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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

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199 Reviews
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Reviews: 199
Hads: 910
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 116 | 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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Reviews: 199 | Hads: 910
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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...

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Paynebr21
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of TXBulldog
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Monalenard
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.85/5  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.

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Photo of JMad
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Bauzen
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of hackmann
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.