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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,965 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,965
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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy amber color. Decent head that fades fast and a very solid lacing.

S: Smells great, very strong hop aroma. Citrusy as you would expect but there is something else there that I can't quite place. Might have to try it again sometime and update this review. Kinda like....apricot maybe? Sweet malts are noticeable too.

T: Very balanced and surprising. Not overly hoppy and has a very strong sweet maltiness to complement. Strong fruitiness to go with the sweetness, almost tastes like candied fruit.

M: Amazing. It's feels just right, not too heavy, not too light. Very clean, no residual flavor or graininess, top notch in my book.

O: Overall better than I was expecting. This is a nice, well balanced citrusy IPA with a bit of sweetness.

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 06:12:22 | More by Dope
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socon67

New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So happy that I can get Sixpoint cans.

A - Pours orange\amber. Cloudy, with a white foam that laces the glass.

S - Citrus, pine and hops. Smells like this could be a DIPA because the aromas are so rich. Impressive that a can preserves the beer so well.

T - Tastes more balanced like a pale ale. There is a solid citrus sweetness on the front. Has a hoppy back end. Flavors are consistent and not slamming you like many IPA's.

M - Unbelievably smooth. This beer was perfect for my BBQ today. Minimal carbonation, and feels like a lighter beer.

O - Kudos to Sixpoint for making their craft beers available to to masses. Gotta love the Tiger!

Serving type: can

05-29-2011 13:43:35 | More by socon67
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Gmann

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirtly light orangey brown color with a nice creamy head that settled into a light ring.

A deep citrus aroma is produced from the hops. Very orangey with some pineapple and other tropical fruit aromas. Quite sweet, almost smells like they put fruit in this one. Candied fruit comes to mind.

Citrus flavors are forefront; again with orange and pineapple coming through. Definitely the sweet aspect of the citrus hop flavors. The hop flavor is muddled by the malt and strong yeast presence. This IPA has a bigger malt presence than most IPA's; it almost balances out the hops to Pale Ale status. There is an overall mustiness that comes from the yeast. There is also a lemony sour bite as well as some metallic notes. This is a twangy IPA.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Sweet but mostly bitter on the palate. Feels dirty on the palate.

I am a bit mixed on this one. On one hand, it has some nice unique hop flavors and on the other hand, the beer feels dirty. Too much yeast presence. It muddies the beer which seems off for the style.

Serving type: can

05-28-2011 03:02:59 | More by Gmann
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pmlondrigan

New York

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

Picked these up as soon as I could. Poured into a tulip, poor head retention, but a nice orange honey color and a tad bit of head sticking to the glass. The beer is somewhat opaque. The aroma is strong and enticing. Citrus, and some stinky pungent hoppy onion thing, but in a good way. A very earthy ipa. Big hop bitterness and hop flavor, citrus, sour orange, and a tad of the aforementioned earthy pungent flavor. This beer has a nice subtle malt body that doesn't hinder your hop enjoyment. Fairly full mouthfeel without being sticky. A little lingering hop flavor hangs around. I really enjoyed this beer and assume it is going to become a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: can

05-28-2011 02:36:20 | More by pmlondrigan
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Craft beer in a can CRAFT BEER IN A CAN!
Not just any can, either.
Craft beer in a PINT CAN (it comes in pints).
Local, and fresh, at that.
As you may have guessed, I was quite excited to see Sixpoint product available in a Whole Foods I frequent; actually, that place tends to have a growler tap with some Sixpoint ale or another available but you get what I mean. They also had Sweet Action and I think it was Righteous Ale in cans (the Tribeca Whole Foods in NYC).
To the beer!
Very fragrant on the pour with boatloads of citrus hops. I saw the cans referred to as microkegs on Sixpoint's facebook page and that's kinda what it tastes like coming out of the can. Tastes like fresh beer from a keg or even a cask. There is a cask-i-ness to the profile of Bengali Tiger. The rye notes in the flavor highlight that idea. Dry, crackery rye (minus caraway) with a lemon seltzer buzz/fizz on the tongue. Light and dry bodied, lemon-lime hops with edges of herbs.
Refreshingly different from most of the IPAs out there. Plenty enjoyable and tasty without having to compare it to anything else. I will be getting this again.

Serving type: can

05-27-2011 05:48:51 | More by ommegangpbr
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed copper color with a white head that thinned out to a light ring.

