Hale's Mongoose IPA - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 126 | Display Reviews Only:
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
12 oz bottle at 45F or so.
A- Dark copperish gold. Almost no head and little lacing.
S - Citrus is by the far the most prominent. Floral. Somewhat vegetal. Some pine. A basic IPA it would seem.
T- Again fairly average, but nothing offends. Going on memory here from a few days ago so floral and herbal hops were the main flavors. Nice bitterness though.
M- Pretty thin and a bit disappointing.
D- Compared to better IPAs and DIPAs, there isnt too much reason to go back, although it is generally available locally quite cheaply (Costco has carried).
For the price it does what it needs to, but not one to truly savor. A decent session beer.
06-07-2009 07:07:57 | More by blackc5
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
Pours a darker gold with a very thin head. No retention (there wasn't anything to retain in the first place). Weak lacing. Light carbonation.
Faint, faint hint of hops in the nose. Slight maltiness present. Just nothing there that can be picked up.
Very thick from the dry hops, I guess. Very dry finish. A little malt sweetness here as well.
Oddly, probably a good session drinker. Just not one to have if you are only having one.
05-19-2009 00:48:35 | More by beer2day
2.9/5 rDev -19.9%
12 oz. twist-top bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.
Almost no head, even with an aggressive pour into the middle of the glass. What foam there was faded immediately. No lace left on the glass.
Amber colored beer - a little cloudy - typical of a dry hopped beer. Not much hop aroma - smells malty and faintly alcoholic. Malt flavor comes through first. Then the hop bitterness wakes up your taste buds, although the beer is not as bitter as I expect an IPA to be.
Good mouthfeel - not too heavy, but leaves some hop flavor to savor for a few minutes. Well balanced between malt and hops.
I could drink several of these on a hot day. It's an OK beer, but an IPA that costs around $9 for a sixer should have some hop aroma, IMO. If it's the only IPA in the beer case, I might go for it. If I have alternatives, I would go for those.
05-10-2009 22:25:42 | More by desertbronze
3/5 rDev -17.1%
Received this as an extra from cannabanaceae. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A- To tell you the truth, this is one of those beers where as soon as you start pouring you know it's not going to pretty. Pours a murky, burnt orange. Virtually no head to speak of.
S- Had to coax out the scent with a few swirls of the glass. I get some citrus hops and a little bit of malt, but not much else. Very faint.
T- The taste isn't half bad. Actually it's a huge improvement when compared to everything else about this beer. Up front there a decent presence of hops that give off a slightly bitter, orange rind zest. There is a subtle sweetness due to the malt presence at the back end.
M- Horrid! Lacked any body whatsoever. I mind as well have been drinking seltzer water that had no carbonation. The beer completely fell apart at this stage.
D- Given the water-like mouthfeel, it went down pretty easy.
Overall, this beer failed on many levels. At least the taste was up to par. If I came across it, I would maybe buy one bottle just to make sure I didn't get a bad bottle the first time through.
04-22-2009 02:19:39 | More by rhinos00
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
A- No head? poored out of the bottle with a pale Amber color and looks tasty but a little dark for an IPA. would be a lot higher with some head.
S- Smells of piney and citrus hops as well as a little bit of malt.
T- Tastes like a pine tree, which is cool considering most IPA's I have are more towards the citrus. The pine though isn't backed up by any other flavors besides some sweet malt, would be nice to have more depth.
M- feels good and has a medium body and light carbonation.
D- I like this beer, but I don't know if that is simply because it tastes like camping (which I like!) would do better with more flavors and toning down the pine hops.
03-25-2009 21:37:39 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
2.58/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
03-21-2009 05:49:56 | More by DoubleJ
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
i've had so many fantastic ipas lately, it's hard to stand up to some of them. this one is a dark, burnt amber with nice lace, but not much head. smell is nice floral hops with a toasty bread malt backbone. taste is more of the same, and kind of reminds me of indica ipa by lost coast. pine in the finish as well as a little metal unfortunately. body is on the lighter side of medium, and is relatively silky. goes down easy enough. don't think i'll revisit this one.
