Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale - Michigan Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +21%
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!
03-22-2007 22:20:20 | More by mikesgroove
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a decent head that leaves good lacing...even in the frosted glass that the bartender insisted on giving me.
The smell was of pine and herb (you know the one) which was almost on it's own. Very little malt presence to support the green hops.
Flavor was more balanced than the aroma. Some sweet, buttery malts lessen the bitterness. Hops comes out in pine and floral flavors.
Mouthfeel....medium body with average carbonation. Not a lot of dryness or bitterness in the aftertaste, which I enjoy. This brew went down pretty easy, but then again, the hotel bar dind't have many other options so that helped me to enjoy this more. One thing that I noticed...has nothing to do with what is inside the bottle...the labels have a somewhat cheap look, IMO. May turn me off if were to see it in the store. Just my two cents. Good beer, though, and I am sure I may have one or two more tomorrow.
03-21-2007 00:46:09 | More by Imstillthegman
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a very dark hazy orange with an extremely generous head that slowly dies down throughout tasting. Lacing is a dark white that remains quite sticky. Very weak hop aroma for an IPA, more of a dirty/grassy smell to it. Taste is quite weak in the hop area which disappoints me just a bit. To me this has a very "bready" taste to it with a very mild hop aftertaste. Malt is fairly present that balances this out quite well. Carbonation is pretty weak throughout...but that's fine by me. Extremely drinkable for a 7.2% abv IPA, but I like them with a more bitter bite to them. Probably one of the smoothest IPA's I've ever had....definitely give this one a try if you enjoy your IPA's drinkable.
03-20-2007 02:08:20 | More by BeerTruth
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
03-02-2007 00:40:07 | More by WesWes
4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
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.
02-09-2007 05:39:07 | More by pmcadamis
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Michigan Brewing for the opportunity. Entered into judging in category #39 (American IPA).
Pours a one finger tan (slight orange) head over a clooudy and particulated golden rust liquid. Sedimnet retained in the bottle. Smells piney sour. No malt to behold. Very one-dimensional.
Tastes wet on the pull turn to piney hops with a strong cohumulone rough. Creamy finish comes in a nice transition. Hop oil flat with a gritty tettnanger-like aftertaste. Sour apple, which I think is from hops and not a yeast off-casting. The sour apple is an estery character, not an acetaldehyde character.
Md body and strong carbonation.
01-14-2007 23:14:25 | More by mentor
4.78/5 rDev +27.1%
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
Per BOM notes:
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Caramel
Hops: Cascade, Columbus, Warrior
12-27-2006 21:05:48 | More by RBorsato
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
I'm not much of a fan of IPAs but this one was pretty good...
Pours cloudy burnt orange-amber with a nice foamy head of several fingers that has good retention, rather stiff. Some lacing. Smell is dominated by floral hops, hints of breadiness. Taste follows with a well hopped malty brew. Sweet bready undertones peek through and it finishes very hoppy. A solid IPA.
12-23-2006 03:03:56 | More by aquatonex
2.68/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
12-20-2006 16:16:32 | More by Minkybut
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
12-09-2006 22:21:04 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
Hazy apricot copper with a tumultuous, rocky, glass-lathering, light sandy head. Crushed Smarties, lemon meringue, pine needles, and sourdough. Tangy, piney bitter hop nettles up front. Turns to butterscotch and fruit malts; sweetish and malty. Pine resins and light citrus hop bitterness take over the finish. Medium-bodied, creamy feel. Very nice. Good depth and balance and not too alcoholic. A bit of a surprise here and something I will buy more of.
12-09-2006 00:42:51 | More by alexgash
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
12-06-2006 00:10:15 | More by sloejams
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Beer was received as part of the October MicroBeerClub shipment received in late October.
Beer poured a cloudy orange-amber with a nice fluffy white head that is leaving a generous lacing behind. Nose is of floral hops, malts, and citrus. Taste is malty to start and finishes with a big grapefruit hop. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is another very enjoyable product from this brewery from my old home state!
