Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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Ratings: 1,426
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 58
Gots: 230 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

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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Reviews by RaulMondesi:
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lil brew for Raul. Not the richest, not the most robust, not the tastiest... but smooth, just all kinds of clean and smooth. Hints of juice, a lil bite in the end...

This thang is kind of like LA after a rain storm; all the smog is cleared away and things are pure and nice for a while - they are not perfect - but things are simply aite for a while.

So, if you are thinking about clearing the smog out of your life away, Raul recommends chugging a Sea Hag.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MartaChucky1022
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best local ipa In CT

Photo of paddyfrankie
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is underrated. When fresh it is just flat out fantastic.

Photo of NuclearRich
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah Sea Hag. I love you.

Poured from a can into a snifter. Giggle!

A. Hazy orange, a lovely light copper. Fairly standard appearance amongst top tier IPAs. White head pours into a fluffy foam, but fades fast into a faint cap(shoot, no more f's). Laces decently.

S. Center stage. You can detect just enough sweetness in there that you know its made of barley, but then it's overridden by all sorts of good hop aromas. Its good.

T. If you're still reading, you get the point. Its good. Flavor is exactly what the aroma fortells. A balanced yet exceedingly hoppy blessing on the palate. Pine, grass, dank.

F. Nailed it. Medium to medium/thick feel that coats the tongue and leaves the bitterness playing with your tastebuds, all the while light enough to quaff away.

O. This is your standard IPA. By standard I mean the thing you go to when you want delicious, and a metric to weigh all others by. This has fast become a favorite of mine. In case you can't tell.

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes exactly like a tamer Gandhi Bot, but with (as of 2015) slightly better availability.

Photo of dd43
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack dated December 2 because come on, how do I turn down Hag made less than two weeks prior.

Pours an attractively hazy orange color. Lacing is somewhat less than I would have expected given the mid range ABV. Wonderful orange citrus and grapefruit aromas hit you immediately. Flavors follow suit, lovely citrus pith bitterness balances the dry crackery malts. Mouthfeel is great, nicely balanced dryness, malts are much more present on the back end. Just the right amount of cling on the tongue and palate. This is a well made beer.

A very good reference east coast IPA. Drink this beer fresh at all costs, like most other hop forward beers it does not like sitting on a store shelf for weeks and weeks, unloved and overlooked. Shame on the package stores that allow this to happen.

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 oberon
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This the first New England Brewing Co. brew that I have tried,poured with very good clarity a medium bronze color with a tight well formed almost creamy-like white head that left some broken lace behind as it settled nicely.Good cascade hop presence in the nose quite piney with a touch of grapefruit, a noticable caramel sweet doughy malt base is noteworthy as well,there is a good hop presence but it wont wow you there is real piney hoppiness with a touch of soap-like flavor a big sweetish firm malt base stands tall thruout keeping it nearly balanced.A solid IPA and a quaffer,something that would be nice to have on hand alot.

Photo of tectactoe
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Ultra-Plinian and/or smokeypeat for these four packs. I can't exactly remember who it was... but thanks to whichever person it was (possibly both!). Muddled pour, looks like dense apple cider, perhaps just a mild shade lighter. Opaque with lots of rising carbonation bubbles that uplift a tainted, beige film and neck atop the brew. Some nice, webbed lacing is left behind.

Sea Hag has a quite botanical aroma; lightly spicy hops, resins, and a decent amount of floral notes ricochet off of every nook in my nostrils. Spongy citrus, orange, and a hint of something along the lines of Lemon Pledge. "Woodsy", in the weirdest way, almost like a forest, I guess. A little different, but I like it. Good mix of "all things hops" here, finishing with a dash of ashy spice.

The first sip takes me back, as the taste is substantially more bitter than the aroma would have you believe. Lots of pungency; heavy pine, herbal hops, a hint of grapefruit juice, and some bitter-ass orange peels with a potent, rosy-like aftertaste. Wow, this one will definitely scrape your tongue up nicely... alpha acids abound in this lupulin underdog.

Malt is mild... very mild. Only some lightly toasty bread and cracker malt is available to balance the hop assault - but I don't have too much of a problem with that. Sure, it's a somewhat abrasive beast, but some sadists may enjoy the abuse. Smooth, slick mouth feel with low carbonation and a medium, almost sticky body. Bitter, resinous and pithy aftertaste.

It took me a few cans of this to get my true appreciation. I was iffy on it at first, but I eventually came around to it in the end. It's quite bitter, more so than you would expect from just a standard IPA, but I do appreciate the resistance to overload a bitter beer with incredible amounts of "caramel, Munich, or darker" malts. Too sweet. Sea Hag is not too sweet. Worth a try.

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

Had as a guest beer on tap at Willibrew.

Poured an unfiltered golden color with a white head. Very smooth and drinkable with a lower amount of IBU's than your average IPA.

It was very drinkable and I would love the chance to buy their offerings in MA. without having to drive 2 hrs. to do so.

Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered burnt amber color with a comfy cloud of white head.

Grapefruit and orange rind hop aromas with some grassiness. Not the biggest nose, but no real flaws either.

Hints of biscuit and caramel work well with the citrusy bitterness in the crisp finish. Not overly sweet or malty for the darker color it has. The body is smooth and rolls across the tongue with ease. Very clean and refeshing, though not a big standout IPA.

Photo of warnerry
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No canning date. Thanks to woosterbill for the nice extra.

A - Pours a hazy deep golden brown with barely one finger of off-white head. Head dissipated quickly, leaving patchy lacing behind.

