Old Nation Brewing Co.

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IPA - New England
Ranked #97
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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
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale banana-orange smoothie color with three fingers of yellowed white head. The head lasts a good while and leaves soapy lacing.

Creamy citrus stands out most in the aroma. There’s a little grass and mango behind.

It’s much fruitier up front in the taste than the nose let on, with fairly strong bitterness on the backend. I’m getting guava, papaya, strawberry and tangerine followed by a fairly unique, dull herbal-grassy bitterness that comes across just slightly chalky. There’s a hint of mineral water, too.

It has a full, creamy mouthfeel with some soda water carbonation.

This is very pleasant and easy drinking. An all-around excellent NEIPA.

Dec 30, 2018
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Mar 07, 2017
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Dec 17, 2016
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ljc973 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Feb 22, 2017
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

nice pour, bright sunny d look with a super frothy top. All murky juice looking back at me. Aroma is pretty much resin and grapefruit, some softer notes of stone fruit. Taste follows the nose, it's earthy first and tropical second. breadcrumbs and grapefruit. It's super crushable, the abc is hidden well, medium carb, zesty finish. Overall a good beer, happy to try it but I probably wouldn't go out of my way again to trade for it.

Sep 27, 2017
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98green from Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Jan 19, 2017
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lots of variety hop wise in the nose. Straight orange juice here. Tons of citrus without any negative hop protein burn. This one will go toe to toe with any of the big hype East Coast IPAs. Impressive as hell. Even though this one is getting a little bit of hype I believe it is still flying way under the radar. If I have this available to me locally it would always be in my fridge.

Oct 07, 2017
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Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

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

Hands-down the finest NE Style IPA to ever fill my glass. And from Michigan. May be the calypso hops but there is something very unique about this beer. It’s got the fruity. Been there, done that–but there is herby, piney, floral notes I haven’t experienced in this style. I love the entire ride but the finish is outstanding.

Mar 17, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Jul 16, 2017
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brewskis from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2%
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!

Mar 30, 2017
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rickrem from California

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can. Was a 'secret santa' gift shipped to me in CA.

Pours a very interesting color. Almost like pureed apricot. Dark yellowy/tan color. Hazy it is but a bit different looking than typical NE style ipa's. Light tan head that quickly dissipated and left almost no lacing.

It is about as viscous as it looks with a firm mouthfeel, but surprisingly refreshing.

Pineapple, and some fresh grassiness hit you first with some back under tongue grapefruit rind for bitterness.

A very interesting take on a NE style IPA. Would grab some more if it was anywhere near here.

Dec 10, 2017
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washtomich from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a unique and incredible beer. One could almost mistake it for orange juice when pouring if not for the clean white head that forms. As soon as the can was opened, the citrus aromas filled the room with beautiful notes of grapefruit and orange. The beer fills your mouth with carbonated goodness that is oh so satisfying, and the flavors can't be competed with, perfectly balances the fruity notes with the hops. Absolutely one of the best citrus IPAs on the market.

Dec 09, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 1/19/19. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy, cloudy and murky yellowish golden; small white head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some mild hints of citrus and tropical fruits. Some floral notes. Some fresh grass. The flavors basically follow the nose. Some grapefruit, pineapple and mango. More fresh grass. Some bread and crackers. Moderate to low bitterness. It's not overly sweet. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium to full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

Hmmm... this beer feels pretty underwhelming based on the hype. Maybe the batches vary? Don't get me wrong, it's not bad at all. I guess I was just expecting something "mind blowing". This one comes off as typical for the style. It's still clean, refreshing enjoyable stuff. It's well crafted, but the hops don't shine in the aroma and flavor department.

Jan 31, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 10/22/18 poured into a daiquiri glass at 44F

Pours a deep opaque honey golden color, with a centimeter of white head that dissappear to a collar and razor-thin film. No sign of bubbles.

Nose is big Citra candied grapefruit and orange notes, some juicy pineapple, guava, dank meadows, and some sweet berry character. Very fruity, and a tiny bit dank. Some grainy malt comes through.

