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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,027 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 89
Gots: 190 | FT: 4
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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rudolphjacksonm

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger has seriously impressed me. After trying Sehr Crisp (The Crisp) a few days ago and being slightly underwhelmed, after having the first sip of Bengali Tiger I can firmly say that I have faith in Sixpoint. As a sidenote, I can't wait to try their Diesel Stout.

Appearance: 4.5
Has a rich, dark amber color. Slightly cloudy with bubbles steadily moving towards the top. Developed a lovely white two-finger head after pouring from the can into an Imperial Pint glass. The head probably stayed for a good three minutes before dissolving. This is a beautiful beer.

Smell: 3.5
There's a strong floral scent, as well as a whiff of lemon or citrus. Overall it's not incredibly strong, but at the same time it's pleasing and gives you a bit of what to expect.

Taste: 4.5
This is an excellent American IPA. The flavor is hard to pinpoint at first. It hits the tongue with a tangy and slightly sweet flavor, which then dissolves into a flowery/hoppy taste with a hint of pine and citrus again. The aftertaste is almost refreshing, tasting a bit like tree sap (don't let this put you off though, it's only tastes faintly of it and it's done really, REALLY well). Honestly, I have a hard time putting this beer down after I sip it, it really tastes that good.

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Hits the tongue with a burst of flavor and carbonation, yet it manages to maintain this feeling the entire time you're tasting it. It doesn't feel like water or molasses when it's on your tongue; instead it feels like what a beer should feel like. Few beers I have had manage this good of a mouthfeel.

10-13-2011 00:27:15 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Welcome to DC Sixpoint!

Poured into my trusty Stone Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Fairly amber/golden, with a ridiculously foamy head that made me want to smack my mama! Sorry... southern expression. The head was nuts and stained the glass on the way down.

S: Lots of whole leaf hops.... piney and resiny +++! Grapefruit husk to start, followed by orange.

T: I got a bit of organic soap taste in the mid section, that should be interpreted as something negative.... quite the contrary! Lots of citrus notes, but not as intense as the nose. Infinitely bitter, but not in a bad way.

M: The lacing left on the glass was the mark of the tiger.... or so the marking speak dictates. And.... they're right! Bitter and then some, with tons of citrus to boot!

O: I've read lots of BA posts about the merits of this brew, and I've gotta say... THEY ARE RIGHT!

10-12-2011 01:06:54 | More by Chaney
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

10-11-2011 22:10:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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argock

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Best by Feb 14 2012 on bottom of can. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.79.

A: Burnt amber with 1-2 fingers of slightly off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and numerous layers of dense, sticky lacing down the glass.

S: The aroma, however, is not as illustrious as the appearance as mineral and meaty malty aromas with a big herbal tea contribution comes next. The hoppiness is minimally present with a few lemon tea-like notes.

T: The flavor is really a let-down with more lemon tea herbal, earthy hops meeting an overly toasted malt backing. I don't get any of the citrus or resin notes others describe, and I don't think it is just missing a heavy resinous flavor either.

M: The mouthfeel is good but a tad heavy for an IPA, still nothing else wrong with it and it is coating.

O: I am not sure if I got a bad pack or what but this is nothing remotely like a superb IPA. I will see if I can give it a try on-tap and assess again. Not a good start for Sixpoint with me.

10-10-2011 04:20:05 | More by argock
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

16oz can courtesy of Drazzamatazz. Into a NB Globe.

A: Hazy orange in color with a stark white head, about half an inch thick that quickly recedes to a small cap of bubbles. Leaves a nice couple of rings of lacing as it recedes. Pretty nice looking beer.

S: Piney and resinous, a fair amount of citrus. I also get a little bit of toasted malt and almost a wheaty like smell in there as well. A few slightly fruity yeast esters linger around in there, but really a lot of hops.

T: Very hoppy right up front, with a ton of pine and citrus. Really a resinous IPA, which I really dig. Pretty floral as well. Excellent bitterness that matches up nicely with the malt backbone that is found in this beer. Definitely enjoyable.

M: Light mouthfeel with a touch to much carbonation. Finishes dry and clean with a nice lingering bitterness.

