He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale | Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate AleHe'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale
423 Ratings
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 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 zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, tan, bubbly, foamy, head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of pomegranate and caramel malt.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt with some floral notes. It had a boozy taste and an odd sharp bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a very dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This wasn't the best from He'Brew. The odd bitterness and odd finish just didn't work.

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Photo of klewis
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright copper hue with a modest frothy head. Light lacing.

S: Caramel malts with a light fruity character.

T: Quite malty with a very subtle pomegranate flavor in the back. Reminiscent of a scotch ale. A dry, musty taste common to all the Hebrew beers I've had so far shows up in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry.

D: Decent and worth the price tag, but not something that I'd probably buy again.

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Photo of MillRat
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odd that this landed in a strong ale category rather than fruit beer, but here goes, since I can taste beer not categories...

Pours a coppery gold color with hints of red, with a white head that never covers the surface but persists as a ring around the pint glass, leaving occasional lacing.

Aroma promises a rich amber ale with caramel notes and prominent malt body, plus some citrusy northwestern hops, and an indistict cherry-strawberry fruitiness that could be yeast-derived as well as from the pomegranates in the brew.

The first mouthful delivers on aroma's promise. Big malt body balanced by a fruity sourness, now readily identifiable as pomegranate, and citrusy hops that play well tegether with the pomegranates. Good hops selection here.

Overall a rather rich beer that is in keeping with a strong ale, not too heavy, but not really sessionable, either. Very good at simply being what it is.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick strawberry puree'. Head is gone and lacing is light. Hardly an aroma, a light scent of Troegs Mad Elf. Thick, oily body where fruits orgy into a sweet, slightly copper metallic mess. No crisp, olive oil pomegranate disappointment. Sweet and ugly.

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Photo of JRed
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew sports a orange-tan hue with fleeting white head. After a search for aroma, there is a mild sour pomegranate scent. The taste is very oily, syrup-like raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate fruit mix. No carbonation to speak of which leaves the heavy bodied brew to sit slather on the tongue for a while. Too sweet initially and then too sour and all together too artificial syrup. Not worth trying, let's all save some money during this economic crisis.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a light to medium, slowly dissolving white head.

S - Sweet fruit, sweet mild malts, syrup.

T - Sweet toffee, pomegranate is at just the right level. Mild roasted malts.

M - Medium to thin bodied with some carbonated crispness.

D - Very drinkable.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $4.89 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter.

A nice inch and a half off frothy white head after a standard pour. Head retention is pretty good as is the lacing. Color is a transparent deep ruby red.

Smell is rather mild. Some mild malts. Only minor fruity hints a la pomegranate. Nothing extraordinary.

The pomegranate comes through in the mouth more. Decent balance of the fruitiness with mild hops and some malts. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Mild carbonation. Medium body. Lightly carbonated. Not watery, not creamy; somewhere right in the middle.

Rather drinkable, but this beer is somewhat forgettable. More like a B-Level amber, then perhaps a decent fruit beer. Not so sure how this is considered a 'Strong Ale.'

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Photo of magictrokini
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. Reddish amber pour with a short head. Nice, sweet malty aroma with some nuts. Syrupy malt and sugar in the taste. The pomegranates stay very subdued and don't overpower the nice malt backbone. Interesting that this falls into an American Strong over a fruit beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber/orange with a big white head that spatters lots of lace around the glass. Looks like an IPA .... no hint of fruit in the appearance. The head holds well, and the beer is a nice shade of crystal clear orange.

S - White powdered sugar and grapefruit hops. Some pine type hop aromas are noticeable, but this is big on the citrus. Some sour cherry and pomegranate notes are there too. I love the fact that this is primarily a pale ale or hoppy amber with a hint of some red fruit.

T - Big Northwestern hops (pine, sap, and grapefruit) with a hint of pomegranate and sugar. Caramel malts combine with the light cherry and citrus notes to make for a very pleasing beer.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, sweet, and neutral on the finish. This has a nice lengthy aftertaste of melon, cherry, pomegranate, caramel, and piney hops.

