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Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Singapore IPASingapore IPA

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85
very good

63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 229
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | 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: 63 | Hads: 229
Photo of HopSniffer
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,742 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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! (665 characters)

Photo of pb9613
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah look at that, some more crack smoking reviewers due to the ease.

Saugatuck Singapore IPA


After having a few.. less than diserable brews out of these guys I was reluctant to try anything else. But...at $1.79 a bottle...hopefully they can make a solid standard IPA.


Look - Pours a perfectionist mixture of amber and a clear copper with a finger and a half of slightly off white head that doesn't stick around for too long, but retains as a film on top of the drink. Carbonation appears to be on about medium with this guy. Lacing is there, although not all that impressive. 4.25.

Smell - Those dry mosaic hops are all over this. One thing I truly love, is that with mosaic hops they never take on that ridiculous onion like scent nor flavor that bothers me. I'm sure the beer may be old, but it still walks with a heavy stick. 4.25.

Taste - Once again the Mosaic does its job. Dominates with a touch of deep marijuana and perfume like hoppiness and this one surprisingly finishes a bit on the fruit side with a smidge of grapefruit piths and maltiness. The bitterness is noticeable though very pacing and makes you wait a second between drinks. Fuck, this one may hit the near perfect balance mark. 4.5 .

Feel - Body is pretty full with only trace amounts of carbonation and it is quite creamy due to the well retained head. 4.5.

Overall - As a Mosaic bomb that welcomed the other stooges, I liked this one quite a bit, especially considering that it was filler for one of my mix a sixes. As I have always said, the brews you pull off a shelf at random usually end up being some of your favorites and this is no exception to that rule. Ignore the hype, ignore it all, and go find you one of these. Remember a few weeks ago after a night of Kroger bought mix a sixes I said.. " What a horrible night to be a beer drinker "...Y'know, since all those ones sucked. But tonight is. What a wonderful night to be a beer drinker S everything as surpassed. my expectations. 4.5. (1,984 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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 alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (690 characters)

Photo of HankFinkel
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 tetonka4kzoo
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (499 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of MickeyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of Lillenk
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (420 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (962 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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! (279 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (538 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A medium hazed orange liquid with a creamy egg shell white head. Almost perfect.

S- A very crisp smelling with very noticeable celery, caramel, and sweaty sock.

T- Surprisingly bitter with a crisp celery aspect and a nice caramel backing. Slightly earthy, but overall there is something different about this that sets it apart from the pack.

M- A lasting bitterness but clean with smooth carbonation.

D- For the ABV and bitterness, this is quite refreshing and tasty. I am really impressed with this beer and it is driving home the quality of this brewery. Definitely worth trying. (588 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at the A2 Summer festival. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Poured a light golden copper with big two finger white head. Floral aroma with some sweet light citrus in the background, and just a hint of sweet pale malts. Flavor follows with a beautifully light citrus on the palate and just a hint of pale malt in the background to give it a nice sweetness. Finishes crisp as can be. Lightly slick, medium high carbonation, and easy drinking. Good stuff. (468 characters)

Photo of danielharper
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color into my glass, very clear with only a slight haze, with a thick slightly off-white head that sticks around on the top of the glass. Head is foamy and somewhat bubbly. Appetizing. Has a strong crisp hop aroma, Chinook maybe? Very West-Coast, but definitely not a C-hop. Underneath there's a nice orangey citrus component, sweet and malty. Again, very inviting.

Flavor is similar. Strong bitter hops, not overpowering but with that almost soapy quality, with a sweet orangey malt backbone. Hints of yeast underneath. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, with heavy hops (obviously) and a moderate carbonation.

Overall, I like this beer, but it does get a little monotonous over time. Again, I've heard good things about the brewery, and I'd recommend this beer, but probably not one of my all-time favorites. (844 characters)

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
Cheers! (308 characters)

Photo of BierFan
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (1,649 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 (525 characters)

Photo of sweett3k
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (499 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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)

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Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.