Hop MannaMay 1, 2012
Shmaltz Brewing Co.
San Francisco, CA
The first-ever single IPA from HE’BREW Beer® and a gift from the Craft Beer Promised Land. Hop Manna is the answer to hop heads prayers for a delicious IPA bearing floral and citrus flavors.the brewery’s roof in 2011.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1066
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Manna from heaven, indeed! It has alcohol—6.8 percent—and hops in abundance (65 IBUs). The hop regime is amazing: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Crystal and Warrior. The malts weigh in with pale, Munich, CaraMunich and Vienna. It has a lush pale bronze color and a hop aroma that is literally stunning: resins, pine kernels, freshly-planed wood, blood oranges and over-ripe grapefruit, with a nose-tingling spiciness, all balanced by rich ‘cheese biscuit’ malt. The palate is a superb balance of dry, chewy malt, bittersweet fruit and peppery hops while the finish is intensely bitter and hoppy but with lingering notes of rich malt and tart fruit.
- Roger Protz
A deep color for IPA, pale copper with a white head. The aroma is distinctive, and although the hops are American, the overall impression is a bit British. Herbs, hay, orange creamsicles, a touch of cheddar in the background. The bitterness is relatively light and broad across the tongue, supported by a smooth malt core. I think many people might see this as more ESB than IPA, but it’ll work just fine with that brisket.
- Garrett Oliver
Author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster’s Table.
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