Bengali
Sixpoint Brewery

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From:
Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,241
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,475
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 9.52%
Ratings:
1,503
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 02:34 AM
Added:
May 25, 2014
Wants:
  58
Gots:
  490
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
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4.15 by Nitty703 from Virginia on Yesterday at 02:34 AM
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4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by burnstar from Pennsylvania

Pours a bright orangish gold with a medium but extremely persistent dense head. Very pretty. Smell is bright piney and citrusy hops. Old school IPA flavor with a bracing bitterness up front and especially in the finish. Piney. Just enough malt character, a little toasted malt, some sweet light malt to provide some balance. Tasty and very drinkable. This is like the IPA's that got me into the style in the first place. Very good and one of the best IPA's I've tried in a while.

May 29, 2022
 
4.09 by KicknGuitar from Antarctica on May 12, 2022
 
3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2022
 
3.96 by Taenim from New Jersey on Feb 13, 2022
 
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Jan 28, 2022
 
3.45 by tuka from New York on Jan 05, 2022
 
2.43 by ohbigun from West Virginia on Dec 01, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Might as well do a new review since I thought I'd never had this one before but now I see differently.
Best by Nov 13, 2021. Into Pipeworks Willie.

Has a dark orange glow to it, and it does glow, boy does it ever. Very pretty. Creamy head of 2 fingers, leaving stripes down the glass like a tiger.

Aroma of sweet citrus peel, sticky buns, orange and lemon hard candies, peaches, sweet doughy malt, and very very slight sweet grass.

Flavor is caramel and pine with lots of citrus peel - orange mainly, but also grapefruit and lemon trailing behind. Sticky buns are a central theme in this beer. The big malt punch is what's nice here. Piney resins and hop oils form the latter half of the palate. The mouth is left tingling with bits of grapefruit, peach, lemon, caramel roll, and pine.

Feel is big and sticky with enough carbonation to offset that huge presence. Alcohol is moderate but ever-present. Nice burn here.

Overall, a very nicely done IPA. It drinks like a double. Has the flavor of a double. This is classic SixPoint, this is what started it all. A shame they had to sell.

$1.66 @ Binny's in Peoria IL

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Original Review : Jan 24, 2016
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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.

4, 4.25, 3.75, 3.75, 3.75 = 3.89

Nov 01, 2021
 
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on Oct 31, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Spike from England

12oz skinny can.
L: Hazy amber colour with a thick, off-white head that’s leaves sheets of lacing.
S: Rich orange marmalade.
T: Orange zest and pine needles. Some alcohol and hop heat. Moderately bitter.
F: Medium body with a dry finish.
O: Big and bold, resin and citrus, classic AIPA. A longtime favourite. Excellent.

Oct 21, 2021
 
4 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Oct 15, 2021
 
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on Aug 18, 2021
 
3.75 by BeerWasp from Germany on Aug 18, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 12oz slim-line can date best by 10/15/21 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent deep orange color with about two and a half fingers of off-white head. decent retention, great lacing.

Smells of oranges, tangerine, melon and pine. Smell is not overpowering but noticeable.

Taste is not as juicy as the nose. Much more on the pine/resin side with decent bitterness and a touch of malty sweetness.

Sticky, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall-a winner! Nice combo of juicy nose and piney taste.

Aug 16, 2021
 
3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Aug 12, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2021-08-01 at Southern Tier in Pittsburgh, PA

Clear orange color with white head. Peach, orange, pine, bread, sugar cookie..Not dank. Not overly bitter. Good full feel. Easy dinkin’. Apparently a new recipe for this brew. Works for me!

Aug 01, 2021
 
4.02 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Jul 22, 2021
 
4.03 by StArnoldFan from Texas on May 21, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by dano213 from Pennsylvania

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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3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

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
 
3.71 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey on Feb 27, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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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4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

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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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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
 
3.93 by drews240 from Rhode Island on Jan 13, 2021
 
4 by robebo44 from Virginia on Jan 13, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

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
 
4.7 by mark-herrmann from New Jersey on Jan 02, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by markwmcbride from New Jersey

240 calories / IBU=69

Dec 02, 2020
 
4.15 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2020
 
5 by Gubblecote from New York on Oct 19, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by afkIPAs from New Jersey

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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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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
 
4.03 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Sep 20, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mugman8 from New York

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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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Profundobaso from New York

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
 
2.5 by NHSTEVE from New Hampshire on Sep 04, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

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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