Double Sea Hag
New England Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #643
Ranked #5,224
4.33 | pDev: 5.08%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Notes: Sea Hag is celebrating 11 years as a CT. IPA, so we brewed a double version! Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Amarillo.

85 IBU
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 26
Photo of papposilenus
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 32oz growler, filled at the brewery two days ago. Served in a stubby IPA glass.

Pours a just barely hazed beautiful glowing copper-gold colour with two big fingers of pouffy, bubbly suds. Retention is outstanding, leaving a thick foamy cap and thick sheets of lacing cascading up the sides of the glass. This is a gorgeous glass of beer.

Smell is thickly malty, damp toasted cereal grains, apple skins and sweet orange.

Taste is malt forward, sweet, toasty and spicy grain immediately followed by a surge of drying, bitter citrus, principally grapefruit, both pith and peel, lemon juice, orange rind and a hint of hot, aromatic spice. Earthy, toasty, resinous, exceptionally well balanced with a subtle orange and toasted cracker finish.

Feel is smooth, medium bodied, drying, well carbonated. Some alcohol is perceptible on the palate and in the sinuses but well within enjoyable limits.

Overall, a terrific DIPA, sort of a bastard child of an old-school retro malty flavour profile and a more modern AIPA, with good use of dual-purpose aromatic and bittering hops. Recommended.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: It's a med gold color, low haze, and a nice warmth. Poured from a screw top growler...very condensed, yellowed lace colored head.

S: Apricot, lemon, and melon aromas rise to the top. Resin and cracker malt with a honey kumquat marmalade spread. Earthy bordering musty, floral tropic fruit; I can picture the passionfruit-acai smoothie from last week.

M: Adequately carbed brew that is genuinely smooth, but punctuated with some bubblegum burn.

T: Graham cracker and guava-grassy maltiness on larger quaffs. A nuanced blend of spicy, sweet citrus flower bouquet that is more tangerine than orange. Sharp, clean piney bitterness along with pineapple and a mango-lychee tropical flair.

O: Call it a key lime shake with graham cracker filling. Okay, not as sweet as that descriptor, and definitely cleaner, more hop focused; but, the balance is definitely there. It's almost like a throwback, something retro these days, which amounts to a non-stylized NEIPA from NEBCO.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery today.

Looks great, slightly hazy orange gold with a frothy white head that fades to a thin layer with a sudsy lace.
Smell and taste are great, lots of citrus and some bubblegum tropical fruit, mostly pulpy orange juice, with crackery malt and a touch of light caramel.
Good feel, firm malty base and enough bitterness to balance the big hoppy flavors.

Overall, an excellent addition to NEBCo'so lineup. Happy to drink it.

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Photo of Gatch
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Woooow, now this is an impressive, fruity hop bomb! Hazy with a soapy head, massively tropical fruit nose, perfectly hoppy flavor and feel. I can't get too nuanced with these super hoppy beers, but this is probably as tasty as it gets. Got a growler of this from the brewery. A bit boozy, as a DIPA should be, with stupid drinkability and insane body. Each time I drink NEIPAs, I understand more and more why they're the hottest style right now.

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Photo of jhavs
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery then from a growler fill later that night. Pour is amber, decent haze but not fully opacified. Foamy white head creates a fair amount of sticky lacing and settles into a full collar.

Aroma is citrus, zest and juice, noticeable grainy/crackery malt with some hint of the more floral tropical fruits.

Flavor is big citrus zest, orange peel, grapefruit pith flavor provides decent amount of bitterness. Some resinous earthy flavors become more prominent as it warms. There is a definite crackery malt flavor that balances and crisps everything up.

Moderate carbonation and medium body, smooth and dry.

Great balance of flavors, smooth and unique.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - about time! Pours a dark, copper orange with moderate haze. Pretty dark and foreboding.

S - strong lemon and orange peel. Hint of coriander zest. Hints of papaya and hop juice.

T - warm and inviting bitter orange with resiny, mealy twang to it. Heavy and dripping with hoppy flavor, unlike NEBCO's usual crisp cleanliness. Finishes bone dry with a distinctly piny graininess throughout.

F - rich and creamy, but still somehow airy and fresh. Slick and soft. That bitter dryness really kicks your teeth in though.

O - a marked improvement upon the Hag. I've always thought that beer was just okay, but this kicks out up a few notches and cracks the knobs in all the right directions.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange peel, papaya, mango, resin and pine. Cracker and a bit of Pilsner malt. Light medium bodied. Dry, bitter finish. Lower sweetness. Forces you to keep coming back for sip after sip. Not a traditional NE DIPA but who cares it's good.

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Double Sea Hag from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 26 ratings