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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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550 Reviews
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Reviews: 550
Hads: 2,670
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,189
Gots: 479 | FT: 8
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 Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours grapefruit colored with a finger of white head that sticks around.

S: Floral hops, citrus aromas, pineapple, peach, pear, and piney hops as well.

T: Huge burst of floral and citrusy hops at first, entering into a middle of light fruity flavors, followed by a bitter hop finish with slight accents of most noticeably pineapple.

O: This is one fantastic brew. If I had to say, my top 5 IIPAs are:

DFH 90 minute
Avery Maharaja
Oskar Blues Gubna
NEBC Ghandi Bot
Brew dog Hardcore IPA

Obviously a fantastic brew if it joins my top 5 after one review. Go get you some!

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Photo of Klym
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to NJBeerNerd for this most excellent throw-in! Poured into a stone nonic and shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a light gold with avery white two-finger head. The head on this thing is unusual, gobs of it seem to stick to the glass if you tilt it, but you tilt it far enough and it all the lacing drips off save a few erratic spots. Either way, looks good.

S: Really nice, very aromatic piney hop character anchored down by tons of tropical fruits, a tad of citrus, and even a hint of raisin. A very nice balance has been found between sweet and sharp here and I'm liking it.

T: Like someone made a floral and tropical fruit grenade out of a nugget hop cone, hits with a micro hop burn that blooms into a very sweet floral/tropical fruit mix with sharper airs of pine and citrus still in the mouth. Bitterness comes back as it dies down and perhaps even borders on being uncomfortably bitter, but overall the ride is very good.

M: A medium body with a satisfying amount of carbonation. No heat in the mouth, just as there was none in the taste, but a little tingle on the side of the tongue and top of the mouth lingers from the hops. For someone who likes hops, though, it's a pleasant sensation.

O: Probably the best east coast IPA/DIPA I've had yet. High drinkability, great balance and boldness to all of the flavors, and all delivered with great feel and presentation. Really glad I got to try this and I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of mltobin
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack at my local CT spot. (finally reviewing this)

Appearance is a faint amber with a two finger white head.
Smell on Gaandhi-Bot contains mucho hops, grapefruit, and a good amount of pine as well. It really hits you with a punch. Taste has plenty more of the hops, with a sweetness, some citrus, and more of the pine in its` finish. MF is medium w/ a similar carbonation. Overall, this is a great DIPA. If you have not enjoyed this yet, do so when you have the opportunity.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this several times before this review and have loved it. Decided to make it official with a review. 12oz can...

A: A nice bright golden honey color. Like the color of pineapple juice. Small 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Very florwal earthy hops upfront with some dry grapefruit and sugary malts blended in the middle. Some nice light fruit on the backend. Very good.

T: A well balanced IPA. Not super bitter, but not super malty. This brew starts with a bitter dry earthy hop quickly followed by a sugary pineapple / grape juice mix. Some apple hidden on the backend. Very good.

M: Full bodied with a nice carbonation. Doesn't leave much on the palate. Good.

D: This goes down very easy!

All in all, this is a great brew. I have loved this one since I first tried it. It is a great balance between hop and malt which is what I love about this brew. Not just super bitter or super sugary. Try if you like a balanced IPA.

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Photo of bonkers
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to steve8robin for this one. I poured from a 12 ounce can into a sa perfect pint glass. Deep yellow/orange pour, 2 inch sticky head. The aroma is wonderful, pineapple, oranges and tropical fruit. A big rush of juicy tropical fruit up front, followed by sweet citrus. It has a drying finish, sweeter than I expected. It has a medium/full body, nicely carbonated. A great DIPA, luckily I have another can to enjoy.

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Photo of maximum12
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank youse are in order to tectactoe, who knocked down this long-time want as an extra in a box that arrived last week. 12 oz. can with nice, bizarre art. I often think brewers do more than just...beer.

The pour is classic IPA, clear orange with a booming head & readily evident carbonation racing to the top of the beer. Hops in the nose are aggressive to the point of being pathological. Grapefruit, citrus, lemon, pine. Hop forests jammed in the nostrils. That's how you kick off a IIPA.

Gandhi-Bot IIPA tommiehawks me right in the middle of the tongue. Bitterness kicks out & will no doubt leave a mark: burn-level bitterness. Luckily, right behind the hook kick of bitterness are the half-drowned hops flavors: leaning heavily towards the pine, with citrus present, & either unripe grapefruit or more bitterness. Malts? Harry Dresden jammed those malts up the ass of a Red Court vamp. Gone. That leaves this light for a IIPA, but damn, I'm taking gulps like I'm in six feet of water, & I'm only five eight.

