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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by Triklino:
Photo of Triklino
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of hophugger
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Another fine beer from Sixpoint. This American IPA pours a beautiful golden-yellow with a decent head and light lacing. The aroma is very floral and citrusy. The malt sweetness hits you right away when drinking, very quickly followed by an amazing citrus-hops flavor that is bold yet not too much that it would make this beer unenjoyable. The finish is citrus peel. This beer is crisp, full of flavor and has a very clean end that leaves just the right amount of taste in your mouth. Can't wait to try the other offerings from the guys at Sixpoint !!

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured into a Riedel tulip from a can labeled best before 08May15. The liquid is a clear golden-orange, with plenty of carbonation. The pour kicks up a solid two-finger off-white head that leaves lots of lace and has remarkable staying power. It settles to at least one finger that stays almost for the remainder of the beer.

Aroma is wonderfully citrusy and bright - lots of oranges and tangerines, with a sugar cookie malt undertaste. Nicely balanced.

Taste follows the nose - bright citrus up front backed by sugar cookies on the finish. The finish is not as bitter as the hop presence would lead you to expect. Aftertaste is nice sweet candied oranges.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with lots of carbonation - great for the style.

Overall, a wonderfully balanced and flavorful IPA. This is a go-to for me.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +6%

From a can at Rattle n Hum, NYC. At a declared 62 IBU I can't believe how much I like this brew.

Pours into an amazingly luxurious head that leaves a shaving cream density lacing.

Almost citrusy aroma that leads to a reall well balanced & refreshing taste.

Great viscosity.

An overall wonderous experience in the eyes of this hops averse consumer.

Thanks to everyone at Sixpoint for showing the way.

Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I upped the revised Bengali over my review of its previous incarnation - Tiger.
Six Points remains one of my top brewers to watch along with Carton.
This beer is neck and neck with Carton, and Dales Pale Ale - my go-to beer. I might prefer this to Dales! I have to taste them off, same ABV, this hoppier, less balanced.

This is now sold as a 6! great move. I love cans and I love these silver silo cans in particular.

A Pours a perfectly clear golden glowing amber body and a sticky, lasting, rocky head that leaves loads lacing behind. Nice look.

S: Pine forest, salt wind, fall earth, wet grass form a base for fruity, juicy esters of apricot and grapefruit and flowers. Fresh and inviting.

T: Follows the smell. Like Sculpin offers a fresh, juicy fruit bitter ness like a freshly picked tangerine or apricot/sweet cara orange that leads to resinous, piney, biting finish. It lingers a long while, with a balanced citrus fruit and malt. Fruit & Hops over malt for sure. Very fresh tasting, like newly picked and squeezed fruit. (this can dated 9-22-14)

F: Creamy as I like them, medium bodied with medium, tickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Intriguing flavor, fresh, great with food. The mark of a great - must try beer for me - is I must taste it off against my favorites, in this case: Sculpin, Titan, Dales Pale.

THIS COULD BECOME MY EVERY DAY BEER - the silver cans sharing the shelf with Dales Pale Ale, Cartons 077xx, and Cartons Boat.

Photo of HoppilyWellEndowed
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Can = Sweet
smell = Orange and citrus. I smelt a faint whiff of dog fart but that could be due to my dogs gas.

Look = Like a Moroccan sunset filtered through Elton Johns amber glasses.

Really though...
Taste: this thing is obviously hopped late in the boil with some scrumptious C hops. I'd say the hops flavor have dominance over what one may consider bitter

There's some quality lacing in the glass.

Oh yeah, 24oz can...yes please.

Overall, for 4 bucks this thing is hard to turn down and I've had the best. Bitterness in IPA's has become 2nd to hop flavor and aromas that come from late boil additions.

This is a fantastic example of this methodology in brewing.

~Well Endowed

Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can from the brewery, bb24sep15 2015.

Appearance. Pours a clear gold-amber with almost two fingers of white head that leaves some sexy lace behind.

Smell. Bright and juicy citrus, a bit of sweet tropical fruits, and some light caramel malts.

Taste. Oranges with some bitter rind, some other citrus fruits and floral hops, some lightly grainy caramel malts, just a little sweetness. Not sure when this was brewed but tastes really fresh. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, very smooth medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Dangerously crushable stuff. I would drink this all the time if it was available here.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange copper with a one finger head. Leaves loads of lacing. Smell is super pungent. A lot of orange and a little sweet. Taste is a huge burst of orange, a little pine, and a nice malt backbone to round it out. Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Bitterness is just a bit harsh and lingers for a little while. Overall a great brew from Sixpoint. It reminds me a lot of Jai Alai in that it's just in your face with that orange hop flavor and aroma. It's 1% lower so it's a bit lighter than Jai Alai.

Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an impressive amount of foam; good retention and lacing action

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit galore; floral and fruity

Taste: Just enough malt to provide a platform for the citrusy hops to take over; and take over they do, bringing the ruby red grapefruit detected in the aroma, as well as some tropical fruit tones of pineapple and mango; not overly bitter, the finish is clean and fruity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: If I had an everyday IPA and I lived in Brooklyn, this would be a contender; I don't and I don't but I sure enjoyed it

Photo of HopBrad31
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Pour at Independence Beer Garden in Philly.
Very Good IPA. Near Perfect Bitterness, Hop Flavor and Aroma for an American IPA. Citrusy, Slight Pine, and Resin. A touch of sweet maltiness to balance to bitterness. Just what I want in an IPA.

