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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 1589
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 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 dementionX


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
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at NEBCO

Peach-amber color, hazy, with a finger or so of foamy white head; moderate retention and lacing. Nice hoppy aroma, citrus, pine, tropical fruit, light floral notes, some malty sweetness detectable. Again in the taste, lots of hops, orange, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, sweet malt base with a touch of honey and/or orange blossom in there. Definitely had a bitter bite to it, but the sweetness took a bit of the edge off, and it was pretty smooth for an 8.8% beer. Medium body, easily drinkable for the style, and overall quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2013 02:13:33 | More by Rifugium
Photo of GreesyFizeek

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 ElijahRivera

New York

4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Tea Room in Albany, NY.

A-Pours a dark gold to amber with a thin off white head that quickly dissipates. The lack of head could have been due to an improper poor, but the beer did seem to be lower in carbonation than I would expect.

S-Aroma is like sticking your face into a bag of fresh hops with all the juniper and grapefruit pith aromas that come along with that. Very strong, very pleasant.

T-Similarly, like biting into that same bag of hops. The first sip shocks your palate with a very strong showing of hop bitterness and aroma, then it drops off quickly as your palate becomes accustomed to the hoppiness. It seems to me that the flavor doesn't quite keep up with the aroma. Definitely a lot citrus and piney hops flavor up front then you get just a hint of the malts trying their hand at a balancing act they are losing and then the hops come back for a strong finish.

M-Very resinous, with some dextrins positively affecting the mouthfeel I believe. The mid to full body and uncharacteristically low carbonation are overshadowed by the almost syrup like quality the dextrins and over aggressive dry hopping imparted to this beer. It is more than I would normally expect from a double IPA, but I enjoyed it because it made Gandhi Bot stand out. However, the low carbonation was a negative.

O-This beer is all about the hops. The incredibly aromatic hops deliver the right amount of bitterness that is balanced in part by the malt and in part by the alcohol. Overall, this very smooth beer is definitely worth a try and would likely put up a decent fight against even your favorite double/imperial IPAs. I would definitely try this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 17:49:18 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of kscaldef


3.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow with lots of bubbles and a dense, creamy white head. Aroma is strong piney, citrusy and resiny. The beer is bracingly bitter, but there's not a lot of flavor contribution from the hops. A real tongue scraper. Good carbonation and medium body. Pretty nice, but I'd like to see a bigger hop flavor contribution.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 01:45:23 | More by kscaldef
Photo of Damian


4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Brü Rm. at BAR, New Haven, CT
Served in a tapered glass

The liquid poured a slightly hazed, golden amber color and was topped by a thin, flimsy cap of froth. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was simply astounding. Super hoppy and fragrant. Tropical fruits galore. Mango, pineapple and papaya dominated. Peach and apricot notes also came through strong. Quite sweet. The sweetness however seemed to come from the rich fruitiness of the hop profile, rather than from the malts. Overall, exotic and intense.

The flavor profile was intensely hoppy as well. Unlike the nose, however, the hops here were dry and pithy. Moderately bitter. Lots of grapefruit rind. Strong notes of pine sap. Touch of pale malts to keep the bitterness in check. Some tangerine was also detectible. The finish was dank and resiny. Quite bitter and dry.

The body seemed somewhat lighter than your average DIPA. Perhaps this was due to the restrained use of malts. The liquid contained a moderate amount of carbonation and felt slick, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Gandhi-Bot is a really solid West Coast-style double IPA. I love seeing brewers in my home state of Connecticut receiving accolades with beers like this one. Keep up the great work.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 06:48:17 | More by Damian
Photo of Durge


4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT, this favorite DIPA shows a bright amber color with a very modest white head and decent lacing. The aroma speaks of lemon-grapefruit and a pleasant caramel base. Very nice. The flavor brings lots more citrus bite and cramel sweetness. This approaches being cloying with a medium-heavy body and somewhat viscous feel. The hops are the theme here but it does carry some hints of cereal grain with the caramel sweetness. But let’s just call a spade a spade, it’s just a hop lovers retreat. Love it, tap or can, one of my favorites for a hop fix.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 02:51:03 | More by Durge
Photo of rudzud


4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Armsby Abbey. This was alot better than the can I had last year from what I remember. Served in a snifter.

A - Pours a wonderful hazy orange with a one finger creamy head that clings to the glass like some obsessed star struck fan to a backstage pass.Big, heavy side lacing and a thick offwhite blanket atop the brew. Spectactular.

S - Again, just awesome. Big floral hops and great oil notes. Pine, grapefruit, and orange. Stellar. Super fragrant and inviting.

T - More of the same. Nice malts but super delicious hops. Great pine oils and citrus notes. Almost juicy, super flavorful.

