Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPAFever Dream Mango Habanero IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jim and Pam. Forest and Jenny. Snoop and Mary Jane. For our brewers, that couple that makes us all weak in the knees is Mango and Habanero.

The combination of sweet mango and bold habanero pepper has always been a favorite in casks of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, which inspired one brewer in particular to pitch a Mango Habanero IPA for our Brewhouse Rarities series.

Brewhouse Rarities Mango Habanero IPA was released in February 2014 and flew off the shelves faster than we could brew it. We’re no psychics, but we took that as a sign that you wanted more. And after running it as a tasting room throwback late last year, our imaginary crystal ball was clear that this Mango Habanero IPA was ready to graduate to our year-round roster. Giving it a name that invokes the feeling of conquering an invading tribe, we now bring you Fever Dream.

Fever Dream showcases a beautiful trifecta of fruit, heat and tropical fruit-forward hops. The balance of spicy and sweet that has been expertly dialed in, with the heat factor falling into the category where you can enjoy a few pints, rather than just one. We recommend trying this with your favorite Thai foods and curry, or on it’s own if food isn’t your thing.

Added by Titans77 on 02-15-2014

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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of malprep
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreightonSM
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly darker golden color with a thin off white head.

Smell: Citrus and pine notes with some light mango.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus and sweeter mango with a spicy kick of habanero to on the aftertaste.

Overall: was not what I expected! Good beer!!

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Photo of RyanK252
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Habanero comes right out, backed with tropical fruit, slightly dank herbal notes, pine, citrus, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit, mango, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine, a bit of pine, slight dank herbal notes, bready malt, caramel sweetness, and a nice touch of heat from the habanero.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice warmth from the habanero.

O: Nice balance of IPA and peppery heat. Tasty!

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Photo of deac83
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet, fruity mangos are preset in the nose along with hints of other tropical fruit hops.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of mangos and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Light flavors of habanero start to creep in in the finish and lend heat that lingers into the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The combination of mango and tropical fruit hops seems to go really well. I liked how the habanero wasn't too strong and added just amount the right amount of heat. It was a lot drinkable compared to chili beers.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sisterofba
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

You can really taste the mango juice and I would have guessed this is a blonde ale base, not an IPA. The slight heat from the habanero does a great job balancing out the sweetness from the mango.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruits and caramel malts.

Tastes of the tropical hops layered over a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. Pine notes add in before some mango. Malts add caramel sweetness and back the fruits. Heat comes on the backend in a small, pleasant amount. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done IPA that features the mango and habanero well.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours slightly hazy amber with slowly rising bubbles under a 1/2" head that reduces only slightly to a thick, hazy film.

S: Light spice and a trace of dankness scent restrained fruit and pepper aromas.

T: mango and light malt lead the charge with initially restrained habenero flavors that bring a slight heat wave that passes quickly. The heat builds as you drink it but it stays pleasant and never gets out of bounds. The mango, habenero and malt flavors are fairly evenly balanced. The sweetness from the mango softens the habenero heat while the habenero keeps the mango from being cloying.

F: The beer has a medium body and carbonation.

O: This is a refreshing, flavorful beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Poured a pretty amber color with a decent sized head. There's a fair amount of sediment floating around the glass. This beer is semi-cloudy with some light passing through.

S: Strong hop and malt aroma. Not much in the way of spiciness from the habaneros. Smells very piney.

T: Better than I had expected. Most of this beer is hops and malts. The heat kicks in very subtly towards the back of the mouth, which I appreciate. Piney, slightly citrusy. Overall, not terrible.

F: Medium body beer with most of the heat coming at the back at. The front to middle contain mostly hop flavors. A little bit of carbonation in there. The beer is leaving some decent lacing so the carbonation is definitely present.

O: It's better than I expected. This would go really well with some Mexican food (obviously). I'm glad that it is not overly spicy as I have had some beers with too much pepper heat and it tends to ruin them.

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Photo of Colin32
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Brew pours a moderate copper with a super dense frothy white head that starts leaving immediate stick as you get into the brew. Some murk and floaty characters are very much apparently. Light still penetrates though you don't get a clear line on the other side.

Smell - Mostly catty hops. Y'know the smell I'm trying to get at here. Some weak malts without any mango that I can detect nor any noticeable pepper heat or scents.

Taste - Super juicy catty hoppiness gallor though not to the extent that they come off piss like. Again the malts are prevalent but it's tough to distinguish the specific flavors. The mango does come through just a touch in the taste but the pepper flavors are virtually nonexistent. There is a relatively low level of noticeable heat as you continue into the beer.

Feel - Probably the best part of the brew. The feel is pretty thick with a thick pillowy head that sits nicely upon the tongue. The flavors develop even more as it sits around and the heat build a bit just enough for a slight tingle but it's far from as hot as it should be for being a habanero beer. The heat goes away for the most part on the swallow.

Overall - As an IPA it's pretty good on its own but if you're expecting something like a habanero sculpin it leaves a lot to be desired. Good beer for the most part but I don't think id pick it up again seeing as there are better pepper alternatives available.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out to a hazy peach, lots of flittering debris in the bottle. Forms a very nice tall light yellow head with amazing retention and solid solid lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is very nice. Definitely mango and mango character from the choice of hops, luscious tropical fruit hop nose. A little bit of pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, finishing dry, with a pleasant lingering warmth from the habanero. Bitterness is medium-firm. No off flavors.

This is a pretty good beer, but I wish it had a bit more sweetness to offset the heat and to give more jammy character to the mango. It is quite warm and dry so 1 is enough, but for IPA drinkers who want some heat, this is a very very well done beer.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Bottled 8/10/16

Pours a mild fizzy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly decent sticky lacing, very hazy sediment filled chunky pale orange color.

Nose sweet malt, copper amber malt, candy caramel, honey notes, a spicy chewy hop, little citrus fruity, mild pepper in the background.

Taste brings some sweet malts, candy like malts, caramel, amber malts, kinda like an aged ipa although it's not that old, toasted sweet malt, very faint pepper heat and no habanero flavor, hops are spicy and chewy, little earthy, little citrus fruity, fair bitterness and just a bit of pepper heat, and a faint booze. Finish little sticky sweet, lingering amber malts, little more pepper heat and hint of bitterness.

Mouth is med to little fuller bod, nice carb, touch pepper heat and touch booze.

Overall a huge let down, hops are mediocre, malts don't go well with an ipa, pepper heat is ok but there's no habanero flavor.

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Photo of Jscharff06
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber colored, small head
S: No hint of any chiles, but there is a pleasant fruity, lightly malt scent.
T: Taste is the polar opposite of the aroma: strong hoppiness (how come there's no hoppy aroma?), together with decent bitterness and moderate malt. I'm still not getting any chile flavor at all. It's well-disguised if it's here, and it's certainly not habaneuro level. Slightly fruity as well. A better IPA than Flying Dog's usual offerings.
M: moderately effervescent, decent body.
O: I found this a decent IPA, but I am unable to find any chile-ness whatsoever.

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Photo of einman
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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