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Tropical Mango Pale Ale - St. John Brewers

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 150
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 15.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Lothar666 on 06-29-2008

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Photo of samtrillo
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just a fun lunch kickback beer. Nothing too serious, here. Could probably accomplish a similar taste mixing a little mango nectar with Sierra Pale Ale. Subtle sweet mango flavor, overall, but it's definitely there. (214 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.96/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's lots of bubbly carbonation in a head that is continually being built up but never holding itself completely. It forms a ring with some thin foam in the middle and drops spotting.
The aroma isn't bad. I'd like more hops, but the mango does well. There's a bit of saccharine sweetness that stops just short of being too much. Some grassy bitterness is light, but comes through. Malts take a back seat, which improves what it would be otherwise due to lower hops presence.
The combination of mango and hops turns toward sourness, which in turn is strange when combines with sugared fruits. Meh. That it needs a stronger hops presence is obvious.
The body teeters on the line between light and medium. There's a crispness that would be more refreshing if it wasn't sticky. Carbonation saves the day, but just. (813 characters)

Photo of Act25
2.01/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First off I am an avid coffee drinker, but I never like flavored coffee. Thus far, as a novice craft beer drinker, I have never liked a sweet fruit flavored beer. This beer is no exception, almost a drain pour. I'm struggling through it but need a chocolate cheese cake or whipped cream cake to cut it.

As benchmark, I am tasting this vs TERRAPIN TREE HUGGER ALE.

A: Fine yellow, mango flesh color, but head deflates under all that fruit juice (no surprise) 2.5
S: Smell artificial, with nothing left to the underlying beer at all. The worst of bathroom fresheners / cleaning agents. 1.5
T: Not as bad as the smell but below average. Starts as the faux mango smell, a bit of beer flesh, and then the finish might as well be mango soda. 2.25
M: Thin, flat, teeth on edge 2
O: Skip this. 2 (Poor, as it pour this on your compost or flowers - dilute it first)

Gets the honor of my lowest rated beer. (901 characters)

Photo of Omnium
1.87/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear light gold in color with a thin layer or fizzy white head.
S - Fruit cocktail and clorox
T - Soapy bitter weird artificial fruit flavor. Atrocious.
M - Dry and acrid.
O - This is garbage and should be drain-poured at every given occasion. (272 characters)

Photo of Barticus
3.97/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow-gold color with a nice white head. Moderate lacing. Mango/apricot fruit dominates the aroma with a malt backing. Taste is refreshing and makes a great summer beer. Front and mid is apricot as expected. Mouthfeel is disappointing - not enough carbonation or bite. The fruity flavor fades in the finish and transitions to a bland malt with some hop bitterness. Overall a good beer, but could be much better with more carbonation and flavor complexity. (471 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.15/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. John Tropical Mango Ale is a nice fruit ale with a strong mango flavour. Maybe it's the salty air, but I like it!

A: Yellow colour and an excellent 5 mm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: Nie mango-y aroma. Yum. 4.5

T: Nice mild grainy base with farily strong mango flavours over the top. The finish is clean with some slight bitterness. 4

M: 4

O: 4 (359 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color (with some orange hues) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangos are present in the nose along with hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell in that it has some mango flavors but these immediately clash with the hops, which lend grassy flavors and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell of this beer seemed promising but the flavors in the taste clashed almost like when you brush your teeth and then drink orange juice immediately afterwards. The taste could definitely use a better balance. (811 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.89/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden orange with light amounts of visible carbonation and just a touch apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a slightly more than thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of mango and tropical fruits (pineapple & passionfruit) over the top of a light amount of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with some moderate to strong flavors of artificial mango and tropical fruits (pineapple/passionfruit/kiwi) - a little bit like what you get in popsicles. Light amounts of floral hops that impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Fizzy and slightly thin.

O: A little too artificial in the tropical and mango flavors (something not quite natural about the flavors/sweetness and just a touch of chemical aftertaste). It would probably go down much better if I was sitting on the beach in the Caribbean but in my apartment in NJ maybe not as well. (1,186 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.51/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Brickwall Tavern, Asbury Park, NJ

Strange brew to see on tap here, but whatever. Clear golden-yellow pour with a thin, wispy, white head, that left a few speckles on the glass. Aroma of mango candy and papaya, overly ripe/sweet. One-dimensional, not that I really expected much else. Taste was similarly full of mango and other vague tropical fruits, though quite artificial and syrupy as opposed to fresh and authentic. Yeah, this is one for the college biddies. Body was light, mouthfeel was syrupy, aftertaste was stale. Meh. (550 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Writing another review for a beer I've already reviewed, but has since been deleted.

St. John's mango pale ale pours out a yellow and orange liquid with plenty of clarity. It has a thin white head no bigger than 3/8" on it. The aroma is nice if you like mango. Its plenty sweet, but kicks down the requisite amount of tropical fruit you are hopefully looking for if you decided to buy a beer with mango in it. It really has lots of mango in the aroma, sometimes coming off as mixed with perfume, but thats because perfume has alcohol in it!

