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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: 104
Gots: 309 | 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 Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, 6.4% abv. Best before Sept. 29, 2011. Hazy copper color. Great looking white rocky head, with excellent retention. Great patchwork of lace as well.

Deeper caramel malt up front. Hop aroma comes across as citrusy, piney, and slightly spicy. More juicy fruits lie underneath.

Very nice toasty, caramel malt flavor. Malt is a great backbone. Hop flavor is more spicy, earthy, and has a slight citrusy twist. Dextrine feel, as this dries out at the finish.

Medium body, very nice carbonation feel. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

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

Pour - dark auburn with some brilliant red and orange highlights. A nice half inch of thick white foam cover the top of the pour and the streaking lacing begins to take hold.

Aroma - pineapple, mango, lemon zest along with caramel and honey. Not an "in your face" hoppiness, it's much more subtle yet very much predominant.

Taste - light pine, pineapple, lemon rind along with brown sugar and honey. The more I drink this the more the taste grows on me. At first this is a very balanced, almost malt forward beer but then the hops come marching in and "bam" you are struck with a citrusy, tangy tongue ringing. This is an IPA that needs to be taken at more than face value. It has some depth and kitty has some claws.

Overall - definitely a delicious IPA. This is not an over the top, crazy hoppy, extremely piney and grapefruity example of the style to so be forewarned. This is balanced with a reasonable amount of hops but oh so much more. Give this beer a chance and you, and you're palate, will be quite happy you did.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. It would be sweet if they put out a four-pack with one of each of their four currently canned offerings. Until then I'll keep picking up four-packs of each one individually - they're all that good.

Photo of mjgooner13
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice clear but darker orange color. Foamy off-white 3 finger head that stuck around for a bit and left some nice lacing.

S- Big clean, crisp citrus smells, mostly orange...great hop aroma, loving the nose.

T- I got the hops straight away...taste has less citrus than the nose, but im getting some pine flavors in addition to a subdued citrus flavors. At the end I get a bit of lemon zest which leaves some enjoyable bitterness to finish things off. As the beer sits, floral flavors emerge and a nice bit of clomplexity to round out the beer..

M- Light-med body, medium carbonation....there is some pine left on the tongue and its a pretty easy drinker...finishes slightly dry

O- Def liking this beer, kinda wish it tasted more like it smelled but the addition of pine flavors was still welcomed..not a light body beer, but because theis isn't overly bitter it could be an ok session ipa...will certainly reach for this one again.

Photo of Another6Pack
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A shout-out to vdoz3 for hooking me up with two cans of this and the other Sixpoint cans within a couple weeks of their release. Thanks Max!!

Best before 8/18/11 on the bottom of the can.

Pour is a deep gold with a thin head. Thin lacing clings well while the head diminishes quickly. Smells really nice...pineapple and pine. Great start.

Taste is sweet and tart all at once, and constant throughout. Finish is a whole lot of pineapple flavor - like fresh pineapple chunks were in the bottom of the glass. High and tight carbonation keeps it from going over the edge on the sweetness scale and dries it out enough to make this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall a straightforward, uncomplicated AmIPA that I'm glad to have the chance to try.

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

Looks nice, orange with a foamy cap of beige bubbles. Clarity was decent, but there was a faint haze to the beer - not surprising if it's loaded with hops. Good head retention with some spotty, chunky lacing. Citrusy aroma, sharp grapefruit rind and sweet oranges, hints of caramel and pine. Acerbic hop bitterness from start to finish, piney and citrusy, fresh and almost grassy at times. Malty caramel and bready flavour up front, but this was edged out quickly by the hops. Lingering, dry bitterness with a fruity finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, nice texture. I thought this was quite good. Hops were front and center, but there was enough balance to hold things together.

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

16oz can out of an awesome 4 pack box at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. best before 12OCT11 on the bottom of the can.

pours out a deep orange almost light amber color with a nice big 2 fingers or so of off white head that settled to a thick retentive layer. bits of lace.

a decent balance to the aroma. mostly grapefruity citrus hops with some biscuity malt in there.

a very nicely balanced taste. fresh citrusy hops with some nice bitterness but definatly nothing overpowering. some pine sap and woody hop flavors as well. biscuity, bready malt. has a nice clean hoppy bitter finish. just a slight yeasty bite.

medium bodied, slightly resinous.

overall, a solid east coast ipa, im definatly digging it. easily sessionable with some bright flavors.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Good amber coloration, good head too! This head persisted for a long time and left some lacing on the sides.

