Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.91/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: can
12-27-2013 20:17:13 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.09/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
A: poured from the squealer to the Ghandi-bot tulip, the head kinda fluffs up to a finger and then died quickly to a 2 mm collar and a wispy white disk. No legs on swirl and a gold glowing translucent body.
S: Orangy/citrus/lemony notes backed with pleasant light malt and a hint of new-school-hops like mosaic, with that cumin/onion/garlic but very, very slight. Not overpowering in the least.
T: US-Tropical citrus, with a hint of childrens' aspirin backed with a very slight malt presence and a very citrusy, lemony hit. Light and delicate.
M: light/creamy up front followed by the lightest, most delicate and impossibly dry finish I have ever experienced. It is a velvety smooth swallow with a very slight lemony note.
O: Awesome and definitely a well crafted IPA. Try it for sure if you can.
Serving type: growler
07-18-2014 04:26:14 | More by Scrapss
4.04/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Sadly, New England Brewing doesn't distribute to MA anymore, I always enjoyed this OG canned IPA. Picked up a 6-pack while in Hartford this past weekend for a revisit.
Appearance - Hazy rusty orange color, soapy white head. Retains as a thick ring and patchy cap, no lace.
Smell - Orange, grapefruit and floral hop aromas dominate with some piny dank there as well. With warmth, some icing sugar there for malt, but mostly bout dem hops.
Taste - Oranges, grapefruit, piny, earthy, floral, bit o' dank for hops. Icing sugar and biscuity malts.
Mouthfeel - Good full body, nice swishy carbonation, fair amount of bitterness but pretty crushable nonetheless.
Overall - This one falls under the radar, still holds up nicely with today's IPA standards. Solid all around, good price for a 6-pack (paid $9.50). Will have to pick up more of this when in CT.
Serving type: can
07-15-2014 23:21:27 | More by Chico1985
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Served from can into a highball glass (I had it at a hotel...)
A - Pale yellow body with notable haza. A fizzy off-white head forms on top and dissipates quickly.
S - Very floral and grassy. I pick up dandelion and slight tangerine.
T - Similar to the flowery nose, but a bit more orange and lemon flavors pop up. The malt has some cracker characteristics with a hint of sweetness. Otherwise a fairly dry-tasting IPA. A semi-bitter finish.
M - Light to medium body with a somewhat dry mouthfeel. The carbonation is middle of the road, which fits the style.
O - A good, but not great, IPA. The floral nature of the hops is refreshing, but doesn't really invite you back for another sip all that much. But worth a try, for sure!
Serving type: can
07-11-2014 11:39:50 | More by hail_seitan
Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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