Saturday, May 4, 2013

New England Sea Hag IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (871) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy body with an apricot or tangerine skin hue. Forms a small, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Citrus juice concentrate, strong pine notes, and a hint of spice rack character.

Taste: I always appreciate a solid IPA even if the recipe seems a bit familiar. New England Brewing Sea Hag IPA isn’t all that unique in the crowded market of American IPAs, but it’s a good one worth trying. It has components of both coasts plus a little spicy finish which makes for a satisfying beer.

Pale maltiness up front with some light honey character. A quick shift to bitterness at the top of the swig with a dank citrusy flavor of juice concentrate instead of crisp juice itself. The finish is even more memorable; a sharp bite of dry bitterness along with a slight garlic-like taste and a hint of pine on the aftertaste. I’ve experienced all these flavor components individually, but rarely together, which makes this an interesting and well-balanced brew.

Drinkability: I was extremely pleased by the ease with which New England Brewing Sea Hag IPA went down. The mouthfeel is comfortable with a fairly soft texture, but still lively enough to notice dull. The fact it’s only 6.3% ABV is quite impressive as it seems to have the weight of something bigger. It’s nice to drink a single IPA that’s so flavorful and drinkable. 
Grade: 8/10

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