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Mango Mama - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 190
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 09-25-2007)
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Photo of Shango42
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type-on tap poured into tulip glass.

A-Cloudy orange pour with very little head. The small head manages to leave a decent lacing ring around the glass though.
S-Citrusy - oranges, grapefruit and mangos. Gentle but noticeable hops.
T-How to describe this? Bliss! Smooth, a little sweet, and good fruitiness from the mangos up front. I can't stress the smooth enough. So very smooth that I almost want to gulp it yet savor the flavors at the same time. Some carbonation saturates the tongue in the middle and provides for a bridge to the hops. This is, after all, an IPA of one of the finest hoppy beer lineages. The hops are bitter and prickly on the tongue. Mango and citrusy goodness flows throughout the experience. The finish is all Masala Mama with the trademark bitterness that lingers and lingers and lingers on the tongue. Wow! What a gem!
M-So many different mouthfeels on this one as it works in stages. From lightly sweet and smooth to noticeable carbonation to prickly bitterness. It is an experience beer.
D-Why must you torture me Town Hall? You break this out every once in a while, for one keg at a time, you don't put it in growlers for me to take home, and then it is gone. The rest of the country needs to be able to enjoy Mango Mama too. Please find it in your heart to growler this so I can drink glass after glass in the comfort of my own home.

Shango42, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Town Hall Brewery

A- Very clear which is surprising for this brew. Attractive 1 finger head, deep goldish orange hue, very attractive.

S- Excellent aroma. Spicy fruity, mixed with hops. That mango aroma really stuck out.

T- One of the best most unique IPAs I've ever tried. The fruity mango taste, mixed with the citrus, piney hops made this brew truly amazing.

M- Smooth on the palate, medium mouth feel, leaves a fruity mango taste on the palate, but balanced with the hops.

D- Truly an amazing beer, very drinkable, with amazing taste. The mango truly makes this beer unique and outstanding. Would be my go to beer if it was around more often. One of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Chriscrundwell12, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of KeefD
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Consumed with the Seven Corner's Burger. I was quite happy to see this on tap on a Wednesday considering it's only supposed to be available on Mondays. Pours a light amber/orange color with a small orange/white head that stuck around the entire time, leaving some average lacing. Very nice aroma of citrusy hops mixed with orangy Mango. Not much in the way of sweet malts as the sweetness in the nose comes mostly from the fruit. Flavor is fantastic! The way the sweet fruit balances with the bitter hops is phenomenal. It's sweet but not too sweet, mango flavor is present but not overpowering to the rest of the brew. Bitter, citrus hops balance out perfectly with the sweetness. This is a great beer, and I almost think I prefer this one to the regular Masala Mama. Yes. I like it that much.

KeefD, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of TubaDan
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

TubaDan, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of younger35
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to grab a few beers one night while the little lady worked late. Had this beer after their Smoked Porter so this tastes extra fruity after that. Drank from a small generic snifter.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed light orange with little to no head. A super thin collar remains that amazingly leaves quite a bit if lacing as no real cap remains.
Smell- Smells a little like Masala with a bit of raw earthy pine from the start. Some dandelion and grass but the fruit is obviously the clear winner in the nose. The Mango is redonkulously fresh smelling and so inviting. Fruity and hoppy all intertwined in an amazingly spectacular nose.
Taste- Starts with a cleanly fruity mango kick that is citrusy and fresh but nowhere near sweet. It's somewhere between a fresh mango taste and a generic fermented mango fruitiness. Slightly bitter as well with a slight kick of pine and spearmint that is pretty earthy. The beer manages to stay fresh and lively and the freshness of the mango is amazing.
Mouthfeel- Bigger than medium body with a nice aggressive carbonation that works pretty well overall with the beer.
Drinkability- F bomb I love this beer. It's so drinkable and fruity but not ridiculous or girly. It couldn't possibly work together any better than this does with the bitter and the fruit. I usually like my fruit beer to be over-the-top like all New Glarus fruit brews and this one isn't. Just well done and supremely enjoyable.

younger35, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Schlais
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Schlais, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of rudylaw
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap @ GTOM

Easily one of my favorites at Great Taste.

A cloudy orange pour with a thick, white head.

Tons of citrus aroma. Mangos, mangos, more mangos, some orange and lemon dominate this IPA. It's nice and bitter, finishes dry and is 110% refreshing. Drinks almost like fruit juice on a hot summer day.

Wow, was this something else! I could put a whole growler of this down in an afternoon and not think twice. If you love mangos, what the hell are you waiting for?

rudylaw, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of optimator705
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

optimator705, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

GRG1313, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of alpenglocken
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

alpenglocken, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of aliving1
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

aliving1, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of rarapacz
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

rarapacz, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

brystmar, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mango Mama on-tap at the Town Hall 10-25-2010. Poured into a pint glass:

A - A cloudy, foggy, murky slightly pumpkin orangish hue. No head (on my first pint) but some head on the second pint. No lacing at all.

