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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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Reviews: 204
Hads: 939
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.22%
Wants: 12
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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 B33R501
2.17/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

4 test batches to get to this? completely forgetable IPA. Just because certain flavors work in one beer, why would the brewer think they would work in another beer? I'm referring to the butterscotch and toffee that work so well in the exceptional RIPA, that are very misplaced here.

Average color, pale orange. Dull. Smells floral hops, caramel malts. Taste too much caramel malt with butterscotch, not enough hops and or bitterness combine to make a below average boring beer. I could have done this review with one word, lousy. Waste of money.

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Photo of Devistator16
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at my local HEB to try something new. On first taste the beer was your average IPA, upon further consumption the beer was very dry. I poured into a proper glass to see the color and get the aroma.... The color was average but the smell was disturbing. Would not buy again. Too many others to try.

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Photo of zeff80
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, fairly dark amber color with a two-finger head of off-white foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with touches of grapefruit.

T - Wow, it was a like an off English IPA. Very soapy and astringent. Some nice pine and caramel flavors are buried underneath the soapy taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This didn't work at all for me. Too soapy and astringent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks like that malt heavy appearance (plus thats how this brewery always rolls, so expectations + appearance = conclusion). Dark orange. Aroma sure enough was lacking hops.

They should have called this brown malt manna because the hops sure enough aren't here. Still bitter though. This is a joke for a hoppy ipa. I guess if you're into brown/English ipas, you might dig it. At least there are no off flavors.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No test batch identification, 22oz bomber

A - Apple cider-like in color with an okay eggshell white head. Slightly hazy and deposits good lace.

S - Fairly aromatic but with cascade, centennial and citra dry hopping I was hoping for something more pungent. The hops are sticky and have subtle earth tones as well as a residual sweetness in the background. Nothing too crazy.

T - A little on the bland side for me, the hops are bursting through with flavor nor is the malt backbone too strong. A light citrus flavor from the hops is noticeable and have an aftertaste of lemon, grass and alpha acids. Too light in flavor for me IMO.

M/O - Medium to light body just under carbonated to me. The palate is left semi-dry but cleanses pretty easily. Nothing to warrant another bottle being opened. Kind of disappointed because of the hop combination used in this one. Needs to be a little bolder in flavor for me.

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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.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber to a snifter, no clear freshness date. The bottle does say "new for 2012" for the label, so if that's any indication this is probably been on the shelf for a while

Pours a deep gold with a hue leaning more towards an orange. I poured it a bit aggressively on purpose, really didn't expect to get two and a half fingers of foam. After a few minutes it dies down to a finger and a half, little carbonation and good even lacing

Aroma of spicy hops, a very robust malty backbone, some pine and citrus. A lot more malt than most ipas, I wonder how this would smell fresh

Taste of a handful of hops and strong malt. This beer is way past it's prime

Feel is sticky and dry. Drink easy, hides it alcohol well

Overall this beer wasn't great. I'll give shmaltz the benefit of the doubt and be sure to rereview once I get a fresher bottle. Gotta say though, having the word 'malt' in their name isn't helping their case

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Photo of babaracas
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the wide release, not labeled as a test batch. Pours a clear orange with two fingers cream colored head, settles to a quarter inch with splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: pine, floral, citrus note, caramelized sugar and a melon note. The hop aromas are not faded, but just dull, not at all representative of a beer whose selling point/buzz is due to what its dry hopped with. Taste: yeah, the base is heavy on the munich flavors and has some honeydew melon-y action going on; it's like you took the light honeyed biscuit west coast ipa grist bill (I recall they claimed it would be in this vein) and dumped tons of caramel all over it. Hopping is lightly piney, candied grapefruit rind, and vague tropical notes. For 65 ibus, well, they're just not showing up. Dries out somewhat but still finishes sticky sweet; medium bodied with slightly less than creamy feel. There was buzz about this beer a while back, and it was completely undeserved. An average, at best, IPA is what we have here.

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Photo of TXBulldog
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Jester King tulip.

Pours a hazy amber. Thick head that lingers into substantial lacing.

Much less hop on the nose than I expected from this beer. A bit of malt sweetness, but overall very mild.

Has the hop bitterness very forward here, but not a lot of complexity. From the name and label I was expecting a hop bomb but this is more of straight forward IPA. It's not a bad example of one at that, but this definitely left me feeling that I didn't get what I was promised.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with just a bit of a crisp bite at the end. Very drinkable for an IPA.

A pleasant enough beer to drink, but a bit of a disappointment overall.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No freshness info is apparent on this bottle. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange colour with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Bitter hop aroma up front with some pine, grapefruit and earthy aromas present. A sweet caramel malt backbone provides balance but the hop aroma is more prominent

T - Bitterness up front with pine and grapefruit flavours present. The malt backbone adds sweetness and bready/caramel flavours. Overall this is bland and the hop profile is very subdued. Perhaps this is a freshness issue, but since this brewery doesn't provide freshness information, I can't tell if this is part of the issue.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of match1112
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. dark copper body with very litle to no head or lacing. the nose is dominated by brown sugar with caramel and some hops in the background. taste is very sweet from the sugars and caramel malts. very little hops noticed on the tongue. mouthfeel is thick and sticky with decent carbonation and a slight dry finish. overall this is a average at best example of what an ipa can be. in my opinion this is not worth seeking out.

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Photo of maximum12
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle during a recent roadtrip to Madison, didn't know it was going to show up in MN or I'd have saved the trunk space. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is standard IPA, a little copper, a little yellow, a little rock & roll. Smell too, citrusy bitterness mixed with sweet malts. Straight from the IPA handbook.

