Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Singapore IPASingapore IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 224
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | 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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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 224
Reviews by BreakfastStout:
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Great crisp clean IPA. Has a very well balance between the malt and the citrus bitterness. (90 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kerry1
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of LaurensDeJong
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of dcbeers
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of HankFinkel
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first review. Please forgive any etiquette errors. Blind buy at a great little beer store in Muskegon, Michigan - Ladd's. Looking for local brews I can't get at home in Pittsburgh. Owner recommedned this one which is brewed nearby. Bought a six pack of Founder's Centennial which I have had before as a comparison. Liked the Singapore IPA better and I am a fan of Founder's Centennial. Great color and head retention which you don't uisually get in most IPA's. Exceptional mouthfeel for an IPA. Creamy but not enough to take away from the great citrus flavors and balanced hops. A must try for any IPA fan if you can find it. (628 characters)

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lcdawg
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, another part of the Saugatuck mixed-pack. No indication on the bottle as to the meaning of 'Singapore' in the name.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some eroding limestone cliff lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, muddled tropical fruit, a more domestic citrus rind, and a strange leafy, herbal bitterness. The taste is more grainy, rather sweet caramel malt, a still kind of yeasty breadiness, fleshy red apple, sedate blood orange pith, and a big herbal, grassy, and somewhat floral leafiness.

The carbonation is actually quite light on its feet, manifesting in a low-key frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the citrusy and herbal bitterness cutting but a shallow trench here. It finishes well off-dry, an ever lingering complex malt sweetness still holding the proverbial bag.

Definitely a hoppy, and more than balanced (refer to any mention of the malt) American IPA, but it's in an East Coast (or maybe Third Coast?) manner. Tasty, and with a decently obfuscated ABV, but kind of confusing, beyond the specific Yankee stylings - again, what does Singapore have to do with this offering? (1,326 characters)

Photo of nikigava
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light and airy golden honey body with a tremendous amount of bubbles constantly working. I can even pull some orange colors resting below the bone white sheet of icing on top. Head retention is rather impressive as a solid layer of dense foam is stuck on top, momentarily shifting and slushing about after each sip. A pretty solid sheet of lacing is sticking to the glass...here, there, and just about everywhere. Nice look.

S: sharp and pungent fruits (grapefruit, lemons, and tart oranges). Light sugared malts exist in harmony. I am thinking that this is a high alpha hop laden brew with a slight musk and dank hop whiff (reminiscent of the sticky icky)

T: phew. A strong sticky hop resin makes this beer great. The sugar cookie malts bask within the hop juices and round things out rather nice. Flavors of white grapefruit, a squeeze of lemons, a basket of pine needles and a smidgen of pineapple juice are hop-tastic. My tongue is left a bit wrecked after successive sips and gulps. This is without a doubt a hop monster. Pretty impressive from a new brewery, a very bold brew and I like

M: finishes a touch on the dry and bitter side. Hops take a hold and do not let go. I find the body and feel very nice and in the realm of light to mild, maybe just a touch to thin. Plenty of carbonation exists that gives a nice tickle

D: this will most likely make its way into my fridge again. Glad I tried it and I am left wondering why it took so long to have it. A good beer from the neighbor to my south and hopefully more solid beers to come (1,548 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at Crunchy's in East Lansing. Body is a nice golden color topped by a finger's worth of creamy white head. Aroma is dank, resinous, and piny, along with just a whiff of pale malt and a hint of skunk. A nice tiered lacing forms on the glass as the level goes down.
Palate is very hop-forward. Pine, resin, ganja, and a hint of very bitter citrus are only very slightly offset by the light pale malt base. Finish is a lingering piny bitterness. Body is creamy and a little bit sticky, with a long-lasting, sticky hop residue on the finish. I feel like I need a toothbrush after finishing a pint. A very enjoyable beer, goes down very easy. Definitely the hoppiest non-west coast beer I've ever had. Simply excellent. (733 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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

Photo of Gidyup
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just slightly darker than straw yellow in color. Tons of cascading sticky lace.

Smell is resinous pine and floral notes. I don't really pick up any malts at all. It just reeks of hops.

Whoa, this is bitter to the extent of masking the flavor. The piney hops do peek through, but the hops are almost all puckering effect. There's an asprin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but well carbonated. And bitter.

I liked this beer, but the overly bitter hops detract from the flavor. If the bitterness was just toned down slightly I think it would be a better package. (575 characters)

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.