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 ArrogantB
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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 ccrida
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
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 sinistermadman
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber color with nay a trace of head.

Very subdued aromas. Surprisingly subdued hop character. Caramel malt notes evident, but not too much else. In a world full of IPA's this is about as average as you get in my book. Not bad, but not worth seeking out either. Cheers.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, reddish-copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is a nice mix of leading sweet citrus character, spicy-herbaceous hop notes and sharp pine aromatics. The dominant citrus notes lean towards notes of orange peel, tangelo, sweet grapefruit and lychee. If you dig for it, underneath the hops is some austere, biscuit malt and soda cracker character.

Served lightly chilled (perhaps 55ºF / 13ºC). This beer is only lightly sweet up front, as the hop character is big enough to drown out the residual malt sugars. A nice, gripping bitterness is noticeable from the get go, though it is never too much or over the top. Citrus flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest and bergamot are quite noticeable and perhaps play the largest role in the flavor profile. The finish is dominated by the before-mentioned bitterness but also by some raw hop astringency, which coats the teeth and tongue just a bit.

This beer is eminently quaffable, a trait I find required in a good example of an IPA; it is light enough in body, yet not so light that it can't support the hops and goes down so easily. Perhaps simplistic in its hop focus, but still very nice all around. This is a fine example of an IPA and one which is really scratching my hop itch right now.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Vancer
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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 johnbonham1980
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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 tattooedtolley
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange in color, short lived head.

Smell: Aroma of grapefruit/slightly piney hops.

Taste: The aroma carries over to the taste but balanced out with a malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium in body, fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, most could handle a few.

Overall pretty decent, a bit average I suppose, nothing over the top about it but not bad.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle serving. Hazy dark golden/amber beer in colour, wispy off white head. very hoppy/citric aroma, with hints of caramel maltiness. Taste is actually on the "malty" side for NW IPAs..to begin with then after a half second the hops , dry hopped or not, come through like a knife thru butter. And they hang around. Fairly nice on the palate..the long lasting hop aftertaste is quite pleasant. A good beer and an easy drinker

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Photo of jdhilt
1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
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 Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing develops. Slow moving carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

Smell: very mild grapefruit and pine bitterness are hard to detect.

Taste: decent bready malt base with some mild pine bitterness and very soft grapefruit. Slightly unbalanced and expected more hop punch, but overall a little better than average.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother with some light dryness at the end. Medium bodied. Short caramel and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: so-so. It is possible the beer was not as fresh as possible, causing some of the flavor components to be weaker than expected.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of Hale’s Mongoose IPA at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy for Father’s Day. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a honey/gold color and is cloudy. A bubbly, one-finger head forms, which is not very resilient. The head dissipates to a creamy ring around the glass, and produces moderate lacing.

The smell is fairly strong, and hoppy. There are citrus aromas, and hops.

The taste is very fruity, like grape fruit. There is a mild sweet malt presence, caramel, and bitter hop finish. There is a bitter aftertaste as well.

Mouth feel is clean, crisp and refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. Probably not my favorite IPA, but a real good beer, especially at this price point ($6.39 for a six-pack), and I would not hesitate to have again.

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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 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 nige4958
1.86/5  rDev -48.6%
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 ElGordo
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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 WesWes
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours hazy burnt orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts along with a bitter hop aroma that is mildy intense. It's dry with some sweetness and a breadlike quality. The taste is average. It has a bisquity malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes weak and quite bitter. It has a stale flavor that leaves a musty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This isn't my favorite beer; that's for sure, but it's not the worst beer on the market either. As far as IPA's go, this is one to stay away from.

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Photo of SethB2
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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 DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber. Head settles to a large off white island, Spider web lacing. Looks like an IPA, ....intriguing enough.

I have been pleased to see that BevMo is now stocking a couple more selections from the Northwest. The more the merrier.

Fruity, ripe oranges. Kinda musky somewhere towards the middle and as one would expect the hops clean house. Enough of a toasted malt edge keeps it fairly in check. Orange and Lemony finish. As Randy Jackson would say "it was a'ight".

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Photo of henrysunset
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy tannish orange with a modest head of fine white bubbles.

scent is predonitely hoppy with floral tones as well. noticeably malty too.

taste is smooth and light, slightly bitter and a little floral taste too. pleasent and not overwhelming. a little chalky flavor i think, and some malty sweetness.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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 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 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 GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/07/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating on the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass. What the hell do they have a meerkat on the label for when it's called "Mongoose" IPA?? Could it have been to much trouble to snag a pic of a mongoose?

Appearance- Amber-orange colored pour. 1/4 inch head of which a light ring remains throughout. Average lace.

Smell- Lots of different hop scents here with a solid malt base. Some orange scent as well as pine and a bit of powdered sugar.

Taste- Pine and light fruit flavored hops are most detectable. Good portion of medium roasted malt as well.

Mouthfeel- Semi-bitter and kinda crisp. A bit lighter than normal carbonation for an IPA.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine example of a good run of the mill IPA. Fairly tasty.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a frothy 1" light beige head above the orangey amber brew. Head slowly fades, with nice, sticky lacing. Still, the pillowy head impresses me. Aroma is lightly of pine hops, with some biscuity malt underlying. Taste is the same piney hops, but with some citrus involved, and again the light malt underneath. Mouthfeel is nice for the style, and drinkability is good as well. Nice brew here.

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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 232 ratings