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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

976 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 47
Gots: 71 | FT: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006)
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank right from the can

I'm finally reviewing this after having it many times, I just had to after how blown away I was by the new recipe(i'm guessing). The smell is nice and citrusy, so fresh even coming from the can it had a great nose. The taste was so much better than I remember, just a mild carbonation with tons of fruit and a nice grapefruit bite to it. The mouthfeel was so smooth, no alcohol taste whatesoever and drank so easily.

I had to give this another shot after reading that people said it was different now. It def made me respect it a lot more. People need to try this again. It deserves a way higher score than it has.

Keep it up NEBCO

Serving type: can

09-27-2013 13:34:53 | More by ChrisChagnon
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BigStein88

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-26-2013 21:26:53 | More by BigStein88
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jryanj927

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

09-26-2013 19:02:04 | More by jryanj927
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mrchrisray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-24-2013 00:23:08 | More by mrchrisray
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-24-2013 00:00:05 | More by Lambocalrisien
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-23-2013 15:57:22 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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mletten

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-22-2013 18:05:17 | More by mletten
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tectactoe

Michigan

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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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-21-2013 11:31:24 | More by ChrisL24481
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-20-2013 02:25:07 | More by Burkbom23
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-15-2013 01:52:27 | More by raythealeman
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bt931912

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-14-2013 17:53:49 | More by bt931912
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

09-12-2013 20:03:49 | More by beernads
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tectactoe for shipping this short stubby can as an extra in a recent trade. Loved the Gandhi-Bot that arrived in the same box, so looking forward to this one. 12 oz. can with a cryptic 3041881BE code on the side.

Pour is bright orange with partly cloudy coming out of the very bottom of the can. Nose kicks off this circus with heady abandon. Hops galore! Rollers of pine & citrus come off the beer, along with floral notes & a dash of soapiness. Very nice: announcing your presence with authority.

Sea Hag IPA drops the ball moving down my face. The lovely aroma morphs into a more malt-driven beer that remind me of bitter crackers, & there's that soapiness again that reminds me of bad restaurant glasses. Bittering midsection saves the beer from the Trough of Malty IPAs, but just barely. Easy enough to drink, I suppose, if you'd care to.

Started out with a bang, end with two rocks scarcely brushing against one another. Decent enough, but in a growing swell of IPAs, this one does little to distinguish itself.

Serving type: can

09-12-2013 01:17:48 | More by maximum12
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dwoolley1

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-11-2013 12:22:58 | More by dwoolley1
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.9%

09-10-2013 00:41:52 | More by Dave_Treat
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mrw1zard

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-09-2013 14:59:55 | More by mrw1zard
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BridgieT

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-09-2013 03:22:54 | More by BridgieT
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phishfoolme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-09-2013 00:46:56 | More by phishfoolme
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-05-2013 05:29:36 | More by RayOhioFelton
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Tertullian007

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

09-04-2013 00:01:35 | More by Tertullian007
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HopGrazer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

09-03-2013 20:26:29 | More by HopGrazer
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cans bought at Hegedorn's Market in Webster, NY.

Pours a hazy, sediment-filled orange into the glass. Tons of floaties in this one. 1 inch head, strong lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, grass, and pine. Some other indistinct fruit flavors.

Tastes resinous, and dry. Very bitter pine flavors. Some slight fruit flavors pull through, mainly grapefruit.

Crisp mouthfeel, and crisp carbonation. A very dry beer, due to the lack of a strong malt backbone.

Not on par with some of NEBCO's other hoppy offerings, due to the somewhat astringent bitterness. It is however very tasty, and a good price point as well.

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 23:27:22 | More by GreesyFizeek
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AGust82

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

08-31-2013 01:50:30 | More by AGust82
Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.