Impressed. New England brewered this up right; you put IIPA on the label, hit me with a lanyard of hops, keep the malt in the silo. We need more IIPAs like this in Minnesota. Excellent beer.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/18/10 received in a trade from zoolzoo, thanks Kevin, been waiting to try this!


A: Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint. Cloudy bright yellow-orange with a thick, creamy, bright white head. It looks happy!

S: I'm such a sucker for a fresh DIPA. Big bitter blast of grapefruit and pine resin up front. Grassy undertones with the noticeable nuttiness of some malt. Touch of tropical fruit at the very end, pleasant.

T: Tastes like a DIPA should. Huge hops and resin up front nice creaminess from a malt backbone. Opens up a little bit as it grows closer to room temperature, letting the tropical notes peek out a bit more. Slight alcohol on the finish, but it's a good warmth.

F: Medium body, just syrupy enough for a DIPA, doesn't let you forget it's a big beer. Prickle on the tongue, clean, bitter finish.

D: Definitely an assault on the palate, but what 8.8% DIPA isn't? I could definitely drink one of these with a spicy meal and one afterwards.

Edit: Original ratings- 4/4.5/4/4/4

Updated 3/2/11:
I underrated this beer. I've had several DIPAs in the last few months, and have decided this is a tough style to produce with exceptional results. Gandhi Bot is exceptional. The nose is one you can't stop smelling, the hop bite is perfect, and the mix of pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruits is as good as any. I'd make this beer a regular part of my fridge every release if I lived in New England.

This is an awesome offering from New England Brewing, something a trade friend showed me, and I'm glad. I'm a big advocate of cans, especially when local quality beer rests inside them like this. I still want some IST Kevin! You heard me!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this DIPA pours a hazy golden brown/tan, some might call it tawny, the glass is crowned with a thin white that rings the glass, plenty of active carbonation

S - up first is a huge grapefruit hop aroma, followed closely by a syrupy thick clover honey note, which is routed back to hops with some piney/floral back-up

T - holy mellow! sublimely hoppy, a hop bomb without being bombastic, the hops borderline sweetness with a brown sugar style characteristic that mellows it out and blends it together masterfully

M&D - one of the smoothest DIPA's I have ever quaffed, blended and balanced perfectly, syrupy and viscous on the tongue, definitely one of the favorite DIPA'a

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Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to Jdiddy for hooking me up with this one

Appearance: Golden-orange with a fluffy white head about two fingers worth that lasted for a while and then receded into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Piney resinous smell, with lemony citrus, and a hint tropical fruit. Very pleasing and very strong it took a while to get around to actually drinking.

Taste: Bitingly bitter, but in a good way as an IPA should be, with a nice malty backbone. Piney citrus flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good IPA, personally I think it rivals other top notch IPAs I’ve had in the past. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My man Sandman3479 hooked up a 4-pack, thanks man! Poured from undated can, though was sent "fresh", to a pint glass. The beer pours a light copper amber with a slight haze, nice 2 finger head with some retention and nice lacing. Awesome can, lol. The hops dominate the nose with citrus and earthy character with a faint pale malt backbone, no hint of the alcohol. Really enjoyable flavor with the hops immediately on your pallete. Hints of citrus: tangerine, orange, grapefruit, pine, and earthy. Medium bitterness and hoppy. Crisp and clean. Hides the alcohol very well. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a very good DIPA. It was a treat!!

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz can poured into my pint glass

Appearance is a deep golden/light orange mix with a two inch creamy slightly off white head. Good head retention with a bit lasting around the edges. Good amounts of lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Good citrus aroma upon pouring. Pineapple and tangerine come first along with mango and grapefruit. A bit of caramel malt along with floral aromas are present with some pine.

Upfront citrus taste of a tangerine flavor with a bit of pineapple. Slight peppery taste with some pine bitterness follows midway. Grapefruit pursues the bitterness with a touch of sweetness from some caramel malt in the finish.

Pretty full bodied DIPA with higher than average carbonation. Bitterness is pretty present but also has a good citrus balance. I would definitely recommend for others to try.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of TomTwanks
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a can, not dated. What an awesome can though!
Pours a nice light orange, very slightly opaque. Nice white head about 1 finger thick.

Smells like a big raw hop. Not too much citris on the nose.

