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Bengali Tiger | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The original Sixpoint homebrewed IPA formulation, first brewed in 1999 and released commercially in 2005.

64 IBU

Added by Sixpoint on 04-22-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of aasher
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA in a can pours a lit bodied, very smooth honey gold in color with a one finger soapy head. The nose is a nice balance of piny hops and sweet malt with a delicate bitterness. The flavors are dry with caramel malts and light pine, grass, and a touch of honey. The bitterness is moderate and it drinks very light in body, built for a can. This is an easy drinker. It isn't spectacular but it's very solid. At $8.99 for a four pack of 16oz. cans it's a really good deal and great for outdoors. This would make a nice summer IPA.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong upfront resiny citrus hop and a distinct white pepper aroma.

The taste consisted of citrus and peppery hops and a solid doughy grain bill.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very nice IPA. Very drinkable and a nice experience on cask.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5


Hello, Ma'am. I couldn't help but notice you admiring my pint sized can of Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery. You weren't, you say? Ah, well my mistake. You certainly wouldn't be the first person eyeing me with derision or restrained admiration. Craft beer is a complex and polarizing subject. Why am I drinking my beer in the park? It's a lovely day out, why shouldn't I be enjoying this can of craft beer on this park bench. Of course I have a job, what are you implying? No I'm not homeless. Have you heard of BeerAdvocate.com? Well, if you were familiar with the website you would know that I'm trying to advocate craft beer right now. I disavow the appellation! It's the people drinking that BMC macro swill that are alcoholics. I'm merely a connoisseur drinking a craft beverage on this park bench at 11 am on a Monday morning! No, it's not my first, but that means nothing. I enjoyed a bottle of Oatmeal Stout this morning, which is perfectly acceptable when you're a craft beer enthusiast. Anyway, I feel as though we're off to a bad start. Do you come here often?

Can thanks to bring. My first beer from this brewery, and I'm told it's fresh. There's nothing finer than a fresh American India Pale Ale poured into a snifter.

A: Transparent gold with a creamy off white cap that fades quickly and doesn't leave any retention. Nice color.

S: Pine resin with aromatic orange pith notes and accompanying flesh. There's a little tangerine in there as well as grapefruit. This smells pretty nice. I'm not picking up much malt influence in the aroma, maybe a little caramel. I get a touch of tropical fruit, as well as grass and earth.

T: Moderately bitter with a little midpalate grainy sweetness. There's a lot of hop flavor, reminiscent of orange, tangerine, and mango, with light pine notes. The beer finishes dry with an increased level of bitterness and a trailing alcohol note.

M: Upper light to lower medium in body with upper low carbonation. This could definitely use more carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky, but it's a bit thin and somewhat watery. The second half of the pint seemed heavy and a bit onerous due to the low carbonation.

Overall: A pretty nice IPA. It really needs more carbonation, but it was still enjoyable. The first eight ounces were much better than the last eight ounces.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy gold/orange colored beer with a rapidly settling off white head. Good lacing. Big aroma of bitter hops; slight citrus/herbal notes. Vaguely malty. The flavor is a tasty blend of hoppy bitterness and well rounded caramel malt. Fainty citrusy...not close to the citrus explosion described by some. As it sits and warms both booze and fruitier notes become more noticeable.

Medium carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel, moderate finish, lingering in the mouth a while but not overly long.

A strong East Coast style IPA with aggressive bitterness. Lacks the refined hop notes of the more West Coast style IPA's...little in the way of grapefruit, pine, citrus, or the like. Still, tasty. Liked this review can a bit less than my first try or my second, which was on tap and may have been a tad fresher.

Edit: Had another and man this is a tasty beer....when I said little in the way of citrus, etc...I think I was a little harsh. It's not the strongest in that respect but it was excellent hop complexity. A winner.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is very hoppy, some citrus notes, a good bit of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid offering.

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Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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

From 64oz growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/3/11
*From notes

The growler was filled on 7/25/11 at 9th Ave. Vintner in NYC

A: Solid and filtered tangerine orange in color. A two finger head is the product of a good pour. Robust and sticky lacing rims the glass.

S: Some fruit is certainly present, but what I get more then anything else is crispy malt, minerals and lavender.

T: Subdued. It all really starts to hit on the mid, where the spicy and biting hop oil begins to form the foundation. Malt quickly swoops in to brush off the hops on the back end, and it finishes slightly salty. East Coast earth and generously grassy all the way.

M: Upper middle class. It's got plenty of carbonation and texture, but it could be a touch creamier.

O: Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger is a very well put together AIPA. It's not their best brew, but I definitely see the appeal. I'll certainly have plenty more of this once it hits DC distro next month. Good out of the can, better on tap. Thumbs up to an easy drinkin' and rather solid hoppy offering from one of the East Coast's hottest breweries.

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

A: Dark nectarine orange, dense, with an impressive size head 2 fingers tall, a bit sudsy and left a moderate shellacking on the glass.

S: Fresh pine, moderate amount of hoppiness (citrus) at first but quickly looses its grip. Toasted orange peels come on the close. Starts off good but goes down quicker then a Mike Tyson opponent.

T: Grassy citrus, dried oranges with a leaving impression of spicy dry hops. Pine scotch, oily hop resins with a spicy bite of citrus and cypress lingering about. Definitely gets the job done.

