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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2006

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Reviews: 461 | Ratings: 1,651
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- 12oz. can straight up on 16-Aug-15

- 12oz. pour off tap at The Ginger Man (Greenwich, CT) into a tumbler glass on 10-Aug-15

Good body; on the lighter side. Crisp and refreshing. The hops are a little too much on the dirty, grassy side for my taste, but overall still enjoyed it.

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Photo of drew42e
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can, light orange color, pretty clear. Aroma is great, smell what i think is Citra and tropical fruits, some malt sweetness. Taste is citrus, some pine and tropical fruits. Had Julius and SoS recently and this has similar profile to me but with less intensity of flavor. I like this more than expected. Overall very good IPA.

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Photo of CHickman
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 4/29/2015, thanks to "Mikefriedman90" for hooking me up with this can; pours hazy yellow that leans towards gold color with a lot of bubbles racing up the brew which shoot up to a thick foamy 2 finger snow white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and faded very slowly, leaving decent spotty lacing and some rings as it went down.

Smells of fresh piney hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, toasted bread, biscuit, citrus hops, hay or wet grass, light caramel, orange peel and some mild earthy spices. Aroma is soft and on the sweet side with nice balance and all the IPA basics showing up on the timid side.

Taste is similar to the smell but with a stronger malt presence that brings more grains, buttery biscuit and graham cracker to go along with the piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, grass, caramel, toffee, orange peel, toasted bread, and spices like pepper and very mild coriander. The earthy notes show up in the flavor as well, with some twigs or tree bark which is most likely the toasted malt and yeast chemically changing with the hops to give off an overall beer sweetness. Could be an English IPA or American IPA depending on the sip and how the brew washes down, so that aspect of the beer was nice and added to the overall complexity of it. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is average in most ways - average carbonation, a medium body that's on the heavier side, malty/biscuit notes to balance the sharp hops, and a decent level of bitterness that you'd expect for an IPA. No sign of the ABV, it's easy to drink and overall and enjoyable and above average IPA.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark yellow to orange color with a fingers worth of a white head. There is good carbonation and some lacing. The odor is very citrus, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, tropical fruits, pineapple, peach, pine, some floral notes. The taste is very citrus, orange, lemon, pineapple, pine, herbal, more bitter on the backend.

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Photo of EggsBenny
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Sooo damn good. It comes in weekly and they put a cheap lil supermarket sticker on it with the date it was canned, its always like 3 days ago.. Kind of malty/spicey/savory for ipas. Not particularly bitter and the hop flavor is subtle. Price is right too. Many thumbs up

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Photo of kkleu357
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Also got this as an extra in a trade. This one was much more enjoyable. Very hazy body. Nice fruity pine aroma. Big bitter resin bite with hints of citrus.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange like copper color. Foamy white head.
S: Notes of floral aromas, some piney hop notes, a hint of malty sweetness combined with citrusy notes.
T: Tastes similar to the nose. Has a nice balance between malty sweetness with citrusy/piney hops. Has a nice dry/slight bitter finish.
M: Medium carbonation, dry finish, well balanced beer.
O: An excellent IPA option and for the price it's a steal!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium gold color. Rocky ivory head. Very clear.

S: Light tropical flavors. Guava and mandarin. Piney earthiness.

M: Smooth almost silky. Med body.

T: Quick shot of honey cracker malt, caramel reminiscent of english styles. Strong floral hop burst; lavender and orange blossom. Earthy, dank, pine and lemon hop presence

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Photo of sylviaskye
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to IPA in CT. I truly feel it beats the rest in the state. It's usually widely accessible and tastes even better on draft. And i'm disappointed when I can't find it.

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Photo of BigGeorge860
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I live in CT, so this always gets to me really fresh. An easy-drinking IPA. I think the thing that distinguishes Sea Hag is the wicked strong pine in the nose. Good session beer.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very hoppy, plenty of bitterness for an ipa fan. Floral scent and hint of orange taste. Very drinkable and no slouch at over 6%. Another strong beer in the New England lineup

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Photo of jordanl17
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing IPA that seemed to have gone through a recent transition. from good to GREAT. It's fairly easy to get it super fresh in CT. Gandhi-Bot light? maybe!

