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Sea Hag IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA

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very good

846 Ratings
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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of SwillBilly


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

Poured from a 12 oz can. Good to see another quality beer packaged in a can.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark copper hue with a tightly foamed off-white head that dissipates rather slowly. Ample lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Plenty of sweet malt with aromas of caramel and brown sugar and molasses. Citrusy hops break through orange peel and grapefruit rind. Has an underlying herbal, grassy smell to it.

Taste: Sea Hag begins with a malty sweetness with plenty of molasses, caramel and brown sugar. The middle has a slight roastiness to it then gives way to a finish where the hops finally break through. Very mild bitterness compared to most IPA's but this more in the English IPA vain than American. An iced tea like astringent bitterness lingers on the tongue. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full mouthfeel with light carbonation making it seem fuller.. Smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkability/Notes. A pretty nice English IPA served from a can. Plenty of caramel like malts up front with a nice, subtle hoppiness that balances things out. Very easy on the palate and smooth in the mouth, I could see drinking a few pints of these with out a problem, however, the 6.2% abv will catch up to you. Definitely one I will buy again, you can't have enough quality beer from cans. Seek and enjoy, recommended.

Serving type: can

01-20-2007 21:42:16 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a lightly hazy, deep amber color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, lightly dirty tan colored head. The beer is quit hop forward with a mix of smooth citrus fruits and sharp pine like herbal notes. Lightly sweet malt notes that are just barely noticeable, yet really serve to boost the citrus hop notes. Interestingly enough the aroma does not have much staying power, after the initial onslaught it becomes much less dominatingly hoppy, actually the herbaceous pine notes are what become the most noticeable after the initial citrus character.

The taste is lightly sweet, but certainly quite hoppy. Notes of candied orange peel, lychee and grapefruit are noticeable immediately. Caramelized malt sugars help to accentuate these notes, and even move to a lightly toasted biscuit like note in the finish. A solid bitterness resides in this beer as well, providing a nice bite to the middle and a bit of lingering clean bitterness in the finish. There is a touch of green, almost astringent, hop character here too, though it is fairly light and actually just adds to the overall hop effect here.

This beer has a nice palate to it; it has just enough body to keep the ample hops in check. I would not call it a session beer by any means, but I certainly would not mind quaffing a couple pints of this brew. Ultimately this is another ode to the concept of craft beer in a can. Please keep on sending these my way.

Serving type: can

01-14-2007 01:29:51 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of MattBrooks


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great Craft in a Can! I had tried the Oskar's a while ago and really enjoyed them. And now, I've got one being made right in my own back yard. This IPA pours remarkably dark, without too much head. Classic flower aromas waft up from my pint glass, but I get the feeling that this is borderline English Ale; with the nutty undertones it possesses. An excellent brew and at just over 6%, I can see downing a bunch of 'em.

Thanks Roger!

Serving type: can

01-09-2007 03:28:42 | More by MattBrooks
Photo of Vancer


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

My first can of craft, and I must say, I’m very impressed! Of course, poured into a pint glass, which reveled a superb clear amber brew, that was topped off by a unbelievable creamy head. Sheet lacing all the way down, I was in awe.

Sharp and crisp florals, citrus, pine – the works. Then some toasted biscuit in the quaff – very unique and enjoyable. Dry brew – man, what a solid IPA. And the light-weight can makes this ready for any trip. This would be perfect on a float trip – straight from the can if necessary!

A very fine frosty sent from bjohnson! He’s da man!

Serving type: can

01-03-2007 13:49:32 | More by Vancer
Photo of merlin48


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another testament to quality craft beer out of a can. Part of a trade with hopdog. This pours a hazed copper amber body with a gigantic beige head. Retention is superb and lacing is extravagant.

Bold hop aromas of citrusrind and pine resin. Slight note of dark caramel underneath.

Mouthfeel is ideal for style. Medium bodied with a zingy carbonation that accentuates the hop resins.

Taste is dominated by the hops. Bitter citrus rind(mostly grapefruit) and spruce pine rule all the way through. Enough of a malt backbone to serve up some dark caramel notes for balance. Finishes dry and bitter with a NW hops edge.

Very well constructed American IPA. Very sessionable. Wish I could find more of these.

Serving type: can

12-22-2006 13:58:42 | More by merlin48
Photo of Imstillthegman


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The first of four single cans I picked up a few weeks ago on a road trip.

Pours a ruby/copper color with a thin light tan head. Noticeable rings of lacing.

