Singapore IPA | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Singapore IPASingapore IPA
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Singapore IPASingapore IPA

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BierFan on 01-29-2010

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Ratings: 285 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +36.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of HopSniffer
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of tapman
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

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Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Great crisp clean IPA. Has a very well balance between the malt and the citrus bitterness.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
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 Raime
4.43/5  rDev +21%
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 ElGordo
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

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Photo of HankFinkel
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of michaelopusx
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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 tetonka4kzoo
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of HopSavant
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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 brother_rebus
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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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