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

holy Moses! what a brew! yes its the "chosen brew" not without merit or a bad choice. got a taste at a promotion and could not resist the compulsion to get some.
its that goood ! the taste, while not familiarly IPA, is hopped mightly. the malt and wheat are sweet flavors that per!mate the frothy feel.

thou shalt love the beer. i mean its better than a chocalate egg cream on sunday!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber hued with vibrant carbonation bubbles. Excellent clarity. A quarter inch of off white head is present. Aroma is predominantly citrus hops,but I also detect light malt. The flavor is again citrus hop forward on the front of the palate. The light malt quickly balances the taste. The mouth is heavily carbonated and a bit chalky.

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

Pours a golden orange with some pretty lacing.

The nose is huge with floral, pine and tropical fruit notes.

Big caramel and cracker malt presence on this one. Hops kind of play second fiddle, but they are very much there. Floral and pine and some citrus/tropical fruits.

Feel is very smooth and oily. Lo lo carbonation.
Overall it's a good American IPA. I'm not exactly gonna seek it out but would enjoy drinking it again.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

A - Clear gold, 1 finger white head, fades and leaves little lacing.
S - Citrus, floral hops, very light hope profile. Light caramel from the malt.
T - More malty than the nose led me to believe. Cut off by hop bitterness. The flavors work well together, but they both seem very light.
M - Light body, medium/high carb.
O - A good American IPA, but not something I would rush out to revisit. Definitely give it a try. I Love the marketing for this one too.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very good ipa, relying on tropical southern hemisphere hops to make this distinct, and it works. its not the juiciest and brightest illustration of some of these varietals, but its really good for what it is, and honestly these guys have been getting better and better with their beer lately, especially the hoppy stuff. looks like an american ipa, slightly rust tinted golden beer heady and patiently carbonated. aroma of oranges and melon from the hops, a touch of pink bubblegum, and basically no yeast profile at all. the beer isnt real bitter, resinous and sweet like some of the west coast style ipas instead, which i think flatters the already fruity hop complexion in this one. i could use just a touch more carbonation, it settles after it comes out of the tap pretty fast, and is just a little slow for me. i like the medium body though and the finish is long lasting and delicious, making my mouth water for more. very solid ipa here, cool use of distinctive hop varietals for sure.

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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!

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Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color. The nose is hoppy. The malt backbone matches the hoppy finish in potency.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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