Sea Hag IPA
New England Brewing Co.

Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,989
Ranked #12,482
3.93 | pDev: 10.18%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA
Notes: An American style IPA brewed with a blend of hops from the pacific northwest that produce an aroma of citrus and fruit with a balanced malt character finishing with a crisp floral finish

IBU’s - 65
Kettle Hops - Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo & Citra Dry Hops - Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Simcoe & Columbus

Malt - Pilsner, Munich, Crystal Malt

Yeast - American Ale OG - 14.2
Reviews: 490 | Ratings: 1,777 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated: 12/31/20

L: Pours a pale amber with good clarity. A vigorous pour results in a fine, off-white two and a half finger head that is quite pillowy. After about 6 to 7 minutes it has settled down to a 3mm ring around the perimeter of the glass and a lesser layer of head on the interior that is retained for the remainder of the glass. The head leaves a good bit of spotty lacing as the beer goes down.

S: I get citrus (grapefruit), a bit of pine, sweet caramel malt, less prominent biscuity malt, and just a hint of some floral character.

T: For me the taste follows the nose pretty closely. I get grapefruit and a bit of citrus pith on the front supported in the mid palate by sweet caramel malt, a bit of biscuity malt, and pine. The back end is piney and a bit floral with some earthy notes mixing with grapefruit rind bitterness. The finish has a nice bitterness and a light earthy spiciness.

F: The Hag has a medium body with a medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp with a nice dry finish.

O: The O.G. of Connecticut IPAs is still one of the best in my opinion. It has an amazing balance and complexity that is only surpassed by it's value ($9.99 a sixer). If you live in CT, you can find this in most liquor stores and even in some supermarkets and it is rarely more than a month old and if it is that doesn't matter. The shelf stability of this beer is amazing. Is this the best beer out there? No, but it is an amazing, consistent, and easily available beer that will never let you down and is sessionable to boot. Did I mention the value? Highly recommended!

Jan 23, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, grapefruit, pine and toasted caramel. Sweet citrusy bite with piney notes and a caramel finish.

Jul 04, 2020
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 11/7/19.
Look is nice hazy orange. Smell is light tropical fruit. Taste is citrus with orange up fron and a little bite at the end. Feel is fairly light. Overall a nice IPA that I would drink again.

Nov 20, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned July 1.

A clear copper with a dense off white head with excellent retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is dominated with pine, spruce, orange peel and grapefruit. A mild caramel note is present. The palate opens bitter, pungent, resiny and with a touch of garlic. Pine, spruce and grapefruit peel are noticeable. Quite bitter. The mid palate has caramel, a little floral character and some toffee. Drying, bitter on the finish, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. Decent.

Aug 19, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 12-3-18 into 16oz IPA glass.
L: Honey shade, nice lingering lacing.. standard off-white lazy head.
S: Mild at 1st pour, with a citrus and flowery bouquet opening later.
T: Earthy, sharp pine, citrus ..light tropical, and a good malt presence on the back end.
F: Medium MF. Tangy, with a good amount of bitterness & carbonation. Sharp finish, with no lingering bite.
O: While this isn't anything new.. the overall flavors are very well presented. I also like the bitterness throughout, which compliments the overall flavor.

Jan 18, 2019
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Richbltn from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sea Hag is a classic these days, dating back to my early college days. This New England style IPA has plenty of malt and bitterness- if you’re into that sort of thing.

Pretty easy drinking, lots of citrus, some lovely pineapple notes on the nose which don’t come through on the palate - and a crisp, quite bitter finish with some lingering alcohol flavor. Only 6.2% ABV which is low on the spectrum vs. most IPA offerings these days.

Overall a solid, classic NE style offering at an inexpensive price.

Jan 13, 2019
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Magnapinna from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really think this is such a great beer. It's so unlike the New England juice bombs that we seem to be so accustomed to here on the East. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of NEIPAs so it's always refreshing to have something that goes against the grain and this beer definitely does that.

L - color is a beautiful copper; a color you don't see often in IPAs these days.
S - Bit of a malty sweetness, but hops dominate
T - Awesome balance between dank, grass, floral, and citrus... also there's a nice malt presence which I appreciate in an IPA.
F - I wouldn't say it's thick necessarily. It's a bit of a shape shifter (weird description I know). The bitterness fades into maltiness and ends a bit floral. The diversity makes it really drinkable.

