There are many chili beers on the market. Some have a combination of maltiness and pepper flavor that is a nice change from the norm by most beer drinkers. Others have heat that most people are unable to fully enjoy. Most of these beers are novelty but pair well with pizza, Mexican food or mild chili. It is not uncommon to find one of these beers as part of the actual chili recipe.
This week, the chili beer that was sampled was Founders Brewing Company’s Mango Magnifico. This beer is a relative newcomer on the market having only been released this past August and having hit the DFW area in the last few weeks. It is part of their “Backstage Series” of one-time released beers. This beer comes in a twenty-two ounce bomber bottle and pours a nice golden color with a quickly dissipating head. Carbonation level is adequate and the beer is clear. Scent is non-descript for the flavors of mango and habanero listed on the bottle. The flavor is sweet at the beginning with slight mango flavor but definite malt flavor. The aftertaste is pleasant as the habanero slowly starts to build with every sip. Continue reading