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Hale's Mongoose IPA - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Hale's Mongoose IPAHale's Mongoose IPA

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128 Reviews

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 222
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2002

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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 222
Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, from another random grocery store in Sandpoint, Idaho last week. Why do I get the feeling that this brewery falls along the lines of Red Hook?

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and slightly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent tightly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of perky pine needles, muddled citrus pith, grainy, bready caramel malt, further forest floor astringencies, a bit of pineapple core, and more musty, earthy, and floral hops. The taste is bitter pine resin and orange/grapefruit pulp bitterness, gritty pale and caramel malt, a subtle hard water flintiness, and a whole lot more herbal, leafy, and floral hops bitters.

The bubbles are fairly active in their swirling and peppy frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, those hop kiddies messing around just a bit too much here for this codger's liking. It finishes rather dry, the malt having bled out, as the hops start to realize the power that they now wield.

Not a bad west coast IPA, the typically distinct pine/citrus esters found in the better versions of the regional style perhaps a tad more blended here than they ought to be. Anyways, easy enough to drink, and nicely bitter, in a subtly floral manner.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on cask on Bainbridge Island, WA. Pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head and lazy lacing. The nose is full of caramel malt with some piney notes. The taste holds true, with loads of biscuit and slight citrus. Very well balanced. This medium bodied brew pared well with some calamari at the Harbour Public House. Cheers!

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Photo of Anasazi
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought a sixer at Trader Joe's. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Good looking head and left foam down the glass. Not a great bouquet but mild. Hazy, golden color.
Slightly oily taste to the hops, leaves a slight bitterness at the end.
Carbonation was mild the malt was average. A decent IPA with a warm feeling to it.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Brewer states "an IPA with a wonderful aromatic hop bouquet, a pleasant hop bitterness with citrus overtones and a deliciously round and lingering aftertaste." And I have to agree, this is another fine PNW IPA. You expect an IPA to taste at least this good when you order one in Seattle or anywhere else in Washington St.

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Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Handsome dark amber color with the off-white foam bubbling up in the tall Pilsener glass. Medium body with a malty base. Just a hint of sweetness on the lips. A woody sensation with plenty of spritz in the mouth. A grainy aroma with a hint of flowery hops.

Hops are full-bodied with a zesty flavor. Some sharp oily notes. Quite a rich mouthful of flavor. Lots of aromatics with a fruity peach flavor with a piney edge. The bitterness is moderate with a leafy and even musty note that is rather pleasant.This seems to grow more malty and less bitter as it warms up. An interesting and mellower variety of IPA, and thoroughly drinkable. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of BabaYagaRIS
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

High marks on the label graphics bring that appearance number up. Do mongooses really live in Washington state? Would it be mongooses or mongeese? So many questions for just one beer and unfortunately this beer leaves many questions.

A quick nosedive in reveals a sun baked cheese smell quickly fading. Lightly hoppy and bitter throughout. Lingering bitterness.Somewhat dry but dry but not overly so.

Would drink if limited alternatives available.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - soft golden color, clear, with low carbonation, and about half a finger's worth of off-white, semi-frothy foam.

Smell - interesting aroma for an American IPA. It doesn't seem to have an overwhelming hop profile in the smell. It almost has a bavarian lager/pilsner quality.

Taste - at first, I could only feel the hops (not taste them), but the bitterness shows up around the middle and hits decently hard. It backs off to a pretty mellow finish, leaving only a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium body, almost a creamy quality to it.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. I was expecting a run-of-the-mill American IPA, but got something with some character that sets it apart. Definitely worth the taste.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a rather hazy amber/copper color with a one finger off-white head. Decent retention with thin lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus upfront, grapefruit and a pineapple, a little orange zest. Some caramel and faint pine.

T: Nice grapefruit right away with a good bit of caramel in the middle. Light pine on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate retention, slightly bitter finish.

O: A decent IPA, basically Hale's Pale with a bit hoppier profile.

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Photo of coldriver
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazy light straw color with fluffy white head. Aromas of grassy and floral hops. Taste is peppery and grassy bitter hops but not particularly flavorable. Nice smooth mouthfeel with dry finish. After really liking Hale's Supergoose DIPA I had high expectations for the Mongoose - but it's a pretty blah IPA.

