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Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Singapore IPASingapore IPA

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82
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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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: 219 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by lochef81:
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.

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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 supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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

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 HankFinkel
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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 Magpie14
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of ElGordo
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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 AliceG
5/5  rDev +37.7%

love it

Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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 SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, orangey, coppery golden with a bit of haze and a few streams of bubbles. Large bone cap of foam with really great retention and quite alright lacing.

S: Spicy. Pine & resin ( a bit dank) and some citrus rind. Hint of alcohol – slightly fusel. Caramelly sweet malts in the background.

T: Wow. A hop monster. Pine, resin, spicy, dank, herbal / woody, & some rind. Extremely bitter. Incredibly pungent. Soft brief flash of sweet & grainy pale malt – just enough to keep it from being total hop juice. Super strong & lingering hops. Increasingly citrus and grassy as consumed. Not huge variety, but what it has exists in abundance. Pungent NW hops in vicious abundance.

M: Medium body with matched carbonation. A bit light relative to abv. Some texture & chew, but quickly & aggressively overwhelmed by an intense hop drying. Slowly spreading alcohol warmth.

D: An ogre of an IPA – big, burly, dank & rank, and rough around the edges. Hopheads – this one is for you. No pretense at balance. Very much an American style uber hoppy IPA. And a pretty darn good one. Overall, an impressive hop smackdown.

Photo of BierFan
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A hard pour gave me about three fingers of sturdy looking off-white foam. The body is a clear well-carbonated orange. Similar in color to an oktoberfest, i suppose. Good lacing and head retention.

Smell: Very fresh and grapefruity. The smell is nearly entirely of the citric hops with the malt only providng some sweetness.

Taste: Sweet and fruity at first sip followed by a healthy dose of drying hop bitterness. Bitterness and biscuity malt linger on the tongue for awhile.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Seems a little thin. But a thin feel only makes it easier to down a few.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice cloudy golden orange with a frothy white two-finger head that has impressive retention and laves decent syrupy sticky lace here and there.

aroma is brightly citrus, fruity, and tropical. a touch of light malt but really pungent citrusy and pineapple notes.

taste is potent. resinous pine, lemon, bitter orange. honey and caramel with some doughy malt comes through, then more pine, juniper, herbal and green hops. a touch boozy, a touch heavy but delicious.

mouth is moderately full, ample carbonation that's just a touch effervescently prickly... but not bad.

wow. all in all, pretty impressive. aroma is practically otherworldly. I wish the taste followed suit, although the complexity of the herbal notes works nicely.

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 pb9613
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – For an IPA this one was extremely light. The IPA poured a dark gold color with a huge white head that lasted the entire experience. Lacing was awesome.

Smell – This IPA brought the pine and citrus aromas of the hops to the forefront, but there was a hint of malt in the background that stated this was not going to a hop monster.

Taste – I was a little worried that the malts would not come through but it is there behind the huge hop assault on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel – The light coloring of this IPA hinted towards a light body, but that is not true. The carbonation along with the malt back bone makes this beer a great drinking experience.

Overall – Competing in the central coast IPA market is not easy with Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Founders Centennial, and Shorts Huma-Lupa-Licious in it’s back yard, it is not easy to compete. This beer holds it own and in on the buy list.

Photo of sweett3k
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southwest Michigan breweries know how to make great handcrafted brews. Saugatuck, MI is a great beach town with a focus on the arts. You can taste that this beer is more than just a beer it is prepaired to be art. The brew master is the artist and he brings the flavors of Lake Michigan to your lips. Can't wait to go and visit their brew pub. This IPA looks like Lake Michigan during a autum storm, hazy and frothy. Smells of grapfruit citris. Taste citris and honey like a great IPA. Good job SBC!

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with about one finger of fluffy off white head, some of which hangs around.

Smell: The hops dominate with hints of sweetness and citrus. There is also a little bit of caramel on the nose.

Taste: Dominated by bitter citrus peel hops. There is also some grass and herbs as well as some pepper. In the background there is a bit of sweetness from the malt the complements the hops very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of fine bubbles. The carbonation makes the beer feel quite smooth. There is hardly any dryness at the finish.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. I would definitely drink it again if I get the chance. It is very well balanced.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Saugatuck's Singapore IPA yesterday for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. I have tried two of the three Saugatuck beers that The Lager Mill carries so I thought I would give the third one a try, I haven't been too impressed by Saugatuck's bottled beers, but hopefully this one will be different, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain looking but it still looks descent. It poured a clear slightly golden amber color with three fingers worth of fluffy and rocky white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and it left some pretty nice chunky lacing. The color is a little light but other then that it is a pretty good looking IPA.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty hoppy with a nice mixture of floral and citrus hops with the floral hops sticking out the most and it had a slightly soapy aroma. I also pick up a good amount of pale malts that have a slightly grainy and bread like aroma to them. It's a little soapy smelling but it has a pretty good hop fragrance to it that doesn't completely overpower the pale malt base of this beer.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma and on the lighter side for an IPA. It starts off with the malt base that tastes like a mixture of pale and caramel malts that have a nice medium amount of sweetness to them. Then comes the hops which hardly have any of the soapyness that I picked up in the aroma, they taste more like 1/3 citrus hops and 2/3 floral hops, it's a pretty nice mixture that has a medium amount of hop flavors. The finish is a little sweet with a medium amount of bitterness and it has a floral hop aftertaste.

