A Sad Bengali Tiger, or Why Glassware Matters

I think I just experienced my first beer ruined (or at least seriously impaired by a bad choice of glass. Last night I headed over to my current favorite dinner spot, Strip T’s in Watertown (NB: if you haven’t been and have the chance: GO. Great food, thoughtful craft beer and craft soda! list and great service.) and was happy to see that they’ve added Sixpoint’s Bengali Tiger to their menu. I’ve heard great things and was excited to try it with a delicious burger.


My waiter brought my beer, opened it and poured it into the glass above in one well-practiced motion, a motion that happened so fast I didn’t have time to react to the tall skinny glass. My instinct was “NOOOOO!” but I didn’t say anything. It poured with a huge head that took almost ten minutes to calm down. Once I got a sip I was underwhelmed. I was expecting a big IPA, with lots of malt and hops, but the beer I got was just ok. Totally drinkable, but nothing to write home about. I was a sad shannon, with a sad tiger to drink. I’m confident that I got either a bad can or a bad, bad pour and am excited to try it again, somewhere else!


Two questions for you:

1. Would you have stopped the waiter and either asked for a pint glass or drank from the can? Am I just being a snob?

2. Have you had a great beer impacted by a bad glass choice?

Vitals: Poured cold from a 16oz can into a tall, skinny glass. ABV 6.4%. 62 IBU.

Taste: B-. Weak IPA. Hint of citrus, slight bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: B. Unremarkable but drinkable.

Packaging: A-. Great info (ABV, IBU, etc.) plus a little William Blake.

Value: B+. $5.50 with a dinner out is great.

One comment on “A Sad Bengali Tiger, or Why Glassware Matters

  1. If given the opportunity, I’d have asked for a proper glass, and I’ve certainly refused a frosted glass. I’ve found glass does impact the beer, but don’t think I’ve ruined a beer by a glass alone.

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