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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The enhanced Sixpoint IPA formulation, first released in the summer of 2014 and uses a blend of new hop strains for a juicy, citrusy, piney hop slashing. 69IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-25-2014)
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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +6%

From a can at Rattle n Hum, NYC. At a declared 62 IBU I can't believe how much I like this brew.

Pours into an amazingly luxurious head that leaves a shaving cream density lacing.

Almost citrusy aroma that leads to a reall well balanced & refreshing taste.

Great viscosity.

An overall wonderous experience in the eyes of this hops averse consumer.

Thanks to everyone at Sixpoint for showing the way.

seedyone, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured into a Riedel tulip from a can labeled best before 08May15. The liquid is a clear golden-orange, with plenty of carbonation. The pour kicks up a solid two-finger off-white head that leaves lots of lace and has remarkable staying power. It settles to at least one finger that stays almost for the remainder of the beer.

Aroma is wonderfully citrusy and bright - lots of oranges and tangerines, with a sugar cookie malt undertaste. Nicely balanced.

Taste follows the nose - bright citrus up front backed by sugar cookies on the finish. The finish is not as bitter as the hop presence would lead you to expect. Aftertaste is nice sweet candied oranges.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with lots of carbonation - great for the style.

Overall, a wonderfully balanced and flavorful IPA. This is a go-to for me.

MasterfulIdiot, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of hophugger
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Another fine beer from Sixpoint. This American IPA pours a beautiful golden-yellow with a decent head and light lacing. The aroma is very floral and citrusy. The malt sweetness hits you right away when drinking, very quickly followed by an amazing citrus-hops flavor that is bold yet not too much that it would make this beer unenjoyable. The finish is citrus peel. This beer is crisp, full of flavor and has a very clean end that leaves just the right amount of taste in your mouth. Can't wait to try the other offerings from the guys at Sixpoint !!

hophugger, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of nodder
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can

A- Hazy light orange with a one finger white head. Spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet orange citrus with pine. Zero alcohol in the smell.

T- Big citrus and pine up front. Quite bitter. Sweet malts in the background here. No alcohol to speak of in the taste.

M- Medium with decent carbonation. Easy drinking.

O- Had this many times and finally reviewing it. A great goto IPA

nodder, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of MisSigsFan
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange copper with a one finger head. Leaves loads of lacing. Smell is super pungent. A lot of orange and a little sweet. Taste is a huge burst of orange, a little pine, and a nice malt backbone to round it out. Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Bitterness is just a bit harsh and lingers for a little while. Overall a great brew from Sixpoint. It reminds me a lot of Jai Alai in that it's just in your face with that orange hop flavor and aroma. It's 1% lower so it's a bit lighter than Jai Alai.

MisSigsFan, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of dorosjim
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Miss the old recipe the new recipe is quite good. Lighter bodied which delivers lots of hop flavor throughout, piney with lots of bitter citric rind notes. Enough sweet crystal malt to balance the brew. Finishes super clean and refreshing. Loving the new 24 oz can too!

dorosjim, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint have positioned this Bengali as a tiger of an IPA. A bold statement indeed. However I already know Sixpoint for their Resin - the bitterest hop attack my tongue ever experienced, so I know what to expect from Bengali. My hope is that Sixpoint have reigned their hop ponies in a little bit this time, I love hops, but there is a limit to how much my flavour receptors can handle.

Poured from a 355ml can (yes cans are back in vogue these days, better for the environment and cheaper to package beers, deal with your hang-ups people!) into a nonic pint.

A: Faintly hazed golden-orange body with a fluffy 2cm cream head that leaves a spiders-web of lace as it fades. Not bad, you know I love my yeast in the glass (i.e. non-filtered) but this is nice too. 7/10.

S: Fresh pine upfront, with citric (orange starburst) notes throughout. Not detecting any malts, they’re in there but the hops are just too big and fresh to let them come out and play. Did I mention how fresh and juicy this IPA smells? It’s a damn good bouquet. 9/10.

T: Interesting spin on an IPA from Sixpoint - It’s almost entirely hops; pine, orange starburst and herbal characters all over. The malts are balanced in a way that sweetness is hardly noted at all. A showcase for hops then from Sixpoint. There is bitterness in the finish but thankfully it is a bit more restrained than the Resin. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied with some hop oiliness and a light carbonation. Pretty good stuff. 8/10.

