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Michigan Brewing Mackinac Pale AleMichigan Brewing Mackinac Pale Ale
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Michigan Brewing Mackinac Pale AleMichigan Brewing Mackinac Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 06-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by WOTO97:
Photo of WOTO97
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold in color with great clarity. Decent foamy head retention with some clumpy lacing. Nose is of toasted nuts with a lingering sweetness. Caramel and some light fruit up front; the beer is pretty sweet on the mid-palate. Finishes very clean but not a whole lot there. Hop character is more earthy and slightly sweet, reminiscent of an English IPA or ESP. Meh.

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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a orange color with not much head to speak of,aroma is of herbal with malty nuttiness but pretty subdued.Taste is decently balanced with a light soapy hint some resiny hop with a nutty malt finish.Not a great brew by any means but it was worth a try.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear coppery amber. Very light head that disintegrates quickly to a light white film, but leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Fruity; citrus-like hops. Smells of sweet fruit, like figs.

T: An interesting balance of sweetness and bitterness as the flavors seem to go back and forth on the palate. There is an initial wash of sweet caramel malt that gives way to light citrus bittering to the finish, before the sweet comes back in the linger.

M&D: Medium mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth but the carbonation makes the swallow less than silky. Overall a good brew and enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnLynch
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of sullysbeer
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus, Piney hop aroma, malty sweetness that of caramel and biscuit.

Appearance: Clear bronze-copper with a slight off white head retention that covers the surface.

Flavor: Sweet biscuit maltiness with hints of a toasty character. Minty hop flavor that finishes with a bitterness as if you were sucking on a mint flavored Altoid. That's a perfect description. Some esters of wood.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-high body. A delicate CO2 bubble that gives each swallow a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: Very refreshing Pale. Usually the bitterness of a beer can seem to give a person bad breath. This beer leaves a minty fresh feeling. They probably could have added Northern Brewer hops during the begining of the boil as this is a description of this hop selection, but who knows. Very tasty beer!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Michigan Brewing's Mackinac Pale Ale displays a deep amber body that borders on being copper in color, and a creamy off-white head that holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass. The nose suggests that it's a bit malty and caramelish with a healthy sprinkling of spicy and floral hops within. The flavor confirms that prediction, and it delivers its lightly sweet, honeyish and caramel-drenched malt upfront, followed by building hops that reach their highest point just before the swallow, and then a slow-fading, malty, bitter, and spicy finish. Nicely done! It's well-balanced and enjoyable. Kind of like an English pale with a bit of an American influence in its added caramel malts, and a German influence in its hops. Enjoyable. Worth trying.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is what I would refer to as a typical East Coast Pale Ale. Not alot of hop, but enough present to at least make it palletable. The appearance is a clear amber with thin to no head and therefore no lacing. The smell is fairly weak, there is some hop...thinking cascade...not sure though. The taste is...eh. If there are other options I would at least try them before settling on this. Mouthfeel is ok, could session if had to.

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Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge fluffy pillow of a head sits atop a copper liquid that seems to have tiny particles floating in it.

Lots of citrus in the nose, stellar head retention.

A bit of an earthy taste to it, with some of the citrus, sort of like pineapple juice, near the finish.

Lots of carbonation, and between that and the acid from the citrus, give a very crisp refreshing feel.

Good lacing. I like this beer, especially for the warmer months. Easy to drink, goes down easy, medium alcohol. No major flaws.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft, at the MBC taproom. Yet another pale ale from these guys. This one does, in fact, have the spicy character of an IPA, but the body is a little darker and maltier. Hard to make this stand out among the many fine MBC brews I sampled during my pub crawl across Michigan!

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Photo of nortmand
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, orange pour, with about a finger of white head. Smells a bit toasty, with a solid hop presence. Has a toasted malt presence, with a nice hoppy background. Finishes bitter, nice hoppy flavor on the back of the tongue.
Very drinkable beer, probably one of the best examples of an American PA, highly recommended.

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Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma mainly consists of a hop combination that is both citrus and earthy. A little breadiness from the malt. Everything appears to be right in proportion in the flavor but for some reason I am underwhelmed. Plenty of hop presence and a suitable malt bill but the combination of the used ingredients do not do it for me. The most interesting thing about the beer is the hint of mint in the flavor. The body is a little too light to get a bump in score despite having a well paired carbonation level. A lighter beer that is well crafted that has a reasonable ABV. I would like to try a fresher bottle someday.

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Photo of machostacos
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my favorite pint glass. Freshness date: 12/09/10. Considering the brewery is roughly 20 miles from my home, this is about as fresh as it gets besides having a pint in their taproom. This is my first MBC offering, and my hopes are somewhat high, considering all the other fantastic microbreweries around southern Michigan.

A: Medium copper, clear as day with a thick, puffy brilliantly white head. Decent retention and great lacing.

S: Hmm. Earthy, buttery, lots of biscuity malts, green apple, with a slight spicy hop presence. Some citrus, but I'm really straining for it, so maybe it's just in my head (oh how I want it!) Quite underwhelming. Reminds me much more of an English Pale Ale or ESB, as others have said. Almost like they tore a page right out of Arcadia Ales' book with this one - hardly distinguishable from AA's Angler Ale.

