Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
2.78/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2013 16:14:21 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
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
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 20:46:26 | More by Treyliff
3.8/5 rDev +5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2014 02:41:50 | More by superspak
Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
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