He'brew Hop Manna IPA - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'brew Hop Manna IPAHe'brew Hop Manna IPA

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: parris on 02-25-2012

Hop Manna is the answer to hop heads' prayers for a delicious IPA bearing floral and citrus goodness. At 65 IBUs and 6.8% Alcohol, HOP MANNA IPA is crafted to provide session after session of hop nourishment, from our Tribe to yours
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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a rich clear bronze with a large fluffy white head that settled pretty quickly.Aromas are nice but on the lighter side with citrusy-fruity hops and biscuit malt being the main components.A tad thin in the back end in the feel with sweet boozy laden flavors for such a small beer almost DIPAish,a mix of pine resin and sharp grapefruit rind flavors are nice but are a little subdued.The beer could be really good but it needs to be amped up a little,as is it's ok.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Carl's Meat Market in Kittery. I didn't know Shmaltz distributed in Maine. This was a pleasant surprise.

In a pint glass the beer was a dark orange color. There was a thick off-white head that left a good deal of sticky lace.

Piney, earthy aroma. Some citrus. Then sweet bread.

Piney hops taste up front, followed by grapefruit. A biscuit-like background.

A nice hoppy, but not excessively hoppy, beer. Enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$5.99 for the bomber, w/o any freshness info to be had.

Pours clear almond amber, under a fluffy off white head, leave ungodly sheets of fine lacing. Nice

Faint nose of mild hops.

Easy drinking, moderatly hopped India pale ale. With some lite grapefruit notes. Doesn't live up to the hop spiel on the label. Decent brew, nothing special, or worth seeking out

Photo of MrUse
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I haven't had many IPA's, but enjoyed this one. Nice taste without a lot of bitterness...I think I'll have a few more!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma is full of orange, grapefruit and pine, with a little bit of biscuit malt. Overall, this is a very hop forward smelling beer, as expected. The flavor is has a lot of the same notes. The grapefruit and resin work very well together and are complimented by a hint of orange citrus. There is a little bit of sweetness from the biscuit malt which keeps the bitterness in the low to medium range. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tall bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. First He'brew offering, and I do have to say the kitsch labeling works for me.

Poured into a nonic. Light amber, slight haze, decent level of head, some lacing. Nice looking IPA.

Nose is classic American IPA, with caramel, earth, citrus and c-hops.

Decent IPA, the flavors are all there. Good malt base, notes of citrus and earth. A bit of pine here and there. The whole thing is off for me because the bitterness of the hops only distracts from any subtlety here. I don't get the diversity of flavors the big boys consistently deliver, and so I left feeling underwhelmed. Mild body, I agree with a previous poster that this felt like a small beer.

It's not that I didn't enjoy drinking this ale, it's just that there isn't much to make a fuss about.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber hued with vibrant carbonation bubbles. Excellent clarity. A quarter inch of off white head is present. Aroma is predominantly citrus hops,but I also detect light malt. The flavor is again citrus hop forward on the front of the palate. The light malt quickly balances the taste. The mouth is heavily carbonated and a bit chalky.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a He'Brew shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear golden copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A decent mix of hops up front. Hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and apricot. Also a little hint of dank pine resin. Solid presence of malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. A nice smelling citrusy and well balanced IPA.

Taste: Nice bitter kick up front with a good amount of ripe citrus fruit flavor. Notes of grapefruit, oranges, mango, and a hint of apricot and lime. Light hints of piney hops. A good amount of bready malts add some balancing sweetness with notes of biscuit, caramel, and some toffee. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and nicely prickly on the tongue. Has a pretty drying finish.

Overall: A very good American IPA. Good ripe citrus fruits and nicely balanced by the caramel. Actually one of the better new IPA's I've had in a while. This is comparable to Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery's great Masla Mama IPA.

Photo of far333
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear coppery orange with streams of bubbles rising up quickly to a thick and foamy head of dimpled and cratered foam that lingers long.

Big juicy aroma of fragrant citrus and floral hops, full of tangerine, orange rind and grapefruit.

Rich and pungent hop flavors right upfront, matches the nose well, with the addition of a piney finish, some minty notes. Grapefruit rind lingers. Good malt balance riding beneath, but the hop power keeps pushing it back down.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes tingly, perhaps a slight warming of the cheeks. This a really good beer and a good value. Every hophead should give it a try.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark orange light brown pour usually means an ipa is going to be a little malt heavy relative to my personal taste. Bingo. Thin head. Aroma was lacking in hop presence, much less complexity.

Taste, damn skippy, sure enough, this one tastes more like malt man, uh (what happened?) rather than hop manna. A relatively smooth ipa, that should probably have just been called a brown ale. An English brown ale (oooh from the crowd, recognizing an insult when it hears one). But it did have an astringent bitterness going for it. Not really my thing without the hop flavor though. Like, where the hell are the alleged Citra hops in this? What did they use, like 1oz for a 100bbl batch?

