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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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2,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 94
Gots: 217 | 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  rDev -23.7%

jisak74, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

JamnesCameron, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of MichaelBurns
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

MichaelBurns, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Holland, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delightfully smooth and portraying a more delicate balance that's normally reserved for English-style IPAs rather than the sharper and more aggressive American versions, Bengali Tiger delivers an effortless taste and texture that will surely satisfy the taste buds for the staunch hop heads.

The hazy copper ale pours with a zesty and rich decantment while the carbonation separates the liquid from foam, constructing a creamy off white head that resists any fade and blanketing the glass with lace. All signs point to a well-made India Pale Ale.

Citrus is met with pine, caramel with rich bread- spice, grass, earth, and grapefruit all sculpt the notion that the beer is partly of American and partly of English influence. The nose captures all this with closer balance and richness than expected.

Taste starts off with deeply embedded breads, caramels, and a slight English biscuit quality. The moderately rich malt taste provides a substantial underpinning to the hop profile that decorates the flavor with zesty grapefruit, pine resin, orange zest, freshly mulled grasses and herbs, and an overall resiny/earthy taste that develops into a deep bitterness in finish that leaves the beer decidedly hoppy.

Medium bodied to start, but the beer retains its hearty malt and carbonated creaminess throughout, or at least until deep in finish where the resiny dryness of hops, along with alcohol warmth and fleeting malt character, where the beer's dry finish closes the session and allows for an extended grassy bitterness in aftertaste.

My taste interprets Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger as a slightly rustic American IPA or a clean English IPA that's no more American or English than Goose Island's IPA. The straddle of the style fence makes the ale as interesting and complex as it is indecisive or confused.

BEERchitect, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TasteTester, Mar 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

scrizo, Mar 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

CBPAS, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, best before 1 August 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice, but a bit weak. The brew smells like citrusy (grapefruit, orange) and pine hops, along with some grain and caramel malt. The taste is just like the aroma, but luckily the flavors are stronger compared to how it smells. It's a sweeter tasting beer than I expected it to be, I thought the hop flavors would be stronger. With that being said, it's still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. $8.99 a 4-pack.

bluejacket74, Mar 18, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here comes an AIPA that has a whole bunch of good things going for it. First, it's my favorite style. It tastes good - hoppy,bitter, not too floral. And it's 16 oz!

I am going to try to try three of these pints in a row and not fall asleep. I'm starting with this one, and it's a winner. I would definitely buy this again. I think the can helps keep these good and sometimes cans are more convenient (in a cooler).

schoolboy, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

atoulouk, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Jimbolikesbeer, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jeanphony, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Lukafer, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of GPHarris
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright amber.
s - grapefruit and other citrus aromas with a hint of caramel.
t - big, lip-smackingly good citrus.
m - medium thickness.
o - terrific AIPA and one i'd gladly go to again.

GPHarris, Mar 13, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy orange with a cream colored head. sticky.

S-smells like candied nectarine, doesn't smell good. medium strength

T-comes in with a taste of grains and some tangerine and an underlying taste of pale belgian spices. its a good taste that lasts and forms a decent after-taste. terrible for an IPA though

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is a terrible IPA, but a fairly decent beer. honestly, it tastes more like a belgian pale ale brewed in america. i really don't detect any hoppiness to it at all, but i get a lot of belgian sugars and it does have that citrus aspect common in pale ales. i'd like to try this fresh some day, or directly out of the tallboy. something i'm willing to give another chance, but still overall a disappointment

AdamBear, Mar 13, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. "tallboy" can into a standard pint glass.
Apricot/copper in color, with a big blooming head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint citrus hops,mineral, hint of sulfur.
Taste-Toasted malt, citrus rind, herbal hops. Nicely balanced and friendly with spicy dishes.

hosehead83, Mar 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

imbuckeye, Mar 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Brew33, Mar 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

DiscGolfRobot, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

hockenbeer, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Billakowski, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jafari, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow orange with a nice 2 inch creamy, foamy head and nice lacing.

Smell - Hops, floral, fruity with lemon, orange, grapefruit, some malts. Piney with some added sugars and spices. Not overly strong aromoa.

Taste - Ipa? FIrst upfront flavor was pilsner malts, some added sugars with a hop backbone. Really malty, floral and hoppy, but the hops werent as strong and piney, citric or bitter as i was expecting. Caramel and added sugars come out along with some spices to give more flavor. Also has a saison feel, earthy, light and floral flavors in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Light and easy actually on mouth. Floral grassy notes coat tounge with sugars, hops and malts. Palette does get a little more hops at the finish. Aftertaste is a little bitter and hop resin sting is left.

Overall - Not the hop heavy ipa i was looking for. This is more like a combo of a ipa, pilsner, and saision. Killer balance, you really get each flavor quite well, with out one dominate over the other. No alcohol noticed, Fair price and its canned! If your looking for something different, and not a hop bomb, this is worth a drink. It does lose points since this isnt a standard ipa.

wvsabbath, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this16 oz. can in a S.N. hops glass. Best by 16 Jun2012. The body was golden honey with a brittle white head. Thin lacing remained in the glass.

The smell was pine. Some hard candy and hints of sour rag.

The taste was mildly spicy hops and gentle bitterness. Modestly sweet. Finishes dry and grassy. Quite drinkable.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected. There was a softness in the mouth. Adequately carbonated.

Cresant, Mar 10, 2012
Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,227 ratings.