S - Fresh mango, pineapple and sweet papaya. Really sweet and tropical. Smells like mixed fruit juice. I like my IPAs fruity smelling rather than over the top bitter, so this is nice for me.

T - Wow! The mangos and ipa bitterness go really well together. Kinda bitter sweet. Other flavors of pine and pineapple, bits of apple and other delicious fruits.

M - I feel the mixture of the mangos adds a thicker feel and makes it syrupy. Not really carbonated. Silk and smooth.

D - Easy and smooth. It makes me feel if I drank too much I'd get gut rot though. But a nice treat and great to share this rarity at a tasting with some friends.

joshuaseresse, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of zeledonia
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stopped by the brewpub to pick up a growler, and it turned out this was on tap. Couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it, and I wasn't disappointed.

Pours a deep brown-orange amber, darker than most IPAs; hazy and opaque. Off-white head, not much in the glass when I got it, but good retention and sticky lacing.

Smell is full of nice floral and fruity hops. The hop character is hard for me to pin down - it has a little bit of fruit, a little bit of floral, and a hint of resiny pine. The smell also has a layer of sweetness, a combination of caramel malts and mango, that provides really nice balance.

Taste is, well, wow. It's just freaking delicious. It's a balanced IPA for sure, with hops that are present but not overpowering, nice resin. Bitterness is right where I like it - I feel it, and it gives the beer some kick, but it lets the other flavors come through. Add to that this fantastically well-balanced mango flavor. So often fruit-infused beers have either too little or too much of the fruit flavor, but this one is just so spot on. The mango complements and builds on the rest of the flavors, but they're all there together in such perfect balance. Finish is pretty quick, mostly bitter but with some lingering fruity sweetness.

Medium-bodied, good carbonation - just right for an IPA, but nothing remarkable about it.

In one word: balance. This beer is so well executed, with everything in it working together to build an outstanding whole. It may be the most balanced "flavor-added" beer I've ever tasted. The mango and IPA flavors work together in such harmony, with neither outshining the other. And the mango brings in a level of delicious complexity that's just... wow. I will definitely be back for more if I get the chance.

zeledonia, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of IpeeA
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

IpeeA, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of NathanFink
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

NathanFink, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of rye726
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another superb IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall. Poured from a cask into a pint glass. Pours an amberish brown with a lacy beige head. Nose is the perfect blend of mango and hops. More subtle mango in the taste, but still present. Clean, refreshing body. Nice finish.

rye726, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of maximum12
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First, let me say that I avoided this beer for quite a while since I DON'T LIKE MANGOS. I couldn't fathom why Town Hall would ruin a simply superb beer like Masala Mama by polluting it with something like that.

Man, was I wrong.

This beer is the sly, sweet, & subdued little cousin of Masala, & it's better. Same IPA color, but the smell is a mix of hops & mango.

Mango Mama is pure bliss on the tongue. Town Hall has managed to hit the sweet spot on the teeter totter, infusing just enough Mango to allow the hops to work with it, but not give either ingredient the upper hand. The result is an IPA that's a bit sweet, a bit fruity, & perfectly balanced. Fantastic.

I could, & have, had multiple glasses in one sitting. Another positive, this isn't sickly sweet like your average "fruit" beer.

Excellent beer & an improvement on one of the best IPAs out there.

maximum12, May 13, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to a very generous trader for finally hooking me up with this growler. This, along with Dark Lord and Kate the Great, was one of the first three beers I put on my "wants" list. This will be a day long remembered.

Pours a turbid, hazy orange. Light can't penetrate it. It's pretty much entirely opaque. Hmm...sediment city. Still, a nice robust white foam head.

Smells like rich succulent mango, along with papaya (???) and grapefruit along with a rich MANGO MANGO MANGO. I need to add that I love mango. One of my favorite fruits.

The tropical mango, papaya, white sweet grapefruit, a bit of bitterness lacing on the tongue, with an absolutely perfectly carbonated lasting tropical bitter bite. It's really a remarkable melding of an uber fruit base with a bitter, grapefruit IPA.

A superlative achievement.

Overlord, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of futura123
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

futura123, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of shawnp
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

shawnp, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of R1nzl3r
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

R1nzl3r, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of deliriumfest
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 3/2/09

Served a beautiful amber color that lights as you go down the glass with an awesome one-finger creamy head that sticks around for the entire show. The aroma is that of a superior IPA balanced with a nice hint of mango peeking through. The taste is a wonderful hop explosion that is immediately dulled by the sweet mango flavor that is just enough to hold its own against the hops. For the amount of hops in this brew, the mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and not at all sticky like one would assume. The drinkability is beautiful due to the fruity nature of this IPA. In my opinion, next to Surly Furious this is my favorite IPA!

deliriumfest, Mar 03, 2009
Mango Mama from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.