M: active, fizzy from the strong carbonation, and turns creamy. Grassy citrus drys the tongue with a ample amount of hops with some flowery impression. The body is medium.

O: Overall a good everyday drinking ipa. Wont blow your doors off but certainly gains enough street cred hop wise to garnish attention and respect. The 8.4% alcohol is well managed. Conveniently packaged in cans for your camping/outdoor pleasure makes this a go to along with dales for easy transport with a high return of hoppiness. The more you drink this the more you like it. Six pack recommendation.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brooklynbrews for this one. Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a lightly cloudy orange-yellow color with over an inch of thick, rich, creamy head that had excellent retention and lacing. There were thick, sticky rings throughout the life of the beer.

The aroma was mostly bright hops, predominately citrus, of a noticeable malt base. A very nice combo of scents. The flavors were mostly the same, bold citrus hops over a solid malt base. There was a bit of sweetness in the middle and a dry finish.

The body was very good as well, a bit fuller than average without being heavy. Drinkability was very good, I certainly want more of this beer. Overall, a very good brew that would be a regular drinker for me were it available locally. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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...

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale orange body with a big, frothy head that left lace down the glass. A strong citric and floral hop smell. An easy to drink IPA that is simple with a mix of light citric hops and some caramel malt to balance with sweetness. Lighter-bodied IPA that passes smoothly but does kick in with a little dry backbite. I'd have another of these although nothing special here.

Had this beer a second time almost five years late in July, 2014 and poured a reddish gold with two finger head and lace ring down glass. Citric hop aroma is prevalent and the beer is smooth, light, easy to drink, balanced with citric hops and touch of grape and caramel sweet malts. Excellent finish that makes this beer a must-have.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a reddish orange amber color.

The aroma is of some grapefruit and orange citrus, but isn't too big on the nose.

The flavor is quite refreshing. There pop of grapefruit citrus and then a light biscuity malt backbone. The finish has some pine and lots of grapefruit pith bitterness. It's a good amount of bittering.

The mouthfeel is medium to light. On the lighter and really drinkable side of IPAs.

A very good IPA from Sixpoint. It could use more nose and fruit pop in the front, but it's very drinkable and has good bittering.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, best before 1 August 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice, but a bit weak. The brew smells like citrusy (grapefruit, orange) and pine hops, along with some grain and caramel malt. The taste is just like the aroma, but luckily the flavors are stronger compared to how it smells. It's a sweeter tasting beer than I expected it to be, I thought the hop flavors would be stronger. With that being said, it's still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. $8.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The pretty beer pours a glowing saffron hue. The brew is quite hazy. Bubbles billow to the top of the glass. A fluff-laden head forms and retains well. Slight lacing. Great colored beer.

S-Very juicy luscious orange citrus aroma. This beer smells great. An almost peppery scent is present too. I smell some light yet attractive grains as well. Well balanced in the nose but the citrus is just terrific.

T-The taste is very delicious as well. The initial hop attack is both ripe and juicy. The citrus and orange hops are quite attractive. The hops are almost tart at times. The aftertaste is a bit floral and grassy; it lasts and lasts too. Check that, after finishing one can, the aftertaste is ridiculous. It refuses to quit. My mouth is dried out. The pale maltiness and the grains complement the hops quite well. The thesis of the flavor is the scrumptious orange rind flavor that hits you first.

M-Has that awesome resiny feel that I love. The sometimes hard to notice sweetness helps with the feel as well. This brew is bitter and dry. The carbonation is mild until you swallow then kicks the back of your tongue.

O/D-I really love this beer. Am so happy that Sixpoint decided to can this. The hops are aimed right at my preference. I imagine that for this brew to be fully appreciated it must be very fresh. The alcohol is hidden perfectly. This brew has balance but still has an army of hops on its side. I hope this one keeps coming to my store, because I will not stop drinking it!

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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange caramel color with a solid half inch cream head that lingers as a pool of foam. Floaties appear after the last pour.

Grapefruit, cat pee, and dank marijuana with a bit of resin and musty basement begin the aroma. There's an underlying caramel malt character, which is slightly bready.

Bready caramel malt greets the palate initially, followed by an onslaught of bitterness, which is complemented by strong grapefruit and orange tartness that lingers throughout. Subsequent sips reveal the dominance of the citrus and bitter hops. Notes of pineapple and resin emerge.

Body is moderate, with a moderate amount of carbonation, and a dry, slightly astringent finish. There's an acrid, almost burnt malt character that hits in the aftertaste.

Overall, a fairly bitter example of the style. Hops are more complex in aroma than flavor. One of the more bold offerings I've had from sixpoint.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a nice semi hazy amber in color with an inch and a half of creamy sticky white head.

S - Smells kind of yeasty similar to "sweet action" with a nice bit of pine and grapefruit hops and a bready cracker base.

T - Taste is fruity with the yeast and then dry with the hops but not overly so. Balanced then with a bit of cracker like malt and finishes hoppy that sticks to the tongue after sipping.

M - Light to medium a very balanced IPA.

Overall it is a solid IPA and I do believe it deserves the rating it gets. Well done Sixpoint! Finally in Pittsburgh!

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.