Singapore IPA | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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

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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70
Ratings:
272
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
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Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of tapman
4.55/5  rDev +22%
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 salvo
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Lauthaha
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Lillenk
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 HankFinkel
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 kzoobrew
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No notes due to the fact that i only jotted a few things down while sipping on this beer.

Had this courtesy of a friend who was up in Michigan recently. Wasn't sure what to expect.

But one comment of importance. This is a surprisingly good brew! Hats off to Saugatuck Brewing!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.4/5  rDev +18%
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 TCgoalie
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/13/10

Review number 100!!

First visit to the brewery, I had to start with the IPA.

Served in a pint glass with a golden yellow color. There is a one and a half finger fluffy white head. The lacing is great throughout.

Mild skunky hops headline the scent with some light malts in the background.

Ah yes, a hop heavy IPA...the way I like them. A subtle malt profile starts the taste which fades into orange and grapefruit hops. There is some skunk flavor there as well. The big bitter aftertaste reminds me of a cousin to Huma Lupa.

The hop punch gives this brew a medium mouthfeel with a heavy bitterness at the end helping you remember the sip for a length of time.

If you are a hop head, this will keep you interested and wanting more. I will need a couple more Saugatuck brews to see if they are solid. My first impression is good with this beer. I will buy this again.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark golden transparency a fast rising head thick and full of sticky lace. A little bit of sediment to cloud the glass giving the light amber semi-transparency. Smells good and hoppy. A great FULL hop flavor dirtied by something in a good way. A very earthy flowery taste. A creamy oily feel.
Cheers!

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to go to the brewery but didn't have time so picked up a 22oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Golden orange transparent color with nice thick lasting white head and visible lasting carbonation. Excellent lacing. Fairly typical grassy hoppy smell and taste on an ipa but better than average. Crisp feel with lingering taste / feel. I am not a huge fan of ipas but I do like this one. Fairly easy drinkin. Would certainly have a few.

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Photo of MIMicrobrews
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a nice orange hue, it sat cloudy in the glass with a nice, thick head; excellent lacing as I enjoyed... There seemed to be a nice glow about it as the setting sun shown through the glass. There was a pleasant, mild, slightly earthy scent to it. A little citrus/lemon aroma, but not much else. It smells like it almost has a bit of sweetness to it. There is a lot of hop-notch flavor to this brew. The hoppiness really hits you up front. It's interesting how it's a citrusy blend of hop flavor up front with a more bitter flavor at the end. The flavor travels on your tongue, front to back. The aftertaste is quite bitter and lingers a nice long time. The description says it will not punish your palate, but it does pack a nice bitter punch.

Overall, you can tell this is a quality beer. It's not overly unique in comparison to all the other IPAs out there, but it's a quality brew that possesses some nice hop characteristics and complexities. I would find that this is a nice brew to pair with food. A nice, hearty, flavorful meal. So, next time you're out in West Michigan, give Saugatuck Brewing Company a try.

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Photo of boostsr20
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Everything about this beer is good for me, except the balance. Too harsh on the hop profile. Needs a bit more sweetness on the malt end to balance it out. Not a real drinkable IPA. I guess I really still prefer Bells Two Hearted for a session beer.I would drink it again, but its not a beer I would purchase weekly.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light and airy golden honey body with a tremendous amount of bubbles constantly working. I can even pull some orange colors resting below the bone white sheet of icing on top. Head retention is rather impressive as a solid layer of dense foam is stuck on top, momentarily shifting and slushing about after each sip. A pretty solid sheet of lacing is sticking to the glass...here, there, and just about everywhere. Nice look.

S: sharp and pungent fruits (grapefruit, lemons, and tart oranges). Light sugared malts exist in harmony. I am thinking that this is a high alpha hop laden brew with a slight musk and dank hop whiff (reminiscent of the sticky icky)

T: phew. A strong sticky hop resin makes this beer great. The sugar cookie malts bask within the hop juices and round things out rather nice. Flavors of white grapefruit, a squeeze of lemons, a basket of pine needles and a smidgen of pineapple juice are hop-tastic. My tongue is left a bit wrecked after successive sips and gulps. This is without a doubt a hop monster. Pretty impressive from a new brewery, a very bold brew and I like

M: finishes a touch on the dry and bitter side. Hops take a hold and do not let go. I find the body and feel very nice and in the realm of light to mild, maybe just a touch to thin. Plenty of carbonation exists that gives a nice tickle

D: this will most likely make its way into my fridge again. Glad I tried it and I am left wondering why it took so long to have it. A good beer from the neighbor to my south and hopefully more solid beers to come

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