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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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BA SCORE
82
good

198 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2002)
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Photo of Beernoisseur
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Beernoisseur, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Jan 08, 2009
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.

barleywinefiend, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of erikm25
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

erikm25, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SurlyDuff, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

t0rin0, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

pinotboy007, Nov 10, 2008
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.

zeff80, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Durge, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Renfield
1.78/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Renfield, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Goliath, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kosmoraios, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Dansting
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Dansting, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of zdk9
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

zdk9, May 16, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BretSikkink, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of csmiley
2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Color is deep copper and cloudy. Minimal head with minimal lacing. The head that I could get did stick around for a while.

S - Citrus hops are out front but get quickly backed up by caramel. Bread aromas are rather strong as well.

T - Citrus hits the palate first but goes away quickly. Pine seems to step in behind. Then there is a sudden drop in hop flavor altogether. Pretty strong caramel flavors get matched up with bread dough.

M - Medium bodied and not even close to the amount of carbonation that I would expect.

D - Drinkability is low. This is an IPA that does not have any redeeming qualities that would warrant me buying more. Too many characteristics were just not that impressive.

csmiley, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of jkdrummer
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Little head, no lacing, cloudy amber blah

S: Not much to write about -- smells like old hops, sweetness detectable.

T: Sweet like honey and malty little IPA characteristics detectable at all.

M: This and FLAT.

D: Would have been better with carb. For some reason this IPA was FLAT! Bad Quality Control maybe? Really disappointed in Hales -- they ain't what they used to be.

Not recommended.

jkdrummer, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of youradhere
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good all around IPA, picked up a six pack at the class six on base. Opened the bottle at our BBQ, and held it up to take a gander. Noticed heavy yeast sediment at the bottom, more than usual, almost flocculant mush-like appearance. I'm a homebrewer, so I'm not scared of yeast sediment at all, just thought it was odd is all. Taste was very hoppy, but lacking in the bitterness, but still well balanced with a light malt profile. I've had the same in bars, however on tap, with a totally different flavor/hop profile. I reccomend trying both. The bottle is more of a BBQ drinker, not being too high on the sugary side. The draft version was a tad stronger but somewhat the same animal. All in all, I reccomend it, and continue to drink it whenever the mood strikes me.

youradhere, Mar 03, 2008
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 03, 2007
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

russpowell, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of troutmask96
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hale's is a beloved brewpub in the Ballard area of Seattle, and this is one of their finer offerings. Pours a nice magogany with a quickly disappearing head. Taste is caramel and nectar, with a strong ctirus pop. Nothing real special here, but it's definitely a rise above the median IPA. All in all a very decent session ale...

troutmask96, Nov 10, 2007
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.

Wasatch, Oct 08, 2007
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Hazy, orange/yellow in color. Minimal, rocky, off white head. Fairly still. Good lacing for such a small start.

Aroma was sweet, peaches and pine. Biscuity and caramel as well.

Nice balance. Citrus initially (orange and lemon), followed by a fruity sweetness in the middle -- mild caramel as well. Biscuity. Good, lingering bitterness in the finish -- grassy.

Medium body, feels a bit thin. Low to medium carbonation. Dry.

Pretty good overall, not the main show, but a decent opening act. Guessing ABV is in the 6-7% range. Almost a session beer.

, Sep 06, 2007
Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.