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 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 oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a tight one finger white head,sharp citrus and pine aromas dominate the aromas a touch of alcohol sneaks its way in there ass making you think this is one intense IPA.Flavors are not so in your face and that maybe a good thing,the big hop presence is there very resiny and citrusy but a frim nutty malt base holds up real well keeping the hops in check a little.Not a bad beer to be had here seems to be pretty raw but it all comes together quite well.

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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 SupaCelt
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colour is amber on the orangey side of the spectrum. One finger worth of head popped up and dispersed into some quality lace. There is no sediment. Bubbly to some extent. Lookin tastey.

The smell is yummy. Nice pines and citrus. Good hop presence as would be expected of a worthy IPA. Appropriate malt backbone. I was excited by the aroma. I'm picking up good vibrations here.

The taste was very enjoyable. It was not super dry. Nice wetness as a matter of fact. Pleasant, refreshing hoppiness that was not an assaultive onslaught. There is nice orange and light lemon citrus apects tossed about with the malts that give off a well rounded flavor. I was most pleased to taste this after some less than outstanding trials of recent history. Very well done. Balance is a virtue with this representation. I can't pick out anything that is overboard or under expressed.

I could drink on this High Seas swill till the sun jumps up to slap me down. I wish I had snatched up another. I am well impressed.

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Photo of trumick
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge 1 1/2" off white head. There is plenty of lacing stuck to the glass all round.

Scent is initially sweet and biscuity with a healthy citrus/piney hop that overwhelms.

Taste is huge malt up front along with a bready/woody character. It finishes sweet and citrusy/piney with a grapefruit that hangs on forever. This is a very nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, almost sticky. It's a bit much for this style.

Drinkability is very nice. I would try more than two at a time. It's a very nice offering from Mi Brewing.

This is a great IPA; I would buy this again.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Having had this on tap and not being impressed, I was urged to review this brew again by Trbeer.

Brewed with 2-row, crystal and Munich malts. Hopped with Northern Brewer and Cascade.
OG=1.076, 7.0% ABV.

The cap pops off with a firm whoosh. Pours out to a cloudy dark caramel with orange accents, forming a very large peaking mreingue-like light beige head with superior retention and lacing, although it's due to the intense carbonation. The head is thick and sticky, and actually quite dense with a palpable firmness. Aroma is not too pleasant with immediately boozy fusels and higher alcohols, along with sharply pungent citrusy and piney hops, offset by faint vanilla and honey from the heavy malt bill. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a medium-dense body. Taste begins nicely enough with sharp and pungent hops akin to West-Coast offerings, however this is quickly replaced with the higher alcohols and some kiwi-like yeast esters which are out of place for the style. It has a homebrew twang, limiting it's drinkability. Finish is peppery dry from the isopropyl alcohols. Bitterness is moderate intensity. Letting it breathe blew off some of the higher alcohols and made it more drinkable.

This is an OK IPA, but there are much better to be had for the same price, especially in Michigan. Fermentation has to be cleaned up and the carbonation issue has to be resolved before this is a contender.

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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 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 CRJMellor
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber nectar with minimum heads but lots of lace. Aroma is tremendous citrus, grape fruity, resiny hop smell. Taste is light malt and powerful, grity bitterness. Hops used are Warrior, Tomahawk and Cascade. The real hopheads would truly enjoy this beer, those looking for a little balance won't really find it. Not quite in the league of an Imperial IPA but 75 IBU's is up there and really hides the relatively high ABV. Just a hint of grittiness in the mouth takes a few marks off the mouthfeel and drinkability.

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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 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 beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium white foamy head. A full-bodied IPA, malty and very hoppy. Some malt sweetness, but this a very hoppy IPA. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. Very nice traditional IPA.

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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 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 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 proc
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to concur with pbrian's review on this one where he stated the lack of malt sweetness. Michigan Brewing's High Seas India Pale Ale pours out to a nice copper color with a slight head. Aroma is good and is that of grapefruit. This must have a very high IBU score as it is quite bitter. I did enjoy the bittnerness, but would've liked a bit more malt to smooth it out. A decent IPA, but not as good as Bell's or Victory.

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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 marc77
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in hue w/ a light haze, topped by a thick ivory - white head that leaves attractive lace. Classic resiny, citrusy Cascade hop nose, followed by biscuit malt and medium caramel notes. The assertive, sharp but clean hop bitterness hits upfront, then mellows slowly until clean toasty malt flavors and caramel malt sweetness surfaces. Satisfyingly bitter! Although seriously skewed towards hops in flavor profile, there's sufficient malt foundation to prevent this from being one - dimensionally hoppy. Hop flavor is quinine - like, and citrusy, but woody Northern Brewer eeks its way in. Finishes fairly dry w/ a pleasant combination of cracker - like malt and lingering tongue coating clean bitterness. This is certainly an assertively hopped IPA (like they should be) and the 7.0% ABV is not at all evident. This is similar in overall profile to Anderson Valley Hop Ottin, but just a touch more tame. You know you've had a good IPA when your burps taste good... : )

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