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Sea Hag IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA
BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
1,759 Ratings
Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
newenglandbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,481
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
1,759
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
403
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 1,759 |  Reviews: 486
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light-amber color with a small head that fades quickly and doesn't leave much lace. The aroma is predominately of citrus hops...light, crisp, and...citrusy. The flavor mimics the smell, but more of a malt characteristic creeps in. The hops in the flavor are, like I said, heavily of citrus and leave a nice bitterness. This is a nice beer, but is nothing special. Don't get me wrong though, the fact that it comes in a can is a HUGE plus! Glad to see that.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Panda_Brew
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.

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah Sea Hag. I love you.

Poured from a can into a snifter. Giggle!

A. Hazy orange, a lovely light copper. Fairly standard appearance amongst top tier IPAs. White head pours into a fluffy foam, but fades fast into a faint cap(shoot, no more f's). Laces decently.

S. Center stage. You can detect just enough sweetness in there that you know its made of barley, but then it's overridden by all sorts of good hop aromas. Its good.

T. If you're still reading, you get the point. Its good. Flavor is exactly what the aroma fortells. A balanced yet exceedingly hoppy blessing on the palate. Pine, grass, dank.

F. Nailed it. Medium to medium/thick feel that coats the tongue and leaves the bitterness playing with your tastebuds, all the while light enough to quaff away.

O. This is your standard IPA. By standard I mean the thing you go to when you want delicious, and a metric to weigh all others by. This has fast become a favorite of mine. In case you can't tell.

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Photo of Alias2325
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer being an 86 is a joke. So much better than that. Pour is my only compliant a little too much foam. Smell is great, floral, fruity. Taste is perfect for an easy drinking IPA. Matter of fact I prefer this over g-bot. This may have just become my go to ipa on a hot summer day.

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Photo of VoxRationis
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.

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Photo of Packageguy
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 times...love 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 IPAs...no 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.

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Photo of paddyfrankie
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is underrated. When fresh it is just flat out fantastic.

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Photo of MartaChucky1022
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best local ipa In CT

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update: 7/2/15-dated can:

Beautiful light gold colored brew with solid 2 finger head. Excellent lacing throughout. Tastes extremely fresh and bright with lots of orange, orange peel, grapefruit, and a little earthy pine. Perfectly prickly bitterness with spot-on medium carbonation. I wanted to savor each sip, but it went down waaaaay too quickly. Possibly the best batch I've ever had.

Badass-looking black Paktech 6pk holders on these now too.

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Photo of dd43
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack dated December 2 because come on, how do I turn down Hag made less than two weeks prior.

Pours an attractively hazy orange color, darker than average for a standard IPA. Lacing is somewhat less than I would have expected given the mid range ABV. Wonderful orange citrus and grapefruit aromas hit you immediately. Flavors follow suit, lovely citrus pith bitterness balances the dry crackery malts. There is a pine resin quality on the finish as well, but it is done with enough restraint to not be overbearing.

Mouthfeel is great, nicely balanced dryness, malts are much more present on the back end. Just the right amount of cling on the tongue and palate. This is a well made beer. Again as in the color, slightly more substantial in body than a lot of standard issue IPAs.

A very good reference east coast IPA. Drink this beer fresh at all costs, like most other hop forward beers it does not like sitting on a store shelf for weeks and weeks, unloved and overlooked. Shame on the package stores that allow this to happen.

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Photo of SomethingClever
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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".

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Photo of Nsinsigalli
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my go to local IPA. Definately great crisp taste

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Photo of badbeer
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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 DVMin98
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of johnyb
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Dan269605
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of PPSchwa
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of I_love_cold_beer
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I live in CT so I get it fresh regularly, just about perfect, highly recommend.

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Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CampusCrew
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: amberish appealing head, great fluffy head

smell: slight citrus and some nice piney aroma meshed in.

taste: one demonsional IPA. good bitterness but the hop flavor is avergae. some more in the pine area. some macro impurtites in the beer that are bothering me. might not be fresh but no date. who knows. I might have scored higher knowing if it was old.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

Not bad. Love the can option though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a nonic, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden yellow coloring with a solid flow of carbonation feeding a bubbly, foamy, clingy, white head. Aromas of sticky pine pitch and wet grass, with grapefruit and lemon zest citrus notes. Flavors are roasted forward, with a heavy bitter dose on the front of the tongue, rich with dank piney resin and moss, followed by subtle citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. This one is dank heavy. The body is slick and light, leading into a slick, slightly effervesced, dry finish. Solid piney linger. Solid IPA.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,759 ratings