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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Ratings: 2,331 |  Reviews: 588
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at the Ginger Man. A very suitable cask beer, and the turnover is good here so it is fresh. A head with foam, opaque yellow amber body. Significant lace in the glass. Leafy hop aroma, and the taste is leafy bitter and drying. Definite hop fix here.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a cloudy orange golden body. Nice lacing but its thin.

S: nicely aromatous with citrus, mostly orange peel, melon and grapefruit. the aroma is just the right amount of sweetness. floral notes. biggest issue is that its a little mild.

T: taste is a little unidimensional. the bitterness is just right. more of a well balanced IPA with a nice malt presence. fruits are mild, grassiness provides the bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: from the ranking I was expecting more. I nice IPA but a little uni-dimensional to great.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy honey orange with a huge puffy 3 inch orange-white head that settles to an island of craggy foam. A random latticework of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, citrus fruits, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet malt, various sour citrus fruits, and some herbal and citrus zest hop flavors. A mild bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation and seems to be a bit flat for an IPA. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but probably my least favorite of the Sixpoint cans I have tried thus far. The carbonation level kind of kills this one for me.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent IPA. The pour was golden in color with a pretty nice looking white head. The lacing wasn't too strong here. The smell of the beer has a citrusy hop aroma. The taste of the beer was a little on the light side. It's hoppy but a little on the faint side. The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a not a bad IPA, worth trying if iterested.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy orangey amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that transitioned to lacy patterns of bubbles and eventually completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a mixture of piney and citrusy hops, but these are well balanced by the underlying malts and only contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to others in the style because the overall taste is very well balanced and isn’t dominated by the hops.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear amber with just under two fingers of fluffy off white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with a citrus hop profile. Perhaps a little bit on the spicy side.

Taste: Mild citrus hops build in intensity throughout the sip. There is a somewhat sweet malty backbone with a mild spice to it, perhaps a little rye? The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation, the finish is mildly slick.

Overall: Not a bad IPA. Slightly underwhelming. My least favorite of the four Sixpoint beers I've tried, but still a good beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delightfully smooth and portraying a more delicate balance that's normally reserved for English-style IPAs rather than the sharper and more aggressive American versions, Bengali Tiger delivers an effortless taste and texture that will surely satisfy the taste buds for the staunch hop heads.

The hazy copper ale pours with a zesty and rich decantment while the carbonation separates the liquid from foam, constructing a creamy off white head that resists any fade and blanketing the glass with lace. All signs point to a well-made India Pale Ale.

Citrus is met with pine, caramel with rich bread- spice, grass, earth, and grapefruit all sculpt the notion that the beer is partly of American and partly of English influence. The nose captures all this with closer balance and richness than expected.

Taste starts off with deeply embedded breads, caramels, and a slight English biscuit quality. The moderately rich malt taste provides a substantial underpinning to the hop profile that decorates the flavor with zesty grapefruit, pine resin, orange zest, freshly mulled grasses and herbs, and an overall resiny/earthy taste that develops into a deep bitterness in finish that leaves the beer decidedly hoppy.

Medium bodied to start, but the beer retains its hearty malt and carbonated creaminess throughout, or at least until deep in finish where the resiny dryness of hops, along with alcohol warmth and fleeting malt character, where the beer's dry finish closes the session and allows for an extended grassy bitterness in aftertaste.

My taste interprets Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger as a slightly rustic American IPA or a clean English IPA that's no more American or English than Goose Island's IPA. The straddle of the style fence makes the ale as interesting and complex as it is indecisive or confused.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
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 superspak
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, best by Sept. 29, 2011. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. A lot of lacing sticks to the glass as you drink. Aromas of pine, orange, grapefruit, and caramel. Standard IPA aromas here, good strength as well. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus and pine flavors. Very nice balance as well with nice citrus and caramel sweetness in the front and a bitterness on the finish that is nice, but not overpowering. Medium carbonation and body. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Very smooth drinkability and smoothness as well. Overall this is an excellent IPA, very drinkable stuff.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy medium amber body and a modest, rocky head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Fruity esters of apricot and grapefruit

Taste: Starts out with a bitter apricot and kumquat flavor that leads to a resinous, piney finish; a slight residual fruitiness remains in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing flavor profile; more of a mainstream American IPA - nothing over the top - just enjoyable

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry hoppy notes with light caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by light dry bitter hoppy notes with some floral undertones and some semi-sweet caramelized malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Overall, I thought this was lacking some hops punch but it is still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with a big 1.5 finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to a very thick layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. There is some very significant lacing observed.

S: Lots and lots of hoppy aromas are present in this beer which has an intense smell. You can detect lots of citrus as well as pine/resin hops in the aroma which makes the beer very inviting to me.

T: Follows the aroma but the bitterness is not as intense as I might have expected based on the intensity of the smell. There is a nice complexity to the flavor with lots of citrus and pine/resin hop characteristics coming through.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: This is a really nice affordable every day IPA for me, the flavors are complex enough and delicious. This is a sessionable beer and something I like to pair with spicy Asian food - a regularly appearing beer in my fridge. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer as well.

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 2,331 ratings