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 caddybuyer
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love He'Brew's strong ales...its like "how much shit can we throw into a beer?" Also love pomagranate, so hoping for greatness here.

Original review. 8.6.11

A-Rich ruddy amber veiled pour with an eggshell head head that settles to a scuddy ring. Decent lacing

S-Pomegranate surely present here, as well as some caramel malts and dark fruits that one normally finds in barleywines.

T-This is a bit of an oddball. Taste opens with a big sweet barleywine infused with pomegranite juice, and ends rather abruptly in an astringent tangy hop finish. It is an 8 abv that drinks like a 10 abv and this may be it's downfall. I'd take this down a few notches to where it might be refreshing, but since we are reviewing a strong ale, I won't ding it for points on that. Another oddball like Hairy Eyeball.

M-Thick, chewy. Decent carbonation balance.

O-I love Shmaltz....they go way out on a limb, and either totally hit the cover off the ball (Bittersweet Lenny) or totally fuck things up. (Freaktoberfest). I did not expect a summer referesher with this, and will revisit it when in the mood for a heavy and ponderous brew...not bad, just not what I was after right now...

12.25.12 Re-review. I will stand by my earlier review of this. Taste is a cross between a barlewine and an IPA, but I really don't like it much better than I did last year. A shame, because I would really like a nice pomagranate ale.

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Photo of vinhgoh
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bottle, decorative right out of the holiday gift set.

Not too much froth during the pour out.

Hop flavor overcomes the "pomegranate taste"....can taste a fruitiness but not the pom.

But overall, not a bad ale to just sip...kind of disappointed that I can't taste the pom.

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery orange amber with a fine, two-finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet and biscuit malt, and fresh pomegranite juice; very appealing. Flavor is malt, biscuits and pomegranite juice, finishing with well melded dry grassy hop bitterness, malt and residual sweet juice. The flavors are well integrated. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel from carbonation. A uniquely flavored ale that was fun to drink and well made. I will revisit this one again. Shmaltz is one of a handful of breweries who are pushing the envelope for ingredients, having fun with the presentation and still producing top notch ales.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a bright, ruby red color.
s - juicy pomegranate is the main aroma though it is somewhat muted.
t - juicy poms that give a hint of tartness with breadiness to balance.
m - thin and slick to begin with but has a bubbly and dry finish.
o - interesting take but not a beer that made me look forward to the next sip.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a He'Brew shaker pint glass. From the 2012 Holiday gift pack.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber color with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount pf lacing on the glass.

Smell: A fairly mild malt driven aroma. Toasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, yeast, toast, and a little butterscotch. A little burnt sugar and honey sweetness. Noticeable hints of pomegranate fruit although its kind of laid back. Fairly earthy with a light hop scent. Laid back aroma but decent.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a malty taste that is fairly subdued with the fruits and hops. Sweet toasted malts with a taste of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toasted bread, grains, butterscotch, and yeast. A light touch of honey and brown sugar. Taste of pomegranate fruit and a slight citrus taste. Earthy hops that provide some moderately drying bitterness. The malts stick out the most.

Mouthfeel:Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A decent beer, but lighter than expected. Could of had a stronger fruit taste. It is really smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of dvb
2.46/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another reviewer stated that he thought this beer tasted like a doppelbock. I am reminded more of an eisbock, but no point in splitting hairs.

ST: 22-ounce brown bomber.

A: This beer has an attractive copper color. Quite transparent. A nice tan head quickly vanishes, leaving almost no lacing.

S: I am getting a medicinal aroma. The alcohol is not well-hidden.

T: The pomegranate is pleasant enough, but is beaten over the head by alcohol. This would be better as a non-imperial.

M: Sticky.

Personally, I feel this recipe needs refinement. It is not without promise, but it just doesn't deliver the goods. Sorry, He'brew. I really wanted to like this, but it just doesn't work for me.

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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 jsanford
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber-brown with a dense off-white head that fades to a slight cap, leaving a few spots of lacing. Mild aromas of sweet caramel malt, dark honey, and slightly tart pomegranate. Not much going on, honestly. Taste is spot-on with the nose, mainly malt, honey, and pomegranate. I suppose it's not bad, and you certainly get what they advertise, but it's just not a particularly tasty beer. Mouthfeel is a touch sticky, with a medium-full body and lowish carbonation. Won't be grabbing this again, just not too impressed.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper hue which leaves a two finger creamy and sporadic lacing,the smell is really sweet its Anzac biscuts,butterscotch,caramel candy and pomegranate,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with not much carbonation and has tastes of pomegranates first up followed by caramel candy,butterscotch and finished with a earthy herbal bitterness and overall its above average but i couldnt see myself buying it again anytime soon cheers.

