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Bengali - Sixpoint Brewery

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Bengali
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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 94
Gots: 215 | 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 spdyfire83
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

9th review on BA
Can into New Belgium snifter.

A: Light caramel/copper with a minimal haze, but still see-thru. 1.5 finger nail head on brisk pour.

S: Something is off on this one. Smells like a candy, unripened fruit mess. I smelled it a couple dozen times, but can't pick up the exact smell.

T: Sweet malt to nothing - this beer just dies. It's definitely missing the hop characteristics I would expect out of such a beer.

M: Nothing. Just nothing pleasing to me at all. Quite bummed about this.

O: Not good. I had high hopes for this beer, but I'm thinking it is an old can or something. Unfortunate considering all the decent reviews this one has received. Much appreciated as an extra, but can't say that I'll see this out at any point in the future - unless it was a fresh can.

spdyfire83, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of cjoc83
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Sixpoint ale. Pretty stoked to try it.

Pours a hazy orange-amber/copper color with about 2 fingers worth of eggshell white head that recedes quickly to a frothy layer. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel malt and mostly floral, earthy hops. Some hints of mango and peach. The flavors are there, but they don't really pop too much on the nose.

Floral hops are the dominant note, with a nice caramel malt backbone. There's a little tropical fruit mid-palette, and finishes with some very subtle pine bitterness. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, medium bodied, good carbonation. Easy drinking.

The more I drank this beer, the more I liked it. It really seemed to open up with some nice citrus and tropical fruit flavor as I went along. And the creaminess of this beer is just spectacular. Just an amazing mouthfeel. I'll definitely pick this up again.

cjoc83, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Palphen for this brew.

I haven't the patience right now for too long of a review, and I'm not sure there's anything too unusual about this beer to merit a longer review. Not very aromatic, a bit of dank, hemp, hops, coconut and pineapple in the nose. Taste is a dankish hop combined with very mild hemp, non-sweet coconut, and basic maltish flavor. I've been wanting to try this for a while and I'm glad I did. Not as good as I hoped and Palphen sent me much better things, but still a very enjoyable beer indeed.

Klym, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer previous to this review, but I drank my 4-pack so fast I didn't have any left over to sit down and ponder in front of my key board... Now, after listening to Shane Welch talk to Google for an hour and a half I am ready to write a formal review!

Appearance:
Resonating copper body with a dull haze and fluffy pillow head that appears a yellowish white. The lacing left behind is thick and reminds me of a tree gauging birthdays as I take small sips. There are no seen particles floating within this beer.

This is also a great time to consider the packaging of this beer, which I adore. The four packs of pint cans are perfect and provide a generous amount of detail for such a simple design.

Smell:
Tremendous spice and bitterness. Aromas of grain ethanol (surprisingly strong), fresh cut apples (acetaldehyde-ish?), green bananas, and rock candy mixed together to form an intoxicating allure. This is a very fresh smelling beer; I wonder how a spiciness from infused chilies would have built onto this IPA's aroma profile.
I love aromatic hops, they make an IPA worth drinking.

Taste:
Very clean tasting IPA that is not overly bitter and does the beer's aromatics justice. Hoppy resins coat the back of my mouth and draw saliva from my acinar glands. Ample carbonation is required in a beer like this to cleanse and refresh (or else too much raw grapefruit rind sits on my palate).
The bengali tiger delivers a delicious IPA.
Damn good beer...

Mouthfeel:
This is a beer to behold. The mouthfeel is complex and refined. First sips may indicate a sweet beer, but generous carbonation and bittering alpha acids soon take over to provide balance. The beer's bite from its modest 6.4%abv adds great complement to things already in balance (not too boozy, but noticeable). The aftertaste is a lightly lingering bitterness that keeps you tasting the beer, but not resenting it.

Overall:
This four pack is generally priced between $8.59-9.99. When you look at the break down of fluid oz per dollar, you are paying approximately $9 for a growler's worth of beer. Taking into account the delicious flavor and freshness this beer offers, it's more than worth the price.
Bengali Tiger is definitely one of the best IPAs in NY, if not the east coast, and is worth trying. Hands down delicious.

ThePorterSorter, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head recedes quickly to a tight layer of small bubbles, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is intense citrus hops.

