Brewed by Charles Wells (Marstonís)
Style: Pale Lager
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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The Indian Mongoose has all the courage and cunning to devour even its most deadly enemies. Those in the know choose Mongoose, premium beer at its best. A 5.0% abv lager brewed with Hallertau and Hersbrucker hops. Its exceptional smoothness and soft carbonation make it the perfect match for Indian food.
Launched in June 2010 in collaboration with Indian restaurant supplier Gandhi Wine Suppliers Ltd. Wells had lost the contract to brew Cobra lager in 2009. Wells & Young own the recipe to Cobra, and havenít changed it for Mongoose.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5712) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, - MAY 7, 2012
670ml bottle from Sainsburyís. A standard pale lager. Dry and drinkable - no problems. Few hops, but some people like it that way. The bottle image is of a mongoose with a dead cobra in its mouth. This beer was launched by Wells & Young after they lost the contract to brew Cobra.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tmdaines (34) - Stretford, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Definitely has its niche. Smooth on the palate and not overly gassy. Good accompaniment to spicy food to refresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Davros IX (303) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2017
Two bottles alongside a lunchtime curry in the City. A lovely flavour and a smooth texture that complemented the jalfrezi and the bhuna perfectly. Itís not something that I would want to drink solo, but perfect with a curry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ianwelby (1330) - SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2016
To be honest I donít know how much of a difference there is between this and Cobra, Iíd need to have them one after the other. This similarly hits the spot with a curry though, and thatís the important thing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (2571) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Keg at Qarma, Leek. A clear golden colour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of grain, straw, slight shortbread, some orange and very subtle spicy hops. Taste is the same of grain, straw, shortbread, slight orange and some spicy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation for a lager.A crisp, grainy finish with some spicy hop bitterness. A typical Indian lager. Crisp and clean malt flavours that go well with a curry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
R4N5H (1111) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2015
Draught pint at Paddyís Martens Inn, Leicester on 16/06/2015. Clear pale golden colour with a small to medium sized white head. Aroma of straw, but little much of anything else. Low to medium carbonation. Flavour of grain, malt and a little citrus. Refreshing, but better with food. Indifferent between this and Cobra.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sjohnh (914) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
The classic battle - mongoose versus cobra. Only one winner for me - when you want a lager with your Indian food, this is much less gassy and has a creamier texture than its serpentine rival. This makes it a much more suitable accompaniment to spicy cuisine. That said, it is just an average pale lager, but itís one of the better ones Iíve had in an Indian restaurant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ManVsBeer (10022) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle from Tesco, Burnley. Pale gold with a thin head. Below par lager with an very ordinary malty aroma and taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
edsspoon (894) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle. Obviously this so called íIndian beerí is all the way from Bedford. Pours amber with barely any head which fades away shortly after its poured. Aroma of malt, citrus, orange. Taste of malts and berries. Light body medium carbonation. Drank with a curry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
Donít know why I ended up drinking this. Not going to get good reviews off anyone who likes beer really is it? Itís not offensive to me, just a boring lager with little flavour or aroma. Had worse but itís just a shit lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4806) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Feel a bit cheated with this one. I thought I was going to be drink a traditional Indian beer, but this beers is as authentic as you average UK curry. Having said al that is ok.

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