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Thursday, July 22, 2010

New England - Sea Hag IPA

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New England - Sea Hag IPA
New England Brewing Company
7 Selden Street
Woodbridge, CT USA
Est. 1989

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.2 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Copper in color.
Two finger off-white head that leaves very good lacing.
Piney hops aromas and earthy malt smell.
A bit of citrus detected in scent.
Nice amount of hops; nice malt balance.
Good amount of carbonation.
A medium bodied ale.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Just going in for a minute to pick up some beer festival tickets...what? Whoa, huh?!?  "Drink it. It's good." is printed on the can.  Like Alice in Wonderland I was drawn to the six pack in the beer fridge.  Curious, a closer look was in order.  I had never seen this ale before. I asked Georgina, at Morton's Market, what it was all about.  Before she answered, I removed the sixer from its chilling compartment and brought it to the register for closer scrutiny.

Georgina exclaimed, "'s new. We just got it in!" I spun one of the cans around looking for some identification.  "New England Brewing, hmmm" I murmured. Then I spotted the words "The Sea Hag Continues To Haunt New Haven To This Day." Ah ha! This is from my original stomping grounds in Connecticut.  Hmm..The Reaper seems to remember dating the Sea Hag at one point in time...muaha haha!  Oh, that's a story for another day.

Wow! A beer brewed in Woodbridge, CT.  My eyes zeroed in on that part of the can. "I'll take this too, thanks!"  Georgina rang up my tickets and six pack.  Secretly, I was thrilled to buy what looked to be the first of this beer in these parts.  Post purchase we continued to discuss craft beer as we meandered through the selection on the shelves, ironically in the wine department. Though Georgina is a Certified Wine Educator and Certified Sommelier, she had a great grasp of the craft beer biz, too. After sharing several minutes discussing fine beer, we bid farewell.  With the six pack under my arm, I jumped into the hearse and hightailed it home before the 'Hag' got warm.

So how was the IPA?  It was tasty.  Not a lot of hops burn like in other IPA's but the Cascade and Noble hops floral scent kept pulling me back to the glass.  This is a very easy to drink IPA. Not a lot of burn and a very nice hop aroma.  Pull out that big, fat Churchill cigar, a couple of these cold cans, and you've got yourself a party. I will definitely be stopping by Morton's again to peruse their wine beer department.

Funny how it worked out. I only stopped in to buy some beer festival tickets for an event.  I walked out with some interesting brew and a new friend in the beer-o-sphere. Cheers to beer for being so good!

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