it, potentially dangerous.

More an ale with subtly fruity undertones than an overtly fruit beer. Well done!

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Photo of warmstorage
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, no date.

Pours a golden orange with a moderate white-tan head which dissipates quickly with a little lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet and tangy, with slightly earthy hints, and honey. Decent.

Taste is fruity sweet tangy, slightly acidic, with honey finish. Lingers long with honey and sweet fruit, and a viscous mouth. A very tasty, interesting beer, and not something you get every day (nor something that everybody will love.)

Overall, their specialty (high gravity) beers kick the hell out of their standard beers, which I've found nearly undrinkable.

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Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i've never tasted pomegranate so i'm not sure i'll be able to pick it out

the carbonation is intense and keeps the sudsy bone-colored head alive and kicking. the beer itself looks like a reddish tawney port

malty nose. mos def a barleywine with some alcohol spice. there's something else there, too, but i'm not confident it's pomegranate. the flavor is barleywine-esque, but not of the same viscosity. i do pick up on a juicy fruit flavor in there, but i won't claim to indentify it specifically as pomegranate. in fact, i might normally have thought it was part of the hop character

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Photo of ChillMike
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second beer from the He'Brew guys, apparently brewed with 10 malts and 10 hops and clocks in at a hefty 10%. Wow the smell is like a bouquet, theres's a lot of stuff going on with this one. The first thing that I get a wiff of is some nice sugary malts, then possibly a bit of chocolate with either a correander or raisiny smell, maybe a bit of both and a really light smell of hops. This should be interesting here we go. Wow, yeah the bouquet carries through to the flavor as well, you can definitely tell there's all kinds of hops and all kinds of malts floating around in this one, pretty interesting, it hits the palette with a nice bitter hoppiness followed by chocolately, roasted malts a little bit of some bubblegum and a pretty strong alcohol presence. All around a pretty good beer definitely interesting that's for sure, I quite enjoyed it and will probably pick it up again at some point so I can stash a few for later tastings.... L'Chaim!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle served in a goblet.
Bottled in 2006.

A light raspberry-tinted maple in color. Porously creamy, lightly tanned head that recedes to a thin, whispy sheet with pools of larger bubbles after a moment to sit. Spotted lacing with decent strength.

Acidicly tart aromatics: pommegranate, lightly soured cherry, white grape. Mild, creamy sweetness; light vanilla underneath the tartness. Faint hints of sharp, restless alcohol.

Very mild sour quality from faint fruity esters: lemon, orange, faint pommegranate. Floral hops surrounded by a biting, lasting alcohol presence. Bitter caramel, not quite aged fruit, and a lasting, heavy alcohol character.

Medium in body; light, yet heavily gaseous due to the alcohol presence.

The big player here is the 10% abv; every other flavor is rather mild and nearly bland. This is one to pass on; a disappointment after Lenny's Bittersweet RIPA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lack luster head with small bubbles and no lacing. good, clear, yet still deep ruddy garnet hue. The aroma was a very intriguing melange of spicey rye, flowery hops, and sweet biscuity malts. The taste was not as fruity as I expected. I was hoping for a little more pomegranate in the flavor, and that's why it didn't get a <5> for flavor. While the rye gives a spicey start, the pomgranate takes over with a little exotic fruitiness. The finish is a fight between the malt and hops. Bitter yet biscuity. Awesome.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not big on religion, I am a believer and this is one of the brews I believed in. He'Brew has come a long way from mediocre contract brews to very good contract brews.
Pours a deep deep black amber with a finger full of amber or tan head that melts to very, very sticky lacing.
Aromas are tobacco, dark sweet malt, and brown sugar.
Tastes of sweet toasted to burnt malt, dark candied fruit, and a touch of bitter hops.
Nice...wonderful alcohol warming as you swallow and a wonderful remembrance of the sweet dark fruits and high alcohol between sips.
10% ABV is incredibly well hidden...too well. You will drink the bomber and be looking for more before you realize you forgot where you put your keys.
This is a wonderful brew, however I cannot for the life of me find the pomegranates in it.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber colored, some carbonation and a small wussy little head. smells like pomegranetes (surprize!) and mild floral hops. taste is fruity and a bit harsh, like they went overboard on the pom. I dont generally think of pomegranete as a great idea for beer in the first place anyway and so to have it be all about the pom is not exciting for me. not particularly tasty, im afraid. another guy drinking it with us loved it though so maybe the pom is just appealing to some and not to others. ill stick with lenny's RIPA from He'Brew (excellent).

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean, festive looking beer...sort of a pumpkin saffron color. Head is nice and pillowy, oatmeal colored.

S: Lots of red fruits, spicy rye, sweet malts and light hops.

T: A slurry of flavors sort of all at once, most of which are a variety of malty grains. Some spicy, some extremely sweet....which also might be the pomegranite juice. Caramel tones are present, mingling between the unbalanced malts. Most of the hops are getting steamrolled by the malt, but they are there...but mostly only the bitterness is apparent. Finishes cloying and sticky

M: Full body, fuzzy mouthfeel.

