Mango Mama - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 110
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rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 194
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 09-25-2007

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Reviews: 110 | Hads: 253
Photo of Deuane
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After missing this day less than a day at the pub earlier this summer I was glad to see MTH brought a keg of this along to GToM 2009.

A-Hazy, murky, orange copper with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin ring and left some webby lace.

S-Ummm, this is tough...pungent mango with a supporting blast of bright citrus (grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lemon) along with a nice floral flourish. Light caramel sweetness in the background.

T-Luscious mango and bright citrus melds with herbal/floral hoppiness and fades into a pool of mildly sweet caramel malt. This is some mighty fine tasting stuff....just a touch less flavourful than the aroma is pungent.

M-Medium bodied, smooth with LONG lasting flavours, hop bitterness and a moderately dry finish.

D-Really? Not much to improve here....I wouldn't say it's better than Masala Mama, it's simply different yet, as good. Sweet, but never overly sweet. Of course, tasty as all get out! Kudos to MTH! (963 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler generously shared by Cam.

Pour is a bit hazy, dark orange with a big white head. Looks good. The nose is precisely two things - mango malt and big bitter hops. One almost needs a reminder of mango to get a picture of it - there is an almost hint of mintyness that is best summarized as that unique mango bite. Smells fantastic and really works with the hops. One of my favorite smelling hoppy beers of many hoppy beers sampled throughout the last year. The taste is really good, but doesn't come around quite as well. Unlike the nose, I feel like the taste doesn't meld together as nicely. Basically, it is only really good. Strong flavors of mango and that mango bite cover the maltiness of Masala Mama and sit distant from the largely pure bitter hops. It winds up not mattering that much, but it does keep the beer from a perfect taste grade. I think this could be a 5.0 with a more tropical hop profile, which would meld the flavors together a touch better. I wanted a juiciness to the hop bite that didn't quite come through. I am being picky though. The mouthfeel is nice on this beer with good carbonation and a good body. I could kill a growler of this all by myself with no issue. This is darn good stuff. (1,223 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to whoever cracked open this growler at the Brick Store.

This one poured with more carbonation than I have ever seen in a growler. It's a murky, almost milky-looking, orange with a huge head made up of massive bubbles that recedes very slowly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma is wonderful with lots of mangos, obviously, and plenty of oranges and pineapples as well. There is a faint malty presence in the background but this nose is dominated by citrus fruits.

The taste is even better, an initial blast of mango, pineapple and lightly floral hops and only the slightest malt sweetness in the background. The finish is bitter with hops and fruity.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for a normal IPA with good carbonation. Still comes across as very smooth and slick.

This is a fantastic beer. It's one of the best tasting IPAs I've ever tasted actually. The fruit presence in the taste is unlike any I've tasted before due to the mango. Superb. (964 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by unclejedi at Jackie o's. Thank you for such a tasty tasty treat!!!

A crisp clean looking beer... Good head (poured from a counter pressure filled growler)

Smells of mango and hops

Tastes smooth and divine! The mango is strong enough to be apparent but doesn't overpower. The hop profile is top notch and blends perfectly.

A very crisp and clean drink with a good overall feel. Would definitely drink often if i could! (439 characters)

Photo of scoand
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got lucky on this one. We happened to stop in two days after they tapped it.

Appearance: Crystal Clear which was surprising because usually the tea-bagged mango breaks up a little more. A good head that actually stuck around longer than I thought it would. Aprox. two fingers.

Smell: Mango right up front. Pine, Citrus, Apple?. Mango was very nice and not too overpowering.

Taste: Amazing! One of the most interesting and still appealing IPA's that I have ever had. The mango was put on display beautifully while still keeping the back of the beer solid and balanced.
Mouthfeel: Smooth which isn't necessarily what I look for in this style. I little bit of a bite for the hops at the end but not as much as I would like.
Drinkability: Extremely drinkable because of a combination of great taste, great smell, and low bitterness. I could definitely sip back on a few of these.

Overall very very good. Most beers that try to highlight one particular item fall short for me. This beer stayed balanced while still presenting the mango well (1,039 characters)

Photo of dogger6253
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark orange in color, no head, just a ring around the top. The body is a lighter, more honey-colored hue toward the bottom of the glass. The nose is filled with hops and pine, along with a sort of citrus/orange peel and grapefruit gloriousness, very sweet, but not as mango-y as expected...

