Founders Mango Magnifico | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Mango MagnificoFounders Mango Magnifico

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of tprinzing
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
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 -13.5%
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 +8.8%
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 -5.8%
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 -9.4%
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 +3.6%
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 -6.1%
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 -27.1%
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 -7.7%
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 +1.7%
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 -43.1%
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 -12.2%
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 +1.9%
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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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Founder's Mango Magnifico for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer the first time it was released and I wanted to make sure not to make that same mistake again, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label is very nice, it fits this beer well and it's eye catching. It poured a nice fairly hazy orange color that takes on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of bubbly, creamy and slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a big mango aroma being the first to show up and it reminds me of a mango glade plug in the way it almost perfume like. Up next comes some more fruityness with some sweet malts showing up and some pale malts and grainy malt aromas showing up in the background with a little bit of a noticeable alcohol aroma and there's some creaminess too. This is beer has a good aroma, it lives up to it's description and it's interesting.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that same mango aspect being the first to show up and it imparts a nice candied mango flavor with a lot of sweetness and it also has a creamy and slight vanilla like flavor to it. Up next comes just a little bit of alcohol with the malts showing up a little bit towards the end and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with a light handbarrow like flavor with a little bit of a throat burn. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it lives up to it's description and all the different aspects are noticeable.

M- Fairly smooth, a little cloying, a little sticky, not too crisp, a little spicy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of the style, it's pretty much a fruit beer with how much the mango dominates it, but the hot peppers also come into play and they balanced out some of the sweetness with a burn. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, one glass is more than enough for me, the intense flavors, sweetness and light burn starts to wear on me, so I wound't want anymore than that. What I like the most about this beer is that is lives up to it's description, in the aspect it doesn't disappoint. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness and lingering burn, they just hurt the drinkability. I might buy this beer again, but I don't think I will go out of my way to search it out again. I recommend trying it if you want a mango and hot pepper beer, but if you cant take a lot of sweetness and some a little heat than it might not be for you. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it's close to be novelty beer, not bad on occasion, but I would never drink it on a regular basis. It's not a favorite Founders beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this one is just what it claims to be, keep it up.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright sunburst golden orange with a thin head of foam with large bubbles.There is a great deal of particulate which appears to be pepper oils.

Candy-sweet mango, guava, papaya, and a slight vegetal aroma.

A candy like sweet mango explodes up front but is immediately washed away by a rather pungent spicy pepper heat, but doesn't last long.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, spicy.

Overall, I really expected more from this, but there was an overall artificial mango like aroma and flavor that was just off putting. Too sweet, needs more tart.

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Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up the 750ml Backstage brew in early April from TW Arrowhead for $10.99. Probably bottled in early February.

Beer poured golden with a decent soap bubble two fingered head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is mango juice concentrate which i find pleasant.

Taste is mango sweetness balanced very nicely by a subtle but not overwhelming habanero heat. Reminds me of the mango salsa i had with tortilla chips last night.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a well crafted beer, definitely not for everyone. But if you enjoy spicy Mexican fare you will dig this brew. Cheers!

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Orange with a big two fingers of white head that dissipates quickly
S: Mango syrupy sweetness, apricot, and a slight hint of habenero
T: Sugary sweet mango syrup, sort of has a medicinal thing going on, the level of spice is spot on though. It's really what makes this impressive to me. It's too sweet.
F: Thin and under carbonated.
O: This beer is impressive in some regards. At 10% alcohol it is easy drinking. The flavor and presence of the habanero is where this beer really stands out. I've had this beer maybe four or five times now and every bottle has been a different experience. I like the hotter bottles. The syrupy sweetness is just a bit too much.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden colour, no head.

S- sugary sweet Mango, very little habanero on the nose.

T- tastes like a Mango soda at first, then the heat of the alcohol kicks in, lots of Mango then a slight habanero burn on the backend which combines pretty well with the booze to give a slightly pleasant burn. Mango goes all the way through.

