Bengal Gold India Pale Ale | Triumph Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Triumph Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was mine and my wife's first visit to the Triumph Brewing Company in New Hope, PA. Decent selection of beers and a very cool atmosphere.

Served in a Triumph pint glass

A - Beer arrived at the table with a half to three-quarter finger head. The beer is a reddish, gold color, mostly translucent. Decent lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - Nothing overwhelming. A faint mix of hops and pine.

T - A middle of the road, easy drinking IPA. All the standard tastes are there with a nice balance between the sweet malts (almost toffee-like) and the hops. Not a crazy bitter or hop-bomb IPA by any means. A beer that you could easily sit there and have several of listening to the live music. The ABV was listed on the board at 6.6% but you'd never know it.

M - Decent carbonation. Just a slight bitterness left after drinking.

O - A decent IPA. Not the best I've ever had but so easy to drink that you won't mind not having your mouth pounded with bitterness. Overall, I'd recommended giving this brew a try.


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Photo of Belpaire
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew pub in New Hope. The board lists it at 6.6% ABV.

Pours closer to copper than gold. Good head but the retention was somewhat lacking. Some fine lacing on the glass

Aroma is a pleasant but not overpowering hoppiness.

In the taste department it is definately a middle of the road IPA. It's not trying to be over the top in hops, malt or alcohol. A little more crystal malt than I like in an IPA but not overpowering. Bitterness and hop presence is where it should be. A very faint grassiness from dry hopping. Not off putting.

I could definately see having a few of these at a sitting but the other choices are calling.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was from a growler I got at the brewpub in New Hope, PA. Enjoyed chilled from a double walled tumbler.

The color of the ale is a light copper with golden hues. There is good clarity and retention with thin tan cap w/ thick film of lace, the bead is tight. The aroma is very fragrant with hops, this is just very fruity and orang-y with a lot of floral elments to augment the citrus there is a sweet hoppy oily scent. I consider the aroma to be full, while I can see how some might consider it to be delicate for the style. I like the way this ipa is drinkable but still within range for a strong pale, it could go either way -very hoppy pale or gentler IPA, it has nice high carbonation and subtle resinous tinges with slight fruitiness and semi dry finish.

The taste is very good with flavor from the single hop-centennial substantial enough to carry the Ipa, the hops give off some orange rind and light herbal/tea-like light astringent flavors with gentle malt and very subtle fruit tinges from the yeast. The finish is slightly dry but still retains an oily semi-bitter flavor. Overall this does come off somewhere in the middle-between pale and IPA, I like it since the bitterness is borderline w/ an IPA, but still is flavorful enough for me not to care if it is strictly to the American IPA style.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the New Hope location.

I enjoyed this beer with a very spicy sandwich. The beer tempered the heat very well.

They seemed to brew this with a decent amount of Cascade hops. The beer was hoppier than most East Coast IPA's.

It smelled like citrus, and moved into the taste as well.

I recommend this through the end of summer.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up a dark amber with some reddish hues and a fluffy off-white head. This IPA has always seemed a bit dark for style, strange since it has gold in the name, but it is still a very attractive beer. The aroma is not as hoppy as some other IPAs, but it still has a nice citrus and pine character as well as plenty of malt with some toffee notes as well. Much like the aroma, the flavor seems to be a bit malty for style, but it is still quite nice. The hop character seems to have a sharper, more white grapefruit and pine character, perhaps some herbalness as well. The malt seems quite toasty with plenty of caramel malt in there. It is a pretty good IPA, especially for a brewpub, but nothing to get overly excited about. The body is medium with a very clean dry finish that makes this a very drinkable and sessionable beer. Still a go to beer for me whenever I visit, and it went great with my meal.

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Photo of emsroth
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer a while ago, but I wanted to give it a good review.

This is a great beginner IPA, not too much malt, not too much hops, with an easy, inviting flavor. My girlfriend had this as her first IPA and now she loves the style.

Definitely a good session IPA despite the alcohol.

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Photo of jackorain
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped by for growler on the way home from a job in NJ on this Independence Day eve.

Nice clear copper/amber color with a two finger off-white head with really nice retention and very good lace.

Smell is of carmel malts and citrus hops wioth some gren hops present as well.

Taste is simialr to the nose, not very complex. Bitterness is there up front but is quickly quelled by the malt with almost no lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice creamy light to medium body with mild but nice carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, my wife and I drank the growler while cooking and dining out on the deck.

Overall, thius is an unassuming IPA, like many brewpub IPAs I've had, brewed for the mass appeal, I don't mind but it remains aproachable for someone moving up from sdomething less hoppy. Has the maltiness of an east coast APA with only a little more hoppyness.

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Photo of boelker62
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at the brewpub. I asked for the highest IBU beer they had of the ales on tap. I completely agreed with NJPadresfan...this beer fell on it's face after the build up.

A - mosttly creamy white head on top of an amber body. Slight carbonation.

S - shallow bitterness and citrus notes, but fleeting.

T - similar to the aroma. The hints of what this beer could be are there, but it doesn't pull through for you. The bitterness is no where near where an IPA should be, and it is closest to an American Pale Ale. Light hoppiness and light yeast notes. Then it ends after a short finish with a metallic, acetic feel.

M - average at best. It was a very watery, shallow feel on top of that sesation for taste.

D - due to the low ABV and the light bitterness, I guess you could go on with this one for a while, but you likely wouldn't want to.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as a brilliant golden-amber beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops, grassy, piney and citrusy.
Taste is all about the hops with an almost overpowering hop bitterness. Can't find any malt to balance.
Leaves a too strong bitter taste in the mouth that is not overly enjoyable.
One glass of this beer is enough.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Triumph- IPA

-New Hope-

Appearance- Light brown with an orange hue. Moderate head and slight lacing of the glass.
Smell- Faint citric hops and malt.
Taste- Citric hops balanced with a flat malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- watery and run of the mill.

Overall- I just can't see why Triumph makes a bland IPA. It has the makings of a good beer but it just doesn't deliver. I think it isn't that bold so it caters to the tourists. C'mon Triumph put some [email protected] into it!

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Photo of claytri
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my sixth taste of the day and was eagerly anticipated. It stood in front of me as a bright old gold, a very striking color, with a nice white head. The smell was hoppy with the malt and fruit backing it solidly. The taste was a good representative of the style. A good dry hoppy beer with a fullness of tastes with the malt and fruit rounding out the experience. It was medium in texture and clean in the finish. This would be an IPA worth trying again. The stark color contrast along the other golden beers was very pleasing.

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Photo of stirgy
2.24/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served as part of a sampler tray at their brewpub in New Hope. This one was bright orange amber in color. Very clear with a thin white head of foam. Very aromatic with bitter citrus fruits coming through. The taste has an overwhelming bitterness with grapefruit rind. The bitterness here overtakes everything else. The light body of malt is barely discernable through these intense bitter qualities. It’s as sharp as a bee sting on the tongue. Highly unbalanced, one dimensional and barely enjoyable. I saved this for my last beer and it was a mistake. I couldn’t get that bitterness off my tongue for a good 15 minutes after we left. This was my least favorite from the sampler tray. Lower the hop bite and up the malt and you might have something here.

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Bengal Gold India Pale Ale from Triumph Brewing Company
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