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

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Hale's Mongoose IPAHale's Mongoose IPA
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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: 232 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of Dcbelkot
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of BRLockwood
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of e-MoNeY
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one. On tap at 'bones. Hazy cloudy amber, 1/2 creamy head. I was more taken by the freshness in the aroma, and the grassy and flowery notes I was picking up. Mouthfeel was good, prickly carbonation was enjoyable. It helped push the sensation of full grassy hops on the tongue. I thought there were those delightful candylike hop notes in the finish as well. Like I said: I think I got this beer in good condition, and was rewarded with fresh hoppy goodness.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. with no freshness date, but the label informs me that it's dry-hopped. It pours a hazed bronze with some sediment that looks like both yeast and hop particles. It has thorough visible carbonation and it's capped with a white, 1/4" head that leaves some pretty good lacing. Big piney/citric hops in the nose, contributing an almost sweet aroma of mango, mandarin orange, and ruby red grapefruit, complemented by notes of sweet/biscuity malts. The body is medium to thick and has an even effervescence, with a taste profile that resembles the aroma. The hops stand out, giving it a healthy grapefruit-like bitterness, along with pine and dank, resiny hop oils that coat the mouth, leaving a lasting bitterness. This could be a great session IPA, and kinda reminds me of Smuttynose's Finestkind.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Horsebrass. I also brought a bomber back to Atlant and had it last night. Are these the same beers? The cask version was excellent, while the bottled version was just average, at best. This review is of the cask version. Perhaps the best cask IPA I had in Oregon. Much more citrus in the smell and taste than other cask IPAs I've had. Cask versions always seem to have a more mellow smell and taste with respect to hoppiness. Anyway, I had several of these and could've spent the rest of the day drinking this, but still more brewpubs to checkout.

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Photo of lastauss
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not the IPA for everyone, but I think it's one of the best-balanced examples made. The west coast, and particularly the Northwest, is known for its hop-monsters, and this 60 IBU is a little on the lower end of things, but its malt structure is very distinct and pleasing. Thank goodness it's delicious on tap and out of the bottle too!

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Photo of youradhere
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a hazy orange/amber. A creamy thin ivory white head tops it off. Lacing is adequate. The nose is citric, pungent, resiny, piney.....all those great NW traits. The taste carries some of the same....Pine sap, citric tones, grapefruit rind, oilyness. Really nice. And underlying all those great hop attributes is a really nice subdued sweet caramel malt backbone. While the hop traits make this beer good, combined with the nice malt profile, this beer is better than good. There's a nice lingering bitterness. Doesn't seem to be an IBU buster, but the bitterness is nice. Medium-full in body. Very drinkable. My first Hale's Ales brew is a success. Can't wait for more to show up in this area.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
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 TinusTime
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark gold with a very nice fluffy white head that lasts a good long while before dissolving into a lacy film. Smell is of citrus hops with just a bit of malt in the back. Almost fruity at first until the hops kick in and dry the beer out although there is a tiny bit of sweetness left. Mouthfeel is a little grainy but not so that it takes away the enjoyment of the beer. A quite drinkable ale. A good porch sitting beer. Nothing outlandish, just nice drinkin

Rereview 2/26/05- Wow I must have had a cold the first time. Had this again and it was much hoppier and more drinkable than I remember. Still a bit of fruity ale esters, but the hops seemed much more pronounced. Definately one I will get again and again

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Photo of Fizix
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Curious thing. This is their "Mongoose" IPA, the name giving a certain Indian connotation. On the label they feature a photo of a Meerkat, an African subspecies. I'm just sayin' is all...
Dark, murky amber hue, thick creamy off-white head. Nose is spicy, highly fruity, a big basket of goodness--citrus, grapefruit, nectarines, melons. A motherlode of delicious hop flavor, tasty, tangy. Smooth on the palate. Very sturdy. Brilliant, really. It doesn't reach the upper echelon because it's massive flavor package isn't quite as extreme as my favorites. As an IPA lover, I give my thumbs up!

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Photo of jnoelani
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of zdk9
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Kevin79
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
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 xoqx
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – At 50°, this 22oz bottle poured cloudy orange-amber with a 1 finger head and lacing that starts thick and prevalent but diminishes to next to nothing by the end the glass. The retention is mild with a ring and wisps of suds.

Smell – The hops are out front here with a very floral, spicy scent. Additionally, later into the drink (about 2/3 of the way through the glass) the malts can very clearly be discerned mixed with the hops in the nose. They smell nice and caramelly. This is a lovely mixed scent.

Taste – There is about 1 second where you can really bask in the nicely roasted malts before the hops explode on the palate. Those hops are spicy and floral, abundant and complex. There is a lot added to the taste here beyond bitterness. Still this IPA comes across as extraordinarily balanced, especially for a style that could is arguably imbalanced by design.

Mouthfeel – Medium full, smooth yet crisp. A very nice beer to have on the palate; never sharp.

Drinkability – Top notch. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour results in a victorious orange body topped by a cream hued head. Decent amount of lacing follows the progress on down. Nose is a riot of pine and grapefruit. Makes me smile. Taste is pine, caramel, and more pine. Very pleasing. Mouth is rich and pleasing. I'd session this for sure. A nice IPA.

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Photo of ZachT
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatruth
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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