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Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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676 Ratings
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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Durge
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Durge, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +5.8%

whatname, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Skramer
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Skramer, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of katan
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

katan, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of bca115
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

bca115, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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....

wvsabbath, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of twizzbeatz
4/5  rDev +5.8%

twizzbeatz, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Agree with most reviewers in that the nose is great , all big hops and a brewery smell. This is a big rounded IPA that uses lots of malt to balance the hops. I feel my bottle was pretty fresh so I got the nuance of the hops on the palate. I really liked the finish as it was long and worked with the thicker mouthfeel of the beer.

canucklehead, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of lordofstarside
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber to a snifter, no clear freshness date. The bottle does say "new for 2012" for the label, so if that's any indication this is probably been on the shelf for a while

Pours a deep gold with a hue leaning more towards an orange. I poured it a bit aggressively on purpose, really didn't expect to get two and a half fingers of foam. After a few minutes it dies down to a finger and a half, little carbonation and good even lacing

Aroma of spicy hops, a very robust malty backbone, some pine and citrus. A lot more malt than most ipas, I wonder how this would smell fresh

Taste of a handful of hops and strong malt. This beer is way past it's prime

Feel is sticky and dry. Drink easy, hides it alcohol well

Overall this beer wasn't great. I'll give shmaltz the benefit of the doubt and be sure to rereview once I get a fresher bottle. Gotta say though, having the word 'malt' in their name isn't helping their case

lordofstarside, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of lonewolfcry
3.25/5  rDev -14%

lonewolfcry, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

calcnerd, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Auraan
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber with a slight hint of a white head. The scent was mostly malt, with undercurrents of pine and grapefruit. The flavor was typical for the style. Pine flavors, grapefruit and grapefruit pith predominate, with a malt backbone present throughout each sip. The hops are definitely more noticeable and leave a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is again, typical for an IPA. Moderate carbonation and a smooth character allow it to go down easy. A good IPA, well worth trying, but it lacks the complexity of something like Sculpin.

Auraan, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of CarolinaKev
4.5/5  rDev +19%

CarolinaKev, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this bottle into my tulip glass. This looks like a good example of an IPA (darker orange). There was about two and a half fingers of head. I like the lacing that this foam left behind.

There was a plentiful amount of hopping coming off the top of this one. I really enjoy the citrus off of the Hop Manna.

I wish this one tasted as good as it smells. The hopping is better in the nose and there should have been more malt present. The bitterness comes through a little too strongly.

ummswimmin, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of 2neardead
4/5  rDev +5.8%

2neardead, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ChrisMon02, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

unclekeith, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of pcguitarwzrd
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a 9-oz snifter.

A: Beautiful golden-orange, relatively clear. Off-white head. Looks like an IPA should.

S: Lots of hops, grapefruit, pineapple. Could sit here and smell this all day.

T: Nuclear hops!!! They hit early and hard. Moves on to citrus, mango/pineapple and just a hint of bready malt at the end (you really have to look for it).

M: Relatively light, the carbonation feels smooth and foamy and almost lager-y.

O: Pretty good IPA, definitely one all hopheads should try. Could use a little more flavor balance--the taste doesn't quite follow through on what the aroma promises.

pcguitarwzrd, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of LittleDon
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge off-white head with lots of lace. Hazy light copper. Very understated aroma, earthy, spicy. Grapefruit bitterness balanced with malt sweetness, subdued like the aroma. Medium but long lived bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Might have been consumed a bit past its prime.

LittleDon, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of bralston345
3.25/5  rDev -14%

bralston345, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of KajII
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a medium copper orange with an average (1-2 finger) almost white rocky head that receded slowly, down to a large puddle and large collar with excellent full sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, floral and grassy hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a mild fruity ester (pineapple I believe).

The taste was lightly sweet and a tad bitter with a touch of caramel and a light fruitiness pretty much throughout, with the finish being much more on the bitter hoppy side with pronounced bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted a long duration following the swallow, with a lingering grapefruit bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was just past light in body and mildly dry in texture with a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this was a smooth and tasty IPA, with a good balance between the hops and the mild caramel sweetness, which definitely allowed for a very enjoyable drinking experience...


KajII, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of CharlatanSin
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

CharlatanSin, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of StoutIrish
3.25/5  rDev -14%

StoutIrish, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of FEUO
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

FEUO, Jan 19, 2013
Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.