Lagunitas Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
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4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: Formerly Fusion XXXI: Mozango

We've got a big juicy secret for ya. Word on the street is this ale's loaded with bunches of earth-floral Mosaic and citrusy-piney Simcoe hops AND sources tell us it's even packing some fresh mango juice in the mix. Like a smooth and aromatic tropicalian punch, right in the kisser... Mozango!

O.G.: 16.5; IBU: 45.
Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 238 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed January 2019. Below average for a Lagunitas hoppy offering. I'm not a fan of fruit in ipas (other styles, very much so).

Pours a light orange and amber kind of color. Decent clarity for something with fruit added. 1/2" white head. Small bubbles. The aroma, well if you thought Mosaic was going to shine here like it does say in Stereohopic, nah. You get plenty of mango, commercial tug job checks out, but Mosaic is distantly far behind. Gotta imagine mango is cheaper than Mosaic hops.

Taste was barely better, the Simcoe they don't talk much about does bring this back to normal ipa territory, giving it a hit of pine like bitterness, but the normal drying mouth feel of the Simcoe hop and Lagunitas simple malt base is overrun by the mango addition. Just a larger degree of mango (and the sweetness thereof) than I desired to have. Carbonation was fine.

This wasn't terrible, but it was disappointing, Lagunitas usually is super reliable and affordable when it comes to hoppy beers.

Mar 04, 2021
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MattDecker from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: nice mango orange
Smell: smells like a typical ipa if that makes sense.
Taste: citrus hop flavor, mango does subtlety come through, juicy, well balanced, little bitter hop
Feel: medium, fits well
Overall: a well done ipa that has a hint of mango. And I love mango, so this gets a nod from me

Dec 05, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was on my weekly re-up to the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) when I spied this bomber sitting on the shelf. It was the last Bottle (gasp!) remaining & I was curious, especially at the meagre price point. I have been running through the Bud Light Hard Seltzers of late & I knew that Mango was upCANming, so I decided to try this on its own, a wee bit of the seltzer on its own & finish with a blend of the two. 8=O

From the Bottle (!): "Limited Release"; "A Mosaic-hopped Ale Brewed with Mango Juice"; "I.B.U. 29.5[;] O.G. 1,076"; "The flesh is weak, but the spirit is willing. So, what's at the heart of it? Is it the patient and diligent servant or the committed messenger, through their many routes and vessels? The salient soldier, slinging suds on the front lines daily, or the very brewers themselves? The answer is ... we can't tell you here. From seed to sprout to fruit, and back to seed, we're all tangled on the same vine. And while fruit is momentary, the roots hold on for another season. It's all just a matter of perspective ... how's the weather out there? Cheers!"

I was in the process of Pop!ping the cap when when I unexpectedly began getting a bunch of foaming through the neck! I then initiated Emergency C-Line Pour procedures, getting the cap off posthaste & going with a quicker, less gentle pour than I would have preferred. Things got under control rather quickly after that, forming two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, tawny head with limited retention. 8=( Color was a pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. Nose was mango, unquestionably, but a bit light, given its billing in the name. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but light for the style. The taste was definitely tropical fruits, mango heading the long list that also included papaya, guava & passionfruit. At one point, I became saturated with tropical fruit AIPAs, but after having stepped away from them for a while, this was a nice return. I did not find it to be very sweet, as some reviewers mentioned, but instead, it was on the verge of a light tartness. Mango is not a sweet fruit, per se, and can be lightly puckering, especially if it underripe. This beer mirrored the taste of mango nicely. Finish was somewhere between semi-dry & dry and it was a really refreshing interlude as a result.

Now the Bud Light Seltzer Mango: Nose and taste were closer to real mango than in the beer. It was closer to tartness than the beer had achieved, but it lacked Ooomph! I usually add some vodka, flavored or regular, to their seltzers at this point. Instead, tonight, it would be a Mozango/BLS Mango blend! I added the beer to the seltzer since it was the seltzer that needed help, not vice versa. It actually worked! The resulting CANbination was MUCH closer to tart & very evocative of the actual fruit! 8=O I then beCAN to alternate between straight Mozango & the blend. It was a really pleasant way of doing business. The blend really made me appreciate Mozango all the more while the blend made a ho-hum seltzer very exciting.

