Old Nation Brewing Co.

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IPA - New England
Ranked #100
Ranked #375
4.41 | pDev: 7.48%
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: 296 | Ratings: 1,243 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -2%
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
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
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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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 6-24-21 (11 weeks). Stout pint.

A: pours a hazy pale orangeish yellow with chunks of sediment and two and a half fingers of soapy white head.

S: tart, bright, sweet mango and citrus rind. I just had some underripe mango yesterday, and this smells more like mango than that did.

T: arrives with immediate hoppiness. White grapefruit juice without the tartness, plus a slight “green” vegetal/floral note. Then a creamy wheatiness, followed by a rounded white grapefruit rind.

M: soft, mid weight, loads of tingly, small bubble carbonation.

O: In my mind, this was one of the earlier hazy IPAs to get regional acclaim in Ohio, and when it became available to me, I waited until I could get it fresh to buy it. That was six weeks ago. When hazy IPAs first became a thing, I was gaga for them, just like everyone else. But now I am finding myself wanting beer that tastes like beer, not juice. Graded to style, I’d say this is above average, particularly given that it is canned and 11 weeks old. But I can’t say I’d buy it again; I like it, but I am seldom in the mood for a hazy IPA, and when I am, I am inclined to buy something local.

Sep 12, 2021
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the first NEIPA's that I tried west of the East Coast that really wowed me. Super hazy and golden yellow, layers of tropical and juices on the nose that really come through on the palate. Just an incredible and crushable NEIPA that competes with the best East Coast varieties.

Sep 10, 2021
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StJamesGate from New York

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky goldenrod with steady puckered white head; overripe pineapple nose with lemon zest + canary melon; lemon hard candy, grapefruit, peaches, slight herb + a thread of dank; soft, salty, round.

Calypso, Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe

4 4 4.25 4 4

Just past 12 weeks, so this will be starting to lose something.
I’m wondering if that’s the tropical, because while the nose suggests lush fruit smoothie, this is just citrus + more citrus. It’s so intense, in fact, that it can’t be just Amarillo + Citra, so I’d credit Calypso for those zippy lime top notes.
Also not particularly NEIPA - thin, low ester + high bitterness for the purist. But it’s Michigan, so hey, whaddya gonna do...
Not deep, but nuanced at what it does, so the quality is there, age aside.

Punchy but still fun. I’m curious about this brewery now.

Aug 25, 2021
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misteil from Ireland

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

taken my longest hiatus from drinking craft beer in a very long time, good to be back, and better to be back with a very nice neipa here, beer is a super hazy amber colour, two finger fluffy white head with great retention, nice light fruity aroma, sweet, caramel, flavour is sweet and fruity, berry fruits, tropical fruit, lemon and orange, marmalade, caramel, hint of vanilla, light dank and floral, light bitterness, beer has a lovely medium body to it, super smooth, super drinkable, overall quite a nice classic neipa

Aug 17, 2021
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can fill dated 5/17/21 poured into a large snifter.
L: Pours a dull hazed deep orange light apricot gold with an off-white 2" foamy head that has fair retention. Spotty lacing. It has moderately low carbonation. Head eventually recedes to edge foam.
S: Pineapple, peach, grapefruit, light mango.
T: Pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, light rich caramel, not much malt until the very end. It is a little yeasty at the start of the drink. It is semi-sweet and there is a hint of alcohol at the end.
F: A juicy, chewy and citrusy medium-heavy bodied fluffy mouthfeel that is slightly acidic and gritty and is packed with citrus flavors that are moderately sharp. It has a fairly dry, fast finish with no linger.
O: A hop forward, powerful and vibrant example that features ripe citrusy fruits. It is complex, has a BIG taste and is filling. A beer to be savored, it is excellent in it's style.

Jul 29, 2021
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RoyalT from Michigan

2.74/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This head came up on an easy pour and was fluffy white. The dull yellow body was completely clouded through.

Smell – There’s a huge bouquet of light, citrusy hops at the nose. The strong lemon leads the way followed by some very light grapefruit and a generous note of pine. There’s not a malt base here but the hop balance is terrific.

Taste – The ale lost it’s hop structure at the taste and with no malt balance fell flat. The lemon from the nose was there but little else.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit light for the hop combination and ABV.

Drinkability – This went down smooth but was almost sour with nothing but the lemon flavor.

