Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Reviews: 536
Hads: 2,618
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 1,184
Gots: 446 | 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 theh3rbalist
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Beer is good but overhyped.

1.5 score based on overall experience:
- cost
- limited availability
- annoying conversations with "hopheads" who come in to my store only interested in Gbot and/or sip of sunshine

All of this makes me resentful towards IPAs and IPA fanatics in general, which is not a good thing (hence the score). (329 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a completely hazed orange color, with a gigantic, stable white head.

Offers a powerful hop variety, consisting of orange, lemon zest and a good amount of leafy grass. This gets topped off by a resinous note, revealing a whiff of sweetening wild honey, blending beautifully into bready, slighty biscuity malts. Out of this gentle aromas evolves a fantastic, exotic fruitiness, showcasing oranges in the most awesome way.

Has a mild, medium carbonation with a soft mouthfeel, featuring an amazig, refreshing and intense hoppiness.

Tastes of bready, soft malts, which get nestled, by fresh citrus, dank grass an utmost fruity orange. Underneath this hop impact the malts probably turn sweeter, this is just a guess though, as the hops perform the taste transformation completely on their own, beginning dank, while finishing resinous sweet with a tad of wild honey and sugared lemonade. Finishes with an amazig, luscious fruitiness, coated up by a prominent hop bitterness, creating a full, satisfying mouthfeel, bringing out an intense, perfectly build iipa. (1,065 characters)

Photo of cultclassic89
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had out of a growler on 7/19/2015. Burnt orange color, smells and tastes very clean with a lot of classic orange and grapefruit notes. Pretty good stuff for the style, but there are plenty of comparable local beers. (215 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome IPA. Very well rounded and was insanely drinkable. With so many top notch IPA's out there now I can safely say that this is definitely top 10. (150 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

7/5/15 DE bar

Pours dark orange maybe even a little red. Decent head and nice look.

The smell is a citrus bomb. Nice hoppy presence with a ton of citrus fruit. The smell is top notch.

The taste is really good too. The citrus hit you and it has almost a sweet start but fades into a dryer finish.

The feel is good but I guess the one knock is that it builds a bit on the tongue. The dryer finish kills the citrus a bit too much.

Overall very nice and top DIPA. I enjoy it a lot and would love to get my hands on more. (529 characters)

Photo of cfalls
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange, head fades fast.

S: peach, pine, and a hint of buttery bread

T: sweet bready malt. The hops aren't super bitter, but I feel like bitterness is mostly what they bring to the table. Not a lot of tropical flavors. There's some citrus and dank, though. It's kind of savory, somehow. And it's really nicely balanced.

F: really drinkable for the ABV

O: This makes me think of old-school IPAs like Finest Kind. Satisfying, balanced, no faults, but nothing mind-blowing. (486 characters)

Photo of MCImes
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good, solid DIPA, but not 98 worthy. I think the hype around this beer adds at least 5 points to the BA rating.

The nose is very nice. A good, floral IPA. the usual citrus notes are there and a little berry too. The nose reminds me of Indeed's Let It Ride IPA

Feel: a little on the sweet side, could be slightly dryer for my taste, but not overpowering at all. Overall fairly well balanced.

Taste: Citrus hops, a little berry hop, not much malt character (its a IPA after all) not overly bitter, but I have a high bitterness tolerance. Overall it didnt disappoint

Overall I dont get the hype behind this beer. Its a good, solid DIPA, but its no better than many that are on the shelf every day of the year. I think NEBCO has some awesome marketing and hype behind the beer. Too bad they're changing the can. I bought it for the can as much as the beer. I'd give this beer a 92 BA score. Its very good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Being in the Northeast, I would go for a Berkshire Brewing Brewer's series IPA bomber for a buck less than 2 cans of the Bot. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Short-Pour
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a nice clear orange with a decent head. A solid DIPA but not in the same league as some of the top VT and MA IPA's I have had. It has an OK nose, and is drinkable for sure. But not a 98 IMO (206 characters)