D: Well it’s a tall order for any IPA to follow after my review of the spectacular Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. Bengali is a decent effort however I still think the West Coast is the best coast [for breweries that is]. Oh yeah and the balance could definitely be more even-handed between sweet/bitter. That said - given a nice hot curry this is one can of beer I would instinctually grasp for. 7/10.

Food match: Curry set and match.

doktorhops, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of HopBrad31
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Pour at Independence Beer Garden in Philly.
Very Good IPA. Near Perfect Bitterness, Hop Flavor and Aroma for an American IPA. Citrusy, Slight Pine, and Resin. A touch of sweet maltiness to balance to bitterness. Just what I want in an IPA.

HopBrad31, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Act25
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I upped the revised Bengali over my review of its previous incarnation - Tiger.
Six Points remains one of my top brewers to watch along with Carton.
This beer is neck and neck with Carton, and Dales Pale Ale - my go-to beer. I might prefer this to Dales! I have to taste them off, same ABV, this hoppier, less balanced.

This is now sold as a 6! great move. I love cans and I love these silver silo cans in particular.

A Pours a perfectly clear golden glowing amber body and a sticky, lasting, rocky head that leaves loads lacing behind. Nice look.

S: Pine forest, salt wind, fall earth, wet grass form a base for fruity, juicy esters of apricot and grapefruit and flowers. Fresh and inviting.

T: Follows the smell. Like Sculpin offers a fresh, juicy fruit bitter ness like a freshly picked tangerine or apricot/sweet cara orange that leads to resinous, piney, biting finish. It lingers a long while, with a balanced citrus fruit and malt. Fruit & Hops over malt for sure. Very fresh tasting, like newly picked and squeezed fruit. (this can dated 9-22-14)

F: Creamy as I like them, medium bodied with medium, tickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Intriguing flavor, fresh, great with food. The mark of a great - must try beer for me - is I must taste it off against my favorites, in this case: Sculpin, Titan, Dales Pale.

THIS COULD BECOME MY EVERY DAY BEER - the silver cans sharing the shelf with Dales Pale Ale, Cartons 077xx, and Cartons Boat.

Act25, Today at 04:02 AM
Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an impressive amount of foam; good retention and lacing action

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit galore; floral and fruity

Taste: Just enough malt to provide a platform for the citrusy hops to take over; and take over they do, bringing the ruby red grapefruit detected in the aroma, as well as some tropical fruit tones of pineapple and mango; not overly bitter, the finish is clean and fruity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: If I had an everyday IPA and I lived in Brooklyn, this would be a contender; I don't and I don't but I sure enjoyed it

brentk56, Tuesday at 06:39 PM
Photo of HoppilyWellEndowed
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Can = Sweet
smell = Orange and citrus. I smelt a faint whiff of dog fart but that could be due to my dogs gas.

Look = Like a Moroccan sunset filtered through Elton Johns amber glasses.

Really though...
Taste: this thing is obviously hopped late in the boil with some scrumptious C hops. I'd say the hops flavor have dominance over what one may consider bitter

There's some quality lacing in the glass.

Oh yeah, 24oz can...yes please.

Overall, for 4 bucks this thing is hard to turn down and I've had the best. Bitterness in IPA's has become 2nd to hop flavor and aromas that come from late boil additions.

This is a fantastic example of this methodology in brewing.

~Well Endowed

HoppilyWellEndowed, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

broadway848, Today at 05:40 AM
Photo of bbudnik
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

bbudnik, Today at 01:44 AM
Photo of frosted33
4/5  rDev -0.2%

frosted33, Today at 01:43 AM
Photo of ColdOneKev
4/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Clear, gold. Medium white head. Never fully fades and leaves very thick lacing.
S - Citrus, spicey hops. Toasted white bread actually.
T - Heavy on the citrus character hops, almost want to say orange. Malt definitely shines through though as a bready, doughy sensation.
M - Light body, medium carb. Moves easily over the palate and finishes dry.
O - Tried this before and was happy. This review was from the silo can. The beer is solid, but the format is excellent, especially since the cost savings was passed onto the consumer. Very happy with this and will add to the current rotation.

ColdOneKev, Yesterday at 01:48 AM
Photo of Jlloyd
3.12/5  rDev -22.2%

Jlloyd, Yesterday at 12:38 AM
Photo of Basoos1
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%

Basoos1, Yesterday at 12:36 AM
Photo of OnryAndMean
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

OnryAndMean, Thursday at 10:07 PM
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

djrn2, Thursday at 08:34 PM
Photo of APH
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%

APH, Thursday at 08:43 AM
Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Haybeerman, Wednesday at 09:34 PM
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Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.