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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,953 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,953
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 86
Gots: 164 | 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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renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

got to sample this can from one of my all time favorite breweries sixpoint everything i had so far from them i have either liked or loved i have not had a bad experience yet

ok here she goes the appearance is awesome super nice big fat head on this one and the lacing is outstanding

aroma like a huge pine forest smell and there is some citrus fruits in there as well i also detect some biscuit and bready malt character

taste is real subtle on the back end i taste a lot of super fruit bitter hops upfront then on the back end less of the hops and more the nice subtle bread character

mouthfeel light in the carbonation but just enough to make the hops sing

overall this is one of the best ipas i had recently and one of my favorite beers from sixpoint so far

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 12:41:00 | More by renegadeburger
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harrymel

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by: 29SEP11

A: Toasted apricot ale with a single finger of light maple foam which falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Rings of lace above this ale of limited clarity.

S: Lots of soily, oily hops, not particularly intriguing. Some hints of grapefruit. The hop profile seems pretty similar to Righteous Ale (their Rye).

T: Grassy and grainy. The malts are more prominent than I would prefer in a good IPA. This is improperly balanced for an American IPA, reminds me more of an English IPA.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. Nice dry finish.

O: Nothing special here.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 09:52:23 | More by harrymel
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Trevor for this one.

A: The beer pours a cloudy light amber color with a huge white head that sticks to the glass.

S: This is an IPA? Very...bland aroma. Mostly bread and pale malts with just a hint of floral hops and maybe some tea. Just a little bit of citrus peel and that's about it.

T: The flavor is similarly unremarkable. There is a light bitterness and just a bit of grassy and floral hops. Mild citrus peel notes and a little bit of tea here, too.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation just on the low side of medium.

O: Amazingly bland for an IPA. I've had some pretty decent beers from Sixpoint, so this was a bit of a letdown for me.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 05:21:51 | More by womencantsail
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tdexterc

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up as a 4 pack of 16oz pounders. I'm a sucker for any kind of canned craft beer.

A- Poured into a large beer mug, I got a short lasting, 2 finger, off-white head which topped a crystal clear orange amber body. Very little lacing to speak of.

S- Sweet and fruity with big citric notes. Slight phenols poking through. Plenty of hops to come…

T- Pretty big taste which is clearly about the hops in this one. Slippery hop oils coat the mouth generously. I’m usually a big fan of any largely hopped IPA, but the flavor from these hops seems to be a pit peculiar. Maybe it’s the varietal; maybe it’s just me…

M- Fairly one sided, sharp hop bitterness which sticks around fairly long. In my humble opinion, the malts could stand to be a bit more pronounced in order to help even it out a bit.

Over all it's a good beer, but I’m not sure I’d actively seek it out for any other reason than craving a 16oz canned IPA.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 17:40:08 | More by tdexterc
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color with a one fingered white, creamy looking head. Foam dies down fairly fast and leaves a creamy, thick, ring of white lacing. Carbonation is moderate, starting from the mid sides of my glass. Poured this one into a red wine glass (hey, traveling on business and it seemed more appropriate than a plain old pint glass.

S - Tropical fruit rinds that's pungent and spicy. Fruit mixed of grapefruit, mango, pineapple.

T - Wow!! The hops are shining big and bold with nice grapefruit bitterness bite along with juicy and spicy tropical fruit flavors. Slight malt sweetness up front at the tip of the tongue followed by tropical fruit juicy bitterness and ends with a lingering grapefruit bitterness. There's an ever so slight trace of wetblanket for a brief moment in the middle but it quickly goes away.

