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 -5.5%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 mothman
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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 nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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 chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 oberon
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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