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Founders Mango Magnifico | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Mango MagnificoFounders Mango Magnifico

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 07-19-2013

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Clear golden, loads of rising bubbles. Fill white head on the pour that mostly recedes but leaves messy lacing.
smell: Wow...i expected mediocre or bad based on all the hate this guy has gotten. Instead a very unique imo sweet, bright tropical fruit nose.
taste: As good as the nose, maybe better with the slight habanero heat in the finish. Not a lot going on...it's a Tropical fruit brew with a pinch of habanero but it's unique and tasty as all hell imo.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Description: Light, apple juice color and somewhat cloudy due to fine bits of sediment. Not much in the way of head of lacing. The aroma is strong and sweet. Lots of fruit and I think it was more peach than mango but it's not like I go around smelling a lot of mangoes. Like the the smell, the taste is overwhelmingly sweet and fruity. The habanero is definitely there and noticeable on the finish, with some heat left on the back on the palate and throat. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation and a thick but not quite syrupy consistency.

Suggested food pairing: Vanilla ice cream

If you like this beer then you should also try: Faygo Red Pop

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) This is kind of a wild one and don't really know what other beers I would compare it to; it almost didn't seem like beer. I shared a bomber of it with friends and I don't think I could have finished it on my own. Super sweet - almost too sweet - it's not something I could drink regularly or in large quantities. This would probably function best as a dessert beer in about a 5-6 oz. pour. That being said, the flavors were bold and in your face. The heat wasn't too hot and the balance was nice. Like a lot of Founders beers this one at least pushes the envelope which you have to appreciate.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden beer with a tight head. Smell is sweet and peppery. The taste is perfect for what they are going for, a sweet mango note and a dry heat note of pepper on the finish, some heat but not over the top. The beer itself is a little too boozy sweet and syrupy but the flavor more then makes up for it.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at blend. I'll add more commentary when i crack the bottle i have open....but this was excellent. Just the right amount of heat.

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Photo of hardysf
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really well balanced beer. Lots of sticky sweet mango characteristics. The pepper comes through on the back end and is noticeable in your throat. The spice level is moderate. It is there and noticeable, but not too powerful. I would like to try cooking with this beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2016 version

L - Orange, with clarity. 2 fingers of head and some minor lacing on the glass

S - Mangos, Corn syrup

T - Mango heavy, sweet, and subtle warming at the finish

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - Sweet, heavy on the mango, light on the hot peppers

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Photo of mikey03062
4.69/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strong but surprisingly good mango flavor. Subtle but noticeable jalapeño finish.
My expectations, based on the name and description were low.
This beer is awesome!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half frothy white head that stuck around a little while with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it mostly smells like mango, along with some citrus and sugar. I don't pick up any pepper in the aroma, but it does show up in the taste. There's a lot of mango flavor, with the habanero heat lingering around a while. It's spicy but not overpowering. A sugary flavor is there too, it's a fruity, sweet and spicy tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 10% ABV is well hidden. I liked this brew, I really can't think of something else I've had recently that's been this fruity and spicy at the same time. It's certainly worth a try at least once, I know I'd like to have this again in the future. $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of soapy, big bubble foam here. The nose is super juicy and inviting. The taste however was medicinal, crazy sweet, and reminded me of taking a hit off of my buddy's flavored vape pen. The mild heat was a nice touch, though. This was just a big letdown for me. Had some high expectations.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color, extremely clear. Wispy white head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. Nose is relatively subdued, but nice sweet aromas of mango and apricot. Taste is mango with a slight habanero heat on the back on the tongue. Definitely not overpowering. Bit of booziness as well. Body is medium-light with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a solid fruit beer but not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of JMD
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bright orange with foamy white head that faded slowly. Big aroma of mango and other citrus. Flavor is sweet mango and citrus hops with a mild spice from the pepper. I did not find the spice to be overpowering, and thought it complimented the sweetness from the mango nicely.

Medium bodied, almost syrupy. Overall this was a well-crafted brew. Sweet and spicy and interesting. I wouldn't drinking these all day, but certainly enjoyed the bomber i had.

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Photo of kguard
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Habanero pepper was too much for me. I should have read the label better. Had been very excited to try. The mango flavor is great. Unfortunately, the pepper comes in late and adds no flavor just heat. Without the pepper. Very topnotch. With the pepper, it became a drain pour.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ave Pub. Pours clean deep golden orange, thin white head, few bubbles of lace. Sweet mango candy nose jumps out. Taste starts off the same way, sugary fruity candy. The sweet gives way mid sip to earthy spicy pepper. Fair amount of heat in the finish from the alcohol and pepper. Thin oily mouthfeel. His was an odd one, not bad, glad got to try it.

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy volunteer orange with a cream foam that dissipates quickly
S: mango
T: sweet mango follows with a warming spicy finish - sweet reminder of the heat hangs around forever
F: typical medium ale
LOVE THIS! I'm typically a dark beer guy, but this sweet heat is appealing as well. Top notch!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the big bottle in a snifter. This unique ale pours a beautiful deep golden color with a moderate head of white foam that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and a subtle pool. Nose of sweet mango, spicy pepper, and sweet candy sugars. Flavors follow the nose with mango puree up front, and then the blast of habanero on the sides and middle, and back, and aftertaste. Sweet and spicy finish is like a Belgian tripel dosed with heavy mango and pepper, medium mouth feel that has excellent carbonation, and a warming finish that is almost too much----this from a jalapeno and habanero pepper lover.....but a touch more moderation would help. That said it is still pretty good.....about equal with Even More Jesus with Chili's.


