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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

1,795 Ratings

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Ratings: 1795
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%

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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Photo of KickbacksSteve


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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, good retention, soapy lacing, sticky. Slightly hazy, golden body. Aroma is dominated by lovely citrus hops with a touch of grass. Taste is very lupulin. Not complaining. Grapefruit and grass come to mind with lemon peel also. Very satisfying and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 05:40:14 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of elgiacomo


3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, best by February 17, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours hazy copper with a two finger white head that leaves clumpy drippy webs of lacing.

Unique aroma features pine, peach/apricot, mango, spice, banana, caramel and bread, estery, wheat like, interesting as it comes across as a wheat IPA or Belgian IPA, but I don’t think that’s what they were going for. Very good strength in the aroma.

Flavor follows suit, pine, apricot, spice, fruity, rather malty with a strong caramel backbone, bready, some alcohol, mild sweetness, decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, good carbonation.

Interesting IPA. Give it credit for being unique, although far from my favorite in the style.

Serving type: can

11-24-2012 05:38:00 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of DoreenAndDave


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a slightly gauzy copper color. A nice beige head. Aroma is piney/hoppy. Taste has a bit of malt up front, but finishes big and bitter. Very dry. Hoppy with pine and a bitter citrus punch. Mouthfeel is good. Overall, a very nice, very bitter IPA. It strikes me as a good middle ground between a lighter session IPA and a big boozier imperial IPA that is so intense/heavy it is almost like a meal.

Serving type: can

11-23-2012 04:32:37 | More by DoreenAndDave
Photo of johnnieoz


2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16oz can, best before 17 Feb 2013.

A: Somewhat cloudy golden hued with an ample, frothy white head. Turns chunky after a while.

S: A faint smell of grapefruit rind upon a deep inhale. Not much more.

T: Tastes off, bitter with no sweetness on the tongue and no semblance of balance on the palate. Neither an IPA on the malty side like Celebration, balanced like Blind Pig or a hop assault like Racer 5. Hard to call it too hoppy, too bitter or anything...simply off.

M: Nothing redeeming about the flavors that coat the taste buds or the aftertaste.

O: This version of Bengali Tiger, the only one I've had, is a distinctly below average beer, ale and IPA. I was in Brooklyn in July of this year and enjoyed some Sweet Action, both canned and on draft. A recent move from California to Texas has its ups and downs beer wise, but I was psyched to see Sixpoint arrive around the same time. Sweet Action tasted fine and Resin was even better, but this? A near drain-pour for this last of the cans in the four-pack.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 01:28:31 | More by johnnieoz
Photo of Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, straight from the can

A - Can't really judge appearance, 16oz can, picked up while travelling on business, so all I have available is paper cups in the hotel room.

S - awesome. Huge on the candy cinnamon orange aspect. Where lots of great IPAs lean towards the floral, lemon/lime type hop smell, this one is a rich musty orange. Orange rind, orange fruit, clove, cinnamon, some other citrus earthy spice notes. Great nose on this one.

T - follows the nose pretty right on. Mild bitterness to start, then some thick juicy hops following the rich orange and candy notes, very mild cinnamon, nice finish with some lingering bitterness.

M - pretty nice for an IPA. Carb is nice, finishes well, a little coat from the hops.

Overall - I've tried other sixpoint brews and they weren't necessarily my favorite. This one, however, is right on. Lots of points for originality. This beer walks just far enough outside the normal lines of an IPA to make it very interesting, while still hitting all the right IPA notes. I might burn out on this one over time, but I would like the chance to. Picked up a 4 pack and would definitely have another if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:27:29 | More by Beerandboards
Photo of memory


2.35/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a can from Wegman's. I had good hopes for this as after trying other Six Point brews were decent brews but this one let me down. I taste nothing but bittering hops from this. Smell is nothing to write home about. Mouthfeel is just bitter to the tongue with dry aftertaste. Sorry, I'll pass on another, maybe on tap will take another chance at it.

Serving type: can

11-12-2012 03:03:23 | More by memory
Photo of SadMachine

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from admittedly sparse notes from 7/20/12

Poured into 20oz pint glass.
Large foamy head that hangs around and leaves beautiful lacing.
Piney nose is matched in the flavor, but accompanied by citrusy hops as well.
Good balance between malts and hops.

Serving type: can

11-10-2012 17:34:39 | More by SadMachine
Photo of Bake

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been interested in trying this for awhile and picked up a 4 pack ($8.99 Total Wine). This is my first beer from Sixpoint.

A - Nice looking medium brown color when poured into a tulip

S - There is element of hops in the smell but I'm also catching a fair amount of yeast which isn't what I want to smell in an IPA

T - Dry with some hops. Lots of malt and a heavy yeast flavor.

M - Carbonation feels about right. No complaints.

Having not had this beer before I'm wondering if I got a bad batch based on the other reviews. The DBD is still over 3 months out so it's not excessively old or anything. I caught way too much yeast in this beer for my liking. Hopefully I can try this on tap somewhere along the way to confirm the bad batch theory. If what I got was what Sixpoint is trying for then I'll save this one for other patrons.

