Mango Magnifico | Founders Brewing Company

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Mango MagnificoMango Magnifico

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 07-19-2013

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, mango, fruit, and slight chile aromas. Taste is much the same with mango and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of chile 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 nice balance between the mango and chile ingredients.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess habanero peppers just don't work in beer. ive had many attempts, and this may be the closest to a hit, but it just doesn't fit. otherwise a fine brew, with a hazy thick orange look and a frothy head of pure white and an inch high. it smells sweet from the mango, but not really very spicy. pale and caramel malts give it a base. the pepper assaults you on the first sip, its not so hot as it is flavorful, until the swallow, at which time it lights a flame in the back of your throat. the cool carbonation tries to quench it, but it burns on. the ten percent alcohol also adds to the heat, which can absolutely be tasted. this is undoubtedly a bottle to share with some brave souls. I like the feel really, minus the heat. the fruit gives it a sweeter thickness and the carbonation is really aggressive. maybe scale back the habanero and this beer is a winner, as it stands though, its hard to get through a glass.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a clear orange color with a thin white head on top. Not much to look at really. The smell is sweet with mango and has a subtle peppery note going on in there. The taste comes in with all that mango sweetness which quickly transfers over to that Habanero creeping heat. The beer isn't too hot to drink infact i think the sweetness outweighs the heat a bit. The mouthfeel is kind of heavy and thick which might be too much for this beer. Overall it's decent if you wanna try pepper beers, but I don't plan to seek it out in the future.

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2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The latest installment in the "Backstage Series", Founders garners inspiration in tropical fruit, supporting sweetness and spicy pepper balance. It works for salsa and chutney, so why shouldn't the combo of habanero and mango work for beer?

Brightly colored with amber, light copper and orange, the ale pours with a zesty turbulence that quickly sheds its carbonation to fuel a cottony white cap. Unfortunately the oils of the pepper and the thin malt structure proves too much to retain and to build upon its froth. Its short stature and terse longevity succumbs to the beer after just a few minutes.

Sweet honey and unmistakable tropical fruit command the nose upon the very first scent and holds on entirely. Fruit esters suggest orange and apricot as complements to the mango additions. A tinge of chili pepper floats just below the fruity sweet scent and peaks through the malt and mango with unique spice and vegetable balance.

Honey and caramel coat the front of the mouth and pave the way for tropical mango fruit and those accessory tastes of orange, pineapple and apricot. Its culmination registers as fruit marmalade as it lingers deep into the middle of the palate. That's when the spice that is largely dismissed earlier begins to separate from alcohol warmth and reveals the taste of capsacin and the vegetable pulp of habanero. Its growing spice treks onward to finish and grows in intensity to surprise the palate and threaten its comfort zone.

The characterful ale is fairly direct and one-dimensional as its malt structure is all honey and candy, but with little of the creaminess or bready textures that really could have smoothed out the pepper. Instead the heat springs from the sugary base and numbs the palate with its capsaicin prickle.

I rather adore the initial taste as impressions of candied habaneros come to mind. But its simplicity is its curse- it needs more than honey and habanero to carry the load. Richer dextrin malt or lactose could really give the ale the heft that it needs to better support the pepper and not interfere with the sweetness or fruitiness.

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3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Acquired at me local HEB Grocery. 10% ABV confirmed per the label. "Mango ale brewed with a hint of habanero." 750ml brown glass bottle with stylized label art and a black branded pry-off pressure cap served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are quite high given the brewery, which makes some beers I love. Reviewed live. Reviewed as a fruit beer because it identifies as such on Founders' website:

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy. Okay creaminess and thickness. Decent frothiness. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good for the ABV - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear pilsner yellow of average vibrance. I didn't expect that colour from a fruit beer; it's weird to see the appearance and think that it's a 10% beer because I'm so conditioned to associating this colour with low-average ABV beers. Transparent; translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall it's generally appealing but not unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it. Has no obvious flaws.

