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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 1596
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%

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:
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

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 04-02-2010)
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Photo of Zippie9999


5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: Just bought this from Liquor Depot in New Britain,CT. on recommendation from beer guru Brian. Great call! Not much of a can enthusiast, but all I have to say is bravo!
A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a white fluffy head into my trustyChouffe Houblon chalice.
S: A fragrant aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and hops permeate the senses.
T: After the prerequisite hop slam, a crisp, clean, fresh flavor of citrus, grapefruit, and floral notes greet thetastebuds. At almost 9%; the ABV is hidden extremely well.
O: Overall, a phenomenal brew! This is truly a benchmark when it comes to Dipas. This would be a go to if it weren't so limited in availability.

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 01:38:14 | More by Zippie9999
Photo of xerotime


5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter at Armsby Abbey.

Beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with a creamy persistent white head. Heavy aroma of citrus - pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit and just enough malt to carry it. Taste is more of the same with the malts being just enough to balance the heavy load of hops. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, one of my favorite double IPAs that I always try to pick up whenever I "can".

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 13:55:01 | More by xerotime
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly extraordinary IPA. Its my current favorite, hands down. Its an extremely well-balanced, heavily hopped, smooth, aromatic, double IPA. If you're only having one, save it for last. Once you have one, the next beer is bound to be a disappointment, unless its an even heavier beer, like a DFH 90.

Serving type: can

04-01-2012 01:42:20 | More by BlackFitzwilliam
Photo of ItalianHopHead203


5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands Down the Best Beer in Connecticut!!!

Top 3 IPA's I've ever had!!!

Top two can beers I've ever had!!!

This beer was once a Connecticut only brew and now New England is venturing off into NY. Lucky Them!!!

Just enough availability to it that its still rare, but you can get it enough that its not impossible.

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 14:26:38 | More by ItalianHopHead203
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New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-25-2013 11:51:07 | More by twizzard
Photo of CTbrew32


5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Right off the bat this beer looks great with a nice hazy orange color with a murkiness that ive never seen in a ipa before. Aroma consist of sweet tropical fruits and bready malt. The taste is amazing. Pineapple, mango, slight grapefruit are the main flavors coming through. For a double ipa this is incredibly smooth with just the right amount of bitterness that even a non-hophead could get behind. A bready malt on the back end provides some balance and doesn't let the bitterness linger at all. Ready for sip a few seconds after the first. For me this is the best beer ive tried or at least top two or three. If your in the CT area this is a must try along with the other awesome nebco beers.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2014 21:13:04 | More by CTbrew32
Photo of ChrisMyhre


4.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a stemmed wineglass from the 12 oz. can(drove to the northernmost packie on 395 in CT that carries this in Putnam Ct to get this.

a: Deep orange color, small head with crazy graffiti level lacing.

s: Fresh hops, I've never smelled a beer quite like this. Most hoppy beer still smells roughly like beer, this is something else altogether. The is truly smells more like a hop pillow or newly arrived fresh hops. This aroma is totally new to me.

t: Much more balanced than expected. Nicely hidden alcohol, crisp hoppy taste, but very little aftertaste.

m: Moderate and smooth, the medium carbonation. Very balanced.

o: Amazing. At or near top of its class. I really wish they would expand distribution into Mass and would love to try their fuzzy baby ducks IPA.

Serving type: can

09-22-2013 23:08:49 | More by ChrisMyhre
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4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best DIPA ive ever had...plain and simple. Aroma is extremely tropical with beautiful pineyness. Pours a sticky white lacey head with dark tangerine color. Basically flawless beer in my opinion I just wish they would produce more of this beer in CT!!! Today I filled up two growlers and every time I am simply amazed

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 04:10:19 | More by brianlapointe
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4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite excited for this one. Robots.

A-Pours a hazy vibrant orange color. Bubbles incessantly rise and meet at the top where a puffy off-white head sits. The beer laces excellently leaving chunky spatter on the glass.

S-Potent herbal nose. Incredible orange and grapefruit aromas. This is a big boy beer, you can tell just from the smell. I get an almost onion-like scent which is surpring but it does not deter me. Overall, smells complex and super citrusy.

T-Big, bold, and assertive. Super-complex. You get huge citrus flavors throughout. Juicy grapefruit and orange. Good wallop of pine in here as well. You also get some potent herbal green flavors. I definately get some greep onion tastes. Grassy and oily as well. Resionous. Tastes natural. This beer is hop-foward without a doubt. Malts are there but are clearly not meant to steal the show. Love the unique flavors and the beers complexity is exceptional.

M-Medium bodied. Dry and decently bitter as well. Bubbly carbonation. Resinous.

