He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale
Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate AleHe'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale
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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #268
Ranked #46,169
3.55 | pDev: 14.65%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
He'Brew Origin Pomegranate AleHe'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale
Notes: Celebrating our second decade of brewing, Shmaltz
Brewing presents ORIGIN Pomegranate Ale. A
renewal of our original HE'BREW Beer covenant,
brewed once again after 10 years with the juice
of over 10,000 luscious Pomegranates. ORIGIN is a
complex, rich and balanced Imperial Amber Ale
with a truly unique character. The only
Pomegranate Strong Ale in the country!
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 2/13/13: I'm not sure what this is in terms of style. The label says it's an Imperial Amber Ale. Beer Advocate says it is an American Strong Ale. Rate beer calls it a fruit beer. It sure taste fruity. I don't think I can pigeon hole it into a style and I'm not about to argue with experts with divergent opinions. It pours a hazy (clears as it warms), deep amber producing a single finger of frothy, off-white, short-lived head that recedes to leave little lace behind. Aroma is toasted malt and bread, caramel, light pomegranate and white Karo syrup. Taste is bready malt, pound cake crust, pomegranate flavor and tartness, hints of amaretto/almond extract and faint caramel with a note of alcohol not detectable in the nose. It finishes more sweet than bitter but transitions to an stringent, bitter bite in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with a nice carbonation bite that goes down well but I wouldn't call it smooth. Pomegrantate becomes more prominent as the brew warms in both the nose and the mouth but is more prominent in the mouth throughout. Different and very interesting. But more interesting than exceptional!

Nov 12, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle.
Poured with an attractive clear copper colored body topped by a semi-durable, bone-colored head.
The aroma is quite fruity. The flavor is sweet and fruity upfront but quickly transitions to a lightly bitter-sweet blend of pomegranate, hop and malt flavors. Excellent balance of these three components.
Very smooth, medium-full body with well set carbonation.

Jan 26, 2018
BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a bomber bottle for a steal of a price, so I figured hey lets give it a shot .
I figured well the Pomegranate is healthy for you and the 8% alcohol should have a little kick .
It was okay all the way around, but a little lite for my heavy and dark taste buds .I only gave it a 3, but some may find this surprisingly good if that's your palate .
It was a bargain , so I may buy a couple more and let them sit for awhile ;)

Sep 10, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

You get a mixture of copper and light orange colors in this one, plenty of pomegranate haze going through it. Aroma is nice and mildly fruity and sweet. Not really anything in the way of yeast, hops or malt coming through though.

Taste is a real sweet like fruit beer. That really is the grand takeaway from this beer, some dark fruit sweetness instead of the usual bitterness. Brown and crystal malt underneath it all. Bomber format, ugh, would not bang again.

Sep 07, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy reddish amber under a 1” sudsy white foam collar with moderate cling. S: Rich malt and fruit aromas. T: Pomegranate and malt are kept from the edge of the abyss by a proper dose of hop bitterness. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: An interesting refreshing beer.

Aug 03, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique ale pours a brilliant amber with tinges of red to it, a medium head of off white foam that dissipates to a medium layer and solid ring with nice lacing. Nose of light fruit, mainly citrus, rich caramel, and light hops. Flavors of light pomegranate and caramel malts dance about a moderately hopped ale with herbal notes coming through on the back. Smooth yet crisp mouth feel is decently carbonated with a slightly dry and moderately tart finish finish. Having eaten pomegranate I doubt the flavor could be any stronger, that said this is a moderately hoppy amber ale with said juice which makes it unique unto itself. Very nice during the hot summer months.


Jun 19, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/10/2015 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains pomegranate, caramelized malts, some other fruits and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of pomegranate, caramel and other fruits. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a just a mediocre beer.

Apr 11, 2015
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SeamusLight from New York

2.06/5  rDev -42%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've had a few beers from the "He'Brew" line, and I remember them being fairly pleasant. But this year, something has gone wrong. It pours with practically no head, and a general lack of carbonation. Besides this, the taste most resembles Old Speckled Hen - which is not something I pay craft prices for.

Overall, a bitter disappointment.

