Tropical Mango Pale Ale | St. John Brewers

Tropical Mango Pale AleTropical Mango Pale Ale
BA SCORE
8.7%
Liked This Beer
2.92 w/ 172 ratings
Tropical Mango Pale AleTropical Mango Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lothar666 on 06-29-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,352
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
172
Liked:
15
Avg:
2.92/5
pDev:
22.26%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Rising carbonation bubbles in a light yellow body, lots of lace. Very artificial aroma. Artificial tasting bubble gum candy. Beer at the pool in place of a soft drink. Smooth mouthfeel but marginally drinkable. Too sweet, where's the hops.Thanks for sharing Josh.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +30.1%
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 djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of metter98
2.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color (with some orange hues) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangos are present in the nose along with hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell in that it has some mango flavors but these immediately clash with the hops, which lend grassy flavors and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell of this beer seemed promising but the flavors in the taste clashed almost like when you brush your teeth and then drink orange juice immediately afterwards. The taste could definitely use a better balance.

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Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +28.1%
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 dbrauneis
2.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden orange with light amounts of visible carbonation and just a touch apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a slightly more than thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of mango and tropical fruits (pineapple & passionfruit) over the top of a light amount of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with some moderate to strong flavors of artificial mango and tropical fruits (pineapple/passionfruit/kiwi) - a little bit like what you get in popsicles. Light amounts of floral hops that impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Fizzy and slightly thin.

O: A little too artificial in the tropical and mango flavors (something not quite natural about the flavors/sweetness and just a touch of chemical aftertaste). It would probably go down much better if I was sitting on the beach in the Caribbean but in my apartment in NJ maybe not as well.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Brickwall Tavern, Asbury Park, NJ

Strange brew to see on tap here, but whatever. Clear golden-yellow pour with a thin, wispy, white head, that left a few speckles on the glass. Aroma of mango candy and papaya, overly ripe/sweet. One-dimensional, not that I really expected much else. Taste was similarly full of mango and other vague tropical fruits, though quite artificial and syrupy as opposed to fresh and authentic. Yeah, this is one for the college biddies. Body was light, mouthfeel was syrupy, aftertaste was stale. Meh.

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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 ZEB89
2.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

The fourth entry in SwillFest 2011. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mango, pineapple, coconut, passion fruit, kiwi, and fake strawberry. Not bad in the nose. The taste, though... Lemme put it to you this way: It's like they decided to manufacture a line of flavored rubber bands for children (why not, right?), made this one mango-flavored, then let it sit out for a while, allowing the flavor to diminish with respect to the rubber. Then they made a beer with this flavor. That's what it tastes like. The body is fairly light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a frustrating beer that lures you in with a pleasant aroma and then cuts you down with its flavor and feel.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of jwc215
2.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by Jan. 09 notched on label.

Pours dark golden with a thin white head that immediately becomes a quickly vanishing patch. No lacing sticks.

The smell is perfumy, in a cheap ladies' perfume way. There is an artificial mango essence aroma, but in a scented candle-like way.

The taste is artificial-ish mango with perfume. A hint of Ringwood yeast is there, something beer-ish/grainy going on, besides - but not much. Alittle bit of Lightly salted butter is there. Sweetish, fizzy finish. The taste is better than aroma, but still is not good, and doesn't save this one.

The body is fizzy and light, with a waxy aftertaste.

I can't even see this being a "chick drink". Too perfumy, with too many other detractors. The artificial mango just adds to the mess. Not enjoyable or refreshing.

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Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Dicers
2.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +28.1%
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 beernads
3/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.07/5  rDev +39.4%
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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Beer rating: 8.7% out of 100 with 172 ratings
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