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Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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very good

444 Reviews
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Reviews: 444
Hads: 1,507
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 63
Gots: 277 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Coasters in Melbourne. No can tainted taste. Fine, cascade and noble hops. Medium gold, with ome clinging lace and a soapy head.Average and decent IPA.Balanced yet the hops are right there. Easy drinking, with some bitterness lingering in the finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid hop flavor but the smell is slightly better in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer to me wasn't all that much of an IPA. The beer poured out as a golden yellow color with a decent white head on it. The smell of the beer was a little hoppy and had a little spice on the nose. The taste of the beer seemed more like a christmas ale to me. Not really sure why. The mouthfeel was light, similar to a wheat beer. Overall I probably wouldn't need to have this one again but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy head; sheets of lace drape down the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Whoa, what's this? Noble hops in an IPA? Yes, indeed, but there is citrus and some caramel malt in the aroma, too.

Taste: Starts out with a graham cracker malt flavor, that is quickly joined by a pithy hop flavor; by mid-palate, the grassy noble hop character joins the profile and dominates after the swallow, refusing to give any quarter, although there is some residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Having now sampled all three of the New England canned beers in a row, I can see that the brewer has a bit of a sweet tooth; this beer is the best of the lot and the intriguing blend of the hops as well as its more English malt character, make it an enjoyable brew

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a rusty orange color with a pretty decent sized head that quickly recedes. Nose is faint grapefruit and orange with a moderate hop presence. Taste is ever-so-mildly hoppy with some bread in the background. Slight bitterness on a good body. Drinks fairly well but is pretty lackluster as an IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully bronzed dark kumquat that explodes with bold, rich color when backlit with bright sunshine. The pale caramel cap is thickly creamy with a rumpled surface that gives it a great deal of character. I love the way Sea Hag looks, but the color makes me wonder if caramel malt will be too prominent for my tastes.

The nose is wonderful and is easily more hoppy than malty. That said, this isn't a hop bomb because of the underlying... yes, caramel... malt. Those who like to taste toasted malt in their (somewhat balanced, I'm guessing) IPAs will be in seventh heaven. For the pure hopheads among us, the aroma falls short of great.

Sea Hag tastes exactly like it looks like it'll taste and exactly like it smells like it'll taste. And it tastes damn good. If I'm going to drink a caramel malt dominant (as opposed to a pale malt dominant) IPA, then this is just the sort of thing that I want. What I'm trying to say is that there's a few cargo holds worth of hops in this can. Shiver me timbers, this stuff is good!

Resinous pine sap is especially prominent and is easily the equal of sugared white grapefruit pith. While the early portions of each mouthful are balanced, the later portions favor the good guys with a puckeringly bitter, impressively drying back end. A little yeasty sourness tries to intrude, but is rebuffed by all the alpha acid.

The mouthfeel is top-notch as well. It needed to be on the medium-full side in order to work... and it is. What good is a frail Sea Hag anyway? Only the really buff, muscular Sea Hags are truly scary. A modest slickness on the finish provides some much-appreciated flavor linger.

Sea Hag is my first offering from New England B.C. and I'm impressed by what they've done with this IPA. I imagine that these cans fly off the shelves; or at least they would if I had easy access. Like the label says, "Drink It. It's good".

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decided to crack open a can of this one right before football started up this afternoon. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/12/2010.

nice amber colored pour was crystal clear with a boatload of carbonation bubbling up through to the surface to form a nice tight head of white foam that clung to the sides of the glass for a good few minutes before settling out.

aroma is ripe pine hops, nice bitter notes that start to become floral and lightly sweet as it starts to warm. crisp, clean flavor from a well carbonated body yield a nice and light profile while still maintaining a decent amount of fullness. light notes of resin, sweet malts, light buttery notes that seemingly fill the profile and lead to a soft and dry finish that smacks of light hops.

overall a very solid ipa that really comes across nicely on a warm day. cannot really complain.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a big, two and a half finger head of off-white foam on top of slightly hazy, orange-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A light aroma of spicy hops with some toasted malt and a bit of caramel.

