M-43 NE India Pale Ale | Old Nation Brewing Co.

M-43 NE India Pale AleM-43 NE India Pale Ale
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M-43 NE India Pale AleM-43 NE India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Old Nation Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by TreyIsWilson on 11-26-2016

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Ratings: 327 |  Reviews: 78
Reviews by MacStinson:
Photo of MacStinson
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since my last review, but having had this "NE style" IPA offering a few different times now, I felt compelled to preach the gospel of one of Michigan's best entries into the market space. Enjoyed on tap at Sidetrack in Ypsilanti and served in a classic pint-sized tumbler glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Has the requisite look for a NE style IPA. Cloudy to the level of looking like juice, or perhaps a beer/juice cocktail. No ability to see through it whatsoever, as calling it "hazy" falls short--this one is straight up murky. The color is orange juice, but without the glowing brightness that you'll sometimes get from the juice or certain takes on the NE style. Atop the body is an apologetic head that is about a finger thick, but dissipates fairly quickly and leaves smatterings of foam lace along the sides of the glass. A permanent ring of off-white foam persists around the edge of the glass.

Smell (4.25) - This one doesn't burst out of the glass like some others in the substyle, but it hits all the core beats--dominated by notes of tropical and citrus, including clementine, pineapple, and mango. Some veins of light herbal aroma serves to break up the parade of fruit juice. Any presence from the grain is lost in the flora of the fruit and herbs.

Taste (4.5) - All the same flavor profiles from the smell, but with a bigger punch. The herbal characteristic here is more present than in the aroma, and while mango and pineapple dominate the collection of flavors, that herbal element--maybe some fresh pine and light bitterness serves to give the taste some depth and allow every last drop to be enjoyed rather than getting tired over the course of consuming it.

Mouthfeel (4.75) - true to style, Old Nation has the pillowy, full-but-not-heavy mouthfeel down pat. Obviously the fruit characteristics play a huge role in the "juicy" descriptor that gets tossed around with this subset of IPAs, but it's that luscious feel that really ties the room together.

Overall (4.5), an exceedingly worthy entry into the increasingly crowded field of hazy, juicy, low-bitterness IPAs that have come to be known as New England Style. Several brewers in Michigan are throwing their hats into the murky ring and while a lot of them are good, this one might be my favorite. Shares a lot of the qualities that I love so much about Julius only not on '11' and a good beer in it's own rite--not a copycat.

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

This is the proverbial "shit" right now in Michigan. When I saw it available at Michigan Beer Growler Company, I figured I should get myself a Howler and give it a whirl.

What I will say about M43 is that it is incredibly clean. The way the flavors just "snap" away after the sip is perfect. Also pretty damn perfect is the balance on this. The amount of bitterness is pretty much exactly what I look for in a single IPA. The flavors are decidedly fruity, as I don't find this to be very piney or especially floral at all... a little tropical, with a fair amount of citrus. Everything meddles well on the swallow into the aftertaste -- this is just a very nicely balanced, respectable IPA.

Is it a mind-blower? Not at all, as far as I'm concerned. The M43 fad will be a brief one, if I had to guess. At the same time, I think it will be a mainstay option for metro-Detroit IPA fans, because it's so nicely balanced, drinkable, and pleasantly flavored. Definitely a quality beer.

...and a confusing review. I sound like I'm slamming this beer... I don't mean to. M43 is definitely delicious, but it's not the best IPA I've ever had like I was expecting it would be, based on what I've been hearing everybody say.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz crowler from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Filled 3/17/17. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a beautifully hazy pale yellow with a fluffy two finger crown of white foam. The head slowly settles to a fine layer of bubbles and rocky halo. Wide swaths of lace decorate the empty glass.

Sweet, welcoming aromas of oranges, sweetly floral honeysuckle, honey and some tropical fruity hops. Can't wait to dive into this.

The flavor is even more juicy than the nose foretold. Sweet, pulpy oranges, citrus peel, tea, wet tropical fruits, seedy berries and a little bit of sweet, cakey malt. Delicious and utterly crushable.

Smooth medium body with lush carbonation. Aftertaste of juicy, bitterish mandarin marmalade.

Old Nation has done some great work here. M-43 is an all around excellent IPA. This would be a staple in my refrigerator if it were locally available to me.

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Photo of brewskis
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turbid golden orange color with over a finger of an off-white head. A haze bomb.

Aroma consists of copious amounts of juicy, overly-ripe pineapple, mango, and tangerine/clementine, with the sweeter orange aromas being the dominant force. Also get nectarine, candied grapefruit, pine, and dank. That juicy fruit bubblegum yeast ester is there too. Really juicy.

