Old Nation Brewing Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #83
Ranked #328
4.42 | pDev: 7.47%
Old Nation Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
Notes: The First release in Old Nation's "New Orthodox" IPA series, M-43 is designed to accentuate the deep and complex character from the combination of Calypso, Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo hops. Citrus and Tropical notes of Pineapple, Mango and Grapefruit come through in the huge, yet surprisingly delicate aroma. The flavor backs these aromas with a soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is not particularly intense, which leads to a very drinkable, New England IPA even non-IPA fans love. The Haze is not from yeast, but rather from an interplay of lipids from the malted oat and oils and acids which naturally occur in the hand selected Dry hops. This beer is a perfect interplay between top grade malt and hops, MI water and brewing technique which cannot be faked.

Hops aren't cheap, but M-43 is worth every penny!

65 IBU
Reviews: 253 | Ratings: 1,114 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Tallboy can pours into an 8oz narrow becher with a very hazy/floury yellow body and a one finger head. The cap has a thick and foamy/frothy texture and pretty good retention. A small belt at the edge of the beer leaves small webs of lacing.

S- A wonderful bouquet of juicy tropical and stone fruit hops. Plenty of aromatic strength and just a nectar of fresh hops here. Mango, melon, peach, nectarine, tangerine, slight bubblegum and papaya. Soft juicy hops with minimal grains and medium sweetness hinted at.

T- Strong hops still but the grains and some sweetness do become a bit stronger in the taste compared to the super soft and juicy aroma. Some caramelized sweetness combining with the hops to make it more pineapple and candied tangerine forward than the aroma was. Mango, bubble gum, melon, grapefruit and floral hop notes. Hints of oats, a medium sweetness and whole wheat bread.

MF- Incredibly smooth with a light-medium body overall for the style. Super soft and the texture is between creamy and frothy. Carbonation is at a moderate level and it finishes with a light bitterness.

The aroma on this brew is pure tropical/stone fruit wonder but the flavor becomes a bit more citrus forward with some caramelized sweetness that gives a bit of a candied feel on the palate. Mouthfeel is super smooth and overall glad I got to buy this out in MA this week.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, May 26, 2020
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4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Was super excited to find Old Nation after being introduced to them a couple years ago. Pours ultra hazy, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big mango and pineapple with slight bubblegum. Medium-light bodied, slightly bitter, crazy juicy with moderate carbonation. Soft and delicate but so packed with flavor. This is a world class NEIPA. Need to get this again.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, May 26, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, my first can of M-43... this is truly a momentous occasion. I have seen this beer in the glassware of countless BA members on the forums here, but I just assumed I'd never get to have it myself. In a sense, it was kind of a weird whale-esque beer for me. When I opened up social media earlier to find that several local stores got in a small but modestly-sized drop of 11-day-old this beer (and Boss Tweed canned a day after!), I immediately ran out to grab a couple of each. I can't wait to see if this beer lives up to the hype, though I don't have much skepticism... BA knows best, after all!

Pours a completely hazy orange juice looking liquid in my glass with a nice head of bone-white foam that settles to about a quarter-finger with some solid legs. Spotty, soapy lace that feels a little under-par considering what I expected, but it's not bad at all. I do like the turbid appearance, but this doesn't really stand out to me much from the initial pour.

The nose is heavy on pineapple, passion fruit, and mango, with a slight deviation towards light dankness and tangerine/orange pulp as well. Honestly a very good conglomeration of different NEIPAs I've had from the actual NE area, and it's doing its own thing in a sense as well. Light fruit bubble gum esters and a touch of apricot with some chalky yeast and a bit of chive. Fun and interesting stuff here. It's like a combo of a less aggressive Idle Hands NEIPA and something Cambridge Brewing would do/has done in this style, in terms of local references.

My first few sips detail a hop-saturated and quite-intense beer that pulls no punches on the hop side of things. The interplay of Simcoe and Citra is rather classic with its big notes of grapefruit rind and appealing tropical fruit ranging from ripe papaya to passion fruit. I'm surprised there's no Galaxy here, honestly, considering how much passion fruit plays in the finish, by the way, but perhaps the Amarillo dry-hop helps with that aspect as well.

Feel here is pretty much normal and what I expected; somewhat resinous and drying but also a little sweet and detailed with adequate (but not pushy) carbonation. I understand why this is so well-liked and why its reputation is positive. It's kind of amazing, in a meta sense, that this is a 98 right now on BA but is only the 83rd best NEIPA. Like, holy shit guys. This style is out of control. But, I do really enjoy this, and would love to drink it regularly. Hope I get the opportunity.

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ichorNet from Massachusetts, May 16, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can in a tulip glass

L: Thick hazy golden color with a persistent fluffy white head.

