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Mango Mama - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 261
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 195
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: 111 | Hads: 261
Photo of match1112
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

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Photo of deebo
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of pepsican
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne, for this elusive tick.

Pours a murky orangish-amber color with a large whitish head that fades quickly. Looks sort of like crap, but for what it is it's fine.

The aroma is big floral, citrusy, and herbal hops and HUGE mango. Mango juice in yo' face!

The flavor is dominated by mango juice. Besides that there is sweet malt and herbal tea-like hop notes.

Medium-bodied with carbonation on the lower side and a slightly resinous mouthfeel.

Good stuff overall. A beer like none other I've had before, and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of birchstick
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery. I was in the right place at the right time.

A - pours an orangish amber color without much of a head at all. Once it dissipates no lacing was left.

S - the nose is rather weak, but what is there is some sweet mango with some citrus hops and bready malts. The more this warms the more the mangos pop.

T - it is called Mango Mama for a reason. Right off the bat I got loads of fresh mango. You can tell real mangos went into this as the fruit was very vibrant and not faux in any sense. On e this moves down I got some bready and caramel malts, with a little bit of toasted malt. On the end I get a lot of grapefruit rind with a little bit of dank, musty pine. The mango and grapefruit are present on the exhale.

M - nice full body that goes down really well.

D - this is a really solid IPA. The mangos work really well with the other flavors in this beer. This takes Masala Mama to a new level. If you can get your hands on it I Know you will be pleasantly rewarded for your troubles.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have wanted this for so long!

Pours into a smallish tulip-shaped challice. It's very thick and very orange, almost pulpy, like cider.

Smells of thick hops--rich citrus with big nodes of orange and grapefruit--along with fresher fruit nodes. Were this named something different, I wouldn't have recognized this fruitiness as mango per se, and probably would have described it more generically as "tropical."

The tropical fruitiness tastes fresh, and meshes very well with the more bitter fruit nodes from the hops. The effect is really tasty, but the beer itself is as thick as syrup and it gets cloyingly sweet after a while. 10 ounces is the right amount.

This is a dessert beer, for sure. Well worth trying and wonderfully brewed but a bit too sweet for drinking more than occasionally.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler generously provided by DoctorRock. Thanks Andy!

Pours a very cloudy rustic orange. No signs of carbonation from the pour. Just a small quarter inch pf tan head and spotty lacing.

Sweet freaking nectar. Gons of juicy mango thats laced with a refreshing orange after taste.

Taste follws the aroma exactly. This IPA is slightly maltier than I'd typically like, but it works with the huge mango body. Slight dry finish thats very inviting.

Very thick and creamy for an IPA. I bet when its a little more fresh and on tap, more carbonation shines through.

Very enjoyable. I drank the entire growler to myself during game 7 of the world series. Insanely sessionable for as thick as it is.

Thanks again for the rare gem Andy.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Thanks for opening this growler, Rich!

Slightly hazed golden orange and gold with a thin near-white head. Leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. This is intensely tropical and fruity: lots of grapefruit, orange, and a bit of mango, unsurprisingly.

The flavor is relatively high in bitterness surprisingly after the incredibly sweet and fruity aroma. Amongst the bitterness is tropical fruit character and a bit of sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A wonderfully aromatic beer and overall a very good IPA.

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Photo of portia99
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler received in trade from darklordlager. Big thanks for filling this long time want of mine. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anny snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy and hazy brownish amber color. No real head, just a thin, off-white collar. Resembles fruit juice in appearance.

S - Mangos dominate as one might expect. There is also plenty of IPA character here too mainly in the form of citrusy hop aromas. Gives an impression of a blend of mango and grapefruit juice.

T - Huge mango flavor on top of a base of citrus - grapefruit mainly with the addition of oranges (maybe lemons too). Also getting a hint of ginger in there too giving a spicyness in combination with some medium intensity hop bitterness. Very interesting change of pace and quite enjoyable.

M - Medium body with a sturdy carbonation. Has a definite fruit juice feel to it. Again, think grapefruit and mango juice blended with maybe a splash of vodka in it for some kick.

D - Not sure I could have this on an everyday basis, but it is definitely an interesting and good break from the everyday. This growler disappeared pretty quickly too.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Growler opened at Stone at the Firestone Walker 14 release party during San Diego Beer Week.

A: Pours ruddy, hazy, dirty dark orange with a fizzy, bubbly, tiny head. Not the most attractive beer.

S: Well, it smells like mangos, and mangos smell great. I have the word mangos written here 5 times, so I figured I'd get that part out of the way. There's a little orange, and maybe some grapefruit, but it really just smells like hoppy mango juice.

T: It tastes of moderately bitter mangos with a dash of sweet malt. Again, I get some orange, but there's so much mango I can't be sure. Pretty delicious.

M: Medium bodied, with the fruit giving this a fleshy, almost pulpy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low.

Overall: This was a delicious mango IPA. A perfect session, beer, probably the sort that they drank back in England in pubs while traveling to India on sea galleys (this is how it happened).

