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Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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86
very good

719 Ratings
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Ratings: 719
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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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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

djrn2, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.8%

acurtis, Thursday at 07:35 PM
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Texasfan549, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

metter98, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.8%

GRG1313, May 28, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

kjkinsey, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

BEERchitect, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, May 17, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kylehay2004, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Knapp85, Oct 06, 2012
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.

oberon, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

emerge077, May 01, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JAHMUR, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of zeff80
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

zeff80, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very good ipa, relying on tropical southern hemisphere hops to make this distinct, and it works. its not the juiciest and brightest illustration of some of these varietals, but its really good for what it is, and honestly these guys have been getting better and better with their beer lately, especially the hoppy stuff. looks like an american ipa, slightly rust tinted golden beer heady and patiently carbonated. aroma of oranges and melon from the hops, a touch of pink bubblegum, and basically no yeast profile at all. the beer isnt real bitter, resinous and sweet like some of the west coast style ipas instead, which i think flatters the already fruity hop complexion in this one. i could use just a touch more carbonation, it settles after it comes out of the tap pretty fast, and is just a little slow for me. i like the medium body though and the finish is long lasting and delicious, making my mouth water for more. very solid ipa here, cool use of distinctive hop varietals for sure.

StonedTrippin, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

WVbeergeek, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +5.5%

nickfl, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheManiacalOne, May 03, 2012
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Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.