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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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584 Reviews

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Reviews: 584
Hads: 2,267
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.72%
Wants: 122
Gots: 399 | 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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Photo of mnrider
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. orange and silver can. Best before printed on bottom.

A: Pours a murky orange/amber with a large off-white head.
Tiger strip lacing after the initial head goes down, which
leads to a more erratic lacing after. Blotchy retention.

S: Thronging with fresh pine, citric and fruity hops. Some
solid malt is also present.

T/M: Juicy citric, hops of pine, malt flavor, bready, possible
grapefruit, more hops now which seem stickier. The feel is
pretty light and creamy. The finish is surprisingly clean. This
is nice and really compliments the bitter citric hops.

O: An exceptional IPA from sixpoint. Could be my favorite of
all their offerings (so far). Really pleasant hopy/citric taste.
With an even better feel. This makes for great drinkability.


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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottom of can says Best Before 02SEPT2013

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of beige head that retains quite well before slowly dissolving to an 1/8 inch head. Wispy cobwebs of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Vibrant hop aroma is more piney and grassy than citrusy. Has a sweet malt backbone.

T- Moderately bitter with more pine and wet grass coming through. The malt sweetness isn't as noticeable as it was in the aroma. Alcohol is toned down well. Pretty straightforward and simple.

M- A bit sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body that's just one degree on the lighter side of medium.

O- A sessionable IPA with decent flavor and a nice aroma but, as far as Sixpoint's hoppy offerings go, I'd choose Resin over this every time.

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Photo of DoctorJoe
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

On a whim, I tried this at one of my favorite eateries in the city. A tall boy in a can with a name like "Bengali Tiger"? Something was up.
I could not have been more surprised, in a good way no less. Poured into a typical pint glass, this beer really opened up both in head and aroma. The head is thick and pillowy, leaving lots of lacing and striping (ergo the name). The aroma really punches you in the nose and encourages you to bring it in and experience more of it.
The taste can grab you. Lots of hops, but not too fruity. Lots of malt without being lost in the hops. Lots of bitterness but not so much that it can blind you, and the underlying sweetness adds balance.
I have since procured a half-barrel of this to have at home. On tap, we all agree that it is slightly more tame and, if possible, even more drinkable.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a slightly amber, almost orange color with mild clarity, just a touch of haziness as I stare through the glass to the other side. A soapy, white head caps the brew off and leaves some spotty, chunky lace on the way down. At first, the aroma is very subdued; hard to pick up almost anything from the start. Maybe some grassy hops and bitter citrus. As I take a few sips and let it warm up a bit, the aroma starts to finally come alive. A big, biscuit profile is the background to a collage of rigorous hops; piney, leafy, floral, and heavily herbal. Citrus rinds, tangerines, grapefruits. Once you finally get a good whiff of this stuff, you can tell it's going to be a hop monster.

And upon tasting it, you confirm that it is. There's a unique bitterness that hits your palate the moment you take a sip and lasts until well after you've swallowed. Full of pine-tree flavor and light spice; earthy, herbal-tea like hops dance around your palate, super leafy, grassy, and ashy. The fruit flavors err on the bitter side of things and not so much the sweet side; grapefruit pith, lemon rinds, orange and tangerine zest. That's not to say it's completely unbalanced, however - the fruit adds a bit of sweetness to the mix, and the biscuity-malt backbone is powerful enough to stand on its own two feet without being completely obliterated by the hops. At first, there was a slight off-flavor I was picking up, almost a little "soapy", but with time, it has coasted away and I'm not getting it at all anymore - just a nice array of herbal, piney, and resinous hops and citrus. Medium bodied with a hefty helping of carbonation.

Pretty good IPA; nice lasting bitterness and combination of hop profiles. Not a huge citrus bomb, rather the citrus flavors actually seem to add to the bitterness as well. Good balance with a sturdy malt foundation, easily drinkable.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a very nice translucent orange with a nice fluffy white head that has nice staying power. Smells of floral hops and a little grain. Tastes of nice earthy and floral hops and light grain with a nice bite. Carbonation is great and light body is quite enjoyable. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of KKB
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Oh yes, the moment I popped the can open I knew that this was going to be a rock n’ roll IPA. The appearance confirms what I had suspected. A sunset, orange, amber body with just a big lumpy, tightly knit, sticky off-white head that clings lovingly to the glass leaving streaks of lacing. The head just indicates it’s going to be a real good IPA, hoppy and sticky and wonderful.

S – The smell is a combination of fruit and hops with grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and a slight pine as well. There is a muted malt going on in this nose as well. It smells wonderful, and I cannot wait to taste.

T – Wow, just a level of hoppiness going on in here that the head did not betray at all. I’m just getting my tastebuds danced all over. And yet this is not a really intense IPA, but it is intensely good and well crafted. As far as flavor goes, there is a very big juicy, citric fruit element going on in here with grapefruit, tangerine and apricot, especially at the beginning, with very noticeable peach going on here too. Then towards the end the more piney and resinous flavors come into play towards the end. This is delightful, I would legitimately drink this for juice. It is so fresh and crisp and fruity and wonderful. Great IPA.

M – The mouthfeel is actually a little bit off in my opinion for an IPA, it is medium with good carbonation but I would have preferred if it was a little bit more sticky/robust. It’s still good though.

O – Great IPA. Not a hop bomb, but so fruity and clean and crisp and it really just tastes outstanding. I am definitely going to be getting this again. May even put it into the more outer reaches of my regular rotation.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a crystal clear amber body with a super thick, fluffy white head that reduces to some uneven chunks of white foam.

S- Grapefruit, pine, bread, citrus zest.

