Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company

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1,146 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 64
Gots: 161 | 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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Reviews by kjlcm:
Photo of kjlcm
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review and I will start with a good one!

A - Deep golden color, looks refreshing!

S - fruity, can smell the mango in there. Not a strong smell.

T - Tremendous transition from sweet to heat. Never had anything like it and I like it! I like spicy stuff so the afterburner to it is quite pleasant. The ABV is completely hidden.

M - Highlight of this beer. A unique experience that is perfect in my humble opinion.

O - Try it out if you can! Highly recommended from an IPA guy.

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 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 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 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 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 bsp77
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Light, hazy orange with thin but persistent white head.

Smell: Mostly mango, with some toast notes. There is some heat, but whether from alcohol or habanero, it is hard to tell.

Taste: Initially, there is a blast of mango and other tropical fruits over a sweet bready core. After that, wow. "Brewed with a hint of habanero", my ass. The heat is rather strong, providing some nice counter flavors, but definitely a lot of heat.

Feel: The body is not as full and sticky as I feared from a 10% abv mango ale, but the liquid heat gives off an impression akin to indigestion or heartburn. Obviously, this is not ideal.

Overall: An interesting beer that seems to be inspired by mango salsa. Certainly tasty, but the habanero is a little hard to take.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shiny copper penny color with brilliant clarity. Just a faint wisp of foam. I think the acidity from the pepper kills the head retention. Aoma is light malt, mango, and you can smell and even get a faint burning sensation in your nostrils from the habanero pepper. Sharp and jolt to the palate. Carbonated mango fades and a warmth and slow burn to the tongue that fades down your throat. Clears the sinuses. An adventure in a bottle that would pair well with spicey Mexican food.

Photo of PPIV
5/5  rDev +38.1%

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.

Photo of ehammond1
2.16/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, cbanker!

Here's something new from Founders: a beer without any redeeming qualities. First and foremost, this is an incredibly sweet beer. The main flavor profile is of intense, sugary, sweet mango juice. Lacks any bitterness or complexity. Juiciness is usually a thing I like in an IPA, but only when that flavor comes from hops. This is a somewhat-still, slick, mango juice flavor. It lacks much chile flavor, but instead the chile presents in the throat and on the lingering finish. Significant heat that lingers on and on. I'd like to taste the pepper, not just feel it for minutes on end after the swallow. A terrible idea. A terrible beer. This is when American experimental beer goes wrong. Sometimes, too much creativity and poetic license is an awful thing. Here, we have a hilariously bad beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a big Founders CBS glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About three solid fingers of white head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very sweet fruit dominated aroma with big hints of mango and some hints of habanero spice. Big upfront aroma of citrus fruit with lots of mango. Also some fruit hints of orange, peach, apricot, and lemon zest. Soft pale malt with hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. Background hints of spice from the habanero peppers. Hop presence is pretty faint. Surprisingly no booze scent is detected. A fairly simple but good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very fruit forward taste with a big dose of mango and some habanero spice heat. Very fruity upfront with a big taste of mango. Also some fruit notes of orange, apricot, peach, and lemon zest. The heat comes on stronger in the middle with a taste of the habanero peppers. Soft bready malt presence in the background with some notes of grain, cracker, and yeast. Slight honey like sweetness as well. Hop bitterness is pretty muted. Taste is sweet but far from cloying. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and very juicy and sweet but not overly syrupy. Big kick of heat is felt from the peppers but the booze is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good fruit beer. The mango is juicy and sweet but not overbearing. The heat adds an interesting kick. Surprisingly smooth and non boozy. Would pair great with a spicy Mexican dish.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great vibrant copper hue with a fine creamy textured white head, forms fine even lacing with each sip. A great complex beer that I plan to seek out in bottle. It's hard to find I guess I'm lucky I found it on tap at Mad Mex Robinson. Great mix of beer and spice combined with and IPA and mango. The nose gives you that mango flesh with an appealing back end of malts and pepper spice. Flavor is smooth with the first initial sip and with each additional sip gives you some building heat, fresh mango puree with a spiced iPA this is grounds for success. I'm a fan, medium to full bodied slick oily textures from the hops and the peppers. I will be looking for more no doubt.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Mango Magnifico (10% ABV) - on tap at Founders Brewing Co.

Clear amber with a decent head and lacing.
The light and fruity aroma does not prepare one for the powerful taste and somewhat hot feel, although it does remind me of a fruity liqueur. Starts very sweet but this diminishes. A huge mango note dominates mid-taste, eventually fading to the tropical fruit + bread aftertaste. Notable heat from the chilis seem to exaggerate the harshness from the high ABV. With the chili peppers, the ABV feels even higher than 10%. Nonetheless, there's a nice smoothness underneath.

