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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,148 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 99
Gots: 253 | 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 WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome hopped up ale from Sixpoint, at least I'm guessing it will be. Considering I'm in love with this brewery and it's early in our relationship so I have to be cautious about falling head over heels. This is their IPA so if this drinks as well as the other beers in their sampler than it could very well seal the deal. Aroma scares me not because this is a Bengali Tiger but because the hop nose isn't as expressive as I would hope for. Tame citrus spicy, even green onion garlic notes coming through but in a timid I work with Sigfreid and Roy type of way. As I dive in with my first big gulp, I will say this has hoppy flavors but a mild bitterness hard to estimate it at 62 IBUs. I like the vivid imagery of the label with watch out for the bands of lacing down the sides of the glass these our the stripes, the "mark of the Tiger". Where's the eye of the tiger? I'm not gonna make any brown eye references there, but listen I like my IPAs hoppy and this flavor doesn't pull it off. This is way to safe east coast style IPA still a nice version of a hoppy beer but not like some of the midwest/west coast IPAs that I've grown to love. Balanced IPA I can deal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied linger hop bitterness drys things out, but carbonation is a bit off here I'm not sure why it didn't seem to be an issue in any of their other beers. Overall, I need more hop bitterness to go with the big juicy balanced hop flavor of classic IPAs. I had a Sculpin yesterday, a Two hearted IPA, and a Crooked Tree IPA all with superior hop profiles to this canned offering. One is rarer than the other four compared but all the others were just better.

WVbeergeek, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but not one of the better IPA’s that I’ve had.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Sweaty hops and some caramel malt.

T - Spicy hope up front with notes of graperuit and lemon pith. Some caramel and red apple yeast character in the middle. Finishes with strong bitterness as well as more pine and sweaty hop character.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nicely done, the aroma is a bit mild, but the flavor makes up for it with a pungent flavor and a well balanced finish.

nickfl, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of robust off-white head. This retains with a foamy ¼ finger that leaves back a rich cascade of sticky lacing which hang in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a combination of floral and herbal tones, with that deep herbal character REALLY picking up as this warms. Pine and some light peppery spice mingle in as well, as does an underlying zesty citric smelling bitterness. The malts add just a light sugary doughiness to the edges of nose, mainly staying in the background of this.

The taste is muted flavors of grapefruit and herbal notes, which at least segue into a dry feeling finish of pith and pine. The malt profile mostly has a grainy sweetness to it that offers up some balancing sugars but that seems to be the extent of it, as the focus here seems to mostly be on the hops (or what is left of them). The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft crispness that is undercut by a mellow and slick herbal feel. Alcohol is mostly well hid, with just some light warmth in the finish. This is solid.

This beer was about 2 months old in the can when I had it and the hops shouldn’t have faded this much in that length of time. It’s a shame to, because I’ve had this beer on draft, really liked it, and could feel the promise of a solid American IPA there on the edges of this. It just wasn’t to be. I understand that they are still getting their groove down on this canning line and hopefully things will improve. I’d be willing to check out a fresher example down the line.

Kegatron, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded in brown hued orange. Airy citrus nose. Smooth flavor. Citrus and floral tones are there, but I do believe the cask conditioning has calmed the hop intensity of this one. After having a massive amount of this at a previous job, the distinct profile is basically seared in my memory. Feel is smooth, just like a cask should be. Very easy to drink...on cask at least.

RblWthACoz, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Horseshoe Pub

Light creamy head fades slowly bit of lacing, over clear golden orange light reddish color.

Nose plenty of fresh hops, citrus, orange rind, light pine, little fresh resinous hop, light sweet malts under.

Taste is semi sweet, plenty of fresh hops, light pine, tons of citrus andv orange rind, light resins again, fairly bitter, light sweet malty backbone, finishes me bitter, little sticky, lingering hops citrus, little mint, chewy and fruity hops.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb but slightly under carbonated (not a fault of the beer).

Overall good, nice hops, nice malt balance but leaves the hops to take the show, doesn't get overly bitter.

jlindros, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 8 Aug 2012

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & great head retention

S: Grassy, not a ton of nose here

T: Bready notes followed by dryness along with much grapefruit up front, some grassy & grainy notes too up front. Much grapefruit as this warms, along with some bready sweetness & a touch of pineapple as this warms, plus a touch of pineyness. Finishes grassy, crisp & piney

MF: Creamy, medium bodied, good balance

Drinks easy, but not a great AIPA by any means, glad I got to try it & would happily drink it again. But was hoping for world class

russpowell, May 29, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear amber with just under two fingers of fluffy off white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with a citrus hop profile. Perhaps a little bit on the spicy side.

Taste: Mild citrus hops build in intensity throughout the sip. There is a somewhat sweet malty backbone with a mild spice to it, perhaps a little rye? The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation, the finish is mildly slick.

Overall: Not a bad IPA. Slightly underwhelming. My least favorite of the four Sixpoint beers I've tried, but still a good beer.

oline73, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +1.8%

mendvicdog, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured a hazy golden orange with a small, dense, white head that laced well. Fragrant esters in the nose, citrus zest and mild piney hops. Orange and grapefruit in the taste, sweet malts, and white wine; a bit grassy. Crisp and pleasantly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, good and drinkable.

Rifugium, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber in the glass with pretty good foam. On the hazy side. Fair carbonation in the mouth. Fairly light body.

Big mouthful of hops, but more of a generic bitter sort. Aroma is pleasant, however, with some resiny hints. A little soapy taste along with the grapefruit rind. Not my favorite. Lightweight stuff with more alcohol than it needs. Leafy and herbal with some lemon.

On the other hand, the stuff is quite flavorful. I would give it a higher rating if the hops were more interesting. It still ends up just tasting bitter. From the tall can purchased at the Foodery in Philadelphia.

mactrail, May 26, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

WesWes, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

jwc215, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-light amber color. Good head that needs some settling before a second pour is made. Light lace.

Like many bar pours, this has a mild aroma with good balance (more to the hoppy side, naturally). I question the cleanliness of the glasses because there are some off smells I associate with poor washing techniques.

The taste starts off with a light toasted, biscuity flavored malt. The hop bitterness overwhelms this flavor quickly. Nice flowery elements. The body is as expected.

smcolw, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.8%

oriolesfan4, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.8%

InspectorBob, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Gavage, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

orangesol, Mar 06, 2013
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,148 ratings.