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Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Singapore IPASingapore IPA

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BierFan on 01-29-2010

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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 62
Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Great crisp clean IPA. Has a very well balance between the malt and the citrus bitterness.

Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +37.7%

love it

Photo of schoolboy
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last of my samples from this brewer and it has been a nice experience - all were good. This one is all around very good.

It pours a pretty yellow with nice lace and a bit of head. The aroma is a little weak for the style but it also isn't over the top and offensive in any way.

The taste is a nice balance of very bitter yet refreshing. Whatever hops were used are an excellent compliment and balance to the whole experience.

The aftertaste is a clean, slightly dark bitterness. Very nice. I may not see Saugatuck very often, but I will try to remember that they were good choices.

Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first experience with Saugatuck brewing and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The beer pours a handsome orange copper hue with a generous white head that gives way to a decent amount of lacing and a thick resinous white film. The aroma is very piney and citrusy, reminiscent of good west coast ipas. The flavor delivers exactly what the nose foretold. Lots of hoppy bitterness up front followed by a mild malty sweetness and finishing with an awesome coating of bitterness. All in all not the greatest ipa I've had and nothing that stands out from hundreds of other offerings but a damn good and easy drinking ale none the less.

Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The head on this beer, just slightly tinted, starts off fluffy and creamy and settles to a craggy, billowing two fingers. Beyond that, it settles slowly, getting heavier as it does until it almost looks like a solid, though it does settle to a thick, fat island. All the while, it leaves chunky webbing clinging stickily to the top of the glass, followed by spotting.
There's a bright citrus hops bouquet with an accompaniment of floral bitterness and a touch of pine. It's mostly bright and juicy with some tropical fruits as well as citrus and the zest along with it, but it's balanced by mildly sweet malts with a bready character.
The pine and citrus combo is what hits the tongue at first, with just a light resinous pith. A little saltiness flashes in before leafy rawness, then the complementing caramel and breads. It drifts off a little at the end, but it's pretty impressive until then.
The feel is creamy with a light nip off a soft carbonation in a medium body that edges toward the lighter side.

Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saugatuck Singapore IPA is foggy enough to pass for a Victorian London alleyway - it'd take Charles Dickens to properly capture this beer's complexion. And yet, ironically, it still has the golden colour of a tropical sunset, making it appear rather bright despite the dense haze. Its head appears like a slide sample, all squished and splattered against the surface.

There's not enough trees in my backyard to match this bouquet's level of leafiness. Distinguished by its crudely earthy and pine qualities, this has enough herbalness to pass for a forest. In lieu of citric or tropical fruitiness, the aroma has a kind of 'cat pee' note which, odd as it sounds, is commonly attributed to Columbus hops. It's actually not such a bad thing.

The pungency is dialed down on the palate, though enough of the leafy and dried herb elements manage to make their mark. Cushioning the bitterness is a (nearly) sweet maltiness that tastes like a Louisiana-style biscuit and provides undertones of honey and cookie-dough. Though it retains its grassiness, the aftertaste ends up being much mellower than expected.

Some might find this brand of pungent bitterness to be a bit much for such a pale, simple malt profile, but I'm enjoying it. Granted, this bottle was opened days from its expiry date so it's possible the hops have faded some, allowing more bready character than was intended. Regardless, it scratches both hop and malt itches and let's on not a fraction of alcohol.

Singapore IPA is a very pleasant example of the style: slightly unconventional (eschewing the citrus and tropical fruits), it still has plenty of leafy, herbal, almost savory hoppiness (thanks in part to a lack of amber or toasted malts) and at neither average nor above average strength (near 7%), it makes a nice alternative to the usual archetype. Certainly enjoyed.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle on latest trip to Michigan. "130711" is stamped on the label, which I take to be the "best before" date.

Poured a murky orange beer with just under a finger of off-white head on top. This dissipated quickly, leaving nothing but a thin ring.

Smells of earthy and piney hops up front. More searching reveals caramel malt and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste surprised me, it really hits you compared to the nose. Extremely bitter with the pine, and almost tasting dirty with the earthiness. Grapefruit and a hint of spice pop up on the end. Malt is less sweet and less noticeable. It's more crackery.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It coats the tongue not with a residue but with bitterness.

Photo of hackmann
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: clear golden body with a two finger white head that leaves lots on lacing on the glass.

Aroma: herbal hops with a nice touch of citrus on the nose and a fresh biscuit note.

Flavors: white grapefruit citrus rind, nice peppery feel,

Mouthfeel: low-moderate carbonation, white grapefruit like bitterness,

To the Point: rather simple, citrus front and center not much else, if you want a simple grapefruit IPA this is for you.

Photo of MickeyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I knew nothing about this beer or brewery but decided to pick up at 12 oz bottle in a mix-a-six and give it a try

A- Pours a light golden/orange color, clear with about one finger of white head that dissipated quickly.

S- A really nice hop aroma. Strong and citrusy with hints of lemon. Smells great.

T- A great deal of hop bitterness that is also balanced with some sweetness. The flavor packs a really nice punch. The 7% ABV is nicely covered.

