Rating: 3.8

My fourth beer from New York’s Sixpoint brewery now and another can from them, this time I’ll be reviewing their Bengali which is a reworking of their Bengali Tiger American IPA that I reviewed here previously. This particular beer was only introduced last summer (2014) after the aforementioned Bengali Tiger was retired after first being brewed back in 1999. This one is an “enhanced Sixpoint IPA formulation” and one that uses “a blend of new hop strains” to give the beer 69 IBU’s but in truth I’m not expecting anything all that different from the can on Bengali Tiger I tried early last year; let’s see if that’s the case.


Appearance (4/5): Copper tinged amber with a clear body and a thin, foamy white head on top that doesn’t seem quite as good as that on the Bengali Tiger I poured last year. but still looks nice, covering the surface well with touches of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Similar to its predecessor but slightly more sweet, there is quite a lot of resinous pine early on with some strong hops coming through as well. There’s some nice grapefruit & floral notes with touches of alcohol showing and a nice amount of caramel towards the end.
Taste (7/10): Floral tasting initially with some good background fruits, most notably some orange and citrus with some grapefruit and various tropical flavours coming through as well. This was followed by some pine hops before the caramel from the nose came through and added a little sweetness; again there was some light alcohol at the end as well.
Palate (4/5): Smooth on the palate and refreshing despite the strong bitterness. The beer had carbonation levels falling somewhere around light-medium and there was a sticky sweetness towards the end along with faint alcohol grains.

Overall (16/20): This one, as expected, was a very similar beer to the can of Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint that I tried just over a year ago with the only difference seeming to be the look of the beer when I poured it; this one wasn’t quite up to its predecessors high standard but it still done the job. Again this one was quite bitter with some strong, resinous pine and the odd tropical fruit coming through with some touches of sweetness and faint alcohol at the end. Quite an enjoyable beer and one that I’ll go back to again no doubt, although it just seems like a Bengali Tiger to me really.

Brewed In: Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Brewery: Sixpoint Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: The Society Room (JD Wetherspoons), Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £1.99

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  1. December 6, 2016 at 08:47

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