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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Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.64/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of h0wdy
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh can poured into fluted snifter.

Orange/amber, slightly hazy, thick foamy white head.

A bit of citrus aroma and some crackery malt. Earthy, grassy, pine.

Bit of malt sweetness, lemon rind, grapefruit, grassy, bitterness bites the tongue a bit.

Makes a foamy beer. All pours ended up foamy from multiple cans/people. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall a nice brew, good because its available easily and reasonably priced.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a slightly hazy amber. Nice ivory head. Aroma is assertive fir, with some biscuit and orange hints. Taste more or less follows the nose. Some malt up front quickly gives way to a pleasantly bitter hop finish with fir and orange rind. The mouthfeel is good. It's nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Overall, not over-the-top, but a really solid IPA.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours foggy hazy gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like bready caramelized malts, floral grass, red grapefruit, tangerine, papaya, sweet guava, with earthy herbal resinous pine. Tastes like butterscotch, caramel malts, floral grass, grapefruit, tangerine, papaya, guava, with bitter earthy herbal resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of Dzman
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is available just about everywhere in Connecticut. The color is a hazy orange and smells like a bit of citrus although not overpowering. I detect a small aftertaste. Not too heavy on the tongue. The colder it is the less you don't noticed the hops. At room temperature I like it better. I prefer that heavy hops taste. This is mild but still enjoyable.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark orange color with 1 finger head that lingers a while. Aroma- sticky pine and some citrus fruity aromas. Some grapefruit and orange and a lemon pledge. Taste- has more of a spicy herbaceous hop presence here. Some considerable bitterness in the back end. Mouthfeel- coated tingling. Overall the taste is not what I am looking for in my ipas.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 9.67/6 pack (Including tax) ($ 0.134/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – floral and some malt, fades
Head average (Maximum 3.9 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular three to six mm ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing – excellent – wide band of tiny bubbles
Body dark yellow, hazy
Flavor - flowery, some of malt backbone pokes through; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very attractive IPA that says “Drink me”. And I shall, until the six-pack is gone.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of jtodeasa
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Since the brewhouse move and upgrade, Sea Hag has been a litmus test for New England's consistency. I'm happy to report that this version of Sea Hag blows all past bersions out of the water. The pour is light golden with a huge fluffy head that takes a while to subside - a bit of haze as well. The aromas that exude from the glass are mostly tropical, with some citrus and backing earthy pine in the background. The taste follows the nose, with plenty of zippy citrus, some mango and watermelon fruit notes, and more of the awesome grounding pine. The malt (3 different types) suspends the hop bitterness from the palate until the verry end - slightly sweet malt keeps this beer drinking easily without being heavy or cloying. Could drink fresh Hag until the cows come home. Local, good, refreshing, and a classic East / West Coast style.

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

Burnt orange color tons of fluffy white foam laces the glass. Aroma is largely citrus with hints of pineapple. Tons of ibus, big bold citrus flavor that finishes dank and resinous. Light biscuity malts back up this heavy hitter, which is severely underrated.

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

I cant understand for the life of me how I never reviewed this one before, despite drinking a lot of it in the past. Anyway, many thanks Tim for the 3 day old freshy. Standard 12oz can poured into a tulip appears perfectly clear golden with white cap.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with citrus rinds, pulp, zest and grassiness with an herbal edge and slight graininess. The taste is hoppy with bitter pulp, grass and slight zestiness. A very mild buttery grain aspect in the back.

This is light in body with moderate carbonation. To be nitpicky, its a little watery in the feel but overall decent and easy drinking. Nothing to knock your socks off but an everyday drinker.

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

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange rind, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around great juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jeneral_Jenkins
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great poundable IPA. it's smooth, tastes great, and goes down easy, all while tasting and smelling great. I'm sold on this. Don't sleep on NE IPAs man, we can do it 100 too

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, pale to medium amber color with a cascading, foamy eggshell head leaving lacing on the glass.

Floral and citrus hop aromas with a hint of something tropical. Slight malt biscuit aroma.

Hop aromas come through very strongly, particularly a pronounced grapefruit flavor, but balanced by a complex malt backbone with biscuit and caramel notes. A lingering but not overpowering resinous, piney hop bitterness and hint of grassiness and very slight hint of onion-y acridity on the finish.

