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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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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002)
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Photo of Minkybut


2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer was kinda cloudy with a interesting blurred golder color. This beer smelled like bread a hops or hops and bread. I thought it was pretty bitter though typical of a IPA and it was also strong of alc. as an IPA is. Taste was just pure hops, way too much. Will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 16:16:32 | More by Minkybut
Photo of nicksta


2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: It has a deep ruby color that beautifully reflects light. On the negative side it has a thin head and no lacing.

S: I smell toasted hops and hints of alcohol. I also smell fruit. Is that pinapple juice?

T: It is similar to all the other APAs I have add except it is much more bitter. Other than that it is has hints of fruit and toasted malt and hops just like other APAs.

M: The mouthfeel is slightly think but acidic.

D: It has poor drinkability due to the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 02:00:38 | More by nicksta
Photo of salvo


2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass: poured cloudy brown-orange with an inch of fine-bubbled head that dissipated to slight lacing and a ring that hangs around the glass. Citrus smell stronger than the malt, and a pretty pronounced alcohol nose. First sip is bitter - almost harsh - and the bitter after-taste is a bit tinny-metalic.

Waiting a moment for the beer to warm slightly.

As the beer warms, the taste starts a bit sour and the bitterness is more pronounced, and the metallic taste is still there, although joined by a little additional malt back. The beer is a bit gassy, but this is consistent with previous bottles (i.e., it's not an over-nitroed or CO2ed bottle). At 7.2%, it's not a session. I want to try one on tap for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 23:45:59 | More by salvo
Photo of GlassCityBrewer


2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honestly, after tasting this beer recently, my thought was "where's the beef?"

I mean nothing was out of the ordinary about the appearance and yes it did taste like a pale ale, but that's just the thing, this tasted like a light pale ale. I think a Boston Lager has more hops flavor and when thats in comparison to an IPA, that's just not right.

I'd have better things to say about it if it was labeled as a pale ale and honestly I excepted more from the biggest homebrew hops seller in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 16:07:07 | More by GlassCityBrewer
Photo of eballard


2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a light airy head that sits fairly well on this beer. The head settles into a nice lacing. It has a sweet hops smelt with a hint of citrus. The taste is very hops. It has the regular IPA spicy qualities but the beer finishes a little bitter. The beer is smooth and heavy with a nice finish. In all the beer ends up a little on the harsh side. It’s a good tasting beer and if you like IPAs give it a try but in the competitive world of IPAs this one is not of the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 00:58:46 | More by eballard
Photo of northaustin


2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a schnifter. minimal head with no lacing. a reddish gold that is pretty thick when held to the light.
aroma was barely there which was disappointing as the aroma is one of my favorite parts of trying a new ipa.
tastes a little light on flavor for an ipa and at best could be considered mildly hoppy

a little too expensive here in texas for me to want to buy much more of it but i would love to have it as a session beer or maybe see a double ipa by the brewery

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:35:40 | More by northaustin
Photo of StoutHunter


2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap at a bar in Pontiac, served in a standard pint glass.

A- This beer pours a golden amber, with a thin layer that only lasts a minute.

S- The aroma is pretty bready and yeasty with some citrus hops that makes a weak impression.

T- Just like the smell the hops are very mild and subdued with a good amount of caramel malts in the background.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

D- I had one and i was over it, not enough hops for an IPA.

Overall i wasn't a fan of this beer, when i ordered an IPA i thought i was going to get a nice hoppy brew, this was not it. I will pass on this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 03:24:48 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of Realale


2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red-tinged copper. Large sticky beige head settles to a complete cap and laces nicely down the entire pint.

Nose is initially all hops with a predominant grapefruit note. Touch of diacetyl comes out as it warms, and a bit of relatively high L crystal, neither of which are my favorites.

Much worse in the mouth than the nose would lead one to expect. Medium-weight with a husky graininess, and some diacetyl. Good earthy hop note, but no hint of the citrus promised by the nose. The mineral treatment is better controlled than this brewery's Pale Ale. Just hits all of the wrong notes a fault-free IPA can for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 16:35:12 | More by Realale
Photo of Boozeisfood


2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

So i decided to get a 6 pack of this because i'm a fan of IPA's and i haven't had theirs yet.

