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The Astounding She Monster Mango IPA - Spring House Brewing Company

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The Astounding She Monster Mango IPAThe Astounding She Monster Mango IPA

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34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 36.65%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 03-28-2011

Our juiciest beer features ripe mango and tropical hop aroma on the nose followed by a mild bitterness from the Citra and Falconer's Flight hops and some alcohol warmth to balance out the sweetness of the fresh mango.
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Photo of Ryften
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Looks great. Very little nose, & the taste doesn't resemble mango at all. It's just a smooth & average IPA. It's good for that, but doesn't justify the "mango" in the name.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7.75 bomber from Abe's.

Bright amber body with slight chill haze. Plentiful carbonation streams. Three fingers of billowing off-white foam.

Big mango aroma. Comes across as fresh fruit rather than juice.

Extra sweet beginning. Could use a little depth. Plenty of juicy fruit, but the mango seems to be sitting on top of he beer rather than integrated into the beer. Not much bitterness to balance all the fruit.

Mouthfeel is on the wimpy side for an IPA.

Interesting idea, but comes off as just ok at best.

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Photo of stakem
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Spring House Tap Room on 4/8/11. Served in an imperial nonic. This brew appears a muddy color of brown with a light tinge of orange coloration but not much. This brew looks like apricot juice mixed with apple cider. There is no head to speak of, even swirling the glass does nothing. No head, no lace, not even some bubbles hanging around the surface or edges.

The aroma is fruity with a light indication of hops. Quite a malty scent of caramel sweetness for an IPA. The mango incorporation is impossible to miss, it is quite bold and provides most of the aromatic character to the brew. Sadly the hops take a back seat here but for not being what I was hoping for, it still smells good.

The taste is very malt sweet with caramel flavoring. Somewhat fruity with a minor hop inclusion and very fruity from the mango with an extra fruity kick almost like orange rinds. The finish produces more IPA character than the first impression and mid taste, the aftertaste is oily with hoppy resines and grass. As it warms the malt tastes a bit toasted.

This is a full bodied brew that is lightly carbonated, maybe a bit too low on the carb. The contribution of alcohol is minimal and quite hidden for 7%. Easy drinking but misses the mark if you are in the mood for an IPA. Fruit beer yes, IPA not so much.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap. Has a dark amberish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, hops, touch of mango. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, light bitterness, slight sweetness, really not getting much in the way of mango. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of orangesol
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in the Taproom.

A - Pours hazy deep orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down a light film, leaving little to no lace down the glass. Quite dull looking honestly.

S - Smells of lots of mango's, sweet caramel malt, and a dulled earthy hop presence. I understand where he was going with this one but the mango's dominate a little too much.

T - Starts off with a ton of fruity mango up front slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hop bite, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of chewy bread at the end. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light chewiness, lingering on the pallet for s short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, fruity, feel with a slightly chewy finish.

O - I liked this one for what it was. I would like to see the fruit dialed back a bit and the hops to come forward a bit more. It was better than the first time I had it so there is that...

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Photo of Kegatron
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Spring House Taproom (Lancaster, PA) on 3/26/11. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep murky burnt orange in the glass, topped with a thin bubbly covering of bright-white head. This dissipates rather quickly, not leaving back much in the way of retention or lacing, but does coat the sides of the glass with thick pulpy fruit residues. The mango is HEAVY in the nose, with a delicious ripe juiciness. There is a touch of sweeter malt and some earthy citric hops present but the mango flavor just dominates this for the most part.

The taste is more of the same, with pure mango fruit just controlling this. There is some bready sweetness across the back of the profile but it seems to do nothing more than have a presence for the mango flavor to prop up against. Hops are present as well but mostly seem to have an earthy sharpness that adheres to the pithy bitterness of the mango. That is what lingers rather heavily on the tongue and roof of the mouth after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation up front that then works itself into more of a sharp and crisp feel as this down. A well hid bigger ABV and some underlying juicy slickness help keep this relatively smooth in the mouth overall.

While there was certainly no shortage of mango in this guy, I would have liked to have seen a bit more IPA here with my fruit, as some more complexity would have been welcome to help keep this a little more interesting during the duration of the whole glass. I like the effort and experimentation with the fruited IPAs going on here though. I'd like to see this one continue to be tweaked.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber with a non existent head, just white around the edge

S-faint scent of aged grains and spices. has a fruityness that could pass for some mango, but it's not very apparent.'

