Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 64
Gots: 161 | FT: 33
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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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Photo of WiscoBrewsco
1.21/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Light golden color. Looks a lot like a standard pilsner. Light carbonation. Nothing special here

Smell - Little to no aroma at all. Upon first smell I thought I was smelling a Miller Lite. I tried to quaff something out of this but unfortunately couldn't

Taste - At first sip I was met with an overly sweet mango flavor that smoothed out into honey and was pleasantly surprised. But then things to a sever turn for the worse. The habanero came smashing it and completely took the beer over. The never went away and merely burned at the tongue. Instead of providing a subtle heat under the sweetness it just wrecked my pallet. Not a pleasant experience at all

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel was very thin and drank like the consistency of a glass of water. Fine for the style I suppose but added nothing

Overall - This was a huge disappointment from one of my favorite brewers. Founders usually hits home runs when they try something new, and especially when they put it in their backstage series, which has brought us such greats as: Doom, Curmudgeon's Better Half and the iconic CBS. This beer has no idea what it wants to be and is too untamed for the pallet. As fantastic as Founders is, avoid this one at all costs

Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Orange semi hazed color, orange tinged head. Lots of mango on the nose. Touch of pepper on the nose. Lots of sweet mango upfront followed by hot pepper flavor. Finishes with an insane amount of heat which covers the alcohol pretty well but damn is this thing spicy, must be a lot of habenaros in this. The mix of mango and habenaros is nice at first but beyond my first sip, this beer is far too much. Flavors build and build and build and become overwhelming, i like spicy foods, but heat isn't supposed to be this much of a player in a beer. splitting this amongst two people would be tough, only got through a qauter of the bottle before drain pouring. Every sip got worse and worse and as the beer warmed up it just started to taste like mango habanero vodka, overpowering in a bad way. Too sweet and too spicy at the same time. Cloying, and painful. I think people are trying to find the good in this beer because it has founders written on the label but this beers a giant dud and a giant waste of money.

Photo of kevanb
1.53/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

750ml bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter.

The beer pours a rich apricot color, fairly clear with just a slight haze with a soft, fluffy, white head that has decent retention and leaves a nice amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is brutal, tons of habenero spice, vegetal onion, earthy bitterness with almost no mango fruit to speak of. There is no sweetness to balance the beer at all, just pure, abusive heat. The taste is no different, punishing heat and vegetal habanero flavor, onions, grassy earthiness that is lightly bitter with no trace of alcohol or mango or even any malt profile to help counter the spice. The mouthfeel is shockingly juicy and coats the mouth very well, which really just scalds with beyond reason by the spice, and it does have a nice creamy feel at the finish and it goes down easily, which I can only suspect is an intended.

Verdict: Harsh, brutal, punishing, unforgiving and just awful. I applaud the idea from Founders, but like many spicy beers, this has no balance, no complexity and no nuances. Easily one of the worst concoctions I've tried to date. I'll just go back to waiting for their Harvest Ale and Breakfast Stout.

Photo of BigH75
1.55/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I love everything from Founders. At least I did until I tried this. Interesting concept but poor execution. I didn't mind the heat it was the off taste and horrible mouthfeel that bugged me. Left my mouth feeling sticky. Heat felt artificial not warming. Worst beer I have tasted in years. Drain poured half of it.

Photo of macd144
1.71/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

There's something about the burn you feel with this beer that makes you not want to finish the bottle. Founders has a great lineup of beer but this one just seems gimmicky and the taste is not enjoyable. The sweetness of the mango could be nice on its own but the habanero is a spoiler. Save your money and buy something else you already know you will enjoy.

Photo of MattKane
2.12/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer leaves a burning feeling in the back of your throat. I'm not a fan but it is a different beer and interesting concept. The color is a golden brown and pretty. The smell has a hint of habanero but mostly mango so it smells great. Great first taste but leaves a lasting burning feeling in your throat for quite a while.

