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Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company

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1,090 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,090
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 07-19-2013)
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Photo of GRPunk
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%

750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- 1-1/2 finger, off-white head. ,clean, deep golden body with medium carbonation. The head settles out to a thin, lacy film. Stick is spotty, as much of it falls back into the body (though improved with a second pour).

S- lots of sweet mango (could be peach if I didn't know). Pepper is very light/underlying. Reminds me of mango salsa from Costco. With warmth, the habanero picks up a but. A little bread crust underlying as well.

T- nice mix. Gentle heat up front and through the middle with a sweet finish. Almost a flip from the aroma, much more pepper than mango. Makes for a great flavor through the first sips. Heat picks up as the beer warms, edging just short of overwhelming.

M- medium-full body (pretty viscus/coating). Heat makes for some bite, sweetness gives a pleasant linger.

O- I'm a big fan of peppers in beer when balanced by a sweet element (chocolate, etc). The mango addition does the job here, complimenting the heat. I know there have been some knocks on Ba on this as a "backstage" offering. I enjoy it all the same. On par with the better chili beers I've experienced (New Holland El Mole Ocho, Dogfish Head Theobroma). Probably better as a shared beer. The last glass was a bit long. It begs for Skinny's Fish Tacos (sorry I missed them this year).

GRPunk, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Danimal25
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Danimal25, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Jacob007
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jacob007, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

JimmyFlatRock, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Bonis
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Bonis, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

25.4 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head. Visible carbonation is mostly large bubbles. Head leaves some lacing as it dissipates to the edges.

S: The habanero is the first thing I notice. As it warms you notice the sweet mango characteristic. Malts do come through reminding you it is a beer.

T: As with the aroma, habanero is fairly dominate. There is quite a mango sweetness to it that lingers and lingers. Malts provide a fermented fruit flavor as well. Can get spicy if you take a few sips in a row.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Sticky on the tongue. Heat is steady throughout the beer reminding you there are some peppers in it.

Overall one of the better chili beers I've had. The mango is a great companion to the pepper rounding it out nicely.

CloudStrife, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Clear amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Just a little bit of lacing is left down the glass. Looks very ordinary.

The aroma is very ordinary as well. I pick up the mango but that is about it. Even the mango does not impart that much into the aroma.

I cannot not think of a better chile to use in a fruit infused beer than habanero. Not only does habanero brings heat, but it has a wonderful fruit flavor which makes it so popular with chile heads. So what we end up with in this beer is a fruity flavored beer with plenty of mango and tropical fruit. A little sweetness is imparted by the malt but otherwise the malt and hops do not get in the way. I do not find the capsicum to be too much. It hits in the back of the throat with a smoldering flame. There is a little alcohol warmth and flavor as well.

Good body and carbonation. Does not really feel like a 10% ABV beer as this feels lighter.

Delivers some good, unusual flavor. It does not look or smell like anything special, but be careful if you do not have a tolerance for the spicy.

morimech, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Hastur23
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Hastur23, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Daniellobo, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of ShaunHopkins
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%

Purchased at my local package store. I don't often venture into fruit beers, but I had yet to come across a Founders offering that I didn't fall in love with, so I gave this one a go.

Pours a beautiful, crystal-clear shade of gold with a moderate head that dissipates quickly... The scent hints of a subtle presence of fruit, though the tangy, acidic presence of mango is a bit too front and center for my liking. The habanero is perfectly balanced and makes it's appearance in the finish. I really enjoyed the moderate bite of the habanero, and feel this could have been a wonderful experience had they scaled back the sharp citrus presence just a bit.

Nonetheless, this is a well-crafted beer. If you are a fan of fruit beers, lambics, etc., I would suggest giving this one a go.

ShaunHopkins, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Docrock
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Docrock, Aug 11, 2013
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

hilgart1, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of mportnoy
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

mportnoy, Aug 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Smiles72, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of CarolinaKevin
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

CarolinaKevin, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of jbck109
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jbck109, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%

a clean bubbly golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of white head which is surprisingly dissipating slowly. usually, the acids in hot peppers eat away at the head from my experience drinking/brewing with them. i'm not getting much in the aroma... to be generic, it smells like a tripel.. sweet bready scents, some honey sweetness. not getting any mango/habanero aroma at all. ok, so the flavor is a bit different, the mango is very subtle - the sweet fruityness is there, but its presence is in the background. there is somewhat of a sweet bready malt flavor mixed in with the fruit, and then all of a sudden your throat starts feeling the habanero. it's spicy, but not as rough as i was expecting (which is a good thing). the aftertaste, well, it reminds me of the hour after the time i tried the seppukku wing sauce at buffalo cantina, where i washed it down with maybe 4 tecates and the burning "bite" was still on my lips.. so yeah, a very bready aftertaste with a spicy bite.
this one is medium body, with moderate amount of carbonation, and well.. you guessed it.. a very spicy mouthfeel.

