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Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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very good

846 Ratings
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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of cpetrone84


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazy golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is light, pine and apricot hops, light backbone of malt caramel and fresh grain. Taste is more grain, slightly more crust. Taste is more sticky pine, a touch stale, with light notes if apricot and peach skin. Body and carbonation are light with a fairly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 23:53:29 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with light dry floral notes is quite nice and refreshing. Taste is dominated by solid notes of fresh citrus hops with some dry flora notes also noticeable with a solid malt backbone with well-balanced sweetness level. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nice mix of hops flavours with nice refreshing features.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 17:30:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:20:37 | More by DNICE555
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:08:30 | More by jmerloni
Photo of Sensaray


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange brown color with white quickly dissipating head.

Strong pine notes a bit of lemony light orange citrus.

Tastes like lemon citrus and pine with a bit of hop spice. Sweet and a bit tart to the bitter finish. Bit of pineapple and other tropical notes come through the more i drink

Light to medium feel.

Overall decent. Bit too piney but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 01:34:58 | More by Sensaray
Photo of SpdKilz


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another big thanks to Paul (pmlondrigan) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a slightly ruddy orange hue and about a finger of slight off white head that dissipates quickly leaving decent head.

Smell - A somewhat mild aroma with some nice pine, hops, a hint of citrus, and toffee malt backbone. As it warms a bit of floral hops become present.

Taste - Hm...quite a bit more sweet than expected. There is a heavy amount of pale malt and toffee/caramel. The hops are almost tea like - my friend made me try her tea the other day (no idea what kind) and it seriously reminds me of this. There is literally no citrus presence and I was hoping for the hops to make a comeback at the end but overall, this is a malt bomb.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall - As with most new beers, I'm glad I was able to try it. The prior beer to this was vastly superior. If this had more of a hop bite to offset the sweet malty backbone, I feel it would have been better. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 03:57:45 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of theghost3


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sully62601 for this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy, light copper with a 3-finger, frothy white head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is just like a fresh, juicy grapefruit and with some piney hop aromas. The taste was much more subdued as far as hops go. Slightly herbal and citrusy. There are some caramel malt flavors in there too. Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, and light-bodied at first, but tends to get smoother throughout the session.

This is a nice, drinkable IPA. The aroma really made me think this was going to be a citrusy hop treat, but the taste was rather subtle in that area. The herbal qualities in the taste made me think of a hoppy pilsener. This would pair well with grilled, spicy meat or vegetables.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:55:03 | More by theghost3
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to knifestyles for this extra.

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige white head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a dark bronze gold.

Aroma: Fresh earthy hops with with a lot of fruit. Mangoes and orange with slight pineapple. I also get an onion/weedy flavor to it.

Taste: Very grassy/weedy. Some fruits, mangoes and oranges. Very sweet. Has the onion flavor but lightly (lots of cascade).

Mouthfeel: Bitter, sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with the grassy hop flavor on the tongue.

Overall, tons of cascade here. No citrus. Decent, but nothing I am crazy about. Okay drinkability. As it warms it gets more oily and harder to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 22:36:24 | More by mothman
Photo of brdc


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks tai4ji2x for this nice extra. Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Somewhat hazy, between amber and copper colored, with an off white head - very similar to their amber in appearance, quite off the style for an IPA.
Aroma, just like flavor, is well balanced, perhaps too balanced for an american IPA, and definitely "less hoppy" than their amber.
Notes of citric fruits, grassy hops, cookie dough are well balanced, but the malty sweetness somehow ends up front, or side by side with the hops.
Highly drinkable, but lacks hop punch for an american IPA. Go for their amber instead.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 01:19:15 | More by brdc
Photo of Proteus93


3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lighter amber, a little haze. Head was shorter, with a weak retention and a thin layer left behind alongside a little lace trimming.

S: Floral hop bouquet, a slightly spicy herbal edge, and a bit of a pungent leafiness and earthiness.

T: A similar, flowery flavour is present. A little earthy, perhaps to the point of being a bit 'musty' Almost a bit of a tinniness to both the flavour and aroma - some sort of unusual offtaste, anyways. It seems this can may be a little dated, as it doesn't have much of the bite I would expect from an American IPA.

M: Carbonation is fairly minimal... a little spot of it on the tip of the tongue, and then it falls almost flat.

D: A 'victim of mediocrity' is all that came to mind. It's not a horrible beer, but not something I found myself enjoying a great deal and doubt I'd be going for it again in a hurry.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 04:08:05 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Beerbuddha


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a nice amber color with a huge, foamy, off-white head. Great lacing which looked like a spider web.

Smell: The beer has a huge pine aroma from the hops which also give off a nice citrus and earth aroma. A caramel maltiness is present as well.

