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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale AleMichigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bronze-amber color with a full pillowy creamy light tan head and decent lace rings. Massive pine and grapefruit hop aromas; very resinous. Huge pine and citrus hop flavors dominate but not balanced too bad; big malty backbone and alcohol evident. Full-medium bodied with a creamy smooth character and a big bitter hop finish.

Big... Bold... Good !!

Per MBC website:
Malt: 2-Row, Crystal, and Munich
Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade
OG: 1.076
ABV: 7.0%

Per BOM notes:
86 IBU
6.9% ABV
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Caramel
Hops: Cascade, Columbus, Warrior

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Photo of GalenM
4.61/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a hophead and haven't had much in the way of hoppy beers lately, and am more than thrilled with this. One of the best IPAs I think I've ever had, and this has been a favorite style of mine for a year or so.

Appearance: Medium to amber with pleasantly small but ample carbonation bubbles. Good head which fades after a few minutes to very adequate lacing.

Smell: Great pine and hoppy notes, smells like Saaz or similar.

Taste: Malts are very much in the background here, as they should be in an IPA. The hops are just about perfect, with just the right bitterness. Fairly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Tiny carbonation makes for a very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If you don't like lots of bitters, you're going to have a hard time taking a couple of these, but I love bitters, so this is very good.

Basically, I started brewing my first IPA last week, and this is the beer I want it to turn out like.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange in color with a full frothy ivory head that holds quite well, eventually dropping to a creamy 1/8" surface covering and leaving some very nice lace. The aroma offers some very nice fresh hop character - as if they were right in front of you - that appears to be Cascade. Boldly floral with soft citrusy notes! Upon closer inspection some sweetish malt is also present. Really nice and exceptionally well done! The flavor starts with a soft, sweet, and gently fruity malt that's immediately coat-tailed by citrusy hop flavor that continues straight through and lingers in a long finish with a bracingly dry bitterness. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation that's quite creamy in the mouth and helps the malt that's present to balance its deep bitterness. Well balanced with maltiness, hop flavor, and bitterness being able to share the same stage throughout the entire glass. Well brewed! Clearly the gem of the Michigan Brewing line-up.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow another great IPA. This was a good night to try new things, seemed all three were winners. This was the last and definatly the best of the night. Poured a great hazy orange, with a ton of suspension of particles. Big white head and a lace all the way down. Smell was very crisp and fresh. Lots of hops, with big hints of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and some lemon. A nice sweet candy like aroma also started to come out as it warmed. Excellent smell, pretty much perfect. Taste followed right behind, a nice hop bomb, but much more complex then that. Lots of fruit like flavors were mixed in, apples and pears were definalty picked up here, but were surround by hops, really well done. A very nice dry bitter finish capped it off perfectly. Went down extremely smooth and very easy, could have drank this all night, in fact I drank this one way too quick and definatly wanted another. Overall this was great, I would call it MY perfect type of session beer. I really could have drank this all night!

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Photo of roddwolff
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once served in my bayern mug. Look: Orange color, many sediments, creamy foamy head with a finger thick, good durability and lacing. Smell: Fruity and perfumed with floral hops, peach and bubble gum, such as yogurt hop. Taste: Lots of floral hops, earth hops, roots and peach juice, like the smell but with more hop character. Mouthfeel: Dry and fruity, extra bitter with high carbonation and robust body. Drinkability: Excellent IPA.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep sunset orange with a brownish center and very cloudy. A frothy and solid-looking head sticks around for a while and leaves an abunadace of sticky lace on the glass.

S - Herbal and dank woody hop aroma. Very marijuana-esque. Smells dry-hopped to me.

T - Nice and biscuity solid malt backbone. Bitter herbal hops with the same dank and pot-like character from the nose. A few sour notes pop in at the end and keep things lively.

M - Full and soild. Modedrate to high carbonation levels combine with the acidity and bitterness to create a very lively and perky mouthfeel. As it warms, I can feel alcohol warmth and the mouthfeel gets softer and more full.

D - Outstanding. This has every quality that I look for in an IPA, and the zingy mouthfeel is very pleasant.

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Photo of danjw
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of zchops
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of nortmand
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber red with a small amount of tan/white head.
Very cascade hop smell- citrusy, geen hoppiness, very nice.
Tastes mostly of hops, with a nice malty balance that gives the beer a rich, smooth mouthfeel. Very citrusy and juicy flavor, with a tinge of alcohol presence.
Very drinkable, definitely hits the spot when in the mood for a highly hopped American Ale.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy, glowing orange beer. Has a small, white head. A very serious looking IPA.