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Photo of MeowTom
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Normal look, of a hazy brown with a head that goes away fairly quickly.

S- Fruity pomegranate, with a tart crack to it. Probably the highlight of the beer.

T- It taste a lot like a typical he'brew with a slight tartness to it. Average

M- Pretty full body and nice alcohol taste with it.

O- Just an average beer that I wish was more for it being a special ale.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy ice tea. Low retention and lace on the head.

S - Light cranberry and apple over a malt backdrop.

T - Sweet malt up front. Caramel center. Woody hop and roast malt finish. Not much pomegranate to speak of, but still tasty.

M - Medium body, low carbonation.

O - Great malt forward profile. Couldn't find the much hyped pomegranate but it's still a nice brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pomegranate with some toffee. I also get a little bit of cherry and some red grapes. The flavor is more of the same with a ton of pomegranate as well as some grapes and cherries. The fruit really stands out, but the toffee and some alcohol are also present. Overall, the beer is very sweet, which makes it hard to drink too much of. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of txbrewer
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Coppery, clear, just off white head (that does not seem to go away), lacing that moves slowly to the level of the head as you drink.

S - The cereal and hops come through, not anything fruity from the pomegranate though.

T - More hops that malted grain on this one. Nothing much from the pomegranate.

M - The bitter lingers on this one, nothing from the pomegranate.

D - Sure but not what I expected based on the label.

While not a bad beer it does not match the label. The Imperial Amber Ale part comes through from the malt and hops flavor but I did not get anything too fruity to think of pomegranate. Other reviewers talk about the fruitiness so I wonder if the recipe has been tweaked at any point.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single finger head on a murky orangish brown body. Aroma is very fruity with pomegranate obviously dominating. Strawberry and cherry as well. Flavor follows the nose but is more tart. Otherwise this is a simple brew. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation with a semi dry finish. This isn't a great beer and you can probably pass over this one.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle, on sale + sounded interesting

A- Pours a hazy barely translucent golden slight amber color with reddish/slightly purple hues that definitely insinuate the presence of pomegranate. Thin layer of creamy white with a very slight beige color head. Slightly below average carbonation with slowly rising bubbles. Leaves layered lacing coating the glass.

S- Very fruity, smells like fresh pomegranate juice. If you like the smell of pomegranates you would absolutely love the smell of this beer. A little bit of underlying notes of booze, hops, and malts that are mostly overshadowed by the fruit smell.

T- Taste is definitely the down fall in this beer. Not what I was expecting at all- I was expecting a lot fruitier based from the smell, big disappointment. Tastes like very watered down pomegranate juice with a little bit of hops and malts mixed in. Slightly sweet pomegranate aftertaste. A little bit maltier/bitter and a tiny bit more of a pomegranate taste towards the bottom of the glass.

M- Medium bodied, definitely fairly light for a beer of this abv, slightly below average carbonation, abv very well hidden.

O- The appearance and smell of this beer were fantastic. The hazy golden appearance with purplish reddish hues looked very promising. The smell was even more promising, not that much of an artificial fruit smell that you get with a lot of fruit beers (which I absolutely hate). After the smell and appearance of this beer, the rest went down hill. I was expecting a beer that was full of flavor and strong on the palate, however what I got was flat sparkling water with a little bit of a pomegranate flavor which caused my rating to go way down. The only good thing was that the abv was very well hidden. I wouldn't strongly recommend picking up this beer, but for the price ($3) and trying it only once I can't complain.

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Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a tulip, it pours a clear, copper/ amber color with a rocky off white head that reduced to a filmy layer. The beer smells of pomegranate with a hint of cranberry, some caramel, herbal hops and a hint of molasses. The beer is sweet and almost syrupy, flavors of pomegranate and cherry along with bready malt, butter and a slight earthy hop bitterness. It's very thick with low carbonation and a sticky finish. I think this was an above average beer but could have been better with a lighter body and more tartness from the fruit.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle->Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours a promising deep maroon w/ a lush eggshell white head. Splotches of non uniform patterns of lace adorn.

