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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,112 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,112
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 95
Gots: 235 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

psychotia, Apr 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

jmilo64, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint.

Best Before 19NOV2012

A: Pours a slightly hazed dark orange. A rocky, off-white layer of meringue forms on top and sticks around for quite a while. Sadly, not too much in the way of lace is left behind.

S: Excellent mix of citrus and pine hops with some slightly sweet toasted grain. Very balanced.

T: Very much like above with the citrus taking on an orange zest type flavor as it warms.

M: Smooth, slightly spicy, and with a tingly, long lasting finish.

O: An excellent new addition to what's available in the Chi. A great IPA.

GbVDave, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

choover14, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to have a tall boy can tonight; long day. Sixpoint’s Resin was good, but I’ve heard more about Bengali Tiger; I love the can art, at any rate.

The best by date is about two months after the date of this tasting (“BEST BEFORE 16JUN2012” on the bottom of the can).

A: Lively orange hues mix brightness with an amber-colored, translucent body; tons of bubbles in this brew, too, elevating the look to a lighter character. The head starts fizzy and oily, one and-a-half fingers of tan bubbles before quickly falling to a textured film (wafer thin). What’s great, though, is that a simple twirl of the glass produces abundant pockets of lacing all around the glass – impressively sticky foam.

S: Flowery hops galore: lavender, chamomile, lemon, and pine, with a touch of strawberry in the background. Light and playful, but with a sticky resininess. Pale malts, with banana and straw aromas, appear almost like a lager profile; yeast and alcohol play along, showing notes of booze, toasted biscuit, pepper, caramel, and spicy wheat. A nice arrangement of bright and malty flavors.

T: Light malt flavors mix well with some fruity hops to start: toasted bread, biscuit dough, straw, and mineral-heavy, British grain on top of grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, and salted pretzel prickliness. Caramel is bold, but not without more prevailing European tastes of vanilla, wheat, and maple cream – I like that complexity a lot more than just the straight caramel malt of most American IPAs. Metal, citrus, and aggressively dry pine make the aftertaste pretty dry.

M: Very thin from the glass, though still refreshing. Drink it from the can, people! There’s much more bubble, intensity, and just plain enjoyment straight from the aluminum source.

O: I’d grab a six pack of this any day, though I’d keep it out of a glass – the only IPA from a can I’ve tasted that was more satisfying than this one was Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo, and that’s one of my favorites. I wasn’t expecting such a unique hop aroma and malt character, which is likely one of the main reasons I’m smiling over this one. Sixpoint definitely has my attention now.

BarryMFBurton, Apr 20, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from the can into a mug. Best before Aug 6, 2012.

A- Poured a dark orange color with a three finger fluffy head that left tons of coating lace

S- Aroma of citrus, earthy, of herbal notes. Strong aroma upon opening the beer, but the aroma disappeared within a minute

T- Very sweet and spicy malt character, citrus flavor, kind of a selzer like quality, pretty big bitterness

M- Soft mouthfeel, light prickly carbonation on the finish, very smooth

O- Not the hop bomb I was expecting this to be. Very malty taste with nice hop flavor and bitterness. It is very drinkable and does remind me a lot of their Righteous Ale, although I like Righteous more. This beer does not stand out much to me though, much better and more interesting IPAs out there.

Hoptometrist, Apr 20, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull, slightly-hazy dark copper. Excellent head that lasts, dropping dense lace. Aroma is bitter orange, floral grass/hay, a little pine sap, and clean malt.

Flavor is good, but a little thin. Citric C-hops, a little tropical tang, and faint grainy malt. Superbly-balanced, crisp, and refreshing. Just enough of a bitter kick on the end to let you know it's an IPA. Slight alcohol in back as well.

Moderate carbonation; body towards the lighter side. I like the lower, more balanced bitterness here, but I wish there was more fresh hop flavor. It drinks more like an English IPA -- hops are in front, but malt and alcohol are barely behind. The beer is ridiculously refreshing and I like it a lot. I could drink 3 or 4 pints of these like water. Unfortunately that's not a trait I look for in an IPA.

dpasotti, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of rmcnealy
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium golden amber that was slightly translucent and appears to be totally filtered. Produced a bone white densely laced head that fleeted to a mere ring around the glass. First smells are of pine, dark hop, minimal citrus, hop resin. The tastes substantiate the smells with a dark hop being prevalent. Very little malt presence. This is a solid example of an east coast IPA. The 6.4% abv seems a bit low. The heavy resin tastes make my mind think this should be around the 10% double IPA range. Good brew. Glad to see them in Chicago nowadays.

Cheers!

rmcnealy, Apr 18, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another new brew from Dino!! Pint Can poured to pint glass the beer pours a slightly murky golden orange with a smaller 1 finger white head, some retention, some lacing. The nose is good and consists of fruity citrus hops with a good malt base, good IPA nose. The flavor is also a pleasant blend of fruity citrus hops with a gentle malt base. Medium bitter. Finishes clean and crisp. Very nice. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a treat. I'd happily put a few more of these back :)

hopfacebrew, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

rjpetrizzo, Apr 17, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden copper hue, little light cream colored head that subsides after a bit.

S: citrusy hop aroma, mild malt notes

T: spicy and earthy hop flavor up front doughy malt character, nice and bitter on the backend

M: nice and smooth bodied. Not highly carbed, perfect for the style.

O: I wouldn't quite call it a sessionable beer, but you could, medium body and good balance on the malt and hops, favoring the hop side. A proper 'bitter'

onefmatt, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

erlenmeyer, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

de322, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

karatebartender, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

BFro, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

BugTownPub, Apr 14, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tall boy from Beckley's Motel and Liquor. Poured into a Tommy's Pizza pint glass.

As seems to be the Sixpoint trend, no head to speak of. I am perfectly fine with this with an IPA due to any "absorption" the head has on the hops, so fine with me. Otherwise, good but standard IPA fare. Solid orange-yellow appearance, cloudy, very much welcome.

Smell was great. No particular hops are listed, but I feel like I'm smelling simcoe or cascade. Not at all abrasive or "wet," just a solid IPA smell.

Taste is where the damn thing grows to love. Very solid, almost thin, but goes down easy and simple. Solid hop burn, low alcohol interference, and beautiful. Again, feeling of simcoe and cascade hops primarily.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Thin enough to drink, thick enough to keep on drinking. Slight resin on the mouth, but I'm a fan of that. Every sip tastes new.

hollyisaway, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Milkysunshine, Apr 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

oldvines, Apr 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

luvbier, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

dgeebs07, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DonFrap, Apr 11, 2012
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
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,112 ratings.