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Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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very good

449 Reviews
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,545
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 68
Gots: 301 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006

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Photo of aleigator
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber-orange color with a huge, spongy head.

Smells of a skunky grassiness, together with herbs and bready malts. Has a subdued layer of fruits hidden underneath the herbs, coming to light as the beer warms up. This adds a nice complexity to the nose, while the hops in this still produce a well nuanced noble profile.

Has a medium carbonation among a pleasantly soft mouthfeel with a bubbly, bitter finish.

Tastes of bready malts and herbal, dank hops, providing a leafy bitterness from the very beginning. Malts get a late toffee addition, while the hops produce a lemon peel crispness, blending well into the herbs, tied together by a mineralic, yet soft, quality. Finishes almost tropical, citrus remains on the palate, while developing a juicy crispness, while the herbs vanish slowly, still reminding of its bready origin.

Well put together, while featuring a surprisingly european hop bill, allowing fruity qualities to cut through, enriching the beers taste by a fair margin. Malts provide a consistent breadyness, catching up with the herbal hops in a very pleasant fashion.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into tulip glass.

Hazy copper orange with 2 nch of head.
Good hops, not real citrusy but a lot of malt and sweetness.
Hops up front and sweet on the finish. Very well balanced.
Medium bodied. Good amount of carbonization.

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Photo of Druuseph
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Session' beer with a punch. This fills a niche for me that very few IPAs do. Crisp and refreshing in a way atypical of the style. Mouthfeel might be described as 'thin' but I mean it in a positive way, you can crush a couple of these and not feel weighed down. Huge hop profile for the 6.2% ABV. Smell is more garden than fruit with pine and grassy notes dominating. Taste has more fruit than the nose with citrus rind hitting first before giving way to more pine and grass which stick on the tongue for ages. This is hop tea, malt plays a very small role in this one adding just a touch of sweetness that keeps the finish from being too resinous.

Would definitely recommend, usually has a place in my fridge for times when that second DIPA would be too much but the hop craving remains. Availability is a bit wonky right now as New England gets back up to production from their brewery expansion but just a few months ago before that it was found in even the less than craft friendly package stores. It should be ubiquitous once again soon.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Has a hoppy citrus / resin / musty aroma. Flavor is a little pine, resin & citrus. There is some sweetness as well that makes it a smooth drink. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste. Overall very nice IPA

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is mostly muted. The taste is light bitterness, vegetal, and light malt. More of a traditional style IPA and well balanced.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours opaque golden orange, thick white head fades quickly to a thin layer, good lacing. Mild aroma of citrus and fruit and toasty bread. Taste is similar, fairly malt forward but not sweet. Plenty of bitterness, more on the earthy piney side. Wood notes linger with a very dry finish. Medium mouthfeel. Very ok IPA, would drink again but not seek out.

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Photo of DSWeller
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark golden color with a huge retaining white head. Smell is very balanced between hops and citrus. Smooth taste, very drinkable. Low bitterness and a very taint hint of tangerine or apricot. I really enjoyed this beer. Very clean taste however somewhat dry. Would drink again for sure.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot, with a nice head that leaves a solid collar and a ton of lacing all the way down, despite a lack of visible carbonation. The smell is of citrus fruit, and the hops do not dominate in any way. This is a beer that manages to taste hoppy without being off-puttingly bitter. Still, those hops definitely control the taste. Not much subtlety in my taste. I enjoy the creamy mouthfeel, though it lingers a little longer than I prefer. Nice beer, and maybe IPAs are growing on me, even if hops at large are not.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good but disappointing when compared to other NE IPAs. I didn't find this one particularly juicy or dank, but there was nice balance and overall flavor.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to review Sea Hag because, on a recent trip to Connecticut, a store owner told me that there was a strict six-pack per person limit on this beer, which I though was laughable.

Hag is one of those beers you drink when you want something better than Bud Light and your friend who "just got into craft beer" opens his fridge for you.

It is thin, malty, bitter, and pretty average.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super clear golden brown w white fluffy head. Nose is very floral... Not as sweet to taste as most citrusy IPAs but good. Lemon seed taste lingers at soft palate. Feels light, smooth. Medium carbonation. Good brew.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull bronze with a scant head. Smells like a stale hard cider, and tastes like a carbonated sugar free apple juice -- with a confusing back end of mango-y citrus. Ultra carbonation to the point that it burns my mouth. As the beer warms the apple gives way to the citrus but it's too little too late.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a New England Brewing Co. tulip.

Foam white head, with a creamy bright top of two fingers, very fine and with some larger bubbles in it. A real interesting rusty colored orb glowing orange. Solid and somewhat opaque, but with some fine carbonation, and also some large amounts of cola sized bubbles on the bottom.

