Bengali Tiger | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
2,326 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 Flounder57
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can was poured into an imperial pint glass

Appearance: A very nice hazy orange yellow hue. One finger head that is chilling out for the moment. I can't really notice any carbonation at the moment, but I know it is there. Slight lacing on the glass from the head reducing.

Smell: Very resiny pine followed by nice citrus aromas. Wondering where the malts are? Hops are over dominating this beer.

Taste: This is very hoppy in a piney and citrus way, but a little too much. Where is the balance of hops and malt? I love hops, but you do need some bready or sweet malts to smooth and balance this out. Super bitter and somewhat overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, smooth, strange, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I love how beers come in cans, but this is not as much as I expected. I love the 16 oz can, but was looking more of a malt cadence/presence. The hop bitterness is a little overbearing.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from trxxpaxxs. Thanks dude!

16oz CAN.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a huge pillowy white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Pine hop aroma with some caramel malt and a touch of floral. Some light citrus and alcohol.

T- Nice hop bitterness initially with pine resin and citrus leading the way. A pretty sturdy malt backbone that lends itself to a surprisingly sweet caramel finish.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall a solid brew and definitely cool to see an IPA in a 16oz can. A touch sweeter than I would like but still very solid.

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Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy copper color with a big fluffy off-white head on it.

Smell is very hoppy with pine throughout.

Taste is extremely hoppy. The pine flavor is a little too strong for me.

Mouthfeel is medium. Good carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but certainly not one of my favorite IPAs. Seems like this beer is pretty well liked overall so I'd definitely try it again but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can popped appearing to have no fizz at all but the pour released a 1 1/2" white head with reasonable lasting power.

Slightly hazy raw sienna yellow/brown color.

Smells strongly of citrusy hops and toffee.

Taste is far weaker than the smell but it also presents an unusually strong saltiness and honestly a metalic taste. There's an IPA bitterness but not necessarily the beast marketed.

Body is medium-light.

It's an interesting beer, unique in some ways, but not the star I anticipated.

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Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a hazy, orange-copper body...the head stood two fingers tall and was white in showed rocky retention and left nice lacing

S - The hops produce both citrus and pine aromas...there is a linger caramel backbone

T - Things start off pretty well balanced...there is a strong caramel malt presence...this starts to take over after a while...the hops are lingering towards the end...they are mainly leafy and piney, but there is some citrus coming in...balances at the end too

M - Medium bodied...smooth, creamy, there is a soft bitterness with balancing caramel

O - This was a balanced IPA that showcased a little more caramel...the hops were able to come through but right at the end the balancing malt was there to shoot it down...nothing wrong with a canned IPA

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hope this is good. Looks good. Always happy to see a canned IPA.

A- Some sort of brownish peach juice. Quite cloudy. Lots of delicate webbed lacing. Head is dense, a little fluffy and kind of has a yellow/beige tint.

S- I like the smell but it ain't perfect. Alcohol and citrus hops stand out. A bit too much maybe... reminds me of a homebrew I fermented too hot. Some grassiness. Green tea.

T- Still pretty hot. Grapefruit rind bitterness. Grassiness is kind of dirty and bothers.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Nice mouthfeel. Pretty dry.

O- Quite good. Some very nice flavours and others which aren't as nice. Like a very good homebrew but far from being a great beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice copper, translucent with off white, thick dense head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is interesting, a real mix of pine and citrus with an odd caramel sweetness.

Taste is caramel malt up front with a mix of hop bitterness and fruitiness with a potent pine flavor. Not my type of hop and malt profile for an ipa.

Mouthfeel is solidly bitter, and sits mostly on the tongue in terms of flavor.

Overall, a decent IPA but not my flavor profile.

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Photo of mattyb
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange in appearance with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S - Citrusy, orange and grapefruit.

T - Malts balance out the citrus to produce a well rounded taste. Hops still provide most the flavor, but not overkill.

M - Medium body and carbonation, nice dry finish.