O: A pretty nice IPA here, carbonation is a bit high, and I would like just a little bit more from the hops in the nose and just a little more in the taste. Not bad by any means, this is very enjoyable, but I would like just a little bit more of everything.

10-10-2011 01:57:36 | More by pokesbeerdude
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Hazy dark orange in color with a sizeable snowy head on top. It does indeed leave some striping of lacing down the glass as it slowly dissapates, just as the can says it would. High in grapefruit citrus aroma, followed by a big note of fresh oranges and a touch of pine and hop resin.

The taste follows up on the smell, hitting with a pleasant dose of oranges and orange rind, as well as some bready malts. That is followed by a smattering of pine and grapefruit in the back, perfectly bitter. Its not overbearing or overly sharp, its just very fitting. A little bit of resin is detectable as well, as is a very slight metallic twinge. Just a hint of alcohol as well, mostly on the breath. The mouthfeel is less carbonated than would be expected, but really works here. It seems to add a much needed smoothness to the overall experience. If you are into orange and citrusy IPAs, than you should check this one out. Maybe just a tad heavy on the oranges, but otherwise, very good.

10-09-2011 23:36:55 | More by chodinheaven
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kennylopez

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from 16 oz can into 7oz tasting pint.

Appearance: hazy golden orange. a finger worth of white head that leaves nice lacing as you drink it.

Smells: a citrus and pine hop smell that makes me just want to drink it.

Taste: has a full flavored pine note that combines with the citrus notes lite orange, lemon, and bitter lime zest. I enjoyed every drop of this brew and like the can conditioned flavor that is subtle.

Mouthfeel: sticky with a pine aftertaste that balances the 6.4% to a very light burn that is almost obsolete

Overall: Great IPA in my opinion. I love the four pack of 16oz cans. it is a great easy drinking beer that I will absolutely buy some more....lots more. great summer and anytime beer.

10-09-2011 20:42:14 | More by kennylopez
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%

Tallboy into an unfortunately frosted pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear burnt copper - I'm pretty sure Sherman-Williams calls this "ochre." A half-finger white head doesn't last for too long, but leaves soapy lacing around the glass.

The aroma is pretty nice, and only improved as the beer and glass warmed. Very piney and grassy, with a good citrus kick underneath. Smells very clean, fresh.

The taste is surprisingly sweet. The malt dominates whatever hops are left in the mix, though there's a bitter bite in the finish. An interesting spice mix going on here, it's a touch floral. I have a feeling this isn't the freshest of cans.

Undercarbonated mouthfeel only heightens my suspicions re: this beer's age. This is pretty dead, though not undrinkable.

Pretty mediocre all around, though I'd love to try a fresh can. Knowing how good this beer tastes on tap only exacerbates the sting. I'll be on the lookout for an opportunity to re-rate.

10-04-2011 23:39:23 | More by amphion1065
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

A: deep cloudy orange/rust, creamy finger head,
spectacular lacing encases inside of pint glass

S: big pine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest,

T: lemon grass, zest, big clean pine, low smooth bitter finish

M: med body, creamy flowing/smooth, hint of slick/oily

O: WOW! My 1st Sixpoint experience and I'm
rather impressed. This is DARE I say is a
mind-blowing session American IPA! Love
the creamy smooth/oily balance. Just like the
pine vs. citrus flavor.

OUTSTANDING, MUST TRY!

10-04-2011 15:57:48 | More by BeerLover99
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Dark nectarine orange, dense, with an impressive size head 2 fingers tall, a bit sudsy and left a moderate shellacking on the glass.

S: Fresh pine, moderate amount of hoppiness (citrus) at first but quickly looses its grip. Toasted orange peels come on the close. Starts off good but goes down quicker then a Mike Tyson opponent.

T: Grassy citrus, dried oranges with a leaving impression of spicy dry hops. Pine scotch, oily hop resins with a spicy bite of citrus and cypress lingering about. Definitely gets the job done.

M: active, fizzy from the strong carbonation, and turns creamy. Grassy citrus drys the tongue with a ample amount of hops with some flowery impression. The body is medium.

O: Overall a good everyday drinking ipa. Wont blow your doors off but certainly gains enough street cred hop wise to garnish attention and respect. The 8.4% alcohol is well managed. Conveniently packaged in cans for your camping/outdoor pleasure makes this a go to along with dales for easy transport with a high return of hoppiness. The more you drink this the more you like it. Six pack recommendation.

