Outta Wack Mango Wheat – Old Yale Brewing (Chilliwack, BC, Canada)

wpid-20140501_001839.jpg

  • My Rating: B-

Outta Wack Mango Wheat – Old Yale Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 650ml., (Chilliwack, BC, Canada)

on the front left-side of the label:

“We began with a refreshing wheat ale then infuse pure nectar from the Mango, just enough to create the perfect balance to excite the senses. Our Mango Wheat is medium bodied, slightly hazy with hints of fruitiness. Enjoy this unique blend while taking in the summer sunset during those hot summer nights… the intense connection will be one to remember!”

  • Style: (Mango) Fruit Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Fruity sour-tangy mango-pineapple wheaty ale
  • Where I got it : Port Moody Liquor Store (formerly St. Johns)
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours cloudy golden marmalade orange with minimal bubbly head, thin layer of retention, lots of extremely fast activity.

Nose: mango nectar, straighter and clearer as it warms (lvl-3-5)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-tingly, incoming sourness

Mid-palate: medium sour + light tart, continued fizzy mouthfeel, (MAIN) mango juice, pineapple, wheat malts

Finish: residual tang, subtle dry hops, clean fruity dry finish.

Summary: Although it’s not particularly complex in flavour nor full in body, this beer is very drinkable and the mango is blended magnificently with the wheat malts and hops. A great summer beer with a meal.

Floris Mango – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

wpid-20131124_015553.jpg

  • My Rating: D+

Floris Mango – Brouwerij Huyghe, 3.6% ABV – 330ml, (Melle, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, 30% mango juice, hops, yeast, aroma.

  • Style: (Mango) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: sugary sweetness -> candied mango/wheat/barley -> mango exhale/half-sweet cloying finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (EDM)
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 330ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: Sealed with a glued-on foil and cap. Pours translucent hazy golden orange with almost no head , very thin retention, some slow steady streams.

Nose: sour-tangy wheaty candied mango juice. Seems artificial but aromatic nonetheless. (9)-aromatic strength.

Attack: cloying-super (10)-sweetness

Mid-palate: tangy-sourness, (MAIN) mango candy (HINT) wheat, barley malt

Finish: fruity real-mango exhale, partially (5)-cloying sweet sugary finish.

Summary:  This drinks like a COOLER, not really like a fruit beer or lambic. The sweetness is way too aggressive from the start and persists until some of the fruit flavour shines through but only momentarily at the finish. Casual beer drinkers may like it. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Mongozo Fruit Beer (Belgium)

Mongozo (Belgium)

1) Mango, 3.6% ABV, (brewed with Fairtrade Mangos)

My notes:
  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: bright sweet fruit yet not cloying
  • Where I got it: Keg n Cork (EDM)
  • How much: $4 , June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours translucent orange/yellow with minimal head, micro CO2, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Bright mango fruit juice on the nose, as well as notes of papaya. Drinks fruity sweet (8/10) up front but quickly transitions into aromatic Haden mango, papaya, light malts, and finishes with just a touch of bitterness on the tongue. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, excellent drinkability. A very interesting and refreshing fruit beer.

2) Banana, 3.6% ABV, (brewed with Fairtrade Bananas)

My notes:
  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: actual sweet banana flavour
  • Where I got it: Keg n Cork (EDM)
  • How much: $4 , June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours light golden yellow, minimal head, a bit of sediment. Syrupy banana and pineapple on the nose. It drinks quite fruity sweet but in an easygoing inviting way. Tastes mainly of banana candy, pineapple juice, light malts, and ends clean and smooth. Low complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, excellent drinkability. I dig these kind of easy-drinking yet flavourful and non-watery beers.