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

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Hale's Mongoose IPAHale's Mongoose IPA

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 208 | Reviews: 126
Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

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.

Photo of kbub6f
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is small, still, bubbly. Nice and thick. The beer is hazy orange. Sweet caramel in the nose. Cheesy, bitter hops with pepper and pine. Forests of lacing. The front is a light caramel with pine. A little watery through the milky, sweet malt middle. Peppery, piney, fresh hops in the end. Quite bitter with sweet fruit undertones. It's not bad. A fairly nice, milky, sweet, fruity, bitter IPA. But no wow.

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of TinusTime
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark gold with a very nice fluffy white head that lasts a good long while before dissolving into a lacy film. Smell is of citrus hops with just a bit of malt in the back. Almost fruity at first until the hops kick in and dry the beer out although there is a tiny bit of sweetness left. Mouthfeel is a little grainy but not so that it takes away the enjoyment of the beer. A quite drinkable ale. A good porch sitting beer. Nothing outlandish, just nice drinkin

Rereview 2/26/05- Wow I must have had a cold the first time. Had this again and it was much hoppier and more drinkable than I remember. Still a bit of fruity ale esters, but the hops seemed much more pronounced. Definately one I will get again and again

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.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmm, cask IPA at the Horse Brass. Life can't get better than this.

Fat 2" head of amber goodness, served at proper cask temperature. Amazing lace, sort of to be expected with this delivery method.

Delicate cascades on the nose. Smooth almost nitro mouthfeel.

Hoppy smoothness fades into British ale consistencies and a delightfully rounded bitterness.

Drank this one most all night.

Photo of carln26
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with the mongoose on the label. Pours a mostly clear, chillhazed, amber orange body with a small, offwhite head that is creamy in appearance and leaves lots of sticky, patch lace.
Aroma is pine resin and grapefruit rind. Sharp hop notes burn the nose.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and has a medium hops bite.
Taste reveals a solid American pale ale. Grapefruit and a hint of pine resin serve up a dominant hops presence, while a caramel malt sweetness peeks up from the background. The caramel malt character is more apparent at room temperature, but the finish has a definitive, citrus rind bitterness.
This is a fine American IPA, and very representative of the style.

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

12oz Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29.

Poured an orange-amber color with a very modest off-white head. Slight amount of lace.

Smells like an IPA (unlike that crummy McEwans IPA I had earlier today) The characteristics are of citrusy and floral hops. Yum!

Taste is more complex than the smell. For one thing, there's a much more noticeable malt background to this beer. That's how the taste starts off, with a nice, mild-mannered sweet maltiness that then gets rudely shoved aside by citrusy, bitter hops.The finish has a dry, grapefruit-like quality to it. I find it rather tasty.

This is a medium bodied beer, and has a little creaminess to it.

This is quite drinkable. While it's certainly not the biggest or hoppiest IPA I've ever had, it's still quite nice, and I'd be happy to quaff several if they were on hand.

Photo of meathookjones
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a 22oz bottle with an appropriate mongoose on the label. Appearance is of a fairly clear amber body with about a half-inch of white head resting on top of it. The head floats around for a while leaving rings in its wake. Aroma is of earth and floral hops with a bit of caramel sweetness in the mix. Overall the aroma is a bit weak and under whelming. On the other hand the taste is fairly kicking, a slight sweetness meets you up front before a big dose of hops plows through. Citric and piney flavors and bitterness dominate from then on. A lingering bitter grapefruit after taste finishes off this tasty brew. Body was about medium with a smooth creamy feel to it. Drinkability was pretty good as well, I would definitely pick this one up again. So far this is my favorite beer I have had from Hale’s.

Photo of lastauss
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not the IPA for everyone, but I think it's one of the best-balanced examples made. The west coast, and particularly the Northwest, is known for its hop-monsters, and this 60 IBU is a little on the lower end of things, but its malt structure is very distinct and pleasing. Thank goodness it's delicious on tap and out of the bottle too!

Photo of garthwaite
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with massive amounts of carbonation and a mammoth creamy head that stuck to the glass throughout. Muted aroma of toasty malts & citrus hops. Highly carbonated in the mouth with some underlying caramel flavors. Moderately bitter with grapefruit citrus & some additional earthy hops. Pretty understated for a PacNW IPA & pretty accessible and easy drinking as a result. Not one I'd search out, but certainly not bad.

