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Michigan Brewing Mackinac Pale Ale - Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing Mackinac Pale AleMichigan Brewing Mackinac Pale Ale

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 100
Photo of soupyman10
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber-copper color with a smallish finger of white head on top. Dissolves quickly down to a fine film, leaving a touch of lace.

Nose is a basic, simple spiced caramel aroma - toffee. A touch of graininess. Nice, if mild and fairly straightforward. Light fruitiness.

Flavor is likewise tasty, although not particularly complex. Nicely balanced - spicy hops even with a nice caramel malt. About as straight-forward a brew as you could get. Slight graininess.

Body is medium to light with a busy carbonation.

Overall, it's just a fine beer, nice for drinking if not for studying.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Poured a cloudy copper, with a two finger light brown head, ample lacing on the glass

S. I know this sound weierd but it smelled just like chef boyardee ravioli. I was sceptical thinking the beer was skunked. i couldn't find a date on the bottle.

T. Nothing like the smell. More malt than hops slightly sweet with a bitter dry finish. Reminded me more of a brown ale than a pale ale.

M. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

D. Ok, I don't think I will try this one again.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a foamy off-white head and seemingly medium-low carbonation. A good hop nose with citrus and piney notes. Decently thick body. The flavor is very good at first but finishes off leaving something to desired. It sort of goes slightly sour at the finish. A pretty drinkable brew and a decent attempt from MBC, but not my favorite pale out there.

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Photo of minterro
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

out of a bottle. a bit sick right now so I will redo review later.

A: light amber. medium head

S: sweet and malty

T: great. I think this beer is very underrated on this website. well balanced and well-built. could be more bitter but can't complain.

M: light-mid body, good carbonation

D: great for everything: taste, not bad body, price, everything is there. I would drink this all the time. Being in college can't buy this all the time, but for 7.59 its quality is great.

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Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured nicely into the glass with aabout one inch of head. steady carbonation with deep yellowish orange color. good aroma. a little light in the hops for me but a good tasting beer. refreshing dry finish. good lacing down the glass.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of association330
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, reddish-amber color with two fingers of creamy, pale golden head. Hazy with yeast in suspension. Outstanding head retention and nice lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, some fruitiness, and faint floral hops (a little extra punch would've been nice). An odd note of celery as well.

T - More sweet caramel malt, and a juicy grapefruit character. Finishes with very modest hop bitterness that is more drying than it is bitter. The grapefruit and slight bitterness linger on the tongue for awhile. Everything is quite balanced here, though I would have preferred a little more of a hop bite.

M - A little on the light side. Otherwise, creamy and smooth. I would've liked the carbonation to hold longer than it did, it seemed the last 1/3 or so of my beer was too flat for the style.

D - It's a solid, more balanced take on the APA style than is typical. This would be a nice warm weather quaffer.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet tasting with juicy and citrus fruits. There's a decent amount of spice in it, mostly tasting like fruit peels, but not a whole lot of bitterness.

Cloudy and light orange. Has a smooth, bubbly feel to it with a nice amount of carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry making it easy to drink. A good summer beer.

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Photo of david131
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy orange beer with a very thick white head. The retention is pretty good as well as the lacing.

S- Very fragrant and fruity. Different than most other pale ales that I have encountered. The sweetness is very apparent here.

T- Very sweet and not very hoppy. The fruity aspect is pretty interesting. Not a lot going on here.

M- Very creamy, but there is not real lasting hop presence.

D- A decent beer, but not a huge winner. It is a different take on the style and worth a try.

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Photo of pheimill
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer didn't really taste or look like a pale ale to me. smell was ok but nothing special. Taste was good with a lot of hoppiness and balanced sweetness. mouthfeel was light without too much carbonation. maybe not a great beer, but it made me want to drink more.