O - A decent IPA, but not good enough to be a top tier.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished orange hue from the can, with a lovely haze that seems to brighten the colour. Head is disappointingly filmy, but forms in a fine white ring around the top, leaving some speckled lace as the beer goes down. Nice weight to the body, hopefully it gives a good basis for the hops. Looks nice.

Nose is mild, but pleasantly fruity. Slight green tropical fruit characters, giving hints of melon and carambola. Less bright, citrussy and robust as other examples, but it has a pleasant crispness to the fruit fragrance. Also good.

Taste is rather light, but actually well balanced. Although there's not a lot of noticeable sweetness, there's a heft to the palate which supports the green, slightly cutting hop character that comes through the centre of the palate. A touch of carbonic acidity or slight astringency on the back is the only off note for me, although it's rather mild all over.

Yeah, it's a nice enough brew. I like the balance, and the slightly underripe hop character gives it a cleanness, although it feels like the highs and lows of a great IPA have been dampened a little for this one.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to montrose79 for sending this one my way. Poured into my bruery tulip.

A: Pretty much a light orange color. A nice size head settles to a thin rim and leaves some sticky lace rings.

A: Very citrusy. Loads of orange, pineapple, a d grapefruit. The nose falls more to the west coast style of ipa. Some sweet malt comes through but definately more about the hops.

T: Very bitter. The ibus on this one must be through the roof. I get the notes of citrus and some sweet malt, but the bitterness really is a bit over the top for me.

M: a touch thin for my taste of ipa's. Good carbonation though.

O: This is good just not great. Pretty nice nose, but the flavor and mouthfeel fall a bit short for me. I woulddri k it again if the opportunity presents itself, but won't seek it out. Skal.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange pour into standard pint glass. Smells bitter, hoppy, and piney - more like a rye.
Tastes bitter and piney. It actually tastes a lot like Autumnation, just slightly more hops.
Its good because its different, but I can't see myself buying again; especially for the price.
It does get more enjoyable as you get closer to the bottom, maybe the temp is warming up or maybe my taste buds have adjusted...As always, worth a try, but not my favorite.

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Photo of droomyster
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange body with two fingers of egg shell colored head with decent retention. Aromas are predominantly of citric hops and a bit of wild flowers. The taste is aggresively hoppy, with all the notes from the nose but also a good amount of pine resin. What's lacking is any sort of interesting malt character. This is pretty much a palate wiper, more so than many other IPAs.

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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 busterthecat
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into an Allagash chalice. Best by date 17/NOV/2011. Diggin' the 4pk can offering.

A- Pours a mellow amber brassy hue from the can which sits an opaque orange color in glass. A small white head forms and then quickly dissolves to leave a foamy capping.

S- Ripe sweet oranges with a mild zesty tang. A floral scent of apricots. Pretty sweet and summer fruit smelling. Just wish it was stronger.

T- Starts out like the smell would indicate with sweet ripe orange, then transitions into a more grapefruit like bitterness. A light honey quality in the malt. Finishes with light dry caramel malt under citrus rhine bitter hops. Definitely a hop forward brew. The malt is pretty light and just provides enough body and flavor to not make this a palate wrecker.

M- Starts smooth then transition to pretty harsh bitterness. A full medium bodied IPA. Citrus flavors linger well and tingle the palate. The light caramel malt does a good job of drying out the tongue and palate, but isn't over powering.

O- A good IPA. Pretty easy to drink. The sweet orange taste was good and showcased some smoothness, but it was lost with the transition to more biting and harsh bitterness. Could be smoother in the finish. Would like to try fresher or on tap.

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

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: The beer itself looks almost exactly like honey, with a two-finger off-white head. Very nice.

S: Flowery, citrusy hops up front with a bit of honey in the background.

T: Citrusy hops mix with a hint of honey up front, then the hops take over completely, leaving a nice bitter finish.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with quite a bit of carbonation and a dry finish. Just right for the style.

D: As it should, this beer really showcases the hops. Bitter and refreshing.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrived courtesy of Sidebordz, via his first BA Trade. Great to bring another awesome trader into the fold and he hooked me up with a fine Sixpoint variety package along with some stellar extras. Thanks again, Blake!