12-02-2006 01:39:29 | More by arizcards
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
Into a pint glass, pours a dark amber with off-white inch thick head, shrinking to a nice puffy foam, with lots of lacing sticking to the glass. Aroma is hop dominant, floral and piney, a little citric. Taste is likewise, lots of piney citric hops with a pretty decent malt backing that kind of flirts in the shadows, nice dry bittering finish. Body is medium, good carbonation, good finish, an overall solid beer, recommended.
12-01-2006 00:07:51 | More by objectivemonkey
4.28/5 rDev +13.8%
Part of my beer of the month club offerings, 12 oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a pint glass
Apours hazy amber copper with a 1 inch fluffy white head that lasts for about 10 minutes, thick sea foam lacing is produced
Spine is strongest, followed by grapefruit, some sweetness is hidden, but the pine is almost over powering
Tpine for sure, but mixed pretty well with grapefruit, perfume and a touch of pepper, just a hint of honey like sweetness, too
Ma bit raw and scratchy, medium bodied, good carbonation
Da solid IPA. Glad I tried it and would definitely have it again.
11-18-2006 22:27:25 | More by hanco005
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
10-20-2006 14:55:20 | More by Sammy
2.8/5 rDev -25.5%
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. Its 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.
09-26-2006 00:58:46 | More by eballard
4.1/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-14-2006 15:48:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
British Columbia (Canada)
4.25/5 rDev +13%
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!
04-11-2006 23:14:11 | More by Derek
2.7/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
04-10-2006 02:00:38 | More by nicksta
4.1/5 rDev +9%
The bottle has single label little plain, but i do like it, the picture of the tall ship harkens back to the days of old.
pours a deep copper color with a light off white head that drops into a like has across the top.
the aroma is rich with hops, sweet malt, and hint of alcohol.
the flavor is hoppy, bitter, resinous, carmelized malt comes through, citrus, minerially.
the mouthfeel is a little thick.
this beer is very drinkable, year round, michigan is a hop head state and this is a hoppy brew.
01-16-2006 00:39:22 | More by plaztikjezuz
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-13-2006 03:21:54 | More by weeare138
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
A: Pours a thick, cloudy orange/brown color. Burnt Orange, if there were such a thing. THe head is nice and frothy.
S: It smells very hoppy and clean. Citrus, cloves, mandarin oranges.
T: Tastes great. Very sweet-tasting for an IPA. Warming as well, the 7.2 is very evident. Seems even higher. Citrusy flavor with a bit of tangy/tartness as well, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice tasting beer.
M: The mouthfeel is very full bodied. Thick and chewy with fair carbonation.
D: Somewhat of a sipper, but and interesting beer that I wouldnt get bored with. I could definitly drink several of these over the course of a night.
A solid offering here. Not necessarily one of the best IPAs I've had, but a good one at the least.
12-11-2005 02:02:38 | More by jasonpeckins32
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
This beer pours a very dark auburn red. The nose is very hoppy, but not overpowering, with a hint of clove, coriander, cinnamon. Mouthfeel is overall good, smooth yet bitter on the sides of the tounge.
A fairly easy beer to drink, considering the high alcohol content, around 7.5% usually. I've had this beer many a time, and it seems a bit tamer than normal. Also not much balance, it's all about the HOPS!
I think the biggest problem I may have, having quaffed this brew many times is that MBC does not seem to stick to one recipe when making it. Overall it is a decent IPA, but not my first choice. Definetely worth drinking, but not the first IPA I'd recommend.
11-15-2005 02:25:34 | More by tboom29
4/5 rDev +6.4%
So far I must say this is the best beer I had the occasion of sampling from MB.
A nice beer of ruby color with some golden blonde hues dancing throughout the glass, a nice head that kept his dignity for the time being.
Very hoppy smell with good notes of caramel and malt. Floral flavours are very present. Some strawberries flavour are them, strawberry jam actually!
The taste is quite the same experience as the smell, very floral, bitterness from the hops and floral flavours from the hops with a malt finish and a caramel butterscotch end. A good note of strawberry is present, reminding me of jam
10-08-2005 05:47:57 | More by 3Vandoo
Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
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