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.

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 174
Photo of Biggtriksta
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Raime
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +2.1%
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 jlindros
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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 allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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 lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pretty gold color with a small white head.
Sweet fruit and pepper aroma. Enough pepper that it tickled my nose.
Mango taste. Some melon. And a not too subtle habanero.
This worked well together. Nice fruity taste without being overly sweet. Nice pepper bite without overwhelming my taste buds.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fever dream: pours a hazy, ruddy orange color with a finger get and a half of fluffy honeycombed head. Aroma is very sweet, much mango and caramel, honey and cocktail fruit syrup. Really very bright and beautiful. Sweet and fruity flavor upfront; pineapple, mango, with some bitterness on the finish that is almost completely masked by heat from the Habaneros. The first Ale I've had with heat that I would call refreshing

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Photo of Shade1951
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this ale is pretty average across the board. It's hazy copper colored, like a lot of others. It smells like an IPA. I really cannot detect mango, pepper, or any fruit at all in the nose. My sense of smell may simply be lacking. The taste is solid - like a decent IPA. I taste no mango, and there is just a smidgen of heat going down. The mild heat is not a bad thing, as too much heat can just taste out of place and ruin the whole flavor. Carbonation is decent.

It's a fine ale - just not something I would put on my Must Get Again list.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For those looking for a habanero IPA without as much kick as Habanero sculpin, this may be it. Pours a dark copper with a two finger head that eventually dissipates. Aroma is fresh, but I'm not picking up a ton of mango. Taste is initially sweet and then heats up a tad toward the end. A solid IPA that neither the mango or habanero overpowers.

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Photo of PatricLind
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks good, amber. Smells mango for sure. Feels like a stable IPA. After three sips the chili climbs up in the throught.
Interesting to have tried, good work. Maybe not my favorite stile though.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice golden straw, soft copper color with an off white foamy head with excellent retention and lacing
S-lots of mango, pineapple, honey, hint of pine
T-not as much fruit on the palate, pine bitterness throughout, with the tropical fruit and mango coming in the finish, and a subtle heat from the habanero. excellent balance
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-very well crafted hot pepper beer that would stand on its own as a solid IPA, and is made all the better with the addition of the mango and peppers

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Photo of drtth
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed amber orange color with a 1" foamy ivory head that slowly recedes to an island of thin foam on the surface of the liquid while leaving a a few bits of lacing here and there on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some arches and scattered patches of leggy lacing.

The aromas include mango and other tropical fruits. In the background there's some citric zest and I'm finding some very light notes of the habanero pepper, which surprises me as I didn't expect to notice it among the other aromas.

The flavors include the mango, some grapefruit zest and bitterness along with some earthy flavors. There's a light caramel sweetness from the malt backbone. The heat from the habanero is quite mild and well integrated with the other flavors.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and lightly crisp with a light, prickly. persistent carbonation. The finish begins as sweetness and tropical fruit flavors begin to fade leaving some mild heat and bitterness at the end before becoming dry and inviting the next sip. Also as should be the case with chili spiced food, the heat grows slowly over time as more and more of the beer is finished.

I'm enjoying this beer and would like to have another. Fortunately this is relatively easy to find here in SE PA and i expect this beer will become an occasional change of pace to liven up my regular rotation every once in a while (I should confess that one of my favorite salsas is a bottled Mango Habanero Salsa.)

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Photo of McThulhu
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my expectations were too high going in (thanks Ballast Point...), because I was underwhelmed with this beer, but for the wrong reasons.

Perfect look and smell, let me be clear. A nice DARK amber with perfect head on top. The smell was rich with mango and hops, one of the better beers I've ever smelled.

But upon tasting I was left waiting to greet flavors that never arrived. There were the usual suspects of an IPA, but the Mango and Habañero were truant.

My mistake was easy to diagnose: impatience. Chill this beer. Or better yet, buy it from a store that refrigerates it.

