Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 534
Hads: 2,614
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
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New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 04-02-2010

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
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Photo of TangTKE402
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a can into a pint glass. Opaque with haziness and a light brownish color that looks like hay. A thin, white ring of head with some wispy lacing.

S: Woah does this beer smell enticing to hopheads. Bright citrus and pine, fresh grass and flowers all hit up-front with a slightly bready finish. Notes of grapefruit zest, fresh needles, tulips and a touch of vanilla on the end.

T: Tastes like a summertime DIPA, with bright characteristics, a refreshing hop bite, and a smooth cooling citrus. This is hop-forward with a lemony citrus flavor riding over a nicely balanced bready malt. The finish is just a little dry, with notes of flower petals and pine cones lingering. Great flavor profile, without a hint of alcoholic esters. This is a surprisingly refreshing DIPA.

M: Smooth and crisp with a little dryness on the after-feel. This fills up your mouth without crowding it, and leaves you wanting more.

O: This beer is a definite for those who seek aromatic, flavorful, and even-keeled Double IPAs. Its not going to hit you over the head with anything, but it's going to please you all-around. (1,111 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to JAHMUR for this beer (even if it was dented).

Aroma:Sweet and hoppy. The sweetness is like cotton candy. The hops come across as lemony. In fact, it's like Ferarra Pan lemonhead candy.

Appearance:Honey colored, big white fluffy head.

Taste:This beer is extremely hoppy on first sip. After the initial hop hit, I can start to differentiate some apricot flavors. In the midtaste, the underlying malty sweetness also comes through, and it's almost too sweet. The flavors just kind of fade pleasantly thru the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, high carbonation. The carbonation fizzes nicely even through the aftertaste.

Drinkability:I really enjoyed this DIPA, tons of hops, lots of malt flavor. Plus, the artwork on the can is fantastic! (754 characters)

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
5/5  rDev +17.1%

This beer is definitely the best DIPA that I have had, in my opinion. It has a great fruity aroma that is experienced further in its taste. Excellently crafted and is definitely what I would envision to be a perfect DIPA. (221 characters)

Photo of nas5755
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out a hazy orangery gold color with a nice head that hung around for a while with good lacing . The nose was excellent. From the moment I poured grapefruit and tropical notes were apparent, some melon notes were mixed in as well. The taste is full of tropical and citrus notes with a clean delicate tropical piney resin on the finish. The malts balance is perfect. Carbonation levels are good. Overall, this is an excellent beer and now my favorite east-coast DIPA over Smutty Big A(still need to make a trek up north to the Alchemist).

I am not the biggest fan of DIPA's, most of the time they are too malty and syrupy with an overly aggressive punch of hops that one tastes as over done piney resin. This is one of the few DIPA's that I actually enjoy because the malt is not in charge of the beer and the hop's are balanced out throughout the beer in a nice progression that suggests a well thought out plan of hop additions/dry-hopping. (958 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy golden carmel orange. Nice one finger head that fades to spotty lacing. Huge hop aroma, piney and citrus. Tastes of carmel then grapefruit, lots of creaminess then a nice hop pucker at the end. Kind of easy drinker for this high ABV. I'd get this again. (271 characters)

Photo of codysjb
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack last night that was bottled recently that was the latest batch (I think it was canned the end of last week or the beginning of this week according to the NEBCO facebook page). 12 oz can into my Russian river pint glass.
A: Amber, off orange but darker than most yellow IPA’s. Head was small but lingered for a little while.
S: Lots of pine, flowery, and a ton of Hops. The smell is reminiscent of hopslam.
T: Not too much bitterness up from, the hops are there but it definitely doesn’t taste like a DIPA. Not exactly watery but the flavor doesn’t hit right away.
M: The hops hit in the mouthful and the flavor comes out. Lots of citrus and pine but not overwhelming. Very balanced.
O: For sure the best IPA I’ve had to date (beats hopslam and DFH 120 in my book). Not too overwhelming but really balanced and flavorful once it gets into your mouth. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who comes across it, if only it were easier to find. (979 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been on my Want list for a while. Always have heard such great things about this brew and was so happy to finally get my hands on it. As I sit here drinking this, I'm definitely feeling a let down. The look is great, and the nose is fantastic--tropical fruits everywhere. But the taste? Simply doesn't follow the nose as I'd hope. Compared to SOS, HT, and other DIPAs in the 8% range this beer lacks the flavor complexity. I almost feel like I'm drinking a Stone IPA. Bitterness prevents me from tasting the tropical fruits I was hoping for. I will try again, but definitely won't go out of my way to get this one. Big let down. (652 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from a 4-pack poured into a chalice

Picked up this bad-boy in a trade with phyfe99. Will be the first canned IPA that I drink (although I've been eye-balling Modus Hoperandi for a while now).

