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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2002

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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 +22.6%
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%
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 +20.7%
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 +20.7%
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 +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 Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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 +18.7%
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 +18.5%
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 feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
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 zdk9
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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 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 xoqx
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +14.9%
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 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 avylover
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim, seeing as it was bottle conditioned, dry hopped, and around 8 bucks a sixer I figured it would be pretty good.

Pours out a perfect clear golden color with a cascading head during the pour. A 1 inch white head sits atop my brew. Good mix of floral and citrous hop aromas here, almost sweet in character. Heavy apricot aroma along with an alcohol nip. This starts out very fruity, with a peaches dominating the taste up front. Then the bitterness of the hops takes over, crushing the fruity front end and revealing a bitter grainy malt finish. This beer seems to have two distinct stages. Good mouthfeel, especially with the dry finish. Quite drinkable, although I suspect this may be in the 7-8% ABV range judging from the warmth in my belly. Excellent IPA, with enough unique qualities to set itself apart.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this beer for the first time on a trip up to Northern Colorado. It was very bright golden orange in color with amber tints. There is only a slightly soapy looking film of a head. The smell is very fruity but more dark fruit than citrus, almost like raspberries. A slight grassiness, maybe from the dry-hopping? A little bit of pine comes through in the smell also. This one gets high marks on the aroma due to the multiple components of the aroma. The taste is very hoppy, not much bitterness (although it is there in the aftertaste) with a little fruity flavor and sweetness. There is some breadiness and caramel from the malts. This is very good (probably a 4.2) and I would purchase it again if the price is right.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a 22oz bottle with an appropriate mongoose on the label. Appearance is of a fairly clear amber body with about a half-inch of white head resting on top of it. The head floats around for a while leaving rings in its wake. Aroma is of earth and floral hops with a bit of caramel sweetness in the mix. Overall the aroma is a bit weak and under whelming. On the other hand the taste is fairly kicking, a slight sweetness meets you up front before a big dose of hops plows through. Citric and piney flavors and bitterness dominate from then on. A lingering bitter grapefruit after taste finishes off this tasty brew. Body was about medium with a smooth creamy feel to it. Drinkability was pretty good as well, I would definitely pick this one up again. So far this is my favorite beer I have had from Hale’s.

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Photo of dickroop
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I scored a bottle of this while out in Seattle recently. It's a great name for an IPA, and an appealing label on the stubby bottle. It poured a honey-amber with a modest, coarse kakki head that left very nice lacing. It was also very hazy (promising)

The aroma was a good citrus or piney hop smell (very promising), enough aroma to fill the nostrils. It was a little biscuity and seemed to indicate some alcohol presence. The taste was balanced, not a hop bomb. It had good bittering but I would have preferred a fresher or stronger hop presence. It started sweet from generous malting (pale malt?), went bitter in the mid-palate, and stayed bitter for the finish.

Mouthfeel was sticky and medium-bodied or more. All in all, drinkability was pretty good. This is not the typical NW APA (w/ in-your-face hops), more in the tradition of a strong, hearty English PA. A little too sweet for my taste, but a creditable brew and enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripe orange-bronze with generous amber highlights. Almost no carbonation is visible within minutes of the pour, which gives the beer an odd, unanimated look. The finely pitting cap is the color of unvarnished pine and resembles an especially gnarly head of cauliflower (but smells a hell of a lot better). Fine, speckled lace coalesces into amorphous blobs and manages to cover most of the available glass.

The aroma, while a notch or two short of greatness, is still wonderfully hoppy. It smells of bright, sweet, citrus zest; orange, grapefruit and juicy pineapple in heavy syrup. There's also a little Amarillo tropical fruitiness that would kick the nose into a higher gear if it was more prominent.

Mongoose is a solid, hopped-up IPA. Plenty of caramel maltiness keeps the bitter, resinous hops from spiraling out of control. Although I'm sure the IBUs are in the high double-digits, the hop flavor isn't as vibrant as it could be. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I think the 'best by' date may be fast approaching, or even quickly receding in the rear beer mirror.

There's a mineral-like, hard water undercurrent that plays the part of the uninvited guest at this hop rave and keeps me from absolutely loving this beer. The wonderfully bitter, 'baby mongoose claws raked across the tongue' finish comes pretty close to setting things right. Damn, I wish I could taste this stuff fresh! The mouthfeel, a wee bit lighter than I like on big IPAs, is well within the acceptable range.

Hale's Mongoose IPA comes close to Pac NW greatness, but something... something... is holding it back. I've assumed that age is the culprit, but a more basic reason (such as the recipe) may be responsible. It's still a very good effort that will scratch the itch of any hopheads who find themselves a quart low.

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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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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 BretSikkink
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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

Poured dark gold and smelled of that grapefruitey PNW hop profile. This is one fresh tasting , hoppy IPA that has to be one of the better PNW examples of the style. Very drinkable and bold in attack and main body, I think this is one of Hale's best regular beers in both reach and execution.

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Photo of beertunes
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into bubble pint glass. Poured with a short, thick, head that dissipated quickly and left beautiful, sticky lacing. A far deeper color than most IPAs. A gorgeous deep russett/amber. Strong floral aroma. Pleasant floral flavor, followed by a sharp hop tang. Body is bold but smooth, strong while pleasant. Very drinkable, if drinking an IPA is your idea of a session beer, this is the IPA to hit.

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