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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

583 Reviews
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Reviews: 583
Hads: 2,258
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 5.87%
Wants: 119
Gots: 388 | FT: 3
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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Reviews: 583 | Hads: 2,258
Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can into pint glass. Well I just learned my pint glass isnt really a pint glass. I guess I knew that already, but I didnt want to admit it to myself. No matter, my wonderful girlfriend has mailed me real glasses from our favorite brewery in Montana (Carter's) so problem solved as of later this week.

This beer is reaaaallly good. For the first time in my drinking career (75ish microbrews), I disagree with the style its claiming to be. An IPA I feel it is not. However, I follow my tongue and not a particular style, so I rate this beer highly. Maybe more of an ESB similar to what Redhook puts out? Either way, check it out, love the pint can too. (657 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft at lures in pint

A-Hazy orange body, tapped with small head. Good lacing

S-Citric, lemony hops, some melon even.

T-Taste similar to the aromas Smooth bitterness yet very present.

M-Great mouth feel. Medium bodied with moderate carb. Nice dry finish.

O-Nothing special here easily keep in drinking this. Nice IPA (329 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (266 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (1,578 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a chill haze. Nice sticky lace coating the glass.

Modest citric rind hoppy notes and toasted malt aromas.

Nice balance. Juicy hops not overshadowing the toasted malt. Citric rind and smooth bitterness finish.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Easy drinking and well done. (299 characters)

Photo of Hammer35
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Yellowish orange color with pale head and small beading. Very little head retention and not much lacing.

Smell: Very light aroma. Malty and slight sweet with just a hint of citrus. Not at all what I expected from an IPA.

Taste: Very malty. Some citrus, but not much. A lot of pine. Bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light leaning towards thin. A lot of carbonation.

Overall: It just didn't do it for me. Too much malt and a bitter pine finish. Almost no head retention either. Still, despite its flaws it's not awful. Refreshing and light. (556 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy, bright amber color. Poured a super creamy 1 finger head with incredible lacing. Looks like melted marshmallow stuck to the glass. Awesome retention as well. Absolutely beautiful.
S- Super sweet and inviting. Tropical fruit, sweet grapefruit, orange and pine up front. Pineapple and caramel when you dig in.
T- Orange and tropical fruit up front. Immediately washed away by a nice malt backbone and big pine. The pine surprised me. It is much stronger in the taste than the smell. Bitter pine, grapefruit rind and pepper on the finish.
M- Medium bodied and oily. Slick on the tongue, Bitter and dry.
O- This was a pretty good beer. I enjoyed the smell more than the taste, and the appearance was phenomenal. The can even warns you that it will be: "Note the lacing of stripes around your glass-it is the mark of the tiger." I could see myself having this again when I'm in the mood for pine. (904 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into pint glass.

A - Amber with orange hues, huge fluffy white head.

S - Citrus, pine needle, musky, caramel malt.

T - Pine and citrus hops, earthy, bready malt, grapefruit. Balanced, nice blend of flavors. Somewhat bitter finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, slightly sticky. High carbonation.

O - Extremely drinkable IPA. Earthy hops define this beer. Good balance, light pleasant flavor. (403 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six Points is now one of my top brewers to watch.

The 2nd batch of BT was weaker than the first and had to pull down my review.
It's more of an English Style IPA

I am also a hop and stout head who is a fan of cans. And I live and work near Brooklyn.
Brewers: If you're gonna sell in 4 packs, please sell in 16oz cans! Another Plus.

OK - all my bias out on the table, now the beer...

Appearance: Pours a nicely cloudy amber body and a sticky, lasting, rocky head that leaves loads lacing behind. Perfect look.

Smell: Pine forest, salt wind, fall earth, wet grass form a base for fruity esters of apricot and grapefruit. Fresh and inviting.

Taste: Follows the smell. Like Sculpin offers a fresh fruit bitter ness like a freshly picked tangerine or apricot/sweet cara orange that leads to resinous, piney, biting finish. It lingers a long while, with a balanced citrus fruit and malt. Fruit & Hops over malt for sure. Very fresh tasting, like newly picked and squeezed fruit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy as I like them, medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Intriguing flavor, fresh, great with food. The mark of a great - must try beer for me - is I must taste it off against my favorites, in this case: Sculpin, Titan, Dales Pale. (1,255 characters)

Photo of mrz200
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my first try of anything of sixpoint's and I enjoyed this tasty, if not unique, AIPA. Very impressive nose, and with a taste to match. Slightly more bitter than I expected given that it wasn't extremely hopped. I also found this one drank just as well right out of the fridge as it did after sitting out and warming up for a few minutes. Looking forward to trying more from these folks! (395 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 LI_PO12
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can into pint

Appearance- slightly hazy gold/orange, thick white head

Aroma- Upfront pine, herbal, citris, big hops, but a caramel bready malt background as well.

Flavor- Tangerine, pine grapefruit rindes, juicy, creamy yet easy to drink, good firm bitterness, nice bready, malt holding it up.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, medium mouthfeel

Overall- Like this one alot. Worth trying for an ipa fan. I'm glad these guys started distributing near me, as this and resin have become my hop go tos lately. (508 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 BradMacMullin
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 (392 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite of the Sixpoints, which is funny because I expected to really like this after what I had heard about it. The problem for me is that it's simply too malty, grainy, and thick- and not highly hopped enough to cut through all that (unlike Resin, which is a great beer). The flavors are a bit muted and I usually don't want more than one due to how thick and heavy the beer is. To me, a disappointment. (413 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Zito's in Park Slope.

