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Founders Mango Magnifico | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Mango MagnificoFounders Mango Magnifico

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 276 | Ratings: 1,475
Photo of Cpmitchno1
2.36/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Very disappointing beer for me. I did not finish my half of the bomber nor did my wife. To me, this was way too sweet. I enjoyed the little bit of heat, but it did not even come close to offsetting the sweetness. I typically love Founders beers, so I was very surprised to be this disappointed. If you are looking for an extremely sweet beer with a little bit of heat, this is your beer. Be forewarned about how sweet it is.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11.99 at Beverage co for a 22oz bottle. Pours out to a slightly hazy burnt orange, forming a modest soapy head with OK retention and soapy lacing. Carbonation is moderate brisk, ~2.75-3 carbs or so. The nose opens with fruity peach and apricot, and I actually don't pick up any mango. No hop nose. Clean ferment profile. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy with a dense cloying body. The taste open with the peach and mango, and then is followed by a subtle warming heat in the back of the throat with a clear candi syrup, guava/apricot nectar note. No dark fruit notes Bitterness is minimal, very very subtle. No hop flavor, no hot fusels. Cloying, syrupy finish.

Overall, a very rich and sweet beer, so one 22oz bottle is plenty for 2 people. Interesting, and brewed with skill. A beer of this character can easily be showered with flaws, and other than the inherit sticky sweetness intended to compliment the fruit, there are none, so kudos to founders. Definitely worth a try, but I wouldn't buy another bottle.

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Photo of 98green
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taster on tap. Smells like fun fruit. Tastes like horrible perfume overload. Maybe some spice. 2 oz was more than enough. I'm glad I didn't grab a bomber at retail when I saw it a week before. They really push the envelope on these experimental beers at Founders. And often not in a good way (looking at you, Blushing Monk). Please taste before investing.

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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 jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle - Bottled in 2016:

Pours hazed golden with a thin head that becomes wispy. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of fresh mango, some grain, some habanero.

The taste is of sweet mango and grainy malt. A sharp bite from the habanero gives it a spicy dryness in the finish. Some alcohol shows, but not in a raw way.

It just about hits medium-bodied.

Mango and habanero really stand out. Mango then habanero with some alcohol sums it up.

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Photo of cjgiant
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Ok, I gave this a few chances, as I like the heat, and the play of the heat against the sweet. However, I did decide the sweet was too much up front, such that it never came to be balanced by the very light bitterness I did get. In fact, this barely perceptible sweet countering agent (it could be a vegetal pepper note even) itself is strange.

The pepper heat is maybe a little strong, and it might be worse against a more conventional beer. It does add excitement to the feel that is otherwise fine on its own.

So, a tad syrupy in smell and taste, but thankfully not as much in feel. I guess maybe it wouldn't be as much of a novelty if it were a more moderate fruit and pepper spice beer, but I personally might enjoy it more.

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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 cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Clear golden, loads of rising bubbles. Fill white head on the pour that mostly recedes but leaves messy lacing.
smell: Wow...i expected mediocre or bad based on all the hate this guy has gotten. Instead a very unique imo sweet, bright tropical fruit nose.
taste: As good as the nose, maybe better with the slight habanero heat in the finish. Not a lot going on...it's a Tropical fruit brew with a pinch of habanero but it's unique and tasty as all hell imo.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Description: Light, apple juice color and somewhat cloudy due to fine bits of sediment. Not much in the way of head of lacing. The aroma is strong and sweet. Lots of fruit and I think it was more peach than mango but it's not like I go around smelling a lot of mangoes. Like the the smell, the taste is overwhelmingly sweet and fruity. The habanero is definitely there and noticeable on the finish, with some heat left on the back on the palate and throat. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation and a thick but not quite syrupy consistency.

Suggested food pairing: Vanilla ice cream

If you like this beer then you should also try: Faygo Red Pop

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) This is kind of a wild one and don't really know what other beers I would compare it to; it almost didn't seem like beer. I shared a bomber of it with friends and I don't think I could have finished it on my own. Super sweet - almost too sweet - it's not something I could drink regularly or in large quantities. This would probably function best as a dessert beer in about a 5-6 oz. pour. That being said, the flavors were bold and in your face. The heat wasn't too hot and the balance was nice. Like a lot of Founders beers this one at least pushes the envelope which you have to appreciate.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden beer with a tight head. Smell is sweet and peppery. The taste is perfect for what they are going for, a sweet mango note and a dry heat note of pepper on the finish, some heat but not over the top. The beer itself is a little too boozy sweet and syrupy but the flavor more then makes up for it.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at blend. I'll add more commentary when i crack the bottle i have open....but this was excellent. Just the right amount of heat.

