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Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,103 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,103
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 96
Gots: 234 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The original Sixpoint homebrewed IPA formulation, first brewed in 1999 and released commercially in 2005. 64IBU

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 04-22-2005)
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Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at North Star on 5/20/11.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with golden tangerine edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with a sweet malt presence. Slightly earthy with faint pine needle but mostly sweet smelling. Hints of caramel, biscuit, toffee and rye underneath the citrus notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with a dry earthy hop presence that has a nice amount of piny bitterness as well as some prominent citrus flavor. Hints of pineapple, mango, papaya and orange peel. Stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests. Nice malt backbone provides balance with hints of rye, caramel and biscuit. Slight heat toward the end of the swallow. Nice balance of bitter and sweet with a dry finish.

corby112, May 22, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

orangesol, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Goodnight Irenes.
Appears a hazy light orange with a creamy white head that sticks around. Perfect tubular lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet caramel and nuts with a huge helping of hops containing resins of citrus and pine.
Flavors are fresh and juicy of hop resins flowing atop the sugary bounty of malts
Mouthfeel is med bodied, chewy, and too easy drinking.
Shane- you knocked it out of the park with this one! I could drink a sixtel myself.

weeare138, May 30, 2009
Photo of stakem
2.3/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Kegatron for this pint sized can. Best before Nov 17, 2011 stamped on the bottom. Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed copper color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained head. The cap retains fairly decent with large bubbles of carbonation and a creamy top. As the cap fades to a thin lace across the top, it paints the glass with patches and spots of lace. A light swirl revives the cap back to nearly a finger's strength.

The smell is bright with fruity hops, citrus and some floral character. That enjoyable hop aroma quickly dissolves into something a bit unpleasant and reminiscent of plastic. Under the hop scent is some cheese quality that is quite stinky and almost funky. It has a scent of sulfur mixed with farts. It starts off fairly bright and hoppy in a good way and takes a turn for the worse fairly quickly. It almost displays a smoked or burnt aspect across the back.

The taste includes bitter fruits and rindy quality. A touch of floral aspect before the onset of toasted malt that is a bit burnt and like plastic. There is a fairly solid bitterness about this brew that has an herbal aspect mixed with grass. The alcohol is fairly evident with a solvent kick and warmth down the back of the throat that brings out a mineral quality to the finish. It has a lasting flavor of burnt plastic that lingers inside the mouth. At times, some sips seem a bit tropical with the fruity hop bitterness. However, there just seems like something is going wrong with this can.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. At times, it shows potential but there is a lot going on here that just wasn't enjoyable. There is no place for burnt plastic in any style of beer, it is very distracting. The hop character I did pick up on was pleasant, I just wish it was more prevalent than the mysterious plastic quality and mineral/stinky funk aspects. I appreciate the opportunity to try this one Heath but I seriously couldn't finish it. I wouldn't mind trying this again just to see if I happen to get an off or bad can.

stakem, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished orange hue from the can, with a lovely haze that seems to brighten the colour. Head is disappointingly filmy, but forms in a fine white ring around the top, leaving some speckled lace as the beer goes down. Nice weight to the body, hopefully it gives a good basis for the hops. Looks nice.

Nose is mild, but pleasantly fruity. Slight green tropical fruit characters, giving hints of melon and carambola. Less bright, citrussy and robust as other examples, but it has a pleasant crispness to the fruit fragrance. Also good.

Taste is rather light, but actually well balanced. Although there's not a lot of noticeable sweetness, there's a heft to the palate which supports the green, slightly cutting hop character that comes through the centre of the palate. A touch of carbonic acidity or slight astringency on the back is the only off note for me, although it's rather mild all over.

Yeah, it's a nice enough brew. I like the balance, and the slightly underripe hop character gives it a cleanness, although it feels like the highs and lows of a great IPA have been dampened a little for this one.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with a big 1.5 finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to a very thick layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. There is some very significant lacing observed.

S: Lots and lots of hoppy aromas are present in this beer which has an intense smell. You can detect lots of citrus as well as pine/resin hops in the aroma which makes the beer very inviting to me.

T: Follows the aroma but the bitterness is not as intense as I might have expected based on the intensity of the smell. There is a nice complexity to the flavor with lots of citrus and pine/resin hop characteristics coming through.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: This is a really nice affordable every day IPA for me, the flavors are complex enough and delicious. This is a sessionable beer and something I like to pair with spicy Asian food - a regularly appearing beer in my fridge. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer as well.

dbrauneis, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stoned Crow, 6-6-06 Sixpoint event, pours typical amber, with a puffy, frothy tan head, with decent retention and leaving nice lacing and some sheeting,fairly clear, hoppy nose, smooth, easy drinking IPA, fairly tame hop bite for an AIPA. Fine quaffer/sessioner, more nice beer from 6pt.

