Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 2,019 | Reviews: 498 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-06-2010 12:20:12 | More by Thorpe429
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a decent head that leaves a few strands behind
Smell: An overload of floral citrus; pithy and piney, with just a hint of biscuity malt
Taste: With just a hint of biscuity malt (that persists underneath both before and after the swallow) the beer moves quickly into the pith and pine territory, with a grapefruity character that just assaults the tastebuds; after the swallow, the malt is very clean and serves only as a platform for the hops to continue to do their thing
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation
Drinkability: This is a DIPA just like I like them - lots of west coast citrus, a well-attenuated malt character, and the alcohol is well-disguised
10-03-2010 01:43:35 | More by brentk56
4.09/5 rDev -6.6%
Can: Poured a cloudy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong grassy hops notes with light residual sugar notes. Taste is dominated by powerful floral grassy hops with light citrus notes and semi-sweet malt non-descript malt base. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable IIPA which is focus more on floral hops notes with limited bitterness.
05-26-2013 23:18:55 | More by Phyl21ca
4.38/5 rDev 0%
With the gimick of the robot behind me, I can appreciate the flavors in the can. This is a serious Imperial IPA with both balance and hop dominance that begins to somehow make sense with the very first sip.
The beer pours a consistend and hazy hue that allows a diffused glow that brings visual life to the oversized tulip. Small particles of yeast and protien suspend in the medium copper/orange beer with a somewhat appealing fashion. A dense white foam forms on the beer with a blanket for cover, retains very well, laces reasonably well, and gives an elegant cap the beverage.
The suspected aromas of back-sweetened citrus fruits give the impressions of ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, and a tinge of mango or appricot. All this citrus character seems candied with very soft caramel malt undertones making them seem very floral and honey-soaked. A grassy, onion-like undertone adds more depth than detraction. With absolutely no errors in aroma, I needed the scent to be more profound in order to compete with the Hopslams and Dreadnaughts out there.
Flavors however seem to be on par with some of the greats. Sharp citrus oils from the hops give a depth of citrus, grassy/herbal, onion/garlic/catty notes that give layers upon layers of flavors that surface with each sip. Compelex with the hop profile, but supportive only on the malts- soft caramel, honey-ish notes with medium bread crust character never balance the beer but provide the springboard for the hop showcase.
Medium full from the early sips to the sharp drying finish, the beer carries a delicate blend of supple sweet textures along with sharp and resiny bitterness. With that hoppy bite comes a clean malty dryness and a crisp fleeting bite. Warming alcohols shy away from numbing properties but take on a mild solventy note that weaves in and out of the hop bitterness and dryness.
Gandhi Bot lives up the reputation it has created- and formitable Imperial IPA with an understated way of declaring it's strength in flavor, aroma, balance, and complexity. Elegant in every way.
01-29-2011 08:26:32 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
Another new one for me. I really did not even have this one on my radar, but thanks to a generous trader I was able to enjoy this with dinner last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/14/2010.
The pour was classic for the style. Deep amber in color with a great clarity to it. This really allowed the carbonation to be seen coming up through the glass to reinforce the white head on top. Nice lacing just capped it off perfectly.
Aroma is super fresh. Deep citrus hops. Tons of grapefruit,pineapple, rich notes of light buttery malts as it warms but it was definitly all about the huge hops here. Each sip was light, airy, and well balanced. I was hoping the huge hops on the nose would carry over just as well into the taste, but it seemed to be lacking just a touch for me, no matter though, still a rich and insanely good DIP. Long lasting citrus bite and the nice drying finish capped it off wonderfully.
Overall I have to say I was quite impressed. This was a damn good double and a fine beer all around would love to do it again for sure.
05-16-2010 04:59:12 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev -16%
Pours a hazy gold with orange tint and a short and disappearing white head.
From a can so unlikely was affected by light and the can is also a current release but still smells skunky and like "sweat." Unpleasant "sweaty" character with an underlying fruity tone. The "skunk" blows off with a number of swirls and some time, or, one simply gets used to it because the flavors are somewhat inviting and appealing. Not the best nose I smelled.
Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and appealing. Elegant "little bubble" champagne carbonation and mouthfeel is inviting and of quality.
Flavors start a bit strange but really grow on you. Sweet malt/fruit front palate of oranges and some stone fruit character that quickly goes to a very bitter pine end palate and long pine/pine resin finish. Flavors are complex and layered, although not bright. This is very much a "bitter pine" character brew.
Finish is the most distinctive part of this brew, being very bitter pine and long and bold.
10-21-2010 06:54:10 | More by GRG1313
4.19/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks to GuisseppeFranco for sending this over as a bonus! This poured out as a murky golden color with some flakes floating around in it. The head was white and held a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer gave off a very nice floral and citrus aroma from the hops. The taste of the beer was really quite nice as well. Again more floral fruity notes with some bitter pine in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated, it's smooth and very drinkable. Overall it was a damn good DIPA. I would drink again if I came across more.
01-26-2013 05:47:29 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev -6.4%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Big thanks to jlindros for this opportunity!
