Bengali
Sixpoint Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #845
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,520
Avg:
4 | pDev: 9.5%
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,455
From:
Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  56
Gots
  482
SCORE
89
Very Good
BengaliBengali
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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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 Arizona

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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osheamatth from New York

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Dec 18, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Dec 01, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Nov 28, 2018
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MackT from Florida

3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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antonyliu from California

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

12oz can poured into a tulip glass

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Look
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.

Mouthfeel
Soft and gentle, not too much carbonation

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

Nov 01, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

Oct 07, 2018
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stoumi from California

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Aug 15, 2018
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Ricochet from Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Jul 13, 2018
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lipster from New York

4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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. A sparklingly 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.

Jul 06, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Jun 17, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Mar 29, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Mar 18, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | 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.

Roar.

Mar 08, 2018
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