Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 2,582
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
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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 flexabull
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can courtesy of both pwoody11 and guzzle211, thanks again guys!

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are nice. Sugary, with grapefruits, and pine resin.

Taste is pretty balanced and not overly bitter. Starts with some sugary sweetness and some creamy malts. Finish is crisp and dry, with pine, mineral, and grapefruit hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is not bad, but a touch too watery.

Drinkablilty is quite good. This is a solid example of a DIPA, well balanced, but nicely hopped too.

Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark orange. White head starts big but quickly fizzes to pink size, turning to a ring fast as well. A bit soapy looking. Leaves some lacing. Smell is pretty fragrant, lots of earthy hops and pine. Taste is also full of earthy and piny hops, very dank. Some caramel and citrus and warm biscuit in the aftertaste. At first, and take this as you will, it reminds me of Gubna, except much less intense and more drinkable. But some very nice tropical fruit notes seem to take over towards the middle and really gives the taste a huge boost. Nice bitterness too, the 85 IBU's are definitely noticeable. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is high and alcohol is very nicely hidden. Overall a very solid DIPA. I loved the cycle of flavors. I like the 16 oz can too, good serving size for this beer.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very special thanks to Millerbuffoon for sharing this awesome IPA.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color, no head, and a mild white, thin, lacing ring.

S - Nose is dominated by juicy grapefruit, ripe oranges, pineapple, resiny pine, and some rich spicy grassy notes. However, the pungency of the aroma is not as vbrant since this can isn't a super fresh one, but that's O.K., still smells pretty good but unfortunately, not at its full potential.

T - Wow! Spicey peppery citrus fruit consisting of mangos, pineapple, grapefruit, and ripe oranges smack the palette while the sweet malt works its way in midway through and then the same tropical, piney onslaught starts up once again to bring it down the home stretch for the big hoppy finish.

M - Medium body, quite smooth on the tongue and the 8%+ is pretty well subdued with a dry finish.

O - An outstanding D-IPA...and this came from which coast? (!!!) Fist pump to this beer, just wish it had better head retention, it lost points on the appearance.

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

Poured from a fresh can (2/12/12) into a snifter.

A: Hazy copper with ample bubbling. One finger head with poor retention gives way into some viscous lacing.

S: Strong and wonderful! Smells like raw cascade hops on brew day - pure citrus. Some earthy pine, a la Simcoe, is evident but subdued. People have compared it to Heady, which is not entirely unfounded. Heady is the only beer I have ever given a 5 for smell, and this one approaches it.

T: Citrus and bitterness up front gives way to more bitterness, which lingers well with a hint of alcohol. There's not an overwhelming hop character here - I expected a little more flavor after the smell, although it is quite tasty. A light bready malt provides a bit of balance.

M: Awesome MO. Just right on the carbonation, and would be very sessionable if not for the intense bitterness.

O: A solid DIPA, but disappointing after the hype. Furthermore, the taste, while decent, doesn't live up to the smell.

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

Poura an Orange Marigold color with a light dusting of microscopic white bubbles.

Smell of strong grapefruit, very strong pine and caramel malts.

Taste of tons of pine, IBU factor / bittering hops really might be a little too much for my liking. It tastes delicious, I just feel like the bitterness could be toned down a little bit and or it could be sweetened up with a little more maltiness. In any case, a very good DIPA in a 16 oz can. Light carbonation, strong hop presence, strong mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good, I only managed to pick up two of these at 4.99 each, so the whole drinkability factor went right out the window, but enjoy them if you found some.

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours unfiltered straw yellow with a 1/2 finger of white head. This is so cloudy it almost looks like grapefruit juice.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, subtle mango and malt.

Taste: Much like the nose. Piney hops up-front, grapefruit in the middle of the tongue and lingering bitterness and malt on the back end. Very drinkable and hides the abv well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation that really tickles the tongue. Doesn't get much better.

