Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1,173
Gots: 436 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 04-02-2010

Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped Double India Pale Ale brewed with a blend of three varieties of American hops. This beer is brewed for those of us who need an aromatic and flavorfully hopped beer.

85 IBU
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Photo of twizzard
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly the best beer I've ever had...Had it uber fresh....14 hours (or so I was told). The first thing that hit me was the grapefruit aroma explosion. The most incredible aromatic beer ever. Mouth feel was slick & smooth buit not overly syrupy. My only complaint is that my wife liked it too....Now I need to double down. If you ever have a chance to score some of this, do it without hesitation.

Photo of dutesanch
3.12/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not nearly as smooth as I had hoped for. Hop bitterness takes away from the enjoyment of this brew. Not horrible but for the hype I had hoped for more. Sea Hag is more enjoyable IMO.

Photo of Borkman18
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is why I am proud to be from Connecticut.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden peach/apricot in color with some moderate amounts of fine visible yeast sediment in suspension at the bottom of the glass, light amounts of visible carbonation, and some orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized thin patches, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of caramel malts underneath moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops, tropical/pineapple/mango hops, and much lighter amounts of pine & floral hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by fairly aggressive and strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple/mango, and pine. Moderate amounts of fairly aggressive hop bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is really enjoyable with nice hop flavors, though slightly aggressive, and well balanced with the malts - there is enough sweetness that is it not overly or unpleasantly bitter. Pretty easy to drink and definitely one I would like to find again. Alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultra-Plinian for the big NEBCo hook-up. DIPA from a can, yes sir! Orange haze, all in my brain. There's really not a better way to describe the look of this one. The slightly gray tinted, mostly white head waxes and wanes down to a thin, thin skin that never completely leaves the top of the beer bare, and lasts for quite a long time.

Pretty stankin' dank, with lots of pines, grass, and some resin on the back end in the aroma. Very hop oil-y over the first half, with the second half lending a heavy hand to blasting citrus peels, oranges, and some grapefruits. Your typical, citric and resiny hop profile... Good, but nothing too ravishing. Some herbal pepper on the back end, and I'm not really pulling much malt out of the aroma here.

The taste follows through nicely, with personification of the ashy and piney characteristics of the hops. The fruit is understated, but it's there; juicy grapefruit and some lighter, bitter citrus notes. There's a hefty bitterness that strikes the back of the tongue somewhere around mid-palate and leaves a long lasting impression. It's not gonna knock you off your socks, but it's pretty potent.

I finally get some resemblance of malt in the very finish with a bit of bread and crackers that only adds a touch of sweetness, perhaps because the lasting bitterness of the malt is still massaging my palate hard. Medium bodied, not too thin and not too thick, and surprisingly not as resinous or sticky on the mouth as you'd expect given the taste. Carbonated well enough to keep things rolling.

Very nice DIPA, though it's nothing to lose your shorts over. I can see why people love it, but it doesn't do much to stand out above the rest. That's not to say that it still isn't pretty delicious, though, because it certainly is. Goin' hard on that piney and citric hop swerve, this will make most hop heads happy, or at the very least, pleasantly content.

Photo of MadScientist
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A moderately hazy, unfiltered looking dark golden beer that produces a good head stand when poured. The two finger of off white head is made of rocky foam with very good retention.

S: A huge citrus hops nose with pineapple, lemon, resinous pine and a dry hopped herbal aroma dominating. There is a medium-low caramel malt sweetness and some low floral alcohol notes there as well but this is all about the hops.

T: An aggressive hops bitterness with a strong citrus hops flavor and enough malt for support. The hops flavors match the aroma with pineapple, lemon and some pine. The malt brings a low caramel flavor but the balance is pretty bitter. The aftertaste is of hops bitterness and lemon.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. There is a moderate alcohol warmth on the palate although the alcohol is fairly well hidden overall.

O: We have a hophead winner here, this one makes my short list of awesome beers I've met this year. An aggressively bitter beer that showcases citrus hops but remains balanced and doesn't get harsh.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Andrew for providing me with this beer. It was excellent.
In a tulip it was hazy orange in color with a medium off-white head. Impressive lacing.
Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and herbal hops. Peppery in my nose.
Big-time grapefruit taste, also tangerine and apricot. Piney taste entering later. Nice strong malt background, still sweet.
This was a very smooth, easy drinking beer.

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woosterbill for this one, picked up essentially right off the canning line and about 10 days old at this point. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours hazy amberish orange with one finger of off-white head. Head has okay retention but leaves quite a bit of spotty lacing behind.

S - Big grapefruit and grapefruit zest aroma, with some grassy and herbal hops to complement.

T - A lot more malt in the taste than the aroma let on, but still a very nice hop punch, herbal with lots of grapefruit. Malt profile consists of mostly caramel with some biscuit malt as well. Finish has a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is actually quite smooth before the dry, bitter finish.

