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Founders Mango Magnifico | Founders Brewing Company

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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 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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Photo of BrewUSA
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look 7/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 4/10
Drinkability 15/20

Overall 81/100

This beer will likely be a Love/Hate for most... It's incredibly sweet, fruity, light and well... Mango(y) upfront. Then as it makes it's way down the gullet, it gets rather spicy, I grew up on spice
y food and it is rather spicy... It has a fair amount of kick! For many it may be too spicy... For me I can handle the actual spice, however it doesn't sit well. I want a refreshing drink. However, it really is amazing how this brew is literally is #JekyllandHyde it's a tale of two stories... It's a novelty beer, one done very well~

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Photo of PPIV
5/5  rDev +37.4%

I think this one is getting better with age. Such a nice and warm finish. Lots of mango flavor from start to finish as well. Aged quite nicely so far.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%

Spice-heat was good, but the mango flavour tasted artificial and overly sweet. I also found the abv. was too high for the beer, leaving it unbalanced. Would be more palatable at 5%-7.5%.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Interesting. Very sweet to start, almost too sweet. As the heat build, the sweetness dissipates. Medium bodied. Strong mango component. Good balance between heat and sweet.

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Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from memory from 4 days ago.

Poured a fairly clear golden copper with a foamy ivory head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Tropical notes of mango and pineapple were contrasted by sweet and spicy peppery notes.

In flavor, the mango really came to life. It was a pleasant, juicy contrast to the fruity, spicy pepper flavor. The heat was still a bit too much. Malt was somewhat thin, and lacked sweetness to counter.

Got a bottle of this. Think I'll lay it down another couple years. Couldn't drink more than a few ounces, though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours clear golden color with a dense head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a wonderful level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A mass of sweet mango greets the nose with some other fruity smells of peach and apricot, as well as a little bit of a pear there as well. Along with these fruity smells are some lighter aromas of a doughy as well as a slightly spicy black pepper and yeasty smell.

Taste – As one may expect from the name the taste begins with a rather potent and sweet mango flavor. With the mango are some bready flavors mixed within. Other fruits soon come to the tongue to join the mango. These fruit flavors of peach, banana, and apricot pale in intensity, but add a nice dimension to the sweetness. Some habanero pepper and a little bit of a grassy taste develop more toward the middle, taming some of the sweetness a tad. While the habanero starts out a bit lighter it really grows in intensity and after the beer is long gone from the tongue, a nice spicy burn mixed with a sweeter mango flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is the thicker and more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. While a slightly higher carbonation may have been a bit better for the big mango and fruit flavors of the brew, the syrupy body is really quite appropriate of the flavors matching well the feel of thick fruit nectar, giving the brew an overall rather appropriate tongue coating are really upping the intensity of the habanero at the end.

Overall – I actually really thought this was a neat combination for a brew. The sweet and spicy hot really played off each other quite well. I could see this brew matching a nice piece of roasted chicken quite nicely. A rather tasty one to try.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with no dating that I can find on the bottle or label. That said, this was a one-time release in the summer of 2013, so this one is close to a year old. Poured into a "can" pint glass, having no idea what type of glass is appropriate for a 10% abv chile or fruit beer.

Appearance - Honestly, I'm not sure why, but I expected this one to be cloudy/murky--perhaps because of the mango? But instead, the appearance is a completely transparent orange with yellow tinting, allowing me to see quite clearly through the liquid. The liquid has a viscosity to it that separates it from a lighter bodied beer. Atop the body sits a towering three-finger head of dense chiffon colored foam. Retention is moderate, and there is no lacing to be found after it fully recedes.

Smell - Predominantly notes of mango and tropical fruit in the nose, with just a hint of something spicier lurking beneath the surface. Habanero is not a particularly aromatic pepper, but the floral notes that it does give off are complementary enough to the tropical fruit that it doesn't stand out terribly much.

Taste - There is very little complexity going on in the taste. An initial assault of sweet, cloying mango and fruity, syrup-like natural sugars then gives way to a spicy tingle which evolves into a full blown oven-blast of searing heat. Much hotter than I expected, even though I know habanero packs a punch on the Scoville scale. But honestly, the part of this beer that isn't awesome is the overpowering sweetness combined with the fact that the sweet and hot don't really blend very well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and viscous, syrupy with moderate carbonation. Heat builds cumulatively on the palate with subsequent sips, making it nearly impossible to finish the entire bottle on my own.

Overall, an interesting and unique beer to be sure. And it certainly meets the expectations established by the conception of the beer, but it does beg the question of whether it should have been conceived in the first place. I'm a huge Founders fanboy and have liked almost everything I've had from them to one degree or another, but I must admit that this one is a bit of a miss. Glad to have tried it, but I would have been happy with a 4 oz taste, rather than 25.3 ounces of mango napalm.

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Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.