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Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 1,149
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 40.49%
Wants: 65
Gots: 160 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 07-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No Label Information. Brewed in the style of a Fruit beer brewed with mango and habanero peppers. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on limited release draft. First bottled Backstage Series release of 2013.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a Founders Snifter glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth creamy head of a pastel white color over a deep amber body with moderate sediment in tow and moderate, relaxed carbonation. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of mango juice and flesh forward, transparent clean malt profile in the background, little to no habanero heat or aroma is discernible in the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Tart and syrupy mango juice up front with a midsection of habanero heat that peaks after the finish. Arguably a bit sweet, although the light acidity of the mangos as well as the habanero heat drives a respectable balance, keeping it from being cloying. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately sticky, oily and moderately dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet and spicy over bitter and tart. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This is an incredibly promising beer with great mango and tropical fruit flavor and a notable finish of habanero pepper tingle. Many fruit ales don't get enough love for how overly sweet they come off, and while the mango fruit juices are very sweet and potent in this ale, the habanero and fruit acidity cuts through some of those cloying characteristics, making Mango Magnifico one of the more impressive fruit ales. Still incredibly good with a couple of years on the bottle, and the heat is still very bold. 3.75

Founders Brewing Company's
Mango Magnifico Con Calor

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Photo of Neorebel
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic looking brew, but the aroma is very mild and reveals nothing of the intensity to come. Very tart and crisp, with spicy heat from the Habanero peppers. The mango evens out the flavor nicely. Syrupy mouth feel. Interesting beer to try for sure.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden-orange body. Thin finger of creamy white head.

Nose is pretty bland. Almost a corn-flake characteristic that reminds me of a macro lager. Slight spicy burn on the finish buoys up my score a tad.

Flavor is sweet and bland at the same time...then comes the finish. I love spicy hot everything, so I am enjoying this. Clean, smoky burn lightly coats the palate. Contrasts nicely with the sweetness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Pepper quality has it's own coating.

Overall, moderate drinkability. I may have trouble finishing off the big bottle solo, but a 12 oz serving would be very welcome.

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Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with honey highlights. The head is short and dense, settles into a light cap. Some yeast floaters floating about.

The aroma is light. There is a slight grain note. There is also a sweetness from what I assume is the mango. It is a fruity smell but not sure it smells like mango.

The taste is of a sugary mango. Quite fruity, nice ripe flavor. The malt is light and slightly bready. Not sure if I am picking up some wheat. The habaneros provide heat in the finish but no vegetal flavors, which is nice.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate. A bit sticky and syrupy. Nice heat in the finish.

The beer is a bit too sweet for my liking. However, Founders has done the best job I have seen adding the hot peppers appropriately without adding a vegetable flavor. It is a nice amount of heat.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look 7/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 4/10
Drinkability 15/20

Overall 81/100

This beer will likely be a Love/Hate for most... It's incredibly sweet, fruity, light and well... Mango(y) upfront. Then as it makes it's way down the gullet, it gets rather spicy, I grew up on spice
y food and it is rather spicy... It has a fair amount of kick! For many it may be too spicy... For me I can handle the actual spice, however it doesn't sit well. I want a refreshing drink. However, it really is amazing how this brew is literally is #JekyllandHyde it's a tale of two stories... It's a novelty beer, one done very well~

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Photo of PPIV
5/5  rDev +35.9%

I think this one is getting better with age. Such a nice and warm finish. Lots of mango flavor from start to finish as well. Aged quite nicely so far.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%

Spice-heat was good, but the mango flavour tasted artificial and overly sweet. I also found the abv. was too high for the beer, leaving it unbalanced. Would be more palatable at 5%-7.5%.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Interesting. Very sweet to start, almost too sweet. As the heat build, the sweetness dissipates. Medium bodied. Strong mango component. Good balance between heat and sweet.

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Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from memory from 4 days ago.

Poured a fairly clear golden copper with a foamy ivory head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Tropical notes of mango and pineapple were contrasted by sweet and spicy peppery notes.