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 cosmicevan
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

popped this one and shared it with the mrs into 2 founders snifters a cbs and a regular. brew poured a soft semi transparent yellow with a thin head with a boozy shine to it. the head was gone quick but left a skin of bubbles on the surface. nose is like mango juice with a hint of heat...not alcohol heat, but heat heat. taste is again mango juice...pretty gross and not really beer like...then the pepper hits you and all of a sudden your mouth gets hot. i am not a big spicey food guy so this wasn't all that appealing. the heat made my wife nervous and she wasn't a fan of that either. all in all, kind of like a wheatwine with the sweetness from the mango, but then there is that mango that is just a bit too much to work with a beer...if that wasn't enough, the spicy heat on the palate is also rather off putting. i suppose i can see some people liking this, but this one really is not for me. i couldn't get through my pour.

sorry founders, this one is for the drain...both my wife and i were not fans.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.29/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from an awesome trader. Thanks man! Pours a light orange, clear, with one finger white head. Aroma is stale mangos, wheaty smelling malt, bit of a lagery smell. Flavor is improved over aroma. Fresh mango up front with serious heat as it hits the throat. Again with a hint of lagery tasting yeast, a bit dirty. Low carbonation but with a prickle, and a slow sipper. Glad to try this but not a huge fan. Too much spice. This is kinda gross. *Sad face*, but it is what it is. I have enjoyed all of the other Backstage editions and happy to see Founders try new things.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a bright golden color. Little head nor lace.
Sweet malt, generic fruit and musty yeast in the aroma.
In the taste, mango and small hop, with a pepper heat that most certainly builds through the experience. Sweet, hot, boozey, but balanced in its ways. Indigestion in a bottle. Experiments don't always work, as this became tiresome to drink. But make no mistake, it's an extreme beer.

Photo of Levich
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Pours a deep golden color with a white frothy head that dissipates to a lacy ring around the glass. The smell is a bready, sticky sweetness with hints of apricots and apple juice. The taste starts with a sort of nondescript sweetness, maybe it is mango, but it is not really strong enough to tell. It finishes with a rather powerful and swift chili punch. It's not just hot though. The habanero fruitiness is there. This beer is kind of syrupy thick.

I struggled through a half of a glass or so, hoping that it might get a little better, but it never really did. The rest went down the drain.

Photo of pkalix
2.51/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Fizzy, clear, effervescent pour. Subdued champagne qualities.
Musty aroma, amateur. Not sure I’m gonna like this. But mind is open. Founders is a great brewery, right? I love habanero! but no aroma whatsoever...
Sweet, right off. Too sweet. Gaggingly sweet. No mango. No habanero. Just sweet. Wheatwine? Whatever the hell that is supposed to be? The Bruery uses it too, but it isn’t this sweet. Huge-assed bottle, imagine I’ll be drain-pouring some of it at some point. Disappointed. Was excited when the guy pulled it out for me (it doesn’t sell here in California and I was excited to try it) but very disappointed now and wondering if I ought bring the half-drunk bottle back to him….
overall... pathetic. 10%. whatever. so is fourloco.... I think. not happy with this one.

Photo of earljones199
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Split with 3 friends and everyone had to drainpour it. Still a bunch left in the bottle.

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 JohnG190
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold, it's a shade darker than a macro lager. The beer is crystal clear with a very quickly fading white head. Little lacing. Aroma is sweet mango with a faint hint of spicy pepper. The palate, much like the nose, is mango. The heat comes in the middle notes, and it is spicy! Mouthfeel is slick, with medium body and light carbonation. Overall, it's not an overly complex beer, and the mango sweetness fatigues the palate pretty quickly, but the spicy habanero does an OK job of balancing it somewhat.

Photo of NewGlarusFan
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a FFF teku glass,

A) Beautiful orange color with golden light shinning around the edge of glass. Looked like a UP Michigan sunset.

