Bengali | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

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

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Photo of MacMalt
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a pub. It was served in a pint glass. It pours a crystal clear amber with a very thin, milk-white head and lacing. It might have had a more substantial head if poured from a can. It features a pleasing aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, pine needles, and floral hops. My first taste impression was tart grapefruit and bitter, biting hops and it seemed more than the advertised 69 IBUs. However, as the glass warmed, I really began to taste the malt. By the time I finished I could say that Bengali is nicely balanced. It leaves a decidedly bitter aftertaste. Compared with the NE-style IPAs that are all the rage, Bengali is fairly light in body, crisp, dry, and pleasantly carbonated. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised; it is well-crafted, with a nice balance of hops, malt, and fruit, and at 6.5% ABV it's easy to drink. It's not a hop bomb but should please hop lovers. I'll keep it on my radar.

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Photo of D1noB
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong bitter and hops up front that is followed by, a citrus note. It is medium to full bodied, It has some meat to it

Taste Rating in Words: Similar to arm wrestling. There is a pull back and forth follows by a big bang and victory for some lucky fool.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Poured from a 12 oz can into a large Funky Buddha snifter.Best by June 2017.

L- Frothy slightly off white colored head with low retention and sticky lacing.Hazy amber colored body with low clarity,and distorted light showing through the glass.Low amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get citrus and tropical fruit notes,orange,mango,and pineapple.I also get piney,floral,earthy,and spice hops.Also getting some orange creme notes as well.

T- The palate follows the nose with Topical fruits up front,bitter resinous pine in the middle,and on the back end I get everything combined.The back end consists of pine,earth,citrus,tropical fruits,and orange creme.This beer had a pretty complex taste to it,and is very good.

F- The mouth feel is medium light with a sticky texture at first,then chalky at the end.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a finish that borders on smooth and dry.

O- This is a very good IPA,its the third IPA I have tried from Six Point Craft Ales,and like the others this one is great.Lots of complex flavors and aromas,and very well balanced.I would drink this beer all the time,and definitely recommend it to the hop heads and IPA lovers.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A great looking IPA. Laces the glass very well with a big two finger off white head. Pours a light orange shade of yellow.

Aroma: Bitter grapefruit peel, tropical papaya, mango, orange cream, mild caramel and pine sap.

Taste: Starts off with a dry, bitter hop bite, reminiscent of garlic, pine resin and spicy grapefruit peel. It remains bitter throughout, but half way into the palate notes of creamy orange sherbet and mango come into play imparting a nice tropical sweetness to the profile. On the aftertaste, semi-sweet flavors of vanilla and caramel emerge, but only briefly.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and moderately carbonated. Dry and bittersweet. At 6.50% it's just alcoholic enough to session comfortably without having to worry about getting too sloshed.

Overall: Bengali Tiger is bold, with a strong, lingering bitterness complemented by heaps of tropical fruit and hints of sweet candy. A staple of my fridge.

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Photo of Tspesak
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can bought in NY

L: Beautiful color, typical of your IPA with a tinge of orange in color, lovely one finger off-white head
A: Heavy dry hops up front; piney, citrus (mostly grapefruit & tangerine), finishes towards the sweeter Carmel notes
T: Typical of a great American IPA, heavy on the dry hops but can definitely pick up on fresh hops. Similar to aroma pine, tangerine, grassy slight Carmel malt
F: wonderfully covers the tongue front to back with smooth feel activating each part of the palate.
O: easily one of the better IPA's to come out of NY, if not all of the east coast. Look, aroma and taste were pleasantly surprising. 4.25 overall for me.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An interesting mix of hops in both the taste & aroma. Herbal, grassy, a little fruit, and a little flowery. A shot of sweetness in the malt. A smooth bitterness that never show excess. Nicely carbonated. With all that it still ends up being good but not great. The mix of hops is interesting but not great. Enjoyable and pleasing.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma is quite dank, lemony, also vegetal hop notes. Taste is quite balanced at first, hoppy with pine and grapefruit notes but on the finish there is a growing, resiny bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Although the can is quite old, it still is tasty and packs a good punch.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Didn't this shit used to be called Bengali Tiger? Cultural appropriation police? Anyways, pours kind of a malty looking ipa, comes out pretty much an amber colored pour with a thin 1/3" off white head. Aroma was amber/red kinds of malt and maybe chinook hops. Can't tell if dry hopped.