S: Smells like a complete juice bomb. Lots of grapefruit, mango, orange, tangerine, and pineapple. I feel like the tulip glass may have helped with this. I normally don't drink out of a tulip glass; however, the smell was pretty strong as soon as I popped the can. Little bit of piney hops, but not too much.

T: Very sweet and well balanced with a nice hoppy finish. Packed with grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and pineapple. Taste is pretty similar to the smell, except there is a much more pronounced bitter aftertaste. Bitterness doesn't stick around long after, which is nice!

F: Great mouthfeel! Pretty thick, but doesn't stick to your teeth. Dries out your mouth a little when about halfway through.

Great beer!

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3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: cat pee, leather, and ripe pineapple;

T: flavor is a little muted up front; sweet tangerine that mixes with sweet pineapple from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good; a little sweet for my taste;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 24, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden pale orange body minimal head and lace. The aroma has touches of floral and perfume-like sweetness along with citric and touches of tropical fruits (or at least aroma close to). The citric hoppiness has almost no bitterness in this medium-bodied beer, and there are sweet notes that are more tropical than grapefruit. Good balance in beer and very easy to drink.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Apr 22, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy, orange juicy looking NEIPA . The head faded fast. I don't see any carbonation. A strong, funky smelling brew that is very citrus, almost acidic. Taste is fruity, very orange juicy and then slightly acidic. Not bitter nor sweet. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and easy drinking. Has that licking your teeth and lips aspect I've learned along this journey. Overall I like this beer. It has differences that I can appreciate. From a 16 ounce can dated 2/28/20. Another excellent brew from Old Nation Brewing, Williamston, Michigan. Thanks @jzeilinger

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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours hazy, golden yellow body with thick white head with excellent and retention.
S: dank, raw citrus rind smell with earthy notes
T: solid, danky citrus rind taste with a dry, earthy notes in the taste; subtle, sweet lemon notes
M: full bodied and smooth
O: solid IPA; excellent drinking beer

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maddogruss from New Jersey, Apr 12, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 03/10/30, it pours very cloudy gold orange color with a 2-3 finger thick, foamy off white head that faded very slowly and left really nice foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of orange peel, grapefruit, papaya, biscuit, clementine, peppery spices, faint herbs like skunk weed and tropical fruit. Not the most pungent nose, but really nice.

Really smooth with tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, Razzles candy, some dry chalky yeast, biscuit, pithy tart notes like grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, peppery spices, and a nice dry finish. It didn’t blow me out of the water but I’d definitely have it again.

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CHickman from New York, Apr 05, 2020
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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I'm going to keep this simple. Tree House make the absolute best New England IPA's, and they are in the 4.5 / 4.6 zone, deservedly so. This beer is no 4.4. This beer is a 4.1 overall tops. It looks meh for a hazy IPA and the taste doesn't really make me look forward to another sip. It's drinkable, but if Tree House hazy beers are the best, which I believe they are, and they are in the 4.5 ballpark for overall score...this is NO 4.4.

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TimothyD11 from New York, Mar 27, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy yellow with a good 2 finger head and moderate lacing
N: Pineapple and orange with an interesting thyme note as it warmed up a bit
T: Very similar to the nose. Little bit of spiciness in the middle. Malts are light and a little bit oaty
M: Moderate carbonation initially and creamy the rest of the way through
O: Well done beer that could do with a little extra intensity, but would definitely have again.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold with nice foam and thick lacing.
N: Lots of tropical and citrus notes with a little pine and soapy note.
T: Follows the nose, good juicy tropical flavors with a mix of citrus, some light malt, pine, and a little resin on finish.
M: Medium feel, minor bite, low ABV feel.
O: A well made beer, only complaint is that I wish the juice was a little more, seemed to fall off faster than I wanted.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Orange haze. A thin, but formidable head of about a quarter inch forms above the beer, but it sticks around for a long time. It’s been three minutes since I poured the beer and it’s still mostly there. Pretty impressive. Lacing, on the other hand, is surprisingly absent with just a few wisps on the back of the glass here and there.

SMELL: Smells like an orange farm and a pine forest had a baby. Some guava, and maybe a little lime, linger beneath the surface. Really great smell, but would like a little more intensity.

TASTE: Wow. That is dryer than expected. The orange from the nose is there in spades. Also, despite the haze, I get some more traditional IPA flavors in here as well – the first that I notice is mint, although pine (which also comes along from the nose) and grapefruit are both stronger. It’s a very pleasant blend of old-school and new-school IPA.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, but leans big. As I mentioned above, this is dryer than anticipated, but it still has a nice (if subtle) sweetness to it. Bitterness is there, which is kind of refreshing and awesome. There’s a slight chewiness to this beer as well.

