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 khiasmus
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went for a hike today. Autumn day in the mountains. Looking out from a steep hill, I could see the different shades of amber in the trees, reminiscent of the lightly cloudy amber that is the tiger's hide of Sixpoint Bengal. A finger of head settles atop, and drops to a mild whirlwind atop the liquid.
Someone pushed me from behind, and I fell end over end down the hill. The branches of evergreens were breaking around me, and the sap aroma filled the air as much as my shirt. The grapefruit in my pocket turned to a pulp, and made it look as though I had pissed myself. That aroma mixed with the sap covering me, and I had to pick the earth and pine needles from my teeth.
The carbonation is medium, and the finish is bitter and lightly dry. It's filling but otherwise quite drinkable for 6/50. I'd have another, and considering that there are two of us on this growler, I think we just might.
I didn't break any bones, amazingly. Just a few cuts on my hands. It was a wild ride, and that aroma is stuck in my mind...

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've shied away from this beer in the past. "Just another ipa, every brewery has one", "there's 18 other taps in this joint I haven't tried", "the assistant brewer is like 15", etc. etc. :P

So... growler fill from Whole Foods. Poured into my Ommegang Anniversary glass since I don't have enough Sixpoint bumper stickers to make my own chalice.

Cloudy, muddled, orange/brown body. Big gurgle on the pour thanks to my unsteady hand; krausen-like head.

From the nose, I'm anticipating something juicy. Intense enough to be confused for a DIPA in most instances. Grapefruit juice, tangerines, the oils from the skins of both of those, along with a noticeable spiciness partially imparted by the yeast, but also by something floral that I can't really pinpoint. Dry malt in the background is a faint distraction.

More rindy then juicy like I anticipated. An absorbent bready beginning, white meat watermelon sweetness upfront, followed by an astringent, puckering bitterness, dusty wheat(is there wheat in here?), salt, & what seems like muted cayenne of all things.

Carbonation is mid range, but sizzles enough to cut the body some. Wheaty at times, & thicker then average.

Couldn't quite finish the growler in one shot. Still had a jug of rye to attack. Probably couldn't/wouldn't anyway.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I seem to be in the minority in finding that this beer is too overwhelmingly hoppy for my taste. I will try to be objective nonetheless.

Pours a very hazy orange-copper color. Half inch head dissapates quickly and has virtually no lacing.

Scent is slightly on the hoppy side but provides no warning of what the taste holds in store.

Upon tasting, the taste of hops is overpowering and overwhelming. I found it difficult to discern other flavors above this.

If you enjoy a hoppy beer, this is the one for you I guess.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer. Served in a pint glass, it was a hazy darkish orange color with a thick white head and a lot of lacing. While there was a little bit of caramel malt in the aroma, there was more of a floral and citrus note. The malt came through more in the taste, and balanced the pine and grapefruit quite nicely. I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of biegaman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum in NYC.

A still terracotta colour that reminds one more of a rustic Tuscan countryside than a humid jungle coastline in South Asia. By Sixpoint's own admission the beer is hazy; I'd say that's downplaying it a little. The beer is completely bleary, as if someone had kicked up a pile of dust. It works, however, because colour and complexion suit one another well. To boot, a big handful of super frothy tapioca pudding was spooned over top.

These kinds of intense American IPA's typically expose the really hoppy side of beer. Often, however, there are more exceptions than there are rules. While this surely meant to put hops in the spotlight it also insisted they share the stage with the malts - as it turns out, it's the malts that seem to be stealing the show. It's a resounding scent of singed caramel and with it a squirt of citrus juice and a few shavings of zest.

The malts notwithstanding, there was never ever any doubting that there are plenty of hops in here. The suggestion of both fresh and dried fruits is nothing short of boisterous; the hops are clearly good at what they do. The beer has all the tang of a freshly squeezed orange juice and boasts ripe, fruity flavours of pineapple and coconut. The hops will also show their herbal side and reveal more floral notes, hints of green tea and whiffs of jasmine.

Bengali Tiger probably uses up a hop farm the size of Bangladesh but it never looses its balance; it is more than just a hop juice smoothie. Those malts were strong-armed enough to imprint notes of almonds, toffee and crisp toast. Their sugary sweetness will cause incessant lip licking. Their sweetness mutes a lot of the bitterness which otherwise would probably get away from you. This drinks like it's on cask. Wow I'm impressed!

Bengali Tiger certainly earns Sixpoint their stripes. Hopefully, unlike the animal, this beer will never be at risk of extinction. And hopefully, unlike the animal, this brewery might leave their habitat once in a while. It might sound funny telling people one of my favourite beers is the Bengali Tiger, an American India Pale Ale, but who cares?! This is a tremendously well balanced beer and I can't imagine a more exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while Nice lacing develops.

Smell: caramel sweetness, floral hops, and grapefruits are easily detectable.

Taste: follows the nose as the caramel and green grape sweetness is nicely balanced with some graperuit and a decent but not overpowering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is soft and lasts a bit.