It poured a hazy gold/orange with a light tan head. The smell was piney, resin, citrus, and bread. The taste was a malty, hop forward east coast IPA. Citrus hits right in the middle. It's smooth on the finish with medium carbonation.

One of Sixpoint's best. (291 characters)

Photo of klkatz
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

crisp - almost tangy - dry - bitter

mouthfeel is what sets this beer apart... taste is not as good as some IPAs but this is clearly a stellar brew - as it makes up for it in other characteristics....

the lacing on the glass is pretty fantastic...

katz out (259 characters)

Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange with a fluffy beige head that settles out to a fine cap. Low aroma of floral hops. Big flavor of hops - citrusy and floral, morphing slowly to pine and orange rind bitterness. More bitterness emerges in the finish. Hoppy beer, but balanced with sone understated malt. Tasty hops without being too overpowering. Good beer overall. (343 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Beer arrived with a small head that retained quite well. The beer is a murky brownish orange, not really very pretty. The glass had a very consistent lacing and there was a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Nice aroma on this one. I got a bit of floral, earthy, and citrus qualities.

T - Follows the nose. I'm usually not a huge fan of earthy qualities in IPA's, but this one had just the right amount. It was a really nice confluence of flavors, with individual tastes being hard to pick out.

M - Excellent.

O - I was happy that I picked this one up on my way home from work one day. After Resin I was reluctant, but the two diverge significantly in taste. I would not call one the older brother of the other. This was far closer to something like Racer 5 than the sticky, overly piney Resin. Recommend. (819 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

All in all a very nice beer.

Pours a marmalade orange color appeapling enough.

Smells pleasant enough. oranges and tangerines.

Tastes malt sweetness. Orangey fruity hops.

Nice clean mouthfeel.

Nice beer. But kind of lacks somthing to put it into the top tier. (265 characters)

Photo of dougfur
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orangy color, pretty clear, nice head. It's a good looking beer, though on the darker side for IPA's. Smell is nice; subtle, but definite floral hops. The hops are there in the taste, but they quickly get pushed aside by too much malty sweetness. I'm not saying it's bad, it's not. I would drink another, but certainly there is too much malt in here for my tastes, not quite enough hops. Mouthfeel was fine, but a little syrupy-sweet. Not a bad beer at all, but certainly not a standout in this catergory. (518 characters)

Photo of lostinfla
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another great experience from Sixpoint !
Poured ice cold from the can to a Sam Adams glass.
Great golden orange color that was slightly opaque.
Head was bright and full, faded quickly leaving nice, durable lacing behind.
Smooth mouthfeel with a mildly malty start and a classic grapefruit finish.
Lingering bite that was just right.

This ones a definite keeper! (365 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with best before date of August 12, 2013 printed on the bottom of the can. My third beer from Sixpoint so far, and I have been impressed by both their other offerings I've tried, Sixpoint Resin and Sixpoint 3Beans. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Decent pour yields three fingers of creamy fluffy off-white colored head. Body is a burnt orange color with lots of bubbles streaming topside, and some fine sediment twirling around the glass. Excellent head retention, and some nice fat rings of lace.

S - Smell is light and fruity: overripe oranges, grapefruit rind, pineapple, lots of white bread, & biscuit malt presence. Maybe some burnt brown sugar in there in the end, and just a touch of yeast.

T - Taste follows the nose: mango, overripe orange and grapefruit hop presence lends a tart bitterness to the beer. There is a lot of tropical fruit flavors present here. Lots of bready malts to contrast the hop bitterness, also. Tastes a bit more like a weak Belgian IPA than an American IPA, and reminds me a bit of what a more malt forward version of Pipeworks Glaucus might taste like.

M - Feel is sticky, juicy, fruity, and resinous. Aftertaste is again of overripe orange and bread. A bit over carbonated for being a 6.40% abv beer.

Overall, there is a lot to offer here, but it doesn't exactly break any new ground. Plenty of diverse fruitiness, an ideal bitterness level, but probably still a little too malt forward for my tastes. An enjoyable beer, but probably the least interesting brew I've had from Sixpoint thus far, and I can assuredly say that Sixpoint Resin is a better beer. Still, it is easy drinking with a rewarding 6.40% abv; I will have no trouble finishing this four pack.

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger ---4/5. (1,764 characters)

Photo of youngs11
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber in color. A finger and a half on the head settles to a nice thin cap. The can advertises nice lacing and the beer showcases it really well.

Smells like spicy citrus. Malt undertones are present as well.

Tastes of hops, with a malty back end and a bit of lemon or orange as well. After-taste is briefly nutty. the flavor builds toward bitterness but just before the taste becomes too bitter the malty, nutty, back end kicks in.

Feels as expected in the mouth. Medium-bodied, maybe slightly more carbonated than standard for IPA. Leaves some stickiness on the lips but less so than many IPAs.

Being at 6.4% ABV, I would expect hoppy bitterness, a hint of booze, or a great beer that disguises the ABV with a well-balanced profile. This is a great beer. It seems like a good first step for people who are wary of IPAs due to a hop bitterness. (849 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a reddish orange amber color.

The aroma is of some grapefruit and orange citrus, but isn't too big on the nose.

The flavor is quite refreshing. There pop of grapefruit citrus and then a light biscuity malt backbone. The finish has some pine and lots of grapefruit pith bitterness. It's a good amount of bittering.

The mouthfeel is medium to light. On the lighter and really drinkable side of IPAs.

A very good IPA from Sixpoint. It could use more nose and fruit pop in the front, but it's very drinkable and has good bittering. (549 characters)

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