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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/12/11 notes. Had on tap at Picco's on Tremont St. in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a blond, straw color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, floral hops, and musty, earthy tones.

t - Tastes of pine hops, citrus hops, floral hops, and earthy/grassy notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice IPA. Lots of pine hops in both the nose and the taste, as well as some grassy/earthy notes. Would have again. (470 characters)

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

16 ounce can, best by Sept. 29, 2011. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. A lot of lacing sticks to the glass as you drink. Aromas of pine, orange, grapefruit, and caramel. Standard IPA aromas here, good strength as well. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus and pine flavors. Very nice balance as well with nice citrus and caramel sweetness in the front and a bitterness on the finish that is nice, but not overpowering. Medium carbonation and body. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Very smooth drinkability and smoothness as well. Overall this is an excellent IPA, very drinkable stuff. (803 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed orange-amber with a thin lasting head. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of juicy citrus and tropical fruits - mango, lemon, lime (banana/coconut) emanate from the aromatic hops.

The taste is a blast of bitterness - herbal/piney/resiny with citrus. It is bitter with some sour/tart. The sweetness of the malt stays in the background, but ties things together nicely. Finishes dry - slightly metallic.

The feel is slightly oily, with a touch of metal that lasts briefly. It is medium-to-full bodied.

A hoppy brew for sure. A citrusy, piney, resiny IPA that is enjoyable to drink. (593 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a disappointment here, too malty.

Beer is orange and sweet with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, so far so good.

Beer smells mildly piny but mostly malty.

Beer is heavy on the front end with a lot of malt. I've had this beer twice and this was my experience both times. The hops come through as an afterthought and I don't understand why. The flavors are there but the hops should run the show in the beer. The malt is dominant and boring. Next. (499 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with a big 1.5 finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to a very thick layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. There is some very significant lacing observed.

S: Lots and lots of hoppy aromas are present in this beer which has an intense smell. You can detect lots of citrus as well as pine/resin hops in the aroma which makes the beer very inviting to me.

T: Follows the aroma but the bitterness is not as intense as I might have expected based on the intensity of the smell. There is a nice complexity to the flavor with lots of citrus and pine/resin hop characteristics coming through.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: This is a really nice affordable every day IPA for me, the flavors are complex enough and delicious. This is a sessionable beer and something I like to pair with spicy Asian food - a regularly appearing beer in my fridge. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer as well. (1,090 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with 1.5 finger white head, very large and foamy. Great retention with sticky lacing.

S: Some grapefruit and citrus with a little bit of spice. There is a little bit of a bready malt aroma as well.

T: Very light citrus flavor with sort of a Belgian thing going on. Tastes like a Belgian IPA with some spice and yeasty flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not really sure what is going on. The aroma was fine, a little light, but fine, but the flavor profile was lacking in hop flavors and the Belgian influence is strange. Not sure I would have guessed it an IPA. Need to try it again to confirm though. (672 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an intense hop aroma that is laid over a solid malt base of pale and crystal malts. This is one hoppy beer nose; nice! The taste is great also. It has a very bitter hop bite up front that resinates through to the finish. The malt bill is simple; pale and crystal malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the better IPA's out there. It's well balanced, yet intensely hoppy; a fine beer for sure. (578 characters)

Photo of stakem
2.32/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Kegatron for this pint sized can. Best before Nov 17, 2011 stamped on the bottom. Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed copper color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained head. The cap retains fairly decent with large bubbles of carbonation and a creamy top. As the cap fades to a thin lace across the top, it paints the glass with patches and spots of lace. A light swirl revives the cap back to nearly a finger's strength.

The smell is bright with fruity hops, citrus and some floral character. That enjoyable hop aroma quickly dissolves into something a bit unpleasant and reminiscent of plastic. Under the hop scent is some cheese quality that is quite stinky and almost funky. It has a scent of sulfur mixed with farts. It starts off fairly bright and hoppy in a good way and takes a turn for the worse fairly quickly. It almost displays a smoked or burnt aspect across the back.