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Photo of fostwal
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The cloudy dark amber color is very nice.
Smell - There is a slight hop scent however there really isn't much of an aroma.
Taste - The hop flavor is well balanced. There is a slight bitterness when the beer hits you tongue. There is a long and lingering taste that is pleasant.
Mouthfeel - The mild carbonation is just right to emphasize the bite from the hops. Leaves a tingle in the mouth.
Drinkability - A very nice balanced beer. Not heavy or overwhelming flavors. It goes down very easily. I would definitely order one again.

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Photo of armock
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

S - Is of caramel malt a touch of hops and a little vegetable scent

T - The caramel malt comes out first and finishes with a little bitter hops

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

D - Kinda just an average pale ale to me seems more English than American not a bad beer just doesn't make me want to try and find it again

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Photo of kcillini77
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of the Amazing Clubs Beer of the Month Club for June.

Decent looking typical pale ale.

Smell is mostly of sweet malt.

Taste is sweet up front with a bit of a spicy hop wallop on the finish. I think the initial sweetness makes this a little different from other pale ales I've had to date. It's a good thing. The hops are there to be sure, but not the dominant flavor.

A good offering from the Michigan Brewing Company.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sold in Sweden as Summer Ale.

Pours gold orange, with 2 cm cream-coloured head.

Smells of celery, red licorice, and lots of husky grains.

Mouthfeel is slick with medium carbonation.

Taste is nice and hoppy, with grapefruit notes and a bitter finish.

Nice and plain ale for quaffing.

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Photo of Ch1mpy
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labelled Mackinac Summer Ale here in Sweden. I'll have to take it from Bark that this is actually the same beer as the one known here as Mackinac Pale Ale.

Colour is brown with an off-white head.

Sweet, a little bland, smell with hops, citrus and actually some roasted notes of malts.

A, spicy, hoppy taste of grapefruit. Perhaps the carbonation is a bit on the light side. But on the overall an OK mouthfeel.

I would not mind buying it again.

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Photo of bark
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sold as "Miackinac Summer Ale" in Sweden.

The colour is copper-amber. The two finger head is airy and beige with a small crater. Some lacing.

The smell is fresh and mild: Hoppy notes of grass, lemons and rye bread.

The taste is fruity and balanced. Some mild bitter flavours, hoppy hints of flowers and nuts. There is a malty background of rye bread, crisp bread and a very mild sweetness. The aftertaste is mild with some bread and a fragile lager-like bitterness.

The carbonation is mild. Some large bubbles, the liquid is smooth.

A very gulpable ale, that reminds me more of English bitters than American pale ales. Still it lacks some character and borders to being forgettable.

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Photo of grub
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a trade with plaztikjezuz. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled may 22/08.

pours nice and clear copper colour with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. touch of caramel sweetness. hint of corn? bready malt. bit of grain. hops are mostly earthy, with a touch of floral character too.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. touch of grapefruit. bready malt. bit of grain. cracker. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is nice. fairly light body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. good balance, but a bit underwhelming overall.

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Photo of Mgrad92
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The hops were more subdued than I expected, both in aroma and taste. But I'm not a hop head, so I found the hopyess to be just right for my taste. The head was thin with larger bubbles than is typical. Not a major flaw. The clairity was excelent. This is a refreshing beer and would go well with a variety of food.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-copper body capped by a thick finger of white head. Decent lacing on the Yankees pint glass. Fruit and caramel malt come forth when coaxed, but the nose on the whole is a bit weak and disappointing. Good malty flavor in the taste, combining citrus (mainly grapefruit) and caramel. Yet this could use more hops to me. It's a little thin in that regard. Fairly smooth and nicely carbonated, this is a good pale ale. Not the most complex, but solid. One of my favorites from Michigan Brewing Company.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Luminescent orange. Slightly hazy. Thin cap of dirty white froth. Lace is moderate. Nose is very weak and what is there is malt orientated. No bright and shiny hop aromas. The flavor is stale and oxidized, even though this bottle was packaged less than 4 months ago. Grainy sweet malts. Little to no hop flavor. Bitterness is present to a slight degree. Body is medium-full. Carbonation is restrained. This one doesn't impress me.

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting take on a pale ale....if you are looking for a west coast pale ale this isn't it.

