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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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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
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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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.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
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.

Photo of
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of AngryNucleus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BRLockwood
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TCgoalie
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of gphillips5300
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Pegasus
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.

Photo of nukem5
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of bigdaddypolite
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of MoustacheHero
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of rapayn01
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of centbeerfest
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of EricCioe
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of dmfrench
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of schmidtn
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.

Photo of BeanBone
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.

Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.