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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Photo of lostinfla
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another great experience from Sixpoint !
Poured ice cold from the can to a Sam Adams glass.
Great golden orange color that was slightly opaque.
Head was bright and full, faded quickly leaving nice, durable lacing behind.
Smooth mouthfeel with a mildly malty start and a classic grapefruit finish.
Lingering bite that was just right.

This ones a definite keeper!

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

16 fl oz. can, with best before date of August 12, 2013 printed on the bottom of the can. My third beer from Sixpoint so far, and I have been impressed by both their other offerings I've tried, Sixpoint Resin and Sixpoint 3Beans. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Decent pour yields three fingers of creamy fluffy off-white colored head. Body is a burnt orange color with lots of bubbles streaming topside, and some fine sediment twirling around the glass. Excellent head retention, and some nice fat rings of lace.

S - Smell is light and fruity: overripe oranges, grapefruit rind, pineapple, lots of white bread, & biscuit malt presence. Maybe some burnt brown sugar in there in the end, and just a touch of yeast.

T - Taste follows the nose: mango, overripe orange and grapefruit hop presence lends a tart bitterness to the beer. There is a lot of tropical fruit flavors present here. Lots of bready malts to contrast the hop bitterness, also. Tastes a bit more like a weak Belgian IPA than an American IPA, and reminds me a bit of what a more malt forward version of Pipeworks Glaucus might taste like.

M - Feel is sticky, juicy, fruity, and resinous. Aftertaste is again of overripe orange and bread. A bit over carbonated for being a 6.40% abv beer.

Overall, there is a lot to offer here, but it doesn't exactly break any new ground. Plenty of diverse fruitiness, an ideal bitterness level, but probably still a little too malt forward for my tastes. An enjoyable beer, but probably the least interesting brew I've had from Sixpoint thus far, and I can assuredly say that Sixpoint Resin is a better beer. Still, it is easy drinking with a rewarding 6.40% abv; I will have no trouble finishing this four pack.

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger ---4/5.

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Photo of youngs11
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber in color. A finger and a half on the head settles to a nice thin cap. The can advertises nice lacing and the beer showcases it really well.

Smells like spicy citrus. Malt undertones are present as well.

Tastes of hops, with a malty back end and a bit of lemon or orange as well. After-taste is briefly nutty. the flavor builds toward bitterness but just before the taste becomes too bitter the malty, nutty, back end kicks in.

Feels as expected in the mouth. Medium-bodied, maybe slightly more carbonated than standard for IPA. Leaves some stickiness on the lips but less so than many IPAs.

Being at 6.4% ABV, I would expect hoppy bitterness, a hint of booze, or a great beer that disguises the ABV with a well-balanced profile. This is a great beer. It seems like a good first step for people who are wary of IPAs due to a hop bitterness.

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Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a reddish orange amber color.

The aroma is of some grapefruit and orange citrus, but isn't too big on the nose.

The flavor is quite refreshing. There pop of grapefruit citrus and then a light biscuity malt backbone. The finish has some pine and lots of grapefruit pith bitterness. It's a good amount of bittering.

The mouthfeel is medium to light. On the lighter and really drinkable side of IPAs.

A very good IPA from Sixpoint. It could use more nose and fruit pop in the front, but it's very drinkable and has good bittering.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gorgeous orange to copper color the beer set an immaculate creamy head that laced throughout the entire pint.

The scent was malty but little else. The malt was somewhat sweet in aroma and strong enough but little hop character could be found in the nose.

The taste followed the nose with a stronger malt presence but a piney, floral hop character came out at the end. Not a lot of citrus, the hops were sweeter and went towards an earthy tone but it melded well with the dominant malt.

