Hale's Supergoose DIPA - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 178
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.84%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 04-05-2009

Aggressively dry hopped and rich in hop flavor and aroma, Hale’s Supergoose IPA is nonetheless well balanced and drinkable. If you love IPA’s you gotta try Supergoose.
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Photo of mtwentz
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 22 into a duvel tulip

A red-brown, burnt sienna if you will. scarce light penetrates but makes the red hue glow. Nice head retention with plenty sticking to the side of the glass. billowy white froth that you'd blow from your hands while washing the car. smell the hops, fresh and crisp. minimal malt. The taste begins with a medium malt platform that somewhat quickly spikes to the sharp bitterness that takes some time to dull. really sticks to the gums!

When I first had this beer, way back when, I must not have enjoyed IPA. I would have described it as "a neon stabbing of bitterness." I can see a little of that now, but, meh.

Its a good beer, definitely hop heavy. I like em balanced better though. (723 characters)

Photo of cbak999
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright orange with a solid white head that results in great lacing with every sip. Yeast settles to the bottom of your glass from this bottle conditioned ale. The smell, what of it there is of slight citrus. The IPA is lacking aroma. The taste is decent. A nice malt backbone with great hop balance. Hops are earthy. This beer is not available locally, so I have enjoyed. Not sure I would buy this beer often if it was. (437 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A brilliant pour into an imperial nonic,rich amber/bronze with a large clingy white head that left multiple rings of broken lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Big resiny hops with equally big caramel malt,I even picked up a hint of spice wich I found a bit odd but not detracting.Sweet malty goodness hits at the onset with some warming alcohol,the resiny hops make a huge presence in the finish.Its borderline too sweet but the big resiny hops in the finish holds it back just enough,a solid DIPA,and it is that for sure although the label says IPA. (553 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Supergoose in a beer store. $5.49. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a tarnished gold color and is hazy. Creamy thick off-white head leaves curtains of lace on the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty. There are caramel and pine scents.

Taste is also sweet and bready, with a caramel candy flavor, and a pink grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but not particularly cloying. Very smooth and easy drinking for a DIPA.

Very drinkable for the style, and moderately sessionable. I would have this again. I'd love to try it on tap. (575 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BIG big plus to Jerriko for tossing this--and several other bombers--in as extras as part of a trade. Good egg, him.

Anyhow, its been a surprising while since I've had a straight-up IPA, bereft of any added rye or dry hopping or doubling or anything. And it's IPAs like this that make me wonder why they're not my main drink.

Granted this is a bit of a kick in the pants. Not getting any work done after drinking a bomber of this, and, well, that school bus ain't gonna drive itself so I guess I'll just stick to my morning Schlitz...

This is the first strong IPA I've ever had where I could see myself, in a lesser mood, describing the *malt* as cloying. It's not, not quite, but almost there. It's a very sweet, fruity malt. No nodes of bread or biscuit or anything--juicy fruit, like the gum. This makes the fruity hops not stand out as well as they might have otherwise, though when the hop profile gets bitter in its backend everything comes together nicely.

This is a nice, unique IPA. I don't read other people's reviews until I'm pretty much done writing my own, but I notice that the guys who give this a higher score are the ones who focus on the malt's fruitiness. Judged against other big IPAs, this one ain't nearly enough of a hop bomb. Judged as a kind of fruity malt bomb, it's very good--not quite elite, but tasty, and praiseworthy if only because of its uniqueness. (1,389 characters)

Photo of chumba526
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The ale appears a medium bodied orange color; there is a one inch white head.

The smell is dominated with notes of caramel, grapefruit and orange zest.

It tastes of slightly sweet malt, strongly citrusy. The sweet malt flavor remains strong throughout the whole beer but it is complemented with citrus and a sizeable amount of bitterness.

The carbonation is medium low. The carbonation is quite smooth.

The drinkability is ok but it is too malty to drink a lot of them.

Overall a well made beer though I prefer less malty DIPAs. (534 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours cloudy, dark copper, with an inch-plus head of rocky beige.
Plenty of sheeted lacing and full coverage on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with a pungent blast of pine, grapefruit, mango, and apricots. A great blend of tropical and pine. More tropical than most PacNW IPA'a that I've tried. Sticky malt in the background and some sweet caramel.

Medium bodied with a sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Quite tacky and sappy.