M - Another great feature. Smooth and creamy with enough carbonation to prevent it from getting too hot. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, I loved this beer on tap more than I did the can last year. This stuff is clearly a spectactular DIPA and deserves every bit of fame it garnishes. A much buy whenever one has the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 00:38:49 | More by rudzud
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
Photo of SWMeyer4141


4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Hazy Orange/Brown. Off White 1 finger head that leaves substantial lacing and dissipates into a thin film.

Smell-Piney, Floral and Citrus hops. Little malts. Aroma very fragrant and very inviting.

Taste-Upfront a lot of bitter grapefruit, followed by some more sweet fruits with a nice malt finish.

Mouthfeel-Little hot going down, but smooth and lightly creamy. Medium bodied with less carbonation then most IIPAs

Overall-The guys at NEBCO continue to do great things, and I'm glad I finally got to try the Gandhi bot. Phenomonal beer.

on 7/10/11 had it again in a can, and this beer is fucking fantastic. Lots of floates, which I'm not sure is normal.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 14:12:37 | More by SWMeyer4141
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
Photo of DNICE555


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Mikro with R Moe Nay, Pustevlaho, Andrea, and Jlynn. Looks like the yellow brick road... clear, golden, and carbonated. Smells of grapefruit, citrus, and HOPS! So hoppy and such a fruity sweetness to balance it out. This DIPA fresh is tough to beat. Pliny and Topper are the only beers off hand that I can think of that rival it. I absolutely love the hop profile of this beer. The alcohol is completely hidden and a clean smooth feel would be an understatement. Love having this brewery in my state. The only thing I can think of that distinguishes this beer on tap from the can is the ever so slight freshness of the hops and carbonation is dead on. The score if the same for the can because I can give the taste a 4.7 for the bottle and 4.6 for the can respectively.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 16:48:29 | More by DNICE555
Photo of beer4colin


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

A- Hazy golden wheat in a 12 oz pour with a UBH head.
S- a hops explosion. Very fresh and clean. (I wish my clothes smelled like this from the dryer)
T- crisp tangy hops sits well on the tongue. Finish is a good hop/ alcohol warmth but nocomplaints.
MF- Good body. You know you have something in your mouth.
D- Hopheads would delight and drink it all night.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 21:13:45 | More by beer4colin
Photo of Casey10


4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Alehouse in Amesbury Ma.

I really, really liked this. While I am a fan of cans have yet to try that version hopefully can get my hands on some to compar.

A - Golden yellow pours hazy white head.

S - Grapruit, floral, pungent really fresh and nice.

T - I loved this was very much in line with a west coast style lots of citrus and hoppy.

M - Again a nice hoppy mouthfeel sticks with you makes your lips smack just from the feel of the citrus.

D - Like I said I liked this found it VERY drinkable and look forward to trying the canned version.

NEBC - please make this a regular in your line up !!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 23:32:16 | More by Casey10
Photo of begforme4484


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/gold color with a slight haze. Ample white head with good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus. Damn. I've never smelled an eastern brewed IPA or DIPA with this signature West Coast citrus scent. It has tons of citrus on the nose with some floral hops mixed in too. Some piney notes in there as well and very slight malts.

The taste is VERY reminiscent of Sculpin. Which is saying a lot for Sculpin as it's a single IPA. Anyways. Lots of grapefruit and citrus up front with a bit of floral and grassy hops. A hint of malt sweetness before the bitter tinge takes over and sits on your palette.

I was lucky to find this on tap at Plan B in Glastonbury. Needless to say, I will be filling my Stone 2L growler very shortly at the brewery.

Excellent DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 04:51:04 | More by begforme4484
Photo of smcolw


4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pinkish, orange color and very cloudy. Thick, tight head which settles very slowly.

Sweet honey (malt) and prickly pine (hop) smell. In a word, the aroma is balanced.

Strong bitter hop flavor. Starts with a very brief round malt taste. Excellent body with a below typical carbonation. Long lip-smacking bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 00:33:03 | More by smcolw
Photo of callmemickey


3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BA IST release and at Delaney's

A: Dark golden body. Medium sized off-white head. Quickly receded, but left behind a decent coating of lacing on the glass.

S: Huge blast of grapefruit. A touch of pine and some caramel malt. This is a massively aromatic brew. Smells fantastic.

T: I really, really wanted to like this after taking in a hearty sniff of the nose. The taste, however, just didn't do it for me. I found it to be one dimensional: massive bitter grapefruit. It lost the complexity that was present in the nose and was a tad on the boring side of things despite the massive hop presence.

M: Medium bodied. I found it to be over-carbonated and prickly. Huge bitter bite in the finish.

D: In the end, Gandhi Bot was a nice attempt, but ultimately out hopped itself. The taste was bold but one dimensional and the carbonation levels really slowed this down.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 01:41:39 | More by callmemickey
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 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
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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,589 ratings.