Sixpoint Bengali Tiger


Six Point Bengali TogerThere’s a noted difference between traditional English IPAs and the more powerful hop bombs that have come to be known as West Coast IPAs.

The English IPAs were Pale Ales only hopped enough to allow them to survive the long voyage to British troops in India. This was done because hops, along with a higher alcohol content, act as a natural preservative.

West Coast IPAs, on the other hand, are a celebration of the hops themselves. They are a uniquely American creation, an extreme version of a beer style that was born out of necessity.

The two styles are two ends of a spectrum, and if one were to place Sixpoint’s Bengali Tiger on that spectrum, it would fall closer to the traditional English IPA style.

The beer pours an orange/amber color with an off-white head. The lacing is impressive. It has a fairly standard nose for an IPA, a lot of grapefruit, citrus, some melon, with a bit of piney resin.

The beer has a fairly creamy mouthfeel with a light body. The hops are definitely present, but not overwhelming. It has a surprisingly malty, bready taste at first followed by a fair amount of fruit in the mid-palate. There’s a solid amount of grapefruit and citrus flavor, followed by a refreshing bitter dryness of the end.

As I said before, this beer has more in common with traditional English IPAs than it does with the more modern West Coast IPAs. Hop-Heads should not go into this beer expecting a lupulin-based assault on their palates. Instead, go in expecting a well balanced beer that pays equal attention to its malt and hop bills. This is a beer that is easy to drink that provides a refreshing, bitter, malty breadiness with an impressive dash of citrus.

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 pints

If you liked this, try: Brooklyn East India Ale, Samuel Smith India Ale or Yards IPA

Please check with your local Bottle King store for current inventory.

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2 comments

  1. “Balanced” is the key with this beer. While a lot of hop heads probably have some criticism of this beer because it does not taste like a flower, I like this style and would probably give it 4 out of 5.

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  2. Great assesment of this one. I was expecting a hop bomb when I ordered this the first time. Certainly a tamer version of IPA. Nice beer though.

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