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 tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangish-ruby-amber with a quarter of an inch of off white, dense, foamy head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of caramel and candy apples up front with faint pomegranate undertones. The flavor is similar; baked apples and caramel up front with some fruity sweetness in the finish. This is lighter than expected in body but smooth and it has light carbonation.

In flavor this is more like juice than beer. The flavor in my opinion was good but nothing special. I probably wouldn't go out of my way for this one again.

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

A: The beer pours a nice rich golden color with some hints of ruby red. The beer also has a nice crisp white head.
S: Very fruity citrus aroma of dark fruit (cherries and cranberry) and pomegranate with a hint of hops.
T: The beer has a rich flavor of pomegranate but this is not overwhelming. There is also a nice resiney sugar and pine flavor. You really sense the seediness of the fruit with great complex flavor from the hops and malt.
M/O: Great fruit beer with a lot of complexity given the way you would have thought this beer would taste.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy amber color with a big foamy head on top. The lacing on this is pretty good. The smell of the beer had a little bit of the fruit on the nose but not too much. The malts were the main focal point on the nose here. The taste of the beer has a nice sweet malt base in the beginning and then it fades into the fruity tartness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, semi-thick feeling body and a decent amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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

From the Holiday pack.
appearance: Orange, copper. Light, off color head.
smell: I must confess I wouldn't know from pomegranate. I'm guessing the citrus, almost orange smell is that.
taste: The pattern for these Shmaltz beers, for me, is the taste is better than I expect from the nose. The flavors just come together and balance. A light bitterness that is then balanced by what I think is pomegranate in the finish.
mouthfeel: Full and creamy.
overall: Nicely done. Unusual twist but nuthin over the top.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. The Hanukkah pack crashing continues in earnest.

A very light off white barely two finger sized head is formed from the pour. Very good retention, almost sort of frozen in place. Body color is dark red brown and I say purple, definitely a sense of pomegranate I would concur! Very opaque though.

Nose is a good fruit sense, kind of almost borderline ESB territory with hints of marmalade. Juice, and quench seems to be coming. But it does hint of red fruit no question.

Taste is a juicy fruit and hop sensation. Chewy but also hints at cherry juicy fruit, mixing with a good noticeable bitter. Malt body seems to just be a small backboard that just lets you focus on hops and fruit. Almost vinous texture but luckily the chewy malt sensation gives it some more depth. Some small sense of prickly carbonation.

Overall pretty interesting, quite enjoyable, rather dig this. This is different and unique and I call success!

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice fruity nose with hard-to-identify aromas. Rich winey flavor with woody flavors, some sugar, and plenty of malt. Attractive amber with plenty of lacing down the wine glass. Tastes like there is some pomegranate pith in with the juice. Gets more bitter as you sip, and eventually becomes quite unpleasant as the malt and fruit fade away.

I haven't seen this lately, but it showed up as a 12 oz in the current sampler pack. I thought this was an old bottle at first, as the flavors seemed murky, but apparently not. Maybe the least successful of the usually good Shmaltz offerings.

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

355ml bottle poured into tulip 22/12/11

A very hazy dark orange with a dark reddish tinge, short lived finger of foam leaves no lace

S lots of toffee with a little fruity aspect but pretty faint, a little grainy too with some booze

T a bit of a malty mess here, not much of the pomegranate as advertised but lots of caramel, pretty basic but not offensive

M quite thick and syrupy with a bit of a burn, very sticky on the lips and the bubbles cream it up a little

O nothing special but easy enough too finish, a little more fruit on the finish but not what I was expecting

yet another underwhelming brew from an increasingly overpriced Gift Pack, I want my money back

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Photo of Tucquan
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Completely-hazy orangeish brown, with almost no head and very light lacing.

S - Yeasty, fruity pomenranite, a little sour. Pretty nice smell.

T - Not the pomegranite spectacular I was hoping for. You can taste the pomegranite pretty well in the foam but in the liquid; not so much. Kind of musty with lots of earthy malt and a bit of the tartness you'd expect from pomegranate but little of that signature flavor. Dries pretty well and the aftertaste is good.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Pretty crisp.

O - It's like on Iron Chef when they say but where's the theme ingredient?

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Photo of bluHatter
2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep thick cloudy red, very similar to apple cider. Pours very thick, rich.

S: Booze, sugar, some wood notes, and a hint of dark fruits

T: Sweet, with some caramel corners. Hoppy. Can barely taste the pomegranate influence in the back of the throat. Very boozy finish.