02-05-2009 20:48:42 | More by timtim
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
01-21-2009 03:25:51 | More by beertunes
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a stemless red wine tumbler (great choice to concentrate the nose)
A - Hazy orange amber with a healthy, creamy, rocky head.
S - Dusty, like the smell in a cave or someplace deep underground. Lemon zest, grainy, light but inoffensive metallic
T - Lemon peel, citrus, alfalfa. a touch of metallic, but really tasty. The hops come on strong, but the malt is pretty prominent as well. It's pretty damn bitter, but the sweetness balances out, not perfectly, but nicely.
M - IPAs are great in this arena. Soft, and subtle.
D - This is a great beer. I could drink them all night.
01-16-2009 05:10:00 | More by Beernoisseur
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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
01-08-2009 23:42:27 | More by brentk56
3.33/5 rDev -8%
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.
12-03-2008 04:03:02 | More by barleywinefiend
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
A: Pours mandarin orange with amplified bronze highlights. Sits in the glass a little darker and more crimson then what I was expecting. Moderate head, reasonable retention, and decent lacing present.
S: Flowers, oranges, and slight pine aromas. A bit of lemon and peach to round off the lively nose. Interesting balance of caramel candy apples, hops, and shredded orange peels.
T: Sharp and citric hops taste balanced nicely with some sweetness. Not necessarily the most massive IPA but still a wonderfully tasting beer with hops and a solid malt base. Orange and mango with a splash of grapefruit. A slight spiciness in the backdrop of each sip. As this warms some the finish is more heavy on the grapefruit taste.
M: Medium body with nice carbonation.
D: Overall a solid IPA. Probably a good one to use to introduce someone to this style without overwhelming them. I'm looking forward to getting it in a growler.
**Tried on cask 03/31/09.
Beer glowed a bronzed orange with solid citrus aromas. Very smooth and refreshing.
11-26-2008 02:48:32 | More by erikm25
3.8/5 rDev +5%
I got this brew from cannabanaceae. Thanks, Marty!
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - cloudy rust color with a beige head that was on the small side.
S - sweet, floral aroma.
T - very dry, bitter tasting brew on the first sip but then there comes a sweetness that makes you want to drink more.
F - medium bodied with very laid back carbonation.
D - tasty, easy drinker.
11-21-2008 00:42:08 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
22oz bomber, red label with what appears to be a lemming or merecat...not what i would consider a mongoose. But I digress.
This one pours a standard ipa orange amber with good amount of haze.
Getting a good juicy grapefruit hop aroma. Some sugary sweet honeysuckle florals too. A nice bright IPA.
Taste is good juicy hops above a nice plateau of caramel and honey sweet malt. Good bittering from the hops. A am getting some feint off-characteristics, a bit of metallic, a bit of husky pith.
Its a good drinker, but it's not spectacular. A rather run of the mill PacNW IPA.
11-19-2008 20:31:50 | More by SurlyDuff
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-16-2008 05:52:00 | More by t0rin0
2.55/5 rDev -29.6%
A - Dirty water brown with a light soapy head that vanishes almost instantly. No lacing. There are some floaties. Reminds me a tiny bit of a cask drawn ale.
S - Caramel, malt, and hops with a touch of peat.
T - Some bitter hops that go down a bit "hot" on the finish. There's a touch of single malt flavor to this, too.
M - Its weakest component; watery with only a hint of creaminess and carbonation.
D - Average only in the sense that this ale would probably be quite refreshing in the summer heat. Tried it with some smoked ribs tonight (a mistake). Oh, well.
11-10-2008 23:38:37 | More by pinotboy007
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
10-03-2008 21:43:08 | More by zeff80
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
A clear dark amber color with a "mongo" light tan root beer float-like head and lots of blotchy lace. The aroma is a crisp grassy hops with an earthy touch of eucalytpus and near the end it's unfortunately a bit soapy. This is a somewhat aqueous but mid-body IPA with little carbonation despite the ridiculous head. Smooth with lots of sweet malts but the herbal/piney hops is considerably muted. A hint of gooey licorice and maybe a little nutty but it's all pretty jumbled and unimpressive. Drinkability is OK but not interesting enough for me.
