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Bengal Gold India Pale Ale - Triumph Brewing Company

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Bengal Gold India Pale Ale
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Triumph Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 06-26-2003

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PeterG72
1/5  rDev -71.6%

Photo of brez8791
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of plehnus
2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden shade, translucent, soapy foam cap. Spot on.

A- Um... there's a hop note, but not the IPA kind. Kinda mild. Can't even discern which hops... seem citrusy. I'm wishing for more, not just citrus, but also floral and piney. Very disappointing... kinda like a bottled Pale Ale, rather than a fresh-tapped IPA.

T- Bitter, and some citrus. Tastes like Amarillo/Cascade. Not potent in the classic IPA sense, but there's a sharp bite here. The body is just sweet enough, but very one-dimensional per custom. There's some toastiness, and the flavors of stale grapefruit juice piques from time to time.
In this case, it's shame that the malt flavors is so limited since the hops notes are muted and the flavor just seems off.

M- Great. I wish there were more going on, but at least this beer is drinkable: lean and finishes dry.

O- Not impressive. Better than the BMC fare to be enjoyed elsewhere, but not on par w/ Craft Brewing standards. It's like they did a paint-by-numbers job on what should be their flagship ale.

I have enjoyed a lot of different beers at all the Triumph Brewpub locations, but the IPA has never ceased to fail me. It just doesn't deliver, despite the expected gravity placed upon the brewers to excel here.

Again, I like what this brand has to offer, just not this beer.

Photo of indiapaleale
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice peachy, copper color with a rather thin bubbly head.

Aroma is slightly citrusy, a bit sour and a bit like a funky sweaty sock. I calls em as I smells em. Not a whole lot of hoppy going on here.

Flavor is a bit fruity, citrusy and slightly floral but nor overly hoppy in any way. Pretty 'meh' if you ask me. Slightly metallic and sharp in the finish.

Body is a thin and watery and lacks overall character.

Not overly impressed.

Photo of mooseo
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of stomioka
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of acrawf6
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of HarmonMW
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of AltBock
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was able to get this one at the Princeton location on 1/19/08. I decided to take this one home in one of their half gallon growlers. It poured a clear golden hue with a 1 inch frosty head of white foam. The head of foam did linger on for a few minutes, but then it receded into a small white film and leave a few streaks of white lace. It had a fruity based aroma with a hint of pepper, malted wheat, and a pinch of herbal hops behind it. When it really warms up, an aroma of sweet caramel and toasted nuts will emerge. It tasted like liquid wheat bread that had crispy floral/herbal hops and a dash of pepper blended into it. The mouthfeel was crispy, light to medium bodied, and with an aftertaste of toasted malts and floral hops. This aftertaste did linger on for a few minutes in the back of my mouth. Overall, it was a decent brewpub only IPA that's worth a shot. It's nothing I would go out of my way to drink again.

Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DJED69
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad IPA, I'd call this one tame and mild.

Golden colored with thin head and some lacing.

Some nice hoppiness on the nose with typical pine and fruit.

Taste is mildly bitter with some astringency. Hops and some tart fruit are happening.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin---wish it had a bit more body.

Easy to drink, but not sure I'd want more than one pint. Just didn't holdmy attention or make me savour another.

Photo of pgroove
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
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).

Photo of Hessian257
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of motothrillz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Jlivecc
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of meehandennis
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick pure golden with a very thick collar of khaki coloured lace. The aromas are of subdued cascades and some sweet and fruity malts. This is kind of reminiscent of blind faith from MH. The taste is light cascade hops, witha distinctive ale fruitiness in the background and a dry, yeasty finish that is not quite hoppy or dry enough for my tastes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nice, and the drinkability is OK. Respectable, but not that impressive.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Bengal Gold India Pale Ale from Triumph Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.