The aroma is malty first and foremost....toasty but also some strong caramel...and then a mild woody/spicy hoppiness.

On the taste the first thing I notice is the toasty munich malt...then the spicy hops bump in...also some light citrus notes..pretty balanced flavor with a unique twist with the toasty/spicy elements.

The body is substantial for the style...medium to slightly above medium bodied...feels almost like an IPA in body.

This one won't be for everyone but I like their take on the style. I love the toasty characteristics and the spicy hop notes. It really has a nice aroma and has an interesting flavor. Quality brew.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear coppery amber. Very light head that disintegrates quickly to a light white film, but leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Fruity; citrus-like hops. Smells of sweet fruit, like figs.

T: An interesting balance of sweetness and bitterness as the flavors seem to go back and forth on the palate. There is an initial wash of sweet caramel malt that gives way to light citrus bittering to the finish, before the sweet comes back in the linger.

M&D: Medium mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth but the carbonation makes the swallow less than silky. Overall a good brew and enjoyable.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.16/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Nothing but a date, 10/06/07, which I assume is a bottled on date.

Aroma: An orange rind hop driven citric fruit smell on a lightly oversweet malt base.

Appearance: Clear copper amber glass holds a thin cover of off white that doesn't hold but gives plenty of lacing as it falls.

Flavor: The orange flavor is mild, the overly sweet base isn't. The hops go slightly earthy and leafy, and more toward the bittering end, not really to my personal preference.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is a little high, making the medium body seem lighter and the total package seem a bit fizzy.

Overall Impression: Too fizzy, wrong hops, under attenuated, not really enjoyable. I'll finish it, but I won't crave another.

Note: Once BuckeyeNation pegged the Fuggles, I understood why I didn't care for this one: I hate Fuggles.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a reddish amber copper color with a small head, looks pretty good really. after the appearance thought the beer is pretty mediocre, its smell is average, just not alot there, just some weak hop aromas. the taste is weak too, just not alot of flavor just some weak hop flavor. i've had 3 new beers tonight and i haven't been impressed really by any of them, maybe i've had too many DIPA's lately and i've spoiled myself.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Audacious orange with a considerable yeasty haze. The toasted beige cap was two fingers on the initial pour and has a quality look about it. As the foam slowly shrinks, an impressive amount of Swiss cheesy lace plasters itself to the pint glass. Who could possibly think that filtered beer looks better than unfiltered?

Other than being a little low on power, the nose is par for the style course. The hop bill consists of Fuggles and Cascade, neither of which asserts its dominance over the other. On second thought, the funky citric fruitiness of the American hop is slightly more prominent.

Mackinac Pale Ale is pretty good beer. It has about 10 more ounces to convince me that it's solidly good. It's similar to this brewery's High Seas IPA (which has similar ingredients, substituting Northern Brewer for Fuggles), but isn't quite as good. Perhaps time and warming with improve things.

There's plenty of malt for the style, which contributes slightly more Munich malt toasted earthiness than I usually like. Grapefruit-like hops, while nicely upfront and appropriately pithy, don't deliver the bright, juicy flavor that is truly impressive. The Fuggles add an Anglo-American character.

The final few ounces tempt me into increasing the taste score. It's close, but no can do. The mouthfeel is better than competent (medium heft, appropriately bubbled), but can't quite make it over the 'better than average' hump either.

MBC's Mackinac Pale Ale would almost certainly have been more impressive if it was being consumed a few weeks after bottling rather than a few weeks before its 'best by' date. This is a worthy effort that deserves a look from all Michigan hopheads.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is pretty faint but contains caramelized malt with touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out on the malty side with flavors of caramel, tea, nuts and some spice but not a lot of sweetness. Then there’s a little bit of citrus that comes in along with a decent hops presence, which is mild for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready with a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this one might appeal more to those people that don’t like this style too hoppy and favor the EPA style. Overall, however, there are other beers in either direction that I would pick first.

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Michigan Brewing Mackinac Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.