T - Bready toasted malt up front with some spicy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. More toasted malt through the middle with musty hop flavor that fades to peppery spicy notes in the finish. Dry, toasty malt with little sweetness as well as moderate hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This IPA is lacking in hop aroma and seems to have a flavor that is centered around earthy british/european hops rather than the fruity and citrus hops one expects form an American IPA. The malt character is substantial and very toasty, but it is also quite dry. This might work better with a more fruity hop profile, but with these musty hops it seems excessively dry and harsh. This beer is by no means a drain pour, but I can't see any reason to seek it out again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 fingers of creamy eggshell white head. Sturdy creamy retention that throws a ton of spotty lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite grassy and earthy with a touch of spices present and some supportive notes of citrus and bread.

The taste is an earthy and herbal hop profile with some light citrus tang and bready caramel underneath it. The herbal hops and some slight alcohol beef gives this a bit of a medicinal feel in the finish. Not necessarily unpleasant but a touch distracting. The mouthfeel is overall fairly creamy but there is some light alcohol heft that bumps this up into the medium category.

Not bad. I understand that they had to change the recipe up for this, resulting in a more English style IPA than it was previously. Maybe a bit more flavor and body to cover some of the ABV but otherwise, this was OK.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Craft beer from a can - it's a beautiful thing! I'm glad New England got on the bandwagon.

Anyway, poured into a glass it's a deep amber/copper with a crimson tint. The white head rises up readily but then backs down, eventually forming a standard collar. Lacing is left about the glass in sheets of tiny spots.

The nose is fairly basic with a combination of lightly sweetish caramelish malt, yeasty fruitiness, and leafy, grassy and mildly citrusy hops. My first impression was that it was an English style IPA, but then I caught the citrusy hops on the end. On the other hand, British brewers are now using a lot of American hops, so from a current standpoint, I guess you could say it's quite English in nature. Regardless, it's definitely not what you would think of immediately as an "American" IPA (and I certainly don't think it was intended that way either).

The flavor follows suit, and it's fuller flavored than the nose suggests, but not by much. That's not to say that there's anything wrong here - quite to the contrary, this is a very "English" style IPA, and thus VERY drinkable. It's superbly well-rounded with medium caramel malts that make up the base, a solid yeasty fruitiness at the heart, a firmly bitter anchor at the core, and satellites of passing hop flavors. It simply passes over the tongue!!! Gentle caramel, some more yeasty fruitiness (apples, berries, peach, soft apricot, perhaps some cherry), and leafy-grassy and then delicately citrusy hops linger in the finish.

Nicely done! Very drinkable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, a nice little IPA from a local brewery in a can.. something new for sure. I must say, this is a quite different tasting IPA. Not overly hoppy in either the smell or the taste, but still high in ABV. It tastes good but I was expecting more of a hop kick to it, just an odd assortment of flavors instead.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is very fruity with a nice hops background and a bit of caramel.

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

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mughugger for sharing this.
Poured from the can into a standard pint.

A - Light amber with a pale head

S - Twiggy woody hop aromas

M - Medium bodied w/ good carbonation along w/ nutty dry notes.

T - Fruity crystal malt and spicy hops w/ light citrus tastes. A good nutty grain flavor lingers

D - Sweet and tasty with nice balance. Overall an easy drinkin' IPA with some woody hop character.

Second review - I must say between reviews at least the ale is consistent -can shared with Tim D while brewing Sunny
Sun's Cousin. A - 3.5 S - 4 M- 4 T - 4 D -4
I think I enjoyed this can more since it seemed fresher and the hops more vibrant. Can purchased at Julio's

A - -Golden and light amber hued w/ a thick white creamy cap that creates a thick web of lace on the glass. The IPA has a mild haze and the bead is tight

S - A very fruity nose w/ slight piney scent w/ a hint of floral hops - I would guess ringwood yeast if pressed as there is a hint of berry and stone fruit distracting slightly from the hop smell

M - A mild sweet and nutty texture w/ moderate/mild bitterness and moderate carbonation pretty dry and semi bitter finish

T - A tasty piney IPA w/ sweet fruit backing from the yeast and malt w/ a hint of lemony cascade hop flavor in the finish

D - I find this very easy to drink and even though I love a dry bitter West Coast Style IPA it is sometimes nice to have the other side of the coin with a little more malt and sweetness in the taste -highly drinkable

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Delaney's, New Haven, CT

Cloudy orange-amber pour, with a moderate cap of white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and caramel malts. A bit more like an APA than a straight-up IPA, as others seemed to have noted. Taste was similar, citrusy hops, malty sweetness, a little toasted bread. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, and it was drinkable enough, but it just seems it would work better as an APA. But styles aside, it's still a solid brew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to beeronthebrain for this one!