Overall: Solid DIPA that leans more toward the grapefruit side of the IPA spectrum. Would drink again.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this from the 12 oz. can into a snifter.
Nice dark amber, cloudy and looking to be unfiltered. 1.5 fingers of head, tangerine hints in the head.
Smell is nice but not overpowering. Nice tropical juicy citrus hops.
Taste is right in line with aromas. Some good bitterness, some solid hoppy citrus flavors. More in line with Sculpin than say, Double Sunshine or Heady.
Overall, happy to have tried it. A very solid DIPA.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip. Huge thanks to 6DaysBottomOcean for possibly my favorite beer label ever.

Copper colored pour. About a finger of creamy white foam retains decently, and sticks nicely.

Nice hoppy nose. Both citrus and pine are present, with sweet grapefruit taking the lead. This is certainly a pleasant surprise for an East Coast DIPA.

Some good hop flavor, though not quite as much as the nose promised. Still, though, I'm getting mostly grapefruit with less pine, which works for me.

Medium body, maybe even pushing full. Appropriate carbonation. Plush, rich texture. Absolutely no hint of the 8.8% ABV. Bit of a lasting resinous flavor. Lack of punishing bitterness makes this a very drinkable DIPA.

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

12oz can, purchased from Grand Vin Wine & Spirits, online.

The can says this is intensely hopped..I could smell the hoppy goodness as soon as I opened it.

It pours a very hazy yellow orange with a 2 finger head of foam. It is a little shy when it comes to the lacing.

Lots of bitter hops in the smell; I'm getting grapefruit and pine mostly but a bit of tropical fruit is there as well. Taking deep whiffs to pull out any malt presence and it works. A very light sweetness peeks through.

The taste doesn't surprise me. Everything in the smell is well represented and in the same ratios. Deliciously bitter throughout but very intense in the finish and long in the after taste. I'd say the taste falls short of the smell by just a smidgeon.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with the medium body and light medium carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good though, to me, it comes across as stronger than the abv says. Not much of a complaint, really.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No freshness info apparent on the can. Poured in to tulip.

A - Hazy golden orange with one finger of off-white head.

S - Grapefruit, pine and a light tangerine aroma with a slight caramel malt sweetness.

T - A big bitterness up front that immediately gives way to sweet caramel. Grapefruit, pine and tangerine notes are present. The ABV is remarkably well hidden but the bitterness is much more restrained than I expected.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy and sticky. Light carbonation.

Photo of DearthVader
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can as an extra in a recent trade with amphion1065. Thank you kind sir!

I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Poured into my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

My extremely aggressive pour left me with no sign of a head. Just some slight bubbles that fell to nothing. No crown, no film, no signs of a head ever existing. Leaves no lacing on the glass. Pours a very nice looking straw-like orange that has some slight clarity, but more on the cloudy side.

Smell is very nice with a piney body that lets bursts of tropical fruits peak through. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, and finished with some citrus notes. Nice subtle spicy hop hues.

Taste follows the smell, just intensified. The tropical fruits are outstanding. I especially notice the mango and slight papaya. Nice creamy mouthfeel leading to the dry hoppy finish. Very nice beer.

I really enjoyed this. I haven't had many east coast IPA's, but this has set the new benchmark. I wish there was some type of head formed from my pour. I am curious if the cross country trip through the heat had something to do with it.. I have another can so maybe I'll crack that tomorrow.

Thanks for the shot at this, Jason!

Photo of mister_moose
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If I define Heady as 5.0, and I've had none better, then 4.25 is where I rate this. Nowhere near the creaminess, nose, or taste of Heady. I find it to be a touch bitter for the style, "Not that that's a bad thing" A little more malt forward, and less citrus, less oomph. Glad to see Connecticut entering the big leagues, but I'd rather have Sip o Sunshine, Edward, Heady, Wormtown, or Baxter's Bootleg over this.

Maybe I got a underachiever 4 pack.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A welcome addition to the NE ale line-up... my favorites have that cloudy apricot color, where this is lighter and a little clearer.... nice nose and hoppy flavors but falls a little short on the citrus end and a little more bitter than need be... overall, a solid drinking beer and though not as good as heady, dinner, or HF offerings, is very tasty!!

