Mango Mama - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 110
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rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%
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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 rye726
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (265 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 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 alleykatking
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many many many many thanks to dontcostnuthin for sharing this with me. I owe you one John!

A- Pours a murky orangish brown color. Almost looks like fresh made apple cider. Half finger off white head that caps the beer. Spotty lacing with some streaks on the sides of the glass.

S- When I first opened the growler all I could smell was mango. To be honest it made my mouth water. After pouring it I took another sniff. Tons of fresh mango aroma. This dominates the nose to be honest. There is also some citrus hops and light spicey hop to this that balances it out a little bit. Mostly still mango aroma though.

T- Mango is the first flavor I taste and it comes through bursting. Directly after this there is a light bitter hop bite. The middle of the beer has light malt character without actually being overly so if that makes sense. There is another light mango burst with some spicey hops in the ending. The alcohol in this is faint and all in the back.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking but I forgive because of my way I got the beer. Mango was left on the palate along with more mango and light alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavor was mango forward yet balanced by the malts and hops. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Clean tasting overall.

D- This beer is incredible to me. I love fresh fruits and this one delivers on the flavor without the artifical off flavors of other fruit beers. The ABV is low enough that a growler or many pints of this is something that can be done. This is my second beer from Minneapolis Town Hall and to be honest I think they know what they are doing...and doing it good. (1,636 characters)

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

I had this one on tap at the Town Hall brewpub on 5/11/2009 (part of an epic beer trip with BA roadhouse).

A= This ale poured a mostly clear orange color with a 1/2" white head. The head dropped to a thin skim and didn't leave much lacing behind. Moderate carbonation release evident.

S= This ale smelled like the regular Masala Mama but with a nice tropical fruity sweetness to balance some of the piney hops. The mango fruit really brought out the nuances of the graprefruity hop aromas too.

T= Malt sweetness started and disappeared into a sofy cloud of sweet mango. The hops then crashed over that but never really made it disappear. I think mango was the perfect fruit to use here as it provided a soft even sweetness that never became cloying. Finish was bitter and dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a fairly soft varbonation level.

D= Very good fruit/hop ale here. Comparing it to the regular Masala, I have to say this was the better and certainly more interesting of the two, showing some subtlety and balance instead of just a piney hop hammer. (1,056 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Minneapolis Town Hall brewpub, inside a ten-ounce snifter.

The orange of dusk, almost completely opaque, leaving only shadows of fingers viewable through the glass. A thin ring of white bubbles tops it.

The nose: mango, tons of caramel and honeyed biscuits. Also pineapple and some dankness. Compared with Masala Mama, there are more biscuits here, which is interesting.

Very much mango! The flavor’s packed with the sugary fruit and syrupy sweetness. The fruit interacts in an interesting way with the dank, citrusy hops. There’s also some solvent Pine-Sol character. Biscuits hint before caramel swoops in at the swallow. Lingering fruity tang.

The medium body’s fairly big, but still breaks apart in soft fizz. Smooth and somewhat syrupy — you can tell there's a lot of sugar in here. Some tongue-numbing alcohol.

Mango Mama’s better than the original, but she displays a bit of the unbalance that threw me off there, as well as some weird solvent flavors. (994 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 zeledonia
4.72/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,756 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap. Poured into a Town Hall pint glass. Pours a slightly hazed and murky amber orange color with a 1 finger off white head which settles rather quickly. Fruity aroma, duh right?, with citrus type hops aroma. Sweet mango flavor upfront follows by a nice citrus hops type bitterness. Loads of citrus rind bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Surprised at the lackluster head and poor lacing as I don't recall previous batches being as such, perhaps making a full batch vs. 1 keg at a time has something to do with it or the fact they had to use pasteurized mango puree vs. mango chunks . Really drinkable though. As I have had this several times I feel the quality wavers a little bit between batches. This time the carbonation was less than before probably due to my aformentioned reasons. Still, this is an awesome brew that drinks really easily and tastes great. (860 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 jjanega08
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= the beautiful thick head stands out the most to me. Followed ty the deep amber orange color.
S= mangos and piles of hops. I really love the mango smell.
T= hops and beautiful mango! The mago taste isn't like a completely ripe mango but its still amazing! Possibly my new fav beer.
M= smooth and crisp
D= incredibly high. Ill be savoring this while its at town hall. A great beer. (382 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a tiny white head.

Scent of mango, sugars, and some bitter hops. Not very hoppy, but the fruity mango character is nice, but doesn't quite deliver.

