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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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197 Ratings
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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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Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Detroit airport. Review from notes.

Poured a nice deep amber with a frothy off-white head that lasted maybe a couple minutes. Translucent body. A biscuity and grainy aroma with a grassy and herbal kind of bitterness. The hop profile could use a little boost, as the malts seem to be slightly muted, although the entire beer could use a boost now that I think about it. Otherwise, a nice and creamy texture. Residual herbal and piney bitterness reminds me this is an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 17:45:18 | More by DmanGTR
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at, of all places, Detroit Metro Airport.

It is hazy orange in colour with a long-lasting, creamy white head. The aroma is hops-dominated, with tons of citrus and pine moderated by rich caramel malt. The flavour is as hoppy as one would expect from the aroma, but not over the top. Pine and grapefruit dominate, but the bitterness is kept in check by the sweet caramel malt. Exceedingly hoppy in flavour, but not exceedingly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 19:11:05 | More by
Photo of centbeerfest


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 18:22:07 | More by centbeerfest
Photo of rings


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of their longtime house brews is their High Seas IPA, which is also distributed in many areas of the state.

While MBC tweaks their recipes pretty regularly, this is a more traditional IPA, in the sense that it's both high gravity and generous with the hops. Checking in at around 7.5 percent, it leads off a spicy Cascade dry hopped aroma and immediately warms the palate with a nice malty fullness. The sweetness shifts quickly into a sharp hoppy bite and rolls off the back of the tongue and into the exhale with a long, lingering dry finish. Classic.

If you're into the huge IBUs, this one may be a little less satisfying than others, but for an IPA with a little more balance, this would be one to seek out. As MBC can be inconsistent overall, this is one of their best and most reliable offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 21:04:33 | More by rings
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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
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head with good retention. Laced in broken rings.

S: Prominent floral hops; plenty of citrus, pine and grapefruit. Bready malt backbone was eveindent.

T: Hop flavors a bit more muted than in the nose, but consistent. A little redsiny in the middle. Sharp bitter and mild spices bring into balance in the finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little resiny.

D: Great looking beer with great nose. Loses a bit in the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 01:47:07 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of sophisticated


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent IPA had on tap at the brewery.

Looked nice - a pretty orangey amber with a small white head and decent lace.

It smelled a lot like grapefruit juice.

Good taste - average IPA. Citrusy hops, heavy on the grapefruit, ends bitter. Not overwhelmingly flavorful, but a decent taste.

MF - really nice - medium, well carbonated, kind of sat on my tongue for a while

D - very good. Even my non-beer-drinking sister enjoyed this, particularly the citrusy aspects

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 03:07:29 | More by sophisticated
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New York

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

Poured a hazy orange with a big head that faded to lacing. Smelled of grapefruit zest. Taste was similar and was bitter from start to finish. Definitely had some malt backbone but the hops are more prevalent. Adequate carbonatioin on this full bodied beer. Drinkability is good and would be able to have a couple of these with no complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 12:51:29 | More by cpn920
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 14:55:20 | More by Sammy
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4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2004 03:19:51 | More by nortmand
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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber nectar with minimum heads but lots of lace. Aroma is tremendous citrus, grape fruity, resiny hop smell. Taste is light malt and powerful, grity bitterness. Hops used are Warrior, Tomahawk and Cascade. The real hopheads would truly enjoy this beer, those looking for a little balance won't really find it. Not quite in the league of an Imperial IPA but 75 IBU's is up there and really hides the relatively high ABV. Just a hint of grittiness in the mouth takes a few marks off the mouthfeel and drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2004 03:08:13 | More by CRJMellor
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3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2003 15:51:07 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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 Ellbert


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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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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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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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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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
Photo of MoustacheHero


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
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