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Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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716 Ratings
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: parris on 02-25-2012)
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

tkdchampxi, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

LMH88, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

nickfl, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Very nice copper/blood orange sunset, one finger head and some decent lacing

S - Almost spicy (but super nice), very bright hops, crisp pine apple, fresh pine needles, bready yeast, fresh mountain stream, very nice sugar, apple and cherry blossoms, slight wood and a bit of terrior

T - It explodes in your mouth with super nice bitter pine, sweet pineapple, fresh cut flowers, a slightly roasted malt, mango, apple, earth and weirdly boozy tasting for a low abv

M - Clean, crisp, medium acidity, well balanced, nice complexity, medium bodied and a nice long bitter sweet finish

D/O - Would love this dude in a sixer! Super clean, nice hops, easy to drink and very refreshing. Not for fans of the lighter side of hops, this one on some sips can punch you in the face with hops and then a rush of fruit and sugars

Final thoughts - $5, decent 6.8% and pretty darn awesome. Like McDonalds says, I'm loving it

whatthehull, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Amp, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

DaPan, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +5.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st night of Hanukkah 2012...

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the head billowed nicely as well. the body was a bright amber color.
s - piney hops with a hint of citrus and maybe some floral hops as well.
t - big, lip-smacking citrus hops with a nice caramel backbone.
m - medium.
o - solid AIPA from an underrated brewery. the hanukkah gift pack is off to a nice start.

GPHarris, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

chasmandocharles, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass. Pours a clear medium red-orange amber. One finger fine white head and lacing. Aroma of piney hops and light sweet malt. Sweet malt, orange and grapefruit, with a herbal hop presence throughout. Finishes with pine hops. Nice malty body, medium almost creamy bodied, nice mouth feel. A nice flavor profile, but somewhat tame for an IPA, it does have nice integration. Not great, but a decent tasty IPA.

LiquidAmber, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of hackmann
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy amber with light caramel highlights; finger and a half off white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: light nose; citrus spice

Flavors: solid citrus notes with grapefruit salad coming to mind – white grapefruit leading the way with a little pink and red grapefruit in the mix, spicy citrus-pepper and pine, nice hoppy bitterness, dry dust earthy tone, very light on the sweet, malts must be doing their job to keep the bitterness in check for it is not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium citrus bitterness, moderate carbonation, medium body, sticky oily hops, lingering citrus twang

To the Point: a nice dry hopped ale, if you like citrus/pine this is for you, I would buy this again.

hackmann, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of scotorum
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No bottled on date visible, purchased a week ago.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip pint.

a; Clear amber with an inch tall white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus and pine.

t: Piney hop bite forward with some strength over a medium bready malt base. Bitterness lingers a bit, then dissipates nicely.

m: Medium with good body. Considerable carbonation tingle.

o: An above average IPA bordering on DIPA hop presence (all 65 IBUs are evident). A decent buy at $6 per 22, refreshing and pleasing to this hop lover.

scotorum, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Shmaltz Brewing Company, this is the He'Brew Hop Manna IPA. Limited release in 22oz bottles, I was fairly excited to try this little guy. The label states that Hop Manna is dry hopped with Centennial Cascade and Citra hops, checking in at 65 IBUs and 6.8% abv.

The Hop Manna pours a great straw-golden color, with quite a bit of fluffy off-white foam. There is a ton of carbonation rising from the bottom of my Unibroue-brand tulip glass. As usual, there's a long story on the side of the label in tiny print that I don't dare try to read after I start drinking.

The nose is full of brightly floral hops, bitter at the core, but mostly floral and citrusy in nature. On the palate, this is much more subtle than some of the other IPAs I've been trying lately. The hops are definitely present, but not nearly as rough and bitter as others. The alcohol isn't even noticeable, it's seamlessly blended in behind the hops. The finish is not super-long lasting, but it does linger for a few minutes.

Soft, smooth, flavorful, and quite drinkable. I like the Hop Manna!

TheCorkStopsHere, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear amber body under 2 inches of dense light-tan foam; great retention and lots of lace. Lovely.

S: Balanced and intense, with lots of floral and piney hop notes atop a sweet caramel malt base. Simple and very effective.

T: Opens with fruity hoppiness, followed quickly by some toffee-tinged malt, and finished with floral hop bitterness. Like the nose, it's very balanced without sacrificing the power of the hops. Tasty.

M: Lively, frothy medium body. A touch prickly, but pretty good.

