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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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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 202
Avg: 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: 168 | Hads: 202
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured clear amber in color,
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy and piney hops.
T: Hop flavors stand out in the overall taste, but are nicely balanced by the underlying malts. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and smooth.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and the flavor is interesting enough to make me want to have another of these.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a massiv head that sheets the pint glass as if it were a Belgian

Smell: While there are some nice citrusy hop elements to the aroma, there are also plenty of sweet and fruity maltsas well as a less appealing vegetal aspect to the malts that verges on DMS

Taste: The graham cracker and toffee malts provide a pathway for the citrusy and piney hops to walk right over, which they do through mid-palate and after the swallow; lots of fruit character to join with the sweeter malts, as well, but the aftertaste adds an odd, medicinal dimension, as if there had been some angostura bitters mixed into the wort

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable and the beer works, unless you try to deconstruct it into its elements, in which case some less appealing aspects intrude

Thanks, wagenvolks, for the opportunity

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, light golden color with a small, white head of fizzy foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It has a strong citrus aroma - mostly orange, with a nice caramel smell.

T - Good burnt toast and caramel malt flavors supported by a spicy bitterness with a touch of orange.

M - It was crisp, sharp and pretty dry. A light to medium bodied IPA.

D - This is a really nice IPA. Great balance and and easily be sessionable.

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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.

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

Massively murky tawny with candy corn yellow edges. High Seas is one of the most turbid IPAs that I've ever seen and is opaque with even the brightest sunlight behind the glass. The golden ecru cap is firmly creamy and gives a classic 'melted mesa' look as it falls. There's a decent amount of glass coverage, but the lace is thin and watery rather than thick and resiny.

The nose is classic American IPA. That is, it features one or more of the 4-Cs with grapefruit and lemon peel leading the way. It needs to more aromatic, however, in order to seriously compete with the best of this style.

This is good, solid beer. I'm guessing that the malt bill is predominantly made up of pale with just a little caramel for color and flavor. The hops, again, are citrus fruity with brown sugary white grapefruit as the star attraction. Bitter orange plays a supporting role. I'll say Cascade at least and possibly Centennial. Once the brewer calls me back, I'll know for sure. [note: the hop bill consists of Cascade, Northern Brewer and Columbus.]

The malty undercarriage is easily sturdy enough to support a fairly high hop load. Bitter leads at all points along the flavor arc, but is kept somewhat in check by the leveling effect of the malt sugars. High Seas is close to, but not quite, a hophead's delight. It has more than enough flavor and bitterness for most beer drinkers however.

The body/mouthfeel is in line with what one would expect for an average-to-big IPA without threatening to drift over into DIPA territory. If I remember correctly, I was happy with the mouthfeel on the only other Michigan Brewing Company beer that I've had as well. A somewhat generous amount of carbonation is so fine-gauged that it isn't a problem.

I expected quite a bit from High Seas IPA once I found out that it won a gold medal at the 2006 World Expo of Beer, besting such luminaries as Founders Devil Dancer (silver) and Founders Red's Rye (bronze). Of course this is the same competition that said that Killian's Red (gold) is a better beer than Founders Dirty Bastard (silver) in the Scotch and Irish Ale category.

Truthfully, I was pretty sure that this beer wouldn't hold a candle to the two Founders beers that it beat since I consider them to be two of the finest in the world. High Seas India Pale Ale is definitely a worthwhile purchase though, and is yet another deliciously hoppy offering from the increasingly impressive (beer) state of Michigan.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow another great IPA. This was a good night to try new things, seemed all three were winners. This was the last and definatly the best of the night. Poured a great hazy orange, with a ton of suspension of particles. Big white head and a lace all the way down. Smell was very crisp and fresh. Lots of hops, with big hints of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and some lemon. A nice sweet candy like aroma also started to come out as it warmed. Excellent smell, pretty much perfect. Taste followed right behind, a nice hop bomb, but much more complex then that. Lots of fruit like flavors were mixed in, apples and pears were definalty picked up here, but were surround by hops, really well done. A very nice dry bitter finish capped it off perfectly. Went down extremely smooth and very easy, could have drank this all night, in fact I drank this one way too quick and definatly wanted another. Overall this was great, I would call it MY perfect type of session beer. I really could have drank this all night!

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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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and Carapils malts along with a wonderful hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a powerful hop flavor that is bitter from the swallow to the finish. It's balanced with a mild malt flavor. The hops overpower and leave the flavor a bit lopsided. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good American IPA. It's big and bold with loads of hops; a good drinker.

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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.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy amber with with a soapy off white head that fades into a small soapy head. Leaves tons of lacing all over the glass.
Smell is of caramel, biscuits, and citrus hops that seem balanced and outright addictive.
Taste is of the same aromas. Sweet biscuits and bitter citrus hops in a tangled web.
Mouthfeel is biscuit sweet with some bitterness that slowly fades out.

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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.

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Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the brewery.

A: Copper-amber; off-white head, a little retention and lace.

S: Piney, resiny, slightly citrusy, American hops.

