Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale - Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale AleMichigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by hanco005:
Photo of hanco005
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my beer of the month club offerings, 12 oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a pint glass

A—pours hazy amber copper with a 1 inch fluffy white head that lasts for about 10 minutes, thick sea foam lacing is produced

S—pine is strongest, followed by grapefruit, some sweetness is hidden, but the pine is almost over powering

T—pine for sure, but mixed pretty well with grapefruit, perfume and a touch of pepper, just a hint of honey like sweetness, too

M—a bit raw and scratchy, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a solid IPA. Glad I tried it and would definitely have it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a tight one finger white head,sharp citrus and pine aromas dominate the aromas a touch of alcohol sneaks its way in there ass making you think this is one intense IPA.Flavors are not so in your face and that maybe a good thing,the big hop presence is there very resiny and citrusy but a frim nutty malt base holds up real well keeping the hops in check a little.Not a bad beer to be had here seems to be pretty raw but it all comes together quite well.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear orangish hue with a good finger's width of white head. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Fragrant fresh hops!

T: Hops are first to hit the palate, with a rather light malty sweetness that eventually comes to balance on the tongue. The finish is quick and clean, with just a hint of lingering hops.

M&D: Solid medium bodied mouthfeel combines well with the fine but consistent carbonation for a great match. There isn't a real stark bitterness from the hops which makes the brew go down smooth. I like this one a lot!

Photo of nickadams2
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P_Pours dark orange with a thick sticky white head that dissipates to a thick ring with nice lacing.

S_Piny hops and citrus.

T_Strong hops and pine up front. Slight citrus and floral coming through. Malt backbone give this a nice bisquity finish.

M_Thick,sticky,dry finish.


Impressed by this offering from MBC.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leaving Michigan to fly back to Maine. The Irish Pub in Terminal C.

In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy amber color. It had a thick white head that left a lot of lace.

Citrus aroma. Sweet malt.

Very grapefruit taste. Orange and tangerine also. Sweet malt background.

Pretty hoppy beer, but balanced.

Best beer I had in my two days in Michigan.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

English Ipa

Cloudy amber in color pours nice with a good head it dissipates but coves the whole top of the beer. It laces well on thr side of the glass.

The aroma is malty, has the aroma of a double IPA complex malt but not a whole lot of hop up front with a couple of more whifs I pick up slight earthy hops at the end

This beer drinks like a double heavy body with a numbing alcohol finish. The taste starts with a slight sweet buttery malt and quickly becomes earthy. The carbonation builds but isn't harsh and finishes with a numb mouth and a very bitter finish

As far as drink for a standard IPA this is heavy but if it were a DIPA its drink would be easy

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of various hop characteristics including floral and citrus along with some caramel malt and bready malt. The flavor starts off with piney and resiny hops but I also get some floral and citrus notes. The caramel malt backbone keeps the bitterness pretty low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I was surprised by how nice this beer was.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as part the December shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Semi-cloudy copper-amber with thin white head which leaves minor lacing behind.

Smell: Major orange-citrus aroma, with sweet toasted and caramel malts and light pepper.

Taste: Semi-sweet toasted malts, orange dominated citrus hops, and a lingering pepper and citrus bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, firm yet creamy body, dry finish that tingles.

Drinkability: Overall, a well-balanced IPA with a long lingering bitterness. While there are better IPAs out there, this is still a very good choice.

Photo of centbeerfest
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 15 oz frosty mug. Hazy brass color with a good head that holds for a couple of minutes.
Hop forward that fades quickly and leave you with an acceptable finish
Nice straightforward beer very represntative if style.
won't blow your goggles of but worth a try.

Photo of pwoods
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Pours a dark tangerine copper that has a nice ahzy glow. 2 fingers of white head form and hold with good retention and lacing.

S: Fruit,light esters. Not much pine or resin. Light lemon. Herby. Sweet malts, maybe some maple syrupy notes.

T/M: Bitterness is medium. Hops have a very odd taste. Not herbal but medicinal. Some spicenss, too. Malts are on the sweet side with that touch of maple. Medium body and decent carbonation.

