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

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Hale's Mongoose IPAHale's Mongoose IPA

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2002

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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 132
Reviews by Pwnzilla:
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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 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 merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of BCborn
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Mantooth
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on cask on Bainbridge Island, WA. Pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head and lazy lacing. The nose is full of caramel malt with some piney notes. The taste holds true, with loads of biscuit and slight citrus. Very well balanced. This medium bodied brew pared well with some calamari at the Harbour Public House. Cheers!

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Photo of takusan1000
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ADR
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Packaged as "Mongoose IPA"...

Almost clear amber color, slight chill-haze, a plastic-y 1/4 inch head of medium duration. Punctuation-mark laces. Citrusy-hoppy aroma, a little sizzle. Big sense of Pacific Northwest hops, apparent as pink grapefruit with lots of sweetening from a sugary malt sense. Hops and malts work hand-in-hand from start to finish. Crisp close with slightly bitter aftertaste. Definitely American in character, its still got a slightly sweet sense. The overall flavor is not hugely interesting to me, but I'll give it really good drinkability.

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Photo of jpbebeau
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 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 richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a half finger white head that melts to a nice thin ring.
Aroma is pure hops...fresh, bright, clean, piney hops. Intensely beautiful.
Flavor is not as intense as the aroma...slightly sweet amber malt initially hits the tongue and then ...wham...the hops take over.
Maybe slightly one-dimensional, but cascade hops <?> intense on the palette...some grapefruit peel and lots of pine oils and resins.
Mouthfeel is pleasant for the style...neither too thick and cloying nor too thin and weak.
Aftertaste is a blend of the malts and hops with the hops winning out just enough to dry the tongue making you thirsty for another sip.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, from another random grocery store in Sandpoint, Idaho last week. Why do I get the feeling that this brewery falls along the lines of Red Hook?

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and slightly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent tightly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of perky pine needles, muddled citrus pith, grainy, bready caramel malt, further forest floor astringencies, a bit of pineapple core, and more musty, earthy, and floral hops. The taste is bitter pine resin and orange/grapefruit pulp bitterness, gritty pale and caramel malt, a subtle hard water flintiness, and a whole lot more herbal, leafy, and floral hops bitters.

The bubbles are fairly active in their swirling and peppy frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, those hop kiddies messing around just a bit too much here for this codger's liking. It finishes rather dry, the malt having bled out, as the hops start to realize the power that they now wield.

Not a bad west coast IPA, the typically distinct pine/citrus esters found in the better versions of the regional style perhaps a tad more blended here than they ought to be. Anyways, easy enough to drink, and nicely bitter, in a subtly floral manner.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a rather hazy amber/copper color with a one finger off-white head. Decent retention with thin lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus upfront, grapefruit and a pineapple, a little orange zest. Some caramel and faint pine.

T: Nice grapefruit right away with a good bit of caramel in the middle. Light pine on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate retention, slightly bitter finish.

O: A decent IPA, basically Hale's Pale with a bit hoppier profile.

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Photo of nige4958
1.86/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I love Hales, I don't know what happened here. Possible bad bottle. I've got 5 others I'll evaluate after this one. This is complete shit. I smell no hops, flavour is very bitter & istringent. This beer is way, way too dry. Disgusting, really. Must be a bad bottle.

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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 cokes
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clouded sunset golden hued, with a tiny, yet persistant ivory head. Nice lace work to boot.
Floral aromatics. British done Pacific NW style, with notes of pine sap interspersed between the blossoms.
Taste is a nice balance between the floral, piney and bittering varieties of hops. Nothing overwhelming, but well meshed. This is laid upon a bed of dead grass and toasted malts.
Medium bodied, just about what you'd expect from an IPA.
Nice brew either by itself or with some spicy cuisine.

Once again, Bighuge, I'm envious of your access to Hale's. Though I must admit, it tastes better with good company.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the beer engine in a 20oz imperial pint at the Horse Brass. Pours a bright golden-orange hue topped by a half inch of creamy, bright white head. Nose of fresh, floral English style hops, with a touch of light caramel malt. Well-balanced palate begins with floral, lightly bitter hops. Becomes more balanced mid-palate, with some sweet caramel malt and a touch of biscuit coming through. Body is a bit light for an IPA, but still nice and creamy from the cask-conditioning. First time I've had this one on cask, and it won't be the last.

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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 233 ratings