S) Tropical fruits, mango, little pineapple, Juicy Fruit gum maybe laughy taffy candy.

T) here is where I lost my excitement. Great start mango toffee tropical fruit then WAMMY all habanero ruined palate. It should come pre-advertised that this is a hot ass beer since they used habanero peppers, but man was it too much. It burned the throat and stomach.
"It Tastes like burning"

M) Mild and burns

O) Don't waste money on a bomber or split it with a buddy. I heard it's better on tap and doesnt burn as much. $14 a bomber no way. The beer has wonderful potential, Founder use less habanero or use another chili pepper next time.

Photo of MusicaleMike
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The latest Backstage Series beer that I have yet to review...and sadly my least favorite of the bunch. Poured Mango Magnifico into a balloon glass and gave it a hard pour to coax a finger's worth of cream-colored head that quickly dies to nothing but a thin layer on top. The color is an orange-gold color, with brilliant clarity that shows minimal carbonation rising in the middle. It does not appear to lace well either.

Allowing this to warm up considerably, since when it was out of the fridge, it seemed to have no aroma. At about 45 degrees, there is a very subtle fruitiness to the aroma. It doesn't quite jump out at me, and it certainly is not a highly artificial mango aroma. A little tropical fruit aroma (mango, banana) and not much else.

There are only two dimensions to this beer: mango and habanero. Up front is a mildly sweet, indistinct mango flavor, which then quickly fades and is taken over by a hot finish. Not much of an aftertaste. It is interesting that this beer attempts to balance the sweet, mango/malt flavor with heat, and I think it certainly succeeds in that. It is worth mentioning that the beer is considerably hot in comparison to what else is out there (maybe on par with Ghost Face Killah?) but it is certainly not unbearable heat, even my my low standards. It's medium to full bodied, and has a smooth texture. The heat lasts well after the swallow.

As I said before, this isn't my favorite in the Backstage Series. It is experimental, and I think that is one of the purposes of this "series" of beers, and so in that sense the succeed in what they are trying to accomplish. It's unique to blend a tropical fruit with a hot pepper in a big beer, but I think this could have been accomplished in a better way, especially if they chose to amp up the malt profile. Also, I'm not sure the mango flavor came out so well. I respect the effort nonetheless.

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 JamesShoemaker
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml poured into a snifter. Bottle purchased about four weeks ago, opened tonight and shared.

A - MM really has a nice color. Off the pour, it's an orange I've never seen before, light and yet somehow substantive, and it settles a pretty, translucent amber. Very little head on the forced pour, recedes quickly. As it settles, it gets a little more basic, but still quite good looking. It's clear nearly the whole way through held up to the light.

S - there's a sweet tropical note at the beginning, one that can be characterized as mango, but only because of what the bottle says. I don't think I'm familiar enough with the taste of mango to pick it out of a beer yet. However, there's a really unpleasant ricey odor after the initial burst of sweetness. Not unlike what I'd expect an adjunct to smell like.

T - truly bad. The sweetness is what hits first, but it's more like sugar, lacking in real fruit character. Then it leads into the empty, bitter, watery taste that pervades almost until the end, when the hotness creeps in. Very, very little balance. All of the good flavors are either misses or completely ephemeral.

M - even worse. The booze is somehow absent (thank goodness), but the sweetness dissolves into stickiness, and the hotness coupled with the watery bitterness leads to a comparison of jalapeno lager. One of the worst finishes I've ever experienced.

O - this beer has created some controversy on the forums because of some people questioning whether the base beer was a lager. I think if it was stripped of its flavors (an action which it performs by itself somehow in the less-than-balanced taste), it would be a more like a basic adjunct than a real Founders ale. I will not be seeking this one out again.

Photo of jerrytodd
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A very enthusiastic friend brought this 'round.

