Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

583 Reviews
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Reviews: 583
Hads: 2,254
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 117
Gots: 380 | FT: 4
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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Photo of rousee
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick murky apricot color with a small head that vanishes fast. There is some beautiful lace left on the sides of the glass.

Smell is clean maltiness with some citusy floral hoppiness.
This is an extremely well balanced and tasty APA. Excellent up front hops and malt with a slight chalky mouthfeel but nothing that would detract from the enjoyment of this fine ale.

Extremely smooth and drinkable for the style. One of my favorite American IPAs or APAs. (463 characters)

Photo of TGigs15
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not an over the top hops lover. This IPA was great for me. Great look to it with a decent sized head. You get a great aroma of the hops when your nose hits the glass. Crisp flavor with no lingering bitters on the aftertaste. Great beer. Will have many more of these. (270 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a half pint tasting glass

Appearance : a slightly orange haze color . Not much of a head ont his one even with an aggressive pour it disappeared quickly.

Smell : this beer smells wonderful. Very pungent hop forward aromas. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit citrus aromas. I am very impressed with the smell of this one.

Taste : lots of maltiness and very well balanced with terrific hoppy goodness. The hoppy bitterness really lingers on my palette for a long time.

Mouthfeel : medium body with light carbonation

Overall : this is a beer I would like to have again and again. This is why I drink craft beer so I can experience great beer like this one. This beer is very well done the only thing it lacks is some lacing and head retention . But that is easy to get over because this beer has great aroma and taste. (842 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ANOTHER fabulous canned beer. I had this and Oskar Blues G'Knight yesterday evening during a BBQ I held at my place (along with so many other beers). This one REALLY stood out. It's hard to believe how under the radar this brew is. A very smooth drinkable IPA with a fabulous hop profile. It's not an egregious amount of hops either. It's just right. I'll be drinking plenty of this going forward. (397 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (860 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. IPA are typically not my favorite style, but I think this is one of the better ones that I have tried and I am really coming around to the style. It was served on tap in a pint glass. It was a great clear orange color with a strong hoppy aroma and flavor. It was also bitter and also had some floral notes, but smooth and very enjoyable to drink. I would have had another and will be trying to locate some in the near future. Highly recommended. (473 characters)

Photo of PCampbell
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Pours an orange/ copper color with a minimal light white head.

Has an awesome heavy citrusy, floral hop smell to it. The citrus hop flavor continues into the taste, with some bready malts as well. A very well balanced flavor to it which makes it extremely pleasurable to drink. Has a thin mouthfeel to it and is nicely carbonated.

A great IPA overall, well balanced and full of great flavors and smells. Well worth a taste. (469 characters)

Photo of Jerico
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark, copper/caramel color. A small fluffy head. The beer hugs the glass for a bit when taking a swig.

S - Hops, and lots of 'em!

T/M/D - this beer is a pleasant surprise! It is thick and punchy, and very hoppy. It reminds me of DFH90 but with less of an apricot taste, and a slightly burnt character. Delicious! (318 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

160z can poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Bright orange with some haze. One-inch white head is comprised of small bubbles. It settles a bit, but never fully goes away. Big, sticky rings of lacing form the whole way down the glass as the beer is consumed. Impressive.

S: Lots of mandarin orange. Sugary orange gummy candy. Honeydew melon, subtle pineapple and pine scents. Fleshy grapefruit. Malt base is very sweet on the nose. smells absolutely delicious.

T: Green, oily and pithy floral hop tastes open, but give way rather quickly to alternating flavors of orange and grapefruit. Fleshy grapefruit with sugar. Grass clippings and a touch of pine resin. Sweet, sugary malt base takes the edge off the bitterness and really just accentuates everything well. Grapefruit is back, but again with some sugary tastes to offset the bitterness a bit. Finishes with fleshy grapefruit, green tasting hop oils, and a touch of sweet, ever-so-slightly grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied, extremely creamy and smooth with an even, moderate level of carbonation. Very full in the mouth and somewhat slick with hop oils.

O: Damn. This is the best IPA I've had in a long time. A great beer.

Notes: I usually prefer my IPAs on the dry side, but this one works very well. (1,261 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum in NYC.

A still terracotta colour that reminds one more of a rustic Tuscan countryside than a humid jungle coastline in South Asia. By Sixpoint's own admission the beer is hazy; I'd say that's downplaying it a little. The beer is completely bleary, as if someone had kicked up a pile of dust. It works, however, because colour and complexion suit one another well. To boot, a big handful of super frothy tapioca pudding was spooned over top.

These kinds of intense American IPA's typically expose the really hoppy side of beer. Often, however, there are more exceptions than there are rules. While this surely meant to put hops in the spotlight it also insisted they share the stage with the malts - as it turns out, it's the malts that seem to be stealing the show. It's a resounding scent of singed caramel and with it a squirt of citrus juice and a few shavings of zest.

