Bengali Tiger
Sixpoint Brewery

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Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 11.62%
Reviews:
590
Ratings:
2,338
From:
Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
89
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Bengali TigerBengali Tiger
Notes: The original Sixpoint homebrewed IPA formulation, first brewed in 1999 and released commercially in 2005.

64 IBU
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great looking beer. A brighter color of orange than most IPAs, although it might have been because I was outside in the setting sun.

S: Citrus, pines

T: Fruity, hoppy, bitter but well-balanced.

M: Finished great, pretty smooth for an IPA.

O: Very solid IPA. Order it almost every time at my local bar.

Aug 13, 2012
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blindtiger24 from Colorado

4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Pretty unique to see a 4 pack of 16oz cans. Labeling and design of the can are great, including the barcode that resembles the NYC skyline.

A: Hazy with accents of light golden and copper tones. Even with the cloudy nature of the beer, you can see a steady stream of carbonation. A nice 1.5 half finger head that is sticky with interesting stripping on the glass's side (lives up to it's name)!

S: A snap of citrus and piney hops as soon as the can is opened. Intense grapefruit, ester, bread notes with stinky, dank hop notes underneath.

T: A bit sweet at first, but intense hop bitterness follows immediately with an earthy, piney, and tobacco flavor. There's some nice tangerine and pineapple sweetness that temporarily mutes the bitterness. The malt imparts it's own gingerbread type sweetness, but the initial hop bitterness penetrates through the whole sip and lingers on the tongue.

M: Very similar to a grapefruit in that there is some sweet, watery moments but overall there is a bitter, drying effect as well. It all plays out nicely, at times it's a super bitter, full bodied ale that backs off just enough with splashes of lighter bodied freshness and relief.

O: A strong effort from a brewery that has never disappointed, in my opinion. Complex, highly drinkable while maintaining an intensity and full-bodied profile that is memorable. More and more we're finding extremely high quality and challenging beers in cans and this is no exception. Top to bottom, this is a visually pleasing, aromatic, excellent tasting beer.

Dec 27, 2013
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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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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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CaptJackHarkness from New York

4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a one pint can.

Aroma is citrus and new mown grass. Pours a deep orange amber with a full foamy beige head. Head lasts a goodly time and lovingly laces the glass. Taste is full on citrus hops , crisply satisfying! Very pleasant aftertastelingerson the palate.

Jan 01, 2014
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SteveB24 from New York

4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: light amber, thick sticky foam that lasts for as long as I've seen head stick around and eventually settles into nice lacing. Light carbonation. A little cloudy.

Smell; a little bread, pleasant fruit. A touch of not unpleasant sourness. Subtle but enticing.

Taste: wonderful fruit flavor of tangerine, pinneapple and grapefruit. The maltiness compliments the hoppy taste In a nearly perfect way. The bitterness is perfectly balanced with the fruit and malt and far from offensive.

Mouthfeel: suprprisingly light. Very smooth. A touch of dryness but not a dry overall experience. Carbonation is light, as it appears to be.

Overall. Refreshing but just filling enough, , drinkable all year. Really impressive and probably caters to a wide range of beer drinkers. Great to introduce novice drinkers to the vast world of craft ales.Would buy again.

Sep 29, 2013
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had it at Posto in Somerville Square. Had it on tap as it poured a golden copper color. Nice lacing. It had a smell, but for the life if me I don't know what it is. Had a great hoppy taste. Fantastic malty blend, but it is the crispness of the drink and hoppiness that hits home. Very refreshing beer that doesn't seem like a show stopper for the night sitting at only 6 percent. Good stuff

Sep 26, 2013
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

160z can poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Bright orange with some haze. One-inch white head is comprised of small bubbles. It settles a bit, but never fully goes away. Big, sticky rings of lacing form the whole way down the glass as the beer is consumed. Impressive.

S: Lots of mandarin orange. Sugary orange gummy candy. Honeydew melon, subtle pineapple and pine scents. Fleshy grapefruit. Malt base is very sweet on the nose. smells absolutely delicious.

