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 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 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 mjl21
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland for $1.59. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-It has a very unusual color. It is a hazy amber with some orange highlights. It looks a lot different than other IPAs I have tried. It has virtually no head and a hard pour results in a small ring that surrounds a bubbly island. There is visible sediment suspended in the beer.

S-Not a huge nose on this one. It smells of musty citrus (lemon and grapefruit) hops. It almost reminds me of a fresh hop beer with its subtle citrus and grassy notes. I also get some biscuit malt and some sweet malt.

T-There is citrus flavor, but a specific fruit is hard to pin down. I get some grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, and some other tropical fruits that I can't identify by name. The biscuit malt is noticeable and the sweet malt kicks up in the finish. In between sips there is both lingering bitterness and sweetness.

M-It falls on the lighter end of the medium spectrum. It has a light level of carbonation and has a creamy/smooth mouthfeel.

D-It has a real interesting citrus flavor and is not filling.

This was definitely a different take on an IPA. I would love to try this fresh from the tap.

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Photo of cbros
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 10/23

Serving type- On tap at brewery poured into a 20 ounce pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 2 finger white head that quickly disipated. There was some nice cling to the glass after the pour.

S- There is a strong hop presence. Nothing else disphicerable.

T- Again the hops really show through on this beer. As with most Pac NW IPA's it is strong but well balanced. There is also the citrus notes that foolw as well. To me another standard Pac NW IPA.

Some friends and I stopped by the brewey to have a few pints and I decided to give this a try. In my opinion this is a run of the mill West Coast IPA with nothing really making this beer stnad out, for either good or bad reasons. Decent session beer that if I was at the brewey again would have no problem having however I know that there are way better beers in that area so I would skip that beer over if given other options.

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

Pour was amber with a light white head.
Smell was sort of Red Hook ESB'ey, kind of a malty sweet, probaly my bad because I got it in Seattle, thought of Red Hook, drank it like 2 months later in Oakland, probally getting old.
Taste and mouthfeel were less than expected, I am used to the NorCal IPA's and this was just light to me, but on that same note, this was a much more drinkable IPA than the NorCal monsters because I could stand after I finished this.
Drinkability is good, not great. These guys get me on the packaging, but besides that, they are pretty run of the mill.

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Photo of IceEyes
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a pint of Mongoose IPA at the Hale's brwepub in Fremont. It was served as clear amber with a tall white head. Carbonation was up to appropriate levels and the beer left plenty of lace on the glass.

The smell was of fresh, flowery hops, but also there was a fair amount of caramel sweetness at play, making this a fairly balanced beer, especially for an IPA.

Taste wasn't as hoppy as I might expect, but was still enjoyable. Good bittering, especially towards the finish. Kind of mellow in some respects, but defintily worth drinking on a warm summer day.

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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 froghop
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear dark amber with a thin off-white head, and good lacing that hangs out throughout the glass.

smell is faint, grapefruit hops, some floral, tangerine, sweetness, and a touch of caramel.

taste is a bit on the oily side, hops up front, caramel, dandelion, and definite citrus, ends a little dry and nicely bitter.

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Photo of blackc5
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45F or so.

A- Dark copperish gold. Almost no head and little lacing.

S - Citrus is by the far the most prominent. Floral. Somewhat vegetal. Some pine. A basic IPA it would seem.

T- Again fairly average, but nothing offends. Going on memory here from a few days ago so floral and herbal hops were the main flavors. Nice bitterness though.

M- Pretty thin and a bit disappointing.

D- Compared to better IPAs and DIPAs, there isnt too much reason to go back, although it is generally available locally quite cheaply (Costco has carried).

For the price it does what it needs to, but not one to truly savor. A decent session beer.

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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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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 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 SeattleBeerBlog
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- No head? poored out of the bottle with a pale Amber color and looks tasty but a little dark for an IPA. would be a lot higher with some head.

S- Smells of piney and citrus hops as well as a little bit of malt.

T- Tastes like a pine tree, which is cool considering most IPA's I have are more towards the citrus. The pine though isn't backed up by any other flavors besides some sweet malt, would be nice to have more depth.

M- feels good and has a medium body and light carbonation.

D- I like this beer, but I don't know if that is simply because it tastes like camping (which I like!) would do better with more flavors and toning down the pine hops.

