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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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of threeviews
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1L growler (tasting room person said that is was kegged on 3/18/14...so, very fresh!) into a Saxo branded, 12oz, high-stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours an absolutely clear, bronze with nothing more than a 1/2-finger's worth of head (perhaps, poured too cold)...really easy on the eyes, but a bit darker (i.e. too much crystal malt) than I like my IPAs...but whatever, aroma/flavor and mouthfeel are king!

S- Outstanding and complex...oily, resinous, piney hops followed by citrus (grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, tangerine), and then some tropical (pineapple, mango).

T- An absolute explosion of hop flavor! There is just enough malt backbone to support those very piney/resiny/tropical notes from the nose to make this beer coat the palate and demanding another sip.

M- Although the carbonation from a growler can be lighter than to be found in a bottle, there is enough to excite the palate so all of the flavors land on the palate with precision.

O- Although I take umbridge with the fact that they do not date-code the bottles (especially, their hoppier offerings), Shmaltz is turning out some exceptional, hoppy beers: Hop Manna, Death Of A Contract Brewer Black IPA and their DIPA - Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Note: If you can find it, the Case Boxes have a bottled on date: 13C14 (Day, Month, Year) = March 13, 2014

Perhaps being spoiled by its freshness, I do not know why this beer doesn't score higher?

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Photo of jmbranum
4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Glorious layers of hops upon hops. Manna from heaven indeed. Certainly within IPA range but also very well-balanced. This one is worth going after. Call me a fan. L'chaim!

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Photo of aranheaney
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been enjoying this for the last few weeks and finally got around to reviewing it

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Nonic Pint Glass:

A-orange, copper, transluscent, decent head and great lacing

S-really good floral IPA, very nice, mellow and not over-powering

T-this is where it really stands out, the taste is just off the charts. I love really fresh IPA's and this is just right in my wheelhouse, with a wonderful sweet finish

M-also very good

O-currently my favorite new beer, l'chaim (said the Irish boy)

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2012 Edition- poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler; pours a relatively clear golden copper color with 2.5 fingers of off-white head, decent retention, a few spots of lacing.

Smell is wonderful- hops of all varieties. Pine, some mint, floral, grassy, and a little bit of grapefruit. Fantastic smell. Thank you for dry-hopping people.

Taste is great also- a good amount of bitterness, however (that's my thing, you'll have to decide if it's yours). Slight bitterness plus a nice floral/herbal hop taste up front, followed briefly by some nice malt sweetness, then some grapefruit, then a lot more bitterness, finishing out with some pine and a hint of mint.

Mouthfeel is very nice also- light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a nice dose of resin. This is a fantastic single IPA- couldn't recommend it more if you want hops but not a headache.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Ford
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coastal Crossing Grill in Alvin, Texas.

I'm not a big IPA fan, but this one really won me over. I saw this on tap on the way out of the restaurant and quickly asked about it. The bartender gave me a quick taste. We were leaving so I couldn't get a pint right then, but I returned the next day to have one.

Really glad I did! Lots of grapefruit and citrus taste. Probably the grapefruitiest I've ever had. Being a big fan of that flavor profile it's not wonder I loved it.

Looks great in the glass. I'm hoping they keep this one on tap regularly. I can't wait to have it again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.99 for a 220z bomber at Bevco.
Brewed with 2-row, wheat, Munich, Vienna, and CaraMunich 40. Hopped with Warrior, Cascade, Citra, Amarillo, Crystal and Centennial. Dry hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Citra.
65 IBUs, 6.8% ABV.
Pours out to a sparkingly clear beautiful orange golden, forming a tall whipped and creamy light yellow head with amazing retention and one solid sheet of sticky lace. Nice carbonation, about 2.5 carbs. The aroma is quite nice, full of mango and pineapple from the cascade and centennial. I'm not getting much of the lemon that I associate with Citra. I wish it were a bit more pungent and piney, but it's still awesome. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft with a medium body. Considering all the hops, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't syrupy like most DIPA's. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Lots of mango, pineapple, some grapefruit, and a little underlying pine. Medium bitterness is well balanced and quite pleasant. Enough to prevent it from being cloying. I don't like overly bitter IPA's, and this is really nice. Nice dry finish with a little grain husk character. Cleanly fermented, no perceptible off-flavors or aromas.