In flavor, the mango really came to life. It was a pleasant, juicy contrast to the fruity, spicy pepper flavor. The heat was still a bit too much. Malt was somewhat thin, and lacked sweetness to counter.

Got a bottle of this. Think I'll lay it down another couple years. Couldn't drink more than a few ounces, though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Steve for the extra!

I saw this floating around my area when it was released, but I never really was interested enough to actually seek it out. And then it was gone. So now, it was probably past it's prime (if it had one), but I'm thankful to try it anyway.

Poured into a Founders bell tulip, an orange-tinted copper color, hazy, with a small white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma was on the thin side, some pale malt sweetness, with some herbal hops and a slight vegetal presence. Well usually in pepper beers, I get the heat in the finish, but I was getting it right up front in this one. Pale malt sweetness with a good, lasting pepper burn; there was some light candied fruitiness, but I'm afraid the majority of the mango had faded at this point, because I barely picked up any. Medium body, prickly mouthfeel, both from the pepper heat and the decent carbonation. I think a small bottle format would've been a lot nicer for this one, but I still managed to polish off a half bottle (with the wife not too enthusiastic about her pour). I guess I would've liked to try it fresh, but oh well.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours clear golden color with a dense head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a wonderful level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A mass of sweet mango greets the nose with some other fruity smells of peach and apricot, as well as a little bit of a pear there as well. Along with these fruity smells are some lighter aromas of a doughy as well as a slightly spicy black pepper and yeasty smell.

Taste – As one may expect from the name the taste begins with a rather potent and sweet mango flavor. With the mango are some bready flavors mixed within. Other fruits soon come to the tongue to join the mango. These fruit flavors of peach, banana, and apricot pale in intensity, but add a nice dimension to the sweetness. Some habanero pepper and a little bit of a grassy taste develop more toward the middle, taming some of the sweetness a tad. While the habanero starts out a bit lighter it really grows in intensity and after the beer is long gone from the tongue, a nice spicy burn mixed with a sweeter mango flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is the thicker and more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. While a slightly higher carbonation may have been a bit better for the big mango and fruit flavors of the brew, the syrupy body is really quite appropriate of the flavors matching well the feel of thick fruit nectar, giving the brew an overall rather appropriate tongue coating are really upping the intensity of the habanero at the end.

Overall – I actually really thought this was a neat combination for a brew. The sweet and spicy hot really played off each other quite well. I could see this brew matching a nice piece of roasted chicken quite nicely. A rather tasty one to try.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with no dating that I can find on the bottle or label. That said, this was a one-time release in the summer of 2013, so this one is close to a year old. Poured into a "can" pint glass, having no idea what type of glass is appropriate for a 10% abv chile or fruit beer.

Appearance - Honestly, I'm not sure why, but I expected this one to be cloudy/murky--perhaps because of the mango? But instead, the appearance is a completely transparent orange with yellow tinting, allowing me to see quite clearly through the liquid. The liquid has a viscosity to it that separates it from a lighter bodied beer. Atop the body sits a towering three-finger head of dense chiffon colored foam. Retention is moderate, and there is no lacing to be found after it fully recedes.

Smell - Predominantly notes of mango and tropical fruit in the nose, with just a hint of something spicier lurking beneath the surface. Habanero is not a particularly aromatic pepper, but the floral notes that it does give off are complementary enough to the tropical fruit that it doesn't stand out terribly much.

Taste - There is very little complexity going on in the taste. An initial assault of sweet, cloying mango and fruity, syrup-like natural sugars then gives way to a spicy tingle which evolves into a full blown oven-blast of searing heat. Much hotter than I expected, even though I know habanero packs a punch on the Scoville scale. But honestly, the part of this beer that isn't awesome is the overpowering sweetness combined with the fact that the sweet and hot don't really blend very well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and viscous, syrupy with moderate carbonation. Heat builds cumulatively on the palate with subsequent sips, making it nearly impossible to finish the entire bottle on my own.

