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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,213
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 108
Gots: 334 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sixpoint on 04-22-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The original Sixpoint homebrewed IPA formulation, first brewed in 1999 and released commercially in 2005.

64 IBU
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Ratings: 2,213 | Reviews: 586
Photo of MDHopster
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not retired at all, still current on Sixpoints site and available. On tap at the White Oak Tavern, one of the better near session IPAs out there. Best of the flight for the night.

Photo of weiserr
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An all-around decent IPA. Although it's currently listed as retired, I still see sixers of this floating around local shops. I recall the first time I took a whiff of the Tiger; it was at my 2013 fantasy baseball draft. The highlight of that evening, albeit not the beer, was grabbing Matt Harvey in the late-late rounds. Better yet, to sounds of "who is this guy?" Clearly they soon enough found out about the Metropolitan flame-thrower. Here's hoping he has a successful rebound in 2015, and let's all hope that Sixpoint truly hasn't retired this beer. Perhaps they're modifying it. In summary, this IPA is decent - nothing more or less. If someone was on the fence about converting to craft and wanted something that was not entirely off-putting, I may offer them this. Cheers.

Photo of gazzaboy789
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

crisp and very refreshing beer

Photo of phil215
4/5  rDev +1.5%

easy drinking ipa.

Photo of thadream
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

All around good

Photo of dgrenader
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Lighter and crisper IPA that goes great with pizza. One of my favorite beers now.

Photo of Dwkasper
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Refreshing IPA. Safe choice at a restaurant

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.99/12 oz can at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Can BB 08May15 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to a broken 2 - 4 mm layer
Lacing excellent – complete thick rings and stalactites of mostly small bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor begins with a fairly light piney hop presence which fades to a somewhat chalky bitterness with a short hang time. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Another pretty good beer from Sixpoint.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale orange body with a big, frothy head that left lace down the glass. A strong citric and floral hop smell. An easy to drink IPA that is simple with a mix of light citric hops and some caramel malt to balance with sweetness. Lighter-bodied IPA that passes smoothly but does kick in with a little dry backbite. I'd have another of these although nothing special here.

Had this beer a second time almost five years late in July, 2014 and poured a reddish gold with two finger head and lace ring down glass. Citric hop aroma is prevalent and the beer is smooth, light, easy to drink, balanced with citric hops and touch of grape and caramel sweet malts. Excellent finish that makes this beer a must-have.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. The beer pours a nice orange/yellow with a nice head that trails the glass. The smell had a lot of great hop notes to it while also getting a little bit of sweetness from the malt. The taste was similar with pine and floral notes from the hops and then a mellow crisp finish. A very well balanced beer that made for a delicious experience. Would definitely recommend.

Photo of gr0g
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Very nice copper hue, capped with a couple fingers of foam. Impressive-looking lacing. Citrusy, slightly dank aroma. Initially it smells like mostly classic C-hops, but there's enough of a tropical pineapple/guava presence to suggest the usage of Citra or something similar. Very fresh and hoppy on the nose.

Moderate bitterness, primarily citric. I found this to be more dry than most IPAs that are my "regulars," all of which clock in at around 7-7.5%. Slightly grassy on the way to the finish, where there's a slight grapefruit note. Slick mouthfeel with a fine, fizzy carbonation.

Everything comes together to create a tasty IPA that really seemed to hit the spot on a warm summer night. Much more memorable than the outgoing Bengali Tiger, which I tried once but never bothered to pick up again. I will certainly be revisiting this, however.

Photo of bound4er
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Dark straw to light amber appearance. Head of 2+ fingers that has excellent retention and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S. Pine hops and bready malt. Not the most expressive nose but clean smelling nonetheless.

T. Biscuity malt followed by lingering pine and green herbs. Offers nice sustaining bitterness. Not the most complex tasting beer but, like the nose, it is very clean tasting. This stuff is highly gulpable as it quickly invites you back for a another sip.

M. Average to just below average mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O. I have not have the pleasure of drinking Bengali Tiger so I cannot pass judgement on it. This beer is extremely easy to drink and offers a nice alternative to the oh so popular tropical tasting IPA genre. A good one for a warm summer's night.

Photo of rawfish
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy can. Hazy, amber gold coloration, the head reaches nearly two fingers with a ton of soapy ringed lacing stuck to the glass following average retention. Really great looking.

