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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 988
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 25.06%
Wants: 47
Gots: 271 | FT: 3
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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

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 jasonpeckins32
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -11.2%
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 -7.9%
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 +11.7%
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 +9.2%
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 +6.7%
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 -0.7%
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 -3.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -25.6%
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 +5.7%
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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Photo of jmasher85
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Maybe I'm spoiling myself on great IPAs lately, but I feel myself getting harder and harder to impress. No doubt though, this is a pretty tasty beer. Similar to Resin, only a bit less bitter and chewy, a hint juicier. A touch of mango and apricot, but still some nice hop oils in the texture too. Not super-complex and nothing that inspires me to write a longer review, but worth drinking if you can get it - highly enjoyable.

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Photo of VTwoodie
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA (that isn't a double IPA). Bengali embodies everything I have come to love about IPA's. Bitter, but not brutally so. A must try for those new to IPA's.

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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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Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.