Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 83
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rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 31
Gots: 185 | FT: 1
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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 EdwardK77
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Medium IPA color with a nice head.

S- Fruity citrus on the malty side

T- Easy drinking and well balanced hope and malt

M- Smooth

O- Another solid Sixpoint offering, plenty of flavor at 6.5% (197 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is delicious! Citrusy / piney / dank. Everything I enjoy in an IPA! Very drinkable and goes down quick and smooth. This will be in my fridge on a regular bases. Give it a try....... (191 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Clear golden yellow with a thick white head that lingers
S-I get a bready yeast like aroma, No real hop odor, maybe a feint floral wisp
M-High carbonation, light mouthfeel, quite dry and crisp
T-There is a bitterness that stays on as an aftertaste, I get a very slight sweetness, but mainly a dry crisp beer.
O-This is a simplistic beer, done fairly well, but I was looking for a punch of some sort coming from tasting Resin...try it, but I find this to be a standard beer. (475 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml Can in The Society Room (JD Wetherspoons), Glasgow (£1.99):
This one, as expected, was a very similar beer to the can of Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint that I tried just over a year ago with the only difference seeming to be the look of the beer when I poured it; this one wasn't quite up to its predecessors high standard but it still done the job.

Like that one, this can was quite bitter with some strong, resinous pine & the odd tropical fruit coming through with some touches of sweetness & faint alcohol at the end. Quite an enjoyable beer & one that I'll go back to again no doubt, although it just seems like a Bengali Tiger to me really. (652 characters)

Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid IPA. Nothing standout but good flavor and smell. Smell was hoppy when first opened and became malty halfway through. Lingering bitter aftertaste. yb (156 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Dated February 02 2016, so it should be super fresh.

LOOK: Slightly hazy golden orange with a two finger, fluffy white head.

SMELL: Super floral orange peel, grapefruit juice, and lemon zest, with a touch of pine.

TASTE: A punch of bitter, juicy orange and grapefruit. Crisp, smooth, and very drinkable. A bready, slightly toasty malt backbone carries the hops perfectly. Finish dry with a pine and more grapefruit.

FEEL: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, excellent drinkability.

OVERALL: Very good IPA. Definitely worth buying. (584 characters)

Photo of bsonk
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sixpoint Brewery Bengali IPA. 6.5% abv. I don’t buy their assertion that they named it Bengali not because of colonialism but because it supposedly looks like a tiger?

A: not as tiger like as they claim. Nice bubbles but the head doesn’t last.

S: bready, maybe a little hoppy.

T: slightly hoppy and spicy, with candy sweet malt. Sort of reminiscent of a way hoppier Fat Tire, like what I imagine that beer could have been. Nicely hopped with a non bitter aftertaste.

M: thin, drinkable, refreshing. Hop bite on the front of the tongue.

O: a nice well balanced drinkable lightly malted IPA. I find Sixpoint’s beer kind of simply flavored, but well made. (663 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.68 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: 8-oz. glass
From: Whole Foods in Albany, N.Y.
Price: $11.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: July 4, 2015
Consumed: July 7, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, golden, semi-clear color with four fingers of off-white fluffy head. A good amount of layered, spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.88)

Smelled tangerine, peach, apricot, Citra, rye, resin and orange rind. (Smell - 3.63)

Tasted a tad better than the nose, getting resin, tangerine bitter rind, orange zest, mango, apricot, caramel and light butterscotch. Getting some barleywine similarities. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This is just an OK IPA. Wouldn’t get it again after this 6-pack. (Overall - 3.63)

3.68 | 83 | B (1,042 characters)

Photo of KSOZE
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly balanced IPA with plenty of citrus and malt character. All the flavors you want in an American IPA are there and balanced enough to be crushable. (156 characters)

Photo of Edman5P
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange or dark golden color with good foam.. The smell is citrusy, hoppy, sweet malt... Citrus hops, hint of orange peel, and sweet malt on the palate. Tastes very similar to a dipa but smoother (208 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz skinny can into my Fremont can-pint.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny dash of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. You can't get a whole lot better with an IPA.

Smell: very sweet malt aroma with a slightly tropical, slightly earthy hop character. Not bad!

Taste: much like the aroma; it's rather malty and sweet, with a subdued but well-put-together hop flavor. There's some light tropical fruitiness here which I like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess, especially for the style.

Overall: a tasty and drinkable beer, if a bit on the maltier side of the spectrum. (666 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great all around IPA. Really solid malt backbone gives a real bready scent. This is what I think of when I think of east coast IPA. Nice bitter finish, dry but more sweet up front. A bit floral but not fruity. Really good IPA. (231 characters)

Photo of Yargamo
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,505 characters)

Photo of Beerds
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (242 characters)

Photo of Uhopia
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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 (292 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (675 characters)

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Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.