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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

444 Reviews
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Reviews: 444
Hads: 1,507
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 63
Gots: 276 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 444 | Hads: 1,507
Photo of HamdenHector
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; honey colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; moderate lacing;

S: all tropical fruit;

T: tropical fruit is still there, but with pine added in; finish is all pine and moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: as a local IPA, this is one of my go-tos; very enjoyable;

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a Three Floyds pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, gold straw with just over a finger of foam that settles within minutes to a nice light blanket at the meniscus.

S: Sweet candy, almost bubblegum. Some citrus, some sweet malts. Very interesting.

T: Soapy, bitter hops and sweet citrus rind that isn't overly pronounced. Really tasty malt character in the finish here. My only drawback here is that the flavors don't linger long enough before the malt takes over.

M: A very smooth drinker, on the lighter side of the medium bodied.

O: A decent brew that I could see myself drinking a few of if it were readily available in the Midwest. It would be a GREAT beer if the taste followed the nose a little more, as the scent of this beer, for me, is really where it shines.

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Photo of Spiffaz
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA, but nothing unique or mind-blowing.

A - Dark straw, lots of haze, nice looking foam leaving minimal lace.

S - Floral, lemon, hops, some light swampy smell.

T - Clean and a bit bitter. Goes down very easy and dry. Slightly sour finish.

M - Bubbly, dry.

O - Worth trying.

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Photo of princeofthepoint
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a tulip but even good out of the can. World-class IPA packaged in cans. Beautiful floral aroma with citrus and an even better taste. The fact that this beer isn't rated more highly is utter insanity. You should be trading for this stuff if you can't buy it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark straw color, mostly clear but with a light haze. Good head retention with sticky lacing.

Really nice floral aromatics. Lilac plus a little bit of dank. Toasty malts.

Floral and dry taste, especially through the finish. Pine and toasted crackers.

Mouthfeel is soft and, if anything, is the only downside. Carbonation is light and could use a little more.

I enjoyed the floral aspect of this. It has a pleasant aftertaste that lingers. Body and carbonation could use a boost.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somebody shoot me, but I like this one more than Gandhi-Bot! To me, taste-wise and smell-wise, they're not that far apart. I bought my six-pack of Sea Hag on a whim while I was working a few days in Hartford, CT. I had no expectation for this whatsoever, and I feel it's one of the better IPAs I've had.

Nice head, nice lacing, citrus aroma and flavor. Very crisp. Easy drinking and delicious!

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

Nice lil brew for Raul. Not the richest, not the most robust, not the tastiest... but smooth, just all kinds of clean and smooth. Hints of juice, a lil bite in the end...

This thang is kind of like LA after a rain storm; all the smog is cleared away and things are pure and nice for a while - they are not perfect - but things are simply aite for a while.

So, if you are thinking about clearing the smog out of your life away, Raul recommends chugging a Sea Hag.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great IPA that is usually overlooked. The appearance is a hazy yellow with a nice head that lasts. The smell is of pine and a little bit of orange peel. The taste was the best part with equal parts bitter piney hop and sweetness to finish. Made for a nice intricate IPA with a lot of great flavors and an exceptionally clean finish. Some people don't like cans but I disagree and think this is a great beer to change people's minds about that.

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Photo of Resuin
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a willibecher. No date on can, but I would guess medium freshness based on other beers I picked up at the same store.

Appearance: Pours a hazy (opaque) medium amber/gold and leaves 2 fingers of white head that fade slowly and leave plenty of lacing.

Smell: Nice citrus, lemon rinds, definitely hop forward. A hint of malts. Pleasant, light and citrusy.

Taste: Follows the smell nicely: citrus rinds, blood orange, a hint of pepper, malts. Very easy drinking.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes smooth.

Overall: This is a well done, easy drinking IPA. If this were available in my area, this would be one of my go to IPA's. Nice citrus aromas and flavors, nothing negative in there whatsoever.

