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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Sea Hag 10 Year Anniversary IPA

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006

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Reviews: 468 | Ratings: 1,680
Reviews by dugly2ugly:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of MartaChucky1022
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best local ipa In CT

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Photo of paddyfrankie
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 NuclearRich
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Onemoresolo
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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 +5%
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 Nsinsigalli
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Alias2325
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 oberon
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This the first New England Brewing Co. brew that I have tried,poured with very good clarity a medium bronze color with a tight well formed almost creamy-like white head that left some broken lace behind as it settled nicely.Good cascade hop presence in the nose quite piney with a touch of grapefruit, a noticable caramel sweet doughy malt base is noteworthy as well,there is a good hop presence but it wont wow you there is real piney hoppiness with a touch of soap-like flavor a big sweetish firm malt base stands tall thruout keeping it nearly balanced.A solid IPA and a quaffer,something that would be nice to have on hand alot.

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Photo of braugon
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Ultra-Plinian and/or smokeypeat for these four packs. I can't exactly remember who it was... but thanks to whichever person it was (possibly both!). Muddled pour, looks like dense apple cider, perhaps just a mild shade lighter. Opaque with lots of rising carbonation bubbles that uplift a tainted, beige film and neck atop the brew. Some nice, webbed lacing is left behind.

Sea Hag has a quite botanical aroma; lightly spicy hops, resins, and a decent amount of floral notes ricochet off of every nook in my nostrils. Spongy citrus, orange, and a hint of something along the lines of Lemon Pledge. "Woodsy", in the weirdest way, almost like a forest, I guess. A little different, but I like it. Good mix of "all things hops" here, finishing with a dash of ashy spice.

The first sip takes me back, as the taste is substantially more bitter than the aroma would have you believe. Lots of pungency; heavy pine, herbal hops, a hint of grapefruit juice, and some bitter-ass orange peels with a potent, rosy-like aftertaste. Wow, this one will definitely scrape your tongue up nicely... alpha acids abound in this lupulin underdog.

Malt is mild... very mild. Only some lightly toasty bread and cracker malt is available to balance the hop assault - but I don't have too much of a problem with that. Sure, it's a somewhat abrasive beast, but some sadists may enjoy the abuse. Smooth, slick mouth feel with low carbonation and a medium, almost sticky body. Bitter, resinous and pithy aftertaste.

It took me a few cans of this to get my true appreciation. I was iffy on it at first, but I eventually came around to it in the end. It's quite bitter, more so than you would expect from just a standard IPA, but I do appreciate the resistance to overload a bitter beer with incredible amounts of "caramel, Munich, or darker" malts. Too sweet. Sea Hag is not too sweet. Worth a try.

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

Had as a guest beer on tap at Willibrew.

Poured an unfiltered golden color with a white head. Very smooth and drinkable with a lower amount of IBU's than your average IPA.

It was very drinkable and I would love the chance to buy their offerings in MA. without having to drive 2 hrs. to do so.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered burnt amber color with a comfy cloud of white head.

Grapefruit and orange rind hop aromas with some grassiness. Not the biggest nose, but no real flaws either.

Hints of biscuit and caramel work well with the citrusy bitterness in the crisp finish. Not overly sweet or malty for the darker color it has. The body is smooth and rolls across the tongue with ease. Very clean and refeshing, though not a big standout IPA.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warnerry
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No canning date. Thanks to woosterbill for the nice extra.

A - Pours a hazy deep golden brown with barely one finger of off-white head. Head dissipated quickly, leaving patchy lacing behind.

S - Nice big grapefruit aroma, with a very fresh, resinous hops aroma. Faint malt presence. Nice.

T - Intensely hoppy up front, again with grapefruit and noticeable noble hops. A bit of pine in the taste that I didn't get in the aroma. Enough malt backbone to support the hops without competing with them.

M - Quite bitter and dry with a faint buttery feel.

O - A solid IPA that I would have again, but wouldn't choose this over some of my regulars. Nice punch of bitterness, though.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jontotton
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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 merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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