Taste starts sweet, goes spicy in the middle, and the piney citrus hops character is more of less a constant from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Nice brew when the biggest complaint I can muster is I wish the head was bigger and lasted longer. I wouldn't having any of the Sixpoint tallboys in my coolers...

ppoitras, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ralphs66 for this extra! 16oz can, bottom dated Best Before 29 Sept 2011.

Pours a hazy, dull brownish amber with some very paper-thin white head. Nose is very flowery, like sticking your head into a hot garden. Mostly pine/weed centric, not so much on the citrus.

Palate is fairly bitter, but with a tin-y presence. Malt is oddly cardoard-y (not infected). Medium-bodied, decent IPA. Great for a can, would crush this if it were local. But all things considered pretty average.

SFLpunk, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of siege06nd
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again, Rhettroactive, for sharing the Sixpoint goodness!

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A quarter finger white head settles atop the brew and soft lacing slides down the glass. Pretty standard for an IPA. Looks good.

S: I just had Sixpoint's "The Crisp" last night and the nose on this reminds me a great deal of that. Grapefruit zest and piney hops on the nose. A light grassy and herbal bouqet lingers in the background. Smells slightly spicy, earthy. Interesting indeed.

T: Pretty good. Piney hops, citrus, and a cloying peppery spiciness against a light, slightly bitter malt backbone. This is a touch bitter, I like my IPAs a little bit smoother with more citrus. That being said, it's well-balanced and tasty.

M: Well balanced, maybe just a bit dry. Lingering bitter aftertaste isn't as smooth as I would like, though that may be what they were going for..

O: Another interesting beer, and I appreciate that Sixpoint is trying to do their own take on classic styles. I'd say this is more of the herbal, grassy hop profile than citrusy, but it is certainly tasty. I've really enjoyed the two beers I've had from Sixpoint and am eagerly looking to try more.

siege06nd, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Very nice orange apricot color. Very hazy. Topped off with a thin eggshell colored head. Disappears quickly leaving some decent lacing.

S: Piney and citrusy. Lot's of orange and tangerine and some lemon zest as well.

T: Interesting flavor profile. Not sure what hops are used but it's extremely grassy. Thats the first taste i'm getting. Lot's of lemon grass and spice with some citrus and a touch of orange. Finishes bitter.

M: Light bodied for sure. A tad on the watery side. Thin a refreshing. Seems more like an american pale ale then an ipa. Good carbonation.

Overall: A different tasting ipa then i was expecting. Not bad but not special. Easy to drink, light and refreshing.

BigMike, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into Victory snifter glass. Best by date: 11/2011.

A: Cloudy amber color. Half finger head. OK carbonation. Some lacing.

S: Piney resin and malt of the nose. You get some of that cat pee astringency that is characteristic of IPAs.

T: Very malt forward brew. Carmel malt coats the middle of the tongue. A mild hop bite at the close.

M: Medium bodied IPA.

O: This one is just OK. It's a nice canned IPA, but I wish it was more hop forward than the malts that I got from this one.

inlimbo77, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of yankeej13
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pick up at a liquor store that is a hidden gem. Super excited to found something from Sixpoint though.

A- Has a nice darkest amber color. Had a nice foam head with a small amount of carbonation.

S- It has a nice potent smell. I got a nice bitter smell as well as a fruit twist to it as well. Can smell a bunch of citrus.

T- The taste was a bit different than I was thinking. Doesn't have as big of a bite as the smell did.

M- Has a smooth flavor, a good balance betweet the hop to malt flavor. It has good drinkability, nice and smooth.

Overall- I did enjoy this considering this was my first beer out of a 16oz can. Cheers

yankeej13, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of boralyl
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 16oz can. Pours a large fluffy white head that sits atop a slightly hazy medium golden-orange beer. The head has wonderful retention and leaves behind trails of lace.

S - The nose has a pronounced caramel malt sweetness with a flowery perfume. That are slight hints of citrus present as well.

M - This beer is somewhere between light and medium in body. It's adequately carbonated with a creamy finish.

