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Sea Hag IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006

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

A-Light copper with a large light tan head. Head fell to a thin film that left significant lacing.

S-Herbal / peppery hops dominate with a slight twing on citrus. Some sweet maltiness.

T-Earthy taste of oak and with a malty sweetness. Well balanced. This IPA is one that doesn't overwhelm or hide the malt behind a barrage of hops.

M-A bit thin and overcarbonated.

D-Nice job...nothing over the top...a well balanced English leaning style IPA. A good "everday drinker" for it's price. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Kudashov
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was bought by my GF last week . I think she thought that since it was in a can that it was from the Oskar Blues Brewery . She has noticed that I have been drinking out of cans insted of bottles . I am grateful that she bought me the sixer . The design on the can is of a hag with blue flames to the left and t he right of her. The can on the bottom says " drink it it's good " . There are some numbers next to the upc bar-code which maybe the numbering system for freshness . Poured into a clean pint glass the head is very small . Maybe one finger . Color is of dark apple cider , amber hues . Aromas here are different than the other IPA's , there is not a hint of citrus . To tell you the truth there is nothing that comes to mind when a deep inhale is taken . The first sip is pleasant , a tad watery and there is nice lacing on the glass . Second mouthful is fresh feeling but dry with a bit of tea flavor to it . This was a good buy from Ms. E.W. but it will not be my " go-to" when it comes to IPA's . I like the citrus flavor in IPA and this does not have it . It is an average beer .

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade...

Pours hazed copper with a large, rocky, off-white head that stays around. Some foamy lacing sticks.

The smell is of spicy, grapefruity, citrus with a caramel backing.

The taste is of plenty of Cascade hops with a caramel maltiness in the back. Grapefruity hop presence dominates the caramelish maltiness. A slight tinniness (from the can?) peeks through at times. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

It is full-bodied (or nearly so) and very smooth.

An incredibly drinkable hoppy brew. Hops stand out above the caramel backing and the two work very well together.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely ruddy amber color with chunks/sediment floating all over the place. Nice! Decent off white head that retains pretty well.

Smells very citrusy, floral hops, sweet malts, candy.

Flavor consists of citrusy hops, sweet malts, brown sugar, bitter/dry finish. Very balanced with more leaning to the bitter side.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry finish, good carbonation.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the New England Brewing Co.

A: Poured a great looking orange/amber color with a nice head of tight creamy foam which left some good lacing that stuck a nice ring on the cup until 2/3 into it.

S: Smells sweet, grainy, a little spicy and citrusy, but mostly an unassuming malt odor.

T: I have to say, Sea Hag is a pretty demur IPA, to say the least. It's more malty than hoppy, which doesn't hurt it's drinkability, that's for sure. I'd peg it as a hoppy Amber too, like Ithica's Cascazilla. The butter, piney hop oils are there, but are balanced with a ton of malt.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-light, leaning towards watery at times, but the finish is strong enough.

D: The great flavor, smooth mouthfeel and nice ABV kick make Sea Hag a must-have for any occasion. I'm salivating at the thought of having a keg of this stuff for a party.

Sea Hag is crazy drinkable and my favorite of the three staple brews from NEB. Damn the naysayers who talk trash about micros in cans, cuz this is one to seek out. Plus, you can take it on a plane or to the beach and enjoy while bottle beers drinkers stand dumbfounded and sober. =D

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Delaney's Tap Room on a recent trip to New Haven
A- Pours a clear amber/orange hue, ring of white foamy head sustains, layers of frothy head
S- Crisp and clean caramel and biscuit malts, subtle grass hops in the background, unimpressive and dissipating
T- Initial taste is light bitter hops, followed quickly by caramel malts, touch of citrus, finishes dry with slight alcohol
M- Light-medium bodied, watery texture, high carbonation
D- Surprisingly malt-forward IPA, the hops are very muted and I would have pegged this as more of an amber/red ale, also carbonation is too high and distracting

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Photo of Shaw
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, deep, deep copper in color with a thick tan head that lingers. This is a great looking beer.

It smells of hops, of course, with earthy and citrus notes and a hint of solvent alcohol.

The taste is big on hops with nice bread-like flavors from the malt, which is balanced by a nice bitterness that isn't overwhelming. The flavors are really nice and fresh, which I will credit to the can it's in, however, I could just be dreaming this up.

The body is just right, neither watery nor chewy.

Overall this is a very good IPA and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, gracias secret santa 07...love me some canned micros!

appearance: pours into an unmarked imperial pint glass, big amber body, with a full light tan head and strong lacing

smell: the hops definitely hit the nose first...grapefruit, orange peel, apricot...nice caramel malt behind the hops with a lot of toasty aroma...nice balance

taste: this isn't a hop bomb, its a well balanced ipa. toasted malts and caramel play a major role in the taste profile. grapefruit hops compliment the malts well but cant overcome them. a nice transition after a really hoppy ipa - good stuff

mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation

drinkability: good

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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%
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 -7.3%
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 +13.3%
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 +9.1%
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 -4.4%
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%
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 +10.2%
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 -0.8%
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 +15.6%
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 +10.7%
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%
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 +7.6%
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 +2.9%
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 -12%
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 +4.2%
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 +8.6%
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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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.