Singapore IPA
Saugatuck Brewing Company

Singapore IPASingapore IPA
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American IPA
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3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Singapore IPASingapore IPA
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Photo of BucBasil
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured form the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a very cloudy orange with little off-white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Nice and balanced - ready malt and an earth hope note that is slightly spicy, like clove and allspice. Seems like a good fall beer, surprisingly.

T: Resiny and earthy with lot of malt actually. Biscuit and a vague sweetness. Super balanced for an American IPA. Finishes more malty with just a touch of bitterness that reminded me more of an English style beer.

F: Slightly sticky with a little carbonation.

Overall: I loved the balance of this beer and would pick it up again for sure.

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Photo of Vanzomeran
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Good color for an IPA, appreciate the cloudy too.
This is one of the best smelling beer's I've ever had. Very hoppy, obviously, but a perfect balance of earthen floral and citrus. Love it.
Mouth feel is lighter than I prefer, but good for a hot summer day.
Taste is interesting. Obviously hop forward, mostly earthy. Mostly earthy, where I prefer significantly more citrus. Similar to Elysian Space Dust--I say this because that's a fairly widely distributed beer--if you like non-citrus IPA's best, this is for you.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

random on tap. Vaguely heard of the brewery. Never heard of the beer. Super crisp and refreshing. Citra-y but with more of a bite. gooden color. Full but bubbly. Overall a really nice hidden gem. Will seek this out at some point if ever in the Saugatuck area.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a beige/very dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, malts. Taste is pine, citrus, minty, some malts are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, nothing special, but a decent beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Saugatuck B.C. phase of the Bottle Backlog eradication here at Chez Woody continues.

Following my Pop! of the cap, I employed a very gentle pour since previous reviewers had mentioned haze and/or cloudiness & the challenge for me is to create clarity. Once in the glass, a vigorous swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with modest retention. Color was a slightly-hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13, but closer to 9). Nose was dank, citrusy & piney and, as one fellow reviewer put it, citronella. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a riotous mélange of biscuit and caramel malts with grapefruit rind and pine resin. Bottle marks it as 72 IBUs and it tasted like it. It was the kind of American IPA (AIPA) that really makes this self-avowed hophead's mouth water. Finish was dry, with a very citrusy flavor lingering well past the swallow. The maltiness that I initially perceived was totally overwhelmed by the hops. I had no problem with it, but I know that imbalance is undesirable for some.

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Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of piney hops, slight citrus hops, slight resin, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. The bitterness level is quite high. Tastes of strong piney hops, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, slight herbal notes, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, very bitter, not complex, and good appearance.

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Photo of michaelopusx
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking for a great IPA ,this is a great value, I was able to buy a 6 pax for under $10 and wow what a surprise! Wonderful beer at any price definitely

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had 20 Oz pour on draft at max & erma's at dtw while waiting for my next flight. Poured a pale off yellow with a 2 inch head of off white frothy foam. Head left clear lacing on the glass and had a definite bitter taste that blended with malty notes. Head disappeared very quickly which was disappointing.
Smell of pine and citrus, almost citronella, was very distinct but was muted after the head was gone.
this was my first from this brewer and I would go back for another....maybe this time not at an airport. :)

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Photo of Raime
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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. $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.

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Photo of barczar
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very floral, with a biscuity malt and light caramel backbone. Citrusy hops are subtle. I got a little pine and grass initially.

Flavor is resiny and bitter throughout, finishing very earthy and with a bitter bite. Muddled tangerine and grapefruit that surfaces initially is destroyed by the earthy, herbal character in the finish. Notes of caramel emerge late. You bitter and not enough flavoring hops, for my liking.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, another part of the Saugatuck mixed-pack. No indication on the bottle as to the meaning of 'Singapore' in the name.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some eroding limestone cliff lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, muddled tropical fruit, a more domestic citrus rind, and a strange leafy, herbal bitterness. The taste is more grainy, rather sweet caramel malt, a still kind of yeasty breadiness, fleshy red apple, sedate blood orange pith, and a big herbal, grassy, and somewhat floral leafiness.

The carbonation is actually quite light on its feet, manifesting in a low-key frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the citrusy and herbal bitterness cutting but a shallow trench here. It finishes well off-dry, an ever lingering complex malt sweetness still holding the proverbial bag.

Definitely a hoppy, and more than balanced (refer to any mention of the malt) American IPA, but it's in an East Coast (or maybe Third Coast?) manner. Tasty, and with a decently obfuscated ABV, but kind of confusing, beyond the specific Yankee stylings - again, what does Singapore have to do with this offering?

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Photo of schoolboy
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last of my samples from this brewer and it has been a nice experience - all were good. This one is all around very good.

It pours a pretty yellow with nice lace and a bit of head. The aroma is a little weak for the style but it also isn't over the top and offensive in any way.

The taste is a nice balance of very bitter yet refreshing. Whatever hops were used are an excellent compliment and balance to the whole experience.

The aftertaste is a clean, slightly dark bitterness. Very nice. I may not see Saugatuck very often, but I will try to remember that they were good choices.

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Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first experience with Saugatuck brewing and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The beer pours a handsome orange copper hue with a generous white head that gives way to a decent amount of lacing and a thick resinous white film. The aroma is very piney and citrusy, reminiscent of good west coast ipas. The flavor delivers exactly what the nose foretold. Lots of hoppy bitterness up front followed by a mild malty sweetness and finishing with an awesome coating of bitterness. All in all not the greatest ipa I've had and nothing that stands out from hundreds of other offerings but a damn good and easy drinking ale none the less.

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Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The head on this beer, just slightly tinted, starts off fluffy and creamy and settles to a craggy, billowing two fingers. Beyond that, it settles slowly, getting heavier as it does until it almost looks like a solid, though it does settle to a thick, fat island. All the while, it leaves chunky webbing clinging stickily to the top of the glass, followed by spotting.
There's a bright citrus hops bouquet with an accompaniment of floral bitterness and a touch of pine. It's mostly bright and juicy with some tropical fruits as well as citrus and the zest along with it, but it's balanced by mildly sweet malts with a bready character.
The pine and citrus combo is what hits the tongue at first, with just a light resinous pith. A little saltiness flashes in before leafy rawness, then the complementing caramel and breads. It drifts off a little at the end, but it's pretty impressive until then.
The feel is creamy with a light nip off a soft carbonation in a medium body that edges toward the lighter side.

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium golden yellow with a tight white head.

Caramel malt and light citrusy aroma.

Toasted caramel malt sweetness and piney/citrusy hop bitterness.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Easy drinking and a great price point.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of hackmann
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: clear golden body with a two finger white head that leaves lots on lacing on the glass.

Aroma: herbal hops with a nice touch of citrus on the nose and a fresh biscuit note.

Flavors: white grapefruit citrus rind, nice peppery feel,

Mouthfeel: low-moderate carbonation, white grapefruit like bitterness,

To the Point: rather simple, citrus front and center not much else, if you want a simple grapefruit IPA this is for you.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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 -7.9%
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 +4.3%
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 -5.4%
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 -8.4%
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 -45.8%
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 -18.4%
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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Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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