Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +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.
05-23-2012 23:45:21 | More by Sammy
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
Pours a slightly murky dark orange-brown with a 1 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some subdued herbal and citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a slight malt presence on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness to it. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.
03-31-2012 05:04:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a large patch of lacing in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge and some bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus hops are present in the nose—grapefruit stands out in particular—along with notes of tropical fruit hops and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste mostly mimics the smell, except that the tropical fruit flavors are a tad stronger and there are also hints of caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that stands out the most and lingers in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA isn't a hop bomb, but the mixture of Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops adds some complexities to the smell and taste.
12-19-2013 23:56:11 | More by metter98
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
To stand out in today's IPA culture, brewers have a lot of tricks at their disposal. They can use odd grains or unorthodox hops. They can add fruits, spice or even aged them on wood. Or- they can just make them better! That's the route that Shmaltz takes.
Pouring with a hazy golden-peach color, the beer comes alive with a softly diffused glow. Its haze is a testament to its unadulterated character to come. As its creamy off-white head separates from its body below, the froth is a dense blanket that skirts the glass evenly across the glass and deeply into the session, lacing with well defined concentric rings as the beer fades.
Its juicy and tangy fruit flavors are a testament of not-so-timid hop additions. Red grapefruit, nectarine, passion fruit, mango, pineapple and even a pep of lemon and white grape decorate the peripheries while its supportive malt structure seems to give the fruit impressions a riper and more plump character. Its simply mouth-watering.
Similarly in taste, the beer's early sweetness is with caramel, honey and with a charming note of angel food cake. Its hoppy rise comes on fast as the ale lands on the middle palate. The onslaught of tangy citrus, sweet tropical, and racy orchard fruit culminate in a way to suggest "cream sickle" or "Hawaiian punch". Its light acidity evokes a nearly teeth churning effect. Yet as Hop Manna trended bitter and dry, it does so with such supple smoothness and delicacy until it arrives at a softly resinous taste of torn pine needles and citrus pith.
Its medium-light body is creamy-dry early and often. Deeply embedded carbonation gives a lightness to its texture and chases the taste into a tangy acidity, resinous dryness and calming warmth.
Hop Manna is truly like a miracle taste, coming from the heavens and gracing the whimsy of hop heads everywhere. Guilty as charged!
02-17-2014 17:51:49 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
Single finger head on a cloudy golden body with amber hues and excellent lacing. Aroma is sour with mostly herbal hops, caramel malts and a light vinegar presence. Flavor is similar with the hop charcater mostly herbal with mild citrus but again sour malts in this one. Medium body and light carbonation. The sour tendencies of this one are too much for me. The hood character is good but I am too distracted by other flavors.
09-12-2012 00:09:44 | More by kylehay2004
3.1/5 rDev -18%
This poured out as a deep gold color with a minor hazy look to it. The head was really nice looking, and white as fresh snow. The retention and lacing were pretty good here too. The smell of the beer has a decent hop profile but nothing too exciting. The taste of the beer is about the same as the smell, it's hoppy but doesn't really stand out much on it's own. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty good, nice carbonation level with a decent body to it. Overall it's not something that I was too thrilled about but still happy to have tried it.
10-06-2012 21:29:22 | More by Knapp85
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
03-26-2012 22:58:32 | More by oberon
3.45/5 rDev -8.7%
Bright saturated orange, sunset color with copious amounts of foam and lacing in the glass. Long lasting head, clumps of lace hang on the sides.
As the bottle was opened, there was a brief lemon lime hint of citrus, before the typical grassy floral hops and caramel malt notes took over.
Feel is a bit slick and sweet at first, becoming bitter in the middle and dry in the finish. Seems like a textbook DIPA, big and sweet, caramel and floral grassy hops. Medium bodied and not overbearing. Thankfully not overly sweet, but ultimately nothing all that interesting.
04-30-2012 23:24:52 | More by emerge077
2.6/5 rDev -31.2%
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.
03-14-2012 16:37:36 | More by zeff80
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
04-13-2012 02:39:53 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev -4%
From the second I took a whiff of this beer, I knew the ol' hop allergy was going to be kicking in on this one. It's very hoppy, yes. But the overuse (I'll have to quantify it as that) create a salty tone that is way too much. Just overkill and no chance for any subtle or interesting character to shine through, since there apparently isn't any I guess. Drinkable. Funny name. Too rough around the edges kind of beer.
04-14-2012 07:26:06 | More by RblWthACoz
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
On-tap 4/25/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.
S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and grassy hops.
T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness. Then sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.
05-03-2012 02:08:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
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
04-16-2012 03:18:17 | More by russpowell
Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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