Overall, an interesting and unique beer to be sure. And it certainly meets the expectations established by the conception of the beer, but it does beg the question of whether it should have been conceived in the first place. I'm a huge Founders fanboy and have liked almost everything I've had from them to one degree or another, but I must admit that this one is a bit of a miss. Glad to have tried it, but I would have been happy with a 4 oz taste, rather than 25.3 ounces of mango napalm.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours light straw color with a couple fingers head. Looks like a nice IPA would look.

Aroma is sweet fruit accompanied by lots of sweet malt.

Tastes of sweet mango and slightly caramel, crackery sweet malts. Warming heat on the finish at the back of the throat.

Full mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Fairly enjoyable but not one I see myself revisiting.

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Photo of devilfluff
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a medium bodied, golden ale. Moderate carb with a big short lived head. Starts off sweet and fruity. You get that punch of mango. Finishes with the traditional habanero throat burn. Enough to announce itself, but not so much to be unpleasant.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear and golden color with a small fizzy white head that retains shortly, eventually leaving a few patches floating on top, no lace but alcohol legs sticking around the glass

S- fresh sweet mango up front with notes of melon, ripe strawberry, formal notes. A slight burning sensation on the nostrils after a strong inhale, lingers of sweet malt at the end

T- sweet but subtle mango flavors mix with strawberry and a floral sweetness. Wow, this has a big heat kick! It immediately kicks in mid-palate and stays long into the finish and linger. The pepper flavor itself is barely detectable, but the heat is definitely there

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a big pepper burn on the palate that lingers long after. ABV is hidden well behind the heat of the pepper

O- one of the hottest pepper beers that I've tried, it paired nicely with cheese. Only downside is that the heat overpowers the sweetness of the mango somewhat. Food pairings, particularly dairy, work well with this one

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 8/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of mango, peach, pear, apple, honey, bread, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of mango, malt sweetness, and light pepper notes; with solid strength. Taste of big mango, peach, pear, apple, habanero pepper, honey, bread, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of habanero pepper spice/heat on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, peach, pear, apple, habanero pepper spice, honey, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance of mango/malt sweetness and habanero pepper spice flavors; with no cloying sweetness or pepper spice after the finish; but a good amount of heat does linger. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced fruit beer. Good balance of mango, sweet malt, and habanero pepper flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - For the sake of the name I will call this beer mango in color with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - As advertised this beer smells like mango. I can get some pepper aroma as well.

T - This beer starts out sweet and fruity with the mango. The heat is subtly felt on the back of the tongue and in the throat. It brings more sweet than heat.

M - Thin

O - I kind of dig this beer. I am a mango fan and a pepper fan. I do wish there was some more heat. This beer would probably be awesome with BWW mango habanero wings.

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Photo of pkalix
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Fizzy, clear, effervescent pour. Subdued champagne qualities.
Musty aroma, amateur. Not sure I’m gonna like this. But mind is open. Founders is a great brewery, right? I love habanero! but no aroma whatsoever...
Sweet, right off. Too sweet. Gaggingly sweet. No mango. No habanero. Just sweet. Wheatwine? Whatever the hell that is supposed to be? The Bruery uses it too, but it isn’t this sweet. Huge-assed bottle, imagine I’ll be drain-pouring some of it at some point. Disappointed. Was excited when the guy pulled it out for me (it doesn’t sell here in California and I was excited to try it) but very disappointed now and wondering if I ought bring the half-drunk bottle back to him….
overall... pathetic. 10%. whatever. so is fourloco.... I think. not happy with this one.

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Photo of TBuikus
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the best beer I have ever had (that was not a Stout). The Mango brought a slight sweetness while the Habanero Peppers had a great punch and offered a very spicy ending to the beer. I would love for Founders to brew this one again, or make it a yearly special.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Henrietta, NY. Poured into a 7 inch flute, because I wasn't sure I wanted much more of this one. Fortunately, it was pretty good.

Pours a bright, hazy, dark copper-orange color, with a short lived one inch head. Very minimal lacing.

Smells like mango, purely and simply. Very refreshing but one-note aroma.

