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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Reviews: 468 | Ratings: 1,675
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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Photo of alysmith4
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was pretty good all-and-all. The appearance and mouthfeel were both average, as well as the smell. The taste was good though, very fresh and flavorful. I could taste subtle hints of fruit and a small amount of sugar, but mostly hops and grains came through. This is a beer that I was surprised by, but one that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into nonic.

Slightly hazy honey color with a tan solid and thick one finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Sweet grain, with a little bit of a sugary aroma, meet with the mildly bitter hops. A touch of spiciness is in there as well.

The flavor is some bready malts with a little bit of spicy hop flavor, but nothing too bitter. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. The finish is somewhat clean, with a little bit of grain lingering.

For an AIPA, this one was a little weak. The hops were spicy but they didn't provide that strong citrus bite that I usually look for in the style. Still, it's rather enjoyable, even if it is on the light side.

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Photo of BACTAdam
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, call me crazy but I simply cannot get over this whole can thing. I poured this beer from the can into a pint glass but sipped the last bit from the can. My brain is ready to taste a Coors or Miller but my palate says otherwise. Aside from that, canned beer still tastes and feels like, well, aluminum can.

Once the beer was poured into the glass, I was able to appreciate this beer's true characteristics. Poured a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice foamy head. The smell was very floral and hoppy. The taste was very citrusy, lots of deep grapefruit notes more than the average IPA. With that said, I was very much intrigued with its taste and thought it was quite original for a very popular and trendy beer style. It didn't make you pucker with bitterness nor did the hops blow me but I thought it was a pretty solid brew. I would like to try this one from a bottle or tap some day.

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Photo of LarryV
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey colored amber with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is mellow - earthy hops. Taste is bitter hops with a grapefruit like twang with just enough malt sweetness to bring it into balance in the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent IPA with a distinctive taste. I'm not sure I'd seek this one out again though, there are just too many other IPA's I like better.

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Photo of taez555
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. From notes, tasted 1/27/08

This beer poured a clear reddish/orange body with a white head.

Nose has a biscuit and cooked vegatable smell.

Taste is medium to light bodied. Caramel, biscuit and some cooked vegies. A nice firm bitterness comes in the backend. Slightly metalic hop taste. Earthy, musty hops. Classic english IPA but with a New England twist.

A pretty middle of the road american attempt at an english style IPA. Honestly... the coolest thing about this beer is the bright red pull tab on the black can. Love the contrast.

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Photo of ksbrainard
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper with a good head that is very well retained.

Smell: Hops. Piney and dirty, with a hint of citrus, and floral tones.

Taste: Hops all throughout, but relatively subtle in the landscape of mega hop bombs. There's a hint of cooked veggie/DMS in there, but not too much. Malts provide a nice balance to the hops. Overall, easy to drink but yet also hoppy. It manages to be approachable but not boring.

Mouthfeel: Medium. The DMS adds a stickiness, but the hops lift it a little, and the bubbles really clear out the leftovers. It's as big as it should be without overstepping its boundaries.

Drinkability: I find this very easy to drink, and with the ultra-convenient can packaging, I could take it to the beach or to the race or the park or anywhere they don't like glass containers. Plus, since it isn't a massive hop bomb, like *some* IPAs, I could actually enjoy it with dinner. I'm thinking enchiladas. Chicken enchiladas with plenty of cheese and jalapenos.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Light copper with a large light tan head. Head fell to a thin film that left significant lacing.

S-Herbal / peppery hops dominate with a slight twing on citrus. Some sweet maltiness.

T-Earthy taste of oak and with a malty sweetness. Well balanced. This IPA is one that doesn't overwhelm or hide the malt behind a barrage of hops.

M-A bit thin and overcarbonated.

D-Nice job...nothing over the top...a well balanced English leaning style IPA. A good "everday drinker" for it's price. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Kudashov
2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
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 jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade...

Pours hazed copper with a large, rocky, off-white head that stays around. Some foamy lacing sticks.

The smell is of spicy, grapefruity, citrus with a caramel backing.

The taste is of plenty of Cascade hops with a caramel maltiness in the back. Grapefruity hop presence dominates the caramelish maltiness. A slight tinniness (from the can?) peeks through at times. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

It is full-bodied (or nearly so) and very smooth.

An incredibly drinkable hoppy brew. Hops stand out above the caramel backing and the two work very well together.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely ruddy amber color with chunks/sediment floating all over the place. Nice! Decent off white head that retains pretty well.

Smells very citrusy, floral hops, sweet malts, candy.

Flavor consists of citrusy hops, sweet malts, brown sugar, bitter/dry finish. Very balanced with more leaning to the bitter side.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry finish, good carbonation.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the New England Brewing Co.

A: Poured a great looking orange/amber color with a nice head of tight creamy foam which left some good lacing that stuck a nice ring on the cup until 2/3 into it.

S: Smells sweet, grainy, a little spicy and citrusy, but mostly an unassuming malt odor.

T: I have to say, Sea Hag is a pretty demur IPA, to say the least. It's more malty than hoppy, which doesn't hurt it's drinkability, that's for sure. I'd peg it as a hoppy Amber too, like Ithica's Cascazilla. The butter, piney hop oils are there, but are balanced with a ton of malt.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-light, leaning towards watery at times, but the finish is strong enough.

