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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Photo of IntriqKen
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok...pomegranate? I love pomegranates...let's see....
Pours a very pretty clear amber with a nice white head that melts to very sticky lacing.

Aroma is mostly all sweet amber malts to me...but very fresh sweet malt with just a hint of fresh fruits.

Taste is blended so well it becomes hard to identify anything individually....sweet amber malts then the pomegranates show their head and sort of overpower everything else.
I think this might be more of a pomegranate wine than a beer in flavors.

Aftertaste is clean and fresh and again, pomegranates.
I really think this should be classified as a fruit beer rather than an American Strong Ale and I think that was the brewers intention as well.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This caught my eye at a local store here in Tallahassee. Pomegranate Ale? Never seen anything like it... bit it sounds interesting... here goes:

Appearance: Great looking beer. Poured into a pint glass from a large bottle. Head is about one inch thick and sticks around for a while and clings to the side of the glass for what seemed like forever. Coloration is deep red, introducing the pomegrantate element to the senses.

Smell: Slight hints of pomegrantate... not as strong as I was expecting. There's some caramel in there too somehwere. Otherwise I detected some hoppy notes, as well as some roasted malt. Nothing too special here, save for the oh so slight hint of pomegranate.

Taste: Again, the pomegranate seems to be a smaller part of this brew than I expected. The beer has tasting notes similar to a pale ale - hoppy up front and refreshing on the way down. The pomegranate shows up in the form of a certain sweetness on the midpalate and lingers a bit in the finish. Interesting, but not what I expected at all. Not your typical fruit beer...

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation for a few seconds, leaving a slightly sticky/syrupy feel after the carbonation dies off. Not my favorite.

Drinkability and Notes: This thing is 8%, but I'll finish off the bottle. It was interesting to try, but I don't think I'll ever pick it up again. If offered, I'll drink it, but this seemed more like a novelty thing to me. Good beer, but I won't bother with it again.

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Photo of taez555
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a medium dark amber body with a small but firm off-white head.

Nose was dominated by a fresh cut caramel malt punch with touches of alcohol and very faint citrus fruit peel background. As it warms a dull cranberry/pomegranate fruit juice character starts to sneak out.

The overall taste has this strong dry hop-leaf taste that is combined with an extremely deceptive pomegranate flavor. BY deceptive I mean you don't notice it except in the dry sour mildly tart back of mouth feel. There really isn't any direct pomegranate flavor. Sort of like hop bitterness vs taste. This sourness is combined with a strong hop bitterness and EXTREMELY DRY leafy hop. There's a nice round caramel amber malt flavor, kicked up a notch big time. Alcohol is present but not really overpowering. Ends with a long lingering muted hop/pomegranate bitterness.

What an interesting beer. Double Amber with a natural cranberry/pomegranate juice background only. I like hebrew beers quite a bit, but this beer just seems like a nice idea that doesn't fully work.

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Photo of bruachan
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thick head that falls slowly. some nice lacing, too. copper color

very pungent, which must be the pomegranate. some hops in there, too, but it's mostly an odor i don't really have any familiarity with. some sweetness from the malt, though too

ooohh. that must be pomegranate flavor. it's juicy there are some pacific NW hops flavors in there, too, but they stay out of the fruit's way for the most part.

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Photo of theopholis
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a very clear, amber/burnt orange with a one finger off-white head. Very little head retention and practically no lacing.

Aroma- Nice, complex malt sweetnesswith a lot of grain notes and over-ripe fruit. Lots of citrisy hops. Maybe just a hint of caramel. Smells very fresh and inviting. No pomogranite aroma at all however.

Taste- Not nearly as inviting as the aroma, but not bad.. Decent blend of slight malt sweetness, tartness (probably from the pomegranates, and a nice blend of flavoring and bittering hops. The pomegranate flavor is very subdued. You definatly knw it's got something in it, but I would never guess pomagranites if it wasn't written on the label.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good CO2 level. Very dry, puckering finish. Not real refreshing.

Drinkability- Failry drinkable, Not great.

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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 BDTyre
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay beer that perhaps could have been better executed.

Strange red-copperish look with a thin head. Sweet malty smell with a slight fruit hint. Pomengranate is there, but not in any great quantity -enough to be noticeable but not enough to make a huge impact on the nose.

Sour-malty taste. Malt, hints of toffee, and a decent flavour of pomengranate. Odd, somewhat unpleasant. The pomengranate doesn't really work in this one. It lends a certain pungent, almost off sourness to the malt sweetness. Maybe more, or maybe less would have worked better.

Carbonation is alright, and this beer isn't hard to drink, but it could be more enjoyable. Noticeable alcohol kicks the drinkability down a notch or two.

