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 timtim
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
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 -5.9%
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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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hebrew Origin
22oz. brown bomber

Poured into a snifter. Origin pours an amber color with a reddish hue that has great clarity. Supple white head on top with light lacing. The aromas are fruity and juicy from the pomegranate, some biscuit and yeast. Origin is hoppier than expected but not very hoppy at all, bitter fruits with a hint of sweetness take over the flavor. Mouthfeel is dry, mild carbonation, smooth, and it has a complex palate. Wouldn't mind getting a few more of these, as they are rather tasty.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To be a novelty-type brew company, these guys know what they are doing with beer. I figured that a fruit beer would show their certain flaws. However, none are found here. A very malty malt base provides round and balanced aromas of toasted malts, attenuated caramels and toffees, and providing a Bock-like melanoiden, mouthwatering effect. Fruity esters give a lot of decoration to the malts and round out the light citrus hop character. An underlying tart, berry sweetness also give a lot of variety to the beer (may be the pommegranite flavors). A heaviness to the malts remind me of Avery Kaiser, but with a stronger toasted malt presences, assertive fruitiness and American hops, albeit moderate. Finishes well attenuated despite the sweetness. A light berry tartness lingers beyond the crispness. Again a nice beer by a novelty brewery.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours golden amber with 1 cm almost white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is sweet with fruit and malt and slight hops. Initial flavor is sweet with a hint of the pomegranate. Flavor changes to become more balanced by the end from the hops. Aftertaste still has some fruit taste to it and is moderately lasting. Slight lacing, light body, light carbonation, and not a whole lot of alcohol noted. Drinkable if you can tolerate fruity beers, otherwise it fits the mold.

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

22 ounce bomber from La Bodega in Riverside, CA., January 2008. I think it was $5.99.

Pours a slightly cloudy (but mostly clear) orange-amber that is actually quite pretty, a light thin head is fed by a steady stream of carbonation that keeps a'coming.

Aroma is fruity alright- I didn't get pomagranate, I was thinking more black cherries. But that might just be because I haven't had pom in a long time.

Flavor is quite interesting. Definitely fruit and malt, can't taste hops very well. But the end of the swallow has a definite tart pomagranate juice that's is probably enhanced by the hops (not there individually, but like steroids for the pom). But overall, it's enjoyability is limited. Good, but not a wow good.

Thinner than expected for 8%, but that's OK. A bit of alcohol burn keeps the mouthfeel and drinkability from rising too high.

I was a little worried about this beer- I generally am not a fan of fruit beers, but overall I was pleased with what I was drinking. Good, but not great.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear copper under a decent sized chunky white head.
No lace, enough retention to cover.

S: Smells of citrus hops, some pomegranate in the background with a caramel malt.

T: Much of the same here. Citrusy hops, some toasted and caramel maltiness, decent bitterness in the finish, a little bit of tartness and hints of pomegranate in between. Certain yeast-like character as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is about medium. Alcohol hid well. Drinkability is OK. A solid beer, but I expected a bigger fruity character from it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Radek. Light orange colour with a white head. Malty and hoppy, with a creamy though far from full, and sour juicy finish. The taste is significant orangey, and metallic lagery. An odd sourness.A bit of hop. Something different for fruit fans.

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Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark amber with an off-white head that didn't retain very well.

Smell - Alcohol and pomegranate juice.

Taste - Grainy malts, pomegranate juice and mild floral hops. Surprisingly powerful alcohol in the finish - something went wrong with this one, the alcohol is entirely too noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, a tad thin for the ABV. Bitter alcohol clings to the palate.

Notes - Pretty bad stuff, thankfully this was my friend's buy.

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Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very rich amber, honey color. Smells very hoppy, and almost just like an IPA. Doesn't smell of pomegranate at all. Taste is IPA like, and mildly bittered, but smooth. The aftertaste is hoppy bitterness. I can tell this is a decent beer, but not what I expected from the name and was a bit disappointed from that.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.22/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz brown bottle. Poured into a duvel tulip it forms a modest loose off white head. Lacing is admirable and spider web like remnants are left behind. Nice to look at.

Hmmmm...I'm surprised at the subtleness of this brew considering their other anniversary/seasonal type offerings. This is by far the weakest of the bunch in both punch and flavor. Sweet unrefined type malt bill. Hops provide nothing more than a backdrop and the pomegranate is hardly detectable other than the sugar overtones.

Notes: Love the brewery, dislike this run.

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Photo of erosier
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber color with an off-white/light tan colored head. The aroma is of strong malts, a little bit of hop bitterness, alcohol, and some pomegranate. The taste is not as pomegranatey as I would have expected, but it is a nice strong ale flavor. The tart pommegranate is a nice complement to the strong ale malts and the amount of alcohol. I was expecting a more tart taste, but I suppose that would be too overpowering. The mouthfeel is good with the right amount of carbonation and it is a fairl drinkable beer. Worth a shot because of the interesting combination.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some old notes on this from 10-2007.

A: Pours a dark, red amber body with a nice head and good retention. Left some decent lacing along the sides of the glass as well.

S: Not much of a smell. Hints of malt with a slightly sweet undertone, most likely being the pomegranate.

T: A little on the bland side overall. The malts were there, along with the pomegranate, but I was expecting it to have a little bit more of a bite to it because of the tartness of the fruit.

M: A smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel that was silky smooth. Overall, a good feeling beer.

D: Pretty drinkable. The mouthfeel is great, but I was hoping for more of the fruit to pervade the taste. Without out, it tasted a little bland, but the undertones of pomegranate were there, just not strong enough.

