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Sixpoint Review #1 - Bengali Tiger
Posted Monday, July 11th, 2011 by Tip Top

One of our members is now a brewery rep for Sixpoint.  Adam was good enough to send me a sampler of the recently released cans from the brewery.  This is my first review in what will be a four part series focused on Sixpoint.  Thanks Adam!

Bengali Tiger is the brewery's take on the American IPA.  It comes in at 6.4% abv, 62 IBUs and 13 SRM.  Here goes.

This IPA pours a nice orange color with a slight chill haze.  There is a stream of tiny bubbles rising up through the body, which helps to sustain the head.  Head poured about an inch of beige foam.  Thick and frothy, it had really good staying power.  After a couple minutes, there was a thin film covering the surface along with thick lacing covering the sides of the glass.  Lacing turns web-like as I empty the glass.

Smells wonderful.  Tropical and citrusy hops are highlighted by a sweet malt base.  Pine and grapefruit along with a little bit of spiciness.

The flavor really follows through from the aroma.  Starts off sweet, with both the hops and the malt starting things off.  Sweet malt combines with fruity hops.  Hops stay for a bit while the malt fades into the background, showing orange, grapefruit, and a bit of piney flavor.  All the sudden, it switches it up a bit and brings on a nice biting bitterness.  The bitterness isn't really brash or overpowering.  It pricks the tongue through the rest of this, well into the aftertaste.  A bit of a return of the malt sweetness happens as the bitterness is fading.

Mouthfeel is both creamy and prickly at the same time.  The body is nice and smooth, almost creamy, but at the same time, the carbonation is pricking at your tongue.  Carbonation is fine, with tiny bubbles helping accentuate the bitterness of the hops.  Finishes clean, even if the aftertaste stays in your mouth for almost a minute.

This is a really nicely crafted IPA.  Well balanced, but still highlights what an IPA should, the hops.  Easy enough to drink that I'm upset I only have one.  I would rank this among the best IPAs that the East Coast has to offer and overall it can hold it's own with the country's finest.  Well worth checking out.  I think once you give it a chance, you'll find yourself going back to the store for more.