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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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Bengali
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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,253 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,253
Reviews: 588
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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Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass. Thanks to Joey for the trade!

a: pours a hazy orange hue with a pretty thick fizzy white head that settles into a thin lacing around the glass.

s: sweet malty aroma with notes of piney hops. a bit of a sweeter nose than expected. needs a tad bit more dry hopping in my opinion.

t: what starts out at bready caramel malt flavor, the flavor profile is quickly subdued by piney hop flavor. ends a tad bitter but nothing crazy. well balanced and highly drinkable.

m: smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

great IPA. probably the best i have ever had in a can (haven't tried Heady Topper yet, unfortunately). i'd get it if it were more accessible. recommended.

tzieser, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Meridian pint into a shaker pint.

A nice foamy off white head that falls slowly off the pour. Some very noticeable carbonation from the bottom, from a dull brown orange amber body. While drinking some solid scattered lacing is noticeable.

Nose is a muted wet citrus grapefruit, a very wet sense seems apparent on the nose, not much else really going on.

Taste at first is a good mix of grapefruit and malt but still loosing flavor to a watery and weak texture. Aftertaste brings hop bitter with some good baked bread sense. However the finish also has a chemical like sting to it.

Overall slightly better than average, but after a few sips it doesn't bring much to the palate afterwards. Taste seems to get weaker as it goes on.

smakawhat, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a small off white head. In the aroma, pine like hops and quite malty. In the taste, pine hops with hints of gingerbread malts and a small note of citrus. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and small fruit in the aftertaste. Quite malty and decent.

OWSLEY069, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, inch of foam and some lace. In the aroma, floral, soapy hops with alittle herbal qualities. In the taste, faint herbal bitterness with a muted grapefruit/pine note. Big sugary malt sweetness, and overshadows the hop profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel, alittle watery. Overall, a lackadaisical IPA, not bad, but not as vivid as the better examples of the style. Now contract brewed at Lion in Wilkesbarre, there goes the neighborhood.

Stinkypuss, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for the extra.
Pours a hazy light copper with a nice white head and some decent legs.
Smells sweet and malty, lots of caramel, citrus and pine. Mild spice when cold really amps up as it warms up.
Taste is much like the smell with the malt and spice combining to make a complex brew. Caramel comes through nicely and combines with the hops to leave a nice lingering finish with a herbal spice note.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and a decent carbonation level make this a nice summer sipper.

kirok1999, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pounder can from Finger Lakes. Got the whole canned line up there.

A: The IPA is a lighter tea color, oranges and yellows swirling together to create browner amber hues. A huge head, over three fingers, leaves thick patches of lace behind.

S: Quite aromatic, although the ale needs a few minutes to get started. Peppers and sharp citrus ring out. The style strikes me as East Coast, content to be hoppy and firm but not in your face. Caramel malts serve as a counterpount.

T: Damn, this is a strong IPA. Well-balanced, both the caramel and hops came at me at the same time. The hops are citrusy, strong but decidely reserved. I think that, if unbridled, they could be a whole lot stronger. That restraint makes the ale work, coaxing out the caramel. Pine follows, sappy and resiny. That pine becomes the defining aspect of the beer, a sweet, syrupy bitterness that sings on my palate.

M: A sweet mouthfeel, the caramel can't be avoided. The hoppiness, though, is powerful enough to leave a piney feel. A good IPA.

akorsak, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its great to see more big cans coming to NH!
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber orange color with a huge bubbly rocky white head that slowly dissipates but leaves plenty of sticky lace in its wake. Citrus and pine waft into the air mere seconds after the can goes crack. Pine and resin dominate the aroma with hints of onion and nary a malt beneath it. Taste is pine and onion and garlic. I know not everyone tastes and smells it this way, but I'd like to know which hop gives off this flavor/aroma. Slightly bready malt underneath. relatively dry finish with a lingering garlic hop bite. Medium to thin body, medium level of carbonation with a resinous watery mouthfeel. Decent IPA, but my preference is for one with a bit more malt backbone and a bit less garlic.

