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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,949 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,949
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 86
Gots: 162 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 04-22-2005)
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Arbitrator

California

1.35/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled can into a glass, courtesy of alfrantzell and ShogoKawada. Thanks, guys.

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber body.

S: Bready, crackery malt and... nothing else. I couldn't detect any hops. Perhaps this Bengali Tiger needs to find his courage.

T: A transcription of my notes: "Best by date is weeks away but still not hoppy. WTF? Joke by Shogo? Ask on Facebook. Drainpour."

O: Arne shared another can out of the same 4-pack at a tasting, and it met the same reception as mine. Perhaps the cans don't travel well. Either way, this was an odd experience. I had a different IPA after throwing this one out, and found that to be much better, so it wasn't my palate that day.

Serving type: can

09-21-2011 06:08:56 | More by Arbitrator
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BizzyQU

New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler from Montauk Beer and Soda (MTK, NY)

A. A nice slightly dark ipa, a little cloudy with a great orange/amber hue, usually has a nice head but growler was opened two days ago... so there's that

S. A sweet floral aroma not to pungent

T. Bittersweet, great floral citrus ipa notes with a smooth sweetness finishing it up really great

M- Soft and refreshing, can't comment much here on carbonation, but it has retained a good bit of bubbly over two days, and doesn't feel like flat soda.

Bengalli Tiger is a great unique IPA, after suggesting it to friend to order it who usually drinks lefe and similar styles, he proclaimed it as the best beer I have ever told him to order so it is rather approachable while remaining a great example of the style, go grab some cans of this you wont regret it

Serving type: growler

09-20-2011 23:11:10 | More by BizzyQU
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dedrinker

Kansas

2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dude, this stuff is weird.

Starts off with a nice deep amber/ orange color.

Has some herbal/ citrus aromas, but there is some funk and cheese and rubber too. Huh? Yuck.

Has an earthy/ citrus hop flavor, but that cheese and rubber combine for a smoky meaty flavor that is screaming "roadkill cooked at hobo camp."

There is layers of complexity I guess you could say, but all of questionable things.

Blech.

Serving type: can

09-20-2011 01:44:42 | More by dedrinker
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malloyca

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Citrus aromas that are mild and not as overpowering as in many American IPAs. The nose suggested that this is more in the style of an English IPA, and the flavor backed that up. There is a very bitter hop flavor profile, but no overpowering citrus aspect. This is on the very restrained end of the American IPA spectrum. Mildly carbonated and medium bodied.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2011 17:56:22 | More by malloyca
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schwaeh

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can shared by MbpBugeye. Best by December.

A: Pours light golden with a huge soapy head. Lots of active carbonation and lacing.

S: Tons of grapefruit and citrus with a little bit of grass in there. Malts balance this out really well, very east coast. Nothing too crazy, just nice and fruity.

T: Not a ton of bitterness in the taste. Mainly light citrus and some pine. Pale malt balances things out nicely. Caramel and orange lingers on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and watery but the resinous hop oils coat your tongue.

O: This is a really drinkable IPA but not one of my favorites. I don't enjoy how subdued the flavors and bitterness are. The mouthfeel needs some work as well.

Serving type: can

09-18-2011 19:52:59 | More by schwaeh
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy pale orange with a big 2 inch white flubby foam that slowly faded leaving alot of good lacing
S - nice mix of pine and citrus hops fill the nose of this one
T - a bit weaker than I was hoping, but still some decent citrus and pine hops with a faint malt backbone. Its almost there but seems to be lacking a bit.
M - watered down mouthfeel, its lacking full flavor, good carbonation but a bit light taste wise
D - easy to drink with an almost there flavor, could use a little more body to make this one fully enjoyable, yet its still very easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

09-18-2011 04:18:45 | More by mikereaser
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bogus564

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

I'm waiting patiently for my chinese food to arrive, but not so patiently that I'll wait to drink and review this beer. Maybe I'll have another to review when the food arrives.

A: Well, it looks like an IPA - rusty gold in color, 2 cm orange rind colored head that actually holds for a few minutes before dissolving into lace. This could be somebody.

S: It smells like orange and spice, not a sweet spice, but more of a peppery spice. I'm not picking up anything in the way of a malt aroma. Okay, let's give 'er a drink.

T: There's a sweetness in the taste, not like caramel to me, but more like a sweet fruit. I'm also picking up orange, and something like a weird combination of cloves and black pepper. It's actually halfway decent, and a little better than I was expecting.

M: Good. It's making me make a chewing motion. Fair in body, carbonation's not overdone, gives the palate something to hold on to. Not boring, to say the least.

O: Better than I expected, almost as good as I'd hoped. I should have waited to have this with the chinese takeout. I believe it would have paired well. Enjoy.

Serving type: can

09-17-2011 22:35:09 | More by bogus564
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Crossmd

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella stem glass, 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a hazy orange-brown. Decent two finger head settling into a cap, thin, elegant lacing.

Smells of a sharp tangerine or orange, with some pine resins. Excellently projected.

