Bengali Tiger
Sixpoint Brewery

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IPA - American
3.96 | pDev: 11.62%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Bengali TigerBengali Tiger
Notes: The original Sixpoint homebrewed IPA formulation, first brewed in 1999 and released commercially in 2005.

64 IBU
Reviews: 590 | Ratings: 2,338 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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tbrax34 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this as an example of a lighter IPA--one that I enjoy drinking by itself rather than just with food. It's not quite a session beer, but I can have more than one without feeling either like my mouth is turning to cotton or that I'm about to fall off of my stool.

Feb 08, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small shaker pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mild caramel malt with biscuit, citrus and pine hops, orange family citrus. Flavor follows with a mild caramel and biscuit malt, citrus, piney and slightly dank hops, orange citrus and light tropical fruit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice East coast style IPA with a great balance of malt and hops. Hops are somewhat mellow, but have a nice flavor and leave a light, pleasant lingering bitterness. From notes on my August, 2015 trip to Delaware.

Feb 22, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange appearance, lots of simcoe in the aroma, hoppy, soapy, bitter.

Well hopped ipa, substantial malt bill to it, darker, heftier than needed. Hops didn't impart a lot of specific flavors. Its clearly a second tier ipa at best.

Dec 24, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely orange looking color, with a nice little cream foam head. Citrusy hop aroma as well as bread roll. Creamy, clean and smooth hop forward taste and feel. Hoppy but not aggressive. Dangerously easy to drink.

Sep 18, 2015
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TH28 from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can. Appearance: Crystal clear golden with a moderate white foam head. Aroma: Typical citrus and resinous hop, with a bit of herbal, earthy notes. Taste: Rich crystal malt sweetness with a sharp but balanced bitterness. Malt base makes this beer more balanced than a typical American IPA. Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly higher than a typical IPA, with moderate carbonation. Finish: Well balanced malt/bitter finish that leaves more of a citrusy/herbal finish than true bitterness. Overall: This beer seems to be a balance of American and English IPAs. Citrus and pine resin aromas dominate, but overall shows the balance and finish of an English IPA. Has more malt character than a west coast IPA that leads to a well rounded IPA

Jul 20, 2015
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HeadyRebekah from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Six Point Resin, so wanted to try this. This is pretty tasty. Nice and smooth hoppy taste complimented with an amber color. Would get again in a heartbeat.

Jun 16, 2015
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Beer_Rabbit66 from England

2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this in a can and poured it into a Pint glass to try.
Upon opening a nice sish was given from the can and the distinct and described pine and citrus, grapefruit like, aroma becomes very prominent.
Pouring its leave a nice simple head and the colour is a deep golden orange, looks appetising. Once in the glass the smell becomes potent and everyone around me could smell it 3 seats away.
The taste is refreshing and crisp with a fruity after taste, however the 'after-after' taste was and awful dry chemical feeling, not enjoyable at all. Had to leave it after 3 sips. such a shame, wish i could have enjoyed it more, I did have Lager to drink before this, so maybe thats what influenced my opinion.

May 09, 2015
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MDHopster from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not retired at all, still current on Sixpoints site and available. On tap at the White Oak Tavern, one of the better near session IPAs out there. Best of the flight for the night.

Feb 19, 2015
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An all-around decent IPA. Although it's currently listed as retired, I still see sixers of this floating around local shops. I recall the first time I took a whiff of the Tiger; it was at my 2013 fantasy baseball draft. The highlight of that evening, albeit not the beer, was grabbing Matt Harvey in the late-late rounds. Better yet, to sounds of "who is this guy?" Clearly they soon enough found out about the Metropolitan flame-thrower. Here's hoping he has a successful rebound in 2015, and let's all hope that Sixpoint truly hasn't retired this beer. Perhaps they're modifying it. In summary, this IPA is decent - nothing more or less. If someone was on the fence about converting to craft and wanted something that was not entirely off-putting, I may offer them this. Cheers.

