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Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPAFever Dream Mango Habanero IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jim and Pam. Forest and Jenny. Snoop and Mary Jane. For our brewers, that couple that makes us all weak in the knees is Mango and Habanero.

The combination of sweet mango and bold habanero pepper has always been a favorite in casks of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, which inspired one brewer in particular to pitch a Mango Habanero IPA for our Brewhouse Rarities series.

Brewhouse Rarities Mango Habanero IPA was released in February 2014 and flew off the shelves faster than we could brew it. We’re no psychics, but we took that as a sign that you wanted more. And after running it as a tasting room throwback late last year, our imaginary crystal ball was clear that this Mango Habanero IPA was ready to graduate to our year-round roster. Giving it a name that invokes the feeling of conquering an invading tribe, we now bring you Fever Dream.

Fever Dream showcases a beautiful trifecta of fruit, heat and tropical fruit-forward hops. The balance of spicy and sweet that has been expertly dialed in, with the heat factor falling into the category where you can enjoy a few pints, rather than just one. We recommend trying this with your favorite Thai foods and curry, or on it’s own if food isn’t your thing.

Added by Titans77 on 02-15-2014

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/10/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango/habanero, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango/habanero, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, that lightly increases through the glass. Light lingering pepper heat as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly sticky/bready/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming other than the peppers after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruit/spiced IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango/habanero, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the restrained pepper heat and spice. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a semi-cloudy, golden brown body with one-finger head and a lace ring down the glass. Aroma doesn't really contain heat and just faint traces of mango/tropical fruit and is basically standard citric/floral hops. The beer is easy drinking and light, seven percent ABV doesn't come through at all, as beer overall strikes me as dry, bitter, earthy, minimal sweetness for balance and a bit of heat on the backend. I can't say that this is a bad beer and I like the concept but this didn't wow me in any way.

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Photo of dedevajinasi
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

having thought it was spicy at first i was very impressed by the perfect combination of the spice in the end habanero with cayenne and a zesty mango + citrus, base ipa is not bad at all, i can safely say that flying dog trustable for IPAs.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by: 8/10/16.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of mango, mango juice, tropical fruit, and slight mango salsa aromas. Taste is much the same with mango juice, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a mango and tropical fruit characteristics that are better in the smell, and a habanero presence that only comes through as heat after each sip.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-deep orange bottle pour, fine haze: a bit of a pepper aroma, there is a bit of mango-orange taste initially and some hot pepper in the finish. It is not a spicy beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw color with a finger of head. The nose is hoppy with a very mild burn. The body is hearty with a flavor profile that balances the hops and the heat well.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, with best before dating printed on the label.

Pours lightly hazed typical amber, khaki cap, stays nicely, and leaves nice froth, a thicker film and collar and estensive ringed sheeting/lave..nice looking beer.

Hopped up and fresh tasting sniff, with pepper notes in the rear.

Hops and chili..yum yum...both up front and burning here....bold and flavorful with more then average chili burn...hot but not too hot..in my humble opinio...wont be for everybody...but I found it to be quite enjoyable with the hops and chili somewhat in balance...chili heads go get some and enjoy

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz tap pour.

Cloudy deep or age with a fluffy white head. Leaves good lacing. Muted hops and a hint of pepper. Deep malt, hop bite and a touch of warm from the pepper. Fairly smooth with little alcohol detected. Glad I got to try but just don't get wowed by Flying Dog. Not a bad beer but probably wouldn't have another.

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Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter. Look is orange and hazy. Not much in the smell, maybe some sweet fruit and spicy pepper. Taste is much better. Mango is very present up front, as well as the ripe habenero pepper. Finishes with a nice bitter hop element. The heat is there but not overwhelming. The heat style is more burn than tingling. Overall a solid fruit/pepper IPA. Some might find the mango adjunct a bit artificial, but I think it was controlled enough to be a good add

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a cloudy orange with an eggshell colored, two finger head that dissipates quickly leaving several bands of lacing.

Smell: Smells a bit like chili. Faintly spicy habanero and black pepper that almost makes you want to sneeze. The smell of sweet mango is unmistakable and outshines the spiciness from the peppers however.

