The Astounding She-Monster
Spring House Brewing Company

The Astounding She-MonsterThe Astounding She-Monster
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,417
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,021
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.3%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
380
From:
Spring House Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
86
Very Good
The Astounding She-MonsterThe Astounding She-Monster
Notes: Our juiciest beer features ripe mango and tropical hop aroma on the nose followed by a mild bitterness from the Citra and Falconer's Flight hops and some alcohol warmth to balance out the sweetness of the fresh mango.
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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated can at a baseball game, so I can't comment on the appearance. (I'll give it a 4.) Initial impression is definitely mango, with some grapefruit, and a bit of pine bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is slightly sticky and slightly bitter, but otherwise in keeping with the general mango thing going on. Quite enjoyable. My favorite Spring House beer thus far.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cotton candy. Pop the can and the foam oozes out with this amazing aroma and taste of yes, cotton candy. Followed by lots of sweet, fresh mango, smooth mouthfeel, not very bitter which actually fits perfectly with the flavor profile. Really one of the most unique beers I've had. Grabbed one on a whim to follow an Lawsons Sip of Sunshine and I'm sure I will soon finish the stock at this great bar, with decent single prices. That would be Good Dog in Chalfont PA, on my way to Philly. Yes, cotton candy mixed with mango, who would've thought. Hadn't seen or heard anything from this brewery in years, I do remember Planet Bean being an tasty coffee stout. Have to check their website later ...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into narrow pint glass: color is hazy gold, head is brighter white with fine bubbles, presents at least 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to a 1/4 inch top with some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is mango fruit, lighter tropical hops, light pale malt.

Taste is similar with mango fruit forward, tropical hops, toasted malt, good earthy dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderately carbonated, good dryness to balance mango sweetness.

Overall a good hoppy, dry fruit ipa - mango is not overdone and seems to provide some balancing sweetness.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Clear gold with foamy white head. A sticky film remains, leaving lots of spotty lacing behind.

S: Ripe mango, but instead of being super juicy sweet, there's a black tea like leafy, herbal bitterness to it, along with a brisk minerality. It smells like mango iced tea, like Snapple. A bit of pineapple and lemon notes, too. But yeah. Mango Snapple. That's what it smells like.

T: The taste follows the nose precisely. Ripe mango, artificial candied mango sweetness. Crisp, clean, cracker malt. Hints of pineapple, orange, and lemon. Black tea herbaceousness and bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean, lightly dry, with a lingering herbal tea bitterness.

F: Crisp, clean, lightly dry with a medium-plus carbonation. Drinks more like a pilsner than an IPA. A little thin overall, though.

O: This beer is weird, but fun. I dig it. It's like a carbonated alcoholic Snapple tea. I enjoy it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-canned 11.09.16 to spiegelau ipa glass 07.09.17. brewed with mango.

A: Pale orange has a generally good clarity and steady stream of bubbly micro-effervesce rising in straight lines, like oil beads on a string. A huge soapy capping is bone white, and provides a generous coverage of lace in the form of long eye lashes on the glass.

S: Mangoes come through nicely mixing with some grapefruit juice. Wet and tart, some melon-cantaloup breakfast fruitiness with a light to medium sense. Short lasting duration.

T: Flavor was toasty citrus and grapefruit peel. Dry grains, almost powerdry dust, coats the tongue with toasted bread with a medium intensity of dry citrus hops. Things up with some wet and juicy lemony zing, mangoes, and some dry lemon finish along with powdery malt and grains.

M: Lively carbonation, soft and creamy malt body, bittering with some alkaline and flowery coating on the tongue.

O: A decent ipa, nothing out of the ordinary, but still warrants a good rating with respectable hop dimension and toasted dry malt body.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Wooden Keg in Minersville, PA

looks pretty good in a pint glass. clear pale yellow with a good white head.

aroma is solidly of mango.

tastes of mango, but hop bite is mild. also a little on the watery side, but very drinkable.

mouth is between thin and medium'

overall, a very drinkable beer, just comes off as a little light for a 7.0abv ipa.