T: Green, oily and pithy floral hop tastes open, but give way rather quickly to alternating flavors of orange and grapefruit. Fleshy grapefruit with sugar. Grass clippings and a touch of pine resin. Sweet, sugary malt base takes the edge off the bitterness and really just accentuates everything well. Grapefruit is back, but again with some sugary tastes to offset the bitterness a bit. Finishes with fleshy grapefruit, green tasting hop oils, and a touch of sweet, ever-so-slightly grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied, extremely creamy and smooth with an even, moderate level of carbonation. Very full in the mouth and somewhat slick with hop oils.

O: Damn. This is the best IPA I've had in a long time. A great beer.

Notes: I usually prefer my IPAs on the dry side, but this one works very well.

Sep 25, 2011
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CliffBrake from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones.

Slightly hazy orange color with a fine, tight white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Very pretty.

Pronounced aromatic hop aroma - herbal and piney. Hop-centric flavor too. The malt provides some body and a hint of sweetness but seems to be designed to support and not overshadow the hops. Big piney hop flavor with a bit of citrus on the edges.

Round, juicy with a mouthcoating hoppiness. Pleasant lingering bitterness with a dry finish.

Great with barbeque - the hops don't get lost in all the great sauces at Redbones and the beer seems to cleanse the pallet with each sip. A great drinking IPA.

Mar 12, 2011
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BUNZILLA from Indiana

4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a half pint tasting glass

Appearance : a slightly orange haze color . Not much of a head ont his one even with an aggressive pour it disappeared quickly.

Smell : this beer smells wonderful. Very pungent hop forward aromas. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit citrus aromas. I am very impressed with the smell of this one.

Taste : lots of maltiness and very well balanced with terrific hoppy goodness. The hoppy bitterness really lingers on my palette for a long time.

Mouthfeel : medium body with light carbonation

Overall : this is a beer I would like to have again and again. This is why I drink craft beer so I can experience great beer like this one. This beer is very well done the only thing it lacks is some lacing and head retention . But that is easy to get over because this beer has great aroma and taste.

Jun 15, 2011
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Gwalchgwynn67 from New York

4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass. A rich orange, the color of a Bengal tiger of course! Smells like an early morning hike through a Rocky Mountain pine forest - herbal piney resin and very fresh and crisp. This is a hoppy mother with white pepper spiciness yet balanced by just right maltiness. Resiny full mouth feel and a moderately dry finish. Excellent!

Sep 06, 2012
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HopHeadRyan from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent!

A very unique dry hopped smell! I would love to know their technique to harnessing the aroma. Its awesome. Dank and citrus hops.

Slightly hazy appearance. Quickly dissipating head.

Taste - also very unique. Excellent citrus hop flavor...definite english influence overall...balanced by biscuity estery maltiness. Very old world tasting.

Mouthfeel is great...very smooth...nice carbing...small bubbles so as not to create that carbonation sting that interferes with flavor...close to cask like quality.

Overall - I can't put my finger on the aroma/flavor that they have created. I notice it in their other ales. Its like they somehow married english, belgian, and american yeast to create this very unique quality. I can't describe it but I love it.

Try any of Six Point's offerings and you won't be disappointed!

Cheers!

Dec 05, 2011
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TGigs15 from Massachusetts

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

I'm not an over the top hops lover. This IPA was great for me. Great look to it with a decent sized head. You get a great aroma of the hops when your nose hits the glass. Crisp flavor with no lingering bitters on the aftertaste. Great beer. Will have many more of these.

May 03, 2013
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Retail1LO from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ANOTHER fabulous canned beer. I had this and Oskar Blues G'Knight yesterday evening during a BBQ I held at my place (along with so many other beers). This one REALLY stood out. It's hard to believe how under the radar this brew is. A very smooth drinkable IPA with a fabulous hop profile. It's not an egregious amount of hops either. It's just right. I'll be drinking plenty of this going forward.

Jul 23, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 ...

