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 katan
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a pint

A - Pours light golden color. White head formation, lots of lacing. Very fluffy! Lacing strong too. Lightly bubbling, not overly carbonated.

S - Strong hop nose, lots of citrus and pine. More on the earthy than the fruit side. Super dominant.

T - Starts off immediately dropping in the earthy nature of the hops, lots of pine and resin. Dark and dank. Mid-stream gets balanced but also more citrus. Finishes clean with a light hop oil flavor and some tongue grabbing bitterness.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation. Comes off fairly light. Not overly thick, not stinging. No alcohol warmth detected.

O/D - A very enjoyable IPA if you are the ilk the prefers the darker hops. I for one am in favor of that style. Not overly filling, not much on the abv (for the style). Highly recommended for me when I'm in the hop bomb mode.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow/orange, monster 4 inch foamy head and tons of sticky white lacing.

Smell - Very fruity, lots of lemon, orange, grapes, mango, kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit. All these fruits is all i can get out of this, dont pick up any malts.

Taste - At first sip i can tell this beer is old (er). Has that classic cardboard, dank faiding hop flavor, yet its still plenty hoppy, lots of fruits, and yes i get some malts, caramel and toffee. Some spices add a little pepper like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tounge well, then the malts come in and add the caramel bold flavor. Some bitterness in the finish.

Overall - Classic case of why there should be bottled dates on beers. This was still a decent beer, and fine enough to drink but id love to have it fresh to see what it really has to offer. Ill revisted this again with a fresh bottle one day....

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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 lordofstarside
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber to a snifter, no clear freshness date. The bottle does say "new for 2012" for the label, so if that's any indication this is probably been on the shelf for a while

Pours a deep gold with a hue leaning more towards an orange. I poured it a bit aggressively on purpose, really didn't expect to get two and a half fingers of foam. After a few minutes it dies down to a finger and a half, little carbonation and good even lacing

Aroma of spicy hops, a very robust malty backbone, some pine and citrus. A lot more malt than most ipas, I wonder how this would smell fresh

Taste of a handful of hops and strong malt. This beer is way past it's prime

Feel is sticky and dry. Drink easy, hides it alcohol well

Overall this beer wasn't great. I'll give shmaltz the benefit of the doubt and be sure to rereview once I get a fresher bottle. Gotta say though, having the word 'malt' in their name isn't helping their case

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Photo of Auraan
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber with a slight hint of a white head. The scent was mostly malt, with undercurrents of pine and grapefruit. The flavor was typical for the style. Pine flavors, grapefruit and grapefruit pith predominate, with a malt backbone present throughout each sip. The hops are definitely more noticeable and leave a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is again, typical for an IPA. Moderate carbonation and a smooth character allow it to go down easy. A good IPA, well worth trying, but it lacks the complexity of something like Sculpin.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this bottle into my tulip glass. This looks like a good example of an IPA (darker orange). There was about two and a half fingers of head. I like the lacing that this foam left behind.

There was a plentiful amount of hopping coming off the top of this one. I really enjoy the citrus off of the Hop Manna.

I wish this one tasted as good as it smells. The hopping is better in the nose and there should have been more malt present. The bitterness comes through a little too strongly.

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Photo of pcguitarwzrd
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a 9-oz snifter.

A: Beautiful golden-orange, relatively clear. Off-white head. Looks like an IPA should.

S: Lots of hops, grapefruit, pineapple. Could sit here and smell this all day.

T: Nuclear hops!!! They hit early and hard. Moves on to citrus, mango/pineapple and just a hint of bready malt at the end (you really have to look for it).

M: Relatively light, the carbonation feels smooth and foamy and almost lager-y.

O: Pretty good IPA, definitely one all hopheads should try. Could use a little more flavor balance--the taste doesn't quite follow through on what the aroma promises.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge off-white head with lots of lace. Hazy light copper. Very understated aroma, earthy, spicy. Grapefruit bitterness balanced with malt sweetness, subdued like the aroma. Medium but long lived bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Might have been consumed a bit past its prime.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a medium copper orange with an average (1-2 finger) almost white rocky head that receded slowly, down to a large puddle and large collar with excellent full sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, floral and grassy hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a mild fruity ester (pineapple I believe).

The taste was lightly sweet and a tad bitter with a touch of caramel and a light fruitiness pretty much throughout, with the finish being much more on the bitter hoppy side with pronounced bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted a long duration following the swallow, with a lingering grapefruit bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was just past light in body and mildly dry in texture with a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this was a smooth and tasty IPA, with a good balance between the hops and the mild caramel sweetness, which definitely allowed for a very enjoyable drinking experience...


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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a tulip. The beer looks the part of an IPA, as it pours a hazy tan orange. Not much head to speak of; what's there collapses into a persistent ring that leaves some lacing. The aroma is surprisingly malty. Not at all what I'd expect from the style. A little bit of piney hops. This is dry hopped?

The taste is a bit better, but still not super hoppy. Decently bitter. Sweet malt, honey, and earthy pine hops. A little medicinal on the finish. Medium cabronation, and the body's pretty thick, oily and pleasantly sticky. Overall, though, this one ended up a bit of a disappointment. It really seemed more like an amber than an IPA.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and orange-tan with fine rising bubbles, a two finger head that lasted, and good lace.

Aroma is piney, citrus, lemon peel and grapefruit, herbal, and floral. Definitely noticed the dry hopping!

