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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Coasters in Melbourne. No can tainted taste. Fine, cascade and noble hops. Medium gold, with ome clinging lace and a soapy head.Average and decent IPA.Balanced yet the hops are right there. Easy drinking, with some bitterness lingering in the finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid hop flavor but the smell is slightly better in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer to me wasn't all that much of an IPA. The beer poured out as a golden yellow color with a decent white head on it. The smell of the beer was a little hoppy and had a little spice on the nose. The taste of the beer seemed more like a christmas ale to me. Not really sure why. The mouthfeel was light, similar to a wheat beer. Overall I probably wouldn't need to have this one again but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, a nice little IPA from a local brewery in a can.. something new for sure. I must say, this is a quite different tasting IPA. Not overly hoppy in either the smell or the taste, but still high in ABV. It tastes good but I was expecting more of a hop kick to it, just an odd assortment of flavors instead.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy head; sheets of lace drape down the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Whoa, what's this? Noble hops in an IPA? Yes, indeed, but there is citrus and some caramel malt in the aroma, too.

Taste: Starts out with a graham cracker malt flavor, that is quickly joined by a pithy hop flavor; by mid-palate, the grassy noble hop character joins the profile and dominates after the swallow, refusing to give any quarter, although there is some residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Having now sampled all three of the New England canned beers in a row, I can see that the brewer has a bit of a sweet tooth; this beer is the best of the lot and the intriguing blend of the hops as well as its more English malt character, make it an enjoyable brew

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with light dry floral notes is quite nice and refreshing. Taste is dominated by solid notes of fresh citrus hops with some dry flora notes also noticeable with a solid malt backbone with well-balanced sweetness level. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nice mix of hops flavours with nice refreshing features.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a rusty orange color with a pretty decent sized head that quickly recedes. Nose is faint grapefruit and orange with a moderate hop presence. Taste is ever-so-mildly hoppy with some bread in the background. Slight bitterness on a good body. Drinks fairly well but is pretty lackluster as an IPA.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to knifestyles for this extra.

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige white head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a dark bronze gold.

Aroma: Fresh earthy hops with with a lot of fruit. Mangoes and orange with slight pineapple. I also get an onion/weedy flavor to it.

Taste: Very grassy/weedy. Some fruits, mangoes and oranges. Very sweet. Has the onion flavor but lightly (lots of cascade).

Mouthfeel: Bitter, sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with the grassy hop flavor on the tongue.

Overall, tons of cascade here. No citrus. Decent, but nothing I am crazy about. Okay drinkability. As it warms it gets more oily and harder to drink.

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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 nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a big, two and a half finger head of off-white foam on top of slightly hazy, orange-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A light aroma of spicy hops with some toasted malt and a bit of caramel.

T - Bready toasted malt up front with some spicy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. More toasted malt through the middle with musty hop flavor that fades to peppery spicy notes in the finish. Dry, toasty malt with little sweetness as well as moderate hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This IPA is lacking in hop aroma and seems to have a flavor that is centered around earthy british/european hops rather than the fruity and citrus hops one expects form an American IPA. The malt character is substantial and very toasty, but it is also quite dry. This might work better with a more fruity hop profile, but with these musty hops it seems excessively dry and harsh. This beer is by no means a drain pour, but I can't see any reason to seek it out again.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Craft beer from a can - it's a beautiful thing! I'm glad New England got on the bandwagon.

Anyway, poured into a glass it's a deep amber/copper with a crimson tint. The white head rises up readily but then backs down, eventually forming a standard collar. Lacing is left about the glass in sheets of tiny spots.

The nose is fairly basic with a combination of lightly sweetish caramelish malt, yeasty fruitiness, and leafy, grassy and mildly citrusy hops. My first impression was that it was an English style IPA, but then I caught the citrusy hops on the end. On the other hand, British brewers are now using a lot of American hops, so from a current standpoint, I guess you could say it's quite English in nature. Regardless, it's definitely not what you would think of immediately as an "American" IPA (and I certainly don't think it was intended that way either).

