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RATINGS: 798   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Sixpoint Bengali Tiger is reminiscent of the century-old English IPA. In my perspective, many current IPAs suffer from lacking substance; unbalanced by a hoppy assertiveness that is not substantiated by a strong foundation of rich malt flavors. Our interpretation uses the highest-quality, floor-malted base malt, which lends a full-bodied and rich caramel flavor. We mash at high temperatures and add generous amounts of specialty malts to further emphasize a strong foundation of malt as leverage for our generous additions of hops… Which are indeed generous. We use a total of three different hop strains, and add a total of six different additions throughout the process. The Bengali Tiger has a hoppy snap upfront, but strides at a steady pace, and finishes balanced. The signature characteristic of the Tiger is the aroma… we use massive quantities of whole East Kent Goldings hops to dry hop in our conditioning tanks. The result? The essential oils from the hops are an enticing treat before every sip. Notice the lacing of stripes around the pint glass as you finish your glass; it’s the mark of the Tiger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4025) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2012
This has a gorgeous nose on it with some great floral notes. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a moderate head. A bit sour for an IPA that’s independent of the hoppiness, which is actually minimal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
Can. Cloudy amber body with a short, fizzy off-white head. Malty aroma of grain, leafy hops, caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A slight chemical taste in the finish. Lingering bitterness. Didn’t especially like the first can. But on the second go-around, the malt-hop balance grew on me. This is not a hop-centric IPA. Tastes of melons and orange with grass and grain notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lbecker (43) - Brookline, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2012
Nicest appearance ever, just perfect head retention. Aroma could be improved. highly recomend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2595) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2012
Can. Almost clear, amber liquid with medium foamy off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of citrus, grapefruit, resin, earthy and fresh hops, pine, biscuity malt and lemongrass. Taste is dry, medium to highly bitter with notes of fresh hops and toasty malt. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Really drinkable with lots of hoppy action.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Michbeerlover (145) - - APR 27, 2012
Strong, piney aroma. One of the strongest I have ever smelled. Flavor is a bit muted compared to the smell. Nice hoppy aftertaste though. Good, certainly worth a try... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
East Kent goldings are great hops in a bitter and for many other applications but I really wish people would stop replacing the hops in their IPAs w/ them and calling the beer an English-style IPA. The pretense of a reinventing a historic style that nobody really knows the taste without using historical brewing methods of can easily be smelled above the goldings which are altogether too subtle of a hop to make for a good IPA to the modrern palate. Case in point: Sixpoint Bengali Tiger. There is nothing wrong w/ it per say. It has reasonable balance and isn’t too sweet. But the gentle earthy spice character of the hops is lost when used in such quantities and takes on sort of a weird herbal, tutt-fruity quality that simply isn’t as good as the vibrant citric hops. Maybe they should try shipping this beer around the horn of Africa because it will perhaps fair better to the local fair in India than it does compared to the stuff we brew here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2012
Can and rated on 4-22-2012. Poured a medium frothy, fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting. There was a fair amount of lacing, a hazy body, fizzy, slow rising carbonation, and a golden hue. The Aroma was malty, some caramel, semi-sweet, fruity, pine and earthy hops. The Flavor was bitter, malty, caramel, piney and has a semi-dry finish. The Mouthfeel waas tingly and this is a medium bodied IPA. Overall, this beer has a very nice hoppy flavor which left a mild lingering hoppy aftertaste. This beer is worthy of a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttutony (735) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
Hazy copper color in the glass with minimal white head. Aroma of citrus and resiny hops. Finds a nice balance on the palate with an assertive hop bitterness backed by a bready malt background. Lingering bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (8112) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2012
473 ml can. Shared with _angst_ and Marsiblursi at The Rover on April 22, 2012
BB 08 AUG 2012
Hazy amber color, medium sized yellow head. Malty, earthy, European hoppy scent. Malty, earthy, hoppy, some alcohol, yeast (brown bitter yeast), bitter taste. Sugary finish. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
Bitterness is not so much from hops I’d say, more remeniscent from yeast and alcohol. Very weird and even a bit foul bitterenss. Initially put a bit higher in taste, but the bitterness puts me off so much I’d not want to buy this beer again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2012
Big can (woo hoo!) I’m eager to try this on the heels of the IIPA I had from Sixpoint a little while ago (Resin), so we’ll see how it holds up. Pours a dingy amber with a decent but ephemeral head . Looking closer reveals a little bit of particulate debris swirling around as well as some small streams of bubbles, but nothing really wildly active as far as late-releasing carbonation. Aromas are understated for an IPA... kind of an herbal edge with a little bit of pine and some lemon, but they are more subtle than I expected. Flavor is OK, but as far as IPA’s go, this one isn’t my cup of tea, so to speak. There is a decent caramel backbone which is a little more dominant than I would have liked, and the hops presence is more medicinal and herbal than I would have cared for. Much more English than American as far as IPA’s are concerned. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy for the style and finish is sweet with a pine/medicinal edge.

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