Flavor is really nice, and as complex as the smell. There's a nice bitterness, balanced but forward, accented with pine, hop resin, floral, citrus, and grassy notes. The malt sweetness balances it out nicely.

Body is full yet drinkable, with ample carbonation and a nice sweet malt/bitter hop finish.

As with most everything from this brewery, I like this beer.

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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st night of Hanukkah 2012...

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the head billowed nicely as well. the body was a bright amber color.
s - piney hops with a hint of citrus and maybe some floral hops as well.
t - big, lip-smacking citrus hops with a nice caramel backbone.
m - medium.
o - solid AIPA from an underrated brewery. the hanukkah gift pack is off to a nice start.

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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 rangerred
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear darker gold with a one finger white head. Really good head retention with decent lacing.

Aroma is much better than many other IPA's I have had. Lots and lots of pine along with a touch of citrus. Really a nice blend of earth and citrus here. A little bit of light wood too with pinecones.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma. More pine than citrus but not nearly as strong as was present in the aroma. Moderate to high bitterness throughout along with some more wood and pine resin. Finish is moderately sticky with bitterness lingering long after all flavors have subsided.

Overall, a better than average IPA. It is definitely hop-centric with malt being nearly undetectable but the hops in this really work well. One to pick up every now and then.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.5.12.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a two inch cream-colored foamy head with solid retention.

S - Orange, sweet carmel malt and some subtle pine.

T - Same as the nose, but more pumped up. Orange, pine, malt.

D - Good carbonation and a bit thin with a light body.

O - Light, subtle hops, malty.

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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 korguy123
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, dark copper pour. Two and a half finger off white soapy, sticky head. Lacing is excellent.

Bright citrus hops, dank earthy hops, slight caramel and toasted malts. There is a slight dandelion grassy note to this.

Bright citrus and a slight soap taste from the citra. Light toasted malt, caramel and bitter pine finish.

Light body, slightly chewy with decent carbonation.

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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 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 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 Mosstrooper
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Guinness-branded tulip-style pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a small off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Mostly floral hop aromas with touches of citrus and pine.

Taste: Begins citric and somewhat sweet, rounding out to bready character and finishing with a decent piney bitterness alongside sweet fruits. I expected a bit more hop "oomph" from this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A good IPA, but one that falls short of being great. This is definitely worth a try and is a beer I would drink again, but it isn't the best out there by any means.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark orange light brown pour usually means an ipa is going to be a little malt heavy relative to my personal taste. Bingo. Thin head. Aroma was lacking in hop presence, much less complexity.

Taste, damn skippy, sure enough, this one tastes more like malt man, uh (what happened?) rather than hop manna. A relatively smooth ipa, that should probably have just been called a brown ale. An English brown ale (oooh from the crowd, recognizing an insult when it hears one). But it did have an astringent bitterness going for it. Not really my thing without the hop flavor though. Like, where the hell are the alleged Citra hops in this? What did they use, like 1oz for a 100bbl batch?

This beer isn't bad. Its just bad for being labeled an imperial ipa. Schmaltz used to make some decent stuff, back when they were associated with, I think Anderson Valley? I don't remember, but it was more likeable back in the 90s. I'm gonna try their barrel aged blend beer, but if that disappoints, I think I'm done.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice, warm orange. The head starts out on the large side, but collapse to cover just the top. Very nice lacing.

Biscuit and minerals lead the smell. Some citrus and pine show up, and a hint of caramel.

The taste is nice and balanced. Blood orange, caramel, biscuit and pine start it up. This leads to a middle of fresh cut grass and orange peel. Hint of wheat at the end. Goes down smooth.

I'd grab another, not too pricy and well made. Could become a go to ipa.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to try this beer on a whim, feeling I need to give more east coast IPA's I try. And how'd my break from the local hop bombs turn out?

A - Pours a nice, cloudy amber hue, with a thick, off-white head. Retention and lacing are top notch caliber.

S - Smell is of citrus fruits (mostly lemon and grapefruit), on a biscuity caramel malt backbone.

T - Taste is moderate floral hoppiness, with mild lemon overtones and caramel flavors that sort of blur together as hops somewhat linger in the aftertaste. The malt texture is bready. Overall, it's a little basic. Great flavors here, they just seem a bit light.

M - Medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation (between silky smooth, and crisp).

O - Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, that with a little more flavor, could be bumped up to great status. Who knows, maybe it's just the west-coaster in me talking :p. I'd definitely drink this one again though.

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

Bomber, poured into a Sam Adams glass. No bottle date.

Pours straw/yellow, very clean and clear. Head is steady and frothy at about 1/8 inch throughout.

The smell is sweet and a bit floral. It's pretty strong, but just fairly generic.

The taste is the total epitome of an average, generic IPA. It's a bit sweet and heavier than the appearance might convey. The brew purports to have some of my favorite hops in the profile (Cascade, Centennial, Citra, among others), but it just doesn't come together into anything outstanding. It's a little piney, a little floral, and too overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky and sweet, with a slight amount of bitter hanging around at the very end. Just OK.

I'm not overwhelmed, nor underwhelmed. I guess I'm "whelmed" with this very brew as the very definition of "Average IPA." The real killer is the lack of bottle dating. This brew could easily have been effected by age, but who the hell knows? I mean, it was a bit sweet, and the hop flavors were muted and generic, but how am I supposed to know whether it's due to age or mediocrity? This was my first and last foray into Schmaltz' brews, because I have no idea what I'm getting.

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He'brew Hop Manna IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 997 ratings.
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