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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 1599
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 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 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
Photo of njramsfan

New Jersey

4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

damn near perfect in my book! great taste, mouthfeel, etc..never had lawsons... I could drink this every day of my life if nebco distributed to NJ!! Good Carbonation, head, lacing, very heavy citrus on the after taste, if I could have a growler 2x a week I would need a CT mule... Do not hesitate to try this. will stand up to any 2ipa in the country..no shit!

Serving type: growler

11-17-2013 19:28:31 | More by njramsfan
Photo of alaimoa


4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a glass from a fresh growler picked up at the brewery.
Appearance: Deep golden brown with decent head
Smell: florals, citrus
Taste: smooth with a slight bitterness but not overpowering and alcohol hidden very well.. dangerously well
Overall: Delicious and I put this in the same camp as PTE/Heady.. could drink it all afternoon

Serving type: growler

06-02-2013 19:21:43 | More by alaimoa
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Deep gold body with a frothy and sticky white head.

S- Lots of floral hop aromas with some citrus and hints of tropical fruit and pine. Slight herbal mint note is present as well.

T- A big hop bomb with lots of tropical and herbal hop flavors. A presence of biscuity malts balances the flavor out.

M- Drinks like a lower abv beer. Full of flavor, but medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O- Extremely impressive IIPA. NEBCO is putting out some great beers.

Serving type: growler

06-01-2013 23:32:37 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of BTVflatlander


4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of Gandhi just this afternoon at NEBCO. At $15 a growler, it better be good.

Served in a Gandhi Bot snifter.

A: A tad more orange than some other DIPAs I've had, although there's that one I never pour.

S: Lots of hops, more citrus than pine, although both are present.

T: Bitter hops in the beginning, followed by bitter citrus. Not quite grapefruit, though. Very crisp. One of the few DIPAs I've had with a pleasing balance between hop and malt.

M: Heavy, classic high alcohol DIPA.

O: I must admit, I was not terribly impressed when I first had Gandhi from a can, especially since I paid $15 for a 4-pack. However, seeing that I've since come to appreciate a good IPA and DIPA, I decided to give it a try on tap. And, I must say, I was painfully mistaken. Gandhi joins the likes of Heady Topper and many of Hill's IPAs as some of the best-done IPAs in my book. I was astonished to learn that NEBCO has been in my former back yard for years and even more astonished that good old Connecticut could produce a DIPA to rival those of the Green Mountain State. I will undoubtedly be returning to Gandhi over and over again whilst in the 203.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2013 00:05:24 | More by BTVflatlander
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4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had my growler filled at 5 p.m. after it had been released that morning. Poured my first glass around 6:30, so pretty fresh. Poured into a snifter.

A: Just gorgeous golden, just the color made me want a sip.

S: Floral, Pine, Citrus overwhelming. So inviting.

T: WOW. Just great, so glad I have a full grolwer and only one person to share with.

M: Full, rich mouthfeel. Almost a little under carbonated, but that's if I am being picky.

O: I am thrilled to live only 20 minutes from this brewery. I will be filling the growler often.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2013 18:49:13 | More by Ultra-Plinian
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler purchased same day at NEBCO. Thanks Rob. Nice orange coloring, 1 finger white head, nice lacing on glass. Aroma of oranges and pineapple with piney notes and some slight hints of grapefruit. Hop aroma definitely noticeable. Taste is terrific--hop forward, slightly bitter, but easy to drink. Initial taste of orange and pineapple with slight notes of grapefruit along with caramel malt. Finish is a slightly bitter and enjoyable. Medium body with very good carbonation. Very enjoyable and dangerously easy to drink. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2012 17:15:59 | More by ScottieD
Photo of durrrr


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh growler enjoyed the same day I picked it up from the brewery.

A- a beautiful hazy, straw/gold color that has 1/2 finger of head that dissipated quickly.

S - Nose has grapefruit, peach, a hint of papaya some sweetness, a bit of pine, as well as some pale & caramel malt and a hint of alcohol. Some grassy notes perhaps. Not an overwhelming aroma nor very intense.