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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 timtim
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i've had so many fantastic ipas lately, it's hard to stand up to some of them. this one is a dark, burnt amber with nice lace, but not much head. smell is nice floral hops with a toasty bread malt backbone. taste is more of the same, and kind of reminds me of indica ipa by lost coast. pine in the finish as well as a little metal unfortunately. body is on the lighter side of medium, and is relatively silky. goes down easy enough. don't think i'll revisit this one.

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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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Photo of Beernoisseur
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a stemless red wine tumbler (great choice to concentrate the nose)

A - Hazy orange amber with a healthy, creamy, rocky head.

S - Dusty, like the smell in a cave or someplace deep underground. Lemon zest, grainy, light but inoffensive metallic

T - Lemon peel, citrus, alfalfa. a touch of metallic, but really tasty. The hops come on strong, but the malt is pretty prominent as well. It's pretty damn bitter, but the sweetness balances out, not perfectly, but nicely.

M - IPAs are great in this arena. Soft, and subtle.

D - This is a great beer. I could drink them all night.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber color with a modest pillow of a head; retention is fair and there is a bit of lacing

Smell: Grapefruity hops dance above a rather sweet toffee base

Taste: The grapefruit jumps out in front on this one and is joined, mid-palate, by a pretty thick caramel flavor; after the swallow, the hops struggle to stay out in front, but the sweetness is just a bit cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; a tad syrupy

Drinkability: I like the hops flavor a lot, but there is just too much malty sweetness to my palate; the lack of carbonation also impacts my scores as well; nevertheless, the hop profile keeps me coming back for yet another sip

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a burnt orange color with a offwhite head Nose is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale. 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.

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Photo of erikm25
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours mandarin orange with amplified bronze highlights. Sits in the glass a little darker and more crimson then what I was expecting. Moderate head, reasonable retention, and decent lacing present.

S: Flowers, oranges, and slight pine aromas. A bit of lemon and peach to round off the lively nose. Interesting balance of caramel candy apples, hops, and shredded orange peels.

T: Sharp and citric hops taste balanced nicely with some sweetness. Not necessarily the most massive IPA but still a wonderfully tasting beer with hops and a solid malt base. Orange and mango with a splash of grapefruit. A slight spiciness in the backdrop of each sip. As this warms some the finish is more heavy on the grapefruit taste.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation.

D: Overall a solid IPA. Probably a good one to use to introduce someone to this style without overwhelming them. I'm looking forward to getting it in a growler.

**Tried on cask 03/31/09.

Beer glowed a bronzed orange with solid citrus aromas. Very smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew from cannabanaceae. Thanks, Marty!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy rust color with a beige head that was on the small side.

S - sweet, floral aroma.

T - very dry, bitter tasting brew on the first sip but then there comes a sweetness that makes you want to drink more.

F - medium bodied with very laid back carbonation.

D - tasty, easy drinker.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, red label with what appears to be a lemming or merecat...not what i would consider a mongoose. But I digress.

This one pours a standard ipa orange amber with good amount of haze.

Getting a good juicy grapefruit hop aroma. Some sugary sweet honeysuckle florals too. A nice bright IPA.

Taste is good juicy hops above a nice plateau of caramel and honey sweet malt. Good bittering from the hops. A am getting some feint off-characteristics, a bit of metallic, a bit of husky pith.

Its a good drinker, but it's not spectacular. A rather run of the mill PacNW IPA.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle sent to me by a friend in Seattle for an IPA tasting.

Pours a hazy copper with a very tall white head. Good lacing, decent retention. Who the hell bottle conditions an IPA? Frustrating how much crap there was at the bottom.

Aroma is fruity, malty, and a bit old. I assume that it smelled wonderful when it was brand new.

Tastes very bitter and dry. Malty, sweet, citrusy, grapefruity. Sweet and dry aftertaste.

Medium bodied, high CO2. Drinkable.

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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 zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, cark amber color with a small, a very small, short-lived head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled strongly of pine with hints of pine, citrus and burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of sharp, bitter, pine-flavored, hops. Nice caramel malt flavor mellows the hops out a little.

M - It was crisp and very sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good tasting IPA. The appearane was really lacking but the flavors were nice.

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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
3.63 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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