Tasting: May 28, 2016
Beer # 963
Mango Magnifico Con Calor (2016 release)
There are certain words that are polite “code” for something less appealing. For example, in real estate terminology, “cozy” doesn’t mean well-insulated and filled with fireplaces, it simply means a small house. In baseball, when someone is described as “battling”, it doesn’t mean they were a dominating warrior, it means they were underwhelming and barely eked out some success. The word “interesting” applies as a eyebrow raising description and is used in a lot of situations – there are “interesting” hair cuts, “interesting” outfits and “interesting” food. The translation, I don’t want to hurt your feelings but I hate it.
I can’t jump to that translation of interesting but I’ll admit that the ingredients here are the regular interesting. As described on the label of Mango Magnifico – a mango ale with a touch of habanero and an alcohol by volume of 10%. Sounds more like a salsa than a beer.
This is a repeat release in the Backstage Series by Founders Brewing Company. Mango Magnifico’s first release was in 2014 and at that time, it was the seventh different beer released in the series. The Backstage Series of beers are popular tasting room creations taken to a larger audience. The series included the legendary Canadian Breakfast Stout – 98 Points. If only they would re-release that in bottles (sigh).
Aroma is pure juicy mango and not much else. Flavor delivers the same and a wave of mellow heat comes underneath. One doesn’t overpower the other but the combination is…well…interesting. 82 points.