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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

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by parris on 02-25-2012

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a tulip. The beer looks the part of an IPA, as it pours a hazy tan orange. Not much head to speak of; what's there collapses into a persistent ring that leaves some lacing. The aroma is surprisingly malty. Not at all what I'd expect from the style. A little bit of piney hops. This is dry hopped?

The taste is a bit better, but still not super hoppy. Decently bitter. Sweet malt, honey, and earthy pine hops. A little medicinal on the finish. Medium cabronation, and the body's pretty thick, oily and pleasantly sticky. Overall, though, this one ended up a bit of a disappointment. It really seemed more like an amber than an IPA.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and orange-tan with fine rising bubbles, a two finger head that lasted, and good lace.

Aroma is piney, citrus, lemon peel and grapefruit, herbal, and floral. Definitely noticed the dry hopping!

Flavor is really nice, and as complex as the smell. There's a nice bitterness, balanced but forward, accented with pine, hop resin, floral, citrus, and grassy notes. The malt sweetness balances it out nicely.

Body is full yet drinkable, with ample carbonation and a nice sweet malt/bitter hop finish.

As with most everything from this brewery, I like this beer.

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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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle in 2012 Holiday Jewbelation pack into Belgian glass.

A: Pours with very little head, what's there disappears quickly leaving a little bit of lacing. Beer is dark golden.

S: Lots of pine, a little bit of grapefruit. Not much of anything else.

T: Doesn't really live up to aroma, you get a fair amount of the piney hops and they're not overpowering, but the expected citrus flavors really don't materialize and as a whole it ends up pretty out of balance.

M: Light to medium bodied, not too much alcohol heat since ABV is not very high. A bit watery.

O: I love the entire Shmaltz shtick but this IPA just isn't where in needs to be in terms of taste and complexity.

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Photo of rangerred
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear darker gold with a one finger white head. Really good head retention with decent lacing.

Aroma is much better than many other IPA's I have had. Lots and lots of pine along with a touch of citrus. Really a nice blend of earth and citrus here. A little bit of light wood too with pinecones.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma. More pine than citrus but not nearly as strong as was present in the aroma. Moderate to high bitterness throughout along with some more wood and pine resin. Finish is moderately sticky with bitterness lingering long after all flavors have subsided.

Overall, a better than average IPA. It is definitely hop-centric with malt being nearly undetectable but the hops in this really work well. One to pick up every now and then.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.5.12.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a two inch cream-colored foamy head with solid retention.

S - Orange, sweet carmel malt and some subtle pine.

T - Same as the nose, but more pumped up. Orange, pine, malt.

D - Good carbonation and a bit thin with a light body.

O - Light, subtle hops, malty.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been enjoying this for the last few weeks and finally got around to reviewing it

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Nonic Pint Glass:

A-orange, copper, transluscent, decent head and great lacing

S-really good floral IPA, very nice, mellow and not over-powering

T-this is where it really stands out, the taste is just off the charts. I love really fresh IPA's and this is just right in my wheelhouse, with a wonderful sweet finish

M-also very good

O-currently my favorite new beer, l'chaim (said the Irish boy)

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, dark copper pour. Two and a half finger off white soapy, sticky head. Lacing is excellent.

Bright citrus hops, dank earthy hops, slight caramel and toasted malts. There is a slight dandelion grassy note to this.

Bright citrus and a slight soap taste from the citra. Light toasted malt, caramel and bitter pine finish.

Light body, slightly chewy with decent carbonation.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber colored body, with a big, two finger thick head full of craggy foam. The smell was very hoppy indeed, evoking grapefruit and mandarin orange slices. The taste was a citric and bitter affair, and very clean. The malt backbone was a little nondescript, and I think this could have used a bit more body. If this was ever tweaked up to a DIPA, it would be phenomenal.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2012 Edition- poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler; pours a relatively clear golden copper color with 2.5 fingers of off-white head, decent retention, a few spots of lacing.

Smell is wonderful- hops of all varieties. Pine, some mint, floral, grassy, and a little bit of grapefruit. Fantastic smell. Thank you for dry-hopping people.

Taste is great also- a good amount of bitterness, however (that's my thing, you'll have to decide if it's yours). Slight bitterness plus a nice floral/herbal hop taste up front, followed briefly by some nice malt sweetness, then some grapefruit, then a lot more bitterness, finishing out with some pine and a hint of mint.

