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Mago Tago | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
tiredhands.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Progressively hopped with the all-mighty Simcoe. Conditioned on heaps of fresh mango.

Added by BARFLYB on 03-18-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#798
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
266
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
142
Gots:
9
Trade:
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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by Florida9:
Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale, pastel, yellow. Incredibly cloudy to the point of being opaque. Forms a modest fizzy white head. Light lacing. Smell is pleasant: lots of biscuit malt and lots of "dry" citrus hops with mango to a lesser extent. Also citrus, mango, and tropical fruit, but very light, crisp, and almost lemony. Taste is very crisp and dry. Citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit zest. Very light on body. Very dry.
Overall a bit disappointing. Was expecting a lot more mango out of this one, but its very dry and quite crisp as if all of the sugars had been fermented out of it. Nicely hopped and a decent beer, but was expecting more complexity with a beer that was more fruit forward. In the end, there were three of us drinking a growler and after a glass each, we all just moved on to another beer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aside from a slight burn at the end of the sip, this is an exceptional brew.

Hazy, milkshaky, dense. Sweet, fruity, odd.

Smells like diving in a case of freshly-picked fruit somewhere with a tropical climate. Eminently drinkable and enjoyable, it left me craving more.

All the fuss around the late September 2016 release of Mago Tago cans strikes me as overzealous.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - oh man, all I did was crack the can it it looks like liquid mangos. Can't wait to pour... wtf this is the yellowist I've ever seen beer! It looks like straight puréed mangos! Incredible! An absolute brick of solid milky hazy yellow. Sticky lacing dissipates quickly but desperately grabs at the sides of the glass.

S - what's the smell? Could it be...? Mangos, you say? Well I never! Sweet and earthy mangos. Syrupy watermelon almost like Tired Hands's milkshake. Bubblegum and sugar. Cotton candy.

T - juicy punch up front but it's fleeting. Creamy mango and orange with a hint of grassy pineapple. But then that all goes away. I'm honestly not sure what happened to this beer. All those delectable sweet flavors and it comes crashing down spectacularly into a rindy bitter mess. Acidic and downright abrasive. Violent, even. Dries out the back of my throat and leaves a grainy mealy bitter sensation like I just got finished chewing on raw spinach. If crabgrass could possibly be unripe it would taste like this beer. What happened. It's almost not even a flavor. Just a sensation. A very bitter sensation. I've chewed on lemon rinds that taste like mango candy compared to this. Wow. Novocaine city.

F - relatively smooth and creamy but I'm quickly distractes by the astringency. Not sure how to rate this category because I think it's good, but the aggressive twang is so up in my face that I can't properly analyze the feel.

O - the beer looks goddamn amazing. Smells like a dream. But the taste. Dear god the taste! What happened?!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lateralundertow
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mbo108
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtladner
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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3.31/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of b2611
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KT123
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PretzelCity
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice mango flavor, balances well with the hop profile. Mild hop bitterness, light malt sweetness combines well with the mango. Solid IPA

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4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Almost yellow. Medium white head. Leggy. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of mango. Some citrus hops. Doughy pale malt. And diacetyl. Took a while for it to show itself, but as the beer warms, it's strong.

Taste - Mango flavor up front. Diacetyl immediately also. Citrus hops. Orange peel. Sweet pale malt. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Sweet. Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Tastes great except for the diacetyl. Good while it was cold, but the diacetyl began to overwhelm.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Beergelden
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tired Hands Brewing Company is a small microbrew pub just outside of Philadelphia that was just rated as the #2 new brewery in the world by RateBeer.com. I had to check it out and give their lineup a try to see if it lived up to the hype. I was not disappointed! They don’t bottle and have little, if any distribution, so good luck getting your hands on some of this unless you get out to the pub. The beers were all well above average and the food, atmosphere and workers were great too. Check out their website, and I encourage a visit anytime you get out towards Philly.

www.tiredhands.com

This brew is an American IPA with mangos called Mago Tago, that was a brewpub only release, and it only lasted a couple of days. I just happened to stop in when it was available, and after trying it, I had to take some home! The brewer must be into obscure progressive rock, the name of this brew has to be an homage to the German rock group Can’s album Tago Mago. Here is my take on this glorious beer!

Apperance: It pours to a very cloudy, opaque straw yellow color with a bright white 1″ head, with tight bubbles that dropped down fairly quickly to about 1/4″ and stayed there through the rest of the beer, hanging on to the side of the glass, lacing like a quality Belgian Ale.

Aroma: It’s a full-on frontal assault with ripe mango and tropical hop aroma hitting hard in the beginning, some sweet candied orange, a slight alcohol warmth, a light breadiness and some sour notes that I can only attribute to the fruit or wheat used when brewing. It wasn’t off-putting at all, just minor background I picked up after swirling the beer a little.

Flavor:The sweet mango comes first again followed by a crisp tropical hop bite and a little sweet malt and wheat. A mild bitterness from the hops and low alcohol warmth hang on the back for just the right amount of time, creating a fantastic balanced finish. Finally, there is a pleasant tropical fruity tartness that stays on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: It has a very creamy mouthfeel from the wheat used in the brewing process, high carbonation and very dry finish. There is also a mild astringency caused by the fruit, but works perfectly with the medium body and dryness overall.

Overall: Tremendous balance in this brew, with the mango and tropical hops leading the way, the creamy texture and high carbonation brought it all together, toning down any bitterness and making this a special beer that I hope to see Tired Hands expand its production and maybe bottle for sale in the future. Think Zombie Dust or Alpha King by 3 Floyds Brewing Company with the perfect mix of mangos! Awesome Stuff!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Mago Tago from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 266 ratings
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