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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BA SCORE
85
very good

837 Ratings
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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 86 | 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:
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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Photo of Lockpicker
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Really nice IPA

Photo of dredmahawkus
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ITs hoppy and malty....somehow has a weird rose note in there....like taifi rose in perfume! all the malt balances the hops a bit but its still a bit skunky.....its not bad but its not something I would want to sit there and drink....I guess its good to experience once then move on....its not bad but reminds me of rose soap on an Arab chick! lol

kinda soapy.....tastes much better after you had a couple and destroy your pallet!

Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Copper color. This is a decent and well-balanced IPA. Nothing to complain about but nothing to rave about either.

Photo of schoolboy
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

I have been trying to make converts out of other craft beer lovers - see the way of the Shmaltz. May the Shmaltz be with you.

Manna is pretty sweet. It looks like a slightly darker AIPA. It has a skunky, over the top aroma too. I am sure that it has not been handled too carefully. At Saveon it was sitting unrefridgerated.

The taste is full bodied and skunky. It's malty enough to keep up with the tremendous manna, I mean hops.

The aftertaste is pretty boozy considering. I am a shmalt fan soI love this. I really love their even bigger ones. May the schmaltz be with you.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

A: yellow-orange with ample lacing on the glass.

S: floral burst and pine

T: massive hops. Very piney with notes of apple, grapefruit, and pineapple. It's got a fairly big malt bill that brings nuts, caramel, and graham cracker.

M: very thick for a low ABV IPA. Hop oils all over.

O: glad I tried something new. Hop Manna is an above average beer.

Photo of scotorum
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No bottled on date visible, purchased a week ago.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip pint.

a; Clear amber with an inch tall white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus and pine.

t: Piney hop bite forward with some strength over a medium bready malt base. Bitterness lingers a bit, then dissipates nicely.

m: Medium with good body. Considerable carbonation tingle.

o: An above average IPA bordering on DIPA hop presence (all 65 IBUs are evident). A decent buy at $6 per 22, refreshing and pleasing to this hop lover.

Photo of FFreak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into glasses and shared with friends. Slight chill haze in a reddish copper with a thin white head. Aroma is of dank, piney, resinous hops and slight biscuit malt. Taste is very good, the hops really shine through. Nice dank resin quality but with a fair amount of malty sweetness to balance. Fairly dry but with adequate body and good lingering carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable IPA.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a large snifter.
Pours a nice medium copper with one finger of tiny bubble head.
Smells nice, good dank hop aromas balanced with good malt backbone.
Taste is nice, very balanced very much in line with the standard west coast IPA style.
Mouthfeel was really enjoyable, very inviting for each sip.
Overall this is a nice west coast IPA style beer!

Photo of DRosen
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought in 22oz bottle, poured into a standard libby pint unchilled pintglass.

Decent head, 1/2 inch, light and bright yellow.

I enjoyed this beer very much. Light and springy taste, some citrus, a little hoppy, all in all a very nice sit on the boat and fish beer.

Very drinkable.

Photo of Devistator16
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at my local HEB to try something new. On first taste the beer was your average IPA, upon further consumption the beer was very dry. I poured into a proper glass to see the color and get the aroma.... The color was average but the smell was disturbing. Would not buy again. Too many others to try.

Photo of paulytasker
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into a Snifter (I know, I know, not appropriate glasswear, but I just bought it and wanted to use it)

A) Pours an amazing, striking copper/orange. Hazy to say the least with a good amount of bubbles dancing inside. About a quarter inch of pale white head blanket the surface. A mesmerizing looking brew.

S) A lot going on in the nose, but not one dominating scent. Some resinous dankness tie in with some bitterness. A lot of citrus notes, mostly pineapple and lemon, along with some grapefruit.

T) Taste a lot of what I got in the nose, citrus and some bitter hoppiness. Maltiness becomes more pronounced as the brew warms to near room temperature.

M) Pretty smooth and drinkable with a fair amount of carbonation.

O) The appearance of Hop Manna is one of the best looking I have seen in an IPA. However, the rest of the experience was a little less flattering. Not saying there were poor qualities to the brew (many were better than average), just nothing that really blew me away. All in all, a very drinkable IPA and a solid example of the style.

Photo of cyclonece09
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours cloudy orange yellow with a nice fluffy head. Smells of flowers and citrus very inviting but not too overpowering. Tastes of sweet citrus hops with a bit of earthiness. Beer is light bodied with lower carbonation but a good bite. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bomber into a snifter.

pours a dark golden brown color with a finger thick white head. smell is quite malty...maybe old? taste is a bit hoppy and malty... ehh.. real average. not sure the freshness of this one but it could be as intended. grapefruit notes. its alright. mouthfeel is not what i like, just too malty for me. body is medium as well as carbonation.

overall just okay.

