Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 58
Gots: 230 | FT: 9
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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 oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Douglas14
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light-amber color with a small head that fades quickly and doesn't leave much lace. The aroma is predominately of citrus hops...light, crisp, and...citrusy. The flavor mimics the smell, but more of a malt characteristic creeps in. The hops in the flavor are, like I said, heavily of citrus and leave a nice bitterness. This is a nice beer, but is nothing special. Don't get me wrong though, the fact that it comes in a can is a HUGE plus! Glad to see that.

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a 16oz pint glass

A - Very thin head with minimal retention. Dark amber in color and surprisingly cloudy. Low carbonation.

S - Bright sweetness you expect from an IPA with zero of the harsh bitterness that can come with a beer being overly hopped. Nice caramel in the nose too - extremely well balanced.

T - Good balance, with a nice finish - just a hint of bitters. Not the most flavorful IPA I've ever had either. Not a lot of the up front bitterness I expect from the style, but not unpleasant either. A yummy and interesting beer, but not a very good example of what I expect from an AIPA.

MF/D - Just average here too.

Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can into DFH Specialty glass on 9/16/08. Thanks to Deuane for the hook up.

A - Cloudy, almost murky burnt orange/rust-colored body with a gargantuan four-finger beige head loosely packed with large bubbles that settled into a finger's width of retention and left web-like lacing around the glass. Tiny bubbles of carbonation are well-concealed beneath the shadowy body.

S - Burnt caramel malt with a combination of noble and American hops, which imparts a citrusy and somewhat earthy aroma. There's also a good bit of sticky pine accents in the mix. Hints of toffee and alcohol round out the aroma.

T - Citrus and piney hops abound in this fairly aggressive bitter IPA. A burnt caramel malt backbone provides a nice cushion of balance and toffee notes offer a hint of sweetness. Both the caramel and toffee flavors do a fine job in countering the assertive hop bite.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and sticky mouthfeel overall. Lively carbonation pops on the tongue. This lady packs quite a bitter little finish that lingers on the palate for a while.

D - I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, and it only got better as it warmed up. The carbonation also softened up a bit. Very solid effort from New England Brewing... my first brew from them and certainly not my last.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First new beer of the NFL season into a BMS mug.

Pours a honey, caramel, butterscotch color with ample carbonation. Very thin latte-colored head while it lasts.

Bountiful caramel malt and floral hops from the crack of the can. Hops become grassy with diffusion. Malt is velvety, accompanied by a little brown sugar and slight alcohol burn.

Husky malt has a big presence. Huge hop bitterness turns earthy on the palate in addition to grass and mild floral tones. Alcohol nicely subdued. Tilts towards the hop side. Would prefer a little more freshness from them.

Rolls smooth on the palate. Slight earthy grass aftertaste. Deep body and nice finish with slight woody feel.

Easy-drinking IPA that's a little hoppier than traditional English IPA efforts. Good job.

Photo of jdoncbus
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams BL glass. Color was a amber gold, mild hazing, lots of carbonation, big fluffy biege head, and impressive lacing.

Nose is toasted-sweet malt and honey; sweet. Hops make their appearance with their citrus, pine aroma; pear and apples. Notes of corriander, grain, & pepper.

The palate is hit with oily, honeycomb malt and bready goodness. The next and final stage of taste is pine, grapefruit, and honey; quite bold. The mouth is left parched and puckery, with a pleasing hop aftertaste. Mild booze burn.

A very tasty AIPA that comes in a cool can. This one may have some age on it since I waited so long to drink it (trade) but the hops are still fresh. Hopheads rejoice and check this one out.

Photo of Jordan1985rec
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Can with weird graphic of what one can only imagine is a 'sea hag.' Poured into a Harpoon IPA "European" glass.
Appearance: Dark, rich amber/red colour with a decent starting head which shrank, but lasted through out the pint.
Smell: Raw hops, not sure the variety, smells a little like a pale ale I brewed. Not much else besides the earthiness of the hops.
Taste & Mouth-feel: Full bodied, loads of hop bitterness. I've mentioned the hops a lot, but this IPA does not seem overly hoppy, mild even compared to hop monsters from the likes of Stone and the familiar 'extreme' set in America.
Drinkability: Overall a very decent beer from New England, another in a long list of quality brews from that region. The question of whether or not I would drink more than one of these, I only bought the one from a place in Virginia and so far I'm enjoying the beer, but not so much that I really feel like having another one the way other IPAs do (Harpoon is a good example of that).
For the record, I really enjoy the 'old style' IPAs, not too hoppy compared the the American style ones, this brew is close, but the hops used give it a strange taste, perhaps a bit too earthy.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice copper hue with an inviting, creamy head that lasts. Nice lacing with a touch of carbonation streaming upward.

S - Tea, leather, hops, and malt.

