Mango Magnifico
Founders Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #267
Ranked #39,880
3.66 | pDev: 17.21%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Mango MagnificoMango Magnifico
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange hue.

White head; minimal lace.

Mango fruit nose; hint of heat.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Sweet mango blast up front.

After a few sips, the habanero asserts itself. The heat never gets overbearing, but is always present.

This is an odd beer. Sweet & spicy. Unique & worthy, if not perfect.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle with no dates. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The one and a half finger head goes away pretty quickly and leaves behind a foam layer and lots of patchy lacing all over the glass. It's a beautiful, bright, crystal clear reddish copper color.

Smell: There's ripe mango, fresh habaneros peppers, malt and that's pretty much it.

Taste: It starts with some fruit at the beginning, mainly mango and papaya and then the spicy habaneros kick in and linger in the aftertaste. There's also some grainy sweetness in there as well.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, creamy and medium bodied but it feels heavier. The carbonation is medium-low.

Overall: The balance in the taste is well executed but the heavier body, high ABV and strong spiciness in the aftertaste make it hard to enjoy in larger quantities. It's very strong in a lot of areas and there's no delicacy anywhere which is unusual for a fruit beer. It's still enjoyable and different though.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

6/2/18: 2016 750 ML 2016 bottle, multiple pours into nonic glass. Honey golden pour, light white thin lacing. Much sediment in bottle and pour, heavy carbonation. Sweet mango aroma, tart taste, sweet mango offset by pepper, very nice balance. Thin texture, carbonation holds well, ABV provides a nice kick, spicy finish. Very good offering, looking forward to next pour.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with sediment chunks. Foamy, short, white head that lasts a little.

Smells mango, fruity, tropical, caramel and pepper.

Taste sweet mango, fruit, Peach, light bready and grainy. Fading to light pepper and Heat. Finish is sweet with mango and pepper heat linger. Medium body and fizzy lower carbonation.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a awesome brew from start to finish, it looks great and the aroma and full. The taste was out of this World freaky fruity and sporting spicy hot ass notes in the aftertaste area...damn this is a total brew for the style....enjoy it...sorry I waited so long to try it!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 2016 version on discount, no bottling date.

Poured into a chalice: color is murky copper, head is off white with mainly fine bubbles, presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a thin top.

Smell is sweet, hint of mango, big honey and light chocolate like flavor, maybe some peppery heat.

Taste is sweet, with mango, honey, odd chocolate like flavor and then some habanero like pepperiness. Some thickness to this beer, but the flavors seem more muddled then anticipated.

Mouthfeel is moderate and spicy.

Overall an interesting beer that has a completely different flavor than i anticipated. there is some chocolate like character which could be due to the extended age of this selection

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Photo of aclockworkchris
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jolly Racnhers and sugar mixed with spicyness. Very weird. Looks like I know why it was half off. Honestly the first bad beer I’ve had from Founders

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Look: Opaque burnt copper body with flecks of pulp floating around. The head is light cream colored and relaxes to a light film and collar, no lacing.

Aroma: Pure mango flesh, mango fruitiness, pure tropical mango everywhere with a sweet caramel backing. If you inhale deep enough, your nostrils may get a bit of habanero heat.

Taste: Mango flavored hard candy with a very sweet candy finish as well. Habanero pepper is present in the hot finish as well as a really malty wood barrel note.

Mouthfeel: For 10% ABV it is fairly light, the beer is extremely hot going down, peppery heat is evident.

Overall: The mango does come off tasting candy-like, but the habanero is hot and for 10% ABV this beer goes down easier than say, a big stout. I like it a lot but I can see how it is a niche beer.

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Photo of eppie82
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle (2016).

Pours hazy amber with normal bit of foam upon aggressive pour. The aroma still had loads of mango and sweetness. Surprised at how much mango was still there. Taste also had a good bit of mango sweetness, but there wasn't much else to it. And the back end/aftertaste of each sip really was not pleasant. I had hoped that some time would subdue the pepper and alcohol burn, but they were still very much present. Beer became undrinkable after it had warmed.

