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

Hale's Mongoose IPAHale's Mongoose IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%


Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2002)
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ssteakley

Washington

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 02:59:04 | More by ssteakley
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mactrail

California

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 05:25:08 | More by mactrail
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BabaYagaRIS

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:23:54 | More by BabaYagaRIS
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 02:21:58 | More by Nerudamann
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 04:52:50 | More by mdaschaf
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coldriver

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 19:04:51 | More by coldriver
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BAS

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:58:13 | More by BAS
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:07:59 | More by LiquidAmber
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Bockrules

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 04:24:09 | More by Bockrules
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thatruth

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:41:39 | More by thatruth
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harrymel

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 09:35:03 | More by harrymel
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OldPenguinHunter

California

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:14:18 | More by OldPenguinHunter
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Spikester

Oregon

2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 07:04:39 | More by Spikester
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:02:50 | More by BarrytheBear
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StJamesGate

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 18:48:14 | More by StJamesGate
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glid02

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 22:06:36 | More by glid02
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NWer

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 19:38:01 | More by NWer
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 18:38:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Docer

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 18:03:10 | More by Docer
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hophead247

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:36:14 | More by hophead247
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YOOJ

Louisiana

2.05/5  rDev -43.4%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 06:38:50 | More by YOOJ
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

American style all the way, being that they hopped it with Amarillo, Centennial and Nugget hops. Pale copper hue, great clarity, and the head is decent as well with a good two fingers of foam and stickage on the glass. Aromas of thick, pungent wildflower pollen from the hops and a little butter and fruit from the malt and yeast. Flexed medium body with a deep smoothness, a substantial amount of maltiness hits the palate before the hops even appear. Caramel and faintly buttery, then the hops drop a balancing spicy bite of bitterness which lingers for a while. Hop flavor slowly creeps in with notes of edible flowers, blonde tobacco and citric rind. Finishes a bittersweet with a lean toward bitterness.

This is old-school style American Craft IPA. Drink it, learn it, love it ... enough said.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:26:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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mjl21

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland for $1.59. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-It has a very unusual color. It is a hazy amber with some orange highlights. It looks a lot different than other IPAs I have tried. It has virtually no head and a hard pour results in a small ring that surrounds a bubbly island. There is visible sediment suspended in the beer.

S-Not a huge nose on this one. It smells of musty citrus (lemon and grapefruit) hops. It almost reminds me of a fresh hop beer with its subtle citrus and grassy notes. I also get some biscuit malt and some sweet malt.

T-There is citrus flavor, but a specific fruit is hard to pin down. I get some grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, and some other tropical fruits that I can't identify by name. The biscuit malt is noticeable and the sweet malt kicks up in the finish. In between sips there is both lingering bitterness and sweetness.

M-It falls on the lighter end of the medium spectrum. It has a light level of carbonation and has a creamy/smooth mouthfeel.

D-It has a real interesting citrus flavor and is not filling.

This was definitely a different take on an IPA. I would love to try this fresh from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 18:22:22 | More by mjl21
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chickencoop

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was amber with a light white head.
Smell was sort of Red Hook ESB'ey, kind of a malty sweet, probaly my bad because I got it in Seattle, thought of Red Hook, drank it like 2 months later in Oakland, probally getting old.
Taste and mouthfeel were less than expected, I am used to the NorCal IPA's and this was just light to me, but on that same note, this was a much more drinkable IPA than the NorCal monsters because I could stand after I finished this.
Drinkability is good, not great. These guys get me on the packaging, but besides that, they are pretty run of the mill.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 05:31:37 | More by chickencoop
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, poured into a small snifter.

Hazy caramel body with a finger or so of off-white head. OK retention and lacing.

Smells very bland. Some caramel maltiness and that's just about it.

Flavor profile just doesn't do it for me. A strong syrupy maltiness akin to malt extract is the dominant flavor. There's some citrusy hops, but the bitterness isn't sufficient to cut the malt. Alcohol is noticeable and there's a bit of a medicinal aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Subpar IPA. No freshness date on the bottle- wonder if it was an old one? I bought it in a store with good turnover. Will update my review if I have a different experience

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 19:18:12 | More by PDXHops
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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.