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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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dnjmed

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Color is a copper-like blend of orange and red. It appears slightly hazy with good amount of carbonation.

Smell is surprisingly weak but pleasant. From the smell I expect a solid malt backbone. There are notes of orange in the hop aroma.

Taste is good but not unique. I really like the strong malts and sugars but am left wanting more hops. However, there are orange and other pleasant fruit tastes here and it is certainly enjoyable. It is not one of the more bitter IPAs and I appreciate that.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 22:17:17 | More by dnjmed
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my last shipment of the BOTM club.

Appearance - Pours a tangerine color into my SA perfect Pint glass, with about a finger of thick, creamy head that has since dissipated slowly and left decent lacing.

Smell - I can immediately smell grapefruit, but not the typical "bitter" aspect I smell in other IPA's. There is more of a malty/sweet smell encompassing the citrus. As the citrus gives way it becomes much more malty and just a bit spicy in notes.

Taste - The first sip makes my jaw slightly clench up because of the bitter, citrus/hoppy taste at the forefront. Definitely more bitter tasting than smelling (which is good for me - I don't normally enjoy maltier IPA's). After the citrus wanes, there is a hint of spice/pine which is followed by the malty backbone. After all is said and done there is a slight bitterness that lingers in the mouth, but nothing that makes it overwhelming/unbearable.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, well carbonated, and a hint of creaminess.

Drinkability - Not my favorite in the IPA world, but a hell of a lot better than a lot of the other's I have tried. Very quaffable - after researching for a paper all day this was a great beer to come home to and try. Additionally, the 7+ percent is hidden very well and just faintly warms on the way down. I look forward to the other two that were included in the BOTM club.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:29:18 | More by SpdKilz
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sophisticated

Michigan

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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armock

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus hops

T - Lots of citrus hops upfront then some malt tries to come out but the hops overpower the malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is pretty much your standard IPA nothing crazy going on just a good hoppy beer worth trying sometime if you like the hops

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 01:52:59 | More by armock
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as part the December shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Semi-cloudy copper-amber with thin white head which leaves minor lacing behind.

Smell: Major orange-citrus aroma, with sweet toasted and caramel malts and light pepper.

Taste: Semi-sweet toasted malts, orange dominated citrus hops, and a lingering pepper and citrus bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, firm yet creamy body, dry finish that tingles.

Drinkability: Overall, a well-balanced IPA with a long lingering bitterness. While there are better IPAs out there, this is still a very good choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 13:27:07 | More by bsp77
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mooseisloose

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clearing the rack on the BOTMC. Just noticed this is a 7.2% brew. Yowza, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I detect the typical IPA smell of earthy hop tones, with an atypical scent of a scotch ale. On the pour, this brew yields a bright yellow orange, slightly cloudy color, with an off-white multi-size bubble head. On the taste this proves to be a serious malt bomb. The mouthfeel is what stands out first. Thick and chewy. I think I could stand a spoon in the glass. Although it is a malt bomb the flavor is offset with a dry, crisp hop presence that keeps the sweetness from overriding the flavor. Almost balanced but is still listing to the malt side. This is a beer drinkers beer. You cannot get more robust than this. As the label precludes, I won't be operating heavy machinery after this one. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 17:47:37 | More by mooseisloose
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junkygood

Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle at 45F. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

A - Between 10 to 15 SRM and modest lacing.

S - Mild hop nose, grapefruit rind, and maltyness jump out.

T/M - Hop heavy with a bitter finish. Grain heavy malty backbone does carry the bitterness, but humulone wins out in the end.

D - average mid-west IPA offering. Interesting grain bill (Wheat adjunct). also, curious about the hop schedule especially with warrior and Columbus both in the mix.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 02:07:34 | More by junkygood
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RJUGA03

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a frosted tulip glass.
A-Golden/ amber semi-transparent body with subtle rising carbonation bubbles flowing into a 1/2" snow white head.
S-Hopps, Malty, and a wee bit of spice.
T-Sweet and carmel on the uptake flowing into a typically nice hoppy finish.
M-Slightly thick and malty leading into a lingering dry hoppy aftertaste.
D-It would be a beer that I would drink on a rotating basis.. to enjoy all types of beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 08:25:38 | More by RJUGA03
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cosmicevan

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:32:26 | More by cosmicevan
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azazel

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper to dark copper with a small amount of head. Poured more cloudy than I had expected. Laced the glass great. It smells of caramel and citrus. The initial taste is hoppy and then slightly malty. Hop resin starts building on your tongue at the first drink and by the last it is stuck to your tongue like melting sugar to a spoon. Nice to drink, not my favorite IPA but it is worth the buy.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 02:18:42 | More by azazel
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pwoods

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Pours a dark tangerine copper that has a nice ahzy glow. 2 fingers of white head form and hold with good retention and lacing.

