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Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Singapore IPASingapore IPA

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 228
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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: 228
Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (731 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 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 youngleo
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (587 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 superspak
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,077 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (1,001 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 SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (3,325 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

tulip glass, no freshness date.

a - a perfect pour gets me a hazy, orange liquid with a quickly rising, 2 finger, off white head. retention is good and leaves thick swaths of lace in the glass.

s - grapefruit, orange, toasted malt.

t - toasted malt up front, notes of citrus, strong bitter slap of pine resin in back. lacking depth.

m - medium with higher carbonation.

o - not bad, but definitely not bringing anything new to the table. worth a try if you're into ipas. (474 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 salvo
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full bodied, rich, nicely hopped, and astringent. If this was brewed anywhere but within spitting distance of Bells, Founders, or New Holland it would have a cult following. Long, slow finish unravels through biting pine hops to bitter dryness. Lovely finish, strong lacing and an overall pleasing personality. (310 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear amber. Forms a frothy bit of white head. Okay retention. Decent amount of lacing. 4

S: pine and pine resin. Smells acrid and bitter, but in a good way. 4

T: starts off with some light, dry, caramel malts. Loads of pine and pine resin
Lead to a fairly strong bitterness. 4

M: medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Strong bitterness. 3.5

O: a solid IPA. Good flavor, strong bitterness. Certainly not a west coast IPA, but they don't all need to be either. 4 (470 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (575 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 ssimpson89
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (320 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 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 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 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 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 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 kzoobrew
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (952 characters)

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