Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
Appearance - Pours a a cloudy orange amber with a 1/2 finger width of creamy head.
Smell - Earthy and piney hops, citrus/grapefruit, tropical fruit, touch of honey.
Taste - Nice balance of the strong piney/earthy hops and citrus/tropical fruit flavours. Excellent hoppy and soapy bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall - A great representation of the style by Shmaltz. As soon as I opened the bottle and got a whiff of the hops, I knew I was in for a real treat. Definitely worth a go for hop heads. Looking forward to tasting more Shmaltz offerings at Calgary International Beerfest.
04-30-2012 02:45:43 | More by leaddog
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip.
A: Crystal clear amber body under 2 inches of dense light-tan foam; great retention and lots of lace. Lovely.
S: Balanced and intense, with lots of floral and piney hop notes atop a sweet caramel malt base. Simple and very effective.
T: Opens with fruity hoppiness, followed quickly by some toffee-tinged malt, and finished with floral hop bitterness. Like the nose, it's very balanced without sacrificing the power of the hops. Tasty.
M: Lively, frothy medium body. A touch prickly, but pretty good.
O: Solid IPA. It's not going to blow your mind, but it's clean, balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable. I was a bit surprised at how low its ratings are.
04-30-2012 00:31:58 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Saw this guy was dry hopped with citra and figured it couldn't be that bad...
The beer pours a clear, copper-amber with 2 centimeters of a dense white head. Although the head fades the beer remains well carbonated. There's decent lacing and no sediment. The beer smells of aromatic citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon) and a touch of pine sap. The taste is a very well balanced IPA with enough sweetness and alcohol to blend in the potent alpha acids. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but not unpleasant. Overall this was a great buy for $6/22oz and definitely worth drinking fresh.
04-29-2012 02:41:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that has lots of bubbles and is partially transparent with all the large bubbles in the middle, as the head slowly fades it leaves a high water mark of head and bits in between. The beer is a mostly clear slight chill hazed darker orange slight nectar colored.
Nose has an interesting blend of hops, light grassy spicy hops from the centennial and cascade, a bit earthy, with sprinkles of grapefruit, tangerine, and light floral hops throughout, and bits of candied citrus, with a light sweet malty base bringing a bit of caramel and a light malty balance like aroma.
Taste is pure east coast IPA, starting with a sweet malty balance with hints of caramel and toasty reddish malts. Then juicy hops, again the light spicy floral notes, with a light grassy kick, before fading to the light citrus candy, and hints of tangerine, but no real grapefruit, and a light musty almost passion fruit. It's a bit sweet but juicy, with bitterness that gets to a fair bitterness but not too much. The finish ramps the bitterness slightly but again not too much as the malty sweetness balances it well, it dries a bit but stays slightly sticky, with light lingering tangerine, candied orange, and light zesty earthy spicy hops.
Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.
Overall not bad but nothing special. Bit too sweet, candy tasting. Nice balance between the hop bitterness and malty sweetness, but still too sweet. Hops are kinda nice but don't go as far as I expected for 3 of my favorite hop varieties. 5 years ago this beer would be awesome, but its a bit lackluster compared to all the other great IPAs and APAs on the market these days.
04-28-2012 21:39:08 | More by jlindros
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
A - slightly hazy copper, two finger off white head retained very well, lots of random lacing
S - lots of citrus with some pine and earthy hop aromas, a sweet juicy background odour
T - hop flavours dominated by earthy and resin, undertones of citrus, a woody and caramel malt compliment
M - bigger than average body, starts full and drys through the finish
O - a good IPA with an interesting hop mix, although it doesn't quite live up to the initial promise of the nose, a worth offering worth picking up
04-28-2012 04:00:46 | More by joemcgrath27
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
A: This pours a nice orangish copper body with a thick white head that slowly fades. As the head fades, it does leave a lot of lace on the glass.
S: Smells amazing! I love the smell of the gops and the Cascade and Citra hops really stand out.
T: There is a nice amount of bitterness from the hops, but thats really all you get.
M: There is a good amout of carbonation with this beer and leaves a very dry feeling in my mouth.
O: A decent IPA, but nothing I would go crazy about. This is worth the price for sure at 4 dollars, but dont expect much more than a 4 dollar bomber.
04-27-2012 05:48:15 | More by gtermi
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
Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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