Taste: Restrained notes of habanero poke their head through initially. The taste of mangos, clementines, nectarines, and orange juice follows and contributes to a prevailing sweetness. Some bitter piney hops vie to balance the sweetness out to make for an okay base beer.

On the back of the finish though, the spicy habanero peppers kick in. While the habanero and mango flavors are authentic, this beer just doesn't feel right.

Feel: The beer loses a lot of points here. It's very thin, dry, hot (from alcohol) and spicy (from the peppers) not to mention extremely well carbonated. This gives the beer a sandpapery, abrasive, texture.

No joke, I'll let this sit out for a good 45 minutes after I pour it so the carbonation can die down to make for a much smoother tasting experience. I also prefer to drink this one warm, so the hops can shine through and combat some of the encroaching sweetness and spice.

Overall: At first I liked this but the deeper into the 6 pack I've gotten, I've noticed how acrid it is. The peppers really make this a chore to drink after a while. Decent base IPA I suppose.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is laden with mango and resin, with a significant malt sweetness to counter.

Flavor is peppery hot throughout, not overwhelming, with mango tartness adding complexity. Wish the mango sweetness were a little more prevalent. A bit too bitter.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a golden body with small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, citrus earthy bitter notes with sweet, sugary mango notes
T: strong, earthy citrus notes with some habanero in the back of the throat. Mango is no where to be found due to the crazy hop notes.
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination, but you feel the burn throughout the the beer. Can handle a few, but not a whole sixer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden, effervescent body; thick, sticky head; lots of lacing along the glass. Sweet, tropical fruit aroma. Hot pepper flavor with an easy malt grain sweetness. Medium-heavy body; starts with a sweet feel yet finishes with a dry edge.

A nicely balanced, reasonably complex tasting IPA. The chili pepper heat is prominent and quite delicious while the gentle malt grain flavor and sweetness , with a touch of fruit goodness, brings everything together. The aroma is good yet pretty subdued, not a real negative, yet takes away from an otherwise excellent beer. Another nice chili beer addition from Flying Dog.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery "Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 08.10.16A" on 03.29.16
$1.99 @ Giant, Haverford, PA

Decent enough appearance. Decent enough aroma. I love the citrus/tropical fruit. That carries over into the flavor, of course, and it's not overdone. The malt comes through, moderately grainy and gently sweet and it's nicely balanced by a solid bitterness, exactly as an IPA should be. But where is the habanero? I don't get the heat. I don't get the flavor. Oh, there it is. It slowly rolls up on you. That's good, I like that. Too much heat right up front isn't a good thing. Here I can enjoy the beer for much longer before I'm palate fatigued. With each sip it gets just a little bit hotter, and now I can actually smell the pepper in the aroma (I'm not sure if that's because it's building in my mouth, or if it's because the beer is warming a bit). The mango remains and it's nice, it's juicy and refreshing - and then there's the heat on the back end. I wasn't really expecting to like this but I do. I'd have another. And I don't usually do this in a review, but I thought that Ballast Point's Habanero Sculpin was probably the best pepper IPA I'd had up until now. This might beat it. Of course I have to drink the whole thing, and I'm writing this with the beer in front of me so give me a minute or two.... (or 30, it's not exactly a pounder!). So, I made it through, and I believe I could have another. I wouldn't want to, but it would not be out of the realm of possibilities (as it would be for a second bottle of Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer!). The heat builds but it doesn't seem to ever pass a certain threshold. I've got to hand it to Flying Dog, they've been doing some interesting stuff and pulling it off, and this might be their best attempt yet.

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Photo of got2
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a difference a day makes!

When I first tried Flying Dog’s Fever Dream, I wasn’t too impressed. Then again, I was also recovering from a cold, so I wanted to give it another chance.

And I am glad I did because, like any canine, it can be a bit intimidating, but once you get to know them they’re rolling over on their belly for you.

Fever Dream is no different because when you develop at taste for it it’s pretty friendly. The color is quite an attractive copper, closer to beige than yellow. The head is nice and frothy.

The scent has traces of mangoes–as does the flavor, though it’s faint, which I like because otherwise it become a distraction–and alcohol.

Fever Dream is a bit on the bitter side, though it hits at the back of the throat, as opposed to up front, which makes it very drinkable.