T-comes in with a mild flavor of grains and hops and maybe some mango, if that's what you tell me it is. it definitely does have a sticky bitterness to it that sticks to your tongue for awhile. it's a mellow flavor that doesn't really leave an impression, but also has no negative flavors to it.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is a really average IPA. i bought it because I thought the idea of a mango IPA sounded interesting. it's definitely a fun beer to drink and the bomber won't go to waste, but there isn't anything here that makes me suggest anyone else to buy it nor would i buy it again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Taproom, Lancaster, PA

A hazy, golden-orange liquid with a small fizzy head that receded to a ringlet; minimal lacing. Aroma contained a good bit of mango, as promised, sweet and malty, with a light hoppiness. Came off more as an APA than an IPA in both smell and taste. Mango and citrus zest in the taste, sweet, but not cloying, a solid bready malt base, hops being more muted than crisp. Medium body, moderately chewy, easily drinkable. Good, but not quite what I'm looking for in an IPA.

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Photo of jhartley
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into an over-sized wine glass. Could not find a date on the bottle.

Pours a dark amber color with a nice 1 finger thick white head. Much darker than I expected. I was sure it would be a lighter color. Really love the label art from Spring House and this one is no exception. Would still like to see a visible date and the abv.

Aroma's of dank earthiness, strong malts and assertive hops. Not picking up on any mango in the aroma at first, however after it warms up it starts to come out more.

More of an East Coast style IPA, dark and earthy and assertive on the palate. Would enjoy a little less abrasive hops and more of a fruitiness you would get from a mid-west style IPA, like a Double Trouble. Getting more of a lemony taste, just not getting the mango out of this one at all

Very full mouthfeel lots of hops and malts very little carbonation. Lingering assertive hops on the tip of the tongue. Not picking up on the alcohol at all.

Overall this is a good East Coast IPA. I would really like to have the mango come out more since it is right on the label, because if it wasn't I would not be able to pick it out at all. I guess I was expecting much more than what I got out of it. Still a tasty offering from a fairly local brewery. Lancaster area is just blowing up with some good breweries as of late and that makes me happy. Still one to try whether you can taste the mango or not.

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Photo of EMV
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque amber color with thick white head.

S: Citrusy hops on the nose, not picking up on the mango at all.

T/F: Taste is pretty average for an IPA. Faint sweetness which may be the mango but it certainly isn't a dominant flavor. Citrusy hops and well balanced. Right amount of carbonation.

O: A relatively above average IPA. I think the mango aspect was overhyped a bit since that certainly wasn't a dominant flavor. More citrusy hops to my (admittedly limited) palate. I enjoyed it and it's an easy beer to drink. Would be good for a session... I guess I was just expecting something a bit more adventurous.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a nice clear amber color with a cream colored head on top. The retention on this one was pretty solid as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer was moderately hoppy with a big sweetness on the nose... I wasn't able to pick up on much Mango. Not sure why? The taste is malty with a very subtle fruitiness to it with the hops following up in the finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall I feel this one could have used more of the fruit in it but maybe I just needed to try it as my first beer of the night also. Either way it's a pretty good brew and odds are I would buy it again.

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The beer is dark, dirty, cloudy. I LOVE it, no unnecessary filtering or clarifying, the beer is perfectly imperfect.

Smell: Mangoes. Mangoes. Mangoes.

Taste: Starts with a mango kick in the mouth. Finishes hoppy. It's kind of weird when the two powers combine into mangohop. It kind of works, kind of. But I keep drinking for the mango front and hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Not to heavy, not too thin, just right.

Overalll: Am interesting summer beer. Could not drink more than one every so often, but a neat beer to try once.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tj's in Paoli.
Golden amber in color with excellent, bright white lacing and decent head retention.
Aroma is a tad faint for what I was expecting, but more of the mango shows up after it warms a little bit.
Taste is very enjoyable. Not a mango punch in the face, but a very solid addition/complement to the style. Spring House has a darker, more malty IPA and this was no exception, but the fruit added a little more sweetness, which I enjoyed because it helped cut down on the bitterness.
Finished very clean. Carbonation spot on and no detection of the alcohol. Very easy drinking here once your palate gets used to the minor sweet aspect of this one.
Very solid execution from Spring House. Looking forward to the day they kick this up a notch.

