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Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company

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1,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 60
Gots: 161 | FT: 31
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 07-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of becktone
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Eye: Clear and dark gold in color. Pours 1/2 inch head, white in color which dissipates fairly quickly. Looks like lacing could use some work. Overall not a bad looking beer. I'm guessing that it could be the acidity or maybe the oils from the habanero that kill the head quickly.

Nose: Mango fruitiness all the way. No aroma of peppers or heat. No noticeable beer aroma.

Tongue: Mango right upfront and heat that coats the mouth and sticks around for quite a long time. Sweetness from the mango is balanced out nicely by the hops which are there, though they aren't really detectable in the flavor of the beer. Alchol is hidden very well. This beer is sweet and hot but isn't cloying, heat helps to balance it out as well. Slight bitterness in the end, on the sides of the tongue. Light in body with moderate sparkling carboantion that helps to cleanse the palte. Finish is dry and hot, like a desert.

Drinkability: This is one that I'd love to have again, but too bad it's limited and a one off. This is a very well done fruit beer. If you see this grab it, it is worth a try.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MWolverines66
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap in Arlington VA. Poured a nice golden color, not much head on the beer. Aroma of mango with a hint of spice. On the first sip I get a clean crisp taste of bango and then a smash of chili peppers. Wow, didn't see that coming, probably shoulda read some reviews before trying this one. The heat is very different than other beers I've had (Mex Cake) in that it's much stronger and unexpected, especially when you're hit with the fruity taste at first.

Overall a decent beer, something I would probably not buy again since I'm not much of a spicy beer person but I'm impressed that Founders was able to put this together

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4.36/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a deeper yellow, on the verge of orange. slight haze. a finger of an off-white head. that leaves behind a strong lacing

Smell: pure and sweet mangos. some slight pepper

Taste: starts off with some nice mango flavor very sweet and true. peppers come in at the end of the sip. very hot peppers

Mouthfeel: not an overly heavy beer. alcohol hides in the spiciness. leaves a nice little burn in the back of your throat

Overall: great fruit beer. blows away cerise and rubaeus. unlike those two this isn't a one dimensional fruit beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours bright, light orange body. Fully translucent. Big, pillowy, beige head builds up and fully laces the glass. Great, thick layer rests on top of the brew for a solid length of time. This one is a beauty.

S: The smell is a let down after the beautiful appearance. Smells like a plain ol' cream ale. Faint hints of peppers. A bit of fruit, but also very faint.

T: Holy surprise! Tons of mango upfront, which was very masked in the nose. The habanero quickly rushes up on the palate almost immediately after the mango fades and the warming heat stays all the way into the stomach. A bit of boozy warmth lingering in the finish.

M: Medium body. Low - Moderate carbonation. A bit oily and creamy. Boozy.

O: It's not overly complex, but its done really well. Once again, Founders delivers. My only advice is to find a buddy to share this massive habanero bomb!

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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.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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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.

Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.