The taste includes bitter fruits and rindy quality. A touch of floral aspect before the onset of toasted malt that is a bit burnt and like plastic. There is a fairly solid bitterness about this brew that has an herbal aspect mixed with grass. The alcohol is fairly evident with a solvent kick and warmth down the back of the throat that brings out a mineral quality to the finish. It has a lasting flavor of burnt plastic that lingers inside the mouth. At times, some sips seem a bit tropical with the fruity hop bitterness. However, there just seems like something is going wrong with this can.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. At times, it shows potential but there is a lot going on here that just wasn't enjoyable. There is no place for burnt plastic in any style of beer, it is very distracting. The hop character I did pick up on was pleasant, I just wish it was more prevalent than the mysterious plastic quality and mineral/stinky funk aspects. I appreciate the opportunity to try this one Heath but I seriously couldn't finish it. I wouldn't mind trying this again just to see if I happen to get an off or bad can. (2,073 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn for sending this beer in a box full of goodies from Sixpoint.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and resin notes, with some bread notes thrown in. I also get some orange citrus in the aroma. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of bitter orange and pine notes with some bread and toffee thrown in for good measure. The bitterness is fairly high, but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (473 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish copper with a soft, thin, white head

S - faint pine, faint bread, sweet

T - malty, piny, bitter, some grapefruit

M - medium bodied, smooth, a bit warm

This is a nice, balanced, very easy to drink IPA. It's not as full flavored as I would have liked, but all of the right flavors are present. If it were a bit more assertive it would be fantastic. It's still an IPA worth checking out though. (408 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I CAN only hang my head in shame - I have been bested at mine own game. First, I planned to allude to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens until I realized that it was the wrong animal! Then, I fell back to Wm. Blake's "The Tiger" until I pulled up the text of the poem and remembered the lines which were semi-quoted on the CAN! Bugger all, m'lord! Thank goodness it did not take place on a Friday when my poetry association would be meeting. What's that, Jeeves? TODAY IS Friday !?! Oh, the shame, the horror of it all. Lord Steve Carr would be so disappointed in his charge ...

From the CAN: "What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry? [Wm. Blake] Strides forward with a malty cadence, then leaps with a wave of bitterness. Slashed with a giant paw of citrus, pine, and resin! Note the lacing of stripes around your glass it is the mark of the Tiger."

Oh ho, El Tigre is in the glass! He is a tawny beauty, following the Crack & Glug and he understands that while he is powerful, Woody is the Master of the CANQuest (TM) and he may not unleash the full fury of which he is capable without the possibility of a drainpour. The mere mention of which makes him pull the two tawny fingers of his tail back upon himself, leaving heavy tracks in its wake. His body is long and sleek, a deep orangish-amber with the slightest of haze, as though to add to the distraction. What distraction, you ask? His musk! He smells like a pine forest, where he likes to hide and roll around so that he takes on a resinous quality. "The better to fool you with," he snarls, baring his bitter teeth and their attendant breath. This tiger has no culture and it will be left to me to tame him. Aaaagggh! From the instant that he is in my mouth, he is clawing and thrashing around, his intense bitterness taking no prisoners, initially, until the natural malty pheromones and adrenalin kick in and Woody again has the upper hand. Finish is strangely soothing, tea like in its lack of intensity following the initial attack. Sadly, it is of no matter, as the two of us will be locked in immortal combat with no quarter asked and none given. We will be in this cage until the end of beer, each trying to best the other with no outcome in sight. Or maybe I'll opt for Door # 2, the one with the Lady, vice the Tiger ... (2,316 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while Nice lacing develops.

Smell: caramel sweetness, floral hops, and grapefruits are easily detectable.

Taste: follows the nose as the caramel and green grape sweetness is nicely balanced with some graperuit and a decent but not overpowering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is soft and lasts a bit.