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Photo of M_C304
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can packaged on 6/29/16 into a standard tumbler. This beer poured orange in color with a thick off-white head. The aroma was rich with malt and tropical fruit. Not an overly complex nose. The tropical fruit, specifically mango, was the star of the show when it came to taste. The malt washed over the tongue followed by the familiar taste of mangos and then finally the bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is right about medium. I'm enjoying this beer for sure.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first beer from this local brewery, picked up a single can and based on the strength of this one, a visit to the brewery might be in order. Body is amber orange in color, slightly hazy but still very bright. Fluffy white head that dissipates down to some rockiness and eventually a thick layer of foam. Lots of big, thick lacing on this one. Smell is pretty much just mango juice, a little one dimensional imo and frankly not too interesting. Smells tasty though. Taste has a little more going on. Initially, I get more resinous pine and a hint of unripe mango. Interestingly, as the beer warms, the mango flavor "ripens" and gets more sweet. Kinda cool. The underlying pine stickiness remains though, and all throughout there's a cracker/bread malty sweetness. Feel is very dry between the resin and slightly bitter mango flavors, feels sticky on the tongue and bitter on the finish. If you're looking for a tropical mango bomb, this beer isn't it. But I enjoy more resinous type flavors in my IPA so I appreciate that aspect of the beer, and overall found it refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of muchos
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Golden-orange. Frothy heads reduces to patches in 3 minutes. Looks a-ok.
S - Big ripe (over-ripe?) mango, syrupy sweetness, clean citrus in there as well. Big aroma, pungent, interesting.
T - Bitter melon, big mango without being too sweet, pine mingled with caramel. Fruity. Bitter pine dominates the aftertaste.
F - Medium body, good carbonation.
O - The mango is happening, but it's not sweet. Big aroma and flavor, kinda funky but I would have it again. Cheers!

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Photo of Myotus
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured gently at 47°F from a 12oz can (canned on 10Feb16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 26Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers worth of dense, white foam. At 35 seconds, the foam becomes rocky and poruous. Within 2 and a half minutes, the head has receded to a fingers worth, leaving behind a moderate amount of very thick lacing. Honey orange in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of mango, peach, papaya, and apricot nearly suffocate the mild aromas piney hops and white bread, but I love it.
TASTE: Strong piney hop flavors surprisingly are the first that dance upon my tongue. I was not expecting this given the smell. Strong mango, peach, apricot, papaya and bitter hop flavors immediately roll out. Lastly, mild white bread flavors enter and bring a malt balance to the hop explosion as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Carbonation levels are moderate. Goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: I'm somewhat disappointed that the fruit flavors aren't as prevalant as they are in the smell. I'm also very disappointed that this has so much bitterness.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great mango IPA the smell is more pronounced than the taste but it is still very well integrated for an IPA. Worth the price for a 3 dollar can which I am glad Spring house is doing since bombers were 8-9 dollars each. Give it a try!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spring House B.C. just recently began CANning this cute little monster & when I had an extra CAN or two of something else in trade, this was offered in return!

From the CAN: "Ale Brewed With Mango". A Rexam CAN, no less!

I Crack!ed her open and turned her upside down for the Glug. Lots of wailing & screaming aCANpanied by the rising of three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Once she settled down, I had enough sticky lacing to hold me over until my next beerthday. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9), suggesting that her lair may not have its own filtration system. It pains me to report this, but I have been working with Doctor Who & Torchwood in an effort to deflect their attention away from me. You see, repeated forays into the CANned Minhas world have turned me into The Cyberleader, but I only change form when drinking a Minhas Craft Brewery beer so that I am undetectable in the interim. I am strengthening my guise by reporting all other monsters as I come in CANtact with them. A final shake of the CAN released a load of lees that had been in hiding. I would suggest that if clarity is your goal, deCANt this Monster slowly. Nose smelled heavily of mango, like She was wearing it as perfume. Mmmm. Astounding! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, but prickly with a good bit of carbonation and a tad of fusel alcohol warmth on the tongue. She was clearly not going to be CANsumed without putting up a modicum of resistance. It is of no matter to me. She will be CANverted like so many others! Her finish was smooth, bitter as befits those who resist, but satisfying. I will be gathering these Monsters as quickly & as copiously as I CAN, lest any escape!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Murky dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy beige-ish head. Retention is about average and one finger of spotty lacing is left.

