Bengali Tiger | Sixpoint Brewery

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Bengali TigerBengali Tiger

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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 CaptDavyJones
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color from a 16 oz can, with ABV on the can and the 'best-by' date on the bottom.
Towering foamy head that dissipates ever so slowly sticking all over the insides of the glass as it disappears.
Aroma is not what I was expecting, slightly vegetal with mild hints of pine aroma coming through.
Taste is slightly spicy upfront, with the hop bitterness taking over from the middle right up to the finish. Taste feels more like the Righteous Rye Ale, with some rye notes.
Drinkability though is very good, easy on the palate. However, it was just missing that "thing" which makes an IPA a really good IPA.
I guess I am glad that I had this beer, but not sure if I would go looking for it.

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Photo of nhindian
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of kingcrowing
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz tall boy can poured into a Guinness pint glass. I've been told this was from a "bad" batch, I'm reviewing anyways but will update when I try another batch.

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a small off white head and some thin lacing. Nose is a bit muddled, pine and sweet malts dominate.

Taste is a bit off, it's grassy and vegetal with this odd chewy yeasty finish that is putting it off. There is a nice tangerine flavor that lingers for a while which is nice. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Even for a "bad" batch this is decent, I'll look out for a new batch.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bigdeuce
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am always weary of a beer that comes in aluminum but the pour on this one is outstanding! Rich, whip cream-like head that is immobile for a long time. Is also of an orangish hue Non see-through. Scents of orange and grapefruit come through on the nose. A far cry from skunked macros outta cans. Very pleasant scented. Tastes a bit different. Still taste the orange and a bit of a sharp grapefruit on the back but didn't leave a pleasant after taste. Lacing continues down the glass. Something is off on the taste, can't pinpoint it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. It tastes like it has some type of a Belgian wheat base?

I would never refuse this one, it is good, but a bit off for me in taste. Definitely would order one at a bar, but I don't know about a case at a state store.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rwrk42
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden cloudy copper color that has a nice froth and lace

Smell: Malt and HOPS, HOPS and more Hops. Very nice smell of hops with a slight fruity undertone.

Taste: The can description hits it right on the nose. Malt taste followed by a wave of bitter hops, pine and citrus. Incredible character of hops but very smooth at the same time. A bit of a bitter finish
One of the best IPAs you can buy. Highly recommend

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy golden color. Nice thick white heading that leaves a bunch of lacing after every sip.

Nose is very fruity, juicy and tropical. There is a dreaded onion aroma to that I just do not like. It is very unappealing and just seems to sit in the background.

However the taste does not bring this dreaded onion in with it. This is damn hoppy and bready. Nice thick, syrupy, carmamel backbone that just seems to balance the heavy piney and resinous flavors.

Mouth I would see is borderline full bodied if not then as full bodied an IPA can get. Heavy buttery esters linger on the palate after a few sips.

Overall not bad but this was a bit heavier than I like my IPAs.

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Photo of Zono
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jeffmart22
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky light amber color with a one finger head that dissipates. The head quickly reappears when the beer is disturbed. Nice tiger stripe lacing on the glass.

A - Heavy pine hop aroma pouring out of this beer. A slight sweet malt undertone, but this aroma is very pine forward.

T - Much less hoppy than expected because of the huge hop aroma. It does start out with a nice hop bitterness but it fades quickly to finish semi sweet and dry.

M - Light to medium in body. Flavor duration is medium. Carbonated very well.

O - Great aroma but it let me wanting more hop flavor. I will drink again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head into my glass. Not bad for the style but could be clearer.

Sweet malt with only a touch of hops on the nose. Buttery too. Doesn't smell like an American IPA. Reminds me more of an English IPA.

The taste confirms my thoughts. Very sweet with only a touch of hops.

Ditto. There's a bit more hop presence but not by much.

The best before date is 2/14/12. If it was supposed to be hoppier, I cannot tell at this point. Not a bad effort though. It might also be a BA mis-classification as this is definitely closer to an English IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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