Serving type: can

10-29-2012 22:44:36 | More by Bake
Photo of Brent


4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid AIPA, in a tall boy can, no less. Pour was a deep amber with an agressive, tight head. More malt presence than average for the style, but no so much as to detract from the hops-centric nature of the beer. Hops were resinous with some bite up front, herbal and sharp. Malt almost stepped in too much in the middle, but reigned back and the hops carried through. Some sweetness rises toward the end with the malt.

Serving type: can

10-22-2012 21:00:40 | More by Brent
Photo of rdilauro


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a nice easy pour and a just a nice easy drink.
Light golden pour with a nice head. Hoppy nose but not that strong. It was full flavlored with a good amount of malt coming through.

Best thing I can say really is that it is such a easy and good drinking beer. Something I would do over and over

Serving type: can

10-19-2012 00:52:14 | More by rdilauro
Photo of Runofthemiller


4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a fantastic, very drinkable IPA. I love this, and will make sure I always have some on hand.

Great grapefruit nose that I can smell from a foot away.

The taste matches the smell. Pretty citrusy hop forward with a pretty subtle malt backbone. Very little sweetness or taste of alcohol.

If you're a hophead interested in a session IPA, give it a try. Very impressive. I could drink this all night long.

Serving type: can

10-07-2012 02:02:53 | More by Runofthemiller
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Easily pours three fingers of loosely knit orange cream colored foam, turns lacy and dimpled as it dissolves, very delicate, only a few random splotches for lacing. The liquid is a base orange bronze color of light haziness, more yellow than brown or red for secondary tint, close to no visible bubbles, what is there is miniscule. The nose is straight down the middle classic IPA featuring grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pine sap, flowers, baguette to biscuit breadiness, slightly more pepper bite than chocolate softness, the fruit scents range from peach and apricot to mango and pineapple, overall pulls back from punching too hard. Medium-bodied with a softish style carbonation, this helps it sink in and cling as it also tends to the drier end of the spectrum, becoming more bitter near the finish as well, before that has a certain oiliness to it. Metallic earthiness with more tart zest in the white grapefruit to mandarin orange citrus, here clove and cumin spice take precedence over any bread, yeast or florality. The pine element fights hard for space, though. While tropical per se, the lack of juiciness in the papaya, mango, pineapple, nectarine fruit flavors has the fruit downplayed across the board. Nicely balanced and not trying to make some bold statement, content to humbly stay within the parameters of the category. If you like drier beers, even close to sessionable.

Serving type: can

10-02-2012 22:22:58 | More by farrago
Photo of BrianGaynor

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a snifter.

Appearance: orange-amber color with a thin white head. Decent lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: strong floral hops scent. Very enjoyable.

Taste: a bit malty. Slightly hoppy. Relatively dull.

Mouthfeel: needs more carbonation. Could be the pour, but I don’t think it’s a problem with the growler, I just got it a few hours ago.

Overall: not a bad IPA. I am hoping the remainder of the growler isn’t so flat and I just messed up my pour somehow.

Serving type: growler

09-27-2012 16:32:05 | More by BrianGaynor
Photo of sweemzander


3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention and lacing too.

(S)- A nice smooth biscuit, yeast, and lemon. Subtle bits of orange peel and pine.

(T)- The bitter pine is much more pronounced than from the smell. Good citrus and subtle yeasty biscuit.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Heavy bitter pine with a subtler citrus.

(O)- A solid IPA. A touch heavy in the bitterness for my liking, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

09-26-2012 14:36:56 | More by sweemzander
Photo of AmitC


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent IPA. Sold to me by the shop owner.

Well name sounds very Indian but it is from newyork somewhere.

Pours with a very huge head not so typical of extremely good IPAs despite my pouring with a lot of care as usual.

Carbonation is very typical.

A lot of suspended matter, mat be because i was having it after its date of 'best use'. Not good for an IPA - i like them fresh. Well i don't mind - may be it could have tasted better.

I like its bitterness which is an after taste. More mixed mouth feel. However not very well balanced.

Not at all oily.

Smells a decent amount of hops and some citrus.

Overall a good, above average drink. Not much alcohol though. I like it though nothing differentiates it from a lot of other IPAs.

Serving type: can

09-22-2012 03:42:29 | More by AmitC
Photo of wagenvolks


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Bengali Tiger, like most of Sixpoint's lineup, is an exercise in balance executed to perfection. The pour produces a towering head of manila foam that slowly recedes to a fat patch of bubbles and ring of foam that coats the insides of the tulip with spackles of lace. Body is an attractive, clear copper hue and carbonated. Nose boasts a sweet, juicy hop aroma that's both floral and tropical at the same time. Pineapple, mangoes, and pear balance nicely against a clean malt backdrop of light caramel sweetness and toasted grain.

