Sea Hag IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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Sea Hag IPASea Hag IPA
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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

Sea Hag IPA is one of the first craft brewed American India Pale Ales to be packaged in cans. Hand made with 3 malts and a generous amount of hops throughout the brewing process lends a crisp finish and a big floral aroma. Drink it. It's good!

Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo and Citra

65 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006

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Ratings: 1,728 |  Reviews: 476
Photo of TheDudeRules
1.6/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nothing fancy gold color. One finger of off white head. Lacing remains. Citrus and pine on the nose. Taste is hop forward and unspectacular. There is a doctor in every can of Sea Hag. Every time you sip it's like they take their big ass cotton swab and shove it in your mouth. Beer is thirst quenching, not reverse effect. I need a glass of water after this and I hate water. Just gross.

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Photo of Optimus203
1.78/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not a fan of this IPA at all. Too may hops and way too bitter.

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Photo of AdamBear
1.91/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A-dark golden with a large off-white head. some lacing

S-honestly smells like a mix of seaweed and hops, leaning more towards the seaweed. very unique, but true. medium strength.

T-comes in with really strange buttery hops. i've had buttery beers before but never a buttery IPA. in fact, the hops are very faint. this is quite bad actually. nothing about it reminds me of an IPA. has a light bitter after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a watery finish

D-it doesn't go down too easily, the taste is just off. at least the ABV isn't higher. this is just a bad IPA. i've never had an IPA that had so many off flavors than this. i feel like i could reproduce this by melting a stick of butter and sticking it in some carbonated water.

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Photo of chadwicktorres
2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of Momack229
2.44/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rodisian
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Cresant
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Coded 70608 A2BC. Not sure if this is the canning date of the best by date? I'm afraid it is the best by date, yikes. The body pours a hazy golden/brown. Minimal head but a fine film remains.

Smell is faint but of grains. Malty sweet. No evidence of hops.

Taste was tart. Syrupy malts. Some lingering bitterness after the initial sweet opening. Almost bland.

Mouthfeel is somewhat zesty and medium bodied. I hope this is an old can because it was not impressive.

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Photo of helios7
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled can into a glass. A generous gift from ShogoKawada. Thanks, Phil!

A: Pours a murky, glowing sunset orange body in the glass. It is capped by a finger of off-white foam that retains quite well, leaving a few tendrils of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Leafy, herbal, grassy; a touch of citrus. Some yeasty funk is evident, as is caramel malt. It's an interesting nose. I could easily guess that this was Noble-hopped before reading the details on the can. That aspect is well captured.

T: It's on the balanced side of things. Not too much crushing hoppiness. It does pack some hefty IBUs, which are apparent when they pull into the finish. During the main taste, they are well disguised by an arsenal of pale malt and caramel. As far as hop flavors go, it's herbal, leafy, and tea-like, with a small citrus presence. It's a nice change of pace, but the hop flavor is dominated by hop bitterness, which isn't so great.

M: Overcarbonated. I was able to swirl a lot of it out, but it is foamy in the finish, which really takes away from the flavor. I find it more bitter than flavorful, which is not to my liking.

D: It's decent, but nothing I'd revisit.

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Photo of BumpkinBrewer
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a shaker pint

A- Pours a cloudy/pulpy orange with alot of hop debris or break matter. A thin head fades fast leaving little lacing

S - Not much in the nose. Malty with a slight fruity hoppiness

T- A slight bitterness with a light semi sweet maltiness

M - Very light on the palate, carbonation seems about right

O - Im a little dissapointed with this brew , it drinks much more like a pale ale than an IPA. I can't see a date on the can, might be a little past its prime.

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Photo of kingmaxwell
2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of wedgie9
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from a can. Pours an orange copper with a thin white head that quickly recedes to long-lasting lace. Nose is orange and grapefruit with some malts and bread. The orange and grapefruit come through on the palate, but it is much more bitter, beginning up front, than I would have expected. The body is very thin, and the finish is rather abrupt with average carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but rather one note for my taste.

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Photo of Kudashov
2.79/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was bought by my GF last week . I think she thought that since it was in a can that it was from the Oskar Blues Brewery . She has noticed that I have been drinking out of cans insted of bottles . I am grateful that she bought me the sixer . The design on the can is of a hag with blue flames to the left and t he right of her. The can on the bottom says " drink it it's good " . There are some numbers next to the upc bar-code which maybe the numbering system for freshness . Poured into a clean pint glass the head is very small . Maybe one finger . Color is of dark apple cider , amber hues . Aromas here are different than the other IPA's , there is not a hint of citrus . To tell you the truth there is nothing that comes to mind when a deep inhale is taken . The first sip is pleasant , a tad watery and there is nice lacing on the glass . Second mouthful is fresh feeling but dry with a bit of tea flavor to it . This was a good buy from Ms. E.W. but it will not be my " go-to" when it comes to IPA's . I like the citrus flavor in IPA and this does not have it . It is an average beer .

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Photo of Manoftyr
2.79/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance-Pours a dirty/hazy tangerine into the glass, moderate head, decent retention.

Aroma-Grapefruit and lemongrassy aromas upfront, caramel malt makes its presence felt on the nose as well.

