He'Brew Genesis 10:10 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Genesis 10:10He'Brew Genesis 10:10

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A huge balance of specialty malts, pounds and pounds of American and European hops, brewed with a hint of luscious Pomegranate juice.

Added by mcallister on 06-07-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dispensed into a pint glass. A very slightly hazed, amber beer emerges. A thick and creamy, light tan head forms. Tons of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is malty and sweet. Big on the caramel malts with a little bit of chocolate tossed in for good measure. Not much pomegranate noticed in the aroma, of the flavor. Definitely some fruitiness but more along the lines of dark cherries and prunes.

Taste was a bit different and odd. Sweet and malty. Not much hops in this. Pretty much sweet. Caramel maltiness. A little sourness in the finish but I dont think its due to hops. Fruitiness in the flavor that I guess is due to the addition of pomegranates. I don think I like pomegranates too much, atleast based on the flavor here.

Not a bad beer, I guess. This will be my only consumption of this beverage. Unique and a little different. Mouthfeel is nice and full bodied. Otherwise, pretty average overall.

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Photo of bort11
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass. Chunky egg shell white head that stands up tall up front and drops down to a mild lace. Color is a clear copper orange.
Smell is mild, but sweet. There is a juicy quality to it. Taste is an herbal spiciness, with a predominant malt character. Finishes with a slight tobacco flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mild sticky finish.
This is interesting, not unpleasant, but nothing I would get again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear copper in color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: fruit and candy sweetness abounds as you stick your nose into the glass.

Taste: a hearty malt backbone with caramel candy, over ripe fruit sweetness, hint of spiciness, and mild bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Very sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: I found this to be a bit too sweet which grew tiring by the time the bottle was emptied. Not one I would pick up again if I saw it on the shelves.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this while in Edmonton at Sherbrooke Liquor. Came in a 650 ml brown bottle.

Pours out a bright, slighlty hazed garnet hue, lots of carbonation, loose spongy tan head that recedes to a thick creamy cap.Thick sticky rivulets of lacing down the glass.

The hops come out first on the nose, some citrus and white grapefruit rind, then thick chewy bready malt sitting beneath it. Very faint sweetish fruit that comes out after it warms up.

Very intense on the flavour, it all sort of rolls at you at once, but like the boulder at the beginning of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Sweet, almost Xmas cake like malt, sweet figs, caramel and toffee, very sugary at times in fact, perhaps from the pomegranates. Almost from the kicker as well the hops expose themselves in true full monty fashion, a blast of citrusy lemon, tangerine and white grapefruit, but are not overpowering, they skate across the thick surface of the malt. Sticky sweet and mildly tart on the aftertaste, I suppose this is where the pomegranate comes in to really shine through the rest of that hubbub.

The mouthfeel is thick and full and chewy, yet a bit oily and squeaky on the finish, although a smooth and seamless transition.

As in-your-face and bombastic as this is, and the whopping abv%, I'd have another if permitted (or if I had the presence of mind to buy more in one sitting). It all works, and it all works together. Cohesive, gratifying and a pleasure to imbibe. L'Chaim!

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Photo of entheogen
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Genesis 10:10 650mL bottle, from Sherbrooke Liquor Store.

This stuff pours a pretty orange-red with a beautiful tan head that goes on for days, with really nice lacing. Head was about 3cm upon pouring. I had absolutely no idea what kind of beer this would actually be when I bought it, but it certainly looks very nice.

The smell is mostly caramel and hops, with a bit of alcohol. Smells like a really malty IPA. There is a tiny twinge of sweetness right at the end that is vaguely reminiscent of pomegranate. Vaguely.

The carbonation is quite light compared to what I have read from other reviews. I find the flavor pretty much a malty barleywine, but I have serious trouble finding the pomegranate flavor, except after about 2 or 3 minutes without the beer in my mouth. Though it finishes pleasantly clean initially... what you can feel afterwards is an mild acidic tartness between the tongue and palate, something that is a fond reminder of eating actual pomegranate fruit. I am not up to speed on beer chemistry by any means, but could it be tannins?

Genesis 10:10 ends up being heavy in the mouth. It is kind of thick and could benefit from a little bit of lightening, and maybe more carbonation.
The alcohol content is wonderfully masked, however, and I had no idea it was 10% until i just looked at the bottle (about 60% finished, as I write this review). Overall a pretty good brew that could do with improvements to the pomegranate character (more please!) and to its heaviness (less please!). Everything else is solid.

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Photo of BassBone
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at a the BevMo in Pasadena. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle.

This beer pours a very lovely brown/orange into a pint glass. Fairly thick and fluffy tan head and decent thin lacing all the way down. The head dissipates pretty quickly.

There's a good bit of fruitiness in the smell as well as a touch of hoppy bitterness that's well-balanced. A bit of an alcoholic hint.

There's some spiciness from the alcohol in the taste, though it's balanced by the hops and malt. There's a small hint of pomegranate, though not enough to make the brew cloyingly sweet. It's not really a sweet brew at all really, which makes it nice.

It's lightly carbonated and goes down fairly smoothly: not like a high alcohol beer at all.

It finishes pretty cleanly leaving a nice malty flavor.

All in all a decent beer. Not something I'd seek out especially, but I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - iced tea color with burnt orange highlights. Two fingers of light tan foam have a creamy surface. Thin but lots of sheeted lacing.

Aroma - initial burst of hoppiness, subdued with some vague malts which gain strength as the beer settles.

Taste - chewy malts and some up front bitterness. There is a dry and unusual fruity presence here which I can only imagine is the pomegranate. The swallow is a pretty good mix of all three. The finish shows off a little alcohol warmth and more of the dry fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - very smooth brew, big-bodied with a velvet touch.

Drinkability - has a controlled intensity on the hops that make it pretty drinkable despite the high abv.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -21.9%
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 -28.7%
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 +0.8%
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 +18%
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 +0.5%
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 +6%
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 +13.9%
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 -8.5%
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 +12.8%
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 +9.3%
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 -22.7%
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 -13.9%
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 -11.2%
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 +9.3%
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 +12%
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 +8.2%
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 +13.4%
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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He'Brew Genesis 10:10 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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