Mongoose IPAJanuary 1, 2003 Seattle, WA
Hale’s Ales Brewery
Available: WA, OR, AK, CA
As originally developed by the English, India pale ales were high alcohol beers, heavily hopped to help preserve them on the long sea voyage to India. Hale’s version of this strong ale, the Mongoose IPA, is hopped at four different points in the brewing process, then given a final dry-hopping of Amarillo hops.
Alcohol by weight: 4.8
There’s great color here and splendid aromatics. The beautiful head produces a steady low-key, slow—almost silent—sound. Properly bitter for a PNW IPA, the dry hopping is a nice touch and plays well in the glass. This is an eminently refreshing and enjoyable brew.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer pours with a hazy honey-gold color and raises a cap of off-white foam. Northwestern hops leap out of the glass in a profusion of pine needles, grapefruit and bubblegum. The palate is sharp, snappy and bone-dry, with broad, mouth-coating bitterness. There’s a flash of fruit in the center and then a long hoppy finish. It doesn’t taste as strong as an IPA should be, but it’s quite tasty and very drinkable. Hopheads should pounce, especially with quesadillas or tacos.
- Garrett Oliver
Attractive pale bronze. Restrained head, as though were it were a British pint. Dry, hoppy, vegetal aroma. Cucumber in a cocktail? Again, British, like a Pimm’s. Citrus. (Seems that brewery owner Mike Hale is still an Anglophile). Smooth, firm, cookie-like malt background. Some sweet flavors in the middle. Strawberry shortcake? Sherry trifle? Late, bitter-orange dryness.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Styleand Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.