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Photo of BigMurph
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity slightly piney with a nice hops background and slight sweetness

T: The taste is well-balanced with citrus sweetness and hops bitterness. Eventually the hops flavor wins out. The malt presence is very complimentary. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to stick with for an entire evening.

Serving type: Poured in pint glass from can

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque dark yellow golden with a white head sitting on top. Too hazy to see any visible carbonation. Leaves some real nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates. Just a bit of lacing.

S: Real nice hop aroma on this one. Mixture of earthiness, herbal and skunkiness. Quite pungent with a hint of citrus fruitiness. Just a bit of malting makes up the backend.

T: Great hop forward flavor on this beer as any IPA should have. Isn't overly bitter but instead imparts a good deal of flavor from the hops. As with the aroma it is an earthy skunky quality that is quite unique. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Pretty easy drinking with a refreshing finish. Isnt overly dry as some IPA's can be. Something I could drink all night.

Overall I'm impressed with the drinkability of this one. Nice hop flavor without dosing out too much bitterness. Worth picking up.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Not the best looking beer a very cloudy yellow. But good lacing and white head
S: A great smelling beer, very fruity and citrusy
T: Similar to smell with some citrusy hop taste but very one dimensional and a not so good bitter aftertaste with a hint of alcohol
M: good mouth feel very nice and refreshing

Good beer lacking in looks and taste

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Photo of scotorum
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another recent acquisition from IPA specialist BigStein88, who traded for it with someone in Connecticut.

Poured from the 12 oz, can into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Nearly clear dark gold or amber with a huge three inch tall white head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Pretty intense citrus.

t; First impression is the mouthfeel is a bit watery, but then all is redeemed by a good strong hit of citrusy hops over the initially seemingly light malt base. No tongue bitterness lingers much, but overall bitterness in the mouth is the main aftertaste.

m; Light to moderate. More body as it warms.

o: An excellent, very easy-drinking IPA. I'd definitely buy this if it were available whrere I live, and I'm hopeful that it may be eventually now that New England Brewing has opened a new, larger facility. However I hear that the new capacity is expected to barely satisfy local demand down in Connecticut.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange. One finger of white head, okay retention and nice lacing.

Smell is juicy citrusy and piney hops. Starts out with bright fruit (oranges!), which quickly gives way to a pine resinous burst. Some strong sweet caramel malts provide a supportive base. Really nice.

Taste is decent. It's got some chalky bitterness, some clean tones. There's just a touch of citrus peaking through. But mostly it's moderately bitter and kinda dull, chalky. Finishes like aspirin, dry and bitter on the sides of the tongue.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, watery at first. Then turns dry and lightly chalky. Not bad, but not my favorite.

A decent IPA. The bitterness is chalky and dry, moreso than I'd like. If those bright citrusy points could come through more, I'd be happier.

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Photo of stephens101
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty as a picture with a resounding head and deep orange body.

The pungent nose knows few boundaries but leaves room for some citrus and grain to play.

The blending of bitter and sweet is the key here. Smooth and palatable, but has the flavor to make a difference. Let's go with citrus, orange peel, apricot, malt, "itty-bitty" vanilla and tannin.

A lighter body leads to a disappearing act, so yo better get yerself another.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazy golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is light, pine and apricot hops, light backbone of malt caramel and fresh grain. Taste is more grain, slightly more crust. Taste is more sticky pine, a touch stale, with light notes if apricot and peach skin. Body and carbonation are light with a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can

A: Hazy strawish-yellow. Nice head retention

S: Grapefruit, citrus, malt.

T: By far the best aspect of the beer. Based off the nose, I didn't expect much. Wow was I wrong. Explosive hop flavors carrying citrus and grapefruit throughout your senses. Very well balanced at the end.

M: Medium-bodied. Slight bitterness, but nicely balanced by malt.

O: Very good representation of the AIPA. Cant get this in NY or RI, but I make sure to pick up a few 6's when I drive through CT, especially when I cant find Gbot. NEBCO has been killing it lately.