Bright pine resin with grapefruit and mango start the palate. Apricots and tangerine follow through along with gummy malt.

Finishes with lingering fruit, hop resins, pine, a mild bitterness, and a trace of warmth.

Tasty one. A pretty agressive example of the style and I like it. (734 characters)

Photo of philbertk
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supergoose IPA--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 7.10% ABV. 72 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Thin mild lace head. Cloudy bright rich amber orange color. Rich floral hop pine front. Earthy hop resin pine citrus creamy malty caramel bottle conditioned tangy fruit ester mild doughy rich balanced body. Creamy sweet cloying earthy hop spice smooth citrus malt end. Could become a staple. Sampled 9/20/2009. Expensive @ $5.00 Each. (404 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured deep glowing orange color with good carbonation and a nicew white head

S: Orange peel, floral,coriander, caramel

T: WOW! This beer continually surpises me. After living in CA having most major hop bombs this IIPA can kick ass with the best. Hales. GOOD JOB!
Now...Tasted big caramel malt, some bread floral hops and lots of citrus, grapefruit on the end, finshes with a nice hop bite

M: Wow. Sticky, booze, caramel, hops and lots of flavor, well balanced

D: Go for it! (482 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip, Supergoose is a turbid burnt light brown with a big, light sand head, tight and creamy, some meringue like texture and long last, leaving nice lace. This is the most Belgian like head I've seen in a long time locally, huge rockiness, where I sip out of the side of the tulip it forms a little tunnel of head for the beer to flow while still supporting the fluff the rest of the way around. This makes up form the unattractive dark, murky beer.

Smell is bright hops, a nice mix of NW citrus and pine resin notes. There's a stemmy, woody note I don't care for, and some ethanol, but these are minor, and overall, I like it.

Taste is full and hoppy as well. This one's maltier then I care, but at least it's firmly in the bread/cracker camp, and not unduly sweet or caramelly. A little heat though, it comes off not super clean in the alcohol department. The lime of the hops really opens up to the point that it's got a lime juice vibe (which is either a love or hate thing). A decent but balanced bitterness. Not my style though, it seems like the further north you go from the CA to WA, the thicker the IPAs get. Maybe not that simple, but his one is clearly from WA in a blind test, and they're my least favorite (of the worlds best) regional IPAs. This one is picking up this peanut butter flavor that I get from certain regional malty DIPAs, Alpha Dog comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, slick.

Drinkability is pretty good, better then the sum of it's part. Something about this one is really quenching, the big sour citrus hops that aren't overly bitter. Well done, one that I don't see in bottles here too often. (1,666 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasure to drink out of a tulip glass on the patio of the Hale's Brewpub as the sun came out. lovely shade of slightly reddish dark brown with a huge PNW hop nose. The beer is full on hops with some malt to back it all up. This is a big DIPA done well with great drinkability. I just kept sipping away enjoying the nuances as it warmed up. Mixed the last 1/4 of the glass with a half a glass of Troll Porter to create a kind of Dark IPA. Great beer mix (464 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel color with a head of large white and tan bubbles.

Smell of pine, citrus, pale malt, caramel.

Taste of bitter hops, strong citrus and pine and grapefruit flavors. There is plenty of pale malt flavor along with caramel, but slightly dry and astringent tasting. This is a good American IPA, pretty well balanced, nice caramel flavors mixed with strong hop presence. The astringency at the end is what seperates it from being better than it is. A nicely made American IPA. Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel. (529 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: rich slightly hazy amber orange with thin ivory head. I like the color a lot.

Smell: light malty aroma with citrusy hops.

Taste: major citrus hop flavor. A little caramel malt in the base with tons of grapefruity goodness added on top. It's quite tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good level of carbonation. Just creamy enough for the style.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. Very refreshing flavor and overall drinking experience. (510 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rec'd in a trade with ROBORB. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with a half a finger of foam.

Smell: Piney hops, grapefruit and some pineapple

Taste: Nice bitter flavor from the hops, but the citrus flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and mango are the true highlight of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Really light, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Such a good beer. If I had more, I'd be a happy camper. Definitely would buy a lot more of this! (481 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some IPA's aren't so good on cask, while others are quite tasty indeed. The goose, I would say, falls into the latter category.

At Belmont Station the other day.

