Monday, October 11th 2010
Sea Hag IPA
(New England Brewing Company)
You've got to love the graphics on this can. I've been wondering why this brewery doesn't make their other cans equally as artistic. Perhaps that is in the works for the future? Regardless, its hard to walk by a bunch of cans of this beer without wanting to at LEAST try this it.
From the New England Brewing site:
"This one's a beauty; a rich and full-bodied India Pale Ale with complex malt character, blended with cascade and noble hops. The end result is a beer that satisfies the "hop head" out there and won't chase away the newcomer. Drink it. It's good."
Here we go...
Pour - a hazy light brown to golden peach color that is much darker than a lot of other IPAs I've seen. The head is BIG and THICK and very fluffy. Its almost erupting out of the glass although the carbonation levels don't seem all that abnormal.
Aroma - strong citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit) along with some brown sugary sweetness. The foamy head itself has some nice fresh hoppy smells, very promising. There is a slight astringent alcohol scent that is apparent but those hops sure smell good.
Taste -one big sip later and I'm left trying to make sense of the flavors I've encountered. Their is some bitter citrus for sure along with some sweetness but not a whole lot, perhaps some caramel maltiness. There is also a flavor of iced tea that I can't shake, combined with some slightly astringent dryness in the finish. Its rather unique and doesn't so much scream IPA as it does hoppy amber ale. HOWEVER, I do like it quite a bit.
Overall - I like Sea Hag quite a bit but I'm not sure what to make of it exactly. Its a solid IPA that is for sure and I definitely think that not every IPA has to be crazy, ridiculously hoppy, that is what we have double IPAs for! This is quite balanced with a bit of a tilt in the malty direction. Definitely worth picking up and giving it a try.
Would I buy more of it? - this is not a bad beer by any means and one that I'd be happy to have in my fridge. However, it might get pushed to the back now that Gandhi-Bot has hit the shelves!
Note - New England Brewing recently released a ridiculously hoppy, yet very drinkable, double IPA in 16 oz. (and now 12 oz.) cans with the very unique name of Gandhi-Bot. Word.
Posted by Russ
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