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

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BA SCORE
82
good

128 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 220
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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: 220
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle sent to me by a friend in Seattle for an IPA tasting.

Pours a hazy copper with a very tall white head. Good lacing, decent retention. Who the hell bottle conditions an IPA? Frustrating how much crap there was at the bottom.

Aroma is fruity, malty, and a bit old. I assume that it smelled wonderful when it was brand new.

Tastes very bitter and dry. Malty, sweet, citrusy, grapefruity. Sweet and dry aftertaste.

Medium bodied, high CO2. Drinkable. (463 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber color with a modest pillow of a head; retention is fair and there is a bit of lacing

Smell: Grapefruity hops dance above a rather sweet toffee base

Taste: The grapefruit jumps out in front on this one and is joined, mid-palate, by a pretty thick caramel flavor; after the swallow, the hops struggle to stay out in front, but the sweetness is just a bit cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; a tad syrupy

Drinkability: I like the hops flavor a lot, but there is just too much malty sweetness to my palate; the lack of carbonation also impacts my scores as well; nevertheless, the hop profile keeps me coming back for yet another sip (708 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,315 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripe orange-bronze with generous amber highlights. Almost no carbonation is visible within minutes of the pour, which gives the beer an odd, unanimated look. The finely pitting cap is the color of unvarnished pine and resembles an especially gnarly head of cauliflower (but smells a hell of a lot better). Fine, speckled lace coalesces into amorphous blobs and manages to cover most of the available glass.

The aroma, while a notch or two short of greatness, is still wonderfully hoppy. It smells of bright, sweet, citrus zest; orange, grapefruit and juicy pineapple in heavy syrup. There's also a little Amarillo tropical fruitiness that would kick the nose into a higher gear if it was more prominent.

Mongoose is a solid, hopped-up IPA. Plenty of caramel maltiness keeps the bitter, resinous hops from spiraling out of control. Although I'm sure the IBUs are in the high double-digits, the hop flavor isn't as vibrant as it could be. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I think the 'best by' date may be fast approaching, or even quickly receding in the rear beer mirror.

There's a mineral-like, hard water undercurrent that plays the part of the uninvited guest at this hop rave and keeps me from absolutely loving this beer. The wonderfully bitter, 'baby mongoose claws raked across the tongue' finish comes pretty close to setting things right. Damn, I wish I could taste this stuff fresh! The mouthfeel, a wee bit lighter than I like on big IPAs, is well within the acceptable range.

Hale's Mongoose IPA comes close to Pac NW greatness, but something... something... is holding it back. I've assumed that age is the culprit, but a more basic reason (such as the recipe) may be responsible. It's still a very good effort that will scratch the itch of any hopheads who find themselves a quart low. (1,817 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, cark amber color with a small, a very small, short-lived head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled strongly of pine with hints of pine, citrus and burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of sharp, bitter, pine-flavored, hops. Nice caramel malt flavor mellows the hops out a little.

M - It was crisp and very sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good tasting IPA. The appearane was really lacking but the flavors were nice. (465 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first stab at this Washington state brewer,pours a clear rich golden with a huge blossoming head leaving globs and I mean globs of lace behind.Aromas are typical of Pacific NW IPA citrusy and very piney,flavors are much more rounded a firm lightly sweet backbone really pairs well well the more herbal,minty type hop flavors I get not the over the top citru and pine you would think you taste from the aromas and style.A nice well balanced IPA the hops give it a nice bitter finish but this ale is very well balanced and quaffable. (534 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed (clears quickly) amber with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Biscuitty malt, honey & caramel, but where's the hops?

T: Big grapefruitty hops & caramel up front. Earthy hops, breadyness, more caramel & a bit of dryness as this warms. Finishes with a grapefruitty hop snap, caramel & some honey malt & toffee

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, balances pretty good

Drinks pretty easy to me, hopheads may sniff at this, but this is a nice balanced AIPA to me (536 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Curious thing. This is their "Mongoose" IPA, the name giving a certain Indian connotation. On the label they feature a photo of a Meerkat, an African subspecies. I'm just sayin' is all...
Dark, murky amber hue, thick creamy off-white head. Nose is spicy, highly fruity, a big basket of goodness--citrus, grapefruit, nectarines, melons. A motherlode of delicious hop flavor, tasty, tangy. Smooth on the palate. Very sturdy. Brilliant, really. It doesn't reach the upper echelon because it's massive flavor package isn't quite as extreme as my favorites. As an IPA lover, I give my thumbs up! (591 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours hazy burnt orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts along with a bitter hop aroma that is mildy intense. 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. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This isn't my favorite beer; that's for sure, but it's not the worst beer on the market either. As far as IPA's go, this is one to stay away from. (690 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/07/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating on the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass. What the hell do they have a meerkat on the label for when it's called "Mongoose" IPA?? Could it have been to much trouble to snag a pic of a mongoose?

Appearance- Amber-orange colored pour. 1/4 inch head of which a light ring remains throughout. Average lace.

Smell- Lots of different hop scents here with a solid malt base. Some orange scent as well as pine and a bit of powdered sugar.

Taste- Pine and light fruit flavored hops are most detectable. Good portion of medium roasted malt as well.

Mouthfeel- Semi-bitter and kinda crisp. A bit lighter than normal carbonation for an IPA.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine example of a good run of the mill IPA. Fairly tasty. (829 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, reddish-copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is a nice mix of leading sweet citrus character, spicy-herbaceous hop notes and sharp pine aromatics. The dominant citrus notes lean towards notes of orange peel, tangelo, sweet grapefruit and lychee. If you dig for it, underneath the hops is some austere, biscuit malt and soda cracker character.

