Bengali Tiger | Sixpoint Brewery

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Bengali TigerBengali Tiger

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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Photo of Bake
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been interested in trying this for awhile and picked up a 4 pack ($8.99 Total Wine). This is my first beer from Sixpoint.

A - Nice looking medium brown color when poured into a tulip

S - There is element of hops in the smell but I'm also catching a fair amount of yeast which isn't what I want to smell in an IPA

T - Dry with some hops. Lots of malt and a heavy yeast flavor.

M - Carbonation feels about right. No complaints.

Having not had this beer before I'm wondering if I got a bad batch based on the other reviews. The DBD is still over 3 months out so it's not excessively old or anything. I caught way too much yeast in this beer for my liking. Hopefully I can try this on tap somewhere along the way to confirm the bad batch theory. If what I got was what Sixpoint is trying for then I'll save this one for other patrons.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with 1.5 finger white head, very large and foamy. Great retention with sticky lacing.

S: Some grapefruit and citrus with a little bit of spice. There is a little bit of a bready malt aroma as well.

T: Very light citrus flavor with sort of a Belgian thing going on. Tastes like a Belgian IPA with some spice and yeasty flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not really sure what is going on. The aroma was fine, a little light, but fine, but the flavor profile was lacking in hop flavors and the Belgian influence is strange. Not sure I would have guessed it an IPA. Need to try it again to confirm though.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seen these guys popping up in Chicago, so I thought I'd give it a try. Can: best by 11/19/2012.

Poured entire 16 oz can into a Duvel tulip. Medium amber colored, with an inch of off-white head. I won't waste a ton of time reviewing this: everything is pretty average. I can't detect anything in particular in the smell or taste. There is a bit of lingering bitterness on the back end. In a crowded market, it's hard to come back to this one, unless there was a sale/etc. I dig the cans.

Summary: at the same price, at the same abv, NB Ranger beats this one. Not bad, but needs some work to compete in this class. Love the name, though.

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Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How can this already taste faded with a best by date of Jan. 2013? :S

Bright saturated orange, tons of lacing all around the glass, pillowy head of offwhite foam. Bright clarity, saturated color, looks nice.

Smells floral with some caramel malt sweetness. Not a pungent or fresh impression, somewhat acrid with tangible rawness.

Taste is plenty bitter, but lacking much nuance or hop flavors. Some maltiness, aspirin bitterness, green grass, and a slight alcohol note. Dry bitter aspirin finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall seems pretty one-note and bitter without much to balance. Freshness/stability is in question though, it just arrived in the market weeks ago.

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Photo of BB1313
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Pours a beautiful hazy burnt orange, great fluffy white head that sticks around, lacing and retention looks wicked, really nice looking IPA. The aromas are subtle and candy-like.. they're nice aromas, but not really aggressive. Tastes underwhelming.. everything sort of falls flat. Tastes bitter with really no flavor. These flavors aren't flashy, just straight up bitter and becomes very one dimensional although there's a slight fruity lemon aftertaste. Malt is present. Mouthfeel is very nice, rich and creamy, right on. Finishes pretty clean and dry for the most part. And reguardless of how I'm not crazy about the hop profile, it's pretty easy to drink and goes down smooth.

I'm not crazy about this one, although there is alot I really like about it, unfortunately not really the way it tastes. Unique take on the style though. I can understand why people enjoy this one, I can dig it, but it's not what I look for in an IPA.

Righteous Ale is much more enjoyable, IMHO.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottom of can says best before Nov 17, 2011

A - Slightly hazy light brown/dark orange in color with a thick egg-shell white head, very foamy and lasts.

S - Faint muddied up hop aroma with hints of tree resin, lemon grass, orange zest. Slight malt sugar smell in there as well.

T - Sweet to start off with with a hop cloying in the middle. Flavors of pine, tree sap, hop resin, and light citrus. Finishes a little tangy, probably from the expiration date passing.

