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Tropical Mango Pale Ale | St. John Brewers

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Tropical Mango Pale AleTropical Mango Pale Ale

Brewed by:
St. John Brewers
Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear Orange hue with a finger of bright white head. Huge tropical mango nose, smells ripe. Some other tropical fruits present as well possibly from the hops.

Brisk and medium body which holds up extremely well to the carbonation. Sweet biscuit up front rolls into sweet tropical fruit, most noticeably mango. Crisp and clean bitterness cut the sweetness for one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had, I could easily suck these down all summer long.

Awesome taste and drinkability. I feel this beer gets negative scores because it's labeled as a "fruit" Beer but it's much more of a pale ale with the pleasant small addition of mango than it is a mango beer spritzer. I really think it should be categorized as an American Pale as that's what I judged it against.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.15/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. John Tropical Mango Ale is a nice fruit ale with a strong mango flavour. Maybe it's the salty air, but I like it!

A: Yellow colour and an excellent 5 mm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: Nie mango-y aroma. Yum. 4.5

T: Nice mild grainy base with farily strong mango flavours over the top. The finish is clean with some slight bitterness. 4

M: 4

O: 4

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.07/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to shaker glass at the St. John Brewing Taproom on 6/5/11
*From notes

It should be noted that at the bottom of the glass was thin layer of mango pulp. I'm not sure if this came from the bartender or the keg, but I really dug it.

A: Amber tree sap. It's fairly clean, though the mango sediment in the bottom of the glass does add a bit of debris to the brew. A pleasant 1.25 finger head and reasonable lacing.

S: The bouquet on this one is killer. It's a fine balance of real mango and juicy hop oil, with a twist of golden malt. What a pleasure - shoving my nose into the glass as old school reggae jams over the speakers.

T: Unlike other fruit beers, it's not all fruit and icky, sweet conditioner. Instead, it's about the Pale Ale flavor profile. the mango simply balances the hops, and adds a complexity to it that is simply delicious. I get not only the toasted barley and piney hops, but juicy, tropical mango.

M: Slightly sharp, but reasonable enough. It's meant to be über-drinkable, and I feel that it is by being a bit lighter then I'd like. Keeping in mind it's 90 degrees outside, I can understand the lack of a big body.

O: I loved St. John's Tropical Mango Pale Ale. I'm quite aware this beer gets badmouthed, but I can attest that given the right drinking conditions, this is a fantastic and highly drinkable summertime brew. I really wish I had better access to this, as it would be a go-to summer session beer.

If you're in the USVI, be sure to check out St. John's cornerstone brew. Big thumbs up.

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Photo of Barticus
3.97/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow-gold color with a nice white head. Moderate lacing. Mango/apricot fruit dominates the aroma with a malt backing. Taste is refreshing and makes a great summer beer. Front and mid is apricot as expected. Mouthfeel is disappointing - not enough carbonation or bite. The fruity flavor fades in the finish and transitions to a bland malt with some hop bitterness. Overall a good beer, but could be much better with more carbonation and flavor complexity.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed at the brewery tap room on st john island.

A: two finger head with decent retention and lacing on a slightly hazy crimson body.

S: nice mango sweetness with mild hops and malts but the mango dominates.

T: nice mango and hops mix with a mild hop bitterness. The play between bitter and sweet is interesting.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the mango is a little strong for me. The base beer seems to be obscured too much. Great island pale ale though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I could be mistaken as I've never had them all side by side, but if my memory serves me right, this is the fruitiest of the St. John Brewer's ales. The aroma of mango and papaya is strong, and they're even brighter in the flavor! I don't remember that being the case with their other beers.

It's sweet, and just lightly tangy... citrusy I guess. And that's needed for balance as it's not very bitter. Nor do I find any yeast character, which I did in the others. I'm sure it's there, of course, but it's masked. And unless those are hops contributing to the citrusy character (which would probably be a waste of money and materials), there's no hop character. It borders on "malternative" or "cooler" status. However, with that said, I should also state that it is a fairly tasty concoction! Not thinking of it as a beer, at a party in the summer, or out on a boat, I think I could probably go for a few of these. (How to score this thing... ?)

