He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate AleHe'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by ElGordo on 03-07-2007

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Reviews: 250 | Ratings: 423
Photo of tipnsip
4.8/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shmaltz has become a favorite of mine over the last couple of years. In general I think they make some wonderful brews, but Origin is just phenomenal.

Its rich copper hue in the glass and slightly tan frothy head make it attractive to the eyes. The sharp citrus aroma entices the olfactory system and teases the tatse buds.

Its flavor is full (as its mouthfeel is too) and pleasing and then there's the surprise. That touch of pomegranate wrapped around hoppy goodness rounds out the flavor of Origin.

It goes quite well with fatty rich grilled meats because not only do the hops cut through, the unique flavor of the pomegranate adds a bit of sweetness but remains sharp and it's a great compliment to a slightly char-grilled ribeye steak.

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Photo of mrshoppy44
4.8/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the binnys in the south loop has a great selection of hebrews. i tried the 13th and the pomegranate at the same time and i just fell in love with them both but there is something about the pomegranate. i love the look, smell, taste. it just set well with the tastes i was look for!
thanks hebrew for the wonderful selection keep up the wonderful job looking foward to the 14th as well.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.66/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm surprised to be only the 2nd person to review this beer. It'a absolutley amazing! Purchased a 22oz bomber from Market of Choice, Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR.

Pours an absolutely beautiful deep amber color. White foamy head settles to a minimal level and remains for a while. Not overly carbonated, as a small amount of bubbles rise fairly steadily. Smells only faintly like pomegranates, which is surprising. Taste is a bit like a good ipa, very hoppy but very well balanced. Very smooth, slightly drying moutfeel. Quite possibly one of the best beers i've ever had. I've had a few, and don't give that praise easily.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.65/5  rDev +31.4%
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!

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell and taste are very very reminiscent of a doppelbock, to me. Which is odd since this is an ale and doppelbocks, I believe, are lagers. It's got the same type of intense sweetness without quite being cloying. I mean, it's a bit cloying, but I like that doppelbock-style sweetness. So, I'm very much enjoying it. It is DEFINITELY desert beer, though. Didn't go very well with my dinner. I don't think it would go well with much of anything, really. It's a dessert in itself. It's got fruitiness to it, but I'm not tasting much pomegranate. I was thinking it would have a pomegranate-like bitterness and am pleasantly surprised that it does not. It's also a lot maltier than I was expecting from a fruit-flavoured beer. This is a must-try for fans of sweet beers.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased today from Green's at Piney Grove in Columbia!

A: Beautiful dark amber. Hazy with a nice 1-2 finger tan head that disolves slowly with nice lacing.

S: Mild citrus from that pomegranate. Mild malty and hoppy background. Not a heavy scent in any form, but I'm hoping the taste will outshine the smell.

T&M: Crisp, very tart up front with a nice mild sweet flavor from the pomegranates, obviously. Medium bodied with a pucker after-effect that is very distinct.

Come on folks. I believe the ratings are fairly harsh based on the brew. If you don't like pomegranate, you probably won't like this brew. This is QUALITY STUFF! Pomegranates are not my favorite and strong ales are definitely not my preference, but this is a great combination of a well-balanced fruit beer. I am really impressed with Shmaltz since my first 'Messiah Bold' experience. 'Lenny RIPA' is awesome and this 'Origin' is great.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium stemmed glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy reddish-brown color with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick lace.

Smell: Some buttered toast smells with sweet pomegranate. Slight nutty aromas in the background.

Taste: Sweet and tart pomegranate in the beginning, with a toasty finish that has a fairly heavy bitterness in the back of the throat. Also has hints of bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer and is deceptively drinkable for its style. The pomegranate in this is mixed in very well and doesn't overwhelm other attributes of the beer as happens all too often with flavored beers. Give this one a try!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.39/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, ripe red appearance, under lacey off-white head.

Lovely aromatics! Bright fruit, lush malt, plentiful, but not prominent, hops. Malt is king, and fruit is...queen, I'd guess?

Beauty on the tastebuds, once slipped onto the tongue and into the belly! Slick, supple, sensuous, delicious! Juicy malt, tasty fruit, tantalizing hops...gorgeous! 8% abv not felt, really...yet.

"Imperial Amber Ale"...yup, that says it..."brewed with luscious promegranate juice"...nothing much else to say, but, thumbs up!