M - Medium to heavy medium body, finishes dry

O - Pretty impressive aroma and taste for a sub-7% IPA, it's something I would expect out of a bigger IPA. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 01:24:16 | More by jzeilinger
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: Pours a nice medium amber with a slight orange undertone, pours with a finger of frothy off white head that lingers nicely
S: Very nice grapefruit citrus scents, very slight piney undertones
T: hmmm, a bit odd, the taste is not nearly as strong as the scent would allude, slight citrus hop notes,
M: hits the mouth strong with a bit of carbonation but finishes with a slight dryness that does linger
O: i enjoyed this brew quite a bit, not terribly impressive but has a nice soundness, seems like a quality brew that might be sessionable

Serving type: growler

07-26-2011 23:08:49 | More by BigPlay1824
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tall boy can. Pours a translucent dark amber color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aroma is citrus and piney hops. Resiny. Taste is more of the same. Piney, resinous flavor. Good amount of citrus and bitter. Very bitter and im loving it. Not a very balanced IPA, but it works damn well. I've heard this is a polarizing beer. I definitely like this one. Overall, a solid IPA that's worth having again.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 21:14:54 | More by PicoPapa
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beerdrinker4life

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Alright more beer in a can and more Sixpoint! The first one I had from them was absolutely awesome. Hoping the Bengali does not disappoint me here.

Poured out of my can into my glass and wow! Huge nice perfect big white head. It stuck on the glass all the way down. Perfect nice hazy orange color. Big bold massive hop aroma there too. Wow, this is interesting and enticing.

Tasted awesome! Nice citrus and pine flavor and lots of bready malt. Almost like breakfast toast with preserves! :-)

Amazing mouthfeel. Creamy at the same time bright and refreshing.

Overall, this is one awesome refreshing brew. It absolutely hit the spot on a hot day.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 13:29:27 | More by beerdrinker4life
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is absolutely beautiful. It pours a medium golden orange color that leaves sheets of lacing. It has a half inch of white head which is white and tight and remains as a a bit more than a film on the surface. The aroma is nice, but nothing extraordinary. It is very citrus forward, grapefruit mostly. The beer does taste very good as well, with the same big grapefruit which is really nice, but for me it lacks a desired bitter bite. It comes off as a bit maltier as opposed to a big hop bomb because that bitterness isn't really there. The caramel maltiness is nice, but not really what I was looking for in this beer. Mouthfeel was a bit thick, and it was not quite as carbonated as I would have liked. Overall, this is a very nice and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 01:13:13 | More by Agold
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ANOTHER fabulous canned beer. I had this and Oskar Blues G'Knight yesterday evening during a BBQ I held at my place (along with so many other beers). This one REALLY stood out. It's hard to believe how under the radar this brew is. A very smooth drinkable IPA with a fabulous hop profile. It's not an egregious amount of hops either. It's just right. I'll be drinking plenty of this going forward.

Serving type: can

07-23-2011 21:18:36 | More by Retail1LO
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xerotime

Massachusetts

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

16oz can into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with an off white head. Smells of resinous piney and citrus hops. Taste is of citrus with a nice background of caramel malts. Nice lingering bitterness. Medium body with a nice level of carbonation that makes the hops really pop. Overall a nice IPA that I would buy again.

Serving type: can

07-23-2011 21:11:04 | More by xerotime
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Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the can into a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is bright amber-orange with a small whitish head.

S: Nice - big resiny pine with plenty of citrus (grapefruit, maybe some pineapple too).

T: Hops dominate - mouth-puckering citrus/grapefruit bitterness. Slight bready malt underneath. Lingering dry, lemony bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Active, fine carbonation creates a fairly creamy feel. Medium in heft.

O: Solid - maybe a bit too one-dimensional in the hop department, but if you want a bitter, hoppy IPA, this one fits the bill.

Serving type: can

07-23-2011 02:23:22 | More by Kendo
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint has been doing some great stuff and I hope more of it becomes available in NJ. This one is a great IPA with excellent citrus and pine characteristics in the nose and on the tongue. The hops are balanced out by the caramel malts that lend a nice, sweet counterpoint to the hops and accentuating the grapefruit flavor this beer delivers. The quality is evident form the first pour as the head billows to a massive three inches and stands above the rim of the glass. Lacing is clumpy and copious, but I felt inclined to knock the appearance down a half point for haziness that remained even after warming up a bit. The aftertaste is full of resin, not my favorite quality in an IPA, but on that many people live for. Be careful, these cans are 16 ounces and the 6.4% ABV can catch up to you quickly if you're in the 12 ounce mindset.