S - Nice big grapefruit aroma, with a very fresh, resinous hops aroma. Faint malt presence. Nice.

T - Intensely hoppy up front, again with grapefruit and noticeable noble hops. A bit of pine in the taste that I didn't get in the aroma. Enough malt backbone to support the hops without competing with them.

M - Quite bitter and dry with a faint buttery feel.

O - A solid IPA that I would have again, but wouldn't choose this over some of my regulars. Nice punch of bitterness, though.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely ruddy amber color with chunks/sediment floating all over the place. Nice! Decent off white head that retains pretty well.

Smells very citrusy, floral hops, sweet malts, candy.

Flavor consists of citrusy hops, sweet malts, brown sugar, bitter/dry finish. Very balanced with more leaning to the bitter side.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry finish, good carbonation.

Very drinkable.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another testament to quality craft beer out of a can. Part of a trade with hopdog. This pours a hazed copper amber body with a gigantic beige head. Retention is superb and lacing is extravagant.

Bold hop aromas of citrusrind and pine resin. Slight note of dark caramel underneath.

Mouthfeel is ideal for style. Medium bodied with a zingy carbonation that accentuates the hop resins.

Taste is dominated by the hops. Bitter citrus rind(mostly grapefruit) and spruce pine rule all the way through. Enough of a malt backbone to serve up some dark caramel notes for balance. Finishes dry and bitter with a NW hops edge.

Very well constructed American IPA. Very sessionable. Wish I could find more of these.

Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, I cant find any freshness dating.

Pours dull apricot, under an off white head, that stays nicely, and leaves respectable sheeting down low.

Fresh hop nose is quite enjoyable.

Fresh hop theme continues onto the palate. Hops impart some tropical fruity notes. Resin and pine hop notes continue into the quite dry finish. Nice IPA and in a can to boot.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one...from Bauer's on Newbury.
Amazing pour from the can with no help whatsoever...a huge, off-white head forms and what recedes, forms some sticky lacing.
Nice hops in the nose, both fruity and floral with a heavy malted sweetness with a lingering whiff.
Taste if pretty darn fantastic...not overboard in any one category, but simply a well balanced India Pale Ale. The malt backbone is real sturdy and carries over well in the finish...the hops do dry up the back end with a clean bitter snap.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is excellent.
A true session IPA for me...would not get tired of this one, as it satisfies my hop needs and quences the thirst quite well.
Another great example of the canning revolution that is about to change some folks preconceptions.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fair one finger head of white bubbly head. Head fades to only a slight ring of lacing. Hazy golden/orangy body. Smells of citrus, piney hops, some crystal malts, touch of tobacco. Tastes slightly sweet, some piney resinous hops, some citrus. Dry finish with some lingering piney bitterness. This is a bit too dry, and lingering bitterness. It needs more balance for me. Light body, medium carbonation. I could only handle one of these in a sitting, too dry. $1.80 a single.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, medium carbonation, clear, orange/brown in color

Smell: pine hops with a bit of citrus hops as well

Taste: caramel malt, citrus hops, and a bit of pine hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium/light carbonation, slightly bitter with a more bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: A good sessionable IPA with bitter hints at the end. The malts are well balanced. I would have this again, but will not rush out for it.

Photo of badbeer
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from jjpm74, thanks for throwing it in.

Poured a rather light amber color with a white head that left a fair amount of lacing. Pine in the aroma, paired with light caramel and a biscuit aroma. Taste is much of the same, starts out with malt before the hops jump in and finish up. Mouthfeel was a little light, medium carbonation. Pretty good beer, and certainly worth trying.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this can.

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is pretty hoppy with both piney and grapefruit smells. The first taste I was hit with bitterness, but that subsides with additional drinks and you get pine, grapefruit and a strong malt backbone. The malt definitely drives this beer, balancing it nicely Medium body and medium carbonation.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bjohnson for this brew off my Wants for the BA Anny Club. Pours from the can with one finger of head. Typical IPA color. Hop smell is not that strong and is rather piney. Mostly piney hops in flavor also. Goes down smooth and is easy to drink. Good IPA for a hophead but not great.


Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber/orange color with a quite small light yellow head. Nose is fresh, hoppy, a bit piney and resinous. Also has some honey or maple sweetness to it.

Very well balanced, you get a lot of the hop flavors but it's not palate crushing not is it too bitter. It's creamy and malty and rich. It all adds up to a very nice experience that's very satisfying. There's a slight bite at the end of the finish that's really crisp.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark rich amber which may be darker than a typical ipa.A faint hop smell is detectable but I really had to concentrate to pick it up. Taste is great, I can't believe it but I find myself enjoying a balanced IPA and its been a while since I had one. Mouthfeel is also enjoyable malty and smooth with little to no aftertaste. Six pack for $8 and the characteristics of this one easily make this a 4.5.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Non freshness info.

Pours out a slightly hazy deep golden color with maybe a touch of light orange. Big soapy three fingers of white head, good rocky head retention, lots of sticky lacing.

Hops, but done slightly different than your average IPA. Grapefruit citrus, a bit of a flint stone vitamin aroma, hardly no malt detectable.

Follows the aroma with maybe a bit more. Sharp grapefruit citrus, a bit floral, and again a touch of a flint stone vitamin flavor. Traces of a light breadiness, but the hops are pretty dominant. Finishes out with a nice lingering hop bitterness.

Crisp, refreshing, lighter in body when compared to most others of the style, adequate carbonation. All this makes for a very drinkable beer.

A nice sessionable IPA, not much complexity but well made non the less. Worth atleast one try.

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.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.