S - big burst of hops, a blend of citrus, piney and floral, on the aroma.

T - well balanced IPA with a very dry finish that leaves you wanting more and more.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - IMO, this is a real good IPA.

Serving type: can

05-27-2011 01:17:56 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Adrianized

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a sniffer, I've never had it on tap.

Opaque orange in color.  One finger of a bubbly head that dissipates to a ring that clings to the glass.

Wonderfully hoppy nose.  Citrus hops.  Oranges, tangerines.  I also smell Japanese green tea.

Taste is remarkably smooth.  Resiny and piney.  Again there are citrusy hops.  Not a hop bomb, instead its very balanced.  Initially sweet like tangerines, then tangy and bitter grapefruit.  The grapefruit bitterness hangs on long after you last had a sip.

Medium body, just right for a IIPA.  Goes down dangerously easily.

Overall, this is a great summer IPA.  It's not super aggressive like so many others; for me in falls between an IPA and IIPA. I could drink this all day.

EDIT: whoa, I was the first person to review the canned version of this? That makes me feel pretty special.

Serving type: can

05-26-2011 14:53:10 | More by Adrianized
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Draft at North Star on 5/20/11.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with golden tangerine edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with a sweet malt presence. Slightly earthy with faint pine needle but mostly sweet smelling. Hints of caramel, biscuit, toffee and rye underneath the citrus notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with a dry earthy hop presence that has a nice amount of piny bitterness as well as some prominent citrus flavor. Hints of pineapple, mango, papaya and orange peel. Stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests. Nice malt backbone provides balance with hints of rye, caramel and biscuit. Slight heat toward the end of the swallow. Nice balance of bitter and sweet with a dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 01:39:03 | More by corby112
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to dmeadows for this one! 32 oz growler into pint glass. This beer has eluded me for the most part- I've had a sip or two but have never gotten a full glass.

A- Glowing amber, large bubbles, nice 1cm ivory head that settles. Lively carbonation.

S- Simcoe? Dank pine.

T- Sweet caramel malt and a bright, vibrant fruity hop bite. Immensely flavorful. Hops are also floral, a bit earthy/resiny, very bitter. The bitterness builds.. it's titanic for a 6.5% beer. Malt is very sweet but is cut by the bitterness. Almost a half-mast burton baton- malt is wonderful.

M- Nice malt flavors really compliment and build upon the hops- very well balanced. Oh so drinkable.

O- Very impressive. I'm surprised this one's rated @ ~4.0 . This is a very tasty IPA- can't wait for it to hit cans. A must-buy.

645

Serving type: growler

05-19-2011 22:27:32 | More by ShogoKawada
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ngeunit1

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright slightly hazy copper-orange color with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly to a thin layer leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of floral and citrus hops with some nice grapefruit notes. Also some bready and caramel malts and some biscuit mixed in.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malt flavor and a hit of citrus hop flavor with a good amount of bitterness. Through the middle some floral hop flavor and bready flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of some bitterness and grassy hops with a bit of sweet malt that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels really smooth and crisp and a bit dry. The bitterness in the creates a really nice dry kick at the finish.

D - Very drinkable. Everything is nicely balanced and the hop profile is really nice. The bitterness really kicks in nicely at the finish.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2011 22:23:46 | More by ngeunit1
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at lord hobo. served in a small 6oz glass for a very reasonable price.

A- this is brought to me with a hazy light copper colored body with a tall bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i can pick out of the nose is floral and grapefruit hops with a little bit of pine in there too. after that i get some balancing caramel malt. still smells hoppier than malty.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet caramel malts and quickly moves onto the hops that i could smell. loads of grapefruit and floral notes greet my tongue, along with some pine.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. nicely bitter.

D- easy to finish, and something id liked to have again. lots of flavor for something thats only 6.5%. check this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 23:30:23 | More by jwinship83
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 03/12/11 notes. Had on tap at Picco's on Tremont St. in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a blond, straw color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, floral hops, and musty, earthy tones.

t - Tastes of pine hops, citrus hops, floral hops, and earthy/grassy notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice IPA. Lots of pine hops in both the nose and the taste, as well as some grassy/earthy notes. Would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 00:12:06 | More by mdfb79
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones.

Slightly hazy orange color with a fine, tight white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Very pretty.

