Brew Up Tropical Flavour with This Mango IPA Recipe

A simple mango IPA recipe you can enjoy crafting at home, no fluff, we get straight to the recipe.

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Mat Stuckey

8/31/20232 min read

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Brew Up Tropical Flavour with This Mango IPA Recipe

Looking to add a refreshing twist to a hoppy classic? Enter mango IPA. The sweet tropical flavour of mango balances beautifully with bitter hops. This easy homebrew recipe walks through how to make mango IPA with an authentic fruity aroma. We won’t bore you any longer, let's get straight to the recipe!

Mango IPA Ingredients:

Grains:

  • 9 lbs 2-row pale malt

  • 1 lb wheat malt

  • 0.5 lb caramel malt (20-40L for colour)

Hops:

  • 2 oz Columbus (60 min boil) – bittering

  • 1 oz Centennial (10 min) – flavour

  • 1 oz Amarillo (5 min) – aroma

Fruit:

  • 2 lbs ripe mango, pureed before adding

Other:

  • 1 tsp Irish Moss (15 min)

  • American IPA yeast (like Safale US-05)

Step-by-Step Brewing Instructions:

  1. Heat 2.5 gallons water to 160°F and mash grains for 60 minutes at 150°F.

  2. Sparge with 170°F water until you collect 6.5 gallons of wort.

  3. Boil wort for 60 minutes, adding first addition Columbus hops.

  4. At 15 mins add Irish moss. At 10 mins add Centennial hops.

  5. At 5 mins add Amarillo hops and mango puree.

  6. Chill wort to under 70°F and transfer to the fermenter.

  7. Pitch yeast and ferment at 65-70°F for 1-2 weeks.

  8. Transfer to secondary to condition for 1-2 weeks.

  9. Bottle or keg, carbonating to 2.5 volumes CO2.

  10. Allow to condition for 2 weeks before enjoying!

What is Mango IPA?

Mango IPA is a fruity variant of traditional India pale ale. Brewers add mango puree, juice or flesh during the brewing process. This imparts sweet, tropical mango aroma and flavour.

The mango complements the citrusy hop bitterness. It creates a beer that's both sweet and bitter, perfect for warm weather sipping.

Why Add Mango to IPA?

Mango works wonderfully in IPA for several reasons:

  • Its tropical, peach-like flavour pairs well with citrusy hops like Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo

  • The sweetness helps balance the inherent hop bitterness of IPA

  • Adds pleasant fruity aroma reminiscent of tropical vacation

  • Softens the bitterness and makes IPA more approachable

  • Provides a unique twist on a popular style

Mango IPA emerged from American craft brewers' interest in fruit-infused IPAs. The combo struck a chord with beer drinkers seeking adventurous new flavours.

Choosing the Right Mango

Picking ripe, flavourful mangoes is key for delicious Mango IPA. Ideal fruits:

  • Give slightly to pressure when ripe

  • Radiate tropical, peachy aroma

  • Display rich golden-orange flesh

Astringent green mangoes will lend bitterness. Overripe brown fruits taste bland. Farmers markets and international grocers offer the best selection.

Give Mango IPA a Try!

This refreshing mango IPA pairs nicely with spicy foods like curries, peppers and barbecue. The fruit and hops also complement bold flavours like ginger, chilli spices, and grilled pineapple.

Consider experimenting with other fruit purees as well, like peach, apricot, or guava. Just avoid any mango skins or pits, as they can add unpleasant tannins.

With this easy recipe, you'll be sipping tropical mango IPA perfect for warm weather enjoyment!