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Photo of dumpman
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice appearance with a white frothy head not too much lacing.
Smells floral and piney.
Nice taste with a little bit of bite on the finish.
Very drinkable and could easily drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sea Hag is one of those ipa's you either love or don't. Not bad overall. I can easily see why it would be a nice goto when available. But for me, I'm glad I got a can to try but I'll pass on it next time.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a six pack of this on a whim and I wish I grabbed more!
A: Hazy orange like copper color. Foamy white head.
S: Notes of floral aromas, some piney hop notes, a hint of malty sweetness combined with citrusy notes.
T: Tastes similar to the nose. Has a nice balance between malty sweetness with citrusy/piney hops. Has a nice dry/slight bitter finish.
M: Medium carbonation, dry finish, well balanced beer.
O: This will be my go to IPA in the future and for the price it's a home run! Well done NEBCo!

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy, amber color with some cloudiness. Off-white head that wastes little time disappearing. Good lace
S- orange, grapefruit, lemon, some grassiness.
T- same citrus notes from the nose with some bready, cracker-like maltiness making it's presence known. Piney slickness as it goes down.
M- light crisp but still manages to coat the palate with a velvet-like sheen.
O- nice, easy-drinking IPA.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. very cool design.

translucent copper and abundant foam. not surprising given the serving type. i didn't get much lacing or decent head retention, but the initial pour was nice.

smells of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel and earth.

surprisingly good taste from a can. a chewy essence of the smells come to life. forest tree sap with a bitter finish.

medium to full-bodied, slightly oily, and resiny.

new england brewing co. boasts, "drink it, it's good." they weren't kidding.

bartender, i'll have another.

Rating again (see above) after many years. Whether or not the rumors of a revamped recipe are true is irrelevant. Perhaps my palate changed. All I know is that I'm finding this to be a truly enjoyable IPA. IMHO, it tastes like a subdued version of Gandhi, which is high praise if you enjoy that one better. The Hag is in full effect featuring prominent floral notes up front, with a bit more subdued citrus qualities on the back end. Extremely balanced with plenty of olfactory sensory to satisfy the purist; hints of mango, peach, and vermilion orange. The thing I notice most is the complete balance, overall. While there are many rewarding features of the type of IPA that I crave, nothing overtakes the other to the detriment of the finished product. This is a f**king winner, my friends. Wow. Current BA score does not do it one bit of justice. Seek, drink, and enjoy. LARRRRRRGE!

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Photo of YeastPriest
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I used to hate this beer but they changed the recipe to make it drier and hoppier bittering flavor and aroma now it is my most frequently consumed beer

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Photo of GregJ
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong citrus and floral notes. Tastes of grapefruit, bready, pine resin. Light body and medium carbonation. Pine resin and sweet malts on the palate.

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Photo of TJHartlett
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Just had my first can of Sea Hag in a couple of years. Was pleasantly surprised at the difference compared to my first taste two years ago. With the smell of Grapefruit, the right balance of bitterness, this version reminds me slightly of G-Bot but is MUCH EASIER to buy from my local store. this batch was canned two days ago so it doesn't get much fresher. NEBCO ROCKS!

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Photo of Hopheadgou
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has changed so many times and is constantly getting reformed. Compared to batches from 2013 this beer has changed drastically in a great way. Less malty sweetness than previous batches and more vibrant hop profile, juicy, more tropical notes and and sticky dank hop finish.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. For me it has a lot of the character of the Gandhi Bot but without the astringent bitterness on the back of the palate. I buy it whenever I can.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a golden orange color. a finger or two of a white foamy head forms and has strong retention. Leaves behind a strong lacing. perfectly clear and with a strong brightness.

Smell: lots of hops, mostly floral but also notes of citrus and some earthy spice. sizeable malt background with sweet crystal notes and some toastiness.

Taste: opens up with notes of hops. a light citrus, mixed with some earthy spice. Strong floral hops take over. on the backend there is a malty sweetness. mostly crystal but toasted grains are present too.

Mouthfeel: medium mouthfeel. refreshing quality. some lingering bitterness but not too overpowering.

Overall: a middle of the road tasty ipa. a good one to have around if you are in the area but nothing to go out of the way for.

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Photo of McSmack
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer gets a bad wrap. Kind of like Blind Pig to Pliny. Sea Hag is a great tasting beer and reminds me like a lighter version of Zombie Dust. Great Beer!

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light on aroma front.

Some sour lemon flavor, solid, sweet malt base, fairly faint citrus hops. Not much bitterness at all.

Creamy texture

A good balanced beer, but I would rate it higer as a pale ale.

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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,651 ratings.
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