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Bengali Tiger | Sixpoint Brewery

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3.94/5
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2,328 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
587
Ratings:
2,328
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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124
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 2,328 |  Reviews: 587
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with a big 1.5 finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to a very thick layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. There is some very significant lacing observed.

S: Lots and lots of hoppy aromas are present in this beer which has an intense smell. You can detect lots of citrus as well as pine/resin hops in the aroma which makes the beer very inviting to me.

T: Follows the aroma but the bitterness is not as intense as I might have expected based on the intensity of the smell. There is a nice complexity to the flavor with lots of citrus and pine/resin hop characteristics coming through.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: This is a really nice affordable every day IPA for me, the flavors are complex enough and delicious. This is a sessionable beer and something I like to pair with spicy Asian food - a regularly appearing beer in my fridge. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer as well.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Horseshoe Pub

Light creamy head fades slowly bit of lacing, over clear golden orange light reddish color.

Nose plenty of fresh hops, citrus, orange rind, light pine, little fresh resinous hop, light sweet malts under.

Taste is semi sweet, plenty of fresh hops, light pine, tons of citrus andv orange rind, light resins again, fairly bitter, light sweet malty backbone, finishes me bitter, little sticky, lingering hops citrus, little mint, chewy and fruity hops.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb but slightly under carbonated (not a fault of the beer).

Overall good, nice hops, nice malt balance but leaves the hops to take the show, doesn't get overly bitter.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but not one of the better IPA’s that I’ve had.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at J. Ryan's in Syracuse last weekend. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brought forward a moderate amount of hops -- citrus and some pine, mostly. The flavor had a bit of a malt backbone with some light bread. Taste was slightly grainy, and added in a bit of hop flavor. Some pine and just a bit of citrus. Medium body with a bit of a bitter, dry finish. Not a bad brew, but not something I would go out of my way to try again, though I love that they're canning now.

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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Sweaty hops and some caramel malt.

T - Spicy hope up front with notes of graperuit and lemon pith. Some caramel and red apple yeast character in the middle. Finishes with strong bitterness as well as more pine and sweaty hop character.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nicely done, the aroma is a bit mild, but the flavor makes up for it with a pungent flavor and a well balanced finish.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber in the glass with pretty good foam. On the hazy side. Fair carbonation in the mouth. Fairly light body.

Big mouthful of hops, but more of a generic bitter sort. Aroma is pleasant, however, with some resiny hints. A little soapy taste along with the grapefruit rind. Not my favorite. Lightweight stuff with more alcohol than it needs. Leafy and herbal with some lemon.

On the other hand, the stuff is quite flavorful. I would give it a higher rating if the hops were more interesting. It still ends up just tasting bitter. From the tall can purchased at the Foodery in Philadelphia.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured a hazy golden orange with a small, dense, white head that laced well. Fragrant esters in the nose, citrus zest and mild piney hops. Orange and grapefruit in the taste, sweet malts, and white wine; a bit grassy. Crisp and pleasantly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, good and drinkable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Kegatron
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of robust off-white head. This retains with a foamy ¼ finger that leaves back a rich cascade of sticky lacing which hang in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a combination of floral and herbal tones, with that deep herbal character REALLY picking up as this warms. Pine and some light peppery spice mingle in as well, as does an underlying zesty citric smelling bitterness. The malts add just a light sugary doughiness to the edges of nose, mainly staying in the background of this.

The taste is muted flavors of grapefruit and herbal notes, which at least segue into a dry feeling finish of pith and pine. The malt profile mostly has a grainy sweetness to it that offers up some balancing sugars but that seems to be the extent of it, as the focus here seems to mostly be on the hops (or what is left of them). The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft crispness that is undercut by a mellow and slick herbal feel. Alcohol is mostly well hid, with just some light warmth in the finish. This is solid.

This beer was about 2 months old in the can when I had it and the hops shouldn’t have faded this much in that length of time. It’s a shame to, because I’ve had this beer on draft, really liked it, and could feel the promise of a solid American IPA there on the edges of this. It just wasn’t to be. I understand that they are still getting their groove down on this canning line and hopefully things will improve. I’d be willing to check out a fresher example down the line.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Cloudy orange-light amber color. Good head that needs some settling before a second pour is made. Light lace.

Like many bar pours, this has a mild aroma with good balance (more to the hoppy side, naturally). I question the cleanliness of the glasses because there are some off smells I associate with poor washing techniques.

The taste starts off with a light toasted, biscuity flavored malt. The hop bitterness overwhelms this flavor quickly. Nice flowery elements. The body is as expected.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 8 Aug 2012

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & great head retention

S: Grassy, not a ton of nose here

T: Bready notes followed by dryness along with much grapefruit up front, some grassy & grainy notes too up front. Much grapefruit as this warms, along with some bready sweetness & a touch of pineapple as this warms, plus a touch of pineyness. Finishes grassy, crisp & piney

MF: Creamy, medium bodied, good balance

Drinks easy, but not a great AIPA by any means, glad I got to try it & would happily drink it again. But was hoping for world class

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I CAN only hang my head in shame - I have been bested at mine own game. First, I planned to allude to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens until I realized that it was the wrong animal! Then, I fell back to Wm. Blake's "The Tiger" until I pulled up the text of the poem and remembered the lines which were semi-quoted on the CAN! Bugger all, m'lord! Thank goodness it did not take place on a Friday when my poetry association would be meeting. What's that, Jeeves? TODAY IS Friday !?! Oh, the shame, the horror of it all. Lord Steve Carr would be so disappointed in his charge ...

From the CAN: "What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry? [Wm. Blake] 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."

Oh ho, El Tigre is in the glass! He is a tawny beauty, following the Crack & Glug and he understands that while he is powerful, Woody is the Master of the CANQuest (TM) and he may not unleash the full fury of which he is capable without the possibility of a drainpour. The mere mention of which makes him pull the two tawny fingers of his tail back upon himself, leaving heavy tracks in its wake. His body is long and sleek, a deep orangish-amber with the slightest of haze, as though to add to the distraction. What distraction, you ask? His musk! He smells like a pine forest, where he likes to hide and roll around so that he takes on a resinous quality. "The better to fool you with," he snarls, baring his bitter teeth and their attendant breath. This tiger has no culture and it will be left to me to tame him. Aaaagggh! From the instant that he is in my mouth, he is clawing and thrashing around, his intense bitterness taking no prisoners, initially, until the natural malty pheromones and adrenalin kick in and Woody again has the upper hand. Finish is strangely soothing, tea like in its lack of intensity following the initial attack. Sadly, it is of no matter, as the two of us will be locked in immortal combat with no quarter asked and none given. We will be in this cage until the end of beer, each trying to best the other with no outcome in sight. Or maybe I'll opt for Door # 2, the one with the Lady, vice the Tiger ...

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 2,328 ratings
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