Bengali
Sixpoint Brewery

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #921
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,707
Avg:
4 | pDev: 9.5%
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
1,486
From:
Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  57
Gots
  488
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: The enhanced Sixpoint IPA formulation, first released in the summer of 2014 and uses a blend of new hop strains for a juicy, citrusy, piney hop slashing.

It all started with an epic video game marathon back in 2004. Rocking blaze-orange homebrew, we saw the foam rings down the glass like tiger stripes. Thousands of batches and tweaks later, the BENGALI® still slashes. Tip in back and let gravity do the work. Game on!

69 IBU
Reviews: 251 | Ratings: 1,486 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from the fridge for $2 as part of a mix-a-six pack. Best by 7/8/21.

Look: Has a slight haze. Deep orange, almost copper color. A fluffy two-finger head upon the pour has reduced to a very thin beige colored layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: The nose is a bit closed. I get orange peel and piney notes up front. Also some caramel malt sweetness. After swirling, some more fruity notes come through including papaya and some grassy, spicy notes on the back end.

Taste: Initial taste is a little watery up front. The flip side of that is that this beer is very crushable. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is appropriate. A bit of caramel malt sweetness on the mid palate. Finish has a moderate bitterness with pine and orange peel notes.

Feel: Light to medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall: This tastes a lot like the single IPA version of Resin. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but that's what it tastes like to me. It's pretty much a West Coast style IPA with some extra citrus and tropical notes. I wouldn't call this juicy at all. I don't know if this has any dry-hopping, which may be why the aroma is a bit closed to me. It's a decent West Coast IPA that is worth getting again every once in a while.

Apr 29, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml slimline can, as Sixpoint Bengali, at the Prince of Wales (JDW), Cardiff. ABV was 6.5%. Orange colour, moderate white head. Distinct aroma of American hops, notes of orange marmalade and pine. Hoppy flavour too, some sweetness but not too much, notes of orange peel and pine / resin.

Apr 29, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two tall and slender 12 oz. cans have had their contents poured into a clear glass liter mug. The ale is a very pretty bronze amber with a copious slightly off white head and plenty of glass lacing. There's a maltiness in the aroma, which is mostly of sharp hops. The taste is malt forward, sweet, approaching too sweet. The hops aren't as bitter as perhaps were expected, but conclude cleanly. The body runs a little light across the tongue, but it is refreshing. This is a nice AIPA. It's not a must have. It's a "give it a try" and a "I wouldn't turn one down".

Feb 19, 2021
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12/16/15:
Clear, bright amber coloring. Large, looming, off-white head.

Aromatics are as perfect as perfect gets: tropical, flowery, citric, fruity, wild....grapefruit meets mango and melon and pineapple. Just about right on the money. Ah.... I love it.

In the mouth: more fruit, more spice, more pith. Big bitterness, lush malt, clean and tasty. Bright and beautiful. Long bitter finish. Rich delicious malt. So good.

I can't help but like this. It's almost perfect. And I'm not kidding. Nor have I been paid. Yet. Well, in beer, so far. Nothing in cash.

Feb 04, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz skinny can. Stamped on can bottom is 'BEST BY MAR 2 21', probably canned in early December, 2020.
Slightly cloudy, deep gold colored body. Pours with a finger of white head, which sticks around as a tight bubble cap. Each sip leaves a spotty pattern of lacing around the interior of the glass.
Aroma of earthy and dank hops.
Taste has the citrus of orange and grapefruit, and the earthy resin of scattered pine needles.
Thicker than medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Tastes a little old, but still expresses the essence of citrus and piney hops. The bitterness appears at the end of each sip but is not overboard.

Jan 28, 2021
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with a frothy off white head that clings to the glass leaving a trail of lace.

Resinous pine, citrus fruit, and some tropical and floral aromas.

Resinous pine up front followed by bitter citrus and a slight hit of biscuity malt.

Jan 09, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Not hazy, but impenetrable golden amber color. One finger, off white head that had good retention and left excellent lacing.

S---Balanced between hops and malts. Orange, grapefruit and bread.

T---Again, balanced. Again, grapefruit, orange and bread notes.

