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Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company

Hop MannaHop Manna

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BA SCORE
85
very good

573 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%


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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KFBR392

Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Burnt orange with accents of light brown. Pours with about a half a finger of head. Low amount of carbonation active while drinking.

Smell: Chewy malt and cascade hops jump out right away. The Centennial and Citra hops add some sweet and sour accents to the aroma. Caramelized malt is very potent.

Taste: A smooth lightly hopped front greets the palate. Again, Cascade hops are the biggest player here but in this brew the hops seem to block each other out. Light finish, some hop sweetness but overall a forgettable end.

Mouthfeel: Very light, subdued hop bitterness.

Overall: A decent IPA. Aroma was more complex and interesting then the taste. This is a middle of the road brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 17:52:28 | More by KFBR392
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TXBulldog

Texas

3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Jester King tulip.

Pours a hazy amber. Thick head that lingers into substantial lacing.

Much less hop on the nose than I expected from this beer. A bit of malt sweetness, but overall very mild.

Has the hop bitterness very forward here, but not a lot of complexity. From the name and label I was expecting a hop bomb but this is more of straight forward IPA. It's not a bad example of one at that, but this definitely left me feeling that I didn't get what I was promised.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with just a bit of a crisp bite at the end. Very drinkable for an IPA.

A pleasant enough beer to drink, but a bit of a disappointment overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:56:42 | More by TXBulldog
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flexabull

California

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy bright gold color with a very nice head. Good looking pour.

Aromas are of lemon zest, oranges, cream, and light grassiness.

Taste is quite bitter and fruity up fruit. Nice lemon zest, bitter orange, grapefruit, and a good background of creamy malt sweetness. Finish is crisp and dry, with more bitter citrus notes. Nice balance between bitter hops and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice body, crisp carbonation, and not heavy.

Overall, pretty solid IPA. A pleasant surprise really, because I have had hit and miss beers from Shmaltz.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:02:16 | More by flexabull
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 2" heads that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops during the session.

Smell: earthiness and pine rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, pine, grapefruit, big earthy / woody flavor, slightly tart green grapes, and a hearty bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Long lasting earthy bitter aftertaste.

Overall: easy to drink IPA. Nice flavors, and drinking the bomber in a session is a breeze.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 17:05:51 | More by Gavage
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a light brown semi translucent color with a half inch of head. Good lacing. Aroma is malty with some pine and sweet brown sugar. The taste is pine and sweet malts. Some brown sugar and earthiness as well. Floral hop notes as well. Reminds me a bit of a Rye IPA. Some bitter floral hop flavor at the end. Medium bodied with a bit of a light mouthfeel. Pretty decent beer to find in a mix 12 pack. Overall, decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 23:58:12 | More by PicoPapa
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours an unfiltered light brown or deep copper color. Soapy, filmy froth forms and drops a nice lace to the brew.

AROMA: Piney, herbal, grapefruit, malty.

FLAVOR: Opens up with a balance of toasted caramel malts and a piney, herbal hop character that is plenty earthy. Notes of leafy and oily hops are all over the semi dry finish to this beer. Malt and hops give a 1-2 punch to this beer, with a faintly fruity ale yeast backing. Citrus, herb, grass and bush clippings. Hop forward, but there is a sturdy malt base. Drinking just fine, had enough character, body and flavors to keep it interesting.

FEEL: Full bodied, smooth, perfect high medium carbonation.

OVERALL: A good solid IPA with all the right hop flavors, a lush malty body, and enough character to set it apart from many others. I would call this an English inspired, east coast IPA. Meant for extended sessions. Worthy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 19:49:27 | More by Stinkypuss
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Somewhat hazy. Amber color hints at a toasty malt. Static suds sit as a thin cap.

Big caramel malt, piney hops, a slight cat piss note, sweeter malts with toast, earthiness, and light funkiness. Strange for an IPA. Very malty, comparatively.

Earthy and with a little stank. Hops are unremarkable, but the toastiness is nice. More pine, but a lot of caramel/toffee. Much drier now, thank goodness. Onion-y cat piss hops are also present. Not in a pleasing way. Strange minty aftertaste. Malts carry through, too. I feel like there are clashing off-flavors that ruin the good of this beer.

Drinks decently. Balance of carbonation and body make for an easy drink.

I mean, I wish this beer didn't smell a little like butthole. And, taste a little funky, too. Whatevs. I learned my lesson.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 05:22:18 | More by thecheapies
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thick white foamy head that descends to a full cover. Patchy lacing sticks.

It has a classic American IPA nose: citrus- grapefruit/orange/lemon with leafy spicing. Caramel backs it up.

The taste is of a citric and leafy bitterness with sweet caramel and pale malt backing. Plenty of hop taste in the finish.

It could be creamier/fuller, but it is smooth and holds up to a medium body.

