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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
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 jp32
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant bronze color with an enormous tan foamy layer of head which leaves tons of heavy, sticky lacings. This beer smells wonderful. Very strong of citrus fruits paired with bitter hops. It smells absolutely delicious. The taste is fine as well. The bitter hops are apparent at first sip before giving way to the sweet and sour citrus flavors. Very powerful finishing flavor. I think this one is a keeper. The mouthfeel is nice, as is the drinkability. It is nicely carbonated and goes down smooth. I will be buying this again very soon. I sure would love to try this one on-tap.

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting take on a pale ale....if you are looking for a west coast pale ale this isn't it.

The aroma is malty first and foremost....toasty but also some strong caramel...and then a mild woody/spicy hoppiness.

On the taste the first thing I notice is the toasty munich malt...then the spicy hops bump in...also some light citrus notes..pretty balanced flavor with a unique twist with the toasty/spicy elements.

The body is substantial for the style...medium to slightly above medium bodied...feels almost like an IPA in body.

This one won't be for everyone but I like their take on the style. I love the toasty characteristics and the spicy hop notes. It really has a nice aroma and has an interesting flavor. Quality brew.

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Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured nicely into the glass with aabout one inch of head. steady carbonation with deep yellowish orange color. good aroma. a little light in the hops for me but a good tasting beer. refreshing dry finish. good lacing down the glass.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into clear pint glass

A: Deep copper color with thick off-white head and substantial lacing

S: Delicious malty caramel aromas mixed with honey and pale hops.

T: Heavy caramel malts with noticeable honey and slight bit of spice followed by full hops finish with surprising but pleasant bitterness. Wow -- really nice. Very British ale of them.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation and pleasant bittersweet aftertaste.

D: Easy to enjoy in quantity and a really solid beer from a small regional brewer.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, nice lace, but not much retention.

S: Citrus and caramel.

T: Nice citrus and spice from the hops. Bready malt, with a slight caramel flavour.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: An easy drinker.

It's an all-round good beer, just not particularly great.

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Photo of Judson
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a nice frothy white head. Good retention, nice lacing. Aroma is biscuity and floral, the aromas are very clean and pronounced. Taste has caramel up front with some of that breadiness in the middle and a nice citric bite in the finish. This is exactly what I would expect a good APA to be. Clean, moderate mouthfeel, malt holds up well and the hops do the same. The flavors work well together and neither dominates nor do any get lost. Solid offering here.

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

Coppery orange colour flourishes. A head of beige and much stickiness resulting in streamers of glorious lacing. Within the glass, there is a bit of sedimentary haze amidst the bubbling of carbonation.

Smell is toasted crystal and breadiness. Somewhat grassy and a shot of fleeting fruitiness that eludes description.

Flavors are caramel crystal and well browned crusty bread. Bitterness is dialed in nicely without clouding the style by dancing on the boundaries of India. The malt character is strong and saturating, leaving a great sugary heft. The fruity scent of the nose comes through in the final throes of the swallow and lingers on in the aftertaste. There even exists a vaguery of licorice. Very pleasant flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium and is well suited to carry the flavor elements.

Drinkability is good. Another brew from this company that is solid and surprisingly delightful. Well constructed. Mad props due.

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

A rocky white head emerges, with good lacing of medium and large bubbles. The brew is a clear amber color, with active carbonation keeping the head replenished.

The smell of hops is easily detected in the aroma. A nice balance is struck in the flavor, with a solid grain bill complimenting the tang of hops throughout the swish and swallow of a generous gulp. Malts chase the flavor down the throat with a bittersweet finish.

Nothing to complain about here. A journeyman's everyday Pale Ale.

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Photo of westonhood
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of rlbthree
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Winston3737
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

A. Pours out into a golden amber color with a thin white head that has good retention and decent lacing. Carbonation is low to moderate.
S. It has a toasted, bready malty smell with a hint of yeast and a little citrus.
T. The taste is bitter at first than get floral hops, some caramel, and finally some citrus in the taste.
M/D. It is a medium bodied creamy mouthfeel and the smoothness of it makes it a drinkable beer.
This is a nice well balanced beer that is not too bitter or sweet and is a nice beer to drink when wanting an APA.