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Photo of BAS
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with vigor into a footed highball glass from a 22oz bottle.

A: Cloudy wheat-orange with a nice white head, average lacing, average retention.
S: Dull for an IPA. Medium kick. Medium hops, citrus and floral notes present.
T: Medium hops (for an IPA), slightly watery, slightly tart on the edge of grapefruit. Minor citrus and floral flavors. Not a strong IPA, and not very complex, but drinkable.
M: Medium carbonation. A little on the dry side. Tart citrus oils tend to stick around for a while.

Overall a drinkable, simple IPA. Very much an average brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a one finger off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin film with some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and herbal hops. Flavor was dominated by sweet biscuity malt with light pine and citrus hops. I was initially disappointed by the low key hops, but was completely won over by the nice balance of hops and malt. The malt flavor was great and after a while, I was satisfied to let it dominate the hops. Light to medium bodied. This was closer to a well hopped amber ale to my taste, but I really liked it and will buy this again.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy coppery orange with many small black flakes suspended in it. Few bubbles rise to the creamy, two-finger, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a wall of lacing.

S - A fair amount of caramel malt with some light floral notes.

T - A bit of citrus upfront. The body is an incredibly well balanced mixture of dry orange and slightly floral hops with a caramel malt backbone. Flash of slightly floral hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a characteristic dry, resin orange and hop finish.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation to provide a creamy mouthfeel that becomes chewy as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and continues to well into the finish. Superb!

I first has this beer last thanksgiving with my family in Washington and immediately loved it. So much so, that my cousin bought me an entire case to fly home with! This brew does everything so well, the appearance is practically textbook (except those flakes), the flavor is classic IPA until the characteristic dry finish, and the mouthfeel is perfect. Still more impressive is that it is only 6% ABV, although rather aggressive dry hopping would keep all but the most die-hard hop heads from consuming many of these in one sitting. Needless to say, I'm glad I have a whole case to work with, and will re-stock when this runs out.

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Photo of thatruth
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bold, creamy, one finger head with cream colored/off-white, frothy lacing that sticks around awhile. mild sediment, slight haze, mighty bubbly. pours an light copper root beer color into an amber body with a orangish-teal tint.

smells sort of roasty. cappucino-ish, no joke. hot cocoa tone lingers over an underbelly of the faintest hops. rumproast.

dark hops and hella barley, easy on the palette, light, crisp, earthy on-bringing. tastes sort of woody, robust floral aftertaste.

not a bad brew, sort of an acquired taste, even for an IPA. i go for the Supergoose IPA every time i drink at my local pub, the Terrible Beauty in West Seattle Junction, can't seem to find it in bottles. definitely has its own taste as well, which i seem to enjoy a bit more than here. not a bad predecessor, overall, though.

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Photo of harrymel
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

a: hazy apricot ale with under a finger of fleeting white foam. This leaves and etched surface. Rare spot lace.
S: grapefruit biscuits.
T: The hops are present, pretty tame for a NW IPA. Hints of pineapple, peach and tropical fruitiness is an undertone to the resin and pine sap hops. The malts are decent with some sweetness and dryness.
M: Medium on thick for they style with moderate carb and dry finish.
O: Very easy to drink for an IPA. Has english tones and some NW hardiness.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this while working in WA.

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A: A nice hazy carmelized sugar color
S: Pine, citrus, sweet malt.
T: A nice malty sweetness to the beer. Dried out by some dry fruit (pineapple,mango) and a piney hoppy finish. Not bad.
M: Typical IPA, maybe a little to dry.
O: A good everyday beer.

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Photo of Spikester
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured cloudy amber with a good two inch head from an agressive pour. Good hoppy pine aroma. Very low on the IPA register. Good drinkable beer much closer to an APA in taste profile. Or, an IPA light. Good session brew. From a bottle. Served about 55 deg. F. Unsure of age might be an issue in low hop flavor.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, with no distinguishable bottling date, into a tulip. I must be a glutton for punishment, or a dumb ass who never learns his lesson, or a loving combination of both. Why, oh why, do I continue to buy these bottles with no guarantee of a fresh experience? Because it's damn near a hundred degrees, I am thirsty for hops, and upon further inspection...I am a dumb ass.