Pours copper with 3 fingers of pillowy cream colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Some biscuitty malt & faint citric hops that grows stronger as it warms

T: Caramel with citric & herbal hops up front. A bit of leafy hops & some caramel as this warms. Finishes citrussy with faint maltyness

MF: Medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks good, but this isn't really that flavorful an IPA, still looking for an equal to Dales PA

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown that seems just a touch clouded. Very slight amount of head. Nose is gentle pine hops, but overall pretty subdued. Flavor is a strong hoppy IPA with some nut character. Also is a sweet hop pine tone there as well. Feel is good on the liquid feel, though there is not a huge amount of bubble hitting the tongue. Overall it is pretty drinkable. Still not the best IPA in a can, but pretty good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color (like light maple syrup); clear. Good head with lasting lace.

Good malt/hop blend; slighter hop than expected for an IPA

Very nice hop bite that doesn't overpower. Smooth in texture, not overly full in body, but accurate to style. Nice mild hop aftertaste that lasts long after the swallow.

Easily the best beer I've ever gotten out of a can. I prefer this form of container as it prevents light from ruining the beer. I wish more breweries shipped their beer this way.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can served in pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a generous head. Head has good retention.

S - sweet floral hoppy aroma with strong malt component.

T - medium (for IPA) hop flavor (cascade and nobel) with bitter component nicely balanced by rich malt. A bit sweet for an IPA but still has an obvious bitterness.

M - smooth.

O: this flavorful brew tastes great and makes a great session beer.

Certainly one of the best canned beers I've ever tried.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/09/11 notes. Had on tap at Picco's in Boston, MA. Served ina pint glass.

a - Pours a dark murky orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. More malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, and biscuit. Again, more malts than expecting, though the citrus hops are there.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty decent IPA from NEBCO. More malty than hoppy, but good none the less. Worth trying.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bronze-to-crimson appearance, with a firm, frothy, creamy top, quite attractive.
Aroma: caramel malt, hops, crisp, appley, fruity, definitely more of an English IPA bent to it...there's Cascade hops, but also "Noble" ones, so there's a bit of both going on...interesting.

Taste: snappy! Malty, but plenty bitter and hoppy, then ending dry off of the tongue. Nice play on the tongue here, good texture, medium-to-full bodied, with a classic fruity-to-dry finish. Tasty stuff!

Again, an intriquing blend of American and English hops makes for a fascinating amalgam in this Sea Hag IPA. Only one question remains in my mind...would Popeye like it?

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade...

Pours hazed copper with a large, rocky, off-white head that stays around. Some foamy lacing sticks.

The smell is of spicy, grapefruity, citrus with a caramel backing.

The taste is of plenty of Cascade hops with a caramel maltiness in the back. Grapefruity hop presence dominates the caramelish maltiness. A slight tinniness (from the can?) peeks through at times. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

It is full-bodied (or nearly so) and very smooth.

An incredibly drinkable hoppy brew. Hops stand out above the caramel backing and the two work very well together.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in the can and a DFH signature glass. Beer is yellow, really hazy, soft white head, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation.

mostly piny hops in the aroma that is all.

medium bodied beer, nice carbonation in the mouth, decent overall experience with this beer. The beer is mildly malty but I don't find it that distracting from the overall experience. I'd have it again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to connecticutpoet for sending this sweet can my way.

A: Pours a hazy amber, reminds of store bought apple cider actually. Nice one finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Decent amount of pine and citrus on the aroma here, there is a little bit of grassy/lemon too. A little bit of grain and some caramel round out the malt bill.

T: Not as much hop presence in the flavor as I expected based off the aroma. Some pine up front, a little bit of orange rind, with a decently bitter finish. Some caramelized sugar in the midpalate balances the hops.

N: Pretty smooth drinking, light to medium bodied, and went down easy. Nice carbonation level here too.

O: Pretty good, would have like a slightly stronger hop presence on the taste, but something I wouldn't mind grabbing a bunch of on a nice day outside grilling, especially in cans.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.