Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,387 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 56
Gots: 219 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006

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Ratings: 1,387 | Reviews: 461
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Photo of sylviaskye
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of BigGeorge860
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Optimus203
1.78/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not a fan of this IPA at all. Too may hops and way too bitter.

Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Photo of jordanl17
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Photo of dumpman
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice appearance with a white frothy head not too much lacing.
Smells floral and piney.
Nice taste with a little bit of bite on the finish.
Very drinkable and could easily drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of beer_junkie
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good IPA! No complaints here.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly just bitter. Very little else. Perhaps it is a bit beyond its prime.

Photo of BrewRaider
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very solid and quaffable IPA. While brewed on the east coast, seems to have more of a west coast hop profile (a plus in my book).

Photo of Kraj30
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a fresh can within a month.. super above average IPA..

Photo of InkedinRi
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good IPA.. Also very drinkable! They make some good beer at New England brewing

Photo of iconicchronicle
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My goto IPA. It is one of my favorite beers ever. Great body and very smooth.

Photo of HoppedChef84
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Easy drinking with a great hop profile, the word crushable comes to mind.

Photo of mdelaney
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy but not as smooth as I would like. But a great choice when it's on tap.

Photo of ale2thechief
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler @ nebco. Very solid ale.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sea Hag is one of those ipa's you either love or don't. Not bad overall. I can easily see why it would be a nice goto when available. But for me, I'm glad I got a can to try but I'll pass on it next time.

Photo of Nsinsigalli
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my go to local IPA. Definately great crisp taste

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a six pack of this on a whim and I wish I grabbed more!
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: This will be my go to IPA in the future and for the price it's a home run! Well done NEBCo!

Photo of Geaton
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice and balanced Aromatic ipa

Photo of jmlschlee
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A real sleeper! Never thought of trying it; sipped my friends and was hooked.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy, amber color with some cloudiness. Off-white head that wastes little time disappearing. Good lace
S- orange, grapefruit, lemon, some grassiness.
T- same citrus notes from the nose with some bready, cracker-like maltiness making it's presence known. Piney slickness as it goes down.
M- light crisp but still manages to coat the palate with a velvet-like sheen.
O- nice, easy-drinking IPA.

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A touch too bitter, but a solid brew

Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ahh...not quite sure how "New England Brewing Co." makes any sense, whereas you cannot even get this beer in Mass. But I digress, a fine brew....

Photo of weiserr
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. very cool design.

translucent copper and abundant foam. not surprising given the serving type. i didn't get much lacing or decent head retention, but the initial pour was nice.

smells of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel and earth.

surprisingly good taste from a can. a chewy essence of the smells come to life. forest tree sap with a bitter finish.

medium to full-bodied, slightly oily, and resiny.

new england brewing co. boasts, "drink it, it's good." they weren't kidding.

bartender, i'll have another.

Rating again (see above) after many years. Whether or not the rumors of a revamped recipe are true is irrelevant. Perhaps my palate changed. All I know is that I'm finding this to be a truly enjoyable IPA. IMHO, it tastes like a subdued version of Gandhi, which is high praise if you enjoy that one better. The Hag is in full effect featuring prominent floral notes up front, with a bit more subdued citrus qualities on the back end. Extremely balanced with plenty of olfactory sensory to satisfy the purist; hints of mango, peach, and vermilion orange. The thing I notice most is the complete balance, overall. While there are many rewarding features of the type of IPA that I crave, nothing overtakes the other to the detriment of the finished product. This is a f**king winner, my friends. Wow. Current BA score does not do it one bit of justice. Seek, drink, and enjoy. LARRRRRRGE!

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,387 ratings.