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 don’t 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 Can’s 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: It’s 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 wasn’t 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!
Blairgus (4183) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
24 oct 2016, bottle. Light orange and hazy. Looks like watered down mango juice. Nose is light mango up front but dank hops overpower. Thin/med body and mildly fizzy. Sweet, some mango, faintly faintly dank, mildly bitter, seeet overall. Very nice.
BuckeyeBoy (6154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can thanks to Steve. Pours out a hazy cloudy gold topped with a white head. Nose is huge mango sweetness lacto and a nice melon. Taste is great big mango melon tropical notes and a nice sweetness on the end.
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz can. Poured like a can of juice instead of beer. Bright orange dense opaque body under a smaller foamy bright white head. Aroma is mango juice, juicy citrus fruits, pine, fresh cut grass. Flavor is ,a go rinds, fresh cut grass, dry grains, pine sap. Bigger body, some heat on the end, stingy strong carbonation.
jc1762 (852) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Copenhagen Beer Festival in Boston (9-24-2016) showing well filtered yellow with light foaming around the edges.
The nose shows subtle sweet malts with practically nothing else.
The palate is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Flavors of juicy lime and pineapple but not tart and surprisingly smooth without any citric zest.
AirForceHops (6303) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz draft, Copenhagen Brewfest, Boston. Hazy bright yellow color. Aroma of mangoes, pineapples, and passionfruit.
Flavor is heavy on the fruit and large mango presence. Pine hop is here but struggles to get through the fruit. Medium body with maybe a trace of sugar. Sweet and fruity but highly drinkable.
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the source. Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a moderate white head. Aroma is of lots of fresh mango, pineapple, some light dank citrus, evergreen, juicy citrus, some pine, mild grains. Taste is complex, lots of fresh, juicy mango, mango skin, citrus peel, juicy, light tropical fruit, some pine, evergreen, light dankness. Solid offering.
ClarkVV (5862) - Boston, 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 don’t 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 (3225) - 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 (3148) - 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
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
adrian910ss (2565) - 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.