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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 modernartblues


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

Had this on cask at Prime 16 tonight. I loved NEBCO's East Coast IPA in the fall and was super excited about the release of this DIPA. Matt from the brewery said he was aiming for a more 'west coast style' dipa and man he wasn't kidding.

A: Orangeish, big beautiful head that leaves streaks upon streaks of lacing down the glass, head retention is about 1/8"

S: My favorite part of almost any beer, this one is classic, big beautiful floral grapefruit/pine nose, that is quite complex

T: Starts out strong, briefly letting you think you can control it before your taste buds kick your ass with the closing bitterness. Dry and bitter, this one doesn't fool around. If your a hop head, be prepared for heaven. I've never had the Plinys or some of the more famous DIPAs, but I'd compare this favorably with Stone's Ruination, Captain Lawrence's Captain's Reserve, and other favorites. flowery, grapefruit, orange, citrusy, etc.

M: pretty full for a DIPA, but thats the way I like'em

D: I consider it a session beer, but those less obsessed with hops may not want to assault their taste buds all night (and the abv sneaks up on you quick)


have since had it in both growlers and cans and it is a little less of a bitter bomb in the aftertaste, but still super delicious. The cans are particularly good for keeping it fresh. Love the 16oz tallboys.--> the updated rating is from the can version

Serving type: cask

04-02-2010 03:36:48 | More by modernartblues
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 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 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
Photo of scotorum


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

Poured from the 12 oz, can into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Hazy dark gold with a finger thick white head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and dense patchy lacing.

s: White grape juice, then pine resin, both strong.

t: White grape juice and hop bitterness forward in no uncertain terms. Later hop bitterness dominates the flavor but at first does not linger much on the tongue, finishing dry. Later bitterness seems to cover the tongue. But eventually it mellows out, which many DIPAs do not.

m: Medium, good body.

o: Impressive DIPA, lots of fruit flavor under powerful hop bite.

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 05:34:13 | More by scotorum
Photo of 11JON11MO

New York

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

Very nice beer - should be Heady Topper, Pliny, Stone Ruination category.

Appearance - could not see it, drank it from the can (yes, I know do not drink an IPA from a can) so I gave it a 4.5

Smell - spectacular very nice floral, citrus smell

Taste - again the Hops rules - Alpha acids are very predominate.

Mouthfeel - sorry it went down too quickly but what I could tell a crisp nice feel.

Overall - doesn't the top line say it all. excellent

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 03:04:01 | More by 11JON11MO
Photo of von_kaiser


4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This guy was introduced to me a few months back. To say I'm hooked is an understatement. I've had many "proclaimed" great dbl's and The Bot still stands alone. Murky appearance? Forget about it! This is a great beer and I feel spoiled living in CT w/ this great little gem of a brewery being so close. This is my go to "premium" beer and always will be. Cheers!

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 00:09:36 | More by von_kaiser
Photo of BoardwalkBock

New York

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got my hand on a 4 pack of this last night while traveling through CT. Drank one last night. Amazing. Time for my review of the second one.

A: Bright orange, hazy-opaque. Nice head. Good carbonation.

S: Mango, pineapple, papaya, pine, and resin hit the nostril like a brick to the face. Wow!

T: Huge fruit flavors up front: mango and pineapple are most dominant. Nice pine and strong resin show up towards the end of the sip. Good malt backbone. 8.8% alcohol is undetectable. Citrus lingers on the palae.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth. Bitterness throughout balances the ABV. Bitterness last quite a while. Nice.

O: Very, very good DIPA that has lived up to the hype. Hope to find another 4 pack of this soon, because I doubt these last two beers are going to last the day.

Serving type: can

02-21-2014 17:14:04 | More by BoardwalkBock
Photo of AnthonyBeerdain


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a can into a snifter.

Bubblegum, pineapple, dank fresh and citrusy hops.

Dark gold, tinges of orange and amber. Opaque. Thin creamy white head quickly dissipates; lacing lasts on the side of the glass. Low to moderate carbonation.

Hop bitterness and flavors lead the way. As is not uncommon in highly-hopped beers, it is difficult to detect a distinguishable malt flavor, although it's no doubt there due to a quick venture into sweet flavors before once again being pelted with hop flavors and bitterness, which returns at the end and leaves a lasting impression in the jowls. Despite this being a double IPA, the flavors feel well-placed (not overly hoppy while still having a great hop presence, if that makes any sense.)

Mostly medium-bodied, although the hop bitterness makes it feel a bit more full. Smoothly slips over the tongue.

Overall Impression
It's a great double IPA. Hits its marks on aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Very drinkable, and the 8.8% is hidden well up front. If I was a douche bag (I'd like to think I'm not), I'd dock it for being opaque. It'd be nice for the head to stay around a bit and to have a bit more carbonation to continue surfacing the nice array of hop aromas throughout the glass.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 02:02:55 | More by AnthonyBeerdain
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 easong


4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brian for bringing 2 cans of this to me in CA from his CT home.

Poured an orange yeasty suspension, even after the trip good resiny head about 3/4" in a cool not-frozen pint glass. Sometimes DIPAs never make the trip in their virgin state, and the citrus has been compromised by overtones of decaying veggies. Not this one.

He is rightly excited that certain brewers in New England have properly executed the west coast IPA/DIPA styles. Certainly I knew of The Alchemist and Hill Farmstead, and of course Maine Beer Co and Smuttynose -- but aside from the Heady Topper this is the first one that grabbed me as comparable to Alpine, Port, Alesmith, Kern River, or Russian River. I'll be stopping in another state besides VT next time I'm back east.

Serving type: can

01-19-2014 19:46:13 | More by easong
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy tropical fruit and pine with a light sweetness.

The taste consisted of pineapple, pine and a touch of citrus atop a full pale malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full with a strong residual hop spice.

Overall a superior DIPA.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 21:23:59 | More by plaid75
Photo of Aficionado_Shawn

New York

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed: 11/18/13
12 oz. can poured into a snifter
Purchased 4-pack for $11.99

Epic cartoonish drawing of a robot Gandhi doing the robot dance next to some hop vines. It looks as if the sun is setting behind the "Gandhi-Bot". The background is red with beams of orange and stars scattered throughout. There's a brief beer description, but no freshness date. Clever and unforgettable branding, BUT it is inexcusable not to have a freshness date on an IPA.

Brilliant orangey yellow with a big off-white head. Decent bubble life and good lacing.

Hop heaven. Grapefruit, orange juice, peach, mango, pineapple, and a little floral. Some sweet bready malt.

Blast of hops up front. Big grapefruit, peach, floral, mango, orange peel, and pineapple. Middle of the mouth the bitterness really kicks in with more citrus, floral, pine, and a little sweet bready malt. Dry finish of floral, citrus, and grapefruit pith with a lingering astringent bitterness. Alcohol provides a slight warmth.

Medium-bodied, smooth, and luxurious with just enough of a soft carbonation.

Easily one of the best double IPAs I've ever had. This is a hophead's dream. Delicious hop profile and incredibly drinkable at 8.8%. Sweet malt is just enough to hold this hoppy beast together. This is a must-try for any hophead that can get their hands on it.

Serving type: can

01-16-2014 06:30:12 | More by Aficionado_Shawn
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District of Columbia

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

Thanks CTJman for this one. Resinous, sticky pine and papaya on the nose. Juicy hop load as you would expect of a better DIPA: Sourdough, pineapple notes sink into an oozy malt. A clean bite of hops power washes your tongue for the finish and prepares you for the next sip. This is a very good DIPA.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 03:12:14 | More by jjdc
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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
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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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