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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale - Michigan Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%


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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Ellbert

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good with a dark orange/amber color and a white sticky head. Aroma is fruity with apricot and other fruit.

Taste is very hoppy with little malt to back it up. It is not thin however. A decent mouthfeel makes this palatable. ABV does not seem to come through in the flavor.

A decent drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 02:05:11 | More by Ellbert
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Boozeisfood

Michigan

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
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange/yellow with a large white head.

Aromas were generally mild. Citrus and grains with a touch of sweetness.

Flavor was dominated by citrus hops. Orange peel, bread, and caramel flavors blend well. Most of the flavors seemed a bit subdued and didn't entirely compliment the hop bitterness. Hints of peppery spice, pine, and grains.

Mouthfeel was good though a bit thin. This is a good IPA though not overly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 20:51:01 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Appearance: Massive off-white head atop a hazy orange body with massive amounts of suspended sediment. The head retention is superb, there is a scattering of patchy lacing.

Aroma: Massive aroma of grapefruit, orange, and lemon hops, absolutely over-the-top. Fairly substantial bread malt is present as well, with a little caramel, also.

Taste: Massive hop bitterness utterly dominates the taste from start to finish. There is a solid caramel and pale malt presence throughout, which plays off nicely against the hops. In the end, though, its all about the hops, and they are the end-all and be-all of this beer. As the taste draws to a close, there is a nice little flourish of malt sweetness, and a long, slow wave of hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent example of the style, well-done.

Presentation; Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 10:39:33 | More by Pegasus
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great amber color with a nice tight head, foam clings to the walls of glass all the way down seductivly.

S: Aroma is of a very citrus/floral hop with a light malty keel.

T: Flavor is of citrus and light pine, good balance with the malts. Curious of the IBU's.

M: Medium feel great silky smooth taste with good carbonation.

O: Overall a very good beer with a very crisp feel and tasty bite.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 22:56:31 | More by nukem5
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MoustacheHero

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle of High Seas poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice looking copper colour with a high crown of white that holds up well.

S: A very fresh, very hoppy aroma. Like smalling fresh hops.

T: A very fresh, lively hop flavor. Starts citrus and pine, moves to very bitter lupulin.

M: A bubbly, medium bodied beer with a puckering bitterness tha lingers on the tongue.

O: A really nice IPA with tons of fresh hop appeal. Take the voyage on these high seas.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 08:39:29 | More by MoustacheHero
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Brent

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall a solid IPA. Pour was mid-dark amber with a tight white head. Aroma was muted citrus hops. Up front the citrus nature of the hops took center stage, with a mid-range bittering that was consistent throughout. ABV added the barest bit of pepper at the finish, but, overall, the alcohol was not particulary evident in the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 13:08:09 | More by Brent
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rapayn01

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a hoppy and drinkable IPA with a fairly strong alcohol kick. Since I drank it out of a dark bottle, I really couldn't notice the color. It has a pleasant smell, though not nearly as floral as another ale I had earlier in the evening.

It was one of the best beers I had in a week of visiting Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 20:43:39 | More by rapayn01
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:21:58 | More by lordofthewiens
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:00:25 | More by WoodBrew
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EnJeiBee

Wisconsin

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

A - It poured a hazy golden orange with almost no head and little carbonation

S - There was a surprising lack of hop punch, although this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The hop aroma seems to be slightly subdued by the malt character

T - Taste is very balanced as well. A bit of spicy hop character is at the forefront, but doesn't overpower your senses

M - Medium bodied

O - I think this is a good AIPA, but nothing that I would go out of my way to make sure someone else knows about. I think it would be a great beer to give to those friends who are afraid to try hoppier brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:11:40 | More by EnJeiBee
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EricCioe

Montana

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a super opaque hazy amber with a big, two finger white head rising up and sticking around forever and leaving nice, chunky lace. On the nose, there are pieces of caramel malt and grapefruit with lemon zest. It's not as hoppy as other Michigan IPAs, but it's nicely balanced, more English almost than American IPA for me. In the mouth the caramel malt provides a backdrop for the lightish grapefruit and lemon to come out. The malt backbone is pretty big and it's much more of a balanced IPA than your standard grapefruit bomb. To me, this is what I think of when I think of an English IPA. The body is medium light, maybe a hair light for the style for me, with a nice balanced finish.

Overall, this beer isn't necessarily a standout in any one category except perhaps appearance, but this is a very nicely balanced IPA that I might drink with regularity if it were available to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 00:35:06 | More by EricCioe
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dmfrench

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Complex bright and dusty hops, fair dry caramel butter malt, odd, coating mouthfeel
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A: Very pretty golden orange body, hazy, even with visible extremely fine particulate, topped by a persistent, frothy, yellowed-white head.

S: Big ol' nose full of sticky sweet caramel, butter, and of course, American hops, an equal blend of resinous pine and sweet citrus, with a bit of spicy zest coming through as well. A great balance between malt and hops. Could be more potent, but I'd bet that it is when it's extremely fresh.

T: Pretty huge hops on pine and citrus. Very 'bright'... I believe there's some noble hops in there, as there's also a substantial dusty, earthy vibe going on. In any case, there's quite enough hop fun going on the please even the most elite of hopheads. Malt is a bit weaker than I'd like, but caramel and moreso butter definitely make it through... maybe even a bit of dry biscuit at the same time. Overall, the taste is quite huge, but there's something a bit hollow or uncontrolled about it... hard to describe. Perhaps it's just not optimally fresh (bottle said 6/14/11, almost two months from the date of this review), but it's definitely not in contention for best IPA/DIPA. Still, an extremely enjoyable flavor set.

