Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.91/5 rDev +1.6%
We pop a pair of cans and it immediately begins to froth and bubble out the top. We quickly pour them into our generic tasting pint glasses, and it shows a ruddy honey coloring. It puts forth a three to four finger head of chunky, heavy khaki colored foam, showing nice retention. Sticky patterned and cratered lacing is etched all along the walls of our glasses. There is a thick chill haze, but no sediment. Carbonation appears to be voracious and furious, and is among the most active we’ve ever observed. The aroma gives a bright zing of hops in the form of sweet citrics, florals, and grassiness. These float atop and mix with underlying base notes of pale and lightly chalky caramel grain, eucalyptus and celery, soft metallic yeastiness, baked white breadiness, pineapple fruitiness, spearmint, gentle clovey phenols, fresh ginger, foam packing peanuts, and cardamom spiciness. Our first impression is that this is a highly refreshing and drinkable brew, with nice strength of flavoring and balance. As we sip, the taste opens up with simultaneously sweet and bitter citric hop flesh, rind, and knot, malty chew of pale grain and white rice, echoes and fumes of herbal hoppiness, sesame seed, clovey rumbles, soured lemon, sticky apple and white sugar sweetness, and cilantro leafiness. The middle peaks with medicinal phenols, lemon and orange rind zest, bitter herbal hops, chamomile, freshly mowed grassiness, celery salt, mineral clay water, sweetened iced tea, biscuity doughiness, and adjuncty metallics. The end washes through with bright herbal hoppiness, fusel and fumy waves of booze, huge bite of plastic phenols, salty steak sauce, spiced black pepper, continued medicinal bite, chlorine wateriness, vanilla wafer crackers, and enhanced green, twiggy plant. The aftertaste breathes of graphite, plastic sandwich bags, orange flesh and seed, newspaper inkiness, chalked yeastiness, pale and sweeter caramel grain, green leafiness, pine tree sappiness, coiny metallics, vegetal celery and carrot top, grassy and citric hoppiness, and bittered curry spiciness. The body is medium, and carbonation is on the low side of high. Each sip gives great slurp, smack, cream, foam, froth, bubble, glug, and pop. The mouth is left lightly coated, with heavy satiation. There is eventual pucker from the bitterness of the thing, but it never really becomes drying, chalky, or astringent. Halfway through the beer you also experience a heartburn-inducing warmth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very, very easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its beautiful aroma. Here we meet a great balance of sweetness, maltiness, fruitiness, and hoppiness, giving you pretty much everything you would want in your standard house IPA. The flavoring followed nicely, but it was felt that the bitterness more embodied the west coast style, with harsher finish left on the tongue. Additionally, the final flavoring seemed a bit muddy, and although it was well blended, perhaps the proportions were off. It was still an incredibly drinkable brew, and my glass disappeared before I knew what was going on. These guys definitely know how to use hops, and Sea Hag left us feeling refreshed, and ready for another.
12-27-2013 20:17:13 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
01-22-2007 21:50:44 | More by oberon
3.76/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
09-22-2013 13:45:13 | More by tectactoe
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-24-2012 23:14:42 | More by ExtraStout
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
04-18-2010 22:00:50 | More by brownbeer
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-02-2012 00:52:33 | More by warnerry
3.85/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-02-2008 11:06:19 | More by Doomcifer
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
12-22-2006 13:58:42 | More by merlin48
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
01-11-2013 02:47:14 | More by Billolick
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
07-09-2006 17:42:09 | More by warriorsoul
3.2/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
03-13-2011 23:23:56 | More by Homebrew35
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
02-16-2010 16:52:32 | More by tigg924
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
12-06-2006 03:21:33 | More by badbeer
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
01-14-2010 22:01:28 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
03-03-2007 22:00:06 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-15-2010 21:21:34 | More by kingcrowing
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-23-2006 00:24:25 | More by WeymouthMike
Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.