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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 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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Photo of djamieson
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed this out of a 22 0z bomber into a wide-mouthed wine glass. The aroma was a wonderful fruit, the most pleasant of the pomegranate I have experienced. The taste is yummy. You detect fruit and warmth and yeast, reminiscent of the fine Belgians. The finish is very dry and pleasant. A great anytime fruit ale. The only problem with this ale is its category. American Strong Ale it is not...I think that is what is throwing off other reviewers. This beer deserves its props, regardless of style mislabeling. Try it and you'll see.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Interesting color, kind of a hazy apricot with a pillowy head that leaves some rings of lacing

Smell: Very fruity, in a peach stone way or cherry pit way, with an herbacious bitterness underlying the fruit; I guess that reflects the pomegranite but it is not particularly ingratiating

Taste: Malty, sweet and fruity up front with a pomegranite flavor dominating that tastes like black cherry with a bitter, pitty quality; after the swallow, the fruity, bitter pit flavors intensify into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slight warmth

Drinkability: Really quite flavorful; kudos for trying something different that actually works

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Photo of aquaderek
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured for 4th day of Chanukah. I poured from the bottle into a tasting glass. It is beautiful and bright orange/amber color. The nose is fig newtons, hops, some malt in the background. I thought the nose would have more fruity characteristics based on the pomegranate, but I didn't notice them. I really like the taste of this beer initially you get the pomegranate juiciness followed by a super dry hoppy finish; I believe it works very well. The mouthfeel is juicy, the best way to describe it. It could drink a lot of these, although the alcohol content is deceiving.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big bomber to my way cool Sam Adams BA glass (thanks Bro's and Thanks Jim) The liquid is a very dark redding amber with great carbonation. The head is a bit small 1 finger just off of white but leaves huge lace.

The smell is fruity, malty and very inviting.

The taste is good, the Pomegranate is all over this, other flavors include sweet figs and carrots, Yes way strange. The hops and finish are very much like that of a very good German Pils, a crazy dry and bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is also like a Pils, lots of nice carbonation yet thicker much more body.

The Drinkability is held back by the taste alone, some how the Pomegranate just does not work real well for my. Prosit MK

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had the Genesis Ale, got this one as a gift.

A: A pale reddish-amber, the color you would expect from a red ale. Some off-white frothy head leaving mostly film and some larger bubbles.

S: Very suble smell, some mild roastyness but very little sweetness.

T: Quite sweet with a nice hop balance. The aftertaste is pretty complex with roasted malt and pomegranate flavor. The pomegranate isn't overpowering, but makes this sweeter than most ales.

MF: Smooth and little carbonation. Nice warming but the alcohol is not overpowering.

D: I was surprised as I expected the pomegranate to really dominate the flavor. This has some doppelbock qualities for me with the mix between sweetness and roastyness. I think this is a pretty good brew because they didn't overemphasize the pomegranate.

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Photo of elricorico
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear ruddy copper with a cream coloured, three finger head. Head is slow to fade and leaves a lot of lacing. Couldn't look much better.

First impression of the smell was that it was a very hoppy red ale, and it immediately brought to mind Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale. As I continue to smell it, the impression becomes soapy, and loses some of its appeal. Swirling the beer brings back some of that hoppy aroma, but the soap doesn't quite go away.

An unusual juicy sweetness makes itself very apparent from start to finish in the flavour. Almost syrupy, it is too much to be considered pleasant. Hops do show up in the finish, but they are really held back to the bitter end by that sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, and the carbonation doesn't quite cut through. This, in addition to the cloying flavour, makes for a difficult beer to drink.

It all looked so good upon pouring, but this was a disappointment.

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Photo of dfillius
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy brownish-goldish-amber. Could it be a chill haze? 1/2 finger of head subsides to an even layer of tight fizz. Negative on the chill haze, it is still hazy after warming.

S: Sweet pomegranate smell is apparent from a foot away. A deep sniff makes it not as apparent though! Kind of like looking at a dim star in the night sky, you have to look to the side of it in order to see it at all. Overall smell is a deep caramel with fruit notes. Such a delicate sweet smell, almost like Lucky Charms cereal.

T: Sweet and highly malty. Bitter after taste in the back center of my tongue - almost metallic

M: Smooth but without much gusto at all.

D: Decent, but sweetness at the end is cloying! Bummer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split this one at Handlebar in Chicago, ended up leaving the last inch in the bottle.

Pours a hazy reddish tone, plenty of irregular foam and lacing. Looks interesting, so far my curiosity is fueled by it's nice appearance.

Aroma is slightly funky yeast, grain, and later earthy hops come into play. Didn't pick up on any juicy/fruity Pomegranate, which I could identify had it been present. Flavors were primarily malty, with earthy/spicy hops lingering underneath into the finish. Odd earthy root/herb reminds me of Pomegranate juice, so it's in there somewhere. Not as tart/sour as I would anticipate either. Huge malty backbone, kind of discordant flavors make this a chore to finish. Pass.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a warm dark apricot colored clear body with a carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a big light beige head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of soft toasted dry malt has a faint cherry and pomegranate smell. There is a light honey malt note that comes through as the beer warms a bit.

T- This beer has a full toasted sweet malt flavor with a soft sweet honey flavor. There is a light tart fruit finish and and a dry pomegranate note that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a clean finish and no really note of alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice dry pomegranate bite that replaces the hops and does a nice job of balancing the sweet malt flavors. There is a good complexity and play between the fruit and the hops.

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 425 ratings