The flavor foregoes tropical/floral hops notes for a sizable piney bitterness. Still, the balance on this ale is worthy of merit, as bready malts add a hefty backbone. Finish has some lingering hoppiness with a bit of mineral flavor that might hint at staleness to some. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a perfect carbonation level, but falls a bit flat on the back end. Still, this is a clean, balanced, drinkable ale (note: I avoid calling it an 'IPA' since Sixpoint doesn't technically classify their beers within styles). Good stuff.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 00:10:59 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of rodlavers


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass, huge fluffy barely off-white head, nice cling/head recedes to thin layer. Burnt orange in color. Slightly hazy.

Smell is malty as bready, with citrus.

Taste is more bitter and hoppy, with serious citrus aftertastes. Malt and a bit of sweetness. Smooth and creamy, pulpy on the end.

Overall, better in can. Cheers.

Served on tap at my local drinker. Pours a hazy cloudy orange color with thin white head. Plenty of retention. Sweet fruity hop aroma, with malt in the background. Taste is similar but I'm not getting the same sweetness. More citrus in the taste. Mouthfeel is dry and bready. Overall I enjoy this, would like to try in a can.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 00:27:54 | More by rodlavers
Photo of twiggamortis420


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

16 oz can pours a slightly hazed copper color with a decent cap of off-white head. Retention is ok and lacing pretty good.

Nose is fruity hops with almost a hint of mint and the malt is light and slightly toasted. Pretty good hoppy aroma with enough backdrop to let you know this wont be a full on hop orgy.

Taste has a tropical hop flavor up front and follows with a lingering bitterness of hop and toasty malt. I like the range of fruity hop contributions...everything from tangerines to mangoes to pineapple. Malts are unassuming yet omnipresent, with a grainy toast aspect. Goes down smooth and the ABV is well hidden. I can see myself buying this one again.

Serving type: can

09-16-2012 19:08:45 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of GuyIncognito


4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPAs. It has a gorgeous orange color (perhaps where it got it's name?) and a wonderful aroma. The pint cans are a refreshing change from the norm, and it's nice to get a full pint per serving of a great beer like this. I have enjoyed every beer I've had from Sixpoint, and Bengali Tiger was no exception. The usual piney overtones of an IPA, but wonderfully balanced with a smooth finish. As soon as I finished this beer,l I wanted another one!

Serving type: can

09-16-2012 02:33:30 | More by GuyIncognito
Photo of Gwalchgwynn67

New York

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass. A rich orange, the color of a Bengal tiger of course! Smells like an early morning hike through a Rocky Mountain pine forest - herbal piney resin and very fresh and crisp. This is a hoppy mother with white pepper spiciness yet balanced by just right maltiness. Resiny full mouth feel and a moderately dry finish. Excellent!

Serving type: can

09-06-2012 15:46:58 | More by Gwalchgwynn67
Photo of nickfl


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Sweaty hops and some caramel malt.

T - Spicy hope up front with notes of graperuit and lemon pith. Some caramel and red apple yeast character in the middle. Finishes with strong bitterness as well as more pine and sweaty hop character.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nicely done, the aroma is a bit mild, but the flavor makes up for it with a pungent flavor and a well balanced finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:16:52 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a cloudy orange golden body. Nice lacing but its thin.

S: nicely aromatous with citrus, mostly orange peel, melon and grapefruit. the aroma is just the right amount of sweetness. floral notes. biggest issue is that its a little mild.

T: taste is a little unidimensional. the bitterness is just right. more of a well balanced IPA with a nice malt presence. fruits are mild, grassiness provides the bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: from the ranking I was expecting more. I nice IPA but a little uni-dimensional to great.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 01:16:06 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of divineaudio


3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can into a tulip glass. best before jan 29 2013 stamped on bottom.

a - pours a hazy amber shade with a sudsy, two finger, tan head on top. retention is good, calming to a thin cap of foam and lasting for the duration. leaves thick rings of sticky lace in the glass.

s - lightly toasted grain, faint pine, and faint grapefruit. has a soda like effervescence to it.

t - bready malt with an earthy/herbal hop presence. piney bitterness in the finish that doesn't linger.

m - fuller side of medium, adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile.

o - decent beer but nothing about it stands out to me. worth a try but don't go out of your way to get some.

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 00:33:27 | More by divineaudio
Photo of pschul4


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice golden color with a good 1" white head that leaves excellent lacing

S- Great mixture of citrus and piney hops that give me high hopes for the taste

T- Really good but a little watered down. Definitely get the hoppy background beer but it finishes quite light on the taste and could be much better than it is

M- Light as you'd expect but perhaps too much so

O- Great beer but doesn't quite meet its potential

Serving type: can

08-19-2012 22:50:01 | More by pschul4
Photo of hoppytobehere


4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great looking beer. A brighter color of orange than most IPAs, although it might have been because I was outside in the setting sun.

S: Citrus, pines

T: Fruity, hoppy, bitter but well-balanced.

M: Finished great, pretty smooth for an IPA.

O: Very solid IPA. Order it almost every time at my local bar.

Serving type: can

08-13-2012 02:29:25 | More by hoppytobehere
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
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