Jan 08, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.99/12 oz can at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Can BB 08May15 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to a broken 2 - 4 mm layer
Lacing excellent – complete thick rings and stalactites of mostly small bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor begins with a fairly light piney hop presence which fades to a somewhat chalky bitterness with a short hang time. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Another pretty good beer from Sixpoint.

Jul 21, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jul 11, 2014
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. The beer pours a nice orange/yellow with a nice head that trails the glass. The smell had a lot of great hop notes to it while also getting a little bit of sweetness from the malt. The taste was similar with pine and floral notes from the hops and then a mellow crisp finish. A very well balanced beer that made for a delicious experience. Would definitely recommend.

Jul 09, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden body with orange hue and big foaming white head that pretty much sticks around
Big candy grapefruit aroma with tropical fruit in aroma and flavour

Jul 04, 2014
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gr0g from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Very nice copper hue, capped with a couple fingers of foam. Impressive-looking lacing. Citrusy, slightly dank aroma. Initially it smells like mostly classic C-hops, but there's enough of a tropical pineapple/guava presence to suggest the usage of Citra or something similar. Very fresh and hoppy on the nose.

Moderate bitterness, primarily citric. I found this to be more dry than most IPAs that are my "regulars," all of which clock in at around 7-7.5%. Slightly grassy on the way to the finish, where there's a slight grapefruit note. Slick mouthfeel with a fine, fizzy carbonation.

Everything comes together to create a tasty IPA that really seemed to hit the spot on a warm summer night. Much more memorable than the outgoing Bengali Tiger, which I tried once but never bothered to pick up again. I will certainly be revisiting this, however.

Jun 25, 2014
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bound4er from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Dark straw to light amber appearance. Head of 2+ fingers that has excellent retention and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S. Pine hops and bready malt. Not the most expressive nose but clean smelling nonetheless.

T. Biscuity malt followed by lingering pine and green herbs. Offers nice sustaining bitterness. Not the most complex tasting beer but, like the nose, it is very clean tasting. This stuff is highly gulpable as it quickly invites you back for a another sip.

M. Average to just below average mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O. I have not had the pleasure of drinking Bengali Tiger so I cannot pass judgement on it. This beer is extremely easy to drink and offers a nice alternative to the oh so popular tropical tasting IPA genre. A good one for a warm summer's night.

Jun 12, 2014
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rawfish from California

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy can. Hazy, amber gold coloration, the head reaches nearly two fingers with a ton of soapy ringed lacing stuck to the glass following average retention. Really great looking.

The malt base is very doughy and features some waffle batter adding some sweetness to the hop aroma. Tropical passion fruit and a dusty and grassy underlay are prominent in the hops with notes of orange citrus, pine and fruity esters.

Bready with honey and cake batter sweetness. Balanced IPA with pine and citrus pith that cuts through with quite a high amount of bitterness but not so much flavor. The citrus pith acidity carries into the finish accentuating a sharp and drying bitter kick.

Medium bodied with only a brief window showing the booze. Average carbonation. The bitterness is sharp and building during the drink and has a god drying effect.

This tiger has claws, attractive beer with a large perceived bitterness and bite during the drink. I wish the nose had more to it, the passion fruit is nice and unique. Hop flavor really needs to be ramped up as well.

Jun 07, 2014
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dgilks from Australia

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden colour with a moderate sized, foamy head. Good lacing. Good head retention.

Slightly aromatic hop aroma with good citrus notes. Moderate sweetness from the malt. Touches of grassy resin.

Moderate sweetness with a moderate hop bitterness. Quite smooth. Grapefruit. A solid IPA.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice beer. I really like the balance here which is achieved without over the top sweetness. Good.

May 27, 2014
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden yellow that pours crisp with a light and frothy head.

Grapefruit, toasted nuts, orange zest, and resiny hops.

Orange and grapefruit, very bitter on the back end.

Mouthfeel is very light and mellow for an IPA, but finishes strong and bitter.

Overall not my favorite six point brew, but a damn tasty one.