The taste is much the same, except with a definite mango presence coming up over the hops and pine, and the citrus flavors. Very crisp, medium body and a little carbonation tie together this balance of bitter and sweet, easy to sip and a great taste. This was a terrific beer. (568 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10 oz mini-goblet.

Appearance: Served with a half finger of white head. Color is similar to Masala, but more hazed. A golden orange color.

Aroma: Smells a lot like masala mama, but I can smell the mango. Sweet citruses and floral/pine hops are there as well. Very exciting.

Taste: The mango in this beer is so good. Sweet grapefruit citrus. Floral and pine flavored hops are present, but the mango really brings the bite from the hops down.

MF: Bitter, but nice and sweet. Leaves a very clean aftertaste for an IPA. One of the best I have had. Medium bodied. Very well carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and have to say it was better than the regular. Very drinkable and I really want more. It is sweet, but still has the hop bite which is nice. (776 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap during their anniversary week. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head on top that reduces to a thin cap on top with little bits of lacing here and there.

S: Wow, tons of fresh mango, it really dominates the aroma. There is also a bit of light pineapple and a grassy aroma. Love this.

T: Again, a huge burst of mango and other tropical fruit flavors, more light grassy. Definitely on the sweeter side.

M: Medium bodied, syrupy and sweet, but still smooth and easy drinking. Nice level of carbonation.

O: As mango is one of my favorite fruits, I loved this beer. Yes, it is very sweet, but I would be pumped to drink this one often. (683 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice, bright orange with some moderate haze and a nice off-white head. Served in what is probably best described as a medium-sized goblet.

S: Very nice hit of mango with pineapple and other tropical fruits coming through. The fruit and the hops roll into one, with some piney and earthy notes hitting behind.

T: Again, this is definitely mango-forward. However, the hops have a much bigger role in the flavor than they did in the nose. The front is all mango, but the finish is dry with piney resin and a bit of dry peppery earthiness. Some malt in the background, but definitely much less so than in regular Masala Mama.

M: Moderate body with a great dryness on the finish.

D: Really, really fantastic all around. Amazed that I finally got to try this. One of the best IPAs I've had in a long time.

EDIT: Just as good in the growler format. Huge thanks to beckel for sending one out to me. (908 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap. Served in a goblet.

This is a dark copper, similar to regular Masala, but slightly cloudy. The head started as 1 finger and had better retention than the regular masala. Nice lace. It looks like melted wax began running from a ring shape and formed stalagmites on the way down.

Smells great. Sweet malts, citrusy hops and tropical fruit and mango notes. Me likey.

The taste is just like the nose has me expecting: some sweet malts up front give way to a much drier finish with a better bitterness and flavor than regular masala. This is great. The tropical fruits and mango notes are just incredible.

Body is medium, with plenty of carbonation-- morethan Masala Mama, for sure. The bubbles are perfect-- slightly prickly and scrubbing. Very nice.

This is a great beer. This one is worth the 6 hour drive. Period. (826 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap 5/11 at the brewpub into a goblet

Poured identical to the regular Masala, a deep orange that was slightly hazy, with a half inch off-white head that fell to a skim and left minimal lacing.

Aroma was much better than the regular. It was bursting with tropical mango but with all the hops added. There was lots of citrus like grapefruit and orange, with a hint of some pine.

Taste had a sweetness up front with a huge tropical mango flavor that was put out by the onslaught of grapefruit and orange rind in the hop department. Slightly medicinal and piney towards the finish. It went from sweet to bitter very quickly and I loved it.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, fairly smooth, quite drinkable. Again, like the regular, good but nothing amazing.

Overall I thought this version destroyed the original Masala. I found this much more interesting and complex due to the added sweetness and tropical flavor from the mango. A very unique beer, I recommend this more than the Masala for sure. (999 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a tasting glass.

The color is a cloudy, is a darker orange than most IPAs with a foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty fruity with some tropical fruit flavors biggest of these is of coarse mango. Some other citrus flavors are present in the nose as well with a big of tangerine flavor.

The taste is pretty darn sweet with the mango flavor giving it a zing. The other citrus fruit flavors backup the sweetness and seem to drop slowly toward the end when the bitterness hits and leaves a tart and bitter aftertaste.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth. The body is lighter than expected but still has a bit of a kick. It goes down easy and is pretty drinkable. (718 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great thanks to cam

A - lightly hazy copper body with beautiful fine bubbles and a nice white head

S - nice mango and pungent hops. Good stuff

T - mmm mango. Some groovy hops. Real tasty. Nice and simple but hella tasty

M - medium body and a bit drying. Nice

O - very highly enjoyable. Great beer (301 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Figured I'd get the double tick on this one. Growler brought back from the brewery three days ago. This will give me the opportunity to see the head anyway. Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Frothy off-white head falls quickly to nothing. Looks more like diarrhea out of a growler for some reason.