M - Medium body, slightly under carbonated IMO. Finishes clean, not very bittering and aftertaste fades quickly. Not a bad sipper but could run through a few of these in a sitting.

O - A little off the mark for me, didn't think drinking it 2 months past the expiration date would make that big of a difference but would like to try this one again fresh.

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Photo of claspada
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a slight earthy hops aroma which is pleasing but not usually expected for the style (usually piny/fruitier hops). Taste is initially dominated by slick/sticky hops which linger on the tastebuds. Here's where it loses for me. Resiny hops taste lingers and lingers, which I cannot stand. Why make a beer if you really can't taste and enjoy another one after your first. Some English malty breadiness attempts to help balance out the brew but ultimately fails to the hop dominance. Beer crys for a larger malt bill but maybe that's just me. Maybe I am just burnt out on American IPAs...

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Photo of AdamBear
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy orange with a cream colored head. sticky.

S-smells like candied nectarine, doesn't smell good. medium strength

T-comes in with a taste of grains and some tangerine and an underlying taste of pale belgian spices. its a good taste that lasts and forms a decent after-taste. terrible for an IPA though

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is a terrible IPA, but a fairly decent beer. honestly, it tastes more like a belgian pale ale brewed in america. i really don't detect any hoppiness to it at all, but i get a lot of belgian sugars and it does have that citrus aspect common in pale ales. i'd like to try this fresh some day, or directly out of the tallboy. something i'm willing to give another chance, but still overall a disappointment

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Photo of tjkinate
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A: Cloudy orange bodied brew topped by a 2+ fingered soapy white head. The head displayed solid retention and lacing.

S: I could smell the hops spewing from this beer several feet away! The floral notes were accompanied with pine, bready notes, and citrus

T: I was really looking forward to this, but was met with disappointment. The front was good, but the flavors quickly dropped off and were met with medicated bitterness.

M: Well carbonated

O: Will not be seeking out again.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a chance to try this a couple of times up in BKNY last weekend. Golden orange pour, looks nice, cloudy.. Smells slightly of hops, some yeasty esters too, floral and grassy, a little bit of pine. Little bit of malt here too. It tastes dry, with solid bitterness but not enough hop flavor to satiate. Just a bit of floral esters along with some pine and spice as well as a healthy malt presence battling with the hop bitterness. It's okay, but with so many other things to try, I wasn't going back for more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tallboy into an unfortunately frosted pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear burnt copper - I'm pretty sure Sherman-Williams calls this "ochre." A half-finger white head doesn't last for too long, but leaves soapy lacing around the glass.

The aroma is pretty nice, and only improved as the beer and glass warmed. Very piney and grassy, with a good citrus kick underneath. Smells very clean, fresh.

The taste is surprisingly sweet. The malt dominates whatever hops are left in the mix, though there's a bitter bite in the finish. An interesting spice mix going on here, it's a touch floral. I have a feeling this isn't the freshest of cans.

Undercarbonated mouthfeel only heightens my suspicions re: this beer's age. This is pretty dead, though not undrinkable.

Pretty mediocre all around, though I'd love to try a fresh can. Knowing how good this beer tastes on tap only exacerbates the sting. I'll be on the lookout for an opportunity to re-rate.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a small off white head. In the aroma, pine like hops and quite malty. In the taste, pine hops with hints of gingerbread malts and a small note of citrus. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and small fruit in the aftertaste. Quite malty and decent.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a shaker glass, best by 8/8/12. Color reminds me of apple juice, although it's far from clear. Along with the haze are a whole lot of tiny floaties; I'll assume those are supposed to be there. Thick foamy head has lots of dimples and leaves nearly complete rings on the inside of the glass.

Aroma seems pretty tame, as the citrus hops are there but not at the forefront. Plenty of bready malts and I think I pick up on some Belgiany funk. Taste seems a little out of whack. It's plenty dry, and the finish is overly bitter. It's harsh but not in a OMIGOD THE RESIN IS DESTROYING MY MOUTH kind of way; more like they forgot an ingredient and now it's unbalanced.

