Beer of the Weekend #840: Mango Bohemian

Guess who’s on vacation.

This guy!

That’s right—I’m on vacation for the next two weeks. I’ll check one inbox this weekend because a submission deadline is today, but after that I will not be doing any work until July 31.

I don’t think I will drink any more beer than I usually do—usually on Friday and Saturday nights only—but we will see.

The beer this weekend is also not an IPA: Mango Bohemian, brewed by the Exile Brewing Company of Des Moines, Iowa.

The color is cloudy, bright wheat. The head vanished before I could examine it closely. Whatever head there was left almost no trace of itself, leaving only a spot of small bubbles in the center. There is not even a thin ring around the edge. (The head on my second beer produced a half finger of bubbly, white head that dissipated in a few heartbeats.) It smells funky and sour. I have not had many sours so I am not well acquainted with the style. It has a touch of pilsner-like malt but I don’t detect any of its namesake mango. It is tart and fruity, but there is not much mango. The flavor is mostly tart and funky. The label description mentions melon and that is what stands out the most beside the sourness and yeasty funk. There are hints of mango, but that is about it.

Fun facts about Mango Bohemian:

• Style: Fruited sour ale.

• Price: $13.99 for a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles at the New Pioneer Food Co-op in Iowa City. Needless to say, this stuff is overpriced.

• Alcohol content: 5.5 percent ABV.

• IBU: 2.

The Quiet Man’s grade: C+.

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