Pouring into my trust Firestone Walker nonic pint glass, this is a medium orange brew with excellent clarity and a persistent, dimpled, off-white foam that's leaving a tight lacing as it slowly collapses.

Citrusy/lemon hop kick mingling with fresh pine needles. Lightly toasty malt sneaking in after.

Did I just bit a lemon rind? Slight exaggeration but this brings to mind that bitter yellow fruit or a glass of lemonade without the sugar! Bitterness is moderately high and lingering on into the long, dry finish. Fermentation esters seem neutral. Dash of freshly cracked pepper followed by a resinous quality. Malt taking a clear backseat. In fact, I think it might be riding in the tightly locked trunk.

Medium bodied, slightly oily, moderate level of carbonation.

Overall this is one citrusy hopped up IPA. Bitterness and hop flavor are just a wee off-kilter, I would like to see that toned down or bump up the malt to help match. Otherwise, great stuff!

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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 UDbeernut
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can at the dutch, poured an hazy amber hue, small head reduces to a small cap. Scent filled with pine and citrus. Taste adds caramel and slight peach suddleness. Balance is good. Mouth is light and slicky. Light carbonation. A good ipa, like the use of english yeast.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours orange with a fluffy white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of orange fruit, hops and some caramel.
Medium, very creamy body. Flavors are of citrus hops in the beginning, followed by caramel malt and orange fruit.
Also there were unpleasant meaty off notes, which I assumed were coming from tap lines or glass. I don’t want to take away points for that. Otherwise it was very nice brew.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a S.A. laser etched beer glass

Appearance: A beautiful golden amber color with a 1/4 white head which settles quite quickly.

Smell: Pure pine, its like taking a fresh Christmas tree and brewing the s.o.b., not a bad thing. Definitely a good unforgettable smell.

Taste: Super piney but tough to take in, not your beginner's beer more like your experimental type or for the ones who love the taste of the "forest". I do like having this Bengali Tiger but depends on the weather and the mood. Definitely your cold weather beer.
Mouth: Has a very Piney feel which unfortunately doesn't reflect the way it appears (looks better than it tastes), I can't lie I do like it but wouldn't put it in the category of love.

Overall: This beer in the end is no show stopper when it comes to being the "best". It's dark earthy feel is great but not great enough to say hey let's have a few (but you should definitely have at least one). Worth tasting and worth having but not worth to keep consistently in your beer fridge.

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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 dickroop
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, the packaging is unusual. Sixteen-ounce cans are sold, four to a box. The graphic design for box and can are distinctive and appealing. Both box and can have wonderfully clear details:
"16 oz, 6.4% ABV, 62 IBU, 13 SRM, Ale". Text includes delightful quote from William Blake's poem "Tiger" (What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"). Allusions to great poetry on your beer can? It doesn't get much better! But read on, and then taste ""Strides forward with a malty cadence, then leaps with a wave of bitterness. Slashed with a giant paw of citrus, pine, and resin! Note the lacing of stripes around your glass - It is the mark of the Tiger."

One thing I like about this - size matters. Memories of the 16-oz Tall Boy cans aside, this is a good serving size for me. Often a 12-oz bottle is not enough and a bomber is too much, but 16 oz has definite Goldilocks qualities.

The brew appears a hazy, dirty golden, capable of producing a solid foamy head if poured vigorously. Aroma is great - grapefruit, resinous and piney, but very little malt nose that I could pick out. And the beer tastes great, delivering hoppy bitter goodness in several varieties. High-alpha flavors of citrus and pine are front forward, with floral overtones. Malt is there for balance and substance, and I suppose I'd call it bready. With a bit of dry sourness, it all transitions to a rich, long-lasting bitter finish that is grainy, but in a good way. Somewhat complex, but not overly so, it's just a very tasty IPA or APA.

