Bengali Tiger | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
2,325 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of CHickman
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy orange amber with a massive 2 finger foamy just off white head that faded slowly, leaving excellent lacing and foamy rings as it went down; looks great with all the rings as it goes down.

Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, juicy oranges, citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, piney hops, grains, wheat bread and light caramel; huge hops up front in the nose, which is really potent and inviting, yet tamed a little by the malt. Nose starts off American IPA and finishes like an English IPA.

Burst of massive hops, citrus, floral and piney, followed by grains, sweet malt, biscuit, caramel, herbs, tea leaf or hop leafs, then the citrus flavors kick in with grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon and some serious bitterness that masks the spices and ABV quite well while still keeping the nice balance between the hops and the malts. Very tasty and balanced, this has a very potent herbal hop flavor which was very enjoyable.

Creamy slick mouthfeel, this went down very easy with light carbonation, a medium body and a nice sweet hoppy bitter finish that’s almost dry and clean.

Had this many times over the past few years and I will seek this out again and again as it lived up to the original hype, and keeps on proving to be a great local product in the NYC area. Extra points for being so good out of a can and damn easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of TimHoss
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this offering of an American IPA. When One thinks IPA you are prepared for a front load of hops and dry finish. American IPA's like to really get aggressive with the hops which is something I personally like.

This offering from Sixpoint switches that up on the drinker in a really positive way. The front end of this beer has a great, sweet malty smell in a well developed head. The mouth feel is excellent and the finish is what really makes this beer stand out-Sixpoint got this right. The finish brings you from the malty body to a great citrus hop finish, real clean and very tasty. This IPA is one that deserves to be consumed alone without any pairing assistance from food.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can. Best Before 19 NOV 2012. Poured in to pint glass.

A - Hazy medium orange colour with lots of sediment floating throughout. One finger of cream coloured head with good retention and good lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, grapefruit and some pine. Well balanced with a really good bitterness.

T - Moderate bitterness up front with grapefruit and pine flavors. A nice caramel malt backbone in the middle followed by a bitter, dry finish.

M - Medium body and full of nice hop resin. Light carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review of the draft version of the beer:

I like sixpoint's beers in general but this one is a typical east coast India Pale Ale that is not as good as the typical west coast style. There's just not enough India in it. As a pale ale it's good but if you're in the mood for something more bitter, this is not the one.

I had this again and liked it a lot better and adjusted my review accordingly. This is really a good ipa.


Cask version is also very good but not as hoppy as either the draft of can version. Overall a very good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from the Village Pump, $2.49. Best by 01 August 2012.

A hazy amber with a dense, choppy, off-white head that leaves rather spectacular lacing as it falls off slowly. The nose is surprisingly muted. Grassy, mildly pine-like and rather vegetal (broccoli, cauliflower) in hop character, this isn't wholly appealing. a mild toasted malt sweetness is also noticeable. Spicy, mildly medicinal too.

The palate opens with a lot of vegetal and rotting citrus hop character, bringing to mind a grassy, vegetable oil. For the second night in a row, the word "vomit" comes to mind, but thankfully, there's no bile here. However, this does have a bit of a cooked vegetable character, mildly rancid in nature. Hop bitterness is mild, hop flavor is rather muted, and there isn't much malt flavor either. Yes, there's some citrus, but there's also a tartness that seems just... bizarre. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation and a finish that's not particularly flavorful, this is a rather mediocre beer IMO. I'm willing to concede that the off-notes are possibly batch-to-batch variation, but the lack of flavor is not particularly an enjoyable aspect.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of stewart124
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Arnold's. Served fairly warm in a pint glass.

Amber in color with some orange hues. Little whisp of a head.

Nose has some citrus and pine shining through with a bready note.

Chewy. More bread and some caramel in the taste with a fairly heavy hand of hops. Mostly citrus with a lingering pine/spruce note. Orange also hits the palate but everything is superseded by malt.

Easy to drink and nothing tongue-numbing. I could drink a few of these for sure. Anxious to try this in a can along with some of their other beers.

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Photo of blaapple
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overall not a huge fan. This beer was hyped up by my local liquor store. The beer has a heavy mouthfeel for a relatively low ABV (>7%). From the reviews I read on here, I was excited to get the huge hop taste that some have described, but I definitely am not feeling it.

Would I buy this again? Probably not. $8.49 for this 4-pack of pints wasn't worth the hype.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of dasenebler
1.78/5  rDev -54.7%
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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Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep, bright but slightly hazy orange-gold. The orange-tinted head reaches 2 fingers in height and shows good retention, leaving a thick pillow that drops some good patchy lacing as it recedes.
This beer offers up an excellent hops bouquet (particularly in the nose), citrus and a bit of tropical fruit alongside just a dash of sugary sweetness. Malts are bready and offer caramel as well, balancing nicely without taking too much away. In the flavor, some herbal, tea-like notes in the hops come out, much like I might expect in an English-style IPA, though the citrus profile remains. Earthiness is present throughout and a flash of spiciness is present. The finish is decidedly piney.
The body is medium with a light carbonation offering crispness, but it fades and dulls slightly. It remains smooth, but also get just a little slick as it warms.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grainy orange gold color with 2 fingers of orange tinted head. Not much retention, but decent lace.

Nose is orange citrus and bready malt, with a shot of pepper. Nothing too strong, but pleasant.

Malt-backed IPA. Getting some light pear, maybe even cactus (weird, I know, but I've had cactus before and this is coming back to me in this glass). Ripe, sharp hops sitting atop a strong malt back. Normally, not a fan of malt backed IPA's, but this works for me. Finish is tanic and somewhat dry.

Body is thick. Not too syrupy, but definitely thick.

Not quite as sharp as I'd like, but well done. I'd get it again.

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 2,325 ratings.
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