Taste: Once again the pine dominates in this IPA. Their is a nice balance between the caramel maltiness and the piney hops. A wonderful bitterness in the finish. Not as bitter as many IPAs that I have tasted but still good. Since I'm not a hopbomb fan I find it kind of nice.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium body with big carbonation.

Overall: A great offering from New England Brewing. This is a nice easy drinking beer that I wish we had access too down here in NOLA! The fact that it comes in cans makes it that much more appealing to us down here in the Big Easy. Why? More great beer to drink during Mardi Gras!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 16:04:31 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours A Hazy Amber/Orange with a very small head, and some pretty good lacing, looks like a big beer. The smell is somewhat grainy with hints of caramel and a good whiff of piny hops. Th flavor is mostly grassy and piny hops with a grainy malt profile and a lingering citrus hop flavor. THe mouthfeel is good for a bigger session brew. I wouldn't want more then two of these on any given day, but its a pretty tasty brew, and it was the cheapest IPA when I picked it up. I will probably buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 22:50:53 | More by dickieb
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New England Sea Hag IPA pours a light amber/copper with a thin head that quickly fades. The aroma is slightly citrusy and bitter with some floral, earthy hops as well. The aroma is bitter upfront with a sweet maltiness seeping through. The hop flavor is secondary to the bitterness, there are some hints of the same citrusy hops as in the aroma. A fruity maltiness comes though a bit in between the bitterness. Overall this is a pretty decent IPA, and I really like the can art, as well as the fact that it's in a can.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 00:33:04 | More by ericj551
Photo of taez555


3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. From notes, tasted 1/27/08

This beer poured a clear reddish/orange body with a white head.

Nose has a biscuit and cooked vegatable smell.

Taste is medium to light bodied. Caramel, biscuit and some cooked vegies. A nice firm bitterness comes in the backend. Slightly metalic hop taste. Earthy, musty hops. Classic english IPA but with a New England twist.

A pretty middle of the road american attempt at an english style IPA. Honestly... the coolest thing about this beer is the bright red pull tab on the black can. Love the contrast.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 21:29:52 | More by taez555
Photo of Zorro


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

Very strong head forming beer. Chill hazed amber color and a decent tan colored head.

Quite a good smelling beer strong herbal hops in spades. Pine, grapefruit, flowers, woody and spicy. Very toned down C type hops let earth and herbal English style hops really show their stuff in this beer.

The taste starts out very earthy in the mouth a taste of oak and mushrooms with a malt drop candy after taste. Nice well-balanced IPA this one doesn't overwhelm or hide the malt layer. Bitterness is well matched to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Supper easy to drink IPA here and one of the most drinkable. Beer makers need t make more balanced IPAs like this one and fewer hop only grenades.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 05:21:24 | More by Zorro
Photo of akorsak


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz can courtesy of cooperrip.

A: The can cracks open with a hiss but no explosion of foam. The body is an amber brown color, crystal clear with a noticeable red tinge. The head was almost a finger is size but laces quite nicely throughout the glass.

S: The nose is malty biscuit with a strong undercurrent of citrusy grapefruit and tangerine hops. Neither aroma overpowers the senses, insread creating a strong enjoyable scent.

T: The beer has a sturdy hop presence that jumps out immediately. The flavors are citrusy, with grapefruit being the primary flavor that is supported by some pineapple notes. The hops are assertive but not as strong as one would expect. They are nicely balanced by a biscuity sweet malt body that sends the swallow off to a sweet hoppy finish.

M: The hops are strong but not too strong. This is a nice candidate for sessioning.

D: The abv doesn't show up anywhere, giving this beer serious session credibility. The can is also a nice touch, compact portable and loaded with nice artwork.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 23:03:13 | More by akorsak
Photo of arguemaniac


3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Don’t really have anything nice to say about this one; it’s flaws eclipse it’s virtues. The hoppiness is rough and a bit unbalanced (even for an IPA) because the malt flavors are just too mellow (comparatively, anyway). And the mouthfeel is rather thin and watery. But, the hoppiness, despite it’s faults, is pretty sharp and crisp, and the hop flavor is fairly decent too. Plus, it’s nicely drinkable, I had no problem sucking a few down even though I wasn’t crazy about them. This beer isn’t horrible, but it probably isn’t worth your time or money. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 02:52:14 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of Liquids


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's hard not to have a twinkle in your eye when drinking beer that's brewed down the street from your home. Of course, I'm not an ultra hophead so IPA's are, at times, a hard sell...