T: Piney, slightly citrus American hops. Toffee with some cotton-candy like fruity esters. Pleasant bitterness, tons of hop flavour.

M: Body is on the lighter side of moderate and it's quite acidic. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Quite good. I wouldn't have guessed it's as strong as it is!

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Photo of Haybeerman
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky looking deep orange tone. Dirty white bubbly head. Lace comes in rings.

Aroma: Resiny pungent hops and toffeish English style malts.

Flavor/MF: Citric bitter hops. Pinecone bitter. Kind of abrasive actually. Malts provide a sturdy backbone, but not really a lot of flavor. The full body is evidence of the malt presence.

Drinkability: This is o.k. Better than average, but not yet what I'd consider "good". The bitterness is just a little too jagged and rough around the edges. Maybe there are some higher alcohols present that add to this rough feeling. Hard to tell.

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

The colour is deep brown-orange; the three finger firm (crater) head is off-white. Lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy with a mild sour flavour. Some metallic hints, some apricots.

The taste is quite neutral for an American IPA, I find it more English in style. Dry, malty and bitter flavours. Some fruits in the aftertaste, as a fine bitterness. The finish is long and bitter.

The carbonation is mild to medium. Large bubbles. Smooth mouthfeel.

I had expected some more citric bitter flavours, but I enjoyed this one either way.

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Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a murky orange, the head considerable in size, creamy in texture, the lace large thick sheets to coat the glass. Nose has a quite pleasant floral aroma, with malt and citrus tones present, very “Sniffable”. Front is malt sweet, the top skinny, the finish is purposefully acidic, commodiously hopped, the aftertaste dry. This beer is a very good representative to the “American Style IPA”.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Poured bright amber-orange with a slight haziness. A nice frothy white head held good retention and left sticky lacing down the glass. Aromas were of floral hops with some citrus and malt as well. Tastes were considerable bitter right up-front, but the malt bill held its own fairly well. Citric grapefruit notes and biscuity malt trade off on the palate with a slightly dry and pine finish - again bitter, but not too bad. Mouth-feel is juicy, but creamy and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Hop oils coat the palate well as the hop bitterness builds with each sip. This seems to be a good example of the style without being extraordinary. I don't think I'd get it again, but it was worth a try for a brewer I haven't tried in the past. Just looked at the ABV - well concealed for 7.2%.

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Photo of Durge
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA has a clear amber color with a good off-white head and equal lacing. There's a fruity citroen brandy malt aroma. The first taste is a full bodied tart pear and lemony butter. There's an odd medicinal quality that I'm not crazy about. But overall it's good. Middle level body, some alcohol with OK drinkability.

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

This is a nice balanced IPA with some impressive qualities.

A hop bomb this is NOT but it is an enjoyable IPA. I find the hop qualities to be woody and herbal in nature to begin with....also some sweeter fruity notes like peaches....a bready malt base adds an interesting touch...

Body is medium and on the long finish there is a a hint of hop bitterness...

Overall this is an interesting and appealing IPA I would drink again....almost seems more like a good beefed up APA in some regards....not in the body or feel but in the drinkability...

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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bronze-amber color with a full pillowy creamy light tan head and decent lace rings. Massive pine and grapefruit hop aromas; very resinous. Huge pine and citrus hop flavors dominate but not balanced too bad; big malty backbone and alcohol evident. Full-medium bodied with a creamy smooth character and a big bitter hop finish.

Big... Bold... Good !!

Per MBC website:
Malt: 2-Row, Crystal, and Munich
Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade
OG: 1.076
ABV: 7.0%

Per BOM notes:
86 IBU
6.9% ABV
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Caramel
Hops: Cascade, Columbus, Warrior

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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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle

A - Cloudy golden amber with soft yeasty head. Decent lacing as well.

S - Hoppy smell really jumps out at ya. Smells good.

T - Really hoppy and bitter tasting. Not my favorite IPA but certainly not my least favorite either.

M - Good amount of carbonation and sits well in the mouth.

D - Pretty drinkable IPA. Didn't love it compared to some of the others out there, but certainly not a bad beer. Definitely worth trying for the fans of the hoppy IPAs

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque yellowish orange color with a massive three finger billowing white rocky head of foam that almost spilled over the sides of the glass, no carbonation at all. Within five minutes the foam subsides to a rocky one finger head and stays that way.

Smells predominantly of fresh pine with some citrus notes and very mild hints of malt and some lemon.

Taste is mildly malty, a little spiciness underneath as a backbone and then a wallop of bitter piney grapefruit bite that hangs on the tongue and stubbornly stays there for a long linger that doesn't want to let go. I'm not tasting the malt character in this that others have mentioned.

The texture is a little watery, I would really love for this to have more body to it, is really smooth.

I do have to say though, the 7.2% ABV blows me away because it is completely hidden in this beer. For those who drink this beer and wasn't aware of that, it will creep up really fast. Kudos to the brewer for masking that. Again, would liek to see more body to this IPA, I do like the hoppiness.

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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.