Photo of tregan_20
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at local liquor store and poured into proper Gandhi Bot glassware (obtained from NEBCO before they sold out). Pours a nice hazy orange color with hints of tropical fruit, grapefruit and peach. As with most double IPAs, the taste is dank, bitter (floral and piney) hoppiness with medium carbonation. NEBCO has made this beer very drinkable; so before you know it, you are a few cans in. Definitely worth seeking out this refreshing double IPA! (452 characters)

Photo of jow_42
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can (thanks Joe!) poured into a Russian River pint glass

A - crystal clear, straw looking, lemony color. Lots of carb. Bright white head.

S - Sweet, tropical fruits. Nectarines, oranges, peaches. This nose was kind of underwhelming.

T - Not sure if this is an old can? There is no date anywhere. Up front, tropical fruits - pineapples, peaches. A sweet beer, but the bitterness is kind of overwhelming. That bitterness lingers, and it makes you want to scrape your tongue. This beer isn't very balanced. Very, very dry finish

O - this beer is super hyped, and I guess I just didn't "get" it. Again, this may be an older can, so it could be a fast fader. (674 characters)

Photo of jcflorian
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap multiple times at the New England Brewing Company in Woodbridge, CT.

First off, great brewery that produces many high quality top shelf beers

The smell of fresh GB is a thrill for the senses. Extremely aromatic with floral, citrus combo
Solid mouthful for an imperial IPA
Great taste that leaves a lingering hop presence on the tongue, immediately craving another taste.



Try and get this fresh at the brewery, get to sample as many as 6 beers on tap for no charge. Great people at this brewery as well. (516 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired in a trade from @Shanem12. Canned 2/23/15 and poured into a Parish Brewing goblet.
A- pours a hazy apricot-orange color with a huge, bubbly off-white head. Nice lace down the glass.
S- tropical fruit , floral and piney hops, grapefruit and peach.
T- dank, bitter hoppiness. Resiny pine as well. Grapefruit and orange zest in the middle with a bit of bready malt creeping in there. Wet bitterness on the backend.
M- medium, good carbonation. Very easy-drinking so watch out!
O- overall, very nice. Refreshing! (523 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

no carbonation.... dull dark-urine color.... juicy tones of aroma.... and the flavor follows suit! nice flavor. nice abv. nice brew. admittedly, dull-looking brew off the pour; and i'm sure this must be better on draught..... great color of the can to augment its tangerine-ish qualities..... but this beer has probably seen better days before it was packaged in a box and sent cross-country to my house..... still a great brew though! awesome grapefruit rind at the finish, and VERY lingering, I will add. very nice brew. (522 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ‘Mikefriedman90’ for hooking me up with this. Pours cloudy dark copper amber color that leans towards mahogany brownish color with a huge thick foamy 2 finger beige head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing and rings as it went down; bubbles could be seen racing up the brew like champagne.

Wow, the citrus hops are very strong and fruity like sticking your nose into an orange, yet the caramel and malty graham cracker come through to add fantastic balance to go along with the mix of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and other fruits like dried apricots or even dried sugar coated pineapple chunks. The piney hops and mild spices trail, with some coriander and brown sugar to keep this bad boy sweet and fruity smelling. Definitely smells like fresh hops or hop oils in the mix and it smells wonderful.

Taste picks up right where the aroma leaves off: fresh juicy hops, tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, pine cone/piney hops, caramel, toffee, sweet malt, graham cracker, pineapple, mango, French toast, and what then seems like some floral hops to wrap up the hop assault; earthy herbs like spruce and spices like coriander and pepper keep the ABV hidden and work well with the malt backbone to allow the hops to dance on the tongue in a prickly manner. Very easy drinking DIPA at 8.8%, dangerously easy in fact.

