He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate AleHe'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
423
Reviews:
250
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
14.69%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
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Photo of RyanPB
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

At eight percent alcohol, the fruit masks the flavor exceedingly well. Now, to the rest of the review: the color is in line with what you would expect, similar to Saranac Pomegranate Wheat, nothing really spectacular. Nothing noteworthy in the nose, but in my experience, pomegranate is a fairly subtle fruit (an Ex really liked Pom). I really liked the taste. It certainly helped the drinkability. The mouthfeel was off: I would like to have it on tap.

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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 canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty interesting beer because from the nose and intial taste it seems Belgian. There is lots of hops around but the style seems like a Belgian Strong Ale. The Pom is in the background and doesn't interfer with the nice balance of the beer. There is a real malt balance to make this very drinkable. First beer I have had from these guys and I look forward to trying more.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

ours a vey rosey, copper amber with very little head and no bubbling. Looks a little winey. The aroma has a pomegranate fruitines with some alcohol heat with a light splash of earthiness. Get lots of fruity flavors overall. Taste piecesof apples, pomegranates, figs, and maybe some rose hips. Thehops mix more with the alcohol than the toasted malt flavors. Veyr warm and fruity "feeling" beer...if that makes sense. Syrupy and sweet feeling with lots of warmth, maybe too much.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle with lots of nifty pomegranate factoids on the label, poured into a snifter yields a reddish copper-amber body capped with thick ecru foam that reduces to a ring and leaves a bit of webby lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and fruity, with a heaping helping of succulent pomegranate dripping all over a dry malty note. A light whiff of evergreen attests to the fact that there are definitely some hops in this brew.

The taste is fruity and caramel-sweet with a dry and bitter counter-note of resinous hops right up front. Juicy notes of the featured fruit, alleged by the prophet Muhammad (according to the label) to "purge the system of envy and hatred", pervade the drink without overwhelming the drinker with sweetness, and do, indeed make me feel better and a whole lot less worried about the way things went at work today. (It sucked!)

Mellow, fruity, and flavorful. I have yet to enjoy any beer from He'brew that fails to impress (via the flavor profile) and inform (via the trippy labels). This particular offering is, at its core, a nice and toasty pale ale, but is amped up into something wonderful and marvelously drinkable by adding the Shmaltz-style twist of the unexpectedly delicious.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: hazy golden, much like apple juice. A white and foamy head, nice retention. A bitg of fluffy stick like eggwhites.

S: The pomegranate overtakes much of the other aromas. Smells like a pomegranate juice. Perhaps a bit of a yeasty scent?

T: A bit of a roasty malt, but again, it's pretty overpowered by the pomegranate. A bit of hoppy bitterness, but otherwise not much... not really my thing

M + D: Rather smooth, semi-creamy mouthfeel - one of the better aspects to this. Flavour is the weakness and not something I think I'd get again.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into snifter.

Almost crystal clear ruby hue with a one finger off white head that settles to a rim along the glass.

The aroma is rich with pomegranate with a bit of spice and hop aroma.

Somewhat of a juicy flavor with the bitterness of the hops kicking in. The alcohol adds a little spice as the beer warms. Full bodied with good carbonation. The pomegranate lasts for a while after each sip.

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

A- Nice reddish orange color with a fairly decent head that dissipates rather quickly.

S- Quite fruity, with a smell that is distinctly of pomegranate. This is backed by a caramel malt sweetness.

T- The pomegranate flavor is in full force, adding a nice tartness. Backing it is a strong caramel malt flavor. The flavors are nicely balanced. The finish is dry with a light-moderate bitterness.

M- Smooth and medium-bodied with a decent carbonation level.

D- The alcohol isn't too noticeable, but it is a bit high. I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting, but finishing a bottle isn't hard.

Another good one from He'Brew. It's an interesting beer that integrates the pomegranate flavor well without it becoming overwhelming. It's a bit of a novelty, yes, and certainly not an everyday drinker, but it's still tasty. I suggest giving it a try, especially if you like pomegranates. Recommended.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale, like a lot of their other beers,
is informed by points of Judaeica- Pomegranates serving metaphorical
duties in the Torah. As cited on the label, this is an "imperial amber
ale brewed with luscious pomegranate juice."

Decanted, the brew pours a couple of loose fingers of beige foam over
a cloudy amber or peach colored brew. The nose is fresh fruit riding on
top of alcohol spicyness. The flavor is rich, malty, and juicy up front, with
some kind of bracing herbal hop off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is
round and full, finishing semi-dry. Alcohol bite is well moderated, only
really showing up as a warming effect. The fruit really contributes to the
nose, alcohol content, and dryness off the back. This is a good one, but
don't slam it on an empty stomach- it really sneaks up on you!

