Michigan Brewing Mackinac Pale Ale | Michigan Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 brentk56
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a two finger head; nice stickage and plenty of clumps of lace

Smell: Toasty, with a modest earthy hop character

Taste: Toasty, up front, with a developing earthy/fruity character that would fit better in an ESB than an APA; after the swallow, the flavor is sweet and fruity, but grainy, with a bit of toffee on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An OK pale ale, but I wasn't a big fan of the grainy element

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Audacious orange with a considerable yeasty haze. The toasted beige cap was two fingers on the initial pour and has a quality look about it. As the foam slowly shrinks, an impressive amount of Swiss cheesy lace plasters itself to the pint glass. Who could possibly think that filtered beer looks better than unfiltered?

Other than being a little low on power, the nose is par for the style course. The hop bill consists of Fuggles and Cascade, neither of which asserts its dominance over the other. On second thought, the funky citric fruitiness of the American hop is slightly more prominent.

Mackinac Pale Ale is pretty good beer. It has about 10 more ounces to convince me that it's solidly good. It's similar to this brewery's High Seas IPA (which has similar ingredients, substituting Northern Brewer for Fuggles), but isn't quite as good. Perhaps time and warming with improve things.

There's plenty of malt for the style, which contributes slightly more Munich malt toasted earthiness than I usually like. Grapefruit-like hops, while nicely upfront and appropriately pithy, don't deliver the bright, juicy flavor that is truly impressive. The Fuggles add an Anglo-American character.

The final few ounces tempt me into increasing the taste score. It's close, but no can do. The mouthfeel is better than competent (medium heft, appropriately bubbled), but can't quite make it over the 'better than average' hump either.

MBC's Mackinac Pale Ale would almost certainly have been more impressive if it was being consumed a few weeks after bottling rather than a few weeks before its 'best by' date. This is a worthy effort that deserves a look from all Michigan hopheads.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

a - Pours a nice, somewhat transparent golden color with 2-3 inches of white head and a high amount of carbonation evident.

s - Smells of musty, earthy malts, as well as citrus hops, bananas, and fruity malts. Not bad but wish it had a little more fruit and a little less of that mustiness.

t - Tastes of toasted and bready malts, citrus hops, fruity malts, and tropical fruit. A very slight bitterness to the taste.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Not nearly as much carbonation as it looked like it was going to have, but it had just the right amount.

d - Not bad for a pale ale. I thought it tasted pretty good and had some nice fruit in the smell and taste. I wish the smell wasn't as earthy/musty and it kept jumping out at me, but not bad. Wouldn't seek out but would have again if it were around.

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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 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 bark
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sold as "Miackinac Summer Ale" in Sweden.

The colour is copper-amber. The two finger head is airy and beige with a small crater. Some lacing.

The smell is fresh and mild: Hoppy notes of grass, lemons and rye bread.

The taste is fruity and balanced. Some mild bitter flavours, hoppy hints of flowers and nuts. There is a malty background of rye bread, crisp bread and a very mild sweetness. The aftertaste is mild with some bread and a fragile lager-like bitterness.

The carbonation is mild. Some large bubbles, the liquid is smooth.

A very gulpable ale, that reminds me more of English bitters than American pale ales. Still it lacks some character and borders to being forgettable.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Luminescent orange. Slightly hazy. Thin cap of dirty white froth. Lace is moderate. Nose is very weak and what is there is malt orientated. No bright and shiny hop aromas. The flavor is stale and oxidized, even though this bottle was packaged less than 4 months ago. Grainy sweet malts. Little to no hop flavor. Bitterness is present to a slight degree. Body is medium-full. Carbonation is restrained. This one doesn't impress me.

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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 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 Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Michigan Peddler on Mackinac Island. Pours a translucent orange/amber color with a medium off-white head and spotty lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Medium-bodied and dry with an underlying harsh hops bitterness. Citrus and sweet malt flavors are apparent as well. The finish is dry and hoppy. Above average overall.

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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 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 Monkeyknife
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle an amber-gold color with a light head.

Nice aroma of sweet malts and toffee.

Roasted malts along with a slight coffee taste. I also note a bit of a bitter mineral aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

This is a decent pale ale that you could enjoy in quantity.

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Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Mitchster
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with 2-row pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-pils malts. Hopped with Fuggles and Cascade.

OG=1.058, 5.5% ABV.

Bad seal on the cap, so I only get a wisp of carbonation out of this one. Pours to a cloudy caramel with orange accents, barely able to form a small scummy ring of bubbles. Obviously little to no retention or lacing and very mild carbonation. Discrete yeasty sediment quickly settles to the bottom. Aroma of sweet pale malts, grain husk, some kiwi fruit, very faint floral hops, suggestion of vienna or caramunich malts in there too. Mouthfeel is mild and smooth with a lightly dry aftertaste and a medium body. Taste begins with a solid herbal hop presence counterbalancing the malts. The bitterness is herbacous and slightly fruity and is mild to moderate in intensity. Alcohol adds some kick and astringency in the finish. No off-flavors other than the mild kiwi. Husk and tobacco astringency.

Ho hum...ain't too shabby but I'll have to review this with a carbonated bottle. As it stands, it just doesn't do much for me, though it's not a bad beer. When I drink a pale ale, I want a touch more hop character. I've had this several times on tap at the brewery and don't have any particular fond memories. Very middle of the road.

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Photo of grub
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a trade with plaztikjezuz. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled may 22/08.

pours nice and clear copper colour with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. touch of caramel sweetness. hint of corn? bready malt. bit of grain. hops are mostly earthy, with a touch of floral character too.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. touch of grapefruit. bready malt. bit of grain. cracker. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is nice. fairly light body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. good balance, but a bit underwhelming overall.

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

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of caramel malt a touch of hops and a little vegetable scent

T - The caramel malt comes out first and finishes with a little bitter hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Kinda just an average pale ale to me seems more English than American not a bad beer just doesn't make me want to try and find it again

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Photo of HardTarget
2.16/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Nothing but a date, 10/06/07, which I assume is a bottled on date.

Aroma: An orange rind hop driven citric fruit smell on a lightly oversweet malt base.

Appearance: Clear copper amber glass holds a thin cover of off white that doesn't hold but gives plenty of lacing as it falls.

Flavor: The orange flavor is mild, the overly sweet base isn't. The hops go slightly earthy and leafy, and more toward the bittering end, not really to my personal preference.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is a little high, making the medium body seem lighter and the total package seem a bit fizzy.

Overall Impression: Too fizzy, wrong hops, under attenuated, not really enjoyable. I'll finish it, but I won't crave another.

Note: Once BuckeyeNation pegged the Fuggles, I understood why I didn't care for this one: I hate Fuggles.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy orange beer with a very thick white head. The retention is pretty good as well as the lacing.

S- Very fragrant and fruity. Different than most other pale ales that I have encountered. The sweetness is very apparent here.

T- Very sweet and not very hoppy. The fruity aspect is pretty interesting. Not a lot going on here.

M- Very creamy, but there is not real lasting hop presence.

D- A decent beer, but not a huge winner. It is a different take on the style and worth a try.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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