The Whale Tickler Mango IPA
Spiteful Brewing

The Whale Tickler Mango IPAThe Whale Tickler Mango IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #977
Ranked #4,834
4.14 | pDev: 7.97%
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States
The Whale Tickler Mango IPAThe Whale Tickler Mango IPA
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stortore from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Canned 4/21/20, had 6/15/20. Replaces rating only from 2014.

Pours a bright orange color, somewhat cloudy at the pour but fairly clear later, with a one and a half inch foamy head with great retention and a decent amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, light lemon, some malt, a sweet honey- like aroma, some pine as it warms. Flavors of mango, pineapple, some grapefruit, light lemon, malt, light pine, a little bit of a sweet note- sugary, but not as sweet as it smelled. Has a good amount of hop bitterness midway through the finish. Smooth, semi dry, a very good lighter body, well carbonated.

Really good, with lots of mango, lots of good citrus hops. The flavor is very good, but not quite as good as I remember it. But six years is a long time in the beer world, so I might be all wrong. Well executed and very enjoyable. Well worth a purchase when it comes around.

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Jun 25, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark orange coppery body, slightly hazy and barely translucent. Very good head production and lacing; decent retention.

Sharp hoppy nose, with bright citrus hop tones, pineapple, papaya, honey, and of course mango.

Really tasty! Nicely balanced, with strong bitterness and restrained mango presence. It's juicy, but the mango complements the hops, instead of taking over as a sour fruited IPA. No hint of the sky high ABV.

Jun 05, 2020
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, handwritten Batch #409 on the label. Acquired a bottle of this stuff from the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours very juicy golden orange, literally looks like a glass of pulpy orange nectar. Finger of frothy wispy white head that dies out. Scattered spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is soft at times, but when given a nice swirl it conjures huge huge huge mouthwatering citrus smack: orange juice, pulp, citrus peel, lemon, grapefruit rind, juicy piney hops. Very nice, but it could stand to be a bit more in-your-face.

T - Very crisp & juicy; tons of huge juicy authentic mango puree goodness on this one. Zesty orange / lemon / tangerine, grapefruit, pine, pineapple. Major citrus bomb, for damn sure. Mango doesn't distinctly come to mind, but it's very juicy, citric, and tropical. Literally tastes like it had orange juice poured into it.

M - Feel is smooth & juicy, tart & citric, with crisp carbonation. Medium-bodied, supremely easy drinking for the high 9.20% abv.

Overall, an excellent DIPA from Spiteful; one of the best i've tried from these guys yet. Glad i was able to grab a bottle, very recommended.

Spiteful Brewing The Whale Tickler Mango IPA -----4/5.

May 22, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous and hazy sunburst orange with a half finger of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Pungent aroma of mango, melon, pineapple, and other tropical fruit notes. Lemony and orange citrusy notes are also apparent.

Flavor doesn't match aroma to the T, but still offers a pleasant juicy tropical fruit hop flavor.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, juicy tropical fruit.

Overall, if you have a chance to grab one of these do it. Needs some tweaks in the flavor department but is an absolutely solid, juicy DIPA.

May 20, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(May 2016 release - on draught.)

Poured a hazy opaque mango orange color. Thin off-white head, bit it stuck around. Smell was mango forward with some undertones of grapefruits and citrus rind. Nice smell. Taste was a nice balance of showcasing the mango but not tasting like it was brewed with mango syrup. Not sweet at all. In fact, the beer borders on being very bitter, and perhaps a touch of sweetness could have balanced the bitterness out. Feel was spot on, smooth, drinkable (even taking the bitterness into account this beer is really drinkable) and very tasty.

Really nice offering from Spiteful. Could use a couple tweaks, but its still a nice beer.

May 05, 2016
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MasterSki from Canada

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bottles & Cans. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Murky, turbid, mango juice body, topped by a generous off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and plenty of splotching lacing.

S - Mango, tropical fruits, hint of onion, zesty citrus, and a fairly understated crackery malt backdrop.

T - Similar taste, with a good deal of mango, passion fruit, juicy citrus, a hint of zest and herb, and a fairly neutral sugary malt backdrop. A bit understated and muddled compared to the aroma. Bitterness is moderate but doesn't get excessive, although there is a mild aspirin note after a while

M - Medium body, dry, with lots of lingering hop oils and resins. Not much alcohol presence. Pleasant, moderate carbonation level.

D - Wish the flavor matched the aroma, as I think it's really interesting. Flavor is a bit too bitter and lacking in 'pop'. Still, on the whole it is pretty enjoyable. Had no problem splitting a bottle with my roommate.

Apr 06, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

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

Extremely murky opaque dark orange, lasting surface coverage, drippy lace down the sides of the glass.

Juicy tropical mango aroma, earthy and fruity. Light eucalyptus as it warms.

Mango and bitter greens, light orange sweetness up front that segues into earthy mango and dandelion greenery in the dry bitter finish. Juicy, pulpy, and bitter, full bodied and easy to drink. Really nice stuff, delivers the mango for sure.

Sep 20, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

22oz Bomber
Binny's - Lincoln Park

A big thanks goes to Mark for grabbing me a couple of these today! Whale Tickler is certainly unfiltered. As a matter of fact it's apricot orange and opaque. Not often do I come across opaque beers. The head is dirty white, slightly yellowed, and grows easily on the pour to a couple fingers in height before taking its sweet time to fade into a puffy ring and island. Lacing grips the glass like a matter of life and death.

The nose, off the bat, is straight up mango, ripe and ready. The mango isn't all. Tropical and citric hops flood the nose from every corner. Pineapple that's slightly overripe, apricot, tangerine, sweet papaya, and candied citrus. As it warms a touch of pine brings up the rear with a clean booziness that accentuates it. This IPA drips with juiciness.

The flavor profile changes slightly but is still first and foremost tropical in nature. Pine runs an undercurrent throughout. The mango, oh the mango. It's ripe, juicy, and delicious. The tropical hop additions bring some mango hoppiness as well...pineapple, apricot, and papaya all in spades. The malt profile is far in back and cookie doughy in nature. Candied citrus weaves in and out. This is a damn fine beverine!

For a beer weighing in at 9.2% this guy drinks like a champ. The body rings up a touch over moderate in weight with enough carbonation to make the finish nearly frothy. It dries up like the Sahara in no time, which the clean booze helps, and an aggressive bitterness takes hold until the next swig. This guy is so easy to drink that it's regrets just waiting to happen.

Whale Tickler is flat out juicy. It's big in the flavor department. Mango (fruit) and mango (hop) character have their fingerprints everywhere, along with other tropicals. It's easy drinking, fragrant as hell, and delicious. I'll pick another couple of these up in the next week or two if I find them around. Thanks again, Mark!

Sep 06, 2014
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