A great, but not outstanding, very solid IPA. I wish there were a bit more pine..a hefty dose of Chinook would be awesome for this beer. This really should be a flagship beer for them. I hope they brew it year round. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey-golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale tan head. Aroma is seriously hoppy with an evergreen overtone and woody, grapefruit and malty hints. Strongly hoppy flavor is rather bitter, yet has a nice undertone of honey plus notes of malt and grapefruit. Firm-bodied texture has plenty of sass and fizz, leaving a hoppy and tingly finish. This is the third great IPA I have had in the last couple days.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised about the low score on BA, no this isn't a must drink IPA, but it's pretty solid and tasty for a 6.8% brew. So many other IPA's fall short in this alcohol range but this one does not.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a He'Brew shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear golden copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A decent mix of hops up front. Hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and apricot. Also a little hint of dank pine resin. Solid presence of malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. A nice smelling citrusy and well balanced IPA.

Taste: Nice bitter kick up front with a good amount of ripe citrus fruit flavor. Notes of grapefruit, oranges, mango, and a hint of apricot and lime. Light hints of piney hops. A good amount of bready malts add some balancing sweetness with notes of biscuit, caramel, and some toffee. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and nicely prickly on the tongue. Has a pretty drying finish.

Overall: A very good American IPA. Good ripe citrus fruits and nicely balanced by the caramel. Actually one of the better new IPA's I've had in a while. This is comparable to Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery's great Masla Mama IPA.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super-creamy, long-lasting dirty white head, with a slightly hazed rust orange liquid underneath.

Hugely fragrant nose, almost perfume-y, lots of lime peel and dryer sheet. Citra abounds.

Lots of orange, lime and cannabis in the flavor, slightly resin-y and with a grassy, nearly astringent green bitterness in the finish.

Soft on the palate but not wussy, carbonation is there just enough to prop up this slightly sticky and medium-bodied IPA.

Absolutely, superbly, totally enjoyable, and with a reasonably low-ish ABV, this could be my favorite new IPA for Summer 2012. If it's a bomber and it's Shmaltz, I'm psyched.

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Photo of acevenom
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours clear copper with a tall, white head that dissipates slowly. A few tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left behind on the glass. The aroma is dominated by citrus and piney hops. The citrus is more like a sweet orange and the resinous smell from the piney hops comes along with the malt adds bready sweetness. Resinous piney hops, citrus, spiciness, and malt hit the mouth on the first sip. The hop flavors are big enough to stand against the malty sweetness. The body is full with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry and the drinkability is high. This is an excellent IPA.

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Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 parris
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells very strongly of fresh hops, mostly piney and floral.

Deep amber in color, not a huge amount of carbonation, but thick head and lacing, especially after swirling.

Very hoppy, but very balanced. Slightly astringent, quick finish for a hopped up beer like so.

Full bodied, descent carbonation, a little slick.

Overall this is a great beer, tons of hop flavor, not so much lingering bitterness, I kind of wish I let it chill for longer, I would kill to get this on draft at a local bar.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Agree with most reviewers in that the nose is great , all big hops and a brewery smell. This is a big rounded IPA that uses lots of malt to balance the hops. I feel my bottle was pretty fresh so I got the nuance of the hops on the palate. I really liked the finish as it was long and worked with the thicker mouthfeel of the beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange amber color with a foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left a creamy layer on top and good spotty lacing.

Wow, the hops hit my nose from 6 inches away and smelt of pungent floral hops, juicy citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel and pineapple; sweet hoppy IPA nose that had just enough grains to almost make it perfect. The hops smell fresh and it was really nice to inhale.