O - Very enjoyable DIPA. Definitely delivers the hops,but I would like a bit less malt. Deceptively drinkable, without noticeable alcohol. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of mverity
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can share at Proof courtesy of Matt Masterson. Pours a pale slightly hazy yellow. Good bubbly white head that lasted almost a minute. Thin collar. Nice spicy, piney hop aroma with a fair amount of malt sweetness noticeable. Taste is the same. Great. Again, not a piney hop fan, but when it's done well, it really works. High carbonation and medium body.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can purchase in a 4 pack, in Cheshire, CT. No canning date/freshness info offered.

Pours clouded medium dull apricot, under a tiny bubble, minor off white head, that leaves just few small bits of lace on the glass.

Nose is full of hop related whiffs, resin, citrus and general hoppy goodness.

Taste is where things get interesting. I'm happy to say this is a full fledged hop bomb...resins, graininess, grapefruit citrus notes. Densely flavorful, wonderfully hoppy especially for an East coast, no Connecticut DIPA.

Well done, gonna buy more next time I travel to the Nutmeg state

Photo of codysjb
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack last night that was bottled recently that was the latest batch (I think it was canned the end of last week or the beginning of this week according to the NEBCO facebook page). 12 oz can into my Russian river pint glass.
A: Amber, off orange but darker than most yellow IPA’s. Head was small but lingered for a little while.
S: Lots of pine, flowery, and a ton of Hops. The smell is reminiscent of hopslam.
T: Not too much bitterness up from, the hops are there but it definitely doesn’t taste like a DIPA. Not exactly watery but the flavor doesn’t hit right away.
M: The hops hit in the mouthful and the flavor comes out. Lots of citrus and pine but not overwhelming. Very balanced.
O: For sure the best IPA I’ve had to date (beats hopslam and DFH 120 in my book). Not too overwhelming but really balanced and flavorful once it gets into your mouth. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who comes across it, if only it were easier to find.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy golden carmel orange. Nice one finger head that fades to spotty lacing. Huge hop aroma, piney and citrus. Tastes of carmel then grapefruit, lots of creaminess then a nice hop pucker at the end. Kind of easy drinker for this high ABV. I'd get this again.

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, orange/yellow in color

Smell: pine and citrus hops, some pineapple

Taste: A lot of hops are here. I get pine, citrus, and soapy hops. There is a light caramel backbone

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, high carbonation, semi-bitter start--bitter middle and super bitter aftertaste. Some sweetness is present in the back.

Drinkability: I do like the combination of the different types of hops. A good beer to sit with if you want a hop bomb. One or two max.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of various hops. I get some resin and orange notes with some caramel malt. The taste is pine and orange flavored hops with caramel malt. The bitterness is low to medium due to the malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a tumbler. Picked this up at the brewery about an hour ago, so it's about as fresh as it can be!

Pours a very orange color, it's fairly hazy and it's got a nice two finger white head that starts to crater a bit and fades down after a few minuets. Nose is really nice, it's a bit light but very fruity and tons of citrus. Grapefruit and sweet floral hops dominate, really nice.

Wow, this'll pop you in the kisser! Very, very bitter and hoppy it's got a nice vegetal hop bite to it with a small bit of graininess to it, but it works really well. Leaves a really earthy and mellowing tone to it in your gut after a while. Nice warming sensation on the way down, it leaves a really good feeling in your gut.

I wanted to find this in a can, but it sold out so quickly I missed out, however getting it fresh on tap is more than a consolation. I met Rob at the brewery and he showed me around, it's a great little stop. I stopped at the liquor store down the road on the way back and I picked up some other NEBC beers (Sea Hag & Elm City Lager), looking forward to them!

Photo of mjtiernan
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into an oversized stemmed tulip

A: Orange red color, slightly hazy, not much head on it...just a ring around the edge with some spotted coverage on top.

S: Mostly citrus hop aroma with slight tropical notes and some biscuity malt. Slight aroma of alcohol as well.

T: Just great. Lots and lots of citrus balanced nicely with some cookie-like malt. Nice bitter finish.

M: A dry beer for so much hop presence. I would have expected it to be more oily. Nicely bitter but not a palate-killer, medium body and low-to-medium carb.

O: Very clean. All the ingredients shine through. Wonderful flavor and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of ehammond1
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, trxxpaxxs!

Slightly hazed golden amber. Moderate near-white head. Somewhat sticky.

Fantastic aroma. Huge amounts of tropical and citrus fruit hop character. Moderate sweet malt backbone and just the fainest touch of an alcohol presence. It all comes together very well.

The flavor is even more juicy and citrus-forward than the aroma. Nice bitterness that accompanies. Discernible, clean, lingering, sticky, citrus and passion fruit flavors. Some sweet bread and very mild alcohol present at room temperature.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Very, very tasty. This was much better than I was expecting.

Photo of far333
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed amber orange colored with a sizzling white head that settles down to a quarter inch high firm cap. Particulate matter floats around.

