Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.76/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
Serving type: can
09-22-2013 13:45:13 | More by tectactoe
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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
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
A - Pours a hazy golden orange into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Creamy head recedes rather more quickly than I expected and forms a thin film up top. Spotty lacing. Lots of rapidly-streaming visible carbonation.
S - Absolute dynamite and clearly what turned out to be my favorite part of the beer. Great hop intensity. Floral/Tropical aromas with a bit of sweetness.
T - Follows the nose, although the sweetness is a bit more pronounced here. Something like candy. The hops are still dominant. A fairly firm bitterness comes in on the back end.
M - The one major weak spot for me. I love a good medium+ bodied IPA. It would be a stretch to call this light/medium. It is very thin and even a little slick. Finishes clean and slightly dry.
O - Nice beer, if difficult to rank across the various categories. If I had regular access to this I would buy it, but not terribly frequently.
Serving type: can
07-07-2014 21:38:32 | More by Andrew041180
3.89/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: slight haze; honey colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; moderate lacing;
S: all tropical fruit;
T: tropical fruit is still there, but with pine added in; finish is all pine and moderately bitter;
M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;
O: as a local IPA, this is one of my go-tos; very enjoyable;
Serving type: on-tap
07-07-2014 05:23:50 | More by HamdenHector
Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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