This can is from the first batch that was canned purchased the first day on the shelves. Color is a rather amber and approaching red color with a one finger, somewhat bubbly head, with notable carbonation. Smells of hops but in a sweetist, floral, noble hop way. No real malty aromas, but a good aroma for an IPA. Taste is actually malty and earthy up front with caramel malts and even a suble taste of charred brown malt in there? The hops come through and are rather bitter, I'm less so detecting the resinous hop flavor and more so just straight bitterness. Mouthfel is medium light bodied and a bit heavy on carbonation for my tounge. Overall this is a good IPA, and I think it's likable, but it's not my pick for best of. The flavor factor of the heavily earthy malt profile and the hops tipping the scale in bitterness rather than complexity of flavor will more often than not keep this one out of my fridge most of the time, but drink up if you at all enjoy true-to-style, bitter IPA's, as this one is well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 14:26:16 | More by Liquids
Photo of Resuin


4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a willibecher. No date on can, but I would guess medium freshness based on other beers I picked up at the same store.

Appearance: Pours a hazy (opaque) medium amber/gold and leaves 2 fingers of white head that fade slowly and leave plenty of lacing.

Smell: Nice citrus, lemon rinds, definitely hop forward. A hint of malts. Pleasant, light and citrusy.

Taste: Follows the smell nicely: citrus rinds, blood orange, a hint of pepper, malts. Very easy drinking.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes smooth.

Overall: This is a well done, easy drinking IPA. If this were available in my area, this would be one of my go to IPA's. Nice citrus aromas and flavors, nothing negative in there whatsoever.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 20:29:14 | More by Resuin
Photo of BigMurph


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity slightly piney with a nice hops background and slight sweetness

T: The taste is well-balanced with citrus sweetness and hops bitterness. Eventually the hops flavor wins out. The malt presence is very complimentary. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to stick with for an entire evening.

Serving type: Poured in pint glass from can

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 17:39:09 | More by BigMurph
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque dark yellow golden with a white head sitting on top. Too hazy to see any visible carbonation. Leaves some real nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates. Just a bit of lacing.

S: Real nice hop aroma on this one. Mixture of earthiness, herbal and skunkiness. Quite pungent with a hint of citrus fruitiness. Just a bit of malting makes up the backend.

T: Great hop forward flavor on this beer as any IPA should have. Isn't overly bitter but instead imparts a good deal of flavor from the hops. As with the aroma it is an earthy skunky quality that is quite unique. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Pretty easy drinking with a refreshing finish. Isnt overly dry as some IPA's can be. Something I could drink all night.

Overall I'm impressed with the drinkability of this one. Nice hop flavor without dosing out too much bitterness. Worth picking up.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 23:45:37 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of GinjaSlice


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Not the best looking beer a very cloudy yellow. But good lacing and white head
S: A great smelling beer, very fruity and citrusy
T: Similar to smell with some citrusy hop taste but very one dimensional and a not so good bitter aftertaste with a hint of alcohol
M: good mouth feel very nice and refreshing

Good beer lacking in looks and taste

Serving type: can

03-12-2014 00:09:26 | More by GinjaSlice
Photo of scotorum


4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another recent acquisition from IPA specialist BigStein88, who traded for it with someone in Connecticut.

Poured from the 12 oz, can into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Nearly clear dark gold or amber with a huge three inch tall white head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Pretty intense citrus.

t; First impression is the mouthfeel is a bit watery, but then all is redeemed by a good strong hit of citrusy hops over the initially seemingly light malt base. No tongue bitterness lingers much, but overall bitterness in the mouth is the main aftertaste.

m; Light to moderate. More body as it warms.

o: An excellent, very easy-drinking IPA. I'd definitely buy this if it were available whrere I live, and I'm hopeful that it may be eventually now that New England Brewing has opened a new, larger facility. However I hear that the new capacity is expected to barely satisfy local demand down in Connecticut.

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 00:20:04 | More by scotorum
Photo of zeledonia


3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange. One finger of white head, okay retention and nice lacing.

Smell is juicy citrusy and piney hops. Starts out with bright fruit (oranges!), which quickly gives way to a pine resinous burst. Some strong sweet caramel malts provide a supportive base. Really nice.

Taste is decent. It's got some chalky bitterness, some clean tones. There's just a touch of citrus peaking through. But mostly it's moderately bitter and kinda dull, chalky. Finishes like aspirin, dry and bitter on the sides of the tongue.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, watery at first. Then turns dry and lightly chalky. Not bad, but not my favorite.

A decent IPA. The bitterness is chalky and dry, moreso than I'd like. If those bright citrusy points could come through more, I'd be happier.

Serving type: can

02-25-2014 02:44:42 | More by zeledonia
Photo of stephens101


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty as a picture with a resounding head and deep orange body.

The pungent nose knows few boundaries but leaves room for some citrus and grain to play.

The blending of bitter and sweet is the key here. Smooth and palatable, but has the flavor to make a difference. Let's go with citrus, orange peel, apricot, malt, "itty-bitty" vanilla and tannin.

A lighter body leads to a disappearing act, so yo better get yerself another.

Serving type: can

02-21-2014 00:52:16 | More by stephens101
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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.