Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 168 | FT: 1
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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 Yargamo
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Been drinking Bengali for years. Not a trail blazer or a beer clinging to the latest trends. Instead Bengali is a mastery of balance and joy. Sagboerum@@yahoo.comweet, yet bitter. Balanced hop to malt but still with enough bitterness to keep things interesting.

Had this with just one week on it and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: beautiful bright amber-orange hue. Had to show restraint in handling this beer properly.
Aroma: nice orange zest, citrus, some caramel and pine. Typical nose for an IPA but not super hoppy.
Taste: Complex and clean! Good citrus and orange, followed by a hint of caramel and pine. Clean, bitter finish.
Feel: silky and creamy. Surprisingly good for a non-IIPA (I had a few Resins last night).
Overall: a winner. Definitely worth the extra luggage weight.

Photo of cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear dark amber, with a finely bubbled two finger, off white topper after an aggressive pour. Some righteous lace clings and doesn't budge. The head kicks down pretty quick to a lasting ring, foretelling hops.

Bengali has a med. aroma, an enticing mix of orange, citrus zest, light caramel sweet, even a hint of yeasty tart, with a subtle herbal bitter and lightest pine behind it all, the crouching tiger. A variety of undernotes along the way, grassy, even thought I sniffed peach.

Medium/full strength taste for sure, with all the flavors of the aroma in the sip, balanced really well. The caramel of the nose is really just a hint in the sip, it is not a thick sweet at all, super clean. Highly delicious. No hint of the yeast in the taste, just such a clean beer. Did I mention clean? Then the tiger springs and this baby goes to another level. A slow ride through spicy to full on herbosity bitter that never crests, just keeps rolling

This beer is thicker than its refreshing mouthfeel, somehow it is highly viscous yet light bodied feeling when you drink, full of flavor And it has an excellent dry finish despite the sip retaining a perfect amount of sweet. Some kind of magic trick, this? Nicely low/med. carb. Super finish that almost demands another sip.

Highly recommended. This is how you do old school 2015. The balance of flavors, and the clean clean clean presentation is just delicious. So drinkable, perhaps Mr. Welch should look into some sort of warning on the label.

Photo of Beerds
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good IPA but not my favorite (IPA or Sixpoint brew). Great color but lacked head, almost none. Had tried Resin first and was skeptical about trying this, finally bought the bullet and gave it a whirl. Ill stick with Resin for now.

Photo of jongleich
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Via a can into a proper tulip, nice, decently hopped but honestly expected a little more.

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

Very solid IPA. Nicely balAnced. Enjoyed it.

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

Now you must know that I hate NYC. I hate everything about the place. So before you start sending me hate mail, I hate a lot of things. OK? Get over it. And if it's any consolation, I do like your pizza. And this little number goes perfectly well with it or anything else you choose to shove in your face. Seriously. It just works. Slight bitter on the finish but after one, it dissipates. Not sure how, must be a NY thing.

Photo of Davidstan
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer, not my fave IPA but one I would order at the bar without hesitation. Good job Sixpoint!

Photo of dd43
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good representation of the east coast IPA style. Not amazing but definitely worth having a few at a BBQ or a bar, what have you. Bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the malts are well attenuated.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very solid IPA. Little bitter in the finish.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Didn't realize that this was separated from the older Bengali Tiger. Fantastic beer. Sixpoint is known for constantly tweaking their recipes, and every iteration of this has been absolutely great. Citrusy, bitter, well-balanced, beautiful golden-orange color. This one checks all of the boxes

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before date of February 2016

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden in color with a half finger, off-white head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Patches of lace hang onto the glass with good stick.

Smell - Citrusy aroma hitting on sweet orange, grapefruit and a piney undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange with light grapefruit notes. Mild pine undertone mid hit mid-taste. Lightly toasted bready malt backbone. Hints of spice near the finish with a juicy orange finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick, ultra smooth drink. Feathery finish.