S: Fruit,light esters. Not much pine or resin. Light lemon. Herby. Sweet malts, maybe some maple syrupy notes.

T/M: Bitterness is medium. Hops have a very odd taste. Not herbal but medicinal. Some spicenss, too. Malts are on the sweet side with that touch of maple. Medium body and decent carbonation.

D: Some odd flavors and a somewhat high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 23:29:18 | More by pwoods
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natelocc787

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells like vanilla cake batter, orange peel and citrusy hops. Leaves moderate lacing, sticky and thin. Taste is less complex. Very bitter unripened grapefruit in the finish after it begins with a grassy pine flavor. This was recommended by a close friend who's opinion I respect but he dropped the hop on this one. Or maybe I'm just blessed to have much better IPA's around.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 03:32:29 | More by natelocc787
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jhoban19

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy copper color. solid finger+ of white foam, sticks around for a bit and settles into a good ring around the outside of the glass and a cover. decent lacing.

S: a solid caramel malt immediately hits the nose, with a good amount of hops right behind it. pine and citrus fruit present as well. a nice balance of malt and hops.

T: tastes hit the tongue in opposite order of the smell- hops first, then the malt. as with the smell, very well balanced. a good bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

M: well carbonated, smooth. a little thin, but the bitterness is just right.

D: not my favorite IPA, but enjoyable. this could be a good go-to brew. good for those times you want some hoppy goodness, but still sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 01:42:06 | More by jhoban19
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biker30x

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber into a pint glass with a wispy head that quickly subsided, leaving a persistant lace. Fresh nose with little substance. Initial taste is a satisfyingly thick hop blast with a spicy backbone laid over a bed of malt. The finish is spice and hop-burn but lacks the pine/resin or malty sweetness that would take this beer to the next level. A very servicable IPA that doesn't seem to be striving for more than a blast of hops and a drinkable structure. At 7%, it's not a trifle, but the alcohol never asserts itself. The somewhat astringent finish holds it back just a little.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 00:22:40 | More by biker30x
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 23:03:36 | More by barnzy78
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before 9/26/09. Pours a cloudy copper color, with a nice thick white head. A fair amount of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Very nice head retention, and lace.

Citrusy hop aroma, mainly grapefruit. A good amount of caramel malt in the nose.

Nice caramel malt, with just a bit of sweetness to it. Lots of citrusy hop character, with a good amount of bitterness.

Good body and carbonation. Pretty simple here. Easy to drink, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 20:59:43 | More by Bierguy5
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 7/5/09

Bottle dated 12/24/08

A - Medium copper color. Slightly hazy with some transparency. Poured a 2 finger head that dissipates to ¼ inch quickly, leaving mild lacing.

S - Primarily citrus in the nose with some bicuity malt notes.

T - Spicy hop taste with citrus & earth tones. There is a slight lingering bitterness. A touch of malty smoothness rounds out the flavor spectrum.

M - Nicely carbonated with some sticky hop resin.

D - Decent midwest IPA offering. While I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, I would have no qualms about drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 20:31:55 | More by Ryan011235
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is indeed hoppy with fruity hops, some pungentness, and floral. Citric overtones speak of orange or grapefruit. Smells pretty good.

Pours mostly clear with unfiltered particulate on amber with copper/yellow highlights and a super creamy/fluffy/rocky head. Looks awesome.

Flavor kicks off with plenty of bitterness and leafy/herbal/earthiness. Mild chocolate malt creeps in. Soft sourness and mild-moderate tartness. Hop flavor follows nose, soft before growing with warmth. Mild spicy hop. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

A decent IPA. I'd like it better with more balance or more hops; it feels like it's halfway in between being balanced or being a hop-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 00:26:03 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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hoplover82

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy deep golden color with a medium sized off white head that dissapates to a thin film on the top of the beer. And leaves very good sticky lacing.