F---Medium bodied with good carbonation. Just a touch of astringency on the finish.

O---A really nice IPA. Very balanced. Sixpoint is putting out a good product.

Dec 31, 2020
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afkIPAs from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every beer that Sixpoint brings to the public has the attitude of a brave, independent, young woman that don't need no man. And Bengali sure has that same strong presence.

It fills your glass with a deep, hazy, amber color. I swear it almost has stripes of orange....or maybe I'm just tipsy. The head is white and foamy and leaves a gorgeous lacing on the glass.

Earthy and piney notes are highlighted by a lesser orange smell.

In my opinion, this is what an IPA should taste like. Strong and hoppy with a solid bite. There are enough hints of fruit to brighten your palate and make you crave that next sip. But most definitely more hop than citrus with this IPA.

Bengali is a medium bodied IPA that is heavy in taste but refreshing in feel. I can finish half my 6-pack in a sitting without feeling overwhelmed.

To use tigers for scale: Hoppier than Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) and a stronger bite than Shere Khan (of Junglebook fame). But still bright and intriguing like Hobbes (but no Calvin, this is 18+). To be blunt it's Grrrrreat! (thanks, Tony!) Buy it, drink it, enjoy it.

Sep 28, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 1/31/2021. Canned on 8/4/2020. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic appearance, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas and flavors of big mandarin orange, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of mandarin orange, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.6% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic American IPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish. Not overly aggressive. Fantastic Mandarina Bavaria and Amarillo profile. Very vibrant, dank, earthy, and fairly juicy hops; with a nice sized bready malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding classic tasting East Coast style example.

Sep 26, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy and orange on the pour with plenty of lace. Aroma is pine and floral hops. Taste starts with hoppy bitterness, followed by malty middle and crisp fruity finish. A very good one from a great brewer!

Sep 16, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured into a pint glass. Dark golden in color, transparent, with a small one finger head but plenty of lacing retention.
Smell - pine and floral hops all the way, with a bit of malts in the background.
Taste - hoppy bitterness is immediately detectable, but balanced well by a strong malt presence. bitterness lingers slightly, and finish is actually quite clean.
Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and on par with your standard American IPA at 6.6% ABV.
Overall - a textbook style American IPA that is hoppy but well balanced: very tasty.

Sep 12, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned: 7/13/20
Consumed: 8/22/20

Has a nice dark copper, almost orange body reminiscent of Bell's Two-Hearted. Two fingers of creamsicle head that laces up beautifully. She be a looker. Were she a hooker, she'd make a nice chunk of change. Not too shabby in the smell department, either. Were she a hooker... let's not go there. *Ahem* Lots of citrus going on; freshly squeezed oranges in particular. Taste follows with a dry, bitter pine hop finish. This is pretty damn good; better than most IPAs I've had of late.

Aug 23, 2020
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: 4 Classic IPA appearance, perhaps a tinge darker. Translucent orange with a thin white head. Lots of carbonation.
S: 4.5 dank hops. Malts. Orange,
T: 4.25 Peach. Bitter hops. Citrus fruits.
F: 4. Viscous mouthfeel. More carbonation than expected. Great.
O: 4.25 an outstanding IPA. Dare I say, a staple of the style. Give it a try.

Jun 10, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-optically clear amber can pour with a 2 cm foam cap and a light earthy aroma. The flavor is full, a bit of caramel, woody hop notes and moderate hop bitterness prevail. The finish is clean and smooth. -quite good

May 04, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a Sam Adams taster pint; canned on 9/19/19.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, amber color with orange highlights and a foamy, two finger, light wheat colored head, solid retention, and excellent lacing.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, orange, honey, and pine, but earthier and woodsier that many IPAs.
T: Semisweet to sweet. The palate certainly follow the nose, but the orange citrus is really front and center. Solid (light wasabi) bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with excellent carbonation and full, creamy presence.
O: A top shelf American IPA. Feels half way between Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (a classic) and Torpedo (a neoclassic). In a word, Yum!