overall, this was nice to try, and not too much of a hit on the wallet, but i wouldn't seek out another bottle. i really do wish founders would start sending us more than a case per store (the lucky stores that even get it), so we wouldn't go nuts trying to find these bombers.

facundoCNB, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

We crack the top and pour a brew of goldenrod coloring. It froths up a one and a half finger tall head of creamy white bubbles, showing tight foaminess and excellent retention. Patterned sheets of lacing are left as it recedes at a slower pace. No haze or sediment are noted to cut clarity, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is surprisingly muted, with pale and lightly wheaty malts forming the base, with dried mango fruitiness, vegetal pepper spiciness and earthiness, sweet bubblegum esters, honeysuckle florals, stale straws, light grassy hops, boozy heat, mixing and floating atop it. The habaneros come out much more strongly with warmth, offering nice tickle and decent heat. Our first impression is that the flavoring is leagues better than the smell, with the syrupy fruitiness adding a perfect contrast to the underlying calor of the peppers. As we sip, the taste opens with sugary sweet peach and mango syrups, peanutty warmth, white sugar, pale and toasty amber malts, hints of spicy oils, black pepper booziness, juicy pear fruitiness, vanilla coolness, acetone, and light soapy hops. The pale malts and juicy pineapple build and peak through the middle, with accompanying notes of flourishing habanero pepper heat, fruitiness of peach, mango, and nectarine, lemon juice, warm butters, light piney sap, and whole milk creaminess. The ending comes with more of the same, with enhanced tropical fruit and vegetal heat, pale and wheaty malts, light medicinal phenols, soft smokes, mango jam, cereal graininess, baker’s yeast, and tinny metallics. The aftertaste breathes of pear and mango juiciness, canned peaches, tabasco sauce, soured pale and pseudo-Belgian grains, dried pineapple and apricot fruitiness, authentic habanero heat, sunscreen chemical bite, browned apples, melted plastics, mineral, palm leafiness, and eucalyptus. The spice conjures up spicy rumbles from the mouth, somewhere between GERD and spicy Indian food dinner; it is in the best way possible. The body is thick and syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives hearty slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with full finishing pop to the lips. The mouth is coated and left oily slick, with dripping heaviness of foam into wet satiation. Any hot puck is countered by the big white creaminess of the bubbles, keeping things soft against it. The abv is big but appropriate, and the beer drinks with ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Comparatively, the aroma was light and overly malty, but with warmth it did pop a bit, giving much more fruitiness and heat alike. The taste remained fluent and approachable throughout, with beautiful mango and tropical fruitiness contrasting with just the right amount of habanero pepper spiciness. The latter is really the show-stealer, as you might expect. It is spicy enough to keep you excited, but also bold enough to appeal to a larger audience. The spiciness also adds to the drinkability, helping to curb that independent cloying sweetness of the malts and of the fruit. This is a unique turn for the Backstage series, but really marks a new chapter in innovation. While this is not as spicy and thorough as the Spite series, it presents the spice properly, and gives the drinker much more to think about, and to long for.

TheBrewo, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

socon67, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Zaximus
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Zaximus, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Benjiehorn
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Benjiehorn, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of marine1975
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

marine1975, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Evoforen
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Evoforen, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%

A - Pours a very clear golden orange with a finger+ of tan head, very good retention, solid lacing as well.

S - Some really light sweet fruit aromas, mango, juicy pineapple, some caramel malts. Aromas are underwhelming

T - Tons of fantastic mango/pineapple sweetness transcend pretty quickly into a fiery habenero pepper - which lingers, and lingers, and lingers. Doesnt really allow for any detection of hoppy bitters or sweet caramels. Definitely the most heat I've ever had that wasn't a home brew. The initial sweetness from the fruits is absolutely fantastic, although quickly overtaken by the peppers. Aftertaste is all heat. This is really fantastic, I really enjoy the initial fruit taste, I'd kind of like another varient on this which allows that initial mango/pineapple flavor to be enjoyed a bit longer. For what it is, its pretty delicious. I found that if you take 3-4 consecutive sips you get a pretty good balance of both great flavors, although the habeneros do catch up at the finish/aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied+, leaves a pretty sticky feeling on my tongue, kind of a sipper, but mostly due to the habenero heat.

O - Pretty spot on! Again, one thing I would maybe change is a little longer lasting impact by the mango/pineapple.

MacQ32, Aug 10, 2013
Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.