D: I feel like this beer was throw together and not really crafted. Hodpe podge of flavors all swirling about with no real direction.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Well after trying the 8th and 9th Anniversary brews from Schmaltz, I simply could not resist lifting the 10th off the Shelf when I spied it. As with the other Anniversaries, this one arrives in a 22 ounce Bomber. My bottle looks just like the one on BA, a large orange “10” sits behind a red banner that has the words ‘He’Brew The Chosen beer’. This years birthday beer is called “Genesis 10:10”. Listed as “10th Anniversary ale brewed with our chosen specialty malts, hops, brewer’s yeast and pomegranate juice”. Lots of bum fluff blurb to the left explain the background to this beer. Limited Release posted at 10% ABV. Kosher Certified,

Appearance: Deep ruby red with some rusty orange flashes and a hazed body. Tan colored head starts thick and crusty, but soon it falls down to leave a handful of Saturn-like rings of lacing which layer the glass during the drink. Carbonation levels are pretty good. The head never disappears but it does

Nose: Light sweetness, some hops, a smattering of malts, pungent ethanolic alcohol and a rather dry grapefruit finish. Has a lingering bittersweet that can border on being annoying.

Taste: Bitterness is the mark of this brew, it’s in the nose and aftertaste and even starts the proceedings. The bitterness is not purely hoppy though, it has a sharp astringent grapefruit slash to its nature. In the background the malts and hops. Some beery-malts laden with alcohol and dark chocolate oranges. The finish is very unbalanced with a harsh coarse rough acrid finish which spirals out of control very quickly.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is here, but it is the rough alcohol that puts flesh onto the skeleton. Sharp, grabbing rabid and uncouth – this is a messy angular spiky brew which is hard to swallow, I don’t like beers that I can’t cuddle with my mouth.

Drinkability: Starts as an enjoyable brew, that is not that big on the Pomegranate angle, but soon it sadly starts to lean to one side and off-kilter. It suffers from an acrid bitterness that strips away the contribution from the other elements and leaves a rather unbalanced offering that turns harsh very quickly. Drinkability suffers and whilst it is not quite a drain pour, the time between mouthfuls tended to increase as I worked my way down the Bomber.

Overall: Nice enough start with the looks but somehow it falls short of the mark for me. Given the choice of picking up more of the 10th or the Bittersweet Lenny’s (which I tried last night) the smutty mouthed Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA wins hands down.

Happy Birthday to Schmaltz!

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Photo of Bones54
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ApperanceDark copper color, poors about a half inch head with decent carbonation.

Never had a beer with pomegranate, and I'm not actually sure what a pomegranate tastes like. But one this I'm sure of is I like this beer. It has a sweet beginning-maybe a combo of the malts & pomegranate-also a slight bitter finish-the hops shining through. The alchohol presents itself a bit, but not nearly as strong as you would think for 10%. Actually refreshing for this strong beer.

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Photo of whynot44
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy reddish copper color with a substantial off-white head that subsides slowly leaving lots of chunky lace.

The aroma is nice but hard to describe, fruity, biscuity, a bit of citrus and floral hops.

The flavor is also complex, starting with an undefineable fruitiness followed quickly by a piney, cirusy load of hops. Then the malt sneaks in with some biscuit and caramel notes. The fruitiness resolves a bit more to what is a subtle pomegranite flavor, nicely setting off the hoppiness. It starts mildly sweet but finishes nicely tart with a lingering fruit/pine needle aftertaste with some nice alcohol warmth for good measure. For me it all works very well. Definitely for hop lovers, but with some interesting added elements.

Medium/full bodied, easy enough to drink even with a respectable alcohol content. I can't wait to see what these guys come up with next. Definitely more of a DIPA, than a "vegetable beer".

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Photo of mghotbi
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant effervescent pomegranate red with short-lived off white head and no lacing.

Fruit-forward nose with scent of berries and pomegranate, caramel, toffee and background floral hop note.

Berries hit the palate first and are then washed away by strong resinous hop notes. Powerful alcohol warmth fades slowly. Tart sourness at the tail end. Faint malt sweetnes throughout. Clean dry finish.

Carbonation makes it sharp on the palate. Goes down remarkably easily, but I wouldn't call it a session brew at 10% ABV.

Being of Persian heritage, pomegranates have always had a prominent place in my home and native cuisine. The inclusion of pomegranate juice in this heavenly brew is truly inspired. A wonderfully different and tasty concoction. L'Chaim.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's the Jewish holidays isn't it ?

Wonderfully clear and bright orange-red body, topped by several fingers of level but dentable froth.

Enticing sweet fruity nose, from the next door orchard, with some fresh bread wafting from the bakery up the road.

Taste kicks off with a big caramelly splash. Gives way to a rising tide of fruit (is it pomegranate ? - I haven't a clue). Noteworthy hop bite at the finish. Some warming alcohol in the afterglow.

Medium-to-full mouthfeel, is solid, maybe a twinge syrupy. Good drinkability for the abv.

I've looked past these guys as a novelty act, but this is a solid brew. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright orange amber. Quarter inch of off-white head that goes down, a ring and some globs remain. Nice chunky lacing.