O: interesting, enjoyable and not challenging, although if you are very sensitive to chili peppers burn you may disagree. I suspect it would improve with aging.

Photo of shadytony
4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: much lighter and clearer than I would have expected

S: mango and peppers

T: The first few sips leave you wondering when the heat is going to level off. At about the time that you begin to feel your sweat glands starting to tingle, the taste transforms into a Yin & Yang of sweet and heat. I paired this with a slice of key-lime pie after dinner. As a prior reviewer stated, this tastes more like a mead than a beer. There is essentially no noticeable trace of hops as they are overwhelmed by the fruit and heat of the pepper.

M: again, a little thinner than I expected but very nice.

O: Did not expect to finish the bottle but was able to with ease. I expect this to be a "love/hate" beer and am not surprised by the mediocre rating. I'm a HUGE fan of hot peppers and my expectations were exceeded. I can say with some degree of confidence that if you are a fan of mangos AND you are a fan of spicy food, you will thoroughly enjoy this.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bright gold-orange color but with a bit of a darker shade of yellow in the body, this one shines bright and clear. It grows a decently sized head on the pour, but it can't last very long. Founders knows how to structure a beer; the pepper's oils definitely detract from the head and leave it less able to stick. As such, it fades a bit quickly (though some foam remains throughout the session) and spotting is acheived, though with difficulty.
Sweeter than expected, the mango is all over the nose along with a powdered sugar sort of sweetness as well as that of honey. The heat shows up a bit with a little flesh to it.
The taste is what I was hoping for, though not fully manifested. The sweetness of the mango might come on a bit too strong, dulling the complexity and depth, but the pepper is manifested magnificently (yes). It comes in as strong heat right from the get-go, but not merely blind heat with no substance. Vegetal pepper flesh and pale malts are also present with it and the sweet mango juice. It remains strong without burning too hot, and resides in the back of the throat and on the lips after it's finished. It could use more substance to balance and vut through the mango sweetness, maybe a little more depth. It's mostly what I'd hoped for, though.
The body is medium, and the sweetness gives just a little too much. It's not quite slick, but it's almost there. It's crisp and has some smoothness, but not as much as it could.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head. Visible carbonation is mostly large bubbles. Head leaves some lacing as it dissipates to the edges.

S: The habanero is the first thing I notice. As it warms you notice the sweet mango characteristic. Malts do come through reminding you it is a beer.

T: As with the aroma, habanero is fairly dominate. There is quite a mango sweetness to it that lingers and lingers. Malts provide a fermented fruit flavor as well. Can get spicy if you take a few sips in a row.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Sticky on the tongue. Heat is steady throughout the beer reminding you there are some peppers in it.

Overall one of the better chili beers I've had. The mango is a great companion to the pepper rounding it out nicely.

Photo of rdilauro
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very very interesting beer. Poured sort of a very light amber or dirty light beer. Substantial head.
No noticeable aroma or bouquet. It was if I was going to drink nothing.
But thats where it ended.
The beer was FULL and exploding. Lots of ripen fresh fruit filled my mouth with a nice round flavor, sweet but not too sweet, tart, but too tart... The fruit was tropical as one would expect from a mango., but I also detected some other fresh fruit such as apricot or nectarine. Then almost like a volcano erupting and lava pouring, the heat of the habanero came flowing in. Again not hot to the point where some one who can not tolerate hot peppers, but heat in terms of warmth and body.
The finish was fuller than the initial taste, flavorful and warm.
So much going on with this beer, a must to try... This will not be a beer that will appeal to everyone, but while tasting various beers there are always those that please more than others.

This was one of the first beers that actually filled me up going through only half the bomber.


Ok, now its the second time this week to try this beer. I do have to admit that this time, I enjoyed the beer more. I still was not crazy about the upfront fruit. It was a bit too sweet for me, I would have enjoyed something more tart. But the back end with the hot pepper, it made a big difference. It was warming, full and really enjoyable. It still is not a beer that I would have just sitting down. But after a meal? It could have a nice place

Photo of dowen17
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish orange hue with a one finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smells like a freshly cut mango. So fresh. Juicy and has a hint of spice. Very nice.

When you first sip it a huge splash of fresh mango juice. So fresh. Sweet at first with a hint of some wheat. After you swallow the spice really takes over. But it's not too much. It's just enough to give the mango a kick.

Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated and light. But also has a creamy fill from the foam that forms when you swish it in your mouth.

