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Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Mango MagnificoFounders Mango Magnifico

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1,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 63
Gots: 159 | FT: 33
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.

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Ratings: 1,142 | Reviews: 199
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Released a month or two back.

A: Pours a clear reddish-amber. Big frothy white head. Head fades slowly, surprisingly good retention. Nice fluffy tufts of lacing too.

S: Sweet mango and a surprising amount of habanero - both in vegetal sense and the heat sense. Bottle states just a "hint" but it's certainly a big part of the aroma.

T: Oh yeah. Loaded with sweet mango. From start to finish but mainly up front. Surprising habanero, mild vegetal aspect that is mostly overpowered by the mango. But quite a bit of heat starting in the middle and building to the finish and into the aftertaste. Grainy bread in there but mostly covered up. Mild vegetal habanero hiding in the aftertaste as well, it's at its strongest here (or maybe the mango is at its weakest). Get almost a big of melon in the aftertaste too. Belly warming, both from the alcohol and the heat.

M: Medium-heavy, sweet and burning!

O: Wow, the scores kinda scared me but this is delicious. It's exactly what it says it is. Lots of sweet mango, balanced by lots of habanero heat. Sure it's not much of a purist beer but it is very tasty, very sweet and very spicy. Flavors balance each other out nicely. Surprisingly good heat since most pepper beers are either ridiculous and over the top or have almost no heat at all. This is a great middle ground. I really enjoyed it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of djrn2
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I'm sure this is way past it's prime. Either way it's the worst founders beer I've ever had

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear golden brass color with a sitcky one finger white head atop.Aromas of sweet alcohol,mago,and a burning habenero,the aromas were lighter than expected.Quite sweet and sugary with the tropical fruit/mango flavoring than a sharp burn from the peppers in the finish,there is a smattering of piney hops that's noticable.It needs more of a fuller body and something to balance the sweetness a little.I love Founders but I spent way to much on this beer in my opinion.

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of tectactoe
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A high gravity fruit beer with mangoes and habaneros... Right. Golden amber, bright and beaming with exceptional clarity - looks like a clean amber lager or a filtered IPA. A soft and soapy white head sits on top, quiet and lasting for a deceivingly long amount of time before it remains as a ring around the edge and nothing else.

The aroma is a little quieter than expected for a 10%-er. Or for a mango beer. Or for a habanero beer. Dirty and earthy notes traverse and pull the shade over some sweet mangoes and delicate hints of honey. Not much pepper in the aroma... Almost nonexistent, really. Kind of disappointing overall, and not really what I was anticipating.

Yeesh... The first sip is cloyingly sweet. Over the top levels of sweet, sweet mangoes bum-rush your taste buds and spike your blood pressure instantly. Sweet and sour sauce, cloying mangoes, and maybe even some pear fruitiness. Yup. Mangoes with pear notes all day, and a light touch of toffee, most likely from the malt, though much of the malt seems to be pale.

Habaneros show up about halfway through and sent a jolting kickstart to the back of the throat. Each sip heats up over time until you finally realize your throat is nice and peppered. This aspect of the beer - I don't mind. I actually kind of like it. What I can't stand, however, is how my insulin levels get all out of whack at the beginning of each and every sip.

It's thicker on the palate than it appears, sticky and hefty with a pretty sharp and tight carbonation and blows up the flavors even more. This was one of those beers that started out kind of awkward, and I tried so, so hard to like it, but in the end, it became more a nuisance than an enjoyment to drink, and ultimately I was let down.

Tame the mango sweetness (or whatever sweetness it might be) and this beer has a shot. The peppers are quite spicy, especially as they escalate with each sip, but they do not simply "balance" the copious amount of sweetness on the front end of the beer. Started of mediocre with some redeeming qualities, but those redeemers aren't enough to keep this beer from being pretty bad.

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark golden ale with good clarity. There is a long lasting off white head made of rocky bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Alrighty, as advertised there is a medium aroma of mango, citrus hops and moderately-light chile pepper aroma. Some of the fruit aromas bring a low green apple type aroma but it's mostly a pineapple and citrus hops aroma blending with the mango and the fruity nature of the pepper. Low malt and alcohol sweetnesses round out the nose.

T: The citrus hops flavor, hops bitterness and habanero dominate the flavor with the mango following closely behind. The chile pepper brings a lasting heat that is about even with the hops bitterness and longer lasting than the malt sweetness. There is a medium amount of malt sweetness and moderate fruit sweetness against a strong hops bitterness and medium-strong pepper heat give a balance that is fairly bitter and spicy. The finish is about medium with a linger citrus and hops bitterness and a sustained chile heat.

M: A medium to medium-full bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation and a moderate alcohol warmth.

O: A bold, flavorful beer that is exceptionally well crafted with the hop fruit flavors mix well with the mango and chile fruit character. A solid Double IPA that is complimented by the addition of mango and Habanero and what I think is perfect balance of heat. You've got to at least like some heat to appreciate the balance here, so if adding a few dashes of Tabasco or Sriracha to your food on occasion isn't you're thing you may want to move along.

Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of sabitu
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of supa0525
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass the beer was gold in color with a small white head. There was no lace.

The aroma was tropical fruit and pepper.

Taste of mango and melon. Very peppery and hot.

Sweet and hot.

This was a nice gimmick, but ultimately did not work. Way too sweet and way too hot. Not a combination that worked.

Photo of thetommo
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dgfool
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Glowing deep golden hue, great clarity and a good display of lacing on the glass. Mango pulp, peppery, sweet, bready grain, mild alcohol and cake batter make for an interesting aroma. First sip see the bite of the habanero peppers, mango juicyiness is throughout. Bready malt base, modest hopping. Warming more from the habanero than the alcohol. Heat and some mango in the semi-dry finish.

It is what it says ... a big beer with mango and habanero, nothing more and nothing less. Just enough peppery heat. This beer is crying to be paired with, if not beer brined with a pork loin. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

25.4oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours near clear with bubbles continuing to slowly rise. Minor head, quickly goes to a moderate film, collar and decent fine strands of lacing.

On the nose chili pepper bright and up front, with some mango present but in the rear.

I like a spiced up chile beer and this delivers and then some. Its a full on chilied up chili beer, with the hot and spicy chili up front again and quite well developed. Some mango shows up later in the mix as it warms up a bit. Body is a tad on the thin side.

Chile flavor on the tongue, chili warming the throat and chili heat warming the top of my heat. not quite bringing out a body sweat, but we are getting close. Chili burps always a plus! I was told in the store, to "make sure to share this bottle" and I see why. Not likely my wife will enjoy much more then a taste of this one...gonna put the bottle back in the fridge for later exploration. Also likely some of it will be used as a marinade for some kicked up fare.

Big, broad shouldered and HOT!

Photo of mctizzz
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Lgrec8
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Chris_Panos
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mikejonze
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
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