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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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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 Retail1LO
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ANOTHER fabulous canned beer. I had this and Oskar Blues G'Knight yesterday evening during a BBQ I held at my place (along with so many other beers). This one REALLY stood out. It's hard to believe how under the radar this brew is. A very smooth drinkable IPA with a fabulous hop profile. It's not an egregious amount of hops either. It's just right. I'll be drinking plenty of this going forward.

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

16oz can into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with an off white head. Smells of resinous piney and citrus hops. Taste is of citrus with a nice background of caramel malts. Nice lingering bitterness. Medium body with a nice level of carbonation that makes the hops really pop. Overall a nice IPA that I would buy again.

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

A: Poured from the can into a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is bright amber-orange with a small whitish head.

S: Nice - big resiny pine with plenty of citrus (grapefruit, maybe some pineapple too).

T: Hops dominate - mouth-puckering citrus/grapefruit bitterness. Slight bready malt underneath. Lingering dry, lemony bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Active, fine carbonation creates a fairly creamy feel. Medium in heft.

O: Solid - maybe a bit too one-dimensional in the hop department, but if you want a bitter, hoppy IPA, this one fits the bill.

Photo of Naugros
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint has been doing some great stuff and I hope more of it becomes available in NJ. This one is a great IPA with excellent citrus and pine characteristics in the nose and on the tongue. The hops are balanced out by the caramel malts that lend a nice, sweet counterpoint to the hops and accentuating the grapefruit flavor this beer delivers. The quality is evident form the first pour as the head billows to a massive three inches and stands above the rim of the glass. Lacing is clumpy and copious, but I felt inclined to knock the appearance down a half point for haziness that remained even after warming up a bit. The aftertaste is full of resin, not my favorite quality in an IPA, but on that many people live for. Be careful, these cans are 16 ounces and the 6.4% ABV can catch up to you quickly if you're in the 12 ounce mindset.

Believe it or not I drank this with a slice of chocolate chip banana bread and the two of them worked nicely together to bring out subtle, sweet nuances in the other.

Photo of gdrydenc
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with 2 fingers of mild cream, slightly straw colored head. The color is medium amber, with orange highlights. A pretty beer, very typical for an IPA.

S - A bit of orange smell. That's the issue, though. It's just a bit of smell. Pretty muted.

T - The taste is too bitter and the better tastes (fruitiness or piney) are too muted to be a great beer, in my eyes. This beer is good, it's just not anything extraordinary.

M - The carbonation is pretty solid, but there's an unpleasant bitterness in the finish that turns me off.

Overall, this is a decent beer. For the price, I'm disappointed.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice golden orange color with a fingers width white head that leaves ample lacing

S: Herbal/flowery hops and a tad malty sweetness.

T: An interesting balance of sweet malts and hoppy bitterness. There is some grapefruit and a little tart apple in there, Hops dominate with a lingering herbal taste.

M: Medium/Light body with good carbonation

D: This is a very good beer although I have had plenty better IPAS this has been the been the best beer I have had from Sixpoint even though it is the only one I have had from Sixpoint...


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

Appearance: A nice golden color with good white head, leaving good lacing

Smell: Citrusy, piney, resinous hops backed up by some nice malts

Taste: A good but not overpowering level of orange, grapefruit, pine, and resin hops. There is a good caramel malt backbone to balance out some of the hops. A decent bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Pretty good IPA, one I would definitely buy again.

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Can

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with a large size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts,caramel and a decent amount of hops. There are some very light citrus flavours as well - oranges and grapefruits. Along with the citrus I could pick up on a bit of a yeasty spiciness.. I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was, but it's not something I'm used to with American IPA's. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

Overall - There is definitely something different about this beer that sets it apart from other IPA's. It seems to have a little bit of everything going on taste wise, which should make it appeal to many.

Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Normally I'd not review two serving types as similar as this can and the on tap serving I've already reviewed, but a few days ago there was a thread in which several folks claimed this was radically different than they had expected and I wanted to see for myself.

Appearance: As poured the beer has the lightly hazed orange tinged bronze color I remembered and expected. The 1/2" white head leaves leaving bits and circles of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. The head persists reasonably well and sipping leaves some interesting patterns of lacing. Throughout the beer there is a thin layer of foam over the surface and sipping leaves speckles and a sheet of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aromas seem fainter than I remembered, but there is some faint grapefruit, pine, with the same earthy and floral hops that I remembered from the on tap serving. These are all blended in nicely with the touches of caramel from the hops.

Taste: Again, as predicted from the nose, the flavors are intitially grapefruit and pine blended in with caramel from the malt. What seemed to be earthy and floral notes in the nose seem to have taken on a definite citric character that is more like tangerine and orange mingled in with the other flavors. The role of the tangerine and orange does seem somewhat stronger than I remember from the on tap serving, but I don't see that as bad or a problem.

