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Tropical Mango Pale Ale | St. John Brewers

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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

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Added by Lothar666 on 06-29-2008

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164
Avg:
2.9
pDev:
38.97%
 
 
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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 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 cjgator3
2.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a solid golden amber color with a nice off-white head that provides a good amount of lacing and retention. The appearance is definitely the highlight of the beer.

S- There is definitely a lot of mango in the aroma, with possibly a hint of wheat. It is pretty sweet and fruity, but not bad.

T- There definitely tastes like there is some wheat in the flavor along with other slightly fruity flavors (I am assuming this is the mango flavors). Not horrible, but it could be better.

M- Pretty solid mouthfeel with a nice creaminess to it and a decent amount of carbonation.

D- Okay beer, but nothing I would want to drink again. It would be okay down in the islands I suppose, but I will pass the next time I see it.

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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 jwc215
2.11/5  rDev -27.2%
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 Lothar666
1.91/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Poured a very light amber body with very little head.

S- Very little in the nose, but there is a faint trace of tropical fruit undertones.

T- Very little, unfortunately. Reminds me of one of those watered down fruit flavored drinks that they sell in milk jugs at the supermarket for 99 cents, just with a tiny bit of graininess to it. There is some mango in the background but no malt or hop character to speak of.

M- This is like drinking beer flavored water, as in watered down to the point where this would have been a drain pour if not for beer etiquette. Sorry, but I have to say stay away from this one folks.

D- This brew barely qualifies as beer. Though the ultra light body makes it easy to down six of these in a sitting, the complete lack of flavor and character is such that I could not imagine anyone wanting to do so. Note that this is not due to any prejudice against the style of the brew; there are many fruit/vegetable beers that are very impressive and which I will return to faithfully. This is just not one of them.

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