Furthermore, this beer is NOT trying to ride the coattails of the Almighty Sculpin. It is looking for an understated balance of not only fruitiness and heat, but also the bitter dryness and piney freshness of the American IPA. Flying Dog is a veteran outfit, and have proven time and again they know how to brew an IPA. And they're proud of it, and don't want to cover up their pride and joy with trendy heat or sweet, punching you right in the face with it. YOU come FIND it. Let it toy with you.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/10/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango/habanero, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango/habanero, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, that lightly increases through the glass. Light lingering pepper heat as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly sticky/bready/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming other than the peppers after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruit/spiced IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango/habanero, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the restrained pepper heat and spice. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a semi-cloudy, golden brown body with one-finger head and a lace ring down the glass. Aroma doesn't really contain heat and just faint traces of mango/tropical fruit and is basically standard citric/floral hops. The beer is easy drinking and light, seven percent ABV doesn't come through at all, as beer overall strikes me as dry, bitter, earthy, minimal sweetness for balance and a bit of heat on the backend. I can't say that this is a bad beer and I like the concept but this didn't wow me in any way.

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Photo of dedevajinasi
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

having thought it was spicy at first i was very impressed by the perfect combination of the spice in the end habanero with cayenne and a zesty mango + citrus, base ipa is not bad at all, i can safely say that flying dog trustable for IPAs.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by: 8/10/16.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of mango, mango juice, tropical fruit, and slight mango salsa aromas. Taste is much the same with mango juice, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a mango and tropical fruit characteristics that are better in the smell, and a habanero presence that only comes through as heat after each sip.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-deep orange bottle pour, fine haze: a bit of a pepper aroma, there is a bit of mango-orange taste initially and some hot pepper in the finish. It is not a spicy beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw color with a finger of head. The nose is hoppy with a very mild burn. The body is hearty with a flavor profile that balances the hops and the heat well.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, with best before dating printed on the label.

Pours lightly hazed typical amber, khaki cap, stays nicely, and leaves nice froth, a thicker film and collar and estensive ringed sheeting/lave..nice looking beer.

Hopped up and fresh tasting sniff, with pepper notes in the rear.

Hops and chili..yum yum...both up front and burning here....bold and flavorful with more then average chili burn...hot but not too hot..in my humble opinio...wont be for everybody...but I found it to be quite enjoyable with the hops and chili somewhat in balance...chili heads go get some and enjoy

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz tap pour.

Cloudy deep or age with a fluffy white head. Leaves good lacing. Muted hops and a hint of pepper. Deep malt, hop bite and a touch of warm from the pepper. Fairly smooth with little alcohol detected. Glad I got to try but just don't get wowed by Flying Dog. Not a bad beer but probably wouldn't have another.

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Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter. Look is orange and hazy. Not much in the smell, maybe some sweet fruit and spicy pepper. Taste is much better. Mango is very present up front, as well as the ripe habenero pepper. Finishes with a nice bitter hop element. The heat is there but not overwhelming. The heat style is more burn than tingling. Overall a solid fruit/pepper IPA. Some might find the mango adjunct a bit artificial, but I think it was controlled enough to be a good add

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a cloudy orange with an eggshell colored, two finger head that dissipates quickly leaving several bands of lacing.

Smell: Smells a bit like chili. Faintly spicy habanero and black pepper that almost makes you want to sneeze. The smell of sweet mango is unmistakable and outshines the spiciness from the peppers however.

Taste: Restrained notes of habanero poke their head through initially. The taste of mangos, clementines, nectarines, and orange juice follows and contributes to a prevailing sweetness. Some bitter piney hops vie to balance the sweetness out to make for an okay base beer.

On the back of the finish though, the spicy habanero peppers kick in. While the habanero and mango flavors are authentic, this beer just doesn't feel right.

Feel: The beer loses a lot of points here. It's very thin, dry, hot (from alcohol) and spicy (from the peppers) not to mention extremely well carbonated. This gives the beer a sandpapery, abrasive, texture.

No joke, I'll let this sit out for a good 45 minutes after I pour it so the carbonation can die down to make for a much smoother tasting experience. I also prefer to drink this one warm, so the hops can shine through and combat some of the encroaching sweetness and spice.

Overall: At first I liked this but the deeper into the 6 pack I've gotten, I've noticed how acrid it is. The peppers really make this a chore to drink after a while. Decent base IPA I suppose.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is laden with mango and resin, with a significant malt sweetness to counter.

Flavor is peppery hot throughout, not overwhelming, with mango tartness adding complexity. Wish the mango sweetness were a little more prevalent. A bit too bitter.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a golden body with small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, citrus earthy bitter notes with sweet, sugary mango notes
T: strong, earthy citrus notes with some habanero in the back of the throat. Mango is no where to be found due to the crazy hop notes.
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination, but you feel the burn throughout the the beer. Can handle a few, but not a whole sixer.

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