The malts notwithstanding, there was never ever any doubting that there are plenty of hops in here. The suggestion of both fresh and dried fruits is nothing short of boisterous; the hops are clearly good at what they do. The beer has all the tang of a freshly squeezed orange juice and boasts ripe, fruity flavours of pineapple and coconut. The hops will also show their herbal side and reveal more floral notes, hints of green tea and whiffs of jasmine.

Bengali Tiger probably uses up a hop farm the size of Bangladesh but it never looses its balance; it is more than just a hop juice smoothie. Those malts were strong-armed enough to imprint notes of almonds, toffee and crisp toast. Their sugary sweetness will cause incessant lip licking. Their sweetness mutes a lot of the bitterness which otherwise would probably get away from you. This drinks like it's on cask. Wow I'm impressed!

Bengali Tiger certainly earns Sixpoint their stripes. Hopefully, unlike the animal, this beer will never be at risk of extinction. And hopefully, unlike the animal, this brewery might leave their habitat once in a while. It might sound funny telling people one of my favourite beers is the Bengali Tiger, an American India Pale Ale, but who cares?! This is a tremendously well balanced beer and I can't imagine a more exceptional drinkability. (2,241 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This review was based off of two different cans. One was poured out into a glass and the other was drank from the can.

A: A very dark, cloudy amber. Three fingers of off white head.

S: Huge pine and grapefruit smell from the can. Dig a little deeper and there is tropical fruit and sweet malt.

T: From the can, there were intense pine and grapefruit flavors followed by tropical fruit. From the glass, it was more tropical fruit and citrus entwined with herbal notes. Biscuit malt and a slightly earthy hop.

M: Medium body and medium carb. Pretty typical here.

O: I'm a big Sixpoint fan and this one did not disappoint. For a fruitier experience drink from a glass. For a hopper experience, drink from the can. Either way, you can't go wrong. (749 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones.

Slightly hazy orange color with a fine, tight white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Very pretty.

Pronounced aromatic hop aroma - herbal and piney. Hop-centric flavor too. The malt provides some body and a hint of sweetness but seems to be designed to support and not overshadow the hops. Big piney hop flavor with a bit of citrus on the edges.

Round, juicy with a mouthcoating hoppiness. Pleasant lingering bitterness with a dry finish.

Great with barbeque - the hops don't get lost in all the great sauces at Redbones and the beer seems to cleanse the pallet with each sip. A great drinking IPA. (634 characters)

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent!

A very unique dry hopped smell! I would love to know their technique to harnessing the aroma. Its awesome. Dank and citrus hops.

Slightly hazy appearance. Quickly dissipating head.

Taste - also very unique. Excellent citrus hop flavor...definite english influence overall...balanced by biscuity estery maltiness. Very old world tasting.

Mouthfeel is great...very smooth...nice carbing...small bubbles so as not to create that carbonation sting that interferes with flavor...close to cask like quality.

Overall - I can't put my finger on the aroma/flavor that they have created. I notice it in their other ales. Its like they somehow married english, belgian, and american yeast to create this very unique quality. I can't describe it but I love it.

Try any of Six Point's offerings and you won't be disappointed!

Cheers! (841 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really happy that Sixpoint is now distributing into New Jersey. I was surprised by Sweet Action in a local restaurant. Now we have four of their beers in the store.

I picked up a four pack of Bengali at the local liquor store... and I was happy to finally taste this beer. Then I shared with my neighbor because my tree fell in his yard (thank you Irene).

I poured the can into a snifter to extend the life on the bouquet of this beer. It smells great. You get the grapefruit and pine smells; along with some floral.

Bengali has that perfect orange haze with a pretty good amount of head on the initial pour.

It tastes amazing. There is a ton of hops, but I didn't get much bitterness. There also wasn't any dry mouth accompanying the hops explosion. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I look forward to picking up another four pack (all for me). (858 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

another 12oz bottle, this one a bit fresher and supposedly dry-hopped.

pours an amber orange with yellow borders, red center.. a rainbow of beer-related color spectrums. lots of active carbonation lead directly to a creamy, rich head. strands of solid lacing exist where there once was beer.

nose evokes an insane tang of sweet-tart citrus balanced beautifully by an intense, syrupy toasted malt. candied orange rinds mix aromatically with a more concentrated orange scent, reminiscent of the citrus section of a produce department. traces of raw hop flowers and raw cracked barley round out the nose, adding something else utterly organic (orgasmic?) to the mix.

just as creamy mouthfeelwise as i remember, and very bitter for a quick second... earthy essentials bring the rough, dirty bite and disappear just as fast. you're left with the sense that you have just ingested some top-shelf ingredients, put together to form a gourmet, classy IPA in the english style.

with the exception of a slight chalkiness in the finish (probably the yeast from the sample bottle) this is a near-perfect IPA and benefits astronomically from dry-hopping and consuming while fresh. highly recommended. (1,200 characters)

Photo of tigernipples
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was just released in the area. excited to try it. best of Sept 29th on the bottom of can.
picture of NYC skyline in the UPC, pretty cool.

