Bengali | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

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.

69 IBU

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
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...

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Photo of Nass
3.47/5  rDev -13%
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-

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of haines710
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of osheamatth
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my go to local brewers as a New Yorker. The Bengali (formerly Bengali Tiger) looks, smells and tastes as an ideal American IPA should. The clear sense of pine is apparent in both the nose and the mouth with some orange citrus notes on the palate as well. This is an ideal ABV for an Am IPA and I keep coming back for more.

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Photo of jkblr
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 9/14/18 (77 days ago) poured into a Sixpoint tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.6% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright honey colored amber with sticky off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is slight candied orange and pine. The taste is semisweet caramel, candied orange, pine and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a little hop oil slickness and the finish is medium plus in bitterness. Overall, very good. I always enjoy this fresh when I get the chance.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is good, but nothing out of the ordinary or special. Thing is, with so many IPA's available, and so many being good and similar to one another, unless an IPA is absolutely fantastic or downright horrendous, there's not much point of reviewing.

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Photo of MackT
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow/orange hue.
Luxurious head, great retention.
Taste, something overpowering there, can’t explain, other than I don’t like it. Boarders on a “spoiled” taste. Bought this as a single, am glad for that. “Canned on” date was 6 mos. ago.

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Photo of antonyliu
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip glass


Rust and bronze color. Frothy white head with long retention

Smell and Taste
Mangoes, pineapple, caramel, and malts. Floral, fragrant, pungent, bitter hops. Raisiny. Alcohol esters.

Soft and gentle, not too much carbonation

It's good, but I didn’t love it. The aroma leaned too malty and sweet for me. It was just “OK” for me.

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Photo of EMH73
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear honey color with a huge white head that left excellent lacing. Smells of sweet malts, citrus, pine and a bit of onion. Tastes of sweet bready malts, orange, orange peel, pine, caramel, onion, earthy notes and a dry finish. Medium bodied and carbonated, mild bitterness, dry mouth feel.

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Photo of stoumi
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp, clean, orangish amber with a dense, white, creamy head and good lacing retention. Smell is dark and sticky with noticeable pine notes and a bready malt and a hint of onion. Taste is crisp with sweet caramel that gives way to a dank bitterness, which finishes dry with a hint of malt.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slight head and lace, light orange.
S: My only note is this didn't have much scent to describe. Smelled like any other middle of the road IPA. Nothing distinct.
M: Mild and creamy. Not much burn from the hops.
T: No real fruit flavors came out. There was a slight cereal sweetness to this, otherwise..
The final note that I wrote about this when I sampled it was "Resembling an IPA". That may be good or bad however you read it, but to me, it's just another IPA with nothing special about it.

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Photo of lipster
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz thin can poured into a 16 oz pint glass. It's a warm light caramel color with an inch thick airy white head that lingers. Smells of clean, pleasant bread and light wine wine. An incredibly clean bright refreshing taste, an even blend of malt and light citrus with a subtle brown sugar and green grape finish. Just a super accessible and finely crafted American IPA that leaves a signature pattern of foamy tiger stripes down your glass (hence the name). The only caution: beware of the 6.6 ABV. Slow down and savor how wonderfully balanced this ale is.

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Photo of Amendm
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. tall skinny can dated 07APR18 poured lightly into a 16 oz. mug.
Golden clear color with an off white long lasting head, minimal lacing.
Bitter citrus and piney hop smell with moderate malt.
The taste features sweet malt followed by hop bitterness, the reverse of the smell.
Above meduim richness dries towards the end.
This is a favorite of mine that I have enjoyed several times.
The below $11 per six price point places this beer in with Be Hoppy from Wormtown and Smuttynose's Kindest Find - solid beers at below average prices.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy honey amber with a thick white head that dissipates rapidly leaving great lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus. The flavor is oranges and lemon with some pine. The feel is medium and well carbonated. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a 9 on the SRM index (according to the can), smells like mild onion, not a fruit bomb at all. Smell caramel and biscuit. I can't recall but I think it is Galaxy hops that give it that onion scent. I like it personally. Taste like a traditional (east coast) IPA. More of a biting hop with nice malt finish rather than a fruity hop bomb. Feels crisp well carbonated, almost semi dry. Overall another great offering from Six Point. Brooklyn was once the beer capital of the US.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Skinny can. Canned on 1/13/18 opened on 3/7/18.

This tiger pours out looking rather "old school compared to the "new wave" New England style hazy ipa's. A clear, golden amber color....crystal clear. Despite t's clearity, it really is a brilliant color. The chunky n funky, Tall white foam cap holds on tight. Reduced to a very fine layer and crazy thick lacing.

The aroma is also sorta old school style, sweet, amber, caramel malty backdrop, a cluster of piney, dried wheat, sweet and sour citrus smelling hops is pretty decent. Pine and citrus based fruits certainly pop out most.