Mouthfeel: As with the on tap serving, the mouth feel from the can is medium bodied and has a nice crispness to it. The carbonation is again medium and persistent. The finish is all one could hope for in that it begins in the caramel sweetness which trails off fairly soon, leaving behind the dry crisp bitterness from the hops that invites one to take yet another sip. The tangerine and orange add a nice citric note to the finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: For me this beer scores high on drinkability, whether on tap or from the can. It is definitely on my list of beers to purchase periodically. My overall impression of this beer is that it is very fine example of an IPA, well made and quite enjoyable. Furthermore, despite what others may may have found, I've found the canned and on tap servings definitely enjoyable, and very much the same beer.

Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a very thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some sweet bubblegum and candy sugar aromas at first. Lots of orange and pineapple aromas follow along with a touch of pine towards the end. Very nice and aromatic.

T: Slightly sweet at first with lots of orange and grapefruit flavors following. There is a dry, piny bitterness as well towards the finish. There's a slight musky/sweaty flavor on the aftertaste that's a bit detracting.

M: Medium-light body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is a bit low on the carbonation.

O: Overall, a good IPA with one of the best noses of any IPA I've had. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but is overall one of the better IPAs out there.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of many reviews from a trade with jedwards, thanks man!

Pint can (awesomeness) to Samuel Smith oversized nonic.

A: Pours a hazy deep orange, good carbonation and a tight-bubbled off-white head.

S: Smell is floral hops, lemon, grassiness, and loads of pine. There is a nice delicate sweetness here as well.

T: Taste is still primarily pine but followed by grapefruit and some spices. Nice toasted malt character in this beer. Grassy notes, some citrus zest, and herbal characters round out the hop profile. Good bitterness.

MF: Mouthfeel is good, light to medium body with good carbonation and a nice dry finish.

O: A good IPA with more than just hints of West Coast attributes.

Photo of Robtobfest
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this right out of the can around the fire pit last night, gave it a 'good' for appearance. I've had this a few times and have liked it more and more each time.
Smell is very piny and citrusy at the same time. There is also some kind of spice or something that they have in here, sdtrange but it works! Taste is more balaced than the smel suggested. Overall I like this brew. Sixpoint has given me a new IPA to chill and drink around the fire on a warm summer night. Thanks.

Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, best by Sept. 29, 2011. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. A lot of lacing sticks to the glass as you drink. Aromas of pine, orange, grapefruit, and caramel. Standard IPA aromas here, good strength as well. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus and pine flavors. Very nice balance as well with nice citrus and caramel sweetness in the front and a bitterness on the finish that is nice, but not overpowering. Medium carbonation and body. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Very smooth drinkability and smoothness as well. Overall this is an excellent IPA, very drinkable stuff.

Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's Really satified with it.

A - Poured into my Duvel Tulip a hazy orange colour with a big two finger creamy head that slumps down to leave a thick blanket and big clumps of side lacing.

A - Big citrus hop notes, especially oranges. There are some nice malt notes on the back too.

T - Boom, just like the nose. Great hop bitterness with the main player being orange flesh and rind. Some sweet pine bitterness, along with more IPA malt sweetness on the end.

M - Good mouthfeel here, nice bitterness. Slightly lower carbonation than normal for me.

O - Overall this was a shockingly good IPA. Holy cow good. Great price point on this 6 pack makes this a definate "must try" for lovers of IPAs.

Photo of rtepiak
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great hop character grain balance and no mineral hang nails. pour is not bad with a good retention... not as much stick as i would have hope but some lace. nose of bright citrus and a palate that was bittered but predominantly complex sweetness patterns. almost belgian malting hints. orange marmalade and clay like dough. brisk dry end. nice finish. good hopping... good character. pleasant but judging by all there other offerings... expected.

Photo of jmerloni
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Bright, vibrant orange with a mammoth white head, couple fingers deep. Frothy, sticky head that laces really evenly and very well. Impressive.

S - Aroma is of a ton of hops and of orange and orange rind. Somewhat yeasty.

T - Follows the nose and so pleasantly. Plus major cardamom flavor. Hoppy as hell. Awesome. Tastes like a beer made in Brooklyn and I'm so glad for that.

M - Medium bodied, not very dry at all, but carbonated perfectly. The hops are blowing me away.

D - Will definitely get this again. I think this was only 8.99 a 6 and it could easily be 11.99 a 6. This is a solid, solid brew. A+ in my opinion, and my first encounter with Sixpoint.

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

Thanks to cbeer88 for the CAN!

Pours a nice hazy orange color, light tan head.

Nice piny aroma, but huge notes of juicy orange and citrus shine through more than anything Some nice malt sweet backbone.

Lots of bitterness up front, then moves to juicy orange and citrus notes and a malty sweet finish.

Medium bodied, slick and oily, slightly creamy feel.