johnnnniee, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass, the beer is a bright orange-copper coloring, hazy and opaque, with a two inch frothy, foamy, bright white head that sits lightly atop the brew. Holy crap does this smell good! Aromas of a sweet citrus blend, with discernable orange and grapefruit characteristics, as well as a heavy dose of green, leafy, resinous hops. Almost a hint of marijuana in there, too. Smells amazing! Flavors hit you with a more foresty/cedar hopping, with a sharp bitterness at the end, balanced (somewhat) with the citrus tartness and a caramel malt sweetness. The balance is more hopcentric, but that bodes well in my house. The finish is mostly hoppy, with slight hints of the citrus tart and sweet. The finish is a little clingy, with some citrus highlights and hops spicing. The finish is unique, because it is clingy, but also crisp. Very tasty beer!

GarthDanielson, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of diechipmunk
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orange with short head that receded quickly into a thin lacing.

S: Citrus zest, lime, some pine and herbal tinge made me think of cilantro.

T: Bright Grapefruit, tangerine, lime and some pine upfront. A long, long dry bitter finish. Not much in the way of malt, a little grain snuck in as it warmed. Not really balanced enough for me.

M: Crisp and oily at the same time very drying, good carbonation but not dominating.

A good Ipa with lots of complex hop flavor, not balanced enough to be a regular for me, but enjoyable for an ocasional tip. With a little more malt balance this beer would be spectacular - but that is subjective, I do prefer more balanced IPA's. Still, I look forward to the other two cans in the fridge.

diechipmunk, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bengali tiger is a sparkling, cloudy golden ale with a small white head that fades. It has a bold aroma of pine and orange peel. It's pretty full and smooth with a very dry, numbing finish. It tastes bitter, resiny and fruity with notes of orange, peach, or apricot. It has a long bitter aftertaste.

yesyouam, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint is in NH, Yippie!

16oz tallboy can (best by 10/28/11) poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a light copper/dark orange-red, very hazy. 2+ finger offwhite head, fairly tight with good retention. Leaves lots of rings/splotches of lacing.

S: Pungent dank herbal hops, a little onion/garlic, pine, maybe a little citrus. Good bit of caramel malt, definitely seems on the sweet side.

T: Similar to the nose: Pungent hops right from the start with the herbal hops, pine, and floral notes (didn't get this in the nose much). Has a little bit of a grapefruit character after the initial punch of bitterness. Middle smooths out with a moderate (maybe a little on the high end) amount of sweet caramel malt, coating mostly the back of the palate. Hop character smooths out to citrus and floral notes with the herbal quality and much of the pine all but fading out. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter with an alright astringency and borderline acceptable alcohol esters. A light raw vegetal character is also around that I don't care for.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth and easy to drink, alcohol does make a bit of a presence that sometimes seems unwanted. Fairly dry and bitter finish, though not that crisp.

O: A solid IPA that (to me) has a flaw or two keeping it from being great.

Satchboogie, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger.
Poured the 16oz can into my IPA glass, comes out a copper orange with a 2 finger off whit head that reduces to residing ring that leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma on this beer is big and I love it, a lemon citrus, tangarine, grapefruit, grass and nuts. The taste is full of citrus zest, grapefruit bite with a nutty background and a noticable alcohol. The mouthfeel is a medium body with decent carbonation. A very good IPA, I could get used to this can thing.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dear friend of mine said she was going to bring me some Sixpoint back from Brooklyn, where she moved permanently. I expected 4 different cans, but got 3 different 4 packs!

Best by 01 Dec 2011, so I'd wager its mighty fresh.

Appearance
Poured into a Perfect Pint, this 16oz can makes me want the 22oz Perfect Pint. The beer has a nice head with very good sticky lacing. The beer has a haze to its burning orange color.

