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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,138 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,138
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 99
Gots: 244 | 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 pokesbeerdude
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

pokesbeerdude, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chodinheaven, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of kennylopez
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kennylopez, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

amphion1065, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

BeerLover99, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerthulhu, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tobelerone, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

horshack7, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of larryi86
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

larryi86, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rutager, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

djeucalyptus, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

angrybabboon, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

litheum94, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ryan011235, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ShemRahBoo, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of garuda
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

garuda, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

hoptualBrew, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kinsman, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of lordroby825
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

lordroby825, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of stickynotes
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stickynotes, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a disappointment here, too malty.

Beer is orange and sweet with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, so far so good.

Beer smells mildly piny but mostly malty.

Beer is heavy on the front end with a lot of malt. I've had this beer twice and this was my experience both times. The hops come through as an afterthought and I don't understand why. The flavors are there but the hops should run the show in the beer. The malt is dominant and boring. Next.

drabmuh, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: Thanks to Mkabull for sending this one my way.

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: pine, resin, hops, sweet, caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a well balanced IPA. Enjoyed it and glad I finally got to try it as well.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of haywire77
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can dated best by 11/17 2011 into a SA perfect pint glass..

Beer poured a murky copper orange with about 1/2" of slightly off white head that faded very quickly but left a small lace ring around the top of the glass.

Smell is standard American IPA fare with citrus and pine, but I detect some spices that I don't usually get in an IPA. Nutmeg and cereal malts, almost like a fall beer.

The taste is very ordinary for me, but a bit above average for the originality. Lots of sweet hops, but almost no bitterness at all. A heavy malt presence with a bunch of those spices that I smelled in the bouquet. Almost makes me think of a rye flavor with a slightly dry, bitter quality at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Sticky with a solid body and good carbonation. Oily and slick on the back of the tongue.

Overall this is a pretty good beer that I can't get regularly in my area. I would buy it again to revisit sometime in the future, but not on a regular basis as there are better IPAs available to me.

haywire77, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
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.

Arbitrator, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of BizzyQU
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

BizzyQU, Sep 21, 2011
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,138 ratings.