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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 778
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 7.43%
Wants: 32
Gots: 197 | FT: 0
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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 mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of TimWakimika
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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 (182 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,485 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (581 characters)

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of irrevjim
4.12/5  rDev +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 (440 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, best before 6/15/2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Dark amber color with a medium white head. Citrus fruit aroma, mainly orange, combined with pine and caramel. Flavor follows suit but the hops really start to come through with a spicy quality that lingers too long in the aftertaste. Some alcohol warming is also notable in the finish. Medium to full bodied, bitter, and dry. A remarkably clean beer with no off-flavors at all and pretty well balanced, even if the malt and the hops could be toned down a bit. (529 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had the Sweet Action which was pretty tasty, so decided to give this one a try... Poured into a shaped pint glass... Light copper / orange with a scant head of creamy foam that doesn't leave much lace - maybe a few strands and specks. Aroma is comprised primarily of citrus peel / grapefruit and pine... Caramel malt sweetness is there, too. Tastes great - kind of a slightly amped up more traditional IPA... Citrusy and piney, but also very well balanced by malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation... A very drinkable IPA. Glad I tried it, but I think I like Resin and Sweet Action a little more. (628 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 20 Jul 16, which leads me to believe this is about 12 days old!

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Stays effervescent through out, superior head retention & lacing

S: Citrus, grassiness, a little bit of pineapple

T: Grapefruit, dryness, a little breadyness & faint grassiness up front. Dryness & grapefruit as this warms, orange & a little bready sweetness& honey too. Finishes with a little pine, grapefruit, grassiness & dryness

MF: Medium body & lively carbonation, great balance

Drinks very easy, well done IPA (572 characters)

Photo of EdwardK77
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Citrusy / piney / floral / orangey / sweet malts. Very drinkable and goes down quick and smooth. Not Sixpoint's best offering. Doesn't compare to Resin in my opinion but a solid IPA none-the-less. (196 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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 -5.2%
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
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +9.4%
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 -8.9%
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 +9.7%
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 +11.4%
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)

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