Taste is a very mild and thin malt body, AAL levels of hopping and carbonation, and lots of that mango stuff. Its all mango ok? There's nothing else going on. I would love to try a version of this that is massively hopped.

If you loathe or love this beer, it all centers around how much you love or hate mango I would guess. I really like it. But after 12oz, I didn't want another. Too much sweetness to be a repeat drink in the same day. But it goes great around the pool for 12oz with. (1,032 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint at the brewery in St John. I love mango so this looked perfect.
Nice golden amber color, but not much head. Still looks pretty good though. Nice sweet malty aromas, definitely a fruity nose with an ver so slight hop aroma.
Taste is nicely sweet, malts...you really do taste the mango. Its a good brew for the heat. Its very similar to a #9 but mango instead of apricot. Nice english malt backbone with a bit of sweet fruit over it. Not sure why the reviews are so low, its quite nice and easy...what else do you want on an isand like this? (565 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Rising carbonation bubbles in a light yellow body, lots of lace. Very artificial aroma. Artificial tasting bubble gum candy. Beer at the pool in place of a soft drink. Smooth mouthfeel but marginally drinkable. Too sweet, where's the hops.Thanks for sharing Josh. (263 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Single bottle from the Shipyard brewery in Portland.

Poured into a sampler glass. Pale golden-peach, with a half inch of froth that settles into a thick ring. Slight haze to it.

Nose is certainly fruity - puzzy peaches and mango candy. Not much else, but what is there is pleasant enough.

Tastes much as I had expected, which is pretty much a one-sided artificial mango and peach concoction with that tinny finish I notice in many a light fruit beer. A bit of citrus in there I suppose.

Thin, decent carbonation, a bit oily.

Nice nose, but taste was just not there. Not a brew I would visit again. (605 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +54.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear Orange hue with a finger of bright white head. Huge tropical mango nose, smells ripe. Some other tropical fruits present as well possibly from the hops.

Brisk and medium body which holds up extremely well to the carbonation. Sweet biscuit up front rolls into sweet tropical fruit, most noticeably mango. Crisp and clean bitterness cut the sweetness for one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had, I could easily suck these down all summer long.

Awesome taste and drinkability. I feel this beer gets negative scores because it's labeled as a "fruit" Beer but it's much more of a pale ale with the pleasant small addition of mango than it is a mango beer spritzer. I really think it should be categorized as an American Pale as that's what I judged it against. (770 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed at the brewery tap room on st john island.

A: two finger head with decent retention and lacing on a slightly hazy crimson body.

S: nice mango sweetness with mild hops and malts but the mango dominates.

T: nice mango and hops mix with a mild hop bitterness. The play between bitter and sweet is interesting.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the mango is a little strong for me. The base beer seems to be obscured too much. Great island pale ale though. (481 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
2.89/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightyl orangey amber, with a very thin head. A few streams of carbonation from the bottom kept it from completely disappearing. Aroma was pretty dead on. Mostly smelled mango, fairly ripe at that. Small hint of grain at times, but barely noticeable. Taste was offputting. Started off wheaty, but then shifted to a watery fruity flavor. Mango/melon. Neither flavor was particularly strong or good. Weird in the mouth. Thin, and seemed overly carbonated, the bubbles kept tingling on my tongue. Maybe a good summer lawnmower beer, but just came off as weird. (606 characters)

Photo of kristiekatk
1.9/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

With a lively appearance and a quickly fading head, this beer resembles ginger-ale more than anything. It has a saccharin-sweet juicy bubblegum aroma, blended with kiwis and mangos. Even if the scent did carry over into the flavor, I don’t think I would be too pumped. There is no hop profile. Very dry and bitter; thin and with a metallic, astringent aftertaste. It’s more like a bland mango-flavored sparkling water than a beer. You’ll be torn between chugging 18 of them without batting an eye or pouring it down the drain. (532 characters)

Photo of crusian
1.32/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle in Puerto rico.
You know... I am not really going to give this the respect of a full review like I usually do.
This "beer" is chock full of artificial mango flavor. It deserves the Fs it is getting, including mine. Way too sweet, tastes like a handful of mango jolly ranchers were tossed in. (300 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a light amber color. A tiny bit of debris floats around the beer. A subtle head forms. Leaves some lacing too.

S-Pretty firm on the mango. Not getting too much else behind the mango aroma. A bit of hops, which are fruity, and some sweet maltiness. But this one is about the mango.

T-Just like the nose. The mango is the big ticket. Only a tiny amount of bitterness. Quite one sided, but if you like mangoes then drink it. They did succeed at what they set out to accomplish, so cheers to that.

M-Quite bubbly and light. Not too dry, but the mango taste does last on the palate for a while.

