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Founders Mango Magnifico | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Mango MagnificoFounders Mango Magnifico

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 07-19-2013

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Photo of larryarms847
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright sunburst golden orange with a thin head of foam with large bubbles.There is a great deal of particulate which appears to be pepper oils.

Candy-sweet mango, guava, papaya, and a slight vegetal aroma.

A candy like sweet mango explodes up front but is immediately washed away by a rather pungent spicy pepper heat, but doesn't last long.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, spicy.

Overall, I really expected more from this, but there was an overall artificial mango like aroma and flavor that was just off putting. Too sweet, needs more tart.

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Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up the 750ml Backstage brew in early April from TW Arrowhead for $10.99. Probably bottled in early February.

Beer poured golden with a decent soap bubble two fingered head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is mango juice concentrate which i find pleasant.

Taste is mango sweetness balanced very nicely by a subtle but not overwhelming habanero heat. Reminds me of the mango salsa i had with tortilla chips last night.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a well crafted beer, definitely not for everyone. But if you enjoy spicy Mexican fare you will dig this brew. Cheers!

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Orange with a big two fingers of white head that dissipates quickly
S: Mango syrupy sweetness, apricot, and a slight hint of habenero
T: Sugary sweet mango syrup, sort of has a medicinal thing going on, the level of spice is spot on though. It's really what makes this impressive to me. It's too sweet.
F: Thin and under carbonated.
O: This beer is impressive in some regards. At 10% alcohol it is easy drinking. The flavor and presence of the habanero is where this beer really stands out. I've had this beer maybe four or five times now and every bottle has been a different experience. I like the hotter bottles. The syrupy sweetness is just a bit too much.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage
~4 months since bottling date

Appearance - Pours a golden orange color, transparent but with lots of floating particles. Half finger thick, slight off white colored head, soapy. Some alcohol legs on glass, but not much head lacing.

Aroma- Sweet and juicy mango, candied sugary sweetness, also a mild tartness. Not much spicy heat detectable, but there is a faint earthy pepper in the background.

Taste- Syrupy sweet mango juice, fleshy stone fruits, syrupy honey sweetness. Medium type peppery spiciness, earthy and sweet, good amount of heat lingers.

Feel- Medium bodied overall, much thicker and syrupy than expected though, for the style its probably as full bodied as you get. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Interesting combination and definetly delivers on both the mango and habaneros, but almost seems as if both flavors are competing rather than blending. However, its quite flavorful and enjoyably different. Its also surprisingly a sipper. Between the higher abv, syrupy thickness, and heat, it definetly calls for a slower consumption.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden colour, no head.

S- sugary sweet Mango, very little habanero on the nose.

T- tastes like a Mango soda at first, then the heat of the alcohol kicks in, lots of Mango then a slight habanero burn on the backend which combines pretty well with the booze to give a slightly pleasant burn. Mango goes all the way through.

F- pretty good all round, thick enough body helps give this beer a pretty solid backbone.

O- pretty good beer overall, maybe because i expected a mess, i should of learned by now Founders don't make bad beers. For what it is they pulled it off.....just.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly foggy orange, with a thick white head. Head retention is modest, with only a few dabbles of lacing left behind. Aroma is bread malts, caramel, mango, and habanero. It's hard to explain, but it almost resembles the aroma of the restaurant Costa Vida. The flavor profile is very much bread malts and caramel, with mango sweetness. The sweet, bread opening contrasts the habanero spice that kicks in later. The spice is completely manageable and serves as a fantastic contradiction to the mango. Mouth feel is medium-thick, and grainy. It feels a bit strange, and oddly filling. Overall, it's a good beer, but should be consumed carefully. I love spicy things, and didn't find this beer too hot, or heart burn inducing, which is fine. I am 50/50 on the flavor profile. It's good, and interesting, and yet odd and strange. If you're interested, be sure to share a bottle. It would serve as a wonderful marinade.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

A: Pours golden orange with some small floaties and a frothy white head that settles to a nice layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Big time fruity, mango, mild spice, peppery and kinda minty, caramel honey sweetness, and a touch of bready malt.