S: Malty and hoppy aromas came off this beer, which were very inviting.

T: The malt really comes out in this one. East Coast IPA flavors shine here.

M: Good mouthfeel, the excellent head that came from pouring it persisted for the entire beer and led to a nice foamy texture along with the smooth malty liquid.

O: Very solid East Coast IPA. Like a good English Pale.

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

605th Review on BA
Can to Pint
Best by:10/12/11

A huge thanks to my wife for bringing a 4 pk home from NY yesterday on her business trip!!!

App- Cylindrical orange in the center of the beer with big yellow colors radiating outwards. A monster three finger head that was slow to recede and even left a pond like head on top as I drank also left a ton of Tiger stripes as the can says.

Smell- A very different smell with some softer malts and a bit soapy? I cant quite place it. I dunno if its brown sugar or a different hop variety I am not used to? Just off to me.

Taste- A very east coast style of IPA. Its tasty but missing that bitter I am used too. Not slamming it all. Quite delicious with a softer pine/resin damp citrus. Quite unique as well with some flavors I cant place.

Mouth- Its medium bodied and a medium carbonation. Its just that damn soapy note is back. But fine by me. Still tastes good.

Drink- So far its 2/2 with this craft beer from NY. I am glad I got a 4 pk of this to share. Very east coast without that punch to the face hop bitterness. I liked it.

Photo of Allpe45
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18oz can
Poured into a SanTan pint glass
Best before Aug 18

Appears hazy, bright orange with white head that dissipates quickly, no lacing. Smells like pine resin, dank and floral hops. Taste is just like the smell, but with a powerful bitterness and a touch of bready malt. Citrusy tropical fruit comes forward as it warms. Light bodied with medium carbonation, drinks smoothly and has a crisp finish with lingering bitterness. Great portrayal of an east coast IPA.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 64oz. growler filled 6/27/11 into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: An extended pour yields a 1 finger creamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear tangerine sunrise. Lacing is spotty and stringy with little stick. Lack of head retention and lace really hurts appearance in this style.

S: Nose is piney hop bitterness with citrus and papaya notes. Fresh, simple, crisp, and moderately aromatic. Some subtle cane sugar notes in the back too. Average.

T: Opens slightly metallic with some ceramic notes. Citrus hop bitterness mixed with pine and grassy notes in the middle. Cane sugar appears as this one warms along with more pine hop bite. Finishes hoppy with a sticky, resiny hop aftertaste. Pretty standard.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Watery and refreshing in the mouth and goes down slightly filmy and abrasive. Finish is astringent and aftertaste lingers. Nice and very refreshing.

O: I'd love to support my local brewery but this is a the definition of a middle-of-the-road ipa. Nicely bitter, crisp, and refreshing but nothing really stands out in the smell, taste, look, or feel. Worth keeping around on those hot summer days but not good for much else.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the four pack box design system that they got goin on here. Handsome tall can. This poured a slightly hazy dark orange color with a small frothy off white head that was short lived. Aroma smells like floral citrus and pine hops. A delicious pine resin flavor that reminds me of gin. A nice hint of tropical fruit. Tastes exactly the way it smells. There is just the right amount of bitterness here. The flavoring hops are so fruity and fresh, I love it. Not much malt to pick up on but that doesn't bother me. Lots of complexity and not overly bitter this is damn drinkable and for me it's actually kinda refreshing. There is a certain off flavor that I can't quite describe but it's not a big detractor. Feel is medium but slick and lightly tingly from the carbonation. A delight!

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

Can labelled 6.4%ABV fresh from a 4-pack. Poured into pint glass, this beer pours a fairly clear bright orange color like that of, well, a Bengali tiger. Nice head. Aroma is of tropical fruit, pine trees, and filled the ambient air shortly after popping the can. Taste is spectacular... fairly harsh and mostly hop dominated with a little bready malt. Mouthfeel is average... a bit of a resinous pine coating from the hoppiness.

Overall this is a fairly good IPA... I prefer many of Sixpoint's other offerings. I hope they keep up the good work.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour was just wonderful. Clear as day with a rich orange tinted amber color that held together very well. Nice two inches of head on top quicky settled down to a thin film which thoroughly coating the entire inside of the glass to the point nothing could be seen inside. The I lean in for a whiff. Holy citrus knockout. This thing is a cannon of hops. Rich orange and tangerine notes lined with loads of pineapple and grapefruit. This is just insanely fresh. Even warming does nothing to depart from the super fresh hops that are just owning my face right now. Intense is not even the right word for it. Crisp and clean taste offers more of the same, just intense and crisp, hop flavor all over the place. Pineapple and grapefruit dominate, clean dry finish with super sticky resin like flavors, not an ounce of balance here and none needed.

