Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,177 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,177
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 100
Gots: 271 | 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 jkane101
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of maximum12
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to AndrewNations for the slew of Sixpoint & if the second can is as good as Righteous, I'll be...ecstatic. And my first review after the fucked-up change to the grading. Fucking retarded. Why do we contribute to a site that doesn't respect us? Or beer? Wait, I'm a guy. Nevermind.

Big can poured into a big snifter that'll hold it's water well. Shows well-hazed orange. Smells like a gorgeous IPA with drippy pine, but an odd, almost smoky smell intrudes, too.

Bengali Tiger isn't your boring, Murder She Wrote IPA. Like the smell, almost flares with hoppy, syrupy hop pine resins. Strong flavor that reminds me of Salt of the Earth, there's definite saline component that's odd & distracting. Harsh bitterness with only fading pine mingles with the sea salt on the downslide. Sixteen ounces might almost be too much for this character.

This is a decent enough beer, but the saltiness is strange & out of place, & really limits the upside. C+ in the real world.

Photo of GoSabres87
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of TheDudeRules
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bkny27
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Poured from the can: near turbid, orange-amber color with a thick, super-creamy eggshell head. Nose is smacked into blissful submission by a heavy dose of fresh, resiny, piney, citric hops aromas. Very creamy and silky; surprisingly light. Big juicy notes of tangerines with a foundation that’s a bit malty and bready, and touched by caramel. Piney hops with a sticky resiny feel, a dash of pepper, and grapefruit, but like when you were a kid—halved, sectioned from the rind, with sugar sprinkled on top. Man, this is one big can of aggressive hop love! And with all that’s going on, it still finishes clean and dry. To hell with tiger blood! Winning is all about drinking (Bengali) tiger beer.

Photo of Jesse14
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of timdetman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy orangey-amber in color. Forms a ridiculously large bubbly off-white head with surprisingly good retention. Some clumpy bits of lacing.

S: Mostly pine with some sweeter citrus notes and a hint of ginger.

T: Starts off with dry, toasty malts before going a little soapy. Then some juicy tropical hops and astringent resinous pine which don't really mix all that well together. Finishes with a an herbal bitterness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation and a appreciable bitterness. Mildly soapy quality.

O: A decent beer, but a bit of a let down for me. Personally felt this one was a little off with the flavors being all over the place. The soapiness didn't help.

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-pine and citrus with hints of floral

T-pine and citrus with some malt character and a nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a good IPA, easy drinking with nice balance

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-12-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly hazy amber with a 2-finger white head that fades to 1-finger pretty quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Pineapple, candied orange, pine and herbal tea. Pleasant and sweet smelling.

T - Grassy, astringent, pine, sweet orange flesh and grapefruit juice bitterness; all of which are stronger tasting and seem to sit on-top of the caramel and bulgar-wheat-tasting malt base. It's an unusual but not unpleasant set of flavors. The aftertaste is grass, sourdough, herbal tea and bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial feel, bubbly and a bit prickly.

O - Interesting brew. It's nice to have a new flavor profile for an IPA. There's certainly plenty going on with this brew. The grassy/tea aspects aren't right in my wheelhouse but this is the first time I've tried this brew. It's good enough to seek out and try again on another day. Seems reasonably priced for a big-tasting IPA.

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can poured into a Pint Glass. Thanks to THE CPJ for this one!

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a creamy head that settles to a nice cap, leaving lots of sticky lacing.
S - Pungent hop aromas of pine resin and grapefruit dominate with a solid caramel malt backbone.
T - Quite similar to the nose, lots of pine resin, grapefruit, and mandarin orange with a sweet, bready caramel malt profile. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.
M - Smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - A really nice "everyday" IPA that I would probably pick up often if it were available to me.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BBri
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper color with a thick head that lasts a good period of time and laces down the glass nicely.

S: Not a lot of malty scent, faint scent of citrus and spice.

T: Sweet with a nice bitter bite that's not too harsh.

M: Nice thick, creamy with bubbly presence.

D: Very high drinkablity. Goes down nice and easy. Great combination of all of the above attributes in a very drinkable beer!

Photo of BrooBub
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Kegatron
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour served in a pint glass for $5.50. Sampled on 9/1/10.

A: One finger of foamy off-white head with big sudsy bubbles. Above average retention leaves a sudsy film with lacing already grabbing a hold of the glass. The body is hazy, if not murky (around 25% transparency), and a rustic orange and brown combination of colors. Lacing in nearly entire sheets. Some light-colored small flecks of particulate hover in the beer.

S: Minimal malt presence with aromas of bread and not much else. As it warms, light caramel presents. Hop aromas are dominated by citrusy orange and tangerine, then backed by a grassy scent and flower stems.

T: The flavors more than less follow. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Somewhat chalky on the end with a touch of alcohol and a dry finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full with a thick creamy texture. The level of carbonation is perfect. Fine fizzy bubbles roll gracefully over the tongue with adequate duration.

D: This score is for drinkability...and the drinkability is very good.

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of zipyth3pinhead
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent!

A very unique dry hopped smell! I would love to know their technique to harnessing the aroma. Its awesome. Dank and citrus hops.

Slightly hazy appearance. Quickly dissipating head.

Taste - also very unique. Excellent citrus hop flavor...definite english influence overall...balanced by biscuity estery maltiness. Very old world tasting.

Mouthfeel is great...very smooth...nice carbing...small bubbles so as not to create that carbonation sting that interferes with flavor...close to cask like quality.

Overall - I can't put my finger on the aroma/flavor that they have created. I notice it in their other ales. Its like they somehow married english, belgian, and american yeast to create this very unique quality. I can't describe it but I love it.

Try any of Six Point's offerings and you won't be disappointed!

Cheers!

Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,177 ratings.