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Bengali | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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

Added by Todd on 05-25-2014

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally had a chance to sample the update version of the now retired Bengali Tiger.

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has citrus notes to go along with a surprisingly mild hop essence. The hops really assert themselves in the flavor profile, however.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice orangey amber color with a thick slightly off-white head. Big aroma up front, smells like decaying peaches or some other fruit. Taste follows suit, somewhat buttery and oily, some soft fruit flavors, with something about it that reminds me of wet leaves. Behind this comes a more typical piney hops bitterness. This might sound bad, but it's actually a unique (in my experience) taste combo, and assuming it's all hops and not really rot, it is interesting. It's not balanced enough for me to rate as high as I might, but it is different! The mouthfeel is more typical for an IPA, with a clean and slightly bitter finish. I can imagine some people running from this, but I find it intriguing. Can bottom says "BB16MAR2017" so I guess I got it fairly fresh.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There are so many reviews that I thought I would just submit a rating but decided to just add a few comments, Poured from a can into an IPA glass. The hop/bitterness flavor was about at the ceiling for my tastes so I really enjoyed it. A very good beer.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Orange/amber color with a bubbly, cream/orange head. Some lacing. The smell is malt, bread, honey, pine & orange. The flavor is similar, malt forward, bread, and some caramel. The hops is a little subdued, it's a subtle blend of citrus, peach, & pine. A bit of a watery mouthfeel with some alcohol heat and hops bitterness. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of pants678
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange with a big puffy white foam.

Bright citric, tinge of pine.

Can't pinpoint the hops. Bittering hop his slight, the finish is... oxidized, maybe? Sorta fruit flavor, more approachable than Resin. Inoffensive but there's not much here I'm interested in.

Feels right-ish.

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Photo of Premo88
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tulip
(best by 12 Oct. 2016 printed on bottom of can)

L: gold/copper, clear, big thick head of offwhite foam that's very sticky at the top ... clarity and color are beautiful

S: pine, grapefruit, almost a cheesecake or cream cheese flavor -- not sour or even tart but a slightly butter aroma that has the same kind of "sour" quality sour cream has; as it warms, sweet grapefruit juice with some other fruity qualities, mango ... might have a bit of caramel to it

T: orange and pine ... both bitter and sweet, the hops have a solid bitter bite, mostly pine, perhaps some grapefruit, while the malt is pushing in a ton of bready, doughy sweetness; lots of orange, a little sweeter than grapefruit; mango

F: crisp but weighty, holds plenty of carbonation, solid all around

O: classic American IPA that's not just a hop bomb, for this relative easy-drinker with a good ale mouthfeel is loaded with malt sweetness

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold with medium head that lasts for a while and maintains a film on top of the beer and some lacing. Nose is a fruity citrus with some dank resin rounding it out. Taste is quite flavorful and rounded. Good bready malt backbone with a fruity bitterness. Not over-the-top in any way, but very well rounded and enjoyable. Darn tasty actually. Will drink again for sure.

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Photo of stwok21
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned. Best by March 1, 2017

Aroma: juicy, tropical

Taste: tropical. Balanced malt.

Mouthfeel: medium. High carbonation.

O: very good. Glad sixpoint made its way to southern California

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack of 12 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander about a week ago. The best by dating says that this one is good for another four months. Poured right from the fridge into my Founders pint glass.

L: Pours a bright and clear honey blossom orange with about a half-inch of quickly-dissipating eggshell head that leaves a fine film and moderate lacing on the glass. Moderate, quickly-rising visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, grassy, and floral hop notes are the most prominent. There are bread-like malts and more earthy notes present, as well. There are dank/resinous hops that gain in intensity as the beer warms.

T: Cracker and bready malt flavor at the front end, with just a hint of rye. The first taste of hops follows, with grapefruit, orange, and pine the most prominent notes. It's quite a smooth and subdued hop profile, with nothing really shouting. There's some earthiness that emerges into the middle, along with some earthy and herbal notes. A bit of lemongrass in the mix, as well. The close has more bready malt and brings a resinous hop quality that lingers on the palate for a while. A tasty but somewhat run-of-the-mill flavor.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one is watery, creamy, and bright in turns. There's a nice level of carbonation, but I found myself wishing it had a bit more heft. There's some stick to the bitter, but this one isn't syrupy. Quite drinkable.