D: Some odd flavors and a somewhat high ABV.

Photo of sloejams
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

received as part of Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, Oct 06

This pours a murky, amber color with plenty of lacing from the 1/4 inch head. The aroma is bready - hops are present but not intense. It's piney with a slight grapefruit note. Taste follows suite. It has a pleasant bitterness that finishes with the malty balance.

Not a bad American IPA but with so many that excel, it gets a little lost in the middle.

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Plant in Buffalo. Very bitter bias but clear c-hop. A serviceable IPA but tasted like a citrus cold medicine to me. Carbonation a bit aggressive. Peachy clour. No clear hop aroma.Didnt all go together, but would have it again in a bottle if pushed on me.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep sunset orange with a brownish center and very cloudy. A frothy and solid-looking head sticks around for a while and leaves an abunadace of sticky lace on the glass.

S - Herbal and dank woody hop aroma. Very marijuana-esque. Smells dry-hopped to me.

T - Nice and biscuity solid malt backbone. Bitter herbal hops with the same dank and pot-like character from the nose. A few sour notes pop in at the end and keep things lively.

M - Full and soild. Modedrate to high carbonation levels combine with the acidity and bitterness to create a very lively and perky mouthfeel. As it warms, I can feel alcohol warmth and the mouthfeel gets softer and more full.

D - Outstanding. This has every quality that I look for in an IPA, and the zingy mouthfeel is very pleasant.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange in color with a full frothy ivory head that holds quite well, eventually dropping to a creamy 1/8" surface covering and leaving some very nice lace. The aroma offers some very nice fresh hop character - as if they were right in front of you - that appears to be Cascade. Boldly floral with soft citrusy notes! Upon closer inspection some sweetish malt is also present. Really nice and exceptionally well done! The flavor starts with a soft, sweet, and gently fruity malt that's immediately coat-tailed by citrusy hop flavor that continues straight through and lingers in a long finish with a bracingly dry bitterness. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation that's quite creamy in the mouth and helps the malt that's present to balance its deep bitterness. Well balanced with maltiness, hop flavor, and bitterness being able to share the same stage throughout the entire glass. Well brewed! Clearly the gem of the Michigan Brewing line-up.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Michigan City High Seas India Pale Ale was a great to end the weekend, The beer is good. The appearance is amber and cloudy with a nice thick off-white foamy head. The scent includes citrus pine and spice. The taste is fullbodied with good hop, pine and citrus flavors. There is a good malt balance which helps to make this beer delicious. The mouthfeel is ok...its got some bite. For any IPA lovers, this beer should statisfy. The beer is worth a try.

Photo of RickS95
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bronze color with a thick, cloudy white head.

Smells sweet and citrusy; nice head retention. The citrus notes remind me of pineapple.

No taste dominates, it just tastes like flowers and tree bark.

Has the typical feel of an IPA, a bitter finish, but the citrus cuts into the bitterness.

As it warms, I can smell orange and/or tangerine.

I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I give this an average score because of the sweetness from the citrus.

Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown/tea colored with a beige thin head; lacing is steady

S: A subtle but pleasant citrusy hop presence; a dull earthy pine quality as well; the bready malt backbone holds it together

T: A nicely balanced malt and hop presence; lemon and tea leaves persist at the back; there is a chemical-chlorine-quality permeating as well

F: A bit thin as it runs down the throat; carbonation seems slightly off as well

D: A pretty decent IPA all around

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yes, the samplers at the MBC taproom just keep on coming. Interesting that Michigan Brewing has 3 pale ales on tap (not counting Celis Pale Bock, which is actually another pale ale). This one is indeed different, though. A good and hoppy character with a fruity, almost sticky mouthfeel. However, I also caught something of a metallic tang in it, but otherwise a solid IPA with a bit of flair.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on May 4, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Pour of molten amber lava with fringes of sunrise, rimmed with a cream froth of ivory. Aroma is a spicy, yet cherry syrup-esque waft of candied orange peel, light resins and ginger. Flavor is a decent, yet slightly weak, sweet ruby red grapefruit, with limes peels and a good dose of warm bready spiced yeasts and a finish of toothy grass. Alcohol shows, but carries hop juices nicely. A quite standard IPA, with good construction, great flavor and nice drinkability. Maybe a little too much bitter resins in the finish. Palate bites a little with a touch of hop sugars. Light diacetyls over caramel apple smack.