Medium orange with yellow highlights and a finger deep head of egg white fluff. Lethargic and inconsistent bubbles make a slow forced journey from the deep at irregular intervals. Lacing is moderate.

Smell is soapy and subdued: faint biscuit and citrus.

Tastes much the same. If I didn't know any better I'd think my glass was not washed properly. Dish soapiness, splash of bitter, biscuit, flowers, and pine with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Not getting any significant fruitiness or citrus. Old? Damned if I know.

Creamy, medium bodies, and lightly carbonated.

A middle of the road IPA

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright tangerine with piles of clingy pink-tinged creamy foam. Caramel, orange and musk on the nose. Orange toffee malts with cotton candy then tangerine-pine hops. Starburst finish and dry-ish linger. Soft, creamy, round and medium.

Not as hoppy as the nose suggests - fairly light on the IBUs. But great feel and easy-drinking. Which makes you ask: actually an APA?

Typically solid Pacific NW ale, either way.

Thanks to Ina for bringing this back from Seattle.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade with barleywinefiend - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of equal parts pale and caramel malts with good amounts of herbal hop and light citrus aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slighty dry pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus hops and what I can describe only as a light tartness or saltiness. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit and earthy hops come into play. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a decent thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is alright. I had no problems finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this had a strange flavor profile, it reminded me of that of a gose. A strange IPA for sure.

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Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Pilsner glass.
This is the beer I go back to after making the rounds tasting what's out there.
And my reaction always is, this really is good.
The strong hop presence and flavor are what I like best. Good hops without being overpowering.
Very drinkable. and it never disappoints. I buy it by the case and always have some on hand.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, moderate head with minimal lacing. Smell is crisp, hoppy, bitter. There's a good backbone of malt here, rich but not sweet--or any sweetness is overwhelmed by the hops profile which is strong but not overly so. This beer has substance yet it's refreshing. Really, a pretty classic American IPA and a darned good one. I'd certainly be happy quaffing more than one of these but they're satisfying enough that a few would make you both full and pretty lightheaded. Nice brew.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great amber, brown and gold color, all mixed into one. Decent head and lacing for a little thicker than average ipa.

Aroma is good, dry hopping aroma. Taste can be nice and dryly hoppy when fresh, a bit of a stale wood flavor as it gets older. Substantial malt profile, but hops nonetheless steal the show. Not a bitter bomb, a great floral hop character, maybe even some honey with it. Seems to get more impressive, and a great deal at this price 7.99 a 6, compared with stuff you see in 22oz bottles for the same price.

Sometimes I've come across older bottles of this stuff, would be nice if they bottle dated.

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Photo of Docer
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had right after a Lazy Boy IPA... and these are much the same.

- Hazy orange/copper... fluffy white head... slightly cloudy,.

- Light sweet malts and grain, floral and slight citrus hop notes... little grassy.

- Bready, light sweet caramel malts.... not so much bitterness in the hop, but more aroma and floral flavors.. overall very basic.

- Medium bodied, slightly chewy... not at all sticky.

- To me this is exactly like the Lazy Boy IPA I had before... but didn't quite have the bitterness from the hops. Overall nothing to write home about... and most likely wouldn't buy again. Though I an sure it is a nice local offering on-tap.

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Photo of hophead247
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper orange with a nicely-lacing ring of white head. Fresh earthy hoppy and toasty pale malty aroma. Body starts with a sweet caramel maltiness, nicely-balanced with good fresh earthy piney hops. An enjoyable, and very drinkable, refreshing, but not too assertive IPA.

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Photo of YOOJ
2.04/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look is nothing to write home about.

Smell is awful, sort of a cheap lager smell. It reminds me of the smell of a brew people use to play beer pong.

Not to imply that I play beer pong. Or that I am damn good at it.

Anyway, the taste is sour and bland, no hop flavor.

This is my first beer from Hale's, and they seem to have a good reputation, so this could be a bad batch or a very old bottle. But this Hales IPA was AWFUL.

(purchased at John's Market in Portland)

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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.