Photo of Treebs
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cosmicevan for sending a few cans of this my way. Served in a Funkwerks snifter.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring that leaves some sticky and soapy looking lace.

S: Grapefruit with some mild honey dew melon. A little orange with sweet bread malts. Nice citrus notes with a great malt backbone.

T: A little more maltier on the palate, but there's a nice bitterness that counteracts this. Grapefruit, some citrus rind, candied lemon and some mild resinous bitterness.

M: Medium to light bodied with a slightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation level with a slightly dry texture.

O: Really nice. Easy drinking, nice balance of flavors. Coming in a can is a plus for sure as well.

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

Had this on tap at BA IST and picked up a 4-pack of the 16 oz. cans (best label art on a can).

Poured a rich goldenen amber with a nice cap of white pillowy head. This smells delicious and balanced: citrus, mint?, pine, sweet malt with a little bread. The bitterness overwhelms the citrus leaving a strong bitter flavor, though not too resiny. Some of that sweet malt balances the brew but I will have to acclimate to the bitterness before I can proceed. At 8.8%, the alcohol is much better hidden than some other IIPAs but not totally disguised. Wow, I can't shake the bitter! As it warms, some of the citrus and alcohol come out. Overall, a pretty big beer but even for a hophead like me, I think the bittering hops were overdone.

Photo of rodkin
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An extra from Bigedct. Thanks for the beer! No freshness date.

Pours a hazy straw golden-orange, about 1.5 finger beige head that reduces quickly, leaves a thin film and some lacing.

Smell is grassy, pine, a bit of tropical fruit, citrus. I had a hopslam earlier and this isn't quite as big and tropical, but it also seems less sweet. The citrus comes out more as it warms.

Big grass and pine, some lemon, orange, bitter hop bite in the finish. Slight grainy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, not overly carbonated, slightly dry.

This is a very good DIPA. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of BostonHops
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in a snifter.

pours a cloudy dull gold tone while yielding a 3/4" off white head. average retention and lacing. nose is a bit more subdued than i was expecting - or look for in a traditionally highly aromatic style. citric/pine hoppy with a hint of malt.

the flavor, fortunately, is where this one really shines. citrus and herbal hops dominate while flanked by secondary notes of grassy/pine-y hops and some toasted malt characters. awesome. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, while it didn't exactly impress at the outset this one came through in the clutch with a fantastic flavor profile. great DIPA, tasty and well-balanced. does enough to differentiate itself from the many out there. not to be missed for any hophead.

Photo of Sam21
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into snifter. Paid $11.99 for a 4-pack. No canning date, but it is always fresh from where I buy it. It never lasts long on the shelves.

A- Hazy golden/orange body with a creamy white head that clings for life to the sides of the glass. Really stubborn retention that never fully goes away.

S- Sugared grapefruit, citrus fruit rind, and lemon. The hop profile is very floral and heavy. It smells like having your nose in a big handful of whole cone hops fresh off the vine. Bits of mango and other tropical fruit.

T- The citrus fruit sweetness is really up front with the beer. Tangy grapefruit, sweet orange, a touch of burnt caramel, and a long evolving finish filled with hops. The bitterness cuts through the sweetness, but does not overpower. There is great balance in this DIPA, which makes for high drinkability. There are accents of papaya, mango, and lemon as well. It's a great combination of citrus fruit, sticky sweetness, and cleansing bitterness.

MF- Medium-full body with smooth carbonation. The finish is filled with lip-smacking stickiness, which ends nice and dry.

O- Solid, well-done, and delicious. I have no complaints about this beer. The crew at NEBco have done an outstanding job with this beer. The drinkability is damn good for 8.5% as well.

