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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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very good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of DannyDan
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

DannyDan, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

JizackFH, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

StoutHunter, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Cresant, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Spiekerbox, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

buschbeer, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

BeerAndBourbon, Aug 11, 2010
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.

morimech, Jul 29, 2010
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

deereless, Jul 27, 2010
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.

dstc, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
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.

nickadams2, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of salvo
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

salvo, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

RickS95, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

divineaudio, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

zeff80, May 30, 2010
Photo of dbossman
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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

dbossman, May 16, 2010
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.

Haybeerman, May 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

metter98, May 09, 2010
Photo of roddwolff
4.55/5  rDev +21%
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.

roddwolff, May 06, 2010
Photo of BuckyFresh
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

BuckyFresh, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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

brentk56, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of jahilgen
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

jahilgen, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came with the Beer of The Month Club. Pours a hazy light orange gold in color with a 1 inch off white foamy/creamy head, that stayed around for a few minutes. Decent lacing sticks to the glass as it goes down. Strong hops up front on the nose, with both floral and piney hops, followed by the smell of potent citrus like lemon, orange peel and grapefruit, flowers, caramel and grains or yeast. A very nice floral hop aroma leads the generally inviting odor, which leans towards the sweet side.

Tastes of sweet malt to start, then the caramel and bitter hop attack begins, with floral and piney hops, lemon, grapefruit, grains, yeast, pine, and then a wave of grainy malt that leaves a spicy and bitter end when combined with the hops. After my second beer it seems that the hops dominate the nose and cause the bitter finish, but the malts play as much a part of the flavor as the hops do. The citrus and grainy flavors bridge the gap between the malt and hops, but this beer seems unbalanced as so many tastes come through that there is a sensation overload, even though there are not a lot of ingredients in the mix. The one thing that the sensation overload does well is hide the ABV, which is not apparent at all. The mouthfeel is light and crisp and creamy on the tongue, but the overall beer is medium bodied, yet still seems to go down easy with a crisp lager like ease.

Each time I lift the glass I get the hop odor, but the malt, citrus and grain taste that follow make this kind of perplexing in its creation. I found this beer to be very drinkable, and while it was bitter it still has good flavor, but it just seemed like an IPA with too much malt in it. I'm glad I tried it, but it's average compared to most other IPA's.

CHickman, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of crhensel
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle into pint glass) Pours a beautiful clear orange with a one finger heat that falls slowly, leaving a beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma hits you with the hops, as well as a little bit of earthy grass and pine. You know you are in for a treat here! Taste is very bold with the hops as the star, a nice sharp bitterness that plays nicely with a little bit of the pine, giving an added layer of complexity that sets this apart from some other IPAs I have tried. Finishes rather bold, and the taste sticks with you or a while, making for a very pleasant drink.

crhensel, Feb 07, 2010
Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.