T: About what you'd expect from the nose, except with hardly any hop presence whatsoever. Very earthy and buttery, with apples and biscuit and just the slightest bitter twang on the finish. Otherwise it finishes a little sweet, heavy on the earthen butter. This shouldn't be classified as an APA. Meh.

M: Lively carbonation, but smooth. Almost sparkly. Really no bitterness to speak of, which is disappointing. Somewhat thin body - it's a tad watery, but acceptable.

D: Overall I was pretty disappointed with this beer - I was definitely hoping for more of a SN PA/Founders PA/Alpha King contender, but alas. While not really bad by any means, it just wasn't really what I was expecting. Upon reading the box I discovered that it reads "derived from the traditional English style bitter", so I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised, but I was definitely hoping for a derived-from-the-traditional-American-style with this one. Tasty enough to warrant a second round, but disappointing enough to overlook next time when so many more promising offerings are just an arms-length away.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich, darker golden. Clear & birght with several streams of steady bubbles. Just beyond medium sized eggshell head that settles quick but leaves some okay lace – especially nearer the top of half of the glass.

S: Citrus & floral hops. Soft cookie sweetness from light crystal malts. Toasty pale base malts are a touch biscuity. Hint of esters as it warms. A bit of a faint nose.

T: Biscuity pale base malts with grainy and toasty accents, a touch of sweetness and a hint of caramel. Good depth if quite straight forward. Hops are balanced – Flowery, herbal, general (generic) citrus undertone that grows through the middle and into the finish becoming a bit lemon and rind. A touch juicy in a floral way with sweetness from malts and hints of light esters.

M: Just medium body with afirmly matched CO2. Mouth-filling carbonation and some hop tannins for texture. Ultimately drying form hops.

D: A bright and quite standard, run-of-the-mill American pale. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing really special either. A reasonable offering.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best before 9/12/09. Pours a hazy copper color, with a nice off-white fluffy head. Good head retention, and a nice amount of lace.

Faint citrusy and earthy nose. A whiff of floral hops fades in as well. Notes of caramel malt.

Caramel malt with a small dose of fruit. Moderate bitterness with an earthy edge to it. Slight citrusy note at the finish.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Pretty simple and easy to drink. Not bad.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours amber with a half inch of off white head.

S - It has a malt nose with a hint of some citrus hops.

T - It's a pretty fair balance of malt and mild citrus hops.

M - Moderate without a lot of carbonation

O - It's not a great beer but is still better than BMC.

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Photo of minterro
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

out of a bottle. a bit sick right now so I will redo review later.

A: light amber. medium head

S: sweet and malty

T: great. I think this beer is very underrated on this website. well balanced and well-built. could be more bitter but can't complain.

M: light-mid body, good carbonation

D: great for everything: taste, not bad body, price, everything is there. I would drink this all the time. Being in college can't buy this all the time, but for 7.59 its quality is great.

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Photo of errantnight
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I'm not sure if my sample got too old (it doesn't bear any IMMEDIATE signs other than perhaps faded hops, although it has off flavors that may be coming more to the fore due to age) or if this was always so bad, but some positive reviews lead me to suspect it may be the case. Either way, it falls under the more disappointing column from my beer of the month club.

It does pour a very pretty copper color with a nice few fingers of head, solid retention for style and some lacing. Unfortunately, from the nose on this is a disappointment. Little hits of citrus hop pops in around some green apple and butter. On the palate these latter two notes reign supreme, insert frown face, and the sweetness sticks through, leaving it cloying. Body is a nice medium light.

Not a good beer.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber in color, with some shy bubbles, no head retention, no even one that pops up and says hi!

Smell is floral and hoppy nothing else.

Her taste is of alcohol esters with notes of bitterness and hops that come with a floral bouquest. Quite an explosion of flavours at first, not very enjoyable for the most part

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of fostwal
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The cloudy dark amber color is very nice.
Smell - There is a slight hop scent however there really isn't much of an aroma.
Taste - The hop flavor is well balanced. There is a slight bitterness when the beer hits you tongue. There is a long and lingering taste that is pleasant.
Mouthfeel - The mild carbonation is just right to emphasize the bite from the hops. Leaves a tingle in the mouth.
Drinkability - A very nice balanced beer. Not heavy or overwhelming flavors. It goes down very easily. I would definitely order one again.

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Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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 thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is pretty faint but contains caramelized malt with touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out on the malty side with flavors of caramel, tea, nuts and some spice but not a lot of sweetness. Then there’s a little bit of citrus that comes in along with a decent hops presence, which is mild for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready with a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this one might appeal more to those people that don’t like this style too hoppy and favor the EPA style. Overall, however, there are other beers in either direction that I would pick first.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber-copper color with a smallish finger of white head on top. Dissolves quickly down to a fine film, leaving a touch of lace.

Nose is a basic, simple spiced caramel aroma - toffee. A touch of graininess. Nice, if mild and fairly straightforward. Light fruitiness.

Flavor is likewise tasty, although not particularly complex. Nicely balanced - spicy hops even with a nice caramel malt. About as straight-forward a brew as you could get. Slight graininess.

Body is medium to light with a busy carbonation.

Overall, it's just a fine beer, nice for drinking if not for studying.

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Photo of Judson
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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Michigan Brewing Mackinac Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 100 ratings