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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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 226
Photo of Renfield
1.8/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Cloudy brownish orange. Minimal head.

S - Stale hops smell, a hint of citrus, light caramel malt notes.

T - Grapefruit pith and a strong metallic note. Occasionally a glimpse of round maltiness. A pronounced lingering, stale cardboardy flavor. Oxidized?

M - Thinninsh and flat. Carb level barely noticeable.

D - Poor drinkability. One sip certainly doesn't entice you to the next.

I'd have been pissed if I'd brewed this beer and certainly wouldn't have shared it with friends.

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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 jdhilt
1.98/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a three finger cream head that goes slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts hoppy, midway there is a hint of sweetness but it doesn't last leaving a hoppy bitter aftertaste. $1.39 for a 12oz bottle from Exclusively Washington Seattle, Wa. Don't even try looking for this place, it is a gift shop that wives are forced to check out.

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Photo of YOOJ
2.04/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look is nothing to write home about.

Smell is awful, sort of a cheap lager smell. It reminds me of the smell of a brew people use to play beer pong.

Not to imply that I play beer pong. Or that I am damn good at it.

Anyway, the taste is sour and bland, no hop flavor.

This is my first beer from Hale's, and they seem to have a good reputation, so this could be a bad batch or a very old bottle. But this Hales IPA was AWFUL.

(purchased at John's Market in Portland)

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Photo of PDXHops
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, poured into a small snifter.

Hazy caramel body with a finger or so of off-white head. OK retention and lacing.

Smells very bland. Some caramel maltiness and that's just about it.

Flavor profile just doesn't do it for me. A strong syrupy maltiness akin to malt extract is the dominant flavor. There's some citrusy hops, but the bitterness isn't sufficient to cut the malt. Alcohol is noticeable and there's a bit of a medicinal aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Subpar IPA. No freshness date on the bottle- wonder if it was an old one? I bought it in a store with good turnover. Will update my review if I have a different experience

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Photo of csmiley
2.27/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Color is deep copper and cloudy. Minimal head with minimal lacing. The head that I could get did stick around for a while.

S - Citrus hops are out front but get quickly backed up by caramel. Bread aromas are rather strong as well.

T - Citrus hits the palate first but goes away quickly. Pine seems to step in behind. Then there is a sudden drop in hop flavor altogether. Pretty strong caramel flavors get matched up with bread dough.

M - Medium bodied and not even close to the amount of carbonation that I would expect.

D - Drinkability is low. This is an IPA that does not have any redeeming qualities that would warrant me buying more. Too many characteristics were just not that impressive.

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Photo of ccrida
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic pint, the Mongoose IPA is a hazy brunt orange with modest egg shell head that quickly recedes to thin skim and leaves slight lace.

The aroma is mainly malty, but there is a definite citrus hop backbone, although it's pretty slight for a NW IPA.

The taste is not as malty as the aroma, lots of citrus flavor, really more lemon then grapefruit like most of the hop-bomb NW IPAs. Almost like a pale with lemon juice squeezed in. The malt is reminiscent of gingerbread, and there is a nice hop bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and pushes cloying. The malt here is too much and not refreshing or tempered enough by the hops.

This wasn't too good IMHO. Not enough aroma or flavoring hops, or at least ones that I like. I'm pretty sure I'll never bother with this again.

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Photo of pinotboy007
2.57/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Dirty water brown with a light soapy head that vanishes almost instantly. No lacing. There are some floaties. Reminds me a tiny bit of a cask drawn ale.

S - Caramel, malt, and hops with a touch of peat.

T - Some bitter hops that go down a bit "hot" on the finish. There's a touch of single malt flavor to this, too.

M - Its weakest component; watery with only a hint of creaminess and carbonation.

D - Average only in the sense that this ale would probably be quite refreshing in the summer heat. Tried it with some smoked ribs tonight (a mistake). Oh, well.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.57/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I don't recall if my home state receives Hale's, but I grabbed one of these while I was in 'zona. On to the beer:

There was a little colony of yeast on the bottom of the bottle, so I poured about 10-11 ounces of the 12 ounce bottle into my shaker pint glass. Hardly any head forms on top this hazy, one could argue cloudy, glass of iced tea amber color. Some hop cones in the nose, reminiscent of grapefruit peel. Not a terriby intense aroma. Bits of cough drop sweetness hinted.

The taste is alright here. The texture, meanwhile, is to be frowned upon. It's like drinking water. It's unacceptably thin for a 6% ABV beer, and carbonation is next to nothing. Grapefruit skins are tasted at first. Faint note of caramel, and a light sour grapefruit note. Like a classic early 90s Pacific Northwest IPA, some hops, a little yeast, and not overly bitter.

