Stopping by The Sunset Grill & Tap is always a pleasure with great ribs and a crazy craft beer selection (around a hundred). It’s tempting to go with a hard to find beer you know you love when they have it, but for you, our loyal CBS readers, I committed to blaze new trails and risk disappointment.
Plus, they were out of Green Flash West Coast IPA. I tried.
In any case, new brew it is. Scanning the list, I’d had most of the IPA’s, and then one caught my eye I’d not heard of: SixPoint Brewery’s Bengali Tiger IPA (in a can). Now six months ago, I’d have turned my nose up at a beer in a can. However, thanks to our well-documented experiences with the amazing Heady Topper, I now no longer see a can as a mark of a bad beer. It’d be like refusing to drink a wine in a screw top bottle. 10 years ago that meant MD 20/20 and the like, but nowadays there are many great wines that don’t use corks (particularly those from New Zealand seem to favor the practice).
The color of the beer is hard to judge in the dim restaurant lighting, but it looks like a slightly cloudy amber with great lacing on the glass (“the mark of the tiger” according to the label. It smells of the pine, hops and citrus typical of IPA’s.
I tried it both straight from the can HT-style and in the glass. Taste was about the same both ways: soft at the front with little carbonation maybe a little oily, with nice citrus and hops flavored and a slightly bitter finish. Drinkability is excellent. A nice find for sure.
Taste: B+ Very nice IPA I wouldn’t hesitate to try again.Drinkability: A Really smooth. You’ll be done before you know it. Vitals: Poured from a 16 oz can into a glass at a warmer temp than it’d come out of my fridge. Maybe 50F. ABV: 6.4%