The feel was Very smooth with limited carbonated bite. Overall, a nice IPA but not overly trend setting.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a stemless wine glass. Best by date Aug 10, 2013
Appears a murky burnt orange with 1/2inch creamy head. Nice lacing sticks to side of glass.
S- Big citrus hops .on pouring in glass. Not getting a lot else, but my nose isn't the best today.
T- Grapefruit pithy, fleshy goodness slaps you in the face. I love this. Some malts try to present themselves but it's hard to get through the big hops presence.
M- seem about right, light to medium bodied with good carbonation.
O- Hop Heads will definitely go for this one. I will seek it out again, though will try to get a fresher can

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Photo of BethanyB
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A fairly clear light orange beer, with a white head that quickly relaxed into a sort of screen of bubbles.

Smell: A fresh aroma of very citrusy hops, with just a hint of maltiness in the background.

Taste: Extraordinarily refreshing. The spicy, citrusy hops are strong, but "bitter" seems too dark of an adjective to describe the happy, snappy taste.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium mouthfeel. Extraordinarily crisp and clean, the high carbonation added to the hoppy bite. Tart, but not "puckering," with a light, zingy bitterness that lasts into the finish.

Overall: The kind of IPA that could almost turn this malt lover into a hophead. It has a je ne sais quois positivity about it, a sort of pleasurable sting. Crisp, refreshing, and satisfying, it's hoppy without being harsh. I don't usually go for IPAs, but I have to say, I enjoyed this one very, very much!

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Photo of Mikecap
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured from a 16 oz can into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep amber, very clear with a nice two finger head that stuck around for a bit before leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Piney, earthy, and grassy hops at the forefront with a dose of citrus but not quite as much as you'd expect from an IPA. Still, very pleasant aroma and typical for the style.

Taste: Extremely smooth and mild happiness but delicious going down. A bit of pine character and some citrusy fruit like grapefruit come into play. This is hoppier than the aroma gave me and I like it. Very balanced in both taste and character.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with perfect carbonation for the style and the beer in general. Perfect creaminess, smooth and easy drinking. This 16 ounce can did not last as long as I'd hoped.

Overall: Very solid IPA from Sixpoint, and in terms of style, maybe even better than Resin. It is well priced and worth seeking out if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip. Best by August 4th 2013.

A: Pours a clear amber orange with a 1 finger lightly yellowed head. Lots of visible carbonation in the body. Head gets pretty chunky and leaves some nice lacing on the glass in big blotches.

S: Hop bitterness is the first thing to hit your nose which is appropriate for an IPA. A blend of citrus, pinyness and earthiness. Malts are sweet in the background.

T: Well rounded IPA, there is plentiful hops that have high bitterness but really do not over power. Malts kick in full force after the initial hop wave with a breadiness and touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. A touch sticky in the aftertaste from the malts and hops.

Overall this is a darn good IPA. Hoppy and bitter yet well balanced and drinkable. Worth a go, i like the 16oz cans.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a sea of slow microbubbles supporting a thin creamy beige head that last a good bit and sticks to the glass.

S- The grainy pils malt note leads to a woody dark hops nose that blends with dried leaves a fresh pungent hop pellet finish.

T- The pale malt taste is overcome by a spicy slightly dark herbal hop flavor that leads to a dry finish. There is a green hop bite in the aftertaste that takes on a dandelion green bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a spicy little fizz with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice malt flavor is fresh with good dark green hops but the bitterness that stains the finish is too overpowering.

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Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bengali Tiger is a tasty, east-meets-west sort of IPA. The big, up front, bright and oily citrus hops of a West Coast IPA are paired with the back-end balanced piney hoppiness of an East Coast IPA. The aroma is a little muddled, but otherwise this is a great IPA. Since the aroma's the beer's weakest part, it's actually better straight from the can.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can to tulip, "best before Sept 2013." had well before this. Pours cloudy copper gold with a creamy two finger head. Floral and pine aroma, nothing too complex. Flavor is faint pine and raw hops, but kinda faded hops here without a lot of malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and a little flat. A bit boring, but not terrible. I really wanted to like this, as I love the Resin from Sixpoint. But beyond Resin has been really disappointing thus far for me.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange amber with a little haze. A tall head of soft creamy foam that fell slowly to some crags and splotchy lace that really does settle into rings around the glass just like the stripes of a tiger. Just peachy to look at. Nose is finding me and it’s bountiful and floral. Plenty of pine, resin, grapefruit, tangerine and good bread from a rich malt spine. Gotta admit that this is one of the best noses on an IPA. Malt opens up as it warms with caramel and some apricot from the hops. I happen to love malt and for an IPA this one starts out with a big taste of biscuit , the hops are light and bitter over top of that. Some citrus rind and a little sour bite from the grapefruit, then pine, a little nutty flavor and some delicate hop oil takes you into a dry finish. Aftertaste is sweet with perfumey hops, malt, the apricot, honey and bread. Clean and crisp with a lasting bitter that never outdoes the underlying sweetness. Engaging and spirited.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a CCB pint glass.