Can't imagine this one went bad- it's only two weeks old and safe in a can. I'll try another and re-review if necessary. This one misses the mark.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber in the glass with pretty good foam. On the hazy side. Fair carbonation in the mouth. Fairly light body.

Big mouthful of hops, but more of a generic bitter sort. Aroma is pleasant, however, with some resiny hints. A little soapy taste along with the grapefruit rind. Not my favorite. Lightweight stuff with more alcohol than it needs. Leafy and herbal with some lemon.

On the other hand, the stuff is quite flavorful. I would give it a higher rating if the hops were more interesting. It still ends up just tasting bitter. From the tall can purchased at the Foodery in Philadelphia.

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Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to AndrewNations for the slew of Sixpoint & if the second can is as good as Righteous, I'll be...ecstatic. And my first review after the fucked-up change to the grading. Fucking retarded. Why do we contribute to a site that doesn't respect us? Or beer? Wait, I'm a guy. Nevermind.

Big can poured into a big snifter that'll hold it's water well. Shows well-hazed orange. Smells like a gorgeous IPA with drippy pine, but an odd, almost smoky smell intrudes, too.

Bengali Tiger isn't your boring, Murder She Wrote IPA. Like the smell, almost flares with hoppy, syrupy hop pine resins. Strong flavor that reminds me of Salt of the Earth, there's definite saline component that's odd & distracting. Harsh bitterness with only fading pine mingles with the sea salt on the downslide. Sixteen ounces might almost be too much for this character.

This is a decent enough beer, but the saltiness is strange & out of place, & really limits the upside. C+ in the real world.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger is juicy, sweet, and slippery.

It poured a beautiful bright orange, with very little head, but it left a glassfull of thin but pervasive lace. The bright color and lace were the highlights of this ale. The flavor was sweet and fruity, dominated by orange and tangerine, but with a slippery sweetness similar to the juice in a can of fruit cocktail. A nice pine and resin aftertaste asserted itself nicely as the ale warmed. Overall, the flavors were good, if a bit too sweet. The feel was non-existent and very weak for an IPA. It was slippery and smooth, sliding over the tongue, with no bitterness whatsoever and nothing else left behind. When it was gone, it was gone.

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Photo of garuda
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Hazed orange body with a thick white head that has good retention and great lacing.

S - All hops in the nose. Floral, pine, some citrus/orange. I'd rate it even higher, but it has a spiciness at the back end that just doesn't work for me.

T - Similar to the nose, packed with hops without being too bitter, with a light caramel sweetness. As it warms, though, the finish starts tasting soapy and astringent.

M - Starts off well with a medium body and carbonation, but it quickly dies to almost no carbonation, and a watery mess.

O - Started off well, but then just went downhill. I'm not intrigued enough to try it again.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The friendly folks at Steve's allowed me to break a four pack into a single so I could give this a whirl. Thanks kindly! Bottom of the can reads best by 8/ birthday.

Nice looking pour yields an unfiltered darker orange with a finger width of coverage that dips to spotted surface islands.

The smell is...well, really underwhelming. Very soft citrus fruit and grain. If this is a greeting, it's a limp wristed dead fish of a handshake.

Immediate wave a tangerine rolls into a grainy middle coupled with pine. An earthy moderate bitterness catches hold towards the end and lingers. What is disappointing here is that the finish feels watered down. In fact, while some promising aspects emerge, for a six and a half percent beer, there's something a bit light and loose here. It's as if a solid beer lies behind some veiled curtain that runs interference.

Mouthfeel is very light and runs watered down towards the finish.

Overall, not a bad beer by any stretch. Rather a beer with promise that just seems to be missing that extra gear.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Trevor for this one.

