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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 1598
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 stephens101


4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ghandi-Bot. I loved that movie.

Pours a resplendent reddish-orange with a pillowy white head.

Spot-on aroma-wise with piquant pungent hops followed by orange zest and grapefruit. There's something to be said for sublime simplicity.

Taste is pointed and bold yet balanced, with an engine of earthy hops powered by citrus juice, lemon zest, orange peel and various spices.

Medium and crisp up front with the juiciness softening things as an afterthought. A hint of alcohol peeks through sporadically.

Finely tuned brew here. And since it's Oscar time I think I'll re-watch Ghandi-Bot, and perhaps Chariots of Firestone Walker too!

-- Big thanks to PrimeBeer for this splendid brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 21:06:56 | More by stephens101
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mjord23 for picking this up. Tulip glass.

A: Pours in between gold and pale, with two generous fingers of fluffy white head, lots of intricate lacing. Hazy, but with superb retention.

S: Bready, yeasty malt, a little pine, herbal/grass, white grapefruit and pith. The aroma is quite light, like a pale ale.

T: Light crystal and caramel, with some herbal/piney/dank hops, white grapefruit, finishing with a moderate bitterness which is partially offset by a little residual sugar. The bitterness stays on the palate for awhile.

M: Medium body and carbonation, with a slightly milky texture. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

O: A nice, easy drinking lawnmower-type beer. It drinks more like a pale ale than a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 01:07:54 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden in color with nice two finger white head. OK retention with nice lacing. Strong pine aroma with lots of grapefruit and some tropical fruit. Lots of pine and citrus on the tongue with some dank. Finishes dry and bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Extremely smooth. Overall, an easy drinking, complex DIPA! I'll be seeking this one out again soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 22:49:16 | More by JohnG190
Photo of Kranders


3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack of this recently, looking forward to having it after hearing so many good things. Right after I poured there was a huge hop aroma filling the room. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't as hoppy as it smelled. Nice and crisp, not a lot of malt, and pretty good overall but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:10:22 | More by Kranders
Photo of bpgpitt10

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can from Dslim71 (thanks!) poured into tulip

A: Caramel, hazy look to it. Pretty aggressive pour yields a small head that leaves some, but not much, lacing.
S: When I first poured it there was distinct pine, but as it has warmed a bit the pine is gone and it seems more citrus with a slight malt smell.
T: Citrus to malt to a lingering bitterness. Slight alcohol finish... but very slight and not bad for that at all. The bitter definitely hangs on.
M: Moderate to low carbonation. It's definitely not syrupy, but pretty solid. Maybe slightly under the carbonation I'd want.

O: I thought this was pretty darn tasty. Nice flavors, hides the alcohol well. The bitterness lingering lowers the drinkability a bit... but it's 8.8% sooo I don't wan too many anyhow!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 21:55:37 | More by bpgpitt10
Photo of Krakistophales


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 05:08:03 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of brian44556


4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brez07 for sending a 4 pk out to me. Poured a 12oz can into a Stone Specialty 16oz IPA glass. No freshness date on the can.

Pours a beautiful honey color that forms a thick white head. Head doesn't stay around long, but the lacing on the glass is the best I have ever seen. Smells of pine, floral hops, and citrus. Tastes of bitter hops, citrus, grapefruit, and a sweet malt. The mouthful has a perfect texture and the carbonation is very good. Overall this beer ranks as a top tier DIPA. I would put this in the same category as Pliny the Elder, Dreadnaught, etc. I would have no problem drinking a 4 pack of these in a setting and wish it was sold around here. It would become a staple in the fridge!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 03:48:28 | More by brian44556
Photo of JMD


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper color with orange tones. Big frothy head that fades slowly and leaves big clumpy lacing down the glass.

S: Huge hop aroma. Sweet piney hop resin practically jumps out of the glass. Balanced with a nice sweetness from the malt.

T: Sweet carmel malt upfront, then the hops kick in. Sweet piney resin, earthy hop oils and ruby red grapefruit. This beer has an extremely long finish. That delicious hop bite seems to last forever on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation for the style. Long dry finish. Not syrupy like alot of DIPA's.

D: Another excellent offering from NEBC. Those guys seem to put out great beer after great beer. And Ghandi-bot is no exception. Big hop flavor, nice malty balance, this is a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 00:37:16 | More by JMD
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to GoGriz for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy dark copper color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy two-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, a nice little malt note, citrus, pine note. The taste is sweet, hoppy, nice little malt note, good punch of citrus and pines. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this one really surprised me, very nice, true to style. Thanks Cody!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:22:39 | More by Wasatch
Photo of WrathOfKahne


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
Photo of alpinebryant


4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 00:48:23 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Adamdc


4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into nonic glass.

