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Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

437 Reviews
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Reviews: 437
Hads: 1,468
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 61
Gots: 255 | 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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Photo of Stum-pub
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whoever is giving this beer lower than a 4 really either had a bad batch, or has no idea what they are talking about. This is literally my go to cans in any situation. A six pack of some awesome brew for a cheap price, what else can you ask for? I have grown to almost enjoy this as much as gandhi, if not even more. Sad that this is such a low rating because I see multiple people getting 5 growlers filled with this stuff at a time! Anyways, I'm out! Try someee (463 characters)

Photo of blackwelma01
5/5  rDev +30.9%

This is my favorite beer of all time. It is a perfectly balanced IPA with the perfect amount of bitterness with a nice even malt flavor. Carbonation is great and the fact that it's in a can makes it more unique, not less. I love the fruity/grapefruit ester when you first crack open the can. Mmm (295 characters)

Photo of sylviaskye
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to IPA in CT. I truly feel it beats the rest in the state. It's usually widely accessible and tastes even better on draft. And i'm disappointed when I can't find it. (179 characters)

Photo of slim2043
4.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have drank and reviewed this beer many times. I have had it growler, draft, can, in any glass imaginable. One of the best beers to drink straight from the can but always great.

A - Pours a hazy golden color w one finger of mostly disappearing head. Leaves great lacing.

S - This beer smells great! Mostly piney hoppy but definitely magically aromatic w notes of mango peach pineapple and lots of dank resinous notes that cling to your nose.

T -ots of flavors. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peaches, so much resin and pithiness. A dank sharp bitterness. Lingering bittersweet finish and piney taste in your mouth. Just spectacular.

M - a real nice drink ability and feel on the mouth. Finishes mostly clean and malty w trace of hopness

O - most complex IPA IMHO and I've had it hundreds of times as well as hundreds of other IPAs. Always treated as GBs little brother and easier to find but Sea Hag stands on its own as a fantastically complex hoppy and bitter IPA. I love this beer. (1,004 characters)

Photo of YeastPriest
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I used to hate this beer but they changed the recipe to make it drier and hoppier bittering flavor and aroma now it is my most frequently consumed beer (151 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Golden amber in color with pretty visibility throughout the beer. Pours a one finger head.

Aroma- Lots of resinous floral hop aromas as well as grapefruit and citrus.

Taste- Flavor is dry and bitter at first with acidic grapefruit and citrus hop flavors. The finish balances and mellows out the hop flavors with a bready malt that cuts through the bitterness and leaves smooth and "juicier" hop flavored finish.

Feel- Medium carbonation, light-medium bodied, slightly resinous, dry, bitter, and an all around an easy drinking ipa.

Overall- My go-to CT beer especially with its good availability, freshness, and great pricing. On top of all that its a great beer with great hop/malt balance between dry/acidic grapefruit and citrus paired with a clean pale malt. Hard to find a better year round beer, of any style, in CT that's better than this. (867 characters)

Photo of TJHartlett
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Just had my first can of Sea Hag in a couple of years. Was pleasantly surprised at the difference compared to my first taste two years ago. With the smell of Grapefruit, the right balance of bitterness, this version reminds me slightly of G-Bot but is MUCH EASIER to buy from my local store. this batch was canned two days ago so it doesn't get much fresher. NEBCO ROCKS! (371 characters)

Photo of Tampavav
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very Impressed by this beer.It is a Hopheads Wet Dream. The fact that it came out of a can and tasted fresher than any IPA that I have drinking lately with the exception of Cigar City's Jai Alai. "Which I Had Fresh from the Brewery. This IPA is worthy of a Strong "A" (273 characters)

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A: Golden and inviting.

S: Wonderful Pine and Citrus

T: Wow. Great stuff, hoppy finish that leaves me wanting more.

M: Medium Plus Mouhfeel, round an inviting.

