Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company
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3.79/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, mango, fruit, and slight chile aromas. Taste is much the same with mango and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between the mango and chile ingredients.
08-19-2013 21:06:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by a meringue-like magnifico head; great retention leaving shards and a cloudscape of lace
Smell: Mango and other tropical fruit aromas with capsicin tingling the nasal passages
Taste: Sweet mango juice and shortbread malt with the habaneros bringing the heat, in the middle; delivers much the same through the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; tingles the tongue with the heat
Overall: Perhaps a little less heat, a little more body and a more interesting hop bill would all make this beer so much better; still, I liked it more than most around here and think somebody can tweak this recipe to make a great beer
09-03-2013 22:48:48 | More by brentk56
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small foamy head with light retention. Aroma of sweet malt notes with light mango notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet mango puree notes with quite the spicy kicks hitting toward the end. Body has somewhat of an oily texture with medium carbonation and surprisingly hard to detect alcohol. Very interesting mix between mango and spicy/hot peppers.
09-21-2013 20:12:53 | More by Phyl21ca
3.71/5 rDev +2.8%
The latest installment in the "Backstage Series", Founders garners inspiration in tropical fruit, supporting sweetness and spicy pepper balance. It works for salsa and chutney, so why shouldn't the combo of habanero and mango work for beer?
Brightly colored with amber, light copper and orange, the ale pours with a zesty turbulence that quickly sheds its carbonation to fuel a cottony white cap. Unfortunately the oils of the pepper and the thin malt structure proves too much to retain and to build upon its froth. Its short stature and terse longevity succumbs to the beer after just a few minutes.
Sweet honey and unmistakable tropical fruit command the nose upon the very first scent and holds on entirely. Fruit esters suggest orange and apricot as complements to the mango additions. A tinge of chili pepper floats just below the fruity sweet scent and peaks through the malt and mango with unique spice and vegetable balance.
Honey and caramel coat the front of the mouth and pave the way for tropical mango fruit and those accessory tastes of orange, pineapple and apricot. Its culmination registers as fruit marmalade as it lingers deep into the middle of the palate. That's when the spice that is largely dismissed earlier begins to separate from alcohol warmth and reveals the taste of capsacin and the vegetable pulp of habanero. Its growing spice treks onward to finish and grows in intensity to surprise the palate and threaten its comfort zone.
The characterful ale is fairly direct and one-dimensional as its malt structure is all honey and candy, but with little of the creaminess or bready textures that really could have smoothed out the pepper. Instead the heat springs from the sugary base and numbs the palate with its capsaicin prickle.
I rather adore the initial taste as impressions of candied habaneros come to mind. But its simplicity is its curse- it needs more than honey and habanero to carry the load. Richer dextrin malt or lactose could really give the ale the heft that it needs to better support the pepper and not interfere with the sweetness or fruitiness.
08-07-2013 17:20:22 | More by BEERchitect
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
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.
What better place to drink this than in an apartment that breeds awesome spicy goodness? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose is monochrome, a simple and constant wave of mango syrup. It's not overly sweet, but it certainly comes across as artificial, though in a pleasant-seeming way. There may or may not be some mild bits of dark greens way in the background, but that's more likely just some psychosomatic desire to perceive some peppers through the nose. The taste continues the mango syrup bath, though it's tempered by a juice-like quality, very similar to white grape-peach juice 'round these parts. Near the finish, some mild heat and greenery from the peppers come through, but all of this is mostly shouted down by the mango. Moreover, the flavors don't get the opportunity to clash, allowing the heat to flow relatively smoothly from the mango sweetness, though the pieces are indeed distinct. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this was a pretty nice beer. It's nothing amazing, but both myself and VDubb (with whom I shared the bottle) found it pleasing enough. I don't get the swill denunciations, but, then again, I don't always agree with everyone else, so, yeah...
08-19-2013 22:30:42 | More by TMoney2591
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
On-tap 10/31/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains mango, caramelized malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong mango flavor followed by a burst of chili pepper heat. The heat intensifies as you continue to drink the beer and disguises the high ABV. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is all heat.
M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, decent representation of style, if you like the heat it’s worth drinking for a while.
10-31-2013 22:55:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.9/5 rDev +8%
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.