Drinkability: superb flavored beer that goes down easy. If you are looking for an IPA that doesn't overload your tastebuds, this is the beer for you. Great session ale. (579 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap

Bengali tiger sports colors that show deep orange with some copper/gold in between things. The liquid looks clean with a 90% cap on the surface that fades to a ring around the glass Not much in terms of stickage. Smell is of some bitter and somewhat piney hops, but there is also a smell of rotted vegtables. The taste is very grassy with a nice small grapefruit bite from the hops, finishing with a yeasty bread flavor that is a bit much. Not enjoying the finish on this one. The feel is about medium with carbonation where it's supposed to be, the bitterness could be boosted up a notch to even out the rank aftertaste. Pretty much on par for a East Coast IPA but I won't be going back for it. Pretty drinkable but not that enjoyable. (745 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stoned Crow, 6-6-06 Sixpoint event, pours typical amber, with a puffy, frothy tan head, with decent retention and leaving nice lacing and some sheeting,fairly clear, hoppy nose, smooth, easy drinking IPA, fairly tame hop bite for an AIPA. Fine quaffer/sessioner, more nice beer from 6pt. (301 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Meridian pint into a shaker pint.

A nice foamy off white head that falls slowly off the pour. Some very noticeable carbonation from the bottom, from a dull brown orange amber body. While drinking some solid scattered lacing is noticeable.

Nose is a muted wet citrus grapefruit, a very wet sense seems apparent on the nose, not much else really going on.

Taste at first is a good mix of grapefruit and malt but still loosing flavor to a watery and weak texture. Aftertaste brings hop bitter with some good baked bread sense. However the finish also has a chemical like sting to it.

Overall slightly better than average, but after a few sips it doesn't bring much to the palate afterwards. Taste seems to get weaker as it goes on. (749 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank a $6 pint on-cask at the East Village Tavern in NYC. Mmm, very nice beer. The hops come straight at you with juicy orange, tangerine and grapefruit. Biting pine and citrus rind kick in shortly after along with a little blend of dry biscuit and whole wheat bread. The aroma matches with a big (for cask ale) pineapple citrus aroma. Delicious. (347 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, inch of foam and some lace. In the aroma, floral, soapy hops with alittle herbal qualities. In the taste, faint herbal bitterness with a muted grapefruit/pine note. Big sugary malt sweetness, and overshadows the hop profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel, alittle watery. Overall, a lackadaisical IPA, not bad, but not as vivid as the better examples of the style. Now contract brewed at Lion in Wilkesbarre, there goes the neighborhood. (489 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 johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its great to see more big cans coming to NH!
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber orange color with a huge bubbly rocky white head that slowly dissipates but leaves plenty of sticky lace in its wake. Citrus and pine waft into the air mere seconds after the can goes crack. Pine and resin dominate the aroma with hints of onion and nary a malt beneath it. Taste is pine and onion and garlic. I know not everyone tastes and smells it this way, but I'd like to know which hop gives off this flavor/aroma. Slightly bready malt underneath. relatively dry finish with a lingering garlic hop bite. Medium to thin body, medium level of carbonation with a resinous watery mouthfeel. Decent IPA, but my preference is for one with a bit more malt backbone and a bit less garlic. (763 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at North Star on 5/20/11.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with golden tangerine edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with a sweet malt presence. Slightly earthy with faint pine needle but mostly sweet smelling. Hints of caramel, biscuit, toffee and rye underneath the citrus notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with a dry earthy hop presence that has a nice amount of piny bitterness as well as some prominent citrus flavor. Hints of pineapple, mango, papaya and orange peel. Stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests. Nice malt backbone provides balance with hints of rye, caramel and biscuit. Slight heat toward the end of the swallow. Nice balance of bitter and sweet with a dry finish. (820 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Goodnight Irenes.
Appears a hazy light orange with a creamy white head that sticks around. Perfect tubular lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet caramel and nuts with a huge helping of hops containing resins of citrus and pine.
Flavors are fresh and juicy of hop resins flowing atop the sugary bounty of malts
Mouthfeel is med bodied, chewy, and too easy drinking.
Shane- you knocked it out of the park with this one! I could drink a sixtel myself. (472 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