This could be a pretty good IPA, but there's no texture to this beer. Because of that, I would not make this an everyday beer, and I don't feel the urge of making a second purchase of this.

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Photo of BAS
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with vigor into a footed highball glass from a 22oz bottle.

A: Cloudy wheat-orange with a nice white head, average lacing, average retention.
S: Dull for an IPA. Medium kick. Medium hops, citrus and floral notes present.
T: Medium hops (for an IPA), slightly watery, slightly tart on the edge of grapefruit. Minor citrus and floral flavors. Not a strong IPA, and not very complex, but drinkable.
M: Medium carbonation. A little on the dry side. Tart citrus oils tend to stick around for a while.

Overall a drinkable, simple IPA. Very much an average brew.

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Photo of jkdrummer
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Little head, no lacing, cloudy amber blah

S: Not much to write about -- smells like old hops, sweetness detectable.

T: Sweet like honey and malty little IPA characteristics detectable at all.

M: This and FLAT.

D: Would have been better with carb. For some reason this IPA was FLAT! Bad Quality Control maybe? Really disappointed in Hales -- they ain't what they used to be.

Not recommended.

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Photo of Dansting
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy copper color with a light white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy but kind of off. Not a normal IPA hoppy aroma. Mouthfeel is nice. Flavor is very bitter and not much else. Heavy in grapefruit, but none of the floral hoppiness of the good IPAs. I was excited that this was available in Kansas, but this really let me down.

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Photo of desertbronze
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist-top bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

Almost no head, even with an aggressive pour into the middle of the glass. What foam there was faded immediately. No lace left on the glass.

Amber colored beer - a little cloudy - typical of a dry hopped beer. Not much hop aroma - smells malty and faintly alcoholic. Malt flavor comes through first. Then the hop bitterness wakes up your taste buds, although the beer is not as bitter as I expect an IPA to be.

Good mouthfeel - not too heavy, but leaves some hop flavor to savor for a few minutes. Well balanced between malt and hops.

I could drink several of these on a hot day. It's an OK beer, but an IPA that costs around $9 for a sixer should have some hop aroma, IMO. If it's the only IPA in the beer case, I might go for it. If I have alternatives, I would go for those.

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Photo of Spikester
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured cloudy amber with a good two inch head from an agressive pour. Good hoppy pine aroma. Very low on the IPA register. Good drinkable beer much closer to an APA in taste profile. Or, an IPA light. Good session brew. From a bottle. Served about 55 deg. F. Unsure of age might be an issue in low hop flavor.

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Photo of Vancer
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear amber orange pour, small white head that pooped out too quick. It is leaving some traces of a sticky white lace.

Subtle, and I mean subtle, notes of florals here, you really have to sniff hard to pull ‘em in. And whoo, the quaff is a small pop of hoppy florals, finishing with a harsh coating of rotting pine. Not exactly a world beater here.

Dry and crisp, a decent try and I’m glad I tried, but I won’t knock down any doors to get this again. They’re trying, it just falls short a tad.

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Photo of rhinos00
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Received this as an extra from cannabanaceae. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- To tell you the truth, this is one of those beers where as soon as you start pouring you know it's not going to pretty. Pours a murky, burnt orange. Virtually no head to speak of.

S- Had to coax out the scent with a few swirls of the glass. I get some citrus hops and a little bit of malt, but not much else. Very faint.

T- The taste isn't half bad. Actually it's a huge improvement when compared to everything else about this beer. Up front there a decent presence of hops that give off a slightly bitter, orange rind zest. There is a subtle sweetness due to the malt presence at the back end.

M- Horrid! Lacked any body whatsoever. I mind as well have been drinking seltzer water that had no carbonation. The beer completely fell apart at this stage.

D- Given the water-like mouthfeel, it went down pretty easy.

Overall, this beer failed on many levels. At least the taste was up to par. If I came across it, I would maybe buy one bottle just to make sure I didn't get a bad bottle the first time through.

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Photo of SethB2
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance and smell are both fairly typical of a west coast IPA. Some citris hops and a small amount of malty sweetness. Overall, very nice. The taste, well, I'm not sure about that. The first sip was very metallic and it went down super dry, leaving an aftertaste that wasn't all that pleasant. I let it warm a bit, thinking I might have served it a little cool. It helped, but the metal was still there. I have more in the fridge and will re-review if I got a bad bottle, but I don't think I did.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer from cask at the Front Door in downtown Boise, a pretty good pizza restaurant next to Pair and underneath the Reef. Compared with a fantastic casked IPA I had at Bittercreek, I wasn't that impressed.

Tasted like it was both normally and dry hopped almost exclusively with Cascade and similar strains with strong grapefruit and pine flavors.

Head was 3-4 fingers, pillowy, and lasted for a good while.

