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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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2,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 91
Gots: 200 | 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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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
More User Reviews:
Photo of WellRested518

New York

4.41/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

05-17-2014 02:36:27 | More by WellRested518
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.54/5  rDev +15.5%

Appearence: light amber, thick sticky foam that lasts for as long as I've seen head stick around and eventually settles into nice lacing. Light carbonation. A little cloudy.

Smell; a little bread, pleasant fruit. A touch of not unpleasant sourness. Subtle but enticing.

Taste: wonderful fruit flavor of tangerine, pinneapple and grapefruit. The maltiness compliments the hoppy taste In a nearly perfect way. The bitterness is perfectly balanced with the fruit and malt and far from offensive.

Mouthfeel: suprprisingly light. Very smooth. A touch of dryness but not a dry overall experience. Carbonation is light, as it appears to be.

Overall. Refreshing but just filling enough, , drinkable all year. Really impressive and probably caters to a wide range of beer drinkers. Great to introduce novice drinkers to the vast world of craft ales.Would buy again.

09-29-2013 07:13:56 | More by SteveB24
Photo of WhiteHillsStore


4.56/5  rDev +16%

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.

07-09-2014 16:25:48 | More by WhiteHillsStore
Photo of blindtiger24


4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Pretty unique to see a 4 pack of 16oz cans. Labeling and design of the can are great, including the barcode that resembles the NYC skyline.

A: Hazy with accents of light golden and copper tones. Even with the cloudy nature of the beer, you can see a steady stream of carbonation. A nice 1.5 half finger head that is sticky with interesting stripping on the glass's side (lives up to it's name)!

S: A snap of citrus and piney hops as soon as the can is opened. Intense grapefruit, ester, bread notes with stinky, dank hop notes underneath.

T: A bit sweet at first, but intense hop bitterness follows immediately with an earthy, piney, and tobacco flavor. There's some nice tangerine and pineapple sweetness that temporarily mutes the bitterness. The malt imparts it's own gingerbread type sweetness, but the initial hop bitterness penetrates through the whole sip and lingers on the tongue.

M: Very similar to a grapefruit in that there is some sweet, watery moments but overall there is a bitter, drying effect as well. It all plays out nicely, at times it's a super bitter, full bodied ale that backs off just enough with splashes of lighter bodied freshness and relief.

O: A strong effort from a brewery that has never disappointed, in my opinion. Complex, highly drinkable while maintaining an intensity and full-bodied profile that is memorable. More and more we're finding extremely high quality and challenging beers in cans and this is no exception. Top to bottom, this is a visually pleasing, aromatic, excellent tasting beer.

12-27-2013 01:14:08 | More by blindtiger24
Photo of BradMacMullin


4.6/5  rDev +17%

I had it at Posto in Somerville Square. Had it on tap as it poured a golden copper color. Nice lacing. It had a smell, but for the life if me I don't know what it is. Had a great hoppy taste. Fantastic malty blend, but it is the crispness of the drink and hoppiness that hits home. Very refreshing beer that doesn't seem like a show stopper for the night sitting at only 6 percent. Good stuff

09-25-2013 23:27:20 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.81/5  rDev +22.4%

From a one pint can.

Aroma is citrus and new mown grass. Pours a deep orange amber with a full foamy beige head. Head lasts a goodly time and lovingly laces the glass. Taste is full on citrus hops , crisply satisfying! Very pleasant aftertastelingerson the palate.

01-01-2014 01:31:03 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of 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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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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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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


2.8/5  rDev -28.8%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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


4/5  rDev +1.8%

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


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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


4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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


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
Photo of 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
Photo of danthehopslamman


4/5  rDev +1.8%

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


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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-09-2014 00:43:27 | More by Kappakoosh
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-10-2012 19:17:35 | More by csmartin6
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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,043 ratings.