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RATINGS: 711   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Courtesy of northernbrews

Can: The aroma consists of oranges, grapefruit, and a touch of tropical fruit. It pours a mostly transparent amber with a touch of haze and a small yellow tinged off-white head. The flavor starts with light tropical fruit, some sort of spice, and a touch of caramel. The finish has moderate citrus and mild grapefruit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, decent but there’s a strange spiciness that I’m not a big fan of.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cavie (3750) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Can courtesy mora2000. Pours a hazy orange color with a ring of white head. Aroma is veggies, sharp hops, and pickles. Flavor is dry, bitter hops and some grains. Finishes with more bitter leafy hops.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickTStiles (707) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2011
pours clear dark amber with a thin white head and lots of stripey lacing. aroma is baking soda with a hint of hops. taste has a cat piss quality to it in addition to pine and citrus. finish is bitter. This is an odd beer. it seems well made but there is a strong, unpleasant quality to it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (6535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2011
473 ml can. Brooklyn, NY.
Reddish amber colour with small off-white head. Darkish fruity hoppy aroma with bitterness, grapefruit, pine and resin. Bitter hoppy flavour. Resin and some maltiness. Balanced. Bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable IPA.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10640) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2011
A: The beer pours a cloudy light amber color with a huge white head that sticks to the glass. S: This is an IPA? Very...bland aroma. Mostly bread and pale malts with just a hint of floral hops and maybe some tea. Just a little bit of citrus peel and that’s about it. T: The flavor is similarly unremarkable. There is a light bitterness and just a bit of grassy and floral hops. Mild citrus peel notes and a little bit of tea here, too. M: Medium in body with the carbonation just on the low side of medium. O: Amazingly bland for an IPA. I’ve had some pretty decent beers from Sixpoint, so this was a bit of a letdown for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2011
So I been seeing this beer in cans and being sold in MA now, plus i saw a few beertubers i follow rating it, so I bought one of their 4 packs. I have been told this has become a wildly popular beer in NYC where it is brewed. It pours a orange color (tiger orange?) with an impressive foamy head. plenty of tight bubbles rising from the center of my pint glass. First and foremost of aromas is pine, not just pine needles or resin but also some pine wood to be honest. dough malt smell behind that. I can feel the carbonation up front on the tongue and the bread malt hits first followed my a medium bitter and sweetness, finishing tongue tieing bitterness. A well balanced ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Small Gathering @my place-16oz can-thanks Justin-pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is orange/pine, some light/medium malt. Taste is orange/pine hops, secondary light/medium malt-some caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
16oz. can. Pours hazy coppery orange with a medium beige head. Aromas of sweet mango and sugary spruce needles, as well as some dough. The flavor is sweet, with slightly tart orange and bitter grapefruit and citrus seeds. A little astringent. Medium to high carbonation, with the mild astringency making this a little tough to drink toward the end of the glass. Alright, I guess, but I wouldn’t seek it out again. [757]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1more4dessert (329) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Hazy gold, lots of bubble and tight creamy head.smell is pinesol and tropical fruit. does remind me of Stone’s anniversay Emperial IPA though darker in color and maltier. Mouthfeel soft and non-drying. Description says dry hop is EKG. I think I detect Simcoe and Cascade as well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1137) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
I poured a 16oz can into a stout glass (yeah I know it’s not the right glass, but watch my video review for an explanation).

Appearance: Dark orange/burnt umber color. Mostly transparent, but some hop haze to it with some carbonation visible. Forms a large, fluffy, frothy, off-white head which retains and laces extremely well (which is how the beer got its name).

Smell: Intense, rich pine tree grove, with slightly buttery notes and floral perfumey aromas as well.

Taste: When I think of what an "East Coast IPA" might taste like, Bengali Tiger’s palate is exactly what I envision. Immediate hop bitterness as soon as it touches the tongue. Not a dry, chalky bitterness but more of a richer, more refined bitterness. The second half is almost another beer entirely with a sweet, juice-like taste of tropical fruits - guava, kiwi, papaya and mango. Definitely not citrusy - its entirely too rich and sweet to carry the tartness of grapefruit.

This is a very delectable palate, and perfectly balanced, too. It satisfies on its own, but it actually has a "performance value" when paired with a meal. The hop bitterness is enough to compliment food, but without a distracting or lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Soft, thick and gentle with little noticeable carbonation. Bitter throughout with lingering, but easily tolerable hop aftertaste that isn’t drying.

Drinkability: While not refreshing per se, Bengali Tiger is a fun and easy beer to drink mostly because of how well it performs. The delicious palate, low carbonation and soft mouthfeel make this a very smooth beer going down. The 6.4% ABV is actually surprisingly low as it has the energy level of something much stronger, but not the bulkiness.

Overall, this is one of the best examples of an IPA (especially of the East Coast variety), and a fun, easy beer to drink.


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