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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 905
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 40
Gots: 236 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-25-2014

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
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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper orange color with a clear medium body
Has a nice smell freshly cracked, I get fruit tones that develop into a sweeter caramelized smell that becomes more unique and bold and less appealing for me as the beer warms
The beer has a sweet biscuity taste on top and finishes only a tad bitter...the bitterness clears the palate quickly leaving a pleasant aftertaste
Very smooth and drinkable, refined and not priced too steep, worth another try

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. Big three finger off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and herbal hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront presence of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, and melon. Herbal and floral hops with hints of pine resin. Malt hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. Also some honey like hints. A very good smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus and pine. Upfront taste of citrus fruit with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, passion fruit, and melon. Floral and herbal hops with notes of pine resin and grass. Backing malt notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast along with some subtle honey sweetness. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and smooth. Drying finish.

Overall: A really good juicy IPA from the East Coast. Good citrus and earthy flavors.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange marmalade, pine, grapefruit in the aroma. Some biscuit malt character as well. Slightly sweet, but mostly hop dominated. Herbal and spicy but mostly pine and citrus.

Pours clear orange/amber with a solid off-white head. Great lacing and clarity. Very sticky. Great head retention as well.

Big citrus and pine upfront following with sweet honey and oranges. Some bready malts. Solidly bitter. Though there's a good amount of sweetness, the beer finishes dry.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Mouthfilling but not heavy. Resiny hops linger on the palate with some dry biscuity malt.

More of a classic IPA approach. Approachable but full of flavor.

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Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin film. Nice amount of lacing is left down the glass. Very pungent aroma of dank hops with notes of citrus and pine. Nice hoppy flavor as well without bitterness getting out of control. Notes of citrus and pine resin with a little bit of lightly toasted malt. Solid body and nicely carbonated that really helps drinkability. A very solid IPA that is way overpriced. Too many better IPAs on the shelf that are considerably less expensive.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden color with a fresh white head, smells of topical and citrus hops, taste follows the nose with the addition of pine hops, mouth feel is crisp with hops and sweet with malts finishes dry , overall a tasty ipa easy to drink not in your face hops

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Strong, piney, citrus rind.

Taste: Good citrus base throughout, with caramel-toffee underneath for balance. Bright and crisp, dry finish.

Overall: Another very good beer from Sixpoint. I've had four different beers from them so far and all have impressed. Bengali is a dry, hoppy IPA that also provides some balancing malt. I'll pick up some more next time I'm in Iowa.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/copper body, plenty of bubbles rising. Milky off-white head leaves a ton of lace. Nose has a lot of grassy hops and tangerine citrus. Flavor gives a good kick of citrus and herbal hop notes. Not overly bitter, and the malt provides just enough balance. Lively carbonation, just the right amount of prickle. Medium to full body.
Really tasty, balanced, quenching IPA.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: October 25, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: A busy weekend concludes with a beer much suggested in my beer circles... APPEARANCE: thick, frothing white head rolls out the can with vibrancy, despite my average pour; the head holds steady, displaying sponge-like spacing; the body is clear, copper-amber in color and understated in it effervescence... AROMA: beautifully clean spruce scent to start; grapefruit and floral overtones also demand attention... PALATE: smooth, medium-bodied, lively enough to encourage sips in bunches; finish is pleasant, light, and sustained... TASTE: grapefruit and spruce, as the nose suggests; the caramel rounds almost to an ESB quality, before dovetailing back to the hoppiness befitting an IPA... this manages to be an understated, respectful IPA... OVERALL: a Beer Advocate thread lead me to this, and although the beer does not develop the tiger stripes it aspires to-at least in my glass--it fulfills the flavor pedigree others have suggested; the caramel really distinguishes the Bengali from other IPAs...