A: Dark copper, fairly hazy, with four finger's worth of off-white to light tan head. Lots of visible carbonation. This doesn't look exactly pale.

S: Citrus, citrus rind, pine resin, and some grassy dank hops along with a bready malt backbone that's a bit more prominent than I expected.

T: Hop punch up front (grapefruit, lemon, resin) that slides into some toasted malt sweetness and closer to balanced. The hop bitterness takes over at the end into the aftertaste, but not overdone. Overall impression is citrus-hop forward.

M: Medium to a bit heavy body for style. Carbonation sensation is there, yet still a creamy impression. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

O: I think this is pretty good, although there are elements present that are at least pushing the style boundaries. The malt profile tends towards more roasted, and (perhaps as a consequence) it's got some heft to the body. Aside from that, it's an enjoyable drink - and I'll be picking up some more four-packs now that it's available around here.

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Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tannish white head, and great orange and amber color. Aroma is lacking a bit, mild hoppiness and faint sweetness to it, but not much more to it. Mouthfeel was wonderful, a like bite for the hops, covered my tongue and mouth in a malty sweetness. Excellent beer overall, really looking forward to the Resin from these guys, and maybe the 3 bean too.

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

(copied from blog - written September 25, 2012)

Appearance – Three finger, white head that lasts a long time. Golden orange in color. Leaves a solid lacing as I drink it.
Smell – Citrus (heavy on the oranges), hoppy.
Taste – Just how it smells, heavy citrus influence (especially oranges). Strong hop bite which lingers in the mouth but there’s also a subtle amber-like malt back.

As I’m writing this I’m drinking my second one, and preferring it straight out of the can (it just seems fresher and crisper). I have to give homage to Six Point Brewery for accurately naming this beer because it definitely reminds one of the majestic creature — the liquid is a respectable golden orange and as it disappears down your hatch it leaves a brilliant white striped lacing on the glass and forcefully yet elegantly attacks your taste buds with a combination of carbonation, citrus and hops.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Hazy gold/copper. Head is bright-white. Leaves a little lacing. Nothing too crazy going on. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Head drops pretty quickly, but leaves a small cap and collar.

Smell: Citrus, floral, and resin. Citrus hits oily and almost astringent. It’s like overactive citrus oil. Pine and floral mix well. Malts run a touch sweet with some earthy notes. Carries the same odd characteristic of all Sixpoint beer...must be the yeast.

Taste: Pretty mellow. Malts are a nice balance to the hops which come off a little dirty (as in very earthy). Citrus rind. Some grapefruit. Yeast is potent. Almost a peppery flavor under it all. Big ass yeast profile coupled with the citrus hops makes this unique. A bit bready with a slight toasted element.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate to light carbonation. Slightly dry finish. A bit oily and slick.

Overall: A striped housecat.

A bit of an overall letdown. Hop profile is decent, but that yeast damn near kills it. Weird off-spiciness that just doesn't really jive. Still drinkable overall.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

Appearance: a deep copperish orange. a finger at most of a white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a weak lacing. pretty hazy and opaque. 3.5/5

Smell: lighter hop notes of citrus, florals and just a hint of pine. bready to slightly caramel malts. 3.5/5

Taste: opens up with hops, earthy with some tangerine and less floral and pine. malts are slightly sweet, fairly toasted and very german in character. some slight mineral taste to it. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, low bitterness. pretty refreshing. 3.75/5

Overall a definite improvement on bengali for me but still a tier under other sixpoint brews.

