Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,054 | Reviews: 189 | Display Reviews Only:
3.41/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 20:30:36 | More by Rifugium
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2014 01:09:07 | More by Darkmagus82
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2014 05:45:09 | More by LambicPentameter
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours light straw color with a couple fingers head. Looks like a nice IPA would look.
Aroma is sweet fruit accompanied by lots of sweet malt.
Tastes of sweet mango and slightly caramel, crackery sweet malts. Warming heat on the finish at the back of the throat.
Full mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.
Fairly enjoyable but not one I see myself revisiting.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 20:13:41 | More by Powderhornphil
Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,054 ratings.