Aroma
This is my favorite part of this beer, and almost any IPA in general. The aroma is packed with citrus but stays pretty aggressive. Lime zest is a unique smell that this beer has. Some dank herbal stuff is matched by lovely floral appointments. Some pine and orange round it out.

Taste
This beer is made up of equal parts citrus juiciness and fresh, green bitterness. The pine here is very fresh and tastes sweeter and sappier than the pine in most other IPAs. There are suggestions of orange creme and lemon-lime zest.

Mouthfeel
Very sticky, oily and dry, dry, dry. On second thought, this is my favorite part of this beer.

Overall
A damn solid IPA. I'm glad I was given 4 of these bad boys.

MbpBugeye, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Seth for bringing this over for our small tasting.

Poured from can into snifter - Best bu 12/1/11

A: Poured a cloudy orange with two finger head that held retention for awhile then desending into a thin frothy lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit, mango, citrus ,lemon zest, hops.

T: Lot's of citrus, slight pine notes , deep malt backing, bitter hop bite.

Oveall a decent Ipa with lots of flavor , I will be on the lookout for more.

InebriatedJoker, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Pint can poured into a Boston Beer pint glass. Chilled nicely.

Appearance: Light brown to dark, deep orange in color. Pours a nice, creamy, beige head of about two fingers.

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemograss and some nice, bready cereal grain notes. Hops are nice, bright and citrusy. Very nicely balanced.

Taste: Lemon, citrus and pineapple notes from the hops upfront. Pine notes and bitter hops hit right after and carry over to a bitter finish. Cereal malt notes interweave throughout as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet bright, but bordering on too heavy though.

Overall, a nice, easy to drink IPA. Really bright and balanced. Good in most aspects but not great.

Gosox8787, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of sjverla
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Piney and caramelly at first. Complex blend of sweet and lemon and a hint of dankness.

Appearance: Hazy orange-copper. Creamy head rose and left quickly with just a thin skim remaining.

Taste: Very complex. Fruity sweetness. Grassy bitterness. A little bit bready. Citrus--like sugared grapefruit. Woody, but a little tart. The feel is light but satisfying.

Overall: An outstanding IPA. Great complexity. Fantastic balance. And a lot of flavors.

sjverla, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of uustal
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma of citrus peel, pine and earthy notes, mostly Belgian spice with a bit of pepper. Interesting. Flavor follows. Initial quick blast of sweet grapefruit, citrus rind and a touch of sour apple. Turns bitter with drying pine and earthy characteristics. Followed by more dry spice. I got Belgian notes on the finish along with hints of rye and white pepper. Unique flavor and a lot going on, but it works. Very, very dry mouthfeel.

uustal, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jizfiasco
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like it should be sweeter. As head fades foam leaves lumps floating on top which leads me to believe there is some additive to improve head and lacing. Smells of cascade hops just like sierra nevada pale ale. Taste is simple citrus rind and bitter. The color is deceiving as the malt is low. The hop profile is not complex at all more like a pale ale or English ipa. A good beer if you want a little alcohol taste in your pale ale but not a great American ipa.

jizfiasco, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jrnyc
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. The packaging was not dated, but each can was. What good is a best by date if it is on the inside and I can't see it before I buy it?? I don't understand this at all. Luckily this beer appears to have been canned on 6/28 with a best by of 10/28, so it is relatively fresh.

A -A very nice orange color with a really nice medium head.

S: A pretty good smell, but nothing compared to the West Coast IPAs I frequently drink.

T: This tastes good, nothing extraordinary though. Once again, compared to the top notch West Coast IPAs, this doesn't come close to their league. But it is enjoyable.

M: A small hint of alcohol, nowhere near as much as another offering from Sixpoint, Righteous Ale.