Taste-A little weak upfront with primary grassy flavors of noble hops, not what I look for in an IPA, the Cascade comes through somewhat but clashes with the noble hop flavors rather than melds, the caramel malt brings it together somewhat but this beer could definitely use some tweaking.

Mouthfeel-Medium-light and a little water, carbonation is mild as well.

Overall-I can see what this beer is trying to be and what the brewer was going for but it's just not executed all that well.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours a hazy copper with a one finger creamy white head that dissipates leaving lots of residual lacing.

S. Citrus, pine, and floral hops.

T. Lots of bright sweetness with citrus flavors immediately. Then some pine flavors come in with some subtle flavors that come through on the finish - cardboard with an almost almond like nuttiness.

M. Thin to medium with a fairly high level of carbonation. While it isn't terribly thick, this beer seems to coat your tongue and keep the (for me less than desirable) flavors around longer.

D. Since there's no best by date I can't be sure of the freshness on this can, but I recognize that as a problem on the breweries fault; I have no qualms with rating an "expired" beer if the brewery can't label their beers individually.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light copper amber color. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet and a little bit adjuncty. No real hint of hops at all.

T: Sweet up front. Malt is there as well. No real hint of hops which is what I am looking for in an IPA.

M: Medium body. Nothing good or bad really.

D: Perhaps should not have had this after an Unearthy. Tastes like a macro pale. Maybe not following a great DIPA this would have been better.

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Photo of bogus564
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz, poured into a pint glass in the man cave.

I'm watching the LSU-Oregon game, so I figured, why not have my self a beer or two? It's five o' clock somewhere, and it's well past five o' clock in my current location. Get your drink on!

A: Light in color, like gold, but cloudy. Minimal head produced, wheat in color, doesn't last even a minute. On to the smell.

S: Oregon just scored to take the lead. Doesn't have anything to do with the smell, but I'm rolling. I'm hoping that I have a cold (I don't), 'cause I'm not getting much out of this. Weak piny hoppiness, and not much else.

T: Eww. As a kid, I was once made to wash out my mouth with soap, as will happen if you are a school kid taught by Germans in the early 70's. That's the first sensation I get from this beer. Thanks a lot, Frau Koeninger. What follows is a hoppiness, more piny than fruity to me. This beer plays strictly offense, as I'm not tasting any maltiness at all.

M: Doesn't make my palate happy, to say the least; light-bodied, good carbonation, but now I can't get Frau Koeninger out of my head. Bitter as all get out, to say the least.

O: I can officially say now that I've had a beer from Connecticut. I'm hoping there are much better representatives from the state.

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Photo of Naugros
2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up in New Haven at Amity Wine and Spirits, on the way out to Mystic and Newport. Six pack of cans and they still use the plastic rings. C'mon guys! Get with the program!

When you "crack it open" be careful as it's filled right to top of the can. It looks like almost every other IPA out there with an amber body with an orange glow. The thick white, sudsy head leaves behind some lacing, but not much.

The smell put me off a little. Despite being in a can and being fresh I couldn't help but feel that the hops weren't all that fresh. The aroma was piny, but also hints of soap. That ruined much of it for me and I knew it would effect the taste too, but how much? Did this odor come from the hops or the malts? I'm not sure what it derives from, but I know I don't like it.

The taste is an improvement, but not a huge one. The hop profile is bitter grapefruit, the bitterness of the citrus without any sweetness imparted. The malts don't do much to add any balancing sweetness either. The sense of soap is toned down, but still there.

This is the lightest-bodied IPA I've ever had. I've had pale ales that approach this thinness, but even none of those was this watery. The aftertaste really brings the bitterness and that bitter grapefruit profile with it.

I dunno, I've heard a lot about this brewery and I'm disappointed at this beer and their choice to stick with six-pack rings. I know many other breweries who year-round stuff is god-awful, but can deliver on their seasonals like few others. I hope this is one of those since I do want to see if Imperial Stout Trooper and Gandhi-Bot can live up to their hype.

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Photo of julian
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Not completely transparent, slightly opaque, earthy orange in color. Very thin layer of head...the pour made me think the beer was under-carbonated. Some sparse oily lacing.

S: Sweet, fruity, citrus, candy

T: hoppy, earthy in the middle, good amount of malt on the back end, although the dominant flavor here is definitely the earthy hops.

M: Medium-low carbonation. Maybe slightly watery in consistency.

D: Comes in a can, easy to transport, so easy to drink anywhere. Probably wouldn't buy a 6 pack of this, but it's decent.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my tumber from a 12fl oz can

Pours a dark copper color with a very soapy and frothy looking 3 inch head slightly off white head. Great head retention that fades very slowly and leaves behind beautiful legs.

Smell consist more of floral hops then that of your citrus kind. Very clean and fresh like hops can be smelled. Some grass and herbal earth like qualities can be detected in the smell.

For an IPA this one is dominated by malts more then hops. I got an upfront taste of slight citrus that is followed by a very dominant malt flavor of toffee and then some caramel. Slight bitterness shows up in the backbone but malts dominate(weird huh?)

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I would be ashamed to call this an IPA. When malts dominate in a style recognized for hops(IPA)then thats a shame. Skip on this one.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,728 ratings