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Photo of LAp
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly-clear-with-a-hint-of-haze yellow-orange with a quickly rising whitish head. Apricot on the nose with juicy citrus lingering underneath. On the palate, juicy citrus fruits leap to the fore, but a hint of piney resin lingers on the backend - a slight nod to its big brother. Mouthfeel is somehow substantial, without being thick like a big stout. Overall, a wonderful IPA. Sixpoint really shows off its versatility in the hoppy domain with the juxtaposition of Bengali and Resin. This beer definitely takes the juicier, more modern sensibilities of recent IPAs without losing the undertones that make Resin such an incredible beer. It feels like a more substantial version of a juicy Lagunitas beer. Excellent.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Shane @ Sixpoint for sending me this fresh beer!

Pours a brighter yellow orange with a white head.

The aroma is mostly citrus with hints of pine and herbal hop notes along with a sweeter caramel malt.

Same citrus, and piney herbal notes are in the flavor with lots of orange and grapefruit with a decent bit of sweet bready malt and caramel notes too.

Lighter side of medium for a body with a crisp finish and decent mouthfeel.

For a single IPA this was pretty good, but a bit on the maltier and sweeter side for me. Easy drinking!

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Photo of fscottkey
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Slightly cloudy apricot colored beer. Forms a 1 finger white head. The head looks dense on the sides with larger bubbles along the top. The beer has a best by date of (07/23/16). The IBU (69) and ABV (6.5%) are also listed.

S: [3.75] Onion. Crackers, mild brown sugar, Grass and pine.

T: [4.25] Fruitier than the nose with some citrus elements up front. The middle has more malty sweetness and follows the crackery element of the nose. There is elevated bitter on the finish.

M: [4.50] Really smooth and refreshing. The mouthfeel is really nice. The beer has slight bitter but still finishes clean. The carbonation is perfect.

O: [4.25] This is a really easy drinking IPA. It has classic IPA flavors but with an approachable level of bitterness. At 6.5% it is technically above the "Sessionable" level - but these go down really easily and I could drink several in one sitting. This is a well made and well balanced beer.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, gold and red color. Small white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is grapefruit pith, and orange peel. Taste follows the nose with a pine blast on the front end. Hops and pine on the finish. Dry and very drinkable. Good carb. I am also getting tropical fruit on the finish. Middle palate is grapefruit and orange pith with a lingering bitterness. This is probably my favorite from Sixpoint, rivaling 4 Beans. If you are a hop fan, seek this beer out. I would love to find this on tap.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the taaalll thin can in a pint glass via a friend at work----Thanks Kevin! This IPA pours a cloudy dark amber color with a firm head of slowly dissipating bubbles that leaves a thick ring, thick pool, and excellent lacing. Nose of heavy citrus fruits, orange and lemon zest, sweet candy malt, and herbal hoppy bitterness. Flavors follow the nose with candy coated orange zest on the front and sides that moves in the back towards a herbal and slightly piney hop bitterness on the aftertaste with a touch of pineapple and mango. Moderately dry finish with a bitter herbal and piney hop aftertaste. Good for the style.


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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Spiegelau glass
L: Amber Orange color with a finger of head, mostly large bubbles.
S: Nose smells of candied orange along with herbal hops mixed in with a sweet malt character.
T: Follows the nose with candied fruit, herbal/perfume hop notes, and sweet malt. The finish brings on a medium bitterness which balances the malty sweetness nicely.
F: Light mouthfeel, wish there was a little more here
Overall this is a solid IPA. I'd recommend it to those who enjoy more herbal IPAs.

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Photo of maximum12
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks one more time to sixpoint for this brew; I’ve already sucked down the five friends that came in the box. 12 oz. can reviewed from notes (& heck, my last one, just for a pleasing refresher).

The pour is clear light golden with a dwarf’s head. The nose is a nice light citrus, oranges, touch of sweetness. Not bad.

Bengali IPA is a huge upgrade from the old Tiger. The first impression is scarcely taste but the fact that taking a bite out of the beer leaves hop juices dripping down my chin; I need a napkin. Lovely. The beer is a bit too east coast for me, with the malt sweetness strong, but it’s offset by a nice hip thrust of citrus, moderate bitterness, light honeyed sweetness, touch of bog water. Bit of Hopslam in its ancestry.com. Certainly quaffable.