D-Alcohol masked very well. It has that nice oily quality that I believe all DIPAs should have but it is not too bold. Very drinkable, considering how flavorful the beer actually is.

So happy to find this in a CT liquor store. I suggest you give this a try. Delicious.

This beer was absolutely at its peak on tap. I have had varying levels of excellence from the canned version of this beer. On-tap and fresh is blatantly and obviously where its maximum potential lies. Magnificent.

Perhaps the best median for this beer. The explosion of citrus is extraordinary. Simply amazing. Cask is the way to go for this beer. One of the best experiences I have had with a beer.

Serving type: can

02-19-2011 00:31:18 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Prime16


4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours straw color - off white head.

S: Big hop aroma- citrus, very fragrent, grapefruit-imagine grabbing a handful of hops, rubbing them together in your hands and putting it up to your nose, outstanding!

T: The qualities of the aroma carry over to the taste. Great hop profile, citrus and piney. Finishes well and not overly bitter considering the intense hop flavor.

M: Nicely carbonated and well balanced.

O: One of my favorite beers - New England Brewing makes some of the best brewed beers and can easily compete with the big names in Craft Beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 16:19:32 | More by Prime16
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New York

4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10 oz pour on tap at the Madison Pour House in Albany, NY. Have had cans many times before, this is the first time I've experienced this classic IPA on tap.

Pours a dark orange, amber-ish color. Visible carbonation. Decent lacing and head.

The smell and taste are basically identical, and incredible. So much citrus, I could die. Tons of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, a bit of an almost orange creamsicle flavor as well. Intense hop bitterness lingers on the palate sip after sip, building up to a crescendo by the end. Mildly sweet, mostly dry, the way I like my IPAs.

Well carbonated, full mouthfeel.

What more can I say? Top 5 IPA made on the East Coast. Find at all costs.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 04:29:35 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of ghostwalker


4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found in an undisclosed location. Damn, this stuff is hard to find...

A: Orange body, thin white head. Slight lacing.

S: Nose is succulent hopitude. Do I detect Simcoe? Maybe so. This smells like heaven, if heaven allows hops.

T: Flavor is intense citrus hops with only a hint of malt. This is true West Coast IPA territory, but made in New England. I am getting pine-encrusted mango/ tangerine with a huge grapefruit bite. This seems Pliny-like in some respects, but less piney. I suspect Simcoe and Columbus hops are involved. However, this heavenly flavor is really very unique.

M: Thin, tart, toothstripping. Nice!

D: Ridiculously high. Quaffable even. It's hard to conceive that this beer is nearly 9%. This could be my new lawnmower beer, if I can ever find enough of this precious stuff to keep my fridge stocked.

Nice work New England! Please keep making this beer. It is instantly my favorite canned craft brew ever, that includes Maui Big Swell, a long time favorite.

Serving type: can

12-02-2011 01:05:22 | More by ghostwalker
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4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I got this as a random choice. I've never had a beer that you remember so vividly until now.

Served on tap in a tulip glass.

A: solid hazy golden color.

S: VERY hoppy, almost lemony notes in the smell alone.

T: Piney, floral and citrusy, with peppery hints after. Hop heavy beers like this, absolutely delicious.

M: Had a bite to it, but not overpowering to the point where you didn't want to keep drinking.

O: impossible to find in cans nowadays, but few places have it on tap. One of my favorites. 5/5

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2014 14:02:15 | More by dementionX
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New Jersey

4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

damn near perfect in my book! great taste, mouthfeel, etc..never had lawsons... I could drink this every day of my life if nebco distributed to NJ!! Good Carbonation, head, lacing, very heavy citrus on the after taste, if I could have a growler 2x a week I would need a CT mule... Do not hesitate to try this. will stand up to any 2ipa in the country..no shit!

Serving type: growler

11-17-2013 19:28:31 | More by njramsfan
Photo of siege06nd


4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BIG thanks to Rhettroactive for generously sharing this one on a weeknight tasting...

A: Oh my, we've got another Lunch IPA here, which is to say that this beer pours very much like a Hefeweizen. Gandhi-Bot is a murky, light golden color. Surprisingly light for a DIPA. I absolutely love it when beers go against style like this. It looks lovely.

S: Yes, yes, and yes. Lemon, grapefruit, pine. Grapefruit really shines here from the hop oils. Slight herbal scent lingers in the background. The bouquet on this is fantastic, very complex, very bold. One of the best smelling DIPAs I've ever had the privilege to try. I could sniff this all night.

