Sea Hag by New England

Tasting: August 30, 2014
Style: India Pale Ale
Beer # 597

Sea Hag by New England Brewing Company

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Sea Hag

While a recent trip to Connecticut netted me this can of Sea Hag and other beer spoils – it also provided a brief education on Connecticut’s sea-faring history. While with my family in Mystic for a couple of days – we toured the seaport and its re-created 19th century village. We watched the return and re-assembly of the historic Charles W. Morgan whaling ship and took a leisurely sunset ride on the Sabino – a steam-powered ferry. On our return trip home, we stopped in Groton and toured the submarine museum which is adjacent to the Naval Base. I have to admit that since Connecticut sits mostly on the Long Island Sound – I hadn’t given Connecticut any real thought of having a sea-faring legacy. However, considering the position of Mystic and Groton in relation to the Atlantic Ocean – I can see why they were and are key locations.

An off-bitterness in Sea Hag strikes my taste buds fast and hard. It takes a few sips to adjust and some semblance of a malt base presents itself. The malt base is of a mellow candied sugar but it disappears in an onslaught of hop bitterness. It took me a minute to peg the bitterness as citrus rind and nothing but rind – the most bitter rind. Researching Sea Hag’s IBU and it comes in at 65 that’s surprising at the amount of bitterness I’m experiencing. Something must be up with this can or maybe I broke my tastebuds with all the IPA of late. I had higher hopes for Sea Hag and I may have to circle back- but I have to call it as I taste it this moment – 83 points.

New England Brewing Company makes some outstanding beer with two very strong entries in my overall list:

Currently # 11 Gandhi Bot (96 points)
Currently # 26 Locust Reign (95 points)

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