Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale
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IPA - American
3.78 | pDev: 11.11%
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale AleMichigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale
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Ellbert from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good with a dark orange/amber color and a white sticky head. Aroma is fruity with apricot and other fruit.

Taste is very hoppy with little malt to back it up. It is not thin however. A decent mouthfeel makes this palatable. ABV does not seem to come through in the flavor.

A decent drinkable brew.

May 26, 2012
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DmanGTR from New York

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Detroit airport. Review from notes.

Poured a nice deep amber with a frothy off-white head that lasted maybe a couple minutes. Translucent body. A biscuity and grainy aroma with a grassy and herbal kind of bitterness. The hop profile could use a little boost, as the malts seem to be slightly muted, although the entire beer could use a boost now that I think about it. Otherwise, a nice and creamy texture. Residual herbal and piney bitterness reminds me this is an IPA.

Mar 18, 2012
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Boozeisfood from Michigan

2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

So i decided to get a 6 pack of this because i'm a fan of IPA's and i haven't had theirs yet.

A The color of this beer was a very dark amber, alot like Vernors or a ginger ale.. which i anticipated.

S The smell was just as any other ale. Citrus like and hoppy, very hoppy.

T The tast was delighful of course me being a IPA kinda guy. same characteristics as the smell. Once again, hoppy!

M Mouthfeel was carbonated not creamy at all just smooth but carbonated

In the end this wasn't a bad buy at all but now that i've had it i don't see myself going back to it, i know of plenty of others that are better and of course that are worse. I'd say try it but don't expect to be blown away.

Jan 23, 2012
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ElGrecoVerde from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange/yellow with a large white head.

Aromas were generally mild. Citrus and grains with a touch of sweetness.

Flavor was dominated by citrus hops. Orange peel, bread, and caramel flavors blend well. Most of the flavors seemed a bit subdued and didn't entirely compliment the hop bitterness. Hints of peppery spice, pine, and grains.

Mouthfeel was good though a bit thin. This is a good IPA though not overly memorable.

Jan 22, 2012
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4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at, of all places, Detroit Metro Airport.

It is hazy orange in colour with a long-lasting, creamy white head. The aroma is hops-dominated, with tons of citrus and pine moderated by rich caramel malt. The flavour is as hoppy as one would expect from the aroma, but not over the top. Pine and grapefruit dominate, but the bitterness is kept in check by the sweet caramel malt. Exceedingly hoppy in flavour, but not exceedingly bitter.

Jan 14, 2012
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Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Massive off-white head atop a hazy orange body with massive amounts of suspended sediment. The head retention is superb, there is a scattering of patchy lacing.

Aroma: Massive aroma of grapefruit, orange, and lemon hops, absolutely over-the-top. Fairly substantial bread malt is present as well, with a little caramel, also.

Taste: Massive hop bitterness utterly dominates the taste from start to finish. There is a solid caramel and pale malt presence throughout, which plays off nicely against the hops. In the end, though, its all about the hops, and they are the end-all and be-all of this beer. As the taste draws to a close, there is a nice little flourish of malt sweetness, and a long, slow wave of hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent example of the style, well-done.

Presentation; Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Dec 04, 2011
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nukem5 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great amber color with a nice tight head, foam clings to the walls of glass all the way down seductivly.

S: Aroma is of a very citrus/floral hop with a light malty keel.

T: Flavor is of citrus and light pine, good balance with the malts. Curious of the IBU's.

M: Medium feel great silky smooth taste with good carbonation.

O: Overall a very good beer with a very crisp feel and tasty bite.

Nov 30, 2011
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MoustacheHero from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle of High Seas poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice looking copper colour with a high crown of white that holds up well.

S: A very fresh, very hoppy aroma. Like smalling fresh hops.

T: A very fresh, lively hop flavor. Starts citrus and pine, moves to very bitter lupulin.

M: A bubbly, medium bodied beer with a puckering bitterness tha lingers on the tongue.

O: A really nice IPA with tons of fresh hop appeal. Take the voyage on these high seas.

Oct 13, 2011
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Brent from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall a solid IPA. Pour was mid-dark amber with a tight white head. Aroma was muted citrus hops. Up front the citrus nature of the hops took center stage, with a mid-range bittering that was consistent throughout. ABV added the barest bit of pepper at the finish, but, overall, the alcohol was not particulary evident in the flavor profile.

Sep 28, 2011
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a hoppy and drinkable IPA with a fairly strong alcohol kick. Since I drank it out of a dark bottle, I really couldn't notice the color. It has a pleasant smell, though not nearly as floral as another ale I had earlier in the evening.

