Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery
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4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
First off, the packaging is unusual. Sixteen-ounce cans are sold, four to a box. The graphic design for box and can are distinctive and appealing. Both box and can have wonderfully clear details:
"16 oz, 6.4% ABV, 62 IBU, 13 SRM, Ale". Text includes delightful quote from William Blake's poem "Tiger" (What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"). Allusions to great poetry on your beer can? It doesn't get much better! But read on, and then taste ""Strides forward with a malty cadence, then leaps with a wave of bitterness. Slashed with a giant paw of citrus, pine, and resin! Note the lacing of stripes around your glass - It is the mark of the Tiger."
One thing I like about this - size matters. Memories of the 16-oz Tall Boy cans aside, this is a good serving size for me. Often a 12-oz bottle is not enough and a bomber is too much, but 16 oz has definite Goldilocks qualities.
The brew appears a hazy, dirty golden, capable of producing a solid foamy head if poured vigorously. Aroma is great - grapefruit, resinous and piney, but very little malt nose that I could pick out. And the beer tastes great, delivering hoppy bitter goodness in several varieties. High-alpha flavors of citrus and pine are front forward, with floral overtones. Malt is there for balance and substance, and I suppose I'd call it bready. With a bit of dry sourness, it all transitions to a rich, long-lasting bitter finish that is grainy, but in a good way. Somewhat complex, but not overly so, it's just a very tasty IPA or APA.
Mouthfeel is solidly medium-body, with that slight funky sourness at the rear corners of the mouth. Can't tell if that's a defect or a feature, but I guess it derives from a malt bill that adds subtlety and balance. Overall, this is a beer that I intend to get more of and enjoy again. Highly satisfactory and recommended.
Serving type: can
10-16-2011 10:15:52 | More by dickroop
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