Singapore IPA | Saugatuck Brewing Company

Singapore IPASingapore IPA
BA SCORE
3.66/5
280 Ratings
Singapore IPASingapore IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
saugatuckbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BierFan on 01-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,328
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
280
pDev:
12.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
50
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Knapp85
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a somewhat hazy amber color; the head displays nice retention and leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Citrusy and piney, with grapefruit and other tropical fruit elements

Taste: The hop flavors dominate, up front, bringing citrus and pine along with some tropical fruit; the bread and caramel in the malt balances out the hops, in the middle; nicely balanced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA; nothing spectacular but a nice, middle of the road IPA

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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 zeff80
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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 ZEB89
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not overly impressed with this one. To me its closer to an English style IPA than an AIPA. Nevertheless, the appearance is nothing remarkable, clear golden color (I was able to avoid the massive settlement at the bottom of the bottle) with thin almost non existent white head. The smell is more bittering hops as well as the taste. The first few sips let's one know that alcohol is prevalent. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with decent carbonation. Overall its ok....just expect more of an standard english IPA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

There are legendary ghost towns on Lake Michigan? You learn something new all the time, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dark greens, light pine needles, toffee, and a few brief cameos from grapefruit zests in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, with some brighter and more plentiful grapefruit, sweeter toffee (approaching caramel), less earthiness in the greens, and a touch of leek, which dashes a lot of the previous gains. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a generally slick feel, and an ever-so-slightly sticky finish. Overall, an okay IPA, but one that never really finds a time to truly shine, leaving it to kinda wallow in an earned obscurity.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice IPA. A bit too much ink and iodine on this, but it still works. Hearty hop characteristics contribute to a very earthy and hearty ipa that avoids the "light" and powerful citrus/oily/pine hop tone and sticks with a more robust and deeper offering. It could stand to be a bit more vibrant, imo.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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 MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 280 ratings
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