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Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

444 Reviews
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Reviews: 444
Hads: 1,507
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 63
Gots: 276 | 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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Reviews: 444 | Hads: 1,507
Photo of JamesStreet
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy, amber color with some cloudiness. Off-white head that wastes little time disappearing. Good lace
S- orange, grapefruit, lemon, some grassiness.
T- same citrus notes from the nose with some bready, cracker-like maltiness making it's presence known. Piney slickness as it goes down.
M- light crisp but still manages to coat the palate with a velvet-like sheen.
O- nice, easy-drinking IPA.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

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Photo of YeastPriest
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
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

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Photo of GregJ
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong citrus and floral notes. Tastes of grapefruit, bready, pine resin. Light body and medium carbonation. Pine resin and sweet malts on the palate.

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Photo of TJHartlett
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

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Photo of Hopheadgou
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. For me it has a lot of the character of the Gandhi Bot but without the astringent bitterness on the back of the palate. I buy it whenever I can.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a golden orange color. a finger or two of a white foamy head forms and has strong retention. Leaves behind a strong lacing. perfectly clear and with a strong brightness.

Smell: lots of hops, mostly floral but also notes of citrus and some earthy spice. sizeable malt background with sweet crystal notes and some toastiness.

Taste: opens up with notes of hops. a light citrus, mixed with some earthy spice. Strong floral hops take over. on the backend there is a malty sweetness. mostly crystal but toasted grains are present too.

Mouthfeel: medium mouthfeel. refreshing quality. some lingering bitterness but not too overpowering.

Overall: a middle of the road tasty ipa. a good one to have around if you are in the area but nothing to go out of the way for.

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Photo of McSmack
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer gets a bad wrap. Kind of like Blind Pig to Pliny. Sea Hag is a great tasting beer and reminds me like a lighter version of Zombie Dust. Great Beer!

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light on aroma front.

Some sour lemon flavor, solid, sweet malt base, fairly faint citrus hops. Not much bitterness at all.

Creamy texture

A good balanced beer, but I would rate it higer as a pale ale.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Amber hue with a full white head that sticks to the glass beautifully.
S: Citrus fruit aromas that are complimented by herbal notes. I wouldn't call it dank, but some might.
T: Very interesting flavor profile. It has a very subtle earthiness, but it's also juicy. I can't compare it to another IPA I've tasted. It has this East Coast/West Coast amalgamation happing in the flavor and I love it.
F: Very dry and nicely carbonated. The bitterness is a bit intense at first, but it calms throughout the session. Very crushable at 6.2%.
O: This beer is an underrated gem. I'm not going to make this about how it's score is entirely too low, even though it is. But I think it needs to be said that this is an outstanding beer. There's not a lot of flash or glamour with this beer. It's a blue collar workhorse in terms of craft beer. Nevertheless, it's always on point and it never disappoints.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

color is a hazy amber, pours a half finger of off white head that settles fairly quickly into a solid ring of lacing. aroma is pleasant, subtle pine and citrus peel upfront with a touch of malt in there. Taste is nice, but lacking. Subtle pine upfront, followed by hints of citrus and hop bitterness, with a large malty presence in the background. Feel is creamy upfront, although the body is light, but not watery, light carbonation that tingles in the finish

overall its a pleasant enough IPA, but lacks excitement, some extra fruitiness or sweetness would have gone a long way IMO.

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Photo of JKali860
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The new recipe is awesome. Rob and Matt have dedicated some time to re writing the recipe to make sea hag on Par with all of the other NEBCo offerings. They have succeeded.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A-Clear yellow orange in the glass, one finger head that lingers.

S-Lemon, citrus and a tad bit of grass. Nice hop aroma.

T-Starts with citrus and lemon. Grass and dirt in the finish, mild bitterness. Nice balance.

M-Sticky, hop resins.

O-A good IPA, NEBCO makes some good ones.

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Photo of blackwelma01
5/5  rDev +30.5%

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

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz can from buking21 (thanks!). Canned 7/25/14. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours hazy orange gold two fingers white froth. Jagged pillows of head remain and leaves some clumpy lace.

Smells floral and hoppy. Herbal pedals and oranges with a little caramelly sweetness.

Tasting some floral & rind notes with a little pepper, pine and crackery malts. A well balanced IPA with no noticeable booze.

Slick medium light body with moderate carbonation. Softly bitter aftertaste of herbaceous floral hops and pine.

Solid if not groundbreaking, Sea Hag is a darn good IPA. The blend of herbal and piney hops with subtle malts makes this highly drinkable.

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Photo of dd43
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack dated December 2 because come on, how do I turn down Hag made less than two weeks prior.

Pours an attractively hazy orange color, darker than average for a standard IPA. Lacing is somewhat less than I would have expected given the mid range ABV. Wonderful orange citrus and grapefruit aromas hit you immediately. Flavors follow suit, lovely citrus pith bitterness balances the dry crackery malts. There is a pine resin quality on the finish as well, but it is done with enough restraint to not be overbearing.

Mouthfeel is great, nicely balanced dryness, malts are much more present on the back end. Just the right amount of cling on the tongue and palate. This is a well made beer. Again as in the color, slightly more substantial in body than a lot of standard issue IPAs.

A very good reference east coast IPA. Drink this beer fresh at all costs, like most other hop forward beers it does not like sitting on a store shelf for weeks and weeks, unloved and overlooked. Shame on the package stores that allow this to happen.

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of Rfrick11
4.25/5  rDev +11%

IMO, an 87 does not accurately represent how good this brew is.

I was just in the New Haven area and spoke to an employee at a local retailer, and he explained that this beer continues to improve it's hop profile, so much so that he claimed it's quality is creeping up on the revered Gandhi-Bot.

Drinkable, balanced, floral. Everything I'm looking for in an IPA.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.25/5  rDev +11%

I've become a pain in the ass beer snob yet I really liked this beer. Sampled it fresh at the brewery while getting a growler of ghandi and then got a twelver of cans at nearby supermarket. Nice hazy yellow, subtle yet great nose, simple but damn good overall taste. Also nice to have a good IPA at only 6.2 percent Abv.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of hail_seitan
3.84/5  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!

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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