This is a nice representation of a hoppy/caramelish American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 17:09:20 | More by jwc215
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Monalenard

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden amber. clear. huge puffy head that takes forever to mellow and leaves a thick layer of rhiney foam too substantial to be called lacing. i like it. it looks like i could peel it off and toss it between slices of bread...oh my god, wait a sec!...

smells kinda dull but that could be me so i'm still giving the nose a 3, but from here its kinda bready. hops, smells dry. no real citrus or pine but i'm assuming i'm missing something

wow. dry and actually pretty thick and sticky for a standard ipa. nice. piney and super bitter. not too much citrus, but its there, easy to miss though. good, little different. decent malts too but you'd expect that with the amber hue.

kinda covered the mouth. its sticky and more full bodied than i thought. not extremely thick, but you know, standard ipa thick, somewhat more than normal without being a double or imperial.

overall well worth the 5 bucks. i'll be back.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 05:52:24 | More by Monalenard
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy orange/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, some hops and pine. Taste is hoppy, some bitterness, pine, a touch of malts,very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 06:40:08 | More by tone77
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plaid75

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured peppery and grassy hops atop an earthy caramel.

The taste offered an initial wave of pine and pepper that wound down toa pleasant herbalness. The malt, although secondary, did well to support the balmy hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 02:31:05 | More by plaid75
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep darker copper pour, looks effervescent. Head fades.
Nice fruit bouquet. Some apricot that is fused with a juicy hop aroma, all of which leads to a nutty biscuity aroma.
Tastes EXACTLY like the smell upon first taste..more so with this beer than any other I can recall. The resinous hops are bitter but the malt balances it well. After a few sips the fruit profile moves more toward orange zest than the apricot that hit my nose initially. Orange dominates, and grapefruit lay there too. This tastes nice. In fact I'm reminded of another great IPA as far as the taste goes- Big Eye by Ballast Point. Something about the way the sweet citrus plays forward with the malts at play. Sticky, medium carbonation, body leans toward the thin side. Im glad i snagged a "Hanukkah" variety box of this brewery's offerings(several of which are not so easy to find), as apparently Lenny's RIPA is not the only fine brew from Schmaltz.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:37:31 | More by TBoneJones
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper and clear chalked full of lumps of sediment - for the untrained eye that might appear unseemly - for a BA those chunks old promise of something good to come.
A giant off white soaping head form craters and valleys, and when settled, leave delicate lacing around the glass.

S: Even balance of grapefruit and pines with a base note of floral musky. A smoothness of pale malts and pale caramel round out the hops nicely.

T: Up front pale malts wash through, followed quickly with grapefruit pith and a subtle muskiness and carmalized malts. Rounding out the finish more grapefruit bitter that linger briefly, juicy and hoppy.

M: Medium visocity with a thin syrup feel. Pin pricks and tingles on the front of the tongue and plenty of head still left in the glass to the last sip.

O: A solid IPA that offers a intermediate level of hops for those working their way up to a West coast style IPA. Enjoyable to sip and enjoy as a stand alone drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 01:03:37 | More by FondueVoodoo
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JMad

Texas

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy light copper color with a soapy off white head that left a lot of lacing down the glass.

Smells of fresh grapefruit and tangerine with a hint of pine and caramel. Big juicy hops on the palate at first sip, I tasted loads of grapefruit rind with more pine, slightly sweet with bread on the finish. It's medium bodied with lots of soft carbonation and a dry finish. This is a well made IPA, it just doesn't really stand out from the rest.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 00:49:28 | More by JMad
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Bauzen

New York

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At first pour, the head is fluffy and stacks generously over a mirky reddish-copper colored ale. The aroma gives off promising vibes, but moments later, the scent dissolves entirely. So does the flavor. All those malts seem to keep the bitters from remaining at the forfront of your pallet as you sip it. My initial impressions were notes of grape fruit, a little toffee, but it lacks the punch and body to really bring those flavors home. Perhaps Hop Manna lacks the potency I expected with a 6.8% ABV, or perhaps this beer is meant to be enjoyed from a keg... But this beer underwhelms in a lot of ways.

I suppose it's worth a try if you're a fan of Shmaltz, but Lagunitas IPA kicks this beer's ass every which way, so do numerous offerings from Founders, Firestone, and Dogfish.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 02:17:34 | More by Bauzen
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StJamesGate

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry amber with clingy trailing white froth.
Tangelo, papaya and tropical fruit over toffee shortbread.
Orange, strawberry and mango then orange sorbet and pine sap hops.
Grapefruit pit finish and cleanly bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, salty, smooth, oily and crisp.

