5.5% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Clear gold-copper in color, slight white head with mild retention and lacing.
Aroma: Aggressive floral and resin hop smell with only a hint of toasted malt.
Taste: Very spicy hop and fruity flavors over mildly sweet and toasty malt notes, with a strong lingering hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit astringent, medium carbonation.
As the name implies, Pure Michigan IPA is brewed with 100% Michigan-grown malt (from the Lansing area) and all Michigan-grown hops, of the Chinook, Cascade, and Brewer’s Gold variety, from Empire. The result is a deliciously serviceable IPA, satisfying for the casual hophead and gratifying to the kind of drinker (me) who is not overly enamored with the grapefruity end of the hop spectrum. Fruity esters are plentiful, while the malt profile is subdued but not nonexistent. Overall, it’s quite tasty and just one more indicator that the up-and-coming beer-related agriculture industry in Michigan has a bright future indeed.