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Rec Billiards in W-S,came from the tap in a standard pint glass a hazed mix of ruby read and brown with a thinner slight off white head.Pomegranate naturally is the most prevelant aroma along with sweet malt and a faint leafy hop presence.Flavors are a bit of sweet and sour from the pomegranate with the sour winning,its defiently malt tilted with some sweet dough with a very light detectable shot of herb in the finish.Not bad it goes down very easy but its not overly complex,glad I at least tried it.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Murky reddish brown coloration, nice fluffy head of froth, good retention and some very attractive lacing. Overall presentation is pretty impressive.

S- Very rich and robust malty aroma with hints of fruits, which I will assume are pomegranates, but I must admit I'm not really sure what they smell like. If these are pom notes, they are lovely.

T - Nice complexion to the body, which is zesty, spicy and sweet. The alcohol shines through a bit, but a tangy aftertaste quickly knocks it out. A nice malt backbone rounds this brew out nicely.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation level, decently dry yet tangy finish.

D - Very interesting brew, unlike any I've had before I must say. The important thing to remember here is that it's a beer first, then a fruit beer second. That being said I'd say it's a great strong ale and one worth trying.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle.

A: The body is a deep ruby-orange color topped by a think, foamy, cream-colored head which lasts for a long time and leaves a pretty fair ammount of lace on the glass.

S: It smells strongly of pomegranate. Lots of fruit smells really, such as banana and cherry. There is a sweet malty smell

T: The sweet malty taste comes through immediately. There is the tartness of pomegranate, which is complemented nicely by the warming alcohol. It is interesting that the bitterness comes more from the tart fruit than the hops.

M: The beer is full-bodied, with smooth carbonation and an oily sort of mouthfeel.

D: Despite this beers uniqueness, I don't think that it scores very highly for "drinkability". In my opinion, it is too overwhelmingly fruity to be a good beer to have a few of in a night.

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Photo of albern
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a nicely deep reddish copper, well carbonated look about it. You can see the effervesence quite nicely and the head is a pretty substantial foamy white. Lots of lacing and retention as well. The smell wasn't particular or profound in any one direction. Sweet malts, some fruity notes, perhaps a bit of a liquor smell as well. This is a pretty full bodied beer with a sticky syrupy consistency with a spicey and acerbic mouthfeel. There is a throaty burn to this beer in the finish beyond the warming alcohol notes. The taste may be pomegranate but you wouldn't know it. There are bold sweet malts, there are some acerbic fruity tastes that are too vague to pin down to anyone one fruit, some stronger liquor flavors, some deep caramel too. Pomegranate was just not in the equation as far as I can detect, except in the coloring of the beer that did have a nice reddish/pomegranate tint to it. I see this one as more of a novelty beer to be drunk during Passover, but nothing I would seek out on its own.

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Photo of hops4me
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy amber with a off white head. Half a finger of head holds all the way down. Lacing is there but not huge.

S - Fruity malty. More from the grain and not from the fruit. Floral hops at the end.

T - Heavy malt flavor. I think I detect the pomegranate but not too sure. Bitter floral hops in the aftertaste. I think the advertised fruit is overwhelmed by everything else in this beer.

M - medium to heavy. Suprisingly chewy. Bitterness is all over the tongue afterwards.

D - I could have 2 or 3 of these with no problem. The pomeganate is not as pronounced as I thought it would be. A good beer but not as fruity as I thought it would be. I was expecting something like the way Aprihop has their fruit come through. If you are buying for the fruit pass it up. BUT it is a good beer like I said.

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Photo of drinksandeats
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the pomegranate, a fruit that has staked its claim in the world's history. He'Brew joins the many that have capitalized on today's pomegranate craze to produce Origin, although it does cite the juicy red fruit's connection to Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist tradition on the label.

The beer poured a solid two-finger head, a very light yellow. The beer itself is brown, almost like an light old leather. The aroma touched my deepest olfactory memories: something vaguely fruity, but with a soft grainy tone. After thirty seconds I figured it out: Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries. Are Crunchberries made of pomegranate?

The strongest taste sensation is the acidity of the brew. It's not hops bitterness, but the bitterness of the pomegranate as one would it expect to be manifest in beer. Odd fruit notes, not quite pomegranate, more like cherries. Nice caramel and malt body. The mouthfeel is like drinking lemon juice, not too thick but bursting with acid.

One bomber was good enough for one sitting. It's not really a great session beer, and I feel that another brewer may have perfected pomegranate ale a little better than He'Brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$4.99 for a 22oz bomber at Oryana food co-op. Brewed with 2-row, caramel 30-40, dark crystal, munich, dark munich, and wheat malts. Hopped with Warrior, Centennial, Cascade, Willamette, Crystal, and Mt.Hood. 8% ABV. 10,000 pomegranates per batch. Pours out to a muddy looking mid brown, forming a nice creamy light yellow head with very good retention and adequate lacing. Mild to medium carbonation. The aroma basically smells like a very fruity amber ale, but I honestly couldn't tell you by the nose that this was made with pomegranantes. Munich biscuity malts and crystal malt grain husky sweetness, a fresh hoppiness and clean ferment. The taste is not really all that different than the nose. In short, I couldn't tell you that this was made with pomegranates at all, but I would wonder why the beer was so harsh and acidic. There is a very harsh and bitter aftertaste that is not pleasant, and the acidity gives me instant heartburn.

