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

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.07/5  rDev +39.9%
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 Naugros
2.49/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wha'gwan?This beer appears to be getting a bad rap, mon! Let's see what us fols in da shanty town think, jah? It looks pretty righteous...all clear with da dancing, lively up bubbles (like three little birds) and some of dat foam on top dat gets up and stands up, ja know? It smells like mango, mon, but not fresh from the tree. It smells like da little mango soaps all you touristas get in your fancy, schmancy casino hotels. You know, da ones we island folk can't gamble in. It also tastes of dat same soap, but in liquid form. It might be 96 degrees in da shade here, mon, but I dunno if it's hot 'nuff for me to continue to drink dis. Dere be no redemption song here. Go ahead woman and cry.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A-light gold, almost no head, lots of bubbles. looks like an adjunct

S-smells like mango! it smells good. for some reason, i did not expect that. medium strength.

T-it tastes like carbonated mango juice, with more focus on the carbonation than the mango. its very light flavored, but the flavor lasts throughout the taste and makes up the after-taste. there is a slight, slight bitterness to it. the bitterness i find to be slightly unwanted.

M-very light, high carbonation with a dry finish.

O-labeled as a pale ale, listed as a fruit beer. i'd definitely say this is a fruit beer before being a pale ale. its just way too light for me. it tastes lighter than the BMC light beers. its too light even for a hot and sunny day in my opinion. its more of a novelty beer or something you'd give to girls.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.21/5  rDev +10.3%
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 shand
3.62/5  rDev +24.4%
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 KTCamm
2.89/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at the World of Beer near Tampa Palms FL.

Pours clear golden yellow, completely see through. Thin. Wisps of white foam.

Smell is powerful mango. Fruit bursts forth.

Taste is light - watery, with an overload of fruit. Sickly sweet.

Light; easy to drink in one sense. But very sweet. A taster size is good enough.

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Photo of Deuane
3.39/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Satchboogie
1.83/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle (best by 5/11) poured into a SA pint glass

A: Pours golden light yellow-amber, clear, half inch bubbly white head that quickly disappears.

S: Somewhat strange sweet fruit with maybe a hint of mango, a little perfumey. Smells a bit like rum cake, but very artificial. Strange and sweet.

T: Strange fruit flavors that are overly vegetative. Mainly imagine it as slight artificial mango and tropical fruit boiled with vegetables. Very buttery and cloyingly sweet, but almost in an adjunct kind of way. Not very pleasant to me.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to light body, and unpleasant finish (buttery, raw vegetable, etc).

D: I only got maybe a dozen sips in before I had to dump it. Unpleasant taste and aftertaste, I see no reason to continue drink this when I've got much better beer around.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
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 gskitt
3.61/5  rDev +24.1%
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 tone77
3.74/5  rDev +28.5%
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 jdhilt
2.67/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Light mango and hop nose. Flavor is tart mango with some hops. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev +24.4%
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 Overlord
2.07/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was in the mood for some mango beer by the pool. So excited for this. Now I have five more bottles to try to get through. SCREEEE!

Pours a clear orange-ish color. Surprising lack of head. Maybe an inch.

Actually smells okay! Kind of a mango overload, as there is nothing else, but it smells like mango. Albeit, a kind of fake, overly mango-y mango.

TAste is horrid. Artificial, chemical-ly, just completely "fake." I couldn't really taste anything else about it. Just a complete mess. Really has no relation to beer.

thin and watery doesn't help matters.

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Photo of Suds
1.23/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

So, I'm always up for trying a new beer. Luckily, I didn't have high expectations for this one. It's a pale copper color with a touch of haze and not much of a head. The aroma is strange...lots of mango, a little grass, some grain. The smells don't work well together, and are not appealing. The taste, though, is worse....artificial fruit flavors (not good), a little sourness, no malt...bitterness at the finish. A bit metallic. Spritzy mouthfeel. This one is a sink-pour.

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Photo of CampusCrew
1.87/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

appearance: looked liek a normal pale ale but with quickly diaspating head

smell: some nice tropical fruit aroma

taste: I got this for freee to sample, and it was a drain pour after the first couple of ounces. Over fruited and tastes liek somehting a macro would make

mouthfeel: kight bodied

drinkability: could not mask the flavor

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.45/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Virgin Islands Mango Ale....had this at St. John's in the Virgin Islands.

Appearance-light orange color, fizzy head, disspitates quickly.

Smell-fruity sweetness, fusel alcohol, some more synthetic fruit whisps.

Taste/Mouthfeel-more of a soda type taste, fruity and light, not a lot of alcohol, odd pairing of flavors, it's not really even necessarily bad but just doesn't really go and isn't enjoyable.

Drinkability-the fruit flavors are interesting for a hot day, and I'm sure some people find this refreshing, for me it didn't really work.

Overall-I respect the brewer for trying something different and I wanted to like this, but the flavors don't really work, the beer feels a little synthetic and I just didn't really enjoy it. However, I've been told this beer is the company's flagship so apparantly some people enjoy it and maybe you will too, I just didn't.

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Photo of redneckchugger
1.05/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a water goblet, pale fizzy
Nose of mango kool aid. completely artificial.
Taste is the same, artificial and cloyingly sweet. It doesn't even have any beer taste at all. This has more in common with a sparks that anything else It's fizzy, over carbonated , and a just plain awful beer. Avoid this beer at all costs

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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 RomaniIteDomum
3.07/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of coachdonovan
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Tricia's Tropi Grille in Jamestown, RI. Color was a darker orange than I expected for a "tropical" beer. Aroma and taste is all mango, all the time. It wasn't a disaster, just know what you're in for. While probably true for all beers, this one definitely is dependent on the right time, place and mood. I wouldn't have more than one, but it's not a bad way to start a day of summer drinking.

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Photo of Gunnz
2.82/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very clear, light amber with an off white, fluffy head. Head deflates a little faster than average.

Very fruity smell. Has no smell typical of any beer. Smells like pure mango nectar.

Very light in flavor. Slightly hoppy with a very faint aftertaste of mango. Slightly bitter.

Very smooth, light boddied beer. Nicely balanced carbonation.

Although it is a decent beer it isn't really near my favorite type of beer. I can't be certain that I would have another and I don't think I'd recommend it to others.

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Photo of beerbrains
2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Borrowed" this bottle from the in-laws fridge, hadn't seen it in the market yet which is odd for me, they bought it at Whole Foods. The bottle says it brewed by Shipyard for St Johns, that's promising.

Pours a muddled orangish-amber with a small white head. The nose is very familiar... I can't place it. It may be similar to Pyramid Apricot or just a generic sweet fruity beer smell.

Odd flavor... the smell is sweet the taste is not... flat and dry, very crisp... none of the piney sweetness that I love about mangos. In fact, no Mango at all. A bit of a letdown.

You can tell this started life as a decent pale ale.

To be fair I am not a fan of fruit beers, generally dislike them.

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Photo of Jayli
3.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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 ATPete
3.02/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a tiny white head that forms a razor thin line around the edge of the glass. Definitely smells fruity, didnt really know what mango beer smelled like but now i do. Sweet with a real astringent bite, its wine cooler ish, the subtle hop bite is definitely its highest redeeming quality. Light and sticky on the back of the throat. Bright and refreshing no doubt, but i couldnt imagine this one to be sessionable based on mouthfeel alone. Its good for what it is, really nails the fruit notes.

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