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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 1588
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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2010 04:59:12 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: can

10-03-2010 01:43:35 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 23:18:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2011 08:26:32 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: can

06-19-2010 06:24:15 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: can

05-08-2010 22:14:29 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can

12-12-2010 01:13:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2010 15:52:55 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of various hops. I get some resin and orange notes with some caramel malt. The taste is pine and orange flavored hops with caramel malt. The bitterness is low to medium due to the malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-30-2010 00:30:27 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 05:47:29 | More by Knapp85
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy yellowish gold color with good carbonation, nice white head leaving plenty of lacing

S: Some pine and grapefruit, little bit of grass

T: If a pine cone and a grapefruit did the no pants dance this would be the result

M: Booze is masked, medium body

D: Pretty good and easy to drink

Serving type: can

12-02-2010 03:40:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

one of the most drinkable double ipas ive ever encountered. thanks to a wonderful trade with thebrewo, I got to enjoy two cans of this bad boy. the pour on it is tinted red, orange, and bronze, with some small yeast floaters and an amazing bone white head that rises three inches high and holds up well above the rim of my glass. the nose is fresh oily hops, high alpha, fruity and juicy, citrus and pine both, only mildly bitter. there is a decent coppery malt balance, but hops are of course the star of this beer. the taste is a lot like the nose, with a very fruity and complex hop arrangement. I would love to know which varietals are used, but I can say that there is a hefty tropical fruit element, its pineapple or tartish passion fruit. a little bitterness creeps into the finish, but not enough to slow down its drinkability at all. love the feel too, fuller bodied but kept swift by its lively carbonation. super creamy, and less sticky and filling than many other beers of this style. I had two cans back to back, and was only done because I didn't have any more. im not sure if this comes in 4s or 6s or what, but I could drink these forever. its amazingly fresh and refreshing at the same time, unlike a lot of big india pale ales. thanks to thebrewo for hooking this up, its one ive been hunting for some time now, and it surpasses even its hype. bomb!

Serving type: can

04-15-2013 18:52:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip. Received in a trade with GoGriz; thanks Cody, it was a big want!

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. A few minutes of retention and leave some nice lacing on the glass. Looks great.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits, and light fruity and bready malts. Smells amazing.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, bitter citrus hops, tropical fruit, and pine hops. Lots of bitterness in the taste and a bit of a step down from the smell, but still pretty good.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness up front that lasts through the sip. Pretty nice.

d - I thought this was an awesome DIPA. I loved the smell; lots of citrus hops jump out at you. I wish the taste wasn't quite as bitter, but still a great DIPA. Would definitely like to have again and glad I have a few more cans of it.

Serving type: can

11-20-2010 01:11:33 | More by mdfb79
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to monsterzerp for this 12 oz can. Poured into my Duvel mini tulip.

A: This DIPA is hazy, an orange golden hue, a celestial orb transported to my glass. The pervasive haziness leaves the ale opaque. I was impressed with the head, almost two fingers of white foam that left lots of lace behind.

S: Nice nose! Zesty with near tropical aromas. The first sniff was hop heaven. A little bit of orange and pineapple and pine and peach. A nice bunch packed into a small can. A syrupy thickness seems to envelop the nose.

T: The first sip, unfortunately, loses all of the goodwill that the nose generated. A vegetal hoppiness runs rampant, no hint of the lush citrus aromas. Ample caramel, plenty of the malt side, to go around. There is a sweetness, hop-driven, that runs through the ale but it doesn't generate the goodwill that the nose did.

M: The mouthfeel is ho-hum, plenty of caramel and an indistinct hoppy sweetness. Amp that up a bit and we may have something to talk about.

D: The booziness strength isn't evident at first. It does build though, getting stronger with almost every sip. It's good but not as good as it smells.

Serving type: can

02-26-2011 18:40:31 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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Billolick

New York

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

12 ounce can purchase in a 4 pack, in Cheshire, CT. No canning date/freshness info offered.

Pours clouded medium dull apricot, under a tiny bubble, minor off white head, that leaves just few small bits of lace on the glass.

Nose is full of hop related whiffs, resin, citrus and general hoppy goodness.

Taste is where things get interesting. I'm happy to say this is a full fledged hop bomb...resins, graininess, grapefruit citrus notes. Densely flavorful, wonderfully hoppy especially for an East coast, no Connecticut DIPA.

