He'Brew Hop Manna Test Batch #3

RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Shmaltz Brewing Company is proud to introduce our first single IPA limited release. A celebration of the flower of the craft beer revolution! A golden opportunity to feed your inner hop head and rejoice in Hop Manna, the newest delicacy in the modern HE’BREW beer family. L’Chaim! Test batch 1 and 2 were delicious, and now batch 3 is ready and going out to the masses. Look for it in limited draft and 22oz bottles with a much wider release in 2012.

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jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2011
on tap-pours an offwhite head with hazy gold color. Aroma herbal/some pine, secondary medium malt/grain. Taste follows.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Name: Hop Mannia IPA
Date: November 13, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: #3
Appearance: hazy orange, creamy off white head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma, citrus and floral hops
Flavor: sweet citrus flavor, pale malt sweetness, lots of citrus hops, fruity orange emerges, balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Draft at rattle with streets. Listed as shmaltz hop mama but I’m assuming it’s this one. Pours an amber body with light lacing. Aroma is fresh citrus hops and a light fruity malt in the background. Mouthfeel is refreshing with notes bitter citrus. Solid IPA.

DruncanVeasey (8401) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2012
Sample with food pairing, Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn, 17/12/11. Orange hazy with a thinning lid. Peach air freshener and biscuit aroma. Better, spikier taste; still peachy but with botanical, herbal, piney hop to balance it. Lingering biscuit. Went nice with some very cheeky goat’s cheese if I remember rightly. Tasty.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8272) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
There was potential here but the beer was really too subdued. +++Sampled on draft at D’s in Monroeville this beer poured a hazy orange-amber color with a large creamy orange-white head that lingered forever and left incredible lacing. The aroma was tangy and sweet pineapple, grapefruit and orange. The flavor was bitter, tangy and sour with faint fruit cocktail, pear, a touch of pine and bread. The finish was medium length tangy grapefruit, pear and pine. Medium body. Ok but I was hoping for more.

ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Location: Draft at Hop Devil, 12/3/11, Rating # 1992, unfortunately, this one goes out to the last Redskins Super Bowl Victory, something that doesn’t seem too likely to happen again anytime soon. I’ll drink this one to Darrell Green, the Posse, the Hogs, the National Defense, and all the rest of the team that made that my favorite NFL Season.

Aroma: The nose is citrus, pine/resin and floral hops mostly
Appearance: The pour is a clear orange color with a white head and heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is mid plus sweet, citrus and mid-heavy bitterness, that is fairly resiny
Palate: The body is smooth and creamy with a fairly soft carbonation, and a slightly sticky feel
Overall Impression: This was on draft without a Batch # associated with it, but the tap looked exactly like the picture associated with this beer, so I’ll assume this is the one I was drinking. Personally, I really enjoyed this one. It is a good IPA with a nice mouthfeel that works well throughout. Nicely done here by HeBrew.

tmoreau (4734) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2012
On tap and snifter served at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a hazed, orange/amber color, with soft white, silky head foam, and good cling to the wavey spray of lacing. The aroma was quite mild, with light floral and herbal hints, citrus and resin, but a detracting wisp of band-aid. The flavor was similar and also mild, yet an even tempered balance of soft malt and moderate "lingering through the finish" hop bitterness. The body was medium, the carbonation was soft, and the hop linked up with some pleasant dryness to finish the sampling. A decent, mild mannered IPA, but shaker, not snifter worthy.

drpimento (3814) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Mild for an IPA. Served a bit on the cold side with a smallish off white head that soon settled to a light cover that lasted the rest of the way down and lots of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy honey amber. Aroma is especially subdued, a little malt, hop, biscuit. Flavor is almost more wet grain than hop, but does have a more durable hop quality. But the hop is tame. Body is a bit chewy, carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor and a little on the short side. Meh.

beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2011
On tap at Redlight Redlight. Orange amber color with a thin off whitehead. Pine scent and taste. Juicy hop goodness.

illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a dark, dim, orange bronze with a fine white head. Smells like old bread and a failed batch of homemade caramel. How can an IPA on tap smell like it’s been sitting in BevMo for a year? Ah, the mysteries of beer. Taste is just as awful, with belligerent crystal malt, grimy astringency, and a breath of nondescript plant-ish hops. Might be the last east coast ’IPA’ I ever drink. Not good.

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