May 27, 2014
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 ounce can into a chalice
Oranges yellow Hue for the body and an off-white head
Pine grapefruit and a sweet grain smell
Resin fruit sweet middle
Medium carbonation and mouth feel
Nice beer but a somewhat offputting order of flavors. Certainly how assertive but the malt flavors are far too subdued

May 22, 2014
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WellRested518 from New York

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a mason jar. Why? Because it was clean.

A- gorgeous. When poured it leaves an off-white head upon a perfect orange body. As you drink the lace sticks to the glass like a sheet of ice and refuses to withdrawl.

S- different. The piney/citrus notes are there like any other ipa, but with a twist of caramel, bread & butter. It simply drops the "drink me" bomb. Obviously, I submit.

T- once again, bread and citrus; with a heavy touch of pine. The caramel cuts nicely against the hops, but doesn't hinder the resins from asserting their roles.

M- full and refined. Silky yet sparkling.

O- much better than I expected. I was assuming it to be just another ipa, but was pleasantly surprised.

May 17, 2014
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simont1 from Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5 month old can. Pours bright orange with a rich dense head. Aroma is resiny, quire floral, some refreshing citrusy tropical fruit. Taste meets with a clear bitterness, very refreshing, resiny, quite floral, very balanced, really nice malt background, would be superb if it was more tropical fruit, super high drinkability.

May 01, 2014
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jonb5 from England

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into snifter.

A: Pale amber, very hazy, two finger thick head, well retained, lots of

S: Yeast, rye, biscuit, cork with some
citrus, not overly hoppy but pleasant.

T: Yeast, cranberry, molasses, sour dough, biscuit, slight
bitterness slight boozy burn at the finish.

M: Smooth, heavy body, thick texture.

O: Thought more of a Belgian Pale Ale than an American IPA
whatever that might be.

Apr 22, 2014
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nodder from New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Orange/amber with a fair amount of haze. White head that fades quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S- Citrus and pine. Underwhelming.

T- Citrus to the face with a piney/bitter aftertaste. Quite nice, really.

M- Bitter with medium body mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

O- Like this one a lot. Would buy again.

Apr 13, 2014
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Roguer from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big boy can pours a big boy beer: hazy but translucent, three-finger flat white head, golden, straw-tinged ale. Great head retention and nice scattered lines of lacing.

Sweet and floral aroma. Big biscuit notes. Hint of pepper. Strong hop aroma, but nothing particularly dominates.

Sweet and bright flavor. Very balanced bitterness and juicy hoppiness with a strong malt profile. Floral and honey; light, spicy earthiness; hint of rye and pepper; tobacco; bread and light brown sugar from the malts.

Very easy drinking; not at all syrupy. Medium-light feel, can definitely drink this fairly quickly, but the flavors are the kind you want to slow down and savor. Very nice oily retention gives it a long, non-dry finish.

This is a very enjoyable beer, and a very nice counterpoint to Resin. It's quite hoppy, but it really brings the malt profile to the tongue in a way most IPAs do not. It's got a ton of flavor, and it's not afraid of any of it. Drinkability and feel are outstanding.

Apr 12, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Crystal Palace (Wetherspoons), Glasgow (£2.49):
This one looks perfect; a bright amber to orange colour with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that holds great & leaves nice lacing too.

Pine hops and strong tropical fruit notes with a lot of citrus and some clean, sweet malts that hints at some caramel. Touches of grapefruit with pine notes seeming to dominate. Lighter on the nose than I was expecting but it is a nice one.

Pine hops and some grapefruit come through from the nose along with some citrus as well. Good lemon flavours and light malts as well to mix it up a little. Some orange towards the end as well.

Very bitter offering with a medium body and smooth body. Carbonation was quite lively and there was a dry and tangy feel to it with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Hoppy and enjoyable with plenty of pine notes and flavours good bitterness too. You could tell the beer was a strong one but it still went down fairly easy, so much so that I went back to the bar for a second can. I can't wait to try more from Sixpoint now.

Apr 11, 2014
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