Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale | Michigan Brewing Company

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

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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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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 202
Photo of Minkybut
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer was kinda cloudy with a interesting blurred golder color. This beer smelled like bread a hops or hops and bread. I thought it was pretty bitter though typical of a IPA and it was also strong of alc. as an IPA is. Taste was just pure hops, way too much. Will not buy again.

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Photo of salvo
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass: poured cloudy brown-orange with an inch of fine-bubbled head that dissipated to slight lacing and a ring that hangs around the glass. Citrus smell stronger than the malt, and a pretty pronounced alcohol nose. First sip is bitter - almost harsh - and the bitter after-taste is a bit tinny-metalic.

Waiting a moment for the beer to warm slightly.

As the beer warms, the taste starts a bit sour and the bitterness is more pronounced, and the metallic taste is still there, although joined by a little additional malt back. The beer is a bit gassy, but this is consistent with previous bottles (i.e., it's not an over-nitroed or CO2ed bottle). At 7.2%, it's not a session. I want to try one on tap for comparison.

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Photo of nicksta
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: It has a deep ruby color that beautifully reflects light. On the negative side it has a thin head and no lacing.

S: I smell toasted hops and hints of alcohol. I also smell fruit. Is that pinapple juice?

T: It is similar to all the other APAs I have add except it is much more bitter. Other than that it is has hints of fruit and toasted malt and hops just like other APAs.

M: The mouthfeel is slightly think but acidic.

D: It has poor drinkability due to the bitterness.

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Photo of northaustin
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a schnifter. minimal head with no lacing. a reddish gold that is pretty thick when held to the light.
aroma was barely there which was disappointing as the aroma is one of my favorite parts of trying a new ipa.
tastes a little light on flavor for an ipa and at best could be considered mildly hoppy

a little too expensive here in texas for me to want to buy much more of it but i would love to have it as a session beer or maybe see a double ipa by the brewery

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Photo of GlassCityBrewer
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honestly, after tasting this beer recently, my thought was "where's the beef?"

I mean nothing was out of the ordinary about the appearance and yes it did taste like a pale ale, but that's just the thing, this tasted like a light pale ale. I think a Boston Lager has more hops flavor and when thats in comparison to an IPA, that's just not right.

I'd have better things to say about it if it was labeled as a pale ale and honestly I excepted more from the biggest homebrew hops seller in Michigan.

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Photo of eballard
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a light airy head that sits fairly well on this beer. The head settles into a nice lacing. It has a sweet hops smelt with a hint of citrus. The taste is very hops. It has the regular IPA spicy qualities but the beer finishes a little bitter. The beer is smooth and heavy with a nice finish. In all the beer ends up a little on the harsh side. It’s a good tasting beer and if you like IPAs give it a try but in the competitive world of IPAs this one is not of the top of my list.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of Boozeisfood
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Realale
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red-tinged copper. Large sticky beige head settles to a complete cap and laces nicely down the entire pint.

Nose is initially all hops with a predominant grapefruit note. Touch of diacetyl comes out as it warms, and a bit of relatively high L crystal, neither of which are my favorites.

Much worse in the mouth than the nose would lead one to expect. Medium-weight with a husky graininess, and some diacetyl. Good earthy hop note, but no hint of the citrus promised by the nose. The mineral treatment is better controlled than this brewery's Pale Ale. Just hits all of the wrong notes a fault-free IPA can for my palate.

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Photo of junkygood
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle at 45F. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

A - Between 10 to 15 SRM and modest lacing.

S - Mild hop nose, grapefruit rind, and maltyness jump out.

T/M - Hop heavy with a bitter finish. Grain heavy malty backbone does carry the bitterness, but humulone wins out in the end.

D - average mid-west IPA offering. Interesting grain bill (Wheat adjunct). also, curious about the hop schedule especially with warrior and Columbus both in the mix.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small, foamy, light cream colored head fades briskly to a thin film. . Mild aroma is barely malty with even less hops, and a kind of vegetable undertone. Very hazy copper colored beer with a straw colored hue. There's a bit of light malty sweetness up front and some grapefruit flavored hops. The finish is strongly alcoholic and pretty bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy. Something just doesn't seem right. The aroma and first sip suggest a very light IPA with minimal hops, but then the finish is really big and bitter. It's like it morphs from a pale ale to a IIPA. A bit strange, but interesting. Thanks to malty for a chance to try this one.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a slight head. Smell is faint hops. This smells and tastes like a stunted IPA. It wants to be a big IPA, it just doesn't have the room. Plenty of malty backbone, but that dominates the hops that are there. I drank this side by side with a couple other IPA's and it wasn't in the same league. I will try their other beers though.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The IPA was a dark amber with a fair white head which was ruined by the floaties.

The strong hop aroma rushed out to greet my nose. The aroma was the best part of this beer.