A The color of this beer was a very dark amber, alot like Vernors or a ginger ale.. which i anticipated.

S The smell was just as any other ale. Citrus like and hoppy, very hoppy.

T The tast was delighful of course me being a IPA kinda guy. same characteristics as the smell. Once again, hoppy!

M Mouthfeel was carbonated not creamy at all just smooth but carbonated

In the end this wasn't a bad buy at all but now that i've had it i don't see myself going back to it, i know of plenty of others that are better and of course that are worse. I'd say try it but don't expect to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 08:47:10 | More by Boozeisfood
Photo of junkygood


2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle at 45F. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

A - Between 10 to 15 SRM and modest lacing.

S - Mild hop nose, grapefruit rind, and maltyness jump out.

T/M - Hop heavy with a bitter finish. Grain heavy malty backbone does carry the bitterness, but humulone wins out in the end.

D - average mid-west IPA offering. Interesting grain bill (Wheat adjunct). also, curious about the hop schedule especially with warrior and Columbus both in the mix.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 02:07:34 | More by junkygood
Photo of HappyHourHero


2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small, foamy, light cream colored head fades briskly to a thin film. . Mild aroma is barely malty with even less hops, and a kind of vegetable undertone. Very hazy copper colored beer with a straw colored hue. There's a bit of light malty sweetness up front and some grapefruit flavored hops. The finish is strongly alcoholic and pretty bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy. Something just doesn't seem right. The aroma and first sip suggest a very light IPA with minimal hops, but then the finish is really big and bitter. It's like it morphs from a pale ale to a IIPA. A bit strange, but interesting. Thanks to malty for a chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 01:25:13 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of mzeld


3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-20-2012 01:56:28 | More by mzeld
Photo of Another6Pack


3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-22-2011 01:50:10 | More by Another6Pack
Photo of jaidenjb


3/5  rDev -20.2%

10-13-2012 16:52:53 | More by jaidenjb
Photo of OriolesFan1008


3/5  rDev -20.2%

06-06-2012 14:02:08 | More by OriolesFan1008
Photo of MacStinson


3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-17-2011 03:05:01 | More by MacStinson
Photo of bigdaddypolite


3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-28-2011 02:28:07 | More by bigdaddypolite
Photo of Sturdley


3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-08-2012 20:24:32 | More by Sturdley
Photo of LarryKemp


3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The IPA was a dark amber with a fair white head which was ruined by the floaties.

The strong hop aroma rushed out to greet my nose. The aroma was the best part of this beer.

The hops were strong in the taste and I could taste some fruitiness. The beer finished bitter but not overpoweringly so.

The mouthfeel was light and bordered on runny.

I would not recommend this beer period. It is a poor example of an IPA. The initial great IPA hoppy aroma led to disappointing looks and taste.

(edited comment - After reading the reviews after posting mine, I felt I must have had a VERY bad bottle. I poured out half a glass of beer. Maybe I just got a bad bottle.)

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 16:51:54 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a slight head. Smell is faint hops. This smells and tastes like a stunted IPA. It wants to be a big IPA, it just doesn't have the room. Plenty of malty backbone, but that dominates the hops that are there. I drank this side by side with a couple other IPA's and it wasn't in the same league. I will try their other beers though.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 00:03:30 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of pbrian


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2002 06:51:47 | More by pbrian
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, citrus and a background of floral hops.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of caramel and citrus, but not much sweetness. Then a burst of pale hops bitterness comes in. I’m also detecting a faint background of what tastes like berries. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, while this isn’t really a bad beer, this one might not be my first choice when looking for an IPA to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 04:32:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, somewhat dark orange-amber. Nice nose full of green hops and some mildly toasty malt. Flavor was sort of one-dimensional. It depended on toasty malt to try to counter the big, dry hop bitterness. The malt could not handle it since it was lacking a good sweetness which I find to be a key for the style. Also, bitterness was out of whack with overall hop impression because of the relative lack of hop flavor.

In short, too bitter without the sweet malt to back and flavor of the hops. My second least favorite from MBC that I tried on this trip. My least favorite was the dreadfully foot-odored Sebewaing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2003 14:14:12 | More by yen157
Photo of RickS95


3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 15:09:15 | More by RickS95
Photo of pwoods


3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 23:29:18 | More by pwoods
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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
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