L: Cloudy, hazy, hay-colored with lots and lots of fluffy head, and extreme lacing as it dissipates.

S: Lots of hops in the front of the nose. Crisp and clean hopitude with fruity sweetness in the back.

T: Lots of hops in the front, fading into grapes. The hops dissipate as it opens up. Lingering bitterness after the grape-finish.

F: Crisp and light.

D: Pretty good all around, balance is a little off ... too much bitterness lingering after the finish for my liking. (676 characters)

Photo of bigaltemple
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight out golden straw color. Large, slightly off-white head stays for awhile. Thick rings of lace. Looks like a great example of the style.

Nice and resinous. Get a lot of citrus as well. Definitely gets juicier after sitting for a minute. Some sweet malts are noticeable underneath the hops.

Much like the nose. Tons of varying hops. Pineapple and orange blend into resin. Very well balanced. Medium body, and coats the palate well. Drying and bitter finish.

Great drinker! Highly recommended for the style! (515 characters)

Photo of kirkpjr
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a box from robwestcott - thanks!

Poured into an tulip.

A: Pours a dark, hazy burnt orange color with almost three fingers of head. Nice small spots of lacing.

S: Strong pine and tangerine hop flavors. A sweet tangy malt also balances out the smell.

T: Taste is much more subdued than the smell. Nice pungent, but mellowed, citrus hop profile. Also some pine, grapefruit, tropical hops flavors here. Malt really hides the IBUs.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Sticky, resinous hops.

D: Sweet citrus and pine hop profile balanced out with the malt makes this one dangerously drinkable. Overall not the greatest tasting DIPA, a very enjoyable one to drink. (681 characters)

Photo of Sam21
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into snifter. Paid $11.99 for a 4-pack. No canning date, but it is always fresh from where I buy it. It never lasts long on the shelves.

A- Hazy golden/orange body with a creamy white head that clings for life to the sides of the glass. Really stubborn retention that never fully goes away.

S- Sugared grapefruit, citrus fruit rind, and lemon. The hop profile is very floral and heavy. It smells like having your nose in a big handful of whole cone hops fresh off the vine. Bits of mango and other tropical fruit.

T- The citrus fruit sweetness is really up front with the beer. Tangy grapefruit, sweet orange, a touch of burnt caramel, and a long evolving finish filled with hops. The bitterness cuts through the sweetness, but does not overpower. There is great balance in this DIPA, which makes for high drinkability. There are accents of papaya, mango, and lemon as well. It's a great combination of citrus fruit, sticky sweetness, and cleansing bitterness.

MF- Medium-full body with smooth carbonation. The finish is filled with lip-smacking stickiness, which ends nice and dry.

O- Solid, well-done, and delicious. I have no complaints about this beer. The crew at NEBco have done an outstanding job with this beer. The drinkability is damn good for 8.5% as well. (1,288 characters)

Photo of Pete_IV
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to try this recently controversial IPA. Canned 12/29. Pours a nice golden straw color and reeks of hops. This is a bitter ipa, and as the carbonation in the mouth subsides the hops take over even more lingering around. For 8.8% abv it is a smooth drinker but a bit too harsh all around. Id definitely drink again but wouldn't search to hard to get. (353 characters)

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours grapefruit colored with a finger of white head that sticks around.

S: Floral hops, citrus aromas, pineapple, peach, pear, and piney hops as well.

T: Huge burst of floral and citrusy hops at first, entering into a middle of light fruity flavors, followed by a bitter hop finish with slight accents of most noticeably pineapple.

O: This is one fantastic brew. If I had to say, my top 5 IIPAs are:

DFH 90 minute
Avery Maharaja
Oskar Blues Gubna
NEBC Ghandi Bot
Brew dog Hardcore IPA

Obviously a fantastic brew if it joins my top 5 after one review. Go get you some! (576 characters)

Photo of Rheaume17
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden/orange color. Little sudsy head.

S - Good hop forward presence. Picking up on some citrus flavors.

T - Great citrus/tropical fruit flavors. Considering the date on the can, I was surprised the taste was still so good.

M - Very smooth, mild carbonation.

O - I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I was given this can as a gift and the date was about 3 months old. Regardless, the flavors were excellent and was very easy to drink. Wish I had more! (539 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass - I really wish they'd kept the tallboys, but you can't win 'em all. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear, straw yellow with a one-finger white head. Great lacing and head retention.

Grapefruit is very present in the nose - it's a pretty classic IPA aroma. There's a sweetness here that doesn't seem to be coming from the citric hop profile, and I swear I can smell malty syrup.