D - This is some really good stuff! I opened this for dinner with my wife, and I expected it to be one of her fruity tooty girly beers, but this is fruit beer done right. This is a nice boozy amber ale with a healthy dose of hops and kissed with a gentle hint of pomegranate. Good fruit brew, but a little bit too sweet for sessioning.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Loads of Malt, Loads of hops. Loads of interesting flavors. Unfortuantly the aftertaste is kinda strange and the mouthfeel is tart and bitter like chalk or grape skins.

Pours a reddish copper, rich and thick looking. Nicee offwhite head.

Getting some rye and other malty aromas.

Taste starts sweet, almost fruity (I'm getting the pomegranate, or what I assume to be a derivitive of it). Can taste alcohol in there too, a bit of a kick, makes me think this ones a nice hot 10% or maybe 12%, exhale after my drink is of hot fusals.

Like I said at the beginning though, the mouthfeel and drinkablity are a bit off. Theres an odd sour tartness that doesn't do me well.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has dark red colored body. It has a thick tan head and not much lace. It smells of pomegranates. It has a little bit of a pale ale like taste. It is bitter, fruity and has a strong hop bitter aftertaste. It has almost a Belgian triple like after taste. It has a full body with not a whole lot of carbonation. I liked this beer a lot.

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Photo of Pencible
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark gold with some light tan head. It smelled like faint honey and caramel malt, with a bit of copper hops. It tasted like rich honey and caramel malt, with copper and floral hops and pomegranate. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter pomegranate aftertaste. Overall this was a very interesting beer, with a very weak scent and a more subtle flavor than expected. But it tasted nice, and was clean and easy to drink. The pomegranate was a nice touch, and it hid the alcohol well. This is definitely a beer I could enjoy again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Liquor Emporium in Lompc, CA..Poured a light copper color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is malty and fruity. The nose is skunky if you ask me. The flavor is mostly malty, there is a bit of fruit, but I can't particularly distinguish it as pomegranate. Fairly bitter in the finish, the bitterness seems to linger too. No hop flavors stand out, this one is all about the malt. Not bad, but not anything I'd go out of the way for either.

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Photo of midaszero
2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Clean amber red with 2 fingers of white head

S - Faint caramel malts and some faint pomegranate

T - a little like fruit juice with some caramel malts, piny hops but with a bad after taste

M - Medium body with medium high carbonation

D - not to impressed or enjoyable

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice amber brown color, with an off white head, about half an inch thick, nice sticky lacing, crystal clear, interesting.

S: caramel malts, pomegranate, a bit of a sweet factor that is hard to understand,

T: pretty tasty for everything going on here, nice sweetness from the high malt bill, nice tartness from the pom. and a nice bitterness from the hops in the end. interesting. all in all though it is a little too hoppy for what i would like, maybe i figured on a bit more sweet and tart.

M: pretty thick, and malty, nice carbonation, nice lingering bitterness.

D: this is pretty drinkable for the alcohol, i could probably drink a few more of these, but i wouldn't reach for it every time. pretty good beer all around though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pinkish-orange colour, with a few pockets of large-bubbled carbonation. Really hard to induce a head, even with a pretty vigorous pour. Nice colour, but it looks insipid with no head. A shame.

Nice fruity hint on the nose - a bit thin, but pleasant. Unusually, it's more of an American hop aroma than the scent of pomegranate. Bit of peach and pineapple, not a huge nose, but nice. There's probably a little input from the pomegranate as well, but I genuinely think it's a hop aroma first.

Hmm. It's quite strongly hopped on the palate. More bitter than I was expecting. Starts off tasting like a standard APA, with a sharp piquancy, but then slides off into a lightly woody, herby sweetness, which, because I've never encountered anything quite like it before, I'll have to put down to the pomegranate. There's also an underlying alcohol character at the very end, which isn't unpleasant - in fact, it gives a kick to what is otherwise a reasonably bland beer.

Mouthfeel is thin to moderate, pretty standard for a lower gravity brew, I might have expected a little more from something they describe as "Imperial".

It's not bad. Very drinkable, but unfortunately, not very exciting. Still, I'd pick it up again, and it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of nickd717
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper color with a small white head. About what you'd expect for an amber ale.

S - This is where it really excels. Aroma of piney hops, caramel malt, and some fruit.

T - Starts off strong with caramel malt and pomegranate, then hops, and then...well, not much. The finish is a little disappointing.