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong on mango's, considerable sweetness. Taste is also of mango's, not as sweet as the smell, a bit of hop presence. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a different and good quality beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a crystal clear pale orange with a huge foamy ivory colored head that was rocky. Almost no carbonation presence was detected while the head retained nicely eventually settling to a thin, sudsy layering.

S: The nose was very aromatic and full of fresh fruitiness of mangos, kiwi and was very sweet and juice like bearing some apricots and oranges as well. Could smell this all day.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and very fruity with mangos, kiwi along with some melons. There was some sweet sugary peaches as well while the overall flavor was very crisp, and juice-like with a little spiciness found in the finish.

M: thin, juice-like full of mangos and oranges and almost no carbonation to be found.

D: Per local area not bad. Fruity, crisp, sweet and would definitely beat the heat on the beaches of the virgin islands. I would buy a case for the summer time.

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Photo of shand
3.62/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a pale golden color with two fingers of fluffy head that quickly recedes. You know what? This smells very good. A blast of mango, realistic and juicy. A bit one-dimensional, but gives me hope. The taste? MANGO. This is mango that doesn't take shit from anyone. This mango and his buddy Hardcore Orange will beat your ass down, take your lunch money, and steal your sixth-grade girlfriend while he's at it. Some wheaty maltiness tries to interrupt the mango party towards the end of this brew, but hell no! This mango isn't going to take that shit. Mango mango mango. Mango. This tastes like mangos with just a hint of wheat character that is a bit unmatched with the main brew. I like it though. Refreshing. Very sweet and fruity though.

The mouthfeel is just about right, it's a bit thin and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is quite good. Do you like mangos? I mean really, really like mangos? This is the brew for you. If not, or if you're expecting anything close to a "pale ale" as the label claims, stay far, far away. I can get down with fruit in my beer though, and I like this well enough.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color. Large head drops fairly quickly to a thick film of light tan.
Smell is sweet, malty, mango, light hops. Nicely balanced.
Taste is hops (more than in the smell), milder malt, mango.
Dry finish, tangy medium effervescence, good medium body with a mango/hop aftertaste. All told, a pretty good brew.

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Photo of gskitt
3.61/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium amber, not as much lacing as I would have expected. Head does not last.
S- The best part of this beer. Lots of Mango and slightly woody.
T- I wish it tasted like it smelled. Not bad but a letdown. Definitley mango and a little bit of hops.
M- A little bit chalky.
D- This can be drunk in quantity.
Not a bad beer, I just wanted more. It just comes up short of delivering the mango sweetness.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint at the brewery in St John. I love mango so this looked perfect.
Nice golden amber color, but not much head. Still looks pretty good though. Nice sweet malty aromas, definitely a fruity nose with an ver so slight hop aroma.
Taste is nicely sweet, malts...you really do taste the mango. Its a good brew for the heat. Its very similar to a #9 but mango instead of apricot. Nice english malt backbone with a bit of sweet fruit over it. Not sure why the reviews are so low, its quite nice and easy...what else do you want on an isand like this?

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.47/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, almost orange color with some beige, fluffy head that dissipates very quickly.

The scent is dominated by apricot with some notes of grain.

The taste is primarily of apricots, there are also some subtle hops and a hint of grain.

Light bodied, crisp and pretty refreshing, high carbonation.

This was pretty easy to drink. In my opinion an especially good summer beer. Although, I think it is a step below the comparable #9.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just a fun lunch kickback beer. Nothing too serious, here. Could probably accomplish a similar taste mixing a little mango nectar with Sierra Pale Ale. Subtle sweet mango flavor, overall, but it's definitely there.

