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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very good

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 89 | 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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Ratings: 843 | Reviews: 206
Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a 22 oz bottle into a frosted pint glass. Poured heavy with a three finger head to a copper color (probably a pour error on muy behalf, likely a two finger if poured correctly) Pine beats the everliving shit out of citrus in this battle. This beer strikes like being forcefully shoved face first into a christmas tree and left for dead. Theres a scant note of grapefruit but it's barely an afterthought. I've read other reviews of this beer and seems on tap to be much more heavy handed with the citrus notes, but theres none on this end. All said, it's enjoyable. I'm more of a pine fan myself so this is right up ally and I'll be back for more. So IPA fans rejoice, L'chaim and mazel tov from the self described maven of IPAs. Oy vey, too crazy with the yiddish, I'm bupkes... peace

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

I thoroughly enjoyed a pint of Hop Manna at the Rockville, MD Matchbox recently.

Appearance (4/5): Pint glass with a decent pour yielded a large two finger white head. The body of the beer is very pretty–a hazy golden orange beauty. A fair amount of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aroma (4/5): This is a citrus bomb: lemon zest and orange dominate, while a piney, almost spicy hop aroma lurks in the background. Extremely fresh smelling. If the flavor is anything like the nose, this'll surely be a winner!

Taste (4/5): ...And it does. Foretaste is fruity and floral: orange, lemon zest, pine and cedar. The aftertaste is notably spicy–clove, pepper–and bittersweetly resinous. The lemon zest note obvious in the nose really comes through in the taste, though the notes of pine (probably from dry-hopping with Centennial) are more prevalent here than in the nose. Taste is not complex at all; it's all hops all the time, and a bit one dimensional. This doesn't take much away from the beer–it's still high quality stuff–but it does prevent me from going above "4" for taste.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium body. Good spritely carbonation. Satisfyingly resinous, the beer's aftertaste lingers for a little while without overstaying its welcome. Quite drinkable.

Overall (4/5): He'Brew Hop Manna is an outstanding American IPA and is the very definition of a beer that should get straight 4's. It nails the West Coast-style IPA flavor profile near-perfectly, but doesn't do much to distinguish itself. I almost feel like I've had this beer before. That being said, Hop Manna is still a very good IPA and I would definitely buy it again. Cheers!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Carl's Meat Market in Kittery. I didn't know Shmaltz distributed in Maine. This was a pleasant surprise.

In a pint glass the beer was a dark orange color. There was a thick off-white head that left a good deal of sticky lace.

Piney, earthy aroma. Some citrus. Then sweet bread.

Piney hops taste up front, followed by grapefruit. A biscuit-like background.

A nice hoppy, but not excessively hoppy, beer. Enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper colored ale with a smallish tan colored head. The color is decidedly "IPA Orange."

Smells hoppy and earth with a scent of mostly pine and strong tea. Malt is not much here.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong tea flavor. Mildly bitter with and earthy flavor that is strong on the tea flavor. Aftertaste is woody.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall just an OK IPA.

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on November 1, 2013. Poured a 22oz bottle into a pint glass (1.5x).

A: 1/2 fingered creamy head. It is so cloudy through this beer's copper body that one cannot see their hand pass it. Head dissipates quickly. Remnants of a head sticks around, but lacing is decent.

S: Beautiful pine and citrus emanating. Decent malt aromas as well. This is a nice standard IPA profile. Nothing out of the ordinary, but I enjoy a solid IPA nose.

T: The taste initially starts with a nice soft malt quality, but then a strong grapefruit bites throughout while even lingering. While continuing to drink the malt becomes slightly more present and memorable oddly enough.

M: The dry hopped qualities are quite remnant on the tongue. Slightly sticky oils, but with a nice crisp.

O: I really enjoyed this drink's taste at first, but it almost felt like the hops and malts were switching backwards and forwards. The qualities of a solid IPA are there, but just not properly balanced.

Photo of DelMontiac
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend in craft, music, and overall good times brought this back from a trip to Missouri. Poured from a 22oz bottle into Crown and Rose custom English nonics, this beer yields a nice copper-orange color topped by two fingers of white foam that sticks well. Vapors tell a story of sweet sticky caramel malts and aromatic floral hoppy goodness. Monster bisquit sweet malty backbone and big (but not overpowering) herbal hops providing grapefruit and orange-like zest. Very nice slightly oily body and smooth carb. Very good beer. Would buy it, no question.

