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Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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Reviews: 438
Hads: 1,469
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 6.02%
Wants: 61
Gots: 254 | 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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ampzilla for this brew.

Poured into a SA glass a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, big two-finger foamy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, good scent of citrus/pines, and some caramel. The taste is hoppy, citrus/piney, and caramel. There is also a slight sweetness, and chewy. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice/tasty IPA from this brewery, highly recommended. (436 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, served in a pint glass.

A - cloudy, orange/amber color with a thick, foamy, light tan head that stayed the entire glass leaving a whole bunch of clumpy lacing.

S - piney hop aroma.

T - balanced flavor of malts and hops, good IPA for a starter, but also enjoyable for a seasoned vet.

M - medium/full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D - the heaviness of the beer may slow you down, so drink it slow and enjoy it.

Final Note: Drink It ~ It's Good (473 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep amber orange with a thick orangish brown foamy frothy head that leaves behind thick chunks of lacing. Hell Yeah!

S: Nice piney, citrus aroma with a nice biscuit like malt backbone. Nice smelling inviting IPA.

T: Nice IPA that is not over the top when it comes to the hops. There is a gentle mild piney hop taste with just enough malt to balance it out nicely. More English IPA than APA.

M: Medium bodied yet very filling.

D: Nice drinking beer.

Overall: Anytime I can find a nice IPA in a can I am a happy man. This one and Dale's are my favorite beers to take to the beach. I look forward to drinking a lot of these bad boys in the future. (659 characters)

Photo of Litterbean
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy sheizer is there a ton of carbonation! This thing took about 2 attempts to fully empty into my glass. It foamed up out of the can too upon opening. Jeezum.

Appearance is ruby with a massive head, but not uniform and kind of chunky. Retention is simply okay.

Chalky dry nose, citrusy, notes of dusted sugar, fruits, biscuits.

Sweet to the taste, full of body, chocolate and velvety, piney resinous hops. Lots of carbonation.

Eh. (436 characters)

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New England Sea Hag IPA pours a reddish copper with a thick tan head that laces nicely as it drops from a twelve ounce can. There is a really nice aroma, hop heavy but caramel malt is holding its own too. The flavor is similar, lots of pine like hops, but very balanced with caramel malt. A nice effort. (303 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I think this beer deserves a nomination for the "best beer in a can" debates that seem to pop-up on this site every week or so. It is a delight.

This beer pours a dark reddish amber with an abundant sticky head made up of miniscule bubbles. Aroma is the highlight of this beer; lots of light hop aroma with some sweetness. The smell also communicates a refreshing amount of effervescence. Mouthfeel was medium up-front...not watery but not overly substantial (nor syrupy). Maybe a tad too light. Taste was rather malty, but also balanced. Hops come out after a few sips (or maybe as it warmed up). The taste was full-bodied while remaining extremely drinkable. Beats the hell out of the much-acclaimed Dale's Pale Ale in the best canned beer contest (IMO).

I bought this at Norm's Wine & Beer in Vienna, VA during a Labor Day weekend visit. (842 characters)

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

Presentation: Can from France 44

A: dark amber ale with an off white head that fell off quickly. Gold highlights around the edge.

S: Strong spice, piney and citrus in the nose, smells almost like a DIPA with the strong vinous qualites.

T: aggressive hop bitterness on the front and sides of the tongue, grassy and piney, and lingering for a good long time. Vinous and oily on the tongue like an DIPA, and dry in the finish. Chewy, biscuit malt underneath is strong but still below the balance of the hops, and very sweet but not cloying.

M: Chewy and full, high carbonation, oily.

D: Smooth and slow, full bodied, chewy, and a building hop presence

Overall: a very nice IPA but the hop character is a bit grassy for me compared to the rest of the beer, but nothing that's going to keep me from exploring more of this brewery. A well done beer and a fine first example of this east coast establishment. (911 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an unusual beer to judge. It pours a dark reddish brown that is opaque. Is this an IPA or a brown ale? Two-fingered head that settles to a nice off-white cap. Leaves heavy lacing. Appears very fresh and inviting. Yea cans.

The smell throws me off again. It doesn't smell like an IPA. I get roasted malt and earthy, bready smell. Where is the pine and citrus smells I have grown accustomed to in IPAs?

This just barely has a IPA taste. More malt than hops but finishes with a hop bitterness. Not really my take on what an IPA should be but it is a good tasting beer. How do you judge that? I gave it a 3. It is perfectly carbonated, medium bodied and is quit enjoyable to drink, but it is not what I think an IPA should be.