Hop Manna doesn't lead me down the Promised Path that previous Shmaltz beers have. This IPA has a decent slapdask of bitterness up front, but the party in the front ends there. The copper look infects the taste too; vaguely strip-mine, really knocking down the taste. Plenty else going on. Bread crust & pine are readily evident. Bitterness reasserts on the downslide & really makes its presence known.

A rare mild disappointment from a brewery I'm growing increasingly fond of, shtick & all. This is a decent enough IPA, but the metallic yak brings it down. Just OK.

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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

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Photo of oldn00b
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks great - poured from a 12oz bottle to a spiegelau IPA glass. Slightly opaque amber - frothy white head forms and has very nice retention. Some moderate lacing too - looks really nice.

Nose is okay - some tropical and pine notes, citrus and bittering hops all come through. Seems nice.

Flavor is a big letdown. None of the characteristics apparent in the nose are there on the palate. It's a fine, medium bodied IPA, but aside from some piney/resiny flavors there is nothing else going on. Really a letdown.

Feel is fine. Nothing really wrong, decent body, nice drying finish but it's a very underwhelming profile. It was free but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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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.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dry hopped with citra, yes please. Unfortunately I think these brewers think whispering the word "citra" over the tank is equivalent to dry hopping.

Beer is amber and clear with a big white head, small bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation, looks nice.

Aroma is malty sweet with a mild hoppiness pine and earth, mild fruit, I feel lied to.

Beer is medium in body, moderate bitterness on the back palate, malt sweetness up front, mild hop flavors in the mid palate, some fruits, some pine, overall not much at all. Not a repeat, barely breaks the barrier of being an IPA in my opinion, why do i torture myself with these beers?

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Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper colored ale with a smallish tan colored head. The color is decidedly "IPA Orange."

Smells hoppy and earth with a scent of mostly pine and strong tea. Malt is not much here.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong tea flavor. Mildly bitter with and earthy flavor that is strong on the tea flavor. Aftertaste is woody.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall just an OK IPA.

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Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light bronze color with an attractive two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Light lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt and citrus with faint wisps of pine. Almost smells like slightly turned orange juice.

When I saw CaraMunich 40 malt as an ingredient, I knew I might have a problem with this beer. The malt base in this beer is so sweet, it is almost cloying. Not a feature I like in my IPAs, or any beer for that matter. Nice amount of hop flavor and bitterness, but it does not do enough to distract from the sweetness. Dry hopped with the latest fad hop, Citra, but I do not get a whole lot from that hop. I get a lot of Cascade and Amarillo.

The malt does give this beer a substantial body. Nicely carbonated as well.

It is an alright beer, not really to my tastes. It does deliver plenty of hop flavor.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber orange in the big goblet. Nice head and a full mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation and some maltiness. Interesting aroma like hay or cut alfalfa. Plus a touch of seaweed.

Quite refreshing for a couple of big gulps. The malt is modest but contributes some browned biscuit flavors. The hops are not excessively bitter, but quite forward. A peculiar vegetable and herbal flavor is the main impression. Earthy and mushroomy. Ends on an acidic note with the long funky nose.

From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bomber into a snifter.

pours a dark golden brown color with a finger thick white head. smell is quite malty...maybe old? taste is a bit hoppy and malty... ehh.. real average. not sure the freshness of this one but it could be as intended. grapefruit notes. its alright. mouthfeel is not what i like, just too malty for me. body is medium as well as carbonation.

overall just okay.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours light amber with a finger and a half of off white head. Ok retention no lacing.

S- smells of pine, cat pee and a little tropical fruit hop aromas. Biscuity malt and a touch of sweetness on the finish.

T- more pine and a touch of bitter orange peel from the hops. Dry biscuity malt in the finish.

MF- slick mouthfeel. Light medium body average carbonation.

D- ok drinkability.

An average IPA.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber
A: Agressive pour into a pint glass. Think white head. Quickly receding. No lacing. Cloudy amber color with particles visible.
S: HOPS! Grapefruit, citrusy, pine. No detectable malt.
T: This beer is really all hops and pine. Very little detectable malt. Caramel. Bitterness in the finish.
M: Crisp and refreshing. Bite of bitterness. ABV not detectable. Nicely carbonated.
O: It is not a hop blaster. Not very well balanced. Other than that nothing really bad about this beer. Could be better constructed.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Burnt orange with accents of light brown. Pours with about a half a finger of head. Low amount of carbonation active while drinking.

Smell: Chewy malt and cascade hops jump out right away. The Centennial and Citra hops add some sweet and sour accents to the aroma. Caramelized malt is very potent.

Taste: A smooth lightly hopped front greets the palate. Again, Cascade hops are the biggest player here but in this brew the hops seem to block each other out. Light finish, some hop sweetness but overall a forgettable end.

Mouthfeel: Very light, subdued hop bitterness.

Overall: A decent IPA. Aroma was more complex and interesting then the taste. This is a middle of the road brew.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Somewhat hazy. Amber color hints at a toasty malt. Static suds sit as a thin cap.

Big caramel malt, piney hops, a slight cat piss note, sweeter malts with toast, earthiness, and light funkiness. Strange for an IPA. Very malty, comparatively.

Earthy and with a little stank. Hops are unremarkable, but the toastiness is nice. More pine, but a lot of caramel/toffee. Much drier now, thank goodness. Onion-y cat piss hops are also present. Not in a pleasing way. Strange minty aftertaste. Malts carry through, too. I feel like there are clashing off-flavors that ruin the good of this beer.

Drinks decently. Balance of carbonation and body make for an easy drink.

I mean, I wish this beer didn't smell a little like butthole. And, taste a little funky, too. Whatevs. I learned my lesson.

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He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.