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Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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very good

449 Reviews
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,545
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 68
Gots: 304 | FT: 9
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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

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 SixpointJMH
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice looking slightly hazy amber colour with a huge beige rocky head that is long lasting and leaves clumps of itself all over the glass...nice!

The aroma is at first malty and biscuity but then hits you with a good but not overpowering blast of floral and pine hops. There's a fair amount of caramel sweetness here as well.

The flavour is essentially more of the same with a hearty dose of sweetness, bread, earth, floral and at times almost juicy hops all mixing together for a nice overall balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth but biting at the same time.

Let this one settle down a touch after you pour from the can. An eager early first sip lent to some harshness in flavour, but as this one breathes and warms a bit it becomes very enjoyable. It's a nice, not overly hopped IPA that even has some Amber Ale qualities to it. Well done.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown that seems just a touch clouded. Very slight amount of head. Nose is gentle pine hops, but overall pretty subdued. Flavor is a strong hoppy IPA with some nut character. Also is a sweet hop pine tone there as well. Feel is good on the liquid feel, though there is not a huge amount of bubble hitting the tongue. Overall it is pretty drinkable. Still not the best IPA in a can, but pretty good.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Amber bown color, inch high head, that left some lace on the glass.

smell - Grapefruit smell of hops here.

taste - Lot of hop taste here ,but does have a sweet malt taste near the finish of the taste. Still more hops here, like a grapefruit.

mouthfeel - Has a bitterfeel in the mouth.

drinkability - Too much hops for me here. Nice for a hop head.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dark orange color. Eighth inch white head, good retention. Good lacing.

S - Very malty and not so hoppy. Rich caramel malts, slightly bittered. Smells a lot more like an amber.. a good one.

T - Very malty with some green bitterness. Lots more malts than hops, very distinctive. A very good amber.

M - Medium consistency with good carbonation.

D - I like this a lot but I would never call it an IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

Very strong head forming beer. Chill hazed amber color and a decent tan colored head.

Quite a good smelling beer strong herbal hops in spades. Pine, grapefruit, flowers, woody and spicy. Very toned down C type hops let earth and herbal English style hops really show their stuff in this beer.

The taste starts out very earthy in the mouth a taste of oak and mushrooms with a malt drop candy after taste. Nice well-balanced IPA this one doesn't overwhelm or hide the malt layer. Bitterness is well matched to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Supper easy to drink IPA here and one of the most drinkable. Beer makers need t make more balanced IPAs like this one and fewer hop only grenades.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A damn good brew in a can. Not quite up to par with Dale's but close. And yes, I would consider this more of a Pale Ale than IPA. A deep amber orange with nice carbonation and a white head, leaving some lacing down the glass. Smell is strong and bitter hops, mostly piney with a light citrus behind it. A sweet caramel malt and breadiness also linger. Taste is a good balance of hops and malt. Bitter at first and then the nice sweetness stunts a completely bitter finish. Not too dry in the mouth and almost creamy/chewy in texture. Pretty big bodied and easy drinking considering that. The artwork on the can alone is worth admission. Interesting and something that I won't mind drinking in the future.

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Photo of csmiley
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Appears to be a copper color with a hint of brown. Got a good one inch head that was gone pretty quick. Lacing was minimal.

S - VERY little to speak of. Got a hint of sweet malt with some hops in there somewhere.

T - There is a great balance of flavors in this one. Citrus hops are there but they do not overtake the whole flavor sensation. There is also a very light caramel flavor and I think I tasted something roasted as well. Finishes with the right amount of bitterness.

M - This one is medium bodied with good carbonation. Just a little dry but that is expected for the style.

D - I found the Sea Hag to be a good offering from New England Brewing.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Lotsa head. Had to pour three times so as not to foam over.

The color is absolutely gorgeous, although a bit odd for the style. A slightly hazy medium to deep copper/mahogany color. Lots of sheet lacing clings throughout.

Smell has some bread notes at first with some hops aroma, but not really that perceptible, even on agressive swirling.

Taste is really good, and again, a bit off the AIPA style. Malt sweetness hits the front of the tongue, with an increasing wave of moderate hop bitterness attacking the sides and back, with a nice slight bittering finish.

Mouthfeel is moderate, with some good body.

This beer is all about balance,especially given the style. In these days of many brewers trying to outdo each other on the IBUs scale, just for the hell of it, IMHO; a breath of fresh air from one of the best brewers in the Northeast.


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Photo of chefboy812
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I popped the top of the can and was greeted with a slow foam up. Let the foam roam! I poured it into a straight side pils glass(Stoudt's) and had to start and stop 3 times with intence foam action. light off white mocha color head actuall condenses and gets whipped cream like and stays with the beer until the end, I actually got out a spoon to get the last creamy bite.
The aroma is biscuity roasty and hoppy; slight citrus and spice but with a vegitably hey note. maybe fresh hops or over contact. Kind of like a home brew. not bad but a flaw, but in this beer it gives personality.

nice mouth feel with chew and good hop resin finish. nice fruit and spice hop smack then a nice graham cracker malt. the vegitable grasy aroma note is present at the beginning of each sip but fades into the hop and alcohol flavors.

Nice beer, worth a try

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Photo of cjgator3
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a nice white head. The malt is 100% American IPA with malt and fresh hops. The taste is deliciously hopped with a nice bitter finish. Unlike some unbalanced IPAs, Sea Hag features a nice malt backbone that complements the hops nicely. Overall, this is a highly recommended IPA that I will definitely be purchasing again in the future. I have noticed that IPAs seem to taste better in a can, the hops seems to last longer and stay fresher than in a bottle.

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Photo of mmcave
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To start this is absolutely my first micro brew in a can. Its actually sort of great to crack a can expecting an American rice lager and get this. No freshness date that I can find. So right before I opened it I dropped it on the floor and the can went rolling. I snapped the tab and lots of foam rose out the opening. I poured generously into a nonic, head is thick and full. Its white with shades of off white, its billowing and big with two fingers of lacing, thick and chunky huge craters. Retention is decent. Body is deep brown, red, amber, with brilliant highlights.
Smell is very well balanced, however the malt is almost more present than the hops. I get soft notes of cascade citrus, but this is very subdued. The malt is aromatic and pleasant. I get notes of home toast I think on some of the base malt, which is always welcome and hearty touches of biscuit. Very nice subtle balance not quite what I expect from an American IPA.
The flavor is rich and complex, yet very mild. I do however take issue with hops not quite being as much of the showcase as every other IPA I've had. The hop bitterness is very moderate, its well balanced and by no means over the top or sharp in fact I would still describe this as round.
The toasted malty flavor is wonderful. Its so warming and pleasant I really think this IPA would be one of the best to drink during the winter, simply because of its malt concentration and that lovely home toast mmmm. Although the wonderful malt aroma and toasted malt flavor aid in the feeling of weight the mouthfeel is still slightly thin, in my personal opinion. Not what I expect from most IPAs, but still extremely welcome and pleasant brew. I can't wait to drink more more New England products.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.


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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of surlyseth
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.