Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We crack the top and pour a brew of goldenrod coloring. It froths up a one and a half finger tall head of creamy white bubbles, showing tight foaminess and excellent retention. Patterned sheets of lacing are left as it recedes at a slower pace. No haze or sediment are noted to cut clarity, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is surprisingly muted, with pale and lightly wheaty malts forming the base, with dried mango fruitiness, vegetal pepper spiciness and earthiness, sweet bubblegum esters, honeysuckle florals, stale straws, light grassy hops, boozy heat, mixing and floating atop it. The habaneros come out much more strongly with warmth, offering nice tickle and decent heat. Our first impression is that the flavoring is leagues better than the smell, with the syrupy fruitiness adding a perfect contrast to the underlying calor of the peppers. As we sip, the taste opens with sugary sweet peach and mango syrups, peanutty warmth, white sugar, pale and toasty amber malts, hints of spicy oils, black pepper booziness, juicy pear fruitiness, vanilla coolness, acetone, and light soapy hops. The pale malts and juicy pineapple build and peak through the middle, with accompanying notes of flourishing habanero pepper heat, fruitiness of peach, mango, and nectarine, lemon juice, warm butters, light piney sap, and whole milk creaminess. The ending comes with more of the same, with enhanced tropical fruit and vegetal heat, pale and wheaty malts, light medicinal phenols, soft smokes, mango jam, cereal graininess, baker’s yeast, and tinny metallics. The aftertaste breathes of pear and mango juiciness, canned peaches, tabasco sauce, soured pale and pseudo-Belgian grains, dried pineapple and apricot fruitiness, authentic habanero heat, sunscreen chemical bite, browned apples, melted plastics, mineral, palm leafiness, and eucalyptus. The spice conjures up spicy rumbles from the mouth, somewhere between GERD and spicy Indian food dinner; it is in the best way possible. The body is thick and syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives hearty slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with full finishing pop to the lips. The mouth is coated and left oily slick, with dripping heaviness of foam into wet satiation. Any hot puck is countered by the big white creaminess of the bubbles, keeping things soft against it. The abv is big but appropriate, and the beer drinks with ease.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Comparatively, the aroma was light and overly malty, but with warmth it did pop a bit, giving much more fruitiness and heat alike. The taste remained fluent and approachable throughout, with beautiful mango and tropical fruitiness contrasting with just the right amount of habanero pepper spiciness. The latter is really the show-stealer, as you might expect. It is spicy enough to keep you excited, but also bold enough to appeal to a larger audience. The spiciness also adds to the drinkability, helping to curb that independent cloying sweetness of the malts and of the fruit. This is a unique turn for the Backstage series, but really marks a new chapter in innovation. While this is not as spicy and thorough as the Spite series, it presents the spice properly, and gives the drinker much more to think about, and to long for.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2013 00:45:18 | More by TheBrewo
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3.89/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 21:15:45 | More by barczar
Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.