O:This is a good beer. Not one I would go out of my way to get, but definitely solid. Nothing extraordinary about this one.

jrnyc, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 16oz can into 13oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange with a inch and a half white sticky head. Smell is grapefruit, orange, & pine needles. Taste is all that, maybe a little more balanced then smell. Nice carbonation & medium to full body. It is a solid beer for a reasonable price.

SawDog505, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really happy that Sixpoint is now distributing into New Jersey. I was surprised by Sweet Action in a local restaurant. Now we have four of their beers in the store.

I picked up a four pack of Bengali at the local liquor store... and I was happy to finally taste this beer. Then I shared with my neighbor because my tree fell in his yard (thank you Irene).

I poured the can into a snifter to extend the life on the bouquet of this beer. It smells great. You get the grapefruit and pine smells; along with some floral.

Bengali has that perfect orange haze with a pretty good amount of head on the initial pour.

It tastes amazing. There is a ton of hops, but I didn't get much bitterness. There also wasn't any dry mouth accompanying the hops explosion. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I look forward to picking up another four pack (all for me).

ummswimmin, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a tumbler. Pours a burnt orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity. Head is a quarter inch, loose, off-white and embedded with pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch skim with some delicate slashes and spots of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose is somewhat subdued - a suggestion of citrus, tropical fruit and a spicy quality, all on a light malty backbone. Taste is consistent with nose; however, somewhat more watered down. There is also a light citrus rind bitterness dispersed from start to finish, but not really lingering. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a crisp and even carbonation. Overall, pretty darn drinkable; however, there are better IPAs out there. That said, this beer is a totally different animal on-draft. Flavors seem to pop a bit more and there is more of an herbal/hoppy presence than is expressed in the can. Nonetheless, a solid offering that goes down easy.

Jwale73, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can to Stone IPA glass. Big thanks for afksports for this awesome extra.

Pours a beautiful deep orange that glows like nothing I've ever seen. It's very light around the edges and has a center that is verging on amber. This tan head that lasts about 5 minutes. It falls to a thick film, but leaves very impressive lacing throughout consumption.

Smell is very nice. It kind of reminds me of when I was in Yosemite in the winter time. Definite notes of cool icy pine just like after the 4 feet of snow that fell on us in Yosemite. It's back by the citrus and mango that we all know and love in IPAs.

Taste is very nice. I might be biased because I just got off work and this might be the most crisp and clean IPA I've ever had. Just pure citrus beauty and a cool, clean piney finish. Very dry on the end which I love.

Mouthfeel (IMO) is spot on. You can't do any better than what Sixpoint has done with this brew. Its so damn refreshing. Super light mouthfeel with absolutely perfect carbonation.

Overall I was incredible impressed by this beer. It is absolutely a summer's delight.

Brendan, you're the man.

DearthVader, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear amber with just under two fingers of fluffy off white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with a citrus hop profile. Perhaps a little bit on the spicy side.

Taste: Mild citrus hops build in intensity throughout the sip. There is a somewhat sweet malty backbone with a mild spice to it, perhaps a little rye? The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation, the finish is mildly slick.

Overall: Not a bad IPA. Slightly underwhelming. My least favorite of the four Sixpoint beers I've tried, but still a good beer.

oline73, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received 3 of these in a recent trade.

A- DARK orange. I would call it murky. Pours with a big frothy head that is not wanting to abate. It filled up the snifter so I have no idea about lacing yet.

S- Wonderful, big hoppy citrus smell.

T- Really crisp and refreshing. There is a slight bit of odd aftertaste. This being the third can I have had and I have not noticed it in the other 2 cans that were consumed over the past month or so. I think just because it is a little bit older. It says' Best consumed by Sept 29 '11 and I figured with another month left it should be fine, but I taste some degradation in flavor. The other 2 were top notch and fantastic so I am not knocking it from 1 abnormality.

M- Very nice. Thick enough yet highly, and I mean highly drinkable.

O- A fantastic IPA. I'd gladly seek this one out again.

sendsilk, Aug 30, 2011
Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.