O: While I enjoyed this IPA, there isn't a whole lot that sets it apart from the pack. It doesn't make any real missteps, but it also doesn't take many risks. The hop profile, in particular, could use a bit more punch. This is clearly a good IPA, but it's probably not one that I'll rush back to.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (best before June 2016) served in a Milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber. Rocky off white head with lots of persistent lacing all over the glass. Some floaters came along with the pour. I would have rated it much higher on appearance if it wasn't for the floaters.

Smell: Citrus, herbal, hint of pine.

Taste: Nicely balanced hops and malt. Citrus, pine, bit of lemon, herbal for hop flavors from start to finish. The malt was cracker-like, with some English style to them. Lingering herbal bitterness at the finish, but not excessive. Very tasty from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nicely thick, but quite sticky on the teeth with hop oils.

Overall / Drinkability: An interesting take on an AIPA, and I think it has some English IPA character to it as well. Very drinkable and I would not mind having another. Went well with food (spaghetti with Bolognese sauce).

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Photo of Kinger22
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a golden-copper with a moderate head that slowly disapates. It's smell is a balance of hops and caramel malts, with a taste of light hops. Not an overly hoppy beer, with only moderate bitterness and carbonation. A pretty decent beer, overall.

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Photo of MACrist
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Clear golden-amber. 2+ fingers of off white head that lasts a few minutes and leaves a ring on top of the beer. Full carbonation.
AROMA: Sweet bready, caramel malt. Tropical fruits- mango, pineapple. Citrus and pine.
TASTE: Slight astringency and bitterness up front but it lingers. Nice mild citrus taste takes over, a bit sweet.
FEEL: Full carbonation, nice. A little slick up front and drier on the finish. Medium body.
OVERALL: Just a nice smelling pleasant citrusy IPA. Not too bitter, but it does build over the course of the beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed all the Sixpoint brews I've had so far, so now it's time to try the good ole IPA.

Clear amber with an unbroken tan froth.

Mellow herbal hops/pine and melon to the nose

Tastes of various fruits such as melon, green apple and white grape,some spice, and an herbal hop bitterness providing an edge toward the end.

Lighter in body and flavorful, although not a hop-bomb, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Nice drinking but not my favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Copper colored. A nice white fluffy head rises to the top. The beer looks fizzy and refreshing.

Smell: Hops. Lots of hops. Fresh hops, I believe. A touch of orange juice in the nose as well.

Taste: Juicy, resiny hops. Notes of mandarin oranges and pine. A light malt backbone.

Feel: Nicely carbonated, smooth. Highly drinkable and refreshing.

Overall: A nice quality IPA here from Sixpoint.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gonna see what all the fuss is about.

Pours a rather pretty amber jewel color, with 90% transparency. The head is dish soapy and leaves flecks on the sides.

Aroma of freshly cut peaches, tangerines, and slight pine.

Taste is satisfying; it covers all of the ground while being aggressive yet balanced at the same time. Copious amounts of orange pith and flesh, mingling well with tingling pine and a brisk biscuit malt presence. It hits on all cylinders, although at times it can be a bit too focused and overwhelmingly piney. The aftertaste is a bit harsh - metallic even, so that docks the score a bit.

Feel is very carbonated, almost seltzer-like, but brings a 60/40 balance with creaminess on the latter half. Finish is rather starchy and dry.

Bengali is a delicious IPA but nothing overwhelmingly fabulous. I'd have it again if it were on tap, just because.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from a sixer that appeared to only be amonth old since the best by date was seven months out. Orange color and a good head. aroma was hops and malt. Surprisingly I expected this to be hoppier than it was but teh malt backbone was nice. No problem drinking this but would not go out of my way for another.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with an inch of dense tan colored head. Light aroma of piney hops and light malt is present. The taste is much more boldly hopped than the nose implies. I would still consider this a fairly balanced pine hop and light malt beer. The mouth is lightly sticky and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant gold pour produces a clingy and lacy 2” off-white foam collar that takes 3 minutes to reduce to ¼ its original size.

