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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006

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Reviews: 463 | Ratings: 1,665
Photo of pinotboy007
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice copper hue with an inviting, creamy head that lasts. Nice lacing with a touch of carbonation streaming upward.

S - Tea, leather, hops, and malt.

T/M - Hop forwardness but also plays well with the off caramel/maltiness and creamy carbonation. Very long finish.

D - Very drinkable and food friendly, too. I had it with some fresh oysters and clams and it paired beautifully.

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Photo of deanhead
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber colored beer with a very good head. The head laced down the entire glass.

Herbal aroma, with an earthy organic nose.

Not super hoppy, but a nicely bittered beer. Earthy tasting.

Light to medium bodied, highly drinkable. Very well balanced malt and hop profile.

This beer is okay, nothing exceptional to write home about it. I did enjoy it, but for this style, there are so many IPA's out there that it really needs to be an exceptional beer to make any impact for me.

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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 aerozeppl
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
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 scooter231
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty dark auburn with a tannish head that sticks around for a while and leaves lovely lacing down to the last drop. Not completely opaque, but quite thick.

Smells very grassy and herbsy. Parsley, lemongrass... very, very earthy. Some vanilla smelling malts. Not outrageously hoppy, but it's there. Taste is lacking most of the sweet malts and lemon scents. It's quite biscuity, still grassy, still herbal. A nice bitterness to the end. At first I was a bit thrown and not a fan, but it grows on you.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick, but a bit on the thin side. Overall this is not a bad IPA at all, different from most I've had. It grows on you, but I wouldn't want more than 1 or 2 at a time. A well-rounded IPA.

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

12 oz. can with cool-looking label into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazier than I expected, but I love the haziness hear. Big frothy white head sinks slowly and leaves some solid lacing in lines around the glass. Mild physical floaties, but the composite I'm sure is making up the haze.

Smell: Yeast and chocolate are oddly enough seemingly up front, backed by a more mild aroma of both citrus and earthy hops, adding a bit more bitterness ala grapefruit rind. I like the darker chocolate aspects among the sweeter malt and citrus bitterness going on.

Taste: Nice malt backbone with chocolate and mild fruit, with more lingering grapefruit, citric and earthy hops. Balanced without being too hoppy or out of control, which I like, but not so slight in the hops that you can't tell it's an IPA. Lingering finish of chocolate and citrus that works very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice fullness of carbonation and creaminess.

Drinkability: Gotta love craft beer in a can. And so much less space in the recycling when you smash the cans. This isn't necessarily a beer for the hop head, but I enjoyed the balance and the ease of drinkability. I only got one can, but I could certainly see myself getting a 6-pack down the road.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown in color and cloudy. Foam head that has some staying power. Mild hops nose. Mild attack of malt and hops with a creamy texture and rich mouthfeel. A very malty IPA but very good. Smooth caramel notes. Hoppy sensation in the aftertaste that is balanced by the well presented malt in the flavor. I say B+ on my own scale.

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

12 oz can acquired through a trade.

A- Sea Hag pours a hazy orange brown color with a 1 inch off white head that quickly dissipates leaving lots of patching and some sticking.

S- Skunky stale burnt hops, dead leaves, wet wood and lemon.

T- A very odd IPA...this one has such a dominant malt character and a very rich hop profile. This is not your citrus bomb of an IPA, this guy is grainy, burnt and muddy. Its almost unbalanced, more to the malty side actually. I think an extra dose of some "brighter" hops would really do wonders for this beer.

M- Medium body, light carbonation.

D- I'm glad I was able to try the Sea Hag, it really is a decent beer that just needs slight tweeking IMO. However i dont see myself purchasing this beer, not even in a pinch. But i would like to try other styles from the brewery.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce can purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Excellent appearance - a gigantic foamy and frothy head lay atop a medium-orange, tawny colored-hue with rising carbonation...
Smell wasn't as hop-laden as I had anticipated... Very subdued and moderate to say the least...
Taste seemed strangely off-balanced and not like your typical IPA... Peculiar paint-chip, ester flavor... Wasn't enjoying this one too much... In my opinion, the best thing about this brew was the appearance...
Overall, very tart and bitter without much going on in terms of flavor...
Much better depictions of the style out there...
Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this one...

