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 NolaHopHead
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours opaque golden orange, thick white head fades quickly to a thin layer, good lacing. Mild aroma of citrus and fruit and toasty bread. Taste is similar, fairly malt forward but not sweet. Plenty of bitterness, more on the earthy piney side. Wood notes linger with a very dry finish. Medium mouthfeel. Very ok IPA, would drink again but not seek out.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot, with a nice head that leaves a solid collar and a ton of lacing all the way down, despite a lack of visible carbonation. The smell is of citrus fruit, and the hops do not dominate in any way. This is a beer that manages to taste hoppy without being off-puttingly bitter. Still, those hops definitely control the taste. Not much subtlety in my taste. I enjoy the creamy mouthfeel, though it lingers a little longer than I prefer. Nice beer, and maybe IPAs are growing on me, even if hops at large are not.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good but disappointing when compared to other NE IPAs. I didn't find this one particularly juicy or dank, but there was nice balance and overall flavor.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to review Sea Hag because, on a recent trip to Connecticut, a store owner told me that there was a strict six-pack per person limit on this beer, which I though was laughable.

Hag is one of those beers you drink when you want something better than Bud Light and your friend who "just got into craft beer" opens his fridge for you.

It is thin, malty, bitter, and pretty average.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super clear golden brown w white fluffy head. Nose is very floral... Not as sweet to taste as most citrusy IPAs but good. Lemon seed taste lingers at soft palate. Feels light, smooth. Medium carbonation. Good brew.

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

Pours a dull bronze with a scant head. Smells like a stale hard cider, and tastes like a carbonated sugar free apple juice -- with a confusing back end of mango-y citrus. Ultra carbonation to the point that it burns my mouth. As the beer warms the apple gives way to the citrus but it's too little too late.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a New England Brewing Co. tulip.

Foam white head, with a creamy bright top of two fingers, very fine and with some larger bubbles in it. A real interesting rusty colored orb glowing orange. Solid and somewhat opaque, but with some fine carbonation, and also some large amounts of cola sized bubbles on the bottom.

Bouquet has a mild sensing chewy leafy hop quality, with a mild mix of earth and some fruit. Some sweet malt manages to make an appearance as well, coming off as just a very straight well rounded IPA. Hop angle doesn't seem to have a distinct angle, just many small subtle ones.

Palate brings a little bit more character to the palate than the nose indicates. More chewy and earth quality with some pine in the mid palate, a bit of juicy fruit manages to squeak in, hinting more towards orange and its zest as well. Easy simple body which stays out of the way neither complimenting or detracting.

Overall, fairly basic but well constructed IPA.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +13.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -0.8%
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 +19.6%
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 +10.7%
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 +13.6%
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 +3.7%
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 +27.9%
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 +12.3%
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 +13.8%
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 +16.2%
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 +3.9%
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 -6.3%
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 +15.1%
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 +0.3%
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 +15.7%
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 +24.8%
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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Sea Hag IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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