Photo of lochef81
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ipa pours a cloudy orange amber hue with a generous cream colored head that gives way to nice concentric lacing. The aroma is maltier than I had expected. There are a lot of hops present (most notably lemon, pine, and tropical fruits) but there is also a very malty sweetness present that is a little unusual for the style. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent carbonation and a nice palate coating stickiness. The flavor confirms the nose. It begins quite malty and caramely sweet but quickly is taken over by an abundance of hops. It finishes bitter and dry. This is an accessable starter ipa for those that aren't indoctrinated to the world of hops but not something I'd seek out.

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came out a lighter amber with a creamy white head lasting a while and leaving some good lacing. There is a nice hops aroma (not too strong, though) with solid grapefruit notes. A nice malt backbone holds up the great hops flavor throughout. A nice weight to the body with a slight bite on the finish. Overall a very good IPA.

Photo of threeviews
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1L growler (tasting room person said that is was kegged on 3/18/14...so, very fresh!) into a Saxo branded, 12oz, high-stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours an absolutely clear, bronze with nothing more than a 1/2-finger's worth of head (perhaps, poured too cold)...really easy on the eyes, but a bit darker (i.e. too much crystal malt) than I like my IPAs...but whatever, aroma/flavor and mouthfeel are king!

S- Outstanding and complex...oily, resinous, piney hops followed by citrus (grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, tangerine), and then some tropical (pineapple, mango).

T- An absolute explosion of hop flavor! There is just enough malt backbone to support those very piney/resiny/tropical notes from the nose to make this beer coat the palate and demanding another sip.

M- Although the carbonation from a growler can be lighter than to be found in a bottle, there is enough to excite the palate so all of the flavors land on the palate with precision.

O- Although I take umbridge with the fact that they do not date-code the bottles (especially, their hoppier offerings), Shmaltz is turning out some exceptional, hoppy beers: Hop Manna, Death Of A Contract Brewer Black IPA and their DIPA - Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Note: If you can find it, the Case Boxes have a bottled on date: 13C14 (Day, Month, Year) = March 13, 2014

Perhaps being spoiled by its freshness, I do not know why this beer doesn't score higher?

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!

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Hops4Pops
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber
A: Agressive pour into a pint glass. Think white head. Quickly receding. No lacing. Cloudy amber color with particles visible.
S: HOPS! Grapefruit, citrusy, pine. No detectable malt.
T: This beer is really all hops and pine. Very little detectable malt. Caramel. Bitterness in the finish.
M: Crisp and refreshing. Bite of bitterness. ABV not detectable. Nicely carbonated.
O: It is not a hop blaster. Not very well balanced. Other than that nothing really bad about this beer. Could be better constructed.

Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: dirty golden, significant bubbly edge lacing, some lacing
S: noted pine forest, maybe a little earthiness, orange or pineapple citrus notes chime in quietly
T/M: the taste is not as "Christmas tree" as the smell, and the pineapple-orange notes play on a woody-earthy backbone. The draw of a dry pine feel does make its presence felt early, mid-taste, and slowly takes over
O: initial impression seemed bolder on the pine-wood dryness. Further investigation noted the undertone of fruit.

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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Obtained a 22 oz. bottle from decent-sized bottle shop in south Calgary. I find this brewery's whole schtick quite amusing. Pours a rather dark cloudy orange with a hell of a lot of white fizz, although the carbonation in the beer itself was more low-key than this explosive start would suggest. Never observed my cat to try beer off the desktop before. Anyhow, I was immediately struck by the massive citrus and spice aroma, which also included some tropical pineapple and black current notes. The taste was even more aggressive, this thing is a dry, piney east coast hop bomb that tastes like the lovechild of a coniferous forest and a flower shop. Quite a dose of grapefruit and mandarin citrus fruitiness to start, with a few lime wedges for good measure, but this quickly takes a back seat to bitter citrus rind, fresh grass, pine resin, and strong flower essential oils ... Whoa. There is some caramel malt flavor but you have to look for it, at least initially. I did notice some burnt sugar and toast emerging once the bitter receptors became exhausted. Obviously the hops trump the malt and this one is weighted towards the pine and floral elements rather than the fresh citrus or tropical fruits you typically get on the other coast. Oily, semi-chewy body with some dextrins and sweet residual sugars mulling about. Still, aggressive hopping with an added black pepper spice that makes this one stand out a bit from the rest of the pack (six different hops in total, and they hit some of the noble spicy side of hops as well as the pungent citrus and pine). Some may want more sweetness to balance things out.

He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.