T - The beer begins with notes of citrus and toasted malts. A strong caramel backbone makes itself noticeable next and fades off into the finish. The finish contains a mixture of flowery and citric hops, with the flowery ones being the dominate. It finishes with a light, but pleasant bitterness.

This IPA balances the malts and the hops very nicely. The hops present great citric and flowery notes with little bitterness. It's a very clean tasting IPA.

boralyl, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 64oz growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/3/11
*From notes

The growler was filled on 7/25/11 at 9th Ave. Vintner in NYC

A: Solid and filtered tangerine orange in color. A two finger head is the product of a good pour. Robust and sticky lacing rims the glass.

S: Some fruit is certainly present, but what I get more then anything else is crispy malt, minerals and lavender.

T: Subdued. It all really starts to hit on the mid, where the spicy and biting hop oil begins to form the foundation. Malt quickly swoops in to brush off the hops on the back end, and it finishes slightly salty. East Coast earth and generously grassy all the way.

M: Upper middle class. It's got plenty of carbonation and texture, but it could be a touch creamier.

O: Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger is a very well put together AIPA. It's not their best brew, but I definitely see the appeal. I'll certainly have plenty more of this once it hits DC distro next month. Good out of the can, better on tap. Thumbs up to an easy drinkin' and rather solid hoppy offering from one of the East Coast's hottest breweries.

Rhettroactive, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmmm... Tried this first at my local's IPA tasting. It won in my opinion. Very nice ale with them citrusy, piney hops that I so adore.

16oz can (love that we're starting to see fine ales in cans, as I'm an outdoorsman) poured into a 20oz "Liberal Pint" glass. Cloudy, amber, unfiltered. A fine looking brew. My nose may be failing me, as the aroma of this dry-hopped ale failed to wow me.

The first sip did not fail. Nor did subsequent sloshes. Light lacing (sorta tiger stripes I spose) as the fine flavors seep to my soul.

Yep, there's a new brewery in town (Brooklyn!) and they're serious. New to me anyway as I'm in Boston, but several weeks back, on a visit to NYC, I tasted a gravity-poured Sixpoint Signal Rauchbier at the Blind Tiger. It was to die for.

Cost was $10/4 16oz cans. A little high but no regrets.

hudsonvalleyslim, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can picked up at Premiering Buffalo. Pours a slightly hazed vibrant orange, two finger of head which leave sticky lacing in the glass.

Nose is piney and citrus rind, good dose of caramel, pretty clean. Flavor favors the citrus, really orangey with grapefruit rind, all about the hops but a plesant caramel malt with a hint of toast and husk, moderate bitterness, pretty much spot on what I'm looking for in an IPA. Slightly thin on the malt body but not too much so, easy drinker. Spot on IPA.

ritzkiss, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy into a pint glass.

Nice orange body with some cloudiness to it. Very generous head with great retention along with good looking lacing. This is one good looking brew right here.

Nose is chock full of citrus notes. Grapefruit and tangerine aromas really stick it to your senses. A solid malt base is present in the background, but the hops really shine through.

The taste is just as awesome as the aroma. Nice and bitter up front with citrus hop notes and even a bit of pine with a resinous finish. The malt backbone really helps the hops shine through. The mouthfeel on this one is good as well, medium bodied with a nice and smooth finish.

What a great IPA from Sixpoint. The quality of the brew plus it being in a can makes this one a winner. This is a great beer to make a regular in any fridge.

BennyL1, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of prdstmnky
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can ~ best by 10/28/11

Always nice to find new quality brews in a can. Pours with a darker orange body, pretty cloudy, and 2 fingers of creamy head that has nice retention. Also some nice lacing on this IPA.

Lots of citrus and pine in the nose (more of the former). The taste seems to follow in line, a bit more spicy (almost a rye character). Also drier than I got from the nose, certainly not as much of the fruity sweetness. Medium bodied with above average carbonation given the style.

A nice IPA, got a different taste to it which I enjoyed.

prdstmnky, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall Boy can picked up at Vista Beverage.

Appearance is a cloudy orange tone with a two finger head. Nose of Benagli has citrus fruits, sugar, hops, all well balanced. The taste has pine, hops, more citrus, especially orange, some peach too. It has a medium body, not too bitter and easily drinkable. Glad to see that they started selling this in 4-pack cans.

mltobin, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a Duvel tulip

Hazy, burnt orange body with a huge, foamy off-white head. The cap rose to fill the glass and subsided slowly. Great retention and loads of lace.