S- Citrus and pine with a good malt backing. Smooth. This has a little something special to it.

T- Amazing. The pine and citrus are great and the malt backing is done very well. I am really impressed.

M- Crisp and creamy at the same time.

D- I am almost kind of shocked. I had passed over this so many times... go get some.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy deep golden color with a medium sized off white head that dissapates to a thin film on the top of the beer. And leaves very good sticky lacing.

S-Aroma is very nice with mangos and lemon shining bright. Man that's nice. A very pleasant aroma.

T-The flavor is nice too. Has a nice pungent bitterness to it, with a hefty resiny hop flavor. Mainly cirtusy. Lots of lemon and peaches and mango.

M-A very full, creamy body that coates the mouth well, and has a very slight dryness in the end.

D-Dispite the moderately high abv, this goes down very very smoothly. You might be decieved into thinking this is sessionable, don't let it happen. Two of these will do you good in a night. But I highly recommend this to any hoplover like me. I was quite pleasantly suprized indeed.

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Photo of marcellaproust
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never been so surprised in my life. Didn't think anything would top my favorites, Bell's Two Hearted and New Holland's Mad Hatter. Those lovers have since been abandoned: this IPA dazzles! For an IPA, a strangely reddish, copper color topped with an enormous and slow-subsiding head that, moreover, has the tiniest bubbles. Smells like the bitter grapefruit and hops but with atypical intimations of subtle yeast. That same hermaphroditic unity is more than outdone by the taste: we have bitter citrus fruit (can't be categorized as grapefruit - the flavor is too elusive) front and center, but then an incredibly creamy, not-sweet but mellowed smoothness follows with finish plus aftertaste of hops and . . . for those of you born in the late 60s/early 70s . . . tastes like that chewy candy (sans sweetness) Bit O' Honey, which we all know didn't taste at all like honey but rather like a mere *gesture* towards peanut butter taffy, vanilla, and honey. I know that Bit O' Honey is still around but the recipe, I believe, has been updated for our current sweeter sweet tooths, and so those of you born too late, don't judge according to the current imposter. What's really great about this IPA is that is complex and friendly - so while I usually can't drink beers like this and indulge in good convo (beers that like spoiled kids demand too much attention), MBC IPA is like the perfect stranger you bring to a party of close friends: contributes to small talk and conversation rather than sulking in a corner or engaging in histrionics when your attention is directed elsewhere.

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Photo of alexgash
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot copper with a tumultuous, rocky, glass-lathering, light sandy head. Crushed Smarties, lemon meringue, pine needles, and sourdough. Tangy, piney bitter hop nettles up front. Turns to butterscotch and fruit malts; sweetish and malty. Pine resins and light citrus hop bitterness take over the finish. Medium-bodied, creamy feel. Very nice. Good depth and balance and not too alcoholic. A bit of a surprise here and something I will buy more of.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear orangish hue with a good finger's width of white head. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Fragrant fresh hops!

T: Hops are first to hit the palate, with a rather light malty sweetness that eventually comes to balance on the tongue. The finish is quick and clean, with just a hint of lingering hops.

M&D: Solid medium bodied mouthfeel combines well with the fine but consistent carbonation for a great match. There isn't a real stark bitterness from the hops which makes the brew go down smooth. I like this one a lot!

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Photo of GRPunk
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a "best by" date of 9/13/08 poured into a pint glass.

A- A conservative pour yeilded a 1/2 finger light tan head that became a full lace fairly quickly and left a great stick. The body was a slightly hazy, golden-orange with medium carbonation that struggled through an apparently viscus fluid.

S- Initially there were citrus and pine aromas. Underlying caramel malts came through later and became very pronounced in the end. The caramel was readily apparent. Often times caramel seems to be a "catch all" for malt aromas, but it was definitely a caramel scent in this beer.

T- There was a nice balance. Grapefruit and flowery, earthy hops come through (maybe a resin sort of flavor) with sweet, caramel malts and a hint of brown sugar. It had a clean hop finish.

M- It had a definite hop bite, a good thick/oily feel and medium carbonation.

D- Smooth, yet powerfully flavored. It's a good match to spicy food (I paired it with some Kung Pao from my local take-out joint). I could put back more than a couple in a single sitting.

Overall- I was very impressed. It could become a regular in my rotation if it had more availability.