4.5 S: Well, there's a ton of mango. Mango! I guess I'm not really that surprised. Pineapple, some grapefruit, and just a touch of neutral maltiness. The fruit covers up anything else that might be there. Just like on-tap.

4.5 T: Damn good and better than Masala. Mango again is strongest flavor, though there's a fairly assertive bitterness. Pineapple, coconut, grapefruit, and noticeable caramel maltiness. Just like on-tap.

4.5 M: Medium body. Maybe a touch more carbonation that desired. Super creamy and smooth. Good here. Just like on-tap.

5.0 D: Very drinkable. Awesome taste and great mouthfeel. Just a great beer that lives up to the hype. Just like on-tap. (968 characters)

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to mothman for sending me a growler of this.

Shared with raceway40 and SamuelJackson45. Poured into my Delerium Tremens tulip glass.

A: A nice cloudy orange/copper color. A one finger head, with moderate lacing.

S: Simply fantastic. I think i literally spent more time smelling this beer than I did drinking it. The mango is overwhelming, followed by some great citrus notes from the hops.

T: I hate to say but the taste was a little underwhelming after the nose. The aroma of mango is much stronger than the actual flavor of it. Still though, this is a great tasting beer. The mango notes interplay nicely with the citrus flavors from the hops. Fairly sweet.

M: Nice and smooth, with a good level of carbonation.

D: Drinkability is simply through the roof. This is a really tasty beer that I would gladly indulge in again. My second glass, from the end of the growler had some nice little chunky bits of mango in it that added a bit more sweetness. Great stuff. Thanks again Ben. (1,000 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Peach colored with a small but consistent film for head; decent lacing

S: Grapefruit from the hops dominate but the mango creeps in--as does a sweet malty undertone

T: Mango sits amazingly on top of the grainy malts and grapefruity hops but as was evident in the aromas, not all of the pleasant sweetness comes from the mango and hops--there is a pleasant malt backbone

F: Great, even mouth feel

D: So drinkable--I only wish I could enjoy this at home: great beer (470 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to find this on-tap at the brewpub yesterday.

a - pours a deep golden color, pretty hazy, one-inch ivory head with decent retention and good lacing

s - incredible slightly green fresh mango aroma, like you just cut a mango in half, mixed with some grapefruit hoppiness, slight alcohol note

t - big citrusy bitterness up front with lots of grapefruit and orange, mid-palate and finish are dominated by an amazingly intense mango flavor, like the smell, it taste like just bit into a slightly green and very fresh mango rind and all, lingering bitterness on the finish with only a slight alcohol presence

m - medium-bodied, medium-to-higher carbonation, very active in the mouth, very dry and bitter finish, slight alcohol warming

d - pretty intense bitterness limits drinkability somewhat, I love the flavor, but I could see the big mango flavors getting a bit tiresome after a few glasses

Perhaps the most spot-on fruit flavor I've ever tasted in a beer -- the mango aroma and taste is incredible. It doesn't seem as complex as the regular version due to the intense mango flavors, but it's a damn good variation. (1,129 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in 10 oz. wine glass

A: Nice white lace on top. Pretty, cloudy reddish amber gold liquid. A little more head for smell transmission would be nice.
S: Mango, a little band-aid? Citrus hops. Wowzers - Man Candy!
T: Very tart, some green mango, nice sweetness from malt, slight ester covered by mango. Very tasty, very hoppy.
M: Slight heat. Great bitterness.
D: Very nice, I want more but Surly Wet is on tap too and I have to drive! I'd get a growler of Mango Mama if they sold it. (488 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a 10 oz. goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly hazy amber orange with a little ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin layer. Good amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Huge vibrant aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Big hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and oranges. Hints of honey and a little candied sugar. Also some bready malts in the background. Smells fairly sweet and very citrusy on the nose.

