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Tropical Mango Pale Ale - St. John Brewers

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68
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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 24.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Lothar666 on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +56.8%
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.

jtierney89, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
4.13/5  rDev +43.9%
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

vandemonian, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev +41.1%
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.

Rhettroactive, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of QUIKAZHELL
4/5  rDev +39.4%

QUIKAZHELL, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of VoodooBear
4/5  rDev +39.4%

VoodooBear, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of PROEDGEBIKER
4/5  rDev +39.4%

PROEDGEBIKER, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Strigoimuzik
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Strigoimuzik, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Barticus
3.93/5  rDev +36.9%
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.

Barticus, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

kylehay2004, May 03, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I could be mistaken as I've never had them all side by side, but if my memory serves me right, this is the fruitiest of the St. John Brewer's ales. The aroma of mango and papaya is strong, and they're even brighter in the flavor! I don't remember that being the case with their other beers.

It's sweet, and just lightly tangy... citrusy I guess. And that's needed for balance as it's not very bitter. Nor do I find any yeast character, which I did in the others. I'm sure it's there, of course, but it's masked. And unless those are hops contributing to the citrusy character (which would probably be a waste of money and materials), there's no hop character. It borders on "malternative" or "cooler" status. However, with that said, I should also state that it is a fairly tasty concoction! Not thinking of it as a beer, at a party in the summer, or out on a boat, I think I could probably go for a few of these. (How to score this thing... ?)

NeroFiddled, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Snellgg5
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

Snellgg5, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

pjkelley82, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

Scott_McCool, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of profondo
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

profondo, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of quadhog
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

quadhog, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong on mango's, considerable sweetness. Taste is also of mango's, not as sweet as the smell, a bit of hop presence. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a different and good quality beer.

tone77, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a crystal clear pale orange with a huge foamy ivory colored head that was rocky. Almost no carbonation presence was detected while the head retained nicely eventually settling to a thin, sudsy layering.

S: The nose was very aromatic and full of fresh fruitiness of mangos, kiwi and was very sweet and juice like bearing some apricots and oranges as well. Could smell this all day.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and very fruity with mangos, kiwi along with some melons. There was some sweet sugary peaches as well while the overall flavor was very crisp, and juice-like with a little spiciness found in the finish.

M: thin, juice-like full of mangos and oranges and almost no carbonation to be found.

D: Per local area not bad. Fruity, crisp, sweet and would definitely beat the heat on the beaches of the virgin islands. I would buy a case for the summer time.

beerthulhu, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of shand
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a pale golden color with two fingers of fluffy head that quickly recedes. You know what? This smells very good. A blast of mango, realistic and juicy. A bit one-dimensional, but gives me hope. The taste? MANGO. This is mango that doesn't take shit from anyone. This mango and his buddy Hardcore Orange will beat your ass down, take your lunch money, and steal your sixth-grade girlfriend while he's at it. Some wheaty maltiness tries to interrupt the mango party towards the end of this brew, but hell no! This mango isn't going to take that shit. Mango mango mango. Mango. This tastes like mangos with just a hint of wheat character that is a bit unmatched with the main brew. I like it though. Refreshing. Very sweet and fruity though.

The mouthfeel is just about right, it's a bit thin and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is quite good. Do you like mangos? I mean really, really like mangos? This is the brew for you. If not, or if you're expecting anything close to a "pale ale" as the label claims, stay far, far away. I can get down with fruit in my beer though, and I like this well enough.

shand, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color. Large head drops fairly quickly to a thick film of light tan.
Smell is sweet, malty, mango, light hops. Nicely balanced.
Taste is hops (more than in the smell), milder malt, mango.
Dry finish, tangy medium effervescence, good medium body with a mango/hop aftertaste. All told, a pretty good brew.

PorterLambic, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of gskitt
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium amber, not as much lacing as I would have expected. Head does not last.
S- The best part of this beer. Lots of Mango and slightly woody.
T- I wish it tasted like it smelled. Not bad but a letdown. Definitley mango and a little bit of hops.
M- A little bit chalky.
D- This can be drunk in quantity.
Not a bad beer, I just wanted more. It just comes up short of delivering the mango sweetness.

gskitt, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev +22%

Beer21, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of whitekiboko
3.5/5  rDev +22%

whitekiboko, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev +22%
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?

DrinkSlurm, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of bvlaminck
3.5/5  rDev +22%

bvlaminck, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of ScottStache
3.5/5  rDev +22%

ScottStache, May 29, 2013
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Tropical Mango Pale Ale from St. John Brewers
68 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.