Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company
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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
4.72/5 rDev +29.7%
This beer was a total sleeper. I picked it up only because I had never seen it bottled before, though I had it on tap at the MI Beer Festival. It never struck me as a stand out before, though that's a difficult thing to do for any beer against 20 others, but this bottle caught me off guard.
The intial aroma was a combination of citrus and pine hops, with some grassiness and fruitiness. Not a hint of malt. Just my style.
The color was a strawberry blond, with an unusually large head. Only a very slight chill haze.
First taste was a citrus/grassy hop smack. Total surprise! Last time I tried this beer it was ho-hum hopped. This must be a reformulated recipe. Anyway, the malt character is minimal, but just enough to keep it from being astringent, which is surpising, since the ABV is 7%. I would never have guessed there's enough malt in there to hit 7%. That's got to be the highest ABV of any IPA I've ever tried that wasn't syrupy enough to put on pancakes. I really hate getting an IPA or DIPA that is so malty that it just buries the aroma and flavor of a ridiculous amount of hops. But this beer has the perfect ratio of hops/malt for hop fanatic like myself. I would compare this with IPAs like Yellow Snow, Humalupaliscious, etc. Not quite up to Green Flash for hop aroma/flavor, but truly a specatular find from a small, relatively unknown brewer. The finish left me with a lovely stick-to-your-teeth, hoppy mouth coating, and a typical lingering, dry, hoppiness and bitterness. Yummy!
Interestingly, the label totally downplays the flavor profile, suggesting that it is balanced and not palate punishing. I couldn't agree more. It's nice to see such a beer marketed that way, instead of insane, extereme, etc. Fantastic.
02-04-2010 20:23:30 | More by HopSniffer
4.55/5 rDev +25%
A light orange body that is relatively clear even with evident bottle conditioning. I'm looking forward to a clean beer. Head is thick, rich and whipped cream like.
Nose is apricots and white flesh peaches and uncooked pastry dough maltiness. Raw hop oils give the nose a nice spice.
Very delicate malt/hop flavor; the sweet doughy malt and a floral hop character combine for a subtle, yet rich balanced taste. A moderate-high bitterness follows behind along with a little raw grass that lingers.
Full, rich mouthfeel. Must be plenty of sugar left in this one. Carbonation is strong, though not harsh.
An awsome beer and even bette on tap at Foran's in Detroit!
09-17-2011 03:39:16 | More by tapman
4.5/5 rDev +23.6%
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.
01-16-2012 00:34:00 | More by pb9613
4.4/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
08-05-2010 02:21:34 | More by ElGordo
4.38/5 rDev +20.3%
12 oz. bottle.
Slightly hazy golden orange body. Big, thick, marshmallowy, very light beige to white head. Good lacing. Lots of citrus rind and pineapple on the nose. Powdered sugar and candied fruit malt as well. Smells like a nicely-balanced IPA.
Citrus hop bitterness right away. Grapefruit and lemon. Toasted malt and marmalade fill in. Bitterness increases, nicely, with more citrus notes, and a little pine too. Light caramel and sugar cookie underneath. Minty hop bitterness lingers in the very dry, appetizing finish. Medium-full body with a nice, creamy feel. A very nice IPA, that fits in nicely with the other Michigan heavy hitters. Hope to see more bottles from this brewery!
06-03-2011 01:16:35 | More by alexgash
4.28/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
11-23-2010 00:41:02 | More by HankFinkel
4.22/5 rDev +15.9%
Pours a light orange hue with a frothy 2 fingered head. Great retention on the snifter.
Has a crisp hoppy and citrus aroma. This has a nice pine scent.
This IPA has a nice, complex first taste. It has a healthy dose of grapefruit and other citrus. Singapore offers a hefty punch of bitter hops. A sweet honey taste finishes to balance the hoppy bitterness. Nice floral taste.
This IPA is creamy and medium-bodied. An impressive IPA-my first Saugatuk brew! Good drinkability and heavy on the hops.
11-14-2010 00:13:52 | More by tetonka4kzoo
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
02-13-2011 20:26:31 | More by oline73
4.15/5 rDev +14%
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.
03-15-2013 00:06:37 | More by MickeyBeer
4.13/5 rDev +13.5%
No notes due to the fact that i only jotted a few things down while sipping on this beer.
Had this courtesy of a friend who was up in Michigan recently. Wasn't sure what to expect.
But one comment of importance. This is a surprisingly good brew! Hats off to Saugatuck Brewing!
08-06-2010 01:37:46 | More by Urbancaver
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
08-19-2011 08:10:54 | More by djeucalyptus
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
07-10-2010 03:19:04 | More by TCgoalie
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.
Appearance was nice. A little lighter in color than I would expect from the style but very clear and golden color with a nice white head.
Smell was huge of hops and citrus.
Taste was great. Lots of hops and lots of citrus but still well balanced and finished smooth.
Mouthfeel was good. Light in body but full of flavor which is probably my favorite characteristic for a beer to have.
04-10-2011 23:09:17 | More by Lillenk
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.
Appearance: Beer is a slightly cloudy medium-dark golden color with medium-level active carbonation visible through the glass. Head is airy; almost pure white; and leaves thick lacing occasionally as it recedes.
Smell: Almost like an orange creamsicle. Malt is pleasantly like sweet cream, and the hops shine through with a true orange scent. Mostly floral nose on the hops, though there's a slight tinge of bitterness if you focus hard enough.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is medium-bodied, and enters with a mild hop bitterness. As the carbonation plays out, the malt lays down on the tongue with a subtle sweetness nowhere near cloying. Great flavor without being too unrestrained...a nearly perfect brew! Aftertaste is reminiscent of pine sap.
Overall: Not a bad drink. There's nothing over-the-top awesome going on, but it fits within the style perfectly. Definitely worth a try if you're ever around Douglas, MI.
05-21-2011 02:15:06 | More by Lauthaha
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
Poured from the bottle a clear gold color with orange highlights and two fingers of sticky beige head. Good lacing all around.
Juicy aroma of orange, floral hops, and a light touch of tropical fruits and wheat cracker.
The taste opens with orange and floral hops upfront, quickly followed by a malty bite. The finish is pretty bitter.
Medium bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.
This was my first beer from Saugatuck Brewing and I wasn't disappointed. Maybe not among the finest AIPAs out there but definitely a good one.
07-09-2012 22:20:34 | More by Monkeyknife
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
A nice dark golden transparency a fast rising head thick and full of sticky lace. A little bit of sediment to cloud the glass giving the light amber semi-transparency. Smells good and hoppy. A great FULL hop flavor dirtied by something in a good way. A very earthy flowery taste. A creamy oily feel.
06-27-2010 05:47:03 | More by JordanEllwanger
Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.