T - I picked up alot of the same notes as the nose. Similarly, the flavor profile wasn't as robust as expected. Not increadibly complex but still very good. Medium to light body for a DIPA. Increadibly drinkalble. Finishes pretty quickly with bitterness and some sweetness -- a bit dry. Not much lingering on the palate. Alcohol detectable but fairly well hidden.

M - great carbonation with medium/light body for a DIPA. Kind of a slick mouthfeel. Not creamy at all.

O - A very solid DIPA. Worth trying if you can get it.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2012 10:30:27 | More by durrrr
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a pint

A hazy golden amber color with a huge, fluffy off-white cap. Recedes in raindrop fashion to form a thin layer of foam. Some huge chunks of lace on the inside of the glass.

The nose is of pine sap, juicy ruby red grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, papaya, and an underlying earthiness while a bed of pale malt holding fairly strong.

Juicy grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, and oranges in the leadoff spot with some sturdy malt through the middle. Heavy handed with the hops, and I am not complaining. A strong bitter/citrus finish. The bitterness builds with each sip, the sign of a quality dipa.

A bit sticky, with a huge hop profile. Medium to full body. Carbonation is on point. A bit of alcohol heat pokes through, but never intrudes.

A quality dipa that should be sought out. Excellent hop profile and alpha acid delivery vehicle.

Serving type: growler

04-15-2012 19:14:20 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of zoolzoo


4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd Review


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.

Serving type: growler

09-01-2011 22:28:37 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

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

Reviewed from a growler filled at the brewery this afternoon. Pours a cloudy light orange color with a fine head that leaves beautiful thick lacing on the glass.

A pronounced citrus, pineapple aroma yields to a taste that is dominated by citrus and piney hop flavors. The mouthfeel is resinous and sharp, with a touch of peppery sharpness. A bit of bready malt sweetness mingles with a long bitter finish. But overall, the hops gain the majority of attention on this brew.

A very drinkable beer for its alcohol content. The balance between hops and malt is better than many IIPAs

Serving type: growler

11-27-2010 23:34:15 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of jimmy82063


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

I've been luck enough on my last 2 trips to the brewery that they've had this on tap. I think they kept a keg back for Thanksgiving. Thanks Rob.

A - Nice solid orange color..medium head.

S - Grapefuit and lemon.

T - Grapefruit, Orange and lemon. Starts off sweet with a nice bitterness to the finish.

M - Actually at least to me surprisingly light.

D - Very drinkable given the ABV.

It is very nice to have a place close by to get good growler fills. can't wait to try the Tequila Barrel aged variety!

Serving type: growler

11-20-2010 20:25:02 | More by jimmy82063
Photo of Deuane


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks tonumber1bum for hooking me up with a growler of this one. I had been hoping to give this one a try for quite some time.

A-Hazy golden kissed copper with a medium off-white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left nice webby lace.

S-Citrus rind bitterness up front smoothed out with lightly spicy floral notes underneath. Biscuit malt is not overly sweet but is certainly present as is a touch of alcohol heat.

T-Quite spicy and bitter up front. Like a spiced mulled cider with citrus zest in it. Nice flavours overriding the robust biscuit grain bill. ends with a proliferating dryness.

M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied, actually quite robust and this works with a beer with such heft. Some alcohol burn supports the body and adds warmth to the dry finish..

D-Certainly a well done beer but the hop profile does not match my desires. I liked it for sure but did not love it. A life changing beer, errr, no. A nicely done East Coast DIPA, sure.

Serving type: growler

11-14-2010 12:42:23 | More by Deuane
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3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a growler on 11/11/10.

A - Poured a hazy unfiltered orange, melon-toned liquid with minimal head that reduced to a soapy retention and spotty lacing.