<<<Just wanted to note that the artwork on the can is quite odd! I don't get the connection between the image and the title of the beer. Anyway, I don't claim to be an art critic. >>>

A: Hazy deep orange body topped off by half inch of white foam that dissipates quickly but leaves extensive lacing

S: Wow! This smells wonderfully! A very sweet citrus aroma with pine blended in backed up by caramel. This all blends together very nicely.

T: The citrus steps back a bit and a very strong pine-resin blast hits you. Strong malt/caramelly backbone creates a nice balance. Finish is bitter with a slight taste of alcohol. This'll wake up your palate!

M: Oily. That explains it perfectly. Nice and thick...oily!

D: It's midnight right now. I'd love to take down 2 or 3 of these on a hot summer day (maybe this weekend). Very drinkable!

This is a very intense DIPA that really hits the spot. The aroma and mouthfeel are excellent! I hope this is a year-round release by New England Brewing!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 03:32:44 | More by Adamdc
Photo of thetomG


4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:41:12 | More by thetomG
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

can into a snifter.

lighter yellow color with a slight head. smell is very fruity with mango and pineapple being prevalent. sweet... ! taste slightly sweet...tropical but not too prevalent like in the nose. smooth. slight bitter finish, not too sweet. medium body and carbonation.

overall a great IPA...

Serving type: can

04-14-2014 22:29:57 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of brianlapointe


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
Photo of KYGunner


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured as expected for an IPA with a thick amber hue and an ivory head of dense foam.

The nose is thick and sweet with fruity hop character. I catch strong grapefruit, tangerines and apricot with tones of honey and rye.

The flavor is dry, bitter, herbal, vegetative and floral. None of the sweet fruit hops was found on my palate but instead I taste a more raw hop personality. The malt backbone is a tad unorthodox as it does not give off a sweet caramel but more a dry rye or grain.

The feel is exceptionally dry a bit bitter with no astringency and a simple ease.

For a style that has been beat to death this gives a different perspective as the malt used has a different taste and feel.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 00:19:04 | More by KYGunner
Photo of BigMurph


4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an impressive hazy amber/orange color with no clarity. Head is a tad off-white with an inch of head that has little retention.

S-Grapefruit and pineapple with some awesome complementary pine hops. Only a little, yet noticeable malt and breadiness.

T-All about the sweet hops here. You can taste every one of them. Strong citrus taste like the smell. Malt is a bit heavier here, just enough to add some good balance.

M-The taste is smooth, yet leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit heavier than I like, but just barely.

O - Low ABV for the style makes it very drinkable. Great overall DIIPA.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 19:36:00 | More by BigMurph
Photo of lanciloti


4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very hazy, Light golden orange color. Eggshell white head.

Smell: Waves of grapefruit and orange peel. Very citrusy with some herbal and flowery notes underneath.

Taste: Huge citra hops up front with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with just enough carbonation.

Overall: I really like this beer, New England did a very good job. I look forward to drinking this when I can get my hands on it.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 03:23:54 | More by lanciloti
Photo of Mo_fro


4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a tree house tulip on 3-21-14 from a fresh can.

A - Thick off white two and a half finger head that reduces quickly. It has a very thick apricot color that has no transparency. Chunky lacing wrapped around the glass.

S- gives off a big smell of bread and mango that is very inviting.

T- Has a great bitter start followed by nice pine and grapefruit flavors.

M – Has thick smooth mouth feel with light carbonation that carries the flavors around your mouth.

O – This is a wonderful DIPA it stays refreshing and full of flavor from the beginning to the end. I would say that it is at a higher drink ability level than most other doubles. Each sip is so interesting that it creates a desire to go back for more.


Serving type: can

03-22-2014 02:05:19 | More by Mo_fro
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 PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 03:26:42 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
Photo of rdilauro


4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes you never know when a gift is tossed your way! We have been trying to bring in Gandhi-Bot for almost two years now without any luck.
We were able to get 1 case, so that was super.
I had the opportunity to taste it tonight. (Thank yo Spencer). The pour was a bit on the lighter side, I was expected more orange. But it poured cloudy, not like a wheat beer, but like a beer that had been shaken.

The nose and bouquet were perfect. The tar, the grapefruit, resin, citrus all were so present. With the fist sip, I the extreme hops came through loud and clear. But, what I noticed that it didnt have that dry bitterness from a high IBU beer, but instead had a touch of a sweet overtone at the end.

I am glad I had it, but I still know what my number one beer is.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 04:27:32 | More by rdilauro
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 04:28:22 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can, no #freshbeer info.

A totally hazy banana orange colored body with a huge head and fat lacing smothering the sides. Aroma is a bouquet of citrus fruit and flavor has lots of lush fruit including peaches and an overall biscuity feel. Very good!

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 14:03:06 | More by papat444
Photo of HeyHayward


4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler from the brewery on my way up north. Pours a nice hazy orange/yellow, very nice citrus & pine notes. Bits and pieces reminded me of Heady Topper, fantastic DIPA, wish it was more readily available in Southern CT and NYC metro area.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2014 20:18:27 | More by HeyHayward
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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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