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Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Singapore IPASingapore IPA

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 235
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 25.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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: 64 | Hads: 235
Photo of MickeyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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)

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Photo of tectactoe
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2/5  rDev -46.4%
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

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Photo of emerge077
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Fusion_Pirate
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of youngleo
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WOW, big 3 inch head. Head was slightly offwhite in color. Head hung around for quite a while. I had to let it settle down a bit. A lot of lacing going on. Brew itself was golden in color. Smelled like a IPA should. Floral hops. pine, slighty citrus smelling. Smell was good. Nothing real strong. Just seemed like the smell blended together real good. Taste was nice. Got that hoppy floral taste with pine. Also malt. It had a slight bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was right. This brew really reminded me of Two Hearted. Both are nice. Id buy again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of superspak
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 12/03/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent lacing left on the glass; with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grapefruit, herbal, floral, orange, pine, some tropical fruits, and a bit of bread. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of big pine, herbal spiciness, biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, orange, and light tropical fruits. Good sized bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine, biscuit, herbal spiciness, and citrus on the finish for a while. Decent balance of flavors; but the bready/herbal quality is a bit over the top for my liking. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly oily mouthfeel. A bit of prickly carbonation on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Good drinkability for the level of alcohol. Overall this is a solid IPA. Has nice aromas, but the taste is quite a bit different.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of pb9613
4.44/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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