Palate is a big hoppy blast to the face. Big sweet citrus up front, shifting to some berry notes, shifting to tropical juiciness, and then the dank comes in and shoes them who's boss. The intro is massively sweet and juicy, and then some decent bitterness builds up, leading the way to a semi-dry finish. There's a good amount of bitterness, but this thing is so sweet and juicy, that there's just no chance of it finishing completely dry. The sweetness and the bitterness play quite nicely together. Normally, this would be a bit on the bitterr side, but that huge sweetness really keeps it in check. Very balanced here. Drinks bigger than 6.8% in every category. Massive flavor here.

Mouthfeel: the feel on this one is pretty special. It's thick and absolutely chewy. Almost viscous. This honestly has the mouthfeel of a nice big BA stout. Lusciously creamy, but a very firm and assertive carbonation level. Very impressive carbonation for such a hefty mouthfeel. Very well done here.

Overall, I didn't have much expectations, but this is a pleasant surprise. Don't know who these guys are, but they can make a damn good NEIPA. This is something you should really try. This is phenomenal for something available on a store shelf. Would have bought a 4pk if I knew it'd be this good. This is like your buddy tried to do a homebrew Trillium clone, and he did a killer job.

Nov 15, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
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.........

Aug 10, 2017
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MrOH from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got that super hazy NEIPA look
Smells absolutely amazing! Powerful aromas of mangos, peach, pineapple, and orange!
Flavor kinda reminds me of Sunny D. It's really good, and actually has some bitterness to it.
Kinda fullish mouthfeel.

Dec 20, 2017
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

4.72/5  rDev +7%
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.

Jul 01, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 11/26/17

Pours cloudy opaque amber gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like papaya, guava, berry, mango, passionfruit, pineapple, zesty orange citrus, grapefruit, some orchard fruit, caramelized bready malt, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like papaya, guava, berry, apple, pear, apricot, mango, passionfruit, pineapple, zesty orange citrus, grapefruit pith, some caramelized bready malt, with dank spicy floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a real nice IPA.

Dec 18, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Apr 14, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i dont want to say that when these are good they all taste the same, because thats not really true and this is packed with nuance, but it seems like they are all trending pretty similar, and while its awesome that these guys have demonstrated with this one that yeah, they can do it too, the beer isnt really all that different, good as it is if this is your jam. its yellow and uniformly cloudy, not overly thick but without much transparency and only a small head on it. the aroma is killer though, wicked fresh, very fruity, i get lime and pineapple and mango and tangerine, oily and strong, like a weed extract of some kind, honey oil and the like, some floral element too, elderflower herbaceous and bitter, even a delicate sort of jasmine note lightening things up, really appealing, and most of what i smell is there in the taste too, very modern, very on trend, but also very good, cant hate on this. the flavor is great, still bitter enough to be an ipa i guess by todays standards, and there are some green tea and lemongrass notes to this that make it unique, a flash of honey sweetness too, and more carbonation than it looks like it can hold. a really great beer all up, i liked their greenstone pale just as much, still worthy of the hype, obviously a little of the homegrown michigan blind love pushing it up the ranks, homers abound, but its real good. honestly though, this style has about run its course i think, if this is as good as it gets i dont know where we go from here...

Aug 03, 2018
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gbiello from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aug 16, 2020
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vautman110 from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this near Chicago at Consume. Very good. Wish I could get this at home. Probably the best beer I had during my short visit to the land of Da Bear's (losers!) in an otherwise disappointing beer scene.

Jan 09, 2019
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Swettenham_Shire from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 17, 2019
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aquabears from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lovely, hazy, golden, straw, creamy head. Smells like sweet tropical fruits, a little bit of grapefruit, maybe some pineapple acidity. Fizzy and fluffy, super smooth drinking. I am so used to DIPA, this is a lovely change! Flavor is fruity and a little bitter, great balance. Maybe blueberry on the end? Grapefruit and papaya.

Apr 03, 2017
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Eyedoc27 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 06, 2020
M-43 from Old Nation Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1213 ratings