The smell is a piney hop aroma with some lighter citrus and brown sugar. It would have received a 4.0 if it was a bit stronger. Smells good but you really have to work to get the scents.

Wow...if I could canned beers like this in my neck of the woods I would always have them on hand. Very flavorful with a dark caramel taste coming out first before the piney hops wake your mouth up.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the carbonation is too light in my opinion. Slight bitter tingle on the tongue after swallowing and a light pine aftertaste. Man, I really wish I could get this, Sly Fox, or Dale's in cans around here. This is a nice brew that I could easily hand out to friends...if I didn't drink them all. It's amazing how certain macro drinkers will drink anything out of a can and be happy and this would actually be a GOOD tasting beer instead of swill.

Serving type: can

12-12-2006 21:31:47 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of mmmbeer


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with no freshness date - brewed with Cascade and noble hops. It pours very smoothly to reveal an unfiltered copper/amber body with light carbonation, and a finger of yellowed parchment head that leaves nice lacing. Mostly hops in the bouquet, with pine, white grapefruit, pineapple?, mango?, and orange. The flavor adds caramelly/toasted malts and soapy, metallic hops that contribute a medium to high bitterness. It has a medium, smooth body with low carbonation and leaves a medium to long finish, though it thins a bit near the end. Overall a nice, fresh IPA that is easy to drink and delivers a satisfying dose of hops.

Serving type: can

12-11-2006 22:49:04 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours somewhere between copper and bronze, with heaps of whitish head, settling unevenly, leaving foam around the edges, with frothy lacing at the top. Aroma is resinous hops, pine hops and oil dominant, herbal and malt characteristics hangin in the background but not weak either.

Taste is indeed complex, a hefty hop presence that is medium on bitterness, high on pine, nice grapefruit. Oils and malt profile again playing second fiddle but not shy. Mouth is very nice, smooth and tingly, well bodied, very fresh. Overall, this is a fine brew, very much recommended to anyone who can get their mitts on it.

Big thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one.

Serving type: can

12-07-2006 03:27:01 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of badbeer


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from jjpm74, thanks for throwing it in.

Poured a rather light amber color with a white head that left a fair amount of lacing. Pine in the aroma, paired with light caramel and a biscuit aroma. Taste is much of the same, starts out with malt before the hops jump in and finish up. Mouthfeel was a little light, medium carbonation. Pretty good beer, and certainly worth trying.

Serving type: can

12-06-2006 03:21:33 | More by badbeer
Photo of hopsaplenty


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can, no date information.

Deep amber highlighted garnet with evenly dispersed ultrafine particulates in suspension. Short head of fine khaki bubbles that quickly fades to a skim coat of dust with some piles at the margins. Spidery lace hangs from the glass and a lone carbonation stream emits solitary bubbles. The aromas are of caramel, grapefruit rind and some pink grapefruit flesh. A light grapefruit flesh melds with a sweetly caramel body, finishing with soft citrus rind. The grapefruit flavors are lightly resinous and last long into the finish. There is a slight earthiness that appears in the middle as well as the caramel which adds a bit of off-setting sweetness. Medium body and the carbonation seems a touch low which is the only detraction from the mouthfeel. This was a nice IPA.

Serving type: can

11-28-2006 18:30:14 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

This brew poured from a can has a clear amber color with a nice sized tan head that is slow to break down leaving a great deal of lacing through out. The aroma is of hops that do dominate the smell but are very pleasant. Having a hard time picking up the malt scent but I believe I am sensing it along with a biscuit like smell. The taste is very nice, has a clear Caramel malt flavor that quickly breaks away to a somewhat strong hop taste. The hop taste reminds me more of pine than citrus and is very nice in a way that is not over whelming. Also this is a very easy drinking brew, one that could be a nice session brew even though it has a higher ABV. If you get a chance give this one a try, very good.

Serving type: can

11-27-2006 01:21:47 | More by Stimack
Photo of medic25


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking can; the humble container gives little clue that there is actually a quality micro inside. Poured into a pilsener glass, the color is a rich amber with a short lived white head. Nice hoppy aroma. The flavor is predominantly hoppy, but is well balanced, with hints of pine. This is a very drinkable IPA, and I'm glad to support a local brewer.