Smooth, somewhat-thin, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

An underrated IPA in my opinion (at least here on BA). Makes me wonder how fresh the beer was in these reviews as I could see this being a beer that underwhelms without the fresh hop aromas. Luckily, the can I'm drinking was canned just over a week ago.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color with a large pure white head. Not much retention but some decent lacing.

The aroma is relatively malt forward, with lots of sweet caramel and fresh dough. Some piney hop notes linger at the back end.

The taste is slightly dank and piney, with some sweeter citrus notes from the hops following through. The malts are also present. Well-balanced, but nothing special.

The feel is relatively light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp. Drinks more like a pale ale.

Overall, a solid, if unimpressive IPA. Everything about it is good, but nothing about it is great. Just a solid, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Stand back when popping this top, it's damn near a gusher.

Sea Hag pours a clear pils yellow-gold which is surprising for the aromas that pop, but as it settles it gets a bit cloudier. There is a towering head of eggshell-colored foam on this puppy.

The initial aromas remind me of Permanent Funeral, and if you know, then you know, that's a huge ass compliment. Wonderful smelling caramel and graham notes with tropical fruits.

Bitter hoppy grapefruit candy flavors take over, with a clean, extremely dry finish. Other really bitter IPAs could really use this sort of treatment on the dryness scale. A little bit of oat-like grassy malts come forward as it warms. I found this best served and finished cold.

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Photo of Riverbed
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a 12oz. can (six pack dated 12/28/15) into a tulip. Slightly hazy straw with a thin white head that dissipated quickly leaving a good amount of lace.

S: An assertive tropical aroma greets every sip. Notes of guava, passionfruit, mango and watermelon.

T: Taste is balanced and combines sweet but largely neutral malts with the tropical fruit notes present in the nose. A slight oniony, “gym shorts” taste is masked in the finish, but is very subtle and does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this beer.

F: Highly drinkable, smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation and bitterness are low, but give way to a tongue tingling hop profile and make this brew almost sessionable.

O: A very well-balanced American IPA with great aroma and hop profile. This can had a few months on it, so I cannily imagine how this would taste fresh. Would drink again, seek it out if available!

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

Pours a cloudy, amber-orange color with a huge, spongy head.

Smells of a skunky grassiness, together with herbs and bready malts. Has a subdued layer of fruits hidden underneath the herbs, coming to light as the beer warms up. This adds a nice complexity to the nose, while the hops in this still produce a well nuanced noble profile.

Has a medium carbonation among a pleasantly soft mouthfeel with a bubbly, bitter finish.

Tastes of bready malts and herbal, dank hops, providing a leafy bitterness from the very beginning. Malts get a late toffee addition, while the hops produce a lemon peel crispness, blending well into the herbs, tied together by a mineralic, yet soft, quality. Finishes almost tropical, citrus remains on the palate, while developing a juicy crispness, while the herbs vanish slowly, still reminding of its bready origin.

Well put together, while featuring a surprisingly european hop bill, allowing fruity qualities to cut through, enriching the beers taste by a fair margin. Malts provide a consistent breadyness, catching up with the herbal hops in a very pleasant fashion.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into tulip glass.

Hazy copper orange with 2 nch of head.
Good hops, not real citrusy but a lot of malt and sweetness.
Hops up front and sweet on the finish. Very well balanced.
Medium bodied. Good amount of carbonization.

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Photo of Druuseph
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Session' beer with a punch. This fills a niche for me that very few IPAs do. Crisp and refreshing in a way atypical of the style. Mouthfeel might be described as 'thin' but I mean it in a positive way, you can crush a couple of these and not feel weighed down. Huge hop profile for the 6.2% ABV. Smell is more garden than fruit with pine and grassy notes dominating. Taste has more fruit than the nose with citrus rind hitting first before giving way to more pine and grass which stick on the tongue for ages. This is hop tea, malt plays a very small role in this one adding just a touch of sweetness that keeps the finish from being too resinous.

Would definitely recommend, usually has a place in my fridge for times when that second DIPA would be too much but the hop craving remains. Availability is a bit wonky right now as New England gets back up to production from their brewery expansion but just a few months ago before that it was found in even the less than craft friendly package stores. It should be ubiquitous once again soon.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Has a hoppy citrus / resin / musty aroma. Flavor is a little pine, resin & citrus. There is some sweetness as well that makes it a smooth drink. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste. Overall very nice IPA

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is mostly muted. The taste is light bitterness, vegetal, and light malt. More of a traditional style IPA and well balanced.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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