Overall this is a very nice and interesting beer. Definitely something to be shared because I feel the spice would really begin to bother your stomach, but it's absolutely worth the try.

Photo of alphagnome
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, rusty orange that's as clear as water. Head recedes to just a ring around the glass in seconds, but provides a nice cascading effect when tilting the glass. Alcohol is very evident with thick legs and carbonation is minimal.

Exactly as one would expect, ripe with sweet, sweet mango and a faint hint of pineapple and blood orange. No detectable hop presences. As the curtains close, hints of something sinister lurking within tug at your nose hairs.

This is wild - properly wild. I've never experienced anything like this and that's both good and bad. First you are sucker-punched with sweetness provided by, you guessed it: Mango! It's almost too sweet, but not enough to ruin the experience. Then it happens. Mid-swallow, the heat hits you - like a roundhouse kick to the chest. It's sharp and it's potent! I really liked this one, two attack on the senses at first but it started to wear on me, the more I sipped. So much so, that I had to stop drinking it as it became quite unpleasant. It's wild and not for the faint of heart.

Little to no noticeable carbonation from this medium body. Sweet up front, finishes hot with noticeable alcohol presence.

While it's definitely not my cup of tea, I will go out on a limb here and say this is worth experiencing - but I think a bomber is definitely overkill. However, since it is only available in a bomber, split it with a bunch of friends and prepare to experience a beer unlike any other. For better or for worse.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 2.5 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is thick and layered with good stick. Really a pretty good looking brew.

Nose is mango puree, citrus zest and hint of spiciness. As described and moderately aromatic.

Opens very sweet mango puree. Habanero heat comes in right towards the middle and just continues to build and build. Mango sweetness lingers in the background. End is boozy, hot and sweet. Aftertaste is the same. This is what it is. Mango puree and hot pepper. I like it!

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Thick and filmy in the mouth and goes down abrasive and hot. Quick, clean finish with a lingering, sticky sweet aftertaste. Could use a bit more carbonation and a touch too thick.

Overall, certainly one of the most interesting beers I've had to date. Straight and to the point. The mango and hot pepper presence is simple and prominent which leads to many probably either hating or loving this one. I'm honestly pretty impressed by it.

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mango Magnifico pours a lighter amberish gold color. It’s very clear. A little light gives it a slight orange tint. A bone white collection of bubbles covers the surface. It never really materializes into a head. That’s slightly disappointing, but it doesn’t look bad. Lacing was a little sticky, but very light. Eh. Not great, not bad.

The nose is a tad and would benefit from more strength. It smells a bit sweet up front. Perhaps a little sugary. It’s definitely fruity. Mango, orange, pineapple, and peach scents are noted. It does smell a little peppery and spicy. That’s a secondary aspect to it, but it’s definitely noticeable. Honey is also present. It’s not really all that diverse. It’s fruity and peppery. Pretty straight forward. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell like 10%. Nice job there. Smells alright. More strength might improve it.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. It is fruity and sweet up front. It is sugary. Pineapple, mango, orange, and light peach flavors are all noted. I like the mix of fruit flavors. They’re followed by a spicy punch that’s a pretty good complement to the fruity flavors. It’s a nice, spicy burn. I don’t mind it. That’s a plus given that I’ve hated every pepper beer I’ve tried to date. Honey is a secondary flavor that adds a little depth, but it isn’t very complex. Alcohol isn’t all that strong. For 10%, it is blended well. Finishes fruity with a spicy burn.

The body is medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It goes down relatively easy for such a big beer. The spicy component might be slowing me down a little though. Not sure I could handle the entire 750 ml bottle alone. Glad I’m splitting it.

Mango Magnifico is interesting beer. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. The fruity and spicy components work pretty well together. But, the spicy side does grow a little tiresome. At the end of the day, it’s pretty good. Worth a try? Sure.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a capped bomber into a wine glass- pours a clear golden orange color with minimal head, retention and lacing. Pretty color.

Smell is not that intense- mild sweet mango and malt notes.

Taste is very interesting- lots of mango, a little pale malt malt and certainly a habanero burn towards the end.

Mouthfeel is like mango juice- relatively thick and creamy with a little carbonation and the tongue and throat burn from the habanero. Interesting beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden amber. Small white head. A solitary island of foam and a medium collar.

Smell - Fruity mango. Legitimate mango aroma. Sweet and malty. I think I smell peppers, too.

Taste - Saeet mango flavors. A hint of pepper right up front. Some spices in the middle but immediately I get a spicy kick.

Mouthfeel - Kinda heavy. Sweet. Spicy.

Overall - C'mon Founders. What is this?

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Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.