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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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88
very good

2,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,194
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 103
Gots: 312 | 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:
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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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.

Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for the extra.
Pours a hazy light copper with a nice white head and some decent legs.
Smells sweet and malty, lots of caramel, citrus and pine. Mild spice when cold really amps up as it warms up.
Taste is much like the smell with the malt and spice combining to make a complex brew. Caramel comes through nicely and combines with the hops to leave a nice lingering finish with a herbal spice note.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and a decent carbonation level make this a nice summer sipper.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pounder can from Finger Lakes. Got the whole canned line up there.

A: The IPA is a lighter tea color, oranges and yellows swirling together to create browner amber hues. A huge head, over three fingers, leaves thick patches of lace behind.

S: Quite aromatic, although the ale needs a few minutes to get started. Peppers and sharp citrus ring out. The style strikes me as East Coast, content to be hoppy and firm but not in your face. Caramel malts serve as a counterpount.

T: Damn, this is a strong IPA. Well-balanced, both the caramel and hops came at me at the same time. The hops are citrusy, strong but decidely reserved. I think that, if unbridled, they could be a whole lot stronger. That restraint makes the ale work, coaxing out the caramel. Pine follows, sappy and resiny. That pine becomes the defining aspect of the beer, a sweet, syrupy bitterness that sings on my palate.

M: A sweet mouthfeel, the caramel can't be avoided. The hoppiness, though, is powerful enough to leave a piney feel. A good IPA.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its great to see more big cans coming to NH!
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber orange color with a huge bubbly rocky white head that slowly dissipates but leaves plenty of sticky lace in its wake. Citrus and pine waft into the air mere seconds after the can goes crack. Pine and resin dominate the aroma with hints of onion and nary a malt beneath it. Taste is pine and onion and garlic. I know not everyone tastes and smells it this way, but I'd like to know which hop gives off this flavor/aroma. Slightly bready malt underneath. relatively dry finish with a lingering garlic hop bite. Medium to thin body, medium level of carbonation with a resinous watery mouthfeel. Decent IPA, but my preference is for one with a bit more malt backbone and a bit less garlic.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass, the beer is a bright orange-copper coloring, hazy and opaque, with a two inch frothy, foamy, bright white head that sits lightly atop the brew. Holy crap does this smell good! Aromas of a sweet citrus blend, with discernable orange and grapefruit characteristics, as well as a heavy dose of green, leafy, resinous hops. Almost a hint of marijuana in there, too. Smells amazing! Flavors hit you with a more foresty/cedar hopping, with a sharp bitterness at the end, balanced (somewhat) with the citrus tartness and a caramel malt sweetness. The balance is more hopcentric, but that bodes well in my house. The finish is mostly hoppy, with slight hints of the citrus tart and sweet. The finish is a little clingy, with some citrus highlights and hops spicing. The finish is unique, because it is clingy, but also crisp. Very tasty beer!

Photo of diechipmunk
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orange with short head that receded quickly into a thin lacing.

S: Citrus zest, lime, some pine and herbal tinge made me think of cilantro.

T: Bright Grapefruit, tangerine, lime and some pine upfront. A long, long dry bitter finish. Not much in the way of malt, a little grain snuck in as it warmed. Not really balanced enough for me.

M: Crisp and oily at the same time very drying, good carbonation but not dominating.

A good Ipa with lots of complex hop flavor, not balanced enough to be a regular for me, but enjoyable for an ocasional tip. With a little more malt balance this beer would be spectacular - but that is subjective, I do prefer more balanced IPA's. Still, I look forward to the other two cans in the fridge.

Photo of yesyouam
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bengali tiger is a sparkling, cloudy golden ale with a small white head that fades. It has a bold aroma of pine and orange peel. It's pretty full and smooth with a very dry, numbing finish. It tastes bitter, resiny and fruity with notes of orange, peach, or apricot. It has a long bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint is in NH, Yippie!

16oz tallboy can (best by 10/28/11) poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a light copper/dark orange-red, very hazy. 2+ finger offwhite head, fairly tight with good retention. Leaves lots of rings/splotches of lacing.

S: Pungent dank herbal hops, a little onion/garlic, pine, maybe a little citrus. Good bit of caramel malt, definitely seems on the sweet side.

