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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 843
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 26.05%
Wants: 35
Gots: 216 | FT: 1
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 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
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful pour in the tall Timmermans goblet. Golden amber color with a pile of creamy foam. The sudsy mouthfeel can't be faulted either. Faint flowery aroma with a hint of grapefruit peel.

Crisp and rather dry with some light malt and a bit of honey. A mineral taste followed by the bitterness. Hops are more on the herbal side with some citrus. A woody note and some of the leaf mold dankness to finish. A touch of grapefruit in the aftertaste. From the slim 12 oz tall can from the brewery.

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Photo of TimWakimika
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well balanced; most IPAs seem either hop-forward or malt-forward - this goes right down the middle. Pours amber; slight bitterness on finish. Some citrus in aroma but not strong

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Date on the bottom of the can, 7/23/2016

Pours a golden orange color with a decent head size, fades quickly but leaves a lasting cap on top through the drink, bits of sticky lacing on the glass as it empties.

Smell has a nice fruity hop aroma, touches of pine and citrus with a hint of grapefruit.

Taste starts off with a hop front, at first it was very grassy then it turns to grapefruit and pine, citrus is pretty much throughout, bitterness is balanced by the caramel malt backing, plenty of soft carbonation fills the mouth and creates an extra soft and creamy mouthfeel which is the high point, finishes semi-sticky with a mild lingering bitterness, very easy drinking even though it's on the high side of an IPA.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 7/23/16. Pours a clear medium amber. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding rich nose of citrus and tropical hops (grapefruit, tangerine, orange) coupled with pine and a touch of spicy spruce. A solid biscuit and caramel base lies underneath.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Perfect carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a strong finely bubbled prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, fairly complex and excellently balanced. It begins with the blended hop flavors of the nose that slowly separate - pine flowing to fruit. The middle is moderately bitter (rind and pine) and where biscuit and caramel arrive to balance. As the finish approaches, orange and tangerine sweetness are in the forefront. The finish is fairly crisp and dry. A fading bitterness lingers.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid offering from Sixpoint. Very well rounded and balanced. Drank out of the can so can't comment on the appearance. Smells of orange, woods, hint of hop oils. The taste is upfront orange lime with some bitterness and a very clean malt profile. Doesn't swing too hard on the bitterness or alcohol. Big fan of this one.

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Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A relatively fresh can that was canned in mid Jun with a one year best by date for European sales.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice clear dark amber color with a 1/4" ivory head that recedes fairly soon to a ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam. There is visible carbonation and sipping leaves scattered speckles and legs of lacing.

The aroma is a nice mix of citric zest with a touch of pine. The citrus seems to be grapefruit and something like lots of orange or tangerine.

The flavors are much as predicted by the nose so there's grapefruit, tangerine or orange, and a light taste of pine. There is a nice malt backbone that provides just a touch of caramel malt sweetness to blend and play with the bitterness from the hops. As the beer warms towards room temperature the flavors become more tightly integrated and a bit harder to sort out but the whole flavor profile remains very tasty. Although I suspect that at about 2 months of age the bitterness has softened a bit from what it was.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit crisp and prickly with the light carbonation. The finish begins in the malt and citrus mix with the citrus flavors fading slowly away leaving a touch of bitter piney dryness at the back of the palate.

Overall this is a well brewed beer with an interesting mix of flavors that all play nicely with each other in a complex way. I'll definitely be having more and putting this on my shopping list for a future purchase.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the can. BB 09 Jan 2016. Sampled on August 15, 2015.

The color is a slightly hazy yellow tone with a large white foamy head.

Aroma of resin, tropical, and floral hops. Underlying pale malt character.

The body is medium.

The taste leans more toward the tropics with only a mild bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz slim can poured into a shaker pint.

Golden yellow with 1 finger of loose bone-white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Grapefruit, honey, pine, caramel, and papaya.

Grapefruit pith, pine sap, bright florals, and touches of papaya complimented by a honey and caramel backbone. Finishes dry with lingering florals, pine, and grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, dry, and bitter.

Hoppy, dry, and bitter in classic West Coast fashion. Drinks exceedingly smooth thanks to the lower carbonation levels. Good stuff!

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this after I had Sweet Action so it may have messed with my review of this beer a little. It was definitely tasty, a good IPA, but nothing special. It looked very similar to Sweet Action in color so I was expecting the same kind of "spritzy" feeling from the carbonation, and it was definitely on point with that. The hop profile was good, but almost felt overplayed with how many IPAs there are out there now.

Did I like it? Yes, would I buy it if I saw it in a store, probably not.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look, amber golden with a short head that drops to a film quickly but stays and leaves lacing.
smells crisp, piney and citrusy hops. wort in a homebrewers apartment note
tastes like it smells plus pepper and some malty sweetness
nice full feel, carbonation a little more than other ipa's
a very nice crisp well balanced tasty ipa that hits a sweet spot with me, a little better than the average ipa but not as boozy or malty as some doubles

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

Had at Blue Smoke on the Road at a terminal in JFK airport, poured into a 16 oz pint glass. Pours a nice amber color, clear, with a two finger head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. Nice inviting aroma here of piney and citrus hops. Some lingering malt in the back. Taste is on point for an IPA, starts with a gentle sweetness that isn't too saccharine and it is easily pushed aside by a wave of hops. Nice blend here of mostly fruity and citrus hops. On the backend you feel the bitterness a bit more and some pine notes. Finishes wet and there is a decent body to it. Overall a great representation of the style and I was not expecting so much hoppiness, so kudos to Sixpoint on this one.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to pint glass
Pours an amber/copper color, very clear, with about an inch of creamy, white foam that disappears rather quickly.
Smell is of pine, grapefruit and orange peel. Pick up a scent of caramel as well
The citrus leads the taste but is quickly washed up by a spiciness and malty flavor (cara). Mild alcohol is noticed while the hop character is a little bitter but fall off quickly.
Feel is medium with a moderate carbonation. Sip finishes kind of sticky but fades rather quickly.
Overall, not quite the hop presence for my taste but still quite drinkable.

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Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.