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Photo of caskstrength
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/17/10 again at Town Hall. Way more mango this batch. Went from mango infused IPA to IPA infused mango juice. Still good, but not 5.0 good like the first time I had it. Batch variation for sure. I'll just have to keep going back.

Had another batch in May, just not dialed in . The mango was was more tart, almost artificial flavoring, not rich and ripe. I enjoyed the regular masala mama better, actually. Unfortunately, time to downgrade the score, so my one perfect 5 beer is no more.

I'm still hopeful the IPA reviewed below will show up with future batches.

Walked into Town Hall, finally there with Mango Mama on tap; always seemed to miss it in the past. (a pint of Masala Mama has often provided me some consolation.) Bartender poured me a glass in a 10oz. clear goblet. Looked like an IPA, bit of haze, nice white head, yellow/orange.

Smells were classic fresh IPA, with more tropical fruit than usual. Inviting. I was thirsty, and the anticipation grew fast. I sipped....

Mango exploded forward on the tongue, but didn't dominate or overstay its welcome. Juicy citrus and pine hops then quickly took the baton and ran, then handed things off to a balancing bitterness that rounded things out beautifully.
Very unique.

The mouthfeel was crisp and clean, with just enough body to provide structure for the symphony of flavors that unfolded with each sip. Wonderfully fresh and juicy, not syrupy or overly sweet.

I had the bartender get me another and soon found myself lost in a daydream. I then realized this was the best IPA I had ever had.

What a delightful beer.

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Photo of Buebie
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of beckje01
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden brown with a thine white head no activity to be seen.

S- Hops up front then some booze followed by slight fruit.

T- Great up front hop kick then nice mango flavor followed up by the hop aftertaste. Very nice over all. Better tasting then the normal one.

M- Good tingle very nice thickness.

D- Very drinkable, enjoyable just nice. It's beers like this that bring me to Town Hall.

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Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

happened to drink this beauty at the bar today for lunch. came in a slightly smaller than a pint (prolly 11 oz idk) big bowled white wine glass. had slightly understanted mango character compared to what i was expecting, however it was delicious. the bitterness was smooth and really flavorful. it wasnt a huge hop blast anymore but it was a great beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this served in a pint glass at the pub.

A: the appearance is a very cloudy pinkish orange with no head, this looks more like juice than beer. I understand that the addition of mangoes makes for a cloudy appearance, but this just doesn't look like a fantastic beer. I have a feeling that the taste will make up for the appearance.

S: mango juice and grapefruit hops up front. It is hard to distinguish the difference between the actual fruit and the fruity hops, but needless to say they work well together. The end has a considerable bitterness. Very nice smell.

T: like the nose, there are tons of fruity notes up front, primarily tropical fruits with an emphasis on mango and grapefruit. By the middle, the brew gets bitter and piney with a nice dry finish.

MF: medium body and carbonation

D: very tasty, I like this better than Masala Mama as the fruitiness balances out some of the bitterness.

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Photo of jera1350
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At last, growlers!

In a tulip, looks exactly like apple cider. Reddish brown color, opaque and no head at all. No lacing.

Citrusy hops with mango and cider notes. Not real strong overall.

Big pine and citrus hop presence with a large dose of fresh mango. Apple cider sweetness with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied and smooth with adequate carbonation.

Drinks beautifully. I could suck down a whole growler myself. This is easily my favorite IPA in the world, but I will say it is slightly better on tap. Still happy as a clam that I could have it at home.

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Photo of billab914
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to try this one. Poured from a growler into my Southern tier tulip glass. It looked pretty much like apple cider in my glass, brown and murky. At least if any of the trick or treaters ask tonight it will pass for cider. It poured with very little head and what was there completely disappeared in a minute or so. It's hard to rate this one's appearance, as a traditional American IPA it would score pretty bad on looks. It's not very traditional though and having regular Masala Mama I'm sure the mangos have a lot to do with the look. I'm going to cut it some slack in this category and say it's average for fruit addition beers, which is probably still generous.

The mangos really come through in the aroma. They give it a bright, juicy, fruity, tropical citrusness that just adds to the citrus hoppiness already present. A little bit of grapefruit and pine come out in it as well. Pretty good hoppiness overall, and the mangos really add some cool flavors to it.