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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Ambitious clusters of bubbles rise through the syrupy, perfectly clear orange body to form a coarse white head that fades to petri dish-circles and a ring. Smell is overly sweet dried fruit mix; mango, peach, pineapple, sawdust. Chemical fruit concentrate is more accurate. The flavor takes a dive even from this lowly loft. The first note is chalk, followed by tasty, if overly sweet, mango jam. The intermediate stage consists of more chalk, a very unpleasant medicinal cough syrup flavor, and faint ethanol. Habanero spice starts the late palate, finishing up with chalk and dirt. Body is sticky and syrupy, fine carbonation.
Getting lit is the only positive to this beer. Yet even 10% seems merely atmospheric when framed by the side effects; chalkiness, bitter medicine, outright alcohol, all barely mitigated by tropical fruit and well-paired heat, all of which was recklessly applied. Sometimes crazy visions turn into masterpieces, sometimes crazy visions turn into ridiculous and horribly flawed disasterpieces.

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Photo of smanson56
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a beautiful orange golden color. The nose is of sweetness of the mango well hiding the habanero. The taste is well IMO bad to be mild this great sweet mango flavor completely destroyed by the habanero peppers. the mouth feel was smooth except for the burn of the habanero was too much. Over all I was only able to drink about 2oz from the bomber.

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Photo of kw_pip
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed draught. Smells of sweet mango; also the first thing to hit palate. Refined white sugar. Ginger bread cookies. Boozy. Oily mouth feel. Finish is spicy.

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Photo of snoopy5023
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Beautiful mango color with a nice dark tinted hue
Smell: The aroma was kind of a syrupy mango aroma
Taste: While the first hint of flavor was the mango and not bad at all, then you were hit with the habanero spice which killed it for me. Then the heat that followed on my tonsils turned me off of this beer.
Feel: Full bodied beer. Nice fruit feel
Overall: This beer would be great without the heat element, in my opinion. Would I buy it again? Not unless the heat factor was eliminated.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look (3.75): A beautiful mango hue color. Reminds me of beautifully malted and balanced IPA. Good white headed carbonation, but doesn't really leave a rings behind.

Smell (4.25): Syrupy candied mangos and agave aromas. A red pepper spice smell might be hidden in there as well.

Taste (3.5): I feel conflicted here. It's a tale of two brews, one is a delicous syrupy mango and sugar coated habanero beer. The other is a tequila like brew that is way too boozey and spicy.

Mouthfeel (3.25): Fruity, sweet, medium to full bodied. An obvious spice component as well as some major booze.

Overall (3.75): Slightly disappoint, and that's only due to the price. I could see this being called a winter warmer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No Label Information. Brewed in the style of a Fruit beer brewed with mango and habanero peppers. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on limited release draft. First bottled Backstage Series release of 2013.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a Founders Snifter glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth creamy head of a pastel white color over a deep amber body with moderate sediment in tow and moderate, relaxed carbonation. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of mango juice and flesh forward, transparent clean malt profile in the background, little to no habanero heat or aroma is discernible in the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Tart and syrupy mango juice up front with a midsection of habanero heat that peaks after the finish. Arguably a bit sweet, although the light acidity of the mangos as well as the habanero heat drives a respectable balance, keeping it from being cloying. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately sticky, oily and moderately dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet and spicy over bitter and tart. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This is an incredibly promising beer with great mango and tropical fruit flavor and a notable finish of habanero pepper tingle. Many fruit ales don't get enough love for how overly sweet they come off, and while the mango fruit juices are very sweet and potent in this ale, the habanero and fruit acidity cuts through some of those cloying characteristics, making Mango Magnifico one of the more impressive fruit ales. Still incredibly good with a couple of years on the bottle, and the heat is still very bold. 3.75

Founders Brewing Company's
Mango Magnifico Con Calor

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Photo of Neorebel
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic looking brew, but the aroma is very mild and reveals nothing of the intensity to come. Very tart and crisp, with spicy heat from the Habanero peppers. The mango evens out the flavor nicely. Syrupy mouth feel. Interesting beer to try for sure.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden-orange body. Thin finger of creamy white head.

Nose is pretty bland. Almost a corn-flake characteristic that reminds me of a macro lager. Slight spicy burn on the finish buoys up my score a tad.

Flavor is sweet and bland at the same time...then comes the finish. I love spicy hot everything, so I am enjoying this. Clean, smoky burn lightly coats the palate. Contrasts nicely with the sweetness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Pepper quality has it's own coating.

Overall, moderate drinkability. I may have trouble finishing off the big bottle solo, but a 12 oz serving would be very welcome.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like sweet soda with some heat on the back end. Odd. Not bad though.

Had again fresh in April 2016. Same rating, but is better second time around. Less sweetness and easier to drink. First bottle was aged about 1 year.

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Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with honey highlights. The head is short and dense, settles into a light cap. Some yeast floaters floating about.

The aroma is light. There is a slight grain note. There is also a sweetness from what I assume is the mango. It is a fruity smell but not sure it smells like mango.

The taste is of a sugary mango. Quite fruity, nice ripe flavor. The malt is light and slightly bready. Not sure if I am picking up some wheat. The habaneros provide heat in the finish but no vegetal flavors, which is nice.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate. A bit sticky and syrupy. Nice heat in the finish.

The beer is a bit too sweet for my liking. However, Founders has done the best job I have seen adding the hot peppers appropriately without adding a vegetable flavor. It is a nice amount of heat.

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Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.