Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 652 | Reviews: 176 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
From the Shmaltz Brewing Company, this is the He'Brew Hop Manna IPA. Limited release in 22oz bottles, I was fairly excited to try this little guy. The label states that Hop Manna is dry hopped with Centennial Cascade and Citra hops, checking in at 65 IBUs and 6.8% abv.
The Hop Manna pours a great straw-golden color, with quite a bit of fluffy off-white foam. There is a ton of carbonation rising from the bottom of my Unibroue-brand tulip glass. As usual, there's a long story on the side of the label in tiny print that I don't dare try to read after I start drinking.
The nose is full of brightly floral hops, bitter at the core, but mostly floral and citrusy in nature. On the palate, this is much more subtle than some of the other IPAs I've been trying lately. The hops are definitely present, but not nearly as rough and bitter as others. The alcohol isn't even noticeable, it's seamlessly blended in behind the hops. The finish is not super-long lasting, but it does linger for a few minutes.
Soft, smooth, flavorful, and quite drinkable. I like the Hop Manna!
04-25-2012 23:47:55 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
22oz bottle. Undated but new for 2012. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a mostly clear copper gold. Forms a two finger beige head of tight bubbles. Sticks around for awhile. A lot of broad lacing left behind.
Aroma of citrus and floral hops up front. Caramel malt sits in the background.
Flavor is sweeter and more malty than the aroma let on. Orange citrus is the dominant flavor from the hops. Finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Alcohol nicely hidden for the strength.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Gets a little thick.
04-24-2012 02:24:06 | More by brotherloco
4.58/5 rDev +21.2%
Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this.
This pours with an amber-gold color. It has a wonderfully complex hop aroma. I get a sense the citrus zest and pine essential oils are like siblings competing for attention. The flavor is more of the brotherly rivalry, along with a citrus peel middle-child that holds it own and some chewiness rounding things out.
04-23-2012 20:58:53 | More by elNopalero
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Tall bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. First He'brew offering, and I do have to say the kitsch labeling works for me.
Poured into a nonic. Light amber, slight haze, decent level of head, some lacing. Nice looking IPA.
Nose is classic American IPA, with caramel, earth, citrus and c-hops.
Decent IPA, the flavors are all there. Good malt base, notes of citrus and earth. A bit of pine here and there. The whole thing is off for me because the bitterness of the hops only distracts from any subtlety here. I don't get the diversity of flavors the big boys consistently deliver, and so I left feeling underwhelmed. Mild body, I agree with a previous poster that this felt like a small beer.
It's not that I didn't enjoy drinking this ale, it's just that there isn't much to make a fuss about.
04-23-2012 03:47:29 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
22oz bottle, pours copper/orange with a slight haze, huge rocky head that leaves tons of lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas are fruity, floral hop, very malty - bread and toasted grain. Tastes have a huge malt bill: bread, caramel, balanced with pine and grapefruity citrus, faint spicy pepper on the finish. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, resin sticks to the palate, but is not drying. Overall, I really enjoyed this malty IPA. Excellent balance, nice dry hopped flavors. Well worth the $3.99 for the bomber.
04-21-2012 15:03:19 | More by barnzy78
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
22 ml bottle. $4.75 from Pints O'Plenty.
Appearance: Hazy orange, almost a dirty red color. Attractive head and very nice lacing.
Smell: Candy sweet orange and tropical fruit hops, with a bit of pine in the background. A bit of crackery malt.
Taste: It has a very nice bitter hops bite and good hops flavor, tasting more piney and grapefruit than the tropical fruits in the smell. There's a bit of malt sweetness too. The flavor is good but the beer tastes thin, watery.
Mouthfeel: Very thin, slightly undercarbed. Feels lifeless.
Overall: It is a beer with potential, but it drinks like one of those "session IPAs." To be fair it is only 6.8%, but it feels like light beer. Tastes and smells good, but feels small.
04-19-2012 00:58:51 | More by rapidsequence
4/5 rDev +5.8%
The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma is full of orange, grapefruit and pine, with a little bit of biscuit malt. Overall, this is a very hop forward smelling beer, as expected. The flavor is has a lot of the same notes. The grapefruit and resin work very well together and are complimented by a hint of orange citrus. There is a little bit of sweetness from the biscuit malt which keeps the bitterness in the low to medium range. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-18-2012 02:38:07 | More by Mora2000
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
This will be a short review, my computer locked up as I was completing it..
Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Great lacing above average head retention
S: Some grassy & citrus notes, a bit subdued for a dry hopped IPA
T: Much lemon, grapefruit, pine & biscuitty malt up front. Strong citrussy hoppyness along with pineyness battle it out with caramel sweetness as this warms. Finishes grapefruitty, piney & with just the right amount of malty sweetness to balance this out
MF: Medium bodied, slightly prickly carbonation, along with superior balance
Great drinakbility, this is very nice AIPA that I would love to see in a six pack format
04-16-2012 03:18:17 | More by russpowell
3.63/5 rDev -4%
From the second I took a whiff of this beer, I knew the ol' hop allergy was going to be kicking in on this one. It's very hoppy, yes. But the overuse (I'll have to quantify it as that) create a salty tone that is way too much. Just overkill and no chance for any subtle or interesting character to shine through, since there apparently isn't any I guess. Drinkable. Funny name. Too rough around the edges kind of beer.