M - Very good for an amber ale. Smooth and medium bodied.

D - Fairly drinkable. I had a 22 ouncer and definitely wouldn't have minded a little more.

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Photo of Shadman
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the discription of American Strong Ale...might as well have a 'Let 'Er Rip Boys!' tag at the end of the description...lol

Despite the ASA tag it does say amber ale on the bottle. This poured a very hazy dark aprocot-bordering-on-cooper hue with a cool cascading carbonation action that was very nitro-tap/can-like. Rich head with some really sticky lacing. Good work so far.

RIch, sweet caramel malt and a very floral fruitiness come to mind here

Taste is reminicent of a west coast amber, but without the overdose of citrus hop. Citrus hop and sweet malt tend to march in step. I noticed a bit of tartness, no doubt due to the pomegranite. Finish was tea-like and fairly dry & bitter. Decently full body -wise. A touch on the sweet side is the only negative I can dredge up against it taste/mouthfeel wise.

Not sure if I was expecting a lambic here, but given the bottle label description as a flavored amber ale it certainly fit the bill as a good bet.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale---

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- The beer does pour a copper orange with an ivory head. However, I was expecting something with more of a redish hue more like pomegranate juice.
S- The smell of raisins and over ripe pomegranates is very strong. You can also notice the alcohol aroma along with caramel.
T- Yes you can taste the pomegranate, but it is the pine that I taste the most. A little sweet and syrupy that leaves your tongue sticky.
MF- Very smooth and the alcohol is hidden very well.
D-Although it is a very drinkable beer I was a little disappointed in the overall quality of this beer.

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Photo of PatronWizard
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

First time trying a product from this brewery. I like the play on words and grabbed a bomber. Here goes...

Pours an amber orange haze. Looks like orange marmalade. Unimpressive head.

Smells like orange marmalade. May be connected to the appearance as a smell expectation, but that's what I smell. Sue me. And I don't really like the smell.

Taste - I don't like it. I like pomegranate, but I can't detect that flavor here. It is after all the only ale of its kind. Good. I won't be buying this again. Sticky sweet syrup.

So that's my notes, and I'm sitting here now trying to give this a chance. What can I say, I'm a fair kinda dude. Bottle's a little over half gone and I still don't like it.

Overall: I'll definitely give this brewer another chance but not this product.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a 4oz glass.

L - slightly hazed orange/amber color with a beige head.

S - sweet malts and a light fruitiness.

T - malty sweet with a light medicine taste, finishing with mild bitterness.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - I enjoyed what I had.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Stateline in Elkton, MD at the end of July. Cracked open the bottle last night to drink.

A- Body is a nearly transparent saturated amber hue. Pours with an off-white rusty colored foamy head that quickly subsides to a thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is distinctly hoppy. Hop scents are somewhat earthy in nature but pine and citrus also make a slight presence. Also noted is a sugary sweetness.

T-Slightly sweet pomegranate upfront with a citrus hop accent and a sound malt backbone. Earthy hop and some mild pine hop flavors come through for the finish. What is left to linger is bitter hop resin of medium strength, and some piny and fruity flavors. Nice balance.

M-Medium to high stingy carbonation and a light body that is somewhat oily.

D- This is definitely a different spin on the imperial amber ale. I'm not sure how well the pomegranate fits in with this style and the residual bitterness was a little to high for me-but all in all a decent, drinkable beer. I have an imperial cherry amber in my stash to try soon and we'll see how that compares to this one. Great opportunity to try something from the Shmaltz/He'Brew lineup.

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Photo of Douglas14
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Origin has a blood orange color with an impressive head that is off white in color and leaves incredible lace. The smell is sweet and fruity. Yup, definite pomegranate in the taste...if I hadn't known it were pomegranate, I don't think I would have been able to identify the fruit, but because I do know, it makes perfect sense. The taste has more to offer towards the end than it does at the beginning. The alcohol in this beer definitely sneaks up on you...I know 8% isn't over the top, but the Origin drinks like a pale ale. it is not that smooth/silky, but maybe it wasn't meant to be.

Overall, pretty good beer, but I was definitely expecting more from Shmaltz on this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 423 ratings
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