Should you deign to try this at home, please bear in mind that I am a professional. YMMV.

Jul 17, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to give it props it delivered on a very aggressive hop profile but very smooth fruity aspect of raw mango juice. Was it sweet and tart and enjoyable? Not really in a way it was just a heightened IPA that these mad geniuses tend to brew a lot but I have to give it credit it made me buy a bomber which I haven't seen in almost a year. Prost!

Jun 30, 2020
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hreb from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle of Lagunitas's Mozango, a mosaic-hopped ale brewed with mango juice. Limited release. Beer is crystal clear, brassy yellow in color, forms little head, but forms a load of sweet mango flesh aroma in my nostrils. Flavor is more mango mixed with pine-y hops. There's ample carbonation and a dry finish which counteracts any concern that this could have been a sweet or NE-IPA style mango IPA. Solidly in between fruit beer and IIPA, but probably a better example of the former than the latter.

Apr 06, 2020
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jopezu from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a misty, golden amber with a large, soapy head. nose; white bread, lettuce, old mango, & light citrus hops. taste; light bready malt, salad greens, citrus rind, light mango, light onion, & light citrus hops. medium carbonation & light mouthfeel. pleasant nose, but a rather anemic palette. most beers that prominently feature mosaic hops end up this way for me - a vegetable or onion tasting beer that just doesn’t grab me. :(

Dec 08, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice IPA! Lots of citrus, berry, and of course, mango in the aroma. Flavor is full of juicy mango, with a grapefruit /mandarin/orange zest finish. Feel is sticky and silky, and quite nice.

Sep 03, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Semi hazy with a medium bubbles.

Appearance: Semi hazy gold with medium to full bubbles.

Smell: light citrus scent.

Taste: sweet mango and citrus. Malty and smooth hops which are a floral explosion.

Mouth: sticky beer consisting a bit dry.

Overall: Good brew. Wouldn't let it go, not expsensive and slot for your money. Always in a glass, Salud!

Apr 20, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No dating information found, other than '2018 ONEHITTER SERIES'.
Clear, gold colored body. One finger of bubbly white head, which settles back to islands, but the ring is fed by rising bubbles. Leaves behind some small spots and curls of lacing.
Lots of mango in the aroma, along with some piney dankness.
Taste is fruity, piney, and dank, with lots of mango. Minor bitterness but overall quite sweet.
Medium mouth feel, with some hop bite. Very good carbonation.
Refreshing ale with a full on mango component for smell and taste. A little dry.

Mar 24, 2019
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fruity, hoppy and a lot of mango!
Clear yellow with a three finger high, white head.
Fresh and fruity. Medium bitterness. Great taste and easy drinking.

Feb 17, 2019
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jauntypallor from New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As far as fruity IPAs goes this one actually brings a wallop of fruity taste with every sip as opposed to only a faint sense of fruitiness a lot of other fruit-infused IPAs have to offer.

Jan 19, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip

Pours a relatively-nondescript clear gold, although with a nice two-finger head.

The initial aroma is dank and piney, but the honey and mango sweetness quickly shines through.

The flavor is an interesting mix of dank hops and a wide variety of fruit flavors--mango, apricot, ruby red grapefruit, and pineapple--with a white pepper finish. The flavors are pleasing, but they almost seem to be "competing" or clashing with each other, rather than complimenting.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Medium bodied but crisp.

Overall, a tasty brew.

Jan 19, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper with a hint of haze, loads of champagne carbonation and a finger of yellowish head.

Smells of mangos all the way. Like mango juice.

Tastes of fruity mangos, but is dry with green leaf, and phenols.

Medium, sticky body with a dry, moderate finish, and moderate carbonation.

I got this in Sacramento, and I am drinking it in Redding, Jan 5th, 2018. Very well done, fruity brew.

Jan 06, 2019
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Body is shining gold, with more of an orange hue, almost like Iron Bru; fluffy white head fades out quick to a sliver; crystal clear.
Fresh mango and peach aroma, apricot, luscious and sweet; sunny
Mango, orange is distinct and bright, but almost a sense of being artificial, like a soda; almost no malt; bitter hops kick in quick to balance fruit, and this flavour has great length, dry and clean in its hoppiness; medium/light body and carbonation, refreshing & balanced, crisp & buttery feel.

