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

Hale's Mongoose IPAHale's Mongoose IPA

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191 Ratings

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Ratings: 191
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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Photo of appenzeller


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 07:43:53 | More by appenzeller
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 10/23

Serving type- On tap at brewery poured into a 20 ounce pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 2 finger white head that quickly disipated. There was some nice cling to the glass after the pour.

S- There is a strong hop presence. Nothing else disphicerable.

T- Again the hops really show through on this beer. As with most Pac NW IPA's it is strong but well balanced. There is also the citrus notes that foolw as well. To me another standard Pac NW IPA.

Some friends and I stopped by the brewey to have a few pints and I decided to give this a try. In my opinion this is a run of the mill West Coast IPA with nothing really making this beer stnad out, for either good or bad reasons. Decent session beer that if I was at the brewey again would have no problem having however I know that there are way better beers in that area so I would skip that beer over if given other options.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 20:28:19 | More by cbros
Photo of IceEyes


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a pint of Mongoose IPA at the Hale's brwepub in Fremont. It was served as clear amber with a tall white head. Carbonation was up to appropriate levels and the beer left plenty of lace on the glass.

The smell was of fresh, flowery hops, but also there was a fair amount of caramel sweetness at play, making this a fairly balanced beer, especially for an IPA.

Taste wasn't as hoppy as I might expect, but was still enjoyable. Good bittering, especially towards the finish. Kind of mellow in some respects, but defintily worth drinking on a warm summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 20:31:33 | More by IceEyes
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a burnt orange color with a offwhite head Nose is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale. It's dry with some sweetness and a breadlike quality. The taste is average. It has a bisquity malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes weak and quite bitter. It has a stale flavor that leaves a musty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2008 04:03:02 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing develops. Slow moving carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

Smell: very mild grapefruit and pine bitterness are hard to detect.

Taste: decent bready malt base with some mild pine bitterness and very soft grapefruit. Slightly unbalanced and expected more hop punch, but overall a little better than average.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother with some light dryness at the end. Medium bodied. Short caramel and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: so-so. It is possible the beer was not as fresh as possible, causing some of the flavor components to be weaker than expected.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 23:39:13 | More by Gavage
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark gold and smelled of that grapefruitey PNW hop profile. This is one fresh tasting , hoppy IPA that has to be one of the better PNW examples of the style. Very drinkable and bold in attack and main body, I think this is one of Hale's best regular beers in both reach and execution.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2005 04:13:49 | More by canucklehead
Photo of PatandDavid


4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one. On tap at 'bones. Hazy cloudy amber, 1/2 creamy head. I was more taken by the freshness in the aroma, and the grassy and flowery notes I was picking up. Mouthfeel was good, prickly carbonation was enjoyable. It helped push the sensation of full grassy hops on the tongue. I thought there were those delightful candylike hop notes in the finish as well. Like I said: I think I got this beer in good condition, and was rewarded with fresh hoppy goodness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2005 00:30:39 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of carln26


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Red Bones. It was poured into a shaker pint a light slightly hazy copper. It had a creamy head and a great sheet of lace down the side of the glass. Bright flower nose with a little grapefruit accent. Taste adds pine hints to the fruit character found in the nose. Mild oily mouth feel. This is a decent IPA. Not a great one. But worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2004 21:22:14 | More by carln26
Photo of Darkale


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and orange body with a very thick and white head. Body swirls and boils a bit after the beer is poured.

The aroma is sharp and slightly reminiscent of cheddar, like a quiet English ale. The taste is not so quiet! Sharp and thin, and not quite as chewy as I would like. But, it's a very pleasant IPA, almost session-level.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2004 14:39:40 | More by Darkale
Photo of RedDiamond


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One evening while imbibing at Hale's, the entire bar and restaurant grew saturated with the smell of whatever was brewing out in the lobby. The aroma was enticing and from my seat I watched as the brewer dumped a sanitized garbage can full of whole hop cones into the 30-bbl hop back. I later asked what they were brewing and was informed it was Mongoose IPA. And what kind of hops were they using? "Amarillo. Lots of 'em."

Centennial and Nugget hops also enter the bill. Even so, Mongoose is not the hoppiest ale in town. Far from it. A punchy aroma of hop resins plays modestly among a honey-like fragrance, then grows flowery in the flavor. Bittering is targeted but none too potent. In fact, if Hale's website is accurate (a big if) they use 50 pounds of hops per 30 barrel batch of Mongoose. That's less than a pound per keg. So while the effect was heavenly on brew day at the bar, the drinking ale stirs little enthusiasm in the hop department.

If anything, Mongoose is a balanced pale ale and isn't as wild as, well, as a mongoose. The hazed golden body shows sluggish carbonation but impressive lace that exceeds the beer's other attributes. Awash in pervasive sweetness, Mongoose is a simple, worthy IPA but not an inspiring standout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2004 23:10:21 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of CharlesRiver


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

Another great beer at Redbones from their NW beers. I was looking forward to this one as I love NW IPA's. Clear amber in color with a half inch white head that left a nice lace. The smell is citrus and hoppy. Taste was exactly what I expected. Some great NW hops that give a different flavor to IPA's than I am used to. The ending of the hops has a bit more bite. They don't seem to be as "drinkable" or "smooth" than east coast IPA's. I love both, just very different.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2004 01:20:02 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of drewbage


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in an Imperial Pint at the Brewery Pub.

Copperish beer with a fair clearness only showing a slight haze.

Initial impression of a soapy green veggie hop aroma with a chaser of spicy grated cinnamon bark.

Strong tarry hop bitterness blares on the initial approach and then levels off with a short caramel malt to edge off the hops.

Final finish is a warming hop burn down the throat with a clean final break.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2003 00:44:46 | More by drewbage
Photo of ssteakley


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
Photo of mactrail


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
Photo of BabaYagaRIS


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
Photo of Nerudamann


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
Photo of mdaschaf


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
Photo of coldriver


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
Photo of BAS


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
Photo of LiquidAmber


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
Photo of 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
Photo of thatruth


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
Photo of harrymel


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
Photo of OldPenguinHunter


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
Photo of Spikester


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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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.