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Photo of patpbr
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a mason jar
A - Deep orange with an agressive head
S - Citrus and pine hops
T - like the smell citrus hops, pine, grapefruit and a bit fruity
M - Medium body and high carbination, but easy to drink
O - I have overlooked six point, will be trying more now.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What in the Sam Hill? What in the Sam Hill...? Raul is just done doggone perplexed. What is this bad boi?

Right when Raul popped the can, it smelled like Osirus. Raul was all stoked. But the flavor... Raul is like, "UHH!" But Raul is also like, "huh?" It's good like Robert DeNiro, but it's also bad like Robert DeNiro. Well, maybe not "bad," but, "huh?"

Try it like a tootsie pop my children, because if not, you may never know.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bengali Tiger pours a burnt-orange hue, with a mountainous, off-white head of froth. The head on this beast billows out so much during a power pour you'd think it was a Belgian Tripel. Great retention, too. The aroma was nice and zesty , consisting mostly of grapefruit. Flavor wise, there was a nice lemon & pine hop taste that was fairly straight forward. The finish gave me an orange bitterness, which I liked. This is a very light beer, and I did not get much of a malt backbone coming through at all, despite my expectations. Overall, the name's misleading, this is more of a tame, feminine type of beer for a summer's day. Conveniently in a can!

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Photo of willth
1.89/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Was really looking forward to this. This was my first Sixpoint Beer. Cracked it open and had it in a 16oz snifter. First beer of the night so no influence on my palate.

Appearance: Very nice straw/orange color. Noticed a lot of floating sediements, a little more then I am use to but in line with most non filtered ipa's.

Smell: First thing I smelled was the hops then the citrus. Not quite a grapefruit smell but along those lines.Then the pine needles exploded

Taste: This is where things went bad. I am not sure if it was a bad can (date was fine) but it tasted like a belgian ipa that finished with a weird sour hop note. For it being 62ibu i was thinking it would have a hoppier taste. The malt was a touch over powering. Not a very balanced ipa.

Mouthfeel: Malty but seemed under carbinated.

Overall: I hate dumping beer but i drank about 4 ounces and just couldn't drink anymore.
It just wasn't my thing where i love ipa's. Next im going to try Resin and hope thay is better then this.

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Photo of TGigs15
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not an over the top hops lover. This IPA was great for me. Great look to it with a decent sized head. You get a great aroma of the hops when your nose hits the glass. Crisp flavor with no lingering bitters on the aftertaste. Great beer. Will have many more of these.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip (best by 7/12/13)

A: It is a nice bronze amber that is quite cloudy with suspended sediment throughout. There was no head upon the pour and barely a small floating circle of a film. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

S: It smells of citrus and grapefruit, but overall it is quite faint. I am actually get hints of like a lambic or a geuze, maybe even cider notes. It is a fairly tame smell but it is quite pleasant.

T: The taste is mellow as well. There is no dominating flavor, but there isn't really too much complexity either. It is piney with a bit of resin, but these notes simply flavor the overall profile. I can't place the exact flavor, because it is so muted and of a monotone nature. The aftertaste is quite mellow too, it is a nice warm pine flavor that is very nice.

M: It is smooth with some pockets of carbonation that you feel on your tongue and in your mouth as you take a sip.

O: This is definitely not world-class, nowhere near. Not as strong as RESIN in all aspects, but also not as single-minded. It is a decent IPA that comes in a can, which seems to be its main selling point. I can't say that I am a fan really.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger head that lingers.

S-Bread, caramel and wheat. Some citrus hops and tad grass, not much though.

T-More malt than I'd like. Bread wheat, mild citrus and not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-Best before was in late May but still the beer seemed more malty than it should have been.

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