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He'Brew Hop Manna Test Batch #2 - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Hop Manna Test Batch #2He'Brew Hop Manna Test Batch #2

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82
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StaveHooks on 08-31-2011)
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Reviews by runbirddrinkbeer:
Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tried this in a 22 oz bomber, the last one apparently at our local TotalWine. No date on bottle. The appearance is an attractive clear red orange without sediment. Aroma of floral hops, vanilla, but little else evident. Surprisingly little complexity in the flavor profile also with hop bitterness, some malt but no real fruit or other tastes to extend the interest. Vanilla again with a burning hop bitterness and some pepper late. The mouthfeel is thinner than optimal with no piney, resiny character. Overall I expected more from the makers of Lenny's RIPA which is one of my favorites. Perhaps this is an older bottle as they are apparently discontinuing this ale?

runbirddrinkbeer, Jul 29, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly straightforward, with some nice tropical fruit notes and some bread from the malt. The flavor is a lot more complex. I get some nice grapefruit and orange notes up front, with some pineapple coming through a little bit later. I also get some grass and swe floral and perfume notes from the hops, as well as a little bit of candy sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of VDODSON
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

VDODSON, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At a recent beer tasting party and one dude brought He"brew Hop Manna #2 which is dry hopped with Centennial and Casscade hops. The beer poured clear copper with thin white head that did not lace. The scent included subtle smoke, hop, alcohol. The taste included some citrus, sublte pine, and a hint of sweetness....maple sugar perhaps?? The mouthfeel was not all that enjoyable, the higher ABV and presence of Alcohol in the taste certainly affected the overall ranking of the beer.

WoodBrew, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of KMcG
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nice clear, light amber with an aggressive head 2 to 3 fingers thick.  After the head dissipates, a blotchy lace a thin head remains.  

The aroma is quite hoppy with smells of pine and honey. 

There is an initial hint of caramel malt that quickly gives way to a mouthful of sweet and bitter hops. The hop flavors are hard to ID - maybe not quite ripe orange.  There are citrus and pine tones, but the extremely long finish is clearly grassy.

The mouthfeel is bright with a medium body. It is definitely hopped heavily. 

KMcG, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with some golden and orange hues. The cream colored head is dense and leaves a lovely wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of candied tropical fruit hops with some pepper notes. Big pineapple aroma goes along with a sweet bready malt. Not my favorite hop profile at all, too sweet.

The flavor is big on pineapple and orange hop notes, however there is also some grassy, peppery and resinous characteristics in the finish. The malt is sweet and bready and really highlights the tropical fruit hop flavors.

The feel is moderate with aggressive carbonation. I kind of like the carbonation this strong in this beer as it breaks up the body and the sweetness. I do like how the resin hop notes makes this beer more grounded. Really saves this brew.

A solid IPA, just not my favorite hop profile. A bit too sweet up front.

Gmann, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – had to slow my pour to accommodate the large off-white head, good staying power with thin layer left and nice lace all around the glass, a clear light brown amber copper color, moderate carbonation, a solid 4
S – Pine dominates, mild citrus and florals with a caramel malts sweetness 3.5
T – Sublime caramel sweetness, pine, sticky-icky grapefruit zest, dry bitter finish, like not love 3.5
M – It has a sharpness, medium body, the masses of hops here provide a resinous quality to the brew 3.5
O – I’m an IPA lover and well it is named Hop Manna, but I’d like more malt balance/character here. Lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. 3.5

rsdaugherty, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Hanukkah gift pack crushing commences! Dude what is up with a gift pack of retired beers!? ONWARD! Poured into a nonic pint glass!

A one finger off white head forms, not very large but some decent staying power. Body color looks a little hazy, with a copper bronze amber body, and no perceptible carbonation anywhere.

Nose is sugary sweet, mild hop, but kind of sugar syrupy smelling. Feels like a good sugar rush is coming. Mushy over ripe fruit.

Taste is luckily a good quick hop bitter. Mild orange almost tangerine juicy, but very fleeting in the palate. Finish seems to be an orange juice like quality. A nice bitter lime/orange astringency, even slightly lingering. Fruit angle doesn't last very much in the palate at first. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, and luckily it's not a sense of syrupy mess from the nose.