M: Here's the bad news... while the beer has a pleasing weight, (just a hair on the weak side), it's coating the crap out of my mouth and teeth in a way that no beer ever has, and it's kind of annoying. Perhaps it's my fault somehow, but I don't know how.

O: My first from Michigan... excited to try more, as they definitely have some talent.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:47:38 | More by dmfrench
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label date says 6/14/11 so must assume this is a "best by" date. Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass. Good two finger fluffly light tan head that leaves some nice sticky lacing all along the glass. Body is a slightly hazy dark yellow and light orange combination.

The aroma starts with some floral hops followed by some sweet citrus. The malt base backs up the aroma with a bready backbone. Solid aroma.

The flavor is much more hop bitter than the aroma would have suggested, in a good way. Dominant grapefruit flavors combined with a piney hop taste produces a good solid IPA flavor. A biscuity malt base anchors the taste profile.

Medium mouthfeel and easy to enjoy. Getting ready to order another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 22:03:18 | More by FanofHefe
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schmidtn

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty. Strong. Flora aroma is solid. A wine glass holds the aroma nicely. When I first had this beer a dozen years ago it was a shocking flavor. Now it is a good fit in the IPA category. This beer was a good pairing with a juicy steak and asparagus tonight.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:40:07 | More by schmidtn
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BeanBone

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body capped by a finger and a half of creamy off-white head that burns off quickly and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Candied citrus and herbal hops over a big caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, juicy, citrusy, green, and decently bitter hops. Underneath, a big cereal grain and biscuity malt backbone that is more than up to the challenge set forth by the hops. It's all slightly muddled and the balance is tipped towards the malt side. Cereal grain and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Decently quaffable, especially given the above average alcohol content.

Verdict: High Seas is a decent malt-forward IPA example, though ultimately just a little forgettable. The malt is great here, and with some bigger hops, I could see this being a winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:45:11 | More by BeanBone
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:04:05 | More by bishopdc0
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours into a nice orange colored drink that has a large whitehead with some good retention and some very nice lacing. It has some carbonation, and has a decent floral hoppy smell with a little bit of fruitiness to it. The taste is a little bit of hops followed by a bit of grapefruit, some citrus, and finished off with some malt notes. The after taste is of grapefruit and some floral hops. This has a nice medium mouthfeel that is a little sticky on the lips and is a very smooth crisp drink that goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 01:46:59 | More by DannyDan
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JizackFH

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a big white fluffy head with decent retention, that left a lot of lacing as it fell. The smell was pretty normal for an IPA. Floral hops and citrus hops stand out, and there is also some sweet malt scent. there is a nice strong hop flavor that is cut a little bit by some sweet malt. There is also a bitterness that lingers in your mouth after the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good on this. It has a medium body with medium carbonation. It goes down nice and smooth. I like this IPA. It goes down good, and the last drink leaves me wanting another one. Its not the best IPA i've ever had, but I definitely enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 05:48:18 | More by JizackFH
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Cresant

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Dated 1/15/11. The body was dull golden with a large, creamy, off white head. Healthy sheets of lace remain.

The smell was tobacco leaves and fresh grass. Spicy.

The taste was nicely balanced. Husky, spicy hops flavor and a little less sweetness. Drying finish. Well hidden alcohol. This one was better than expected.

The mouthfeel was medium in body. There was a smooth first impression but then a coarseness in the finish. Adequately carbonated. I really liked the mouthfeel of this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 13:01:59 | More by Cresant
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Spiekerbox

Michigan

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

A- Pale amber-golden color that pours with a thick beige head that lingers and leaves lacing.

S- Like you would expect from an IPA, hops are the dominate scent. The hops are floral scent and there is a light malty backbone on the nose.

T- Strong hoppy flavor, not all that much citrus or pine hops, more of an herbal, floral hop mix. Sweet malts come out in the middle before the bitterness takes over at the finish.

M- Medium body with a good amount of carbonation, creamy and sticky on the finish that keeps the flavor around for a long time.

D- The best MBC beer that I have had so far, pretty drinkable and I would be able to classify this as a session IPA. Quite bitter compared to many of the normal IPAs that you find, would definitely consider ordering this if I saw it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 00:16:21 | More by Spiekerbox
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of off white head. The beer is orange/amber in color. The aroma is citrus hops. The taste is just the same with a nice hops finish. It's not real bitter, which is how I like my IPA's. This is a fine example of a midwest IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 23:25:05 | More by buschbeer
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

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

A. Amber with small globs of yeast floating throughout. The white head pours small and dies quickly leaving bits of sticky residual lacing.

S. Bread, yeast, some citrus hops, a bit of caramel

T. Quite bitter upfront with citrus and earthy bite. The malt finally makes an appearance in the tail end, but never quite balances the bitterness. The alcohol makes an appearance on swallow as well.

M. Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D. A good IPA, but there are better ones that are more easily obtained in Southern Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:41:15 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 22:07:50 | More by morimech
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deereless

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge head on an easy pour, head retention is decent and drops to a craggy mass of foam leaving some sticky spots all along the interior of the glass, color is medium gold with a dark carroty tone - 4.00, S: The nose has a faint hop aroma of delicate citrus, there is some orange and some bubble gum, very nice nose but a touch on the side of meek for an American IPA - 3.50, M: Sweet caramelly malt flavors balanced with a medium hop bite, hint of pine and possibly some tangerine, like the nose the palate is quite nice but timid - 3.50, M: Medium bodied with mild slickness - 4.00, D: A very drinkable beer, a touch on the tame side in terms of hops but based on other reviews - I may have an old bottle since most people were impressed with all the hops - it sure would be nice to have a bottling date, regardless High Seas IPA was a solid beer - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:41:00 | More by deereless
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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.