T/M - Hop forwardness but also plays well with the off caramel/maltiness and creamy carbonation. Very long finish.

D - Very drinkable and food friendly, too. I had it with some fresh oysters and clams and it paired beautifully.

Photo of deanhead
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber colored beer with a very good head. The head laced down the entire glass.

Herbal aroma, with an earthy organic nose.

Not super hoppy, but a nicely bittered beer. Earthy tasting.

Light to medium bodied, highly drinkable. Very well balanced malt and hop profile.

This beer is okay, nothing exceptional to write home about it. I did enjoy it, but for this style, there are so many IPA's out there that it really needs to be an exceptional beer to make any impact for me.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light copper amber color. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet and a little bit adjuncty. No real hint of hops at all.

T: Sweet up front. Malt is there as well. No real hint of hops which is what I am looking for in an IPA.

M: Medium body. Nothing good or bad really.

D: Perhaps should not have had this after an Unearthy. Tastes like a macro pale. Maybe not following a great DIPA this would have been better.

Photo of scooter231
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty dark auburn with a tannish head that sticks around for a while and leaves lovely lacing down to the last drop. Not completely opaque, but quite thick.

Smells very grassy and herbsy. Parsley, lemongrass... very, very earthy. Some vanilla smelling malts. Not outrageously hoppy, but it's there. Taste is lacking most of the sweet malts and lemon scents. It's quite biscuity, still grassy, still herbal. A nice bitterness to the end. At first I was a bit thrown and not a fan, but it grows on you.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick, but a bit on the thin side. Overall this is not a bad IPA at all, different from most I've had. It grows on you, but I wouldn't want more than 1 or 2 at a time. A well-rounded IPA.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with cool-looking label into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazier than I expected, but I love the haziness hear. Big frothy white head sinks slowly and leaves some solid lacing in lines around the glass. Mild physical floaties, but the composite I'm sure is making up the haze.

Smell: Yeast and chocolate are oddly enough seemingly up front, backed by a more mild aroma of both citrus and earthy hops, adding a bit more bitterness ala grapefruit rind. I like the darker chocolate aspects among the sweeter malt and citrus bitterness going on.

Taste: Nice malt backbone with chocolate and mild fruit, with more lingering grapefruit, citric and earthy hops. Balanced without being too hoppy or out of control, which I like, but not so slight in the hops that you can't tell it's an IPA. Lingering finish of chocolate and citrus that works very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice fullness of carbonation and creaminess.

Drinkability: Gotta love craft beer in a can. And so much less space in the recycling when you smash the cans. This isn't necessarily a beer for the hop head, but I enjoyed the balance and the ease of drinkability. I only got one can, but I could certainly see myself getting a 6-pack down the road.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown in color and cloudy. Foam head that has some staying power. Mild hops nose. Mild attack of malt and hops with a creamy texture and rich mouthfeel. A very malty IPA but very good. Smooth caramel notes. Hoppy sensation in the aftertaste that is balanced by the well presented malt in the flavor. I say B+ on my own scale.

Photo of ATPete
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can acquired through a trade.

A- Sea Hag pours a hazy orange brown color with a 1 inch off white head that quickly dissipates leaving lots of patching and some sticking.

S- Skunky stale burnt hops, dead leaves, wet wood and lemon.

T- A very odd IPA...this one has such a dominant malt character and a very rich hop profile. This is not your citrus bomb of an IPA, this guy is grainy, burnt and muddy. Its almost unbalanced, more to the malty side actually. I think an extra dose of some "brighter" hops would really do wonders for this beer.

M- Medium body, light carbonation.

D- I'm glad I was able to try the Sea Hag, it really is a decent beer that just needs slight tweeking IMO. However i dont see myself purchasing this beer, not even in a pinch. But i would like to try other styles from the brewery.

Photo of dsa7783
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce can purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Excellent appearance - a gigantic foamy and frothy head lay atop a medium-orange, tawny colored-hue with rising carbonation...
Smell wasn't as hop-laden as I had anticipated... Very subdued and moderate to say the least...
Taste seemed strangely off-balanced and not like your typical IPA... Peculiar paint-chip, ester flavor... Wasn't enjoying this one too much... In my opinion, the best thing about this brew was the appearance...
Overall, very tart and bitter without much going on in terms of flavor...
Much better depictions of the style out there...
Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this one...

Photo of tmitch75
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IPA in a can baby. Cheers to New England Brewing, and to BA DHermit for the trade.

Head foamed up out of the can just a bit before I could pour it. Beer pours an opaque orange color with 2-finger creamy white head and lace all around. Cool can design too.

Smell is average, lightly sweet malt with non-descript hoppy aroma. A bit of citrus.

Nice caramelly malt up front with full-flavored fruity and piney hop explosion. Bitterness is not overpowering despite the full flavor. Balance is good.

