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Bengal Gold India Pale Ale - Triumph Brewing Company

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Triumph Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 06-26-2003)
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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bengal Gold I.P.A

Appearance- yellowy and bubbly with a foamy head.
Smell- very weak floral hops. Not much else here. Not a complex one.
Taste- watery and a beginners I.P.A in my opinion.

Overall- a light watery IPA that goes down easy but won't wow you. Washes down a meal nicely though.

NJpadreFan, May 12, 2005
Photo of Hessian257
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Hessian257, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MarsMoose
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Triumph's unique pint glasses, I will admit the golden amber color does look beautiful. There was a nice smell of hops and just a faint bit of white head persisting as I drank this nicely bitter brew with a fairly long finish. (Note that the hoppiness is not that characteristic of American IPAs, ,though.) Quite drinkable, overall. While it's not the world's top beer, it's one of my favorite pick-me-ups after a long day.

MarsMoose, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of BigIrishman
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours hazy dark golden amber with a big fluffy white soapy head.

Smell: Light citrus and pine needles with hints of peach and tropical fruits, some sweetness lingering at the end of the nose.

Taste: Definitely dry hopped, some strong hints of amarillo and other traditional american hops. Overall fairly clean but definitely balanced. Sweet bready notes in the background compliment the fruity forward hop notes. Not too bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fairly clean with a medium to light body for an IPA.

Drinkability: While not super flavorful, very drinkable. Fruity notes keep it interesting while the lack of a huge bitter bite keeps you coming back without battering your tongue into the ground. Goes great with the tai/spicy foods on their menu.

BigIrishman, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Triumph in Princeton-

A- Golden orange color. Medium cream colored head, lots of bubbles.

S- Smell was of citrus hops balanced with a big malt punch.

T- Bitter hop citrus flavor, some bready flavors, grainy, earthy flavors as well.

M- Mouthfeel was carbonation bubbles- smooth sleek feel, warming sensation.

D- Could easily drink a few of these. This is a great IPA but nothing too amazing.

DavidSeanNJ, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of GrantBrennan
3.75/5  rDev +5%

GrantBrennan, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +12%

hoppymcgee, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of pgroove
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Someone mentioned in a review that they couldn't find the hop flavor in the beer. That's like going to the beach and missing the water. I don't know, this stuff is definitely uber-hoppy. I would even say too much to the point that the body and character of the beer is lost.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. A good choice for a session brew, but that probably won't happen at this place (more of a restaraunt than a brewpub).

pgroove, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Chugs13, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, clear golden-amber, a little on the light side - it's much darker in the growler. Two fingers of white head that just sits there - dissipates very slowly, and left massive amounts of lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Intense grassy hops. Mild citrus and pine in the background - but it's all hops. Very nice.

Taste: Grassy and bitter - not much else to this one. It's a fairly one-dimensional hop bomb, although the flavors were a little muted. Smells better and stronger then it tastes. Long lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Really, really thin - disappointingly so. Carbonation was maybe a little light. I had had this on tap a few weeks ago, and it felt the same then too, so I know it wasn't the growler.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and smooth. It's not my favorite IPA, but it's a solid offering from a solid local microbrewery.

StarlightSeraph, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of mooseo
3/5  rDev -16%

mooseo, May 24, 2014
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this IPA was nice, but sort of difficult to see well in the dark setting I was in upstairs. It seemed to be a nice dark clear amber compared to my buddies lager that was sitting next to it on the table. Small tannish head, with quick dissipation and little lacing. The smell was strong fragrant hops and some herbiness. Taste was very well balanced. Not too much up front malt, very balanced with the bitter hops. I tend to like very hoppy beers and this did not disappoint. Citrus and herb notes as well as some alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel was good as well, good amount of carbonation and very smooth. Drinkability was excellent, I certainly wanted to keep drinking them all night, but they have quite a few nice offerings at Triumphs and it's almost a shame to limit yourself to just one. If you like IPA's or are just a hop lover, check this out if you're in the neighborhood.

Ieatlambfries, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of Loki
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the sampler and the fifth of seven I tried from Triumph on June 24th, 2003. Which was all they had on tap at the time. I would have tried it either 4th or 5th in the order, but I followed the advice of the bartender and the way he laid them out. I'll know better next time.