M- Medium bodied, well balanced beer. Great deal of hoppy bitterness and aroma is balanced with sweet malts. Medium amount of carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this IPA. I had never heard of this brewery, but I was really surprised at how good it was. I will have to pick this up again. Great beer for the style in my opinion.

Photo of buschbeer
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It has a cloudy amber body with golden highlights. An inch of off-white head sits on top.

S - As soon as I cracked the bottle I smelled skunk weed. I think this is the first beer that I thought smelled like marijuana. After it set a couple minutes that aroma dissipated. I was able to smell some caramel malt then.

T - I get a strong malt backbone. It finishes with some bitter pine trying to cut through the malt. It is moderately successful.

M - It seems full for an IPA.

O - I picked up a couple Saugatuck beers on a recent visit to Michigan. I'll just say that I hope the other beer tastes better.

Photo of SerialHiker
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice orangish/golden color…very inviting…some bubbles, but not many and there is little to no head…(3.5/5)

Smell: Super citrusy…very orange and grapefruit dominant…that’s really all I can smell…(3.5/5)

Taste: Wow…that is tasty…it’s citrusy, but the piney hops and subtle malts balance it out very nicely…it’s not lemony, it’s orangey/grapefruity, which does differentiate this citrus American IPA from the lot in this category…crisp and smooth, I don’t taste the higher ABV this one has…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light and nicely carbonated…some citrus linger and a bit of bitterness in the after taste but leaves the mouth refreshed with it’s crisp flavor…(3.75/5)

Overall: I like this beer…I’ve gone through a bunch of IPA’s and AIPA’s and this one definitely stands out from the others…while it does have all the classic fixins of a AIPA, the grapefruit and orange flavors are unique, balancing out the hops and alcohol…it’s refreshing, flavorful, distinct and 7% ABV…feelin’ good, lookin’ good! (4/5)

Photo of tectactoe
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Fishbones in Detroit. Pours an amber color, mild clarity; the beer arrived with nearly no head at all except for a tiny, tiny collar around the very edge of the glass. Smell is upfront with the traditional hop-citrus combo; piney, herbal, and a bit spicy with oranges and grapefruit being the easiest fruits to pick out. Taste is no surprise, thanks to the aroma. Hop flavors crash first; pines, dry grass, leafy and herbal, with a slight peppery spice that starts off like it's going to be a problem, but then quickly shows itself to the background. The sweetness comes through a little while after to try and combat the hops. Oranges, grapefruit, and maybe a touch of pineapple. Slight caramel flavor from the malt, but far from heavy by any means. Medium body, pretty average amount of carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer, but I feel like it does nothing to really stand out in front of the vast majority of other IPAs out there. At a place that serves mainly BMC products on tap, this was a great choice. But in a store filled with hundreds of other beers, I'd probably never bother to revisit this one.

Photo of MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bob (klipper). Short-filled, so I'm guessing it was an employee take-home bottle. Code on bottom of the bottle says 282 12 B1W 0657 - bottled October 8th perhaps? Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a very thin cap and thicker collar, leaving a bit of lacing behind. Very lightly hazed golden color with some visible bubbles.

S - Balanced East Coast vibe, with earthy, piney, and herbal hops dominating, on only a touch of citrus in the periphery. Perhaps a bit of cat pee as well. Biscuit and brown sugar malt backbone that's perhaps a bit cloying.

T - Again, very old-school, with palate-bruising bitterness and heavy grapefruit in the finish. The taste is very leafy and herbal, with pine and trace citrus. Malt is a bit more neutral in comparison to the aroma, with more of a bready vibe to it.

M - Medium body that's a bit watery and flaccid. Pleasant active carbonation, fairly dry in the finish, with an oily and resinous residual texture. Only the mildest alcohol warming near the end of the 12oz bottle.

D - This would have been good in 2006, but it's merely acceptable in 2012. You can still make killer IPAs with Columbus and Cascade if you try, but this has too much bitterness and is awfully heavy on the Columbus herbal flavors. Fine for a bottle, but not something I'd revisit.

Photo of ChadQuest
2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Straw yellow orange that is not very clear at all, band of white around the top.
Nose is biscuit like with faint cascade hop like notes throughout, nothing very interesting and the aromatics don't really leap out, subdued.
More orange on the palate, light sweetness up front that fades into bready flavors.
mouthfeel is medium and could benefit from more carbonation.

c/3 = average

Photo of emerge077
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle, unknown date, a string of numbers on the bottom reads "0102 B2 0919".

Pours into a Bells tulip a high clarity orange, bright and jewel toned in the glass, an ample head of creamy foam, and plenty of lacing left behind. Looks good.

Smells a bit muted and mild. Bready pale malt with a hint of something floral and a touch medicinal.

