Bengali Tiger | Sixpoint Brewery

Bengali TigerBengali Tiger
2,328 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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Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich copper color with a thin off-white head. Slight lacing down the glass.

S: Damn. Big pine hops with a ton of hop resin and a good amount of grapefruit pith.

T: Tons and tons of grapefruit pith, pine sap and resin. A touch of malt and orange sweetness late. An absolute hop bomb and a keeper.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was delighted to see the Sixpoint can collection is now available in the Chicago market. Poured a 16 oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Appearance is mostly clear orange with hint of haze. Dense white head upon pour with heavy sticky lacing left behind. Head retention is pretty good. The aroma features some what I believe to be summit hops. The nose has that slightly onion-y hop character with notes of pine and white cracker in there as well. The taste has tons of hops all over. A bit of the onion character comes through with resinous hops towards the finish. The finish is quite bitter. The malt profile is subdued and overshadowed by the hops. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, this isn't my favorite hop profile which I believe has more to do varietals used versus the brewing process. Otherwise, the balance is decent.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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 jstewart1130
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.24/5  rDev -18%
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 geoffsm12
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of goblue3509
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a frothy two finger head which gives way to skim and edges. The beer leaves nice striped lace on parts of the glass. The aroma is good but very faint, you really have to search it out. The aroma is of citrus notes up front with floral and earthy notes coming through at the end. The taste has a nice hop character of citrus and floral hops up front with earthy hops bringing up the rear. There are also nice malt and spice notes. This beer isn't a hop bomb, well blended. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall a very good beer, great look and nice balanced flavor. A very good session ipa.

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Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of psychotia
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jmilo64
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of GbVDave
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint.

Best Before 19NOV2012

A: Pours a slightly hazed dark orange. A rocky, off-white layer of meringue forms on top and sticks around for quite a while. Sadly, not too much in the way of lace is left behind.

S: Excellent mix of citrus and pine hops with some slightly sweet toasted grain. Very balanced.

T: Very much like above with the citrus taking on an orange zest type flavor as it warms.

M: Smooth, slightly spicy, and with a tingly, long lasting finish.

O: An excellent new addition to what's available in the Chi. A great IPA.

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Photo of choover14
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to have a tall boy can tonight; long day. Sixpoint’s Resin was good, but I’ve heard more about Bengali Tiger; I love the can art, at any rate.

The best by date is about two months after the date of this tasting (“BEST BEFORE 16JUN2012” on the bottom of the can).

A: Lively orange hues mix brightness with an amber-colored, translucent body; tons of bubbles in this brew, too, elevating the look to a lighter character. The head starts fizzy and oily, one and-a-half fingers of tan bubbles before quickly falling to a textured film (wafer thin). What’s great, though, is that a simple twirl of the glass produces abundant pockets of lacing all around the glass – impressively sticky foam.

S: Flowery hops galore: lavender, chamomile, lemon, and pine, with a touch of strawberry in the background. Light and playful, but with a sticky resininess. Pale malts, with banana and straw aromas, appear almost like a lager profile; yeast and alcohol play along, showing notes of booze, toasted biscuit, pepper, caramel, and spicy wheat. A nice arrangement of bright and malty flavors.

T: Light malt flavors mix well with some fruity hops to start: toasted bread, biscuit dough, straw, and mineral-heavy, British grain on top of grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, and salted pretzel prickliness. Caramel is bold, but not without more prevailing European tastes of vanilla, wheat, and maple cream – I like that complexity a lot more than just the straight caramel malt of most American IPAs. Metal, citrus, and aggressively dry pine make the aftertaste pretty dry.

M: Very thin from the glass, though still refreshing. Drink it from the can, people! There’s much more bubble, intensity, and just plain enjoyment straight from the aluminum source.

O: I’d grab a six pack of this any day, though I’d keep it out of a glass – the only IPA from a can I’ve tasted that was more satisfying than this one was Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo, and that’s one of my favorites. I wasn’t expecting such a unique hop aroma and malt character, which is likely one of the main reasons I’m smiling over this one. Sixpoint definitely has my attention now.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from the can into a mug. Best before Aug 6, 2012.

A- Poured a dark orange color with a three finger fluffy head that left tons of coating lace

S- Aroma of citrus, earthy, of herbal notes. Strong aroma upon opening the beer, but the aroma disappeared within a minute

T- Very sweet and spicy malt character, citrus flavor, kind of a selzer like quality, pretty big bitterness

M- Soft mouthfeel, light prickly carbonation on the finish, very smooth

O- Not the hop bomb I was expecting this to be. Very malty taste with nice hop flavor and bitterness. It is very drinkable and does remind me a lot of their Righteous Ale, although I like Righteous more. This beer does not stand out much to me though, much better and more interesting IPAs out there.

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Photo of dpasotti
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull, slightly-hazy dark copper. Excellent head that lasts, dropping dense lace. Aroma is bitter orange, floral grass/hay, a little pine sap, and clean malt.

Flavor is good, but a little thin. Citric C-hops, a little tropical tang, and faint grainy malt. Superbly-balanced, crisp, and refreshing. Just enough of a bitter kick on the end to let you know it's an IPA. Slight alcohol in back as well.

Moderate carbonation; body towards the lighter side. I like the lower, more balanced bitterness here, but I wish there was more fresh hop flavor. It drinks more like an English IPA -- hops are in front, but malt and alcohol are barely behind. The beer is ridiculously refreshing and I like it a lot. I could drink 3 or 4 pints of these like water. Unfortunately that's not a trait I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of rmcnealy
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium golden amber that was slightly translucent and appears to be totally filtered. Produced a bone white densely laced head that fleeted to a mere ring around the glass. First smells are of pine, dark hop, minimal citrus, hop resin. The tastes substantiate the smells with a dark hop being prevalent. Very little malt presence. This is a solid example of an east coast IPA. The 6.4% abv seems a bit low. The heavy resin tastes make my mind think this should be around the 10% double IPA range. Good brew. Glad to see them in Chicago nowadays.


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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another new brew from Dino!! Pint Can poured to pint glass the beer pours a slightly murky golden orange with a smaller 1 finger white head, some retention, some lacing. The nose is good and consists of fruity citrus hops with a good malt base, good IPA nose. The flavor is also a pleasant blend of fruity citrus hops with a gentle malt base. Medium bitter. Finishes clean and crisp. Very nice. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a treat. I'd happily put a few more of these back :)

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Photo of rjpetrizzo
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of onefmatt
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden copper hue, little light cream colored head that subsides after a bit.

S: citrusy hop aroma, mild malt notes

T: spicy and earthy hop flavor up front doughy malt character, nice and bitter on the backend

M: nice and smooth bodied. Not highly carbed, perfect for the style.

O: I wouldn't quite call it a sessionable beer, but you could, medium body and good balance on the malt and hops, favoring the hop side. A proper 'bitter'

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Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of de322
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of karatebartender
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BFro
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BugTownPub
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 2,328 ratings
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