The taste really shows off the mangos too. Like the nose they add a brighter, citrusy and fruity element with more tropical fruit flavors coming through. It also has a pretty big grapefruit bitterness coming through with some pine to it as well. I'm getting a bit of a peppery like spice to it as well towards the finish. The finish shows more of the juicy mango fruit lingering for a bit. Very nice flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some very nice hoppy and fruity flavors to it. The mangos went pretty well with the hoppiness overall and seemed to add some nice tropical citrus and fruity flavors to an already excellent beer. Cool beer overall and a pretty good beer overall. Glad I had the chance to finally try it.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One hit is on appearance - as those kind of standards go. Very murky and muddy looking. First pour no head and second pour had a loose head that disappeared quickly. So get the hard hit part out of the way first.
Aroma is fantastic. Great combo of mango, other fruit, mostly citrus, but not exclusively and great citrus hops.
Very complex flavors. Grassy, bitter, mango, grapefruit, sweet fruit. Strong home grown/fresh hop characteristics. Pushes excess of hop flavors (like a DIPA), but doesn't cross the line to distaste.
Heavy malt feel (interesting with minimal malt flavors). A touch of slickness makes an enjoyable feel.
Yummy! Very easy to drink more than one, even with all the bitterness - it just wasn't an issue.
Mango fades as warms and the grapefruit flavors with tartness and fruitiness increase.
Growler shared among three. Thanks to Chuck for sharing.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending this one down for myself and caSSino to tick (well me to tick...). First beer I've had since my accident on 11/11/11! Reviewed live. Served from growler into a NoDa Brewing snifter. Pours hazy bright orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, mango, pine, caramel, fruit hop, and pine hop. The flavor is of sweet malt, mango, pine, caramel, fruit, fruit hop, and pine hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This was a great way to start back drinking. The mango is definitely present and makes a nice balanced flavor with the hops. An easy drinker that I suggest all beer lovers try to get on their palate.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap 10/25 and 10/26 at Town Hall.

Appearance was pretty unusual for an IPA - cloudy orange/brown, similar to orange juice mixed with berry juice. Almost no head on either glass I had.

Mango smell jumped out at me before I touched the glass. With some effort, I could pick out some citrus in the aroma, but the big fruity smell overpowers just about everything else.

Flavor starts out heavy on the sweet mango. There's also plenty of citrus, especially tangerine. Bitterness picks up over the course of the beer and then the fruit seems to attenuate the hops to result that the finish is moderate in length, and unusually clean with just a little fruit.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy, but should be expected considering a significant amount of fruit was used in the beer. Carbonation is light enough to suit thicker body.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty fine beer. Would have rated it a bit higher, but got a touch of "plastic" in the flavor both days I had this. Not sure what I was tasting, but I suspect I may not have had the best version of this beer. Love the combination and will look for again.

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Photo of Stigs
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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).

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Photo of ffejherb
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler on 11/2/10, and for Uncle Jedi for producing said growler for Deuane!

A - Poured a cloudy, almost murky pumpkin orange liquid with two fingers of bubbly froth on top that reduced to a thin, swirly patch and produced no lacing, unfortunately.

S - Mmmmm... you can smell that mango from a mile away! There is also an unusual spicy, almost peppery tinge to the aroma reminiscent of spicy pear, perhaps. Interesting.

T - Initial flavor is juicy and fruity but with a spicy bite akin to pear or apple, but also very citrus-esque. Hop character is quite leafy and spicy, but hints of clove and perhaps coriander are also evident. Somewhat odd but awesome nevertheless!

M - Medium bodied with a pleasant wash of carbonation, which provides an effervescent mouthfeel with a light oily texture. Finishes with moderate hop bitterness and a hint of bristle on the palate.

D - This was much spicier than I remember from my sample at Great Taste of the Midwest '09. Still, this is a deliciously fruity IPA with perfect hop bitterness and tangy mango goodness. Yum!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into an oversized tulip. Big thanks to joshuaseresse for this in a recent trade.

Pours a deep murky burnt orange, with several big & foamy fingers of dirty off-white head. This peters down pretty darn quickly, looking flat and dead with a light foamy ring around the edges and leaving just a light smattering of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. The mango immediately jumps out in the aroma, being full of juicy smelling sugars and fruit character. Pine and earth cuts through the center of things with a certain amount of sharpness, while light toasted malts are also present and mostly mingle with the sweetness of the mango. Some light floral tones hang on the edges of the nose.

The taste is fruit and sugary feeling in the mouth, with a mix of bread, sweeter caramel, and mango flavor that literally just drips with an overripe juiciness to it. This blend leaves a big impression on the profile, before starting to pull up before the swallow and prickling the tongue with more hoppy notes of resins, grapefruit, bitter rind, and spice which all linger with an earthy and dry feel. Just a little bit of residual fruit and sugars hang on the lips with a light smack after each sip of this. The mouthfeel is medium, maybe a touch fuller bodied, with a crisp prickliness to the carbonation along where all of that bitterness runs, while being more thick and slick underneath where that overripe fruit and sticky malt resides. Overall, this is just hugely drinkable and I'm not getting one iota of alcohol from the body at all.

I initially had some worries when I first cracked this growler, as the rapidly faded look and an almost metallic feel that initially came out in the taste (which then rapidly disappeared as this warmed) had me fearing that maybe this had spent more time in the growler than it should have. The more I had of this though, the more that I realized that I couldn't have been more wrong and this REALLY grew on me the more I worked on it. The mango, while strong, gives this quite a refreshing fruity quality but there is more than enough bitterness to keep the hopheads happy as well. I must say though that the drinkibility was what impressed me the most though. I was ripping through glasses of this much faster than I seem to remember doing with my last growler of the regular Masala Mamma. Wow, I really ended up enjoying this. Wish I had some more.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Mango Mama from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.