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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 redneckchugger
1.05/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a water goblet, pale fizzy
Nose of mango kool aid. completely artificial.
Taste is the same, artificial and cloyingly sweet. It doesn't even have any beer taste at all. This has more in common with a sparks that anything else It's fizzy, over carbonated , and a just plain awful beer. Avoid this beer at all costs (325 characters)

Photo of Suds
1.23/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

So, I'm always up for trying a new beer. Luckily, I didn't have high expectations for this one. It's a pale copper color with a touch of haze and not much of a head. The aroma is strange...lots of mango, a little grass, some grain. The smells don't work well together, and are not appealing. The taste, though, is worse....artificial fruit flavors (not good), a little sourness, no malt...bitterness at the finish. A bit metallic. Spritzy mouthfeel. This one is a sink-pour. (474 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 Satchboogie
1.83/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle (best by 5/11) poured into a SA pint glass

A: Pours golden light yellow-amber, clear, half inch bubbly white head that quickly disappears.

S: Somewhat strange sweet fruit with maybe a hint of mango, a little perfumey. Smells a bit like rum cake, but very artificial. Strange and sweet.

T: Strange fruit flavors that are overly vegetative. Mainly imagine it as slight artificial mango and tropical fruit boiled with vegetables. Very buttery and cloyingly sweet, but almost in an adjunct kind of way. Not very pleasant to me.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to light body, and unpleasant finish (buttery, raw vegetable, etc).

D: I only got maybe a dozen sips in before I had to dump it. Unpleasant taste and aftertaste, I see no reason to continue drink this when I've got much better beer around. (813 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
1.87/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

appearance: looked liek a normal pale ale but with quickly diaspating head

smell: some nice tropical fruit aroma

taste: I got this for freee to sample, and it was a drain pour after the first couple of ounces. Over fruited and tastes liek somehting a macro would make

mouthfeel: kight bodied

drinkability: could not mask the flavor (335 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 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 Lothar666
1.91/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Poured a very light amber body with very little head.

S- Very little in the nose, but there is a faint trace of tropical fruit undertones.

T- Very little, unfortunately. Reminds me of one of those watered down fruit flavored drinks that they sell in milk jugs at the supermarket for 99 cents, just with a tiny bit of graininess to it. There is some mango in the background but no malt or hop character to speak of.

M- This is like drinking beer flavored water, as in watered down to the point where this would have been a drain pour if not for beer etiquette. Sorry, but I have to say stay away from this one folks.

D- This brew barely qualifies as beer. Though the ultra light body makes it easy to down six of these in a sitting, the complete lack of flavor and character is such that I could not imagine anyone wanting to do so. Note that this is not due to any prejudice against the style of the brew; there are many fruit/vegetable beers that are very impressive and which I will return to faithfully. This is just not one of them. (1,053 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 Overlord
2.07/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was in the mood for some mango beer by the pool. So excited for this. Now I have five more bottles to try to get through. SCREEEE!

Pours a clear orange-ish color. Surprising lack of head. Maybe an inch.

Actually smells okay! Kind of a mango overload, as there is nothing else, but it smells like mango. Albeit, a kind of fake, overly mango-y mango.

TAste is horrid. Artificial, chemical-ly, just completely "fake." I couldn't really taste anything else about it. Just a complete mess. Really has no relation to beer.

thin and watery doesn't help matters. (561 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by Jan. 09 notched on label.

Pours dark golden with a thin white head that immediately becomes a quickly vanishing patch. No lacing sticks.

The smell is perfumy, in a cheap ladies' perfume way. There is an artificial mango essence aroma, but in a scented candle-like way.

The taste is artificial-ish mango with perfume. A hint of Ringwood yeast is there, something beer-ish/grainy going on, besides - but not much. Alittle bit of Lightly salted butter is there. Sweetish, fizzy finish. The taste is better than aroma, but still is not good, and doesn't save this one.

The body is fizzy and light, with a waxy aftertaste.

I can't even see this being a "chick drink". Too perfumy, with too many other detractors. The artificial mango just adds to the mess. Not enjoyable or refreshing. (793 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
2.45/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Virgin Islands Mango Ale....had this at St. John's in the Virgin Islands.

Appearance-light orange color, fizzy head, disspitates quickly.

Smell-fruity sweetness, fusel alcohol, some more synthetic fruit whisps.

Taste/Mouthfeel-more of a soda type taste, fruity and light, not a lot of alcohol, odd pairing of flavors, it's not really even necessarily bad but just doesn't really go and isn't enjoyable.

Drinkability-the fruit flavors are interesting for a hot day, and I'm sure some people find this refreshing, for me it didn't really work.

Overall-I respect the brewer for trying something different and I wanted to like this, but the flavors don't really work, the beer feels a little synthetic and I just didn't really enjoy it. However, I've been told this beer is the company's flagship so apparantly some people enjoy it and maybe you will too, I just didn't. (871 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 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 beerbrains
2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Borrowed" this bottle from the in-laws fridge, hadn't seen it in the market yet which is odd for me, they bought it at Whole Foods. The bottle says it brewed by Shipyard for St Johns, that's promising.

Pours a muddled orangish-amber with a small white head. The nose is very familiar... I can't place it. It may be similar to Pyramid Apricot or just a generic sweet fruity beer smell.

Odd flavor... the smell is sweet the taste is not... flat and dry, very crisp... none of the piney sweetness that I love about mangos. In fact, no Mango at all. A bit of a letdown.

You can tell this started life as a decent pale ale.

To be fair I am not a fan of fruit beers, generally dislike them. (689 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 jdhilt
2.67/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Light mango and hop nose. Flavor is tart mango with some hops. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH. (275 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 coachdonovan
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Tricia's Tropi Grille in Jamestown, RI. Color was a darker orange than I expected for a "tropical" beer. Aroma and taste is all mango, all the time. It wasn't a disaster, just know what you're in for. While probably true for all beers, this one definitely is dependent on the right time, place and mood. I wouldn't have more than one, but it's not a bad way to start a day of summer drinking. (402 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)

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 Gunnz
2.82/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very clear, light amber with an off white, fluffy head. Head deflates a little faster than average.

Very fruity smell. Has no smell typical of any beer. Smells like pure mango nectar.

Very light in flavor. Slightly hoppy with a very faint aftertaste of mango. Slightly bitter.

Very smooth, light boddied beer. Nicely balanced carbonation.

Although it is a decent beer it isn't really near my favorite type of beer. I can't be certain that I would have another and I don't think I'd recommend it to others. (527 characters)

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

Served on tap at the World of Beer near Tampa Palms FL.

Pours clear golden yellow, completely see through. Thin. Wisps of white foam.

Smell is powerful mango. Fruit bursts forth.

Taste is light - watery, with an overload of fruit. Sickly sweet.

Light; easy to drink in one sense. But very sweet. A taster size is good enough. (330 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 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)

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Tropical Mango Pale Ale from St. John Brewers
70 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.