S-Aroma is very nice with mangos and lemon shining bright. Man that's nice. A very pleasant aroma.

T-The flavor is nice too. Has a nice pungent bitterness to it, with a hefty resiny hop flavor. Mainly cirtusy. Lots of lemon and peaches and mango.

M-A very full, creamy body that coates the mouth well, and has a very slight dryness in the end.

D-Dispite the moderately high abv, this goes down very very smoothly. You might be decieved into thinking this is sessionable, don't let it happen. Two of these will do you good in a night. But I highly recommend this to any hoplover like me. I was quite pleasantly suprized indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 04:34:40 | More by hoplover82
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

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

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Gold with what seemed to be a slight red hue. A nice big head.

Smell: Had a bit of a fruit aroma with some hoppy smell in the background. Quite enticing.

Taste: Strong fruit flavor with a bitter kick at the end, but still very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin given the carbonation, but still a fair body.

Drinkability: Very good beer. It's the right beer for any occasion and one can drink several in a row and not feel too full.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 15:34:20 | More by civilizedpsycho
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BrianOhio

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My parents stopped at the brewery recently and picked this up for me. What a great surprise this one was!

The pour is a golden copper with a thick two finger head. Looks great in the glass, and the aroma is just as good. Fruity citrus nose, loaded with hops...nearly perfect in my opinion. (Ok, maybe perfect is too strong, so let's just say it's damned good.)

This beer rivals and downright beats a number of supposed double IPA's that I have sampled. There is a smoothness to the finish that I felt was extremely well balanced. On top of that, good lacing in the glass rounds out a great drinking experience. Easily moves into my top 10!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 02:19:21 | More by BrianOhio
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ballewblake

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Blvd pint glass from bottle.

Two finger off white head on initial pour, fades quickly leaving foamy lacing down the glass. Transclucent copper body. Great hop aroma that just covered my nose with foam trying to get more out of. Great balance on the palette with bitter hops and sweet malts in this ipa. I'm loving this one right now. Mild grapefruit and cintrus hops with a smooth sweet background. Head retention was a little weak, ended up with a thin soup coating in the top, lacing was good on the glass, foamy all the way down with voids here and there. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 22:46:13 | More by ballewblake
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jjayjaye

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered, it pours a hazy cider amber color with a full finger foamy light tan head that fades slowly with a good amount of Belgian lacing layered down the glass with each mouthful. The suspended particles are quite visible and add some to the experience. The smell is almost like cider..sweet and fruity floral characteristic. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied, creamy texture with a fairly timid tangy character. The flavors are surprisingly subtle. The hop and malt bills are balanced almost equally well. The overall taste combination is quite satisfying. The 7.2% ABV is well integrated. A really nice drinker. Glad that I had the opportunity to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 17:09:29 | More by jjayjaye
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northaustin

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a schnifter. minimal head with no lacing. a reddish gold that is pretty thick when held to the light.
aroma was barely there which was disappointing as the aroma is one of my favorite parts of trying a new ipa.
tastes a little light on flavor for an ipa and at best could be considered mildly hoppy

a little too expensive here in texas for me to want to buy much more of it but i would love to have it as a session beer or maybe see a double ipa by the brewery

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:35:40 | More by northaustin
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with nice label and clearly marked best by date.

Appearance: Dark gold/orange beer with a decent amount of fine grained sediment in the pour; a large fluffy ivory head soon fades to a thick sticky film with good retention

Smell: Fresh, juicy, citrusy hops (with a touch of pine as well) up front with nice sweet and steely caramel in the background. Maybe just a bit of butter toffee as well?

Taste: BIG kick of super piney hops up front; this is much more piney and less fruity than suggested by the aromas; it's got a little bit of woodsiness in there as well. The bitterness hits about mid palate and is sharp yet not overpowering in any way. This ends with just a little swish of dry breadiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Pretty good for the style and abv

Conclusion: This is a really solid IPA...the bitterness is definitely present but not overwhelming...the heavy piney characteristics are nice as well...this isn't perfect, but it's definitely a solid effort.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 05:34:22 | More by BedetheVenerable
Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.