Maybe I'm not so crazy, because this is a very malty DIPA. There's some bitterness in the finish, but my overwhelming impression is one marred by this sweetness. A touch of soapy astringency, but the hops are really lost in the mix. It honestly seems a little old, but I know that this can is fresh.

The mouthfeel is a little too thick, this could use more carbonation.

I'd love to hype this somewhat-difficult-to-find local DIPA, but I just can't. The flavors just didn't work for me, and I couldn't see myself shelling out for a four-pack of 12 oz. again. (970 characters)

Photo of shangwang
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from a friend during his recent visit from Boston. Really looking forward to it after digging another New England IPA from a can - Heady Topper.

Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Hazy reddish-orange appearance with a couple of fingers of frothy white head, which reduced quickly to a thin ring. Left lots of chunky lacing on the glass. Smell was a little muted initially, but as time went by it really opened up. Smelled of fresh bamboo with spicy notes of hops. Not really citrusy at all by my estimation. I was a little disappointed that it didn't hit me in the face more (I guess I expect that from DIPAs) but it's still a pleasant smell. Tasted very bitter; lots of hoppiness, and an earthy quality to it. I totally dug the flavor, although the mouth feel was a total disappointment. It was basically flat. I feel like the zip of carbonation would really enhance the flavor.

Overall, the qualities of this beer resembled a regular IPA more than a DIPA, IMO. It's possible that the travel that brought this beer to me caused some of its characteristics to seem more muted, and I'd love to try one fresh and local to see how it compares. It was still a good beer, but whether it's fair or not I guess I was hoping for something more along the lines of Heady Topper. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of my Bell's pint glass. Most recent batch, released earlier this week.

A- A warm golden amber color. A nice white head forms, but quickly retreats to a light layer on the top. Little bubbles cling to the bottom of the glass, and dance to the top.

S- Lemony citrus and pine. Fresh hops with a nice touch of light sweet maltiness. Well balanced, but a little subdued for the taste.

T- A dry and crisp lemony flavor hits my mouth initially. It then transitions to a more citrusy malt, which is followed by a a real piney hop flavor. The aftertaste is a pretty piney bitter hop flavor.

M- A touch over carbonated in my opinion, but still pretty close to perfect. The body is great for a beer of this nature.

O- Overall, this is probably the best beer coming out of CT today. It's definitely more of a dry/bitter DIPA, but I still enjoy it very much. Very nice citrusy notes, and the bitter piney flavor in the aftertaste is quite nice. They need to start making this year round.

-GFunk (993 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color. Slightly hazy. Small head.
S: Grassy hops. Earthy. Not too citrusy. Fairly mild in general.
T: Pine. Pineapple. Citrus. Fairly dry in finish with lingering bitterness.
M: Medium-low body. Medium carbonation.
O: Not too bad. Pretty drinkable. I wish the hops were more vibrant. (293 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


thanks to the disc golf bros up north (Sjur!) for this one.

beutifull head and lacing. aroma is amazing and screams drink me now. mango, pine.
taste, fits the aroma, magnificent. mouthfeel is medium bodied and lingering, does not dry out until very late. super resiny. overall a freaking awesome beer. not to mention great artwork on the can. kudos to the makers of this fine liquid. this is one of the highest ratings I have given a beer in this category. comparable with Heady Topper and Hop Drop. a must have. (520 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes.
Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a soft white foamy head of about 1/2 inch. Retention isn't too much, but there's good lacing. Not too bad for 8.8%. Haven't seen too many IIPAs this cloudy though.

S- Pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus for the hops. Very nice. Some bready malt in the nose as well. A little cooked veggie aroma.

T- The hops meld into a big citrus bunch and the malt makes a small appearance. Again, the cooked veggie flavor comes through.

MF/D- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation for a DIPA. Not syrupy at all. Drinkability is good, but it is 8.8%. Could've had a couple of these for the smell and taste alone. (716 characters)

Photo of SuperNova777
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 09/21/10

A:Pours a cloudy non transparent orange with a nice thick and luscious 2 fingers
worth of head

S:Smells of a nice mixture of really stinky grapefruit, citrus, and tropical hops.
Really inviting and just what a hop lover is looking for.

T:Just as nose detects big hop flavor happening all around. First off it starts smooth then a punch of the hops with a strong grapefruit and citrus flavor and then smoothing out at end with a slight alcohol tingle. Palate is left a little sticky and not to dry.