Well done, gonna buy more next time I travel to the Nutmeg state

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 00:28:29 | More by Billolick
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to GoGriz for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy dark copper color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy two-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, a nice little malt note, citrus, pine note. The taste is sweet, hoppy, nice little malt note, good punch of citrus and pines. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this one really surprised me, very nice, true to style. Thanks Cody!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:22:39 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. The glass is left coated with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with plenty of earthy notes and a subtle malt presence. There's some grassy pine needle and dank hop oils but the tropical/citrus fruits are most prominent in the nose. Lots of mango, grapefruit and citrus rind along with subtle biscuit.

Medium bodied with a complex, flavorful hop profile that is nicely balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Bitter and sweet notes play off of each other with hints of dry and bitter pine needle/grass countered by notes of grapefruit and orange. The dry bitterness lasts throughout, even when the sweeter notes come into play and linger into a nice dry finish that leaves me thirsty for me. The malt backbone adds sweetness with notes of caramel, toffee and biscuit without getting in the way of the hops. Really well balanced and very flavorful with an excellently masked ABV making it dangerously drinkable. I'm impressed and ISO more!

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 08:02:52 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a small nonic, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes at a snappy pace, with super leggy lasting lace. Aroma is pungent skanky hops.

Taste is quickly sweet to start, but in the blink of an eye the citrusy bitterness takes over, dominating through the aftertaste. Very dry evaporating alcohol-type close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good for the style. Wish it was a bit more balanced, but the nature of the beast here.

Serving type: can

12-01-2011 02:25:20 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my fellow CANQuester (TM), IndiaPaleAle, for this gem. I reached a soft milestone earlier today with The CANQuest's 390th beer plus 10 N2 CANs for a soft total of 400. I am now tracking upward to 400 actual CANs.

From the CAN: "Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped Double India Pale Ale with a blend of three varieties of Ameri[CAN] hops. Aromatic and fully vegetarian, Gandhi-Bot is an ideal aid for self-purification and the seeking of truth and love."

From the Woodman: Q: Why is there no Trick-or-Treating in India? A: There is no more Gandhi!

An Ameri[CAN] tourist encounters an Indian fakir sitting cross-legged on a prayer mat, lashing himself about the back and shoulders with palm fronds to the point that his skin is flayed open and bleeding openly. The tourist watches in stunned silence for a period of time and finally works up the nerve to interrupt the swami. "Pardon me, fakir, but doesn't that hurt?" asks the tourist. As the practitioner's eyes begin to focus and he comprehends the question, he replies, "Oh, yes, effendi, it hurts VERRRRY much! But it feels SOOOO good when I stop!" It is a point-of-view thing.

Crack & Glug time: Holy Grapefruit Juice, Batman! First off, that little 12-oz. CAN produced better than two fingers' worth of eggshell-white head with excellent retention. The room was now like a grapefruit tree stand. Color was a cloudy yellowish-orange, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit. My hops jones was starting to reappear today and I was not sure that it was welcome. Mouthfeel was medium and the grapefruit taste was intense, but it was not as abrasive as another DIPA from earlier this day. As a matter of fact, this was hoppy, certainly, on the tongue, but relatively unassertive in terms of its bitterness. I was liking this from the outset. The finish was zesty, like orange zest intermingled with caramel. Think one of those Brach's Orange Caramels that they may not even make any more. I remember them well as one ripped a filling out, much to my mother's chagrin and anger. This made me feel good about myself, just like stopping the lashings, even for a moment. At 8.8, though, it might be better at home than in the cooler. Just sayin' ...

Serving type: can

11-14-2010 23:40:39 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

The new 12oz red can instead of the previous releases plain silver pint can with applied (yet more colorful) sticker.

My friend Dan who lives now a mere couple of blocks from the brewery was kind enough to pick up a couple 4 packs and bring this hoppy canned love back to the mother state of PA so I could share with friends. At best guess, this brew has not been in the can for more than 3 weeks.

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a golden color that is very hazed. Initially 2 fingers of yellowish stained foam appear to compose the head and receed fairly fast leaving patches of legwork all over the glass.

The aroma of this brew is awesome. Big credit here goes to the freshness. After having just recently harvested hops in my yard this brew smells like the next best thing. Tons of grapefruit like sweetness coming off the nose mixed with a blend of other hop goodness that is grassy, herbal and all around spicey.

The taste of this brew is a little more balanced than what I remember from the last batch. While the major flavor bursting component here is the hops, there is a slight toasted grainy sweetness to back this brew. The hops taste of citrus like grapefruit rind, piney character, herbs and spices. Very bold amount of bitterness in this brew, if you are in need a hop fix, this is your medicine.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. A lasting amount of hop character clings to the inside of the mouth and just sticks with an oily and resinous power of retension that the head could have took a lesson from. For pushing almost 9% alcohol, I could get myself in trouble with a couple of these, they go down easy.

Serving type: can

09-15-2010 00:40:44 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: can

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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