What You Need to Know
The Bengali IPA began as a homebrew in 2004 and eventually turned into one of Sixpoint’s biggest successes. It’s evolved over time, using hop varietals that didn’t exist elsewhere back when it was first crafted. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
The IPA pours a mostly-clear golden-orange hue and is topped by a very tall stack of rocky, ivory-white foam that shows excellent retention. Isolated patches of sticky lace clutch the sides and a soapy collar rounds the glass.
The aroma is faint but wafts the nose with a scent of pine and some stone fruit. A hint of stewed vegetable appears as the beer warms.
The palate is hop-forward with a taste of herbal and earthy hops over toasted bread. A bite of grapefruit citrus and spicy hops linger through the finish. A flash of stone fruit is picked up on the swallow.
The feel is smooth with a dry finish. Medium body and matching carbonation. Finishes with a moderate astringency.
Its appearance is quite lovely. The aroma isn’t strong but it is pleasant at first. And then the beer warms and it takes on a vegetal character that’s off-putting. Its feel is dry and bitter which makes it quite mouthwatering. You’ll tilt this one back quickly. The palate is sure to please the hopheads with its varied and bitter flavors. But there’s just enough balance to keep the hops from running amok. Bengali is a solid IPA.