Drinkability: superb flavored beer that goes down easy. If you are looking for an IPA that doesn't overload your tastebuds, this is the beer for you. Great session ale.

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Photo of applky
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset.

Wow! This beer is fantastic. An instant favorite, especially among American single IPAs. This is a category that's glutted with mediocre beers, and along with the Deschutes Inversion, this is one of the more interesting, complicated IPAs on offer.

A fantastic, hazy, orangey-brown color -- slightly opaque, which seems to be a Sixpoint trademark. A delicious nose: all kinds of herbs and summer fruit balanced by a strong but not overly-assertive bitterness. Well-rounded hoppiness in the taste -- East Coast breweries! steering clear of the Pine-Sol flavor that seems to be all the rage on the West Coast. A surprising depth of flavor that stays constant long into the aftertaste without an overly-malty bitterness on the finish.

All in all, a fantastic brew from one of the best breweries in the U.S. I would buy this beer in six packs if Sixpoint bottled their beers. I would buy them by the case.

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Photo of scootny
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orangy gold. Moderately active carbonation. thin head that stays and good lacing all the way down.

Smell is piney hops with good depth. Caramel malt between a slight funkiness.

Big full malt body that quickly gives way to a dry and enveloping hop funk. Crackers linger after the swallow. Dry finish that lingers in a tantalizing fashion.

Chewy heavy medium weight. Tingly carbonation that cleans and dries.

Drinkability is great. Easy to quaff. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, but it is there so be careful.

From tasting notes 6/10/2008

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Photo of Nickls
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a good finger worth of slightly off-white, frothy head. Hazy copper-brown color, and had nice lacing in sample.

S - Citrusy-grapefruit hop aroma with excellent malt sweentess

T - Grapefruity hops right up front that continue nicely throughout the sample that are backed up with a bready malt sweetness

M - Medium MF, which is close to a bit creamy and viscous with very light carbonation

D - Really easy to quaff given the balance. Pretty complex for the style, and really easy to enjoy.

Overall, this is perhaps one of the more balanced examples that I've had in the style. Very rich and complex, and I think it's outstanding. Highly recommend.

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

Reviewed on 7/29/08. Growler from Big Z. Pours an orange/amber with a small white head. Aroma of citrus hops and wheat. Flavor of bitter hops finish. Wheat and bready presence with a light citrus. Slight heaviness--this beer tastes more like a DIPA even though it is actually an IPA. Interesting beer and pretty tasty, although its hops presence is mostly subdued.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of bonbini26
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Cask @ the blind tiger 09-14-08

A- Poured into a mug an amber/orange color with a minimal white head that quickly diminished to nothing.

S- Huge hops on the nose here with some pine and citrus notes.

T-Tastes like the smell, heavy duty hops, pine and grapefruit with a mild bitterness.

M- Such a nice hop balance attacking the pallet

D- This drinks very smooth with little fizz, and could drink this all day

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded in brown hued orange. Airy citrus nose. Smooth flavor. Citrus and floral tones are there, but I do believe the cask conditioning has calmed the hop intensity of this one. After having a massive amount of this at a previous job, the distinct profile is basically seared in my memory. Feel is smooth, just like a cask should be. Very easy to drink...on cask at least.

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

I tried a sampler of this on tap at Great Jones Cafe during a Six Points tasting. Did I happen to mention that the joint provides ribs and wings for free instead of pretzels and popcorn?

A: Poured into a pint glass, with slightly hazy copper color. The head was quite thin as you get with higher ABV beers but a strong retetion to say the least. Lacing was for the most part non-existant sans a paperclip rim.

S: The nose gave off some fruit and candy, perhaps more caramel which i've found in many Six Points beers. Dash of hops and perhaps pepper spice or pine hops.

T: A low level hop bomb hit my mouth with the first quaff. Bitter at first, due to citrus of grapefruit perhaps, which i expected with a bready malt surrouning, and then following the nose of the sweetness from the caramel.

M: Medium and crisp with standard carbonation. My drinkin' buddy was in search of the hop level % but I got that there info from a fellow member below.

D: A solid IPA and something I would recommend to the Pale Ale blokes that need more bite and power. Very clean finish and spiceyness and overall good mixture of ingredients was what I recalled the most from this brew.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden amber color. Still poured with a finger of white head. No lacing but it is a growler so that is forgiven.

S: Freshly crushed hops. Just like the sam adam's commercial! A very solid almost spicy malt backbone right behind it.

T: A strange and wonderful mix of sweet malt and bitter hops. Never had an IPA quite like this before. Its like an english IPA after smoking PCP for 10 hours straight. That is the highest compliment I can give the brewer.

M: Nice sticky mouthfeel. Just coats everything nicely without being syrupy. Carbonation was good for a growler.

D: Great beer. Would love to sit out on a patio on a nice day and quaff this. Sixpoint is 2/2 for me. Get more stuff up to Albany.