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Photo of claspada
3.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas begin with full, fresh fruitiness including (and predominantly) mangos with some lesser tropical kiwi and oranges. Some lemony and pineapple which could be hops or fruit, does it matter.
The initial tastes begin quire sweet and very fruity with mangos and the above citrus flavors mixed in as well. There is a nice initial citrus bitterness as well (once again hops or fruit? It is not discernable). As it warms you get a little more metallic bitterness/spiciness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is thin; quite juice-like. Moderate carbonation with a full finish of mangos and oranges adding to the semi-dry finish.
Overall this is a decent take on a fruit beer; definitely in the higher echelon for the style, but I honestly enjoyed this a lot more a couple years ago before my palate really understood good balance and flavors in beer. I can enjoy one or two of these on a hot beach weekend (like I just did this past weekend) but I am not in love with this like I thought I was.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Writing another review for a beer I've already reviewed, but has since been deleted.

St. John's mango pale ale pours out a yellow and orange liquid with plenty of clarity. It has a thin white head no bigger than 3/8" on it. The aroma is nice if you like mango. Its plenty sweet, but kicks down the requisite amount of tropical fruit you are hopefully looking for if you decided to buy a beer with mango in it. It really has lots of mango in the aroma, sometimes coming off as mixed with perfume, but thats because perfume has alcohol in it!

Taste is a very mild and thin malt body, AAL levels of hopping and carbonation, and lots of that mango stuff. Its all mango ok? There's nothing else going on. I would love to try a version of this that is massively hopped.

If you loathe or love this beer, it all centers around how much you love or hate mango I would guess. I really like it. But after 12oz, I didn't want another. Too much sweetness to be a repeat drink in the same day. But it goes great around the pool for 12oz with.

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Photo of Deuane
3.39/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from a friend who discovered this beer while lazily enjoying the beach on St. John. I was not aware that it is contact brewed by the Shipyard Brewing Company till I read the label.

A-Bright, clear copper kissed golden yellow with a thin, bright white head that quickly reduced to a thin veil of retention and left zero lace.

S-WOW! Without question the best feature of this brew. A powerful tropical fruit bowl pop with strong notes of mango (duh!), papaya and a touch of orange. A touch of honey drizzled, sweet biscuit malt in the background.

T-Damn, too bad the flavour doesn't come through as nicely as the aroma. Sure, the fruit flavours and honey sweetness is present but in a level that quickly becomes too much, syrupy and artificial. Not bad, but certainly a let down after that delicious blast in the nose!

M-Light bodied, sharp and crisp with decent lingering fruit flavours and just a touch of spicy bitterness.

D-While sitting in my house on a cold and blustery February day ehhh...not so much. While sitting on a sun drenched beach with the lapping waves of the Caribbean tickling my toes...absolutely! This is a beer that needs to have the right mood to be enjoyed properly. Maybe a little to close a malternative/wine cooler but it dose have a beer body so....

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Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of my frequent traders, tone77, dropped off some bottles for me the other day, having noticed that I am on a short CAN hiatus. Cool!

My pour created a massive two fingers' worth of fizzy eggshell-white head with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was as advertised, very mango-like. People often characterize mango as sweet, but it should have a slight tang to it. The nose was reminiscent of cutting into a fresh mango, which we used to get on the mess decks at various times while I was in the navy. Mouthfeel was slightly thin but it had a tasty tang to it on the tongue. The label mentioned "Pale Ale - Ale with Natural Flavor Added" and I wonder if they really used a hoppy pale ale as its base as the flavor seemed to incorporate both the mango tangy sweetness with a slight hops bitterness. Finish was tangy and sweet, very mango-like, but not something that I would want on a steady basis. I kept thinking that it could be used in a reduction as a glaze for ham. Now, that would be really good!

