Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company
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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
08-27-2011 01:52:44 | More by Vonerichs
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
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
06-26-2011 01:26:07 | More by ssimpson89
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
4.1/5 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
4.1/5 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
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
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!
02-20-2011 02:04:03 | More by sweett3k
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
4.28/5 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
3.28/5 rDev -9.9%
Hazy yellow-orange body. Thick and foamy three finger head. Good retention with a rather impressive curtain of lacing surrounding the glass.
The aroma is all hops. Piny very resinous hops overflow. There is a rather organic green smell noticed, definitely some floral hops.
Upfront there is a big bitter bite. Strong pine and pith overwhelm the palate. The bitterness up font does not balance out well with the late hop additions. For my preferences there are not enough hops on the back end to balance the initial hop bite. Malt flavors are subtly sweet and can be picked up on the back end though the bitterness does carry though til long after the sip goes down.
Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick across the tongue.
This is a good beer in which the hop schedule does not work for me. If not for the use of hops this would be tremendously drinkable. I would be hard pressed to drink more than one of these in a sitting.
10-19-2010 22:05:32 | More by kzoobrew
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
4.4/5 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
4.1/5 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
4.05/5 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
3.93/5 rDev +8%
Wanted to go to the brewery but didn't have time so picked up a 22oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Golden orange transparent color with nice thick lasting white head and visible lasting carbonation. Excellent lacing. Fairly typical grassy hoppy smell and taste on an ipa but better than average. Crisp feel with lingering taste / feel. I am not a huge fan of ipas but I do like this one. Fairly easy drinkin. Would certainly have a few.
06-25-2010 17:50:42 | More by EtOHMD
3.93/5 rDev +8%
Pouring a nice orange hue, it sat cloudy in the glass with a nice, thick head; excellent lacing as I enjoyed... There seemed to be a nice glow about it as the setting sun shown through the glass. There was a pleasant, mild, slightly earthy scent to it. A little citrus/lemon aroma, but not much else. It smells like it almost has a bit of sweetness to it. There is a lot of hop-notch flavor to this brew. The hoppiness really hits you up front. It's interesting how it's a citrusy blend of hop flavor up front with a more bitter flavor at the end. The flavor travels on your tongue, front to back. The aftertaste is quite bitter and lingers a nice long time. The description says it will not punish your palate, but it does pack a nice bitter punch.
Overall, you can tell this is a quality beer. It's not overly unique in comparison to all the other IPAs out there, but it's a quality brew that possesses some nice hop characteristics and complexities. I would find that this is a nice brew to pair with food. A nice, hearty, flavorful meal. So, next time you're out in West Michigan, give Saugatuck Brewing Company a try.
05-08-2010 21:24:30 | More by MIMicrobrews
3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
Everything about this beer is good for me, except the balance. Too harsh on the hop profile. Needs a bit more sweetness on the malt end to balance it out. Not a real drinkable IPA. I guess I really still prefer Bells Two Hearted for a session beer.I would drink it again, but its not a beer I would purchase weekly.
05-08-2010 02:46:46 | More by boostsr20
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
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
04-23-2010 17:14:29 | More by Magpie14
4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
04-10-2010 03:21:30 | More by david131
3.93/5 rDev +8%
Sampled on 4-9-10
Pours a cloudy orange/amber, with a foamy white head that leaves big time lacing and stabilizes at about 1/4" thick.
Smell is nicely malty, with a very sharp hop edge and mega bitterness. Super resiny and quite enjoyable.
Taste is hardcore IPA. Monstrously bitter, resiny hop flavors of pine and citrus, very strong.
Mouthfeel is just right, super thick and sticky. The bitterness has nowhere to hide.
Drinkability is decent, this is only for the dedicated hop head.
Overall, I'm impressed, and look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.
04-10-2010 03:17:46 | More by BMoney575
4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
03-26-2010 02:01:07 | More by danielharper
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
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
01-29-2010 04:19:28 | More by BierFan
Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.