Taste: A very citrus forward and fairly sweet taste. Good taste of mango, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, and even some honeydew. Also some hints of sugar and a little honey. Some bready caramel malts and earthy hops linger in the background. Lots of fresh citrus although the bitterness is fairly light for such a big citrus forward IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat sticky. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A very interesting and tasty take on a IPA. Very big fruity taste that achieves a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. (1,160 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap in 10 oz goblet at MTHB it pours a peach orange slightly hazy color with 1/3 inch head...the smell is the mango its tropical smelling and sweet i also smell some grapefruit and hop/spice..the taste is super the mango hits you first the it gives way to their delicious marsala ipa which means tasty hops /grapfruit ans sweet/mild malt( MTH flagship imo) this one is so good it is so well balanced highly flavorful and with the infused mango it is just WOW..this is a must try ipa.. the only thing negative is that the 10 oz glass goes down fast and they do not sell in growlers.... this one is highly recommended (622 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Town Hall. Poured into tulip glass x2.

A - Burnt orange color, thin head with no retention or lacing.

S - Sweet mangos mixed with a light dusting of citrus hops. More mangos then hops, that's for sure. Both of these characteristics meld well together...much better then I was expecting, in fact.

T - Much like the nose, sweet mangos and hop notes. More hoppy bitterness on the palate when compared to the nose. They have combined these two characteristics together perfectly, and it makes for a damn tasty beer. Not too sweet, not too hoppy...juuusssttt right.

M - Light to medium bodied, gentle light carbonation, clean and refreshing. Syrupy finish, but doesn't detract from anything.

D - I wish I lived a lot close to Town Hall. They continue to produce some of the best stuff out there, and this one is at the top of the list for me. Just a stellar beer. (880 characters)

Photo of esch
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is out of this world. Up front you get the same fantastic citrus bitterness as in Masala Mama but then a bright mango sweetness sweeps all lingering hop flavor off the tongue for a perfect, even finish. It’s too bad this isn’t one of their permanent offerings. (272 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm sure this is just an oversight, but I can't find the "stone growler" option here...I'm sure they'll put one in soon.

Much thanks to Mike Hoops for this fine gift to the members of the Stone Growler community. I missed this one when it was briefly on tap, and now here it is, free of charge in my own very expensive ceramic vessel.

Hazed, deep amber hue, good, lasting white head, if small.

Aroma is ripe and green, bristly, piney, and sweet. Grapefruit meets papaya bristly and burry, but smooth. Remarkably complex and delightful,,,hops aplenty meets juicy sweet fruity.

Taste: WOW! The mango has taken over and holds court in all areas of the palate, with that pleasing Mama hop profile lying just below. Bright, green, then slightly bitter...a bitter hop/sweet fruit tango.

Delicious stuff, this. Easy-drinking, and bursting with flavor. Medium bodied, lightly bitter finish. No wonder this blew out of the pub in a day or so (it was just one keg, I heard, though).

The fruit infusion madness at Town Hall continues apace, but this isn't crazy, it's all out genius. As if my favorite beer couldn't get any better, here it is! (1,140 characters)

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks (as always) to maximum12 for passing a growler of this treat along to me. Maximum12 would be on the Mount Rushmore of traders if ever there was such a thing. Cracked this open during Joe Pa's 400th victory game against Northwestern.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a white head that quickly runs away. To me, it looks a little like a Saison on pour. Murky and somewhat cloudy.

S - For me the best part of the beer. A rich luscious smell of mango, grapefruit, and other fruits feel like I should be sitting in the El San Juan as opposed to sitting on my couch. Really delightful and I could have smelled this all day if it was not so disturbing that I had my nose buried in my glass for as long as I did. I can't think of how they could make this more appealing.

T - Probably a 4.25 for me if there could be such a thing. The mango comes through wonderfully, a little sweet. At this point though, the sweetness meets up on the corner with a blast of tartness/bitterness staying at least partly true to style instead of merely being a mango puree.

M - Pretty rich. Not a whole lot of carbonation here so you get a pretty nice richness.

D - Really very nice. I am not the biggest IPA fan but how could I have turned this one down. Arguing with maximum12 is a futile exercise in its own, so I took one for the team and polished off the growler.

I am really glad I got the chance to try this one and would certainly like to do so again. Let me put it this way, I would say that this was about the 4th best beer that I received in the box from Corey. That guy should be in tghe BA Hall of Fame. (1,613 characters)

Photo of happilysurly
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi clear light copper color. It smells sweet and tart. The server told me it was the Masala Mama IPA infused with mangos. I think it made the Masala Mama taste a lot better. The taste is much sweeter and more tart than the regular IPA, you can really taste the fruit addition, but it has a nice was of mellowing out the bitterness. It smells and tastes grapfruity a bit like a hopslam. (395 characters)

Mango Mama from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.