O: Solid IPA. It's not going to blow your mind, but it's clean, balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable. I was a bit surprised at how low its ratings are.


woosterbill, Apr 30, 2012
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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 26, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden-orange with a 3 1/2 finger off-white head that recedes rather quickly, but leaves copious lacing.

Over-ripe citrus is the most prominent aroma, but there is pine as well, and a hint of sweet malt.

Taste of light sweet malts upfront, but the hops prevail here as well. The bitter and floral/piney/spicey hops assert themselves, completmenting, if not almost overpowering the sweetness.

Moderate bodied, lightly syrupy, with a light burn of alcohol.

A great summertime brew. Full-flavored and easy to drink

obywan59, Jun 05, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"New for 2012!"

Pours a deep amber color with a decent, lasting head. Leaves some spots of lace on the glass after each sip. Moderately hazy

Plenty of grapefruit rind aroma from the extensive hop. Light pine in the background. No notable malt aromas.

This is a strongly bitter IPA. Closer to a DIPA but without the alcohol. Unlike the smell, the malt is solid if completely in the background. The swallow is comparable to sucking a hop pellet and the aftertaste goes on forever. Good body with a below average carbonation level. All in all, a solid IPA.

smcolw, Mar 31, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry amber with clingy trailing white froth.
Tangelo, papaya and tropical fruit over toffee shortbread.
Orange, strawberry and mango then orange sorbet and pine sap hops.
Grapefruit pit finish and cleanly bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, salty, smooth, oily and crisp.

Citra sure brings the tropical fruit. Punchy for an almost-APA strength (6.9%). Some of that 5 AM Saint crystal and lots of Centennial citrus. Extra malts make this bigger than expected.

StJamesGate, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Sammy, May 24, 2012
Photo of david131
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear copper liquid with a few streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head leaves some nice lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Pine and caramel dominate while the pineapple, grass, and mango follow up. Aromatic and intriguing.

T- Sweet caramel with pine and grass. The fruity hop flavors balance nicely with the more old-school pine and grass flavors.

M- A bit oily with some definite lingering bitterness. About right.

O- The citra hops really add something new to an otherwise old school IPA. Not all that interesting, but it is well made for this style of IPA.

david131, Jul 10, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice, warm orange. The head starts out on the large side, but collapse to cover just the top. Very nice lacing.

Biscuit and minerals lead the smell. Some citrus and pine show up, and a hint of caramel.

The taste is nice and balanced. Blood orange, caramel, biscuit and pine start it up. This leads to a middle of fresh cut grass and orange peel. Hint of wheat at the end. Goes down smooth.

I'd grab another, not too pricy and well made. Could become a go to ipa.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Sep 28, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

paresis, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of tubeman
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tubeman, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that has lots of bubbles and is partially transparent with all the large bubbles in the middle, as the head slowly fades it leaves a high water mark of head and bits in between. The beer is a mostly clear slight chill hazed darker orange slight nectar colored.

Nose has an interesting blend of hops, light grassy spicy hops from the centennial and cascade, a bit earthy, with sprinkles of grapefruit, tangerine, and light floral hops throughout, and bits of candied citrus, with a light sweet malty base bringing a bit of caramel and a light malty balance like aroma.

Taste is pure east coast IPA, starting with a sweet malty balance with hints of caramel and toasty reddish malts. Then juicy hops, again the light spicy floral notes, with a light grassy kick, before fading to the light citrus candy, and hints of tangerine, but no real grapefruit, and a light musty almost passion fruit. It's a bit sweet but juicy, with bitterness that gets to a fair bitterness but not too much. The finish ramps the bitterness slightly but again not too much as the malty sweetness balances it well, it dries a bit but stays slightly sticky, with light lingering tangerine, candied orange, and light zesty earthy spicy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad but nothing special. Bit too sweet, candy tasting. Nice balance between the hop bitterness and malty sweetness, but still too sweet. Hops are kinda nice but don't go as far as I expected for 3 of my favorite hop varieties. 5 years ago this beer would be awesome, but its a bit lackluster compared to all the other great IPAs and APAs on the market these days.

jlindros, Apr 28, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice malty color, fairly clear, good near white head, some cling lace.

S - Sharp...rye like. Malty.

T - Nice big round malt, good hops balance.

M - Med body, good carb, good balance.

D - I would have it again. Really like the products from Shmaltz.

srandycarter, May 01, 2012
Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.