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Photo of hardysf
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really well balanced beer. Lots of sticky sweet mango characteristics. The pepper comes through on the back end and is noticeable in your throat. The spice level is moderate. It is there and noticeable, but not too powerful. I would like to try cooking with this beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2016 version

L - Orange, with clarity. 2 fingers of head and some minor lacing on the glass

S - Mangos, Corn syrup

T - Mango heavy, sweet, and subtle warming at the finish

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - Sweet, heavy on the mango, light on the hot peppers

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Photo of mikey03062
4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strong but surprisingly good mango flavor. Subtle but noticeable jalapeño finish.
My expectations, based on the name and description were low.
This beer is awesome!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half frothy white head that stuck around a little while with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it mostly smells like mango, along with some citrus and sugar. I don't pick up any pepper in the aroma, but it does show up in the taste. There's a lot of mango flavor, with the habanero heat lingering around a while. It's spicy but not overpowering. A sugary flavor is there too, it's a fruity, sweet and spicy tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 10% ABV is well hidden. I liked this brew, I really can't think of something else I've had recently that's been this fruity and spicy at the same time. It's certainly worth a try at least once, I know I'd like to have this again in the future. $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of soapy, big bubble foam here. The nose is super juicy and inviting. The taste however was medicinal, crazy sweet, and reminded me of taking a hit off of my buddy's flavored vape pen. The mild heat was a nice touch, though. This was just a big letdown for me. Had some high expectations.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color, extremely clear. Wispy white head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. Nose is relatively subdued, but nice sweet aromas of mango and apricot. Taste is mango with a slight habanero heat on the back on the tongue. Definitely not overpowering. Bit of booziness as well. Body is medium-light with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a solid fruit beer but not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of JMD
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bright orange with foamy white head that faded slowly. Big aroma of mango and other citrus. Flavor is sweet mango and citrus hops with a mild spice from the pepper. I did not find the spice to be overpowering, and thought it complimented the sweetness from the mango nicely.

Medium bodied, almost syrupy. Overall this was a well-crafted brew. Sweet and spicy and interesting. I wouldn't drinking these all day, but certainly enjoyed the bomber i had.

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Photo of kguard
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Habanero pepper was too much for me. I should have read the label better. Had been very excited to try. The mango flavor is great. Unfortunately, the pepper comes in late and adds no flavor just heat. Without the pepper. Very topnotch. With the pepper, it became a drain pour.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ave Pub. Pours clean deep golden orange, thin white head, few bubbles of lace. Sweet mango candy nose jumps out. Taste starts off the same way, sugary fruity candy. The sweet gives way mid sip to earthy spicy pepper. Fair amount of heat in the finish from the alcohol and pepper. Thin oily mouthfeel. His was an odd one, not bad, glad got to try it.

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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 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.


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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Ambitious clusters of bubbles rise through the syrupy, perfectly clear orange body to form a coarse white head that fades to petri dish-circles and a ring. Smell is overly sweet dried fruit mix; mango, peach, pineapple, sawdust. Chemical fruit concentrate is more accurate. The flavor takes a dive even from this lowly loft. The first note is chalk, followed by tasty, if overly sweet, mango jam. The intermediate stage consists of more chalk, a very unpleasant medicinal cough syrup flavor, and faint ethanol. Habanero spice starts the late palate, finishing up with chalk and dirt. Body is sticky and syrupy, fine carbonation.
Getting lit is the only positive to this beer. Yet even 10% seems merely atmospheric when framed by the side effects; chalkiness, bitter medicine, outright alcohol, all barely mitigated by tropical fruit and well-paired heat, all of which was recklessly applied. Sometimes crazy visions turn into masterpieces, sometimes crazy visions turn into ridiculous and horribly flawed disasterpieces.

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Photo of smanson56
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a beautiful orange golden color. The nose is of sweetness of the mango well hiding the habanero. The taste is well IMO bad to be mild this great sweet mango flavor completely destroyed by the habanero peppers. the mouth feel was smooth except for the burn of the habanero was too much. Over all I was only able to drink about 2oz from the bomber.

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Photo of kw_pip
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed draught. Smells of sweet mango; also the first thing to hit palate. Refined white sugar. Ginger bread cookies. Boozy. Oily mouth feel. Finish is spicy.

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Founders Mango Magnifico from Founders Brewing Company
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