Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.
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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
4.01/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Served from the can into a Citizen Cider snifter.
A: Cloudy orange, very attractive and pretty spot-on for an American IPA.
S: Surprisingly little aroma. What does come through is rather malt-heavy. Quite unusual.
T: This is one of the strangest IPAs I've ever had. The bitterness of this single IPA is more overwhelming than most DIPAs I can ever recall. There is a bit of pine and citrus hops, respectively, in addition to a significant amount of detectable malt--too much for my taste.
M: Well done for an AIPA.
O: I had mixed expectations coming into this review. I love NEBCo. and that is not entirely due to the fact that I love Gandhi Bot and the brewery is less than 10 miles from my house. The quality beers they produce is, to me, unthinkable for a CT-based brewery. Many of their beers are, in my opinion, up there with some of the more reputed breweries of today--Hill Farmstead is chief among them. Thus, in that regard, NEBCo is flying a bit under the radar. Yet, Sea Hag is still not what I look for in an AIPA. It is most definitely not bad, and is in any case worth a try if you like IPAs. Yet, for me, it's just a bit too bitter and a bit too malty for my own IPA tastes. If you don't mind this, you very well may enjoy the hell out of this beer. Thus, despite the fact that I won't be buying any more cans of Sea Hag, I can't bear to rate it any more poorly than I have because it is undoubtedly a solid beer from the boys in Woodbridge. I'll be heading over tomorrow bright and early for some Gandhi Bot.
Update (8/21): To my dismay, the very afternoon after I first tried Hag from the can, I went to the brewery intent on bringing some Gandhi back to VT only to find out that they had run out. Disappointed, I figured I'd try Hag on tap to see if it was any different fresh. I must say, I really like fresh Hag in comparison to canned Hag. They're not THAT different, admittedly, but if you have the option to grab a growler as opposed to a sixer, I'd recommend going with the growler. I'm raising my review as a result of this experience.
Serving type: can
08-18-2013 20:09:19 | More by BTVflatlander
Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.