It’s a particularly refreshing brew, with mild carbonation.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is mangoes, mild tropical fruit and a hint of ominous habanero. The flavor is mangoes, tropical fruit, malts and a mix of bitter and creeping heat in the finish.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft in tulip glass

Dark copper, white head. Good lacing. Citrus hop aroma. The taste finishes with the pepper burn, but its mild. Medium bodied.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours amber with some golden highlights. It has a slight haze. It is topped with several inches of off white head that leaves some decent lacing.

I get classic IPA citrus aromas, and the mangoes and the habanero peppers are both noticeable.

It tastes like a solid citrusy IPA complimented by the mangoes and habanero peppers.

Medium mouthfeel

Fever Dream tastes like an above average IPA that with the perfect addition of fruit and peppers elevates this beer to a good IPA. A lot of beers advertise these flavors but fail to deliver. This is a well executed beer. I bought a single and will now purchase six packs.

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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a dark golden orange with a fingers worth of white head. Aroma of is of citrus and tropical fruits, not much bitterness detected. Taste is similar to the smell with tropical fruits, citrus, light pine, and spicy chili peppers. Medium body and crisp carbonation. Overall a nice spicy take on an IPA. I would drink it again.

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Photo of BB1313
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 8/18/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are very tropical. Lots of mango, melon and pineapple. Some malts in the mix, but the hop aromas shine. The flavors follow the nose with a kick of spice. More tropical notes. Lots of mango and pineapple. Hints of pepper skin as well. Black pepper is there. The habanero blends perfectly with the hops. The heat is there but absolutely not overwhelming and doesn't linger for long. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and very easy to drink.

This is a great Habanero IPA. It's very drinkable and isn't harsh at all. The tropical notes are very enjoyable as well. I like this. Well done. Recommended.

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Photo of Chrisbaggz
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a six pack at the local beer store. I am always excited to see what the newest flying dog creation will be. When I saw a mango habanero IPA, I was skeptical because so many habanero ales have been way too spicy to enjoy - like habanero Sculpin. I like spicy food, don't get me wrong, but a beer that burns your throat is not a good feeling. This beer really hit the spot - A subtle heat is certainly there, but the flavor of the habanero, the sweetness of the mango, and the bright citrusy hops all came together in perfect balance here. Truly an exceptional brew.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark honey muck color with a sliver ring of beady foam.

Small, but juicy nose. Citrusy hops with musty tropical esters. Not picking up much bitterness, but there is a low-level calm heat.

Lots of chili pepper on the tongue with some slight pickling. The heat is warm, but very manageable. Hops are muted behind the intense pepper flavor. Very dry, with just a touch of tropical fruit. Citrus notes are beneath everything else, including a sturdy pale ale malt with a crouton toast.

This beer has a mild-to-moderate effervescence. Low bitterness accentuates flavor, but the copiuos amount of chili pepper in the taste only translates to mid-range plus in capsaicin heat. The body is oceany, but there's some opening smoothness.

I thought this beer was off-balanced. Needs more citrus and presence of mango. Even the habanero didn't really translate as habanero, per se.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Max's Taphouse (3/11/14)

A: Hazy copper. Decent lacing.

S: Sweetness. Light hops. Peppery.

T: The cask cuts through the heat and leaves only a lingering pepper taste. Not much of an IPA and a bit watery. Low hops.

M: Smooth. Low carbonation. Watery.

O: Maybe the cask killed it but this is a far cry from the best of this type that I've had, Stone's Ruination - Tropical Heat version. Can't wait for the Mint Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of psumjl269
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most unique beers I've ever had. Tastes great and leaves some real heat. A lot of beers brewed with pepper taste sort of like pepper, but this is one of the only beers that tastes very much like the pepper and leaves spice burn. For those who love heat, this is an amazing beer!

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Photo of Titans77
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewhouse rarities for 2/XX/2014.

A - Looks golden brown with little to no head. Standard IPA look, hazy for sure.

S - Fruits and pepper. Sooo goood. If you like tropical fruits and hot peppers, this beer is godly.

T - Front of the mouth is tropical fruit all the way, It tastes like mango and grapefruit.

M - as smoothe as and IPA. Dry finish with fruit and pepper.

O - Very solid beer. Would drink again 9/10 beer in my mind. The pepper does an amazing job. Can't wait for more from Flying Dog.

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Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.