S ~ Pomegranate juice, breadcrust, corn syrup, & powdered sugar...more of a pomegranite seed smell as it warms up.

T ~ Pomegranate following through w/ layers of Bready malt & Red grapes, finishing w/ Blended POM-like flavors. Faint plum & Candi sugar upon warming.

M ~ Nice fine carbonation. Goes down smooth, yes, but w/ an odd Ester that clings to the sides of the tongue.

D ~ Nice to try, a long awaited want! Thanks Crabbicus!
This is exactly how it sounds: A Strong Ale w/ Pomegranate juice, so it's one & done, but one you'll be glad you tried. Check it out if that's what you're into!

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a fluffy medium khaki head with some great lacing.

Smells of warm and sweet malts, but not much pomegranate.

Taste is another matter though, as it starts out with tart fruity pomegranate, not overpowering. Some of the sweet malt hits in the middle rounded out by some piney hop characters. Feels nicely balanced, as all aspects come through, none over powering the other.

Feels light and crisp, very refreshing. It does have a bit of a sting, but it's a nice one, and a great dry finish. Light to medium bodied and very enjoyable.

What a surprise this was, I have seen it along time at every store, but I hadn't been inspired, but finally gave in on a big shopping trip. Very nice and drinkable.


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Photo of shand
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer has been on my hit-list for a while, it's only recently that I finally found a bottle. It's not too much to look at, it pours a deep amber with a small head. The aroma is sweet and tangy, with malts dominating, and a little bit of the pomegranate hiding in the back. The taste is good, it's got a nice strong malt thing going on, with a bit of a hoppy presence, and the pomegranates doing their thing throughout the whole thing, adding a slightly sour fruity edge to the whole deal. It's not exceptional, but it's still very good. The mouthfeel is good, it feels just about right for the strength of the beer, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is was a good beer that presents something different in the fruit beer field. I'd give it a try, but don't get your hopes up for something fantastic.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat sweet malty aroma has a decided overtone of pomegranate - and I do like pomegranate! Pours a clear, slightly ruddy copper with a fairly thick and fluffy light beige head. Malty, woody aroma has a firm pomegranate note and hints of caramel and horehound. Smooth texture has about average body and fizziness, and leaves a fruity, slightly hop-bitter finish.

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Photo of aasher
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, part of their Holiday pack.

This beer pours a light bodied amberish orange in color with a soapy lacing around the glass. The aromas are of faded amber malts with no fruit at all. The flavors are very sweet and malty, but again not reminiscent of any pomegranate or fruit juice. It's weird. It could be an extract. It drinks pretty light in body and doesn't have appealing flavor at all. It's odd and disjointed. The pomegranate doesn't show itself, and if you strained to believe that it was, then it's forced. This one is definitely a beer to avoid.

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Photo of Giggy
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber with a redish tint, clear, cream colored head, one finger.

S: Slightly fruity, sweet malt, citrus, fresh bread.

T: Sweet with a bitter finish. Sweet bread, light fruit presence. Surprised that it isn't fake fruity like other fruit beers.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: enjoyed it

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Photo of adman08
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours with lots of very fluffy white foam that leaves a nice layer on the surface of the beer. Slightly reddish amber color and very clear.
S-Light, bready aroma with a distinct scent of pomegranate. Overall the aroma is very sweet.
T-Very malty, lots of grainy bread flavor with a big hit of pomegranate in the middle. Mild hop flavor upfront with just a hint of tartness and a hint of spice.
M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A fairly sweet beer. Noticeable alcohol.
Overall, a very tasty beer. This is something I'd buy a 6-pack of(if they made it in a 6-pack) and just sip it all day. I love the pomegranate, it's there but it blends in, it doesn't overpower the beer. Could have some tweaks here and there but I really like this beer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a clear burnt orange with two fingers of tan head the retained extremely well with thick lacing
S - sour fruit, toffee, and toasty, and some booziness
T - rich amber malts of sweet toffee, mild citrus hops, some tropical juice accent, and some alcohol heat
M - medium body with that starts sweet and somewhat rich, but turns prickly and finishes dry
O - solid amber characteristics with the feature ingredient on the subtle side but it works, the ABV is a little noticeable but not a turnoff, an interesting brew worth a try

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Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear reddish amber with a lastng creamy ivory head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and pomegranate. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of pomegranate, earthiness and light carmel with a smooth dry lingering pomegranate finish.

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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