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Photo of jakon
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle purchased for $4.99 on 7-1-7 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

Not much carbonation in this one, as evidenced by the feeble hiss let out by the cracked crown. An aggressive pour yields about an inch and a half of beaten egg-white textured foam perched atop a copper colored beer. The aroma is similar to many amber ales, but with a hint of pomegranate in the mix. The taste is very subtle. Good balance between the malt, hops, and pomegranate. Although, I had anticipated and hoped for a bit more pomegranate character. I think I was looking for a little more of a wow factor, considering the strength and novelty of this brew. Overall, it's good, but just doesn't quite sizzle my grease.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, no freshness/brewed on info to be seen, but plenty of other info about the brewery and beer on the label. Pours dark/blood orange amber, fairly clear, light tan head, that initially showed moderate retention, receedes and then leaves some fine and blotchy lacing. Fruity nose. Fruity, malty, easy drinking/tasty brew. Grapey fruit present in the background. 8% no where to be scene. Well worth trying this nicely crafted brew

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Photo of phisig137
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber, burnt orange color, with a one finger head. Little retention leaves nothing but a thin layer of bubbles on top of the glass.

Aroma is filled with grain and fruit. Slightly toasted grain yields some biscuit like aromas, and a bit of caramel hints as well. Fruit is present, but well integrated. If I didn't know, I wouldn't have picked pomegranates as the fruit.

Flavor is well balanced and smooth. Not sweet at all, like many non-lambic fruit beers tend to be.... this has more of a slightly tart pomegranate flavor (much akin to a watered down POM juice). Great pomegranate flavor, considering how mild that fruit typicaly is. Well integrated into the beer, and finishes surprisingly hoppy. Mouthfeel is Creamy and smooth, with fairly low carbonation. Drinkability is great, this hides its 8% quite well.

Overall, a pretty tasty, and definitely different beer. He'brew is one of those beers that I always avoided, thinking them to be gimmick-y. The more I drink of their beers, the more I like them. He'brew really does produce a solid product. While this may not be as good as some of their others (think Lenny Bruce), it is still a very good offering. I'd buy it again, especially at the fantastic $4.29 a bomber. Recommended and worth trying.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was from a 22 oz bomber and poured a slightly cloudy amber color, with a big white head, that slowly faded leaving good lacing. Great nose on this beer with lots of fruits and pomegranate aromas, along with citrus hops. But basically you can detect the pomegranate in this beer and it is not overwhelming at all. Good clean mouthfeel Flavor is again pomegranate nicely balanced with the hops, and is nice and subtle, and the finish is a nice bitter that is long and enjoyable. Overall this beer is unique and very easy to drink.

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Photo of nickss
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, deep orange with a sizeable 2" cream-colored head. Quite nice looking.

Quite a bit more hop in the nose than I was expecting. Smells quite a bit like Arrogant Bastard, honestly, and that's not a bad thing... the malt rises up to do battle with the hops, and while the hops certainly win out in the beginning, the warmth of the beer scores a sure victory for the maltiness in this brew. Surprisingly, no pomegranate aroma is to be found. Not sure yet if that's a good thing.

Ahhh... there's the pomegranate... a rich sweetness hits the front of the tongue, but is certainly not overwhelming by any means. It's more of a sidenote really. In my opinion, this is how fruit beers SHOULD be. It still tastes like a very solid beer, just with a touch of something new to it. Exceptionally well done for a fruit beer.

A medium bodied mouthfeel with a load of carbonation. If I had my druthers, the carbonation would be toned down a notch. Still, nothing to complain about.

Extremely drinkable and even refreshing for a strong ale. Another very solid offering from this NY brewery. L'Chaim!

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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 jettjon
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bomber with no date evident, into a cervoise. My first kosher beer! An attractive amber-brown color with good clarity and light bubbles. Thick brown-tan cap, moderate fade to a thin cap and solid ring with plenty of scattered, sticky lacing. My expectations weren’t high, but I’m already impressed. Good nose as well, sharp sweet malt with hints of hops and sweet fruit (no doubt pomegranate, but I’m not familiar with that fruit). Hints of alcohol. In the mouth, it’s again a good balance between sweet malt, subtle fruity sweetness, hops, and traces of warming alcohol. Ends on a biting bitter note, but not overwhelming. Good flavor all around. Mouth is another pleasant surprise, nicely viscous with gentle carbonation, slick and pleasing on the palate. Drinkability is good; it’s tasty and easy-going, and the 8% ABV is well integrated.

Overall: Wow, my first Kosher beer, and a pomegranate beer at that; this one is a solid pleaser. Good looking, good tasting, easy drinking. If you spot one, pick it up. Not anything I’d stock up on, but I wouldn’t pass it up if given the chance again.

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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 gmcfarre
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into 25mL Heineken glass

A - Pours a sort of orange/ruby transparency with minimal 1/4inch head. Lacing proves to be minimal as well.

S - Sweet fruity malt with surprisingly subdued, but still apparent, hints of pomegranate. Maybe a touch of caramel in the sugary malt. Overall its rather inviting, especially for an imperial amber ale.

T - Very similar to the taste, with sugary malt and pomegranate fruit esters combining to form a tasty brew. Very little hop activity, resulting in a finish that hardly dries at all. Woody, earthy malt flavors add to the slight complexity of this beer.

