Mango Magnifico
Founders Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #227
Ranked #38,866
3.66 | pDev: 17.21%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Reviews: 300 | Ratings: 1,560
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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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 Brutaltruth
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the big bottle in a snifter. This unique ale pours a beautiful deep golden color with a moderate head of white foam that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and a subtle pool. Nose of sweet mango, spicy pepper, and sweet candy sugars. Flavors follow the nose with mango puree up front, and then the blast of habanero on the sides and middle, and back, and aftertaste. Sweet and spicy finish is like a Belgian tripel dosed with heavy mango and pepper, medium mouth feel that has excellent carbonation, and a warming finish that is almost too much----this from a jalapeno and habanero pepper lover.....but a touch more moderation would help. That said it is still pretty good.....about equal with Even More Jesus with Chili's.


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Photo of AlbertSchwartz
1.89/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I'm not sure why this rates so high. Friend of mine and I both agree that it tastes like cough medicine with a little heat. Worst beer from Founders I've ever had. I actually would rather have a glass of NyQuil at least I'd prevent a cold.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloyingly sweet. The mango fruit comes across as artificial, leaving the impression of cough syrup. The habanero is the Saving Grace of this beer, with a subtle heat at the finish that is nice, but not quite assertive enough to really redeem this beer.

The 10℅ abv is well hidden, but at the cost of creating a beer that is one part Robitussin, one part college cocktail. A great idea gone horribly wrong.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

excellent mango beer with an amazing mango tastecouldnt ask more from a founders beer as usual founders does it again and again. worth tryiing this beer

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Photo of ScaryEd
1.58/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a small off-white head. Head is gone quickly and doesn't leave any lacing.

The aroma is all mango with a touch of spiciness. No complexity whatsoever and it smells like a fruit smoothie with pepper flakes.

The flavor is an abomination. Finishing this beer feels like I'm doing a dare. It's cloyingly sweet with a burst of mango and pineapple juice, then comes the peppery spiciness that feels like someone poured Tabasco sauce into my juice box at recess. This is a prank. An awful prank.

The feel is thick and sticky and I honestly think I'm drinking corn syrup. I need milk after drinking this. But also something salty and bitter. I need salty milk. Wait....

Overall, this is an awful, awful beer. It's sickeningly sweet like a mango cough drop but it also has that annoying, lingering spiciness. I feel like I ate mangos dipped in sugar and then vomited into my mouth and swallowed.

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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 VABA
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer immensely. The mango flavor was just outstanding, with the habanero taste just being a hint it balanced very well. It does pack a very strong punch!

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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 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 Bennybgood7
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy volunteer orange with a cream foam that dissipates quickly
S: mango
T: sweet mango follows with a warming spicy finish - sweet reminder of the heat hangs around forever
F: typical medium ale
LOVE THIS! I'm typically a dark beer guy, but this sweet heat is appealing as well. Top notch!

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Photo of seedyone
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ontap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great surprise. The spice in the aftertaste was both surprising & surprisingly good. Deceptive at 10%. Don't let the novelty or subtlty decieve. This is worth a try. Hope to cross paths again.

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Photo of djrn2
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I'm sure this is way past it's prime. Either way it's the worst founders beer I've ever had

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden orange color that's crystal clear and leave a very thin layer of lacing, nice carbonation.

S - Honey malt, peppers, and mango's. (big surprise there)

T - Sweet mango citrus and malt up front before the hot pepper burn settles in and knocks out any juicy sweetness that was initially there. After the initial adjustment to the heat I can finally taste more mango along with a touch of alcohol.

M - The spicy heat coagulates the saliva in my mouth and leaves a lingering burn on the back of the tongue and in the throat. Carbonation is gentle.

O - I'd be up for trying this again but only after it's cellared for a number of months, the heat is definitely assertive.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of agreenman19
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OrangeMen
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage
~4 months since bottling date

Appearance - Pours a golden orange color, transparent but with lots of floating particles. Half finger thick, slight off white colored head, soapy. Some alcohol legs on glass, but not much head lacing.

Aroma- Sweet and juicy mango, candied sugary sweetness, also a mild tartness. Not much spicy heat detectable, but there is a faint earthy pepper in the background.

Taste- Syrupy sweet mango juice, fleshy stone fruits, syrupy honey sweetness. Medium type peppery spiciness, earthy and sweet, good amount of heat lingers.

Feel- Medium bodied overall, much thicker and syrupy than expected though, for the style its probably as full bodied as you get. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Interesting combination and definetly delivers on both the mango and habaneros, but almost seems as if both flavors are competing rather than blending. However, its quite flavorful and enjoyably different. Its also surprisingly a sipper. Between the higher abv, syrupy thickness, and heat, it definetly calls for a slower consumption.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Danimal25
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of REVZEB
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
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