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 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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Photo of williamherbert
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a hazy light orange. Short-lived head. Nice hue that appears to glow from within.

Tremendous flowery, piney alpha hop aroma. Hint of bubble gum. Aroma is oily and resiny. More minor roasted malt.

Oily, piney hop flavor. Very fizzy and a bit spicy. Hops overpower. Woody and flowery is the name of the game here. Could use some more malt backbone, although some roasted malt does come through. Fruity spices at the end.

Has a kick to it in the mouth. Somewhat fizzy and bubbly. Overall, this beer's woody and flowery hops dominate. Spicy, bubbly and very nice for a couple.

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Photo of GFSchwab
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite an outstanding beer, having it on nitro-tap made it even better. The head was air-tight, rich and full of BIG hop aroma.

The taste was exceptional, full of floral and grassy notes, with citrus on the way out, simply outstanding. There was no cloying bitterness, however a welcoming blaket of hops as I finished each sip.

It was very light for such a big beer, even sessionable if I do say so myself.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Sunset Grill/Tap in Allston.

Golden amber body with a lot of white head and lacing.

Floral hop aromas very noticeable.

Taste is rather mild, but in a good way. Some sweetness up front followed by some hop bite. Very nice.

Good mouthfeel, and great drinkability. Very smooth, very balanced and tasty. I could drink this all night.

My first sixpoint brew, and I'm very impressed.

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Photo of speakorspasm
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're like me, you've probably been tired of the constant hop bombardment which seems to be the rage these days. You crazy kids with your hip hops! Anyway, I'm as big a fan of double IPAs as anyone, but the IPA style in general seems to have been overpowered by extremities of late. I feel like breweries are trying to outdo each other to make the "hoppiest" beer, with little regard for balance.

Bengali Tiger is an American IPA with its wits about it. In the nose, its floral hops that strike first, with a mild malty sweetness to back it up. Definitely reminiscent, at least, of Goldings. Rich amber in color with an unremarkable head. But you summon this one for its taste, assuredly. Rolling, earthy hops that sustain but never overpower, balanced with a subtle yet sturdy malt frame. This is the first SixPoint I had, and I'm impressed!

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Photo of F2brewers
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber color with a thick white head fill of bubbles. The head held for several minutes and left a nice lacing effectdown the glass.

Smell: Noticeble floral-pine-spicy hops (as opposed to citrus but there is a touch of candied fruit there too)...East Kent Goldings maybe? I use them often in my homebrew, but to get an effect like this would be so very, very nice. Definitely dry hopped.

Taste: Very hoppy up front with a more mild, balanced malty backbone. The hop flavor is consistent throughout the's not just up front and gone. The balance of bitter and sweet is quite good. The finish is dry without any lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated. No particular note on the size of the bubbles. The beer had a medium body.

Drinkability: If you're a fan of good, balanced IPAs with a little extra hop kick, this is a beer for you. The bitternes might be too much for some just getting into IPAs. That said, I think it has enough hop aroma and flavor to satisfy all but the most extreme hopheads out there. For me, the balance of malt and hop makes this a very drinkable beer.

I paired it next to a rack of Redbones' smokey Memphis ribs with hot-spicy barbecue sauce and was very, very pleased.

Thank you Sixpoint for coming back to MA.


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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Growler station at Consumer Bev. in Orchard Park,I have been looking forward to trying this for sometime.Poured into a nonic a clear copper/brass color with a thinner but well sustained white head that left no lace as it settled pretty quickly.Sharp citric and herbal notes in the nose with a light toastiness and caramel taking a backseat but notiecable,good sharp grapefruit rind bite upfront on the palate the hops really hit hard with some pine as well then it gently melds into a long caramel sweet,toasty finish that doesnt measure up to the hop attack but lets you know its there.A little thin after a few sips but the flavors are spot on a very nice hop-burp inducing IPA here.

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

Enjoyed this on Cask.

Minimal head from the cask, and what was there disipated rather quickly to a flat appearance. The color was a light brownish orange, although I was in a poorly lit area to be certain.