6/14/2011

Hello, Ma'am. I couldn't help but notice you admiring my pint sized can of Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery. You weren't, you say? Ah, well my mistake. You certainly wouldn't be the first person eyeing me with derision or restrained admiration. Craft beer is a complex and polarizing subject. Why am I drinking my beer in the park? It's a lovely day out, why shouldn't I be enjoying this can of craft beer on this park bench. Of course I have a job, what are you implying? No I'm not homeless. Have you heard of BeerAdvocate.com? Well, if you were familiar with the website you would know that I'm trying to advocate craft beer right now. I disavow the appellation! It's the people drinking that BMC macro swill that are alcoholics. I'm merely a connoisseur drinking a craft beverage on this park bench at 11 am on a Monday morning! No, it's not my first, but that means nothing. I enjoyed a bottle of Oatmeal Stout this morning, which is perfectly acceptable when you're a craft beer enthusiast. Anyway, I feel as though we're off to a bad start. Do you come here often?

Can thanks to bring. My first beer from this brewery, and I'm told it's fresh. There's nothing finer than a fresh American India Pale Ale poured into a snifter.

A: Transparent gold with a creamy off white cap that fades quickly and doesn't leave any retention. Nice color.

S: Pine resin with aromatic orange pith notes and accompanying flesh. There's a little tangerine in there as well as grapefruit. This smells pretty nice. I'm not picking up much malt influence in the aroma, maybe a little caramel. I get a touch of tropical fruit, as well as grass and earth.

T: Moderately bitter with a little midpalate grainy sweetness. There's a lot of hop flavor, reminiscent of orange, tangerine, and mango, with light pine notes. The beer finishes dry with an increased level of bitterness and a trailing alcohol note.

M: Upper light to lower medium in body with upper low carbonation. This could definitely use more carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky, but it's a bit thin and somewhat watery. The second half of the pint seemed heavy and a bit onerous due to the low carbonation.

Overall: A pretty nice IPA. It really needs more carbonation, but it was still enjoyable. The first eight ounces were much better than the last eight ounces. (2,335 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass, the beer is a bright orange-copper coloring, hazy and opaque, with a two inch frothy, foamy, bright white head that sits lightly atop the brew. Holy crap does this smell good! Aromas of a sweet citrus blend, with discernable orange and grapefruit characteristics, as well as a heavy dose of green, leafy, resinous hops. Almost a hint of marijuana in there, too. Smells amazing! Flavors hit you with a more foresty/cedar hopping, with a sharp bitterness at the end, balanced (somewhat) with the citrus tartness and a caramel malt sweetness. The balance is more hopcentric, but that bodes well in my house. The finish is mostly hoppy, with slight hints of the citrus tart and sweet. The finish is a little clingy, with some citrus highlights and hops spicing. The finish is unique, because it is clingy, but also crisp. Very tasty beer! (876 characters)

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

Pours a burnished orange hue from the can, with a lovely haze that seems to brighten the colour. Head is disappointingly filmy, but forms in a fine white ring around the top, leaving some speckled lace as the beer goes down. Nice weight to the body, hopefully it gives a good basis for the hops. Looks nice.

Nose is mild, but pleasantly fruity. Slight green tropical fruit characters, giving hints of melon and carambola. Less bright, citrussy and robust as other examples, but it has a pleasant crispness to the fruit fragrance. Also good.

Taste is rather light, but actually well balanced. Although there's not a lot of noticeable sweetness, there's a heft to the palate which supports the green, slightly cutting hop character that comes through the centre of the palate. A touch of carbonic acidity or slight astringency on the back is the only off note for me, although it's rather mild all over.

Yeah, it's a nice enough brew. I like the balance, and the slightly underripe hop character gives it a cleanness, although it feels like the highs and lows of a great IPA have been dampened a little for this one. (1,117 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)

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