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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: 196
Hads: 893
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
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Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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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Reviews: 196 | Hads: 893
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey-golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale tan head. Aroma is seriously hoppy with an evergreen overtone and woody, grapefruit and malty hints. Strongly hoppy flavor is rather bitter, yet has a nice undertone of honey plus notes of malt and grapefruit. Firm-bodied texture has plenty of sass and fizz, leaving a hoppy and tingly finish. This is the third great IPA I have had in the last couple days.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.99 for a 220z bomber at Bevco.
Brewed with 2-row, wheat, Munich, Vienna, and CaraMunich 40. Hopped with Warrior, Cascade, Citra, Amarillo, Crystal and Centennial. Dry hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Citra.
65 IBUs, 6.8% ABV.
Pours out to a sparkingly clear beautiful orange golden, forming a tall whipped and creamy light yellow head with amazing retention and one solid sheet of sticky lace. Nice carbonation, about 2.5 carbs. The aroma is quite nice, full of mango and pineapple from the cascade and centennial. I'm not getting much of the lemon that I associate with Citra. I wish it were a bit more pungent and piney, but it's still awesome. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft with a medium body. Considering all the hops, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't syrupy like most DIPA's. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Lots of mango, pineapple, some grapefruit, and a little underlying pine. Medium bitterness is well balanced and quite pleasant. Enough to prevent it from being cloying. I don't like overly bitter IPA's, and this is really nice. Nice dry finish with a little grain husk character. Cleanly fermented, no perceptible off-flavors or aromas.

A great, but not outstanding, very solid IPA. I wish there were a bit more pine..a hefty dose of Chinook would be awesome for this beer. This really should be a flagship beer for them. I hope they brew it year round. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mdog
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, big head.

Smell: Not too strong, citrusy.

Taste: Nice balance between sweet & citrus. Gives a hard candy sugar taste in the background that is unique and pleasant. Finishes pretty bitter.

This is a pretty good balanced IPA, the candy-like sweetness in the background was something I haven't tasted before, especially unexpected in an IPA. Decent price, at $5 for a bomber. Worth a try.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – light amber color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – typical hoppy smell of an IPA, with a fruity edge to it.

Taste – much like the smell. Hoppy taste at first, which blends into a bitter bite toward the late middle. A slight floral essence is also in the middle. Aftertaste is bitter, but not too strong.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, not leaning too far toward the creamy or watery sides.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, but not terribly complex.

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Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange amber color with a foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left a creamy layer on top and good spotty lacing.

Wow, the hops hit my nose from 6 inches away and smelt of pungent floral hops, juicy citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel and pineapple; sweet hoppy IPA nose that had just enough grains to almost make it perfect. The hops smell fresh and it was really nice to inhale.

Tastes follows suit of the nose, with fresh hops up front, then a nice blast of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, mango or papaya, caramel, brown sugar, piney hops/pine cone, floral hops, flowers, herbs or tea leaf, sweet malt, tobacco leaf, lightly roasted grains, biscuit, wet bread and light spices like pepper; very nice balance, the hops were strong and sweet but not over the top for a very easy drinking IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with mild to average carbonation, a medium body and slightly bitter finish. Flavor completely hides the ABV.

To me this is a session beer as the price point at $5.50 for a 22 oz bomber was a steal, and combine that with the fact that it was very tasty and we have a real winner on our hands. The Chosen Beer indeed.

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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 garymuchow
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice full complex hop aroma with sweet, citrus, fruit and a little grass. Also a streak of hop oil. Firm grain malt foundation.
Very attractive. Big full fluffy head. Clear classic amber color.
Pretty well balanced flavors. Again with a streak of hop oil, that at first doesn't get to excess most drinks -but later it does :0( .
Bitterness is prominent but not abrasive or excessive.
Body is moderate with same for carbonation.
Decent drinker, but the hop oil is too distracting and eventually dominates.