Tastes include mango, mango, mango, with some sweet honey. There is a prickly pepper bite at the back of each sip that is not overpowering and is rather nice. It tastes less like actual pepper and more just like pure heat- capsacin, I guess. It is still a nice counterpoint to the fruity sweetness on the front end.

Pretty low carbonation, sticky, full mouthfeel.

An interesting experiment from Founder's. It tastes quite good, but it is a bit one-dimensional. It delivers on the flavors promised however, lots of mangos and pepper heat.

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Photo of krustster
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant reddish gold color, good quality head but with low retention. Still, it looks very nice.

Smells totally disgusting, to be honest. Boozy, sickening malt liquor. Like a can of Camo with a hint of hot peppers. Just a little mango, but overall quite gross. My expectations are very low right now.

The taste is much better. Not great, but there's some mango, with a lot of habanero spice. Alcohol heat is very very strong considering "only" 10% ABV. I can see why some people hate this, but I'm finding it pretty enjoyable. The fruit taste is a little overly sweet, but I do like how it balances out the heat, and it's pretty clearly identifiable as mango. It really reminds me of the mango-habanero wing sauce at Buffalo Wild Wings. Nowhere near as nasty as I was led to believe.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, high carbonation that lends itself well to the pepper heat. Not great, but very well suited to the taste.

In all, I can see why so many people despise this drink. I'm sure it isn't on shelves anymore, but if you, like me, are in the right state of mind and are expecting something hot and sweet without a lot of nuance (like a salsa or something) then you will be pleased. I can't score it too high, but I don't feel like it was a failure by any means, other than the horrible smell.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Not much in the smell. Some faint mango and sweet malt.

T - Sweet syrupy mango hits you right off the bat. What follows is mostly just heat from the habeneros. Long burn in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Syrupy sticky mouthfeel.

O - This is not the easiest beer to drink. The heat overpowers in the finish. Glad I tried it, but would not have again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Brass Rail, poured chilled in a goblet from the 22oz brown bottle.

The color is much like mango nectar with golden and amber hues with white cream cap which holds well. The smell is a nice blend of mango fruitiness with a slight pepper odor in the background, mild earthy contrasts with the sweet fruit notes. The feel is great, smooth and sweet up front with mild tangy feel then as the liquid is swallowed a mild heat surfaces letting you know chile was used to augment, very nice balance of sweet and heat.

The taste is great, lots of mango which is enjoyable especially since it is labeled as a Mango beer foremost. I like how the pepper does a good job of being noticeable but not overwhelming in the flavor. I wish I would have gotten more when it was available - this is a very drinkable blend of fruit and habanero!

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle from imfrommichigan (thanks so much for letting me try this!). I can't find the bottling date but this is about 6 months old. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours a hazy but translucent orange yellow with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. A decent halo persists, leaving clumps of lace.

Smell is fairly faint. Mango is there followed by sweet malt, a yeast character that I typically associate with BSPA and then some pepper.

Mango is definately the star of the show in the flavor department. Plenty of mango pulp followed by a bite of habenero pepper, simple syrup, bready malt, faint apple-like yeast and a nip of booze. Quite smooth for it's double digit abv. No surprises, having read the label.

Syrupy medium heavy feel with moderate carbonation. Mango and mild habenero linger in the finish.

This is a mango infused fruit beer through and through and the pepper bite adds an interesting element. I'm happy to have tried this but glad I didn't go crazy hunting it. A solid effort that delivers exactly what it seems to have set out for.

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Photo of Levich
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Pours a deep golden color with a white frothy head that dissipates to a lacy ring around the glass. The smell is a bready, sticky sweetness with hints of apricots and apple juice. The taste starts with a sort of nondescript sweetness, maybe it is mango, but it is not really strong enough to tell. It finishes with a rather powerful and swift chili punch. It's not just hot though. The habanero fruitiness is there. This beer is kind of syrupy thick.

I struggled through a half of a glass or so, hoping that it might get a little better, but it never really did. The rest went down the drain.

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Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.