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Bengali | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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. 69IBU

Added by Todd on 05-25-2014

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml can, St George's Hall, J D Weatherspoons, Bristol - Pours deep orange with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - Resin - pine, light citrus. Taste - pine at the front, light citrus - orange with a crisp light bitter finish. Solid APA.

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Photo of ntanp91
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can. Amber, bronzed color with cloudy opaqueness. Light white head. Large carbonation bubbles. Inviting smell of hops and pine. Zesty and floral taste folowing nose, notes grapefruit with a light hint of candied toffee. Mouthfeel is light but leaves a dried stickied residue. An excellent dry-hopped IPA.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale copper, two finger white head, decent retention 
AR: Pine resin, citrus, nectarine puree
T: Follows nose, bittersweet fruity finish, lingering hoppy bitterness
M: Medium light body, good carbonation

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Have rapidly become a fan of all things Sixpoint. I still say they make the best readily available and flavorful Pilsner in their signature "Crisp", so I was eager to try their journey into the world of IPAs.

Look - Standard and unexceptional an English breakfast tea color with a one finger head that willfully disapates after the first swig.

Smell - Very florally forward. Not far removed from taking a lawnmower across a field of wildflowers buried under fresh pine needles, unique and walking the fine line between pleasant and abrasive.

Taste - Mildly astringent, again this beer isn't balanced, it's bitter, the hops are abundant absolutely ripping with floral flavors that hit quickly in the wake of the initial malty offering. The 69 IBUs are harsh and omnipresent. Absolutely no need to search for intricate flavors as they bitterness maintains well after every gulp.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, effervescent, bity

Tough one to rate. The perceived bitterness and floral grassy flavors aren't for amateur hour, and not an introductory level beer. Certainly not a classic IPA but the flavors hold their own.


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Photo of Rnodea
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass mug, lush creamy head, lots of bubbles
Nose: piney hops, cedar, hint of vanilla,
Taste:Nice hops, not overpowering, citrusy, wet wood, almost a hint at a juicy sweetness.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Bengali pours a wonderful fiery orange with a near two-centimeter thick white head. Head retention is good, with the final ring of head retaining well. Lacing is prevalent and fun as well.

Aroma: It borders more on the side of malt presence, rather than hops. Malt notes include bread and earth, which balance and interact well with notes of pine and herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with bold notes of bread and biscuit malts with pine hops and later sage ways into a splash of grassy and earthy hops. After a moderately lengthy flavor profile, it finishes slightly bitter and leaves the taste of pine and grass as a reminder of what was. Well balanced flavor profile leans more on the hop side, as opposed to the aroma.

Mouth feel: Smooth and velvety, it has a medium-thickness consistency. Nice and fun to drink, while still being a little filling.

Overall: A very fine IPA that is as fun to drink and savor as it is to crush on a sweltering day. Hop presence is prevalent, but not overpowering, or overwhelming. Great balance.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally had a chance to sample the update version of the now retired Bengali Tiger.

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has citrus notes to go along with a surprisingly mild hop essence. The hops really assert themselves in the flavor profile, however.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice orangey amber color with a thick slightly off-white head. Big aroma up front, smells like decaying peaches or some other fruit. Taste follows suit, somewhat buttery and oily, some soft fruit flavors, with something about it that reminds me of wet leaves. Behind this comes a more typical piney hops bitterness. This might sound bad, but it's actually a unique (in my experience) taste combo, and assuming it's all hops and not really rot, it is interesting. It's not balanced enough for me to rate as high as I might, but it is different! The mouthfeel is more typical for an IPA, with a clean and slightly bitter finish. I can imagine some people running from this, but I find it intriguing. Can bottom says "BB16MAR2017" so I guess I got it fairly fresh.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There are so many reviews that I thought I would just submit a rating but decided to just add a few comments, Poured from a can into an IPA glass. The hop/bitterness flavor was about at the ceiling for my tastes so I really enjoyed it. A very good beer.