Serving type: can

11-20-2006 03:15:01 | More by medic25
Photo of Jredner


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

Ok so it smells like ganja and not much else...pot, mary jane...maybe some faint malt, but mostly pungent, skunky kind bud. The body is an orange tinged caramel with a fluffy, but bubbly, two finger thick off-white head that is quite lasting. Wow....not the hop bomb I thought it would be from the aroma. Some strong piney notes, but mostly a subtle grain/malt beer with complimentary hops. Very hearty and almost toasty malt is even through the middle. Has an almost Kellerbier like grainy wholesomeness to it, but still a strong blast of hops. Not at all what I was expecting when I let it sit so long before drinking it. This is a very good beer. The only real knock I have is that is gets just a smidgen watery right before the finish.

Serving type: can

11-14-2006 21:35:08 | More by Jredner
Photo of nlmartin


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to nouseforotacon for including this in the Simply Beer Bif. You may be tempted to chug from the can but this one deserves a glass. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a rich amber coloration with low carbonation. The beers head is a fluffy 1 1/2 fingers high with a biege coloration. The head had good retention during the session.

Smell: The beer has a pleasing toasted caramel maltyness. The hops bring a earthy grassyness to the smell.

Taste: The beer has a very nice dominate toasted caramel taste. This combines well with grassy and pine resiney hops. The beer has a harsh twang to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkabilty: The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is a dam fine sessionable beer. The beer is very easy to drink minus the harsh twang.

Serving type: can

11-12-2006 06:41:26 | More by nlmartin
Photo of kmpitz2


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. This beer is a very deep amber color with a finger and half of very bubbly head over top that falls rapidly to a light coat over top. It leaves some chunky lace on the glass as it falls. Clarity is excellent and a mild carbonation works its way out of solution towards the surface of the brew as it sits. The aroma brings big piney and lighter earthy tones from the hop with a very mild caramel maltyness. This one definately is focused on the hop. The flavor is rife with pine and a little peppery and earthyness from the hop with a more forceful caramel flavor, but not sweetness, as far as malts go. It finishes with a nice spicey bitter on the finish that is mild. Right after swellowing, there is a flavor in there that is not working for me. It is definately associated with the bitterness of the hop, and gives me impressions of soapyness and astringency. The mouthfeel is moderate, with a very mild carbonation. This is not a bad beer by any measure, but it just has a few things going on that I am not enjoying as much as I could. I'm not sure of the age on this, so I would be keen to get a can I knew was right off the canning line. It is worth a look.

Serving type: can

11-11-2006 20:24:59 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully bronzed dark kumquat that explodes with bold, rich color when backlit with bright sunshine. The pale caramel cap is thickly creamy with a rumpled surface that gives it a great deal of character. I love the way Sea Hag looks, but the color makes me wonder if caramel malt will be too prominent for my tastes.

The nose is wonderful and is easily more hoppy than malty. That said, this isn't a hop bomb because of the underlying... yes, caramel... malt. Those who like to taste toasted malt in their (somewhat balanced, I'm guessing) IPAs will be in seventh heaven. For the pure hopheads among us, the aroma falls short of great.

Sea Hag tastes exactly like it looks like it'll taste and exactly like it smells like it'll taste. And it tastes damn good. If I'm going to drink a caramel malt dominant (as opposed to a pale malt dominant) IPA, then this is just the sort of thing that I want. What I'm trying to say is that there's a few cargo holds worth of hops in this can. Shiver me timbers, this stuff is good!

Resinous pine sap is especially prominent and is easily the equal of sugared white grapefruit pith. While the early portions of each mouthful are balanced, the later portions favor the good guys with a puckeringly bitter, impressively drying back end. A little yeasty sourness tries to intrude, but is rebuffed by all the alpha acid.

The mouthfeel is top-notch as well. It needed to be on the medium-full side in order to work... and it is. What good is a frail Sea Hag anyway? Only the really buff, muscular Sea Hags are truly scary. A modest slickness on the finish provides some much-appreciated flavor linger.

Sea Hag is my first offering from New England B.C. and I'm impressed by what they've done with this IPA. I imagine that these cans fly off the shelves; or at least they would if I had easy access. Like the label says, "Drink It. It's good".

Serving type: can

11-05-2006 14:44:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of walleye


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

thanks to oldgrowth for this. my 1st can of beer in over 2 years. poured a nice garnet with no head. aroma brown sugar and hops jump right out there 1st, grassy, than got some malts, hints of orange. flavor was hoping I would get that sweet sugar hops I got in the aroma but no sweetness here just dry hops with a finish of malt , grapefruit as it warms some pine. it is good

Serving type: can

11-05-2006 01:36:41 | More by walleye
Photo of Boto


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Ct River Brew Fest: This one poured a darker, orangish amber color. There was a good off-white head with some lacing. The aroma was mainly piney hops, with hints of some others as well. There is a good medium malt body behind the hops. The pine hops are the most prevalent in the taste, but it is fairly well balanced with a few others. Not overly done. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2006 15:32:39 | More by Boto
Photo of SteveO1231


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's absolutely pathetic that I had to travel out of the state of CT to purchase beer brewed in CT.

