Hops meet Mango by JoKr Brewers, DIPA, ABV 9.8 %, IBU 130
A nice (D)IPA has an intensely fruity aroma, but often I’m a bit disappointed when it comes to the actual flavours: where have all the fruits gone? JoKr Brewers are obviously of the same opinion, and they have brewed an ale with real mango in order to enhance the tropical fruitiness of the flavour profile. Ever since ClubGonzo told me about their efforts I’ve wanted to try this beer, and finally the bottle is here on my table. Or actually, the bottle is safely placed in my kitchen sink, since this is a very aggressive carbonated brew that’s very eager to escape the bottle. I was warned about the beer’s gushing capabilities by ClubGonzo, so I opened the cap extremely carefully and the beer fountain was therefore somewhat tamed.
In the glass the beer has a medium amber colour. Murky, close to muddy body with particles of all sizes and colours. Not that good-looking. A decent sized but disappointingly fluffy, bath foam-ish off-white head consisting of big, very short-lived bubbles. The sad remains of the head leave virtually no lacing.
The aroma is another story all together! A lovely, strong, sweet fruity hoppy aroma with a firm malty backbone. The tropical fruits are dominating (I might be a bit biased, but I think I get lots of ripe mango). Also peach and citric notes and some sweet caramel-like stuff lurking in the back.
Moderate sweet taste with a heavy bitter finish. Moderate flavours with bitter grapefruit and alcohol, tropical fruits (mango and peach) in the finish. To be honest I had hoped for a far more pronounced mango flavour. The stinging alcohol is too dominating, especially in the aftertaste. Together with a very chalky, yeasty, dry feel the beer is a bit too rough on the palate to be really pleasant. Despite the initial gushing this medium bodied beer ends up rather softly carbonated in the glass.
Conclusion: A fun and interesting experiment resulting in decent beer with a very pleasant aroma and ok flavours. Unfortunately it’s too alcoholic and it has a heavy chalky dryness that doesn’t correspond all that well with the very sweet tropical aroma.
Ratebeer score: 2.9