Tastes is absolutely fantastic! Nice strong hop bite in the beginning, leaving a nice hop oil taste lingering in my mouth. Orange ring and grapefruit are apparent but not overpowering...mostly pine and resin flavors are dominant. Just a great product

Overall I will I could get this beer on a consistant basis. Just wow. Top 3 or 4 DIPAS i've ever had hands down. The only negative I can say is no dates on the cans!!!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange, thigh fluffy white head, great retention and spotty lace. Aroma is a balance of sweet malt and ripe tropical fruit. Tastes just like the aroma, caramel malty sweetness up front met by juicy hops with grapefruit. This balance carries through the entire sip and ends with a little piney resin and floral notes. Medium slick mouthfeel. This DIPA is full-flavored, leaning to the sweet side but very nicely balanced. Good stuff, glad I finally got to try this one. Thx to @hebegiant for the hook up.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typical hazy appearance of the NE hops. Aroma is juicy with a hint of pine. Taste follows nose with a strong bitterness that adds to the experience - very pleasant. It seems almost more "west coasty" than some of the other NE hops I've tried with the pine kick on top of the typical tropical fruit flavors. Delicious.

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Photo of boomer31
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for the extra!!

A - Pours a bright hazy gold with a thick white head that leaves after a few sips. The murkiness is very interesting. Sticky bubble on my glass

S - Big floral hop nose with a little bit of grass. Very nice!

T - Very interesting...the hops sit on your tongue nicely but really bite after you swallow. That same nice hop bite on your tongue turns very dry and grassy! Hard to believe this is 8.8% ABV...way too drinkable. A little one sided on the hops, lots of grass

M - Light bodied and dry. Nice low carb that most can beers present, just excellent for the style.

D - Very nice if you like bitter and dry. Can't taste any alcohol.

Overall a very solid Double IPA. Tought to call it balanced as you get almost no malt but you don't get andy alcohol taste at all. Tough to put my finger on this beer, hazy, hoppy, little malt. Intriguing...awesome!!

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Photo of MadScientist
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from can into a Green Man snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger bone white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, sweet alcohol, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a damn tasty brew. Very well balanced flavor going on here with a great aroma as well. The CAN really delivered on this one! Maybe this is why Woody is on the CAN Quest... Only thing this brew is lacking is appearance, but who cares when it tastes and smells that good (and no, that's not a 'that's what she said' joke)... Get your hands on this one! You will not regret doing so. Thanks again for the chance to try this one Jeff!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my fellow CANQuester (TM), IndiaPaleAle, for this gem. I reached a soft milestone earlier today with The CANQuest's 390th beer plus 10 N2 CANs for a soft total of 400. I am now tracking upward to 400 actual CANs.

From the CAN: "Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped Double India Pale Ale with a blend of three varieties of Ameri[CAN] hops. Aromatic and fully vegetarian, Gandhi-Bot is an ideal aid for self-purification and the seeking of truth and love."

From the Woodman: Q: Why is there no Trick-or-Treating in India? A: There is no more Gandhi!

An Ameri[CAN] tourist encounters an Indian fakir sitting cross-legged on a prayer mat, lashing himself about the back and shoulders with palm fronds to the point that his skin is flayed open and bleeding openly. The tourist watches in stunned silence for a period of time and finally works up the nerve to interrupt the swami. "Pardon me, fakir, but doesn't that hurt?" asks the tourist. As the practitioner's eyes begin to focus and he comprehends the question, he replies, "Oh, yes, effendi, it hurts VERRRRY much! But it feels SOOOO good when I stop!" It is a point-of-view thing.

Crack & Glug time: Holy Grapefruit Juice, Batman! First off, that little 12-oz. CAN produced better than two fingers' worth of eggshell-white head with excellent retention. The room was now like a grapefruit tree stand. Color was a cloudy yellowish-orange, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit. My hops jones was starting to reappear today and I was not sure that it was welcome. Mouthfeel was medium and the grapefruit taste was intense, but it was not as abrasive as another DIPA from earlier this day. As a matter of fact, this was hoppy, certainly, on the tongue, but relatively unassertive in terms of its bitterness. I was liking this from the outset. The finish was zesty, like orange zest intermingled with caramel. Think one of those Brach's Orange Caramels that they may not even make any more. I remember them well as one ripped a filling out, much to my mother's chagrin and anger. This made me feel good about myself, just like stopping the lashings, even for a moment. At 8.8, though, it might be better at home than in the cooler. Just sayin' ...

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden/orange color. Little sudsy head.

S - Good hop forward presence. Picking up on some citrus flavors.

T - Great citrus/tropical fruit flavors. Considering the date on the can, I was surprised the taste was still so good.

M - Very smooth, mild carbonation.

O - I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I was given this can as a gift and the date was about 3 months old. Regardless, the flavors were excellent and was very easy to drink. Wish I had more!