Poured a true golden color with a fair head and spotty lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt and hops poured from the glass. Very appealing and inticing.

The taste started off with a surprisingly sweet malt that quickly led into the bitter hop bite one would expect from an IPA. Not overly hopped but a definite good punch of bitter for the palette. Great medium body with good mouth feel. Finishes crisp leaving a bitter tinge on the tongue. Another good offering from Triumph

Loki, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of cooperla1
3.75/5  rDev +5%

cooperla1, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samples at the Triumph, Princeton. Pours amber hue with a lasting, white head. Aroma is of citrus hops and caramel malt. The body is medium and crisp. Nice, hoppy, citrusy taste is balanced by caramel and biscuit malt. Long, hoppy finish. Very well made IPA..

mikeg67, May 03, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer I usually start with when I visit Triumph. It poured a amber color with a thin head. Some light lacing developed during the drink. Pleasant floral aroma with some casual sweetness. The flavor matches the aroma, as bitterness from the hops and sweetness of the malt are well balanced. Some citrus tones are also detectable.

This IPA is not aggressively hopped, and sometimes this seems more of an pale ale to me.

The mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation levels are nice, and the bitterness rides the tongue for a bit after swallowing. Very drinkable and one of Triumph's better offerings.

Gavage, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of motothrillz
3.5/5  rDev -2%

motothrillz, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of magnj
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - Golden ~ Amber, it was a little tough in the dim restaurant but looks about the same, maybe a shade lighter than your typical IPA. 1 finger head left incredible lacing for the whole glass.

s - Clementines. Nothing like I have smelled before, distinctly sweet orange/citrus combine for what I can only describe as clementines. Hops come through too, I couldn't say what variety, probably cascade is I had to guess.

t - Hops all the way through, not overdone but generously hopped. Citrus dominates the flavor accented by some sweet malts. Not terribly complex but unique and memorable compared to some others in the style.

m/d - On target for the style, neither thin nor thick, maybe a little sticky sweet. Pretty drinkable but it lacks complexity and after a pint I was ready to taste something new. And at 6.2% ABV you might get in trouble after a few pints.

magnj, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -9%

cmq103, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of NiceTaps
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Triumph location in Philly.

A-Golden copper color with a fluffy white 1.5 finger head, sheets of heavy lacing give it the 'wow' factor.

S-Wet bready aroma, mostly malts with a hint of citrus hops.

T-Spot on bready malts again. Very little hop character or taste.

M-Lots of chewy body. Dry more than bitter.

O- It's ok, but the hop traits are limited, even for the style.

NiceTaps, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of acrawf6
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice orange amber color with a nice slightly tan head.

Smell is dominately cascade hoppiness. Is nice. Small underlining maltiness smells.

Taste really got me to realize this is not an american ipa, but an engish. Hops from aroma are present in taste, but are really fighting with the malts for the top taste. It's not bad, but i was hoping for a more american style.

Mouthfeel is decent. I think it's body is just a little thinner than i prefer. good balance.

Overall a decent beer, but just seems to be lacking a little. I didnt mind drinking it, but was fine not getting another.

acrawf6, May 17, 2006
Photo of plehnus
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Faint spices and hops. Difficult to narrow it down because they are fairly masked.

Appearance: Golden-amber body with a thin creamy off-white head. Lightly carbonated.

Flavor: Apricot, floral hops. Some spiciness at the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body. Not too bitter, not long lasting.

Overall: Can't really figure out this beer. Don't feel like there is enough going on. A little too restrained and mild, even for an English style IPA.

plehnus, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of brez8791
2.5/5  rDev -30%

brez8791, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of yen157
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticky, creamy, eggshell head. Pale, orange-amber body. Spicy and floral hop nose with some fruit (sweet-orange and cherry) to nicely cover the malt. Subdued yet pervasive hop bitterness let you know this is definitely an IPA. Fruity malt flavor (apricot) is big with a touch of graininess and even a hint perhaps a hint of diacetyl round things out. This brew was full bodied yet very drinkable. Wonderful carbonation.

yen157, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of HarmonMW
3.25/5  rDev -9%

HarmonMW, Mar 08, 2012
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Bengal Gold India Pale Ale from Triumph Brewing Company
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