Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,176 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 100
Gots: 270 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The original Sixpoint homebrewed IPA formulation, first brewed in 1999 and released commercially in 2005. 64IBU

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 04-22-2005)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off the color is a nice light reddish/caramel color with an off-white to tan head. The smell is strong with hops, and thankfully it isnt over powered with cascade hops. The good thing is It isnt overpowering like other IPAs try to do these days. It is full but pleasant. The taste is truly a balance of lightly sweet caramel, slightly woody malt and and hops that gave a tang to the beer but very little bite on the side of the tounge. The mouth feel is a little heavy for being a light beer, and I don't find it all that smooth. Nice, but not all that smooth. I do have to say this though. I consider myself a "hop-head". But when I find a beer like this with this kind of balance, (it might not be truly balanced to more experienced tasters) I love it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer previous to this review, but I drank my 4-pack so fast I didn't have any left over to sit down and ponder in front of my key board... Now, after listening to Shane Welch talk to Google for an hour and a half I am ready to write a formal review!

Appearance:
Resonating copper body with a dull haze and fluffy pillow head that appears a yellowish white. The lacing left behind is thick and reminds me of a tree gauging birthdays as I take small sips. There are no seen particles floating within this beer.

This is also a great time to consider the packaging of this beer, which I adore. The four packs of pint cans are perfect and provide a generous amount of detail for such a simple design.

Smell:
Tremendous spice and bitterness. Aromas of grain ethanol (surprisingly strong), fresh cut apples (acetaldehyde-ish?), green bananas, and rock candy mixed together to form an intoxicating allure. This is a very fresh smelling beer; I wonder how a spiciness from infused chilies would have built onto this IPA's aroma profile.
I love aromatic hops, they make an IPA worth drinking.

Taste:
Very clean tasting IPA that is not overly bitter and does the beer's aromatics justice. Hoppy resins coat the back of my mouth and draw saliva from my acinar glands. Ample carbonation is required in a beer like this to cleanse and refresh (or else too much raw grapefruit rind sits on my palate).
The bengali tiger delivers a delicious IPA.
Damn good beer...

Mouthfeel:
This is a beer to behold. The mouthfeel is complex and refined. First sips may indicate a sweet beer, but generous carbonation and bittering alpha acids soon take over to provide balance. The beer's bite from its modest 6.4%abv adds great complement to things already in balance (not too boozy, but noticeable). The aftertaste is a lightly lingering bitterness that keeps you tasting the beer, but not resenting it.

Overall:
This four pack is generally priced between $8.59-9.99. When you look at the break down of fluid oz per dollar, you are paying approximately $9 for a growler's worth of beer. Taking into account the delicious flavor and freshness this beer offers, it's more than worth the price.
Bengali Tiger is definitely one of the best IPAs in NY, if not the east coast, and is worth trying. Hands down delicious.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden amber color. Still poured with a finger of white head. No lacing but it is a growler so that is forgiven.

S: Freshly crushed hops. Just like the sam adam's commercial! A very solid almost spicy malt backbone right behind it.

T: A strange and wonderful mix of sweet malt and bitter hops. Never had an IPA quite like this before. Its like an english IPA after smoking PCP for 10 hours straight. That is the highest compliment I can give the brewer.

M: Nice sticky mouthfeel. Just coats everything nicely without being syrupy. Carbonation was good for a growler.

D: Great beer. Would love to sit out on a patio on a nice day and quaff this. Sixpoint is 2/2 for me. Get more stuff up to Albany.

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,176 ratings.