Jul 17, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer in the glass, warm honey color with wisp of manilla head.
Tropical fruits lead the aroma and promised sweet hops ahead.
The taste did deliver those sweet hops but never got cloyingly sweet as the bitterness at the end of the taste prevented it.
The feel was excellent for the genre.
It’s a very flavorful beer, but the taste simply doesn’t flip my switches as much as the other elements. I’ll try it again on tap to see if it is more balanced.
As always, try one yourself, don’t take my amateur word for it.

Jul 17, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a glass

L: beautiful tangerine color. Half inch head that leaves a nice lacing.

S: pineapple like you are at the Dole plantation. All Pineapple all day

T: smooth taste. The pineapple on the nose doesn't come through as heavily on the taste but is still there. Pineapple flavors along with some citrus and hop backing.

F: very nice. The lacing from the glass almost translates to your mouth.

O: it's a good beer no doubt. I prefer boss tweed from old nation but this is a good option as well. Definitely slightly overrated in my opinion.

Jul 09, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Straw golden yellow. Opaque. Smooth creamy head. Rim of lacing. Glossy surface. Looks delicious. In addition to barley (pils malt) the oats and wheat work together to give it this color. It develops an even deeper hue when roasted and hopped.

S: New England style. Tropical. The hops smell of pine, pineapple, mango, papaya--There's no actual fruit, but the hops smell that way--Moderate strength aroma. Rather lovely, though a designated aroma hop would be a welcome addition. I feel like I should be able to smell an M43 from across the room. Maybe I could if I walked into it.

T: It could pass as an old school imperial IPA if the same ingredients were cooked differently. It's about a double malt--50% barley, 25% wheat, 25% oat. It's been hopped severely and left to age and develop. You might have noticed the can requested you to roll it before opening (and pouring, you definitely want to pour this one to release the aroma). This is because it is bottle conditioned, which means there is live yeast inside. (Don't worry, they won't hurt you, unless you have gout. The yeast produces purine which your body breaks down into uric acid, if you suffer, drink filtered clear beer instead, German imports tend to be especially pure, spend big for fresh hops). Anyway, it's bottle conditioned, the best beers are. You definitely want to agitate the can before pouring. Compressed gas electronic duster cans are ideal for cleaning the open top cans before pouring.

F: Smooth, dry, crisp, and bitterness washes over the palate, then fades (which is important). It's mildly resinous but not alarmingly so. Part of that is due to the inclusion of wheat, which has a tendency to be more savory than barley is. The oats are smooth and weighty, ideal for holding lots of hops. Ideally the hops should taste reminiscent of biting into a bitter oily green plant. When dealing with other IPAs, exercise caution when the bitterness has no apparent source and builds up on itself, this is an indication of hop extract, which is used to mass produced shelf stable product, as opposed to...

O: Small batch beer. There are hops abound, and the brewing process is lengthy--Yes, it drives up the price, but the hops will relax your muscles independent of the alcohol content--High hop volume is a desirable characteristic, and it's nice when they aren't especially bitter. To protect the value, the distributor stores it cold, and ships it cold. If the retailer for some reason lets it warm up, you're losing some value (single digit % points of hop oil break down over time due to temperature and age), but it's still bound to be a lovely brew. I wouldn't buy Old Nation from a chain store, I'd go to an Independent who loves beer. You can tell they are Independent because they are running a store without a nationally recognized name on the sign out front, like "Mikes Drive Thru". Look for the Mom & Pop shops, in particular one that loves beer and does it well.

Jun 18, 2021
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Four-pack copped from Wegmans in Hanover. Pours a hazy golden dense hue with moderate frothing. Noticeable aroma replete with notes of sweet McIntosh apples and honey. Similar overall flavor profile. Refreshing and fluid with an unbalanced finish but a quality brew nonetheless. Good stuff.

Jun 03, 2021
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hozersr from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this World Class beer while vacationing on our first big adventure with the new Rig in Michigan. Has a very tropical aroma. The taste of the beer has a very nice tropical fruity flavor

May 20, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy orange golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has nice tropical, citrus and hoppy hints
The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced tropical, citrus and hoppy flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A very well balanced IPA

May 14, 2021
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a shaker pint

Look: Hazy peach juice with a white head

Smell: Guava, tangerine, and peach

Taste: Like the nose, papaya, guava, peach and mango. Very fruity. Almost no malt.

Feel: Juicy and astringent. Leaves the mouth feeling dry. No alcohol. Light bitterness. Soft carbonation.

Overall: A good NEIPA. It’s hits all the notes of the style and does them well. Nothing outstanding but nothing off either. Worth checking out if you come across it.

May 03, 2021
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.35/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an IPA glass.

