Bengali Tiger | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Pours a rather clear amber mixed with a bright gold color. A very bubbly head tops this off, 2-fingers in height, with decent retention. Thick, soapy lace coats the glass in broad strokes.

S - The nose is something interesting and off the beaten path for IPAs. It's citrusy, but not very much so, with a heaping amount of pine and hop spiciness. It has a significant amount of caramel backbone to it as well. It actually reminds me of Clown Shoes in a way.

T - The taste is unusual. Not in a bad way, but I find myself coming up short at ways and words to describe this beer, even after being pretty well-versed in IPAs up to this point. It's hoppy and bitter, but not in the West Coast style, and the hop composition is something foreign to East Coast IPAs. The most noticeable flavor is a bold pine resin, followed by the subsequent bitterness of the hops. Some subdued grapefruit follows which is mixed with the sweet kick from the malts, including a strong caramel flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is medium- to light-bodied with good carbonation. This is fairly light for the style and even comes off as thin at times. Even still, it is smooth and finishes clean.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is an IPA that sort of falls within Limbo for me. As a certified hop-head who loves the over-the-top West Coast IPAs, I still find myself reaching for the glass constantly. This is addicting and interesting, and breaks up some of the redundancy that IPAs can occasionally bring.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried a sampler of this on tap at Great Jones Cafe during a Six Points tasting. Did I happen to mention that the joint provides ribs and wings for free instead of pretzels and popcorn?

A: Poured into a pint glass, with slightly hazy copper color. The head was quite thin as you get with higher ABV beers but a strong retetion to say the least. Lacing was for the most part non-existant sans a paperclip rim.

S: The nose gave off some fruit and candy, perhaps more caramel which i've found in many Six Points beers. Dash of hops and perhaps pepper spice or pine hops.

T: A low level hop bomb hit my mouth with the first quaff. Bitter at first, due to citrus of grapefruit perhaps, which i expected with a bready malt surrouning, and then following the nose of the sweetness from the caramel.

M: Medium and crisp with standard carbonation. My drinkin' buddy was in search of the hop level % but I got that there info from a fellow member below.

D: A solid IPA and something I would recommend to the Pale Ale blokes that need more bite and power. Very clean finish and spiceyness and overall good mixture of ingredients was what I recalled the most from this brew.

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 77.7% out of 100 with 2,327 ratings
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