09-13-2013 04:12:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours an effervescent bronze/honey color with a thumb of pearl colored head. Has some viscosity to this, above average lacing & good head retention
S: Tropical fruit & red pepper, really opens up as this warms
T: Mango, canned peaches & pepper heat up front, some pineapple too. Persistent chili heat as this warms more mango & pineapple & dryness. Finishes with tropical fruit sweetness, chili heat & a little bit of cling peaches
MF: Fairly chewy, sticky with moderate carbonation
Not completely blown away, but this a pretty good chili beer, drinkable enough, bet this would pair great with tons of food choices
09-01-2013 02:26:42 | More by russpowell
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
I picked this up at Brass Rail, poured chilled in a goblet from the 22oz brown bottle.
The color is much like mango nectar with golden and amber hues with white cream cap which holds well. The smell is a nice blend of mango fruitiness with a slight pepper odor in the background, mild earthy contrasts with the sweet fruit notes. The feel is great, smooth and sweet up front with mild tangy feel then as the liquid is swallowed a mild heat surfaces letting you know chile was used to augment, very nice balance of sweet and heat.
The taste is great, lots of mango which is enjoyable especially since it is labeled as a Mango beer foremost. I like how the pepper does a good job of being noticeable but not overwhelming in the flavor. I wish I would have gotten more when it was available - this is a very drinkable blend of fruit and habanero!
01-16-2014 15:02:58 | More by Slatetank
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Excited for this one, love the series, and mango and habanero is a big time winning combo for me, so I hope this doesn't disappoint.
Pours a decent creamy bubbly almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, spotty lacing, a mostly clear tan apple juice colored beer.
Nose oh yeah mango, there's plenty of fresh mango and not the citra hop like mango like fresh mango in the beer itself, some passion fruit as well, a nice honey mead aroma interestingly too, a big mead aroma actually coming with the mango, a light peach apricot like stone fruit as well, little apple, a hint of pepper as well, no real malt though. Hard to rate this, great mango and fruit, light pepper, but barely any beer at all.
Taste starts with a sweet malt flavor actually, unline the nose had, then right into the fruit though. Plenty more mango, juicy mango juice and fresh fruit flesh, as well as more stone fruit like but not a lot this time, light apricot maybe, but tons of mango. It even has a thick fleshy mouth to it like there is fruit pectin mixed in and little starchy. The habanero comes in quickly too, mostly pepper head more than anything, very little pepper flavor. Finish is a little sticky syrupy, but not super sweet but a little sweet, plenty of lingering pepper heat but not super hot, just enough to let yo uknow there was hot pepper in there, but also not really a habanero flavor either, touch of mango fruit too.
Mouth is med bod, a thick fruit pectin like fleshy feel, decent carb.
Overall interesting, but hard to give this a good rating. Yeah it has lots of mango, but lack of beer underneath, and lack of actual habanero flavor, which I love the flavor of habanero but this is just the hot pepper heat. That's about it.
08-18-2013 22:52:56 | More by jlindros
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
I guess habanero peppers just don't work in beer. ive had many attempts, and this may be the closest to a hit, but it just doesn't fit. otherwise a fine brew, with a hazy thick orange look and a frothy head of pure white and an inch high. it smells sweet from the mango, but not really very spicy. pale and caramel malts give it a base. the pepper assaults you on the first sip, its not so hot as it is flavorful, until the swallow, at which time it lights a flame in the back of your throat. the cool carbonation tries to quench it, but it burns on. the ten percent alcohol also adds to the heat, which can absolutely be tasted. this is undoubtedly a bottle to share with some brave souls. I like the feel really, minus the heat. the fruit gives it a sweeter thickness and the carbonation is really aggressive. maybe scale back the habanero and this beer is a winner, as it stands though, its hard to get through a glass.
09-13-2013 18:58:05 | More by StonedTrippin
3.41/5 rDev -5.5%
Thanks to Steve for the extra!
I saw this floating around my area when it was released, but I never really was interested enough to actually seek it out. And then it was gone. So now, it was probably past it's prime (if it had one), but I'm thankful to try it anyway.
Poured into a Founders bell tulip, an orange-tinted copper color, hazy, with a small white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma was on the thin side, some pale malt sweetness, with some herbal hops and a slight vegetal presence. Well usually in pepper beers, I get the heat in the finish, but I was getting it right up front in this one. Pale malt sweetness with a good, lasting pepper burn; there was some light candied fruitiness, but I'm afraid the majority of the mango had faded at this point, because I barely picked up any. Medium body, prickly mouthfeel, both from the pepper heat and the decent carbonation. I think a small bottle format would've been a lot nicer for this one, but I still managed to polish off a half bottle (with the wife not too enthusiastic about her pour). I guess I would've liked to try it fresh, but oh well.
05-26-2014 20:30:36 | More by Rifugium
Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
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