Mago Tago | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a cloudy yellowish orange color with a thin white head on top. Good sticky lacing but not much retention. The smell of the beer is hoppy, subtle sweetness and citrusy. The taste is sweet and fruity with a pungent bitterness I the finish. The wheat softens the mouthfeel of this beer while the hops dry it out. The carbonation is good. Overall it's a very good beer, well balanced and very refreshing.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: growler from TH

Poured a sample into a Left Hand mini snifter...not sure why. Opaque peach-yellow color, like grapefruit juice, with a thin, foamy white cap of head; nice lacing. Aroma is simply mango-laden, with notes of citrus zest, hop bitterness. Fruity mango goodness in the taste, but it doesn't come through as good as it does in the nose; an obvious hop bitterness comes in shortly after, leaving no doubt that this is an IPA; there's also a slight underlying grassy touch. A well-rounded IPA overall, with any sweetness coming from the fruit, and the malts being almost undetectable. It's not a fruit juice, it's an IPA. Light-medium body, crisp, dry, easily drinkable. Very nice overall. Would make a great summer brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub served in an 8 oz stemmed glass chilled.

The color is very hazed golden with orange hues when held to thelight with thick frothy head, the beer is almost green hued becuase of the high hop dosage and suspended hop particulate - fresh! The smell is like fresh squeezed citrus infused with the sweet tropical juicy mango aroma and some strong hop odors which are both floral and have the simcoe stamp on them. The feel is great - excellent blend of hops and mango tangy & juicy texture with moderate bitterness and medium carbonation with light astringency and only gets grassy as it finished with low alcohol in the feel.

The taste of this Mango Imperial IPA is great it walks the fruit and Hoppy ale line with more hops than mango in the taste however the mango provides a nice fruit accent. The Simcoe is high in the taste with mild astringent element with a slight mango flavor to soften with a bitter jab in the dry fruity finish. Overall I really loved this enough to share a growler with my wife and friends the next day - plenty of hops yet a mango twist -well done Tired Hands!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 03/24/13 notes. Had a 16 oz. pour of this at the brewpub in Ardmore, PA and liked it so much I got a growler of it as well.

a - Pours a murky, pale orange-yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fresh juicy mangos, citrus hops, pine hops, lemon zest, floral hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, earthy notes, hay, and grass. The nose on this one is fantastic; tons of fresh mangos and tropical fruits, and tons of hops as well. Really great nose.

t - Tastes of fresh mangos again, tropical fruits, citrus hops, lemon, pine hops, fruity malts, yeast, spice, pepper, hay, grass, eathy notes. Mango isn't quite as strong as it was in the nose, but a ton of hops again and it is great.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. As with every other Tired Hands beer I've had so far, the body is super smooth and creamy. No bitterness; awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic DIPA. This is the best Tired Hands beer I've had so far out of the 6 or 7 I've tried, and one of the best East Coast DIPA's I've had. Tons of fresh mangos and hops to it, and easy to drink. Loved it and look forward to having it again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at the pub.

A - Pours super hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong Simcoe hops, bit of pine resin, lots of mango pulp and pale malts and grain.

T - Starts off with a beautiful mix of mango juice and sticky Simcoe hops slowly being joined by the pine sap, pale malt and chewy wheat. Finish is a little chewy with a good amount of fruity bitterness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Fruity, resinous feel with a bit of grain backing it up. No booze is present.

O - This has always been one of their best beers and this batch is no different, it just has never been as good as everyone makes it seem. Worth seeking out but let's not go overboard.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
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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Photo of stakem
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2-liter growler into a matching Tired hands oversized wine glass. Cheers and thanks go to Eagles22 for sharing this one with me. The brew pours a clouded golden yellow color with a frothy white head. Some sudsy lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fruity as all hell. It displays an awesome quality of tropical notes. Hints of grass, herbs, rindy components and even a mild fruity alcohol to floral component thrown in for good measure. I know this brew was aged over mangos but it doesnt really come forward all that much like a fruit beer, the hops are the star of the nose and enjoyably so.

The flavor is herbal and grassy. Some tropical fruit feel with a rindy bitterness. A soft amount of wheat inclusion and mild grainy sweetness provides a nice backbone for the hops to really springboard off. Plenty of lingering bitterness almost reminescent of grapefruit or orange juice that includes the pith.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a fantastic brew that was a pleasure to drink. I am appreciative of the share and could have effortlessly tanked the 2-liters myself. I dont want to sound too much like a dick a sea of over-hyped and less than thrilling offerings that I got to try from this brewery, this beer is fucking legit. Not only was the brew awesome but the growler was appropriately filled/carbonated for once!!!

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Photo of AlexFields
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy apricot yellow, solid frothy white head.

Nose is loaded with sweet tropical fruit, pineapples and mangos, some dank hop character, mild bitterness.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, mangos of course, some honey, some floral notes, mild bitterness, fantastic.

Mouthfeel is very slick and juice like, good carbonation too though, very drinkable.

Excellent! Almost as good as The Light That Spills...