A: Nice light amber color with very head and retention

S: Mango hits primarily

T: I haven't got the foggiest notion as to what would compel someone to conjure up this odd mix of ingredients. You're first hit with a VERY SWEET beer (not something I tend to like to begin with), then the mango and finally the jalapeno burn which lingers too long for me. The only way this makes any sense to me is sipping it like a cognac in a small dose. Otherwise finishing a tulip glass of this is impossible for me.

M: Fine I reckon

O: Just odd and all I can ask is "Why???" C'mon Founders, you're better than this weirdness.

Photo of screamking
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into wine glass.

Appearance-pours very light amber, with a thin white head. Some bits of lacing hanging around. 3

Aroma-juicy mango, pineapple, more of a fruit cocktail aroma, kinda artificial smelling. 3.25

Taste-huge burst of mango right at the front of the tounge, then a little burst of heat at the back of the mouth. Very simple beer. 3

Feel-even mouthfeel, light bodied, the pepper adds a lot to the feel. 3.5

Overall-I love that they made this beer, even tho this beer is painfully simple. It could use a couple more dimensions. The aroma and taste just seem very artificial. I can't say I would even recommend it to anyone. High price, low reward, I'm glad I tried it but that's it. 2.5

Photo of ncketchum
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served chilled in a Tyranena pint glass

A - pours a clear amber with medium carbonation, fluffy white head

S - aroma is biscuit, mild piny hops, then the mango comes through as an undertone. A hint of peppery burn noted in the very end

T - a tiny amount of sweet mango then the palate gets hit hard with the spice of habanero. Not much else, habanero kind of overpowers

M - medium to full bodied, not much carbonation, burn of peppers and/or alcohol lingers for some time

O - I'm usually a huge founders fan, but this one definitely doesn't do it for me. This was what i would expect to get if I put some Tabasco into a Bud light lime-a-Rita. hopefully something good happens to this with a year on it for my second bottle.

Photo of Drk93TT
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On Tap @ Founders Grand Rapids, MI 9/1/13

A: Light orange with nice lacing and a half finger head

S: mango and tropical fruit..

T: Amazing at first, fruits, grapefruit, orange, citrus, MANGO! Then it goes into a sharp habanero pepper bite and burns my throat, ruining the entire experience and drinkability of this one.. eeek. TOO MUCH pepper/spice... A deal breaker for me. Didnt think the bite/tingle would be this strong.. and I like spicy foods .. just not this spicy beer.

M: Nice full light carbonated mouthfeel, fruity and mango, slight tingle on the pallet from the pepper.

O: Drove an hour out of my way home from shorts brew area/up north vacation to try this one, was kind of disappointed. Founders makes good beers... just this was an OK beer with an off putting aftertaste and burns when you drink it.

Photo of homebrew311
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear orange-ish gold with minimum head and no lacing. The nose features strong mango character with a strong syrupy aroma that includes a hint of mango skin and some vegetal notes in there. Do not get much in the way of peppers on the nose (perhaps the peppers are responsible for the vegetal qualities that I'm picking up). Taste is very sweet up front with that strong syrupy/fruity quality that is typical of the recent New Belgium Lips of Faith brews (and not a positive thing I might add). There is no brightness to the fruit quality which is disappointing. The habanero comes on very strong and certainly fits the description of "con calor". There is a bit of a burn as the brew goes down. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy with mild carbonation. Overall, I have tasted a lot of mango habanero combinations in my day (salsa, wings, jelly beans) and have enjoyed this combo quite a bit. A big reason I enjoy the combo is the nice tropical juicy quality the mango provides. Unfortunately, the only mango quality I get in this brew is under ripe and overly syrupy.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is orange with a white head. The aroma brings mangos and tropical fruit notes, booze. Rich and syrupy with overly sweet fruit notes and booze. Spicy heat emerges more in the flavor than the aroma had indicated. Too much. A few ounces was more than enough for me. Lacking any subtlety or elegance that might make this beer anything noteworthy. Founders makes some outstanding brews, but they also create many, like this one, that fall way short of the mark, at least to me.

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Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
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