A:pours almost a redish brown. nice 2 finger head.
S:smells of citrus, herbal, slight malts in the background.
T:wow , there is a spice that hits right away, followed by a smooth malt thats blends and finishes with an orange citrus. bitterness cleanses the mouth. hops are id say moderate. spice/citrus shine here.
M: Beautiful mouthfeel on this as the malts (though hidden underneath) smooth and round out the more agressive spice and citrus.

Bottom line. I'm loving this. at 6.5 ABV its quite drinkable. i had no idea what to expect when getting this. liked the idea of a 16oz IPA in a can and can honestly say this may be one of my go tos. Im lucky to be in the distrubution area of the newly canned sixpoints. If you you can get Sixpoint, try it. its not Ruination, Pliny, Hopsickle or your your other big hopped west coasts. Im tempted to say its akin to Victorys hopdevil due to the herbal spices that lend to the hops but its on another level from Hopdevil.
Great stuff. (1,123 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's Really satified with it.

A - Poured into my Duvel Tulip a hazy orange colour with a big two finger creamy head that slumps down to leave a thick blanket and big clumps of side lacing.

A - Big citrus hop notes, especially oranges. There are some nice malt notes on the back too.

T - Boom, just like the nose. Great hop bitterness with the main player being orange flesh and rind. Some sweet pine bitterness, along with more IPA malt sweetness on the end.

M - Good mouthfeel here, nice bitterness. Slightly lower carbonation than normal for me.

O - Overall this was a shockingly good IPA. Holy cow good. Great price point on this 6 pack makes this a definate "must try" for lovers of IPAs. (727 characters)

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass. A rich orange, the color of a Bengal tiger of course! Smells like an early morning hike through a Rocky Mountain pine forest - herbal piney resin and very fresh and crisp. This is a hoppy mother with white pepper spiciness yet balanced by just right maltiness. Resiny full mouth feel and a moderately dry finish. Excellent! (359 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (759 characters)

Photo of iflah45
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color, slightly darker than most ipas. 1 finger head that fades quickly with much lacing.

Very interesting aroma. Nice change from the tropical fruitinees of most top ipas (i.e. pliny, lunch, etc.) Much orange and pine which combine quite well. Pine is very very nice.

The taste is great, can really pick up the malts and it balances greatly with a medium bitterness.

Very clean crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a smooth transition to a bitter finish.

Great ipa and I am so glad i can get it regularly in cans now. (545 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Sunset.
Thin/creamy head. Hazy brown/amber color. Looks like Apple Cider. Awesome lacing.

Big Hop slam, bread tones,more citrus grapefruit. Some lemeon even. Wonderful lingering hop finish.

Subtle carbonation, medium body

Awesome drinkability. (276 characters)

Photo of MetalandBeer
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is dark but hazy orange leaning a bit towards amber. Two fingers of off-white head after an aggressive pour from the tallboy can into a 20 oz.goblet.not much lace on the glass, with a medium amount of carbonation visible

S: Holy hops! as soon as the can was cracked you get hit with the smell of hops! Also some slight citrus and piney resin come through once it's poured.

T: Smells like it tastes...hops, pine resin and citrus, all well balanced with a bit of malt.

M: It has a medium mouthfeel.The carbonation is at the high end of medium. Somwhat of a dry finnish.

O: tasty and easyto drink...gonna head to the 'fridge for another! Cheers!!!! (662 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured form a 16oz can into a 500ml stein. A frothy, 2-finger head with a hazy, beautiful body color reminiscent of cherry wood with a honey stain.

S: Smells like raw hops, with big citrus and fruit notes. Grapefruit, nectarine, pine needles, well-seasoned firewood. Very inviting, and airy smelling; not dense.

T: Even-keeled, with a fruity front and a bitter back. It transitions from tangerine/peach on the tongue beautifully into a pine/woodsy taste on the swallow, with those citrus notes throughout. A complex, well-balanced journey of flavor that doesn't vary wildly out of the expected flavor profiles. The blend and harmony of sweet peach flavors with the standard IPA resin/citrus/pine flavors makes this beer a standout.

M: Thick, without being dense, thin on the sides of the tongue, but gritty enough to hold your attention. A nice, dry, almost tanniny after-feel.

O: "A solitary plum, floating in perfume, served in a man's hat" (Exotic, yet in the wheelhouse of expected pleasure). (1,003 characters)

Photo of greenengineer
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful 16 oz can, into my Opa-Opa pint glass.

A - Nice amber color, good thick head, with lacings. Slightly cloudy
S - nice hops aroma, hints of dairy?
T - crisp bitter flavor, citrus, more hops
M - not sticky. hops bitterness dominates, good fizz retained
O - great beer, what I'm looking for in an everyday IPA. I could drink this all the time, with no complaints (370 characters)

Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.