For an IPA, I would have to say the aroma was extremely mild. There was a hop presence on the nose but I had to search it out with some agressive inahlations.

The hops came through in flavor more easily than in aroma. It was subtle yet clearly present with a surprising malt backbone that came out in the finish.

The feel was extremely smooth, most likely due to the cask-conditioning. Carbonation was very light.

I had three 20oz pints and could have had a fourth if it wasn't for that fact I had to drive and it was a work night. It was very drinkable and made for a great session beer.

If someone is new to IPAs, this would be a great add to an IPA Starter Kit -- if such a thing existed.

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

A hazy amber with a nice foamy lacing head. Aromas of pine forest and fresh grapefruit. Sweet malt background with good balance of bitter hops...mostly grapefruit. Body medium , as was the carbonation. Nicely paired with the hot seafood sausage at Sierra Grille...with Thai sauce.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on at the Sierra Grille in Northampton. Served in an 8 ounce glass, the beer was wonderfully murky, dark amber-gold and a nice, thinned-out head. The smell had typical IPA aromas such as citrus, mostly orange, and other flavors such as malt. The taste was wonderfully sweet and citrusy, with a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was sharp and refreshing, really packing the drink with a good punch. Overall, IPA fans would enjoy this drink.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an intense hop aroma that is laid over a solid malt base of pale and crystal malts. This is one hoppy beer nose; nice! The taste is great also. It has a very bitter hop bite up front that resinates through to the finish. The malt bill is simple; pale and crystal malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the better IPA's out there. It's well balanced, yet intensely hoppy; a fine beer for sure.

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Photo of shaebs99
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been really impressed with the few Sixpoint beers that I have had and was eagerly anticipating the chance to try the Bengali Tiger. Finally able to do so when I picked up a growler a few weeks back at Superstar Beverage in Huntington

Poured from 64 oz growler into a pint glass. Poured a nice coppery color with a white head. Good head retention and lacing throughout

Smell: Nice citrusy hop aroma up front with some malty character

Taste: As you might expect the beer has a pronounced hop flavor. Starts with a nice fruity hop flavor as well as some nice malt character. A good balance between the bitter and sweet considering it is an IPA made in America.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and smooth

Overall I was not disappointed. I was able to enjoy this with my brother on the 4th of July and we both really enjoyed it. Very drinkable and will get when I come across it again

My taste score might be slightly skewed (perhaps a 4.0 is more appropriate) since I hadn't had an IPA for a little while and was looking forward to trying the Bengali for a few weeks, but I stand by my 4.5 until I try it again.

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Photo of mcallister
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel colored liquid amber. Very still and headless.

Very pine forward hops with candied citrus fruits backing things up. Tea aromas with only the slightest bit of malt in the way of toffee. Thick and chewy.

Nice easy drinker. No carbonation. Full toffee flavors and a caramel malt backbone. Peaches that have somehow grown on a pine tree with nectarine flowers growing beneath. Resiny hops and a bit unpleasing. Good beer, would like to try this non-cask.

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

I had this on cask at the Ginger Man. A very suitable cask beer, and the turnover is good here so it is fresh. A head with foam, opaque yellow amber body. Significant lace in the glass. Leafy hop aroma, and the taste is leafy bitter and drying. Definite hop fix here.

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Photo of TeddyBrew
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this one on cask at dba in NYC on a weekend afternon. This is just a really nice IPA. Super drinkable and great taste. The hops are strong but well-balanced in the overall flavor. I would prefer it to be lower ABV to make it more of a session beer. It has a substantial body, but is still refreshing. IMHO, I definitely prefer this fine ale over some of the IPA's out there that taste like they were made as part of a contest to see who can add the most hops to a micro-brew.

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Photo of sleazo
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark orange. Minimal head which disipates quickly. Nice hops on this nose. Piney and medicinal. The taste is moreof the same. Quite medicinal. Thin mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. I have had a lot better. Middle of the road. Not bad but not particularly good

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Photo of bonbright7
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this outstanding IPA at a dinner sponsored by Slow Food this evening in Cold Spring Harbor, NY and I was pleased to have had two pints off a tap.