Intense aroma of tangerine and orange peel.

Flavor is immediately hoppy, good balance of bitterness and flavor, the full range of citrus with tangerine and grapefruit and giant Florida oranges, plus some pineapple and pine sap. Firm bitterness and just the right balance of honey malt. Alcohol strength doesn't detract.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, very satisfying. a bit of warming in the cheeks. Scarily drinkable. Tremendous DIPA from little old CT. Eassiide...

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zach for this awesome beer...trying the famous Gandhi-Bot.
Poured from 12oz can into fluted snifter; translucent warm yellow-orange with a huge fluffy off-white yellowish head that fades very very slowly, leaving chunky fine lacing as it does.
Smells awesome; tangerine, mango, passionfruit at first, then some earthy and piney bitterness comes through.
Taste is just as awesome; sweetness, tropical fruit all blending together, discernible mango and tangerine, moving into pine and earthy bitterness all in balance.
Mouthfeel is smooth, well-carbonated and the finish cleans it off well. Medium body.
Overall, I can see why this is a very sought-after IPA, but it doesn't live up to the hype as well as others do. Still a solid beer that I wish I could find more than once every few months.
Thanks again Zach!

Photo of BranfordBound
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review (Different serving type). My first review of this was on cask and it was spectacular, let's see if the regular, canned version lives up to the sheer awesomeness of the cask version. No freshness date but I believe this is the most recent batch (early/mid February?)

An aggressive pour from the can yields a two finger rocky head of white bubbles sitting on top of a slightly murky gold/amber liquid.

Smells of... well... hops! Yep, lots of grapefruit here, nice and fresh, little bit of sweet fruit and a little pine. What a lovely smell.

Now that is a DIPA, a lovely mixture of hops and malts. This is defintely East Coast IPA, but it certainly muddies the water between the two. A potent mix of fruit, grapefruit and tropical blend with the herbal and pine characteristic of the hops. Some malts in the middle give it a sweet backbone. Finishes bitter and dry. No hint of 8.8% ABV

What an IIPA, this is the first one I had that I thoroughly enjoyed many months ago and started my hops craze. Thanks NEBCo for this awesome beer and congrats on the BA recognition!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good light yellow appearance, average head, not much lace and cling. Aroma very nice, floral hop feel. Light tropical citrus hop aroma.

Taste, doesn't weigh heavy, lots of hop mouthfeel, kinda light bodied, not a lot of malt to back it up, which is nice, I'm tired of all the malt heavy super sweet dipa's out there. If I wanted a barleywine, I'd just get one and sit on it for a year. This stuff is great for disc golf. Almost 9%, you'd never know unless you read it somewhere.

Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of huge citrus and pine aromas with hints of tropical fruit hops lingering in the background. Also present and more prevalent as the beer warms are moderate amounts of herbal hops and slighter pale malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the hops are toned down a bit when compared to the aroma. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joiend quickly by large amounts of citrus and pine hop flavors, in order of largesse. Midway through the sip the pine hops fade out just a bit and tropical fruit hop flavors with hints of herbal hops take their place, sweetening the flavor profile a bit. Equal amounts of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'd heard a bunch of hype behind this beer and I was not disappointed. Easily one of the better East Coast DIPA's out there and one that's well worth a shot.

Photo of Stater
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA, just a little too much to the malt side for my taste. Would definitely seek out again despite that East Coast lean.

Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rowingbrewer for the great extra.

12oz. Can into an imperial pint.

A: Poured a glowing orange color with a moderate head. Decent retention but nice lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus with orange, tangerine, and pineapple. Slightly resinous. Some floral.

T/M: Bitterness is pretty low for the style. Plenty of the same citrus with a bit added pineapple and some mango flavor as well. A candy like sweetness but without a big chewy mouthfeel. There is a bit more mouthfeel than I'd like in a dipa, but nothing outrageous.

D: Overall it's decent but I'd like some bitterness and a lower FG to dry it out a bit.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy light amber orange with a one finger white head. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides. Too cloudy to see any visible carbonation. The head dissipates to a thin covering.

S: Intense hoppy aroma on this brew. Loads of citrus fruitiness with some floral notes in there as well. Mild sweetness in the background from the malts. Solid IPA aroma. Earthy aroma provides some herbal tones.

T: As anticipated from the aroma this is one hoppy beer. Isn't overly bitter like some double IPA's but instead has a full hop flavor. Malt sweetness rounds out the beer but doesnt detract from the hops in the least. The alcohol is lost in the hop flavor. Herbal nuggety aftertaste stays in the mouth for a while.

M: Fairly light body for a double IPA which makes this go down smoothly. Creamy mouthfeel with a touch of stickiness. Very easy drinking which is dangerous.

Overall this is a phenomenal IPA. Hops have great flavor without being overpowering. Very well balanced considering its extreme style. This is certainly a must try for any hophead.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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