The first sip just crunches with super crispy mouthfeel and malty bite. Dryyyyy...then malty finish. Dried, crispy wheat, dried grasses, bitter pine sap, orange peel and green leafy hop effects actually blend into a very enjoyable, earthy based flavor. This is one very well balanced ipa. Some left-over dry, earthy bitter tones reminds me of west coast style ipa's of the not-so distant past.


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Photo of Brolo75
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a tulip, almost three months old at time of review

Pours a clear orange color with a big dense white creamy full head, good amount of retention, it's highly carbonated and a good amount of lacing as well. Subtle citrus like orange, tangerines, slight sweetness and tropical notes along with a touch of oats, no alcohol on the nose. Follows the nose with lots of citrus notes like oranges and tangerines, bitterness is like orange peel, bitterness is moderate, finish has more citrus notes that linger in the aftertaste, not picking up any malt at all, its citrusy and sweet but not tropical. Light/medium bodied with a very dry orange/tangerine-peel like finish, lots of carbonation.

At nearly three months old its lost some hop bite but overall its a great IPA, unique, in that I can't remember another IPA that was dominated by orange and tangerine like notes with citrus peel dryness in the finish.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was thrown for a bit of a loop when it did not look as though I had reviewed this beer. I was unaware that Bengali Tiger has been retired and replaced with this beer. 8=O No matter, as it gives me an opportunity to further The CANQuest (tm) without really even trying.

From the CAN: "Beer is Culture"; "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 (R) still slashes. Tip it back and let gravity do the work. Game on!"; "Please keep refrigerated. This ale is best served in a glass."; "Made in the USA"; "Please recycle".

Oh, man, I love these Slimline CANs! They were thought to be the wave of the future, but somehow 16-fl. oz. Pint CANs got a foothold & they are currently king. I Crack!ed my Slimline open & CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass out of the respect that I have for this brewery. It formed a one-finger cap of dense, foamy, tawny head all on its own & then retreated into the jungle. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity & the CAN read: "9 SRM". Well now! Nose had a sticky, dank, pine quality along with a biscuity maltiness & if you don't think that my hophead mouth was slavering at the prospect, you just don't know me. Mouthfeel was medium. I allowed the big cat to just kind of roll around on my tongue, scraping away the tired & dead taste buds with its rough tongue & it sharp claws & teeth. It felt revitalized as a result and the pine and grapefruit citrusiness just sank in like they were right at home. It kind of burned at first, with a measured 66 IBUs, but I became acCANstomed to it & began to revel in the enjoyment of it. Oh my, but this was good! I had no idea that this was a reformulated recipe, but it was done right! Finish was gaspingly dry, but I would have it no other way. I didn't realize just how badly I was jonesing for an AIPA after all of those tropical IPAs, but this hit the mark, scratched an itch & even awakened the hops monkey on my back that had been dormant for so long. Phew. Holy Hops, Batman! Let's do this again ... real soon!

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Photo of craigbelly
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful color. Great aroma. Toasty caramel malt backbone over shadows the heavy heaping of mandarin, lemon and piney hops. The medium-plus bitterness helps to balance the line between the malt and hops, but the hops just aren't allowed to shine. Very dry and resinous finish.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned on 15th October, 2017.

L: Slight hop haze, bright bronze, two finger off-white head has very good retention.

S: Smells of citrus and herbal hops.

T: Again, citrus and herbal hops with a touch of tropical fruit. Simple, refreshing, clean and nice.

F: Light, crisp, clean finish.

O: Quite a nice beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 6/17/17, so 5 months old.

murky marmalade body, decent white head which dissipates to a covering and a ring. leaves good lacing though.

odd aroma, not unpleasant, but cant put my finger on what it is.

hops have mostly faded, so the strong malt background is prevalent.

medium on the mouth, bittersweet finish. leaves a burn in the throat.

overall, as faded hop ipas go, this one is not an unpleasant drink. I'd like to review fresher sixpoint brews, but seems like in NE/Central PA. most of the beers i encounter are at least 3 months old.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Clear amber with a creamy white head. moderate retention, and splotches of lacing.

S: Honey, biscuit, orange peel, grapefruit peel, earth, pine.

T: A big smack of grapefruit, orange, and pine. Pithy with the peel, spritzy and quite lively, but dank and earthy. A toasty, biscuit, slightly caramel malt backbone is prominent but not overpowering. There's a fruity lemon and pineapple flavor as well, but it's more subtle. Finishes lightly dry and somewhat bitter, with notes of grapefruit peel and pine.

F: Medium-bodied, very smooth but not thick. Pretty well-balanced. Medium to medium-high carbonation. Slightly dry with some lingering bitterness. Very drinkable.

O: A really solid IPA. Not quite as delicious and complex as Resin, but solid all the same. Worth buying and drinking at least semi-regularly.

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