Plenty of caramel in the taste, more of that Chinook hop feel bitterness. Grapefruit and caramel. Caramalt for days. Bitter without much in the hop flavor department. Sticky malt. Highly carbonated. Smacks of Carlsbad Chronic from Pizza Port, with more bitterness. Just is one of my less impressed beers from Sixpoint. They do make good stuff for sure though.

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Photo of pro45
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby red/gold/copper color. Head leaves quickly. Nose is pink grapefruit with sugar, tropical fruit, a bit more on the citrusy side but you can get the hop oil presence. Taste follows nose with faint caramel malts mid palate. Very smooth and well carbonated. Each sip begs for another. The flavors are not too strong, rather muted. But it works well, overall. Probably my favorite offering from Sixpoint. Easy drinker I'll pick up agin.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of a Sixpoint mixed pack I picked up while home on Long Island for the holidays. Pours a beautiful rocky, hugewbubbled head that lasts. Hops are citrus and herbal in the nose.

Flavor is subtle and evolves throughout the sip. All citrus early, pine is mellow and only arrives in the finish. Overall balanced and nice but a little understated. Nevertheless, this is easy drinking and solidly dangerous at 6.5%ABV.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good color. I get sweet grapefruit and citrus scents with a hint of malt right on the edge of this beer. Decent flavor to this brew. Flavor really translates from the nose. Sweet and citrus with a mildly bitter finish. Malts coming through slightly in the flavor pool. Nice prickly carbonation and somewhat dry finish. A decent offering. Really liking the smell and flavor of this one.

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Photo of Dragee
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am giving Sixpoint Bengali a 5 across the board. I am not a beer snob or afficianado. I am a customer who drinks and loves beer. I first tried the Bengali and Resin at an outdoor concert. Breweries from all 5 Boroughs of New York City were available and Sixpoint had their own tent. I was pleased with both beers but went back for another Bengali. I found it at my local Liquor store in NJ and grabbed a 6 pack of cans in a box. I love the packaging and colors. I am not going into the flavors. Many others already have and I agree with some of their opinions. This beer is my go to beer when I don't know what I want or know what I'm in the mood for. I have never been disappointed and I hate when there is only 1 left in the fridge. Thanks for reading this review.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can into a Spiegleau IPA glass. Paid £1.99 for a single.

Pours a translucent, golden-orange body, that when held to the light shows some crimson tinges and moderate amounts of fine visible carbonation. A light, frothy, two-finger in height, white coloured head with excellent retention slowly reduces to a thin cap, leaving behind plenty of wispy lace.

The bright, punchy nose initially comprises of pithy grapefruit and semi-sweet navel orange. Resinous pine and lesser floral profiles follow, while bitter grassiness becomes perceptible towards the back end. Taste follows suit, leading upfront with a combination of bitter grapefruit and sweeter orange flesh. Mid palate, traces of toasty caramel and crisp, grainy pale malts reveal a substantial backbone, and provide subtle sweetness. Towards the back-end, faint malt sweetness remains present, but begins to be slowly replaced by oily citric peels, resinous pine and grassy-floral bitterness. In the mouth, a light to medium body and lively carbonation feel smooth, crisp and dry throughout. After the swallow, hints of remaining sweetness are outlasted by assertive, but well-rounded grapefruit and pine hop bitterness, drying the palate further to finish quick and clean, with a touch of refreshing astringency.

Overall this is a good beer. Bright, bold, clean and crisp, it’s packed full of hop flavour, but controls bitterness well. A caramel malt backbone is present just enough to smooth out the substantial 69 IBU’s and leave a simple, well balanced, and refreshing flavour profile throughout. Recommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brief impressions from a can purchased as part of a boxed 6 pack at a Brooklyn grocery:

APPEARANCE: Copper body colour of average vibrance. Fluffy white head of 6-7 minute retention. Nothing unique or special here, but it's within style conventions and appears clean and filtered with apt carbonation.

AROMA: Hints of pine. Floral notes. Pale malts. Maybe a bit of caramalt. Spruce. Some resins.