T: As expected plenty of fruity notes up front with candied mango standing out, caramel honey sweetness, an interesting kinda minty note, and nice habanero kick on the back end.

M: Medium to full body, mild carbonation, nice warmth from the pepper, but not overwhelming.

O: A bit too sweet for my taste, but the use of habanero was actually quite nice.

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Photo of RickS95
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like it should, nothing spectacular about it. Pours a clearish peach color with s faint bit of chill haze and particles of something in suspension. White bubbles up top, half a finger thick, with meh retention and no lace.

I have to really search for the mango, but it's there. It smells like a cross between an IPA and a macro lager with what seems to be both pale malts and Pilsner malts. Maybe the beer is still too cold but I can't find the habanero anywhere.

Just took a sip and, oh yeah, the habanero is very present and very well accounted for. Took a second sop and my throat is on fire. The good news is that the mango taste is there and is pleasant. It's really a nice tasting beer, but now that I've had two sips my palate is warming and I need dairy for my throat.

Not really sure how to score this since I lost feeling in my lips, tongue, and throat early on in this review. It's very sweet and fruity up front but the heat really build from midsip on. Not sure if it's the ABV, the spice, or a combination, but this thing will put hair on the hair on your chest. Full bodied and then some.

It's really a nice tasting beer, but the spice is too strong for my liking (another sip and my gums are starting to heat up).

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shelf beer from Indiana two weeks ago – refrigerated since
2016 vintage at 49 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – initially a burst of mango, diminishes rapidly
Head large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive pour), fizzy/frothy, off white, diminishing rapidly to an irregular one to two mm frothy ring and no layer
Lacing – none
Body – light orange, hazy
Flavor – Begins with mango, sweet, ends with a little habanero flavor and burn; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, light syrup, soft carbonation

A little mango is always good, a little habanero not necessarily so. However, the habanero is not so assertive as to make this undrinkable as many chili beers are for me – a little heat allowing me to enjoy this.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of pstam87
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the weirdest beers I've had next to ballast point's indra kunindra. Pours a golden color with one finger of white head. Smells like straight up mango candy, or some type of gummy candy. This literally tastes like mango syrup with some heat mixed in it, its over the top sweet. It's not ridiculous when it comes to the habanero taste, there is just enough to know it is there. There is also a weird generic adjunct lager taste on the aftertaste. The 10% is masked pretty well. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, it's pretty weird like syrup and the carbonation is low. For some odd reason, I enjoyed this beer. If you're a fan of those mexican mango chili lollipops then you would probably like this beer.

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Photo of BWood
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok beer. Huge mango flavor and smell up front. The habanero kick brings up the rear and lingers. Glad I tried this but I would not get again. Just not my cup of beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a clear light orange topped by a dense two finger off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of mango fruitiness with just a little heat toward the back
T: Taste is a lot of mango with some habanero heat, slight bready malt as well with hints of caramel sweetness. Swallow is heat and sweet mangoes with the heat lingering after the mango fades
M: This beer is fairly thick and slightly syrupy with soft carbonation that could stand to be a bit more prominent. The finish on this one is semi dry. The sweetness tries to linger but the peppers dry things out.
O: Overall this is an interesting beer with nice flavors. I'm not a huge fan of pepper beers so this one doesn't really do it for me. As a fruit beer it's fairly solid though and the mango sweetness helps to keep the heat in check. It isn't super hot either if you fear the burn.

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Photo of bobhits
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Founder's and their obsession with sugar like beers continues with Mango Magnifico. A super sugary malt forward beverage with a "hint" of Habanero at the end.

I'll just leave out the details and be to the point. The pour has some head but it lasts about 3 seconds, leaving a golden/amber beer, pretty static looking, thick, high alcohol, you can tell this is a 10% sugar beer. Reminds me a bit of a fresher english barely win in color and body. Less floaters which is always a disappointment in this style beer but expected from a company like founders.

