Bengali Tiger - Sixpoint Brewery
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5/5 rDev +27.2%
I CAN only hang my head in shame - I have been bested at mine own game. First, I planned to allude to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens until I realized that it was the wrong animal! Then, I fell back to Wm. Blake's "The Tiger" until I pulled up the text of the poem and remembered the lines which were semi-quoted on the CAN! Bugger all, m'lord! Thank goodness it did not take place on a Friday when my poetry association would be meeting. What's that, Jeeves? TODAY IS Friday !?! Oh, the shame, the horror of it all. Lord Steve Carr would be so disappointed in his charge ...
From the CAN: "What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry? [Wm. Blake] Strides forward with a malty cadence, then leaps with a wave of bitterness. Slashed with a giant paw of citrus, pine, and resin! Note the lacing of stripes around your glass it is the mark of the Tiger."
Oh ho, El Tigre is in the glass! He is a tawny beauty, following the Crack & Glug and he understands that while he is powerful, Woody is the Master of the CANQuest (TM) and he may not unleash the full fury of which he is capable without the possibility of a drainpour. The mere mention of which makes him pull the two tawny fingers of his tail back upon himself, leaving heavy tracks in its wake. His body is long and sleek, a deep orangish-amber with the slightest of haze, as though to add to the distraction. What distraction, you ask? His musk! He smells like a pine forest, where he likes to hide and roll around so that he takes on a resinous quality. "The better to fool you with," he snarls, baring his bitter teeth and their attendant breath. This tiger has no culture and it will be left to me to tame him. Aaaagggh! From the instant that he is in my mouth, he is clawing and thrashing around, his intense bitterness taking no prisoners, initially, until the natural malty pheromones and adrenalin kick in and Woody again has the upper hand. Finish is strangely soothing, tea like in its lack of intensity following the initial attack. Sadly, it is of no matter, as the two of us will be locked in immortal combat with no quarter asked and none given. We will be in this cage until the end of beer, each trying to best the other with no outcome in sight. Or maybe I'll opt for Door # 2, the one with the Lady, vice the Tiger ...
06-18-2011 01:02:03 | More by woodychandler
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
06-01-2009 01:41:03 | More by tempest
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-06-2006 23:30:47 | More by Billolick
3.76/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-15-2013 22:02:47 | More by Georgiabeer
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-11-2011 19:44:21 | More by akorsak
2.3/5 rDev -41.5%
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.
10-13-2011 01:06:13 | More by stakem
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
03-29-2012 15:23:07 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
(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.
06-18-2013 12:01:34 | More by rhoadsrage
3.85/5 rDev -2%
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.
02-25-2007 03:21:19 | More by Wasatch
3.3/5 rDev -16%
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.
01-14-2010 16:02:32 | More by BARFLYB
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
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...
08-13-2011 20:02:41 | More by ppoitras
3.13/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
09-13-2011 05:20:24 | More by Stinkypuss
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
07-16-2011 20:51:30 | More by superspak
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
01-31-2009 21:00:46 | More by biegaman
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
09-14-2011 23:03:00 | More by smakawhat
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
10-16-2006 15:39:50 | More by plaid75
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-04-2011 01:45:39 | More by beerthulhu
Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
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