Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by krustster:
3.5/5 rDev -3%
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.
02-05-2014 03:27:24 | More by krustster
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3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-17-2013 22:38:02 | More by oberon
2.78/5 rDev -23%
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.
09-18-2013 16:14:21 | More by tectactoe
4.49/5 rDev +24.4%
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.
09-13-2013 23:54:04 | More by MadScientist
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
09-03-2013 00:10:21 | More by lordofthewiens
3.56/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
07-19-2013 02:58:02 | More by Jason
3.76/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
08-28-2013 15:13:07 | More by Billolick
Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
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