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a half in head on top of an amber body. A lot of carbonation visible; light lacing left during the drinking period.

Very sweet citrus hop aroma and raspberry scent.

Triple layered taste; malty at first with a slight hint of raspberry, good citrus hop kick, followed by a mellow raspberry flavor that smooths out the hops.

Full bodied despite the high carbonation. The carbonation does make this beer a sipper - else yer burping like crazy. Pleasingly full flavor which lingers on the palate for a moment.

Very good drinkability. A good full beer flavor with a perceptible raspberry flavor that doesn't feel like juice dumped into a beer. Interesting kicks of flavor from hops and raspberry make this an interesting beer. Looking forward to having more - my girlfriend liked this brew too!

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer suprised me I thought at first the fruit would take over the mix like a lot of fruit beers out there.Wrong this one drinks like a Imperial Amber ale with a whisper of Pomegranate fruit.The bulk of the flavor is the roasted malts and toasty bread quality with a nice hop spice peaking thru the mix. This is a must try from this company.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy amber. Nose is ripe with pomegranate. This is what a fruit beer should taste like. I feel like I am eating a pomegranate. The sweet combined with the bitter. Add into that the beer factor. Strong ale characters come into play with a slightly hoppy profile that seems mild at first and picks up quickly after that. Robust and full. Feel has a good carbonation to it and a smooth liquid feel. Very drinkable. There is just a touch of bitter that seems to detract from the overall experience.

While at The Blind Tiger I overheard some girl/woman exclaim: "I had the Origins and it doesn't taste like pomegranate at all!" Woman. What the hell are you talking about?

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Photo of bradybeer
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper brown-with a thin head and medium carbonation. Tasting this beer at a brewfest in San Francisco didn't do it justice. Taste is lightly sweet with bitter finish-i can't tell if the bitterness comes from h hops or the Pomegrante. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkabliy is high-I love this beer. When I first heard of the He'Brew beers I thought what a marketing move and didn't think much of them-until I tried them-I am hooked!

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I really liked this one! He'Brew's on to something here with this mix of pomegranate with amber ale. It blends quite nicely.

A - Looks awesome! Beautiful orange brown body with a foamy medium thick head. Some good staying power and lacing.
S - Not very strong. Slight citrusy sweet malty scents. A sense the scent of pomegranate only just a little.
T - I love amber ales and this has a great style base to start with, but then they mixed in just the right amount of sweet pomegranate flavor to give it just that extra added tasty boost. Fantastic!
M - Malty flavors and a small amount of carbonation spread about the tongue fairly fully.
D - I could drink this sucker all day...although its sweetness would make it more suited to an after-meal, dessert type of ale. And some may find the sweetness too much, but not me!

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Photo of beveritt
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass. The label has a lengthy description of both the beer and the associated religious history of pomegranates. Pretty cool. No discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with an immense, pillowy head, nearly half the glass at first. This lite tan foam settles very slowly,leaving behind the best lacing I have seen. The lacing on the glass is thicker than the head on some beers. The beer itself is a crystal clear amber with lots of activity.

Smell: Fruity but not sweet with an acidic backbone.

Taste: Fruity and tart up front, with a mild wheat-like middle. Finishes with a decent punch of hops that linger long after.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Decent body.

Drinkability: I tried this on the recommendation of someone at a local beer/wine store and am very impressed. This is my first He'brew brew and it is a great balance of fruity and bitter.

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Photo of djamieson
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed this out of a 22 0z bomber into a wide-mouthed wine glass. The aroma was a wonderful fruit, the most pleasant of the pomegranate I have experienced. The taste is yummy. You detect fruit and warmth and yeast, reminiscent of the fine Belgians. The finish is very dry and pleasant. A great anytime fruit ale. The only problem with this ale is its category. American Strong Ale it is not...I think that is what is throwing off other reviewers. This beer deserves its props, regardless of style mislabeling. Try it and you'll see.

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Photo of philbertk
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shmaltz Brewing Company--He'Brew "The Chosen Beer"--Origin Pomegranate Imperial Amber Ale--2007 22 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 55 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Imperial--Pome. Mild lacy head. Slightly cloudy bright amber orange color. Mellow floral pomegranate hop front.Dry sweet crisp thin smooth caramel pomegranate fruit mild ester body. Tangy dry sweet hop fruit spicy end. Sampled 5/30/2007.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superb amber ale, lighted toastly and well-hopped, with just the right amount of pomegranate fruit character thrown in there to perfectly accentuate the grainy malt sweetness.

