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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

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

This pours a crystal clear amber, noticeably thinner looking at the edges, with a big-bubbled two finger cream head that dies down into something smaller leaving a little lace. On the nose there is a caramel malt note with some fruity hop notes too. It's not especially citric, nor sour, just slightly orangeish but not in the overpowering sense. In the mouth the caramel malt provides the base, slightly sweet, well balanced with some surprising bitterness coming through as the caramel notes fade. The finish is medium but chameleonly, with some sweetness up front but a dry fruitiness further back and lingering. The body is medium light, very drinkable.

Overall I like this beer, and the sweet malt base is a nice touch in contrast to the popular bone-dry pales.

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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 onefmatt
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a copper color w/ a creamy head.

S: Aroma is that of 2-row pale malt, very bready. Some fruit and caramel smell. Mild hop aroma.

T: Decent malt character. Caramel again is present. Hop character is more mild than I would like.

M: Lighter body, but still acceptable.

D: Decent. Might grab for another pale ale, but this would be fine if there were no other choices.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy gold with a white fluffy 2-finger head that left a little bit of lacing as it fell. You could also see some yeast particles floating around. The smell was that of citrus, hops, and some caramel. The taste is a bit toasty at first, then the hops come into play and there is some citrus notes as well. The finish is a bit bitter with come toffee or caramel notes also present. The mouthfeel is pretty much average. Medium body with a medium carbonation. I also thought that it was quite refreshing. The drinkability is good. These go down smooth, and I wouldn't have any problem putting a 6-pack of these down.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours and orange-gold color with a thin white head that recedes quickly, as i have noticed most MBC beers pour.

S- Citrus hops up front with some sweet bread malts.

T- Hop flavor with bready and sweet malts a little fruit flavor near the end. Bitterness is present at the beginning but dosen't last. Almost a watery finish, not many recognizable flavors linger after a drink.

M- Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes rather crisp.

D- Not a bad beer but out of a style with so many great contenders it does nothing to set itself apart. Overall a beer that I can enjoy occasionally but would get sick of it if I used it as a session beer, though there is nothing about it "un-sessionable" per-say

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

A. Pours a clear effervescent clear orange/gold with a billowing white creamy small bubble head that settles down to a thick foam and leaves tones of residual lacing around the glass.

S. Lots of bread with some earthy hops, a bit of orangish citrus, and some sweet light malt.

T. Bitter upfront with some sweet bready character. Earthy bitter hops on the tail and aftertaste.

M. Medium mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. However, for the style I'd like a bit higher carbonation. This is probably the first time I've ever wanted more carbonation in a brew; I just think this style should be a bit more crisp.

D. Good, but I'm left with a bit of flavor fatigue due to the somewhat low carbonation on the swallow. All in all still a decent brew.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ABOWMan
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This ale poured a light amber color with two fingers of fine white head. The ale was fairly cloudy with some yeast residue apparent. There was no lacing apparent on my pint glass and the head was short lived.

The aroma was malty with some caramelized brown sugar notes.

The flavor was sweet malt, followed by fruity orange and roasted grain.

The mouthfeel was quite effervescent, almost to the point of being distracting. As a result, I didn't rate drinkability very high for a beer that should have been very drinkable.

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Photo of n811
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agreed this beer is a bit underrated right now. Maybe because this tastes more like an English Pale Ale to me.

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass revealing a nice light amber colored beer with a slightly off white head which stuck around quite a while.

Smell was very unlike APA. Sort of mineral-y. Not exactly appealing but what the heck. Taste is nicely balanced. The hops are not in your face but more subdued. Slight bitterness shows nicely in this beer.

I like it.

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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 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 smibroncos
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Poured a cloudy copper, with a two finger light brown head, ample lacing on the glass

S. I know this sound weierd but it smelled just like chef boyardee ravioli. I was sceptical thinking the beer was skunked. i couldn't find a date on the bottle.

T. Nothing like the smell. More malt than hops slightly sweet with a bitter dry finish. Reminded me more of a brown ale than a pale ale.

M. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

D. Ok, I don't think I will try this one again.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a foamy off-white head and seemingly medium-low carbonation. A good hop nose with citrus and piney notes. Decently thick body. The flavor is very good at first but finishes off leaving something to desired. It sort of goes slightly sour at the finish. A pretty drinkable brew and a decent attempt from MBC, but not my favorite pale out there.

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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 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 association330
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, reddish-amber color with two fingers of creamy, pale golden head. Hazy with yeast in suspension. Outstanding head retention and nice lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, some fruitiness, and faint floral hops (a little extra punch would've been nice). An odd note of celery as well.

T - More sweet caramel malt, and a juicy grapefruit character. Finishes with very modest hop bitterness that is more drying than it is bitter. The grapefruit and slight bitterness linger on the tongue for awhile. Everything is quite balanced here, though I would have preferred a little more of a hop bite.

M - A little on the light side. Otherwise, creamy and smooth. I would've liked the carbonation to hold longer than it did, it seemed the last 1/3 or so of my beer was too flat for the style.

D - It's a solid, more balanced take on the APA style than is typical. This would be a nice warm weather quaffer.

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