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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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128 Reviews

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 222
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2002

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of thatruth
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, with no distinguishable bottling date, into a tulip. I must be a glutton for punishment, or a dumb ass who never learns his lesson, or a loving combination of both. Why, oh why, do I continue to buy these bottles with no guarantee of a fresh experience? Because it's damn near a hundred degrees, I am thirsty for hops, and upon further inspection...I am a dumb ass.

Medium orange with yellow highlights and a finger deep head of egg white fluff. Lethargic and inconsistent bubbles make a slow forced journey from the deep at irregular intervals. Lacing is moderate.

Smell is soapy and subdued: faint biscuit and citrus.

Tastes much the same. If I didn't know any better I'd think my glass was not washed properly. Dish soapiness, splash of bitter, biscuit, flowers, and pine with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Not getting any significant fruitiness or citrus. Old? Damned if I know.

Creamy, medium bodies, and lightly carbonated.

A middle of the road IPA

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright tangerine with piles of clingy pink-tinged creamy foam. Caramel, orange and musk on the nose. Orange toffee malts with cotton candy then tangerine-pine hops. Starburst finish and dry-ish linger. Soft, creamy, round and medium.

Not as hoppy as the nose suggests - fairly light on the IBUs. But great feel and easy-drinking. Which makes you ask: actually an APA?

Typically solid Pacific NW ale, either way.

Thanks to Ina for bringing this back from Seattle.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Pilsner glass.
This is the beer I go back to after making the rounds tasting what's out there.
And my reaction always is, this really is good.
The strong hop presence and flavor are what I like best. Good hops without being overpowering.
Very drinkable. and it never disappoints. I buy it by the case and always have some on hand.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Docer
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had right after a Lazy Boy IPA... and these are much the same.

- Hazy orange/copper... fluffy white head... slightly cloudy,.

- Light sweet malts and grain, floral and slight citrus hop notes... little grassy.

- Bready, light sweet caramel malts.... not so much bitterness in the hop, but more aroma and floral flavors.. overall very basic.

- Medium bodied, slightly chewy... not at all sticky.

- To me this is exactly like the Lazy Boy IPA I had before... but didn't quite have the bitterness from the hops. Overall nothing to write home about... and most likely wouldn't buy again. Though I an sure it is a nice local offering on-tap.

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Photo of hophead247
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper orange with a nicely-lacing ring of white head. Fresh earthy hoppy and toasty pale malty aroma. Body starts with a sweet caramel maltiness, nicely-balanced with good fresh earthy piney hops. An enjoyable, and very drinkable, refreshing, but not too assertive IPA.

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Photo of YOOJ
2.04/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look is nothing to write home about.

Smell is awful, sort of a cheap lager smell. It reminds me of the smell of a brew people use to play beer pong.

Not to imply that I play beer pong. Or that I am damn good at it.

Anyway, the taste is sour and bland, no hop flavor.

This is my first beer from Hale's, and they seem to have a good reputation, so this could be a bad batch or a very old bottle. But this Hales IPA was AWFUL.

(purchased at John's Market in Portland)

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

American style all the way, being that they hopped it with Amarillo, Centennial and Nugget hops. Pale copper hue, great clarity, and the head is decent as well with a good two fingers of foam and stickage on the glass. Aromas of thick, pungent wildflower pollen from the hops and a little butter and fruit from the malt and yeast. Flexed medium body with a deep smoothness, a substantial amount of maltiness hits the palate before the hops even appear. Caramel and faintly buttery, then the hops drop a balancing spicy bite of bitterness which lingers for a while. Hop flavor slowly creeps in with notes of edible flowers, blonde tobacco and citric rind. Finishes a bittersweet with a lean toward bitterness.

This is old-school style American Craft IPA. Drink it, learn it, love it ... enough said.

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Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland for $1.59. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-It has a very unusual color. It is a hazy amber with some orange highlights. It looks a lot different than other IPAs I have tried. It has virtually no head and a hard pour results in a small ring that surrounds a bubbly island. There is visible sediment suspended in the beer.

S-Not a huge nose on this one. It smells of musty citrus (lemon and grapefruit) hops. It almost reminds me of a fresh hop beer with its subtle citrus and grassy notes. I also get some biscuit malt and some sweet malt.

T-There is citrus flavor, but a specific fruit is hard to pin down. I get some grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, and some other tropical fruits that I can't identify by name. The biscuit malt is noticeable and the sweet malt kicks up in the finish. In between sips there is both lingering bitterness and sweetness.

M-It falls on the lighter end of the medium spectrum. It has a light level of carbonation and has a creamy/smooth mouthfeel.

D-It has a real interesting citrus flavor and is not filling.

This was definitely a different take on an IPA. I would love to try this fresh from the tap.

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Photo of cbros
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was amber with a light white head.
Smell was sort of Red Hook ESB'ey, kind of a malty sweet, probaly my bad because I got it in Seattle, thought of Red Hook, drank it like 2 months later in Oakland, probally getting old.
Taste and mouthfeel were less than expected, I am used to the NorCal IPA's and this was just light to me, but on that same note, this was a much more drinkable IPA than the NorCal monsters because I could stand after I finished this.
Drinkability is good, not great. These guys get me on the packaging, but besides that, they are pretty run of the mill.

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Photo of IceEyes
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, poured into a small snifter.

Hazy caramel body with a finger or so of off-white head. OK retention and lacing.

Smells very bland. Some caramel maltiness and that's just about it.

Flavor profile just doesn't do it for me. A strong syrupy maltiness akin to malt extract is the dominant flavor. There's some citrusy hops, but the bitterness isn't sufficient to cut the malt. Alcohol is noticeable and there's a bit of a medicinal aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Subpar IPA. No freshness date on the bottle- wonder if it was an old one? I bought it in a store with good turnover. Will update my review if I have a different experience

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Photo of froghop
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear dark amber with a thin off-white head, and good lacing that hangs out throughout the glass.

smell is faint, grapefruit hops, some floral, tangerine, sweetness, and a touch of caramel.

taste is a bit on the oily side, hops up front, caramel, dandelion, and definite citrus, ends a little dry and nicely bitter.

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Photo of blackc5
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of desertbronze
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.