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Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler, chilled well and opened less than 3 hours from being tapped into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Bright brassy, very clear and nearly straw colored. Lemon bright yellow body, almost lager adjunct looking, but with a nice amount of pin head carbonation rising slowly in clumps and chunks through the middle. Head is very little retention and makes barely a finger of white bleach presence. Settles to a soapy bubbled collar rather shortly.

Excellent hop aroma. Citrus but with candy like oils, and perfume aromas. Orange and mint, lemon and passion fruit like qualities, tropical and juicy to go along with it. Smells almost like those powdered lemon candy drops with perhaps a touch of tropical mango added in with them as well that starts to take over. Fantastic aroma.

Palate comes with a big impressive controlled hop flavor. Juicy front, almost bursting on first sip. Flavors of mango and tropical notes take off but with a very candy sweetness follows as well. Juicy finish takes it from there as well, but leaves just a little bit of lacking malt oomph to carry and make it take off. fruity finish with very little bitterness, but an almost sucrose like Belgian character that comes off like a bit of bubbled champagne Chardonnay like grape quality but far sweeter. Weird oily finish, and aroma seems to bring out a weird dominant candy like smell that takes over.

This is really impressive, but it's also just a bit far too sweet strangely for my tastes. If that was dialed down and given just a little more body this has the making of something really impressive.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Brew Cafe in Ardmore.

Mago Tago looks like juice, not the normal golden colored IPA, Tago has depth and a solid orange slightly bronze body. A firm head that is creamy and off white and clings very nice. The scent is Mango rich, some hop backing, orange and really no malt to speak of, guessing the mango addition phased that out. Not picking up any of that 7% in the nose. Taste is clean, rich and ripe with mango flavor, hop essence and not a lot of intrusion. The feel comes off really smooth, does not scorch the tounge with bitterness or over carbonation, goes down like juice. If this was a bit lower in ABV I could take down quite a bit of this stuff. Going to have to get this again before it kicks.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vegetal fruitiness, pungent hop bitterness. Clean, long finish. Dry, earthy, not much sweetness. This is good, but I'm looking for a touch more sweetness.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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 stephenjmoore
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium straw-colored body with a slight bit of haze, but mostly transparent. Bone white head that settles quickly and leaves a thin ring of bubbles. Aroma is tropical fruit, unripe mangoes, citrus, fresh grass. Mango comes through very nicely in the flavor. Big juicy mango and tropical fruit, citrus in the middle and finished with some citrus and danky hop flavor. Feel is medium carbonation, very juicy, sticky lingering juiciness on the tongue. A really solid fruited IPA. I was expecting a little more "in your face" mango, but this one has get flavor and a really great hop profile.

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Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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 agreenman19
3.4/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Pours an extremely hazy...well... mango color. Bright white and fluffy heady after the initial pour. Leaves decent lacing throughout the tasting,subtle globs of goodness. But damn this is some hazy stuff.

Smell is mostly of sweet sugar and a nice touch of mango. Aroma hops are very bright and green here. Beautiful piney and fruity notes with a touch of lemon zest.

Taste is bitter right from the get go. So much it attacks the tongue immediately and leaves a heavy hop linger. Mango follows that up with a sweet sugary kiss on the finish.

Mouth is medium bodied, good carbonation. Good balance not to syrupy and not to watery just about perefect. Slight buttery slickness film left in the mouth.

I was a little hesitant on a fruity IPA but overall a solid offering from tired hands. A delicious hoppy and fruity mango ipa combo. Very sneaky ABV as well. It simply does not taste like a 7.8% beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome growler want hit by thank you so much! Growler opened within minutes of landing on my porch.

Pours a massive cloudy yellow with orange highlights. Loads of hop particulates float lazily throughout. Carbonation is thankfully solid after a week and the surface shows big soapy white bubbles.

Smell is of big sugary mangoes...nice and fleshy and ripe. Hops lay down an herbal and piney element along with some additional sweet fruits on the periphery.

Similar to the smell, the mango presence is large and in charge and shows sweet and sticky. The hops wrap themselves around and plant a tight bitter fang into the scrumptious fruit. Moderate pine bitterness tags along towards the finish and rides the coattails of the lingering mango sweetness.

Mouthfeel is supple and the carbonation helps keep the beer from becoming to sticky sweet on the tongue, though the residual sugary and plush flavors from the mango just stick to the palate and linger a good long while.

There is a dangerous element of desirability and crushability here that could do some damage to my afternoon and mental capacities. That said, I could see how some could say that a single glass would do the trick and the flavors could become cumbersome.

Tons of mango, tons of hops, tons of fun....thank you Al!

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Photo of larryi86
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes with help from a growler of Mosiac Mago Tago.

A- A fairly hazy golden straw color with a two finger head.

S- Mangos, dank, citrus.

T- Mango, tropical fruits, slightly dank finish, faint citrus, hint of wheat.

M- Smooth, medium body, nice carbonation.