Was an interesting beer to try, but I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed orange amber colored ale with a small off-white colored head.

Smells very fruity smells a lot like tutti fruity candy. Habanero is detected as a faint itching in the nose. Doesn't smells like mango though, just fruity.

Starts out sweet with a fruity pepper taste. Warming in the chest but hard to tell if it is the habanero or the considerable alcohol content. Tastes of fruit and pepper, if you have had dried mango with Chile powder on it you know what this tastes like. This gets hotter as you drink it, but the heat is felt in the chest and not the mouth.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a good Chile beer but a weird beer in itself. If you want a Mexican candy flavored beer this is the one you are looking for.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap as of this date at Vermont Tap House, Williston, VT. Anyways, well, here’s the rest. Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a glossy burnt orange to red color with a bar pour’s kind of slim white head that quickly dissipated. Lacing seemed fairly messy and all over the place. The smell started off with the sweet mango, some light grapefruit and then some the habanero. Damn, that’s light. I don’t mind that for me, not sure what others think. The taste was mainly the same with the habanero spice really sliding in underneath. Slight sweet mango aftertaste. Dry finish. On the palate, this one leans towards a medium body, almost a tad light, but good sessionability with the habeneros leaning back and not spicing things up too much. Carbonation feels good. Overall, as a fruit beer (mango, that is), I’d say it works and with Founders adding in that subtle habanero to spice things up just a tad, hey, well, all I have to say, why not, try for yourself!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am reviewing this one with a little age on it - under a year, but not by much. The beer pours a slightly cloudy neon orange with a minimal head. The aroma is dominated by fresh and preserved mango, as well as some peach hard candy. The flavor is sweet, but definitely not cloying, with loads of mango, as well as hints of stone fruit, apricot, nectarine, and peach, and then on the swallow the pepper heat comes through, perfectly cutting thropugh the sticky mango finish. The mouthfeel is rich, not quite full, but quite sticky. Overall this is a damn fine beer - I know it got a lot of negative press when first released, but I must say I am digging this - glad I found it a 20% off.

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Photo of tprinzing
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really like this one! Both the smell and the taste are pretty substantial mango. The habanero is just a hint as described. The taste really reminds me of my favorite salsa which is Mikey V's Sweet Ghost Pepper Sauce, made in Georgetown TX.

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Photo of XBeerBellyT
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: Dark orange. Had a bourbon type of color to it.
S: Candied mango on the nose. Strong liqueur flavor. Can definitely tell it's high ABV. Again, not shy about the mango on the nose.
T: Strong mango on the front. Very sweet, syrupy flavor. Too much for my liking. Destroyed my taste for other beers the rest of the night.
F: Had a thick syrupy feel to the body.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer drinks like a big, spicy, sweet Belgian dark ale. Strong, sweet, round fruity flavor all playing in front of a backdrop of spicy heat (instead of hop bitterness). The sweetness is almost too much, it's almost unbalanced; this isn't really a go-to everyday buy a case of it for a ball game kind of beer. It's a sipper that ought to be paired with the right food; perhaps a fresh salad to help cut through some of the sweetness. Very easily worth a try.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very hazy, dark orange with a thin, white head.
Smells all mango.
A nice mango taste that switches straight to heat on the first taste. As you drink, there is a smoother transition. The heat is pretty substantial that really hits in the throat. No alcohol taste which makes this dangerous at 10%. Very unique. A neat share bottle that was worth the $6 I paid for clearance bomber.

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Photo of EMH73
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

All I can say about this beer is that it does not taste anything like a beer. Oh sure it looks the part but it is way too sweet and the heat from the peppers does nothing to balance the sweetness. There is no hop, barley or malt presence at all. I would not buy again.

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Photo of stickydankhop
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really sweet. does not taste like beer what so ever. I was worried the Pepper would be too much, but Founders has done a wonderful job keeping the pepper in the background just enough. My wife thought it was wonderful.

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Photo of EMV
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Pours a light to medium golden orange color... clear, and with 2 fingers of white head that fall rapidly. No lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and mango.