Dec 30, 2014
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.65/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought at Central Market in Fort Worth, Texas. Transported back to Oklahoma via Amtrak. Enjoyed tonight poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a lovely clear dark amber with a giant off-white head.

Subtle malty aroma.

Flavor is rich and malty. The pomegranate plays second place to the malts but that is ok because this beer works for me. A nice balance between fruity notes, rich and sweet malt and lingering hoppy bitterness. This one starts sweet and ends dry.

Also the fruit comes out more as it warms up. I'm picking up some ripe peaches and spices as it warms.

Nice smooth mouthfeel.

I'm probably biased (I'm bireligiously Jewish) but I like this beer. L'Chaim!

Dec 21, 2014
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark copper with blonde highlights into my glass. Lots of head and lacing.

Upon opening the bottle, the aromas made an immediate impact upon my olfactory gland. Wheat, caramel and a hell of a hop bill. Pomegranate juice also in nose.

Molasses, caramel, toasted bread and a touch of pomegranate make up the taste of this excellent beer. The hops don't have a chance due to the excellent malt bill.

I have mixed thoughts about the mouthfeel. It's "sour" and that could be the pom juice in play. Some caramel, etc lingering though.

Not a bad choice for the price, which is much lower than their other high ABV offerings. Just not impressive enough to warrant a second round.

Jan 13, 2014
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ommegangpbr from New York

2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up mostly because it was $5 for a bomber and I was curious about the rendering of pomegranate. I should have noted more carefully that it said amber ale on the label, seeing as how I have rarely ever liked anything in the style.
It's pretty on the pour, that much is certain. For me, the beer falls apart from there. There's a soapyness in the smell that extends to the flavor. Pomegranate flavor is lost in here. There's an edge to the bitterness that kinda reminds me of biting into pomegranate seeds but that's about it. Mouthfeel is thin. The overall experience is that of drinking over brewed, over sweetened black tea with a shot and a half of vodka thrown in for a boozy kick. I won't be getting this again and I can't think of anyone I could warmly recommend this to.

Dec 10, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.54/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle label identifies it as an "imperial amber ale" so I'm reviewing as such. 8% ABV confirmed. Brown glass bomber with flashy uninteresting label art and branded pry-off pressure cap purchased at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live Expectations are average given the brewery, which has yet to impress me and has put out some messy brews in the past.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of pale light khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a good luscious consistency and a fairly soft complexion. Head retention is average - about two minutes. Uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark auburn/some sort of pomegranate red. Nontransparent and non-translucent. No yeast particless are visible. Not particularly vibrant.

Overall, it looks pretty decent, but isn't amazing for an imperial amber. Not unique or special. I'd prefer it brighter. No egregious flaws here. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Ripe juicy pomegranate fruit. Surprisingly devoid of esters. Has a bizarrely powerful almost barleywine-like malty sweetness. Maybe even a tinge of oxidation? I do pick up a hint of cardboard. Yeah, it's way too malt-reliant for an imperial amber, with hardly any hop profile. I do get floral hops and fruity hops, but the hop character here lacks depth. Caramel. A bit on the sweeter side, with inadequate hop bitterness to balance it. Yeast attenuation seems way too low based on the sheer amount of sugars evident in the aroma.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. It's quite clean. I'm pretty unimpressed with the build; it's not quite right for an amber and not quite right for a fruit ale.

An inoffensive aroma of below average strength. I'm a bit suspicious of this.

T: Cardboard up front. Caramel. Toffee. Bready malts. Is this sounding more like a bad barleywine than an imperial amber? That's because it tastes like it.

Yes, there's a bit of pomegranate fruit, but it gets buried. Not juicy, luscious, or really even that fruity. It may as well be pomegranate flavour/extract.

Too sugary and sweet, and above all too malty. A poor build for an imperial amber. There's hardly any hop presence; all we get is some generic uninteresting floral and fruity character. I can't guess the hop strain, but it's obvious the choice of hops here is subpar - and downright wrong for an imperial amber. It really needs some hop bitterness to curb the sloppy maltiness.

A messy schizophrenic brew that doesn't really fit into imperial amber or fruit beer style conventions. I can see why it's currently classified as a strong ale, but let's be fair - there just isn't any focus or direction here. Not a gestalt or even cohesive build. Imbalanced and underwhelming. Poor depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. Complicates what should be a simple easily executed concept. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and nuance.

