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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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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 100
Photo of berserker256
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured nicely into my pint glass. It presented a weathered old penny type of copper color to it. The beige two-finger head fizzed away rather quickly. There's a semi-sweet type of aroma that reminds me of carmel. And that smell is combined with a slight hoppy odor. Like a pine cone dipped in hot bubbly carmel. I like this style of beer significantly better than stronger hopped IPAs. This is like a light IPA. It's semi-sweet with half the bitter pine flavor of an IPA. Good feel and pleasant to drink.

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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 scoobybrew
2.74/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out with a nice head that is very well retained. It has a light copper color. The aroma is hoppy with very faint traces of malt and some alcohol. The taste is bitter, but not overly so. It finishes very dry. The body is medium-light with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent enough pale ale, but it's more like a British pale than an American pale. Even so, it's a bit dry and could use a little more malt balance (I think).

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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 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 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 eberkman
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Spagnuolo's in Williamston, Mich.

Poured a deep copper with a small white head that retained for a few minutes. The aroma was mostly malty/caramely with some floral hops peeking through. Not a lot of hoppy bite in the taste -- again mostly malt with a subtle bitter finish. Pretty crisp and drinkable as well -- not a bad session brew, but everybody having a pale ale and with so many better options out there, this is not a go-to beer.

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Photo of montageman
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear amber color accompanied by a pale white head that slowly dissipates into a lot of lacing. Smells clean and roasty, maybe a bit of pine. Taste is refreshingly crisp - malty with a little hop kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is good for a pale ale - carbonation is fine and there is a bit of creaminess from the malt. Easily sessionable - this is a totally decent beer. Recommended.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug at the Red Hawk in Ann Arbor with my lunch.

Poured a nice and shiny brass/copper color. Very clear. Very mild nose that gave just a slight hop presence. Grain bill gave off a slight bittersweetness.

Medium body that was perhaps just a bit watery. Kind of like apple juice. Flavor was mostly malty with some fruity esthers. Hops gave just a slight bitterness that provided a nice balance. Very drinkable and a solid pale ale.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a murky, translucent orange with bits of sediment floating throughout. No head to speak of, or lacing. Smells bready with some sour fruit scents mingling in there as well. Fruit cake gone bad? Taste is not as bad as the smell but it isn't great, either. Malts up front followed by a sour, bitter finish. Slight floral hop flavor tries to peek out but the sourness won't let it. Medium body with good carbonation...dry finish. Mouthfeel is the best part. Hopefully, I just got a bad bottle when I went to Detroit and this isn't the norm from them. I will have to try again when I go back...don't think I can finish this one.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.09/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - this beer pours a light nut brown, with a thin short lived tannish head

S - this beer has a sweet/sour aroma, like sauerkraut at first, with a definite apple finish, very weird, i hope its not skunked

T - this is, sour, ugh, i hope its skunked, but i havent had for more than a few weeks its sour, very sour, like vinegar in sauerkraut

M - couldnt tell had to pour it

D - low, way to sour to be drinkable

i think this is the same beer, mine was in a 4pack of plastic bottles

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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 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 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 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 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 ypsifly
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Clear amber with a thick head of white that is over a finger. Good retention and wispy lace.

Earthy malts and a nice clean hop aroma. Slightly more malt than hop.

The taste is much like the nose, but the hops become more pronounced towards the finish, but the malt flavors never really go away until the very end. The mouth is a tad weak, but this is a good session beer.

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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 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 frazbri
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mackinac Pale Ale from Michigan Brewing poured clear copper topped by a creamy white head and good lacing. The aroma had some bread and fruit notes, but not much of either. A fruity slight apricot flavor starts things out, and bitterness finishes the flavor. Body was medium, and carbonation medium to high.

This is an unobtrusive pale ale. It has a nice bitter finish. The aromatics just don't come into play.

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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 stoutman
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rather citrusy aroma and light grapefruit hops. Pours a transparent amber with a small white head that diminshes quickly. Light malty initial taste with a nutty and a rather light citrus hop finish. Good hop aftertaste that lasts awhile. Nothing special.

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Photo of mentor
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from the brewery itself and consumed the same evening in December 2004. Poured a single finger white head that quickly settled to a ring around the inside of the glass. Crystal clear and golden straw in color. Smells of a oranges in a cohumulone hop kinda way and sweet malt. Oddly, I get a whiff of buttered sweet corn, too. Tastes caramelly sweet with mild hop bitter and a faint orange/tangarine hop citrus. Much sweeter than hoppy. Faintly carbonated and medium bodied. This is interesting...I get an apricot flavor late as the beer is going down the throat plus a peach fuzz feel on the tongue as the carbonation fights through the beer residue. I like this beer, even though it's not much of an APA. A bit too sweet to enjoy an entire 6-pack in a single evening, but it's an enjoyable beverage.

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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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