T/F: Sweet up front with loads of sticky mango... almost tastes like a mango candy. No other flavors apparent... no hop presence, and a medium heat at the finish from the peppers. Carbonated... syrupy and sticky. Warming from the somewhat needlessy high ABV.

O: I guess it is what it says it is... syrupy sweet mango candy with hot peppers at the finish. Not a favorite, and not one I'm likely to revisit but was worth a sampling. If you love mango or pepper beers you'll undoubtedly enjoy this one. Definitely one to share... it took me quite awhile to get through a bomber.

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Photo of kwakwhore
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Artificial fruit scents, reminiscent of children's chewable vitamins, cloyingly sweet flavor interrupted by heat from the peppers. Not a fan of this at all. I've had and liked beers with peppers in them, but this is not one of them.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with a slight orange/amber color, thin bubbly head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell has a fairly fruity aroma, definitely picking up the mangoes.

Taste is quite the surprise that catches you off balance, huge sweetness hits right off the bat with a fruity mango flavor at the forefront, quite syrupy and cloying sweet, another surprise hits you in the aftertaste with the habanero heat that heats up your tongue and throat with a different type of burn than a beer of this strength typically does, medium carbonation levels, finishes on the sweet heat end.

This is a very divisive beer, I'm not really digging the huge sweetness or the habanero heat but that doesn't mean it isn't well crafted in some aspects.

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Photo of ccg
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours with a fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Legs look thin, no real lacing to see. The beer itself is an translucent, light orange color. I'm not really sure how to judge it, because this a unique beer for me. It looks a bit thin.
The smell is dominated by tropical fruit, but I'm not sure I could have pegged it as mango specifically. It smells juicy and interesting but also a bit artificially sweet.
The taste is so much better than the smell. It's sweet, fruity, and juicy. It could become cloying, but then that pepper comes in and bites the tongue. It's definitely different, but I think it mostly works for the first glass of it. However, more than one glass of it could be a chore.
It feels rather syrupy, but the lingering heat from the peppers makes it interesting.
Overall: At first, I was mildly surprised to see so many negative reviews, but I can see how this beer could be polarizing. It loads up on juicy, fruity sweetness and borderline artificial candy-flavor mango. The habanero heat helps to balance it, but some sourness would have cut nicely through the sweetness.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.06/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Clear amber with a large, beige, car wash foam head.

Sweet fruity aroma of mango, nearing artificial, with apple cider and bubblegum.

Taste is sickly sweet. Cough syrup. Mango candy, with some weak heat on the back end, which is fine as I'm afraid anything more might actually make this worse, and I like spicy things. There is a hint of Kelloggs Eggo in the finish, which doesn't do it any favors.

Feel is slick, and syrupy, without any carbonation to speak of, like a short pour cocktail overly dosed with simple syrup. Mango Magnifico is not drinkable, at all. Between two people, we poured 3/4 of this into a cake batter for shits and giggles, and that was after we thought we had drank a lot of it. Seriously, wtf were they thinking?! This is a disgrace to the otherwise stellar Backstage label.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Mango Magnifico pours a mucus yellow with no head. Nice fresh and natural mango aromas. The taste has a some noticeable mango flavors mixed in with a burn from the peppers. Feels a little flat. Overall, the mango and hot peppers do not mingle very well.

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Photo of mntlover
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thumb sized off white head, not much lace. Some nice peppering of floating black heads adding to the haziness.

Aroma is very fruity mango defiantly dominating, with some malt sweetness. Pretty close to a mango Snapple really. Some light spice also noted underneath it all. Since its a fruit beer guess its good because it sure is fruity.

Taste is like the aroma big fruity and malt sweetness up front. Finish is peppery spice and a mildly warm habanero kick.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly mellow carbonation levels.

Overall guess its OK. Picked this up not really knowing what it was. Would say its true to style. Saying that I would say its not something I would pick again, just not my cup of tea. Maybe a but load of hops would help.

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Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1561 ratings