Bengali Tiger | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

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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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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1.36/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled can into a glass, courtesy of alfrantzell and ShogoKawada. Thanks, guys.

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber body.

S: Bready, crackery malt and... nothing else. I couldn't detect any hops. Perhaps this Bengali Tiger needs to find his courage.

T: A transcription of my notes: "Best by date is weeks away but still not hoppy. WTF? Joke by Shogo? Ask on Facebook. Drainpour."

O: Arne shared another can out of the same 4-pack at a tasting, and it met the same reception as mine. Perhaps the cans don't travel well. Either way, this was an odd experience. I had a different IPA after throwing this one out, and found that to be much better, so it wasn't my palate that day.

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1.78/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

16oz can, best by 11/19/12.

Gently rocking the can reveals that there is some head space, and when I open it, my worst fears are confirmed: gentlemen, we have a short-fill.

Attractive copper hue with some haze. Three-finger, foamy head dissipates to a thin layer. Good lacing.

Very oxidized and not pleasant. Little to no hop aroma, like a stale Birtish pale ale. Ugh...

Flavor is bitter and clean, but the oxidation is apparent. Some notes of resiny, earthy and garlic-like hops in the background. Malt character is medium-light for an IPA, not too heavy. A bit bready and toasty. I appreciate the dryness.

Perhaps bad storage (or the fact that it's a short-fill) ruined this beer, but I have a hard time stomaching this considering it's still five months before the best by date and I payed good money for this can. God only knows how this will be drinking by November-- oxidized, perhaps? Bleh.

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1.89/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Was really looking forward to this. This was my first Sixpoint Beer. Cracked it open and had it in a 16oz snifter. First beer of the night so no influence on my palate.

Appearance: Very nice straw/orange color. Noticed a lot of floating sediements, a little more then I am use to but in line with most non filtered ipa's.

Smell: First thing I smelled was the hops then the citrus. Not quite a grapefruit smell but along those lines.Then the pine needles exploded

Taste: This is where things went bad. I am not sure if it was a bad can (date was fine) but it tasted like a belgian ipa that finished with a weird sour hop note. For it being 62ibu i was thinking it would have a hoppier taste. The malt was a touch over powering. Not a very balanced ipa.

Mouthfeel: Malty but seemed under carbinated.

Overall: I hate dumping beer but i drank about 4 ounces and just couldn't drink anymore.
It just wasn't my thing where i love ipa's. Next im going to try Resin and hope thay is better then this.

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2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Update:What happened. A month ago I am in love with this after buying a .16 and having some friends over to enjoy. The other night I am in W-Burg @ Mugs and I have a pint followed by an Ithaca Flower Power.
The Tiger changed color from an awesome orange to a pretty standard IPA copper gold. What was worse was the things that got me excited about this beer were gone (pine citrus) in balance unlike Flower Power which you know is gonna have heavy focus on those flavors.
So I am guessing my .16 came from Brooklyn and the tap at Mugs came from their outsourcing brewer in PA.
What a shame.
Next week I go to Minn and fill my luggage with cans of Surly.

5 Gal Log. Amazing color and balance. Love the pine and citrus peal, great head.
I am happy to say I have found a beer that stands up to Two Hearted Ale, Masala Mama, Captain Lawrence DIPA, Surly Furious and Pliny The Elder(almost).
Most important to me is it is brewed in my area.

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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2.08/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16oz can, best before 17 Feb 2013.

A: Somewhat cloudy golden hued with an ample, frothy white head. Turns chunky after a while.

S: A faint smell of grapefruit rind upon a deep inhale. Not much more.

T: Tastes off, bitter with no sweetness on the tongue and no semblance of balance on the palate. Neither an IPA on the malty side like Celebration, balanced like Blind Pig or a hop assault like Racer 5. Hard to call it too hoppy, too bitter or anything...simply off.

M: Nothing redeeming about the flavors that coat the taste buds or the aftertaste.

O: This version of Bengali Tiger, the only one I've had, is a distinctly below average beer, ale and IPA. I was in Brooklyn in July of this year and enjoyed some Sweet Action, both canned and on draft. A recent move from California to Texas has its ups and downs beer wise, but I was psyched to see Sixpoint arrive around the same time. Sweet Action tasted fine and Resin was even better, but this? A near drain-pour for this last of the cans in the four-pack.

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2.24/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16oz pour at Sunset Grill...drinking them out of house and home since yesterday! served in a glass...of some sort, dont remember. but this review is from notes!

A - served with half an inch of fuzzy eggshell colored foam, leaves behind a thick wall of sticky lace most of the way down the glass. the beer is hazy, light amber in color.

S - very earthy, piney from hops...some light spicy notes. bready malts, some honey drizzled biscuits for sweetness.

T - this grew on me. assertive bitter earthy and citrus (detecting Cascade?) hops, wet piney finish. a formidable hop bomb. subtle caramel malt for balance, hints of apricots near the end.

M - medium body, very chewy...strongly carbonated. finishes dry yet prickly.

D - solid solid solid. usually not a huge fan of IPA's with this hop profile but this was very yummy, went down easy. great balance but quenches that mid-day hop craving. well done.

scores adjusted for recent canning

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2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

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2.32/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

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2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a can from Wegman's. I had good hopes for this as after trying other Six Point brews were decent brews but this one let me down. I taste nothing but bittering hops from this. Smell is nothing to write home about. Mouthfeel is just bitter to the tongue with dry aftertaste. Sorry, I'll pass on another, maybe on tap will take another chance at it.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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