T: Similar to the nose: Pungent hops right from the start with the herbal hops, pine, and floral notes (didn't get this in the nose much). Has a little bit of a grapefruit character after the initial punch of bitterness. Middle smooths out with a moderate (maybe a little on the high end) amount of sweet caramel malt, coating mostly the back of the palate. Hop character smooths out to citrus and floral notes with the herbal quality and much of the pine all but fading out. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter with an alright astringency and borderline acceptable alcohol esters. A light raw vegetal character is also around that I don't care for.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth and easy to drink, alcohol does make a bit of a presence that sometimes seems unwanted. Fairly dry and bitter finish, though not that crisp.

O: A solid IPA that (to me) has a flaw or two keeping it from being great.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger.
Poured the 16oz can into my IPA glass, comes out a copper orange with a 2 finger off whit head that reduces to residing ring that leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma on this beer is big and I love it, a lemon citrus, tangarine, grapefruit, grass and nuts. The taste is full of citrus zest, grapefruit bite with a nutty background and a noticable alcohol. The mouthfeel is a medium body with decent carbonation. A very good IPA, I could get used to this can thing.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dear friend of mine said she was going to bring me some Sixpoint back from Brooklyn, where she moved permanently. I expected 4 different cans, but got 3 different 4 packs!

Best by 01 Dec 2011, so I'd wager its mighty fresh.

Appearance
Poured into a Perfect Pint, this 16oz can makes me want the 22oz Perfect Pint. The beer has a nice head with very good sticky lacing. The beer has a haze to its burning orange color.

Aroma
This is my favorite part of this beer, and almost any IPA in general. The aroma is packed with citrus but stays pretty aggressive. Lime zest is a unique smell that this beer has. Some dank herbal stuff is matched by lovely floral appointments. Some pine and orange round it out.

Taste
This beer is made up of equal parts citrus juiciness and fresh, green bitterness. The pine here is very fresh and tastes sweeter and sappier than the pine in most other IPAs. There are suggestions of orange creme and lemon-lime zest.

Mouthfeel
Very sticky, oily and dry, dry, dry. On second thought, this is my favorite part of this beer.

Overall
A damn solid IPA. I'm glad I was given 4 of these bad boys.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Seth for bringing this over for our small tasting.

Poured from can into snifter - Best bu 12/1/11

A: Poured a cloudy orange with two finger head that held retention for awhile then desending into a thin frothy lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit, mango, citrus ,lemon zest, hops.

T: Lot's of citrus, slight pine notes , deep malt backing, bitter hop bite.

Oveall a decent Ipa with lots of flavor , I will be on the lookout for more.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Pint can poured into a Boston Beer pint glass. Chilled nicely.

Appearance: Light brown to dark, deep orange in color. Pours a nice, creamy, beige head of about two fingers.

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemograss and some nice, bready cereal grain notes. Hops are nice, bright and citrusy. Very nicely balanced.

Taste: Lemon, citrus and pineapple notes from the hops upfront. Pine notes and bitter hops hit right after and carry over to a bitter finish. Cereal malt notes interweave throughout as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet bright, but bordering on too heavy though.

Overall, a nice, easy to drink IPA. Really bright and balanced. Good in most aspects but not great.

Photo of sjverla
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Piney and caramelly at first. Complex blend of sweet and lemon and a hint of dankness.

Appearance: Hazy orange-copper. Creamy head rose and left quickly with just a thin skim remaining.

Taste: Very complex. Fruity sweetness. Grassy bitterness. A little bit bready. Citrus--like sugared grapefruit. Woody, but a little tart. The feel is light but satisfying.

Overall: An outstanding IPA. Great complexity. Fantastic balance. And a lot of flavors.

Photo of uustal
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma of citrus peel, pine and earthy notes, mostly Belgian spice with a bit of pepper. Interesting. Flavor follows. Initial quick blast of sweet grapefruit, citrus rind and a touch of sour apple. Turns bitter with drying pine and earthy characteristics. Followed by more dry spice. I got Belgian notes on the finish along with hints of rye and white pepper. Unique flavor and a lot going on, but it works. Very, very dry mouthfeel.

Photo of jizfiasco
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like it should be sweeter. As head fades foam leaves lumps floating on top which leads me to believe there is some additive to improve head and lacing. Smells of cascade hops just like sierra nevada pale ale. Taste is simple citrus rind and bitter. The color is deceiving as the malt is low. The hop profile is not complex at all more like a pale ale or English ipa. A good beer if you want a little alcohol taste in your pale ale but not a great American ipa.

Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,194 ratings.