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Photo of tmitch75
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IPA in a can baby. Cheers to New England Brewing, and to BA DHermit for the trade.

Head foamed up out of the can just a bit before I could pour it. Beer pours an opaque orange color with 2-finger creamy white head and lace all around. Cool can design too.

Smell is average, lightly sweet malt with non-descript hoppy aroma. A bit of citrus.

Nice caramelly malt up front with full-flavored fruity and piney hop explosion. Bitterness is not overpowering despite the full flavor. Balance is good.

Medium bodied, or just a bit over. Very smooth.

An awesome IPA in a can. Very drinkable, I am a big fan of this one.

Tasted on 5/13/08.

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Photo of getalife2k5
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this at Delancy's in Ct. Poured with a nice foamy head and produced a floral hop smell. Tasted of flowers, lemon and orange with a hint of pine. decently malty makes it well balanced, but only slightly bitter. i don't know if it is the name or picture on the tap that had a subconscious effect or what, but somehow, it tasted like the beach or oysters or the sea... but not necessarily in a bad way, if you can figure that out. it was nicely different, but a little lacking in umpfff.

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Photo of dickieb
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours A Hazy Amber/Orange with a very small head, and some pretty good lacing, looks like a big beer. The smell is somewhat grainy with hints of caramel and a good whiff of piny hops. Th flavor is mostly grassy and piny hops with a grainy malt profile and a lingering citrus hop flavor. THe mouthfeel is good for a bigger session brew. I wouldn't want more then two of these on any given day, but its a pretty tasty brew, and it was the cheapest IPA when I picked it up. I will probably buy it again.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank old school style right from the can.

A: A murky orange amber color and I obviously couldn't see any head and no lacing of course.

S: Malt, sweet caramel bready biscuity malt with hints of grass and dirt. Not much hops at all on the nose.

T: Is this an IPA or a lager? Really, flavors of malt, bread, grain with subdued hops flavors of grass and flowers. Slight bitterness on the finish, but this is far from hoppy and to me it's far from a prototypical IPA.

M: Medium and sticky with slight bitterness.

D: For me the drinkability was low. It just seems as if this is not really an IPA. It closer suites a lager flavor or APA with little hops. Shame too because the can is cool. Unfortunately I won't seek this out again. The old sea hag needs to dump some hops into that beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 11osixBrew for the trade.

Pours a hazy golden/amber/orange color with some sediment floating around, large foamy head with great retention and lacing.

Smell is mostly caramel malt, fairly weak on the hop aroma for an IPA.

Taste has a weird combination of hops, citrus, orange, and malt all acting at the same time, no layers of flavors, just a rush of all, lingering bitter aftertaste though that is from a combination of the hops and citrus.

Not the best IPA I've had, but it is an interesting one, just not sure all the flavors complement each other. At least it comes in a can, can't get enough craft in a can.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sea Hag IPA
12oz. can

A: poured into a straight pint. color is a hazy burnt orange, with a nice white head. Fair retention level and moderate lacing.

S: some mild sweet citrus aromas, like sweet oranges. Very faint aroma. Not too much in the nose on this one.

T: sweet tasting with very little bittering hop quality. some sweet citrus in the taste, almost tangerine like. not as hoppy as I would like.

M: light on the carbonation. Clean mouthfeel, crisp and smooth. it feels a little flat. Flavor leaves the mouth real quick.

D:good session IPA. it is drinkable, yet could improve in the hops.

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper, nice two finger head gives way to a thin lace. Nice aroma of bready malts with caramel and slight floral hops. Hops definatly riding the back seat with this beer. Taste follows, as bready, caramel and toffee malt flavors ride the forefront and slightest hop bitterness comes in to finish, dare I say lager like? Very clean finish. Goes down effortlessly. Good old session ale. Pretty good.

Some of my hop loving friends will be dissapointed in this one. This is definatly along the lines of a British style Ipa. Toasty bready malt flavors with a nice balence of understated hops. In this day and age of American brewers making hop bombs, this is a nice balenced brew. I have to admit I was expecting more in the way of hops for an American style Ipa, but still a very solid brew. Expectations can screw, I mean skew a review.