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Photo of RickS95
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit dark for a 'pale' ale, but I like it. A light shade of brownish orange, like the color of a dark nectarine. The head is a finger and a half of white multi-sized bubbles. Someone IPA bubbles look different and these fit the bill, leaving a nice stick lace as they die.

Not sure a beer could smell better. Just a hint of malt and then citrus hop city. Grapefruit and pineapple. A little pine.

Taste is similar, though not quite as spectacular. Citrus fruits are there, as it the pine, but it's very crackerlike.

Feel is dominated by the hops and they overshadow everything else. There is a slight citric cleanliness, but then the bitter steps in and never really lets go of your palate. The alcohol is well-hidden. Medium body with a sticky finish.

A good beer, despite not being the easiest drinker. I'd like a bit more than just bitter and that's where this comes up short. That said, it's still a good beer for the style.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big white frothy head on top. Big pine and citrus aroma, seems rather acidic. I like it. Flavor follows the aroma with big time lemon peel, some big bitter pine notes. Lots of hop bite going down the gullet. Slick mouthfeel, some medium carbonation, and a bit of lingering sweetness. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange rind, pine, mango, herbal, floral, grass, earth, caramel, and spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and strength. Quite dank and resinous feeling. Taste of grapefruit, pine, herbal, grass, orange rind, floral, lemon zest, earth, mango, caramel, wheat, and piny spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, mango, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Malt balance is a little weak, as this leans much more towards a pretty astringent lasting bitterness. Some pretty good flavor balance; but a little high on the spicy pine resin in my opinion. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good IPA. A little too piny and spicy; but has some good hop flavor complexity and balance. Smooth and enjoyable to sip on with some intense hop flavor.

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

A: Light copper with excellent clarity and a fluffy bone white head. Typical IPA, it looks nice.

S: Melon rind, herbal, pronounced but not overpowering caramely malt.

T: Caramel/bready malt dominates, accented by herbal/spicy hop notes. Some tropical fruitiness is lurking but its fairly restrained. The hop aftertaste is quite nice.

M: Wet and juicy throughout. Not an especially refreshing IPA, but nice.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark cloudy amber with a nice light tan head

S-herbal hops, slightly faint scent. 

T-comes in with a bitter and oddly spicy/herbal taste of hops. It's not a lasting flavor and there's an understated after-taste. The bitter is strong in the beginning but dulls quickly. 

M-bitter, medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-not a terrible ipa. It's a bit boring though. It's just an easy drinking beer with out much excitement. It's just there. 

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Photo of david131
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear copper liquid with a few streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head leaves some nice lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Pine and caramel dominate while the pineapple, grass, and mango follow up. Aromatic and intriguing.

T- Sweet caramel with pine and grass. The fruity hop flavors balance nicely with the more old-school pine and grass flavors.

M- A bit oily with some definite lingering bitterness. About right.

O- The citra hops really add something new to an otherwise old school IPA. Not all that interesting, but it is well made for this style of IPA.

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

I've enjoyed one of Hop Manna's test runs on tap before, so I didn't hesitate to pick up a bomber of the final draft (pun not intended) once I saw it hit the shelves.

Very bright orange-golden color with a sturdy single finger of eggshell colored froth for a head. Smells of biscuit malt, chrysanthemum tea, other grassy herbals, and a nice blend of citrus peel that actually plays well with the other aromas, rather than dominating over them. The flavor follows suit, with the same blends of citrus, grassy, herbals, and biscuit malt. It kind of seems balanced more like an English IPA with its semi-drier feel to my palate. Medium body and carbonation levels. A solidly constructed brew if not particularly gimmicky or exciting. The best criticism I can muster is that I cannot find any of the Citra dry-hopping that they advertise on the label.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear, amber, nice white foam, nice lacing

S - subdued, grass, lemon, hops

T - piney hops, with a nice malt balance, not brash and assertive

M - medium in body, some heft but not syrupy

O - a subdued take on the style, the hops are in the forefront, but not aggressive

Drinking this beer I get the idea the brewer was just making good beer without trying to push the limits of the style. I appreciate that they don't feel the need to make every beer BIG.

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He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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