04-14-2012 07:26:06 | More by RblWthACoz
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
650ml bottle. A straight-up IPA from He'Brew - hard to believe that I hadn't noticed that about them until now. IPAs would indeed be a component of my personal 'manna'.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, frothy, pale beige head, which settles in for a spell, before casually slipping away, leaving some decent puffy honeycomb lace around the glass. Who's an attractive boy?
It smells of grapefruit, orange, and lime citrus, blended with some herbal character, a bit of grassy pine, all over a stocky bready caramel malt. The taste is bitter citrus rind, some further leafy pine-resin hoppiness, vanilla cream, mildly buttery sourdough, spicy, almost rye or wheat-like maltiness, and a simmering, slow-rising herbal earthiness, that puts a kibosh on the fresh initial zippiness.
The carbonation is quite reserved, and fleeting, the body a soft, almost flabby, medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with a relative uptick in the malt, as the bitter hops trail off, leaving their more blase herbal citrus cousins weak on the flanks.
A decent enough Yankee IPA, though more balanced than I was hoping for, to the point of seeming neutered, as the big opening salvo of sexy bitter hops just can't keep it up to the end.
04-13-2012 02:39:53 | More by biboergosum
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
Hazy amber in color with some light shining through. The white head, though smallish, sticks around for a long time in a bubbly sheet on top. Thick lacing is left by it. The malts make their selves known in the aroma, bready and caramelly laying down a great base for the hops to shine. These hops are earthy, resiny and a bit piney, and even a touch catty. Nice full aroma here, both hops and malts coming out to play.
The malts and hops fight for first place in this flavorful brew. The malts put up their caramelly, but almost rye-like breadiness and spiciness in the ring, putting up a great showing. They aren't sweet at all, just hearty, adding a very strong backbone to a big flavored beer. The hops come in between the middle and back of the palate with a balanced hop attack, not insanely bitter and overpowering, but instead pleasantly flavorful and a solidly bitter. The hops are earthy and resiny, pretty much mimicking the aroma. They are also a bit piney and even catty, but again: not overpoweringly so. The combination of hops is great with adding that big balanced balancing factor to the beer, but the malts are actually what make this beer pretty darn good as far as flavor goes. They add a dimension to the IPA that is hearty and actually ends up balancing out some of the resiny hops with a touch of sweetness instead of the other way around. The body is light enough not to be bogged down, but heavy enough to support the bountiful flavors. The only complaint I have with this beer at all is that right smack dab in the middle is a slight wateriness that throws the mouthfeel a bit out of whack. It comes back around shortly and finishes somewhat dry.
Pretty damn good beer here, balanced but on the darker spectrum of balanced. I.e., there is a lot of heavy malt flavors, but there are plenty of heavy resins from the hops to balance them out. Overall, very good and worth a try.
04-12-2012 04:21:07 | More by chodinheaven
3.63/5 rDev -4%
22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head. It is a copper orange hue with some clarity and signs of bubbles coming up through the glass.
Smell: Super bready and caramel malts, citrus and piney hops in there too. It's crazy that the smell reminds me of Southern Tier's Unearthly.
Taste: The malts and the hops balance out somewhat, but the bitterness prevails and lingers a bit longer than the bready and caramel malts.
Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, aspirin, and somewhat easy to drink.
Overall: Not a shabby IPA. Wish it was a little cleaner and less bitterness and aspirin in the back of the mouth.
04-10-2012 05:38:53 | More by Flounder57
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
Got this as "take home study" while working on my second PhD (Professor of Hops and Drafts) at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ.
I've had others from this brewery and didn't expect much, but was surprised at how nice it looked in the glass. A 3" tall head formed, just off-white, on top of the crystal clear, amber body. And the head lasted and created nice cobweb lacing down the glass. Maybe this one would be different?
Then I smelled it. Onions! the bottle didn't list Summit hops as part of the hopping schedule which surprised me since they're the usual suspect when that onion smell comes into play. So I'm not sure how this sulfuric smell got in there, but it didn't make me want to drink it.
The taste was a lot better, but still lacking. It had some balancing malts which was nice, but the flavor was mostly pine pitch with little citrus to it. Pine is fine as a hop profile, but I like it better when it's brisk, not heavy like this. With Columbus and Citra hops in there, I have no idea how pine became so dominant.
Other than that, it had a decent, crisp mouthfeel...yes, that seems to contradict what I said up there when I used the word "heavy". I meant that in relation to the rest of the flavor elements, not the gravity of the beer. So the body is on the crisp side of medium, which made it more drinkable than I would have thought.
I'm real dubious as to the hops that were listed. I have no reason to believe they wouldn't be accurate about what hops they used, but I'm at a loss to understand where the onion smell came from and why the pine was so heavy-handed. It's probably just my inexperience with hopping schedules and how the oils and resins are drawn out and what they contribute depending on when they're introduced.
04-09-2012 13:55:15 | More by Naugros
4/5 rDev +5.8%
A: A clear copper color with a thin off-white head that laces the glass. Not much carbonation going on.
S: A strong toasted malt aroma with some very citrus-forward hop.
T: A deep caramel and toasted hop flavor with a strong citrus hop that battle one another until they finally mellow out in the finish.
M: Medium bodied and smooth with very low carbonation. I like the low carbonation because it allows the flavors to come through and the wheat gives a nice smoothness....very nice.
O: This beer has some strong flavors, but I like how they all come together in the end and finish out very smooth.
04-06-2012 21:32:38 | More by Kromes
Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.