Did you put the flaked grain in the boil or the mash?
I knew it would be unlikely that the winner would go unassisted. Sort of. I used a massive dry hop with pellets only and there's still a raw hop flavor and bitterness that hasn't finished dropping out yet. I don't really get any of the grittiness that Denny picked up on. Since I bittered it like a normal IPA rather than a light APA and used my normal sulfate adjustment, I think it holds up to the extra body just fine. It's really more of an IPA with flaked grain than a full-on NE IPA. I'm hoping I can give a more thorough evaluation soon as the raw hop character falls out.
Is your NE IPA ready yet?
Mash. Protein haze is OK, starch haze not so much, AFAIC.