Mouthfeel is solidly medium-body, with that slight funky sourness at the rear corners of the mouth. Can't tell if that's a defect or a feature, but I guess it derives from a malt bill that adds subtlety and balance. Overall, this is a beer that I intend to get more of and enjoy again. Highly satisfactory and recommended.

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Photo of atr2605
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden/light copper color with a white head with average retention. I can already smell the hops.
S-Great strong hop aroma of citrus and fresh green spiciness
T-Wow. great balance of the citrus (primarily orange) and good malt backbone that keeps the beer delicious from start to finish. The great hop start fades into the sweet malt leaving a slightly sweet finish with the aftertaste of citrus.
M-Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation
O-really nice beer and excellent for the price. First beer I have had from sixpoint and can't wait to try more.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We pop the tab and pour a brew of dark tawny, and dirty orange. The color is not uniform, moving at points towards the lightest brown. It holds a one finger head the color of cream. This recedes at a medium pace into a soft and creamy film around the top and edges of the glass. Lacing is pretty and patterned, sitting thick. There is a thick haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears standard. The aroma explodes with an insane array of inviting and unique components. Off the top there is a leafy tobacco component, with fresh aloe leaf. The hops are equally as potent, with a dry, grassy, hay-like nose. The malts are clean and pale, with flecks from a more tart, more drying, rye. On the far back, and with warmth, comes cumin and a metallic softness from a vegetable cream soup. As we sip, the leafiness of the nose becomes immediately apparent. Malts are strong of barley and rye, while the hops speak of herbal twangs and tannins. The middle drives forward with an orange and peach sweetness, with bittering rind to cut and balance. The finish is of steely grain affording further bitterness, and a grassy barnyard hop. The aftertaste breaths of spices of far eastern cooking, graininess of dirty malts, minerals, and those leafy hops that were present throughout. The body is medium, with a pleasant thickness, with the carbonation reaching medium to high, but not going overboard. There is a beautiful slurp and creaminess to each sip, with a contrasting chewy and gritty feel. The mouth is coated and cooled, with a partial drying character to make for a very satisfied mouth. The abv is appropriate, and this beer has immense drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the inclusion of those weird spices, and the leafiness. This was available in both the nose and the taste, making for something wildly unique for any style of ale. The hops and malts were also both pleasing, striking a fine balance. On top of all of this, the feel was dynamic, with both soft and robust components, putting this beer over the top for us.

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Photo of stakem
2.32/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Kegatron for this pint sized can. Best before Nov 17, 2011 stamped on the bottom. Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed copper color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained head. The cap retains fairly decent with large bubbles of carbonation and a creamy top. As the cap fades to a thin lace across the top, it paints the glass with patches and spots of lace. A light swirl revives the cap back to nearly a finger's strength.

The smell is bright with fruity hops, citrus and some floral character. That enjoyable hop aroma quickly dissolves into something a bit unpleasant and reminiscent of plastic. Under the hop scent is some cheese quality that is quite stinky and almost funky. It has a scent of sulfur mixed with farts. It starts off fairly bright and hoppy in a good way and takes a turn for the worse fairly quickly. It almost displays a smoked or burnt aspect across the back.

The taste includes bitter fruits and rindy quality. A touch of floral aspect before the onset of toasted malt that is a bit burnt and like plastic. There is a fairly solid bitterness about this brew that has an herbal aspect mixed with grass. The alcohol is fairly evident with a solvent kick and warmth down the back of the throat that brings out a mineral quality to the finish. It has a lasting flavor of burnt plastic that lingers inside the mouth. At times, some sips seem a bit tropical with the fruity hop bitterness. However, there just seems like something is going wrong with this can.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. At times, it shows potential but there is a lot going on here that just wasn't enjoyable. There is no place for burnt plastic in any style of beer, it is very distracting. The hop character I did pick up on was pleasant, I just wish it was more prevalent than the mysterious plastic quality and mineral/stinky funk aspects. I appreciate the opportunity to try this one Heath but I seriously couldn't finish it. I wouldn't mind trying this again just to see if I happen to get an off or bad can.

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 2,326 ratings.
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