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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a nice beige head, good carbonation, trace amounts of leafy sediment floaters, and decent lace. Nice prominent citrusy hop aroma though it turns a bit perfumey over time. Decent flavored IPA with nice resiny hoppy tones but a bit funky ... if this is the Ringwood yeast others have referred to then I consistently know it's not one of my favorite strains. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry bitter finish.

Label States: "Dry hopped India Pale Ale"

Per Hale's website:
Ingredients: Pale malted barley, Crystal malts. Centennial and Nugget hops. Amarillo leaf hops (dry-hopping).

Original Gravity 10.60

($1.61 / 12 oz.)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber with a...well...Mongoose on the label (Captain Obvious strikes again).

Poured a wonderful cloudy honey color. Massively thick and sticky head lasts forever and paints a vivid tapestry of lace on my glass. Aromas can be noted a few feet away from the glass...giant quantities of flowery and citrusy hops leap forth and fill the room like a Yankee candle. Flavor falls short, unfortunately. I expected a hop-laden bomb of flavor but only got an iced tea-grainy, almost gritty flavor. Not bad, but certainly a let down from the look and smell. Finishes fairly sweet and dry. Bitterness pokes through right before the final flavors fade out. Mouthfeel is medium, almost on the thin side. I wouldn't say watery, but it's close. Drinkabilty suffers as I expected more out of this beer after the big start.

Thanks to RoyalT for this west-coaster!

Photo of RedDiamond
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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.

Photo of avylover
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim, seeing as it was bottle conditioned, dry hopped, and around 8 bucks a sixer I figured it would be pretty good.

Pours out a perfect clear golden color with a cascading head during the pour. A 1 inch white head sits atop my brew. Good mix of floral and citrous hop aromas here, almost sweet in character. Heavy apricot aroma along with an alcohol nip. This starts out very fruity, with a peaches dominating the taste up front. Then the bitterness of the hops takes over, crushing the fruity front end and revealing a bitter grainy malt finish. This beer seems to have two distinct stages. Good mouthfeel, especially with the dry finish. Quite drinkable, although I suspect this may be in the 7-8% ABV range judging from the warmth in my belly. Excellent IPA, with enough unique qualities to set itself apart.

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours slightly hazy yet almost clear deep golden with a very slight yet persistent head. The aroma is earthy floral spicy hops (just cannot figure out the exact hop aroma). The flavor is well bittered and the malt is substantial enough to keep the hops in line. The malt backbone is well done and the finish begins hoppy and malty and finishes dry and bitter over time. The body is medium and well done. The drinkability is good.

12 ounce bottle, label says bottle conditioned.

Photo of Realale
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper/gold in color. Immense very fine beige heads settles very slowly to a rocky incomplete cap leaving chunks of lace. Took several pours and about 15 minutes to fill an Imperial pint glass.

Nose is really nice. Tons of earthy, funky hops over a nice biscuity malt base. Some citrus pokes through with time as does a bit of leafiness.

Medium weight in the mouth with a nice malt attack. The hop is more citric on the palate, but the earthiness is there as well. Finish is quite long and bitter. Could use a touch more malt to balance on the finish.

Its bottle-conditioned, which is always a plus in my book, but this sample is seriously over-carbonated, which is a real distraction. The over-carbonation may be responsible for the perception of imbalance on the finish. A well-carbonated version would be a real treat. Very much in the current British IPA vein, and a nice change from the typical American IPA.

Photo of freed
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly deep amber IPA with a transient head. Slight grassy aroma with some detectable malt husk smell. Nice Full malt body with a light flavoring and much larger bittering hop finish. Malt has a slightly roasted taste with a slight husk or rough taste and feel. Chewy! Unbalanced bitter end makes it less appealing to drink another, and it clashes with the meal.

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

Orangish/copper color with a 2 finger off-white head. It has a fruity, lemon zest aroma. The flavor is of fruit hops and a caramel malt background. It is not over the top in the hops, but is does leave a drying bitterness. It is medium in body, and easy drinking. A pretty well-balanced beer for an IPA.

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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.