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Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company

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1,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 165 | FT: 34
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 07-19-2013)
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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 Ml poured into a snifter

A- Pours a very clear light orange/golden color with a nice foamy white head. Nice retention and some alcohol legs.

S- Not really a strong and in your face type of nose on this beer. A subtle mango in the back end. Some peaches as well. A slight cinnamon or pepper possibly. Sweeter then I imagined it would smell. Smells somewhat like a mango pie would smell like.

T- WOW. A big spiciness on the first sip, nothing like I have ever really tasted. A hot pepper spiciness. Almost mouth watering hot spiciness. This beer is the equivalent of sweet and spicy hot wings. Beneath all of the spiciness is a rich mango flavor. A ripe mango with more of peach feel and flavor to it. A sweet and spicy(very) brew. Fruity and lively. A plain malt backbone extenuates and helps focus on the mango.

M- A full bodied beer yet easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer goes down very smooth. The spiciness in this beer makes you want to go for another sip. Beware of this dangerous brew.

O- One of the worlds best breweries going outside the box to try something different had me worried at first especially with a few of their backstage series being laskluster. It totally paid off, this is a one of kind beer that is both delicious and exciting. This beer has the novelty factor of Pumking or something along those lines with quality in check, it will probably be a love/hate type of brew. I should warn that this beer is VERY spicy for a beer, people who do not enjoy spicy foods beware because this will numb your mouth with deliciousness. Well done Founders on reminding us that we can make up our own rules while brewing.

TwelveOunces, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Joey1566
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Joey1566, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of jsurfs82
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jsurfs82, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of irish01980
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

irish01980, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Lantern
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Lantern, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of akukucka
4/5  rDev +10.5%

akukucka, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of stvanderwoude
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appears a gorgeous glowing orange-gold in my Three Floyds Teku. The nose is pungent mango mixed with fumy habanero. Mouthfeel is rich and syrupy. Taste is sweet mango nectar lusciousness leading to a chili burn tingling in the throat on the finish. 10% abv is lost in the tropical flavor rush but brings a spicy buzz soon enough. Delightful.

stvanderwoude, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Gotti311
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Gotti311, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of froggyfrog
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$20. Purchased @ The Fridge. Poured in my beat up Spiegelau snifter.

A: Brilliantly clear golden fire orange with perfect white head. Just right lacing.

S: Aroma is soapy and sweet mango and full of pepper promise.

T/M: Taste is out of this world. Brown sugar sweetness coats the palate while mangoes burst and that unmistakeable habanero pepper acidity and flavor ride the currents of the expertly crafted base as they cut and linger long into the finish.

It's sweet. So sweet. And viscous. The mouthfeel is coating and thick and sweet and perfect for this beer.

The flavors are intense but never unpleasant, harsh or overpowering.

The progression reads like this: Thick sugary sweetness, blooming mango awesomeness, beautiful pepper flavor and heat.

The heavy sweetness carries the pepper and is then cut away for a most satisfying finish.

O: Not to oversell it, but this is my new favorite beer of all time. And I didn't even know it was a thing before I bought it two hours ago. Damn. I'm in love.

froggyfrog, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of JerryM1984
3/5  rDev -17.1%

JerryM1984, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of scotv
4/5  rDev +10.5%

scotv, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of FrankHammer
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

FrankHammer, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

IrishColonial, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev +10.5%

siege06nd, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of fishmich
4/5  rDev +10.5%

fishmich, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Davepoolesque, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of mnphish
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml backstage release! Served into a snifter. Founders backstage beers are my favorite to get my hands on. Pours a very light crispy body capped by a fluffy white head that disappears rather fast. The nose brings notes of light tropical fruit, subtle malt flavor and some spicy peppers. This is very inviting.

The taste absolutely delivers with a lemony mango start and a hot but not overwhelming finish. The chili's certainly benefit this beer's finish. The hotness lingers and leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel is light and it's easy drinking. I can't detect any alcohol. Execution is a solid A on this beer, far better than Doom. Better when it's cold as the heat is more present. This would go good with some chicken breast =)

mnphish, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of wanderlust389
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

wanderlust389, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Holmes698, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of lonewolfcry
4/5  rDev +10.5%

lonewolfcry, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Dirt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Dirt, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

beergorrilla, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Zaphog, Aug 05, 2013
Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
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