Wednesday, July 6th 2011
(Sixpoint Craft Ales)
A very much anticipated canned release from Sixpoint. Their not so little kitty is now available in a can. How sweet it is. This will be the last of the four current Sixpoint cans that we're reviewing as it was the hardest to get our hands on - we're guessing people are loving this stuff and it's flying off the shelves!
From the Sixpoint site:
"The Bengali Tiger entices you with an aroma of citrus, pine and spice and unleashes a wave of bitterness upfront. Yet it strides forward at a steady pace, smooth as a tiger's gait, and finishes balanced.
Notice the lacing of stripes around the glass as you finish your pint - it's the mark of the Bengali Tiger."
Here we go...
Pour - dark auburn with some brilliant red and orange highlights. A nice half inch of thick white foam cover the top of the pour and the streaking lacing begins to take hold.
Aroma - pineapple, mango, lemon zest along with caramel and honey. Not an "in your face" hoppiness, it's much more subtle yet very much predominant.
Taste - light pine, pineapple, lemon rind along with brown sugar and honey. The more I drink this the more the taste grows on me. At first this is a very balanced, almost malt forward beer but then the hops come marching in and "bam" you are struck with a citrusy, tangy tongue ringing. This is an IPA that needs to be taken at more than face value. It has some depth and kitty has some claws.
Overall - definitely a delicious IPA. This is not an over the top, crazy hoppy, extremely piney and grapefruity example of the style to so be forewarned. This is balanced with a reasonable amount of hops but oh so much more. Give this beer a chance and you, and you're palate, will be quite happy you did.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. It would be sweet if they put out a four-pack with one of each of their four currently canned offerings. Until then I'll keep picking up four-packs of each one individually - they're all that good.
Note - Sixpoint is currently canning four of their beers. These include; The Crisp (Pilsner), Sweet Action (Cream Ale), Righteous Ale (Rye Beer) and Bengali Tiger (American IPA). Collect and enjoy them all! Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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