Mouthfeel is very nice also- light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a nice dose of resin. This is a fantastic single IPA- couldn't recommend it more if you want hops but not a headache.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Guinness-branded tulip-style pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a small off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Mostly floral hop aromas with touches of citrus and pine.

Taste: Begins citric and somewhat sweet, rounding out to bready character and finishing with a decent piney bitterness alongside sweet fruits. I expected a bit more hop "oomph" from this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A good IPA, but one that falls short of being great. This is definitely worth a try and is a beer I would drink again, but it isn't the best out there by any means.

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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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to try this beer on a whim, feeling I need to give more east coast IPA's I try. And how'd my break from the local hop bombs turn out?

A - Pours a nice, cloudy amber hue, with a thick, off-white head. Retention and lacing are top notch caliber.

S - Smell is of citrus fruits (mostly lemon and grapefruit), on a biscuity caramel malt backbone.

T - Taste is moderate floral hoppiness, with mild lemon overtones and caramel flavors that sort of blur together as hops somewhat linger in the aftertaste. The malt texture is bready. Overall, it's a little basic. Great flavors here, they just seem a bit light.

M - Medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation (between silky smooth, and crisp).

O - Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, that with a little more flavor, could be bumped up to great status. Who knows, maybe it's just the west-coaster in me talking :p. I'd definitely drink this one again though.

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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 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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new brew ive been wanting and it pours a clear golden light copper hue with a creamy off white three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is tad muddled with the list of hops used its like they are all competiting for smell with aromas of boiled candy,passionfruit sherbet,freshly cut grass,bubblegum and piney hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,nicely carbonated and sessionable with tastes of lemon tart,piney bitter resinous hops,lychee,kiwi fruit,a touch of toffee sweetness and finished with a nice hit of citrus and piney hops,overall its nice but i think the hops compete too much as i know what Citra is capable of and on tasting this Citra gets lost with the other hops,easy enough to drink tho cheers.

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Photo of Ford
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coastal Crossing Grill in Alvin, Texas.

I'm not a big IPA fan, but this one really won me over. I saw this on tap on the way out of the restaurant and quickly asked about it. The bartender gave me a quick taste. We were leaving so I couldn't get a pint right then, but I returned the next day to have one.

Really glad I did! Lots of grapefruit and citrus taste. Probably the grapefruitiest I've ever had. Being a big fan of that flavor profile it's not wonder I loved it.

Looks great in the glass. I'm hoping they keep this one on tap regularly. I can't wait to have it again.

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Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours a deep orange color, almost red, but crystal clear. Giant foamy head. Big, grassy-hop aroma. Very "green" as opposed to piney or citrusy.

Flavors are straight down the middle between West coast IPA (big C hops) and more, erm, conventional (?) AIPA. The tough about a West coast IPA is the way Cascade totally dominates the palate. This manages to keep West coast flavors dominant while keeping the other hops present, if subdued. Pretty substantial grain bill too, leaving the beer just dry without being too dry. Label says 6.8% ABV and 65 IBUs.

If you're going to do a high gravity IPA this is a great way to go.

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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, and unevenly, leaving sticky residue behind as it does. Plenty of beer ring lacing. Head renews fully with each new pour.

S: Light combination of white bread and pine, with some floral and citrus notes.

T: Very hoppy and bitter. Pine sap and pecan shells.

M: Light body, but full flavor. Biting in the front, and throughout. Dry, bitter, dehydrating finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The bite will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent color, with a tall, thick head and really solid lacing. Nose is soft, but well-composed bread base with pine, floral, and citrus. Hoppy and bitter. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange, floral, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and almost bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some bready malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with some bitterness and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy IPA. Good hop profile and bitterness with a good hop and malt balance.

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Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a 0.4l beer mug, and the brew makes a creamy looking two finger thick off white crown of foam, and the body of the brew is a little hazy with a dark copper color.

The aroma is a medley of caramel and pine characteristics. There is a mild blend of lemon and grapefruit too.

Taste wise it leans more on the grapefruit and over ripened orange qualities, and the caramel kicks in the door and weaves around the hop qualities.

Feels full in body, oily slick, and slightly warm in the end.

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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

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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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He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.