Believe it or not I drank this with a slice of chocolate chip banana bread and the two of them worked nicely together to bring out subtle, sweet nuances in the other.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 02:02:10 | More by Naugros
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with 2 fingers of mild cream, slightly straw colored head. The color is medium amber, with orange highlights. A pretty beer, very typical for an IPA.

S - A bit of orange smell. That's the issue, though. It's just a bit of smell. Pretty muted.

T - The taste is too bitter and the better tastes (fruitiness or piney) are too muted to be a great beer, in my eyes. This beer is good, it's just not anything extraordinary.

M - The carbonation is pretty solid, but there's an unpleasant bitterness in the finish that turns me off.

Overall, this is a decent beer. For the price, I'm disappointed.

Serving type: can

07-21-2011 23:51:25 | More by gdrydenc
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drinkiusmaximus

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice golden orange color with a fingers width white head that leaves ample lacing

S: Herbal/flowery hops and a tad malty sweetness.

T: An interesting balance of sweet malts and hoppy bitterness. There is some grapefruit and a little tart apple in there, Hops dominate with a lingering herbal taste.

M: Medium/Light body with good carbonation

D: This is a very good beer although I have had plenty better IPAS this has been the been the best beer I have had from Sixpoint even though it is the only one I have had from Sixpoint...

Prost!!!

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 03:34:46 | More by drinkiusmaximus
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MadCat

New Jersey

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

Appearance: A nice golden color with good white head, leaving good lacing

Smell: Citrusy, piney, resinous hops backed up by some nice malts

Taste: A good but not overpowering level of orange, grapefruit, pine, and resin hops. There is a good caramel malt backbone to balance out some of the hops. A decent bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Pretty good IPA, one I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 00:07:59 | More by MadCat
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Can

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with a large size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts,caramel and a decent amount of hops. There are some very light citrus flavours as well - oranges and grapefruits. Along with the citrus I could pick up on a bit of a yeasty spiciness.. I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was, but it's not something I'm used to with American IPA's. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

Overall - There is definitely something different about this beer that sets it apart from other IPA's. It seems to have a little bit of everything going on taste wise, which should make it appeal to many.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 14:43:56 | More by spinrsx
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Normally I'd not review two serving types as similar as this can and the on tap serving I've already reviewed, but a few days ago there was a thread in which several folks claimed this was radically different than they had expected and I wanted to see for myself.

Appearance: As poured the beer has the lightly hazed orange tinged bronze color I remembered and expected. The 1/2" white head leaves leaving bits and circles of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. The head persists reasonably well and sipping leaves some interesting patterns of lacing. Throughout the beer there is a thin layer of foam over the surface and sipping leaves speckles and a sheet of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aromas seem fainter than I remembered, but there is some faint grapefruit, pine, with the same earthy and floral hops that I remembered from the on tap serving. These are all blended in nicely with the touches of caramel from the hops.

Taste: Again, as predicted from the nose, the flavors are intitially grapefruit and pine blended in with caramel from the malt. What seemed to be earthy and floral notes in the nose seem to have taken on a definite citric character that is more like tangerine and orange mingled in with the other flavors. The role of the tangerine and orange does seem somewhat stronger than I remember from the on tap serving, but I don't see that as bad or a problem.

Mouthfeel: As with the on tap serving, the mouth feel from the can is medium bodied and has a nice crispness to it. The carbonation is again medium and persistent. The finish is all one could hope for in that it begins in the caramel sweetness which trails off fairly soon, leaving behind the dry crisp bitterness from the hops that invites one to take yet another sip. The tangerine and orange add a nice citric note to the finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: For me this beer scores high on drinkability, whether on tap or from the can. It is definitely on my list of beers to purchase periodically. My overall impression of this beer is that it is very fine example of an IPA, well made and quite enjoyable. Furthermore, despite what others may may have found, I've found the canned and on tap servings definitely enjoyable, and very much the same beer.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 00:57:28 | More by drtth
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n2185

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a very thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some sweet bubblegum and candy sugar aromas at first. Lots of orange and pineapple aromas follow along with a touch of pine towards the end. Very nice and aromatic.