The hops were strong in the taste and I could taste some fruitiness. The beer finished bitter but not overpoweringly so.

The mouthfeel was light and bordered on runny.

I would not recommend this beer period. It is a poor example of an IPA. The initial great IPA hoppy aroma led to disappointing looks and taste.

(edited comment - After reading the reviews after posting mine, I felt I must have had a VERY bad bottle. I poured out half a glass of beer. Maybe I just got a bad bottle.)

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Photo of pbrian
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never thought of myself as a wuss when it comes to hops, but this beer's bitterness turned me off. Nice persistent head and citrusy aroma, but the sharp bitterness stings your mouth, with no malty sweetness to offset it. Needless to say, I've had better IPAs.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, citrus and a background of floral hops.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of caramel and citrus, but not much sweetness. Then a burst of pale hops bitterness comes in. I’m also detecting a faint background of what tastes like berries. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, while this isn’t really a bad beer, this one might not be my first choice when looking for an IPA to drink.

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Photo of yen157
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, somewhat dark orange-amber. Nice nose full of green hops and some mildly toasty malt. Flavor was sort of one-dimensional. It depended on toasty malt to try to counter the big, dry hop bitterness. The malt could not handle it since it was lacking a good sweetness which I find to be a key for the style. Also, bitterness was out of whack with overall hop impression because of the relative lack of hop flavor.

In short, too bitter without the sweet malt to back and flavor of the hops. My second least favorite from MBC that I tried on this trip. My least favorite was the dreadfully foot-odored Sebewaing.

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Photo of mentor
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Michigan Brewing for the opportunity. Entered into judging in category #39 (American IPA).

Pours a one finger tan (slight orange) head over a clooudy and particulated golden rust liquid. Sedimnet retained in the bottle. Smells piney sour. No malt to behold. Very one-dimensional.

Tastes wet on the pull turn to piney hops with a strong cohumulone rough. Creamy finish comes in a nice transition. Hop oil flat with a gritty tettnanger-like aftertaste. Sour apple, which I think is from hops and not a yeast off-casting. The sour apple is an estery character, not an acetaldehyde character.

Md body and strong carbonation.

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Photo of RickS95
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bronze color with a thick, cloudy white head.

Smells sweet and citrusy; nice head retention. The citrus notes remind me of pineapple.

No taste dominates, it just tastes like flowers and tree bark.

Has the typical feel of an IPA, a bitter finish, but the citrus cuts into the bitterness.

As it warms, I can smell orange and/or tangerine.

I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I give this an average score because of the sweetness from the citrus.

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Photo of pwoods
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Pours a dark tangerine copper that has a nice ahzy glow. 2 fingers of white head form and hold with good retention and lacing.

S: Fruit,light esters. Not much pine or resin. Light lemon. Herby. Sweet malts, maybe some maple syrupy notes.

T/M: Bitterness is medium. Hops have a very odd taste. Not herbal but medicinal. Some spicenss, too. Malts are on the sweet side with that touch of maple. Medium body and decent carbonation.

D: Some odd flavors and a somewhat high ABV.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yes, the samplers at the MBC taproom just keep on coming. Interesting that Michigan Brewing has 3 pale ales on tap (not counting Celis Pale Bock, which is actually another pale ale). This one is indeed different, though. A good and hoppy character with a fruity, almost sticky mouthfeel. However, I also caught something of a metallic tang in it, but otherwise a solid IPA with a bit of flair.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Amber with small globs of yeast floating throughout. The white head pours small and dies quickly leaving bits of sticky residual lacing.

S. Bread, yeast, some citrus hops, a bit of caramel

T. Quite bitter upfront with citrus and earthy bite. The malt finally makes an appearance in the tail end, but never quite balances the bitterness. The alcohol makes an appearance on swallow as well.

M. Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D. A good IPA, but there are better ones that are more easily obtained in Southern Ohio.

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Photo of jahilgen
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A local brewer in my area with series of good, high quality beers.

Poured into a imperial pint glass where it devleoped a dark orange hue compared to other APA, left a two finger head some lacing.

The beer smell terrific strong hops and malts right off the top with hints of citrus and complex spices (which my novice nose cannot identify). Once poured I was excited to see how the presentation would continue.

However the taste and mouthfeel did not match the expectations from the presentation. The hops and malt were present and enjoyable, but the rich cirtus and spices I expected did not transfer to my palate. I seemed to lose the complexity the presentation offered. After a few drinks the only thing I could recognize was the hops and malts.

Still the beer was enjoyable but did not impress me over other pale ales. A good beer for anyone who enjoys pales ales but nothing unique or spectacular.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.31/5  rDev -12%
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

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Plant in Buffalo. Very bitter bias but clear c-hop. A serviceable IPA but tasted like a citrus cold medicine to me. Carbonation a bit aggressive. Peachy clour. No clear hop aroma.Didnt all go together, but would have it again in a bottle if pushed on me.

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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
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