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Photo of WOBrewstraveler
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Plan B in Simsbury CT. Golden color, very cloudy. Nose not as floral or citrusy as others enjoyed in the past, but still nice tease of what's to come. Taste is citrus and grapefruit, with bitter after, as expected in an IPA. Overall a delicious go-to IPA, was great with wings.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter. No freshness info on the can.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Two finger, slightly off-white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Citrus hop. Smells a little sweet. A little herbal.

Taste - Much more herbal. A little dank. Grapefruit. Piney. Toasty malt. Strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter. Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

Overall - Not an exciting IPA. The taste is even a little harsh.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can with no identifiable marks to indicate age into a pint glass.

A: Pours a moderately hazy golden orange with 1 finger of straw-colored head that dissipates to a thin film. Pouring the yeast leads to a very hazy beer to the point of it ending up opaque.

S: Fresh and malty, slight citrus hop aromas add a hint of grapefruit and pineapple alongside a mild dankness and sweet malt character.

T/M: Slightly juicy and surprisingly bitter, the flavor of this beer starts off rather mild alongside a fairly thin mouthfeel, and then a bitterness from the hops kicks in right as the malt sweetness and citrus flavors become evident. The bitterness swells through the finish alongside juicy grapefruit and pineapple flavors, leaving a finish that is slightly prickly and strongly bitter. Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium with carbonation that is moderate and just about perfect.

O: This is an adequate but unexceptional IPA. It's surprisingly bitter for what it is, but there is abundant hop character with plenty of aroma and flavor contributions. I'd drink this again, and might even purchase it, but there are so many beers I'd buy before this one. I'm glad I've tried it, but don't feel like I'm missing anything if I never have it again.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy orange with golden hues and ha s fat creamy head of foam. No bottling date. Nose is fabulous with grapefruit and bright citrus. The ripe orange and vibrant citrus zest come forward with some grass and a light herbal. Light caramel on the nose from the malt.

On the palate this light. So light it drinks like juice. The hops are vibrant and lively with fruit. grapefruit and grapefruit pith, ripe orange and pine needles. Lemon zest keeps it lively and there's the lightest malt sweetness. A touch of sugar. Not really even as heavy as honey. As it finishes with a sharp pine and a lighter bitter it leaves tremendous fruit sweetness at the back of the throat to linger. As it warms some softer fruit qualities come forward like a ripe peach. Just fabulous. Tastes a lot like a pale ale with plenty of crispness to the mouthfeel.

Drinks so easily and no alcohol on the nose or the palate. Like ti says on the can "Drink it. It's good."

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Photo of slim2043
4.89/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have drank and reviewed this beer many times. I have had it growler, draft, can, in any glass imaginable. One of the best beers to drink straight from the can but always great.

A - Pours a hazy golden color w one finger of mostly disappearing head. Leaves great lacing.

S - This beer smells great! Mostly piney hoppy but definitely magically aromatic w notes of mango peach pineapple and lots of dank resinous notes that cling to your nose.

T -ots of flavors. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peaches, so much resin and pithiness. A dank sharp bitterness. Lingering bittersweet finish and piney taste in your mouth. Just spectacular.

M - a real nice drink ability and feel on the mouth. Finishes mostly clean and malty w trace of hopness