Tastes of a slightly sweet caramel orange mixed with promising malt balance that falls out a little too quickly as its taken over by hops and pine. The finish is relatively weak and really pretty short.

Mouthfeel is a slick, but clean dryness with a almost watery weight. Certainly nothing to really write home about.decent effervescence though.

In general, a good offering, With a nice, reserved personality that still manages to come up sort sometimes. Almost feels like they were trying for more drinkability in an IPA than there should be. A great food IPA, as it doesnt fight for the spotlight, but not one thats really all that standout on its own.

87.

Serving type: can

09-17-2011 19:46:16 | More by Crossmd
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gskitt

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ipa out of a can is just weird getting used to. Pours a orange gold. Little head. Smells of citrus, maybe tangerine. Has a sharp smell, acidic. Taste has some caramel notes. Citrus, definitely pine resins, still taste a sharpness to it. Overall this a solid ipa but could be benefit from a bit of mellowness.

Serving type: can

09-16-2011 23:36:10 | More by gskitt
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice IPA, not outstanding but a nice offering.

Presentation: 16 oz can. Silver background and a modern design in red and orange typography with a segmented layout, where they show name, branding, and a back narrative where they note intent, main characteristics, and preservation. Shows 57 IBUs, 19 SRM, and 8.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber pour, nice frothy head, moderate retention, with fair surface memory and some lacing.

S - Soft if nice hoppy nose, grapefruit, a touch of pine, and caramel insinuation...

T - Taste follows… Well, taste actually lags a bit behind. Nice with touches of caramel, soft resin, citric grapefruit touches… This is nice but the nose insinuated something a bit better.

M - Medium body, with medium-low carbonation, fair soft bite in the finish.

O - It´s nice, but not half as hoppy, or remarkable, and some may have one believe.

Notes: It could be an issue with the first batch making it to this quarters… But I picked up this from the case before the store even had it on the system and they had to hand-price it for me. Bottom line, it is not really gonna get much fresher than this I guess…. And while nice, I think this one may be facing stiffer competition in this region. For now I´ll keep in mind their rye ale instead.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 15:59:02 | More by Daniellobo
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OutFox

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this a million times before considering I live in Brooklyn (on draft as many as in a can), just never took the time to write a formal review

A - Poured from a 16oz can into a normal pint glass. Its a cloudy sort of copper orange. Very good head of around 2 fingers, almost pure white. Good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Piney citrus hops. Very pleasing. Sort of the normal single IPA smell. Its got a nose but the taste is what makes the IPA a truly great beer.

T - Full of citrus and pine sort of hops. I mean full of them. Overtones of grapefruit and orange predominately. Good bitter backbone. Taste very very fresh. Considering it probably only traveled 5 miles to the store I bought it at.

M - Its sort of sticky for lack of a better word. Sticky with being somewhat dry if thats possible.

O - Solid IPA. Well done Sixpoint thats why all us Brooklyn and NYC people love you. Keep it up. The fact these come in cans is just a testament to the fact you cant judge a beer by its container.

Serving type: can

09-15-2011 19:03:48 | More by OutFox
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washburnkid

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minor head over a heavily hazed copper orange burst. Deliciously citrusy hops on the nose. Bitter herbal hops with an orange citrus zing from start to finish. Mouth is medium, but just barely, and the carbonation is just right. I don't know that there's anything Sixpoint doesn't get right. I am such a big fan!

Serving type: can

09-15-2011 00:46:41 | More by washburnkid
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tzieser

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass. Thanks to Joey for the trade!

a: pours a hazy orange hue with a pretty thick fizzy white head that settles into a thin lacing around the glass.

s: sweet malty aroma with notes of piney hops. a bit of a sweeter nose than expected. needs a tad bit more dry hopping in my opinion.

t: what starts out at bready caramel malt flavor, the flavor profile is quickly subdued by piney hop flavor. ends a tad bitter but nothing crazy. well balanced and highly drinkable.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

great IPA. probably the best i have ever had in a can (haven't tried Heady Topper yet, unfortunately). i'd get it if it were more accessible. recommended.

Serving type: can

09-15-2011 00:35:10 | More by tzieser
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 23:03:00 | More by smakawhat
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a small off white head. In the aroma, pine like hops and quite malty. In the taste, pine hops with hints of gingerbread malts and a small note of citrus. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and small fruit in the aftertaste. Quite malty and decent.

Serving type: can

09-14-2011 12:58:42 | More by OWSLEY069
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-13-2011 05:20:24 | More by Stinkypuss
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kirok1999

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for the extra.
Pours a hazy light copper with a nice white head and some decent legs.
Smells sweet and malty, lots of caramel, citrus and pine. Mild spice when cold really amps up as it warms up.
Taste is much like the smell with the malt and spice combining to make a complex brew. Caramel comes through nicely and combines with the hops to leave a nice lingering finish with a herbal spice note.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and a decent carbonation level make this a nice summer sipper.