Overall - Beautiful hop profile, despite the lack of an interesting malt presence, makes this beer a joy to drink. Doesn't hurt that it's smooth as hell. Glad I grabbed two cans, because one simply wouldn't have done it.

Photo of hopsputin
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: its a burnt orange amber color that has some chill haze inside. nice 2 finger solid tan head - almost looks like you could balance a coin on it

s: pineapple, passionfruit, apricot, grapefruit, orange zest. theres a nice caramel malt presence in here as well

t: there is a combination of bitter pine and grapefruit up front. following the bitterness is a sharp pineapple flavor combined with some crackery dough flavors.

m: lighter side of medium. not much carbonation. finishes a little dry

o: i think i was a little let down in this. the aroma was juicy and fruity, however the flavor is seemingly dominated by the bittering hops. would have been nice to see some tropical fruit sweetness. otherwise its a well-made beer.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Cliff.

A: An opaque golden with a tight white one finger head that lingers. Thick, billowy lacing.

S: The best part of the beer. Citrus heaven, featuring mangoes and oranges. Piney hops bring up the rear.

T: Citrus winds in with mangoes leading the charge. Then a mildly bitter mid-section featuring piney hops heads to a caramel malt finish that brings it all together. Balance times 3.

M: Medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Another winner from the folks at Sixpoint.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are soon followed by a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, while there may still be several other IPA’s that I would choose first this beer is much improved over its previous version.

Photo of Gatch
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at Redbones in early May 2015. Just as good as I remember, if not better. A go-to IPA when craving proper hops and flavor.

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

This is a great IPA, if you can get it...get it...

Photo of Halfbrother83
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade. Could've been an old can, but this one had a sweet, malty taste and an underwhelming hop profile.

Photo of LancetherealLeader
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid beer by Sixpoint!!

Photo of do_ob
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can into a snifter. Pours a very clear amber with 2 fingers of white, puffy foam on top. On the nose I get earthy-pine, molasses, ginger, plums, and grapefruit. Light weight and easy drinking. Big hops and pine presence up front. Seems quite bitter for only 69 IBUs. Good balance between all the flavors and characteristics. Not much fruit in this one, but I do get some citrusy-grapefruit near the end. Pleasant aftertaste, like pine resin and sugar.

I'm very pleased with this beer. I picked up some of this on a whim when I went into a local store to get some Resin, and I'm glad I did. I think I'll go back tomorrow and pick up a few more.

Photo of mageek52
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA. Will definately buy again. Nice bitterness balanced with a good malt backbone.

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

April 9, 2015

12 oz can, tulip glass

A – Deep gold to light amber, very clear. About an inch of pure white foam, with moderate retention.

S – Grapefruit and pine, some resin in the background. Some bready malt with just a touch of light toffee. Lemony citrus aromas finish it out.

T – A lot of grapefruit, with lemon-citrus and resin flavors also high in the mix. Light bready malt, a touch of caramel or toffee.

M – Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied. Leads with some malt sweetness and then hop bitterness takes over, lingering strong on the finish and aftertaste.

O – A solid, fairly straightforward IPA. Very refreshing and invites more drinking.

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

Super solid. Very well balanced. It was my first from Sixpoint. I cannot wait to try the others. :)

Photo of Rod_J
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer came as advertised. Love the hops that jumped out at you and the taste of some of the citrus flavor. It wasn't too heavy and just came together as a beer. The head showed great lacing and lasted for a good amount of time.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Didn't know they re-did the recipe. Glad to grab a sixer of one of the cooler breweries around. Loved the old Bengali Tiger. This one pours a clear, bright orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is candied orange and grapefruit hops. Less abrasive than the old recipe perhaps. Also get some peach hop. Bread crust malt. Flavor is quite peachy and sweetly citrusy. Balancing malt is inherently sweet. Bitterness is a bit restrained by said malt. Sweeter hop profile than I remember. Medium bodied. Easy to drink. I think I prefer the old recipe because I remember it being one of my initial 'WOW' beers. This one is pretty good, though.

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Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.