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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, 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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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 168
Photo of rings
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.31/5  rDev -12%
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

Photo of DannyDan
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of JizackFH
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of morimech
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.

Photo of deereless
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

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

Pours a clear copper color with a huge, frothy light tan head. Head falls very slow. Big sticky lace.

Aroma is mostly of a nice floral hop. But of caramel malts in the background but mostly hop.

Nice mild hop taste. Flowery. Bit of sweetness in the background. Ends bitter.

Medium bodied in the mouth with rather simple carbonation.

Nice, easy drinking beer. Worked well at a park drinking it right from the bottle while staring at Lake Michigan.

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.

Photo of nickadams2
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P_Pours dark orange with a thick sticky white head that dissipates to a thick ring with nice lacing.

S_Piny hops and citrus.

T_Strong hops and pine up front. Slight citrus and floral coming through. Malt backbone give this a nice bisquity finish.

M_Thick,sticky,dry finish.


Impressed by this offering from MBC.

Photo of salvo
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass: poured cloudy brown-orange with an inch of fine-bubbled head that dissipated to slight lacing and a ring that hangs around the glass. Citrus smell stronger than the malt, and a pretty pronounced alcohol nose. First sip is bitter - almost harsh - and the bitter after-taste is a bit tinny-metalic.

Waiting a moment for the beer to warm slightly.

As the beer warms, the taste starts a bit sour and the bitterness is more pronounced, and the metallic taste is still there, although joined by a little additional malt back. The beer is a bit gassy, but this is consistent with previous bottles (i.e., it's not an over-nitroed or CO2ed bottle). At 7.2%, it's not a session. I want to try one on tap for comparison.

Photo of RickS95
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bronze color with a thick, cloudy white head.

Smells sweet and citrusy; nice head retention. The citrus notes remind me of pineapple.

No taste dominates, it just tastes like flowers and tree bark.

Has the typical feel of an IPA, a bitter finish, but the citrus cuts into the bitterness.

As it warms, I can smell orange and/or tangerine.

I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I give this an average score because of the sweetness from the citrus.

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

12oz into a tulip.

appearance is good with a thick, rocky 2 finger head that hangs around for a while. color is a deep rich amber. got a bit of sticky lace in this glass.

smell is sweet malts with floral hops and a bit of citrus.

taste is somewhat subdued compared to the smell, was expecting richer flavors. i'm getting mostly pale malts with some grassy and herbal notes. bitterness takes a minute to kick in but hangs on the tongue for a while after. not a whole lot going on here, but seems well balanced.

medium bodied with higher co2 content, but not fizzy or prickly feeling.

if the abv were lower i'd say this would be a great session ipa. as it stands, a solid example of the style and worthy of your hard earned dollars, especially on a hot summer day.

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.

Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown/tea colored with a beige thin head; lacing is steady

S: A subtle but pleasant citrusy hop presence; a dull earthy pine quality as well; the bready malt backbone holds it together

T: A nicely balanced malt and hop presence; lemon and tea leaves persist at the back; there is a chemical-chlorine-quality permeating as well

F: A bit thin as it runs down the throat; carbonation seems slightly off as well

D: A pretty decent IPA all around

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.

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.

Photo of roddwolff
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once served in my bayern mug. Look: Orange color, many sediments, creamy foamy head with a finger thick, good durability and lacing. Smell: Fruity and perfumed with floral hops, peach and bubble gum, such as yogurt hop. Taste: Lots of floral hops, earth hops, roots and peach juice, like the smell but with more hop character. Mouthfeel: Dry and fruity, extra bitter with high carbonation and robust body. Drinkability: Excellent IPA.

Photo of BuckyFresh
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. The beer has a light haze to it and is golden in color, with maybe a touch of amber. There is an off-white, one-finger head that recedes pretty quickly. The head leaves behind a pretty even ring of lacing on the glass. Moderate carbonation rises up from the bottom.

Smell: Pretty nice smell to this one, with the typical citrus and pine notes indicative of the variety. The hop aroma is perhaps a little deeper than other IPAs; it has a spicy quality to it, and the citrus character is a little less bitter. I'm picking up a bit of sweetness, but the malt presence is not very pronounced.

Taste: The flavor falls a bit short of my expectations. There is significant bitterness, but little in the way of decent hop flavor or malt presence. The body is also a bit watery and adds to the perception of unbalance. The taste just isn't that complex; in fact, it seems pretty much one-dimensional. The bitterness seems to hang on into the aftertaste a bit and flirts with being a little astringent. Maybe it's just personal preference, but with bitterness like this, I would prefer more of a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch watery. I could have used more punch here. The carbonation was adequate and the bitterness, although pronounced, wasn't unbearable.

Drinkability: Due to the balance issues, I'm not sure how many of these I could tolerate. It's one of those beers that seems to get more astringent as you drink on. All in all, I give it fair drinkability marks though.

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

Photo of jahilgen
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A local brewer in my area with series of good, high quality beers.

Poured into a imperial pint glass where it devleoped a dark orange hue compared to other APA, left a two finger head some lacing.

The beer smell terrific strong hops and malts right off the top with hints of citrus and complex spices (which my novice nose cannot identify). Once poured I was excited to see how the presentation would continue.

However the taste and mouthfeel did not match the expectations from the presentation. The hops and malt were present and enjoyable, but the rich cirtus and spices I expected did not transfer to my palate. I seemed to lose the complexity the presentation offered. After a few drinks the only thing I could recognize was the hops and malts.

Still the beer was enjoyable but did not impress me over other pale ales. A good beer for anyone who enjoys pales ales but nothing unique or spectacular.

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