Jun 18, 2011
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rousee from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick murky apricot color with a small head that vanishes fast. There is some beautiful lace left on the sides of the glass.

Smell is clean maltiness with some citusy floral hoppiness.
This is an extremely well balanced and tasty APA. Excellent up front hops and malt with a slight chalky mouthfeel but nothing that would detract from the enjoyment of this fine ale.

Extremely smooth and drinkable for the style. One of my favorite American IPAs or APAs.

Apr 04, 2006
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PCampbell from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Pours an orange/ copper color with a minimal light white head.

Has an awesome heavy citrusy, floral hop smell to it. The citrus hop flavor continues into the taste, with some bready malts as well. A very well balanced flavor to it which makes it extremely pleasurable to drink. Has a thin mouthfeel to it and is nicely carbonated.

A great IPA overall, well balanced and full of great flavors and smells. Well worth a taste.

Jul 10, 2011
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. IPA are typically not my favorite style, but I think this is one of the better ones that I have tried and I am really coming around to the style. It was served on tap in a pint glass. It was a great clear orange color with a strong hoppy aroma and flavor. It was also bitter and also had some floral notes, but smooth and very enjoyable to drink. I would have had another and will be trying to locate some in the near future. Highly recommended.

May 02, 2008
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Jerico from New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark, copper/caramel color. A small fluffy head. The beer hugs the glass for a bit when taking a swig.

S - Hops, and lots of 'em!

T/M/D - this beer is a pleasant surprise! It is thick and punchy, and very hoppy. It reminds me of DFH90 but with less of an apricot taste, and a slightly burnt character. Delicious!

Jul 06, 2008
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Jan 31, 2009
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tigernipples from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was just released in the area. excited to try it. best of Sept 29th on the bottom of can.
picture of NYC skyline in the UPC, pretty cool.

A:pours almost a redish brown. nice 2 finger head.
S:smells of citrus, herbal, slight malts in the background.
T:wow , there is a spice that hits right away, followed by a smooth malt thats blends and finishes with an orange citrus. bitterness cleanses the mouth. hops are id say moderate. spice/citrus shine here.
M: Beautiful mouthfeel on this as the malts (though hidden underneath) smooth and round out the more agressive spice and citrus.

Bottom line. I'm loving this. at 6.5 ABV its quite drinkable. i had no idea what to expect when getting this. liked the idea of a 16oz IPA in a can and can honestly say this may be one of my go tos. Im lucky to be in the distrubution area of the newly canned sixpoints. If you you can get Sixpoint, try it. its not Ruination, Pliny, Hopsickle or your your other big hopped west coasts. Im tempted to say its akin to Victorys hopdevil due to the herbal spices that lend to the hops but its on another level from Hopdevil.
Great stuff.

Jun 21, 2011
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer. Served in a pint glass, it was a hazy darkish orange color with a thick white head and a lot of lacing. While there was a little bit of caramel malt in the aroma, there was more of a floral and citrus note. The malt came through more in the taste, and balanced the pine and grapefruit quite nicely. I could drink a lot of these.

Feb 01, 2009
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Sunset.
Thin/creamy head. Hazy brown/amber color. Looks like Apple Cider. Awesome lacing.

Big Hop slam, bread tones,more citrus grapefruit. Some lemeon even. Wonderful lingering hop finish.

Subtle carbonation, medium body

Awesome drinkability.

Feb 13, 2010
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olympuszymurgus from California

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fine can from a fine man, suspect of NY state.

Pours a translucent orange with puffy, greasy white head. creamy top dissipates quick and leaves a few icebergs of foam. Smells rich, verdant, green. Nice aroma, with a pretty large earthy yeast smell.

Taste is bitter with only marginal amounts of the the more fragile hop flavors. Slightly sweet, caramel and pear juice, with a strong yeast flavor.

Nice brew. Not sure of the pricepoint, but I could see myself getting a few to drink around the bonfires.

Nov 15, 2011
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LiquorsInc from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

Dec 10, 2012
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 2338 ratings