Taste gravitates more towards citrus than tropical. Although pineapple, mango, peach, and slight papaya are there and add a nice complexity, it's tangerine, clementine, and orange juice flavors that take over. Those juicy yeast esters come through as well. Get an orange and grapefruit pith bitterness. Not much malt of speak of besides some sugary sweetness and some wheat, yet it does just enough to provide some balance to the beer.

Medium body. Soft and creamy. Smooth carbonation.

This has received some hype up in Michigan and for good reason. A very good attempt at the N.E. style. Haze and juice bomb!

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm putting this on the same scale as Treehouse, Trillium, and Veil. It has the same soft pillowy mouthfeel, same juicy nose and taste, same hazy appearance, and you can drink it all day along without growing tired of it.

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Photo of ljc973
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had a new beer that made me say "wow!" in a while. Enter Old Nation M43. Does it have it's flaws? Sure. But it's by far one of the best new IPAs around, and certainly within the top 5 coming out of MI. Pours like orange juice with a 2+ finger head. Juicy, resinous, floral notes in both smell and taste. Mouthfeel is just right. Definitely seek out this beer if you can.

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Photo of 98green
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. This is that hazy juice bomb unfiltered trillium treehouse shit. Hazy and all juice. So good. Orange for days and thick. Order one if you see it. First pour from a baby keg. Ignore your Old Nation bias and run for this

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Photo of SawDog505
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz teku glass canned on 7/13/17. Pours a murky bright yellow with a solid 2 finger stick off white head that leaves thin wisps of lace all over the place.

Smell is tropical tangerine, pineapple, guava, and passion fruit, very nice but slightly muted.

Taste follows tropical as any I have ever had, much larger than the nose and really would love to have this with a breakfast sandwich.

Mouthfeel is above medium, with moderate carbonation, not dry at all, but slightly sticky from all the fresh hops, and chart topping drinkability.

Overall this stuff is really amazing, thanks @jzeilinger for this incredible NEIPA! Wow.........

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Prager62 for this MI gem. Canned 06/30/17
Haze fo' days. Orange to overripe peach in hue. White foam pushes up and quickly retreats. Constant effervescent carbonation activity tries to replenish the head but just leaves tiny bubbles instead of replenishing the foam. Almost no lacing.
Aroma is like a tropical fruit salad that's mango forward. But ripe, sweet, less earthy mango. Also it ncluded is smooth pineapple, as sell as some peach on the back end hanging out with oaty malt base.
Taste brings more tropical variety. The mango follows pineapple. Also some smooth grapefruit that slowly gets pithy. I've never had a slow pith build before. Juicy swagger in a smooth way. Subtle bitter notes dry out the finish.
Mouthfeel is fluffy. Medium carbonation that stays constant yet restrained.
Overall, a very good NE IPA. I like the variety it offers between the aroma and the taste. I would like a little more fluff in the head but I am by no means suggesting any changes.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came in a goblet a deeply hazed almost milky orange tinged lemon yellow with a sticky half finger bone white head atop.Big tropical fruits in the nose,like a fresh squeezed tangerine and overripe pineapple,some floral notes as well,just bursting with fruits.Passion fruit and tangerine jump out on the palate with a slight grassiness coming thru in the finish,there is a sweetish doughy malt underneath the big hops,minimal bitterness.An IPA that almost drinks like a citrus punch,awesome!

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Photo of DanGeo
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rossracing
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scfitz5
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Acquired a can as an extra in a beer trade

L- Very hazy brownish/orange color

S- Fruit undertones with a little hops to it

T- Super juicy with just a little bit of bitterness from the hops on the finish

F- Very smooth beer throughout

O- Definitely a fan of this NE IPA style. Was expecting a bit more hops throughout but definitely nailed the juicy/haziness aspect.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben1313
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digboy
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gifted by a friend (Thanks Tim)

Pours a cloudy, bright orange gold color with a relatively thin head.

Aroma is orange juice passion fruit, a little flowery. Very enticing.

Taste is big juice up front with orange grapefruit and passion fruit. Low malt. A light to moderate bitterness kicks in at the end..

Feel is smoith and creamy with a very slight alcohol flavor but really not much there.

Really a superior beer. Fantastic juicy flavor with no off flavors at all. Clran and juicy. Love it!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can. Hazy and murky orange. Smells citrusy. Lots of oats. Tastes really oaty also. Bright citrus and orange. Back end is acidic, like grapefruit tartness. Chewy body. Medium carbonation. No bitterness, which I really miss. Just comes off as kinda sweet and acidic.

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M-43 NE India Pale Ale from Old Nation Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97.9% out of 100 with 327 ratings
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