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Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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85
very good

632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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WallyHop

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-20-2014 23:48:42 | More by WallyHop
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-18-2014 02:21:42 | More by buckyp
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lanciloti

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-18-2014 02:10:17 | More by lanciloti
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 17:51:49 | More by BEERchitect
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-17-2014 08:26:20 | More by crbnfbr
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-17-2014 04:50:10 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-17-2014 00:47:59 | More by bradfordjohnson
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a very clean caramel color with tiny bubbles streaming through its light hue. The head was bright white with an impressive density and decent retention.

The nose holds very soft or faint aromas of lemon, pithy rinds, spruce, caramel malt and buttery cracker.

The taste is less lemony an more to the rind, pine, spruce and cracker malt. Small bites of citrus, maybe orange can be discerned.

The feel is quite dry but not particularly astringent. There is a thinness but it helps achieve an easy drinkability.

This is a tame but tasty IPA, easy enough for the beginner, and maybe too tame for the Hop Head.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 22:22:03 | More by KYGunner
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Swaino

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-12-2014 23:23:52 | More by Swaino
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80x2HopHead

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-11-2014 04:59:01 | More by 80x2HopHead
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bierdeflanders

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

02-10-2014 07:49:02 | More by bierdeflanders
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Tone

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden/maize color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, sugar, hint of caramel malt, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is very sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, overly simplistic, too sharp in the mouth feel, and almost gritty.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 15:43:32 | More by Tone
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BierJager89

California

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep honey golden with a foamy white head. Beautiful.

S: Nectary orange, tangerine and citrus peel in a delicious nose.

T: Tastes like hop juice. Orange, lemon, tangerine and bitter citrus peel. Dry.

M: Medium bodied and smooth enough.

O: Pretty good. Flavor could have been better, more akin to the nose. I love tangerine, and rarely see enough of it in the flavor of some of the beers that I've had that have it in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:33:44 | More by BierJager89
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ltltony

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-28-2014 15:59:50 | More by ltltony
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-26-2014 21:59:53 | More by weeare138
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-24-2014 11:14:34 | More by jmsedgwick
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alemiester

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-22-2014 00:58:20 | More by alemiester
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Andonato

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-21-2014 07:18:00 | More by Andonato
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter. Certified Kosher.

The body has the look of a Werther's original toffee candy, with an ecru head building to two-finger's. A bubbly cap slowly deflates and leaves a modern art-esque lattice work of plastic lace behind.

A bouquet leaps from the glass that reminds one of tropical drinks: notes of pineapple, grapefruit, guava all here. A soapiness and honeyed malt also swirl around with the citrus aromas. Very sweet and syrupy.

First impression of the palate is a watered down expression of the nose. Grapefruit and fruit snacks slowly devolve into a resin bitterness with some earthy herbal character. Malts are very light and have that sweet white bread flavor, subtle.

A little more dry with a creamy froth that builds on the tongue, Hop Manna is more on the light side and watery.

A let down is experienced between the aromas promised on the nose, to the delivery of flavors to the palate. This He'Brew offering certainly has its moments. They are just few and far between. And missing where it counts, the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 06:07:01 | More by Pintofbrown
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twkirkby

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-18-2014 01:46:41 | More by twkirkby
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jkd03c

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-16-2014 04:15:33 | More by jkd03c
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gigoat

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-15-2014 03:02:01 | More by gigoat
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BennyThon

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-14-2014 00:03:40 | More by BennyThon
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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-10-2014 02:39:57 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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Rheaume17

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-09-2014 15:31:59 | More by Rheaume17
Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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