F- pretty good all round, thick enough body helps give this beer a pretty solid backbone.

O- pretty good beer overall, maybe because i expected a mess, i should of learned by now Founders don't make bad beers. For what it is they pulled it off.....just.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly foggy orange, with a thick white head. Head retention is modest, with only a few dabbles of lacing left behind. Aroma is bread malts, caramel, mango, and habanero. It's hard to explain, but it almost resembles the aroma of the restaurant Costa Vida. The flavor profile is very much bread malts and caramel, with mango sweetness. The sweet, bread opening contrasts the habanero spice that kicks in later. The spice is completely manageable and serves as a fantastic contradiction to the mango. Mouth feel is medium-thick, and grainy. It feels a bit strange, and oddly filling. Overall, it's a good beer, but should be consumed carefully. I love spicy things, and didn't find this beer too hot, or heart burn inducing, which is fine. I am 50/50 on the flavor profile. It's good, and interesting, and yet odd and strange. If you're interested, be sure to share a bottle. It would serve as a wonderful marinade.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

A: Pours golden orange with some small floaties and a frothy white head that settles to a nice layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Big time fruity, mango, mild spice, peppery and kinda minty, caramel honey sweetness, and a touch of bready malt.

T: As expected plenty of fruity notes up front with candied mango standing out, caramel honey sweetness, an interesting kinda minty note, and nice habanero kick on the back end.

M: Medium to full body, mild carbonation, nice warmth from the pepper, but not overwhelming.

O: A bit too sweet for my taste, but the use of habanero was actually quite nice.

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Photo of RickS95
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like it should, nothing spectacular about it. Pours a clearish peach color with s faint bit of chill haze and particles of something in suspension. White bubbles up top, half a finger thick, with meh retention and no lace.

I have to really search for the mango, but it's there. It smells like a cross between an IPA and a macro lager with what seems to be both pale malts and Pilsner malts. Maybe the beer is still too cold but I can't find the habanero anywhere.

Just took a sip and, oh yeah, the habanero is very present and very well accounted for. Took a second sop and my throat is on fire. The good news is that the mango taste is there and is pleasant. It's really a nice tasting beer, but now that I've had two sips my palate is warming and I need dairy for my throat.

Not really sure how to score this since I lost feeling in my lips, tongue, and throat early on in this review. It's very sweet and fruity up front but the heat really build from midsip on. Not sure if it's the ABV, the spice, or a combination, but this thing will put hair on the hair on your chest. Full bodied and then some.

It's really a nice tasting beer, but the spice is too strong for my liking (another sip and my gums are starting to heat up).

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shelf beer from Indiana two weeks ago – refrigerated since
2016 vintage at 49 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – initially a burst of mango, diminishes rapidly
Head large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive pour), fizzy/frothy, off white, diminishing rapidly to an irregular one to two mm frothy ring and no layer
Lacing – none
Body – light orange, hazy
Flavor – Begins with mango, sweet, ends with a little habanero flavor and burn; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, light syrup, soft carbonation

A little mango is always good, a little habanero not necessarily so. However, the habanero is not so assertive as to make this undrinkable as many chili beers are for me – a little heat allowing me to enjoy this.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of pstam87
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the weirdest beers I've had next to ballast point's indra kunindra. Pours a golden color with one finger of white head. Smells like straight up mango candy, or some type of gummy candy. This literally tastes like mango syrup with some heat mixed in it, its over the top sweet. It's not ridiculous when it comes to the habanero taste, there is just enough to know it is there. There is also a weird generic adjunct lager taste on the aftertaste. The 10% is masked pretty well. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, it's pretty weird like syrup and the carbonation is low. For some odd reason, I enjoyed this beer. If you're a fan of those mexican mango chili lollipops then you would probably like this beer.

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Photo of BWood
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok beer. Huge mango flavor and smell up front. The habanero kick brings up the rear and lingers. Glad I tried this but I would not get again. Just not my cup of beer.

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