M- Smooth, slightly sticky, medium bodied, and it had a high amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel on this beer was pretty spot on for an IPA.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty solid American IPA. This wasn't the hoppiest IPA, but the hops that were there made for a pretty nice mixture that imparted a nice floral flavor. This beer had pretty good balance, the malt base was well done, noticeable, and not overpowered by the hops. Since this beer is a little lighter on the hops and bitterness then some of the other American IPA's makes it have pretty good drinkability, if I had another one I would drink it. What I liked most about this beer was the look and mouthfeel, it looked pretty damn good in my pint glass and the mouthfeel was spot on for an American IPA. My only complaint about this beer is that the hops could be slightly bolder, the flavor is nice, I would just like it a little more bolder. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good local American IPA, but when it comes to IPA's the ones that I have had from the west coast are on another level. I recommend this to any IPA fan, it's good, really good balanced and is pretty on par for an IPA. So far this has been the best of three bottled Saugatuck beers, and overall a pretty solid American IPA. I would be interested to see what else Saugatuck can do when it comes to hops, I don't know how fresh this beer is since it didn't have a bottling date but I can imagine this beer is even better fresh on draft, if I have the chance I will have to try it like that, good job Saugatuck, this American IPA was solid.

Photo of zoso1967
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Singapore pours a light amber color that seems a bit on the light side for an IPA. It is almost golden really. The head is bone in color and posses decent retention and great lacing abilities.

The aroma is a fairly balanced mix of citrusy hops and some biscuity malt scents. Lemon zest and grapefruit are the dominant hop aromas.

The flavor is more balanced, but in a bad way. The malt comes through much more and it's buscuity and slightly grainy flavors mute the citrusy hops from the aroma. Bitterness comes through strongly, but it lacks hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation. I find the finish to be a bit dry with a very dank bitterness that has very little floral or citrus character to it.

Overall I found this to be a pretty "meh" IPA. It lacked a big hop punch to go along with the bitterness. Also, I found the grainy malt body to be a bit off putting. Hopefully the other offering from Saugatuck that I picked up will be a better showing.

Photo of CHickman
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy gold color with a little orange to it, and a huge 2 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and left moon like craters as it went down; a lot of sediment like dust clouds as the bottom poured into the pint glass; great foamy lacing as it went down, leaving rings as it went down - this is a very handsome pour from the bottle and quite nice to look at. Great start to this brew.

Smells of floral hops up front, followed by grains, sweet malt, lemon zest, citrus hops, light caramel, herbs, grapefruit, coriander, buttery cracker and very light spices; a hybrid aroma that's half American IPA and half English IPA and very refreshing to inhale.

Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, grass, flowers, lightly toasted grains, sweet malt, lemon, citrus hops, caramel, herbs like tea leaf, grapefruit, coriander, Ritz cracker, biscuit or wet wheat bread, orange peel, and very light spices like pepper and faint allspice; as notes above, it seems half American IPA and half English IPA and done really well as this beer is well balanced, complex, tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with a smooth, buttery feel that slides across the tongue and a medium chewy body, light fizzy carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that trails off with a combo of grains and citrus sweetness. Hides the ABV very well.

I must say that this beer took me by surprise and was very enjoyable and a definite session beer, despite lacking the traditional American IPA punch normally associated with this style. Definite recommendation, this was perfect on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Another great beer out of Michigan!

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 ssimpson89
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, golden amber with a small white head. Aroma is of citrus hops. Nicely balanced herbal and citrus taste with a bitter finish. Medium bodied for an IPA with slick mouth feel.

Good, solid IPA. I wish Saugatuck well...Michigan can never have enough quality breweries for me to experience on summer vacations.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/13/10

Review number 100!!

First visit to the brewery, I had to start with the IPA.

Served in a pint glass with a golden yellow color. There is a one and a half finger fluffy white head. The lacing is great throughout.

Mild skunky hops headline the scent with some light malts in the background.

Ah yes, a hop heavy IPA...the way I like them. A subtle malt profile starts the taste which fades into orange and grapefruit hops. There is some skunk flavor there as well. The big bitter aftertaste reminds me of a cousin to Huma Lupa.

The hop punch gives this brew a medium mouthfeel with a heavy bitterness at the end helping you remember the sip for a length of time.

If you are a hop head, this will keep you interested and wanting more. I will need a couple more Saugatuck brews to see if they are solid. My first impression is good with this beer. I will buy this again.

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Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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