Spicy, earthy hops up front with grapefruit and pine needles holding down the low end with some sweet malt. Not as hop forward as I would like.

The flavor profile is extremely similar to the nose. Grapefruit and pine needles help to round out the spiciness from the hops. This is one of the spicier/earthier IPA's I have ever had. A good sized bitterness builds and builds with each sip.

Medium body and well-balanced. A solid example of an east coast IPA.

Overall, I liked this. I didn't love it. I actually liked this a tad better when I had it on tap a couple years back. This is a good everyday IPA.

ColForbinBC, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with cosmicevan. Super excited to try this.

16oz can into a Killian's pint. Best by Oct 12th 2011

A- Pours a translucent coppery-orange with a finger's worth of off-white head. Leaves excellent lacing.

S- Huge juicy citrus and grapefruit notes. Resinous hops play in there as well with some sweet malty notes.

T- Sweet waves of grapefruit and tropical citrus juice. Small amount of caramel sweetness and a touch of grain notes.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation that allows the bitter notes to hang around.

O- Damn this is a good single IPA. Intensely hoppy and fruity as all hell. Wish I could get this all the time!

stxSS07, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of infi
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Beautiful hazy, yellow-orange pour with a frothy, white and soapy head that recedes slowly into a thin collar on the glass. Not much carbonation in appearance. Smell is particularly full of a great amount of pine and resin, with a slight touch of citrus on the back end. The pungency of the resin makes up most of the aroma actually. And the malts give a nice sweetness to the aroma.

Taste begins with the malt bill laying a nice, bready foundation and immediately turns into the slight, hoppy bitterness, leaving a nice grapefruit-esque dryness on the palate afterwards. The malts comprise most of the flavor profile than the hops. Great tasting beer though. Very easy drinking, especially for the humid weather. Refreshing at best.

Medium-bodied actually, with absolutely not much of a carbonated feel on the palate. Consistent with the appearance. Great IPA from Sixpoint. Can't say it's my favorite, but all of their canned offerings are extremely solid. $10 for a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans of an IPA? Huge value in the long run. Happy #IPADay!

infi, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A slightly cascading pour... Two plus fingers worth of dense slightly off-white colored head comprised of medium sized bubbles... Impressive retention... The color is a pure medium amber... Loaded with swirling small bubbled carbonation...

S - You don't even need to bring your nose anywhere near the glass to smell the hops... A wonderful mix of citrus and pine that combine to create a wonderful bitter pungency... Some bready malts and perhaps even a kiss of spice lies beneath the surface...

T - Hoppy to say the least, but a bit more reserved than I expected given the potency of the nose... Piney to start... Lots of earthy character... The citrus is very muted... A solid malt base throughout... Just a subtle twinge of spiciness...

M - Delectable... Medium bodied... Very light bristly carbonation... Smooth... Sleek... Uber refreshing... Goes down very easily sip after sip after glorious sip...

D - This one deserves a seat at the table with other top notch American IPAs... Abundantly hoppy without being off putting in the slightest... A great head... Powerful aroma... Lush mouthfeel... Sixpoint continues to earn my respect with each passing brew I try... Really good stuff here...

philbe311, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found some of this in cans the other week. Picked up a 4 pack of pounder cans. Poured into a pint glass.

A: A medium copper orange color with a off white fluffy head. Nice lacing.

S: Fruits start with orange and grapefruit with some huge spicy pne scents and some bready malt.

T: The fruit starts with a big blast of orange, tangerine and grapefruit. The spicy piney earthly flavor takes over the fruit with the deep malt sweetness that turns nice and bitter. Bitterness smooths a bit on the finish but stays spicy and prickly. Nice beer.

M: Full, prickly, dark, spicy resiny with not a lot of alcohol. Finish lasts.

O: A great beer from a can that is very drinkable. More of an east coast style with the darker hop notes, but still really really good.

I really like this beer as a change of pace. It also makes a nice beach beer with the cans. Overall a very balanced IPA that drinks very well. I'll take a can of this any day of the week. Nice.

