Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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88
very good

2,177 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,177
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 100
Gots: 272 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at the Ginger Man. A very suitable cask beer, and the turnover is good here so it is fresh. A head with foam, opaque yellow amber body. Significant lace in the glass. Leafy hop aroma, and the taste is leafy bitter and drying. Definite hop fix here.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy honey orange with a huge puffy 3 inch orange-white head that settles to an island of craggy foam. A random latticework of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, citrus fruits, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet malt, various sour citrus fruits, and some herbal and citrus zest hop flavors. A mild bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation and seems to be a bit flat for an IPA. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but probably my least favorite of the Sixpoint cans I have tried thus far. The carbonation level kind of kills this one for me.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at J. Ryan's in Syracuse last weekend. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brought forward a moderate amount of hops -- citrus and some pine, mostly. The flavor had a bit of a malt backbone with some light bread. Taste was slightly grainy, and added in a bit of hop flavor. Some pine and just a bit of citrus. Medium body with a bit of a bitter, dry finish. Not a bad brew, but not something I would go out of my way to try again, though I love that they're canning now.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy orangey amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that transitioned to lacy patterns of bubbles and eventually completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a mixture of piney and citrusy hops, but these are well balanced by the underlying malts and only contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to others in the style because the overall taste is very well balanced and isn’t dominated by the hops.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy medium amber body and a modest, rocky head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Fruity esters of apricot and grapefruit

Taste: Starts out with a bitter apricot and kumquat flavor that leads to a resinous, piney finish; a slight residual fruitiness remains in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing flavor profile; more of a mainstream American IPA - nothing over the top - just enjoyable

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delightfully smooth and portraying a more delicate balance that's normally reserved for English-style IPAs rather than the sharper and more aggressive American versions, Bengali Tiger delivers an effortless taste and texture that will surely satisfy the taste buds for the staunch hop heads.

The hazy copper ale pours with a zesty and rich decantment while the carbonation separates the liquid from foam, constructing a creamy off white head that resists any fade and blanketing the glass with lace. All signs point to a well-made India Pale Ale.

Citrus is met with pine, caramel with rich bread- spice, grass, earth, and grapefruit all sculpt the notion that the beer is partly of American and partly of English influence. The nose captures all this with closer balance and richness than expected.

Taste starts off with deeply embedded breads, caramels, and a slight English biscuit quality. The moderately rich malt taste provides a substantial underpinning to the hop profile that decorates the flavor with zesty grapefruit, pine resin, orange zest, freshly mulled grasses and herbs, and an overall resiny/earthy taste that develops into a deep bitterness in finish that leaves the beer decidedly hoppy.

Medium bodied to start, but the beer retains its hearty malt and carbonated creaminess throughout, or at least until deep in finish where the resiny dryness of hops, along with alcohol warmth and fleeting malt character, where the beer's dry finish closes the session and allows for an extended grassy bitterness in aftertaste.

My taste interprets Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger as a slightly rustic American IPA or a clean English IPA that's no more American or English than Goose Island's IPA. The straddle of the style fence makes the ale as interesting and complex as it is indecisive or confused.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry hoppy notes with light caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by light dry bitter hoppy notes with some floral undertones and some semi-sweet caramelized malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Overall, I thought this was lacking some hops punch but it is still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a cloudy orange golden body. Nice lacing but its thin.

S: nicely aromatous with citrus, mostly orange peel, melon and grapefruit. the aroma is just the right amount of sweetness. floral notes. biggest issue is that its a little mild.

T: taste is a little unidimensional. the bitterness is just right. more of a well balanced IPA with a nice malt presence. fruits are mild, grassiness provides the bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: from the ranking I was expecting more. I nice IPA but a little uni-dimensional to great.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour was just wonderful. Clear as day with a rich orange tinted amber color that held together very well. Nice two inches of head on top quicky settled down to a thin film which thoroughly coating the entire inside of the glass to the point nothing could be seen inside. The I lean in for a whiff. Holy citrus knockout. This thing is a cannon of hops. Rich orange and tangerine notes lined with loads of pineapple and grapefruit. This is just insanely fresh. Even warming does nothing to depart from the super fresh hops that are just owning my face right now. Intense is not even the right word for it. Crisp and clean taste offers more of the same, just intense and crisp, hop flavor all over the place. Pineapple and grapefruit dominate, clean dry finish with super sticky resin like flavors, not an ounce of balance here and none needed.

Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Trevor for this one.

A: The beer pours a cloudy light amber color with a huge white head that sticks to the glass.

S: This is an IPA? Very...bland aroma. Mostly bread and pale malts with just a hint of floral hops and maybe some tea. Just a little bit of citrus peel and that's about it.

T: The flavor is similarly unremarkable. There is a light bitterness and just a bit of grassy and floral hops. Mild citrus peel notes and a little bit of tea here, too.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation just on the low side of medium.

O: Amazingly bland for an IPA. I've had some pretty decent beers from Sixpoint, so this was a bit of a letdown for me.

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent IPA. The pour was golden in color with a pretty nice looking white head. The lacing wasn't too strong here. The smell of the beer has a citrusy hop aroma. The taste of the beer was a little on the light side. It's hoppy but a little on the faint side. The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a not a bad IPA, worth trying if iterested.

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of emerge077
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How can this already taste faded with a best by date of Jan. 2013? :S

Bright saturated orange, tons of lacing all around the glass, pillowy head of offwhite foam. Bright clarity, saturated color, looks nice.

Smells floral with some caramel malt sweetness. Not a pungent or fresh impression, somewhat acrid with tangible rawness.

Taste is plenty bitter, but lacking much nuance or hop flavors. Some maltiness, aspirin bitterness, green grass, and a slight alcohol note. Dry bitter aspirin finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall seems pretty one-note and bitter without much to balance. Freshness/stability is in question though, it just arrived in the market weeks ago.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,177 ratings.