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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 BuckeyeNation


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 23:38:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 23:42:27 | More by brentk56
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 00:52:55 | More by oberon
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 21:47:38 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of russpowell


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 05:21:30 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 22:36:07 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 21:43:08 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 02:02:23 | More by Gueuzedude
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 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 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 jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.9/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 02:17:31 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 19:14:55 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ppoitras


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 23:12:01 | More by ppoitras
Photo of DoubleJ


2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 05:49:56 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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
Photo of Bighuge


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 20:28:32 | More by Bighuge
Photo of glid02


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
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear amber color on the pour, the head monstrous in size, creamy in texture, a winsome light tan in color and the lace a velvety sheet to conceal the glass. Sweet malt, the aroma of hops, citrus crisp and a real treat to the old schnozzle, start sweet and malt laden, the top is light to middling in its feel. Finish is delicately acidic, the hops are prickly in their spicy bite, a mid-range IPA, not overpowering, just plain drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 17:38:36 | More by Gusler
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 10:21:04 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of ccrida


2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic pint, the Mongoose IPA is a hazy brunt orange with modest egg shell head that quickly recedes to thin skim and leaves slight lace.

The aroma is mainly malty, but there is a definite citrus hop backbone, although it's pretty slight for a NW IPA.

The taste is not as malty as the aroma, lots of citrus flavor, really more lemon then grapefruit like most of the hop-bomb NW IPAs. Almost like a pale with lemon juice squeezed in. The malt is reminiscent of gingerbread, and there is a nice hop bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and pushes cloying. The malt here is too much and not refreshing or tempered enough by the hops.

This wasn't too good IMHO. Not enough aroma or flavoring hops, or at least ones that I like. I'm pretty sure I'll never bother with this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 01:25:53 | More by ccrida
Photo of beertunes


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-21-2009 03:25:51 | More by beertunes
Photo of Bitterbill


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 22:58:02 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – Clear, light orange in the body; almost florescent. The foamy white head came up nicely.

Smell – Classic NW IPA nose. There’s a terrific, complex mix of hops to this one. The pine resin is my favorite. The malt backbone show’s up as well, making this a well-rounded aroma.

Taste – This one really comes through at the taste. The hops are there in force, showing their complexity. The malt has a touch of caramel to it. This is a well-balanced NW IPA.

Mouthfeel – This one is very dry and bitter and feels terrific in between the cheeks. It is smooth, refreshing, and just big enough to make you stand up and take notice. It’s on the light side of medium but hearty nevertheless.

Drinkability – This is my idea of an IPA. Nothing too heavy, but big enough to make you come back for more.

Comments – I have been largely disappointed with the Hale’s offerings having now tasted and reviewed eight of them (this is number nine). Other than the Rudyard’s Rare I thought they were all either average or worse. I thought this one was a tad too thin, but other than that I was very impressed.

Update – I first rated this in 2003 so thought it would be fun to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. I wasn’t as excited about it the second time around. I liked the smoothness of the offering but thought it lacked character and identity.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 23:43:35 | More by RoyalT
Photo of ZAP


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden in color...nose is sweet and floral with some maltiness..very nice aroma.....some good bitterness on the flavor...not much citrus on the nose but some grapefruit juice like bittering on the taste...a real dry finish..body is a bit uncarbonated..not one of my favorite tasting IPA's...I expected much more West Coast juicy hopping...Would not buy this one again, but it is certainly not a bad beer...

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 21:30:06 | More by ZAP
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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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