1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

Not Rated.
Bengali
Picture being approved.
BA SCORE
88
very good

2,233 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,233
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 95
Gots: 222 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Sixpoint homebrewed IPA formulation, this brew first stalks with a malty cadence, then slashes with citrus and pine.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 04-22-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bengali Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,233 | Reviews: 586 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear amber/copper shade while yielding a foamy 3/4" head. good retention and lacing, slowly fades into a lasting cap, collar around the glass. fine looking IPA, but then so are about 900 others. mmm, nose is good. not overly aromatic but potent enough, offering notes of citrus (grapefruit, maybe some tangerine), pine, and a touch of malt.

flavor follows with more of the same though a bit more bitterness than i was expecting, which persists through the hoppy finish. tasty and refreshing. on the lighter side of medium-bodied with average carbonation.

overall, a very good yet not truly great beer. a bit more bitter than i typically look for in my IPAs, but no question i will be buying bengali tiger again. feeling good about going 4's across the board on this one.

(originally reviewed: 06-12-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 19NOV2012
Can into pint glass.

A- Hazy orange pour with a two finger soapy white head. Lacing is gobs of sticky, meringue foam.

S- Bright citrus (grapefruit, mandarins) there is a resinous pine aroma with a touch of strawberries and floral hops. Quite sweet smelling, slight doughy malt backing.

T- Full on resinous pine hops. Bitter floral hops and dandelion. No sweetness in sight with this one. Malt backing is slightly chewy.

M- Medium bodied, chewy with a super dry finish. Good carbonation.

korguy123, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before 19NOV2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head

S: Hoppy, with notes of resiny pine and citrus. Not much malt beneath the bed of hops

T: Not as hoppy as the nose, but the malts bring forward a nice balance between the hops. Hops are again pine and citrus, with a slight spice. Bitter throughout and into the finish for a while

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, some slick oils but not as much as I'd expect to see

O: While the taste doesn't quite match the aroma in terms of hoppiness, this is still a solid IPA with plenty of hops to go around. Definitely a nicely balanced beer. Certainly worth a try if you can get it fresh

BEERMILER12, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of HopFace
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

HopFace, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

meanmutt, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of andrewj17
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

andrewj17, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

MrMcGibblets, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of JCFinn
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

JCFinn, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

bigred89, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of bspain5
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

bspain5, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

MichaelDobbins, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Redglimmer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Redglimmer, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of wakajawaka76
4/5  rDev +1.8%

wakajawaka76, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of bac0n
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay, it has a name like Bengali Tiger. With a name like that, the can could contain gerbil piss and I'd still buy it. And I'd probably buy it again, despite the fact that being it was comprised of gerbil piss, it's flavor profile would be decidedly budweiser-ish, but, hey, such was not my fate as in so many video games wherein the coolest looking car/character/whatever was also the most sucky in battle (I'm looking at you, Sweet Tooth). Basically, this beer has it all: name, packaging, quality. It's a goddamn trifecta!

So, I'm wondering if the folks at Six Point shruged and decided to call this an IPA cuz it was as close as they could get in terms of an actual style classification. I say this because it doesn't really seem all that IPAish to me, at least not in the British or American sense of the word. The former tends to be all bitterness, and the other seeks to wallop you with a strong distinct hop profile. This does neither. Or perhaps it does both. In the end, it seems to be a sorta junction between an American IPA, a British IPA and a British Bitter. But ya know what: who cares; it tastes good and that's good enough for me.

Appearance: Pours a nice radioactive golden orange. The beer has a half life of half an hour at most. The head is a good inch and a half on the top and it leaves lovely lacing down the side of the glass as it pours.

Smell: The ample bosom that was the head made it difficult at first getting a good whiff, but as the head died down, sweetness and breadiness was right there waiting for me, beckoning me.

Taste: Bitterness throughout, but a decidedly complex and layered hop profile is what really defines this beer. At first piney and grassy, gives way to bitterness and ends on a grapefruity tone. Tethering the experience is the prevalence of biscuit throughout. I can only imagine the tweaking it took to get this sorta balance - I would say no less than five different hop varieties went into the crafting of this - and the constant adjusting no doubt resulted in fist fights.

Mouthfeel: If you would call something chewy like an Imperial Stout as the high extreme, and lightly carbonated urine like Miller Lite as the other, I would say this lives in the middle, about a 5 and a half.

Drinkability: By proxy of its more balanced approach to hops - not seeking to really overwhelm you like so many IPAs do - it becomes much more easy drinking than I would say I am used to for a beer which self identifies as an IPA. That being said, drinking this bad boy fast would be a shame, cuz you'd be zipping by a lot of hops.

Overall: I love beers which defy genre, and Bengali Tiger... it has a really cool name. But lo I digress, it also defies genre. I'm definitely going to seeking these guys out at the Great American Beer Festival this fall.

bac0n, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Clayton1220
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Clayton1220, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Joel12
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Joel12, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Kaydogg, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

n00blar, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of johnbifulco
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

johnbifulco, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of dhow4
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

dhow4, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of clutchbeyers
4/5  rDev +1.8%

clutchbeyers, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

rapayn01, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of HEADYdb
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of pjs234
4/5  rDev +1.8%

pjs234, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of wells9uk
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

wells9uk, Jun 02, 2012
Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,233 ratings.