Medium bodied, or just a bit over. Very smooth.

An awesome IPA in a can. Very drinkable, I am a big fan of this one.

Tasted on 5/13/08.

Photo of getalife2k5
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this at Delancy's in Ct. Poured with a nice foamy head and produced a floral hop smell. Tasted of flowers, lemon and orange with a hint of pine. decently malty makes it well balanced, but only slightly bitter. i don't know if it is the name or picture on the tap that had a subconscious effect or what, but somehow, it tasted like the beach or oysters or the sea... but not necessarily in a bad way, if you can figure that out. it was nicely different, but a little lacking in umpfff.

Photo of dickieb
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours A Hazy Amber/Orange with a very small head, and some pretty good lacing, looks like a big beer. The smell is somewhat grainy with hints of caramel and a good whiff of piny hops. Th flavor is mostly grassy and piny hops with a grainy malt profile and a lingering citrus hop flavor. THe mouthfeel is good for a bigger session brew. I wouldn't want more then two of these on any given day, but its a pretty tasty brew, and it was the cheapest IPA when I picked it up. I will probably buy it again.

Photo of Kadonny
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank old school style right from the can.

A: A murky orange amber color and I obviously couldn't see any head and no lacing of course.

S: Malt, sweet caramel bready biscuity malt with hints of grass and dirt. Not much hops at all on the nose.

T: Is this an IPA or a lager? Really, flavors of malt, bread, grain with subdued hops flavors of grass and flowers. Slight bitterness on the finish, but this is far from hoppy and to me it's far from a prototypical IPA.

M: Medium and sticky with slight bitterness.

D: For me the drinkability was low. It just seems as if this is not really an IPA. It closer suites a lager flavor or APA with little hops. Shame too because the can is cool. Unfortunately I won't seek this out again. The old sea hag needs to dump some hops into that beer.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 11osixBrew for the trade.

Pours a hazy golden/amber/orange color with some sediment floating around, large foamy head with great retention and lacing.

Smell is mostly caramel malt, fairly weak on the hop aroma for an IPA.

Taste has a weird combination of hops, citrus, orange, and malt all acting at the same time, no layers of flavors, just a rush of all, lingering bitter aftertaste though that is from a combination of the hops and citrus.

Not the best IPA I've had, but it is an interesting one, just not sure all the flavors complement each other. At least it comes in a can, can't get enough craft in a can.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sea Hag IPA
12oz. can

A: poured into a straight pint. color is a hazy burnt orange, with a nice white head. Fair retention level and moderate lacing.

S: some mild sweet citrus aromas, like sweet oranges. Very faint aroma. Not too much in the nose on this one.

T: sweet tasting with very little bittering hop quality. some sweet citrus in the taste, almost tangerine like. not as hoppy as I would like.

M: light on the carbonation. Clean mouthfeel, crisp and smooth. it feels a little flat. Flavor leaves the mouth real quick.

D:good session IPA. it is drinkable, yet could improve in the hops.

Photo of drunkmonk
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper, nice two finger head gives way to a thin lace. Nice aroma of bready malts with caramel and slight floral hops. Hops definatly riding the back seat with this beer. Taste follows, as bready, caramel and toffee malt flavors ride the forefront and slightest hop bitterness comes in to finish, dare I say lager like? Very clean finish. Goes down effortlessly. Good old session ale. Pretty good.

Some of my hop loving friends will be dissapointed in this one. This is definatly along the lines of a British style Ipa. Toasty bready malt flavors with a nice balence of understated hops. In this day and age of American brewers making hop bombs, this is a nice balenced brew. I have to admit I was expecting more in the way of hops for an American style Ipa, but still a very solid brew. Expectations can screw, I mean skew a review.

Photo of cameraman
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber color, with touches of gold along the sides of the glass. A off-white colored head, two inches high forms, showing tremendous retention. A strong grassy fragrance hits the nose right away, followed by an overpowering scent of grapefruit. That is followed by a mild malt aroma, but it is very feint at the end. A hearty malt flavor lands on the palate at the front, then it gradually builds to the hop bitterness. The hops bring on flavors of grass, earth, and citrus. These bitter flavors dominate the taste till the very end. A very consistant mouthfeel, medium body that rolls across the palate, and finishing claen and dry. I am very surprised at what a can does for a beer. This is a strong IPA, the flavor is strong and the aroma is solid, there very little to find wrong with this beer.

Photo of timbro81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. Pours a good looking dusty copper/orange topped by a rich one finger creamy head that hangs around for some time. Good carbonation and lacing. Smells of resiny sweet caramel malts mingled with citrus/pine hops. Initially hop forward with the sweet caramel malts holding up the rear. Some toastedness tries to peek its head out from somewhere in there. Pine over grapefruit hops dominate the aftertaste. A solid IPA all the way around.

Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.