O- A very well done mango IPA, definitely agree with the amount of hype around this beer. Had this along side regular Mago and the only real difference is the aroma, mosaic is a little fruitier and less dank but they are flavor wise the same beer. Worth picking up if you are in the area.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow orange. Loose bubbled bright white head. Lingers. No real lacing.

S: Tons of mango. Fruity grapefruit hops. Some pine. No real malt at all which I like.

T: Not overall blast of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Good amount of mango. Bitterness kicks in mid palate. Fairly dry finish. Getting some of that juicy mango fruit, sticking with you.

M: Lighter medium.

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Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16 oz can into snifter. Looks like a glass of pulp-less OJ with a 1.5 white head. Thin collar and small beads of lacing. Aroma is very mango with some grapefruit and citrus notes. The flavor is good mango and some grapefruit. It kinds loses me on the finish with very green bitter hops and pine sap (classic Simco). Feel is medium with good carbonation and a dry finish. A true hope head that enjoys mango should love this beer. I would have enjoyed it even more if it was sweeter and less bitter.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my first review, so I wanted to make it a special one. I think this is my favorite Tired Hands beer. It was absolutely delicious. Had on tap at the Brewery in an 8 oz pour.

A: It looks like a faded orange juice. You can't see through it at all. A light head with nice lacing and a little bit of retention.

S: Mango, a little bit of lemon zest, sweetness, and a little bit of hops. The mango smell is the main scent you get. It really smells fantastic. I spent about 30 seconds just sniffing it before I had my first sip.

T: The taste is like the smell. The first thing I tasted was fresh mango flavor, followed by the IPA . There isn't all that much bitterness, but you can tell you're drinking an IPA. Overall, this beer just tastes delicious.

M: Not overly carbonated. Smooth without any kind of burn. I don't get any of the 7.8% in this.

O: My favorite Tired Hands beer. I was lucky enough to get a growler of this and it didn't last more than a day. Its a shame I'll probably never get to have it again. I almost wish this came out in the summer, so I could drink this out on the porch.

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Photo of Jonada
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler poured into a Tired Hands teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a light orange color with 2 fingers of a white head that eventually settles to a thick collar. Decent head retention and lacing. Body is extremely cloudy, to the point of being nearly opaque.

Smell: Mango, pine, dank hops, slightly grassy, tropical fruit, orange.

Taste: Piney, dank hops hit the palate first before yielding to mango, citrus and tropical fruit in the finish. Overall very dry, but with a slight sweetness and astringency. Aftertaste is almost all mango and citrus and lingers long after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft creamy mouthfeel and medium levels of gently carbonation.

Overall: Really good beer, but still ranks behind Such Passion for the spot as my favorite Tired Hands IPA. Still well worth seeking out though.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at the Brew Cafe into a pint glass.

L: A hazy light to medium golden color with a huge white head and huge glass lacing. Not super cloudy which sort of suprised me.

S: Tropical fruits and mango just come wafting out. Not picking up any sweetness on the nose.

T: Wow, loads of mango, guava, pineapple, tropical fruits along with some lemon and lime. Ever so slight candied sweetness that mixes with the huge fruit flavors. Finish is creamy smooth with a little bitterness. Dry finish as the fruit flavors linger. Nice.

F: Creamy, nice carbonation, no alcohol and a medium overall feel.

O: I heard the cans of this were not great, but on draft yersterday it was spectacular. I bought a growler so I'll revisit it in a few days but I expect to get the same opinion. Great beer.

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Photo of phishphorce
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is good enough that I had to write a review.

I love living 15 minutes from Tired Hands.

I got a growler filled and shared it 2 hours later.

Pours a hazy lighter yellow. Nice head small amount of lacing. Looks Heady topper hazy but a little lighter. I love the look of it because anything that looks like Heady has to be good.

Smell.- Awesome. Mango, orange, hops. Unbelievable. Almost perfect. If I had it on draft I imagine this would get a 5.0

Taste - When I drank my first drink I said wow. Its amazing. It probably deserves a 5. Tastes like orange/mango juice with hops. Sick sick beer Jean. This is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. I could chug 2 growlers of this. No hint of the almost 8%. From start to finish this is the juiciest IPA i have ever had.

Mouthfeel - as usual They knocked the mouthfeel out of the park. Its creamy and just as most of TH beers the carbonation level is perfect. Even out of the growler its beautiful

Overall - Best beer Tired Hands has made to date by a good bit. Not saying that their other beers are not great this one is just that good. This and Handfarm are the 2 best beers I have had this year so far. I sound like a fanboy right now but I have not loved all their beers. I might have to get another growler tomorrow just in case this never shows up again in this beautiful form.

Thank you.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 16oz can purchased at today's release at Fermentaria. Pours a dense, opaque yellow and looks, well, like a glass of mango juice. Delightful fruit-driven nose, but a very bitter finish which detracts from an otherwise pleasant brew. Perhaps too high an ABV for this style? Under-ripe mangoes used? Too hyper-fresh in terms of hops? Maybe this will mellow with some age. Possibly also just a poor batch.

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