10-04-2011 01:45:39 | More by beerthulhu
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

A cloudy gold/orange colored beer with a rapidly settling off white head. Good lacing. Big aroma of bitter hops; slight citrus/herbal notes. Vaguely malty. The flavor is a tasty blend of hoppy bitterness and well rounded caramel malt. Fainty citrusy...not close to the citrus explosion described by some. As it sits and warms both booze and fruitier notes become more noticeable.

Medium carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel, moderate finish, lingering in the mouth a while but not overly long.

A strong East Coast style IPA with aggressive bitterness. Lacks the refined hop notes of the more West Coast style IPA's...little in the way of grapefruit, pine, citrus, or the like. Still, tasty. Liked this review can a bit less than my first try or my second, which was on tap and may have been a tad fresher.

Edit: Had another and man this is a tasty beer....when I said little in the way of citrus, etc...I think I was a little harsh. It's not the strongest in that respect but it was excellent hop complexity. A winner.

10-03-2011 04:38:28 | More by tobelerone
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance: From a 16 ounce can which is so wonderful a pint in a can. Beneath a thick rocky head that is two fingers thick is a dark copper colored beer with orange hues towards the bottom.

Aroma: Citrus on top of more citrus hops. Mixed in amongst the hoppy goodness are piney notes that stand out very well. There is a little bit of a tropical fruit aroma with a simple syrup. In the malt side of it all well not only are they swimming but they are lending a sweetness.

Taste: Did I mention this beer has tons of citrus hops along with piney notes all through it. A crisp mouthfeel with a touch of spice and a great hop bite. Grapefruit and sweet tropical fruit bits from top to bottom. Malts are nicely sweet.

Notes: This is a beast of a beer a great hop bomb dam good beer. Cheers.

10-03-2011 03:02:20 | More by horshack7
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larryi86

Delaware

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Thank you OddNotion for this one!
16 oz can, best before 11/10/2011, poured into a snifter

A- Clear copper color with a three finger white head

S- Floral hops, some citrus, earthy, some malts.

T- Not as good as the smell, getting some wet grass up front, after the wet grass it gets better, floral and earthy hops really stand out.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- I am a little underwhelmed with this beer, I have had much better in the style. I will probably try this again since I can now get Sixpoint near me, can't wait to try more stuff from Sixpoint.

10-02-2011 20:47:16 | More by larryi86
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a finger of sticky white head.

Smell. Oranges and cedar. Some floral hops, pine, yellow grapefruit and toasted grains.

Taste. Nice caramel and toasty grain base with a big, floral and earthy hop punch. Some orange and grapefruit rind in the finish. A little booze.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Alcohol seems a little drying.

Overall. Tasty, big IPA. Extra points for the 16oz can ...why can't more beer come in this, my favorite package.

10-01-2011 02:37:15 | More by Rutager
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

thanks to keef for the hookup! Been wanting to try this one!

pours a caramely tangerine hue with a creamy foamy two-finger head that fades slowly and heaves bits of lace. a tinge murky.

aroma is incredible. earthy, malty with honey and caramel notes. then an intense citrusy blast... oranges and grapefruit with some pear and floral notes.

the taste is a bit odd. intensely citrusy, almost like citric acid mixed with metal. not sure I'm digging it. as it warms, more malt opens up, with caramel, honey, and straw. harsh, boozy and rough.

carbonation is high... too much so... and the citric finish leaves an almost unpleasant harsh bitterness.

huh. not what I was hoping for. maybe my palette just isn't built to enjoy this one? smells great, but kind of falls short from there. maybe the can I cracked was off a bit? I'd like to try a few more to be able to make sure my judgement is right.