The flavor follows suit, and it's fuller flavored than the nose suggests, but not by much. That's not to say that there's anything wrong here - quite to the contrary, this is a very "English" style IPA, and thus VERY drinkable. It's superbly well-rounded with medium caramel malts that make up the base, a solid yeasty fruitiness at the heart, a firmly bitter anchor at the core, and satellites of passing hop flavors. It simply passes over the tongue!!! Gentle caramel, some more yeasty fruitiness (apples, berries, peach, soft apricot, perhaps some cherry), and leafy-grassy and then delicately citrusy hops linger in the finish.

Nicely done! Very drinkable.

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

12 oz can served in pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a generous head. Head has good retention.

S - sweet floral hoppy aroma with strong malt component.

T - medium (for IPA) hop flavor (cascade and nobel) with bitter component nicely balanced by rich malt. A bit sweet for an IPA but still has an obvious bitterness.

M - smooth.

O: this flavorful brew tastes great and makes a great session beer.

Certainly one of the best canned beers I've ever tried.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 fingers of creamy eggshell white head. Sturdy creamy retention that throws a ton of spotty lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite grassy and earthy with a touch of spices present and some supportive notes of citrus and bread.

The taste is an earthy and herbal hop profile with some light citrus tang and bready caramel underneath it. The herbal hops and some slight alcohol beef gives this a bit of a medicinal feel in the finish. Not necessarily unpleasant but a touch distracting. The mouthfeel is overall fairly creamy but there is some light alcohol heft that bumps this up into the medium category.

Not bad. I understand that they had to change the recipe up for this, resulting in a more English style IPA than it was previously. Maybe a bit more flavor and body to cover some of the ABV but otherwise, this was OK.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with a nice hops background and a bit of caramel.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with citrus sweetness and hops bitterness. Eventually the hops flavor wins out. The malt presence is hearty and very complimentary. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to stick with for an entire evening.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Delaney's, New Haven, CT

Cloudy orange-amber pour, with a moderate cap of white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and caramel malts. A bit more like an APA than a straight-up IPA, as others seemed to have noted. Taste was similar, citrusy hops, malty sweetness, a little toasted bread. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, and it was drinkable enough, but it just seems it would work better as an APA. But styles aside, it's still a solid brew.

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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 mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to connecticutpoet for sending this sweet can my way.

A: Pours a hazy amber, reminds of store bought apple cider actually. Nice one finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Decent amount of pine and citrus on the aroma here, there is a little bit of grassy/lemon too. A little bit of grain and some caramel round out the malt bill.

T: Not as much hop presence in the flavor as I expected based off the aroma. Some pine up front, a little bit of orange rind, with a decently bitter finish. Some caramelized sugar in the midpalate balances the hops.

N: Pretty smooth drinking, light to medium bodied, and went down easy. Nice carbonation level here too.

O: Pretty good, would have like a slightly stronger hop presence on the taste, but something I wouldn't mind grabbing a bunch of on a nice day outside grilling, especially in cans.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to beeronthebrain for this one!

Pours copper with 3 fingers of pillowy cream colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Some biscuitty malt & faint citric hops that grows stronger as it warms

T: Caramel with citric & herbal hops up front. A bit of leafy hops & some caramel as this warms. Finishes citrussy with faint maltyness

MF: Medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks good, but this isn't really that flavorful an IPA, still looking for an equal to Dales PA

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Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Talk about head, I should have been more careful pouring it because I got one inch of beer and 4 inches of foamy white head. It foamed up a little out of the top of the can when I cracked it, i guess that was a sign of things to come. It finally settled down to a murky orange color. It literally took me 4 or 5 times pouring and waiting to get this beer all into my glass. The head on it was just huge. The good news was for my wait I was rewarded with a large foamy and pillow like head that lasted and left big thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy with some citrus and pine. It has a floral yet slightly spicy smell that I assume is attributed to the cascades. The taste is hoppy as expected with the same citrus and pine present that was in the nose. It also has a bitter dry finish with a moderate amount of pine. The cascades add a slight spiciness to it, while there is also a moderate caramel malt flavor that helps balance it a little.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I enjoyed drinking this one, and will be buying again whenever I'm up visiting friends in the CT area. A pretty good local beer.