SG pours an orange amber color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is likewise attractive, with citrus, pepper, something of a cereal or grain aroma, and a hint of dank earth. Good as this beer smells, on the palate it's flat out delicious. There is a nice malty fruitiness up front, which imparts some very nice mandarin orange and maraschino cherry initially, but then the hoppy bitterness comes on strong, balancing this beer beautifully. This beer really has outstanding balance, but with the hoppy bitterness taking over in the finish (just the way I like it). Mouthfeel has a creamy consistency, but with a bit of prickliness from the hoppy bitterness. The finish is long and smooth, with nary a rough edge or discordant note detected anywhere. Drinkability is very good; this the sort of IPA where each sip just begs for another.

SG is the sort of IPA that you could stay with all night and never get tired of. Just an altogether lovely beer.

Note: One of the problems with cask conditioned beers is that they often times don't hold up very long, and so need to be consumed fairly quickly. Stopped by Belmont Station for another glass Monday evening and the beer had deteriorated considerably. Carbonation was nearly all gone, with the beer tasting very flat and excessively bitter. Probably would have scored this beer a B- if I reviewed it on Monday (instead of Friday). So probably a good idea to ask how long ago this beer was tapped if one sees this on cask ever again. (1,694 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this one on cask at the Belmont Station Biercafe, served in a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a lightly hazed bright orange copper color with a super creamy 3/4" white head. The head retained a good long while and left big sheets of white lace down my glass.

A= Aromas of citrus and floral hops were bursting from the glass. The malt smell was caramelly and bready.

T= Super juicy, over the top hop flavors of citrus and floral deliciousness. Bitterness was high enough to let you know it was there without any harsh piney bite. The malt base layed down a lot of caramel sweetness that balanced this brew significantly. Finished modestly dry with a lovely aftertaste of juicy hops.

MF= Medium bodied, with a super soft and silky cask delivered feel. Carbonation was there but not there. Sublime.

D= I don't know how this beer is under forced carbonation, but on cask it was a delight. Everything a cask IPA should be in my opinion. Easily sessionable despite the significant ABV, making this one dangerous. (1,023 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head that fades to a thick ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark copper orange. Can't see throw this one. Very dark for an ipa.

Aroma: Lots of floral hops and citrus aromas. Some bready malts balance it out. Pretty straight forward ipa, but nice.

Taste: Lots more bready malts and the the abv shows. This ipa is a bit bigger. Floral hop profile with a citrus blend. Pretty decent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and bitter. A nice feel for an ipa. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends sticky but typical for an ipa.

Overall, this is a solid ipa and glad I got to try it. Nothing spectacular but very solid. Pretty drinkable. A decent ipa in a bomber. Cool. (746 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dark amber body with minimal head formation condensing to only a small, off-white ring.

Smell: Hops dominate the nose here, with scents of citrusy grapefruit and orange as well as zesty, piquant yellow pine, though there are a few scant toasty malt notes buried away in there.

Taste: Pale malts with some bready, toasty tones and an additional crystal malt sweetness to it, though eventually the cumulative bitterness overwhelms this modest maltiness. Hearty hop tastes of just-cut pine wood planks and pithy, oily citrus peelings. Moderate amount of bitterness. Continuous, unyielding bitterness on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, for me, it was a hop-forward DIPA built upon slender, slackened malts and without the alcohol or tooth-deteriorating bitterness of some. So, it definitely works for some, but extreme hop-heads and malt-mouths might want to look elsewhere. (967 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy medium amber with less than a half-inch of off-white head that had good retention and very good lacing.

A very pleasant piney hop aroma greets the nose, with a little citrus in the background. Across the tongue there is a bit more than average amount of malt to support the hop blast. In addition to the pine and citrus hops there is just a hint of floral hop flavor.

The body is fairly typical for the style, I think it could be a little fuller. The drinkability is above average for this style, relatively smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, a decent example of the style, worth some effort to try. (651 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light grapefruit, with some white head. A little hoppy aroma. Average mouthfeel, could use a bit more, a plus is its not acidic.Good blend of American and British hops, with orangey taste. Well malted down,though a little sugary sweetness, the IBU comes through, but its not a DIPA. (288 characters)

Photo of blackc5
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few of these on tap at Fonte Coffee/Wine Bar (great happy hour btw).