The nose is mangos and sugar and there might be a hint of spices but they are way back there. It's fruity and sugary as hell.

As expected a sweat as hell beer with a burn at the back of the throat. I think "hint" was comically under done here. My throat as a burn at each drink. Not it isn't unpleasant per say and I'm not a huge fan of heat so I'm perhaps on the sensitive side, but this is a bit more than a hint. It's good solid dash and very noticeable. if you like spice I'm not sure this is going to get you to a happy place, but if you don't, be aware it isn't lacking a kick. Honestly, there's not much going on here otherwise. I can't taste much after the heat turns on. The opening is pretty boring.

The beer is more drinkable than perhaps expected on a body/mouth feel stand point.

So I'm not sure who this beer is for. If you like mango flavor and some spice this might be for you. If you are ok with either but not a fan per say I'd avoid. This is a pass for me going forward. It wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. The spice works as a nice balance in a way, but net net this is going to be a beer enjoyed by a very specific group of people. Most are going to be indifferent or dislike it.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label of this bomber had nice artwork of tropical dancers, making this look exotic. Unlike the label, the beer itself looked like a normal IPA, with a clear amber body tinged with slight hints of peach coloration, a one finger thick head, and an active stream fine bubbles. The aroma contained the magnificent smell of ripe mango, a fruit that I grew loving since my childhood in India. Other than mangoes, there were hints of hops coming through upon deeper inhalation. The taste was very sweet upon first sip, with a strong burn from the Habanero following immediately. Unlike most Founders beers I have had, the hops were plating second fiddle here. I suspect many will find this beer too sweet and too dominated by the additives, but I like the spicy sweet combination of the ingredients. The finish was very warm as a result of both the peppers and the high alcohol content. A bruiser of a beer, so be ready to sip slowly.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into belgian ale glass.

L: Very deep old-time traffic light amber. Slightly hazy, but you can see carbonation bubbles. 2F+ soapy head with some retention, no lacing, leaves a little ring.

S: Mango dominates, along with some citrus and strawberry. Hint and fortunately only a hint, of habanero comes in at end.

T: Wow...some real flavor here. Very sweet, ripe tropical fruit with mango and guava up front, strawberry, lemon peel and light malt. Then the habanero heat comes in, but it is not overwhelming and cuts the sweetness pretty nicely. Kind of like a hot mango salsa.

F: Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Decent balance, especially compared to something like Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin.

O: If you don't like moderate heat, you won't like this, but if you do, I think it's reasonably constructed. The other problem for some might be the cloying sweetness prior to the heat. I think it's a good example of the style, if you like the style.

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Photo of dcotom
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22-oz bottle into stemless wine glass. Hazy amber in appearance, pure white head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring. No lacing. Fruity aroma that reminds me of the bubblegum I used to get for Halloween when I was a kid. This carries to the palate, with some pleasant heat from the habañeros. Sweet and malty, but fruit is front and center. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty good if you like chili and fruit beers.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This has to be the most difficult beer to rate. The smell is really pleasant and there is no mistaking the mango. The taste, at first sip is also of a very sweet mango liquor, but then you get hit by the overly hot habanero burn on the roof of your mouth.
I love a little heat in my food, but drinking this beer was not enjoyable and I had to pour out all but three sips.

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Photo of imnodoctorbut
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served chilled from bomber to tulip

A: a hazy marigold, small bubbly off-white head with extremely low retention (fades almost instantly) and no lacing
S: mango and malt sweetness with spicy kick.
T: juicy sweet mango and a light malt character, with a raging habanero kicker. that's it, but that's all it needs.
F: full, thick, and lush, but not syrupy. low carbonation. ample booze heat.

bottomline (aka personal opinion time):
"hint of habanero" my ass. this thing is spicy, y'all, so if you don't love "hot" just skip this one. if you love all things spicy then you'll probably dig this and won't get so overwhelmed by the hot kick that can act like a violent coup on the tastebuds to some. personally, I loved it. it sets you up with a juicy sweetness and then completely betrays that "comfort" with a full on habanero spice bomb assault. it's not complicated but it accomplishes what it was made for.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey orange with a small white head.
Smell is super sweet, almost candy-like, mango with a malt in back.
Taste is sweet mango up front, malty, with some spice. Habanero spice & heat in the back nose and after the swallow.
Fairly full bodied, light-ish effervescence. Smooth. Get some.

