Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by LittleDon:
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Huge off-white head with lots of lace. Hazy light copper. Very understated aroma, earthy, spicy. Grapefruit bitterness balanced with malt sweetness, subdued like the aroma. Medium but long lived bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Might have been consumed a bit past its prime.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2013 23:07:33 | More by LittleDon
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4.88/5 rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 1L growler (tasting room person said that is was kegged on 3/18/14...so, very fresh!) into a Saxo branded, 12oz, high-stemmed tulip glass.
A- Pours an absolutely clear, bronze with nothing more than a 1/2-finger's worth of head (perhaps, poured too cold)...really easy on the eyes, but a bit darker (i.e. too much crystal malt) than I like my IPAs...but whatever, aroma/flavor and mouthfeel are king!
S- Outstanding and complex...oily, resinous, piney hops followed by citrus (grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, tangerine), and then some tropical (pineapple, mango).
T- An absolute explosion of hop flavor! There is just enough malt backbone to support those very piney/resiny/tropical notes from the nose to make this beer coat the palate and demanding another sip.
M- Although the carbonation from a growler can be lighter than to be found in a bottle, there is enough to excite the palate so all of the flavors land on the palate with precision.
O- Although I take umbridge with the fact that they do not date-code the bottles (especially, their hoppier offerings), Shmaltz is turning out some exceptional, hoppy beers: Hop Manna, Death Of A Contract Brewer Black IPA and their DIPA - Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
Note: If you can find it, the Case Boxes have a bottled on date: 13C14 (Day, Month, Year) = March 13, 2014
Perhaps being spoiled by its freshness, I do not know why this beer doesn't score higher?
Serving type: growler
03-19-2014 20:30:14 | More by threeviews
Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.