Served at approximately 55 degrees, it didn't change as it warmed up much at all.

Carbonation was spot on, enough to be noticeable but not get in the way of the beer.

Didn't taste much malt at all in this one, as it was overpowered by the hops.

Overall a pretty average IPA.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber with no date into my DFH bulbous-y pint glass; I always have such a hard time rating the appearance of IPAs because it seems impossible for anyone to make a bad looking IPA. Amber, clear, bubbles, head, lacing. Check.

Smell is of floral, rose-like hops and a bit of what I assume is alcohol that takes on a slightly surprising nose - almost like ammonia or cleaning solvents. When it's warmed for a few minutes, the solventlike scent goes away, and the scent of hops becomes a bit more pleasant, floral and grapefruit-like.

The taste begins bwith brief, caramel malts and continues to a grapefruit hop which is rather interesting in flavor - just a little different from most - actually, it tastes like someone squeezed a lime into this beer as if it were a Corona. It took me a little while to distinguish the taste, but once I associated it with lime, I can't get the thought out of my head.

A little seltzery - mostly oily, thin to medium body, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Final thoughts - it's an IPA that someone on the bottling plant squeezed a lime into. Interesting.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, with no distinguishable bottling date, into a tulip. I must be a glutton for punishment, or a dumb ass who never learns his lesson, or a loving combination of both. Why, oh why, do I continue to buy these bottles with no guarantee of a fresh experience? Because it's damn near a hundred degrees, I am thirsty for hops, and upon further inspection...I am a dumb ass.

Medium orange with yellow highlights and a finger deep head of egg white fluff. Lethargic and inconsistent bubbles make a slow forced journey from the deep at irregular intervals. Lacing is moderate.

Smell is soapy and subdued: faint biscuit and citrus.

Tastes much the same. If I didn't know any better I'd think my glass was not washed properly. Dish soapiness, splash of bitter, biscuit, flowers, and pine with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Not getting any significant fruitiness or citrus. Old? Damned if I know.

Creamy, medium bodies, and lightly carbonated.

A middle of the road IPA

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Photo of BabaYagaRIS
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

High marks on the label graphics bring that appearance number up. Do mongooses really live in Washington state? Would it be mongooses or mongeese? So many questions for just one beer and unfortunately this beer leaves many questions.

A quick nosedive in reveals a sun baked cheese smell quickly fading. Lightly hoppy and bitter throughout. Lingering bitterness.Somewhat dry but dry but not overly so.

Would drink if limited alternatives available.

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Photo of marc77
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fluffy off white persistent head tops a light bronze hued brew. Excellent clarity. Rough, foamy lace remains. Light caramel and dryish biscuity malt along with a soft, floral and lightly lemon citrus hop nose. Subtle, judicious earthy esters round it out. Mellow and clean aromawise. Mild bready sweetness initially in flavor rounds out into a stately medium lovibond caramel malt presence, which in turn is quelled by moderate, lightly astringent earth laced hop and trace tannin bitterness. Drying on the palate. Malt reemerges late in an impression of toasty, mildly husky cracked caramel malt. Understated citric hop flavor. Lightly bodied, well attenuated, with a thinnish, but passably smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a brief resurgence of sweetness leading into lingering light, yet sharp hop bitterness. Although Mongoose IPA is not assertive in hop character, the mild tannic notes add a slight astringency that detracted from overall enjoyment. It's certainly not outright flawed, but there are definitely better west coast IPAs out there. Fairly tasty nevertheless.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with massive amounts of carbonation and a mammoth creamy head that stuck to the glass throughout. Muted aroma of toasty malts & citrus hops. Highly carbonated in the mouth with some underlying caramel flavors. Moderately bitter with grapefruit citrus & some additional earthy hops. Pretty understated for a PacNW IPA & pretty accessible and easy drinking as a result. Not one I'd search out, but certainly not bad.

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Photo of harrymel
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

a: hazy apricot ale with under a finger of fleeting white foam. This leaves and etched surface. Rare spot lace.
S: grapefruit biscuits.
T: The hops are present, pretty tame for a NW IPA. Hints of pineapple, peach and tropical fruitiness is an undertone to the resin and pine sap hops. The malts are decent with some sweetness and dryness.
M: Medium on thick for they style with moderate carb and dry finish.
O: Very easy to drink for an IPA. Has english tones and some NW hardiness.

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Photo of beer2day
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a darker gold with a very thin head. No retention (there wasn't anything to retain in the first place). Weak lacing. Light carbonation.

Faint, faint hint of hops in the nose. Slight maltiness present. Just nothing there that can be picked up.

Very thick from the dry hops, I guess. Very dry finish. A little malt sweetness here as well.

Oddly, probably a good session drinker. Just not one to have if you are only having one.

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