M:A really solid body, seems to resemble a Double English IPA, with mild carbonation

D:I received this beer in my first trade on BA and I think I made the right choice and appreciate irishct15 for getting back to me to do it. To put it plain and simple this one is a hop lovers dream, super tasty with hops exploding everywhere, easy drink for ABV, and hands down the best beer I have ever had out of a far. Look froward to scoring more of these in the future. (994 characters)

Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New England Brewing: Ghandi Bot DIPA (Growler filled 04/24/10) (Tasted 04/26/10)
64 oz. growler, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Hazed golden orange beer with a frothy head, tight bubbles on the bottom, soapy foam on top. Formation is solid, retention measures about three millimeters. Lacing looks like tide rings of wispy foam.
Odor: Very expressive nose, Pineapple and passion fruit in front, suggestions of rich sweet candied malt in the middle, prickly grapefruit rind in back.
Consistency: Pushing medium but not quite. Hop oils lend slickness, aggressive carbonation keeps things pretty smooth.
Flavor: The aroma would lead one to believe that this was going to be a DIPA that is tame on the bitterness and heavy on the hop flavor, the aroma lies. Big grapefruit/pine bitterness out of the gate with hints of toasted malt in the background, who the fuck needs balance? Tang of orange citrus around the edges, finish is dry, hoppy and long with a mountain of bitter herbal hop flavor on the tongue. For an 8.8% beer with scant malt character, there is very little trace of alcohol, giant plus in my book.

Mahatmas Gandhi would not approve of this beer at all, because it brings the smackdown.

Gandhi-bot is a new kind of spiritual leader, he believes in wholeness. You cannot have peace without war, you cannot find inner harmony without embracing the polar traits which make you human. You cannot be one with anything until you are one with the bitter realities of life. Drink Gandhi-bot, embrace bitterness, learn to live again. (1,550 characters)

Photo of racer2k
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cool looking 16oz can into my 20oz glass

A - Pours a sticky white two finger head into my glass leaving a robust lacing signature around the glass. The head slowly fades leaving a hazy dark reddish / orange colored beer

S - Very nice pungent hops aroma with this beer. You can smell the different varietals and tell that this beer was likely finished and/or dry hopped with lots of hops. There are aroma's of grapefruit, orange and pine with an earthy wet hop like characteristic. Very nice!

T - A tangy highly hopped delight is this beer. A nice balance of chewy resiny hopped flavors that is very balanced and not overwhelming. A faint malt profile appears somewhere toward the end of the swallow but offers a nice balance to the beer. Plenty of tangy fruity flavors including citrus, grapefruit and pine. The high alcohol ABV of 8.8% is well hidden.

M - Moderate carbonation with a tangy fruity mouth feel. This DIPA is different from many in that you do not have the resiny sticky mouth feel which is a good thing. This is a very well rounded smooth drinking DIPA.

O - Excellent beer and well done NEBC! One of my favorite new DIPA offerings of the year so far. I look forward to stocking up on this one!. Also love your label, very cool! (1,257 characters)

Photo of boomer31
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for the extra!!

A - Pours a bright hazy gold with a thick white head that leaves after a few sips. The murkiness is very interesting. Sticky bubble on my glass

S - Big floral hop nose with a little bit of grass. Very nice!

T - Very interesting...the hops sit on your tongue nicely but really bite after you swallow. That same nice hop bite on your tongue turns very dry and grassy! Hard to believe this is 8.8% ABV...way too drinkable. A little one sided on the hops, lots of grass

M - Light bodied and dry. Nice low carb that most can beers present, just excellent for the style.

D - Very nice if you like bitter and dry. Can't taste any alcohol.

Overall a very solid Double IPA. Tought to call it balanced as you get almost no malt but you don't get andy alcohol taste at all. Tough to put my finger on this beer, hazy, hoppy, little malt. Intriguing...awesome!! (897 characters)

Photo of busterthecat
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

recent 2011 canning poured into a Baxter Brewing Co. can glass. 4pk for $12.99.

A- Pours a nice golden hue that sits darker with more orange in the glass. A good foamy head develops before fading to a good filmy cap. Little lacing.

S- Upfront sweet citrus hops with a touch of pine and zest. The malt bill does come through and is bready and caramel. A good smooth aroma.

T- upfront a good dose of sweet caramel and orangey hops. The taste is solid. The malt bill is a good stage for the hops to shine, but also gives some balance. The hops are center stage in this brew. The hops have good depth and have some zest and tang to go with the sweeter orangey taste.

M- Medium bodied brew. The bitterness lingers well, however isn't overpowering on the palate. The caramel malt does become a tad cloying but also lends to the nice drying feel.

O- A really nice DIPA. Worth a try if you like a more mild DIPA. For me, not in the top tier. Very easy and nice to drink. (969 characters)

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.