The picture on the can makes this more than worth it, even before any tasting is done. Classic. The beer itself pours a hazy tawny orange with a solid finger of light ecru foam on top, which dies away after a short while to a mere single layer of bubbles languishing on the surface. The nose comprises a sharp pine, grass, a bit of wet hay, and plenty o' citrus peel. Some vague, dark sweetness pervades the background. The taste is quite similar, with the pine and citrus rocking full bore (who'da thunk hops being strong in a DIPA?), carousing with dark greens and a solid mass of toffee. The body is a strong medium, with active, though still moderate, carbonation and a somewhat chewy feel. It's like a light syrup that somehow wastes away into a watery purgatory. Whatever that means. More than many DIPAs, I find myself wanting to go back to the glass well quite often, the thirst never fully slaked. Get some!
06-19-2010 06:24:15 | More by TMoney2591
3.25/5 rDev -25.8%
Can shared by westcoastbeerlvr. Thanks.
Appearance: Cloudy golden amber topped by a lasting head, this looks solid.
Smell: Pretty nice hop aroma, floral and herbal with a grapefruit undertone. There's a bit of malt shining through, but not much sweetness.
Taste/mouthfeel: Rather herbal and quite bitter. Grapefruit flesh and rind, noticeable and fairly harsh alcohol. Herbal and floral hop flavors with a light crystal malt presence that provides a little sweetness. More acerbity than I like in an IPA, this is a real tongue bruiser.
11-03-2010 21:04:27 | More by largadeer
4.68/5 rDev +6.8%
Acquired from Jayli, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a murky gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is an excellent blend of piney hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly tempered by a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in and provide a very good balance. The after-taste is quite hoppy.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easy, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely an excellent 2IPA worth drinking for a whole evening.
12-12-2010 01:13:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev -8.7%
12 oz can into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Stakem for hooking me up with a 4-pack of these. You da' man Adam!
Pours a hazy golden apricot, with 1 ½ fingers of rich eggshell head. Swirling fires this up to a robust ½ finger, throwing up a sticky cascade of creamy lacing that hangs in a heavy latticework on the sides of the glass. Good look here. The aroma is floral and spicy, with some sweet tropical fruit character that is cut through with more bitter notes of grapefruit and earthy citrus peel. Grainy sweetness is fairly pronounced in the back of nose, while a touch of stiff heat gives this some thickness in the nostrils.
The taste is VERY spicy and bitter to a lesser extent, with grapefruit and citrus rind being tempered by the sweetness of citric fruit and toasted malts, which has a bit of grainy presence to it. The hops strike back in the finish, lashing the back end with an aggressive mix of spice and bitter that parch the palate with dry lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a larger feeling mouth filling creaminess to the carbonation. There is some sharpness up front of the sip but then gets much more smooth and creamy as you swallow. Some alcohol beef in the body adds some definite warmth to the finish of this but overall, I'd say that the alcohol is handled pretty well here.
Definitely a good DIPA here but the sharp spiciness of the hops just kept it from reaching that next level for me. I actually quickly followed this up with another can, just to make sure that I hadn't missed something but found the same result. Definitely one to try if you come across a can but this wasn't the end-all be-all of East Coast IPAs, as some might have you believe.
09-13-2010 15:07:16 | More by Kegatron
4.13/5 rDev -5.7%
Great to see more breweries jumping on the 16oz tallboy bandwagon. It's such a great serving size, and I love the convenience afforded when lugging them around. Thanks to thorpe429 for sending this my way.
A - Pours with two fingers of foam that dissipates slowly to a thick chunky cap and leaves tons of lacing. Hazed dark orange color with reddish highlights that emerge in certain lighting conditions. Similar to Surly Abrasive Ale, but with more foam.
S - Pine, grassy, earthy, and light citrus hopping. Malt character is unusually neutral, with fresh-baked bread and and dough character and not much sweetness at all.
T - Taste is pretty similar but with more caramel sweetness rearing its head. Again, this is more floral, earthy, and grassy than sweet citrus or tropical fruits. Bitterness shows up mid-palate and lingers into the aftertaste, but never grows oppressive. It's still East Coast, but seems to show better attenuation and hop aroma and flavor than the usual offerings.
M - Soft, but active, carbonation. Smooth medium-full body, with lots of residual stickiness, but not a ton of oily resinous character. A touch of heat shows up about 2/3 of the way through the can.
D - This is pretty easy drinking, and the 8.8% is fairly well-hidden. I could probably have a couple cans of this one, but the bitterness does build up. One of the better East Coast DIPAs I've had. Hope they make this one more regularly.
05-08-2010 22:14:29 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev -3%
Can shared by Mike, thanks. Beer is yellow and really hazy, almost a wit level of haziness. Head is decent in thickness and made up of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. I love the logo too, extra points. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is very citrusy, no malt at all, smells really nice.
Beer is light in body for a DIPA, about a medium body overall, really drinkable with a chewy resiny hoppiness to the whole thing. Its bright in the front without being overly sweet and its bitter in the back but not very dry. I really enjoyed this beer overall. I think its a great DIPA. Drinkability high.
10-20-2010 15:52:55 | More by drabmuh
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.