The malt base is very doughy and features some waffle batter adding some sweetness to the hop aroma. Tropical passion fruit and a dusty and grassy underlay are prominent in the hops with notes of orange citrus, pine and fruity esters.

Bready with honey and cake batter sweetness. Balanced IPA with pine and citrus pith that cuts through with quite a high amount of bitterness but not so much flavor. The citrus pith acidity carries into the finish accentuating a sharp and drying bitter kick.

Medium bodied with only a brief window showing the booze. Average carbonation. The bitterness is sharp and building during the drink and has a god drying effect.

This tiger has claws, attractive beer with a large perceived bitterness and bite during the drink. I wish the nose had more to it, the passion fruit is nice and unique. Hop flavor really needs to be ramped up as well.

Photo of dgilks
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden colour with a moderate sized, foamy head. Good lacing. Good head retention.

Slightly aromatic hop aroma with good citrus notes. Moderate sweetness from the malt. Touches of grassy resin.

Moderate sweetness with a moderate hop bitterness. Quite smooth. Grapefruit. A solid IPA.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice beer. I really like the balance here which is achieved without over the top sweetness. Good.

Photo of larryarms847
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden yellow that pours crisp with a light and frothy head.

Grapefruit, toasted nuts, orange zest, and resiny hops.

Orange and grapefruit, very bitter on the back end.

Mouthfeel is very light and mellow for an IPA, but finishes strong and bitter.

Overall not my favorite six point brew, but a damn tasty one.

Photo of jneiswender
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 ounce can into a chalice
Oranges yellow Hue for the body and an off-white head
Pine grapefruit and a sweet grain smell
Resin fruit sweet middle
Medium carbonation and mouth feel
Nice beer but a somewhat offputting order of flavors. Certainly how assertive but the malt flavors are far too subdued

Photo of WellRested518
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a mason jar. Why? Because it was clean.

A- gorgeous. When poured it leaves an off-white head upon a perfect orange body. As you drink the lace sticks to the glass like a sheet of ice and refuses to withdrawl.

S- different. The piney/citrus notes are there like any other ipa, but with a twist of caramel, bread & butter. It simply drops the "drink me" bomb. Obviously, I submit.

T- once again, bread and citrus; with a heavy touch of pine. The caramel cuts nicely against the hops, but doesn't hinder the resins from asserting their roles.

M- full and refined. Silky yet sparkling.

O- much better than I expected. I was assuming it to be just another ipa, but was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of simont1
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5 month old can. Pours bright orange with a rich dense head. Aroma is resiny, quire floral, some refreshing citrusy tropical fruit. Taste meets with a clear bitterness, very refreshing, resiny, quite floral, very balanced, really nice malt background, would be superb if it was more tropical fruit, super high drinkability.

Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into snifter.

A: Pale amber, very hazy, two finger thick head, well retained, lots of
lacing.

S: Yeast, rye, biscuit, cork with some
citrus, not overly hoppy but pleasant.

T: Yeast, cranberry, molasses, sour dough, biscuit, slight
bitterness slight boozy burn at the finish.

M: Smooth, heavy body, thick texture.

O: Thought more of a Belgian Pale Ale than an American IPA
whatever that might be.

Photo of nodder
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Orange/amber with a fair amount of haze. White head that fades quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S- Citrus and pine. Underwhelming.

T- Citrus to the face with a piney/bitter aftertaste. Quite nice, really.

M- Bitter with medium body mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

O- Like this one a lot. Would buy again.

Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big boy can pours a big boy beer: hazy but translucent, three-finger flat white head, golden, straw-tinged ale. Great head retention and nice scattered lines of lacing.

Sweet and floral aroma. Big biscuit notes. Hint of pepper. Strong hop aroma, but nothing particularly dominates.

Sweet and bright flavor. Very balanced bitterness and juicy hoppiness with a strong malt profile. Floral and honey; light, spicy earthiness; hint of rye and pepper; tobacco; bread and light brown sugar from the malts.

Very easy drinking; not at all syrupy. Medium-light feel, can definitely drink this fairly quickly, but the flavors are the kind you want to slow down and savor. Very nice oily retention gives it a long, non-dry finish.