S - Quite an odd aroma for a DIPA, I'm afraid. There is a dominating dry, leafy hop character reminiscent of withered autumn leaves, hemp and dried herbs. Aside from the dried hops, I get a sense of burnt biscuits. Underneath it all lies a faint orange rind scent. Actually, it's more of the pith than the rind... you know, that annoying white stuff you have to scrape off the peel?

T - The malty character of this DIPA can be described as what the burnt, charred bottoms of biscuits that get stuck to the baking pan taste like. Very unusual. Herbal hops are also in there, but the flavor just has this odd burnt flavor from which I cannot escape.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and some hop oiliness. Broad strokes of hop bitterness do not linger for too long on the palate.

D - Unusual DIPA here. What do you get when you pair burnt biscuits and citrus rind? Gandhi-Bot, apparently. While I'm not 100% sold on it, I appreciated the uniqueness of this brew.

Serving type: growler

11-12-2010 19:03:47 | More by ffejherb
Photo of ManVersusBeer


4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the brewery and had a nice little taste of Wet Willy out of the bright tank to go with it. Poured into a snifter with a cloudy orange and peach look. A bit pumpkin hued and like the setting sun. An eggshell white inch of head forms and fades quickly.

Grapefruit and oily citrus in the nose while being quite hop forward with hints of toast and toffee tinged malt.

Sweet silkiness of tangerine, navel, and clementine oranges with a well balanced tartness of grapefruits and some orange peel resin. A spicy lemon oil taste comes through as if spread on a piece of buttered toast topped with honey, maple syrup, and sunflower seeds.

A tree sap sticky feel, though the low, but tingly carbonation makes this insanely drinkable leading towards that final punch of hops and pine needles.

Serving type: growler

11-10-2010 03:45:25 | More by ManVersusBeer
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-01-2010 01:15:21 | More by number1bum
Photo of kingcrowing


4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a tumbler. Picked this up at the brewery about an hour ago, so it's about as fresh as it can be!

Pours a very orange color, it's fairly hazy and it's got a nice two finger white head that starts to crater a bit and fades down after a few minuets. Nose is really nice, it's a bit light but very fruity and tons of citrus. Grapefruit and sweet floral hops dominate, really nice.

Wow, this'll pop you in the kisser! Very, very bitter and hoppy it's got a nice vegetal hop bite to it with a small bit of graininess to it, but it works really well. Leaves a really earthy and mellowing tone to it in your gut after a while. Nice warming sensation on the way down, it leaves a really good feeling in your gut.

I wanted to find this in a can, but it sold out so quickly I missed out, however getting it fresh on tap is more than a consolation. I met Rob at the brewery and he showed me around, it's a great little stop. I stopped at the liquor store down the road on the way back and I picked up some other NEBC beers (Sea Hag & Elm City Lager), looking forward to them!

Serving type: growler

09-25-2010 18:22:44 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of sulldaddy


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

Sampling a growler split with my brother Brian during a recent visit. The beer has been in the growler for a few weeks in the fridge, but still has some pop when opening the swingtop lid.
The beer pours into my pint glass a hazy burnt siena color with eggshell white foamy head of 2.5 cm fluffing up easily and fading gradually, no loss of carbonation here.
Aroma is hop full with pine sap and grapefruit dominant, maybe some other citrusy notes bouncing around, and brief wisps of caramel malt in the background. Definitely a hoppy beer.
First sip reveals average body with average carbonation that tingles across my palate on each sip.
Flavor is briefly caramel and toffee on the tip of my tongue but then rolls to hops, grapefruit, pine sap and a bit of general astringent bite that gives a bit of pucker to the beer.
The alcohol is pretty well hidden on the swallow but does make its presence known after the first pint is emptied. A very drinkable deceptively bigger beer. I enjoy this one a lot and will be picking up more and sharing with friends.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2010 17:11:31 | More by sulldaddy
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a creamy off white head. Head has good retention and left a good amount of layered lacing.

S- Smells of tropical hops, pineapple, mango with some pine, caramel, papaya, and tangerine.

