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RATINGS: 459   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheEpeeist (3445) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2015
22 oz bottle, likely at least 4 years old. Misty orange brown with a few edgy bubbles. Nose is toffee, pomegranate, dank basement and green hay. Dull medium body with a watery tang. Taste is stale bubblegum, clove, dried apple and raspberry jam. Obviously past peak but a bit surprising how far its fallen.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2332) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Draft at a random Irish pub in midtown. Pours a purple brown CPR with a lot of fizz bubbles. Taste comes off as dish soap in the beginning and end with a hint of fruit. Don't know if it's the booze or if the glass or beer were skunky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Aroma of hard candy, grain, and slight tart fruit. Light amber pour with a slight white head that doesn’t retain. Taste is of caramel, tart fruit, high alpha hops. It’s a dry beer overall considering the 8% abv. I think it goes down very well, with the slight sour of the pomegranates and the bitterness of the hops balancing the sweetness of the malt. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
22oz bottle - Pomegranate is such a mild tasting fruit that I’m surprised brewers use it in beers. But if they want a mild tasting beer, use a mild tasting fruit!! So this beer is just okay, with nothing inherently awful, but since it lacks character it’s kinda perceived that way. Alcohol, light toffee, fresh bread and just a smidge of fruit. Sweet toffe-like malts, soft hop character with just a shadow of fruit flavor. It could have been cumquats, starfruit on lychee in there...hell, the fruit was so insignifigant there could have been nothing in there for all it know. Kinda lame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"wouldn’t have been able to pick out pomegranate specifically, but there was a deifinite sweetness to the aroma, and especially the flavor, with some bitterness not from hops as well. pretty good stuff, hard to compare."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (3960) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Still yet another 12 oz. bottle purchased at Julio’s Liquors. Dark amber color with fast fleeting head. Aroma is almost all pomegranate with touches of toffee.

I didn’t have much of an expectation because I already knew how this was going to be. Flavor is mostly pomegranates, candy sugar and a sweet berry finish. This reminds me a lot of the juice “POM” . Oily texture with proper carbonation level. Yep, it is what it is folks. It still is drinkable if you want a fruit beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (2162) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2014
bomber shared with josh at club w// pours a murky brownish red, thin white head,m aroma is dead fruit, taste is malty fruit, don’t get much of the pomegranit, they mantion, just ok I guess... first Hebrew beer that I haven’t loved

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2479) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Dark ruby red pour. Big off white head. Plenty of lacing. Sour fruit coffee malt. Taste is a slight fruit twang.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TXBadger (1705) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a reddish amber color with off-white head. Pomegranate on the nose; follows onto the palate. There are some other flavors going on, but its weird finishes dirtyish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (534) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
I must say, Origin Ale tasted nothing like I expected. Of course, I have to be honest in saying that I wasn’t really sure what I imagined a so-called “Imperial Amber Ale with Pomegranate Juice” would taste like. As it turns out, Origin tastes like an Amber Ale, an Irish Ale, and a Fruit Beer rolled into one. The tasting sequence goes in that order, more or less. Sweet malts and light hops start things off. Then, you get an unexpected creaminess. The finish has a lingering fruitiness that sticks to the roof of the mouth but it’s extremely subtle. Last thing you taste is a quick flash of fresh, clean hops but there’s virtually no bitterness. For me, the downplayed fruit notes were quite nice. While this beer is too odd for me to seek out regularly, the mix of flavors is quite unique and refreshing.

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