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