On the light & easy to drink side of good IPAs.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is a deep amber orange, white head non existent, smell: a very flavorful orange citrus prominence tropical, and piney, Taste: same as smell at 69 IBU this is a smooth IPA, Feel: great mouth ful and carbonation
my favorite IPA to date hoppy but so balanced and the orange really evens it out.

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Photo of lic217
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: slightly hazy orange, white head that fades fast
Smell: citrus, tropical, and piney
Taste: same as smell, slightly sweet in middle, finishes slightly biittter
Feel: Medium mouth feel and carbonation
Overall: A nice afordable beer. Might be my favorite hoppy ale of theirs. Although their bean beers are stil my favorite.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the evolvement of IPA has taken the taste in a smoothly bitter, juicy tropical and citrusy direction, the IPA of even a few decades ago is hardly recognizable to today's hop heads. But Sixpoint's Bengali holds onto the superior bitterness, the beer's dry backbone and a taste with just a little bit of grit; all the while updating its recipe to make Bengali and better Bengali.

Golden amber with a tinge of bronze, the faintly hazed beer builds a tall lathery column of foam that swirls to capture the juicy bouquet of citrus and pine. Steely dry and caramel, the initial taste is toasty, sweet and softly nutty.

But over the middle palate, the beer unfolds to host of flavors upon a bittersweet palate. Tantilizing white grapefruit, ripe orange and a slender taste of lemon weave together as the perfumy aromas transcends upon the tongue. As its sweetness fades into a dry graham cracker taste and texture, the hops take center stage, eventually developing a leafy, lemon, piney, herbal bitterness that's akin to sassafras tea.

In finish, the dry and bitter beer retains a ghost of sweetness that seemingly supports the hops but without the caramel's associated sweetness. Its nutty and toasty finish closes the taste while the dry and bitter hops easily outlast the malts with their sharp pine resins and light vegetative tannins. Only a minerally taste accompanies the medium-bodied beer a long and bitter finish.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid malts and fruits underscore the mellow hum of dark citric pith and tacky pine resin. Medium-weight body with some chew in the back, a little coat of shellac on the tongue... Mild aftertaste only lightly scrubbed by the carbonation of a new sip. A little on the sweet side, but makes sense for the color and taste.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a clear orange/amber color with a nice white head with minimal lacing. Smell is citrusy with a little pine. Taste starts along the line of the smell but has a little spice in the malt. Over all a good IPA that is in my frig rotation.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful bright clear orange with sticky foam aplenty. Dank, tropical hops leap out of the can at first crack but them simmer down to peppery, herbal mulled orange rind. Tastes bitter and dry. Lots of caramel malts and a ginger and nectarine hop flavor. Neat Red Bull-like can.

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Photo of DSWeller
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into pint glass. Great lacing. Pours Amber with big head. Smells malty with hops. Pretty refreshing, somewhat dry, has earthy tones with vibrant hints of floral hops. Overall, preset good IPA. I would drink again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Calexico.
Pellucid orange. It smells vaguely bitter and earthy and spicy.
It tastes similarly: lots of old, earthy hops. Clean but oppressively bitter English-ish hops.
Overall it's pleasant. I suspect this keg is oldish.
I really like the beer. I just wish it were fresher.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can (purchased in Portland) served in a tulip. Best By date is 15 June 2016.

Pours fairly clear amber with a small head. Not much carbonation. Smell is a tiny bit of tropical, some nice refreshing pine, a little hay.

Taste is a little lemony, a little orangey. Pine bitter finish. Surprisingly nondescript.

Mouthfeel is thinnish and pleasingly dry. Overall...pretty good. Not terribly special, but not something I would avoid.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange hue with great lacing. Nose and taste are both good and piney, with the taste having enough malt backing to have the right amount of balance. That helps the mouthfeel too - it isn't too thin. A quality IPA.

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Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.