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

Added by parris on 02-25-2012

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Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 994
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big beer. Orange with a white yeasty looking head.6.5% abv listed. A nice orange citrus taste, piney, big IBU. A little sweetness to offset it. Carbonation is right there,it is a bit astringent, still it has good drinkability. Dry hoppy finish. Centennial, Cascade, Citrus. Thanks Ken.
Had again 5 months later and good taste clearly came through.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a cloudy golden body with amber hues and excellent lacing. Aroma is sour with mostly herbal hops, caramel malts and a light vinegar presence. Flavor is similar with the hop charcater mostly herbal with mild citrus but again sour malts in this one. Medium body and light carbonation. The sour tendencies of this one are too much for me. The hood character is good but I am too distracted by other flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky dark orange-brown with a 1 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some subdued herbal and citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a slight malt presence on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness to it. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very good ipa, relying on tropical southern hemisphere hops to make this distinct, and it works. its not the juiciest and brightest illustration of some of these varietals, but its really good for what it is, and honestly these guys have been getting better and better with their beer lately, especially the hoppy stuff. looks like an american ipa, slightly rust tinted golden beer heady and patiently carbonated. aroma of oranges and melon from the hops, a touch of pink bubblegum, and basically no yeast profile at all. the beer isnt real bitter, resinous and sweet like some of the west coast style ipas instead, which i think flatters the already fruity hop complexion in this one. i could use just a touch more carbonation, it settles after it comes out of the tap pretty fast, and is just a little slow for me. i like the medium body though and the finish is long lasting and delicious, making my mouth water for more. very solid ipa here, cool use of distinctive hop varietals for sure.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a deep gold color with a minor hazy look to it. The head was really nice looking, and white as fresh snow. The retention and lacing were pretty good here too. The smell of the beer has a decent hop profile but nothing too exciting. The taste of the beer is about the same as the smell, it's hoppy but doesn't really stand out much on it's own. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty good, nice carbonation level with a decent body to it. Overall it's not something that I was too thrilled about but still happy to have tried it.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a large patch of lacing in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge and some bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus hops are present in the nose—grapefruit stands out in particular—along with notes of tropical fruit hops and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste mostly mimics the smell, except that the tropical fruit flavors are a tad stronger and there are also hints of caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that stands out the most and lingers in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA isn't a hop bomb, but the mixture of Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops adds some complexities to the smell and taste.

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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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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, fairly dark amber color with a two-finger head of off-white foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with touches of grapefruit.

T - Wow, it was a like an off English IPA. Very soapy and astringent. Some nice pine and caramel flavors are buried underneath the soapy taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This didn't work at all for me. Too soapy and astringent.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a rich clear bronze with a large fluffy white head that settled pretty quickly.Aromas are nice but on the lighter side with citrusy-fruity hops and biscuit malt being the main components.A tad thin in the back end in the feel with sweet boozy laden flavors for such a small beer almost DIPAish,a mix of pine resin and sharp grapefruit rind flavors are nice but are a little subdued.The beer could be really good but it needs to be amped up a little,as is it's ok.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange rind, pine, mango, herbal, floral, grass, earth, caramel, and spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and strength. Quite dank and resinous feeling. Taste of grapefruit, pine, herbal, grass, orange rind, floral, lemon zest, earth, mango, caramel, wheat, and piny spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, mango, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Malt balance is a little weak, as this leans much more towards a pretty astringent lasting bitterness. Some pretty good flavor balance; but a little high on the spicy pine resin in my opinion. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good IPA. A little too piny and spicy; but has some good hop flavor complexity and balance. Smooth and enjoyable to sip on with some intense hop flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber orange in the big goblet. Nice head and a full mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation and some maltiness. Interesting aroma like hay or cut alfalfa. Plus a touch of seaweed.

Quite refreshing for a couple of big gulps. The malt is modest but contributes some browned biscuit flavors. The hops are not excessively bitter, but quite forward. A peculiar vegetable and herbal flavor is the main impression. Earthy and mushroomy. Ends on an acidic note with the long funky nose.

From the 22 oz bottle.

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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 smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"New for 2012!"

Pours a deep amber color with a decent, lasting head. Leaves some spots of lace on the glass after each sip. Moderately hazy

Plenty of grapefruit rind aroma from the extensive hop. Light pine in the background. No notable malt aromas.

This is a strongly bitter IPA. Closer to a DIPA but without the alcohol. Unlike the smell, the malt is solid if completely in the background. The swallow is comparable to sucking a hop pellet and the aftertaste goes on forever. Good body with a below average carbonation level. All in all, a solid IPA.

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

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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a thin layer of foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose is floral, piny, herbal, and faintly citrusy. It's obvious that a good deal of dry hopping and finishing hops were used in this one. The flavor is lightly malty with some faint bready notes up front which lends balance to the spicy, floral, citrusy, grapefruit-like hop character. There's a nice balance between the bready, sweet malt and the mildly bitter hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth a decent amount of carbonation and a bit of crispness.

This is a nice IPA. It's balanced, but hoppy. Both the malt and the hops get their chance to shine. It's highly drinkable, flavorful, and smooth. I will most definitely have this again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thick white foamy head that descends to a full cover. Patchy lacing sticks.

It has a classic American IPA nose: citrus- grapefruit/orange/lemon with leafy spicing. Caramel backs it up.

The taste is of a citric and leafy bitterness with sweet caramel and pale malt backing. Plenty of hop taste in the finish.

It could be creamier/fuller, but it is smooth and holds up to a medium body.

This is a nice representation of a hoppy/caramelish American IPA.

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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 Tone
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden/maize color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, sugar, hint of caramel malt, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is very sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, overly simplistic, too sharp in the mouth feel, and almost gritty.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dry hopped with citra, yes please. Unfortunately I think these brewers think whispering the word "citra" over the tank is equivalent to dry hopping.

Beer is amber and clear with a big white head, small bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation, looks nice.

Aroma is malty sweet with a mild hoppiness pine and earth, mild fruit, I feel lied to.

Beer is medium in body, moderate bitterness on the back palate, malt sweetness up front, mild hop flavors in the mid palate, some fruits, some pine, overall not much at all. Not a repeat, barely breaks the barrier of being an IPA in my opinion, why do i torture myself with these beers?

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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 tempest
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint at MexiQ in Queens. At first I thought the hazy amber body meant I was in store for an unfiltered, hop-packed IPA. Instead, I got a smoother, slightly soapy IPA, that while not unpleasant, was far from the best pale ale option on the beer list. This beer simply needs more hops, and maybe a little cleaning up. Ask for a sample before you try this one.

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