09-30-2011 09:20:36 | More by djeucalyptus
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

2.6/5  rDev -33.8%

Review adapted from notes taken 6/9/11 and 7/7/11

Note: I've had two cans of this (above dates) and on-tap, but I still think I drank something different than most of the reviews here on BA

Appearance: A dark golden orange, a very small white head, decent lacing

Smell: Kind of weak, but not terrible- some citrus, some pine, slightly floral, slightly herbal - extraordinarily average, not remarkable in any way

Taste: It's a full pint of blah - some orange and grapefruit rind, but these flavors are very weak - some herbal and grassy flavors, but again, very weak - mostly, this just tastes like bitter water with some off-flavors - it's almost as if this beer has a unique combination of malts and hops that confuses my taste buds, and all I taste is a bland... blandness

Mouthfeel: Medium, on the sticky/oily side, needs more carbonation

Overall: I will probably remember this beer as one of the greatest mysteries of 2011

For a while I thought about not reviewing this beer. After all, the consensus seems to be that this beer is exploding with citrus; it's is a hoppy kick to the face. After three pints of this, all I tasted was something akin to a bad homebrew, complete with off-flavors and strange carbonation. My second can was almost a drain pour.

09-30-2011 07:57:29 | More by angrybabboon
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litheum94

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Best by 11/10/11. 16 ounce can. Every single brewery should have 16 oz releases. It's a thing of beauty.

Deep, orange-amber body with a slowly building, dirty white head. It billows up to the rim and settles out to a nice pool of froth that leaves good lacing.

Brown sugar and caramel malts with a good dose of roastiness. Citrus, pine and floral hops.

Roasted caramel malts lead the way, with some nutty fullness. Sets up an oily hop mouthfeel, with flavors of flowers, pine and burnt orange rind. Restrained and lingering bitterness. Great balance.

A balanced and furious attack. What a great beer.

09-30-2011 04:14:35 | More by litheum94
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -14%

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 9/11/11

Best before December 1, 2011

Thanks to MbpBugeye

Pours a bright, almost industrial orange; however, once in the glass it settles with a darker, denser, almost murky appearance. One finger head drops slowly to a thin layer. Nice rings of lace.

Fresh, green hops greeted the nostrils after cracking open the can - pine and zesty citrus. The aromatic after it's been poured are a bit more obscure. Sure, pine is had in reasonable quantity and there is a blend of citric tones buried therein, but there is also a distinct note of bubble gum and, at times, notions of toothpaste. Lightly toasted grains, too. Herbal tones creep about.

Sip number one (and all subsequent sips, for that matter) finds a green hop assault - herbal, floral, dry pine resin and, too a much lesser degree, lemon and other pithy, peely citrus. Despite the herbal prominence, there is still plenty of room for a piney crackle, there is. Malts are toned down to a seldom appreciable territory; just a few grain and biscuit hints linger towards the finish. The hops have a heavy kick, though bitterness is well-proportioned.

Medium body with appropriately active carbonation. I say that because said carbonation pushes the cracklin' hops even further to the fore. The feel is slightly sticky with resin and is dry, dry, dry.

This is a good IPA, but certain aspects prevent it from being entirely in line with my favorites of the style. That said, if I lived in the distribution area or if this were my local IPA, I imagine my palate would quickly shift and acclimate to this particular flavor profile and it would quickly become a favorite. This is ridiculously easy to drink and I wish I had more.

09-29-2011 00:00:00 | More by Ryan011235
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

A: nice copper/red hue that is slightly murky. Nice head that explodes upwards but dissolves quickly.
Leaves a solid lacing on the glass.
S: typical hop aromas, a little citrus grapefruit with a hint of pine. Nutmeg like aroma also with some a lot of hop earthiness/grass aroma.
T: hops up front, some citrus with a unique finish. Finishes a little grainy with some malt sweetness. Bitterness lingers afterwards as you feel the hop oils coat the tongue. Hop flavor is complex, a lot of earthiness with typical pine and citrus. Alcohol taste is slightly intrusive on the overall experience.
M: nice carbonation with an overall creamy texture. Thicker and not as dry as most IPAs but it works here with the taste profile.
O: a good ipa, nothing more, nothing less. You can do better, however the flavor of this IPA is pretty unique.

09-28-2011 22:07:11 | More by ShemRahBoo
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%

A - Hazed orange body with a thick white head that has good retention and great lacing.

S - All hops in the nose. Floral, pine, some citrus/orange. I'd rate it even higher, but it has a spiciness at the back end that just doesn't work for me.