No yeast character comes through. I do pick up some alcohol presence.

I'm not a big fan of this one. Hot damn, those hop notes are timid.

Mf: Smooth and wet up front, but the cardboard-y notes render it a bit coarser and dryer on the climax, which is unwelcome. Bad body. A bit too thick. A biteen overcarbonated. Not juicy or luscious or creamy. Unrefreshing. Weak. Poor presence on the palate. Badly executed texture. It doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all. A bit gushed.

Not astringent, oily, crisp, hot, or boozy.

Dr: I like the idea of a pomegranate imperial amber, but the execution just isn't good. For starters, even the base is badly done and just isn't hoppy enough or balanced enough to satisfy imperial amber conventions. Overall, it has an unbecoming artificial feel and taste to it that suggest artificial flavours/extracts were used. This is yet another disappointing beer from Shmaltz that I wouldn't recommend to friends.


Nov 21, 2013
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AllForAugust from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: I'm going to make an attempt to factor in ocular fatigue with my judgement here. First, however, I must address the head. Poured right down the middle of a snifter only to produce a one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, yet leaves a thin, yet pleasant cover over what remains in the glass. If you're searching for a nice frothy amber beer, perhaps look elsewhere. The high alcohol content does not allow head retention to be the highlighting factor of this brew's appearance. Lacing, however, is wonderful for the style. As far as color goes, the amber is present, but there is a certain brownness about it. Maybe hues of yellow. Fuck, the lighting in here is weird. Every time I look at the damn thing it's a different color. I swear it's fucking with me...

S: What the hell ever even is a pomdegramite? I smell fruit, but like a dirty fruit. Like, the fruit I've seen being sold in the dirty streets of a cloudy city in South America. Yeah, I'm sure it tastes good, but it kinda looks sketchy, ya barefooted bimbo. Nah, just kidding. It's alright. Not overpowering. Just how I like my infusions. The malt aroma is the second most present schmell. Pretty yummy. Pretty standard. After all, this is an amber ale.

T: Wait, what's the ABV on this sonuvabitch? That was my first question. The initial taste reveals very little as to the strength of this beer. Then the aftertaste kicks in, reassuring you that it's there, whilst sweeping any hint of the amber ale base under the rug and off the palate. (8.00%, bee tee dubs lol) If anything can be said about this beer, it's that it's ambitious. It wants to be better, but mixing pomegranate and an imperial amber is not exactly intuitive. It's ok.

M: It's smooth and very drinkable. This beer is light on the tongue and oh my shit fuck off spotify i dont want to upgrade to premium fuck a goat and leaves with grace. Usually, I equate ambers with being somewhat thicker, but the thinning effect of the alcohol must be considered.

O: My mother always says, "Remember there will always be those greater and lesser than yourself." Certainly the case with this beer. It's just ok. Props for brewing outside intuition, though. And more props for keeping the flavors from being overwhelming.

Oct 28, 2013
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with a hint of red. Head was a solid finger-plus of off-white, with decent lingering and fair lacing.

S: Sweet and malty. Also fruity, but I can't clearly say it's pomegranate.

T: Heavy on the sweet malt, maybe a little too sweet as it's not well balanced. Tart fruitiness is also evident, but again I wouldn't be able to identify it as pomegranate if the label didn't tell me so. The hops are faint, and not enough to make up for the heavy sweetness.

M: Crisp and refreshing -- if it weren't for the boozy presence, I'd have marked it even higher.

O: In spite of it being heavy on the sweetness and the pomegranate not being the star, it was a remarkably drinkable beer (which could be a dangerous thing, given the 8% ABV).

Aug 12, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this better than most other pomegranate beers out there, but it still has that characteristic Hebrew malt heaviness, even in a beer where it doesn't belong. all their beers seem to have this going on, even the session beer, its just a weird trademark than makes some of the beers not as good as they should be. this pours shiny copper in color like a new penny, boasting a half inch of dense white foam, although it fades out fast. the nose is sweet and tart from the fruit juice, and there is a hearty grain backing, dense like a bran muffin. the cereals and fruit work well in taste, like a bowl of granola or something, this beer has that sort of filling vibe. the fruit is subtle and complementary. alcohol is more intense and up front than it probably should be, but it is just a reminder of this brews strength. a good morning beer, and a good hangover beer. not epic, but better than the other Hebrew stuff ive had for the most part.