T: Wow, this is a hop head's dream. Explosively hoppy, a sweet grapefruit, citrus bomb. Mild resin and pine notes on the back end. Not a hint of booze as the hops play off a sweet malt backbone. Perfectly balanced and creamy, it is assertive but always smooth. This is absolutely fantastic.

M: Perfect. What else can be said?

O: Unbelievably well balanced for a DIPA. No booziness, no overwhelmingly dry hop profile. It is creamy and sweet, yet still maintains an explosively flavorful and complex profile. This beer is a stunning achievement, one that was as much a pleasure to look at and smell as it was to drink. A hop bomb that is shockingly smooth and light. Buy this early, often, and in large quantities. ISO: more Gandhi-Bot.

Serving type: can

09-17-2011 00:41:58 | More by siege06nd
Photo of slim2043


4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a tulip. Pours a nice burnt orange w a thin white head. Sticky lacing w each sip. The aroma is really nice orange grapefruit citrus and pine heavy w a little bit of sweet malt and maybe a bready note in there too. Taste is hopforward piney minty orange citrus grapefruit bitter nice light malt backbone but sweet caramelly and then hop closed w a lingering piney bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light w good carbonation. Goes down smooth for a DIPA. Overall I am very glad to have found the last 4-pack in town of this baby and drinking it right now. This is a hop showcase IIPA. Really diggin the Gandhi-Bot.

Edit: had it fresh this time. It's more amazing than I recall. Notes are similar but the nose punch and finish are much "fresher" this time around.

Serving type: can

01-24-2013 02:07:59 | More by slim2043
Photo of Ultra-Plinian


4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had my growler filled at 5 p.m. after it had been released that morning. Poured my first glass around 6:30, so pretty fresh. Poured into a snifter.

A: Just gorgeous golden, just the color made me want a sip.

S: Floral, Pine, Citrus overwhelming. So inviting.

T: WOW. Just great, so glad I have a full grolwer and only one person to share with.

M: Full, rich mouthfeel. Almost a little under carbonated, but that's if I am being picky.

O: I am thrilled to live only 20 minutes from this brewery. I will be filling the growler often.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2013 18:49:13 | More by Ultra-Plinian
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4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, bready, great effervescent mouth feel. Maybe too drinkable for its own good Some piney and floral notes.

I really was expecting this to not live up to the hype and I was flat out WRONG. Very, very good. Really enjoyable, with some complexities that happen after the second can.

Serving type: can

10-17-2010 02:03:28 | More by Smokee
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler - big thanks to tony (hopstoopid120) for this one.

Beer pours a really nice orange color with a really nice white foamy head. Great looking in the glass.
You can smell the aroma even before you lift the glass up to your face. This really packs an awesome punch. Tons of grapefruit, orange zest, tropical fruit...I really get a lot of Columbus hops ? Super dank.
Taste is really quite nice...citrus, mango, this tastes like five alive ! Really nice tangerine, pine and really well balanced with the malt sweetness. Just right. Almost west coast like in style.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drink ability is out of control. Great job from Matt and the guys at New England. This one is going to be a big hit once the cans hit the stores.

Serving type: growler

04-19-2010 00:07:49 | More by gregc
Photo of rowingbrewer


4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer at a recent tasting

the beer pours a slightly hazey golden wheat color with a nice white head.

the smell was over the top, this was the one beer at the tasting where we each had our own, and once poured into the pint glasses the smell took over the living room. straight up hop. can't taste the abv, just feel its affects

a wonderful balance between citrus and the pine hop flavors

good carbonation and very light malt gave this a light mouthfeel

if this beer were not 8.8% I could drink them all day.

Serving type: can

12-13-2010 18:18:04 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fairly thick blonde head takes an average amount of time to fall to a speckled film, but still thick around the edges. Very thickly clouded, almost milky pale yellow. A few flakes of brownish sediment very slowly drop towards the bottom. Sort of a strange appearance, not exactly pretty, but I'm quite intrigued.

An enticing hop aroma springs forth such that I don't even need to bring nose near glass. When I do, a wonderful complex bouquet of citrusy, floral, and to a lesser extent evergreen hops tingles the olfactory receptors. Surprisingly, it is not as intense up close as the whiff from afar had warned - merely a pleasant hint for the tongue of things to come. There is also a subtle hay note.

The flavor is a full-on assault of the taste buds, in a good way. This beer is everything a hop head could want, with major pucker power provided by pungent white grapefruit, lemon, and pine notes. This DIPA is very dry, with little of the caramel malt sweetness found in many of its ilk, or even citrusy sweetness -- the unadulterated bitterness of a Cinderella step-sister. Some light herbal and turmeric hints do nothing to ease the bite.

As hinted by the cloudiness, this is a full-bodied beer. Feels heavy in the mouth, though not sticky. A nice light carbonation provides just enough texture in the mouth.

