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Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Singapore IPA
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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BierFan on 01-29-2010)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saugatuck Singapore IPA is foggy enough to pass for a Victorian London alleyway - it'd take Charles Dickens to properly capture this beer's complexion. And yet, ironically, it still has the golden colour of a tropical sunset, making it appear rather bright despite the dense haze. Its head appears like a slide sample, all squished and splattered against the surface.

There's not enough trees in my backyard to match this bouquet's level of leafiness. Distinguished by its crudely earthy and pine qualities, this has enough herbalness to pass for a forest. In lieu of citric or tropical fruitiness, the aroma has a kind of 'cat pee' note which, odd as it sounds, is commonly attributed to Columbus hops. It's actually not such a bad thing.

The pungency is dialed down on the palate, though enough of the leafy and dried herb elements manage to make their mark. Cushioning the bitterness is a (nearly) sweet maltiness that tastes like a Louisiana-style biscuit and provides undertones of honey and cookie-dough. Though it retains its grassiness, the aftertaste ends up being much mellower than expected.

Some might find this brand of pungent bitterness to be a bit much for such a pale, simple malt profile, but I'm enjoying it. Granted, this bottle was opened days from its expiry date so it's possible the hops have faded some, allowing more bready character than was intended. Regardless, it scratches both hop and malt itches and let's on not a fraction of alcohol.

Singapore IPA is a very pleasant example of the style: slightly unconventional (eschewing the citrus and tropical fruits), it still has plenty of leafy, herbal, almost savory hoppiness (thanks in part to a lack of amber or toasted malts) and at neither average nor above average strength (near 7%), it makes a nice alternative to the usual archetype. Certainly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 00:02:22 | More by biegaman
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Gidyup

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

09-11-2013 13:55:56 | More by Gidyup
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mcdsports

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-08-2013 16:57:47 | More by mcdsports
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miwestcoaster

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

09-06-2013 21:19:59 | More by miwestcoaster
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-30-2013 13:29:13 | More by tommy5
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Kaveman

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.1%

08-26-2013 02:43:44 | More by Kaveman
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C_S

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

08-22-2013 17:42:15 | More by C_S
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

08-14-2013 03:23:33 | More by Jas45678
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

08-10-2013 01:18:17 | More by larryarms847
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-02-2013 00:41:25 | More by Drk93TT
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-29-2013 01:26:06 | More by bccrosley
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Jsmitty1967

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-27-2013 00:13:33 | More by Jsmitty1967
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Rons35

Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-15-2013 18:19:00 | More by Rons35
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Alchris2

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-08-2013 22:07:41 | More by Alchris2
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-06-2013 19:45:06 | More by smartassboiler
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BrySoChi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-25-2013 04:08:48 | More by BrySoChi
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allisonastra

Michigan

1/5  rDev -72.5%

06-20-2013 04:39:10 | More by allisonastra
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Rohkey

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-18-2013 20:50:03 | More by Rohkey
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-14-2013 20:24:08 | More by mrebeka
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mgroothuis

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-12-2013 22:13:42 | More by mgroothuis
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-11-2013 17:35:06 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle on latest trip to Michigan. "130711" is stamped on the label, which I take to be the "best before" date.

Poured a murky orange beer with just under a finger of off-white head on top. This dissipated quickly, leaving nothing but a thin ring.

Smells of earthy and piney hops up front. More searching reveals caramel malt and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste surprised me, it really hits you compared to the nose. Extremely bitter with the pine, and almost tasting dirty with the earthiness. Grapefruit and a hint of spice pop up on the end. Malt is less sweet and less noticeable. It's more crackery.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It coats the tongue not with a residue but with bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 17:10:09 | More by CFHMagnet
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Slay40

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-20-2013 00:55:55 | More by Slay40
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-12-2013 01:10:41 | More by TastyIsBeer
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warnerry

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-09-2013 17:17:37 | More by warnerry
Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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