He'Brew Hop Manna Test Batch #2 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.3/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
04-13-2012 20:16:46 | More by Mora2000
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
12-24-2011 04:19:26 | More by mactrail
3.43/5 rDev -3.7%
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
12-24-2011 01:33:40 | More by smakawhat
3.45/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
12-22-2011 03:02:04 | More by wordemupg
3/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
09-11-2011 15:01:53 | More by WoodBrew
3.3/5 rDev -7.3%
12oz bottle, pours tangerine with a thin, white head that dissipates rather quickly but does leave some lace on the glass. Aromas are very pleasant, consisting of mango, pineapple, and floral hops. Tastes are just pungent with an abundance of up-front hops, grapefruit, mango, pine, that all punish the palate and don't let much of the malt character through. Mouth-feel is thin to medium with sharp astringency that finishes completely bitter. Overall, this was not in balance at all. The aroma was the best part of this one. It wasn't the worst IPA ever by any means, but I wouldn't recommend picking this up.
02-14-2012 05:58:36 | More by barnzy78
2.28/5 rDev -36%
Cloudy orange color, filmy head. Smells like iced tea which to me usually indicates its old, shit. Taste is mostly malts, no hops. I suspected when I got home that this was broken out of the holiday pack and resold. Dammit. I guess this is what I get for buying an undated IPA. Drainpour...
04-01-2012 03:34:37 | More by ArrogantB
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-10-2011 01:44:12 | More by Gmann
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
A - Clear amber body with a billowy off-white head that leaves a few patches of lace behind.
S - Sweet caramel malt, doughy bread, honey, mineral-like aroma.
T - A blend of agressive pine, grapefruit, and leafy green hops hit all at once. The caramel malt keeps things sweet while the hops turn to a resinous grapefruit bitterness with spicy, minty, salty, and dry finish.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.
The nose is deceiving, this beer is aggressively hopped with several layers of bitterness. The hops showcase more bitterness than flavor.
08-31-2011 01:39:10 | More by StaveHooks
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
GLASS: Troegenator Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
This was picked-up last week in St. Louis, by my buddy Jacob, as part of the He'Brew Holiday Gift Pack. It seems that Half of the beers in this set are 'retired'. Hmmm...not really sure what to think of that.
Anyway...big thanks to Jacob!
This pours darker than I'd expected. It's like a lightly brown tinted orange color. The head of off-white colored foam is fluffy and almost a fingers worth in height. The retention is good and the lacing is in thick, clingy strands.
Some caramel coated tropical fruit notes, along with mild hints of pine. Malty sweetness and pineapples. Peppery spice notes.
This smells more sweet then hoppy, which is how I like them, personally.
It drinks much more balanced than anticipated. There is a definite maltiness here, with hints of toffee and caramels. Then you get a decent showing of both tropical and citrus fruits. Finally, you finish with some good notes of pine tar bitterness.
This one is medium-bodied with a light-to-medium level of carbonation. It is smooth and crisp, yet has a slight bit of creaminess to it.
This is one that I'd gladly drink again. Unfortunately, it seems as though I may not get that chance....
01-08-2012 03:59:19 | More by coldmeat23
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
03-17-2012 01:12:26 | More by biggred1
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
02-12-2012 16:49:47 | More by adam42381
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
12-26-2011 02:10:35 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
09-04-2011 02:49:52 | More by KMcG
3.53/5 rDev -0.8%
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
09-04-2011 21:58:18 | More by rsdaugherty
He'Brew Hop Manna Test Batch #2 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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