Taste of hops and mango. Not very bitter, and rather one dimensional. I really love mango and hops, but this one just falls a little flat on both fronts.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation. (393 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 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 younger35
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (1,443 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to minnesotaryan for sending this!

a: deep amber body with two inches of thick patchy white foam. decent retention and lacing.

s: sweet sweet mango, a little caramel in the background.

t: more mango followed by mango, not much of a surprise on this one.

m: medium sticky body, good carbonation level. slight oily stickyness to it.

o: if mango aint your thang than avoid this beer. as for me, i really enjoyed it. a little too sweet for me to kill the growler by myself in one sitting, but over the course of two days there wasn't a problem at all! (559 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 KeefD
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pint served on-tap at the brew hall/restaurant

look is amber orange, fluffy white head. smell is hoppy and pine, tropical fruits, mango. some wheat grain and sweet syrupy malt. feel is an enjoyable medium

very similar to masala mama, but with a mango infused kick. not worth the extra $$ a pint imo. (301 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler straight from the brewery, graciously shared by Davolebomb

served in standard pint glasses

A - pours with a thin wisp of loose, fluffy light orange tinted foam. blink and its gone. the beer is very muddy and cloudy, burnt orange in color. pretty unique looking though not quite appealing.

S - sweet and ripe, freshly pureed mangos. balanced a bit by bright wet piney hops with a slightly floral twinge.

T - slightly tart and sweet mangos and oranges sits atop slightly bready, crunchy malt bed. assertive piney hops with flashes of earth and grass. picking up some lemon peel as it settles, along with a delicate booziness.

M - medium bodied with tight and crispy, yet moderate carbonation. slightly dry, chewy, and sweet in the finish, with some lingering hops and a subtle alcohol burn.

D - wonderful balance and hands down the best execution of fruit meets hops that I have ever had. i prefer the un-mango version of this slightly more (also graciously shared by Dave). (992 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 deebo
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Towh Hall Lanes.
A-a finger of dense white nitro head sits atop a burnt orange brew with some dark golden highlights when held to the light. Some haze.
S-mango (green vs overripe), some cedar like evergreen notes as well. Malt isn't really there in the nose. I think the nitro inhibits some volatiles.
T-tons of mango hit you first then some creaminess from the nitro and malt finishing with a piney bitterness, which isn't as strong as what you get in masala mama. Nice beer.
M-the added creaminess from the nitro is quite nice. I'll take it over the carbonate zing you get from CO2. A little longer finish than I'd like with moderate bitterness.
O-gotta like the mango. A tasty beverage. (709 characters)

Photo of Buebie
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer has eluded me for yours, now I finally get to try it. After an evening at Triple Rock celebrating Surly's 5th anniversary party we headed to TH for brews and fod.
Poured from ontap for the first time right now. Pour is not too impressive though really no head at all. appearing flat an cask like. Color is a pale copper non transparent, very hazy. Aroma is mango tropical fruit delight. Best smelling ipa ever. It smells like Fucking Hawaii. Pungent topical fruit, floral and fruity juicy hops and caramel malt. Taste is the same but a bit more sourish fruit bitters and grians with earthy bitter hops. Remaing sweet and delicious and drying slightly through the finish. Not as bitterly hoppy as the masala but still very impressive. Drinkability is impeccably high. Mouthfeel is average a little flat but a good swirl of glass and swoosh through the mouth and it breaths new life into the feel. This thing is an aroma god (933 characters)

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

Into a tulip glass, looks just like the Masala Mama, but without any head or lacing, and I couldn't twirl much into existence. The aroma was a bit tame, but a lovely fruity blend of hops and the infused mango. With a name like Mango Mama, I'd have expected this to go a little over the top with the fruit, and thankfully it didn't. It still is basically the same Masala everyone knows and loves, with a gentle touch of the mango fruit to sweeten it up a bit. A great idea, the perfect fruit for this. lovely. (508 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cope0021 for a growler of this beauty! Drank it over the course of a day or two, although I probably could have finished it in the first few hours.

It's a beer first rather than say, a juice drink, but the sharp hops are still cut slightly by the mango. Not overwhelming, but present to prevent too much bitterness. The appearance is almost muddy, with a deep orange murkiness and a finger of head. Nice lacing sustains throughout. The smell is primarily of mangoes, and some pine and other citrus. Taste is actually hop forward, but as you swallow the mango coats the mouth and sticks. So the first sip is the hoppiest, and the rest build the mango.

Besides the great taste, it has a solid carbonation and a medium body, but eventually the mango overwhelms - almost to the point where you don't want to repeat it too quickly. That's about the only knock on drinkability. This one is high up there on the charts.

Plus I'm sure there's some vitamin C in it for your ... health. (991 characters)

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