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Just shy of a finger's worth of plush light khaki colored audibly fizzy head... Limited retention gives way to a mostly full veil of lace and a slight collar... The color is a deep dark resiny amber... A limited number of slightly sluggish carbonation bubbles rise throughout...

S - The nose is much more delicate than I had anticipated... First up are a moderately potent citrusy hop goodness... Next comes the sweet mango just as if I had cut into one... There is a solid malt base that lingers beneath the surface... First is the slightly sweet caramel followed by rich doughy notes...

T - The mango sweetness never materializes on the palate... Instead your hit with a fairly potent array of hoppiness... First is strong pungent pine notes... Next are some floral notes... There is a mild citrus presence that is buried way beneath the surface... The malty balance alluded to on the nose is also MIA... There is also a slight medicinal presence on the finish... Not bad by any means, just not what I was expected...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... A slight bit of crisp bubbly carbonation... Perhaps a bit thin... Dry and slightly astringent throughout...

D - Not a great American IPA... Not a bad American IPA... This one is situated somewhere squarely in the middle... My largest complaint is that other than the aroma, the mango alluded to in the name of the brew is mostly missing in action... The end result is an average to slightly above average American IPA and the craft beer world is loaded with those...

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A bit of a bubble show produces a thick head that caps the amber liquid; nice retention and a fair amount of splashy lace is left behind

Smell: Floral and sweet tropical fruit tones - as much cantaloupe as there is mango

Taste: Shortbread malt up front with tropical fruit flavors developing, in the middle; it doesn't scream mango as much as it does cantaloupe but there is mango in there, for sure; the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Like everyone else, I try to drink my IPAs fresh but somehow this managed to sit in my cellar for about nine months; still, while it wasn't as hoppy as I am sure it was when fresh, I got the general idea and I still rather enjoyed it

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

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Photo of yourefragile
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half pint at SH Tap Room

Pours a turbid, pulpy unfiltered dark brown/amber color with a transient cream colored head that leaves little lacing. This beer looks...unique. Aroma is herbal and citrus hoppy forward with a light tropical fruit (mango) sweetness. Little hop or earthy presence in the nose; overall very fresh, ripe and sweet. Flavor is very similar in profile to all of the other Spring House IPAs, particularly in the dry and earthy finish. Body is juicy and citric hoppy with a light mango/tropic sweetness that reveals itself as the beer warms and feels like an afterthought floating on top of the strong grapefruit hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium thick, fairly bittering and dry in the finish. Overall, refreshing and enjoyable fresh, but this reminds me of Seven Gates and Beyond the Gates a little too much for me to enjoy this as a standalone, unique IPA.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass at the taproom.

A: This is the murkiest ale I've ever had. Resembling pumpkin pulp in a glass, the ale is completely opaque. An amber color aside from the pulp, this is a seriously unusual color. No head or lace to speak of.

S: The nose is hoppy with pleny of malt and fruit in support. Citrus, both in the mango and hop formats are in strong supply.

T: IPA forward, mango in the back. Reminds me of that old t-shirt at Boscov's, "Liquor in the front, poker in the rear." As a kid that was hilarious... The hoppiness is plentiful, a citrus mix with the mango. The fruit is more of a side effect, an add-on taste. No doubt though, the mango is there asa bright addition.

M: The mouthfeel is malty as much as it is citrusy. The mango is a pleasant addition. The ale fills the niche between Seven Gates and Beyond the Gates.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mango IPA? Are they growing mangos in the Lancaster area now? Wouldn’t have expected that. Not quite the tropical zone there and all.
Very dark off the pour. Almost in brown ale territory. Nose is very much like a mango. The floral and fruity fragrance is there. Flavor carries much of the same. Hops seem to be very earthy and oily in general. Hard to tell with the mango flavor covering things, but that’s what seems to come off. Smooth feel. Easy enough to drink. And an interesting production. Nothing mind blowing, but it’s a nice beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Hazy dark red, burgundy color with one finger of foamy off white head, no lacing.
S - The aroma flourishes once this thing warms up, lots of ripe mango, some toasted bread, a little hint of alcohol, some really herbal traces in it too.
T - Again the mango flavor shines once it reaches lukewarm temperatures, but while initially there, it gets buried under this massive malt attack. Almost nutty, its kind of a roasted malt, but unfortunately it doesnt let the mango be the star for more than the initial taste. Some earthy hop bites do stand up to the malt, but nothing significant.
M - Very chewy in texture, leaves the palate on the bitter dry side.
O - Spring house can have a real winner, if they change around the hops, and do an overhaul on the malt. If anything I'd actually call this an Imperial Red Ale. The color is wrong, and for the most part the malt dominates the hops. Though I was glad to have gotten this beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Obtained through a trade with Afroman, thanks duder! Pours a dark orange-amber with a frothy off-white head.