A: The beer pours a cloudy light amber color with a huge white head that sticks to the glass.

S: This is an IPA? Very...bland aroma. Mostly bread and pale malts with just a hint of floral hops and maybe some tea. Just a little bit of citrus peel and that's about it.

T: The flavor is similarly unremarkable. There is a light bitterness and just a bit of grassy and floral hops. Mild citrus peel notes and a little bit of tea here, too.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation just on the low side of medium.

O: Amazingly bland for an IPA. I've had some pretty decent beers from Sixpoint, so this was a bit of a letdown for me.

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Photo of argock
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Best by Feb 14 2012 on bottom of can. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.79.

A: Burnt amber with 1-2 fingers of slightly off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and numerous layers of dense, sticky lacing down the glass.

S: The aroma, however, is not as illustrious as the appearance as mineral and meaty malty aromas with a big herbal tea contribution comes next. The hoppiness is minimally present with a few lemon tea-like notes.

T: The flavor is really a let-down with more lemon tea herbal, earthy hops meeting an overly toasted malt backing. I don't get any of the citrus or resin notes others describe, and I don't think it is just missing a heavy resinous flavor either.

M: The mouthfeel is good but a tad heavy for an IPA, still nothing else wrong with it and it is coating.

O: I am not sure if I got a bad pack or what but this is nothing remotely like a superb IPA. I will see if I can give it a try on-tap and assess again. Not a good start for Sixpoint with me.

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Photo of bum732
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: Pine mostly, lots of bitterness, raw wet hops, underipened orange peel.

L: Hazy bright burnt orange, white creamy head that dissipates to a dusting.

T: Orange and pine hops up front with a pleasant light caramal malt sweetness. Medium low bitterness for the style leading to additional hop flavors before drying slightly.

M: Medium low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth.

Not very bitter, more of a pale ale. Hops are there, just more in the aroma and taste, not so much bitterness. Needs a little more carbonation as well.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright orange hue with a thick creamy white head. smells heavily of hop resin and tangerine peel. sticky sweetness up front with a big citric fruit presence. some coriander flavors meld in the middle with the malt back bone which is whisked away by a big dosing of piney bitterness. very clean finish however flavors are layered to present a unique flavor profile leaving a tangerine like aftertaste on your breath. pretty good but be warned this tigers got bite.

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Photo of portia99
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler received from psprings. Thanks! Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anny snifter.

A - Pours a mostly clear orangey amber color with a small finger of off-white foam...tons of lacing left behind as the beer descends in the glass.

S - Crisp bitterness, earthy hop aroma (not getting any of the citrus that others talk about in reviews), good base of bready and lightly caramel malt.

T - Earthy hops dominate...overall has a dirt-like flavor to it. Quite bitter with a touch of bready malt and a very mild underlying sugary sweetness.

M - Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation. The distinct earthiness lingers and takes away a bit from the overall feel.

D - Not bad overall...a decent IPA, but definitely not on my list of favorites. Could have some more of this, but probably would go with other options, given the chance.

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Photo of mynie
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently arrived in Northwestern Indiana, without announcement or fanfare. The name kinda sorta rang a bell and they were selling single cans so I figured sure, what the hell.

Initially pours aggressively fizzy but that settles down after a couple of minutes. Usually that's the sign of a badly finished beer, but usually the out of control fizziness doesn't go away so quickly. I dunno. Must have something to do with the vagaries of canning.

Smells solid, decent balance between herbal hops and plain, pale malts. Nothing special, but nothing off.

Tastes bready, herbal, and a little bit like malt syrup. I really doubt this is brewed from kit, but it still inexplicably has that slight offness that comes from extract brewing. This can't be a matter of staleness, I don't think, since this literally arrived in town less than a week ago.

Anyhow, the extract node is just a tiny knock because it's blotted out by a nice finish of herbal hops. Still, this seems a bit off. If I ever see it on tap I'll try it again.

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