Pronounced aromatic hop aroma - herbal and piney. Hop-centric flavor too. The malt provides some body and a hint of sweetness but seems to be designed to support and not overshadow the hops. Big piney hop flavor with a bit of citrus on the edges.

Round, juicy with a mouthcoating hoppiness. Pleasant lingering bitterness with a dry finish.

Great with barbeque - the hops don't get lost in all the great sauces at Redbones and the beer seems to cleanse the pallet with each sip. A great drinking IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 15:50:34 | More by CliffBrake
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so my previous review was on tap, at a bar where im pretty sure that they had crossed lines on some kegs or just switched em over without cleaning the lines, because my recent taste of bengali tiger was entirely different beer.

This beer pours a beautiful hazy orange color, it lost points on appearance due to lack of head. The smell coming from my pint glass hits my face before i lean in to smell it. there are loads of hop smells coming from this beer big citrus hop aroma. the taste is very similar to the smell. nice citrus hop flavor a big bitterness which is better than most other american ipas (only one i can compare it to that i have had is holy cow from alchemist) the mouthfeel was slightly undercarbed but overall nice and dry just like an ipa should be. very good beer.

Dear Sixpoint

please distribute bottles to Massachusetts

Sincerely
Mark

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 13:00:27 | More by rowingbrewer
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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

Grabbed this at TJ's after some kegs kicked at Belgian Beer Paradise. Served in a nonic pint glass.

The body is golden amber, slightly chill-hazed, but crisp. The head is a nice 1cm in height, and it is full and sticky. The lacing that it leaves looks like delicate spiderwebs intermixed with spots of foam.

The aroma is a very solid representation of East Coast IPAs. Grassy, piney, and well-bittered, there is a bit of balance to this as well, as it doesn't try to be too extreme. No alcohol in the aroma. The flavor offers more of the same on the palate. The pine comes through more than the grassy hops do, but again the bitterness is balanced against a not too sweet malt backbone. Sixpoint has walked the line very carefully here, as I believe any more malt character would have really detracted from the hops.

Resinous, sticky, and well carbonated, it is pretty solid as far as the texture goes. Enjoyable without being overdone. I like an IPA that doesn't try to redefine the style but plays within the limits. Bengali Tiger does just that.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 17:38:42 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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dragonWhale

New York

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a chance to try this a couple of times up in BKNY last weekend. Golden orange pour, looks nice, cloudy.. Smells slightly of hops, some yeasty esters too, floral and grassy, a little bit of pine. Little bit of malt here too. It tastes dry, with solid bitterness but not enough hop flavor to satiate. Just a bit of floral esters along with some pine and spice as well as a healthy malt presence battling with the hop bitterness. It's okay, but with so many other things to try, I wasn't going back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 23:52:02 | More by dragonWhale
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portia99

Massachusetts

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

Growler received from psprings. Thanks! Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anny snifter.

A - Pours a mostly clear orangey amber color with a small finger of off-white foam...tons of lacing left behind as the beer descends in the glass.

S - Crisp bitterness, earthy hop aroma (not getting any of the citrus that others talk about in reviews), good base of bready and lightly caramel malt.

T - Earthy hops dominate...overall has a dirt-like flavor to it. Quite bitter with a touch of bready malt and a very mild underlying sugary sweetness.

M - Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation. The distinct earthiness lingers and takes away a bit from the overall feel.

D - Not bad overall...a decent IPA, but definitely not on my list of favorites. Could have some more of this, but probably would go with other options, given the chance.

Serving type: growler

11-14-2010 19:27:40 | More by portia99
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garylite

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Update:What happened. A month ago I am in love with this after buying a .16 and having some friends over to enjoy. The other night I am in W-Burg @ Mugs and I have a pint followed by an Ithaca Flower Power.
The Tiger changed color from an awesome orange to a pretty standard IPA copper gold. What was worse was the things that got me excited about this beer were gone (pine citrus) in balance unlike Flower Power which you know is gonna have heavy focus on those flavors.
So I am guessing my .16 came from Brooklyn and the tap at Mugs came from their outsourcing brewer in PA.
What a shame.
Next week I go to Minn and fill my luggage with cans of Surly.