Picked up a 6 pack at Town & Country Liqours in West Springfield, MA. Comes in a black can yellow lettering and a print of a "sea hag" on it. Pours a bright reddish/copper with a thin white head on top. Nice creamy white lacing.

Aroma of grassy, piney hops, caramel/buscuit malts a bit earthy and an ever so slight hint of vanilla. Light bodied with kind of a creamy texture. Mild sweet taste of caramel malts, pretty hoppy, citrus middle and a bitter earthy/pine finish and a little metallic twang.

Really good IPA, nice and hoppy the way I like it. I would drink this regularly if it was more available. Got to support ther CT brewers. Drink it, it's good.


Serving type: can

10-26-2006 23:19:13 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of ppoitras


4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can bought as part of a 6-pack from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the ruddy dark copper brew. Pillowy head holds on nicely, with plenty of heavy lacing. Aroma is sweet and piney. Taste is pretty well-balanced, leaning towards the lightly fruity/mostly piney hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice, I will use this one as my "no glass" site option whenever possible. Just wish they had a bit more distro up here, easier to find Oscar Blues of CO as of late, which seems ironic.

Serving type: can

10-21-2006 19:20:14 | More by ppoitras
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to warriorsoul for this one!
Pours a very nice deep copper color with a tan head, nice drippy lacing.
Aroma is all hops, like a fresh sack of Cascade pellets. There is a trace of sweetness in there, toffee?
Tart hop bitterness is immediate on the palate but the finish is very smooth as the malt body comes through, very pleasant. A good froth releases some citrus, I only got orange. This beer is great and the second IPA I have had from a can and I dig! Cheers

Serving type: can

10-19-2006 02:28:31 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of arguemaniac


3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Don’t really have anything nice to say about this one; it’s flaws eclipse it’s virtues. The hoppiness is rough and a bit unbalanced (even for an IPA) because the malt flavors are just too mellow (comparatively, anyway). And the mouthfeel is rather thin and watery. But, the hoppiness, despite it’s faults, is pretty sharp and crisp, and the hop flavor is fairly decent too. Plus, it’s nicely drinkable, I had no problem sucking a few down even though I wasn’t crazy about them. This beer isn’t horrible, but it probably isn’t worth your time or money. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 02:52:14 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of dedrinker


2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was expecting more earthy complexity from this "British style IPA" but it just reminded me of the hoppy beers the American craft brew scene was making back in the late 80's/ early 90's; caramel flavors with gummy hoppy tea-like flavors that tend towards simple bitterness rather than complexity of aroma or flavor. Mouthfeel was pleasing though - medium-full body with rich malt character. While I wouldn't buy it again, I don't feel cheated either. It's just that it lacks the pizazz of modern American IPA, and didn't have the subtle complexity of the British ales. I'll probably give the rest of the six pack away to my friends.

Serving type: can

10-08-2006 20:31:03 | More by dedrinker
Photo of Franchise


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from New England Brewing Co. pours maroon with some hints of purple that leaves a thick tan head. My first thoughts on the aroma are strong fresh hops, this IPA smells fresh as if it were just made. The upfront smells are citrus piney hops that are followed by a small sweetness of honey in the background. The taste is sharp, dry, and has a full hop presence. There is barely any sweetness to speak of although it still feels balanced on the tongue. I think this is a great version of an American IPA well done.

Serving type: can

10-02-2006 15:25:34 | More by Franchise
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy dark copper, very still like a pond. The head is quite full and nice...light beige leaving sticky webbing behind.

S: There is an ass load of cascade on the nose. Seriously smells like there still might be some hops floating in the glass. Astringent lemon grass, plums, strawberries and pumpernickle round out the massive cascade boost.

T: Begins with subdued malty flavors with a metallic kick and spritzy lemon peel on the tip of the tongue. A lot of forest floor action....some pine with definate bark characteristics. Moves too some rounded malty vegetable moments...perhaps red pepper and carrot. Finishes with earthy bitterness.

M: Medium body, some what thin

D: I think this can might have been a bit old as the flavors seemed a bit contained. Not bad but not really up my alley either

Serving type: can

09-30-2006 02:59:33 | More by Westsidethreat
Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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