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Tropical Mango Pale Ale - St. John Brewers

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 151
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 25.77%
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 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 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 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +28.5%
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... ?) (946 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 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 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 woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of my frequent traders, tone77, dropped off some bottles for me the other day, having noticed that I am on a short CAN hiatus. Cool!

My pour created a massive two fingers' worth of fizzy eggshell-white head with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was as advertised, very mango-like. People often characterize mango as sweet, but it should have a slight tang to it. The nose was reminiscent of cutting into a fresh mango, which we used to get on the mess decks at various times while I was in the navy. Mouthfeel was slightly thin but it had a tasty tang to it on the tongue. The label mentioned "Pale Ale - Ale with Natural Flavor Added" and I wonder if they really used a hoppy pale ale as its base as the flavor seemed to incorporate both the mango tangy sweetness with a slight hops bitterness. Finish was tangy and sweet, very mango-like, but not something that I would want on a steady basis. I kept thinking that it could be used in a reduction as a glaze for ham. Now, that would be really good! (1,048 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 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 beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev +26.1%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +28.5%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a solid golden amber color with a nice off-white head that provides a good amount of lacing and retention. The appearance is definitely the highlight of the beer.

S- There is definitely a lot of mango in the aroma, with possibly a hint of wheat. It is pretty sweet and fruity, but not bad.

T- There definitely tastes like there is some wheat in the flavor along with other slightly fruity flavors (I am assuming this is the mango flavors). Not horrible, but it could be better.

M- Pretty solid mouthfeel with a nice creaminess to it and a decent amount of carbonation.

D- Okay beer, but nothing I would want to drink again. It would be okay down in the islands I suppose, but I will pass the next time I see it. (757 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Deuane
3.39/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from a friend who discovered this beer while lazily enjoying the beach on St. John. I was not aware that it is contact brewed by the Shipyard Brewing Company till I read the label.

A-Bright, clear copper kissed golden yellow with a thin, bright white head that quickly reduced to a thin veil of retention and left zero lace.

S-WOW! Without question the best feature of this brew. A powerful tropical fruit bowl pop with strong notes of mango (duh!), papaya and a touch of orange. A touch of honey drizzled, sweet biscuit malt in the background.

T-Damn, too bad the flavour doesn't come through as nicely as the aroma. Sure, the fruit flavours and honey sweetness is present but in a level that quickly becomes too much, syrupy and artificial. Not bad, but certainly a let down after that delicious blast in the nose!

M-Light bodied, sharp and crisp with decent lingering fruit flavours and just a touch of spicy bitterness.

D-While sitting in my house on a cold and blustery February day ehhh...not so much. While sitting on a sun drenched beach with the lapping waves of the Caribbean tickling my toes...absolutely! This is a beer that needs to have the right mood to be enjoyed properly. Maybe a little to close a malternative/wine cooler but it dose have a beer body so.... (1,294 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 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 PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev +24.4%
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. (322 characters)

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Tropical Mango Pale Ale from St. John Brewers
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