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed the only visible 4 pack out of the cooler of Southington Wine and Spirits. 16 oz. tall boy can with some some weird graphics of a robot Gandhi, I'm sure this is what he would look like if he were a character in Spaceballs. Bootleg label probably won't get my $.05 deposit back...

G-B Pours a rather dark copper, hazy with some off-white foam that settles to a paper thin coating of bubbles. It's got legs. Super hoppy aroma! Spicy, earthy... grass clippings and citrus, a nose full of gym sock... ah Columbus! Plenty of malt character to back up the pungent hop aroma billowing from my Smutty tulip glass.

Thick-fluffy mouthfeel, like a perfectly roasted marshmallow. A little slick.

Sweet, caramel/burnt toffee up front. Then the hop assault begins. Peppery, grassy, citrus, earthy... basically every hop characteristic that I can imagine is rolled up into one beer here. It's quite difficult to dissect due to the complexity of the hop flavors alone. After the lupulin bouquet runs it's course, the palate is left dry with an earthy/piny residue.

My palate begs for another sip, and then another... and like that the beer is gone. This beer clocks in a whopping 8.8% ABV I am feeling pretty good.

Really good DIPA from the East side!


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Photo of number1bum
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh growler from the brewery. Wanted to save and share in a week or two but it tipped over in the car and bumped the door and started spouting foam everywhere, so I didn't want to risk sitting on it and finding it flat. Awesome. Oh well, I'll just have to bear the burden myself.

Pours a completely cloudy light orange color, more golden than amber, with a thick, dense ivory head that keeps well and leaves a mess on the sides of the glass. The extent of the cloudiness is surprising; never seen a DIPA look quite like this.

The smelll just leaps from the glass (the best part about what happened in the car is I got to smell it for awhile on the way home), full of hoppy goodness. It's resiny, sappy, earthy, dank, and super citrusy. Awesome. Malt? Who needs it. This is really an amazing DIPA nose. It's one that deserves to be savored.

Taste is also intensely hoppy and just plain tasty as hell. Like the nose, it's dripping with resiny pine, earthy hop flavor, pithy yet juicy grapefruit. A good amount of bitterness in the finish as well but not overpowering. There's a bit of malt sweetness but just a bit; the hops are the show here, as they should be. It's quite dry in the finish, with the earthy, resiny hops just drying the hell out of it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely dry as mentioned. Has a good creaminess to it but it's not exceptionally smooth for a DIPA; just so damn dry.

Man, this is a good beer. Really glad I got to try this so fresh. Too bad for my chump friends that they missed out; maybe I'll just have to get another one next time I'm passing through New Haven.

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Photo of mnrider
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can

A: Hazed orange with a small white head. Small floaties are visible. Thin Lacing.
The color is great.

S: Strong tropical fruits. Pine and other citrics. Malts come through a little.

T/M: Citric fruits, an above average hop bitterness. Pine and resin with some yeast.
Malts taste sweet and go well with the other flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable
as expected. Medium bodied, slick at times. The finish has a linger of tropical flavors
and the bitter remains of the hops.

O: Excellent IPA. Not a hop bomb like many of the double IPA's that are out there.
Instead the tropical hoppy flavors are well balanced and easy to drink, without being
too bitter. For east coast IPA's this one has to be one the best. Hard to find but if you
see it you must try it.


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Photo of BranfordBound
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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!

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Photo of Stigs
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a 4-pack (Christmas gift!) - served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about a finger height of creamy, tight just slightly off-white foam, taking its time to settle to a thick film and leaves a solid layer of wet and sticky lace behind. the beer is pretty hazy, bright gold in color.

S - heavy on the tropical fruits...loads of freshly cut grapefruit, mango, and a hint of candied pineapple and oranges. just a bit of rich caramel malt for balance and sweetness. slightly piney as well as it warms a bit.

T - starts slightly sweet before a hefty hop bite takes over the mouth. again, tropical fruit heavy as grapefruit simply dominates, bringing pineapple and some mango along for the ride. the sweet malt balance is there but gets lost in the hops (not a bad thing). alcohol is actually quite noticeable and comes through near the end of each sip, though meshes rather nicely with the bold hop flavors and bitterness.

M - thick, luscious body with a moderate to low level of carbonation, it might actually benefit from just a touch more. very oily throughout, with an attempt at a dry finish assisted by a big bold bitterness. not a chore to drink by any means, though.

D - not just solid, but a damn fine wonderfully crafted DIPA. easily the best beer I've had by NEBC to date (including IST, which I was a big fan of). this is straight out of the left coast, with a wonderful look, scent, and taste. this is CAN #2 down from a 4pack I just received today, the other 2 will be gone in no time.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.