Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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2,249 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,249
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 116
Gots: 370 | 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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Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big boy can pours a big boy beer: hazy but translucent, three-finger flat white head, golden, straw-tinged ale. Great head retention and nice scattered lines of lacing.

Sweet and floral aroma. Big biscuit notes. Hint of pepper. Strong hop aroma, but nothing particularly dominates.

Sweet and bright flavor. Very balanced bitterness and juicy hoppiness with a strong malt profile. Floral and honey; light, spicy earthiness; hint of rye and pepper; tobacco; bread and light brown sugar from the malts.

Very easy drinking; not at all syrupy. Medium-light feel, can definitely drink this fairly quickly, but the flavors are the kind you want to slow down and savor. Very nice oily retention gives it a long, non-dry finish.

This is a very enjoyable beer, and a very nice counterpoint to Resin. It's quite hoppy, but it really brings the malt profile to the tongue in a way most IPAs do not. It's got a ton of flavor, and it's not afraid of any of it. Drinkability and feel are outstanding.

Photo of flyingpig
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Crystal Palace (Wetherspoons), Glasgow (£2.49):
This one looks perfect; a bright amber to orange colour with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that holds great & leaves nice lacing too.

Pine hops and strong tropical fruit notes with a lot of citrus and some clean, sweet malts that hints at some caramel. Touches of grapefruit with pine notes seeming to dominate. Lighter on the nose than I was expecting but it is a nice one.

Pine hops and some grapefruit come through from the nose along with some citrus as well. Good lemon flavours and light malts as well to mix it up a little. Some orange towards the end as well.

Very bitter offering with a medium body and smooth body. Carbonation was quite lively and there was a dry and tangy feel to it with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Hoppy and enjoyable with plenty of pine notes and flavours good bitterness too. You could tell the beer was a strong one but it still went down fairly easy, so much so that I went back to the bar for a second can. I can't wait to try more from Sixpoint now.

Photo of fmccormi
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a nucleated can-glass; freshness date of July 22, 2014 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“BestBefore22Jul2014 1727 DK+”), which, if I’m doing my math correctly, would make this beer a little over two weeks old (16 days, n’est-ce pas?), so, y’know, fresh. Bought it from the cooler yesterday, and it went straight to my fridge. As close to ideal circumstances for consumption as I can reasonably attain.

Appearance (4.5): Three fingers of light, yellowish-khaki foam rise easily from the pour, capping a slightly hazy, burnished honey-gold body with strong orange undertones. The head dies down slowly, leaving a cratered surface and excellent lacing as you drink the beer: thick collars of foam, tightly-spaced, linked by legs and small sheets chase the beer for the first half of the glass. Seriously outstanding appearance.

Smell (3.75): I’ve always loved how “bright” this beer is. It isn’t reeking of resin (like Resin) or oozing with nectar (like Hi-Res)—but it’s still bright, crisp, moderately juicy, and wet-smelling. Ripe pineapple, lemon zest, and light resinous and piney notes compose the hops, sitting astride a rich, lightly toasted bread character with honey and light toffee and caramel notes.

Taste (3.75): A decently bitter start (a nice, juicy grassiness followed by light orange tones with some pineapple character) leads into a truly balanced malt body: rich breadiness (think brioche) accompanied by toffee-like tones (like a caramel note but with a slight bitterness from the toasty angle) anchor the hops, allowing a mildly astringent resin tone to shine on top. Towards the back of the palate, the hop bitterness turns very piney and citrus peel-oriented, helping to scrub away the malt body for a dry, slightly lingering, bitter finish. Neither booze nor discernible yeast character are apparent here. Turns slightly juicier, in an interesting way, towards the end, with a light pineapple note coming out more.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-weight or a maybe even a little fuller, but never thick or syrupy—not even close. It’s mostly dry, easy to drink, and satisfying. The finish is really quite dry, and carbonation is great: soft at first, evenly distributed, moderate foaming action, clean wash out, no prickling and only a light tingle. Fits the style.

Overall (4.0): This is kind of a classic, textbook “East Coast” IPA done right, which I dig. It’s actually balanced, which is what it is—a lot of people don’t want a balanced IPA, others do, and that’s all well and good. This is balanced. It’s also bitter, slightly juicy, and has a firm pine/zest/resin character to duke it out with the malt. It’s just a well-crafted, even-handed IPA, and it comes in pounders for crying out loud. This shit was made for evening grilling and campfires.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows pear, lychee, piny hops and lots of sweet clean malt.
Flavours follow along the same line but more focus on the pine. Still a fair whack of malt but the sharp bitterness wins out in the end.
Great moderately high carbonation.

Photo of osant37
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

pours a brownish orange rust color. with just a bit of haze. 1 finger quickly dissapating off white head. smells of grapefruit & lemon with a handful of pine needles. although the citrus notes are pretty faint. taste is different than the smell. alot more bitterness than citrus notes. faint caramel malt backbone. this is my first beer from six point. i hear really good things about theyre other offerings. but im not to crazy about this one. yeah id drink it again if offered to me but not something id buy again.... cheers!

Photo of Rambu
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a Duvel Tulip, best before 20/05/2014.

A - Orange to amber colours, head is big, big bubbles that fall apart quickly.

S - Citrus, lime, resin, pine, classic American hop aromas.

T - Big hit of citrus and grapefruit flavours, malt flavours are difficult to detect, finishes with a strong bitter hit, pretty tasty.

M - Kind of a hard, mineral like mouth feel, carbonation seems a bit heavy, the bitterness is really coating my mouth.

O - A tasty beer, good hop aroma and flavours, with a nice clean fermentation character.

Photo of bmwats
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into DH IPA glass.

A: Golden hue. Tons of rising effervescence. Giant, fluffy, frothy, white head. Settles very slowly and craters unevenly. Lots of dry, sticky lacing.

S: Floral hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus, and pine resin.

T: Steely hop bite.

M: Bitter and moderately heavy body. Steely finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Lots of effervescence, large head, and plenty of dry, sticky, lacing. Nose is floral, with citrus, and pine resin. Hoppy and steely. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of reebtaerG
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of blindtiger24
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Hammer35
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of tmm313
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of mooseo
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Act25
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of mrz200
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of mpedara429
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of LI_PO12
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of SteveB24
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.57/5  rDev +16%
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

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of klkatz
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,249 ratings.