Photo of pburland23
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce tall boy can into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a thin, soapy head that lingers lazily before retreating to some clingy lacing.

Aroma is that of a pine forest. It's fresh, bright and incredibly clean. Some sweet caramel notes, but the piney hops are the star here.

Taste is quite similar to the nose. It's piney, hoppy and just a little bitter. There's just enough sweetness from the malt to balance out the flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly light for an IPA. The carbonation is also light, but it works. With this level of carbonation, it drinks almost like a British IPA on cask. I'm really digging it.

Overall, at 6.4%, this isn't a hop bomb. What it is is a really well constructed, flavorful and balanced IPA. This was the first Sixpoint beer for me and I'll be on the lookout for more of their beers in the future.

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

off the charts excitement for this brew to come to Syracuse. I snagged a 4 pack of each flavor with wicked anticipation of this brewery.

A- amber look that essentially appears a darkened orange. The lacing is layered all over the sides of my ithaca pint glass. Almost cake like. While part of the head stayed around, the overall appearance is most impressive

S- the hops slapped me before I even finished the pour. This is a straight up pine forest that has nothing but Christmas trees sprouting up everywhere. There are caramel properties lingering as well as uplifting. I don't get the citric scent as many ipas carry, however the onslaught of piney resin and dank grass more than compensate

T- there is an obvious display of pine and caramel that I am tasting. There is some good bitterness that ends the brew. I like the extreme commitment to these properties

M- the carbonation is spot on with the good flavors of the brew. It's enjoyable

D- while bengali is not my ideal interpretation of an ipa (I love an emphasis on citric themes)... the consistent hop and malt characteristics contirbute to a great style. I can enjoy this brew many times over

Photo of aficionado
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Semi hazy orange body with a 2 finger cream-white head. Amazing lacing. Very fine, lethargic carbonation bubbles rising against the edge of the glass. I'm intrigued.

Aromas and flavors of pine resin, black peppercorns, orange peel, caramel, biscuit, and ruby red grapefruit. The smell is a little better than the taste, which has a slight unpleasant bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. The body is medium with moderately low carbonation. Needs to feel more crisp.

As much of an IPA fan I am, I still prefer the hop character of the non-IPA, Sixpoint Righteous, much more than Bengali Tiger. And there are about a dozen other Piney IPA's I prefer to this one. Not bad, but not a fav.

Photo of CWBlues
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Many thanks to funkel81!! Poured from a can into an ale glass.

A: Pours an awesome dark orange with a big white fluffy head that sticks around for a long time.

S: Big amount of citrus in the nose, with a little pine, and a whole lot of hops. This smells awesome.

T: Lots of pine, followed by maltiness and citrus. A good hop bitterness rounds out the taste.

M: A little disappointed by the mouthfeel. Not nearly enough carbonation. It almost feels flat.

O: This is easily one of the better IPAs I think I've had. I would drink many more of these. I'm sad this isn't available in Indiana.

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White fluffy head that doesn't look like its going anywhere. Tiny minuscule bubbles towards the bottom pick up pace about halfway and shoot toward the top to keep the head from dissipating. Gold at the bottom turning into a light orange and yellowish color midway up.

Pine and citrus hops right away, that seems to be the main attraction here.

The aroma is about the same as the taste, pine and citrus; the only difference there is a bready malt to balance out the hops. I really enjoy the bitterness, it keeps things interesting in this brew. No complaints here for the taste at all.

Light to medium body. Feels nice with noticeable carbonation. Doesn't leave my mouth feeling too dry, even though it has a bitterness to it. Very easy going down, it was quite intriguing reviewing it because I looked down and the glass was almost empty.

I was thinking, well, I just spent $8.25 for a four pack (Not as bad as what I spent for a four pack of 12 ounce cans of GUBNA Imperial IPA by Oskar Blues) I opened up the box I was quite glad there are four pint size cans instead of four twelve ounce cans; that adds up to a whole 'nother pint! This beer is quite good, I was thinking I should get this again and I totally got over the price I paid for it. If this came in a six pack, this very well could be a every day beer; sadly it does not but it definitely is worth picking up at least once.

Photo of silentjay
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can with best by date of september 29, 2011.

all 16 ounces does not quite fit into my Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" Glass. seems the glass isn't quite the perfect pint glass if it can't fit a pint into it, however, thats another discussion.