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Photo of llerrafnad
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always from a can to Tulip (never had this on draft unfortunately)

Smell and taste is of orange, a hint of pine and floral qualities and at an ABV of 6.5% it's very drinkable.

My go to IPA from a store shelf when I don't have any local brews on hand.

Perfect for outside drinking in warm weather.

Note: I just hope Sixpoint would put canned on dates on the bottom and not just best by dates. I've had cans that had a year shelf life. Which is kind of odd.

Anyway, Cheers!

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Orange/amber color with a bubbly, cream/orange head. Some lacing. The smell is malt, bread, honey, pine & orange. The flavor is similar, malt forward, bread, and some caramel. The hops is a little subdued, it's a subtle blend of citrus, peach, & pine. A bit of a watery mouthfeel with some alcohol heat and hops bitterness. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of pants678
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange with a big puffy white foam.

Bright citric, tinge of pine.

Can't pinpoint the hops. Bittering hop his slight, the finish is... oxidized, maybe? Sorta fruit flavor, more approachable than Resin. Inoffensive but there's not much here I'm interested in.

Feels right-ish.

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Photo of Premo88
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tulip
(best by 12 Oct. 2016 printed on bottom of can)

L: gold/copper, clear, big thick head of offwhite foam that's very sticky at the top ... clarity and color are beautiful

S: pine, grapefruit, almost a cheesecake or cream cheese flavor -- not sour or even tart but a slightly butter aroma that has the same kind of "sour" quality sour cream has; as it warms, sweet grapefruit juice with some other fruity qualities, mango ... might have a bit of caramel to it

T: orange and pine ... both bitter and sweet, the hops have a solid bitter bite, mostly pine, perhaps some grapefruit, while the malt is pushing in a ton of bready, doughy sweetness; lots of orange, a little sweeter than grapefruit; mango

F: crisp but weighty, holds plenty of carbonation, solid all around

O: classic American IPA that's not just a hop bomb, for this relative easy-drinker with a good ale mouthfeel is loaded with malt sweetness

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold with medium head that lasts for a while and maintains a film on top of the beer and some lacing. Nose is a fruity citrus with some dank resin rounding it out. Taste is quite flavorful and rounded. Good bready malt backbone with a fruity bitterness. Not over-the-top in any way, but very well rounded and enjoyable. Darn tasty actually. Will drink again for sure.

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Photo of stwok21
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned. Best by March 1, 2017

Aroma: juicy, tropical

Taste: tropical. Balanced malt.

Mouthfeel: medium. High carbonation.

O: very good. Glad sixpoint made its way to southern California

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack of 12 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander about a week ago. The best by dating says that this one is good for another four months. Poured right from the fridge into my Founders pint glass.

L: Pours a bright and clear honey blossom orange with about a half-inch of quickly-dissipating eggshell head that leaves a fine film and moderate lacing on the glass. Moderate, quickly-rising visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, grassy, and floral hop notes are the most prominent. There are bread-like malts and more earthy notes present, as well. There are dank/resinous hops that gain in intensity as the beer warms.

T: Cracker and bready malt flavor at the front end, with just a hint of rye. The first taste of hops follows, with grapefruit, orange, and pine the most prominent notes. It's quite a smooth and subdued hop profile, with nothing really shouting. There's some earthiness that emerges into the middle, along with some earthy and herbal notes. A bit of lemongrass in the mix, as well. The close has more bready malt and brings a resinous hop quality that lingers on the palate for a while. A tasty but somewhat run-of-the-mill flavor.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one is watery, creamy, and bright in turns. There's a nice level of carbonation, but I found myself wishing it had a bit more heft. There's some stick to the bitter, but this one isn't syrupy. Quite drinkable.

O: While I enjoyed this IPA, there isn't a whole lot that sets it apart from the pack. It doesn't make any real missteps, but it also doesn't take many risks. The hop profile, in particular, could use a bit more punch. This is clearly a good IPA, but it's probably not one that I'll rush back to.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (best before June 2016) served in a Milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper-amber. Rocky off white head with lots of persistent lacing all over the glass. Some floaters came along with the pour. I would have rated it much higher on appearance if it wasn't for the floaters.

