He'brew Hop Manna IPA | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'brew Hop Manna IPAHe'brew Hop Manna IPA

Brewed by:
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 Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$5.99 for the bomber, w/o any freshness info to be had.

Pours clear almond amber, under a fluffy off white head, leave ungodly sheets of fine lacing. Nice

Faint nose of mild hops.

Easy drinking, moderatly hopped India pale ale. With some lite grapefruit notes. Doesn't live up to the hop spiel on the label. Decent brew, nothing special, or worth seeking out

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no dating on the bottle that I could find. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like pine and citrusy (orange peel, grapefruit) hops, along with some bready malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some wheatiness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and a bit creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I liked it OK, but I didn't think it was one of the better IPA's I've had. Since this bottle was given to me from one of my friends, I really have no idea how old it is. I'd like to try this again in the future.

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Photo of BB1313
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange with a subtle haze but still has nice clarity; fluffy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of citrus and sweet malts. Lots of orange. Very subtle hints of onion when you dig deep. Hints of caramel as well. The flavors are bold with a subtle spiciness. The citrus flavors really comes through. More orange with some grapefruit in the mix. Some mild floral notes in the finish. Very solid malt backbone, but the hops aren't diminished at all. Solid bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed, although there's a subtle warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, creamy and smooth.

This is a nice IPA. It might not be the flashiest and can come off as an "old school" example of the style, but it definitely works. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in Jester King pint.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger white head. Nice waves of lacing remain.

S- caramel malts, floral and citrus.

T- fairly sweet caramel, pine and citrus hop bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight slickness feel.

O- good ipa and I'm glad I tried it but don't think I would have it again.

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

A-dark cloudy amber with a nice light tan head

S-herbal hops, slightly faint scent. 

T-comes in with a bitter and oddly spicy/herbal taste of hops. It's not a lasting flavor and there's an understated after-taste. The bitter is strong in the beginning but dulls quickly. 

M-bitter, medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-not a terrible ipa. It's a bit boring though. It's just an easy drinking beer with out much excitement. It's just there. 

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Photo of zeronumber
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

holy Moses! what a brew! yes its the "chosen brew" not without merit or a bad choice. got a taste at a promotion and could not resist the compulsion to get some.
its that goood ! the taste, while not familiarly IPA, is hopped mightly. the malt and wheat are sweet flavors that per!mate the frothy feel.

thou shalt love the beer. i mean its better than a chocalate egg cream on sunday!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazy copper colour with a respectable off-white head that has good retention.

Although purchased two weeks ago, I wish I could figure out when this was bottled, as I have no idea whether any of the other characteristics are impacted by age... Aroma has a backdrop of faded hops or caramelized malts, yet with a strong mango and citrus presence. Still pleasant, but not typical APA (fresh or faded). Flavour does not carry through as much on that hop presence except for an abrupt and simple "bitterness" in the finish. Starts with caramel and malt-forward before transitioning through an alcohol heat to the bitterness. Little in the way of citrus or other "c" hop notes that I'd expected. Again that may be a question of age, although it does not have many of the other elements i know from APAs beyond their prime.

I'm glad to have tried it, but also glad to have only bought one bottle. Will try again after brewing date clarified...

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Photo of Spyderglx
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMESSER88
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nugganooch
3.6/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.6/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GatorCoop
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a hazy, straw colored body.
The aroma is nice with pine and grapefruit. Bold and upfront.
The taste has a solid grapefruit bitterness with some malt sweetness in the background. A good balance going on.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a good IPA.

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Photo of fsuturp
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of finner
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a clear amberish orange with a foamy white head.

The smell is decent. Bready malt, sugar, along with some citrus, slight dank, and some alcoholic notes.

The flavor is nice. Decent bitterness to start. Nice piney notes, some tropical notes, citrus, sweetness. It isn't over the top hoppy or bitter but to me it isn't too sweet. The alcohol in the smell didn't really carry over to taste. Some of the beers people are comparing this to are correct. It is a nice IPA. I would have like just a bit better of an aroma. It was more of the malt in the aroma that lacked any sort of character.

It isn't bad.

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 2" heads that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops during the session.

Smell: earthiness and pine rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, pine, grapefruit, big earthy / woody flavor, slightly tart green grapes, and a hearty bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Long lasting earthy bitter aftertaste.

Overall: easy to drink IPA. Nice flavors, and drinking the bomber in a session is a breeze.

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Photo of bfitzge2
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of halo3one
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle in 2012 Holiday Jewbelation pack into Belgian glass.

A: Pours with very little head, what's there disappears quickly leaving a little bit of lacing. Beer is dark golden.

S: Lots of pine, a little bit of grapefruit. Not much of anything else.

T: Doesn't really live up to aroma, you get a fair amount of the piney hops and they're not overpowering, but the expected citrus flavors really don't materialize and as a whole it ends up pretty out of balance.

M: Light to medium bodied, not too much alcohol heat since ABV is not very high. A bit watery.

O: I love the entire Shmaltz shtick but this IPA just isn't where in needs to be in terms of taste and complexity.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,002 ratings.
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