O - most complex IPA IMHO and I've had it hundreds of times as well as hundreds of other IPAs. Always treated as GBs little brother and easier to find but Sea Hag stands on its own as a fantastically complex hoppy and bitter IPA. I love this beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pop a pair of cans and it immediately begins to froth and bubble out the top. We quickly pour them into our generic tasting pint glasses, and it shows a ruddy honey coloring. It puts forth a three to four finger head of chunky, heavy khaki colored foam, showing nice retention. Sticky patterned and cratered lacing is etched all along the walls of our glasses. There is a thick chill haze, but no sediment. Carbonation appears to be voracious and furious, and is among the most active we’ve ever observed. The aroma gives a bright zing of hops in the form of sweet citrics, florals, and grassiness. These float atop and mix with underlying base notes of pale and lightly chalky caramel grain, eucalyptus and celery, soft metallic yeastiness, baked white breadiness, pineapple fruitiness, spearmint, gentle clovey phenols, fresh ginger, foam packing peanuts, and cardamom spiciness. Our first impression is that this is a highly refreshing and drinkable brew, with nice strength of flavoring and balance. As we sip, the taste opens up with simultaneously sweet and bitter citric hop flesh, rind, and knot, malty chew of pale grain and white rice, echoes and fumes of herbal hoppiness, sesame seed, clovey rumbles, soured lemon, sticky apple and white sugar sweetness, and cilantro leafiness. The middle peaks with medicinal phenols, lemon and orange rind zest, bitter herbal hops, chamomile, freshly mowed grassiness, celery salt, mineral clay water, sweetened iced tea, biscuity doughiness, and adjuncty metallics. The end washes through with bright herbal hoppiness, fusel and fumy waves of booze, huge bite of plastic phenols, salty steak sauce, spiced black pepper, continued medicinal bite, chlorine wateriness, vanilla wafer crackers, and enhanced green, twiggy plant. The aftertaste breathes of graphite, plastic sandwich bags, orange flesh and seed, newspaper inkiness, chalked yeastiness, pale and sweeter caramel grain, green leafiness, pine tree sappiness, coiny metallics, vegetal celery and carrot top, grassy and citric hoppiness, and bittered curry spiciness. The body is medium, and carbonation is on the low side of high. Each sip gives great slurp, smack, cream, foam, froth, bubble, glug, and pop. The mouth is left lightly coated, with heavy satiation. There is eventual pucker from the bitterness of the thing, but it never really becomes drying, chalky, or astringent. Halfway through the beer you also experience a heartburn-inducing warmth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very, very easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its beautiful aroma. Here we meet a great balance of sweetness, maltiness, fruitiness, and hoppiness, giving you pretty much everything you would want in your standard house IPA. The flavoring followed nicely, but it was felt that the bitterness more embodied the west coast style, with harsher finish left on the tongue. Additionally, the final flavoring seemed a bit muddy, and although it was well blended, perhaps the proportions were off. It was still an incredibly drinkable brew, and my glass disappeared before I knew what was going on. These guys definitely know how to use hops, and Sea Hag left us feeling refreshed, and ready for another.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Non freshness info.

Pours out a slightly hazy deep golden color with maybe a touch of light orange. Big soapy three fingers of white head, good rocky head retention, lots of sticky lacing.

Hops, but done slightly different than your average IPA. Grapefruit citrus, a bit of a flint stone vitamin aroma, hardly no malt detectable.

Follows the aroma with maybe a bit more. Sharp grapefruit citrus, a bit floral, and again a touch of a flint stone vitamin flavor. Traces of a light breadiness, but the hops are pretty dominant. Finishes out with a nice lingering hop bitterness.

Crisp, refreshing, lighter in body when compared to most others of the style, adequate carbonation. All this makes for a very drinkable beer.

A nice sessionable IPA, not much complexity but well made non the less. Worth atleast one try.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Golden amber in color with pretty visibility throughout the beer. Pours a one finger head.

Aroma- Lots of resinous floral hop aromas as well as grapefruit and citrus.

Taste- Flavor is dry and bitter at first with acidic grapefruit and citrus hop flavors. The finish balances and mellows out the hop flavors with a bready malt that cuts through the bitterness and leaves smooth and "juicier" hop flavored finish.

Feel- Medium carbonation, light-medium bodied, slightly resinous, dry, bitter, and an all around an easy drinking ipa.

Overall- My go-to CT beer especially with its good availability, freshness, and great pricing. On top of all that its a great beer with great hop/malt balance between dry/acidic grapefruit and citrus paired with a clean pale malt. Hard to find a better year round beer, of any style, in CT that's better than this.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.