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Photo of ScaryEd
1.58/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a small off-white head. Head is gone quickly and doesn't leave any lacing.

The aroma is all mango with a touch of spiciness. No complexity whatsoever and it smells like a fruit smoothie with pepper flakes.

The flavor is an abomination. Finishing this beer feels like I'm doing a dare. It's cloyingly sweet with a burst of mango and pineapple juice, then comes the peppery spiciness that feels like someone poured Tabasco sauce into my juice box at recess. This is a prank. An awful prank.

The feel is thick and sticky and I honestly think I'm drinking corn syrup. I need milk after drinking this. But also something salty and bitter. I need salty milk. Wait....

Overall, this is an awful, awful beer. It's sickeningly sweet like a mango cough drop but it also has that annoying, lingering spiciness. I feel like I ate mangos dipped in sugar and then vomited into my mouth and swallowed.

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Photo of Terptwerp
1.69/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

This is the sickly sweetest beer that I have ever tried. I have no problems with fruit or peppers added to beer, but this was like drinking Boone's Farm. After pouring a half down the drain the first day, I tried it again the next and the poured out the bottle.

More of a wine cooler than a beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

April 3, 2016

750 ml bottle, tulip

A – Medium to medium-dark gold, and mostly clear. A half-inch of slightly off-white head subsides rather quickly, leaving a few bubbles around the top.

S – Absolutely mango, with a big pineapple component as well. Some spicy papaya notes skulking in the background. Crackery malt with a touch of bread crust. Very juicy, fruity.

T – A lot of tropical fruit, pineapple and mango, and a lot of fruit and malt sweetness. The malt is biscuity, light. Heat from the habanero envelops the tongue and lights the throat on the finish, not “hot” but very warm instead, quite pleasant. Builds as you drink more. Excellent use of chili peppers. Possibly some fruity alcohol esters.

M – Very juicy, thick, sweet, coating the tongue and remaining long after the swallow. Heat is a major factor here, but well-balanced from the peppers. A bit of alcohol warmth as well. Only mild bitterness, outranked by the residual sweetness.

O – Excellent use of the peppers/heat, but too sweet for my palate. A more attenuated, dry, brisk version would be excellent.

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Photo of AuntBea
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an unusual beer. I'm not a big mango lover and the first taste was a bit of a surprise. I wasn't too crazy about it at first but, it grew on me. My beer was very cold and the sweet taste was nice once I got used to it. Then as the beer went down, the pepper kicked in and it was a nice compliment to the sweet. A Very different beer. I went and got another one to save for another time.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A 2016 bomber poured out a hazy golden orange with a soapy off white head.

The smell was a barrage of tropical fruits with some white bread in the background.

The taste was a sweet chocolate mixed with a very artificial candy like sweetness of fruit mash.

Mouthfeel was medium with a very sticky finish.

This was a drain pour. Seriously if you read this review do not buy this crap! I really looked forward to this beer and I am a fan of wheats and enjoy the crap out of my wheat and chili beers. This stuff was so horribly brewed I really regret the $$11 I spent on the bottle. Me and the wife split this one and neither of us could get even half way through the 11 oz. split between the two of us. Moving on.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bright clear copper color. Heavy juicy, sticky jammy orange and mango marmalade aromas. Very sweet smell. Tastes like it smells; like a jammy mango chutney. Sticky heavy sweet body worth a mild underlying spicy habanero faintly present in the backbone. Spiciness lingers well after finish. Quite heavy, syrupy and flavourful. Definitely doesn't taste alcoholic for the 10% that it is.

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Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.