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

I had this beer on tap this evening @ cantebury ales. All around this is a very good beer, not your typical IPA by any means. This beer poured a cloudy amber with a white head. It smelled of citrus and malts. The flavor was very smoother, extremely malty for an IPA but a very nice tasting beer. The mothfeel was very pleasant as it was very nicely carbonated and it is a very drinkable beer imo

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Elmwood Village Beer Merchant. Hazy dark gold with a long lasting head and good lacing. Aroma is a mix of things with nothing really standing out. Lemon, pine and pepper. This a very spicy IPA that is well balanced. I was afraid after reading about this beer that the malt would be too sweet but it wasn't. Nicely done!

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Photo of chuckd123
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the Bengali on tap at Sunset Grille in Boston this weekend. Nice coppery color with very good head and lacing that would not end. Taste is a nice mix of maltiness and hoppiness, I wouldn't call it over-hopped, but up there with say a DFH 90 min. Smells of citrus but doesn't knock you over. Very drinkable, could easily have 3 or 4 of these in a night.

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Photo of Jerico
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark, copper/caramel color. A small fluffy head. The beer hugs the glass for a bit when taking a swig.

S - Hops, and lots of 'em!

T/M/D - this beer is a pleasant surprise! It is thick and punchy, and very hoppy. It reminds me of DFH90 but with less of an apricot taste, and a slightly burnt character. Delicious!

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured into a pint glass...

A- Hazy burnt orange color with a nice cream colored off white head. Spider-web lacing...

S- Smell was extremely hoppy with a hint of herbally mint.

T- Taste was bitter as hell with a huge hop punch. There is a caramel side to this one as well, adding an undeniable sweetness.

M- Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, smooth.

D- Real nice IPA here. All the qualities that I like in an IPA, nice job Sixpoint. Pleasantly pleased!

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Photo of Pleepleus
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a Gravity cask at Blind Tiger in NYC early May 2008, reviewed from notes.
Poured into a mug an amber/orange color with a minimal white head that quickly diminished to nothing. Huge hops on the nose here with some pine and citrus notes. Tastes like the smell, heavy duty hops, pine and grapefruit with a mild bitterness. Reminds me of one of favorite beers "Nugget Nectar" except for the almost nonexistent carbonation. This drinks very smooth with little fizz, and I finished this one rather quickly. I had another just to be sure I enjoyed it as much as I clearly did.

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Photo of dfillius
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug from gravity cask at Blind Tiger in NYC
A: Translucent greenish-goldish-amber. Big bubbles on top look almost soapy :-( Lots of yeast in suspension. I want finer bubbles and more head. I love cask conditioned ales, and this had very low carbonation.
S: Tropical fruit! WOW, man candy. Pineapple? Passion Fruit? Guava? Definitely mango! This smells terrific.
T: A good hoppiness, the tropical fruit melds well with the caramel maltiness. A little flat taste though with a yeasty off flavor.
M: Warmish and not carbonated much at all. More carbonation please. Feels almost like juice, not beer.
D: Good, but needs a little more body and carbonation.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first beer I had on my NYC/BKLYN pub tour. Grabbed a pint at Mug's Ale House. The color was a bright orange hue, with little carbonation and only a small head. Some lacing on the glass. The smell tingled my nostrils. You can just tell this beer has some bite. The first sip was a wallop of hops. Very bitter, but not to the point of undrinkability. For a hop head, this must be liquid gold. For a casual IPA drinker, this one was a bit harsh. But I had to get a NY beer in a NY bar, and I am glad that I was able to try this version. A well made IPA, to say the least.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Sunset Grill and Tap.

Appearance is a nice orange medium amber, crystal clear, with a slight white head.

Aroma is notably hoppy, earthy and floral with a hint of malt, too.

Flavor has a hint of roastiness, low sweetness, with a bit of grassiness or earthiness.

Nice bitter bite, well balanced with the flavor and aroma.

Very nicely drinkable beer. Nice, complex flavor and aroma, too. IPA is a category with a lot of competition and a lot of imbalanced examples. Sixpoint's is a winner.

I would have had a second pint, but this one just barely lost out to Sixpoint Masons Black Wheat so I had another pint of that instead. Two wins on my first exposure to Sixpoint--skilled brewers who I'll be looking for.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. IPA are typically not my favorite style, but I think this is one of the better ones that I have tried and I am really coming around to the style. It was served on tap in a pint glass. It was a great clear orange color with a strong hoppy aroma and flavor. It was also bitter and also had some floral notes, but smooth and very enjoyable to drink. I would have had another and will be trying to locate some in the near future. Highly recommended.

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Photo of leif86
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Perfect mouthfeel in my opinion, feels silky smooth. The head is just as silky - like you would expect from a Guinness. Great amber appearance as well. Perfect balance of sweet and bitter for an IPA and not too flowery or grassy. As far as drinkability goes I could put several away, but as a with most IPAs the bitterness tends to dominate the palate over time - so that's the only reason I marked it down in this category.

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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 2,324 ratings.
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