Sm: Mango fruit; it seems authentic, not artificial as if from extract or syrup. Pilsner malts. Light honey. Refreshing tropical fruit burst. A hint of vague pepper; I couldn't identify it as habanero blind. Munich malts. Clean barley. Complementary floral hops.

A pleasant subdued aroma of mild strength. I find it a bit mouthwatering. Looking forward to trying it.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't detect any off-notes.

T: True to its epithet, it's got plenty of refreshing mango fruit - which primarily occupies the open through the second act. Hints of habanero hit on the climax and linger through the finish and into the aftertaste, but the heat is never overwhelming or unwelcome, nor does it limit drinkability. Pilsner malts, munich malts, and light nectary hops fill out the rest of the flavour profile for the most part, though I do get some juicy watermelon up front as well. It's a nice pairing of refreshing fruit with spicy peppery heat, and the execution is good. It's balanced, both in terms of flavour and structurally. Though the heat of the habanero is far more intense than the mild fruit up front, the former never overwhelms the latter. The candi sugar in the body lends a sweetness that tames the heat. On some sips, I don't even notice the heat until the aftertaste hits. Impressively balanced, indeed.

Like most beers out there, it could use more complexity and subtlety. This is hardly a subtle beer, but rarely are chili peppers used with nuance. For the premise of the beer, I think Founders does well here, but there's room for improvement.

Intensity of flavour is well above average, as is duration of flavour - both due to the habanero. Depth of flavour is average for the style, though I do want to point out that Founders does a magnificent job of delivering the mango flavour; I can't imagine how difficult that'd be with actual mango fruit.

I could use more of a hop presence, as well as a bit more flavour in the second act. I like the beer overall.

No alcohol or yeast character comes through. At 10%, that's pretty impressive. Watch out, lads, this'n will hit hard if you don't mind your consumption.

Mf: Smooth and wet. I'm hesitant to call it refreshing, but it certainly is up front - just less so once the habanero hits. Well-carbonated. Not as crisp as I'd like. Good presence on the palate. Full-bodied. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile well, mostly by staying out of the way and letting the flavours do the talking.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: It's difficult to say whether this is a true "fruit beer" (if that's even a style) or a chili beer, but that difficulty is a testament to its quality; it hybridizes the two styles seamlessly. I think the chili heat is just about right, but I'd like to see them bring up the mango just a bit more. It's very drinkable for the ABV - which is quite sneakily concealed; I'd even say dangerously so. I certainly wouldn't want to drink two in the same night, and I think Founders is right to recommend that each bottle be shared. That said, I'll enjoy killing this bottle alone tonight, but I'm betting it'll be an inadvertent nightcap.

Overall, it delivers on the premise - there's plenty of mango and habanero here - as well as on the level of quality I've come to expect from Founders. A dangerously drinkable fruit/chili beer hybrid from one of the best breweries on this continent. Certainly worth trying. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 8/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of mango, peach, pear, apple, honey, bread, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of mango, malt sweetness, and light pepper notes; with solid strength. Taste of big mango, peach, pear, apple, habanero pepper, honey, bread, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of habanero pepper spice/heat on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, peach, pear, apple, habanero pepper spice, honey, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance of mango/malt sweetness and habanero pepper spice flavors; with no cloying sweetness or pepper spice after the finish; but a good amount of heat does linger. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced fruit beer. Good balance of mango, sweet malt, and habanero pepper flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by a meringue-like magnifico head; great retention leaving shards and a cloudscape of lace

Smell: Mango and other tropical fruit aromas with capsicin tingling the nasal passages

Taste: Sweet mango juice and shortbread malt with the habaneros bringing the heat, in the middle; delivers much the same through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; tingles the tongue with the heat

Overall: Perhaps a little less heat, a little more body and a more interesting hop bill would all make this beer so much better; still, I liked it more than most around here and think somebody can tweak this recipe to make a great beer

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small foamy head with light retention. Aroma of sweet malt notes with light mango notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet mango puree notes with quite the spicy kicks hitting toward the end. Body has somewhat of an oily texture with medium carbonation and surprisingly hard to detect alcohol. Very interesting mix between mango and spicy/hot peppers.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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