Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale | Michigan Brewing Company

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 plaztikjezuz
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has single label little plain, but i do like it, the picture of the tall ship harkens back to the days of old.

pours a deep copper color with a light off white head that drops into a like has across the top.

the aroma is rich with hops, sweet malt, and hint of alcohol.

the flavor is hoppy, bitter, resinous, carmelized malt comes through, citrus, minerially.

the mouthfeel is a little thick.

this beer is very drinkable, year round, michigan is a hop head state and this is a hoppy brew.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy amber with with a soapy off white head that fades into a small soapy head. Leaves tons of lacing all over the glass.
Smell is of caramel, biscuits, and citrus hops that seem balanced and outright addictive.
Taste is of the same aromas. Sweet biscuits and bitter citrus hops in a tangled web.
Mouthfeel is biscuit sweet with some bitterness that slowly fades out.

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Photo of jp32
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick, cloudy orange/brown color. Burnt Orange, if there were such a thing. THe head is nice and frothy.

S: It smells very hoppy and clean. Citrus, cloves, mandarin oranges.

T: Tastes great. Very sweet-tasting for an IPA. Warming as well, the 7.2 is very evident. Seems even higher. Citrusy flavor with a bit of tangy/tartness as well, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice tasting beer.

M: The mouthfeel is very full bodied. Thick and chewy with fair carbonation.

D: Somewhat of a sipper, but and interesting beer that I wouldnt get bored with. I could definitly drink several of these over the course of a night.

A solid offering here. Not necessarily one of the best IPAs I've had, but a good one at the least.

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Photo of tboom29
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark auburn red. The nose is very hoppy, but not overpowering, with a hint of clove, coriander, cinnamon. Mouthfeel is overall good, smooth yet bitter on the sides of the tounge.
A fairly easy beer to drink, considering the high alcohol content, around 7.5% usually. I've had this beer many a time, and it seems a bit tamer than normal. Also not much balance, it's all about the HOPS!
I think the biggest problem I may have, having quaffed this brew many times is that MBC does not seem to stick to one recipe when making it. Overall it is a decent IPA, but not my first choice. Definetely worth drinking, but not the first IPA I'd recommend.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far I must say this is the best beer I had the occasion of sampling from MB.

A nice beer of ruby color with some golden blonde hues dancing throughout the glass, a nice head that kept his dignity for the time being.

Very hoppy smell with good notes of caramel and malt. Floral flavours are very present. Some strawberries flavour are them, strawberry jam actually!

The taste is quite the same experience as the smell, very floral, bitterness from the hops and floral flavours from the hops with a malt finish and a caramel butterscotch end. A good note of strawberry is present, reminding me of jam

Good :)

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Photo of ypsifly
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Hazy, somewhat dark amber with a one finger head of off white that clings to the glass, but doesn't have much retention.

Lots of hops in the nose. Piney and citric with a ghost of alcoholic aroma underneath. The sweet malt is almost in the background.

Tastes hoppy. The pine and citrus are back, but a little more tamed. The malts is given more room and comes across as sweet with some earth and provides a good backbone for the hops. Good mouthfeel that wants to be oily but washes clean. A good alternative session beer if Two Hearted or SNPA is your usual poison.

This could be the best offering from MBC that is available outside of the source.

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

Thanx to DonOfBeer for bringing this back from a business roadtrip to Michigan; you have brought back a selection of some very fine stuff from Michigan Brewing ! !

Much loose sediment in the bottom of the bottle, a small Pfftt when opened, and with a CAREFUL pour, so as not to disturb the sediment layer in the bottom, it at first comes clear yellow copper but finished hazy with very little head (perhaps due to the careful pour) forming a few isolated islands of thin lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and hops.

First taste is sweet and malty, this lasts for about half a second; quickly followed by a 'citrusy' (is that a real word ?) hop flavor, then hop bitterness, well balanced in my opinion; soon followed by an alcohol warmth in the bottom of the belly.

Another Fine IPA in a world full of fine IPA's. I will drink it if it is avainable, but I cannot say I would go far to find it.

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Photo of granger10
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a apricot peach like color with a small fizzy white head. Aroma is quite nice with a dominating piney sting and fruity aspects complimenting it. Taste is much less bitter than the nose would lead one to believe. There's lots of grapefruit and citrus in here. The bitterness never really reaches its peak like I think it's going to. Very rounded hop flavor here. Malt is a bit weak definitely under the hops, I think its lending a fruity aspect and holding the bitterness back. Finish is resiny with some pine coming back. This is one of the most flavorful hoppy beers without the bitterness I have had. Quite nice.

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Photo of frazbri
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing poured a slightly hazy copper body, topped by a well sustained cream colored head. The aroma was dominated by pine, but a hint of grapefruit emerged as well. Bright citrus flavors dominate. Grapefruit is enveloped in a round bitterness. It was medium in body and moderate in carbonation.

This IPA is full of citrus flavor. High Seas is my favorite Michigan Brewing offering I've had to date.

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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 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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Michigan Brewing High Seas India Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 60.4% out of 100 with 202 ratings
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