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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,147 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 99
Gots: 251 | 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 MetalHopHead6
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger is juicy, sweet, and slippery.

It poured a beautiful bright orange, with very little head, but it left a glassfull of thin but pervasive lace. The bright color and lace were the highlights of this ale. The flavor was sweet and fruity, dominated by orange and tangerine, but with a slippery sweetness similar to the juice in a can of fruit cocktail. A nice pine and resin aftertaste asserted itself nicely as the ale warmed. Overall, the flavors were good, if a bit too sweet. The feel was non-existent and very weak for an IPA. It was slippery and smooth, sliding over the tongue, with no bitterness whatsoever and nothing else left behind. When it was gone, it was gone.

MetalHopHead6, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of dickroop
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, the packaging is unusual. Sixteen-ounce cans are sold, four to a box. The graphic design for box and can are distinctive and appealing. Both box and can have wonderfully clear details:
"16 oz, 6.4% ABV, 62 IBU, 13 SRM, Ale". Text includes delightful quote from William Blake's poem "Tiger" (What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"). Allusions to great poetry on your beer can? It doesn't get much better! But read on, and then taste ""Strides forward with a malty cadence, then leaps with a wave of bitterness. Slashed with a giant paw of citrus, pine, and resin! Note the lacing of stripes around your glass - It is the mark of the Tiger."

One thing I like about this - size matters. Memories of the 16-oz Tall Boy cans aside, this is a good serving size for me. Often a 12-oz bottle is not enough and a bomber is too much, but 16 oz has definite Goldilocks qualities.

The brew appears a hazy, dirty golden, capable of producing a solid foamy head if poured vigorously. Aroma is great - grapefruit, resinous and piney, but very little malt nose that I could pick out. And the beer tastes great, delivering hoppy bitter goodness in several varieties. High-alpha flavors of citrus and pine are front forward, with floral overtones. Malt is there for balance and substance, and I suppose I'd call it bready. With a bit of dry sourness, it all transitions to a rich, long-lasting bitter finish that is grainy, but in a good way. Somewhat complex, but not overly so, it's just a very tasty IPA or APA.

Mouthfeel is solidly medium-body, with that slight funky sourness at the rear corners of the mouth. Can't tell if that's a defect or a feature, but I guess it derives from a malt bill that adds subtlety and balance. Overall, this is a beer that I intend to get more of and enjoy again. Highly satisfactory and recommended.

dickroop, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of atr2605
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden/light copper color with a white head with average retention. I can already smell the hops.
S-Great strong hop aroma of citrus and fresh green spiciness
T-Wow. great balance of the citrus (primarily orange) and good malt backbone that keeps the beer delicious from start to finish. The great hop start fades into the sweet malt leaving a slightly sweet finish with the aftertaste of citrus.
M-Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation
O-really nice beer and excellent for the price. First beer I have had from sixpoint and can't wait to try more.

atr2605, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We pop the tab and pour a brew of dark tawny, and dirty orange. The color is not uniform, moving at points towards the lightest brown. It holds a one finger head the color of cream. This recedes at a medium pace into a soft and creamy film around the top and edges of the glass. Lacing is pretty and patterned, sitting thick. There is a thick haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears standard. The aroma explodes with an insane array of inviting and unique components. Off the top there is a leafy tobacco component, with fresh aloe leaf. The hops are equally as potent, with a dry, grassy, hay-like nose. The malts are clean and pale, with flecks from a more tart, more drying, rye. On the far back, and with warmth, comes cumin and a metallic softness from a vegetable cream soup. As we sip, the leafiness of the nose becomes immediately apparent. Malts are strong of barley and rye, while the hops speak of herbal twangs and tannins. The middle drives forward with an orange and peach sweetness, with bittering rind to cut and balance. The finish is of steely grain affording further bitterness, and a grassy barnyard hop. The aftertaste breaths of spices of far eastern cooking, graininess of dirty malts, minerals, and those leafy hops that were present throughout. The body is medium, with a pleasant thickness, with the carbonation reaching medium to high, but not going overboard. There is a beautiful slurp and creaminess to each sip, with a contrasting chewy and gritty feel. The mouth is coated and cooled, with a partial drying character to make for a very satisfied mouth. The abv is appropriate, and this beer has immense drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the inclusion of those weird spices, and the leafiness. This was available in both the nose and the taste, making for something wildly unique for any style of ale. The hops and malts were also both pleasing, striking a fine balance. On top of all of this, the feel was dynamic, with both soft and robust components, putting this beer over the top for us.

TheBrewo, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of stakem
2.3/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Kegatron for this pint sized can. Best before Nov 17, 2011 stamped on the bottom. Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed copper color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained head. The cap retains fairly decent with large bubbles of carbonation and a creamy top. As the cap fades to a thin lace across the top, it paints the glass with patches and spots of lace. A light swirl revives the cap back to nearly a finger's strength.

The smell is bright with fruity hops, citrus and some floral character. That enjoyable hop aroma quickly dissolves into something a bit unpleasant and reminiscent of plastic. Under the hop scent is some cheese quality that is quite stinky and almost funky. It has a scent of sulfur mixed with farts. It starts off fairly bright and hoppy in a good way and takes a turn for the worse fairly quickly. It almost displays a smoked or burnt aspect across the back.

The taste includes bitter fruits and rindy quality. A touch of floral aspect before the onset of toasted malt that is a bit burnt and like plastic. There is a fairly solid bitterness about this brew that has an herbal aspect mixed with grass. The alcohol is fairly evident with a solvent kick and warmth down the back of the throat that brings out a mineral quality to the finish. It has a lasting flavor of burnt plastic that lingers inside the mouth. At times, some sips seem a bit tropical with the fruity hop bitterness. However, there just seems like something is going wrong with this can.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. At times, it shows potential but there is a lot going on here that just wasn't enjoyable. There is no place for burnt plastic in any style of beer, it is very distracting. The hop character I did pick up on was pleasant, I just wish it was more prevalent than the mysterious plastic quality and mineral/stinky funk aspects. I appreciate the opportunity to try this one Heath but I seriously couldn't finish it. I wouldn't mind trying this again just to see if I happen to get an off or bad can.

stakem, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

rudolphjacksonm, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Chaney, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

argock, Oct 10, 2011
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
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.