Thursday, August 12, 2010

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale

He'Brew Origin 
Pomegranate Ale

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company (He'Brew)

San Francisco, California

American Strong Ale

8.00% ABV

Commercial Description:Brewed 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 pomegranate juice is added during fermentation, leaving only the residual sugars, which serve to balance the hop bitterness.
General Pricing:22oz bottle, ~ 7.00

Review:The beer pours a slightly hazy amber with copper hues and an off white head.

The nose is very unusual with rich toasted/caramel malts, citrus hop aromas and a very interesting fruit sweetness. I assume that is the pomegranates.

Humm, I’m nut sure what to think about this one. This may be difficult to dissect so bare with me.

Sweet up front on the tip of the tongue but that does not last long. It is replaced by an odd mid-sip building bitterness. This is a very unique bitterness. It’s definitely not hops or malts it must be from the pomegranates. The back-end has more of this sweet bitterness and is not very easy drinking. The finish is the most strange with a more intense pomegranate bitterness.

I may be making this sound worse than it is. It is not a bad beer it is just not to my liking.

Maybe this will grow on me as it warms.

Well, it’s not getting any better for me. I’m really having a hard time with the sweet bitterness from the pomegranates. I keep sating “pomegranate bitterness” because this does not seem like a hop bitterness. It could however be a hop bitterness but the sweet pomegranate masks it or is confusing my palate. At any rate it’s obvious that I’m not a good person to be evaluating this beer.

It is growing on me as it warms and I’m drinking more of it.  We are now just over 60 degrees. I’m still not digging the final aftertaste. I just cannot discern the bitterness.   

To be fair to the craft brewers at Shmaltz Brewing I’m not going to rate this one. Like I always say “It’s a matter of taste, your personal taste”. This particular beer just doesn’t taste good for me. You, on the other hand you may love this. It is a finely crafted beer it’s just that these particular flavors/bitterness don’t work for me.

I split this beer with my son John and he really liked it. Actually John said that he loved it. He is a big fan of pomegranates and this beer really works for him, not so much for me.

I have been a big fan of the He’Brew beers and I’m sure this one was just a matter of my personal taste. If you like pomegranates and craft beer then I suggest you try this one.

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