I like the artwork on the can. (764 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a three finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing. Some chill haze noted.

The smell featured a resiny citrus hop with notes of pine and white pepper.

The taste featured an upfront peppery hop that quickly melted into a medium bodied grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with some residual herbal hop.

Overall a very tasty IPA and yet another good canned option. (436 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good color, very good aroma which is important especially in IPAs. Have had both on tap and from the can. Tap is fresher, but the can does keep it fresh for a long time. Just took one out of the fridge the other day from 4 months ago and it was just like i bought the 6 pack last weekend. Makes me proud to be from Woodbridge, and even prouder that it used to be a dry town a few years back. (402 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for no better reason than the anime hag on the label. Way to go NEBC marketing people!

Looks great in my tulip. It's a shame it came in the can. Just sitting there, it looks an orange-ish brown, but when held to the light, it comes alive and the partial fogginess helps fade the spectrum of amber to straw in the most beautiful way. There are a field of bubbles too that add to the depth which sustain a very pale tan head.

Smells initially of a dry earthy pine but is then supported by a mild mushroom and tomato. This trails off into a distant sour pineapple.

Starts with a rather aggressive hop bite (yeah!) that's nothing but dry, but this slowly picks up some of the mushroom from the smell along with some dry peaches and apricot. Finishes dry(er) with a touch of hard wood and a little paper.

The mouthfeel is very much accentuated by a swarm of tiny bubbles that add a tremendous amount of body with out sticking out awkwardly. Other than that, it's quite clean.

Nice. I like the British hop element to this one. It made for a nice change of pace. From a can? A treat, indeed. (1,100 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange color with a head that is more tan than off-white, it looks tasty. It smells hoppy without being piney or fruity. The flavor is much more malty and chewy than I would expect from an IPA but I like it a lot. The weird thing about this beer is it feels like a low ABV barleywine in my mouth with a chewy toffee flavor, the hops are there but this is just weird. I wonder how fresh this can is but I guess it doesn’t matter since it tastes good. This IPA is not what I am used to but I sure am enjoying it, recommended. (529 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (1,495 characters)

Photo of surlyseth
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In an oversized wine glass...
Brilliant red amber color with a medium head that dissipates after a minute or two.
Citrus and lots of mal. There's a tinge of wholesome sweet biscuit as well.
Taste is very malty, and pretty hoppy. I taste a big fat biscuit in here. Finish is bitter and a bit sour.
Feels grainy and bitter with nice medium carbonation.
Drinkability is nice. There's nothing in this beer to suggest that I would have difficulty throwing back another of these. I won't hesitate to try other offerings from this fine brewing company. (545 characters)

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

a beautiful copperery amber color with a tight frothy bit of a head that faded quickly with not much lacing (could be the weather outdoors today). piney smell a litte florally maybe in smell. taste started with pine, bitter in the middle and somewhat sweet at the end. carbonation is middle of the road ,a bit on the smooth side. definitely a mouthful of hops but not to the high end more of a beefed up pale ale, but for me definitely a very drinkable IPA. this is one of our local brews here in the nutmeg state and i will be steadily supporting small ct businesses,this is a staple in my fridge because of taste not prejudice.thanks durge! and i agree ,print some SEAHAG shirts ! (682 characters)

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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in a pint glass
Sea Hag pours out a nice clear red copper color with a thick large head that dissipates to a thin film and laces the glass nicely. The smell is a little on the weak side I find some of the normal citrus hops but there is also an undertone of more English grassy, spicy hoppiness in there as well this is all backed by some sweet malt. The taste is a bit different but in a good way, this one doesn't have mouth tearing levels of bitterness which allows the hop flavor to come through. The difference in hop varieties is definitely noticeable in the taste. All of this hop flavor is nicely balanced by a strong sweet caramel malt presence. The mouthfeel is nice and full with just enough carbonation. Drinkability here is very good the flavor isn't overly challenging but there is enough going on to make this an enjoyable IPA. (859 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to give a BIG SHOUTOUT to Scoobydank for this trade! Thanks, buddy!!!

Poured from it's can - a gorgeously clear, reddish-copper color with spidery lacing and a nice offwhite head. I detected light sediment in the pint glass. Looks delicious...

Smelled primarily of sweet malts, followed by hops and a light, trailing yeast.

Taste: Immediately disappointed that the beer didn't have more of a hoppy bite, as all I could really pull from the flavor were sweet malts, caramel and a faint sour finish.

Overall, it was a nice session beer. Though it's labeled as a full-bodied American IPA, I didn't really get that out of it. To me, it almost tasted like a Irish Red Ale (Like Murphy's Red). I feel the malts outweighed the hop flavor, but I can also be a spoiled with the insanely high IBU beers I've been drinking lately.

