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Bengal Gold India Pale Ale - Triumph Brewing Company

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
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 yen157
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of gestyr
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear orange-amber with a thick rich head of tightly packed bubbles. The bubbles lasteed most of the glass and left a nice belgian lacing.

The smell was hops and malt. Nice citrus aroma

The taste was very well balanced. First there is maltiness, followed by sweetness and then balanced by bitterness and hops flavor. It fits well within the guidelines for an English or an East Coast IPA.

The mouthfeel was good. A bit on the thin side of medium but ok

Overall, it is a very drinkable brew and I plan on refilling my growler the next time I am in the New Hope area.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Loki
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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

Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MarsMoose
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of BigIrishman
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was dark gold to light copper in color with a nice 2 finger head. The head did stick around a while and there was also a decent amount of lacing.
Beer was bright and clear

Nice floral aroma that was pretty strong. Almost a perfume quality to the aroma.

A nice IPA with a good balance of flavor up front and a medium hop finish in terms of punch and lingering.

Not too over powering.

Mouth feel was medium in body and about right for an IPA. Drinkability was good.

You can definitely sit and enjoy several of these.

Try one for sure

Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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..

Photo of NiceTaps
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of GrantBrennan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of cooperla1
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Ctruskey
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Illos
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DrStiffington
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of magnj
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh growler pour from Triumph in Princeton, NJ into a pint pours a clear filtered peach amber hued offering topped with an impressive dense spumescent beige head cap mixed in with a steady bubble brigade rising, leaving stratus layers of lace down the glass.

Bright fruity citrus scents immediately front the nose of cascade hops and orange notes.

First swigs: Balanced hops and malts that wavers towards the hops. Some grainy raw rye malt balance. Clean in the midle and finish, leaving some linger of citrus lemon. Some shebert ice cream and plain unsweetened brewed tea kicks around as well.

Medium bodied and well carbonated and a slight astringent feel.

Last swigs: An IPA with a hint of raw grain and lemon zest. A great beer for burgers and pub grub.

Beer is good. Happy local brewpub growler beering.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Princeton location: This beer is a clear golden-amber color with a medium thin ivory white head that has good staying power. Patchwork lacing on the glass. Moderately hoppy aroma with touches of citrus and pine. Medium-bodied and crisp and somewhat hoppy. Some pine and malt in the flavor. The finish is dry with grapefruit and hops flavor that lingers a bit. Straightforward and above average overall.

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Bengal Gold India Pale Ale from Triumph Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.