Billolick, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank a $6 pint on-cask at the East Village Tavern in NYC. Mmm, very nice beer. The hops come straight at you with juicy orange, tangerine and grapefruit. Biting pine and citrus rind kick in shortly after along with a little blend of dry biscuit and whole wheat bread. The aroma matches with a big (for cask ale) pineapple citrus aroma. Delicious.

tempest, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite of the Sixpoints, which is funny because I expected to really like this after what I had heard about it. The problem for me is that it's simply too malty, grainy, and thick- and not highly hopped enough to cut through all that (unlike Resin, which is a great beer). The flavors are a bit muted and I usually don't want more than one due to how thick and heavy the beer is. To me, a disappointment.

Georgiabeer, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +1.8%

wl0307, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

duceswild, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

akorsak, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.7%

ejimhof, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a sea of slow microbubbles supporting a thin creamy beige head that last a good bit and sticks to the glass.

S- The grainy pils malt note leads to a woody dark hops nose that blends with dried leaves a fresh pungent hop pellet finish.

T- The pale malt taste is overcome by a spicy slightly dark herbal hop flavor that leads to a dry finish. There is a green hop bite in the aftertaste that takes on a dandelion green bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a spicy little fizz with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice malt flavor is fresh with good dark green hops but the bitterness that stains the finish is too overpowering.

rhoadsrage, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

superspak, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap

Bengali tiger sports colors that show deep orange with some copper/gold in between things. The liquid looks clean with a 90% cap on the surface that fades to a ring around the glass Not much in terms of stickage. Smell is of some bitter and somewhat piney hops, but there is also a smell of rotted vegtables. The taste is very grassy with a nice small grapefruit bite from the hops, finishing with a yeasty bread flavor that is a bit much. Not enjoying the finish on this one. The feel is about medium with carbonation where it's supposed to be, the bitterness could be boosted up a notch to even out the rank aftertaste. Pretty much on par for a East Coast IPA but I won't be going back for it. Pretty drinkable but not that enjoyable.

BARFLYB, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks sixpoint


Pours a cloudly dark amber color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of hops, grapefruit, and slight caramel. The taste is hoppy and a nice touch of citrus and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little IPA from Sixpoint.

Wasatch, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with 1.5 finger white head, very large and foamy. Great retention with sticky lacing.

S: Some grapefruit and citrus with a little bit of spice. There is a little bit of a bready malt aroma as well.

T: Very light citrus flavor with sort of a Belgian thing going on. Tastes like a Belgian IPA with some spice and yeasty flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not really sure what is going on. The aroma was fine, a little light, but fine, but the flavor profile was lacking in hop flavors and the Belgian influence is strange. Not sure I would have guessed it an IPA. Need to try it again to confirm though.

mdaschaf, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head recedes quickly to a tight layer of small bubbles, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is intense citrus hops.

Taste starts sweet, goes spicy in the middle, and the piney citrus hops character is more of less a constant from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Nice brew when the biggest complaint I can muster is I wish the head was bigger and lasted longer. I wouldn't having any of the Sixpoint tallboys in my coolers...

ppoitras, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum in NYC.

A still terracotta colour that reminds one more of a rustic Tuscan countryside than a humid jungle coastline in South Asia. By Sixpoint's own admission the beer is hazy; I'd say that's downplaying it a little. The beer is completely bleary, as if someone had kicked up a pile of dust. It works, however, because colour and complexion suit one another well. To boot, a big handful of super frothy tapioca pudding was spooned over top.

These kinds of intense American IPA's typically expose the really hoppy side of beer. Often, however, there are more exceptions than there are rules. While this surely meant to put hops in the spotlight it also insisted they share the stage with the malts - as it turns out, it's the malts that seem to be stealing the show. It's a resounding scent of singed caramel and with it a squirt of citrus juice and a few shavings of zest.

The malts notwithstanding, there was never ever any doubting that there are plenty of hops in here. The suggestion of both fresh and dried fruits is nothing short of boisterous; the hops are clearly good at what they do. The beer has all the tang of a freshly squeezed orange juice and boasts ripe, fruity flavours of pineapple and coconut. The hops will also show their herbal side and reveal more floral notes, hints of green tea and whiffs of jasmine.

Bengali Tiger probably uses up a hop farm the size of Bangladesh but it never looses its balance; it is more than just a hop juice smoothie. Those malts were strong-armed enough to imprint notes of almonds, toffee and crisp toast. Their sugary sweetness will cause incessant lip licking. Their sweetness mutes a lot of the bitterness which otherwise would probably get away from you. This drinks like it's on cask. Wow I'm impressed!

Bengali Tiger certainly earns Sixpoint their stripes. Hopefully, unlike the animal, this beer will never be at risk of extinction. And hopefully, unlike the animal, this brewery might leave their habitat once in a while. It might sound funny telling people one of my favourite beers is the Bengali Tiger, an American India Pale Ale, but who cares?! This is a tremendously well balanced beer and I can't imagine a more exceptional drinkability.

biegaman, Jan 31, 2009
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,103 ratings.