09-24-2008 04:02:05 | More by Durge
1.78/5 rDev -50.8%
A - Cloudy brownish orange. Minimal head.
S - Stale hops smell, a hint of citrus, light caramel malt notes.
T - Grapefruit pith and a strong metallic note. Occasionally a glimpse of round maltiness. A pronounced lingering, stale cardboardy flavor. Oxidized?
M - Thinninsh and flat. Carb level barely noticeable.
D - Poor drinkability. One sip certainly doesn't entice you to the next.
I'd have been pissed if I'd brewed this beer and certainly wouldn't have shared it with friends.
09-04-2008 23:46:30 | More by Renfield
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a sort of dingy amber color with a one inch slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and some fine lacing.
The aroma is pretty nice. A good citrusy hop quality dominates. A slightly sweet maltiness is also available.
The taste is ok. Some citrus hops are present, and a bit of malt sweetness balances it out. There is however an overwhelming metallic taste taht really destroys this IPA. It is also slightly bitter, just an appropriate amount.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and gently carbonated.
Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is ok, aside from the tastes of metal. This beer is also definitely sessionable. Pretty much a standard IPA. Not bad, but nothing extroidinary.
08-23-2008 02:22:47 | More by Goliath
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a hazy red-copper color with a small, fluffy white head.
Aroma is of pine and floral hops, lots of high floral notes and light pine - nice for a "single" IPA.
Taste is peppery and piney with malts taking a far back seat. Nice and light without sacrificing any IBU or hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, with an oily, peppery aftertaste.
A very drinkable, sessionable IPA. Recommended fresh.
08-09-2008 00:27:31 | More by kosmoraios
2.8/5 rDev -22.7%
Bomber bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy copper color with a light white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy but kind of off. Not a normal IPA hoppy aroma. Mouthfeel is nice. Flavor is very bitter and not much else. Heavy in grapefruit, but none of the floral hoppiness of the good IPAs. I was excited that this was available in Kansas, but this really let me down.
08-07-2008 02:16:33 | More by Dansting
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
A- Pours a slightly hazed dark orange color. A half finger of head leaves pretty little random bubbles of lacing on the pint glass.
S- Sweet citrus smells combined with some nice light bready malt that also hints of straw and raw grain.
T- Hops declare their fruitiness- orange, sweet lemon, and melon- there's also a hint of pine but mostly fruit. The malt is hidden in the background, but there with a bit a light bread and caramel. Not the best balance, but each side is light enough that I don't feel overpowered. Does that mean there's not enough flavor? Not really- it's powered, just not overpowered.
M- Fairly light, I could go for a little more body.
D- Quite delicious. The 6er I got straight from the brewery reminds me how fresh beer can taste. While this is no supercharged beer, I quite enjoy it for what it is- a drinkable West coast IPA.
05-16-2008 01:04:04 | More by zdk9
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured from a 12 oz stubby to a pint glass the liquid is dark amber with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers off white leave ok lace.
The smell is ok nice and hoppy.
The taste is good nice mildly piney hopps and a little lightly toasted malt.
The mouthfeel is good, medium body and good carbonation.
The drinkability is good, worth a try.
04-06-2008 19:14:24 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
Bright orange amber in color, murky in a way that's not chill hazed. Tan head, about one finger in depth. Soapy bubbles, a touch larger than most Pacific coast IPAs.
Citric hops and yeasty spices on the nose; strong glimpses of grapefruit, alcohols, and light esters. Very strong, attractive, and enticing.
The flavor is peppery up front, with a quick introduction of carbonate. Flavors of mineral water induce an English IPA-like flavor, crossed with the high alpha acid hopping of the American interpretation. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin, but it sort of gushes in the mouth and is very pleasant that way.
Finish is warming, easy on the bittering for such a high IBU count, and is generally a well received ale for the taste buds. Strange but tasty.
04-06-2008 07:29:27 | More by BretSikkink
Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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