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Photo of cameraman
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber color, with touches of gold along the sides of the glass. A off-white colored head, two inches high forms, showing tremendous retention. A strong grassy fragrance hits the nose right away, followed by an overpowering scent of grapefruit. That is followed by a mild malt aroma, but it is very feint at the end. A hearty malt flavor lands on the palate at the front, then it gradually builds to the hop bitterness. The hops bring on flavors of grass, earth, and citrus. These bitter flavors dominate the taste till the very end. A very consistant mouthfeel, medium body that rolls across the palate, and finishing claen and dry. I am very surprised at what a can does for a beer. This is a strong IPA, the flavor is strong and the aroma is solid, there very little to find wrong with this beer.

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Photo of timbro81
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. Pours a good looking dusty copper/orange topped by a rich one finger creamy head that hangs around for some time. Good carbonation and lacing. Smells of resiny sweet caramel malts mingled with citrus/pine hops. Initially hop forward with the sweet caramel malts holding up the rear. Some toastedness tries to peek its head out from somewhere in there. Pine over grapefruit hops dominate the aftertaste. A solid IPA all the way around.

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

A dark amber/copper colored beer with a slight haze. Has a big foamy off white head and some lace. There is a wonderful hoppy aroma mostly citrus with a bit of pine in the background. The sweet malt starts the taste on the tip of your tongue. The citrus and piney hops fight along the sides of your tongue. Then there is a slight floral character just before the finish which has a tea like character

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

Big chill haze in the copper liquid. Really nice tight, really nice colored tan head. Pretty good retention and fantastic lace. This is one attractive beer. If it wasn't for the chill haze, this would have approached 5

Big malty, bready, biscuity and caramely nose. Noble, earthy hops abound as well. A touch of citrus on the finish.

taste is malty, all the malt scents come through here also. There must be a ton of noble hops in here. The finish is big citrus (grapefruit, orange.

Mouthfeel is also nice with medium, creamy body and nice medium tight carbonation level.

This is a nice beer. Interesting, the noble hops blend well with the citrus of the cascades. I could easily make it a session.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not exactly sure what happened, but upon opening the beer foamed up and over the top and a poured rather excessive head. Aroma is simple straight-forward cascade, not overpowering and not weak. Some malt background of toast/caramel, which as it warms changes to biscuit, and this remains prominent until the end. Good.
Nice amber color and mostly clear. Full rocky head and plenty of lacing.
Atypical mix of malt and hop flavors. Malt has a strong character and one I'm not generally fond of (I wish I knew what kind of malt it was so I could identify it more clearly - it's in some amber lagers I've had too). The bitterness lacks a pleasing flavor, and lies more in just bitterness. Slight grapefruit flavor, other flavors are more hay like.
Good smoothness to carbonation and relatively soft.
This is alright. I'd like to try it fresh, but that still wouldn't change the malt flavors of which I am not too fond.

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Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New England Sea Hag IPA pours a light amber/copper with a thin head that quickly fades. The aroma is slightly citrusy and bitter with some floral, earthy hops as well. The aroma is bitter upfront with a sweet maltiness seeping through. The hop flavor is secondary to the bitterness, there are some hints of the same citrusy hops as in the aroma. A fruity maltiness comes though a bit in between the bitterness. Overall this is a pretty decent IPA, and I really like the can art, as well as the fact that it's in a can.

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Photo of blackie
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I originally rated this a 3.35, but after a six-pack's worth of experience, felt it deserved a bit more

a: Amber in color with a white, lightly-retained head...brilliantly colored, but some head is needed.

s: Body of biscuity malts with underlying notes of caramel and pale. Dominant hop aroma of pilsner-ish noble varieties, with the Cascades coming in way behind with a bit of citrus.

m: light-medium carbonation, body the same...comes across a little flat

t: Caramel, biscuit, and pale malts with a decent amount of noble and citrus hop flavor. Nobles may not be the best choice for an IPA, but they are pretty interesting. Finish of stale biscuits. Moderate bitterness.

d: easy enough...interesting take with the Noble hops, but more of a pale. The novelty factor makes up somewhat for an otherwise underwhelming IPA. A little unbalanced as well.

$8.99 six-pack from Unwined, Alexandria

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Photo of JamesS
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pourd a light amber color with a thick fizzy head and great lacing. It has a nice hoppy scent, very filling. It also had a nice hoppy taste, with a slight bitter aftertaste, although it wasn't as deep as many American IPAs. Goes down very smoothly, a nice IPA.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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