Kadonny, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy can courtesy of Centennial. Thanks homey! Poured into a tulip. This one pours an amber color with lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. A thin finger of white foam sits on top.

Lots of piney hops in the aroma. A little bit of orange and grapefruit come through with a bit of spiciness round it out. Mostly a big hop aroma here though. The flavors is much like the aroma. Lots of piney hops on the pallet and a bit of caramel to the flavor. Somewhat bready.

The feel is good. Nice light body with soft carbonation. Overall pretty glad to see another tasty IPA in a tallboy!

Bendurgin, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Damian
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 16 oz./473 ml/1 pint can
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to Montrose79 for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a near crystal clear, medium amber color and was topped by a one-plus finger tall crop of beige foam. Within a few minutes, the head completely dissipated, leaving the beer looking flaccid. I found it quite ironic that the label on the can states, "Note the lacing of stripes around your glass - it is the mark of the Tiger." Unfortunately, the Tiger must not be feeling well today.

An wide variety of fragrant hop notes came through strong in the nose. Lots of tangerine and candied orange peel. Some tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) were also noticeable. Slightly spicy. Rich caramel malts appeared as well. Overall, nicely balanced and quite interesting.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma, except perhaps a bit drier and more simplistic. Hoppy and crisp. Orange peel was most apparent. Some grapefruit was also noticeable. The hops were well matched by a stiff yet unobtrusive caramel malt backbone. The finish was moderately bitter. Dry and pithy with lingering notes of pine sap and grapefruit rind. At 6.4% ABV, this beer was remarkably quaffable.

Although the large bubbled, prickly effervescence (along with the lack of haze in the appearance) would lead me to believe that this beer is force carbonated, the liquid still managed to maintain a slick creaminess once it settled on my palate. Medium bodied for the style.

Bengali Tiger is an interesting, well crafted and drinkable American IPA. I would encourage anyone looking to satisfy their summer hop fix to pick up a four pack of these tall boys.

Damian, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cracked this can open and i could see into the open mouth-- a full inch and a half of headspace before the liquid... This 16 oz can falls 3 fingers short of filling my pint glass--- and that includes the 1.5 fingers of head!

Anyway... Perhaps a rough start? We'll see how things go...

Orangey apricot color with head of shimmering micro-bubbles... This looks fantastic. Awesome retention and lacing.

The smell is a little bland... Like, where's the nose?

The flavor is huuuuge bitter abrasive grapefruit notes. This is literally like a carbonated ruby red grapefruit juice. Wow. It is intense, and not in the best way. It is waaaay to bitter-- nearing Ruination levels, and not nearly flavorful or complex enough.

The body feels overcarbonated, a bit like seltzer water. There is also a very odd pulpy feel going on.

Overall- I'm not sure what's going on with this beer. I'm not loving it, but I'm not sure I'm ready to write it off. I do have another can, so I'll update my review when I crack that open.

EDIT-- and I have thus cracked open said can. Served in my nonic pint and sipped whilst relaxing after work.
My original review had the following ratings:
A-5
S-3
T-2.5
M-1
O-3

This time around I feel I have a better representation of the beer... But I'm still not crazy for it.

The color is dark orange, and any glowing sunset action seems clouded over by a high level of haziness-- this must be how people in LA feel when the watch a sunset.
The aroma remains pretty mild-- some dry bready malt with citrus and pine hops... But not explosive or intense. Just... well, mild.
The flavor improves slightly for me, but not all that much... It follows the nose but again strikes me as a bit underwhelming. Any abrasive bitterness is turned into a pretty pleasant smooth bitter bite that almost pulls off a complimentary role to the rest if the profile. It falls just short however because it dowdy feel assimilated properly, it stands out a bit too much.
The body has tremendously improved. It is medium bodied (for an IPA), but holds plenty of bubbles to scrub my palate with each sip. I think I would love to see a little prickly feel from some assertive dry-hopping, but this is more than adequate.

Overall-- it loses a bit in appearance, but pretty much gains in all other aspects. Not too bad. Not my favorite IPA, but certainly drinkable.

AleWatcher, Jul 30, 2011
Bengali from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.