Beergelden (4) - - MAR 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tired Hands Brewing Company is a small microbrew pub just outside of Philadelphia that was just rated as the #2 new brewery in the world by RateBeer.com. I had to check it out and give their lineup a try to see if it lived up to the hype. I was not disappointed! They donít bottle and have little, if any distribution, so good luck getting your hands on some of this unless you get out to the pub. The beers were all well above average and the food, atmosphere and workers were great too. Check out their website, and I encourage a visit anytime you get out towards Philly.
This brew is an American IPA with mangos called Mago Tago, that was a brewpub only release, and it only lasted a couple of days. I just happened to stop in when it was available, and after trying it, I had to take some home! The brewer must be into obscure progressive rock, the name of this brew has to be an homage to the German rock group Canís album Tago Mago. Here is my take on this glorious beer!
Apperance: It pours to a very cloudy, opaque straw yellow color with a bright white 1″ head, with tight bubbles that dropped down fairly quickly to about 1/4″ and stayed there through the rest of the beer, hanging on to the side of the glass, lacing like a quality Belgian Ale.
Aroma: Itís a full-on frontal assault with ripe mango and tropical hop aroma hitting hard in the beginning, some sweet candied orange, a slight alcohol warmth, a light breadiness and some sour notes that I can only attribute to the fruit or wheat used when brewing. It wasnít off-putting at all, just minor background I picked up after swirling the beer a little.
Flavor:The sweet mango comes first again followed by a crisp tropical hop bite and a little sweet malt and wheat. A mild bitterness from the hops and low alcohol warmth hang on the back for just the right amount of time, creating a fantastic balanced finish. Finally, there is a pleasant tropical fruity tartness that stays on your tongue.
Mouthfeel: It has a very creamy mouthfeel from the wheat used in the brewing process, high carbonation and very dry finish. There is also a mild astringency caused by the fruit, but works perfectly with the medium body and dryness overall.
Overall: Tremendous balance in this brew, with the mango and tropical hops leading the way, the creamy texture and high carbonation brought it all together, toning down any bitterness and making this a special beer that I hope to see Tired Hands expand its production and maybe bottle for sale in the future. Think Zombie Dust or Alpha King by 3 Floyds Brewing Company with the perfect mix of mangos! Awesome Stuff!
ClarkVV (5574) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the taproom, 6/11/16, as MagoMagoTagoTago.
Seems to me this is marketed as a distinct beer and should be separate, but I certainly donít care.
Deep canteloupe-peach-golden body is topped by a small, but fairly dense, off-white head. Quite hazy.
Light pine, juicy mango and a hint of vanilla and honey. Definitely seems on the sweet side, again, from the nose, and again has a dull, bready, sort of tired/stale quality to it. Maybe these beers have an ultra-short life and we got the tail-end? I do know it was the tail-end of the Papaya Milkshake batch. Anyhow, this one had some more bright fruit notes in the nose than the papaya with no alcohol or flaw.
Sweet mango up front is complemented by moderately bitter simcoe hop notes of grapefruit, cherry, melon and pine. Would go over better but for the rather mushy malts, overly sweet character overall, and somewhat loose carbonation.
Ed5388 (3109) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
32oz growler (Double Magomago Tagotago version) picked up at the brew cafe thanks to Dan! Pours a cloudy straw color with a small foamy white head. Aroma is straight up fresh mangos, with faints hints of citrus hops and bready malts in the background. Taste is again full of juicy mangos, ripe pineapple, citrus zest, grass, cat piss, and bready malts. Wow
jcartamdg (2982) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy light gold with a thin white head. Aroma of mangos, bitter citrus and sweet malt. Taste follows, more mango but still not nearly what the early batches of Magotago were like.
Earlier Rating: 4/2/2013 Total Score: 4.6
Pours a really hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of fruity tropical hops and a ton of mango. Taste follows, fruity and juicy. This is almost unbelievable. Crisp and refreshing. Pretty amazing
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adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the Fermentaria location. Pours a clear light yellow gold with a medium sized white head. Aroma of mango, melon, pear, liquid soap, Simcoe hops and hints of Juicy Fruit gum. Taste of light mango, melon and Simcoe hops.
nimbleprop (7202) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery pours a mostly clear gold with some white head. Nose is interesting, some funky fruit, some lemon, passion fruit, mango, a little pissy. Flavor follows, lemon, some tangerine, mango, passion fruit, soap. Oily finish. A little odd.
Beerman6686 (6189) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a hazy orange.color with a white head. Aroma was.of.mango, hops, and buttered popcorn. Flavor was nutty and mild diachronic., followed by mango and fruity hops.
jkwood04 (5244) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
32oz growler in a teku. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops, some light notes of mango, pale and light caramel malts, some dough, and light fruits. Flavor the same. Average texture. A good beer but it needs more balance and more hops.
pressboxjoe (403) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap in brewpub and in growler. Prettily unfiltered golden orange. In teku glass. Aroma is honey floral citrus, heaps of mango, pineapple. Flavor mango pineapple pine grapefruit - the kitchen sink, but not so muddled. One down note is diacetyl is clearly present in buttery butterscotch smell and flavor. Nevertheless this is a juicy super drinkable refreshing hopfest. Not a lot of beers could overcome diacetyl but this one can
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at Jamesí for the multi-K tasting. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Big mango and a bit of citrus. Medium bodied, a bit of tropical fruit, banana tones, sweet wheat. Gentle muskiness into the finish with some faint bitterness. Tasty. (notes from April 2014)
charule (2124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tired Hands. Poured murky yellow orange with decent white head. Aroma is a little light on the mango with some citrus. Light carb med bod. Taste again light with mango tropical fruits and mild bitter.