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Photo of toolbrew
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with a thick white head. Great head retention and lacing down the glass. Head fell from initial 1" but is still covering the top.

Smells great with an excellent pine/grassy hop aroma.

Good hop attack at the beginning. Get that grassy hop taste. Balances well with the malts.

Hop flavor coats the mouth and can be felt in the throat. Lingers for a while.

Great beer and just what I was looking for on this cold autumn night. Will certainly revisit this brew time and again.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of BrianOhio
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My parents stopped at the brewery recently and picked this up for me. What a great surprise this one was!

The pour is a golden copper with a thick two finger head. Looks great in the glass, and the aroma is just as good. Fruity citrus nose, loaded with hops...nearly perfect in my opinion. (Ok, maybe perfect is too strong, so let's just say it's damned good.)

This beer rivals and downright beats a number of supposed double IPA's that I have sampled. There is a smoothness to the finish that I felt was extremely well balanced. On top of that, good lacing in the glass rounds out a great drinking experience. Easily moves into my top 10!

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Photo of hanco005
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my beer of the month club offerings, 12 oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a pint glass

A—pours hazy amber copper with a 1 inch fluffy white head that lasts for about 10 minutes, thick sea foam lacing is produced

S—pine is strongest, followed by grapefruit, some sweetness is hidden, but the pine is almost over powering

T—pine for sure, but mixed pretty well with grapefruit, perfume and a touch of pepper, just a hint of honey like sweetness, too

M—a bit raw and scratchy, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a solid IPA. Glad I tried it and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a murky orange, the head considerable in size, creamy in texture, the lace large thick sheets to coat the glass. Nose has a quite pleasant floral aroma, with malt and citrus tones present, very “Sniffable”. Front is malt sweet, the top skinny, the finish is purposefully acidic, commodiously hopped, the aftertaste dry. This beer is a very good representative to the “American Style IPA”.

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Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the brewery.

A: Copper-amber; off-white head, a little retention and lace.

S: Piney, resiny, slightly citrusy, American hops.

T: Piney, slightly citrus American hops. Toffee with some cotton-candy like fruity esters. Pleasant bitterness, tons of hop flavour.

M: Body is on the lighter side of moderate and it's quite acidic. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Quite good. I wouldn't have guessed it's as strong as it is!

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Photo of association330
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep orange color with some slight reddish hues. Nice bit of chill haze. Two fingers of creamy, light golden head holds nicely, eventually settling to a thick cap. Very nice rings of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, bready (this seems to be a common theme with MBC brews), dominant hops with strong grapefruit presence, some pine notes, and a tad floral. There is also a subtle hint of a sweeter fruit in the background.

T - Caramel sweetness in the background, while hop presence dominates with a nice grapefruit flavor, grassiness, and a bitter, floral finish which lingers on the tongue nicely. The balance is just about right, in that the malt complements things, but the hops are still the star. Nicely done.

M - Medium-bodied with an oily hops feel. Nice creaminess on the swallow.

D - This is quite well done, and easily the best brew that was in the sampler pack I bought.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red-orange boddy capped with a thick finger of dense white foam, leaving moderate lacing on the Ommegang glass. Very good floral aromas with fair whiffs of citrus hops, primarily grapefruit and orange. Delicious taste, well-hopped, modest malt. The nose veers closer to DIPA than the taste and mouthfeel, which are good but more entrenched within the IPA genre. More malt for a fuller texture would make this bolder and, to me, better. Still, this is a fine IPA, delicious and solid, easy to down on a warm day. I wouldn't say that this cracks my very top IPAs by any means. Yet it is well worth revisiting. Definitely good beer.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Blvd pint glass from bottle.

Two finger off white head on initial pour, fades quickly leaving foamy lacing down the glass. Transclucent copper body. Great hop aroma that just covered my nose with foam trying to get more out of. Great balance on the palette with bitter hops and sweet malts in this ipa. I'm loving this one right now. Mild grapefruit and cintrus hops with a smooth sweet background. Head retention was a little weak, ended up with a thin soup coating in the top, lacing was good on the glass, foamy all the way down with voids here and there. Recommended.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise. Got a taster of Michigan Brewing beers, and I'd say it was a mixed bag (as you might expect). However, this was a really solid and flavorful beer. Strong hop presence throughout, in both the nose and mouth. Lots of fun citrus aromas and a bit of biting piney bitterness as well. Body and appearance are both appropriate to the style, although it's a little weak on the head/lacing. Overall, definitely one I'd grab again.

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