Well balanced and great flavour, bright and fruity; definitely worth a try, if not ground-breaking.

Jan 02, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant mango hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice mango flavor
M-A light bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A nice easy drinking IIPA

Dec 30, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated bottle.

Clear gold with an average head and retention. Light mango with garlic in the nose. Dank and fruity. Medium bodied with a thinnish mouthfeel. Artificial mango flavor with light malt and a touch of bitterness. Finishes like a cheap, watered-down juice box.

Dec 24, 2018
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit disappointing. Clear golden color in a Spiegalau glass. Mango, earthy aroma. Carbonated, and hoppy.
Mango, earthy taste. I don’t like the concept. There should be more depth to the beer. I’ve had better beer from the brewery.

Dec 21, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - 2-finger offwhite head atop a translucent orange body.

S - strong mango, brown sugar, citrus.

T - lots of sweet mango, with a sour finish. Moderate bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-light body with average carb.

O - smells great, but the taste is a muddled combo of mango, hops, and sweeter malt.

Dec 15, 2018
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Tryandrun4c0ver from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.

Look: pours a translucent, rusty gold color with thin lace at the top.

Smell: Tons of mango and citrus with a bit of malt.

Taste: Big punch of citrus and mango up front immediately followed by a strong, bitter hop taste that lingers in the finish.

Feel: Bitter and rough on the palate in the best sense, characteristic of hoppy, high ABV beers.

Overall: Another solid brew from Lagunitas. Comparable in experience to their born yesterday release, with an added bonus for fans of juicy/citrus beers.

Dec 14, 2018
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at WOB-Fayetteville, poured typical hue for a IIPA but had a slight haze. initial smell was all mango, as was taste...too much mango IMHO. There was slight hop-resin in the aftertaste, but again, too much mango sweetness for me. Not horrible, much better than the failed watermelon IPA's, but not my thing.

Dec 11, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas Mason Jar

A: Pours crystal clear deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, plenty of mango, some citrus, floral notes, biscuity malt, and caramel honey sweetness.

T: Mango comes out right off the bat, mosaic hops bring some citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine, floral notes, and a little bubble gum, rounded out with biscuity malt, and and caramel honey sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Really enjoying this one. Solid balance between fruit and hops. Sorry Tony, your "Eat the fruit, smoke the herb, drink the beer, and do not mix." rule seems to have been thrown out the window, but with great results.

Dec 06, 2018
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ravisingh from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a pint glass with a pale golden color leaving behind little lacing. The smell is hoppy and floral. The taste is a pleasing mix of stone fruit and citrus. The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy. Nice dipa.

Dec 02, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best Mango DIPA ever.
Had on tap at Rattle N Hum West NYC (East is closing - sad)
a) CLEAR - no fruit pulp, lovely extra vibrant color, mid-head.
s) A treat - it's beer not fruit juice, but the vibrant, big mango pops through.
t) Perfect. is it beer, tea, juice, or brandy?
f) Oily, resinous, satisfying.
o) Must try 24.

Nov 27, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's a bottling code on the neck but I'm not gonna waste my time trying to decode it. Maybe it was bottled on 08/29/18?

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and gold in color. Off-white, near two-finger width head that hangs for a bit before receding to a thin, broken layer of suds with a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Good amount of lacing with thick webbing found decorating much of the glass.

Smell - Straight up mango juice with a hint of pineapple.

Taste - Follows the nose. Prominent mango juice. Hint of pineapple. Earthen bitterness riding beneath. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with low, tingly carbonation. Not much to the body as it thins out quickly.

Overall - Odd brew. Lots of natural mango juice, but I'm not huge on mango. Then there's some earthy bitterness that makes it taste like you're drinking dirty mango juice. Meh.

Nov 17, 2018
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sokol_1993 from California

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: bright yellow with a good head.
Smell: like a ripe mango, with citrusy and piney nuances.
Taste: A lot of mango taste upfront, then reinforced by hoppiness.

Excellent beer!

Nov 15, 2018
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 238 ratings