Tastes follows suit of the nose, with fresh hops up front, then a nice blast of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, mango or papaya, caramel, brown sugar, piney hops/pine cone, floral hops, flowers, herbs or tea leaf, sweet malt, tobacco leaf, lightly roasted grains, biscuit, wet bread and light spices like pepper; very nice balance, the hops were strong and sweet but not over the top for a very easy drinking IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with mild to average carbonation, a medium body and slightly bitter finish. Flavor completely hides the ABV.

To me this is a session beer as the price point at $5.50 for a 22 oz bomber was a steal, and combine that with the fact that it was very tasty and we have a real winner on our hands. The Chosen Beer indeed.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Bomber bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: Dark orange to amber in color. Very hazy. No detectable carbonation. Pours out with a large white head. It reduces after the brew has a chance to settle. This then reveals a thin film on the surface with a thicker ring around the glass edge. Noticeable lacing present. Aroma: Dank and juicy hop notes. Lots of citrus. Orange and tangerine quality. Pronounced malty character as well. Taste: Really nice balance here between the hops and malt. Starts off with bold and juicy and somewhat chewy citrus flavors which is blended well with the mellowness of the malt. Not overwhelming and very smooth. Can detect some peppery/spice on the exhale. Aftertaste: Follows the taste initially but fades into more of the malty back end. Also reveals some slight bitterness and some onion like notes at the very end which lingers maybe more than it should. Notes: Very well crafted. Great balance and interplay between the hops and malt. Only thing holding this one back for me is the finish. Wish it were a bit more cleaner. Result/Rating: Very good. 4.31 out of 5.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
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 leaddog
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber colored body, with a big, two finger thick head full of craggy foam. The smell was very hoppy indeed, evoking grapefruit and mandarin orange slices. The taste was a citric and bitter affair, and very clean. The malt backbone was a little nondescript, and I think this could have used a bit more body. If this was ever tweaked up to a DIPA, it would be phenomenal.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

A: yellow-orange with ample lacing on the glass.

S: floral burst and pine

T: massive hops. Very piney with notes of apple, grapefruit, and pineapple. It's got a fairly big malt bill that brings nuts, caramel, and graham cracker.

M: very thick for a low ABV IPA. Hop oils all over.

O: glad I tried something new. Hop Manna is an above average beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To stand out in today's IPA culture, brewers have a lot of tricks at their disposal. They can use odd grains or unorthodox hops. They can add fruits, spice or even aged them on wood. Or- they can just make them better! That's the route that Shmaltz takes.

Pouring with a hazy golden-peach color, the beer comes alive with a softly diffused glow. Its haze is a testament to its unadulterated character to come. As its creamy off-white head separates from its body below, the froth is a dense blanket that skirts the glass evenly across the glass and deeply into the session, lacing with well defined concentric rings as the beer fades.

Its juicy and tangy fruit flavors are a testament of not-so-timid hop additions. Red grapefruit, nectarine, passion fruit, mango, pineapple and even a pep of lemon and white grape decorate the peripheries while its supportive malt structure seems to give the fruit impressions a riper and more plump character. Its simply mouth-watering.

Similarly in taste, the beer's early sweetness is with caramel, honey and with a charming note of angel food cake. Its hoppy rise comes on fast as the ale lands on the middle palate. The onslaught of tangy citrus, sweet tropical, and racy orchard fruit culminate in a way to suggest "cream sickle" or "Hawaiian punch". Its light acidity evokes a nearly teeth churning effect. Yet as Hop Manna trended bitter and dry, it does so with such supple smoothness and delicacy until it arrives at a softly resinous taste of torn pine needles and citrus pith.

Its medium-light body is creamy-dry early and often. Deeply embedded carbonation gives a lightness to its texture and chases the taste into a tangy acidity, resinous dryness and calming warmth.

Hop Manna is truly like a miracle taste, coming from the heavens and gracing the whimsy of hop heads everywhere. Guilty as charged!

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He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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