No denying, this is a tasty canned IPA! Good drinkability too.

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

I had this out of can poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a lightly hazed amber copper color with a 2 finger white frothy head. Some nice sticky lacing left around the glass, looks like Bengal stripes (no pun intended).

S - Hoppy, as expected with an IPA, citrus fruits with earthy undertones. Some sweet malty nose going on in there as well. Crisp smell, as if the scent of the beer carries a sharpness to it, I like it!

T - Hop flavor right off the bat. This has a wonderful citrus floral hop profile with a mild bitterness flavor at the end. Crisp clean taste that is subtle yet packed with the right amount of balance.

M - Rather on the light side with mild carbonation. Flavor stays with your toungue for a while - not a bad thing.

O - This is a nice beer for any weather and any event. I like this a lot and will definatly be picking more of it up.

Photo of iflah45
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color, slightly darker than most ipas. 1 finger head that fades quickly with much lacing.

Very interesting aroma. Nice change from the tropical fruitinees of most top ipas (i.e. pliny, lunch, etc.) Much orange and pine which combine quite well. Pine is very very nice.

The taste is great, can really pick up the malts and it balances greatly with a medium bitterness.

Very clean crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a smooth transition to a bitter finish.

Great ipa and I am so glad i can get it regularly in cans now.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8.00 for a four pack of 16 ounce cans from Abe's.

A glowing heavily hazy bright orange body, topped by three fingers of rocky snow white bubbles of all sorts and sizes. Great lacing.

Oranges lead the aroma, with bits of pine and grapefruit. Just needs to be bigger in the glass, like it is in the can.

Solid caramelly foundation layers the tongue first with a tasty semi-sweetness. Juicy fruit then takes over, spraying everywhere in the mouth with tasty freshness. Bitter snap at the swallow is not overly abrasive. Juicy fruit carries through a short afterglow.

Solid medium mouthfeel that I like in my ipas, the all weather level that feels solid on the tongue but light enough to ensure the beer is refreshing.

A highly enjoyable tasty IPA. Recommended. And it will travel well.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a TALLBOY CAN into a Duvel tulip.

A- pours a gorgeous, transparent shade of amber with a huge, three finger offwhite head. The beer looks perfect. I love it

S- nice aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Smells real damn good, though the scent is a little weak

T- it starts off with a nice burst of citric acidity, and the finish is nice and a little bitter. The flavors are really mellow, but they work well together

M- has a decent bit of body to it, not really that watery or syrupy at all.

O- I really like this beer. It's not as powerful as you'd expect from a lot of IPAs, but it's real easy drinking

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

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Pours an orange/ copper color with a minimal light white head.

Has an awesome heavy citrusy, floral hop smell to it. The citrus hop flavor continues into the taste, with some bready malts as well. A very well balanced flavor to it which makes it extremely pleasurable to drink. Has a thin mouthfeel to it and is nicely carbonated.

A great IPA overall, well balanced and full of great flavors and smells. Well worth a taste.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, best before Sept 25, 2011. Another Sixpoint beer courtesy of JoeBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

A great looking pour, 2 finger + head of foam, sticky lacing, medium golden colour. Hazy...are the beers in the can can conditioned? They all have the look of a freshly poured, on draught brews.

Dang, look at that billowy head of foam once things settle down. I'll say it right off the bat, this gets a 5 for appearance.

Hovering my nose over my glass, I'm getting notes of biscuit malt, some grapefruit and other citrus, maybe some honey? Nice and not in your face, errr, nose, kind of aroma.

The taste starts off malty with some biscuit, moves to the hoppy side with grapefruit and pine, comes in with some husky grain, and finishes bitter with some lemon zest and much more grapefruit. It could have turned out very harsh given the flavours switching back and forth but it seems to be working very well.

Nice medium bodied and lightish carbonation gives me a nice smooth mouthfeel and I could enjoy a few of these back to back to back.

Another very impressive beer from Sixpoint!

Photo of muttyd
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Orange/amber, slightly hazy body. Soapy/bubbly head.

Aroma is well balanced with a toasty / grainy malt sweetness and piney and citrusy hops. Some grassy bitter notes in the nose as well. Flavor follows the nose with a big caramel/toffee malt sweetness, fruity/piney hops, and a bitter earthy finish. Moderate carbonation, slightly sticky body. Overall a solid American IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange appearance, a little bit hazy. Aroma was hoppy, soapy simcoe hops seemed most prominent.

Easy drinking, well hopped ipa. More complexity than in the nose. Bitterness in a good range. Hops didn't really seem to lend themselves to the traditional pine/citrus adjetives. Light enough malt body to allow the hops to come out even more. Carbonation on point.

Dry mouthfeel, never a chore to drink. Unassuming beer, just right for the golf course. Would recommend if its under $10 a 4 pack.

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