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

Pours a hazy orange/yellow/gold with a nice white head. Fades quick. I smell pine, grapefruit, resin and maybe some bready malt. Smells like a good DIPA. Taste is like the nose, piney hops with some citrus and a bready malt back. Bitter, but not obnoxiously so. Pretty balanced. Good carbonation and a nice, medium mouthfeel with some sweetness, but not too much. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of zoolzoo
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd Review

Growler

A: Pours a hazy golden-ish orange, copper accents. White fluffy head, quickly dissipating.

S: Grapefruit, slight tangerine, and otherwise oily and dank hop aromas. Smells vibrant and fresh.

T/M: Grapefruit follows the nose, as well that nice dank, oily character. Lots of bitterness mid palate, along with a touch of biscuity malt. Drinks extremely light for a DIPA, yet still sets itself apart from a single. Although this characteristic increases drinkability, my only complaint is a slightly thin finish. Its actually almost watery. I tend to notice this more in Gandhi Bot growlers, as opposed to the cans. Not sure why, exactly.

O: An excellent, easy drinking DIPA. Still one of my favorites, nice to have an excellent beer brewed 15 minutes away.

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

Thanks to portia99 for this extra!

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours 1 finger of creamy khaki beige head. Decent retention leaving a lot of sticky lace with it. Color is a very hazed dull burnt orange with a light copper hue to it.

Aroma: This is a very sweet smelling dipa. It has lots of fruit flavors up front with some citrus notes in the background. I get some pineapple, orange, and a msukmellon like flavor. Some earthy hopiness as well. Reminding me a bit of citra.

Taste: A very big dipa. A decent malt backbone is present. The fruit flavors are big, but blend together a lot more here. Some of the alcohol shoes. There is a big hop resin taste here. Floral and earthy hops. Very sharp tasting.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not what I would expect from a double. It is more chewy and it seems to work with this beer. The alcohol also shows. It has a medium to full bodied for the style with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky with a lot of hop resin left over.

Overall, the nose was the best part of this beer, but the taste didn't keep up. It was chewy like citra and I really liked that aspect about this beer with all the fruit flavors. It is fairly drinkable and definitely something to try!

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

12oz can, no date. Bought a four pack while driving through Connecticut.

Pours a hazy orange, almost glowing. One finger head settles down to a nice bubbly coating atop the beer.

Citrus and resin hops. Little bit of grass in there too. Smells very fresh.

This beer is a veritable hop bomb. Lots of grass and pine upfront with sweeter citrus fruits following shortly thereafter. There's a subtle malt flavor, but it's not quite as strong as what I generally look for. It's hop heavy but not unpleasantly so.

Well carbonated, good bodied, I'm happy with the mouthfeel.

Overall, I had mixed feelings. I like it, and recognize that it is a very well done example of the style, but personally, I like my DIPAs balanced out with a little bit more malt sweetness. Don't get me wrong though, this is still a phenomenal DIPA.

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

Pours a beautifully hazy/cloudy light amber color with just a small amount of white foamy head that disappears quickly but leaves behind some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is subtle but excellent - very nice fruity notes (maybe some citrus & banana?) along with a typical piney/resiny hoppiness.

The flavor is a blast of hoppy bitterness that blows up your palate right away. I'd say its medium sweetness, heavy bitterness with just a hint of sour in the finish. Well carbonated with some nice bubbliness as you sip.

Good beer and something I would definitely drink again.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to merc the jerk for this free can of Gandhi!

The beer aerates while gushing from its 12oz can into my DFH goblet. It has a slightly hazy, pale golden body with 2 inches of white head that fades quickly. As the head settles, there is a respectable amount of inner-glass lacing and head retention. The beer's nose is quite citrusy and sweet, but the alcohol is modest and well disguised. The taste is quite excellent with a wide spectrum of hop flavors including a bold citrus, grape, pine, and tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is a little bit too hop forward and bitter (could have used more sweetness for balance), but isn't over-extending its welcome. Overall this beer is a sipper, with a huge hop profile and alcohol content to keep you easily satisfied. I'd love to try this beer again in the future, but many more DIPAs are better.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 2,582 ratings.