It was one of the best beers I had in a week of visiting Michigan.

Aug 09, 2011
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leaving Michigan to fly back to Maine. The Irish Pub in Terminal C.

In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy amber color. It had a thick white head that left a lot of lace.

Citrus aroma. Sweet malt.

Very grapefruit taste. Orange and tangerine also. Sweet malt background.

Pretty hoppy beer, but balanced.

Best beer I had in my two days in Michigan.

Aug 07, 2011
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Michigan City High Seas India Pale Ale was a great to end the weekend, The beer is good. The appearance is amber and cloudy with a nice thick off-white foamy head. The scent includes citrus pine and spice. The taste is fullbodied with good hop, pine and citrus flavors. There is a good malt balance which helps to make this beer delicious. The mouthfeel is ok...its got some bite. For any IPA lovers, this beer should statisfy. The beer is worth a try.

Aug 01, 2011
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centbeerfest from Missouri

3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 15 oz frosty mug. Hazy brass color with a good head that holds for a couple of minutes.
Hop forward that fades quickly and leave you with an acceptable finish
Nice straightforward beer very represntative if style.
won't blow your goggles of but worth a try.

Jun 30, 2011
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EnJeiBee from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It poured a hazy golden orange with almost no head and little carbonation

S - There was a surprising lack of hop punch, although this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The hop aroma seems to be slightly subdued by the malt character

T - Taste is very balanced as well. A bit of spicy hop character is at the forefront, but doesn't overpower your senses

M - Medium bodied

O - I think this is a good AIPA, but nothing that I would go out of my way to make sure someone else knows about. I think it would be a great beer to give to those friends who are afraid to try hoppier brews out there.

Jun 08, 2011
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EricCioe from Montana

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a super opaque hazy amber with a big, two finger white head rising up and sticking around forever and leaving nice, chunky lace. On the nose, there are pieces of caramel malt and grapefruit with lemon zest. It's not as hoppy as other Michigan IPAs, but it's nicely balanced, more English almost than American IPA for me. In the mouth the caramel malt provides a backdrop for the lightish grapefruit and lemon to come out. The malt backbone is pretty big and it's much more of a balanced IPA than your standard grapefruit bomb. To me, this is what I think of when I think of an English IPA. The body is medium light, maybe a hair light for the style for me, with a nice balanced finish.

Overall, this beer isn't necessarily a standout in any one category except perhaps appearance, but this is a very nicely balanced IPA that I might drink with regularity if it were available to me.

May 30, 2011
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dmfrench from Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Complex bright and dusty hops, fair dry caramel butter malt, odd, coating mouthfeel

A: Very pretty golden orange body, hazy, even with visible extremely fine particulate, topped by a persistent, frothy, yellowed-white head.

S: Big ol' nose full of sticky sweet caramel, butter, and of course, American hops, an equal blend of resinous pine and sweet citrus, with a bit of spicy zest coming through as well. A great balance between malt and hops. Could be more potent, but I'd bet that it is when it's extremely fresh.

T: Pretty huge hops on pine and citrus. Very 'bright'... I believe there's some noble hops in there, as there's also a substantial dusty, earthy vibe going on. In any case, there's quite enough hop fun going on the please even the most elite of hopheads. Malt is a bit weaker than I'd like, but caramel and moreso butter definitely make it through... maybe even a bit of dry biscuit at the same time. Overall, the taste is quite huge, but there's something a bit hollow or uncontrolled about it... hard to describe. Perhaps it's just not optimally fresh (bottle said 6/14/11, almost two months from the date of this review), but it's definitely not in contention for best IPA/DIPA. Still, an extremely enjoyable flavor set.

M: Here's the bad news... while the beer has a pleasing weight, (just a hair on the weak side), it's coating the crap out of my mouth and teeth in a way that no beer ever has, and it's kind of annoying. Perhaps it's my fault somehow, but I don't know how.

O: My first from Michigan... excited to try more, as they definitely have some talent.

Apr 22, 2011
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FanofHefe from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label date says 6/14/11 so must assume this is a "best by" date. Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass. Good two finger fluffly light tan head that leaves some nice sticky lacing all along the glass. Body is a slightly hazy dark yellow and light orange combination.

The aroma starts with some floral hops followed by some sweet citrus. The malt base backs up the aroma with a bready backbone. Solid aroma.

The flavor is much more hop bitter than the aroma would have suggested, in a good way. Dominant grapefruit flavors combined with a piney hop taste produces a good solid IPA flavor. A biscuity malt base anchors the taste profile.