Feb 04, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this from a can.
A: pours amber body with white head with ok retention and lacing.
S: sweet, earthy citrus snell with some sweet alcohol notes
T: earthy hop notes; sweet alcohol undertones
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
O: solid drinking IPA; nice drinking beer overall.

Feb 03, 2020
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BlackTerrier from Vanuatu

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bengali is an excellent, unsweet IPA. It's one of my go-to's. While the cost has nothing to do with quality, I will also say that the quality of this beer is pretty much unmatched by any other beer that has a similar price.

Nov 11, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 20 oz serving at Blue Smoke restaurant at JFK on 8-24-19 for $12.00.

Beer was served golden orange with a solid white head initially.

Nose was a nice combo or grapefruit and orange.

Taste was really well balanced between the caramel and pale malts along with hopping giving off notes of oranges. Finishes with a solid piney bitterness; 6/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, a nice thirst quencher.

Overall a nicely balanced enjoyable ipa that paired well with a pulled pork sandwich!

Aug 24, 2019
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jkrich from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can - the date indicates this is a couple of months old. The pour is quite pretty - a slightly hazy, very attractive orange hue (like a tiger, I suppose, as the can states) with a nice, slightly off-white head that leaves plenty of intricate lacing.

For an American IPA, the aroma was underwhelming as the aroma lacked the punch to which I am accustomed to this style. It does have a pleasant but faint caramel aroma as well as some pine.

As the ale warms in the glass, some of that caramel is faintly evident, though the sharp flavor of pine is more dominant. It is a very warming sip, yet it somehow remains refreshing at the same time. The bittering hops are quite prevalent on the tip of the tongue and comfortably coat the palate. I believe this would be an ideal IPA for the cool weather as its appearance and flavor profile remind me of autumn.

Also unique for the style is the thicker, medium body with a lingering bitterness and almost roast-like feel in the mouthfeel. The zesty carbonation also keeps the ale refreshing for the heat down here in Florida.

While not my favorite IPA, Sixpoint has delivered a fine product with a unique appearance and flavor profile.

Jul 21, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mixed experience on this beer, still decent enough...

Bright orange colored brew with floaties and nice foam. The smell is citrusy - oranges mostly, but it blends well with the hops scent. This is where the wheels fall off the wagon, as far as I'm concerned. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and crisp, not too fizzy but enough to distract from the overall experience. The taste was the most disappointing aspect, however. It had that metallic after-twang I simply do not like. So yeah, it looks great and smells great, but that's about it...

Apr 28, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Let me start off by saying that I dig the can artwork. There is a canned on date 01/10/2019, so the beer is 3 months & 2 weeks old. The pour is orange. The taste is a big punch of pine, slight citrus with some slight bitterness on the finish, not too bad for an IPA. Sixpoint is a great New York brewery. Very bitter IPA. Cheers! B-

Apr 25, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Falls right into line of what you’d expect from a “standard” IPA - nice balance of hops / malt, mild bitterness, some broad tropical / citrus and a semi-bitter finish.

Mar 13, 2019
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haines710 from Delaware

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint on tap at Timothy’s in Newark Delaware. Nice looking beer and was very smooth to drink. I smelled and tasted pine but missed the citrus. This beer was fine with food but didn’t stand out to me. Not bitter.

Feb 25, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with very good clarity. Poured with a moderate, creamy, off-white foam with medium retention. Light tropical and pine aromas with medium caramel maltiness. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Creamy smooth feel through the middle followed by prickly warmth at the end. Earthy hop flavors that quickly transition to sticky pine hoppiness. Medium sweet malt and caramel malt flavors. Medium high bitterness through the middle. Earthy hop and orange peel flavors with malt and expanding boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dryly with caramel and piney flavors and lingering piney hop bitterness. Hop aromas were a bit light. Great smooth feel. Intense bitterness nicely balanced the solid malty base.

Feb 14, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold with rich white head and sticky lacing.
N: Lots of pine, hops, citrus, and a light malt.
T: Sweet notes up front with a burst of citrus and malt, then it closes with a bite and dryness.
M: Smooth and slightly dry, easy to drink.
O: A very solid IPA

Dec 23, 2018
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