At any rate, I would surely drink this with one night with a lobster dinner in say, Rhode Island.

Nice work, NE Brewing Co... (975 characters)

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

A - this canned ipa pours a hazy amber/reddish color with a thin tan ipa-esque head that fades slwoly to a bubbly lace

S - a decent hop profile is easily noteiceable in the nose, with slight grapefruit notes as well, decent typical aromas, nothing out of the ordinary, but of higher quality

T - a malt/hop combined taste. with a bit of mustiness, but not a bad mustiness, a nice blended flavor with a nice bitter finish

M&D - nothing spectacular here, but very quenching, with a wholesome body and full taste, is great on a hot hazy about-to-thunderstom afternoon, especially out of can, this beer is perfect in the right situation, like after mowing the lawn. well done NEBC (684 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark coppery-orange with quite a good initial head, decent retention and quite good lacing. The smell has nice upfront hop bitterness and orange pith as well as a very light graininess. The taste is pleasant with more orangey hops, light grainess and a floral finish. Quite delicious. Mouthfeel is toward the light side but with some grainy body. refreshing, not too thick and nicely flavored and balanced. Better than expected after reading some of the views. A toast to the acceleration of canning among craft brews. (526 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Happy Fourth of July, 2007. Thought I'd give another canned beer a try on this Independence day. The Sea Hag IPA, from New England Brewing Company seemed to be a good choice.

Poured from the can into my DFH tulip pint, the Sea Hag appears a darker amber or almost copper/brown color. Nice reddish/orange hues when held up to the light. Presents a smaller, dense-looking off-white head that settles quickly to a thin film. Some lace is left on the glass sides as the beer recedes. The aroma is almost a malty, molasses/vanilla hop scent. An interesting smell, for sure, but I like it a lot. Mostly pine-scented hops. I don't get much fruit from this aroma at all, except maybe a deep pear or apple scent way off in the distance. The taste is exotic for an IPA, in my opinion. Sure, it's got a hoppy tang to it, but it's not a hugely hoppy beer. Not entirely well-balanced, though, either. The hops are most prominent, and yet they're not dominant. A strange sensation. The mouthfeel is a bit tin-flavored, but I can't tell yet if that's from the can, or from the hops. My instinct is to say the hops, but it's a strange feel. Sparkling dry finish, if that makes any sense. I like this beer (which is a good thing, because I grabbed a sixer of it without knowing anything about it) but I would turn to other IPAs at the pubs first before settling on the Sea Hag. Still, it's worth a try, and not just because it's in a can. (1,424 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber, nice head.

Smell: Bready with some citrus.

Taste: Reminds me of an English IPA. Hops are more balanced and earthy, with some citrus coming through. Not overly bitter but quite balanced.

Mouthfeel: Seems somewhat heavy.

Drinkability: The heaviness noted in mouthfeel detracts a little bit, I probably couldn't have too many in a sitting.

Another good beer in a can. It reminds me of English IPAs but not too much. Good balance between malt and hops, so would be a nice change-of-pace among hop bomb IPAs. (543 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im sampling a cold draft pint poured straight from my kegerator.
The beer pours a clear copper hue with soft fluffy eggshell white head foaming up several cm and fading gradually. Leaves windowpane lattice as it recedes.
Aroma is pine sap hops and some grassiness as well. Hop dominant on the nose for sure.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt and some caramel backbone but quickly rolls to a hop mixture of citrus notes and pine resin. The hops linger with some drying astringent bitterness. i dont detect alcohol anywhere and the beer is very easy to drink. I will enjoy this brew all summer for sure. Crisp, cool and refreshing, plus in cans it goes to the beach with you too!
Very nice brew. (760 characters)

Photo of pittvkyle7
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very nice amber color with big white head that doesn't last long, but does leave a ton of lace.

smell is balanced with both hops and malts

taste is mostly pine hops with a great underlying caramel and slightly toasted malts, great taste.

medium light mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, very crisp, and a little dry finish.

good drinkablility (342 characters)

Photo of mnstorm99
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the cans, had to try this one. Pours a clear golden brown with a nice white head without great retention. Smell is of hops, typical IPA balanced out with toasted malts. taste was much of the same as the flavor, the Hops hit first with a nice malty finish. Very deinkable IPA, nice to have cans of good beer for the boat rides on the weekend, I may mix a couple of these in the cooler with my array of Surly. I will have to try the other New England offerings in a can now that I know where to0 get some here. (513 characters)

Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.