D: The great flavor, smooth mouthfeel and nice ABV kick make Sea Hag a must-have for any occasion. I'm salivating at the thought of having a keg of this stuff for a party.

Sea Hag is crazy drinkable and my favorite of the three staple brews from NEB. Damn the naysayers who talk trash about micros in cans, cuz this is one to seek out. Plus, you can take it on a plane or to the beach and enjoy while bottle beers drinkers stand dumbfounded and sober. =D

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Delaney's Tap Room on a recent trip to New Haven
A- Pours a clear amber/orange hue, ring of white foamy head sustains, layers of frothy head
S- Crisp and clean caramel and biscuit malts, subtle grass hops in the background, unimpressive and dissipating
T- Initial taste is light bitter hops, followed quickly by caramel malts, touch of citrus, finishes dry with slight alcohol
M- Light-medium bodied, watery texture, high carbonation
D- Surprisingly malt-forward IPA, the hops are very muted and I would have pegged this as more of an amber/red ale, also carbonation is too high and distracting

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Photo of Shaw
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, deep, deep copper in color with a thick tan head that lingers. This is a great looking beer.

It smells of hops, of course, with earthy and citrus notes and a hint of solvent alcohol.

The taste is big on hops with nice bread-like flavors from the malt, which is balanced by a nice bitterness that isn't overwhelming. The flavors are really nice and fresh, which I will credit to the can it's in, however, I could just be dreaming this up.

The body is just right, neither watery nor chewy.

Overall this is a very good IPA and well worth seeking out.

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

12oz can, gracias secret santa me some canned micros!

appearance: pours into an unmarked imperial pint glass, big amber body, with a full light tan head and strong lacing

smell: the hops definitely hit the nose first...grapefruit, orange peel, apricot...nice caramel malt behind the hops with a lot of toasty aroma...nice balance

taste: this isn't a hop bomb, its a well balanced ipa. toasted malts and caramel play a major role in the taste profile. grapefruit hops compliment the malts well but cant overcome them. a nice transition after a really hoppy ipa - good stuff

mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation

drinkability: good

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice looking slightly hazy amber colour with a huge beige rocky head that is long lasting and leaves clumps of itself all over the glass...nice!

The aroma is at first malty and biscuity but then hits you with a good but not overpowering blast of floral and pine hops. There's a fair amount of caramel sweetness here as well.

The flavour is essentially more of the same with a hearty dose of sweetness, bread, earth, floral and at times almost juicy hops all mixing together for a nice overall balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth but biting at the same time.

Let this one settle down a touch after you pour from the can. An eager early first sip lent to some harshness in flavour, but as this one breathes and warms a bit it becomes very enjoyable. It's a nice, not overly hopped IPA that even has some Amber Ale qualities to it. Well done.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown that seems just a touch clouded. Very slight amount of head. Nose is gentle pine hops, but overall pretty subdued. Flavor is a strong hoppy IPA with some nut character. Also is a sweet hop pine tone there as well. Feel is good on the liquid feel, though there is not a huge amount of bubble hitting the tongue. Overall it is pretty drinkable. Still not the best IPA in a can, but pretty good.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Amber bown color, inch high head, that left some lace on the glass.

smell - Grapefruit smell of hops here.

taste - Lot of hop taste here ,but does have a sweet malt taste near the finish of the taste. Still more hops here, like a grapefruit.

mouthfeel - Has a bitterfeel in the mouth.

drinkability - Too much hops for me here. Nice for a hop head.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dark orange color. Eighth inch white head, good retention. Good lacing.

S - Very malty and not so hoppy. Rich caramel malts, slightly bittered. Smells a lot more like an amber.. a good one.

T - Very malty with some green bitterness. Lots more malts than hops, very distinctive. A very good amber.

M - Medium consistency with good carbonation.

D - I like this a lot but I would never call it an IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

Very strong head forming beer. Chill hazed amber color and a decent tan colored head.

Quite a good smelling beer strong herbal hops in spades. Pine, grapefruit, flowers, woody and spicy. Very toned down C type hops let earth and herbal English style hops really show their stuff in this beer.

The taste starts out very earthy in the mouth a taste of oak and mushrooms with a malt drop candy after taste. Nice well-balanced IPA this one doesn't overwhelm or hide the malt layer. Bitterness is well matched to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Supper easy to drink IPA here and one of the most drinkable. Beer makers need t make more balanced IPAs like this one and fewer hop only grenades.

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

A damn good brew in a can. Not quite up to par with Dale's but close. And yes, I would consider this more of a Pale Ale than IPA. A deep amber orange with nice carbonation and a white head, leaving some lacing down the glass. Smell is strong and bitter hops, mostly piney with a light citrus behind it. A sweet caramel malt and breadiness also linger. Taste is a good balance of hops and malt. Bitter at first and then the nice sweetness stunts a completely bitter finish. Not too dry in the mouth and almost creamy/chewy in texture. Pretty big bodied and easy drinking considering that. The artwork on the can alone is worth admission. Interesting and something that I won't mind drinking in the future.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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