S: Green grassy hop aromas and light grains. The hop aromas are moderate to moderately low, the malt aromas are moderately low.

T: Stone fruit, some bread crumb, a hint of fennel. Has a mild bitterness balanced by by a light, fruity sweetness. The fruit flavors are moderately high, the malt flavors are medium, the hop bitterness is medium to medium high.

F: Medium light body with medium high carbonation.

O: A flavorful, well balanced beer with nothing harsh or overstated.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep straw with a medium sized head. The aromas are primarily piney, with hints of mushroomy umami. and orange peel. The flavor is much more citrus forward, with a solid dose of orange peel, followed by a nice light pine flavor. The mouthfeel is wonderfully dry and clean. Overall this is an awesome dry, american hopped IPA.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a Stella Chalice.

Pours a very clear yellow-orange color, with a finger of foam. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass as the beer recedes. Aroma fills the room as the can is poured, lots of sweet citrus and grassy hop flavors. Smells refreshing and inviting.

First sip has a nice citrus hop flavor, with a smooth bitter finish. Enough sweetness to prop up the hoppy flavor, but not cloying or overly sweet. Tropical fruit flavor lingers on the palate. Mango, pineapple hoppiness is quite nice.

A very nice IPA. Another above average offering from Sixpoint - this brewery continues to churn out great beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice foam residue on the top. The beer itself is a nice medium amber that is clear. The amber seems to also have a nice orange hue to it.

The smell is pretty good. It has a nice bitter orange hop smell with a bit of resin to it and a nice touch of malt sweetness to balance it out a little bit. The overall smell is simple but still pretty good.

The taste is the same as the smell. A nice bitter orange note with some resin and light sweet note.

The feel is medium bodied and very nice. The beer has a nice smooth finish with a bit of dryness but not too much.

Overall, a pretty good beer and much better than its predecessor. Definitely worth getting if you can.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honey-colored body, off-white head. Aroma is hoppy; pine and citrus zest. Flavor follows suit with a nice toasted malt backbone to balance it out. Feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinking. A solid IPA.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with thick white foamy head. Smell citrus flavor and hop aroma. Light hoppy taste with an orange flavor crisp smooth finish touch of pine at the finish. Light bodied with a bittier finish. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in Buffalo during GABER this past summer.

From a can into a snifter
IBU: 69
SRM: 11

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, slightly foamy, off-white head with good retention. Slightly hazy safety orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, honeydew melon and cantaloupe on the nose. Bold enough.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and honey notes up front. Honeydew melon and sweet cantaloupe at the swallow with a bolder and lingering finish of caramel, melon and some hop bitterness, though not much. Certainly not as bitter as most in the style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some light bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is nice with lots of good caramel flavors. Not nearly as bitter as the IBU suggests, however. If I didn't know any better, I'd venture a guess that this was inspired by the English varieties in the style. Not much American about this, as the citrus notes are minimal and the bitterness rather restrained. Didn't do much for me there. Still, an enjoyable brew, and as someone who loves a good English IPA, this one went down far too quickly.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

L - Reddish amber color with a clear-gem hue. Two finger head that takes up most of the tapering. Fast but tight lacing down the glass.

S - Spicy, juicy hop aroma with notes of grapefruit and pepper. Bright and floral all around.

T - Juicy grapefruit up front with a spicy pepper finish. File that under citrus-IPA

F - Smooth at first and then a crescendo to the spicy bitter finish. Light carbonation buzz but for the most part a smooth clean finish.

O - Definitely a citrus-IPA. The spicy finish is more pepper than pine, but Bengali is very similar to Ballast Point's Sculpin. Grapefruit and pepper really make up the beer, but don't be discouraged by the spice. This is a very floral and smooth IPA perfect for hot days on the beach. If you don't have Sculpin money, give this a try.

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Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.