Mango Mama - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 193
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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Photo of pdoran10
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hadn't heard of this beer, before I showed up Minneapolis Town Hall this winter. I knew I wanted to try Masala Mama and their winter seasonal, but after my sister ordered one and i tried it, I was instantly hooked.

The appearance is nothing out of the ordinary. A light amber color, with a small amount of head that left good lacing. The smell was amazing! Very crisp with mango blending well with citrus and pine. The taste follows the smell very closely. The mango flavoring enhances an already great IPA in a way I never thought it would. I get citrus a decent malt backbone, with delicious mango flavor that I was skeptical about going in. The mouthfeel is substantial but not overly thick. Just right for an IPA. This beer, much like it's cousin Masala Mama shines in its drinkability as it is extremely smooth and crisp with tons of flavor.

I only wish they could make enough of this to allow people to fill growlers with it. This is truly a world class IPA.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this several times over the years. I finally sat down and wrote some notes this time.

A: Orange to ruby red. Deep amber hues. Looks lovely and seductive in the 10 oz snifter.

S: Mango hits you at first. Beautiful fruitiness and sweetness. The hops add more elements of tropical fruits with a hint of passion fruit and pineapple. Some hint of pine as well. Lots of citrus in the end with orange and tangerine.

T: Once again, mango right off the bat with nice fruitiness and even a hint of spiciness. It seemlessly blends with the citrus and tropical fruits from the hops. Pleasant sweetness in the body is added from both the mango and the malts. More of a honey sweetness rather than caramel. The bitterness is there, but not as strong as in the standard Masala Mama IPA. Very well balanced fruity sweetness with hoppy bitterness. Not overly sweet like some fruit beers.

M: Medium bodied. Clean and crisp. Not syrupy like some fruit beers. Finishes nice and dry. A little sticky from the hops but fits in well.

D: This is a damn fine beer. A great after-dinner choice. The amazing aspect is how well the mango blends with thehops. The malt backbone fits in nice and the beer isn't too heavy or syrupy. I wish I could get this more often.

Photo of BDLbrewster
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Town Hall, came to me with a small fading head. Much darker than the O.G. mama.

The smell was that of the regular Mama, lush citrus fruit and a sweetened pine background with a small notion of fruity, under-ripe piney mango.

The taste was sensational, all the balance and pronounced pine, grapefruit and sweet malty goodness of the original. Then the mangoes come into play, up front in the mouth and integrated perfectly into the mother beer. Real mango flavor minus the intense sweetness of the naked fruit, never overbearing and they seem to be tasted incrementally from the sip to the swallow. Awesome.

Mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation, not syrupy at all and slippery on the tongue.

Overall, awesome brew, low abv, high drinkability and tastes wonderful. I wish this was available in growlers, but sadly I will just have to sip snifter by wonderful snifter.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of brian23456
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. From notes:

A- Hazy amber color, decent head and lacing.

S- Mango, mango and more mango. Thats all I can smell, it is a glorious scent though.

T- For the most part same as the smell, mango. Very sweet and somewhat bitter. Some apricot and hops. The flavor is actually very good, but halfway through I know I won't be ordering another.

M- Medium body with a good carbonation level.

D- Very interesting brew, unlike any other. I will order this anytime they have it around, but only one!

Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of dfillius
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Shango42
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of grub
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled on tap at the brewpub july 30/09.

pours hazy deep orange with a small fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is good. wheat bread. biscuit. cracker. bit of grain. light alcohol. grapefruit rind. bit of orange peel. bit of a tropical slant, but not overly "mango" at this point. also not a huge hop presence either, perhaps being lost as it spends time aging with the fruit.

taste is good. medium-high bitterness level. grapefruit flesh and peel. orange peel. a bit tropical. melon rind. bit of mango. both the mango and the hops are much more subtle and restrained than i expected. wheat bread. cracker. bit of grain. hint of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is nice. i don't think it's as balanced or as deep as the regular masala mama. a nice change of pace, but i think i'll stick to the original.

Photo of younger35
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Deuane
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of Mistofminn
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh mama...

Masala Mama, I love. Mango's, I adore. This is a match made in heaven to my ears, and I'm glad I finally made it out when they had this "Town Hall Favorite" on tap.

Served in a 10 oz goblet, this is an orange amber color with an off-white tan head. Frothy retention and nice lacing. Healthy carbonation.

Massive tropical fruits in this one. If the floral qualities of the hops aren't enough for you, then the ever-so-subtle addition of the sweet mango will buckle your knees in anticipation. Floral and tropical, with a very down to earth bitter presence that makes the mouth water.

Tropical juicy fruit dominate, with an excellent hop bitterness. Honestly, not as bitter as the regular Masala Mama, it is as if the mango has absorbed some and given this a cask-like feel to it, much more mellow than I expected. I definitely like this...

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is, in other words, perfection. The perfect session brew, no matter what the circumstances or weather.

Masala Mama who? This stuff rocks. If you like the base beer, and have a taste for the tropical, you will fall in love with this beer, guaranteed. Highly recommended.

Photo of rudylaw
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
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?

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in a 10 oz snifter.

Pours a very cloudy dark orange, looks like tangerine juice, very thick light tan head forms, settles to a solid ring, lace spirals down the glass. Smell is wacky, caramel and floral, very fruity, tons of mango and orange, kind of smells like weed, the mango character is interesting, almost like mango skins or something, really interesting. Taste is similar, very intense, mango skins again, fruit, weed, apricots, orange, caramel, citrusy hops, some pine, very floral, pretty big bitterness in the finish, moreso than regular Masala. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, its great but I don't think I could drink too much of it because of the intense mango character. Pretty damn cool experiment, this stuff is badass.

Photo of pepsican
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Plenty of citrus and hoppy fruit aroma. Flavor is up front orange and mango that really went back and forth from the hops and the fruit. Nice caramel backdrop in this one. Nice a bitter fruit bitterness in the finish. This was definitely a standout at the Great Taste Of The Midwest in 08.

Photo of gatornation
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of mothman
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of spointon
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of deliriumfest
4.7/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of jjanega08
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of KeefD
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask at the brewpub. Ordered a 12 oz. glass before dinner and it was a tasty little appetizer.

The nose is packed full of fresh-cut mango. Damn, this is way better than any sugar-y mango juice or drink I've had. It almost tastes and smells like it's still a tad ripe, but its still quite tasty. I was hoping for a little more hops character, but as the beer really warms (it was already served at 52F) grapefruit hops and spice develops. Very tasty, very drinkable, try this beer if you like hops and fruit. This is the best hoppy fruit hybrid I've had.

Mango Mama from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.