T- Follows the nose really well. Tropical hops everywhere, with a nice touch of pine. A nice finish of sweet malts and spice.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Wish this one was in Ohio for sure.

Thanks Allie.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2010 08:44:58 | More by nrbw23
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4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a good amount of white head considering its a growler.
S- Huge nose of dank citrusy hops. Bitter grapefruit, small amount of sweet malt. Actually the dankness of this reminds me a bit a Flower Power.
T- The highlight of the beer for me. Big dank hops with a huge citrus element. Finishes extremely bitter but with a small amount of malt to soften the blow. Finishes dry and bitter.
M- Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation for the style.
D- I've said this before and I'll say it again, NEBC makes even the higher ABV brews so extremely drinkable. Never a hint of alcohol in any of their beers and this one is no exception.

Overall- With all the homer bias and all, this is easily one of my favorite DIPAs besides maybe Hopslam and Maharaja. An amazing DIPA and definitely worth seeking out. I can only hope that it is just as good from a can.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2010 02:22:32 | More by WeaponTheyFear
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New York

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

1st growler from nebco, those guys are alright. Super pumped on this beer. Pours a real lovely opaque golden orange with a nice two finger puffy white head that leaves lots of lacing for a x2ipa. Aroma is just what I was hoping for, tones of hops. Piney, citrusy, and oh man sooo fresh. I'm getting some stone fruit too like apricot. Flavor is first big grapefruit, little apricot, bunch more citrus and then the piney bittering hops take hold of you. Great hop show case. Nice mouthfeel, dense but not overly carbed. Other than the higher abv on this I could drink alot of it.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2010 00:14:20 | More by pmlondrigan
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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to woosterbill for sharing a growler of this at DLD and sending me off with some cans for further enjoyment.

A: Pours a deep apricot with a nice fluffy white head and a good amoutn of lacing down the glass.

S: Loads of fresh hops, mostly of pine and earth. Some floral notes as well; at times almost like a fresh-hopped ale. A bit of bready malt in the background, but hardly discernable behind the hops.

T: Loads of fresh pine and floral hops. Definitely quite bitter. A bit of orange pith comes through as well, with a zesty bitterness.

M: Very nice and dry with excellent carbonation.

D: One of the better DIPA's I've had in a while, and definitely another nice surprise out of New England. Keep 'em coming.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2010 12:20:12 | More by Thorpe429
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler from the brewery.

A: Big fluffy white 2 finger head fades slowly, with a slight haze and golden orange colored beer.

N: Hops galore! Pine crazy! Citrus, musty fresh wet hops, some earthy hops, slight spicy hop flavor. Some tangering and orange peel, touch of grapefruit. Tons of pine with a slight dry sweet malt behind all that.

T: Pale hop flavors to start, with lots of pine again. Then more hops with citrus, chewy hops, bitterness, some maltiness and chewy malts. Slight warming booze taste. The more hops with some orange peel, tangerine, and again more pine.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Bitter! Lots of bittering hops, some pine and citrus lingering as well as some chewy hops and earthy. Little orange peel with a heavy bitterness that just sits in the mouth. It starts to get a little astringent which seems to linger for a while.

Serving type: growler

05-04-2010 19:29:18 | More by jlindros
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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler from last weekend. Poured into a pint glass

A: Orangey lemon pour with a 2 finger creamy white head. It left a ring of lacing towards the top of the glass

S: Wonderful hoppy aroma accompanied by sweet fruit. I get pineapple, mango and orange zest. The fruit smell fades somewhat as the beer warms

T: Starts with sweet hops and transitions to the fruit. Again, the fruit fades as the beer warms, which leads to a slight malt flavor. Finishes bitter, dry and clean

M: Medium bodied with some bite from the hops. Good carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel

D: Alcohol is non-present. This beer goes down easy - I could drink it all day. It is west coast style indeed, but not over the top "burn your palate after one glass" style. Two thumbs ups

Serving type: growler

04-27-2010 00:01:48 | More by Brez07
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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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