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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,208 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,208
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 105
Gots: 326 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sixpoint on 04-22-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The original Sixpoint homebrewed IPA formulation, first brewed in 1999 and released commercially in 2005.

64 IBU
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Ratings: 2,208 | Reviews: 586
Photo of garuda
3.23/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of Kinsman
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

160z can poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Bright orange with some haze. One-inch white head is comprised of small bubbles. It settles a bit, but never fully goes away. Big, sticky rings of lacing form the whole way down the glass as the beer is consumed. Impressive.

S: Lots of mandarin orange. Sugary orange gummy candy. Honeydew melon, subtle pineapple and pine scents. Fleshy grapefruit. Malt base is very sweet on the nose. smells absolutely delicious.

T: Green, oily and pithy floral hop tastes open, but give way rather quickly to alternating flavors of orange and grapefruit. Fleshy grapefruit with sugar. Grass clippings and a touch of pine resin. Sweet, sugary malt base takes the edge off the bitterness and really just accentuates everything well. Grapefruit is back, but again with some sugary tastes to offset the bitterness a bit. Finishes with fleshy grapefruit, green tasting hop oils, and a touch of sweet, ever-so-slightly grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied, extremely creamy and smooth with an even, moderate level of carbonation. Very full in the mouth and somewhat slick with hop oils.

O: Damn. This is the best IPA I've had in a long time. A great beer.

Notes: I usually prefer my IPAs on the dry side, but this one works very well.

Photo of lordroby825
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Photo of stickynotes
4.09/5  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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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

Photo of haywire77
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
1.36/5  rDev -65.5%
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.

Photo of BizzyQU
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Photo of dedrinker
2.57/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dude, this stuff is weird.

Starts off with a nice deep amber/ orange color.

Has some herbal/ citrus aromas, but there is some funk and cheese and rubber too. Huh? Yuck.

Has an earthy/ citrus hop flavor, but that cheese and rubber combine for a smoky meaty flavor that is screaming "roadkill cooked at hobo camp."

There is layers of complexity I guess you could say, but all of questionable things.

Blech.

Photo of malloyca
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Citrus aromas that are mild and not as overpowering as in many American IPAs. The nose suggested that this is more in the style of an English IPA, and the flavor backed that up. There is a very bitter hop flavor profile, but no overpowering citrus aspect. This is on the very restrained end of the American IPA spectrum. Mildly carbonated and medium bodied.

Photo of schwaeh
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can shared by MbpBugeye. Best by December.

A: Pours light golden with a huge soapy head. Lots of active carbonation and lacing.

S: Tons of grapefruit and citrus with a little bit of grass in there. Malts balance this out really well, very east coast. Nothing too crazy, just nice and fruity.

T: Not a ton of bitterness in the taste. Mainly light citrus and some pine. Pale malt balances things out nicely. Caramel and orange lingers on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and watery but the resinous hop oils coat your tongue.

O: This is a really drinkable IPA but not one of my favorites. I don't enjoy how subdued the flavors and bitterness are. The mouthfeel needs some work as well.

Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy pale orange with a big 2 inch white flubby foam that slowly faded leaving alot of good lacing
S - nice mix of pine and citrus hops fill the nose of this one
T - a bit weaker than I was hoping, but still some decent citrus and pine hops with a faint malt backbone. Its almost there but seems to be lacking a bit.
M - watered down mouthfeel, its lacking full flavor, good carbonation but a bit light taste wise
D - easy to drink with an almost there flavor, could use a little more body to make this one fully enjoyable, yet its still very easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of bogus564
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

I'm waiting patiently for my chinese food to arrive, but not so patiently that I'll wait to drink and review this beer. Maybe I'll have another to review when the food arrives.

A: Well, it looks like an IPA - rusty gold in color, 2 cm orange rind colored head that actually holds for a few minutes before dissolving into lace. This could be somebody.

S: It smells like orange and spice, not a sweet spice, but more of a peppery spice. I'm not picking up anything in the way of a malt aroma. Okay, let's give 'er a drink.

T: There's a sweetness in the taste, not like caramel to me, but more like a sweet fruit. I'm also picking up orange, and something like a weird combination of cloves and black pepper. It's actually halfway decent, and a little better than I was expecting.

M: Good. It's making me make a chewing motion. Fair in body, carbonation's not overdone, gives the palate something to hold on to. Not boring, to say the least.

O: Better than I expected, almost as good as I'd hoped. I should have waited to have this with the chinese takeout. I believe it would have paired well. Enjoy.

Photo of Crossmd
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella stem glass, 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a hazy orange-brown. Decent two finger head settling into a cap, thin, elegant lacing.

Smells of a sharp tangerine or orange, with some pine resins. Excellently projected.

Tastes of a slightly sweet caramel orange mixed with promising malt balance that falls out a little too quickly as its taken over by hops and pine. The finish is relatively weak and really pretty short.

