Old Nation Brewing Co.

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Old Nation Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #153
Ranked #539
4.39 | pDev: 7.74%
Thursday at 08:05 PM
Nov 26, 2016
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
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Rated: 3.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Thursday at 08:05 PM
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Rated by eajcg48 from New York

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I was very impressed. The smell appearance and taste. Very very close to Tree House beer quality
Nov 07, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 24, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Sep 20, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by einman from Minnesota

Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 5 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by lsudduth from Ohio

Aug 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Cm55

4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
L-cloudy yellow, 1F white head long lasting with plenty of lacing
A-grassy notes, mild hops
T-straightforward hops and malt without overemphasis on citrus, etc
F-round and medium-bodied, pleasantly rich feeling
O-a good beer and certainly a nice example of its style with good balance. Compared to others though I find the taste a little too simplistic to really say outstanding
Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Original Review 5/3/2019:

Appearance: Pours a completely hazy yellow-orange color like oranges and cream.
Aroma: Strong aromas of pineapple. Some peach, mango, orange and grapefruit citrus too. Slight floral quality.
Taste: Full on orange, mango, and pineapple juice. Some peach. Very light and juicy. No dank or bitterness as expected. No sourness nor tartness. Taste follows the nose, but maybe more orange and the pineapple is attenuated.
Feel: Clean and carbonated. Drinks smoother than juice and without any tartness. Finishes like juice, but then surprisingly dry.

Overall: Quite a NEIPA. All juice. Orange, pineapple, mango. I'm still not sure what I think about the NEIPA style but I"ll give respect where it's due. This one lives up to the style. So juicy it's like I'm drinking spiked orange-pineapple juice. Then I start to ask myself, what is the difference? Well, this is more well-crafted, rounded and delicious than pure juice, without the sweetness or tartness. A creamy and smooth juicy representation. What is the difference between this NEIPA and spiked juice--Just that. Still, I'm not sure I'm convinced that the hassle and price is worth it. Don't let my ramblings affect your opinion of this beer...

Updated review 7/22/22 (canned 3/28/22, 4 months ago)

Appearance: Pours a nearly completely hazy (10% clarity) medium orange color with a strong white head that lingers. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of grapefruit citrus, orange citrus rind, pineapple, slightly herbal and piney with some citrus rind. (

Flavor: Moderate to strong flavors of orange and grapefruit citrus, citrus rind, pineapple and citrus flower. Some faint tropical mango underneath. Slightly piney and herbal finish. Smooth and relatively clean.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Some citrus flower and rind lingers. Dry and clean for the most part.

Compared to Tripping Animals Ever Haze 7/22/22: Pours a slightly clearer color, stronger head. Milder aromas. More citrus rind and pineapple with herbs and pine. Less sweet tropical mango and papaya.

Compared to Toppling Goliath Radiant Haze 9/27/22: Pours a slightly lighter color. Milder aromas. More citrus rind, grapefruit, pine and floral notes. Less tropical pineapple and melon. Lighter, cleaner, and more crisp.

Overall: Again, a very nice NEIPA even at 4 months. Great citrus rind, flower, pineapple. Showcases the Citra hop well. Drinks dry and clean with lots of flavor. Sort of reminds me of Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue but in IPA form. (Rating: 4.33, probably even better when fresh)
Jul 22, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy yellowish orange, small white head fades away quickly to a small ring. Boogar machine says melon and orange, so do the "buds". Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, clean finish. A pretty good good NE IPA, if that's your glass of beer.
Jul 13, 2022
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Rated by JDUBWA412

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
so good
May 28, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
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Reviewed by irs from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Malts are pils, wheat and oat, so very light and refreshing BUT at the same time, chewy and substantial. Dry, barely there finish. Given the strength of the flavor I would have expected a higher ABV. Most beers can't get this much flavor without more alcohol. Super nice.
May 16, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

May 09, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by avisong from Virginia

May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by n811 from Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Canned 3/28/22, so this is less than 3 weeks old.

Pours very hazy (didn’t go gentle on the pour) with fluffy head. Dissipates in a few minutes.

Smell is hopped orange juice (lovely!)

Taste is hopped orange juice (lovely!). Silky mouthfeel.

Finish is velvety opulence.

I love this beer.
Apr 15, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by Chaz from Minnesota

Apr 15, 2022
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Reviewed by SHDoyle from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Description: Hazy, not clear at all and maybe a little lighter in color than apple cider. Minimal head. Aroma has some floral notes with citrus fruit (pineapple?) and melon [I didn't get much on the smell, but in fairness my nose was stuffed up]. The pineapple, overripe citrus and melon appears in the taste as well along with a slightly bitter grapefruit finish. This a juicy, fruity one. Feel is smooth with a medium-heavy body, especially for an IPA.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) A solid beer and represents the style well. Good, but not quite great. That could be because this style has so much competition that it's hard to stand out. Still, you can drink without reservation.
Apr 05, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by tonystanhope from Florida

Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Mar 29, 2022
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Rated by BrianD from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Complex and crushable
Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by vabeerguy from Virginia

Mar 16, 2022
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked-up a single can at Craft Beer Cellar in Plymouth for about five dollars. My first brew from these guys. Canned on date of 2/28/21. Just ok for me, a bit watered-down.
Mar 07, 2022
Rated: 3.56 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Mar 05, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by Boone757 from Virginia

Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2021
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Rated by OldGrover from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted.
Dec 04, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by TrojanRB from Texas

Oct 29, 2021
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Undated (WTF) can into pint glass. Pours a murky light gold with a nice off-white head. Great lacing. Initial impression is grapefruit, orange, pear, a bit of pepper, and a hint of pine. Extraordinarily well balanced - none of these are dominant. Mouthfeel is soft and pillow-y. Finish is muted and slightly sweet. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable NEIPA!
Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by MillyLite from Michigan

Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 5 by Meddwol from Michigan

Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Sep 17, 2021
Rated: 5 by AdamMays29 from Ohio

Sep 17, 2021
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $4.15. Canned on 4/15/2021, so this is almost 5 months old.

Look: Moderately hazy with a golden orange color. A lot more haze as the sediment was poured out.

Smell: Has a strong grassy component as well as a tropical fruit component - mango, papaya, orange. It's also pretty dank and pungent.

Taste: Very nice. To me, this is a bit of a new school / old school IPA. I would actually consider this to be more West Coast-like than New England style. There is a very strong, grapefruit pithy bitterness. The bitterness lingers long and is not too aggressive. Overall, it's relatively dry and not as sweet as a lot of the other New England style IPAs.

Feel: Nicely carbonated. Decent mouthfeel.

Overall: This is quite good. I am enjoying this much more than Boss Tweed, which was the first Old Nation beer that I tried a long time ago. I would like to try it again, but fresher.
Sep 13, 2021
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