Photo of doktorhops
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint have positioned this Bengali as a tiger of an IPA. A bold statement indeed. However I already know Sixpoint for their Resin - the bitterest hop attack my tongue ever experienced, so I know what to expect from Bengali. My hope is that Sixpoint have reigned their hop ponies in a little bit this time, I love hops, but there is a limit to how much my flavour receptors can handle.

Poured from a 355ml can (yes cans are back in vogue these days, better for the environment and cheaper to package beers, deal with your hang-ups people!) into a nonic pint.

A: Faintly hazed golden-orange body with a fluffy 2cm cream head that leaves a spiders-web of lace as it fades. Not bad, you know I love my yeast in the glass (i.e. non-filtered) but this is nice too. 7/10.

S: Fresh pine upfront, with citric (orange starburst) notes throughout. Not detecting any malts, they’re in there but the hops are just too big and fresh to let them come out and play. Did I mention how fresh and juicy this IPA smells? It’s a damn good bouquet. 9/10.

T: Interesting spin on an IPA from Sixpoint - It’s almost entirely hops; pine, orange starburst and herbal characters all over. The malts are balanced in a way that sweetness is hardly noted at all. A showcase for hops then from Sixpoint. There is bitterness in the finish but thankfully it is a bit more restrained than the Resin. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied with some hop oiliness and a light carbonation. Pretty good stuff. 8/10.

D: Well it’s a tall order for any IPA to follow after my review of the spectacular Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. Bengali is a decent effort however I still think the West Coast is the best coast [for breweries that is]. Oh yeah and the balance could definitely be more even-handed between sweet/bitter. That said - given a nice hot curry this is one can of beer I would instinctually grasp for. 7/10.

Food match: Curry set and match.

Photo of nodder
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can

A- Hazy light orange with a one finger white head. Spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet orange citrus with pine. Zero alcohol in the smell.

T- Big citrus and pine up front. Quite bitter. Sweet malts in the background here. No alcohol to speak of in the taste.

M- Medium with decent carbonation. Easy drinking.

O- Had this many times and finally reviewing it. A great goto IPA

Photo of dorosjim
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Miss the old recipe the new recipe is quite good. Lighter bodied which delivers lots of hop flavor throughout, piney with lots of bitter citric rind notes. Enough sweet crystal malt to balance the brew. Finishes super clean and refreshing. Loving the new 24 oz can too!

Photo of Jrp54
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Like the silo cans too.

Photo of thommo_nk
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Outstanding beer from a 330ml can, if there is a draft version I would cut off one of my legs to try it. Truly world class IPA.

Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nonic pint : on tap @ The Growler Run

Burnt orange with a foamy off white head.

Citric, resiny hops in the aroma and taste.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done IPA. Big hops, leaves me wanting more, in a good way.

Photo of MPSTARR
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great offering from Sixpoint.

Photo of dsnyder61
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great beer great amount of hops

Photo of Das_Reh
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid, tasty, and thirst quenching, my new go-to easy-drinking IPA. Can't wait to try Resin and Hi-Res next!

Photo of GFM
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a golden orange with big foamy head. Resilient blotches of lacing. Citrus hop aroma. Light-bodied, flat feel. Very solid IPA. From what I recall of Bengali Tiger, I like this version of Sixpoint's IPA more. For folks like me who tend to prefer DIPAs over conventional IPAs, this is a great lower ABV substitute. Has sessionable qualities. (9.25)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Copper/amber in color with a half finger head produced.

Aroma- Balanced in the aroma with citrus/pine hops and a bread/caramel malt combo evenly evident.

Taste- Starts of with a caramel malt and some pine hop flavors. Middle and finish sees more bright citrus flavors along with a dry bread malt finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, medium bodied, and a dry finish.

Overall- Definitely better than the original. Very well balanced with some bright citrusy flavors, a little bit of pine, and a really great caramel/bread malt combo. Great value for the quality of this beer so this will definitely be worth getting again.

Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks, smells, and tastes a lot better that I remember of it. Here goes:

A: Perfectly clear orange, lots of carbonation, massive head with good lacing. Kind of hard to knock this beer in the appearance department, but perhaps it's a little too clear-looking.

S: Very floral, citrusy, lots of grapefruit. Simple relative to other IPA's, but it does what it does quite well. Some malt to balance the hops.

T: Good, but somewhat simple. Lots of flowers, citrus, and a ton of grapefruit at the back of the palate. Some caramel malt to balance out the hops, but this beer is basically very hop-heavy.

F: Only drawback about the beer. Somewhat watery and light. However, this goes well with pizza.

O: Much better than I remember. One of my brother's favorite beers.

Photo of pearljam118
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Their best by date of 1 year is ridiculous. This beer wasn't bad for the age but at 3 months old, no ipa can hold up to what it should taste like at <6 weeks. 3 ,onus should be the industry ipa standard bbd for Ina's and iipa's.

Photo of LShaw
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.