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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,030 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 89
Gots: 192 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 04-22-2005)
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Reviews by dickroop:
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dickroop

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

10-16-2011 10:15:52 | More by dickroop
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

On tap at the Growler station at Consumer Bev. in Orchard Park,I have been looking forward to trying this for sometime.Poured into a nonic a clear copper/brass color with a thinner but well sustained white head that left no lace as it settled pretty quickly.Sharp citric and herbal notes in the nose with a light toastiness and caramel taking a backseat but notiecable,good sharp grapefruit rind bite upfront on the palate the hops really hit hard with some pine as well then it gently melds into a long caramel sweet,toasty finish that doesnt measure up to the hop attack but lets you know its there.A little thin after a few sips but the flavors are spot on a very nice hop-burp inducing IPA here.

03-06-2008 21:47:34 | More by oberon
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a slightly amber, almost orange color with mild clarity, just a touch of haziness as I stare through the glass to the other side. A soapy, white head caps the brew off and leaves some spotty, chunky lace on the way down. At first, the aroma is very subdued; hard to pick up almost anything from the start. Maybe some grassy hops and bitter citrus. As I take a few sips and let it warm up a bit, the aroma starts to finally come alive. A big, biscuit profile is the background to a collage of rigorous hops; piney, leafy, floral, and heavily herbal. Citrus rinds, tangerines, grapefruits. Once you finally get a good whiff of this stuff, you can tell it's going to be a hop monster.

And upon tasting it, you confirm that it is. There's a unique bitterness that hits your palate the moment you take a sip and lasts until well after you've swallowed. Full of pine-tree flavor and light spice; earthy, herbal-tea like hops dance around your palate, super leafy, grassy, and ashy. The fruit flavors err on the bitter side of things and not so much the sweet side; grapefruit pith, lemon rinds, orange and tangerine zest. That's not to say it's completely unbalanced, however - the fruit adds a bit of sweetness to the mix, and the biscuity-malt backbone is powerful enough to stand on its own two feet without being completely obliterated by the hops. At first, there was a slight off-flavor I was picking up, almost a little "soapy", but with time, it has coasted away and I'm not getting it at all anymore - just a nice array of herbal, piney, and resinous hops and citrus. Medium bodied with a hefty helping of carbonation.

Pretty good IPA; nice lasting bitterness and combination of hop profiles. Not a huge citrus bomb, rather the citrus flavors actually seem to add to the bitterness as well. Good balance with a sturdy malt foundation, easily drinkable.

01-28-2013 12:40:30 | More by tectactoe
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

05-22-2012 23:45:56 | More by DavyJones
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LShaw

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -28.8%

08-16-2014 15:29:23 | More by LShaw
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CavemanRamblin

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-19-2014 18:07:15 | More by CavemanRamblin
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MaxT

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-28-2013 04:47:25 | More by MaxT
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withliterature

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

08-26-2013 12:44:55 | More by withliterature
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Tiernan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

09-15-2012 00:36:27 | More by Tiernan
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-12-2013 22:15:23 | More by woodchipper
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-12-2014 20:31:09 | More by dmheinz57
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delaced21

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-20-2014 15:05:53 | More by delaced21
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Poured from the can: near turbid, orange-amber color with a thick, super-creamy eggshell head. Nose is smacked into blissful submission by a heavy dose of fresh, resiny, piney, citric hops aromas. Very creamy and silky; surprisingly light. Big juicy notes of tangerines with a foundation that’s a bit malty and bready, and touched by caramel. Piney hops with a sticky resiny feel, a dash of pepper, and grapefruit, but like when you were a kid—halved, sectioned from the rind, with sugar sprinkled on top. Man, this is one big can of aggressive hop love! And with all that’s going on, it still finishes clean and dry. To hell with tiger blood! Winning is all about drinking (Bengali) tiger beer.

12-15-2011 02:35:50 | More by BeerAdvocate
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steelerguy

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

A - Light amber, high carbonation, nice tall and frothy white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Lots of sweet caramel malt with a hint of citrus.

T - Whoa, that is a sweet IPA, too much residual sugar. Sweet malt dominates the flavor with the hop bitterness taking a back seat. End with a bitter bite, but the hops are a bit hidden behind all the sweetness.

M - Moderate body, a bit syrupy, would like some more crispness...feels more like a DIPA.

O - It's alright, a lot like their Sweet Action with more hops in the boil. Won't be searching this one out.

05-01-2012 23:26:39 | More by steelerguy
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-15-2012 19:17:39 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +12%

A wonderful beer. Served in a pint glass, it was a hazy darkish orange color with a thick white head and a lot of lacing. While there was a little bit of caramel malt in the aroma, there was more of a floral and citrus note. The malt came through more in the taste, and balanced the pine and grapefruit quite nicely. I could drink a lot of these.

02-01-2009 13:54:44 | More by lordofthewiens
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Kappakoosh

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-09-2014 00:43:27 | More by Kappakoosh
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BlitzShadow

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-22-2013 15:38:26 | More by BlitzShadow
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csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-10-2012 19:17:35 | More by csmartin6
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warnerry

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Best by Jan 29 2013

A - Pours a slightly hazy orangish-brown with one finger of off-white head. Head doesn't persist to long, but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Nice mix of pine and citrus hops, with bread malts and a bit of caramel.

T - Nice punch of hop bitterness. Quite piney and resiny, with a good dose of citrus thrown in. Nice bread malts provide some balance for the quite bitter hop presence, along with some caramel. Very nice, especially with the modest abv.

M - Medium mouthfeel is quite bitter and dry, despite the decent malt presence. Quite creamy as well.

O - This one seems to be pretty devisive for some reason, but I found it to be an enjoyable American/English IPA hybrid with a nice aggressive hop presence.

07-04-2012 23:40:48 | More by warnerry
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-17-2012 19:39:59 | More by DWolf
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-23-2014 02:18:04 | More by TTripp725
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Shagator

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-02-2014 04:40:02 | More by Shagator
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renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%

got to sample this can from one of my all time favorite breweries sixpoint everything i had so far from them i have either liked or loved i have not had a bad experience yet

ok here she goes the appearance is awesome super nice big fat head on this one and the lacing is outstanding

aroma like a huge pine forest smell and there is some citrus fruits in there as well i also detect some biscuit and bready malt character

taste is real subtle on the back end i taste a lot of super fruit bitter hops upfront then on the back end less of the hops and more the nice subtle bread character

mouthfeel light in the carbonation but just enough to make the hops sing

overall this is one of the best ipas i had recently and one of my favorite beers from sixpoint so far

07-28-2011 12:41:00 | More by renegadeburger
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kbt5273

New York

5/5  rDev +27.2%

04-08-2012 23:52:44 | More by kbt5273
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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.