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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: 230 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of SeattleSully
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of gdhawley
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of doughanson78
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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

Had this while working in WA.

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A: A nice hazy carmelized sugar color
S: Pine, citrus, sweet malt.
T: A nice malty sweetness to the beer. Dried out by some dry fruit (pineapple,mango) and a piney hoppy finish. Not bad.
M: Typical IPA, maybe a little to dry.
O: A good everyday beer.

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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 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 StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright tangerine with piles of clingy pink-tinged creamy foam. Caramel, orange and musk on the nose. Orange toffee malts with cotton candy then tangerine-pine hops. Starburst finish and dry-ish linger. Soft, creamy, round and medium.

Not as hoppy as the nose suggests - fairly light on the IBUs. But great feel and easy-drinking. Which makes you ask: actually an APA?

Typically solid Pacific NW ale, either way.

Thanks to Ina for bringing this back from Seattle.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade with barleywinefiend - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of equal parts pale and caramel malts with good amounts of herbal hop and light citrus aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slighty dry pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus hops and what I can describe only as a light tartness or saltiness. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit and earthy hops come into play. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a decent thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is alright. I had no problems finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this had a strange flavor profile, it reminded me of that of a gose. A strange IPA for sure.

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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 appenzeller
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, moderate head with minimal lacing. Smell is crisp, hoppy, bitter. There's a good backbone of malt here, rich but not sweet--or any sweetness is overwhelmed by the hops profile which is strong but not overly so. This beer has substance yet it's refreshing. Really, a pretty classic American IPA and a darned good one. I'd certainly be happy quaffing more than one of these but they're satisfying enough that a few would make you both full and pretty lightheaded. Nice brew.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great amber, brown and gold color, all mixed into one. Decent head and lacing for a little thicker than average ipa.

Aroma is good, dry hopping aroma. Taste can be nice and dryly hoppy when fresh, a bit of a stale wood flavor as it gets older. Substantial malt profile, but hops nonetheless steal the show. Not a bitter bomb, a great floral hop character, maybe even some honey with it. Seems to get more impressive, and a great deal at this price 7.99 a 6, compared with stuff you see in 22oz bottles for the same price.

Sometimes I've come across older bottles of this stuff, would be nice if they bottle dated.

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Photo of Docer
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had right after a Lazy Boy IPA... and these are much the same.

- Hazy orange/copper... fluffy white head... slightly cloudy,.

- Light sweet malts and grain, floral and slight citrus hop notes... little grassy.

- Bready, light sweet caramel malts.... not so much bitterness in the hop, but more aroma and floral flavors.. overall very basic.

- Medium bodied, slightly chewy... not at all sticky.

- To me this is exactly like the Lazy Boy IPA I had before... but didn't quite have the bitterness from the hops. Overall nothing to write home about... and most likely wouldn't buy again. Though I an sure it is a nice local offering on-tap.

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Photo of hophead247
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper orange with a nicely-lacing ring of white head. Fresh earthy hoppy and toasty pale malty aroma. Body starts with a sweet caramel maltiness, nicely-balanced with good fresh earthy piney hops. An enjoyable, and very drinkable, refreshing, but not too assertive IPA.

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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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Hale's Mongoose IPA from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 230 ratings
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