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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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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
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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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30%

02-26-2012 21:19:16 | More by brez8791
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plehnus

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 14:22:29 | More by plehnus
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2005 20:49:00 | More by NJpadreFan
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 01:58:56 | More by MONKandTUCK
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2009 01:21:47 | More by indiapaleale
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16%

05-24-2014 23:12:01 | More by mooseo
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acrawf6

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 19:02:36 | More by acrawf6
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cmq103

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-14-2014 01:51:28 | More by cmq103
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -9%

03-08-2012 22:23:33 | More by HarmonMW
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

06-25-2013 21:08:12 | More by petermethot
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AltBock

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2008 23:03:36 | More by AltBock
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DJED69

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 15:44:51 | More by DJED69
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pgroove

New York

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).

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2005 23:33:01 | More by pgroove
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-14-2011 20:55:05 | More by Hessian257
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motothrillz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-02-2014 22:07:45 | More by motothrillz
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Jlivecc


3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-21-2014 13:24:22 | More by Jlivecc
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2009 01:45:31 | More by StarlightSeraph
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2005 19:20:33 | More by francisweizen
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2007 20:14:34 | More by Dogbrick
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2004 16:15:41 | More by Gavage
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-09-2005 00:44:28 | More by blitheringidiot
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magnj

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 13:50:49 | More by magnj
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GrantBrennan

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-26-2013 11:28:44 | More by GrantBrennan
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-14-2012 01:37:39 | More by Chugs13
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-17-2012 21:38:15 | More by Gww1864
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Bengal Gold India Pale Ale from Triumph Brewing Company
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