Aug 03, 2013
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GJ40 from North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a chalice. Purchased at Triangle Wine.

Beautiful copper color with a reddish hue and a small beige head. Aroma is a mix of sweet malt and pomegranate. The flavor though leans too heavily toward the sweet malt. The alcohol is pretty evident too. The pomegranate adds to a lingering bitterness but doesn't do much else. The mouth feel is moderate and the carbonation is as well.

Maybe it's just not my style but I found this one too malty with the pomegranate not bringing enough to the table.

Jul 05, 2013
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BeerEngineer from California

3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

General - I used to live in Latham, NY, no more than 20 minutes away from the He'Brew brewery in Clifton Park, NY. When I was there (up to around 2006) I hadn't heard of this brewery. This is the first time that I'm trying any He'Brew beer. I poured this directly from the fridge into a SA Perfect Pint Glass. It was too chilled to enjoy it properly so I'm leaving i out for a few minutes to warm up before I review it.

Appearance - SRM color is around a 9, a touch light even for a standard Amber Ale let alone an imperial amber. The head is a light tan, doesn't hold that well or put up much lacing.

Aroma - There is a definite hint of pomegranate in the aroma, I like it because as far as the scent is concerned it's not overpowering. There is also a very nice malty background to this aroma. A slight hop scent, but this is much more balanced on the malt side of the scale, as I expect in any amber ale.

Taste - So there is a touch of pomegranate but just like the aroma it's not that present. It's more of just a hint of it, if I didn't know it was pomegranate I would be searching for what fruit it is. I like that aspect, it's nice when it's not overpowering. There is a strong maltiness in the flavor that is nicely rounded out by a touch of hop bitterness on the back end. There is a lot going on in this flavor, it seems like the more it warms the more bitter it becomes. There doesn't seem to be a lot of residual sweetness left in this, just a touch of it, which explains the 8.0% ABV. I feel like my palette is going to be fried after this big 22 oz. So many flavors are being thrown around.

Mouthfeel - A little thin for me. There really isn't any category for an Imperial Amber in BJCP but if you look at the American Amber category it should still be a little thicker. There is a good amount of carbonation for an amber style but just a little disappointing.

Overall - Not bad, not great. This is one of those beers that I would open up with some friends and say "hey let's try something different". I think that may be the best way to describe it, different. It's not what I would expect from either a pomegranate ale OR an imperial amber. I don't think that I'll be picking up this one again anytime soon.

Jun 16, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours out an auburn color with not much sticking to the surface, in the line of foam. A thick-ish ring remains. Decent clarity. Looks drinkable.

Smells like dark berry and slightly-turned malts. Insinuation of pomegranante is duly noted. Moreso, notes of raisin, fig, and caramel. Has a tropical bent to it, but it almost smells like an Old Ale with maltiness reminiscent of an English sipper.

More of that English maltiness, with perhaps a touch of Fuggle. Earthy and only mildly fruity. Again, pomegranate is a bit of a stretch, but I'll stick to their word. It's really missing a lot. A bit cardboard-y. It's either super-hard to get this beer fresh around these parts, or everytime I drink one, I'm severly disappointed by the way it's seemed to have turned. Burnt toffee in the finish. Here I go again...

Has a mild sudsiness and a bushy body. A little slick, too. It's easy enough to finish. I must say, I like how the alcohol barely creeps up (for a Strong Ale, mind you).

I repeatedly shake my head after trying to enjoy this beer. So many times now, it has failed me. Has it failed you, too?