Slick syrupy feel with a moderate bitterness and a trace of metallic notes in the back. Trace pine bitterness, bready sweet malts in the middle. Pretty ho hum and middle of the road. One and done here.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

There are legendary ghost towns on Lake Michigan? You learn something new all the time, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dark greens, light pine needles, toffee, and a few brief cameos from grapefruit zests in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, with some brighter and more plentiful grapefruit, sweeter toffee (approaching caramel), less earthiness in the greens, and a touch of leek, which dashes a lot of the previous gains. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a generally slick feel, and an ever-so-slightly sticky finish. Overall, an okay IPA, but one that never really finds a time to truly shine, leaving it to kinda wallow in an earned obscurity.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a somewhat hazy amber color; the head displays nice retention and leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Citrusy and piney, with grapefruit and other tropical fruit elements

Taste: The hop flavors dominate, up front, bringing citrus and pine along with some tropical fruit; the bread and caramel in the malt balances out the hops, in the middle; nicely balanced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA; nothing spectacular but a nice, middle of the road IPA

Photo of WoodBrew
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not overly impressed with this one. To me its closer to an English style IPA than an AIPA. Nevertheless, the appearance is nothing remarkable, clear golden color (I was able to avoid the massive settlement at the bottom of the bottle) with thin almost non existent white head. The smell is more bittering hops as well as the taste. The first few sips let's one know that alcohol is prevalent. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with decent carbonation. Overall its ok....just expect more of an standard english IPA.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into nonic pint.

Clear, bright, and shiny yellow body with a shimmering white head. Good retention. Weak lacing.
Smells a little boozy, over a predominantly dry bready malt bill with a hint of sugar cookie. The hops are mainly citrusy, but I find the nose a bit muted.

The flavor also comes off a bit muted, at least as far the hops are concerned. The finish is quite dry, little abrasive, and very bitter.

Body is fine-- medium, very carbonated- effervescent feel.

Overall-- not bad... But not that impressive. I prefer more flavor/aroma over straight bitterness, but this beer is decent enough I suppose. Nothing is offensive at least.

Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish yellow color with a nice frothy head that pretty much vanishes into the beer

S - nose is grass, pine, and citrus hop...smells nice

T - taste is similar. First on the tongue are the citrus flavors picked up in the nose. These move to more of a grainy malt flavor, but the hops surge back bringing bitter pine hops and some grapefruity rind bitterness.

M - smooth and full bodied, goes down well

D - this is a nice IPA. Hoppy, fruity, and bitter pine all come together to form the singapore IPA. I would recommend this if you are in the Saugatuck area.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice IPA. A bit too much ink and iodine on this, but it still works. Hearty hop characteristics contribute to a very earthy and hearty ipa that avoids the "light" and powerful citrus/oily/pine hop tone and sticks with a more robust and deeper offering. It could stand to be a bit more vibrant, imo.

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Carefully poured cold into a Weisen glass, Singapore IPA yielded absolutely zero head, minor lacing on the glass as you tilt it to and fro. However, the actual color is a rich golden amber...like when you wake up after a long night and take a good piss!

S: Mild, floral scent, hints of citrus hops, finishing with fresh pine needle notes. Not overwhelming in either a good or bad way- just a good, adequate amount of all elements mentioned.

T: This is where Singapore IPA lets you down...the carbonation is quite strong...too strong for an IPA, in my opinion. The actual flavors are quite subdued; sadly, none of the relative complexities I smelled initially translate into the taste. Really, this has more in common with an Adjunct American Lager than a craft IPA...I'm even getting aftertaste notes of corn. Not cool!

M: Tingly carbonation, watery, lingering moistness...qualities I would frankly expect from a Miller High Life, not a craft IPA. Disappointing...

O: The appearance and smell of this beer belie the lack of substance within. I'm a big IPA fan, and I REALLY tried to like this beer- but frankly, Saugatuck's Singapore IPA is like a sheep in wolves' clothing- all bark, but no bite when push comes to shove.

Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an English "pot" pint glass.
Cloudy, orange/gold in color,with a nice, frothy head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Foral hop note
Taste-Nice punch of floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit rind juiciness and bitterness carries to the finish. Snappy and tasty. Classic American IPA. My first offering from Saugatuck and a very pleasant and enjoyable one. Well done.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mixed six from some local shop straight from the brewery.

The body is a golden-ish color with a super frothy hyper white head. the smell is powdery for sure. A bit of Centennial fruity hops are there, but not so much. It smells light and drinkable for sure. Very Balanced. small hint of pine.

Theres an upfront bite from a load of hops, and all boiled. Im thinking high Alpha Acid hops, but I could be wrong. Resinous and slick. Almost like a bitter form of Two-Hearted. Underlying fruity-ish hops try to come out, but the upfront hops do dominate. Not bad, but not all that great.

Taste is clean for an IPA. Finishes clean and smooth, with a nice crisp feeling that Id associate with an American Wheat.

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This unfiltered IPA pours a hazy lighter blonde color, and very light for the style. Looks like a cloudy weisse. Strong, very nicely floral bitter notes hit the nose, maybe even banana. Not mega malt on the nose or on the palate. Taste is easy, clean, what I imagine a session ale to be, leaning to almost bready (with the bitter), moderately chewy, but well balanced between all the elements, nothing seeming to dominate. Bitter is more floral and maybe pine but I don't perceive much citrus. Blend of hops is distinctive on this one, the echo prominent through time. Mouthfeel is moderately fizzy, not fussing nor scrubbing. Overall, I like this beer and am happy, having gambled on a six without knowing the brewery or the brew.

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Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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