OVERALL: Excellent beer. I have an acquaintance who owns a kick-ass brewery that has an incredible hazy IPA. He believes hazies are the future of what most IPAs will be. I’m not sure if I believe him, but I certainly don’t discount that possibility either. Anyway, if he’s right, there will need to be some that taste exactly like this. Some hazy IPAs that still give us the opportunity to get that big, aggressive, bitter, hop flavor instead of just pure juice…but maybe that’s just the Simcoe talking.

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StoneTSR from Colorado, Mar 13, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This really is a classic NEIPA. Had it for the first time after snagging a can while in Cincinnati. Wish I had bought more!

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy yellow color with excellent head and lacing. Wonderfully citrus smell and taste. Strong grapefruit and pineapple. Not too sweet or dry. Excellent beer!

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head that quickly settled down, but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lime, mango, pear, and stone fruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of gooseberries along with notes of pears and stone fruit. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England IPA has an interesting mix of aromas and flavors from the varieties of hops that were utilized. I particularly found the limes and pear to be unique.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Mar 06, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Citrus and tropical fruit up front along with some pine and earthy notes in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and then slowly picks up the tropical fruit and pine. Wheat and oat come through for malt. Finishes with lingering citrus

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft from the oats

O: A super drinkable IPA that displays a nice range of hop flavors. The wheat and oat both add a different take on an IPA. Check it out

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Photo of dailaoshi
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was recommended to me by my friend at the local liquor store. Really liked it. Smooth. Subtle. Loving the smaller microbrewers these days who produce quality over quantity (looking at you, Lagunitas).

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dailaoshi from Illinois, Feb 01, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells of pineapple...bit creamy on the tongue...odd swapping of grapefruit and lemon at the finish that lingers. Reminds me of a meh cider at the end. Misses a bit of complexity or layers in general.

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heydre from Oregon, Jan 24, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look... nothing crazy special NICE. low to mid carbonation
Smell....way above average for what I buy at the store pineapple , tangerine, definitely grapefruit
Taste.. almost sour at beginning then finishing sweet bitter, better as it warms(I know I say that a lot about ipas but it is true!). I would say very citusy
Feel ... Fine and prickly like a Pellegrino lemon seltzer
Overall...expense is always a factor in the Ct...we pay a lot for everything and at $16 out the door its a bit much. Their are a few more affordable and better options locally around here. Very solid but I think it is difficult to do that style in New England and do it as well as the dudes around here. Supersak loves this stuff! Glad I tried it

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Specialmick from Connecticut, Jan 07, 2020
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4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yes, juicy yes, hoppy yes yes yes. Great beer with a smooth flavor, along with the fruity overtones one expects, however no onion after taste. This is the new standard!

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Korbynlehr from Kentucky, Jan 05, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty hazy beer.
Tropical scents, fruity.
Outsatanding tropical notes, grapefruit, orange, mango.
Nice level of bitterness.
Pillowy feel, soft.
A real nice treat to drink.

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laketang from Illinois, Dec 31, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: super hazy orange and yellow color. On tap, so a thin white head

S: juicy. Mango, and huge pineapple. Apricot, guava, and melon behind that. Strawberry, creamsicle, vanilla, dry crackers

T: mango, strawberries, and honeydew upfront. Sweet pineapple, and a candi sugar note, like candies strawberries. Flat melon and some crackers

M: fluffy, super flat medium mouthfeel that is almost chewy. No carbonation

O: awesome NEIPA. It’s flat, yet flavorful. Fruit-forward and juicy. Mouthfeel is spot on

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Dec 23, 2019
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5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

M43 is my personal number 1 beer of all time! It's hazy and juicy with a nice grapefruit presence (which is not typically my favorite) but it blends extremely well with the malts and hops. It's full, thick and everything sits perfect from start to finish.

It's sister (Boss Tweed) is a more powerful double IPA and a little more bitter than M43 but also very nice.

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Photo of Nass
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a hazy orange color. The taste is sweet & sour mango, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, orange, & grapefruit & hops. There are some numbers on the bottom of the can but I cannot make out what they are because the writing is so faint. It's a good hazy IPA but not as good as the Boss Tweed. It's a little too sweet for my liking. Cheers! A-

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Nass from Florida, Nov 27, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale, cloudy, orange colored brew. Sticky head lasted a while. Smell is a bit muted but pleasant with citrus and pineapple with floral hops. Taste is sweet and fruity with a decent amount of pineapple. Nice moderate bitterness is pithy. Quite carbonated and tasty. Pretty great beer.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Nov 24, 2019
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