M: Good carbonation, maybe a little too much. Kind of thick. High acidity.

O: I can't say I really love this ale. It's just a little too strong tasting for only being 8% ABV, without a lot of interesting character to match. I would like to taste the barrel-aged variety, because that seems like it's exactly what this needs to really round it out perfectly.

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Photo of tony223366
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on June 11, 2011.

A: Deep red amber. Clear. Big fluffy head that actually lasted throughout most of the glass. I can definitely appreciate that.

S: Malts and a light fruity smell. The alcohol can come through. Not bad but not great.

T: Caramel and malty up front and quickly moves to a sweet flavor. This fruitiness is probably pomegranate but to be honest it's tough to tell. Finishes with a nice bitterness. Carbonation helps to cut the sweetness and bitterness.

M: Lightish body with lots of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer. I was expecting it to be worse than it was so that helped.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale | 650 ml. | 8.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)
Style: American Strong Ale
Glass: crystal mug

Dazzling orange-amber under light, with a foamy, frothy head.

Musty fruitiness and caramel hops.

Caramel malts are most prominent, but I'm sure you're wondering about the pomegranate. Well it's there, but it tastes medicinal. Only in the aftertaste do I get a sort of bitter-sweet fruity essence.

Too carbonated I think.

Sort of cacophonous, and the pomegranate taste could have been stronger. What if this had been a pomegranate lambic?

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: October 15, 2011

Price = $5.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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Photo of match1112
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: orangeish brown in color with a off white head that fizzes out rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

s: bready malts, pomegranate flavored cough medicine and alochol.

t: slightly bitter mostly sweet from malts and flavored cough syrup.

m: thin body with decent carbonation. left my mouth feeling a little dry.

o: the pomegranates did not shine in this beer, which is a shame. hopefully someone makes a chocolate pomagranate stout, that would be delicious. like i already said, it tastes like medicine to me.

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

22 oz bottle, Imperial Amber Ale brewed with luscious pomegranate juice.
Wanted to try a different fruit beer for a hot afternoon on the patio, so had to give it a try. A bit pricy at $9.

This beer pours clear red-amber color, lots of bubbly carbonation. Good head retention with thin, sticky lace. Smell has fruity sweetness and some malty aroma. Good malt taste to start, fruit sweetness follows. Ends with good level of hoppiness, and some alcohol warmth.
Strange blend of sweet, tart, and bitter all at once. Not alot of pomegranite fruit sweetness like some fruit beers. Medium to full body and mouthfeel. Interesting flavor, as it warms up the alcohol takes over.
Happy to try it, but once is probably enough.

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

22oz. bomber shared with brewslut on 8/15/11.

A - Poured the color of the middle of a red plum with a frothy off-white pillow of foam on top that reduced to a bubbly retention and some stringy lacing.

S - Sweet and mildly tart pomegranate character with a mild backdrop of floral and perfumy notes reminiscent of wildflowers and fleshy, pulpy tree fruit.

T - Bittersweet fruit with just a hint of tartness, followed by light floral and perfumy hop notes. Juicy but not overly sweet. The pomegranate character is really prominent, perhaps a little too much overall.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and very subtle carbonation, giving the mouthfeel a soft, almost oily character. Finish is bittersweet on the palate.

D - Not a bad fruit beer overall. I like pomegranate because it tends to impart a hint of tartness, which adds some depth to the flavor profile.

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Photo of beerman21
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper red color with a pretty nice soap sud looking head, thickness is marginal with decent clarity only slightly hazy.

Smell- sweet beady malts, yes pomegranate, however very subtle. Still smells like a beer not a fruit cocktail. Would compare the aroma to maybe fruity rum cake.

Taste- Again more pomegranate, a little boozy for being 8%, Ive had beer 13% abv and taste less boozy then this. However i could be getting the pomegranate flavor mixed up. It does kind have a tart wine like flavor to it. More sweet maltness with minimal hop bitterness. Tasting some juicy fruit, rum cake, alcohol warmth finish.

Overall- unbalanced, boozy dry tartness. Maybe bring down the ABV a bit tone it down a notch it might be more palatable. Probably wont buy this again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very nice thick half inch of head atop of what seems to be a hazy dark amber colored beer. Head turns to a slight lace ring.

S - Naturally smells of Pomegranate but not as tart which is nice and a bit of sweet malts with a bit of caramel malt in the back end. No booze alcohol smell to speak of

T - I do get tones of pomegranate but could use a bit more tart since it's almost completely covered by a slight boozy strong ale with a sweet caramel taste. Overall it is very enjoyable.