O/D-Eh, only had a single and that was enough. Interesting beer but it reminds me of a Magic Hat #9. Both have a specific fruit they highlight, and both are quite mediocre beers. But hey, give it a shot. (805 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

The fourth entry in SwillFest 2011. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mango, pineapple, coconut, passion fruit, kiwi, and fake strawberry. Not bad in the nose. The taste, though... Lemme put it to you this way: It's like they decided to manufacture a line of flavored rubber bands for children (why not, right?), made this one mango-flavored, then let it sit out for a while, allowing the flavor to diminish with respect to the rubber. Then they made a beer with this flavor. That's what it tastes like. The body is fairly light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a frustrating beer that lures you in with a pleasant aroma and then cuts you down with its flavor and feel. (831 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
2.99/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip

Swillfest offering no. 3

This looks a light golden. The aromatics are surprisingly MANGO. but then I taste it and it's more like NO! You cannot have-a the Mango. The flavor is highly of vinyl and makes me wonder of how this particular beer is brewed. I do not find the taste pleasing in the slightest way shape or form. My suggestion to consuming this beer would be to pour it in a glass, enjoy the aroma and pour it out. save yourself the trouble. (468 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas begin with full, fresh fruitiness including (and predominantly) mangos with some lesser tropical kiwi and oranges. Some lemony and pineapple which could be hops or fruit, does it matter.
The initial tastes begin quire sweet and very fruity with mangos and the above citrus flavors mixed in as well. There is a nice initial citrus bitterness as well (once again hops or fruit? It is not discernable). As it warms you get a little more metallic bitterness/spiciness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is thin; quite juice-like. Moderate carbonation with a full finish of mangos and oranges adding to the semi-dry finish.
Overall this is a decent take on a fruit beer; definitely in the higher echelon for the style, but I honestly enjoyed this a lot more a couple years ago before my palate really understood good balance and flavors in beer. I can enjoy one or two of these on a hot beach weekend (like I just did this past weekend) but I am not in love with this like I thought I was. (987 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.07/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to shaker glass at the St. John Brewing Taproom on 6/5/11
*From notes

It should be noted that at the bottom of the glass was thin layer of mango pulp. I'm not sure if this came from the bartender or the keg, but I really dug it.

A: Amber tree sap. It's fairly clean, though the mango sediment in the bottom of the glass does add a bit of debris to the brew. A pleasant 1.25 finger head and reasonable lacing.

S: The bouquet on this one is killer. It's a fine balance of real mango and juicy hop oil, with a twist of golden malt. What a pleasure - shoving my nose into the glass as old school reggae jams over the speakers.

T: Unlike other fruit beers, it's not all fruit and icky, sweet conditioner. Instead, it's about the Pale Ale flavor profile. the mango simply balances the hops, and adds a complexity to it that is simply delicious. I get not only the toasted barley and piney hops, but juicy, tropical mango.

M: Slightly sharp, but reasonable enough. It's meant to be über-drinkable, and I feel that it is by being a bit lighter then I'd like. Keeping in mind it's 90 degrees outside, I can understand the lack of a big body.

O: I loved St. John's Tropical Mango Pale Ale. I'm quite aware this beer gets badmouthed, but I can attest that given the right drinking conditions, this is a fantastic and highly drinkable summertime brew. I really wish I had better access to this, as it would be a go-to summer session beer.

If you're in the USVI, be sure to check out St. John's cornerstone brew. Big thumbs up. (1,531 characters)

Photo of Naugros
2.49/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wha'gwan?This beer appears to be getting a bad rap, mon! Let's see what us fols in da shanty town think, jah? It looks pretty righteous...all clear with da dancing, lively up bubbles (like three little birds) and some of dat foam on top dat gets up and stands up, ja know? It smells like mango, mon, but not fresh from the tree. It smells like da little mango soaps all you touristas get in your fancy, schmancy casino hotels. You know, da ones we island folk can't gamble in. It also tastes of dat same soap, but in liquid form. It might be 96 degrees in da shade here, mon, but I dunno if it's hot 'nuff for me to continue to drink dis. Dere be no redemption song here. Go ahead woman and cry. (695 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A-light gold, almost no head, lots of bubbles. looks like an adjunct

S-smells like mango! it smells good. for some reason, i did not expect that. medium strength.

T-it tastes like carbonated mango juice, with more focus on the carbonation than the mango. its very light flavored, but the flavor lasts throughout the taste and makes up the after-taste. there is a slight, slight bitterness to it. the bitterness i find to be slightly unwanted.

M-very light, high carbonation with a dry finish.

O-labeled as a pale ale, listed as a fruit beer. i'd definitely say this is a fruit beer before being a pale ale. its just way too light for me. it tastes lighter than the BMC light beers. its too light even for a hot and sunny day in my opinion. its more of a novelty beer or something you'd give to girls. (805 characters)

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Tropical Mango Pale Ale from St. John Brewers
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