Citra sure brings the tropical fruit. Punchy for an almost-APA strength (6.9%). Some of that 5 AM Saint crystal and lots of Centennial citrus. Extra malts make this bigger than expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:30:32 | More by StJamesGate
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PrivateEquity

Kansas

4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Amber colored IPA. Leaves behind nice lacing.

S - Strong citrus nose.

T - Solid hop base with citrusy. Grapefruit notes. Hop bitterness lasts a little too long.

M - Just above average mouth feel. A little light.

O - Solid hoppy IPA. Decently balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 00:38:55 | More by PrivateEquity
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hackmann

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy amber with light caramel highlights; finger and a half off white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: light nose; citrus spice

Flavors: solid citrus notes with grapefruit salad coming to mind – white grapefruit leading the way with a little pink and red grapefruit in the mix, spicy citrus-pepper and pine, nice hoppy bitterness, dry dust earthy tone, very light on the sweet, malts must be doing their job to keep the bitterness in check for it is not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium citrus bitterness, moderate carbonation, medium body, sticky oily hops, lingering citrus twang

To the Point: a nice dry hopped ale, if you like citrus/pine this is for you, I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:24:22 | More by hackmann
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AgentMunky

California

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce glass into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Four fingers of head with great retention and sticky lace.

S: Enticingly spicy, with bitter, hoppy undercurrents.

T: Mmm! Light, spicy-bitter, heavy citrus, with a clean, sweetish finish.

M: Very nice. Engaging and spritely.

O: Recommended IPA. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 06:17:47 | More by AgentMunky
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber pours a hazed orange with a billowing white head that sticks around forever and leaves great lacing.

The Centennial hops are pretty strong in the aroma, I was hoping for more citra presence. Hops are dank and resinous, lemon pith even. Malt manages to hold its own with lots of honeyed grain and toffee.

Pretty well balanced actually...biscuity, toasty malt provide plenty of backbone for a piney-citrus hop flavor on the front end. The backside is plenty bitter and lingers for quite some time. The sweetness from the nose is not really evident in the flavor, as it is pretty dry all the way through. It does what many East Coast IPAs have trouble doing; it is hop-flavor forward (as opposed to just overly bitter) while still providing plenty of malt body.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 21:10:48 | More by twiggamortis420
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Braz

Washington

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Bev Mo in Tacoma. Pours a copper bronze with a nice pure white head. Beautiful fragrance. Floral notes, citrus zest and peel. Slightly sweet taste, great balance and hop flavor. Nice carbonation and very velvety. Great offering and I enjoyed this alot.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:51:49 | More by Braz
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a hazy, straw colored body.
The aroma is nice with pine and grapefruit. Bold and upfront.
The taste has a solid grapefruit bitterness with some malt sweetness in the background. A good balance going on.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 05:04:09 | More by Fatehunter
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Durge

Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT. This brew is a somewhat hazy amber color with a nice white head and very good lacing. The aroma is a beautiful, vanilla malt blended perfectly with sweet pine/hemp. Very edible and armomatic. The flavor brings intense, though not highly bitter, pine-evergreen hop goodness. It has just enough edge but delivers so much flavor. There's a touch of grass and sweet bread. It has good constitution, medium bodied but with a substantial feel. Carbonation is moderate but more than adequate. A fine hop brew!

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 02:41:04 | More by Durge
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katan

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a pint

A - Pours light golden color. White head formation, lots of lacing. Very fluffy! Lacing strong too. Lightly bubbling, not overly carbonated.

S - Strong hop nose, lots of citrus and pine. More on the earthy than the fruit side. Super dominant.

T - Starts off immediately dropping in the earthy nature of the hops, lots of pine and resin. Dark and dank. Mid-stream gets balanced but also more citrus. Finishes clean with a light hop oil flavor and some tongue grabbing bitterness.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation. Comes off fairly light. Not overly thick, not stinging. No alcohol warmth detected.

O/D - A very enjoyable IPA if you are the ilk the prefers the darker hops. I for one am in favor of that style. Not overly filling, not much on the abv (for the style). Highly recommended for me when I'm in the hop bomb mode.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:07:56 | More by katan
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow/orange, monster 4 inch foamy head and tons of sticky white lacing.

Smell - Very fruity, lots of lemon, orange, grapes, mango, kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit. All these fruits is all i can get out of this, dont pick up any malts.

Taste - At first sip i can tell this beer is old (er). Has that classic cardboard, dank faiding hop flavor, yet its still plenty hoppy, lots of fruits, and yes i get some malts, caramel and toffee. Some spices add a little pepper like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tounge well, then the malts come in and add the caramel bold flavor. Some bitterness in the finish.

Overall - Classic case of why there should be bottled dates on beers. This was still a decent beer, and fine enough to drink but id love to have it fresh to see what it really has to offer. Ill revisted this again with a fresh bottle one day....

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 00:23:33 | More by wvsabbath
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