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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Bottle: Pours amber with perfect clarity and a collapsing white head. Aroma isn’t really fruity with mainly crystal malt, subtle peppery hop notes, and ethanol. Has lots of alcohol in the flavor as well. Has a decent mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. There’s an artificial sweetness upfront (almost saccharine like). The only fruityness I can detect is a hint of citrus like qualities.The bitterness in the finish has slightly hop like notes, but it’s extremely metallic. An unbalanced beer, and definitly not a fruit beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2007
WBF-Raleigh. Clear amber body with a small white head. Swet caramel aroma with hints of fruit. Sweet fruity flavor but still dominated by caramel.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle. reddish amber with a 1/4 inch tan head. sweet malt aroma with some grapefruit and alcohol; i really can’t identify pomegranate in the aroma. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor, some pomegranate in th background, along with hops. long, hoppy finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Sampled April 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, frothy, lightly ambered, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, cranberry-amber colored brew. Initially the aroma smells quite malty with notes of biscuits, toasted grain and some light caramel. It soon starts to pick up a fruitiness to it that once noticed cannot be dismissed. The fruit aromatics smell berry like, perhaps a touch like a fruit focused wine, or maybe even like a water downed wine-cooler.

The taste has a light sweetness to it, but that is not what one really notices after the first sip. There is a strong flavor of spice; something that is almost hot (though not from higher alcohols), and a finish that is like a dry, spicy wine (though this beer is not dry, though not really sweet either). Notes of berries, pithy raspberry notes, a touch of tannic cranberry skin (without the fleshy cranberry flavor itself) and some definite fruity acidity are all noticeable here. There is some malt flavors here as well, just not enough; notes of toasted grain, biscuits and crackers are all noticeable at times.

I’ll give these guys props for making some really interesting beers lately, but unfortunately they have not really been all that good. They are not bad either, but that isn’t quite what I am looking for in a beer. This is drinkable, but just doesn’t quite seem to work.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle. Nose is more cherry than pomegranate. Slight malt influence. Very appealing visually, thick foamy head on top of a dark ruby beer with some active carbonation. Flavor is sweet, cloyingly so, but still really interesting. Very heavy alcohol presence for the abv. If it wasn’t for the fact that the mouthfeel is so harsh, it could be really enjoyable.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2007
Well, where do I start. This beer had an intensely sweet caramel malt aroma. Almost no hop backing. Also there is some fruity tartness from the pomegranate. Appearance is that of an amber ale. The flavor is straight up malt sweetness and some tart fruit on the backend. Almost no hop balance whatsoever. Very thick, one could probably equate the thickness with cough syrup. Extremely heavy almost chalky. I could not finish the whole thing. I actually found this to be extremely bad. To tell you the truth, I would probably rather have a Bud Dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - APR 28, 2007
Rather weak in color, but not in any other aspect. I was afraid of this at first because I don’t like fruity beer as a rule. However, there is no discernable pomegrante flavor at all. Just very smooth very drinable if heady beeeer.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clk04d (6) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2007 does not count
Nice amber color with a decent amount of head. The pomegranate flavor is not very prevalent although it does taste mildly fruity. Aftertaste doesn’t linger long at all. The alcohol hit me well after I finished and felt quite strong. Perhaps I shouldn’t drink on an empty stomach.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2007
Great label, nice story and all, and it smells really nice. But geez, this is a train wreck, Very medicinal flavor, and unmistakeably pomegranate flavored. But perhaps pomegranates shouldn’t be in beer. No thank you.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2007
Pours an amberish/orange with mild carbonation under an ecru head that lasts as a thick film. There is a definite fruitiness to the aroma, but more in the guise of citric PNW’s than anything else. A touch of stinky-foot yeastiness throws me for a second but some sweet caramel malts bring me back on course. Mildly grounded by malts, the flavor is fruity and dry with a defined hop presence... although a seedy, "berry" flavor comes back in the finish. (Without ever having sampled real, live pomegranates, I’m getting a good impression of them through beer. Strange.) Mild alcohol creeps up late. Quite a powerful "Fruit Beer", and rather an interesting one at that.

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