Photo of nortmand
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber red with a small amount of tan/white head.
Very cascade hop smell- citrusy, geen hoppiness, very nice.
Tastes mostly of hops, with a nice malty balance that gives the beer a rich, smooth mouthfeel. Very citrusy and juicy flavor, with a tinge of alcohol presence.
Very drinkable, definitely hits the spot when in the mood for a highly hopped American Ale.
Highly recommended.

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 8/10/10. Has been in my fridge for a couple of weeks.

Pours a hazy amber color with a very large head that billows over the lip of the glass. The head slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Pleasant aroma of citrus hops and pale and caramel malt. Not the strongest aroma but it is good. Middle-of-the-road as far as bitterness flavor goes, but I was surprised by the alcohol warmth in the finish. I see the ABV is getting up there in DIPA range. The hops give a good dose of citrus. There is enough malt to carry the hops and makes this beer more than one dimensional. The body is a little larger than most IPAs. The carbonation is enough to add some pep to the beer while maintaining a soft texture. A very good balance. A good drinker that is only hindered by the high ABV. If I had regular access to this beer, I would see it in my fridge regularly.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a cloudy copper color (sort of similar to Alpha King but a shade or two lighter) coupled with a one inch tan and tightly packed bubbled head, there appears to be something floating in this beer, not sure its indicitive of the style. Good bit of lacing though.

S: Pine and grapefruit zest along with a nice rich bready sweetness, solid.

T/MF: Big pine intro, I mean I feel like I'm drinking a Christmas tree and a bit of sour fruitiness and that's about it. Finishes with a hot and medicine twinged stickyness

D: Good but not my favorite, maybe I'm just on an IPA slump but this one hasn't wowed me like others.

Photo of jhoban19
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy copper color. solid finger+ of white foam, sticks around for a bit and settles into a good ring around the outside of the glass and a cover. decent lacing.

S: a solid caramel malt immediately hits the nose, with a good amount of hops right behind it. pine and citrus fruit present as well. a nice balance of malt and hops.

T: tastes hit the tongue in opposite order of the smell- hops first, then the malt. as with the smell, very well balanced. a good bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

M: well carbonated, smooth. a little thin, but the bitterness is just right.

D: not my favorite IPA, but enjoyable. this could be a good go-to brew. good for those times you want some hoppy goodness, but still sessionable.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my last shipment of the BOTM club.

Appearance - Pours a tangerine color into my SA perfect Pint glass, with about a finger of thick, creamy head that has since dissipated slowly and left decent lacing.

Smell - I can immediately smell grapefruit, but not the typical "bitter" aspect I smell in other IPA's. There is more of a malty/sweet smell encompassing the citrus. As the citrus gives way it becomes much more malty and just a bit spicy in notes.

Taste - The first sip makes my jaw slightly clench up because of the bitter, citrus/hoppy taste at the forefront. Definitely more bitter tasting than smelling (which is good for me - I don't normally enjoy maltier IPA's). After the citrus wanes, there is a hint of spice/pine which is followed by the malty backbone. After all is said and done there is a slight bitterness that lingers in the mouth, but nothing that makes it overwhelming/unbearable.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, well carbonated, and a hint of creaminess.

Drinkability - Not my favorite in the IPA world, but a hell of a lot better than a lot of the other's I have tried. Very quaffable - after researching for a paper all day this was a great beer to come home to and try. Additionally, the 7+ percent is hidden very well and just faintly warms on the way down. I look forward to the other two that were included in the BOTM club.

Photo of pbrian
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never thought of myself as a wuss when it comes to hops, but this beer's bitterness turned me off. Nice persistent head and citrusy aroma, but the sharp bitterness stings your mouth, with no malty sweetness to offset it. Needless to say, I've had better IPAs.

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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.