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

129 Reviews
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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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 225
Photo of Durge
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark amber color with a "mongo" light tan root beer float-like head and lots of blotchy lace. The aroma is a crisp grassy hops with an earthy touch of eucalytpus and near the end it's unfortunately a bit soapy. This is a somewhat aqueous but mid-body IPA with little carbonation despite the ridiculous head. Smooth with lots of sweet malts but the herbal/piney hops is considerably muted. A hint of gooey licorice and maybe a little nutty but it's all pretty jumbled and unimpressive. Drinkability is OK but not interesting enough for me.

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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 Goliath
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sort of dingy amber color with a one inch slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and some fine lacing.

The aroma is pretty nice. A good citrusy hop quality dominates. A slightly sweet maltiness is also available.

The taste is ok. Some citrus hops are present, and a bit of malt sweetness balances it out. There is however an overwhelming metallic taste taht really destroys this IPA. It is also slightly bitter, just an appropriate amount.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is ok, aside from the tastes of metal. This beer is also definitely sessionable. Pretty much a standard IPA. Not bad, but nothing extroidinary.

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

Pours a hazy red-copper color with a small, fluffy white head.

Aroma is of pine and floral hops, lots of high floral notes and light pine - nice for a "single" IPA.

Taste is peppery and piney with malts taking a far back seat. Nice and light without sacrificing any IBU or hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, with an oily, peppery aftertaste.

A very drinkable, sessionable IPA. Recommended fresh.

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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 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 MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz stubby to a pint glass the liquid is dark amber with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers off white leave ok lace.

The smell is ok nice and hoppy.

The taste is good nice mildly piney hopps and a little lightly toasted malt.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, worth a try.

Prosit, MK

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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 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... poured into my shaker pint... hit repeat on Digweed's Transitions V.3 (new and good CD)

Very aggressive pour left only a 3/4" head that very quickly went away leaving not much lacing above a used penny color.

The look wasn't much to sneeze at, but the aroma is nice... I can easily smell big malts and hops at arms length. When I bury my nose in it, it is much more on the malt side... with floral and citric hop notes. Fruity hop aroma mixes nicely with fruity yeast ... pretty good... but a little underwhelming.

Bitterness breaks from the gates but quickly loses pace to the caramel malts and yeasty fruitiness... finishes with a very nice but understated fruity hops.... I am not sure what hops are in this, but I would bet Amarillo.... and it could use a little more. Big body for an IPA to be sure... sorta cuts down on drinkability, but at this time of the night, I'm not complaining.

This is a really good beer for me.... I prefer a little bit more malt to balance out the big hops, but within style guidelines, I would probably have to play it down a little.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed (clears quickly) amber with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Biscuitty malt, honey & caramel, but where's the hops?

T: Big grapefruitty hops & caramel up front. Earthy hops, breadyness, more caramel & a bit of dryness as this warms. Finishes with a grapefruitty hop snap, caramel & some honey malt & toffee

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, balances pretty good

Drinks pretty easy to me, hopheads may sniff at this, but this is a nice balanced AIPA to me

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Photo of troutmask96
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hale's is a beloved brewpub in the Ballard area of Seattle, and this is one of their finer offerings. Pours a nice magogany with a quickly disappearing head. Taste is caramel and nectar, with a strong ctirus pop. Nothing real special here, but it's definitely a rise above the median IPA. All in all a very decent session ale...

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

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, nice grapefruit/citrus, piney, and some caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, good dose of citrus/pines, and caramel. There is a nice chewiness in the mouth. Nice dry/bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, I'm really enjoying this one, highly recommended, thanks Bill.

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Photo of
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Hazy, orange/yellow in color. Minimal, rocky, off white head. Fairly still. Good lacing for such a small start.

Aroma was sweet, peaches and pine. Biscuity and caramel as well.

Nice balance. Citrus initially (orange and lemon), followed by a fruity sweetness in the middle -- mild caramel as well. Biscuity. Good, lingering bitterness in the finish -- grassy.

Medium body, feels a bit thin. Low to medium carbonation. Dry.

Pretty good overall, not the main show, but a decent opening act. Guessing ABV is in the 6-7% range. Almost a session beer.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a cloudy orange amber with a creamy head that leaves a nice lace thoughout. Smell of citrus, malt and hops. Taste is a bit piney with grapefruit, sweet malt and hops, but something is not balanced. Mouthfeel is medium having good carbonation, probably not one I would go for again if givin a choice between IPA's, but still it's an easy drinker and worth a try.

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

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins for US$7.49 a 6 Pack.

This beer pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold with a medium sized head of foam. After a few minutes, the foam is all but gone but it does have some lacing in the early stages.

The smell has a huge grapefruit nose along with some floral hops.

The taste starts off with the grapefruit and follows through with floral hops that makes for some real strong bitterness. As I swish the Ale in my mouth, I'm picking up some malt that I didn't notice when I was just sipping....it's earthy and it gives some balance to this very bitter IPA. The finish for me alternates between the hop bitterness and earthy malt and I quite like it. I'm also getting some grain the more sips I take. I think it's more complex than what the first taste would have you believe...this is a good sipping IPA and I'd guess that the alcohol content would be somewhere between 6.5% and 7% abv as it's no "light weight". Solid IPA if you're willing to give it a chance to warm up a bit...

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - the brew comes in a dark hazy amber with a nice head on the beer with a tight foam apparatus.

Smell - I liked the hoppy citrus from the nose

Taste - good tasting but not excellent. More malty than hoppy for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel - lingers on the whole of the tongue.

Drinkability - I will try it again. Good NW beer. I am not yet sophisticated enough to give it one shot one kill.

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Photo of Bobikel
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy reddish amber with a small clunky head that dissipates almost immedeately, assuming of course that's how to spell it. Lacing is average.

Smell - Dry hopped, citrus, floral, earthen, with just a touch of bready malts.

Taste - A deep citrus bitterness hits the mouth and only subsides into a nice maltiness sometime after the swallow. Not overly complex, but enjoying if you like an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and even, with a light prickly carbonation throughout. A little oily, and cloying.

Drinkability - The simplicity aids in sessions, after a couple more, I'll have a better idea of the ABV, but for now, I like it.

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Photo of rowew
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short glass, no date info.

Appearance: Reddish orange color, slight haze. Thin head fades quickly with just a bit of lacing.

Smell: I could smell the hops and a bit of malty sweetness as soon as I opened this one. In the glass there is a bit of a bite to the aroma - I think it is hops, but I'm not sure. Also just a bit of carmel.

Taste: Nice balance of grapefruit hops and malt sweetness, with a bit of bitterness in the finish.

Overall impression: Not a bad IPA - fairly well balanced, but tipped slightly towards the hops. Glad to see another PNW offering here in Colorado.

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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 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 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 sinistermadman
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
3.63 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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