Awesome beer. I feel it's underrated. Perhaps it's because it's a bit different than most of what you'd find out here in CT/NE or maybe it's because it's so abundant. It may be just me but I love this beer. Would love to find some more IPAs that walk the fine line between hops, citrus, a maltiness so well.

Jan 08, 2019
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Fieceheart from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can, stamped less than two weeks ago, into a nonic pint. Thin head. Fine bubbles, Ringing the glass after sips. Plenty of bitter up front, middle and end. (Needs to warm up a bit.) im getting bitter and smooth malty mineral spring water. A hit of rye-like peppery spice. Crisp, medium bodied, perhaps. Has that nebco feel to it... That slight metallic tang of coppery Connecticut water. I will throw it out there that nebco’s water source does a lot of heavy lifting and is the element that strikes me each time i try one of their brews. this beer is as refreshing as a glass of crisp, cold, clean well wAter. a solid ipa with old school sensibilities. The body and profile Harken back to english bitters as well as westcoast ipas. To me this is an ipa that is really is made special by the malt blend. As present as the hops are, my taste buds are finding the complex malt profile even more tantalizing and pleasing. The price point and availability make this a go-to, everyday type ipa.

Oct 13, 2018
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Hazy golden body with white head

Smell - Grapefruit and Nectarine

Taste - Nectarine and Grapefruit, bit of pine

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, bitterness on the back end

Overall - decent IPA, worth a try

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz can

Sep 05, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. can dated 08/29/18. Sampled on September 3, 2018.

It pours a light amber tone with a slight haze or unfiltered appearance under a modest white foamy head that fades.

Pleasant inviting aroma of breaded malts, toffee, and floral characters, Decently balanced on the nose.

Light to medium body.

In many respects this is a traditional IPA with a well-balanced character of sweet bready malts and floral hops. It ends clean and crisp. Easy drinking and not over the top with hops.

Sep 03, 2018
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epoole3 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Classic and modern IPA, not only dependable, but satisfying and full of flavor. This beer’s reputation and drinkability will withstand the shifting tastes of IPA drinkers to come.

Aug 19, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with a substantial off-white head. Resiny hops with abundant citrus notes, too, on the nose.

The citrus notes are more prominent on the taste, and there’s a very nice malt component, too. Just a really well-executed IPA, IMHO.

Aug 16, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from a 12-ounce can into a stemless wine glass. Canned 7/11/18. Hazy amber color, with a two-finger white head that left behind some spotty lacing as it settled to a thick cap.. Nicely balanced on the aroma and palate. Big hit of pine and spruce on the nose at first, almost like a Christmas tree in a glass. The light caramelly malt then comes to the fore, along with a little orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, and a sweet floral overtone. Pleasant bitterness, a medium mouthfeel, and a mostly dry and slightly astringent finish round out the profile. Overall, a very good and highly drinkable beer.

Aug 04, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is citrus and pine. The taste matches the nose.

Jul 15, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz can poured into a speigelau ipa glass canned on 4/24

A: big Soapy white head with big bubbles that laces the glass nicely as it recedes. Body is a light amber burnished gold with just a slight haziness.

S: lots of grapefruit and tangerine interlaced with melon and lemon and grass with a solid light caramel malt running throughout.

T: a lot less flavor than the nose would suggest. Everything is very muted. Light bits of orange tangerine with very light melon and a little maltiness.

M: medium bodied decent carbonation nice body for an IPA.

O: This is an odd beer, it’s like everything was dialed down to 0 in the flavor but the nose absolutely pops. Actually the more I drink it the more I’m enjoying it. It’s a nice beer.

May 19, 2018
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Moir1994CT from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very solid local IPA , is it the best no from CT but definitely top 10 id say. Has a great strong flavor but not overbearing, a heavier beer but doesnt fill you up like a full meal. Worth a try if your a fan of smooth IPA's.