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Photo of Mgrad92
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The hops were more subdued than I expected, both in aroma and taste. But I'm not a hop head, so I found the hopyess to be just right for my taste. The head was thin with larger bubbles than is typical. Not a major flaw. The clairity was excelent. This is a refreshing beer and would go well with a variety of food.

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

I do enjoy this brewery. I live about 15 minutes away from it, and do not go there nearly enough.

Great copper-amber color here, decent head, slightly, barely cloudy. The head disappeared quickly, and didn't leave much lacing.

I didn't smell much here, but maybe some bread and something sweet.

Interestingly, the taste is much bigger than the smell, and is what I expected out of a good, solid APA. It moved from bitter hops to bread to caramelized sugar, ending on a floral note.

Clean overall, very refreshing. Malt and hops stayed in the same balance throughout the beer. It's like it wanted to be an English IPA, but had its own identity anyway. A little thin and watery, but all in all, another great beer from a consistent brewery.

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Photo of kcillini77
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of the Amazing Clubs Beer of the Month Club for June.

Decent looking typical pale ale.

Smell is mostly of sweet malt.

Taste is sweet up front with a bit of a spicy hop wallop on the finish. I think the initial sweetness makes this a little different from other pale ales I've had to date. It's a good thing. The hops are there to be sure, but not the dominant flavor.

A good offering from the Michigan Brewing Company.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I essentially made a RateBeer account JUST to rate this beer. About three years later, BeerAdvocate will finally let me post an actual review for this beer. Here is my original review with my original score.

First of all, I am incredibly disappointed that Michigan Brewing Company has gone out of business. Anyway... I went to a local liquor store expecting to try out Sam Adams Boston Ale, but saw this, and decided to buy it. When I got home and looked it up, that’s when I found out the company’s out of business. I may have bought the last 6-pack of this at that store. In fact, I probably did.

Aroma: A very mild, beer smell. I get nothing else out of this. Maybe a bit of citrus, but not much.

Appearance: I think it looks great. It’s unfiltered, has a nice haze, and you can see the yeast floating around and settling at the bottom. Has a nice summer-like appearance.

Taste: I’m apparently in the minority here -- I think this is an excellent tasting beer. Although I got a metallic taste out of the first couple bottles I had, the past one was incredible. A light, refreshing, perfectly sessionable beer. There isn’t anything mind blowing or unique about it, but it’s a clean, refreshing, damn tasty beer. What else can I say?

Palate: Watery mouthfeel ... nothing fantastic about it, but it suits this beer well. Again, this is why I feel it’s a great session beer.

Overall: I really feel like this is one of my favorite beers... which depresses me. I almost wish I never tried it. Because once I found out the brewery went out of business, I got sort of depressed. Although this isn’t a summer-only beer, summer’s what I think of when I drink this. A very, very good beer.

...one of my favorite beers? Phew, I haven't had it since the original review in 2012, but man have my tastebuds changed!

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Photo of sopor
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan/amber with this quickly dying head. Some sediment and a few bubbles hurrying to the top. Smells of caramel and toasted biscuit malt.

Caramel and biscuity malt followed by a slight sweetness that quickly tries to clean up house but leaves a thin tasty toasty malt and a hint of hops. Floral like hops are assertive but not overpowering, and mostly present before the sweetness comes on.

Moderate body feels great on the tongue with light carbonation.

Not the most quaffable, but a drinkable good brew that I would be happy to buy again. Sadly to say, I live about 40 minutes from this rewery and have never been there!

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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 Realale
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light copper with a fluffy very fine white head that retreats slowly to a complete cap and laces decently.

Nose is a touch of crystal sweetness over a solid base of biscuity malt. Touch of herbal, earthy English hops, and a healthy whack of Burton-esque sulphur. Very English.

Medium in the mouth with good solid malt. Touch too much crystal for me, and the mineral treatment is a bit heavy, although the latter helps to crisp up the crystal and emphasize the minimal hop bitterness. Decent length, fine level of carbonation. Overall, a solid, but unexciting interpretation of the English Pale Ale style.

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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 ElGrecoVerde
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet tasting with juicy and citrus fruits. There's a decent amount of spice in it, mostly tasting like fruit peels, but not a whole lot of bitterness.

Cloudy and light orange. Has a smooth, bubbly feel to it with a nice amount of carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry making it easy to drink. A good summer beer.

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