3.75 S: Lots of mango and cantaloupe to start. Papaya underneath. The hops also give a pleasant sugariness. Bready malts and yeast. Mainly clean, but a bit of a vegetal component in there as well. Still, overall it's pretty good.

3.75 T: Mild-moderate bitterness. Again sugary hops and plenty of mango, papaya, and cantaloupe. I'm not picking up the off-flavors in the taste, so good there. Booze is well hidden and malts are bready and biscuity.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Active spritziness to it with a mild creaminess.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer, but it seems pretty hard to not make a good beer with citra.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall a nice well balanced IPA, Smooth and drinkable. The mango doesn't really show up until the beer warms a bit around second pour from bottle (22oz). When it does it is very good, delicious and very complimentary to base malts and hops. Nice beer. Spring House continues to make good tasting and interesting beers. Will have again if opportunity arises.

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Photo of EMV
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque amber color with thick white head.

S: Citrusy hops on the nose, not picking up on the mango at all.

T/F: Taste is pretty average for an IPA. Faint sweetness which may be the mango but it certainly isn't a dominant flavor. Citrusy hops and well balanced. Right amount of carbonation.

O: A relatively above average IPA. I think the mango aspect was overhyped a bit since that certainly wasn't a dominant flavor. More citrusy hops to my (admittedly limited) palate. I enjoyed it and it's an easy beer to drink. Would be good for a session... I guess I was just expecting something a bit more adventurous.

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Photo of Ryften
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Looks great. Very little nose, & the taste doesn't resemble mango at all. It's just a smooth & average IPA. It's good for that, but doesn't justify the "mango" in the name.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Interesting concept going with mango and it was recommended by a friend of mine, so let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Pours a dark, straw-like, but also deep orange body. Amber coloring, with a touch of brown towards the bottom, but stays amber throughout. Head is about an inch and a half that dissipated quicker than I wanted. Could be the age possibly. Does leave a nice lacing on the way down.

Smell: Upon first inspection, I do get the slight hint of mango and other citrus-like scents. Could also be the hops. Pretty deep tropical aromas come through. Further inspection reveals and finishes off with a cantaloupe scent.

Taste: First sips reveal a balanced, not so complex flavor that is mostly dominated by pine-like hops. Maybe a bready-like malt character that is very obvious and almost dominating. Mango is ever so slightly present with some other tropical hops. Cantaloupe is also present and is somewhat sweet on the way down. Kind of a let-down.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and somewhat medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was excited to check out something from a small brewery and new/interesting. Kind of a let-down. I guess my expectations were set too high? It was good for an IPA, but had too much of a pine and bready flavor. Balanced, but too average. I may recommend to a friend, but I probably won't have again

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A bit of a bubble show produces a thick head that caps the amber liquid; nice retention and a fair amount of splashy lace is left behind

Smell: Floral and sweet tropical fruit tones - as much cantaloupe as there is mango

Taste: Shortbread malt up front with tropical fruit flavors developing, in the middle; it doesn't scream mango as much as it does cantaloupe but there is mango in there, for sure; the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Like everyone else, I try to drink my IPAs fresh but somehow this managed to sit in my cellar for about nine months; still, while it wasn't as hoppy as I am sure it was when fresh, I got the general idea and I still rather enjoyed it

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

had this in a flight at the tasting room yesterday and was fairly impressed (my notes scored this one in the 4.25+ range) so i nabbed a bottle for closer inspection. enjoyed from a TB batch 2 22oz snifter.

a - brew pours a transparent yellow orange with a nice frothy classic ipa head. the lace coated the glass as the head dissipated. some nice visible carbonation.