This is a very enjoyable beer, and a very nice counterpoint to Resin. It's quite hoppy, but it really brings the malt profile to the tongue in a way most IPAs do not. It's got a ton of flavor, and it's not afraid of any of it. Drinkability and feel are outstanding.

Photo of flyingpig
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Crystal Palace (Wetherspoons), Glasgow (£2.49):
This one looks perfect; a bright amber to orange colour with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that holds great & leaves nice lacing too.

Pine hops and strong tropical fruit notes with a lot of citrus and some clean, sweet malts that hints at some caramel. Touches of grapefruit with pine notes seeming to dominate. Lighter on the nose than I was expecting but it is a nice one.

Pine hops and some grapefruit come through from the nose along with some citrus as well. Good lemon flavours and light malts as well to mix it up a little. Some orange towards the end as well.

Very bitter offering with a medium body and smooth body. Carbonation was quite lively and there was a dry and tangy feel to it with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Hoppy and enjoyable with plenty of pine notes and flavours good bitterness too. You could tell the beer was a strong one but it still went down fairly easy, so much so that I went back to the bar for a second can. I can't wait to try more from Sixpoint now.

Photo of fmccormi
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a nucleated can-glass; freshness date of July 22, 2014 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“BestBefore22Jul2014 1727 DK+”), which, if I’m doing my math correctly, would make this beer a little over two weeks old (16 days, n’est-ce pas?), so, y’know, fresh. Bought it from the cooler yesterday, and it went straight to my fridge. As close to ideal circumstances for consumption as I can reasonably attain.

Appearance (4.5): Three fingers of light, yellowish-khaki foam rise easily from the pour, capping a slightly hazy, burnished honey-gold body with strong orange undertones. The head dies down slowly, leaving a cratered surface and excellent lacing as you drink the beer: thick collars of foam, tightly-spaced, linked by legs and small sheets chase the beer for the first half of the glass. Seriously outstanding appearance.

Smell (3.75): I’ve always loved how “bright” this beer is. It isn’t reeking of resin (like Resin) or oozing with nectar (like Hi-Res)—but it’s still bright, crisp, moderately juicy, and wet-smelling. Ripe pineapple, lemon zest, and light resinous and piney notes compose the hops, sitting astride a rich, lightly toasted bread character with honey and light toffee and caramel notes.

Taste (3.75): A decently bitter start (a nice, juicy grassiness followed by light orange tones with some pineapple character) leads into a truly balanced malt body: rich breadiness (think brioche) accompanied by toffee-like tones (like a caramel note but with a slight bitterness from the toasty angle) anchor the hops, allowing a mildly astringent resin tone to shine on top. Towards the back of the palate, the hop bitterness turns very piney and citrus peel-oriented, helping to scrub away the malt body for a dry, slightly lingering, bitter finish. Neither booze nor discernible yeast character are apparent here. Turns slightly juicier, in an interesting way, towards the end, with a light pineapple note coming out more.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-weight or a maybe even a little fuller, but never thick or syrupy—not even close. It’s mostly dry, easy to drink, and satisfying. The finish is really quite dry, and carbonation is great: soft at first, evenly distributed, moderate foaming action, clean wash out, no prickling and only a light tingle. Fits the style.

Overall (4.0): This is kind of a classic, textbook “East Coast” IPA done right, which I dig. It’s actually balanced, which is what it is—a lot of people don’t want a balanced IPA, others do, and that’s all well and good. This is balanced. It’s also bitter, slightly juicy, and has a firm pine/zest/resin character to duke it out with the malt. It’s just a well-crafted, even-handed IPA, and it comes in pounders for crying out loud. This shit was made for evening grilling and campfires.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows pear, lychee, piny hops and lots of sweet clean malt.
Flavours follow along the same line but more focus on the pine. Still a fair whack of malt but the sharp bitterness wins out in the end.
Great moderately high carbonation.

Photo of osant37
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

pours a brownish orange rust color. with just a bit of haze. 1 finger quickly dissapating off white head. smells of grapefruit & lemon with a handful of pine needles. although the citrus notes are pretty faint. taste is different than the smell. alot more bitterness than citrus notes. faint caramel malt backbone. this is my first beer from six point. i hear really good things about theyre other offerings. but im not to crazy about this one. yeah id drink it again if offered to me but not something id buy again.... cheers!

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,213 ratings.