M - Surprisingly it doesn't taste too boozy leading to moderately pleasant body and drink ability.

Overall for what I paid ($6.99) I am impressed. Didn't really want a tart monster (Like Blushing Monk) just wanted a bit of fruit flavor and it covers the boozy aspects of this imperial red nicely. One of the best beers I ever had from Shmaltz.

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

A- copper orange haziness that looks unique and really unique, but unfortunately topped by a nonexistent head with no lace.

S- some hop presence here but mostly the smell is of very sweet fruit, pomegranate clearly the foremost note.

T- good flavor at first but it gets cloyingly sweet. I want the pomegranite to manifest in a tarter way, but instead it comes out almost as a cough syrupy taste. Still, it's refreshing and the booziness only comes in as the drink warms.

O- a little gimmicky, but still an interesting fruit beer. Some sour or tart notes from the pomegranate juice would have transformed this beer.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer releases from the 22 ounce bottle reddish amber with a large creamy head that slowly fades leaving the lace a firm sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in sweet malt, hops and fruit also present in the aroma. Smells and tastes like a cross between a barley wine and a big schotch ale with the alcohol just a little untamed. The fruitiness come through slightly, moderating the taste. A nice experiment but the taste unexpected and a little jarring. Finish is more fruity than hoppy. Texture is mediu, carbonation is low. An interesting attempt. I think it needs a little tweaking, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice red amber with adequate carbonation... the smell is slightly burnt, biscuity -- a good amber malt sweetness -- hints of yeast.

the background flavor here is that of a decent red ale, with a nice hop addition to provide a little extra bitter. where is the pomegranate? smack dab in the middle of your palate --- providing a big juicy dollop in the middle of your drink. i would not say it is very prominent, but it is there -- and you shouldn't need the label to tell you this brew has an unusual ingredient. there is way more juice than there is booze flavor for me -- making this 8% abv beer relatively easy drinkin...

overall, this was not a bad beer -- and as a Pomegranate experiment it works fine. but in the end it's a near miss -- comes off a tad gimmicky, more like a Rock Star than a High Quality Craft Beer.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - dark amber in color, with about two fingers worth of light khaki-colored, frothy foam.

Smell - malty in the smell, I can only smell a little bit of the pomegranate.

Taste and Mouthfeel - I can taste a little more of the pomegranate. Mostly sweet throughout the tasting until the end, where it gets just a little bitter. Slightly earthy in the end too. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. It has some of the consistancy and feel of a barleywine type of ale, but without the kick. Pretty easy-drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking hazy amber color, nice very light tan head. Beautiful lace.

Nice citrus hops, malt sweetness, and tart fruitiness.

Nice bitter bite, some nice citrus, subtle tart characters, and some fruitiness.

Crisp, clean, smooth, lighter in body.

Interesting brew as a whole, glad to have tried it, but can't see myself revisiting much.

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Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a neat looking beer for a strong ale. It looks like a Belgian, as it's kind of a peach/apricot in color, with a variety of other hues present.

There's an obvious fruity smell to it, but it's similar to a farmhouse saison I recently had.

I'm not sold on the taste, though for a strong ale, the fruity is a nice addition. The pomegranate flavor is subtle at best.

With conflicting ideas between a sweet fruit and a strong ale, there is a nice balance between the two. It's complex and I'm undecided on whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. There's some sweetness, some bitter, and a yeast presence.

It's not a great beer, but it's good enough that I'm glad I tried it and I'd like to have another one day.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

Somewhat better than the Genesis Ale, but only because pomegranates make everything better.

Poured a reddish amber with a bit of haze, and a small white head. Caramel malts of an amber ale in the nose, with some fruit coming through. Mostly malts in the taste at first, followed by some harsh bitterness, and a pomegranate sensation that reminded me of the fruit you get in a witbier. Light-medium body a little thin, and sort of a bitter aftertaste. Decent, but disappointing.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed several months ago, review based on notes

Pours an effervescent copper with 1 finger of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Pears & blueberries in abundance

T: Fruittyness, figs, currants, plus herbal & leafy hops up front. Jammyness predominates as this warms along with dryness & more leafy hops. Finishes figgy, dry & with more leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, okay balance & some grittyness

Drinks alright, but not really in my wheelhouse

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from notes:

pours a red amber. had a dark fruit color.
pomegranate is prevalent in the aroma
has a very pale ale taste. its malty, but lacks a good fruity pom taste that I was hoping for.
mouthfeel is average, good carbonation
pretty drinkable for its high alcohol content.

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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