T - Similar to the nose, packed with hops without being too bitter, with a light caramel sweetness. As it warms, though, the finish starts tasting soapy and astringent.

M - Starts off well with a medium body and carbonation, but it quickly dies to almost no carbonation, and a watery mess.

O - Started off well, but then just went downhill. I'm not intrigued enough to try it again.

09-28-2011 13:05:55 | More by garuda
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

I'm all about the can! Love it, wish more breweries would put their 12oz - 16ozers in cans.

Honey orange out the can and splashes like a fat kid into my pint glass. I got fuckin hosed though - not all the 16 oz fits in my pint glass. Wtf?!?! Light cream head stacks up tall with a huge amount of lacing. Legs are there, but rather slim.

A shit load of hops in the nose, holy hell - so fucking fresh. Good stuff. Hops are earthy & spicy fresh - some grapefruit as well. Its not overpowering with the citrus fruits though, more earthy. Same on the palate, hop dominated & can barely even get a sense of the underlying malts. Dont get me wrong though - as a self proclaimed hop head, i fucking love it. Liquified hops mixed with minimal amount of malts to balance it. Ahhh! Hopheads dream here I think.

Thicker moutfeel for an IPA (7/10), and just really creamy smooth. Carbonation is just enough. This one brought back to me by my girlfriend - yeah, she's fucking awesome. Cheers to you babe!

09-27-2011 01:56:28 | More by hoptualBrew
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Kinsman

California

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%

Dark hazy orange capped by a creamy white head. Good sticky lace left behind as the head slowly fades.
Big grapefruit and citrus aromas up front. A lingering note of pine resin rounds out a hoppy bouquet.

Taste has lots of pine and puckering bitterness upfront. Slightly sweet with strong citrus notes. Minimal malt backbone to hold it all together.

Medium body mouthfeel, smooth with a semi-dry finish. Overall, and excellent IPA, surely one to please any hophead.

09-27-2011 01:16:34 | More by Kinsman
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

160z can poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Bright orange with some haze. One-inch white head is comprised of small bubbles. It settles a bit, but never fully goes away. Big, sticky rings of lacing form the whole way down the glass as the beer is consumed. Impressive.

S: Lots of mandarin orange. Sugary orange gummy candy. Honeydew melon, subtle pineapple and pine scents. Fleshy grapefruit. Malt base is very sweet on the nose. smells absolutely delicious.

T: Green, oily and pithy floral hop tastes open, but give way rather quickly to alternating flavors of orange and grapefruit. Fleshy grapefruit with sugar. Grass clippings and a touch of pine resin. Sweet, sugary malt base takes the edge off the bitterness and really just accentuates everything well. Grapefruit is back, but again with some sugary tastes to offset the bitterness a bit. Finishes with fleshy grapefruit, green tasting hop oils, and a touch of sweet, ever-so-slightly grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied, extremely creamy and smooth with an even, moderate level of carbonation. Very full in the mouth and somewhat slick with hop oils.

O: Damn. This is the best IPA I've had in a long time. A great beer.

Notes: I usually prefer my IPAs on the dry side, but this one works very well.

09-25-2011 17:32:20 | More by ryan1788a5
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lordroby825

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12%

i've been getting my hands on this whenever possible for the last month and a half or so. pours almost orange, smells of pine and citrus heavily. no hiding the hops in this brew. sixpoint has outdone themselves here. tastes upfront of pine , resin, grapefruit dryness ...mmm. the medium carbination allows you to feel the resistance and stickiness of the resin. yeah i really like this beer!

09-24-2011 20:11:57 | More by lordroby825
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stickynotes

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

Picked this up the other day. Pours a desirable caramel, a kind-of white head dissipates leaving a film which accumulates on the edges of the glass. Smell is great, rich citrusy hops, all hops, strong, earthy hops. Taste finds hops as well. Citrus hops, bitter, some earth, maybe some malt, some floral hops. Ends bitter and floral. As expected mouthfeel comes with mild carbonation, hop flavors feel great over beginning of tongue. Overall this is a solid IPA, one I will certainly buy again. The 16oz size is appealing. Rich in the nose and flavor. A solid IPA that I will return to.

09-24-2011 04:12:01 | More by stickynotes
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,027 ratings.