Suggests a shallow reticent brew with an underwhelming hop profile. I find no off-notes or soapiness, and it isn't boozy, but there's little here to excite.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The back end is interesting, bringing an interesting blend of spruce-like flavour, a hint of pine sap, and resinous character to the table. Up front, it's a bit malty, suffering from too much sweetness from caramalt in addition to the usual pale malts. Hop profile is bland until late in the game; this offers only weak stale floral notes to combat the malt sweetness onslaught until the abovementioned flavours save the day in the third act. Structurally imbalanced, with most of the flavour on the back end. Imbalanced sweetness/bitterness-wise as well.

Depth of flavour is meagre.

Not an intricate or subtly executed brew, but somewhat pleasant. It's underwhelming fare.

Smooth, wet, coating, overcarbonated, medium-bodied, unrefreshing, slightly oily.

OVERALL: A mediocre IPA but a drinkable one. Pretty forgettable fare, but I'll enjoy finishing the 6 pack casually. Not an expression of an IPA that compete with the likes of Lagunitas or Deschutes in terms of quality or price.

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. This is a malty IPA as is evident in both the aroma and the flavor. Full body. Smith. Hints of oranges and soft fruits.
Medium-low carbonation.

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Photo of MFMB
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright vibrant orange with a nice frothy white foam. pine and wet wood on the nose. Taste of big citrus, grapefruit and light lemon followed by a bit of pine resin and minimal sweet malt. Medium body semi dry finish. It is drinkable but not as smooth as Resin my favorite Sixpoint.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can out of a 6 pack, 6.5ABV,69 IBU , 11 SRM
A: Pours a clear amber with a 1/4 inch white head with no lacing.
S: Dank earthy hops nose.
T: A some what sweet hop/malt with a nice bitterness very different than the So/Cal West Coast IPA"s that i am used to.
F: Nice carbonation a nice balance with hops to malt.
O: A nice solid IPA i think its a bit underrated it was nice to find it in Canada for sure. East Coast style is a nice change.

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Photo of thebeers
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazed light orange-amber color with two fingers of off-whit head that leaves thick lacing. Grapefruit, pine, peach tea and a faint pepperiness make up the aroma. Light tasting up front, with mild malt sweetness mid-palate, then an earthy tea-like bitterness in competition with some grapefruit acidity on the back end, as well as a definite alcohol kiss. Fairly light bodied with a prickliness to the mouthfeel. The bitterness is what stands out most here. Pretty solid.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six pack copped from Bottle King in Livingston. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Hoppy, piney aroma reminiscent of grapefruit and resin. Drinkable.

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with an orange tint. There is good retention that leaves a thick sheet of sticky lacing. The aroma is resinous and a little floral, with just a hint of caramel. The taste is t quite as strong but similar. The body is mostly smooth, with just a slight carbonation and a lightly dry finish.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bengali pours a bronze color with a big frothy head. Big hoppy aroma. Taste is also hoppy flavor, with a bitter finish. Good body and finish. Overall solid ipa.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank at Wheatherspoons Surrey Docks.

A: When poured to a Duvel glass - totally the wrong glass, the body presented itself with a yellow coloration, but crystalline. A weak white head formed by the time of the pouring but it wouldn't last long until it disappeared.
S: The smell had piney, critusy and malty profiles as a regular IPA while I was expecting a lot less pine due to the fact that this is a Pale Ale - that's what the can said, but now that I'm seeing the style on BeerAdvocate, the aroma profile makes a lot more sense.
T: "IPA like", that's what I wrote back then. And it makes sense, piny, earthy and malty profiles but not tremendously great.
M: Medium to high body. Bitterness was mild.
O: My first Sixpoint Brewery beer, I'm not "awed", but fairly happy with this Bengali american IPA.

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Photo of pkalix
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sweeter than i'm accustomed to for an IPA, but not bad... my first time having this (finally arrived in california) and i'm kind of sitting on the fence right now. it's decent but not spectacular....

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Photo of Jackwack
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good IPA. Not as hoppy as I usually like and not as good as I had hoped but would consider again. I didn't notice much smell and cant comment on the look as I always drink straight from bottle or can. I believe six point brewery is highly overrated. Word

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip

L: Pours a clear golden orange color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Solid lacing.

S: Citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and papaya.

T/F: Strong malt backbone with a bittersweet hop profile... heavy on the citrus. Grapefruit and mandarin orange... some spicy pepper notes. Oily on the mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Finish is bitter and sticky.

O: A great all around IPA and one that I could drink every day. Just fantastic and leaves me wanting more.

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