s - nose is excellent. the mango really compliments a classic lush resiny tropical hoppy ipa.

t/m - as the nose suggests, a lush mango infused tropical dank hoppy ipa. really tasty and REALLY drinkable. super refreshing, i could drink this all day. full bodied and massively flavorful. nice carbonation. feels big enough to be an imperial, but it is not which makes it really stand out to me.

o - a winner. i'm surprised by the lackluster scores on this one. i am just as impressed with the bottle as i was when i tried it in the flight. if i was local, i would drink this beer constantly. LOVE it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with good clarity. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruit, soft mango. In the taste, tropical citrus and a hint of mango, but not at the forefront. Strong bitterness and pineapple, with mango in the finish. Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, this is much more of an ipa than a fruit beer, and it's for the best. This is solid.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Obtained through a trade with Afroman, thanks duder! Pours a dark orange-amber with a frothy off-white head.

Smells of fermented fruit, with slight whiffs of cantaloupe, accompanied by a nice hoppy bitterness.

I was hoping for more cantaloupe here, but the taste of the fermentation came through stronger than any scent of fresh cantaloupe could balance so I was a little let down, but still tasty don't get me wrong!

Felt like a mouthful of cantaloupe that has been sitting at 80 degrees under a mattress in a jar would taste like after 2 months, not that great, but the flavor character makes up for it.

Overall a mediocre IPA, but very glad to get a chance to try it. I'll have to travel east sometime and make a stop at the brewery to taste it fresh as I'm sure that could have something to do with it.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap. Has a dark amberish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, hops, touch of mango. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, light bitterness, slight sweetness, really not getting much in the way of mango. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber &gt; Tulip Glass

A - Hazy dark red, burgundy color with one finger of foamy off white head, no lacing.
S - The aroma flourishes once this thing warms up, lots of ripe mango, some toasted bread, a little hint of alcohol, some really herbal traces in it too.
T - Again the mango flavor shines once it reaches lukewarm temperatures, but while initially there, it gets buried under this massive malt attack. Almost nutty, its kind of a roasted malt, but unfortunately it doesnt let the mango be the star for more than the initial taste. Some earthy hop bites do stand up to the malt, but nothing significant.
M - Very chewy in texture, leaves the palate on the bitter dry side.
O - Spring house can have a real winner, if they change around the hops, and do an overhaul on the malt. If anything I'd actually call this an Imperial Red Ale. The color is wrong, and for the most part the malt dominates the hops. Though I was glad to have gotten this beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Just shy of a finger's worth of plush light khaki colored audibly fizzy head... Limited retention gives way to a mostly full veil of lace and a slight collar... The color is a deep dark resiny amber... A limited number of slightly sluggish carbonation bubbles rise throughout...

S - The nose is much more delicate than I had anticipated... First up are a moderately potent citrusy hop goodness... Next comes the sweet mango just as if I had cut into one... There is a solid malt base that lingers beneath the surface... First is the slightly sweet caramel followed by rich doughy notes...

T - The mango sweetness never materializes on the palate... Instead your hit with a fairly potent array of hoppiness... First is strong pungent pine notes... Next are some floral notes... There is a mild citrus presence that is buried way beneath the surface... The malty balance alluded to on the nose is also MIA... There is also a slight medicinal presence on the finish... Not bad by any means, just not what I was expected...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... A slight bit of crisp bubbly carbonation... Perhaps a bit thin... Dry and slightly astringent throughout...

D - Not a great American IPA... Not a bad American IPA... This one is situated somewhere squarely in the middle... My largest complaint is that other than the aroma, the mango alluded to in the name of the brew is mostly missing in action... The end result is an average to slightly above average American IPA and the craft beer world is loaded with those...

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Photo of MattyPods
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

At first I did not believe I would enjoy this brew but to my surprise it was very delicious. I really enjoyed the taste. It was not too fruity or too heavy. It was not as bitter as I thought so it was a little easier to drink. When the percentage of alcohol read 7.7% how could I resist? I had two.

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