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Photo of Jayli
3.27/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very slight hazy golden orange with a half finger of white head, recedes to a thin film quickly leaving very little to no lacing to speak of. Nose is heavy with mango, papaya, orange, and apricot and some pale malts linger as an undertone. Taste is very sweet - the fruits truly come out and dominate this beer. Apricot was the most prevelent flavoring for me, with mango and papaya mixing. Finish is of pale malts but not blended as well as it could be. Lighter bodied, higher carbonation, crisp as first with a sticky finish. This may be better sitting in the sun, but one or two will do ya on this beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a light amber color. A tiny bit of debris floats around the beer. A subtle head forms. Leaves some lacing too.

S-Pretty firm on the mango. Not getting too much else behind the mango aroma. A bit of hops, which are fruity, and some sweet maltiness. But this one is about the mango.

T-Just like the nose. The mango is the big ticket. Only a tiny amount of bitterness. Quite one sided, but if you like mangoes then drink it. They did succeed at what they set out to accomplish, so cheers to that.

M-Quite bubbly and light. Not too dry, but the mango taste does last on the palate for a while.

O/D-Eh, only had a single and that was enough. Interesting beer but it reminds me of a Magic Hat #9. Both have a specific fruit they highlight, and both are quite mediocre beers. But hey, give it a shot.

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Photo of UFGUY2122
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My younger brother brought this back from a trip to the Virgin Islands.

A-Poured into a pint glass a clear amber color. I gave this a pretty aggressive pour and it produced a 1/2 inch head that didn't last long.

S-Very fruity nose on this beer. Mango dominaties the smell.

T-Malt, Mango, and a hint of hops. The taste starts out with the malts and is quickly cut by the mango. The mango isn't as dominating as it was in the smell, but it is definitely the predominate tasting note of this beer. The bitterness of the hops is hard to detect, but it's there leaving a slight dryness on the tongue after each sip.

M-For what I think the brewer was going for here, there's a perfect balance of carbonation and flavor that makes this beer pretty refreshing.

D-Very easy to drink beer. The mouthfeel plays into this.

Overall I think this beer accomplished exactly what the brewer had in mind, that is, to create an easy-to-drink beer with some flavor. To call this beer a pale ale is a bit of a stretch.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.22/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a mixture of yellow and orange, lots of clarity going for it, less than 1/2" head. Aroma really hits the spot if you're a mango fan. Its something this beer is actually good at.

Taste is actually really mild and comes with a thin body and mouthfeel. Almost no hopping, tons of carbonation. You could prolly make a rad beer out of this if it was dry hopped to the heavens and some of the residual sweetness was abdicated.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.21/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a conical pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, dark yellow/ light golden color. It initially had a small white head, but it disappeared quickly and left no lacing throughout drinking. It appears to be considerably carbonated.

S: The scent of sweet mangoes dominate the smell. There is a hint of wheat as well. Its smell is probably my favorite part, though it may be too sweet.

T: There is an initial sweet mango taste that fades quickly. It has a slight bitter taste toward the end.

M: Its body is very light and very carbonated. You can easily feel it bubble while you drink. The slight bitterness leaves a crisp finish that is quite refreshing.

D: It isn't bad as far as fruited beers go. If you're looking for a traditional pale ale like the bottle says, you're not going to get it. I would've liked to see it taste more similar to how it smelled since the scent was the most enjoyable part. Overall, it would be mostly suitable for drinking on the beach or something like that, not much else.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Lots of clarity to the citrus looking color. Not much head that is quickly eviscerated. Aroma is cool, plenty of mango, even if synthetic or whatnot. Isn't derived from the hops.

That is apparent in the taste. Becomes almost questionable if this is beer as opposed to a malternative, because there's just no malt aspect to it. I really improved the beer by adding my own hops to it.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with an orange tint. No lasting head and the carbonation jumps like a soda.

The smell is closer to mango nectar than beer, though there is a little beer peeking through. Sweet, almost sickeningly so, but I like the smell of mango nectar.

The taste is a little odd. Very little mango compared to the nose, but the base beer is pretty good. Would have liked mango in there.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, though soft drink-like. There is succifient body, but it still has a carbonation issue.

In the end it's still pretty drinkable. It's light and refreshing, no flaws insurmountable in this brew.

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