It pours a slightly amber copper with a large, big-bubbled almost white head that lasts and laces very well.

As soon as the seal on the can is broken I can smell the juicy hops mixed with bitter citrus and a touch of pine. some crackery malts come through after its poured into the glass, but still stay in the background.

a bit peppery, to my surprise, with the bitter yet juicy citrus leading the way and a considerable malt presence bring a bit of sweetness and graininess. not as hop-forward as the aroma, but still plenty of hop flavors.

a touch light-bodied with very little resin left on the palate. a clean dry finish with just a bit of an aftertaste thats a mix of fresh cracked pepper and whole grain crackers.

overall, its good, though it won't supplant my favorites of the style. I'd be happy to drink this anytime, but there are others I would choose first.

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

This was just released in the area. excited to try it. best of Sept 29th on the bottom of can.
picture of NYC skyline in the UPC, pretty cool.

A:pours almost a redish brown. nice 2 finger head.
S:smells of citrus, herbal, slight malts in the background.
T:wow , there is a spice that hits right away, followed by a smooth malt thats blends and finishes with an orange citrus. bitterness cleanses the mouth. hops are id say moderate. spice/citrus shine here.
M: Beautiful mouthfeel on this as the malts (though hidden underneath) smooth and round out the more agressive spice and citrus.

Bottom line. I'm loving this. at 6.5 ABV its quite drinkable. i had no idea what to expect when getting this. liked the idea of a 16oz IPA in a can and can honestly say this may be one of my go tos. Im lucky to be in the distrubution area of the newly canned sixpoints. If you you can get Sixpoint, try it. its not Ruination, Pliny, Hopsickle or your your other big hopped west coasts. Im tempted to say its akin to Victorys hopdevil due to the herbal spices that lend to the hops but its on another level from Hopdevil.
Great stuff.

Photo of MetalandBeer
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is dark but hazy orange leaning a bit towards amber. Two fingers of off-white head after an aggressive pour from the tallboy can into a 20 oz.goblet.not much lace on the glass, with a medium amount of carbonation visible

S: Holy hops! as soon as the can was cracked you get hit with the smell of hops! Also some slight citrus and piney resin come through once it's poured.

T: Smells like it tastes...hops, pine resin and citrus, all well balanced with a bit of malt.

M: It has a medium mouthfeel.The carbonation is at the high end of medium. Somwhat of a dry finnish.

O: tasty and easyto drink...gonna head to the 'fridge for another! Cheers!!!!

Photo of rodney45
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firstly, It is surprising to see such a good beer come out of a can. I live in NYC and i concider myself into the local craft brewerys, but this is the first time ive tried sixpoint.

A: Hazy, short and stout creamy head.

S: Very floral and citrusy, with a smack of hops just as soon as you open the can.

T: Very complex. Hop flavor is upfront and bold, but subtle flavors of grapefruit and apricot hit all of a sudden, but then you get a mouthful of sweet mango... malt is playing second fiddle here, but is a balance.

M: Not for gulping, but for savoring.

O: Like. FACT

Photo of BlondeBeerLover8
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into Sierra Nevada bulb glass. Nice dark orange color with nice lacing and head.

S - Smells soo citrusy. Smells hoppy. Smells like a good IPA to me.

T - Great malt backbone with just enough hops in the foreground. It's a hoppy IPA but not too bitter at all. Malt flavors are definitely more prominent than the hops. Very drinkable beer.

M - On the lower end of carbonation but it has a good mouth feel. Not a thin IPA by any means.

O - This a good IPA that drinks easily. It has great hop presence but it isn't too overly bitter. Good malty IPA. I would definitely drink more of Bengali Tiger.

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

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured a hazy golden orange with a small, dense, white head that laced well. Fragrant esters in the nose, citrus zest and mild piney hops. Orange and grapefruit in the taste, sweet malts, and white wine; a bit grassy. Crisp and pleasantly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, good and drinkable.

Photo of cbutova
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy golden-amber body with a big frothy white head. The cap retains quite well and has a nice creamy looking texture. A few nice spots of lace.

S- A good blend of hops, nice tropical fruit citrus notes along with slight pine and floral, very nice. Some bread and caramel.

T- Good citrus fruit and zesty hops with good floral, earth, tropical fruit and pine notes. Good caramel malt and bread notes from the yeast.

MF- Creamy light-end body with moderate carbonation. Bitterness is big but still smooth.

Pretty awesome beer if I must say so myself. Not much to say about IPAs but this obviously brings a nice hop profile to the table.

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