5 Gal Log. Amazing color and balance. Love the pine and citrus peal, great head.
I am happy to say I have found a beer that stands up to Two Hearted Ale, Masala Mama, Captain Lawrence DIPA, Surly Furious and Pliny The Elder(almost).
Most important to me is it is brewed in my area.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 19:26:14 | More by garylite
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

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

Deep orange with a reddish hue. Almost perfect clarity with a slight haze Short off white head that leaves a nice cap and some wet lacings. Intense cirtrusy orange hop aroma with the slightest hint of sweet malt. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Huge hop flavors. Citrus orange and pine up front that give way to a brief malty sweetness and a piney hop finish. This IPA overwhelms every taste bud in your mouth with hop flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 19:33:55 | More by IronLover
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with bronze hues and a foamy off white head that gives way to a thin lacing that hangs around for the duration.

The aroma consists of grass or pine and citrus hops with a bit of sweet malt to back it.

Delicious flavor of citrus and floral hops, a touch of sweet citrus zest, hints of honey, more pine, and a satisfying balance of sweet malt.

Medium in body and carbonation, this brew features a drying finish and a mild hop bite.

This is a great beer, very nice balance with great flavor to entertain the palate. This is a winner.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2010 00:24:17 | More by CHADMC3
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

growler brought back from tjs drinkery, thanks Wiid!

A - Burnt orange with a reddish hue. One finger high creamy head slowly dissolves into some spotty lacing with a little retention.

S - Really hop forward with orange, grapefruit, and a hint of malt sweetness.

T - A nice smack of aggressive piney hops starts everything, as a wave of citrus and rind washes around on the palate. Highly bitter and hoppy, along with a light touch of rye and a malt base which doesn't hinder the hops. Finishes and lingers with one final gasp of hops and a slight alcohol warmth.

M - Crisp, fresh, bubbly, medium bodied, and sticky.

D - Pretty delicious beer but the punchy hops and slight warmth might slow you down more than some other IPAs.

Another quality brew from Sixpoint which serves up a boatload of hops and flavor. I'll definitely be back for more.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2010 01:41:28 | More by xnicknj
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

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

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA in my mind is the orangiest IPA I've yet tried. The aroma and taste are dominated by sweet orange rind, like the oil that is released when you tear apart the peel of a fresh Florida orange. The beer is a beautiful pale amber with a lingering frothy head with great cling. The mouthfeel is spot-on and it was a terrific drinking experience.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 21:42:55 | More by Soonami
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

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

A pint on tap at uj glenside.

A- comes to me with a small cap of white head that settles quickly to some sticky lace and a solid ring. Copper orange in color with a touch of haze.

S- citrus and spicy hops with a sweet caramel malt toasted bread hit. Some conifers and earth.

T- grapefruit and pine cones with a toasted wheat bread and caramel sweetness. Rather straight forward but tasty all the same. Mild cut grass and herb deep in there. Long bitter sweet linger.

M- a step below medium in body a ample carb.

D- this is a nice east coast ipa and all around a solid brew. One ill keep an eye out for in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 00:43:43 | More by oglmcdgl
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claspada

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a slight earthy hops aroma which is pleasing but not usually expected for the style (usually piny/fruitier hops). Taste is initially dominated by slick/sticky hops which linger on the tastebuds. Here's where it loses for me. Resiny hops taste lingers and lingers, which I cannot stand. Why make a beer if you really can't taste and enjoy another one after your first. Some English malty breadiness attempts to help balance out the brew but ultimately fails to the hop dominance. Beer crys for a larger malt bill but maybe that's just me. Maybe I am just burnt out on American IPAs...

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 18:01:55 | More by claspada
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16oz pour at Sunset Grill...drinking them out of house and home since yesterday! served in a glass...of some sort, dont remember. but this review is from notes!

A - served with half an inch of fuzzy eggshell colored foam, leaves behind a thick wall of sticky lace most of the way down the glass. the beer is hazy, light amber in color.

S - very earthy, piney from hops...some light spicy notes. bready malts, some honey drizzled biscuits for sweetness.

T - this grew on me. assertive bitter earthy and citrus (detecting Cascade?) hops, wet piney finish. a formidable hop bomb. subtle caramel malt for balance, hints of apricots near the end.

M - medium body, very chewy...strongly carbonated. finishes dry yet prickly.

D - solid solid solid. usually not a huge fan of IPA's with this hop profile but this was very yummy, went down easy. great balance but quenches that mid-day hop craving. well done.

scores adjusted for recent canning

Serving type: can

08-06-2010 00:38:58 | More by Stigs
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,965 ratings.