Maybe an interesting idea, but it doesn't translate into a good beer.

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Photo of apierce1
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I tried this beer because Men's Health recommended it, and really had no expectations going in. I'll go ahead and say that I was slightly disappointed with this beer.

Appearance - Mostly orange with a white head that varied greatly depending on how the beer was poured

Smell - I smelled almost nothing at all, maybe a faint spice. My roommate said he could smell the pomegranate but I sure couldn't

Taste - I found nothing distinct about the taste at all. It reminded me of a Well's Bombardier

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with little carbonation

Drinkability - All in all I think that anyone could enjoy this beer, its not very bitter though it's quite watery

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful bright, clear orangish-amber with a 2 finger creamy light beige head that lasted for several minutes after the pour. Visible carbonation was medium with small jet like steady streams rising upwards.

S: The nose was spicy and slightly boozy with dark toasted caramel an dry oranges.

T: malty oranges with a spritzy carbonation bite. There was some booziness, ripe fruitiness (apples) and a dry spicy caramel. Right before the finish was a very brief presence of pomegranate juice that came and vanished within seconds before yielding to a soft, but dry alcohol fade with some spicy caramel that was eloquent and refined.

M: light and oily with a medium carbonation presence and a dry spicy alcohol and dry pomegranate lacing.

D: A great spicy alcohol and toasted caramel sweetness makes for a very smooth well rounded flavor and intriguing drink. Really nice, enjoyable and highly recommended.

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

Appearance: Opaque, orange-copper body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, orange citrus fruits, and, you guessed it, those pesky pomegranates.

Taste: Pale malts with a touch of grain. Orangey citrus. Sweet-n-sour pomegranate juiciness. Slight hop bitterness. Relatively tangy finish that dies down leaving a little bitterness to carry into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Texture thinned by fruit juices.

Drinkability: Decent for a beer vaguely reminiscient of that sauce you get with Sweet-n-Sour Chicken.

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Photo of hreb
2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Cold 22oz bottle poured into UK-size pint glass. Beer pours orange amber, slightly cloudy, with very little head. Initial aroma is citrusy and spicy, not at all beer-like. This must be the "luscious" pomegranate juice promised on the front label.

The first sip is immediately SOUR. Orange peel and...rancid garlic? I've had fresh pomegranate. It's viciously acidic, but tasty. I like acidic...I'll drink straight malt vinegar. But I admit I've never been a fan of the bottled pomegranate juices as much as orange or grapefruit or cranberry. I found this offering from He'brew and thought it was so insane it might just be good. You know, with a HINT of pomegranate.

Nope. This is fizzy alcoholic pomegranate juice with nothing to resemble beer to my palate. I wouldn't hold "not tasting like beer" against a legitimate ale beverage, which I'm sure this is, except that I like beer, and I don't like this. Other flavors? Grapefruit pith? There's a slightly fruity sweetness to it, but nothing that would remind me of an amber ale. Sorry. I would choose not to finish the bottle. I'll stick to Lenny's rye IPA.

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Photo of Avryle
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Reddish amber body with a creamy head and good retention. Decent lacing along the sides of the glass

S- Malt with a sweet undertone, probably the pomegranate, but difficult to pin-point

T- Malts dominate the taste with a little bit of sweetness. Really not able to pick out the pomegranate, and I love pomegranets. Finishes with an unpleasant hop bitterness.

M- Smooth & full-bodied mouthfeel

D- I had expectations of the fruit being much more dominant than it was. A bit of a disappointment. Maybe it was just a bad bottle.

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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 jenbys2001
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was leery of trying this beer because fruit beers tend to be overwhelmingly sweet to me. However, I was surprised by the mild taste of this beer. The scent and appearance of this beer are fairly forgettable but the flavor is quite nice. The taste focuses more on the bread and toasted malt character, with a slight hoppiness to it. The pomegranate note is barely discernible. Overall a pleasant beer, but not particularly mind blowing.

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Photo of timtim
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

darkish amber with a white head that falls pretty quickly and leaves minimal lace. nice nose and taste... pommegranate. apple, hop and a little sweet malt with a hint of pepper in the finish. medium body and very drinkable. this one pleased me and the lady friend. another good brew from my he'brew brufas.

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Photo of awall422
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this from Andover Liquors after being impressed by the Jewbilation 11 at NOTB.

Poured a medium copper, very clear with maybe a two finger head that dissipated very quickly, leaving scant lacings as i drank it.

aroma was lightly fruity, not much else going on. pleasant, but no wow factor.

taste was bitter, much more bitter than i expected considering it's named an "imperial amber ale". i guess i was expecting more of the pomegranate to come though. finish was, well, odd. very dry and i think the pomegranate sweetness tries to linger on your palate just a bit after you swallow.

very light and dry mouthfeel.

pretty drinkable, an above average beer, but not something i would say is terribly special.

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 423 ratings.
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