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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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Bengali
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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,254 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,254
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 98
Gots: 226 | 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)
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

meanmutt, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass
Best before: 16 June 2012

Thanks to tsauce2 for the extra.

A: Pours a hazy amber orange with 1.5 fingers width of light khaki colored head which takes a good amount of time to dissipate down and leaves a nice degree of lacing.  

S: Malt forward with caramel and sweetbread, a bit of resins hops and some citrus in the way of orange.  Pleasant aroma but could be more hop forward.  

T: Hops are immediately more prevalent on the tongue than the nose.  Mostly a big piney bitterness, with some grapefruit.  A soapy characteristic, resiny, and a bit of lemon zest.  Malt backbone is minimal, and not much citrus characters.  Pretty one dimensional in the way of a big bitter hop bomb (I would have guess a higher IBU), but being a hophead that draws no complaints here.  

M/D: Relatively smooth, appropriately carbonated, medium bodied.  Drinkability is pretty good considering the bitterness factor.  

O: Overall, a pretty enjoyable beer.  With so many great IPAs being readily available, I don't think this is one I would seek out, but I certainly won't turn one down if offered.

zac16125, Jun 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

smutty33, May 31, 2012
Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,254 ratings.