Honestly one of the best fruit beers I’ve had in a while: no sugary fruitiness sweetness, and it’s just a great amber ale to begin with. On top of that, the 8% abv is well-hidden.


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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown with a dark golden color along the bottom. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, toffee, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, citrus, slight hops, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, a good tartness level, nice blend, and good body.

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Photo of rattech
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown with a nice two inch head. This appears to more red (as opposed to brown or orange) then most beers. Looks tasty.

Smell: Sweet, but I don't detect a strong pomegranate smell. I'm not sure if I am glad there isn't an overpowering smell of pomegranate or not....

Taste: Fairly sweet, I can detect the pomegranate but it isn't very pronounced. The beer is slightly bitter, but nothing overpowering. The alcohol is only a little detectable. This is a solid albeit mild fruit beer, great for a summer day.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin for a high alcohol beer, a little better then average.

Drinkability: One bomber is probably enough for dinner and after dinner. I would consider buying this again, and it was pretty reasonable (5 dollars) for the bomber. The 8% alcohol is hidden fairly well.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bomber.

A: Slightly cloudy orange color. Minimal off white head.

S: Pomegranates and a surprising amount of yeast. Almost has a barley wine scent to it.

T: Not as sweet as you would think. Actually this is fairly malty. The fruit is actually barely noticeable. The strong ale dominates.

M: Nice med to heavy thick body. Low carbonation but fits the style.

D: Very easy drinking. Did not think I would like this beer as much as I did. No hint of the ABV at all. Probably could have taken on the bomber by myself.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured for 4th day of Chanukah. I poured from the bottle into a tasting glass. It is beautiful and bright orange/amber color. The nose is fig newtons, hops, some malt in the background. I thought the nose would have more fruity characteristics based on the pomegranate, but I didn't notice them. I really like the taste of this beer initially you get the pomegranate juiciness followed by a super dry hoppy finish; I believe it works very well. The mouthfeel is juicy, the best way to describe it. It could drink a lot of these, although the alcohol content is deceiving.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean amber/ copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet fruit/ pomegranate and a nice maltiness. In the taste, big pomegranate flavor, almost tart, and a small malt. A smooth and light to medium mouthfeel, with a small dry to almost tart pomegranate aftertaste. Nice big fruit, somewhat tart and hides the alcohol. Really dig it.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-19-08

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, with a filmy head that leaves thin rings of lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity, with a sweet malt underneath and a nice citrus hoppiness in the background.

Taste is much like the smell, subtle sweet malt with a hoppy, yet balanced finish. Very IPA in flavor and execution.

Mouthfeel is nice, thickness to go with the hop flavors.

Drinkability is very good, tasty and just a little on the hoppy side.

Overall, a good, beer. I failed to pick out the pomegranate, but I don't really know what to look for.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like pomegranates. I like beer. So why not?

Appearance - Apple cider color. Similar opacity. Two inches of off-white head clear quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Caramel malt, for sure. But also a hint of funkiness, of all things. A little barnyard. Also the pomegranate is there, a light fruit smell. Very nice.

Taste - Up front it seems like it's going to be the sweet caramel, but then the pomegranate comes and really mellows things out nicely. I'm loving the nice fruit note, but the finish has a little bitterness with lingering burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel - A little on the light side, but good.

Drinkability - Pretty solid for an imperial. I want to have more.

This is a quite tasty beer. I'm quite enjoying it. Certainly not knocking my socks off, but I'd have another.

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Photo of Gusler
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a slightly hazy reddish orange with a behemothic creamy off white head that slowly settles, leaving the lace to provide a thick blanket to cover the glass. Nose is nicely malted, hops provide a dandelion like aroma, with the pomegranate providing the fruit tones, delightful this nose, start is rich in malt, sweet with the fruit and the hops providing a bit of twang at the back, top is moderate to almost full. The finish is strict in its acidity, the hops perfection in their spicy bite, sweet fruit continues to the dry sticky aftertaste, and the alcohol providing a nice warm sensation to the abdominal region, excellent drinking brew, but I expected nothing less from the “Bay Area Boys”.

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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