Mar 22, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (354 ml) can into a conical pint glass; production date 12/26/2017.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color with robust head formation (>1 inch), strong retention, and solid lacing. Solid means rings and rings of foamy lace all the way down.
S: Aromas of (grapefruit) citrus and pine blend nicely with the caramel maltiness. Has a clean, "walking in a winter woods" quality.
T: The taste follows the nose to a degree: caramel and piney bitterness seem a little more outsized compared to the nose, but offset each other well. Drinks extremely well with a clean finish.
M: Medium bodied with excellent retention of carbonation.
O: This is really a well designed and eminently drinkable American IPA. Somewhat ironically not a NEIPA, but who can quibble when the flavor is that good.

Jan 01, 2018
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Panda_Brew from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going on record and saying this beer is all I've ever wanted in a beer. After a 5 year adventure in the beer world I've come out the other side and declared this king... I became so engulfed in craft beer a few years back that I began home brewing and even moved to Denver to immerse myself in that world, only to miss this old girl. It's the beer I've always chased after without realizing it, it's the standard I always strived for, it's the white whale I hadn't realized I'd left at port. I've been all over looking for the best beer and it was right where I started... this is the New Haven IPA - stands apart from New England Ipa and far away from East Coast. It's indescribable how simply great this beer is, and if you're reading this now looking at a sixer of it - stop thinking and buy it. Take it home and forget about all the hype you've heard about all the other false prophets out there, for I have had them all and can say first hand - what you have in your hand is nothing short of perfection.

Sep 10, 2017
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Packageguy from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure, NEBCo is one of my favorites...I've been to the brewery many their vibe and their insane lineup....lucky to live (almost) close enough to make the drive when they (rarely) offer can sales.
As for Sea Hag....well, it's the one I can get at my local packy (sometimes). I'd hate to call it old-school, because it's an innovator as far as the canned beer trend goes (which I prefer)...but it isn't necessarily as hazy as some of the newer matter, if you haven't had Sea Hag, then you don't know IPAs.
If Sea Hag were a person, she'd be the older broad at the end of the bar, who would absolutely rock your world.
As a beer, I like it's slightly darkish color (to me, a classic NEBCo look), and it's tight lacing.
And, of course, I drink it because it's good.

Sep 10, 2017
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JohnWesolowski from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've heard several people say that this is their "Go To" beer. If you were on a desert island and only had one beer to drink for the next 10 years, this would be it. Very drinkable. You won't get tired of it.

Jul 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can to becher pint glass, the appearance was a burnt orange to dark copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Lace was there, strewn about and sticking slightly but then sliding at a fair pace as the beer continued to warm.
The aroma had a nice blend of soft sweet clean caramel malts brushing against some citrusy and piney hops. Moderate earthiness dedicated itself to the blend as it warmed.
The flavor leaned sweet blending the hops to the malts nicely and guiding this blend right on into a nice clean aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation felt great. ABV felt as projected.
Overall, that "old school" type of AIPA that should be sought out by beer geeks in general. Of course, IPA lovers should give this one a go.

Jun 12, 2017
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Boccu from New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange with a nice white one finger head. Fades quickly with nice lacing. Aroma of grass, hops and citrus. Taste follows the nose with Carmel and papaya. Very nice IPA. First one from New England brewery. Look forward to more from them.

May 18, 2017
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on Tap at Prime 16 in New Haven. The beer had a clear, amber appearance with a medium-thick white head. Aromas included a nice, grassy hops flavor mixed with caramel malts. Taste followed the nose with a nice, balanced, citrus sweet beer. The carbonation was decent, giving the beer a good crisp texture. Overall, a generally good beer, especially in the taste category.

Feb 27, 2017
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Mateo2699 from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange hue, nice a frothy head. Great lacing. Notes of caramel and grassiness, subtle hop aroma with a sweet malt background. Taste matches the aroma. Slightly too malty for my tastes, but the hop profile balances it out slightly. Pretty good.

Feb 20, 2017
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Sak3 from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look- A soft pour left a plentiful amount of a foamy white head to it with an orange with a hint of brown body.
Smell- Leaves my nose full of citrus smells.
Taste- A lot of pine with subdued traces of citrus, this is ironic because of the smell being a Dr. Jekyll to this Mr. Hyde taste.
Feeling - After leaving it in my mouth for a moment the alcohol is felt with a slight tickle in it. But after swallowing the sip the kick is minimal.

Jan 08, 2017
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