Bouquet has a mild sensing chewy leafy hop quality, with a mild mix of earth and some fruit. Some sweet malt manages to make an appearance as well, coming off as just a very straight well rounded IPA. Hop angle doesn't seem to have a distinct angle, just many small subtle ones.

Palate brings a little bit more character to the palate than the nose indicates. More chewy and earth quality with some pine in the mid palate, a bit of juicy fruit manages to squeak in, hinting more towards orange and its zest as well. Easy simple body which stays out of the way neither complimenting or detracting.

Overall, fairly basic but well constructed IPA.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- 12oz. can straight up on 16-Aug-15

- 12oz. pour off tap at The Ginger Man (Greenwich, CT) into a tumbler glass on 10-Aug-15

Good body; on the lighter side. Crisp and refreshing. The hops are a little too much on the dirty, grassy side for my taste, but overall still enjoyed it.

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Photo of drew42e
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can, light orange color, pretty clear. Aroma is great, smell what i think is Citra and tropical fruits, some malt sweetness. Taste is citrus, some pine and tropical fruits. Had Julius and SoS recently and this has similar profile to me but with less intensity of flavor. I like this more than expected. Overall very good IPA.

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Photo of CHickman
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 4/29/2015, thanks to "Mikefriedman90" for hooking me up with this can; pours hazy yellow that leans towards gold color with a lot of bubbles racing up the brew which shoot up to a thick foamy 2 finger snow white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and faded very slowly, leaving decent spotty lacing and some rings as it went down.

Smells of fresh piney hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, toasted bread, biscuit, citrus hops, hay or wet grass, light caramel, orange peel and some mild earthy spices. Aroma is soft and on the sweet side with nice balance and all the IPA basics showing up on the timid side.

Taste is similar to the smell but with a stronger malt presence that brings more grains, buttery biscuit and graham cracker to go along with the piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, grass, caramel, toffee, orange peel, toasted bread, and spices like pepper and very mild coriander. The earthy notes show up in the flavor as well, with some twigs or tree bark which is most likely the toasted malt and yeast chemically changing with the hops to give off an overall beer sweetness. Could be an English IPA or American IPA depending on the sip and how the brew washes down, so that aspect of the beer was nice and added to the overall complexity of it. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is average in most ways - average carbonation, a medium body that's on the heavier side, malty/biscuit notes to balance the sharp hops, and a decent level of bitterness that you'd expect for an IPA. No sign of the ABV, it's easy to drink and overall and enjoyable and above average IPA.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark yellow to orange color with a fingers worth of a white head. There is good carbonation and some lacing. The odor is very citrus, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, tropical fruits, pineapple, peach, pine, some floral notes. The taste is very citrus, orange, lemon, pineapple, pine, herbal, more bitter on the backend.

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Photo of EggsBenny
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Sooo damn good. It comes in weekly and they put a cheap lil supermarket sticker on it with the date it was canned, its always like 3 days ago.. Kind of malty/spicey/savory for ipas. Not particularly bitter and the hop flavor is subtle. Price is right too. Many thumbs up

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Photo of kkleu357
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Also got this as an extra in a trade. This one was much more enjoyable. Very hazy body. Nice fruity pine aroma. Big bitter resin bite with hints of citrus.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange like copper color. Foamy white head.
S: Notes of floral aromas, some piney hop notes, a hint of malty sweetness combined with citrusy notes.
T: Tastes similar to the nose. Has a nice balance between malty sweetness with citrusy/piney hops. Has a nice dry/slight bitter finish.
M: Medium carbonation, dry finish, well balanced beer.
O: An excellent IPA option and for the price it's a steal!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium gold color. Rocky ivory head. Very clear.

S: Light tropical flavors. Guava and mandarin. Piney earthiness.

M: Smooth almost silky. Med body.

T: Quick shot of honey cracker malt, caramel reminiscent of english styles. Strong floral hop burst; lavender and orange blossom. Earthy, dank, pine and lemon hop presence

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Photo of sylviaskye
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to IPA in CT. I truly feel it beats the rest in the state. It's usually widely accessible and tastes even better on draft. And i'm disappointed when I can't find it.

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Photo of BigGeorge860
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I live in CT, so this always gets to me really fresh. An easy-drinking IPA. I think the thing that distinguishes Sea Hag is the wicked strong pine in the nose. Good session beer.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very hoppy, plenty of bitterness for an ipa fan. Floral scent and hint of orange taste. Very drinkable and no slouch at over 6%. Another strong beer in the New England lineup

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Photo of jordanl17
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing IPA that seemed to have gone through a recent transition. from good to GREAT. It's fairly easy to get it super fresh in CT. Gandhi-Bot light? maybe!

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.