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Hop Manna - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: parris on 02-25-2012)
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Photo of B33R501
2.18/5  rDev -42.3%

4 test batches to get to this? completely forgetable IPA. Just because certain flavors work in one beer, why would the brewer think they would work in another beer? I'm referring to the butterscotch and toffee that work so well in the exceptional RIPA, that are very misplaced here.

Average color, pale orange. Dull. Smells floral hops, caramel malts. Taste too much caramel malt with butterscotch, not enough hops and or bitterness combine to make a below average boring beer. I could have done this review with one word, lousy. Waste of money.

B33R501, May 06, 2012
Photo of Hirshi
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Hirshi, May 04, 2012
Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Crystal clear coppery orange with streams of bubbles rising up quickly to a thick and foamy head of dimpled and cratered foam that lingers long.

Big juicy aroma of fragrant citrus and floral hops, full of tangerine, orange rind and grapefruit.

Rich and pungent hop flavors right upfront, matches the nose well, with the addition of a piney finish, some minty notes. Grapefruit rind lingers. Good malt balance riding beneath, but the hop power keeps pushing it back down.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes tingly, perhaps a slight warming of the cheeks. This a really good beer and a good value. Every hophead should give it a try.

far333, May 03, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and grassy hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness. Then sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, May 03, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Nice malty color, fairly clear, good near white head, some cling lace.

S - Sharp...rye like. Malty.

T - Nice big round malt, good hops balance.

M - Med body, good carb, good balance.

D - I would have it again. Really like the products from Shmaltz.

srandycarter, May 01, 2012
Photo of splendidsplinter
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

splendidsplinter, May 01, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

Bright saturated orange, sunset color with copious amounts of foam and lacing in the glass. Long lasting head, clumps of lace hang on the sides.

As the bottle was opened, there was a brief lemon lime hint of citrus, before the typical grassy floral hops and caramel malt notes took over.

Feel is a bit slick and sweet at first, becoming bitter in the middle and dry in the finish. Seems like a textbook DIPA, big and sweet, caramel and floral grassy hops. Medium bodied and not overbearing. Thankfully not overly sweet, but ultimately nothing all that interesting.

emerge077, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Jaldama
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jaldama, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of leaddog
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.

leaddog, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of muletrane
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

muletrane, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
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.


woosterbill, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

atone315, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
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.

ThePorterSorter, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
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

joemcgrath27, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of djtomain
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

djtomain, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of gtermi
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.

gtermi, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jak, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
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!

TheCorkStopsHere, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
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.

brotherloco, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

BigTrubble, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kjkinsey, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
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.

elNopalero, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of notalumberjack
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

notalumberjack, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
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.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 23, 2012
Hop Manna from Shmaltz Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.