Smells of fermented fruit, with slight whiffs of cantaloupe, accompanied by a nice hoppy bitterness.

I was hoping for more cantaloupe here, but the taste of the fermentation came through stronger than any scent of fresh cantaloupe could balance so I was a little let down, but still tasty don't get me wrong!

Felt like a mouthful of cantaloupe that has been sitting at 80 degrees under a mattress in a jar would taste like after 2 months, not that great, but the flavor character makes up for it.

Overall a mediocre IPA, but very glad to get a chance to try it. I'll have to travel east sometime and make a stop at the brewery to taste it fresh as I'm sure that could have something to do with it.

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Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a slightly hazy golden honey color, It was served to me with a small, sticky cap.

s: Sweet, sugary caramel, citrusy hops with hints of lemon, and a fairly strong whiff of fresh mango.

t: The mango flavor was surprisingly strong, a very pleasant surprise. It worked with with the sweet bready malts and bitter, tingly citrus.

m: Fairly heavy with prickly carbonation.

o: Very solid overall, a little more fresh citrus and a bit less bitterness would dial it in for me.

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Photo of Rbmqryche
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no idea what the rest of these reviewers are smoking...this beer drew my attention thanks to the mango ingredient. I hate fruit in my beer, but I LOVE mangoes. I did not even hesitate. The first tip to my lips made me say wow! It is a full bodied IPA with a powerfully not too sweet flavor of mango. The front end flavor has the tropical body with the back end ending in a familiar bitterness of my IPA that I love to drink. Granted you will only need two of these during a sitting, it will be full of flavor. Thanks Spring House for a great idea. I plan to clone this beer but taper back the IBU's to make it more drinkable as soft ale.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Spring House Taproom on 4/1/11.

A - Extremely muddy-looking, opaque liquid akin to unfiltered apple cider with no head whatsoever. Looks more like freshly squeezed fruit juice instead of beer.

S - Fresh mango aroma with a hint of herbal and citrus hop notes. Nose is quite fruity but not overly sweet or malty at all.

T - Flavor is immensely fruity with a juicy citrus flair and lots of mango backed by a wheat bread malt character. Finishes with a healthy dose of herbal and grassy hop bitterness amid more juicy, citrusy attributes.

M - Juicy and bittersweet with prickly carbonation at first, but then settles. Quite bitter in the backend, with the bitterness lingering on the palate for a while. There is also a decent amount of acidity, resulting in some mild mouth pucker.

D - Pretty damn tasty fruit IPA with a pretty fresh, authentic mango character. There's quite a bit of hops in there, too. Very solid but not amazing. Looking forward to some tweaking to this recipe.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with good clarity. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruit, soft mango. In the taste, tropical citrus and a hint of mango, but not at the forefront. Strong bitterness and pineapple, with mango in the finish. Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, this is much more of an ipa than a fruit beer, and it's for the best. This is solid.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Interesting concept going with mango and it was recommended by a friend of mine, so let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Pours a dark, straw-like, but also deep orange body. Amber coloring, with a touch of brown towards the bottom, but stays amber throughout. Head is about an inch and a half that dissipated quicker than I wanted. Could be the age possibly. Does leave a nice lacing on the way down.

Smell: Upon first inspection, I do get the slight hint of mango and other citrus-like scents. Could also be the hops. Pretty deep tropical aromas come through. Further inspection reveals and finishes off with a cantaloupe scent.

Taste: First sips reveal a balanced, not so complex flavor that is mostly dominated by pine-like hops. Maybe a bready-like malt character that is very obvious and almost dominating. Mango is ever so slightly present with some other tropical hops. Cantaloupe is also present and is somewhat sweet on the way down. Kind of a let-down.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and somewhat medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was excited to check out something from a small brewery and new/interesting. Kind of a let-down. I guess my expectations were set too high? It was good for an IPA, but had too much of a pine and bready flavor. Balanced, but too average. I may recommend to a friend, but I probably won't have again

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The Astounding She Monster Mango IPA from Spring House Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.