Served lightly chilled (perhaps 55ºF / 13ºC). This beer is only lightly sweet up front, as the hop character is big enough to drown out the residual malt sugars. A nice, gripping bitterness is noticeable from the get go, though it is never too much or over the top. Citrus flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest and bergamot are quite noticeable and perhaps play the largest role in the flavor profile. The finish is dominated by the before-mentioned bitterness but also by some raw hop astringency, which coats the teeth and tongue just a bit.

This beer is eminently quaffable, a trait I find required in a good example of an IPA; it is light enough in body, yet not so light that it can't support the hops and goes down so easily. Perhaps simplistic in its hop focus, but still very nice all around. This is a fine example of an IPA and one which is really scratching my hop itch right now. (1,405 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.57/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I don't recall if my home state receives Hale's, but I grabbed one of these while I was in 'zona. On to the beer:

There was a little colony of yeast on the bottom of the bottle, so I poured about 10-11 ounces of the 12 ounce bottle into my shaker pint glass. Hardly any head forms on top this hazy, one could argue cloudy, glass of iced tea amber color. Some hop cones in the nose, reminiscent of grapefruit peel. Not a terriby intense aroma. Bits of cough drop sweetness hinted.

The taste is alright here. The texture, meanwhile, is to be frowned upon. It's like drinking water. It's unacceptably thin for a 6% ABV beer, and carbonation is next to nothing. Grapefruit skins are tasted at first. Faint note of caramel, and a light sour grapefruit note. Like a classic early 90s Pacific Northwest IPA, some hops, a little yeast, and not overly bitter.

This could be a pretty good IPA, but there's no texture to this beer. Because of that, I would not make this an everyday beer, and I don't feel the urge of making a second purchase of this. (1,045 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.32/5  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. (350 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.98/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a three finger cream head that goes slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts hoppy, midway there is a hint of sweetness but it doesn't last leaving a hoppy bitter aftertaste. $1.39 for a 12oz bottle from Exclusively Washington Seattle, Wa. Don't even try looking for this place, it is a gift shop that wives are forced to check out. (404 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, nice grapefruit/citrus, piney, and some caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, good dose of citrus/pines, and caramel. There is a nice chewiness in the mouth. Nice dry/bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, I'm really enjoying this one, highly recommended, thanks Bill. (490 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... poured into my shaker pint... hit repeat on Digweed's Transitions V.3 (new and good CD)

Very aggressive pour left only a 3/4" head that very quickly went away leaving not much lacing above a used penny color.

The look wasn't much to sneeze at, but the aroma is nice... I can easily smell big malts and hops at arms length. When I bury my nose in it, it is much more on the malt side... with floral and citric hop notes. Fruity hop aroma mixes nicely with fruity yeast ... pretty good... but a little underwhelming.

Bitterness breaks from the gates but quickly loses pace to the caramel malts and yeasty fruitiness... finishes with a very nice but understated fruity hops.... I am not sure what hops are in this, but I would bet Amarillo.... and it could use a little more. Big body for an IPA to be sure... sorta cuts down on drinkability, but at this time of the night, I'm not complaining.

This is a really good beer for me.... I prefer a little bit more malt to balance out the big hops, but within style guidelines, I would probably have to play it down a little. (1,123 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  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. (605 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a frothy 1" light beige head above the orangey amber brew. Head slowly fades, with nice, sticky lacing. Still, the pillowy head impresses me. Aroma is lightly of pine hops, with some biscuity malt underlying. Taste is the same piney hops, but with some citrus involved, and again the light malt underneath. Mouthfeel is nice for the style, and drinkability is good as well. Nice brew here. (514 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into bubble pint glass. Poured with a short, thick, head that dissipated quickly and left beautiful, sticky lacing. A far deeper color than most IPAs. A gorgeous deep russett/amber. Strong floral aroma. Pleasant floral flavor, followed by a sharp hop tang. Body is bold but smooth, strong while pleasant. Very drinkable, if drinking an IPA is your idea of a session beer, this is the IPA to hit. (415 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins for US$7.49 a 6 Pack.

This beer pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold with a medium sized head of foam. After a few minutes, the foam is all but gone but it does have some lacing in the early stages.

The smell has a huge grapefruit nose along with some floral hops.

The taste starts off with the grapefruit and follows through with floral hops that makes for some real strong bitterness. As I swish the Ale in my mouth, I'm picking up some malt that I didn't notice when I was just sipping....it's earthy and it gives some balance to this very bitter IPA. The finish for me alternates between the hop bitterness and earthy malt and I quite like it. I'm also getting some grain the more sips I take. I think it's more complex than what the first taste would have you believe...this is a good sipping IPA and I'd guess that the alcohol content would be somewhere between 6.5% and 7% abv as it's no "light weight". Solid IPA if you're willing to give it a chance to warm up a bit... (1,037 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a hazy orange/amber. A creamy thin ivory white head tops it off. Lacing is adequate. The nose is citric, pungent, resiny, piney.....all those great NW traits. The taste carries some of the same....Pine sap, citric tones, grapefruit rind, oilyness. Really nice. And underlying all those great hop attributes is a really nice subdued sweet caramel malt backbone. While the hop traits make this beer good, combined with the nice malt profile, this beer is better than good. There's a nice lingering bitterness. Doesn't seem to be an IBU buster, but the bitterness is nice. Medium-full in body. Very drinkable. My first Hale's Ales brew is a success. Can't wait for more to show up in this area. (709 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (615 characters)

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