A- Pours a fairly dark reddish amber - quite dark for the style. Decent head, although can never be sure on tap how it was poured. Great lacing - lots of superior lacing that really just stuck to the glass.

S - Citrus and pine hops are right at the forefront. Quite strong. Sweet malt is there as well. Quite nice.

T - More herbal and bitter compared to so many citrusy DIPA's I have been having lately. Actually, was listed as just an IPA, so not sure if it is a true 'double' although I guess the ABV supports it. Hale's definitely always leans towards the piney & herbal and bitter over citrus, and this is no different, but it is balanced nicely with a fair amount of malt. Although I wouldn't classify it amongst the flavor leaders for west coast IPAs I still found it quite enjoyable and would order again.

M - Medium bodied and a little oily. Nice overall and an improvement over the regular Mongoose which I am not a huge fan of.

D - Decent for the ABV, I had two pints with light food and feel nicely buzzed. Not exactly sessionable, but it is a pretty respectable IPA especially if you prefer them on the bitter side. (1,207 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint consumed at Hill's in Spokane for $4.50. First Hale's beer I've had in a couple of years.

Poured a slightly dark copper color, with a couple of inches of bone-white head. Moderate amount of lace.

Moderately citrusy in the nose, but not to the extent that a lot of IPAs are these days. There was also a discernable malty backbone that lent a slightly caramel-ish scent to the proceedings.

Like the nose, the taste was geared towards the citrusy hoppy end of things, but not to a huge extent. A bready, slightly sweet maltiness was on hand to provide contrast, and in sufficient quantity to make itself noted. Not a huge flavor bomb as IPAs go, but the flavor was well within style parameters.

Slightly oily mouthfeel, with a medium body.

This beer seems like a stretch when it comes to the DIPA style. While it's abv is high for a night of sessioning, neither it's strength or it's flavor would put in anywhere near the front ranks of DIPAs. It goes down rather easy, however, and I would definitely drink it again. (1,026 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy copper hued with a tight crop of beige suds.
Intensly resinous nose with a distinct marijuana notes. Honestly, this smells as much like ganja as any beer I've had. Some pine and metallics (iron) add further hoppiness. Shortbread attempts for aromatic balance, and fails.
The shortbread falls upon the tongue first, terse and to the point. There will be no balance here, although honey notea arise more as it warms. Hops blast in with bitter herbs, pine sap, kind buds, and flowers. It's all types of bitter, and eventually crosses the astringent threshold with its last bursts of minerals, metal, and lingering pine/pipe resin.
Medium bodied, lowly but steadily carbonated. It's built like a higher-proof drinker (and alcohol is never even thought of), but the bracing bitterness gives way to a gruff abrasiveness.
End game: It's too one-sided. This needs more malt to soften and offset its hop assault. (911 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my recent trip to the Northwest. About 3 fingers of head form in my special Sam Adams glass. Creamy with lots of structure. Excellent retention. Deep Orange/Amber color... More Copper I guess. No visible carbonation. Huge Clumps lacing sticks everywhere. Seriously, looks like whipped cream. Pretty damn good looking beer.

Aroma is fantastic. Fresh, bright citrus, juicy.

Woow, this is a pretty damn good IPA. While it's certainly hoppy, the balance is quite impressive. Initial burst of fruity esters, some light biscuit flavors and a burst of grapefruit both the fruit and the peel. This slowly settles to a wonderful lingering bitterness. Just a touch of abv detected. A brief moment of sweetness in the middle centers the flavor and provides that needed balance. Don't get me wrong, the hop presence is huge here.

Medium bodied and smooth. Just the slightest touch of carbonation.

I find this extraordinarily drinkable and a fantastic. IPA. I am going to have to score this and then see where it fits in among my favorite IPA's. It certainly stands up to some of the top ones. (1,102 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger head that has some retention. The head is a creamy foamy mass that is light tan in color.The body of the beer is a rich mahogany color with reddish orange copper hues. The clarity of the beer is fairly clear, although, there is some haze. The head left some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A very ripe floral bouquet with grapefruit, and pine. The malt is slightly sweet and toasted.

Taste: A very rich hop flavor consisting of pine, grapefruit, and floral esters. The malt is slight sweet and toasted.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent, carbonated, and edgy. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is full. This would be a great DIPA but the malt backbone is being shy. It is a good beer with a good flavor profile. (796 characters)

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Hale's Supergoose DIPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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