Smell: Citrus, herbal, hint of pine.

Taste: Nicely balanced hops and malt. Citrus, pine, bit of lemon, herbal for hop flavors from start to finish. The malt was cracker-like, with some English style to them. Lingering herbal bitterness at the finish, but not excessive. Very tasty from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nicely thick, but quite sticky on the teeth with hop oils.

Overall / Drinkability: An interesting take on an AIPA, and I think it has some English IPA character to it as well. Very drinkable and I would not mind having another. Went well with food (spaghetti with Bolognese sauce).

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Photo of Kinger22
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a golden-copper with a moderate head that slowly disapates. It's smell is a balance of hops and caramel malts, with a taste of light hops. Not an overly hoppy beer, with only moderate bitterness and carbonation. A pretty decent beer, overall.

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Photo of MACrist
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Clear golden-amber. 2+ fingers of off white head that lasts a few minutes and leaves a ring on top of the beer. Full carbonation.
AROMA: Sweet bready, caramel malt. Tropical fruits- mango, pineapple. Citrus and pine.
TASTE: Slight astringency and bitterness up front but it lingers. Nice mild citrus taste takes over, a bit sweet.
FEEL: Full carbonation, nice. A little slick up front and drier on the finish. Medium body.
OVERALL: Just a nice smelling pleasant citrusy IPA. Not too bitter, but it does build over the course of the beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed all the Sixpoint brews I've had so far, so now it's time to try the good ole IPA.

Clear amber with an unbroken tan froth.

Mellow herbal hops/pine and melon to the nose

Tastes of various fruits such as melon, green apple and white grape,some spice, and an herbal hop bitterness providing an edge toward the end.

Lighter in body and flavorful, although not a hop-bomb, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Nice drinking but not my favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Copper colored. A nice white fluffy head rises to the top. The beer looks fizzy and refreshing.

Smell: Hops. Lots of hops. Fresh hops, I believe. A touch of orange juice in the nose as well.

Taste: Juicy, resiny hops. Notes of mandarin oranges and pine. A light malt backbone.

Feel: Nicely carbonated, smooth. Highly drinkable and refreshing.

Overall: A nice quality IPA here from Sixpoint.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gonna see what all the fuss is about.

Pours a rather pretty amber jewel color, with 90% transparency. The head is dish soapy and leaves flecks on the sides.

Aroma of freshly cut peaches, tangerines, and slight pine.

Taste is satisfying; it covers all of the ground while being aggressive yet balanced at the same time. Copious amounts of orange pith and flesh, mingling well with tingling pine and a brisk biscuit malt presence. It hits on all cylinders, although at times it can be a bit too focused and overwhelmingly piney. The aftertaste is a bit harsh - metallic even, so that docks the score a bit.

Feel is very carbonated, almost seltzer-like, but brings a 60/40 balance with creaminess on the latter half. Finish is rather starchy and dry.

Bengali is a delicious IPA but nothing overwhelmingly fabulous. I'd have it again if it were on tap, just because.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from a sixer that appeared to only be amonth old since the best by date was seven months out. Orange color and a good head. aroma was hops and malt. Surprisingly I expected this to be hoppier than it was but teh malt backbone was nice. No problem drinking this but would not go out of my way for another.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with an inch of dense tan colored head. Light aroma of piney hops and light malt is present. The taste is much more boldly hopped than the nose implies. I would still consider this a fairly balanced pine hop and light malt beer. The mouth is lightly sticky and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant gold pour produces a clingy and lacy 2” off-white foam collar that takes 3 minutes to reduce to ¼ its original size.

S: Green grassy hop aromas and light grains. The hop aromas are moderate to moderately low, the malt aromas are moderately low.

T: Stone fruit, some bread crumb, a hint of fennel. Has a mild bitterness balanced by by a light, fruity sweetness. The fruit flavors are moderately high, the malt flavors are medium, the hop bitterness is medium to medium high.

F: Medium light body with medium high carbonation.

O: A flavorful, well balanced beer with nothing harsh or overstated.

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