Mouthfeel is creamy but medium bodied and almost chewy with light carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste that was more malty and cracker than sweet citrus hops. Overall an outstanding beer, too bad they have to change the can as the artwork is classic. (1,605 characters)

Photo of nihan87
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very much over hyped and because of that, expensive. It's a pretty solid IPA. Doesn't touch Heady Topper but comes close with that can feel. Nice mouth feel and buzz. (166 characters)

Photo of Hopheadgou
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

hazy orange color with big juicy notes of heavy grapefruit and melon. Awesome taste and very crushable. One of my favorite double ipas to consume. Will be unfortunatly be re-named :( (182 characters)

Photo of DA84
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid DIPA but vastly over-rated and the price gouging that goes on whenever it is released makes me want to give it a 2. But since that is not the brewers fault... it is a good beer. But in the same league with heady,haze and sunshine? i think not. (251 characters)

Photo of MikeHBerk79
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just one of my all-time favorite beers. When I lived in CT I could pick this up pretty regularly but in MA now, so it's been a while. I'll have to re-rate the next time I get lucky enough to find it. (199 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4/4/4.25/4.5/4.25
A mostly-clear-but-a-bit-murky-in-the-depths muddy amber for the most part. Almost a hint of green around the gills. Nice tidy white head like a clean haircut. Settles in to a nice smattering of independent colonies. Mediocre retention.

Nose jumps out with tropical fruits, some floral notes and a little bubblegum as some big IPAs seem to do.

Flavour is not as bursting as the aroma started out, but maintains itself better throughout. Incredibly smoothe. Super easy for it to get from your glass to your stomach before you realize what you've done. Some resin, but a lot of floral and tropical/citrus hops. Orange. Some almost blonde-esque grains padding the bedding (that wasn't meant dirty). Swarms of tiny carbonation, the kind that you wouldn't notice individually, but which en masse kind of takes over. That's the effect.
Another winner from @Roguer. (879 characters)

Photo of dutesanch
3.12/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not nearly as smooth as I had hoped for. Hop bitterness takes away from the enjoyment of this brew. Not horrible but for the hype I had hoped for more. Sea Hag is more enjoyable IMO. (182 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been on my Want list for a while. Always have heard such great things about this brew and was so happy to finally get my hands on it. As I sit here drinking this, I'm definitely feeling a let down. The look is great, and the nose is fantastic--tropical fruits everywhere. But the taste? Simply doesn't follow the nose as I'd hope. Compared to SOS, HT, and other DIPAs in the 8% range this beer lacks the flavor complexity. I almost feel like I'm drinking a Stone IPA. Bitterness prevents me from tasting the tropical fruits I was hoping for. I will try again, but definitely won't go out of my way to get this one. Big let down. (652 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into my DFH IPA Glass
(What my wife refers to as the dildo glass)
I've wanted to try this for awhile. A few trades fell through, a promise here or there was never kept. This one just eluded me.
Finally got some in a trade with @CTBEERGURU
Appearance: Straw colored with a fluffy large white head. Clear and great lacing.
Aroma: You can smell the hops from an arm's length away. Resiny pine aroma with some citrus in the background.
Taste: Plenty of Resiny goodness. The right amount of bitterness. Fruits in the background, citrusy and a little bit of pineapple. Enough malt to give it some backbone.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Resiny bitterness up frunt that gives way to some citrus flavors. The carbonation is spot on.
Overall: An excellent example of the style. I was so afraid that I would be let down because of its elusiveness. A great beer. (896 characters)

Photo of Pete_IV
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to try this recently controversial IPA. Canned 12/29. Pours a nice golden straw color and reeks of hops. This is a bitter ipa, and as the carbonation in the mouth subsides the hops take over even more lingering around. For 8.8% abv it is a smooth drinker but a bit too harsh all around. Id definitely drink again but wouldn't search to hard to get. (353 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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!! (352 characters)

Photo of mister_moose
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (455 characters)

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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