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Review of Sixpoint Bengali Tiger

25 Apr
It’s time for another craft beer review everyone.  For today’s drinking pleasure I’m going to be trying the Sixpoint Bengali Tiger produced by the Sixpoint Brewery located in Brooklyn, New York. 

This is another brewery that we have just recently started getting in my area and I’m glad because the Sixpoint brews that I’ve tried thus far have been very favorable and enjoyable.  I’ve heard a great deal about the Bengali Tiger, so I’m really excited about trying it.   

From the website, sixpoint.com, we find the description of this beer.

What immortal hand or eye.  Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

The Sixpoint homebrewed IPA interpretation. Blaze orange in color, with an abundance of citrus hop bitterness, and a full pine and grapefruit bouquet in the aroma.

Sounds pleasing enough.  Let’s drink it.

This brew comes in a 16 oz. can and it has an ABV of 6.4%.

It poured an orange to pale amber color with a slightly off white head of real nice size.  It was a bit soapy and rocky, however the retention time was good and the lacing was patchy and clingy.  A new ring of foam was left after every sip.

The smell presented a solid dose of citrus along the lines of grapefruit, oranges and a touch of peach.  It was also quite piny with some sort of spice.  Like what one might find in rye bread or rye beers.  Some underlying caramel sweetness became noticeable through the middle and toward the back end.  Some breadiness really began to stand out as the brew warmed too.

The initial taste let the orange and grapefruit citrus shine.  Again, tones of caramel sweetness and bready malt, which really calmed the citrus down after a few moments.  Piny and earthy hops added some nice tickles of bitterness, while a creamy flavor helped to round off the overall tasting experience.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Mostly dry and crisp, but somehow chewy, creamy and sticky at the same time.  The carbonation was great and a nice dose of flavor was left on the palate after each sip.

Man, this beer was super easy to drink.  I believe I could pound several of these during one setting with no problem whatsoever.  I, personally, don’t think it’s quite on par with some of the “big” IPA’s that are out there, however I don’t necessarily think that was what Sixpoint was going for with this brew.  It seems to be more along the lines of a great, little, hoppy beer that doesn’t try to overwhealm or intimidate.  I know it was a blast to drink that’s for sure and I’ll definitely pick it up again sometime.  Without question, it would suit me well as Spring gives way to Summer.  Have you guys ever tried the Bengali Tiger?  What did you think?  Be sure to let me know in the comments if you’d like.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+   

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Country: USA, Sixpoint

 

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