The first pint was handed to me with a bubbly 2" head on it with a golden orange coloring below. The robust smell of grapefruit and hops reminded me of the Blue Point Cask festival's No Apologies. The taste was very smooth and full of a deepness of malts that made going for round two so easy. The citrus snap in the aftertaste reminded me of the ale's history.

I drank this as a perfect compliment to a dinner of sausages and mashed potatoes.

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

Thanks sixpoint

Pours a cloudly dark amber color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of hops, grapefruit, and slight caramel. The taste is hoppy and a nice touch of citrus and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little IPA from Sixpoint.

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

On tap at The Levee in Brooklyn.

Hazy - as expected due to the hops. Great head retention! Very nice lacing. Fruity and caramelish in the nose with lots of resiny and citrusy hops. A touch peppery? - or is that alcohol peeking through? Perhaps a combination with some piney hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and moderately crisp. Standard carbonation @ 2.57 to 2.64 volumes.

The flavor is malty (bready), bitter, and caramelish against the hops. Alcohol is present to a certain extent, but hey, it's an IPA! Hoppy, resinous! Beautiful! It finishes dry and bitter as might be expected.

Overall, a pretty damned decent IPA that offers lots of balance and drinkability. Enjoyed fresh - this is certainly worth trying!!!

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Photo of lehows
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at Bobbique in Patchogue. Awesome pour with some nice cascading going on. Settled to a light orange color with a creamy white head. Aromas of citrus and I also noticed some caramel too. Super creamy and full mouthfeel. This is a great american IPA and super drinkable.

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Photo of BBM
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask in Patchogue, NY. It poured a dark, cloudy amber color with a nice creamy white head. The aroma was a mixture of fruit and hops. A sweet smell, but not overpowering.

This is a very smooth IPA. There are big hops to be found, and it's the overwhelming flavor, but never overpowering. There are hints of dark fruit and maybe even wood. The mouthfeel is excellent and this is a very drinkable ale. A highly enjoyable India pale ale by Sixpoint.

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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong upfront resiny citrus hop and a distinct white pepper aroma.

The taste consisted of citrus and peppery hops and a solid doughy grain bill.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very nice IPA. Very drinkable and a nice experience on cask.

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Photo of box299
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Great color and taste... no head at all... not at all... I didn't expect much of one from a cask... but maybe something... Might be an issue with the bar where I tried it... I did like it though... I would like to have had a chance to try it on draft or even in a bottle to get the full idea of what it's like... I do like Cask beer in general but I don't think this was kept in the best condition.

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Photo of dherling
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a cask at d.b.a in NYC. Poured out an amber/orange color with a thin white head that was going nowhere. Lots of intense sweet and spicy hops in the nose, insanely floral. There some orange, and syupy sweetness there too. Floral hops hits your tongue and lead the charge here, followed by a somewhat viscous beer nectar delivering grapefruit, orange, bread, and a tiny amount of mint and honey. Although is has a slick mouthfeel, it finishes pretty dry, leaving behind only the hop bitterness. I am personally not a hop head or huge fan of overdoing hops or any flavor. I prefer a more balanced beer, but for the style, this way pretty damn good.

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

Ah yes...Bengali on cask at Bobbique's in Patchogue, NY.
Honey in color with a full finger of the creamiest, white head I've seen in some time.
An explosion of fruity hops in the nose with a malty sweetness to balance out the nose.
The taste was the bombardment of hops I was seeking last night...mainly citrus with a touch of piney cones in the finish. The sweet quality was there, but only to help balance out the bitterness and succeeded quite nicely.
Mouthfeel was divine and the carbonation was mellow in its current condition.
Love the Bengali IPA, but a real treat to find it on cask...enjoying the hell out of this one was a no brainer.
I may have to head out again tonight to revisit.

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