Look- Pale gold, hazy, sudsy white head, average head retention, above average lacing.

Smell- Melon, peach, tangerine.

Taste- Remarkably different from nose, very herbaceous/earthy, some pine, extremely faint apricot flavor at finish.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, slightly above average carbonation, dry moderate bitterness, moderate astringency.

Overall- Extremely herbaceous/dry beer.

Apr 27, 2021
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4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sediments easily distribute by rolling can. Incredible buttery mango aftertaste. Carbonation is light and compliments the smooth richness of the fruity notes. Expensive, but well worth the coin. Perfect beer for a mid-Spring evening.

Apr 24, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-orange-amber can pour with a deep haze and a 1 cm cap of white foam.
The aroma is light with notes of orange and grapefruit.
The flavor is full with citrus fruit ( tangerine and grapefruit) and some tropical fruit sweetness too. The hop bitterness is low.
The fruit flavors persist in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth.
This is quite enjoyable.

Apr 11, 2021
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lovemesumipa from Washington

4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from Tavour. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chilled American Pint glass.
One look and smell of this beer and I knew that it was special. Since I drink IPA's almost exclusively , I've gained a refined feel for winners and losers. This beer is a big time winner!

Mar 31, 2021
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cannot read the ink on the bottom of the can. It's all smeared together!

Purchased on 2/4/21. Opened and reviewed same day.

A bright golden color with yellow hues shows off a decent white foam cap, spreads out thin with decent lacing. Hazy, but not thick and very bright.

The nose has sweet and spicy pineapple, crunchy granola, honey sweet golden grainy malts with dry wheat and sour pilsner tones. Tropical fruity sweetness and sour grass in the hop blend aromatics.

A crispy, light to medium bodied feel quickly turns very smooth and dry at the finish. Whoa.

The wild sour and sweet fruity tones I get from the Calypso, Amarillo and Citra hop blend is a sting of earthy dryness and raw, dried hop complexities. Dryness in the finish with the same except for some Simcoe. Piney fruits both sweet and tangy.
The malt is just exactly how I like it!::>
Pils= (sour greens) Wheat= dry sour earthiness and Oat= smooth and creamy. Yabbadabbadoo.

First brew from Old Nation out of Michigan, purchased in Brattleboro, VT and enjoyed in Keene, NH.

Feb 04, 2021
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GMoneyMagic from Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

With all due respect to jjdog720 & hzl00b, who each gave this beer a 1.5 overall, they are pillocks.
This is easily a Top 10 beer of any person that exemplifies resplendence.
This is a hazy New England Style IPA that has an amazing citrusy, grapefruit flavor.
It smells amazing, it tastes amazing! This is am amazing beer and one that will have you wanting another!

Dec 30, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice hazy lighter golden color with a poofy white head, let’s give er a try. Strong potent nose of citrus and sweet pineapple. Tasty and well blended but with just a bit less pop than I was expecting. I think I want a bit more sweetness but I’m quite picky, why else would I be rating beers like this? Medium feel with enough carbonation. Decent brew here.

Dec 25, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This richly dense amber colored liquid was unleashed from a pint can into a clear pint glass. Also released is a malty and hoppy aroma which harbingers many a tasty brew. So, let's get to it. Yep, the nose caught it. M-43 has it, the wonderful balance of barley malt and hops that makes it such a popular style. The New England designation misses the mark, however slightly. This brew finishes more like a regular IPA, although there is some starchy softness. Regardless of category, this is a very nice beer.

Nov 27, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can to a nonic pint. Gave the last bit a swirl in the can and got a thick looking, hazy burnt orange body with a white head that fell to a thin cap. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, mango. Taste follows nose with grapefruit dominating. A very slight bitterness in the middle, but it's extremely light. This bursts with hop flavor, not too much malt, but it does have an underlying sweetness. Light, tight carbonation lends to a nice, smooth, medium bodied mouthful. A fairly clean finish with some citrus fruit left behind. Overall, a nice NEIPA that is easy drinking and full of flavor. This one was pretty fresh so I feel like it was a good example. I would go back for more.

Nov 15, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Featuring Calypso, Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops, and wheat and oats... Very nice and smooth - not too sweet, but with a gentle fruitiness... Light bitterness, but the sugars persist enough to keep it a very smooth smoothie of a beer - creamy almost, but with the prickle of citrus and dry pith of grapefruit... Excellent brew...

10/5/20 canning...

Nov 07, 2020
M-43 from Old Nation Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1243 ratings