Overall not that bad really, but there's a lot of phenomenal IPAs out there, and this of course is not brilliance

smakawhat, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the He'Brew Holiday pack.
appearance: Slightly hazy gold. Wispy off white head.
smell: Dank leafy hops. Some sweetness a slight whiff of peeper.
taste: Wow, the disparate notes in the nose really come together well in the taste.
overall: Not impressed until the first taste. Nicely done IPA.

cindyjeffsmith, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of TerryB
4/5  rDev +12%

TerryB, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of biggred1
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber blonde with a creamy, lumpy ivory head that leaves pretty lace on the glass. Classic C-hop aroma with a strong blast of Munich malt grain. A strange brew to my taste buds but not bad, powerful malty brew with nice aromatic hop flavor that would lend itself to a less aggessive malt backbone IMO. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. A near miss for me but enjoyable in an unusaul beer kind of way.

biggred1, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

Draesith, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +12%

Bilco, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/20/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden caramel with a 1-2 finger thick snow white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus with a touch of lemon and lightly sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet citrus and lemon peel up front followed by pale malt in the middle before ending with nice fruity hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet and light.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could have a few without much difficulty.

Overall: Good beer overall. A very solid IPA that is worth trying.

adam42381, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12%

nmann08, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of nitro0292
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aggressive pour yielded almost a 4 finger head, resting atop a clear copper color, with some slight chill haze. Head never fully went away and stick lace clings to the glass. Appearance is this beer's best feature.

Smell was of sweet malts, I am not getting any hops at all. This is odd for a dry hopped IPA.

Taste was more of the same, i.e. overly sweet and malt dominated. This is an IPA, I want hops punching me in the face. There is some hop influence and bitterness to balance the sweetness, but I can't discern any particular hop flavors, most just bitterness. Finishes is a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, typical IPA given the level of alcohol. Fairly low carbonation, but that could be a result of the aggressive pour.

Overall, this not a bad beer, certainly better than macro. I would not seek this out as there are a plethora of superior IPAs.

nitro0292, Sep 10, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

JorSince88, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

65 IBUs, dry hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops, according to the label. I haven't encountered an IPA from Shmaltz before, so it's a test taste.

Pleasant spicy flavors, a little hot, even. Intense fruity-floral taste from the hops. A dry pineapple taste. Light body with pleasant carbonation in the mouth. Amber color with a chill haze in the wine glass. Nose is full of more fruit, reminds me of the rank honey smell of fruit trees in bloom. Not great for drinkability but a different sort of hop blend. Quite bitter in the aftertaste.

Poured from the 12 oz bottle in the current Shmaltz sampler pack.

mactrail, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

BeerHunter76, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev -16%

Brown120, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 21/12/11

A hazy dark orange with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a short lived finger of light tan foam that leaves a fair bit of unorganized lace

S pretty faint but I get some leafy hops and tea bag, with some caramel malt

T piney citric rind comes out on top of what I smell, lots of caramel and a little booze, I'm curious to the age of this bottle because it seems the malts starting to take over

M the little bubbles work well for it and it has some body to it, leaves a little bit behind and has a piney aftertaste, just a little sticky

O OK beer but not the hop bomb that I was hoping for

Not sure how I feel about a "retired" IPA as this just entered the market here in the Holiday Gift Pack. I'm running out of beers in this pack to make up for the high price tag, I'm beginning to think this was a bad investment.

wordemupg, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple singles at 1.99 a piece to try this brewery out. Dry hopped with Cascade and Centennial hops, 65 IBUs. Poured into my snifter.

The brew appears a light-medium copper hue. Slightly on the orange-red side of the spectrum, under a good cap of froath which retains well. Good lacing, the kind with lots of bubbles. The lace looks like swiss cheese.

The nose: Pineapple, Mango, ripe melons, hint of orange, peachy, wild flowers. This nose is packing a big punch of many different aromas..I can't even concentrate on one because each sniff something else is bringing something new. Grapefruit just hit me, with pine/herb notes.

Taste: The flavors certainly follow the nose with pineapple/mango dominating the start, which instantly mellows out mid-way with a clash of Vienna and Munich malts. Ends with a pleasant taste of grapefruit, grass, and wild flowers. Very bright flavors, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy, coats the palate and is medium bodied. I don't see any carbonation rising..which is why it is so smooth. However I would not mind a bit more of a bite.

Overall this is a good brew I'd recommend to someone who likes their sweet fruit. Cantolopes just hit me. I am enjoying this and wouldn't mind grabbing a 6 to put back if I saw one. A bottled on date would be nice but I doubt this is much older than 1-2 months. The aromas and flavors are completly vibrant and pungent.

L'Chaim!

guitarsnbeer, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

rudy0908, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hebrew Beer Menorah gift Pack poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit and light pine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit, orange zest and a hint of pine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter finish.

Ratman197, Dec 30, 2011
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He'Brew Hop Manna Test Batch #2 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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