Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by stonermouse:
3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Bomber, poured into a Sam Adams glass. No bottle date.
Pours straw/yellow, very clean and clear. Head is steady and frothy at about 1/8 inch throughout.
The smell is sweet and a bit floral. It's pretty strong, but just fairly generic.
The taste is the total epitome of an average, generic IPA. It's a bit sweet and heavier than the appearance might convey. The brew purports to have some of my favorite hops in the profile (Cascade, Centennial, Citra, among others), but it just doesn't come together into anything outstanding. It's a little piney, a little floral, and too overly sweet.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky and sweet, with a slight amount of bitter hanging around at the very end. Just OK.
I'm not overwhelmed, nor underwhelmed. I guess I'm "whelmed" with this very brew as the very definition of "Average IPA." The real killer is the lack of bottle dating. This brew could easily have been effected by age, but who the hell knows? I mean, it was a bit sweet, and the hop flavors were muted and generic, but how am I supposed to know whether it's due to age or mediocrity? This was my first and last foray into Schmaltz' brews, because I have no idea what I'm getting.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2012 01:43:42 | More by stonermouse
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4/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Came out a lighter amber with a creamy white head lasting a while and leaving some good lacing. There is a nice hops aroma (not too strong, though) with solid grapefruit notes. A nice malt backbone holds up the great hops flavor throughout. A nice weight to the body with a slight bite on the finish. Overall a very good IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
04-17-2014 16:06:24 | More by delta490
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
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