Medium mouthfeel and easy to enjoy. Getting ready to order another one.

Mar 09, 2011
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schmidtn from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty. Strong. Flora aroma is solid. A wine glass holds the aroma nicely. When I first had this beer a dozen years ago it was a shocking flavor. Now it is a good fit in the IPA category. This beer was a good pairing with a juicy steak and asparagus tonight.

Feb 23, 2011
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BeanBone from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body capped by a finger and a half of creamy off-white head that burns off quickly and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Candied citrus and herbal hops over a big caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, juicy, citrusy, green, and decently bitter hops. Underneath, a big cereal grain and biscuity malt backbone that is more than up to the challenge set forth by the hops. It's all slightly muddled and the balance is tipped towards the malt side. Cereal grain and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Decently quaffable, especially given the above average alcohol content.

Verdict: High Seas is a decent malt-forward IPA example, though ultimately just a little forgettable. The malt is great here, and with some bigger hops, I could see this being a winner.

Feb 20, 2011
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rings from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of their longtime house brews is their High Seas IPA, which is also distributed in many areas of the state.

While MBC tweaks their recipes pretty regularly, this is a more traditional IPA, in the sense that it's both high gravity and generous with the hops. Checking in at around 7.5 percent, it leads off a spicy Cascade dry hopped aroma and immediately warms the palate with a nice malty fullness. The sweetness shifts quickly into a sharp hoppy bite and rolls off the back of the tongue and into the exhale with a long, lingering dry finish. Classic.

If you're into the huge IBUs, this one may be a little less satisfying than others, but for an IPA with a little more balance, this would be one to seek out. As MBC can be inconsistent overall, this is one of their best and most reliable offerings.

Feb 11, 2011
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bishopdc0 from Maine

3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

English Ipa

Cloudy amber in color pours nice with a good head it dissipates but coves the whole top of the beer. It laces well on thr side of the glass.

The aroma is malty, has the aroma of a double IPA complex malt but not a whole lot of hop up front with a couple of more whifs I pick up slight earthy hops at the end

This beer drinks like a double heavy body with a numbing alcohol finish. The taste starts with a slight sweet buttery malt and quickly becomes earthy. The carbonation builds but isn't harsh and finishes with a numb mouth and a very bitter finish

As far as drink for a standard IPA this is heavy but if it were a DIPA its drink would be easy

Dec 15, 2010
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DannyDan from Michigan

3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours into a nice orange colored drink that has a large whitehead with some good retention and some very nice lacing. It has some carbonation, and has a decent floral hoppy smell with a little bit of fruitiness to it. The taste is a little bit of hops followed by a bit of grapefruit, some citrus, and finished off with some malt notes. The after taste is of grapefruit and some floral hops. This has a nice medium mouthfeel that is a little sticky on the lips and is a very smooth crisp drink that goes down easily.

Dec 05, 2010
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JizackFH from New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a big white fluffy head with decent retention, that left a lot of lacing as it fell. The smell was pretty normal for an IPA. Floral hops and citrus hops stand out, and there is also some sweet malt scent. there is a nice strong hop flavor that is cut a little bit by some sweet malt. There is also a bitterness that lingers in your mouth after the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good on this. It has a medium body with medium carbonation. It goes down nice and smooth. I like this IPA. It goes down good, and the last drink leaves me wanting another one. Its not the best IPA i've ever had, but I definitely enjoyed it.

Nov 03, 2010
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StoutHunter from Michigan

2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap at a bar in Pontiac, served in a standard pint glass.

A- This beer pours a golden amber, with a thin layer that only lasts a minute.

S- The aroma is pretty bready and yeasty with some citrus hops that makes a weak impression.

T- Just like the smell the hops are very mild and subdued with a good amount of caramel malts in the background.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

D- I had one and i was over it, not enough hops for an IPA.

Overall i wasn't a fan of this beer, when i ordered an IPA i thought i was going to get a nice hoppy brew, this was not it. I will pass on this in the future.

Oct 27, 2010
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Cresant from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Dated 1/15/11. The body was dull golden with a large, creamy, off white head. Healthy sheets of lace remain.

The smell was tobacco leaves and fresh grass. Spicy.

The taste was nicely balanced. Husky, spicy hops flavor and a little less sweetness. Drying finish. Well hidden alcohol. This one was better than expected.

The mouthfeel was medium in body. There was a smooth first impression but then a coarseness in the finish. Adequately carbonated. I really liked the mouthfeel of this one.

Oct 21, 2010
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 202 ratings