Founders Mango Magnifico | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Mango MagnificoFounders Mango Magnifico
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 07-19-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
1,481
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
40.22%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
271
For Trade:
33
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Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A high gravity fruit beer with mangoes and habaneros... Right. Golden amber, bright and beaming with exceptional clarity - looks like a clean amber lager or a filtered IPA. A soft and soapy white head sits on top, quiet and lasting for a deceivingly long amount of time before it remains as a ring around the edge and nothing else.

The aroma is a little quieter than expected for a 10%-er. Or for a mango beer. Or for a habanero beer. Dirty and earthy notes traverse and pull the shade over some sweet mangoes and delicate hints of honey. Not much pepper in the aroma... Almost nonexistent, really. Kind of disappointing overall, and not really what I was anticipating.

Yeesh... The first sip is cloyingly sweet. Over the top levels of sweet, sweet mangoes bum-rush your taste buds and spike your blood pressure instantly. Sweet and sour sauce, cloying mangoes, and maybe even some pear fruitiness. Yup. Mangoes with pear notes all day, and a light touch of toffee, most likely from the malt, though much of the malt seems to be pale.

Habaneros show up about halfway through and sent a jolting kickstart to the back of the throat. Each sip heats up over time until you finally realize your throat is nice and peppered. This aspect of the beer - I don't mind. I actually kind of like it. What I can't stand, however, is how my insulin levels get all out of whack at the beginning of each and every sip.

It's thicker on the palate than it appears, sticky and hefty with a pretty sharp and tight carbonation and blows up the flavors even more. This was one of those beers that started out kind of awkward, and I tried so, so hard to like it, but in the end, it became more a nuisance than an enjoyment to drink, and ultimately I was let down.

Tame the mango sweetness (or whatever sweetness it might be) and this beer has a shot. The peppers are quite spicy, especially as they escalate with each sip, but they do not simply "balance" the copious amount of sweetness on the front end of the beer. Started of mediocre with some redeeming qualities, but those redeemers aren't enough to keep this beer from being pretty bad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Brutaltruth
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
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 ScaryEd
1.58/5  rDev -56.5%
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 yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
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 ccg
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 AlbertSchwartz
1.89/5  rDev -47.9%
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 seedyone
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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 -23.4%
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 Bennybgood7
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear golden brass color with a sitcky one finger white head atop.Aromas of sweet alcohol,mago,and a burning habenero,the aromas were lighter than expected.Quite sweet and sugary with the tropical fruit/mango flavoring than a sharp burn from the peppers in the finish,there is a smattering of piney hops that's noticable.It needs more of a fuller body and something to balance the sweetness a little.I love Founders but I spent way to much on this beer in my opinion.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MadScientist
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark golden ale with good clarity. There is a long lasting off white head made of rocky bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Alrighty, as advertised there is a medium aroma of mango, citrus hops and moderately-light chile pepper aroma. Some of the fruit aromas bring a low green apple type aroma but it's mostly a pineapple and citrus hops aroma blending with the mango and the fruity nature of the pepper. Low malt and alcohol sweetnesses round out the nose.

T: The citrus hops flavor, hops bitterness and habanero dominate the flavor with the mango following closely behind. The chile pepper brings a lasting heat that is about even with the hops bitterness and longer lasting than the malt sweetness. There is a medium amount of malt sweetness and moderate fruit sweetness against a strong hops bitterness and medium-strong pepper heat give a balance that is fairly bitter and spicy. The finish is about medium with a linger citrus and hops bitterness and a sustained chile heat.

M: A medium to medium-full bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation and a moderate alcohol warmth.

O: A bold, flavorful beer that is exceptionally well crafted with the hop fruit flavors mix well with the mango and chile fruit character. A solid Double IPA that is complimented by the addition of mango and Habanero and what I think is perfect balance of heat. You've got to at least like some heat to appreciate the balance here, so if adding a few dashes of Tabasco or Sriracha to your food on occasion isn't you're thing you may want to move along.

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Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not much carbonation but it gives you a hefty dose of mango and sweetness then the habenero kicks in and does a little number on the back of your throat. Cool to try but probably won't buy again. Up the carb and tone down the sweet and heat a notch or two.

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Photo of sabitu
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of supa0525
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass the beer was gold in color with a small white head. There was no lace.

The aroma was tropical fruit and pepper.

Taste of mango and melon. Very peppery and hot.

Sweet and hot.

This was a nice gimmick, but ultimately did not work. Way too sweet and way too hot. Not a combination that worked.

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Photo of thetommo
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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