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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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 251
Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of yooper920
5/5  rDev +41.6%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

Photo of tipnsip
4.8/5  rDev +36%
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 +36%
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 shockrocker65
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Photo of whispernmyghost
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great but lightly flavored with pomegranate beer.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.66/5  rDev +32%
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 +31.7%
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 JNPIII127
4.56/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JennuhJak
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
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 +24.9%
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 +24.6%
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 +24.4%
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 +23.2%
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 +22.7%
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 +22.4%
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 +21.8%
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 +21.5%
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 +20.7%
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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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 425 ratings