drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2017 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!
6/9/17. On tap at the Brew Cafe as MagoMago TagoTago, which seems like a different entry to me, but what do I know? Orange pour with a nice khaki head. Mango on the aroma, fruity, dank. Good flavor, mango prevalent, hoppy, dank. Tasty! Marheb (6334) - MontrÃ©al, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2016
(Cannette provenant de la brasserie): Hyper herbacé, sucré et hautement amer. On m’avait prévenu mais on dirait une IPA d’Automatic Brewing qui a mal viré. Trop d’amérisant et un diacétyl qui veut percer gâche un liquide qui serait autrement intéressant. tderoeck (10566) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2016
3/XI/16 - 1Pt. can @ 50/50-tasting (50% of the bottles are in the top 50 of their own beer style), ElManana’s place - BB: n/a, canned: IX/28/16 (2016-1278) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the can!AWISLguy (3419) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Fourth top 50 beer of the tasting!
Cloudy bright yellow beer, small irregular off-white head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: wow, very sweet, fruity, vanilla and lactose, wow, so much fruit! MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty sour start, lots of citrus, lime and lemon, bitter grapefruit, very bitter and resinous. Aftertaste: resinous, very fruity, pineapple, grapefruit, lemony, lovely stuff, very bitter.
16oz can from bananabi11, via trade, shared with all. Thanks! Wow! Easily the cloudiest brew seen yet. Sharp mango flavor, with a lot of bitterness, more in the taste than nose. Fruity yes, but ipa-ish, certainly. Finishes quite bitter. 13.7
ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2016
Can in a trade, shared with tderoeck at 50/50 tasting. Very fruity, very bitter, little bit unbalanced but pretty nice.
Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2016
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 (8853) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2016
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 (6569) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2016
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 (1651) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2016
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 (8026) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 24, 2016
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.