M - Minimal carbonation that is smooth and slightly cloying in the middle and finish.

D - Tasty and enjoyable with an alcohol content that is hardly noticeable. An easy drinking beer that is definitely worth a try and probably worth revisiting.

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Photo of BurnsTau
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber, good small head.

Smells immediately are a bit fruity, I'm not a big pomegranate fan but I suppose that is what comes through good malt and earthy aromas as well. Taste isn't as fruity as a beer with pomagranate in the name as you think it would. Great earthy flavors, mostly malty with a bit of sweetness. Hops are pretty tame in this beer, as they should be. Great strong flavors all around, recommended at least to try.

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Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish orage color, excellent clarity. Large, rocky head that settles down quickly but leaves a nice, thick film and good lace.

S - Fruity and hoppy. It has a pretty mild smell and I have a hard time picking out anything distinct.

T - Malty and thick with distinctly fruity notes. Good, strong hop flavor that remains smooth through the finish.

M - Thick and smooth with moderate carbonation.

D - Quite smooth and flavorfull. It reminds me of a nice barleywine; I can't detect much that is distinctly pomegranite flavored but that is no reason to complain about a beer this nice.

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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 geexploitation
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear and bright... it's a base of medium amber with pinkish orange highlights. The head is pretty thin. The aroma has some tea-like sweetness to it, along with a plummy fruitiness. On the palate, some metallic twang first off before things sweeten a bit with caramel malts and fruit juice, then dry out with a couple different hop sensations -- some English earthyness and a bit of American pine-infused hops, both of which form some substantial bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, with plenty of hop resins and some sharp hop after-flavors. Overall, this is a good fruit beer, but it doesn't come close to the Genesis pomegranate ale from He'Brew. Each part of this beer is decent, but the hop flavors never really gel with the pomegranate notes.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear garnet in color with a nice looking head of off-white that has minimal retention and some sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, with red berry, apple, caramel, and toast.

Flavor is similar, although I was expecting a stronger pomegranet flavor. It has soft undertones of berries and rhubarb with caramel malt and minimal hop flavors.

Body is medium to big, slick, slippery, and creamy textured. Average drinkability. I was a bit underwhelmed by this one, although it's rather unique.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber, with a 1 finger head. Looked tasty! Smelled of sweet caramel malts, with some fruit hints, but not necessarily pomegranate. I could sense some berry flavor in there as well. The taste was solid, malty with fruit undertones, and well complimented with hops to give it a crisp, lightly bitter, dry finish. No trace of alochol. Many fruit beers get it wrong: the taste is dominated by fruit and has malt compliments. This beer gets it right: malt taste with fruit compliments.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled April 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, frothy, lightly ambered, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, cranberry-amber colored brew. Initially the aroma smells quite malty with notes of biscuits, toasted grain and some light caramel. It soon starts to pick up a fruitiness to it that once noticed cannot be dismissed. The fruit aromatics smell berry like, perhaps a touch like a fruit focused wine, or maybe even like a water downed wine-cooler.

The taste has a light sweetness to it, but that is not what one really notices after the first sip. There is a strong flavor of spice; something that is almost hot (though not from higher alcohols), and a finish that is like a dry, spicy wine (though this beer is not dry, though not really sweet either). Notes of berries, pithy raspberry notes, a touch of tannic cranberry skin (without the fleshy cranberry flavor itself) and some definite fruity acidity are all noticeable here. There is some malt flavors here as well, just not enough; notes of toasted grain, biscuits and crackers are all noticeable at times.

I'll give these guys props for making some really interesting beers lately, but unfortunately they have not really been all that good. They are not bad either, but that isn't quite what I am looking for in a beer. This is drinkable, but just doesn't quite seem to work.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite nice looking in the glass, Slightly chill hazed orange colored beer with a nice tall tan colored head.

The smell is sweet and spicy and a bit fruity. Probably has a pomegranate smell but I don't really remember what one smells like. The spice in the scent reminds me of oak and cinnamon.

The taste begins sweet and woody with a bit of cinnamon bark stick taste and a decent bitterness in the finish. As I drink this it becomes a little sweet and fruity with a decent malty ale underneath. Hop bitterness is proportional to the malt and is about right.

The mouthfeel is good.

An easy to drink ale that completely hides the alcohol content. This could put a hurting on the unsuspecting beer drinker.

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Photo of Braudog
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 22oz bottle: Poure with a substantial amount of airy head over a highly sheened light-reddish amber glossy brew. I can’t say that I can discern any special aroma here, if any at all. As I sip, it’s also difficult to differentiate any distinguishable flavor ... I get a smooth malty beer ... but as it warms there is this unidentifiable earthy warmth. I’d initially identify it as a big dark honey, but this must be the pomegranate at work. I can honestly say I have no idea what a pomegranate tastes like, let alone pre-judge whether it belongs in beer. This is a strong lightly colored ale with the body and flavor of a darker, richer brew, warm and heartening. Decent. (#2797, 4/14/2007)

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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