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

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 180
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 180
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)

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 jdense
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle during Hale's tasting at Belmont Station 9/3.

More Orange than amber body, decent head with minimal lacing. Big spicy hop presence in nose from Amarillo and Simcoe. A bit of sweetness in taste, but hops are dominant. Dry bitter finish. A big step up from regular Mongoose. I'll need to do a whole bottle to get a better grasp on drinkability, but this is a pretty tasty DIPA. (395 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Pours a finger and half of tight head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma has pine needles and pineapple.
The taste starts with a sharp bitter note, rounded out by a good dose of malt and almost fruity sweetness and finishes with a long dry bitter note. Great profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Excellent. (341 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy amber orange color, with a thick frothy white head. Head dissapates slowly leaving decent amount of lacing.

Strong citrus scent from the hops with subtle floral notes as well. Picking up some light caramel scents too.

Good amount of bitterness and crisp taste complimented by the soft carbonation and full body. Grapefruit at the forefront with slight caramel aftertaste. Long hoppy finish and a very nice IPA. (436 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a golden hue, with some orange hints to it. Head is a good fine ring of offwhite that leaves creamy rings of lacing. Body is very solid, with decent hazing. Looks good.

Nose is pretty standard IPA fare. Some light citrus characters, reminding me a little of orange pith. Some light caramel or butterscotch undertones to support it. It has a whiff of Simcoe to it. Not bad.

Bright, fruity entry levels out to some husky grain characters on the mid-palate. There's a pronounced hop flavour here: just the fragrant taste of hops, but not the bitterness. By the end, the hops have dropped to a pellety consistency, which does bring the bitterness, along with a lingering sweetness like lemon butter. It's a robust-flavoured beer, no doubt about it.

Feel is smooth and clean, and the bitterness almost provides a textural element of its own.

Overall, this is good stuff. I feel like 7.5% ABV is a bit weak for a DIPA, but this has amped up the hops to an unreasonable degree, so I feel it's earned the title. Good stuff. (1,060 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the COOP... didn't catch the price, but I would guess it's in the $5 range... poured into my Delirium goblet... Brenda had some, but she says it's too much, too late.

1" foamy head leaves pretty descent lace... the brew is a polished orange/lite copper.

Nose has a fair amount of citric hoppiness dusted with a little pine.. quite a bit of bready pale maltiness with some toast and caramel.

Flavor begins fairly bitter... a little abrasive for my palate... melts slowly into a thicker than average maltiness with a bunch of citrus zest hops... pine is there, but more on the finish... the malts remind me of sugar cookies... not even close to that sweet, more of an essence.. body is a bit bigger than expected and the carbonation is smooth.

I've had this on tap quite a few times over the last couple of months.. while this is pretty solid, I think I prefer the draft. (895 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite similar to an American barleywine in the aromas and flavors. (588 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 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 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 froghop
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark copper with a medium size bubbly beige head, and some lacing.

smell of caramel, citrus, and a touch of pine.

taste is smooth, pine, hops, malt in the back, and caramel, ends dry and nicely bitter.

overall a very nice Imperial IPA. (252 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Supergoose DIPA pours a copper color with orange highlights and very little white head. Very little retention or lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts, some brown sugar, and a good amount of citrus. Some alcohol scents and some dank, piney hops. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Caramel malts up front, followed by citrus and light grapefruit. On the back end there is a big dank hop presence and very bitter finish. Not quite as fruity as the smell, and much more bitter.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is between light and medium bodied and very smooth drinking. Overall, a very decent DIPA. By no means is it even close to the best of the style out there, but still not a bad option. (684 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Seattle Taproom at Sea-Tac. Slightly hazy amber color, one finger head that quickly faded to a thin film with some nice lacing. Aroma is piney and fruity but not too strong. Decent flavor with a good piney flavor and malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with very little carbonation. Overall this one was just OK, nothing special. (352 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 mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very attractive sudsy pour in the tall Maredsous goblet. Golden, orange tinted brew with a spritzy mouthfeel. Aroma is a little piney with a gardenia hint in the nose.

Big hops from start to finish. Plenty of bitterness. Toasty malt, a biscuity taste. The hops go through a shuffle of flavors, with the grilled mango and sweet tangerine being followed by the grapefruit peel. Very bitter finish. Not a bad IPA for sipping, but the pain versus pleasure ratio is somewhat lower than many.

From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington. On this newer packaging the label says 7.0 percent. (612 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 Taybeh
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Seattle Tap Room at Sea Tac into a shaker.

A: clear copper with minimal khaki head, decent lacing.

S & M: modest nose, caramel and toffee, some pine and a little fruity but nondescript citrus...pretty balanced and modest bitterness...similar to many hoppy ambers in mouthful....a little rough. finishes with a modest amount of bitterness and another blast of caramel sweetness.

all in all, this is okay, but in a crowded field, it doesn't stand out. (465 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out slightly hazy amber with only the barest amount of orange tint around the edges and a two finger white foamy head with amazing retention time, but only average lacing. Has some fairly large chunky bits of sediment floating around.
Smells and tastes like a fairly well balanced blend of caramel malt with mostly pine resin notes and grapefruit peel with plenty of grassy and herbal hop tones in the middle. Finish is only mostly-dry but has a decent sustain to it. Body and carbonation levels are both medium.

While it may be a well-balanced IPA, I have tasted many IPAs just as well balanced that had more complexity to them. Still, it's in the right zone to be accessible and quite drinkable even if it won't bowl you over like a "masterpiece" beer would. (767 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 Spikester
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy orange with a two fingers of cream colored head that recedes rather soon leaving nice rings of lace.
Smell is mostly sweet malts. I can't pick out any hops aromas.
Taste is big time sweet malts with a light amount of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. Lightly bitter somewhat dry finish.
overall a middle of the road DIPA. Nothing bad about it just too many big competitors.
About 10 to 20% more hops would do it. With no date on the can I can't tell if the beer might be a bit old. If I see it on tap I will give it another try. (570 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with 1" head to it. Aroma is lacking in hops for a dipa, much less when compared to the regular version. No bottle date, so maybe it is hoppy and I just can't tell, good reason to bottle date your hoppy stuff brewers.

Sweet taste, big ass bitterness, this is either slightly aged or they just did a long ass high alpha acid boil, but regardless, I'm, as usual, more partial to the single ipa version. Too much oxidized cardboard flavor, too much sweetness and bitterness, not enough hops. Is it age or less than stellar execution? Mild citrus notes from the beer.

Probably wouldn't try this again unless I could be assured it was fresh or it was cheap. Otherwise, unless bitterness is your sole objective, I'd say pass. (744 characters)

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 womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing, Gil.

A: The beer pours golden amber in color with a finger of white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Sweet and malty. Lots of bread and caramel notes with a bit of toffee character. Lightly piney with some citrus peel along with a little bit of grass. Very minimal floral hop aromas. Slightly oxidized: a touch of cardboard.

T: The flavor is just more of the same. Stale hops giving off light citrus notes. Grass and pine with a little floral character to it. Pretty minimal bitterness and in fact, it's fairly sweet and malty.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Disappointing. Not at all what I like in DIPAs. (642 characters)

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a smooth bitter taste. This is more of a hop head beer. It is a double IPA but did not taste like it it only tasted like a regular IPA. Smells like a normal beer did not tatse the alcohol . it had a average apperance on pour. overall good beer but not great i say try it at least once

would not buy again (312 characters)

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Hale's Supergoose DIPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.