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

decided to crack open a can of this one right before football started up this afternoon. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/12/2010.

nice amber colored pour was crystal clear with a boatload of carbonation bubbling up through to the surface to form a nice tight head of white foam that clung to the sides of the glass for a good few minutes before settling out.

aroma is ripe pine hops, nice bitter notes that start to become floral and lightly sweet as it starts to warm. crisp, clean flavor from a well carbonated body yield a nice and light profile while still maintaining a decent amount of fullness. light notes of resin, sweet malts, light buttery notes that seemingly fill the profile and lead to a soft and dry finish that smacks of light hops.

overall a very solid ipa that really comes across nicely on a warm day. cannot really complain.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mughugger for sharing this.
Poured from the can into a standard pint.

A - Light amber with a pale head

S - Twiggy woody hop aromas

M - Medium bodied w/ good carbonation along w/ nutty dry notes.

T - Fruity crystal malt and spicy hops w/ light citrus tastes. A good nutty grain flavor lingers

D - Sweet and tasty with nice balance. Overall an easy drinkin' IPA with some woody hop character.

Second review - I must say between reviews at least the ale is consistent -can shared with Tim D while brewing Sunny
Sun's Cousin. A - 3.5 S - 4 M- 4 T - 4 D -4
I think I enjoyed this can more since it seemed fresher and the hops more vibrant. Can purchased at Julio's

A - -Golden and light amber hued w/ a thick white creamy cap that creates a thick web of lace on the glass. The IPA has a mild haze and the bead is tight

S - A very fruity nose w/ slight piney scent w/ a hint of floral hops - I would guess ringwood yeast if pressed as there is a hint of berry and stone fruit distracting slightly from the hop smell

M - A mild sweet and nutty texture w/ moderate/mild bitterness and moderate carbonation pretty dry and semi bitter finish

T - A tasty piney IPA w/ sweet fruit backing from the yeast and malt w/ a hint of lemony cascade hop flavor in the finish

D - I find this very easy to drink and even though I love a dry bitter West Coast Style IPA it is sometimes nice to have the other side of the coin with a little more malt and sweetness in the taste -highly drinkable

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color (like light maple syrup); clear. Good head with lasting lace.

Good malt/hop blend; slighter hop than expected for an IPA

Very nice hop bite that doesn't overpower. Smooth in texture, not overly full in body, but accurate to style. Nice mild hop aftertaste that lasts long after the swallow.

Easily the best beer I've ever gotten out of a can. I prefer this form of container as it prevents light from ruining the beer. I wish more breweries shipped their beer this way.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/09/11 notes. Had on tap at Picco's in Boston, MA. Served ina pint glass.

a - Pours a dark murky orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. More malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, and biscuit. Again, more malts than expecting, though the citrus hops are there.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty decent IPA from NEBCO. More malty than hoppy, but good none the less. Worth trying.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am CANtankerous tonight, but I promise not to let any of my feelings spill into my review of a CANned beer that I have not reviewed before. CAN any of you say the same?

I got a finger-and-a-half of tannish/ecru head from my pour and it had good retention. The nose had a solid up-front grapefruit hops presence, underlain by a sweetish malt presence. My mouth immediately began to water. The color was a densely hazy deep amber, like raw honey. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild hop presence on the tongue, but again dueling with the malt for superiority. The finish had a definite hops bite, but it was almost a case of too little, too late. This is more of an English IPA and I will rate it as such. For an American IPA, it was lacking in its hops intensity. Would I want it again? Heck, yes! It was absolutely head and shoulders above so many swill beers that I have subjected myself to out of a CAN that to say otherwise would be detrimental to the cause. Sea Hag or Ten Fidy in an CAN on the beach? Sea Hag!

What, I look like the sort of yahoo that takes a sixer of Ten Fidy to the beach just because it's in a CAN and I may have it there? Those are the yahoos who lay down on an inflatable raft, drift out, crack open a few and the next thing they know, it's hours later, they are sunburned to a crisp, land is nowhere in sight, sharks are nibbling at their toes, and the wife is ashore frantically dialling the Coast Guard to the rescue. Remember, not all CANned beers are created equal.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,676 ratings.
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