May 21, 2013
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with light carbonation, and a good head that presents itself and fades to a minimum. Lacks lacing.
Smells of malts, leathery to me, hint of tropical fruit/ the pomegranate.
Tastes a bit better than my nose was suggesting it would. An earthy/ woody bready goodness with a fruity blend (pomegranate indeed, and this fruit works well with beer here it seems). Hops poke through. Not complex by any means, but i like what is there. Herbal flavoring bordering on medicinal, but in a balanced way. I am stuffed-up while sampling this so maybe I'd have a lesser opinion without a probable cold! Not a favorite style, ambers in general, but somehow this imperial effort tastes better than many to me.
Feels smooth and creamy, unlike its appearance in my pint. Medium carbonation. I do enjoy the bitterness in the finish.

Id probably try this again. Unique in that it centers on pomegranate. Maybe i will try more bold ambers in general.

May 10, 2013
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Auraan from Arizona

4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a good looking orange/red with a thing white head that dissipated. Scents of ale yeast, malt and slight pomegranate juice. The flavor begins with dark fruits, citrus and some sour fruity flavors, a mild hop bitterness is also present and allows the sweetness to shine through. There is a pronounced flavor of alcohol on the finish. It has a mildly carbonated mouthfeel with some slight stickiness. Overall it's a good beer, with a combination of bitter, sweet and sour flavors. It may not be everyone's thing, but I enjoyed it.

Mar 08, 2013
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Murrhey from Washington

2.35/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. No best-by date readily visible. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head with medium-to-low retention. Wet, drippy lacing. Orange-red color with low clarity. Some light permeates, but not a ton.

S- Fruity hop character and some syrup. Can't pick out pomegranate though. Unappealing smell.

T- Boozy, sour and unappealing. Can now pick out the pomegranate, not strong though. Not a good flavor.

M- Syrupy, finishes wet.

O- Oofah. This beer makes me shake. Not a fan. Had MUCH better strong ales.

Mar 03, 2013
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer into my tulip glass. The Origin had about two fingers of foam over a light brown color.

This smells like a lager with a touch of sweetness. I get some euro hops on this one.

This tastes like a stock lager with a good dose of bitterness from the pommegranite. The pommegranites throws off the balance with this one.

Overall this is an off-tasting lager. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way for it.

Feb 26, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

2.67/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A half finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is grain with some fruitiness thrown in.
The taste is not enjoyable. It has a strong bitter-sweetness that does not come across well.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not fun.

Feb 22, 2013
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark amber brown/tan with a nice 2 inch creamy,foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - A rich blast of pomegranate, smells like a wine, or a wine cooler. Some yeasts, malts and minro hops.

Taste - Strong hops mixed with added pomegranate at first sip. Has a bitter hop backbone mixed with real pomegranate flavor, tart and a little sour. A little bready malt mixed in, and some alcohol warmth at the finish.

Mouth - Bitter hops and sour/tart pomegranate coats the tounge. The palate gets more of the same with bready caramel malts. The aftertaste is dry, sour and tart.

Overall - Well the plus is it has a real pomegranate flavor, the issue i have is its not fruity enough, the hops are bitter, mixed with the sour tart pomegranate gives it a extra tart, kinda bland flavor. Still its enjoyable but nothing to special. Nicely priced for the 22oz'er, but not the great summertime beer i was expecting.

Feb 16, 2013
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ESPNman from California

3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Stone IRS snifter

A - Pours a cloudy, rusty amber. You can definitely tell that this is a beer that has been brewed with a significant amount of pomegranate. It produces a bit of thick, reddish head. Dissipates quickly, leaves moderate lacing, along with a small ring of head around the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet fruits and some caramel sugars. Also a bit of biscuity cereal-like grain in the nose. A bit of pomegranate, but not a ton.

T - Much like the nose, there isn't as much pom as you'd expect here. A relatively inoffensive amber ale taste, with a bit of bready malt and an oddly bitter / sour finish. There isn't the sweet/tart pomegranate flavor that you'd expect, but perhaps it was just a poor match to put pomegranates together with a strong ale.

M - I actually really enjoyed the amount of carbonation that this brew has. It's more champagne-like than I would have expected, but it helps bring a liveliness to a beer that would otherwise have been pretty disappointing.

O - Not bad, but certainly a flawed beer. It was a good attempt at an experimental strong ale, but it just falls short in a few areas. The bready malt flavors seem out of place, and the lack of true pomegranate flavor is disappointing.

Jan 23, 2013
He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 426 ratings