Smells like citrusy hops, with some fruitiness (pomegranate?). Shortbready, biscuity malt. Pronounced cumin. Some floral, grassy white wine elements. Unusual, complex, and appetizing. The smell reminds me of ancient times; maybe it's the cumin, or just the mysteriousness.

Odd flavor. Fairly sweet and malty. The cumin is there, and some tart fruit. Some hop bitterness, and citrus and pine hop flavor. Some other bitterness that reminds me more of radicchio than hops, quite pronounced, somewhat medicinal. The finish becomes fairly dry. Some astringency. The alcohol is well hidden.

This flavor may put some off. If you like grilled radicchio, herbal bitters, etc. (I do), you may really like this. I didn't really like the first few tastes, but find myself enjoying the flavor more and more as I become acclimatized to it.

Carbonation works well, but the finish is a little watery. Quite drinkable for alcohol content and the style (whatever the style is, exactly).

Certainly worth a try when you're looking for something bizarre. I like this, but hell, I like weird stuff.

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Photo of taez555
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark ruby/mahogony/amber clear caramel colored body with a tiny white head that dies almost immediately.

Nose is a cornucopia of flavors. Dark ripe fruits, caramel, sugar, alcohol, plums and sweet almost phenolic belgian notes.

Medium to full bodied with a slightly rough mouth-feel. A warming alcohol punch as it settles across the palate. Caramel, big malt but not really distinct malt flavors. Big citrus hops but nothing so over the top as to even start to describe this as a hop monster. Slightly grainy bitterness towards the back-end, but overall a nice big bitter quality that balances the malt well. A tart citrus flavor blends into the hops and is hard to figure if it's the pomegranate juice or if it's just a strong citrus hop. It's a brilliant combo though that gives a fantastic twist on the DIPA.

Note quite an old ale, not quite a barley-wine, not quite a belgian strong ale, not quite a fruit beer, but very interesting. The pomegranate juice adds just a touch of tartness that blends perfectly with the big citrus hops. Not a typical big american ale, but one I really like.

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Photo of scottoale
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz. brown bomber with no freshness date, but a ton of blurb about pomegranates in microscopic print and that this brew was conceived in San Francisco in 1996 and now ten years later is brewed in New York...pretty important stuff?!? On to their "10th. Anniversary" ale I go.

It pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a short-lasting, beige head of one finger. Just a small bit of lace clings to the glass initially and the carbonation seems fairly mild.

The smell is sweet thick malt, the chewy caramel type stuff...grainy and doughy with some citrus, followed by some pretty serious fumes of alcohol...and more so as it warms a tad. Doesn't have a large hop profile, a little citrus is about it.

The taste is much bigger than the smell, though comprised of the same flavors. Big robust malt profile that's mostly fruity and a faint bit nutty that goes from sweet to a tangy type bitter with some rather hot alcohol in the finish. I really like the taste of this stuff, very barleywine like. I can see the pomegranate qualities in this ale, but really can't taste it...it must be very subtle.

Full body, big beer with some rich chew in the characture, but finishes a bit hot in the high alcohol content. Overall it's quite easy to drink for a 10% ale and I'll drink it again...anytime.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is more of a barley wine than a fruit beer, and I think it is what the brewer has intended. There is no fruity pomegrant juice as you would find in a smoothy, more the dry taste you would get from peeling and popping pomegrant seeds. Very well hopped and malted. Great meal accompaniment.

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Photo of rodrot
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer poured a brilliant amber color with a small tan head that left a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma was malty and quite fruity. Taste was malty, caramelly and fruity with notes of ripe fruit, apple and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel was full bodied and rich on the palate. The finish was dry with nutty flavors coming through at the end. Bitterness was low. This beer reminds me more of a barleywine than a fruit beer. I didn't pick up on any flavors of pomengranate. Not a bad brew for the price, but not something I'll go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, pours dark ruby amber, clear, with a dark tan head, leaving a bit of splotchy lacing. This brew has a bold alcohol infused nose. It an in your face kind of brew, hot alcohol notes, more nasty then warming. This tastes like a jagged and unbalance Belgian strong dark ale. Too much going on alcohol, fruityness, malts. Its a mess. Not my favorite kind of brew. Probably would improve with some time collecting dust. Would work as a cold winter night sipper, beyond that, stay away...

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Photo of DogFood11
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a modified tulip, it forms a thin but stubborn white head that leaves behind plenty of DNA. Light copper body and an assortment of fine carbonation.

Fruity is the theme to this brew. Alcohol will splash in and out...mostly in. Malts are rich, bready and caramel come to the forefront. Candied at times. Tinny at times. About halfway through its almost like melted sugarcane. Suprisingly though it is not all that rich. Fruity and Citrus smack down a bit of the cloying sweetness. I've got it!! Candy Corn. In the end I would have to give this a thumb sideways. Some will love this but I did not. Sweet and citrusy didn't come together.

Notes: Odd but it worked. The backend hops save this even if they are an afterthought. Will try again. Not a beer I'll be hunting down its release. This is more of a run across flier mcgillicutty.

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He'Brew Genesis 10:10 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 111 ratings