O: I will be seeking this out and getting whenever I can. (265 characters)

Photo of counselor
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an amber color with a fluffy white head that slims down a little asI drink the beer. Lacing covers th einside of the glass as the beer dissappears down my gullett. There is a smooth, malty mouthfeel and great body to this beer. the beer has great aromas of hops, resinous, piney and slightly grassy, strong but not harsh and long lasting after the swallow. I even detect some noble hops, not usual for an IPA, but very pleasing on the pallet. This is a very well balanced brew and quite drinkable. The cans are a bonus for portability and there is NO mettallic or other off tastes. (597 characters)

Photo of EggsBenny
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Sooo damn good. It comes in weekly and they put a cheap lil supermarket sticker on it with the date it was canned, its always like 3 days ago.. Kind of malty/spicey/savory for ipas. Not particularly bitter and the hop flavor is subtle. Price is right too. Many thumbs up (274 characters)

Photo of jmerloni
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful, light orange-yellow coloration; somewhat hazy and unfiltered looking. Nice light white head that is even and laces intensely and evenly along the glass and maintains a spiderweb like lace on top of the liquid throughout the drink.

S - Piney, honey malts, bread. Maybe a little sage.

T - Follows the nose almost to the point, and I do taste the sage in there. This is nice. Extremely densely hopped and biting, yet flavorful. Some citrus to lemon flavor there as well. Really nice. Crisp.

M - Could be drier. The hops bang up your tastebuds and give them quite a pummeling. It's nice though. The body is light to medium and each sip is somewhat airy in the likes of Anchor Steam. Carbonated appropriately as well.

D - A really good East Coast IPA. Nicely crafted. I don't know how this only has a B on here. This seems to me to be clearly A-range. I will have to read others' critiques. Would get this again. Will get this a lot in the future actually; this beer has "Go-To" all over it. Very sessionable. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Hopheadgou
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has changed so many times and is constantly getting reformed. Compared to batches from 2013 this beer has changed drastically in a great way. Less malty sweetness than previous batches and more vibrant hop profile, juicy, more tropical notes and and sticky dank hop finish. (283 characters)

Photo of WOBrewstraveler
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Plan B in Simsbury CT. Golden color, very cloudy. Nose not as floral or citrusy as others enjoyed in the past, but still nice tease of what's to come. Taste is citrus and grapefruit, with bitter after, as expected in an IPA. Overall a delicious go-to IPA, was great with wings. (301 characters)

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update: 7/2/15-dated can:

Beautiful light gold colored brew with solid 2 finger head. Excellent lacing throughout. Tastes extremely fresh and bright with lots of orange, orange peel, grapefruit, and a little earthy pine. Perfectly prickly bitterness with spot-on medium carbonation. I wanted to savor each sip, but it went down waaaaay too quickly. Possibly the best batch I've ever had.

Badass-looking black Paktech 6pk holders on these now too. (449 characters)

Photo of princeofthepoint
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a tulip but even good out of the can. World-class IPA packaged in cans. Beautiful floral aroma with citrus and an even better taste. The fact that this beer isn't rated more highly is utter insanity. You should be trading for this stuff if you can't buy it. (268 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woah... NE Brewing is killing it. They re-did the formula for this beer. I talked to Rob the owner and he said they changed the hop profile around. They must have changed up the malts too. Crisp, clean, hoppy, fruity... loving this ipa. It's now up there with the ghandi bot for me. Takes away the best ipa in CT from the Cambridge House. (338 characters)

Photo of dougfur
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm flabbergasted reading other reviews of this beer. Perhaps something has changed recently, but this is a world class IPA. It's better than Sculpin, better than Flower Power, better than Perpetual... Remember folks, it's not a DIPA. It's 6%abv...
Pours a light orangy color, a bit hazy, with some floaties and a nice creamy head. The smell is not overwhelming, but nice; all citrusy/piney hops. The taste though... one of the few beers where the smell does not prepare you for the level of hop flavor! It's well balanced, with a terrific and classic hop profile. Plenty juicy! Mouthfeel is great. It has body, well carbonated...I'll say it again; WORLD CLASS! (662 characters)

Photo of jordanl17
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing IPA that seemed to have gone through a recent transition. from good to GREAT. It's fairly easy to get it super fresh in CT. Gandhi-Bot light? maybe! (171 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from World of Beer, FL.

Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hoppy and malt aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of medium to long duration.

This is a standout brew. (379 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a nice white head. The malt is 100% American IPA with malt and fresh hops. The taste is deliciously hopped with a nice bitter finish. Unlike some unbalanced IPAs, Sea Hag features a nice malt backbone that complements the hops nicely. Overall, this is a highly recommended IPA that I will definitely be purchasing again in the future. I have noticed that IPAs seem to taste better in a can, the hops seems to last longer and stay fresher than in a bottle. (525 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. very cool design.

translucent copper and abundant foam. not surprising given the serving type. i didn't get much lacing or decent head retention, but the initial pour was nice.

smells of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel and earth.

surprisingly good taste from a can. a chewy essence of the smells come to life. forest tree sap with a bitter finish.

medium to full-bodied, slightly oily, and resiny.

new england brewing co. boasts, "drink it, it's good." they weren't kidding.

bartender, i'll have another.

Rating again (see above) after many years. Whether or not the rumors of a revamped recipe are true is irrelevant. Perhaps my palate changed. All I know is that I'm finding this to be a truly enjoyable IPA. IMHO, it tastes like a subdued version of Gandhi, which is high praise if you enjoy that one better. The Hag is in full effect featuring prominent floral notes up front, with a bit more subdued citrus qualities on the back end. Extremely balanced with plenty of olfactory sensory to satisfy the purist; hints of mango, peach, and vermilion orange. The thing I notice most is the complete balance, overall. While there are many rewarding features of the type of IPA that I crave, nothing overtakes the other to the detriment of the finished product. This is a f**king winner, my friends. Wow. Current BA score does not do it one bit of justice. Seek, drink, and enjoy. LARRRRRRGE! (1,435 characters)

Photo of droomyster
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is extremely interesting beer. Not your typical IPA by any measure. Pours an very hazy reddish orange with a big, frumpy tan head that's almost creamy and stays aloft to the end. Smells more like a pale ale than an IPA in that the hops and malts are equally prominent. Sea Hag's taste is completely bizarre. It has a prominent element that I can't quite identify and have never really tasted before...I've called beers "woody" before and have found plenty of "grapefruit" in hoppy beers before, but the closest that I can describe this beer that it tastes EXACTLY like grapefruit and sawdust. I'm burping the flavor of wood chips as I write this. Fascinating. Sweet malts are also prominent on the palate. This is an exceptional beer; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. (787 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous beer. Features a creamy head that leaves tons of little lace dots and dashes as it lessens. The color is a hazy burnt orange, with plenty of bubble action through the hop-hazed sunset glow.

Aroma is wonderful. A clean pine scent is front and center, and I do mean pine, as in: standing in a pine tree forest after its rained. It's a beautiful thing. If you've never experienced that, then sniff some Bounce dryer sheets and you'll get the idea. Maybe there's not a lot of depth--I smell almost no malt--but I love hops and this aroma is bringing them big-time, and in an artful, respectful way.

While there's a toasty element here, the hops are where it's at with Sea Hag (btw, great name, great label). Not in any kind of extreme way, but they are up-front, brisk, grassy and fresh-tasting. Finish leaves a pine-meets-bleach flavor on the tongue. I've never tasted bleach (fortunately) but I can't help but compare some of Sea Hag's characteristics to the stuff (reminds me quite a bit of another canned beer, Surly's Surlyfest).

Body is thankfully on the medium scale, carbonation-wise. Springy and slick, with hardly any weight to it, it glides over the tongue almost too gently, disappearing all too quickly.

This can went down insanely fast. I generally savor my beer, but this was so tasty and felt so good and smelled so wonderful, it was all I could do to keep from drinking it in 10 minutes. So drinkable. More great beer from a can, please! I thought by now we'd be seeing more kick-ass breweries moving to cans. I'm still holding out for the mass conversion--I'm all for it. (1,600 characters)

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.