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Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

729 Ratings
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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 41 | 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 lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Pours pleasantly thick and rich, a deep golden colour, with hints of amber in the deeper parts of the glass. Head forms as a frothy slick, sitting in large-bubbled islands in parts, and a fine film elsewhere. Body is really bold and weighty, and carbonation is fine. Good looking beer.

Nose is fresh, crisp and bright, with plenty of citric notes and a clean green true hop aroma through the centre. It's exceptionally fragrant, and really nicely done. There's not much else but the fragrance from the obviously heavy dry-hopping done, but it's big, and it works. And that's fine by me.

Taste is a little more subdued, and far less bitter than I expected for any description of IPA, but there's still plenty of hop flavour, giving a vegetative bite through the middle of the palate, and a fresh, fragrant fruity citrus on the front. There's a touch of neutral malt character going further back, giving a sweetness that it probably needs—even though I feel like it doesn't have the bitterness that needs balancing. Feel is lovely and smooth, with a touch of zest.

In some ways, it's a bit like a really big APA. There's heaps of late hops in this: it is just so fresh, boisterous and fragrant in hop character. But it's something of a curiosity as well. Whatever it happens to ultimately be, I really, really enjoyed it. So damn fragrant and delicious, and so delectably drinkable.

I was a little confused by it, but it won me over in spite of this.

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

Props to joemcgrath27 for including this in our most recent trade!

A - Pours a hazy copper golden color, thumb of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Loads citrus and pine hops, a nice dark caramel backbone, hint of cotto candy and a spicy finish.

T - The sweet citrus notes dominate, but the caramel backbone comes through just as strong to balance it out. Nice earthy cedar and pine notes linger with a solid bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A solid IPA and super stoked to get a chance to try it. Delicious hop bomb that would please the palette of any hop head. I could drink this stuff all day!

Photo of DoctorDog
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of reyna311
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Manna has four different versions in BA, described as “Test Batches;” and the great part is, there’s a clear progression of the scores as the recipe matures.

A: This IPA pours a translucent amberish-orange, looking more thin than shimmering, but with a noticeable enough shine to it. The head is thick and chunky, even from a timid pour, leaving a ridiculous amount of lacing in its wake. Loads of soft retention.

S: Tons of hoppy goodness – aromas of thick citrus, pine needles, cherry, and dark resin give this a full and mildly juicy character. The malt backbone is huge, though, blanketing every whiff with syrupy toffee and a caramel thickness. This nose is mostly malt, but the hops are quite strong.

T: Big bitterness for such a low-alcohol IPA: orange rind, flower petals, and a strawberry-lemonade tartness pop out over a bed of heavy resins. Smooth and full grains enrich the palate with a malty syrupiness – thickly caramel-heavy – with tastes of toffee, soft white bread, and sweet wheat germ. It’s a very likeable palate, but a little one-dimensional. Finishes with a light, flowery bitterness, with tastes of bright citrus lingering for a quick moment.

M: Thin and easy-to-drink, showing its low ABV with every sip. Not too much, though – there’s a good fullness to it.

O: Your standard IPA, but with a twist – it’s Kosher! I don’t think I’ll get it again, but it left a good impression on my taste buds. Tasty, but not life-saving-manna good.

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here's a brewery that I wish would start distributing to VT. Hopefully they will.

Great dark golden color with a huge head in my glass. Have yet to see an actual "pale" pale ale/IPA.

Hell of a hop kick in the nose. Lots of malt too to back it up tight.

"Hey you, hopbreath! Surrender to the lupulin rage! Rawrrrr! Double-tap, cardio and a strong malt backbone will take care of that."

Burrrp. Tastes like hops. I love it.

High marks for Shmaltz here.

Photo of M1A2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of minnesotaryan
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange gold with an ample cream head.

S: big hops up front, citrus and pine.

T: resinous hops, nice and bitter, pine, grape fruit, orange peel, candied citrus. not much malt, but thoroughly enjoyable hop assault.

M: sticky medium body, easy to drink, adequate carbonation, dry finish.

O: this is great, highly hopped and it shows.

Photo of Chrisdslap
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Aschap
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JRBecks
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Cstromberg57
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rkarimi
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of morimech
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light bronze color with an attractive two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Light lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt and citrus with faint wisps of pine. Almost smells like slightly turned orange juice.

When I saw CaraMunich 40 malt as an ingredient, I knew I might have a problem with this beer. The malt base in this beer is so sweet, it is almost cloying. Not a feature I like in my IPAs, or any beer for that matter. Nice amount of hop flavor and bitterness, but it does not do enough to distract from the sweetness. Dry hopped with the latest fad hop, Citra, but I do not get a whole lot from that hop. I get a lot of Cascade and Amarillo.

The malt does give this beer a substantial body. Nicely carbonated as well.

It is an alright beer, not really to my tastes. It does deliver plenty of hop flavor.

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hop Manna
22oz with pint

A: Hop Manna pours a dull and hazed over amber color. Its barely even translucent when held to the light. Thick topping of taupe colored creamy head. Decent stay and spots of clingy crystals form down the glass.

S: Opens with a burst of deep forest pine that transitions into an overall spiced grapefruit aroma. Lesser notes of lychee fruit and gooseberry. Some sweet pale roast malt accompanied with a bit of caramel.

T: Flavors assert a nice grapefruit and tropical twist rather than the big pine nose. With a peculiar perk of lychee and gooseberry that I think would otherwise be nice here. Just seems a bit out of place in conjunction with the pronounced spiced bready malts used. Contrasting a little too much for me. Has a caramel sweet tow overall. Still a good moderate bitter charge with some nice fruity notes. Perfumed florals as well. Alcohol well incorporated and barely detectable. Not bad just a little too heavy with the specialty malts for me. Doesn’t quite accompany the hop selection.

M: Somewhat of a mixed bag here with a moderate standing overall. This one had a dry chalky finish at times and left the palate rather wet at others. Some residual hop resins and sugary deposits do linger about.

D: A nice IPA with juicy hop moments. Bright, fruity, and tropical but a in the end the Specialty malts kind of muck things up for me.
Okay but not gonna be a fav.

Photo of Ted
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.