Serving type: can

09-11-2011 19:53:39 | More by kirok1999
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pounder can from Finger Lakes. Got the whole canned line up there.

A: The IPA is a lighter tea color, oranges and yellows swirling together to create browner amber hues. A huge head, over three fingers, leaves thick patches of lace behind.

S: Quite aromatic, although the ale needs a few minutes to get started. Peppers and sharp citrus ring out. The style strikes me as East Coast, content to be hoppy and firm but not in your face. Caramel malts serve as a counterpount.

T: Damn, this is a strong IPA. Well-balanced, both the caramel and hops came at me at the same time. The hops are citrusy, strong but decidely reserved. I think that, if unbridled, they could be a whole lot stronger. That restraint makes the ale work, coaxing out the caramel. Pine follows, sappy and resiny. That pine becomes the defining aspect of the beer, a sweet, syrupy bitterness that sings on my palate.

M: A sweet mouthfeel, the caramel can't be avoided. The hoppiness, though, is powerful enough to leave a piney feel. A good IPA.

Serving type: can

09-11-2011 19:44:21 | More by akorsak
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-09-2011 23:14:17 | More by johnnnniee
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

Serving type: can

09-08-2011 00:03:44 | More by GarthDanielson
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diechipmunk

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orange with short head that receded quickly into a thin lacing.

S: Citrus zest, lime, some pine and herbal tinge made me think of cilantro.

T: Bright Grapefruit, tangerine, lime and some pine upfront. A long, long dry bitter finish. Not much in the way of malt, a little grain snuck in as it warmed. Not really balanced enough for me.

M: Crisp and oily at the same time very drying, good carbonation but not dominating.

A good Ipa with lots of complex hop flavor, not balanced enough to be a regular for me, but enjoyable for an ocasional tip. With a little more malt balance this beer would be spectacular - but that is subjective, I do prefer more balanced IPA's. Still, I look forward to the other two cans in the fridge.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 20:00:20 | More by diechipmunk
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yesyouam

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bengali tiger is a sparkling, cloudy golden ale with a small white head that fades. It has a bold aroma of pine and orange peel. It's pretty full and smooth with a very dry, numbing finish. It tastes bitter, resiny and fruity with notes of orange, peach, or apricot. It has a long bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 14:11:16 | More by yesyouam
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint is in NH, Yippie!

16oz tallboy can (best by 10/28/11) poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a light copper/dark orange-red, very hazy. 2+ finger offwhite head, fairly tight with good retention. Leaves lots of rings/splotches of lacing.

S: Pungent dank herbal hops, a little onion/garlic, pine, maybe a little citrus. Good bit of caramel malt, definitely seems on the sweet side.

T: Similar to the nose: Pungent hops right from the start with the herbal hops, pine, and floral notes (didn't get this in the nose much). Has a little bit of a grapefruit character after the initial punch of bitterness. Middle smooths out with a moderate (maybe a little on the high end) amount of sweet caramel malt, coating mostly the back of the palate. Hop character smooths out to citrus and floral notes with the herbal quality and much of the pine all but fading out. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter with an alright astringency and borderline acceptable alcohol esters. A light raw vegetal character is also around that I don't care for.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth and easy to drink, alcohol does make a bit of a presence that sometimes seems unwanted. Fairly dry and bitter finish, though not that crisp.

O: A solid IPA that (to me) has a flaw or two keeping it from being great.

Serving type: can

09-06-2011 22:44:11 | More by Satchboogie
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger.
Poured the 16oz can into my IPA glass, comes out a copper orange with a 2 finger off whit head that reduces to residing ring that leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma on this beer is big and I love it, a lemon citrus, tangarine, grapefruit, grass and nuts. The taste is full of citrus zest, grapefruit bite with a nutty background and a noticable alcohol. The mouthfeel is a medium body with decent carbonation. A very good IPA, I could get used to this can thing.

Serving type: can

09-06-2011 14:17:01 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dear friend of mine said she was going to bring me some Sixpoint back from Brooklyn, where she moved permanently. I expected 4 different cans, but got 3 different 4 packs!

Best by 01 Dec 2011, so I'd wager its mighty fresh.

Appearance
Poured into a Perfect Pint, this 16oz can makes me want the 22oz Perfect Pint. The beer has a nice head with very good sticky lacing. The beer has a haze to its burning orange color.

Aroma
This is my favorite part of this beer, and almost any IPA in general. The aroma is packed with citrus but stays pretty aggressive. Lime zest is a unique smell that this beer has. Some dank herbal stuff is matched by lovely floral appointments. Some pine and orange round it out.

Taste
This beer is made up of equal parts citrus juiciness and fresh, green bitterness. The pine here is very fresh and tastes sweeter and sappier than the pine in most other IPAs. There are suggestions of orange creme and lemon-lime zest.

Mouthfeel
Very sticky, oily and dry, dry, dry. On second thought, this is my favorite part of this beer.

Overall
A damn solid IPA. I'm glad I was given 4 of these bad boys.

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 23:28:46 | More by MbpBugeye
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,949 ratings.