T: Slightly sweet at first with lots of orange and grapefruit flavors following. There is a dry, piny bitterness as well towards the finish. There's a slight musky/sweaty flavor on the aftertaste that's a bit detracting.

M: Medium-light body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is a bit low on the carbonation.

O: Overall, a good IPA with one of the best noses of any IPA I've had. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but is overall one of the better IPAs out there.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 23:49:57 | More by n2185
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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

First of many reviews from a trade with jedwards, thanks man!

Pint can (awesomeness) to Samuel Smith oversized nonic.

A: Pours a hazy deep orange, good carbonation and a tight-bubbled off-white head.

S: Smell is floral hops, lemon, grassiness, and loads of pine. There is a nice delicate sweetness here as well.

T: Taste is still primarily pine but followed by grapefruit and some spices. Nice toasted malt character in this beer. Grassy notes, some citrus zest, and herbal characters round out the hop profile. Good bitterness.

MF: Mouthfeel is good, light to medium body with good carbonation and a nice dry finish.

O: A good IPA with more than just hints of West Coast attributes.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 01:48:53 | More by Scotchboy
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Robtobfest

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this right out of the can around the fire pit last night, gave it a 'good' for appearance. I've had this a few times and have liked it more and more each time.
Smell is very piny and citrusy at the same time. There is also some kind of spice or something that they have in here, sdtrange but it works! Taste is more balaced than the smel suggested. Overall I like this brew. Sixpoint has given me a new IPA to chill and drink around the fire on a warm summer night. Thanks.

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 21:17:55 | More by Robtobfest
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superspak

Michigan

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

16 ounce can, best by Sept. 29, 2011. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. A lot of lacing sticks to the glass as you drink. Aromas of pine, orange, grapefruit, and caramel. Standard IPA aromas here, good strength as well. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus and pine flavors. Very nice balance as well with nice citrus and caramel sweetness in the front and a bitterness on the finish that is nice, but not overpowering. Medium carbonation and body. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Very smooth drinkability and smoothness as well. Overall this is an excellent IPA, very drinkable stuff.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 20:51:30 | More by superspak
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's Really satified with it.

A - Poured into my Duvel Tulip a hazy orange colour with a big two finger creamy head that slumps down to leave a thick blanket and big clumps of side lacing.

A - Big citrus hop notes, especially oranges. There are some nice malt notes on the back too.

T - Boom, just like the nose. Great hop bitterness with the main player being orange flesh and rind. Some sweet pine bitterness, along with more IPA malt sweetness on the end.

M - Good mouthfeel here, nice bitterness. Slightly lower carbonation than normal for me.

O - Overall this was a shockingly good IPA. Holy cow good. Great price point on this 6 pack makes this a definate "must try" for lovers of IPAs.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 19:48:38 | More by rudzud
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rtepiak

Poland

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great hop character grain balance and no mineral hang nails. pour is not bad with a good retention... not as much stick as i would have hope but some lace. nose of bright citrus and a palate that was bittered but predominantly complex sweetness patterns. almost belgian malting hints. orange marmalade and clay like dough. brisk dry end. nice finish. good hopping... good character. pleasant but judging by all there other offerings... expected.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 06:11:12 | More by rtepiak
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Bright, vibrant orange with a mammoth white head, couple fingers deep. Frothy, sticky head that laces really evenly and very well. Impressive.

S - Aroma is of a ton of hops and of orange and orange rind. Somewhat yeasty.

T - Follows the nose and so pleasantly. Plus major cardamom flavor. Hoppy as hell. Awesome. Tastes like a beer made in Brooklyn and I'm so glad for that.

M - Medium bodied, not very dry at all, but carbonated perfectly. The hops are blowing me away.

D - Will definitely get this again. I think this was only 8.99 a 6 and it could easily be 11.99 a 6. This is a solid, solid brew. A+ in my opinion, and my first encounter with Sixpoint.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 03:10:44 | More by jmerloni
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