This beer isn't bad. Its just bad for being labeled an imperial ipa. Schmaltz used to make some decent stuff, back when they were associated with, I think Anderson Valley? I don't remember, but it was more likeable back in the 90s. I'm gonna try their barrel aged blend beer, but if that disappoints, I think I'm done.

Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed a pint of Hop Manna at the Rockville, MD Matchbox recently.

Appearance (4/5): Pint glass with a decent pour yielded a large two finger white head. The body of the beer is very pretty–a hazy golden orange beauty. A fair amount of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aroma (4/5): This is a citrus bomb: lemon zest and orange dominate, while a piney, almost spicy hop aroma lurks in the background. Extremely fresh smelling. If the flavor is anything like the nose, this'll surely be a winner!

Taste (4/5): ...And it does. Foretaste is fruity and floral: orange, lemon zest, pine and cedar. The aftertaste is notably spicy–clove, pepper–and bittersweetly resinous. The lemon zest note obvious in the nose really comes through in the taste, though the notes of pine (probably from dry-hopping with Centennial) are more prevalent here than in the nose. Taste is not complex at all; it's all hops all the time, and a bit one dimensional. This doesn't take much away from the beer–it's still high quality stuff–but it does prevent me from going above "4" for taste.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium body. Good spritely carbonation. Satisfyingly resinous, the beer's aftertaste lingers for a little while without overstaying its welcome. Quite drinkable.

Overall (4/5): He'Brew Hop Manna is an outstanding American IPA and is the very definition of a beer that should get straight 4's. It nails the West Coast-style IPA flavor profile near-perfectly, but doesn't do much to distinguish itself. I almost feel like I've had this beer before. That being said, Hop Manna is still a very good IPA and I would definitely buy it again. Cheers!

Photo of Auraan
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber with a slight hint of a white head. The scent was mostly malt, with undercurrents of pine and grapefruit. The flavor was typical for the style. Pine flavors, grapefruit and grapefruit pith predominate, with a malt backbone present throughout each sip. The hops are definitely more noticeable and leave a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is again, typical for an IPA. Moderate carbonation and a smooth character allow it to go down easy. A good IPA, well worth trying, but it lacks the complexity of something like Sculpin.

Photo of samtrillo
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange with some pretty lacing.

The nose is huge with floral, pine and tropical fruit notes.

Big caramel and cracker malt presence on this one. Hops kind of play second fiddle, but they are very much there. Floral and pine and some citrus/tropical fruits.

Feel is very smooth and oily. Lo lo carbonation.
Overall it's a good American IPA. I'm not exactly gonna seek it out but would enjoy drinking it again.

Photo of Paynebr21
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - pours an amber color with a decent head and good lacing
S - nice pine nose with a solid malt backbone
T - pine up front with a bit of resin. Malt and Carmel on the back
M - mild carbonation and very smooth. Dry finish
O - as a big fan of hop bomb style beers this was a bit lacking in the hops department. Is still a very smooth IPA with a dry finish. Decent beer but not one of my favorite IPAs

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. A straight-up IPA from He'Brew - hard to believe that I hadn't noticed that about them until now. IPAs would indeed be a component of my personal 'manna'.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, frothy, pale beige head, which settles in for a spell, before casually slipping away, leaving some decent puffy honeycomb lace around the glass. Who's an attractive boy?

It smells of grapefruit, orange, and lime citrus, blended with some herbal character, a bit of grassy pine, all over a stocky bready caramel malt. The taste is bitter citrus rind, some further leafy pine-resin hoppiness, vanilla cream, mildly buttery sourdough, spicy, almost rye or wheat-like maltiness, and a simmering, slow-rising herbal earthiness, that puts a kibosh on the fresh initial zippiness.

The carbonation is quite reserved, and fleeting, the body a soft, almost flabby, medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with a relative uptick in the malt, as the bitter hops trail off, leaving their more blase herbal citrus cousins weak on the flanks.

A decent enough Yankee IPA, though more balanced than I was hoping for, to the point of seeming neutered, as the big opening salvo of sexy bitter hops just can't keep it up to the end.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super-creamy, long-lasting dirty white head, with a slightly hazed rust orange liquid underneath.

Hugely fragrant nose, almost perfume-y, lots of lime peel and dryer sheet. Citra abounds.

Lots of orange, lime and cannabis in the flavor, slightly resin-y and with a grassy, nearly astringent green bitterness in the finish.

Soft on the palate but not wussy, carbonation is there just enough to prop up this slightly sticky and medium-bodied IPA.