Mouthfeel is a slick, but clean dryness with a almost watery weight. Certainly nothing to really write home about.decent effervescence though.

In general, a good offering, With a nice, reserved personality that still manages to come up sort sometimes. Almost feels like they were trying for more drinkability in an IPA than there should be. A great food IPA, as it doesnt fight for the spotlight, but not one thats really all that standout on its own.

87.

Photo of gskitt
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ipa out of a can is just weird getting used to. Pours a orange gold. Little head. Smells of citrus, maybe tangerine. Has a sharp smell, acidic. Taste has some caramel notes. Citrus, definitely pine resins, still taste a sharpness to it. Overall this a solid ipa but could be benefit from a bit of mellowness.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice IPA, not outstanding but a nice offering.

Presentation: 16 oz can. Silver background and a modern design in red and orange typography with a segmented layout, where they show name, branding, and a back narrative where they note intent, main characteristics, and preservation. Shows 57 IBUs, 19 SRM, and 8.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber pour, nice frothy head, moderate retention, with fair surface memory and some lacing.

S - Soft if nice hoppy nose, grapefruit, a touch of pine, and caramel insinuation...

T - Taste follows… Well, taste actually lags a bit behind. Nice with touches of caramel, soft resin, citric grapefruit touches… This is nice but the nose insinuated something a bit better.

M - Medium body, with medium-low carbonation, fair soft bite in the finish.

O - It´s nice, but not half as hoppy, or remarkable, and some may have one believe.

Notes: It could be an issue with the first batch making it to this quarters… But I picked up this from the case before the store even had it on the system and they had to hand-price it for me. Bottom line, it is not really gonna get much fresher than this I guess…. And while nice, I think this one may be facing stiffer competition in this region. For now I´ll keep in mind their rye ale instead.

Photo of OutFox
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this a million times before considering I live in Brooklyn (on draft as many as in a can), just never took the time to write a formal review

A - Poured from a 16oz can into a normal pint glass. Its a cloudy sort of copper orange. Very good head of around 2 fingers, almost pure white. Good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Piney citrus hops. Very pleasing. Sort of the normal single IPA smell. Its got a nose but the taste is what makes the IPA a truly great beer.

T - Full of citrus and pine sort of hops. I mean full of them. Overtones of grapefruit and orange predominately. Good bitter backbone. Taste very very fresh. Considering it probably only traveled 5 miles to the store I bought it at.

M - Its sort of sticky for lack of a better word. Sticky with being somewhat dry if thats possible.

O - Solid IPA. Well done Sixpoint thats why all us Brooklyn and NYC people love you. Keep it up. The fact these come in cans is just a testament to the fact you cant judge a beer by its container.

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

Minor head over a heavily hazed copper orange burst. Deliciously citrusy hops on the nose. Bitter herbal hops with an orange citrus zing from start to finish. Mouth is medium, but just barely, and the carbonation is just right. I don't know that there's anything Sixpoint doesn't get right. I am such a big fan!

Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass. Thanks to Joey for the trade!

a: pours a hazy orange hue with a pretty thick fizzy white head that settles into a thin lacing around the glass.

s: sweet malty aroma with notes of piney hops. a bit of a sweeter nose than expected. needs a tad bit more dry hopping in my opinion.

t: what starts out at bready caramel malt flavor, the flavor profile is quickly subdued by piney hop flavor. ends a tad bitter but nothing crazy. well balanced and highly drinkable.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

great IPA. probably the best i have ever had in a can (haven't tried Heady Topper yet, unfortunately). i'd get it if it were more accessible. recommended.

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Meridian pint into a shaker pint.

A nice foamy off white head that falls slowly off the pour. Some very noticeable carbonation from the bottom, from a dull brown orange amber body. While drinking some solid scattered lacing is noticeable.

Nose is a muted wet citrus grapefruit, a very wet sense seems apparent on the nose, not much else really going on.

Taste at first is a good mix of grapefruit and malt but still loosing flavor to a watery and weak texture. Aftertaste brings hop bitter with some good baked bread sense. However the finish also has a chemical like sting to it.

Overall slightly better than average, but after a few sips it doesn't bring much to the palate afterwards. Taste seems to get weaker as it goes on.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a small off white head. In the aroma, pine like hops and quite malty. In the taste, pine hops with hints of gingerbread malts and a small note of citrus. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and small fruit in the aftertaste. Quite malty and decent.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, inch of foam and some lace. In the aroma, floral, soapy hops with alittle herbal qualities. In the taste, faint herbal bitterness with a muted grapefruit/pine note. Big sugary malt sweetness, and overshadows the hop profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel, alittle watery. Overall, a lackadaisical IPA, not bad, but not as vivid as the better examples of the style. Now contract brewed at Lion in Wilkesbarre, there goes the neighborhood.

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,208 ratings.