Founders Mango Magnifico - Founders Brewing Company
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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.
08-11-2013 00:49:56 | More by facundoCNB
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.
08-11-2013 00:45:18 | More by TheBrewo
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.
08-10-2013 21:11:13 | More by MacQ32
4.34/5 rDev +19.9%
My first review and I will start with a good one!
A - Deep golden color, looks refreshing!
S - fruity, can smell the mango in there. Not a strong smell.
T - Tremendous transition from sweet to heat. Never had anything like it and I like it! I like spicy stuff so the afterburner to it is quite pleasant. The ABV is completely hidden.
M - Highlight of this beer. A unique experience that is perfect in my humble opinion.
O - Try it out if you can! Highly recommended from an IPA guy.
08-10-2013 20:14:10 | More by kjlcm
3.99/5 rDev +10.2%
Bright orange color and mostly transparent. Pours a rich, creamy head which, to my disappointment, does not last very long. Did provide a few lace lines. If you look close, you can see tiny little particles suspended in the fluid. Tiny pieces of habanero?
Bready wheat aroma right away followed by sweet tropical fruit. Mellow yet intriguing.
Malt forward but not overdone. Mango is there but seems to lie in the background. Mild, citric hop bitterness and not quite enough to balance out the malt. Near the end the habanero hits you with a subtle, tingling warmth on the lips and tongue.
Full bodied. Sticky. Slick and oily texture. Mild carbonation.
Not bad. Definitely different. Begs to be paired with tortilla chips and pico de gallo.
08-10-2013 04:14:03 | More by bnes09
3.46/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours gold with a one finger foamy white head, with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has mango, peppers, and bread malt. The aroma doesn't really stand out.
The taste is sweet with mango and bread malt. There is also some heat from the habanero peppers, but I like spicy food, so no problem there. Not overly complex. Just mango, pepper, and bread malt.
Medium bodied with average carbonation. The 10.00 % abv is well hidden by the heat from the peppers. There is a spicy pepper aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, but not as good as the last Backstage Series beer, Doom, which was sensational. Worth trying if you get the chance, and like spicy food and beer.
08-10-2013 03:07:08 | More by hardy008
Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
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