Absolutely, superbly, totally enjoyable, and with a reasonably low-ish ABV, this could be my favorite new IPA for Summer 2012. If it's a bomber and it's Shmaltz, I'm psyched.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big beer. Orange with a white yeasty looking head.6.5% abv listed. A nice orange citrus taste, piney, big IBU. A little sweetness to offset it. Carbonation is right there,it is a bit astringent, still it has good drinkability. Dry hoppy finish. Centennial, Cascade, Citrus. Thanks Ken.
Had again 5 months later and good taste clearly came through.

Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A burnt orange body shines with amber highlights when held to the light. A dense creamy half finger of beige foam rests on top. Thick sticky lacing coats the sides. Good retention.

Caramel and ginger in the nose - sweet with a touch of herbaceous/spicy hops and a faint citrus element as well.

Dank herbal palate entry reveals a low but lasting bitterness offset by a substantial dose of malt. Flavor profile is a bit murky and the finish is somewhat lackluster and sweet. No off notes. Somewhat soapy/perfume-like.

Creamy, moderately carbonated, not-quite-oily mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer, but "above average" doesn't really cut it for me any more given the number of truly exceptional IPAs readily available in nearly every area of the country these days.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a thin layer of foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose is floral, piny, herbal, and faintly citrusy. It's obvious that a good deal of dry hopping and finishing hops were used in this one. The flavor is lightly malty with some faint bready notes up front which lends balance to the spicy, floral, citrusy, grapefruit-like hop character. There's a nice balance between the bready, sweet malt and the mildly bitter hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth a decent amount of carbonation and a bit of crispness.

This is a nice IPA. It's balanced, but hoppy. Both the malt and the hops get their chance to shine. It's highly drinkable, flavorful, and smooth. I will most definitely have this again.

Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours a deep orange color, almost red, but crystal clear. Giant foamy head. Big, grassy-hop aroma. Very "green" as opposed to piney or citrusy.

Flavors are straight down the middle between West coast IPA (big C hops) and more, erm, conventional (?) AIPA. The tough about a West coast IPA is the way Cascade totally dominates the palate. This manages to keep West coast flavors dominant while keeping the other hops present, if subdued. Pretty substantial grain bill too, leaving the beer just dry without being too dry. Label says 6.8% ABV and 65 IBUs.

If you're going to do a high gravity IPA this is a great way to go.

Photo of RickS95
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit dark for a 'pale' ale, but I like it. A light shade of brownish orange, like the color of a dark nectarine. The head is a finger and a half of white multi-sized bubbles. Someone IPA bubbles look different and these fit the bill, leaving a nice stick lace as they die.

Not sure a beer could smell better. Just a hint of malt and then citrus hop city. Grapefruit and pineapple. A little pine.

Taste is similar, though not quite as spectacular. Citrus fruits are there, as it the pine, but it's very crackerlike.

Feel is dominated by the hops and they overshadow everything else. There is a slight citric cleanliness, but then the bitter steps in and never really lets go of your palate. The alcohol is well-hidden. Medium body with a sticky finish.

A good beer, despite not being the easiest drinker. I'd like a bit more than just bitter and that's where this comes up short. That said, it's still a good beer for the style.

Photo of tempest
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint at MexiQ in Queens. At first I thought the hazy amber body meant I was in store for an unfiltered, hop-packed IPA. Instead, I got a smoother, slightly soapy IPA, that while not unpleasant, was far from the best pale ale option on the beer list. This beer simply needs more hops, and maybe a little cleaning up. Ask for a sample before you try this one.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a hazy, straw colored body.
The aroma is nice with pine and grapefruit. Bold and upfront.
The taste has a solid grapefruit bitterness with some malt sweetness in the background. A good balance going on.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a good IPA.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2012 Edition- poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler; pours a relatively clear golden copper color with 2.5 fingers of off-white head, decent retention, a few spots of lacing.

Smell is wonderful- hops of all varieties. Pine, some mint, floral, grassy, and a little bit of grapefruit. Fantastic smell. Thank you for dry-hopping people.

Taste is great also- a good amount of bitterness, however (that's my thing, you'll have to decide if it's yours). Slight bitterness plus a nice floral/herbal hop taste up front, followed briefly by some nice malt sweetness, then some grapefruit, then a lot more bitterness, finishing out with some pine and a hint of mint.

Mouthfeel is very nice also- light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a nice dose of resin. This is a fantastic single IPA- couldn't recommend it more if you want hops but not a headache.

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will be a short review, my computer locked up as I was completing it..

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Great lacing above average head retention

S: Some grassy & citrus notes, a bit subdued for a dry hopped IPA

T: Much lemon, grapefruit, pine & biscuitty malt up front. Strong citrussy hoppyness along with pineyness battle it out with caramel sweetness as this warms. Finishes grapefruitty, piney & with just the right amount of malty sweetness to balance this out

MF: Medium bodied, slightly prickly carbonation, along with superior balance

Great drinakbility, this is very nice AIPA that I would love to see in a six pack format

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He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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