This is a supremely drinkable DIPA. I find the sweetness of many DIPAs and Imperials to be cloying and lessen their appeal after one or two. This one is actually thirst quenching given the intense bracing bitterness. One might not be able to taste anything else afterwards, however. I first enjoyed it in a hot tub around New Year's, as it seemed like a good canned option. I highly recommend that usage, or for camping, etc. when one wants a great beer with no glass. This beer is an all-around win.

Enjoyed on 1/19/11

Serving type: can

01-19-2011 23:51:15 | More by brewskier
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New England Brewing Co. - Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - 12fl oz can

Thanks to Hendry for being able to snag me four of these bad boys. Gotta love the awesome artwork on these cans.

Look - Pours a hazy darker amber brown with a massive soapy head. Super sticky abundant lacing. Moderate carbonation. East Coast DIPA for sure.

Smell - All of the hops. Pine, citrus (sour typical grapefruit version here), some floral, and even a smidgen of resin hop aromas with an almost spicy bite on the edge of it. Smooth caramel malts underneath. Perfect.

Taste - A phenomenal introduction blend of the somewhat darker malts with a nice pine/resin hop overlay. After this is immediately transforms into a glorious grapefruit bomb.

Mouthfeel - Rests sour citrus grapefruit hops on the roof of the mouth and the palate. Slightly boozy and a little warming to the face and stomach.

Overall - Wow. This is one for the books here, what a great brew! Highly recommend! Cheers! You can compare this brew somewhat to Heady Topper, but it has its own flair with the different malts and less of a floral hit.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 11:25:42 | More by JMScowcroft
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4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can poured into a mason jar.

A - Cloudy, dark orange, tiny head

S - Perfect. Smell's citrusy, resiny, and refreshing...very inviting

T - Taste is spot on. Very citrus for an IPA from this area. Reminds me of a west coast IPA, which is a plus in my book. 4.75 for taste because as it is touching perfection, it needs the tiniest bit more of malt presence....this would then be the perfect DIPA

M - Just about perfect. Full body but drinkable...little bit creamy. 4.50 because I feel that if this beer had a little bit more carbonation, it would add to its perfection

O - I'm lucky to live in New Haven as I get to and have enjoyed this beer countless times in the last two years. I like to venture out and try new beers but this always has a place in my fridge, as it should in yours!

Serving type: can

06-27-2013 23:56:29 | More by Querty8
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can into a wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch off-white head that sticks to the side of the glass in a ring. Pours a bubbly, hazy amber. Leaves large walls and spots of lacing.

Smell: Some nice, strong and sweet tropical fruit hops up front, with mild pine in the background. The savory note in the taste comes out in the smell as the beer warms, along with some breadiness. Hops aroma is somewhat pungent, which is good.

Taste: The first thing I notice about the taste is the perfect amount of bitterness. 85 IBU sounds about right, but mixed in with the beautiful balance of hops and malt it's not unpleasant in the slightest. There's a dark, savory note going on that I can't quite pin down (someone wrote "scallions" in a review, and it's not far off, but tastes a lot better than that sounds). The hops are mostly piny, with some subtle tropical fruit that's a lot less sweet and more subdued than in the smell. There's also a big, toasty malt backbone throughout, which provides a great counterpoint to the huge hops assault.

Overall, it tastes excellent. It's exactly what I want from a DIPA; huge, distinctive hops flavors, lots of bitterness, and an anchoring malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with the perfect amount of carbonation to complement the bitterness and robust flavor. Feels a little thin, but it's a small complaint.

Drinkability: If I could get this regularly, I would. Another perfect counter-example to "you only like X so much because it's rare." I hope they make a lot more of this so I can grab up multiple six packs every time a fresh batch comes out. As for the 8.8% ABV, I didn't taste it, but I did feel it. And I wanted another one.

Gandhi-bot is an excellent DIPA. It's in the same league as Pliny and Capt. Lawrence. Get it while you can, and drink it fresh.

Serving type: can

05-01-2010 01:06:55 | More by Pahn
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel kind of bad. Living literally within a mile of the brewery, we blew through 3 or 4 four-packs of this stuff before we realized what a hot commodity they would become. Ahh well, next time I guess.

Anyway, fantastic brew. Has all the citrus and pine notes of the best west coast doubles, without being as aggressively bitter as them. Strong grapefruit presence. In fact, this might end up being the definitive grapefruit beer if that's what you're into. Definitely way too sessionable for a 9% brew.

Another gem from a couple of guys who basically work out of a garage. Way to be NEBCO.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 18:31:57 | More by WrathOfKahne
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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.