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Sea Hag IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006

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Photo of Alias2325
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer being an 86 is a joke. So much better than that. Pour is my only compliant a little too much foam. Smell is great, floral, fruity. Taste is perfect for an easy drinking IPA. Matter of fact I prefer this over g-bot. This may have just become my go to ipa on a hot summer day.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange color tons of fluffy white foam laces the glass. Aroma is largely citrus with hints of pineapple. Tons of ibus, big bold citrus flavor that finishes dank and resinous. Light biscuity malts back up this heavy hitter, which is severely underrated.

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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I cant understand for the life of me how I never reviewed this one before, despite drinking a lot of it in the past. Anyway, many thanks Tim for the 3 day old freshy. Standard 12oz can poured into a tulip appears perfectly clear golden with white cap.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with citrus rinds, pulp, zest and grassiness with an herbal edge and slight graininess. The taste is hoppy with bitter pulp, grass and slight zestiness. A very mild buttery grain aspect in the back.

This is light in body with moderate carbonation. To be nitpicky, its a little watery in the feel but overall decent and easy drinking. Nothing to knock your socks off but an everyday drinker.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange rind, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around great juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jeneral_Jenkins
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great poundable IPA. it's smooth, tastes great, and goes down easy, all while tasting and smelling great. I'm sold on this. Don't sleep on NE IPAs man, we can do it 100 too

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, pale to medium amber color with a cascading, foamy eggshell head leaving lacing on the glass.

Floral and citrus hop aromas with a hint of something tropical. Slight malt biscuit aroma.

Hop aromas come through very strongly, particularly a pronounced grapefruit flavor, but balanced by a complex malt backbone with biscuit and caramel notes. A lingering but not overpowering resinous, piney hop bitterness and hint of grassiness and very slight hint of onion-y acridity on the finish.

Smooth, somewhat-thin, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

An underrated IPA in my opinion (at least here on BA). Makes me wonder how fresh the beer was in these reviews as I could see this being a beer that underwhelms without the fresh hop aromas. Luckily, the can I'm drinking was canned just over a week ago.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color with a large pure white head. Not much retention but some decent lacing.

The aroma is relatively malt forward, with lots of sweet caramel and fresh dough. Some piney hop notes linger at the back end.

The taste is slightly dank and piney, with some sweeter citrus notes from the hops following through. The malts are also present. Well-balanced, but nothing special.

The feel is relatively light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp. Drinks more like a pale ale.

Overall, a solid, if unimpressive IPA. Everything about it is good, but nothing about it is great. Just a solid, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Stand back when popping this top, it's damn near a gusher.

Sea Hag pours a clear pils yellow-gold which is surprising for the aromas that pop, but as it settles it gets a bit cloudier. There is a towering head of eggshell-colored foam on this puppy.

The initial aromas remind me of Permanent Funeral, and if you know, then you know, that's a huge ass compliment. Wonderful smelling caramel and graham notes with tropical fruits.

Bitter hoppy grapefruit candy flavors take over, with a clean, extremely dry finish. Other really bitter IPAs could really use this sort of treatment on the dryness scale. A little bit of oat-like grassy malts come forward as it warms. I found this best served and finished cold.

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Photo of Riverbed
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a 12oz. can (six pack dated 12/28/15) into a tulip. Slightly hazy straw with a thin white head that dissipated quickly leaving a good amount of lace.

S: An assertive tropical aroma greets every sip. Notes of guava, passionfruit, mango and watermelon.

T: Taste is balanced and combines sweet but largely neutral malts with the tropical fruit notes present in the nose. A slight oniony, “gym shorts” taste is masked in the finish, but is very subtle and does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this beer.

F: Highly drinkable, smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation and bitterness are low, but give way to a tongue tingling hop profile and make this brew almost sessionable.

O: A very well-balanced American IPA with great aroma and hop profile. This can had a few months on it, so I cannily imagine how this would taste fresh. Would drink again, seek it out if available!

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Photo of aleigator
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +6.8%
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 +9.6%
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 +6.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -8.1%
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 MichaelProcton
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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%
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 -8.9%
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 +9.6%
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 -2.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -3.9%
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 +13.5%
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%
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 -1%
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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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.