T- Upfront I get citrus and caramel. It ends piney and leaves a hoppy bitterness on the tongue.

M- Medium-low carbonation, medium body.

Overall a decent IPA. Definitely has good balance. I've had better and I've had worse. This is one is worth a try but I won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of matjack85
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Cooper's bar on Belmont in Chicago. Nice 7 page beer menu. I selected this one from the page that read "What's new on tap?" Served to me in a pint glass for $5.

The beer poured a mostly clear orange/copper color with a 2-finger off- white head with dcent retention. The beer left toms of lacing on the glass.

Big citrus and piny hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit with some apricot in the background.

Big pine and grapefruit flavor with apricot coming out as it warms a bit. Bready malt used for balance. 62 IBU's gives you an idea of the strength of the bitterness.

Medium bodied and creamy smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium.

This is a very tasty beer, especially if you like grapefruit flavored hops. I'll be anxious to see if it tastes the same in bottles and cans if I can find it.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Transparent orange body with a frothy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Sweet toasted malt and piney malts with a lot of citrus.

T- Juicy hops with a nice toasted malt backbone. Some tropical flavors come through in the way of grapefruit and pineapple.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy.

O- Solid IPA, balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a creamy, lingering white head. Little chunks of yeast are noticeable in the glass once the beer settles.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, cream, lime, lemon, bitter orange, and kumquat fill the nose.

T: Notes of lime, lemon, bitter orange, kumquat, grass, black pepper, and herbs are underscored by delicate notes of caramel, toffee, and cream. The finish is delicate and quenching with balanced notes of caramel, cream, and citrus.

M: Medium in body, smooth, gentle, and creamy. Not nearly as dry as many other American IPAs. Carbonation is fine and unobtrusive. Very easy to drink.

O: This is an excellent and unique American IPA. It does not really have the grapefruit, pine and spruce notes that have come to represent the style, instead emphasizing caramel malt sweetness and delicate lemon-lime bitterness. Definitely try this if you have grown bored with many other APAs and IPAs.

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Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber hazy color. Poured a good amount of head with a long retention leaving marks in the glass.
Right after you open the can, a delicious fruity aroma with citrus swirls in the air. After tasting it, it is hard to get further scents out of it.
Some malt sweetness, but predominant a bitter and hoppy taste, hints of pine, bread, decent amount of grapefruit, and notes of citric and grass.
Long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation and small bubbles.
Good IPA option for the hophead nation, not as tough as Resin, but still a good punch.

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Photo of rappmann
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can, into a small little glass.

A - Nice orangey colour on this one, this a little less than a finger of white head

S - mostly pine but a little bit of sweetness

T - Very little on the hop side of things, much maltier than I expected

M - really light and easy drinking which made this slightly better

O - randomly stumbled into this at a restaurant in Toronto, not sure how they obtained it. Glad I tried it, but highly underwhelming, despite it's easy drinkability.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of pine and a bit-o-pepper.

Tastes of mild hop, pine and some trace malt.

Mouthfeel for me is mildly bitter on the back end and yet clean.

Not pretentious or complex. Just a well crafted IPA. This brew is quite quenching and would pair well with food. I will keep this in my rotation.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish copper with a soft, thin, white head

S - faint pine, faint bread, sweet

T - malty, piny, bitter, some grapefruit

M - medium bodied, smooth, a bit warm

This is a nice, balanced, very easy to drink IPA. It's not as full flavored as I would have liked, but all of the right flavors are present. If it were a bit more assertive it would be fantastic. It's still an IPA worth checking out though.

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Photo of qthompso
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange marmalade color with some yeast sediment settling to the bottom of the glass. There is a solid two fingers of offwhite head that doesn't budge. I'm expecting fantastic lacing.

The head is so thick that I don't get much smell coming out of the beer! What I do pick up on is a pretty spicy, herbally hop nose and a caramel, bready backbone.

The taste follows the nose in many senses. The first thing I pick up on the is the citrusy characteristics of the hops. I get orange more than anything. As the hops fade out, I get a bit of an apricot or peach flavor as it heads into a bready finish.

A relatively medium bodied beer with quite a bit of carbonation. I could almost go for a little less C02.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA. My can wasn't the definition of fresh so I'd like to try it a bit fresher next time. The spicy, citrusy hops were nice and the malt backbone balanced it out well.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber into pint glass. Nice white head that lingers well.

Smell is heavy grapefruit and pine. There is also a belgian yeast character to the aroma.

Taste follows smell well with lots of grapefruit notes, lemon, and bready malt. Caramel comes through as well. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall very nice brew. Belgian character is different and interesting.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a copper-orange color with one finger off white head. The head has a decent level of retention, eventually fading to a persistent film on the top of the brew and a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is rather interesting. It has a good strong grapefruit aroma mixed with a bready smell. Along with these are strong floral and pine hop aromas as well as some lighter cinnamon and other spice smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready malt flavor and some fruit flavors of a citrus nature mixed with some tropical fruit. The citrus is a mix of grapefruit hop as well as an orange sweet taste. As the taste advances, some spice flavors enter the tongue. Neither the hop nor the spice are ever too heavy, but instead blend quite well with some of the bready flavors that are upfront. In the end, some pine hop flavors come to the tongue and with the flavors that preceded it, leave a smooth hopped and spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium to above medium side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is below average. The creamier body of the brew coupled with the lighter carbonation create a smooth feel and complement the hop, spice, and malt flavors of the brew nicely.

Overall – A rather enjoyable IPA. It had had a nice blend between sweet, hop, malt and spice. One to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of johnnieoz
2.08/5  rDev -46.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of memory
2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Bake
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.