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

This IPA was very dry and hop forward in the West Coast style of IPAs. The hop aromas hit me as soon as I opened the bottle and the strong piney and citrus hops lingered in the initial taste. The hops had a very fresh punch at the front end that left with a clean and bright follow through. All in all a very bright and fresh West Coast style IPA from a Jewish brewery from New York that consistently held up its profile during the entire session. Well done and it definitely put them on my radar to try other beers in their line-up in the future.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper color. The head is off-white in color, and about a finger high, maybe more. I like how well it retains in the glass, and the impressive lacing left behind.

S: Along with an undeniable presence of piny, herbal hop notes, there's also a slightly sugary tone to the malts. Traces of grapefruit appear, but this is mostly pine-forward. Allowing it to warm up gives it a slightly bolder aroma; at a lower temp, it's simply too mild. Otherwise, it smells perfectly decent if unspectacular.

T: It's not as bitter as I might have anticipated. Rather, it's surprisingly sweet, with lots of caramel malts providing an initial surge of sweetness, and the hops coming across like grapefruit juice with little (if any) pine. There's also some back end nuttiness to go along with the mild finishing bitterness. This is pretty damn good, actually.

M: While it's sweet, the crisp and clean finish helps to scrub away any excess sugar, leading to a pleasantly semi-dry finish. I'd even call it thirst quenching. Carbonation isn't significantly strong, either. Regardless, it's pretty easy to drink.

O: This was a bit better than I anticipated. It has that juiciness I like in my IPAs, but is perhaps too sweet at times. Still, I'd buy this again, no problem.

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

A. It has a dark copper color. Kind of see-through, though hazy. A big foamy white head and excellent lacing. Lots of very tiny bubbles coming up throughout.

S. Very nice, sweet hoppy scent.

T/M. It is quite hoppy. There is a sweetness there. A bit of caramel, perhaps. A dark fruit flavor, on the grape side. A bit tart and medium bodied.

O. It's nice if unspectacular. Good all around and a true IPA.

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

Bottle pours a hazy copper colour with a respectable off-white head that has good retention.

Although purchased two weeks ago, I wish I could figure out when this was bottled, as I have no idea whether any of the other characteristics are impacted by age... Aroma has a backdrop of faded hops or caramelized malts, yet with a strong mango and citrus presence. Still pleasant, but not typical APA (fresh or faded). Flavour does not carry through as much on that hop presence except for an abrupt and simple "bitterness" in the finish. Starts with caramel and malt-forward before transitioning through an alcohol heat to the bitterness. Little in the way of citrus or other "c" hop notes that I'd expected. Again that may be a question of age, although it does not have many of the other elements i know from APAs beyond their prime.

I'm glad to have tried it, but also glad to have only bought one bottle. Will try again after brewing date clarified...

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange color with two fingers of head. The head lingers and the lacing is superb.

Smell is of of C-hops. Citrus and pungent. There is a good punch of orange and actually some toasty malt profile

Taste is pretty bitter. Surprisingly not as much grapefruit and citrus on the palate as I would expect. The malt profile is a bit toasty. I do get grapefruit and citrus, but the flavoring hops aren't as there as I want.

Adequate carbonation. I do want a bit more body from the malts.

Overall this is a good example of the style, but there are better IPAs out there.

Photo of Paynebr21
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - pours an amber color with a decent head and good lacing
S - nice pine nose with a solid malt backbone
T - pine up front with a bit of resin. Malt and Carmel on the back
M - mild carbonation and very smooth. Dry finish
O - as a big fan of hop bomb style beers this was a bit lacking in the hops department. Is still a very smooth IPA with a dry finish. Decent beer but not one of my favorite IPAs

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear caramel color. Good head. Frothy and dense. Solid lacing too.

S-Heavy of the malt. Caramel malt sweetness is heavy handed. Behind the malt blanket is a generic display of citrus and pine.

T-The sweetness makes this a balanced IPA. Caramel malt like it going out of style. Pine, grass and grapefruit hops. Slight metallic flavor in the back.

M-Medium bodied. Standard bitterness. Booze is well hidden.

O/D-Failed to impress. The metallic flavor was very slight which I am thankful for. Just another ordinary IPA.

Photo of KFBR392
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of TXBulldog
3.07/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of flexabull
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.

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Monalenard
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of plaid75
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.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.