Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA
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Ratings: 2,327
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 1,008
Gots: 292 | FT: 7
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Brü Rm. at BAR, New Haven, CT
Served in a tapered glass

The liquid poured a slightly hazed, golden amber color and was topped by a thin, flimsy cap of froth. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was simply astounding. Super hoppy and fragrant. Tropical fruits galore. Mango, pineapple and papaya dominated. Peach and apricot notes also came through strong. Quite sweet. The sweetness however seemed to come from the rich fruitiness of the hop profile, rather than from the malts. Overall, exotic and intense.

The flavor profile was intensely hoppy as well. Unlike the nose, however, the hops here were dry and pithy. Moderately bitter. Lots of grapefruit rind. Strong notes of pine sap. Touch of pale malts to keep the bitterness in check. Some tangerine was also detectible. The finish was dank and resiny. Quite bitter and dry.

The body seemed somewhat lighter than your average DIPA. Perhaps this was due to the restrained use of malts. The liquid contained a moderate amount of carbonation and felt slick, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Gandhi-Bot is a really solid West Coast-style double IPA. I love seeing brewers in my home state of Connecticut receiving accolades with beers like this one. Keep up the great work.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz orange and red can with a really creepy gun metal Gandhi robot with a hop vine next to him. The back of the can contains all the mandatory US info, a quick description of the beer, and printed signatures of the owners or brewers (?). A stamped canned date or a best before date on the bottom would have been nice.

When poured into a 7venth Sun Snifter, this DIPA was a beautiful golden copper orange with a tiny trace of lemon yellow at the bottom. This beer had a very nice haziness to it. When I held it up to the light, I could see only a brief silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. That's thanks to all the hop particles floating around the beer. In top of this hazy brew was a 1/2 an inch dirty white head of foam. This dirty white foam had very good retention that left behind a big solid string of rings and numerous blots and streaks of lace. All around great appearance!

Gandhi Bot sure loved the scent of hops. You'd think a robot would like the scent of oil and gas. The first whiff of this beer revealed to me this bot's love for the scent of piney hops with a small mix of citrus hops as well. My nose also picked up a few citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon peel. At the back end of the aroma, I found a subtle whiff of lightly toasted caramel malts. No hard to tell who ruled over this aroma.

Saying that this beer was hop forward would be an understatement. This beer wasn't messing around when it came to the hops. This beer kicked off with that hop combo that was in the aroma. That means I got to taste the bitter piney/citrus hop punch. This hop punch went Stalin over this taste by ruling over this taste with an iron fist. There was no Gandhi in this taste. The only thing that the hops let through was a splash of bitter grapefruit, a touch of lemon zest, and a tiny pinch of toasted caramel malts. It was hoppy, but it wasn't overly hopped.

This was a medium bodied DIPA with a good level of carbonation and very hoppy aftertaste. It was just the citrus/piney hop punch in the aftertaste. Nothing else! This bitter aftertaste lingered on for some time.

If you can get passed the creepy can, you'll find a great DIPA. A 4 or 6 pack (not sure because I got it in a trade) of this would not last long in my possession.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a New Belgium Globe. There was some dirt or mold or something on the top of the can. I'm not sure whether to fault the brewers, distributors, or retailers for this, but the product should not be sold in this condition.

A: (After cleaning the can) This beer pours a very hazy golden orange. Particles hang in suspension, and one cannot see through the liquid. A one inch foamy white head sits atop the beer. Retention is moderate. The head dissipates after a short time, but a quick swirl of the glass will rejuvenate it. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind.

S: Very citric and juicy. Grapefruit is prominent. Some melon rind and pine come out as well, and maybe mandarin orange. Not getting much in the way of malt, maybe some grainy cracker malt.

T: Bitterness is substantial, but mostly citric and grapefruit-like. Juicy melon rind and tropical fruit tastes try to come out, but only manage to skulk about in the background. The citric grapefruit taste overpowers everything else. There isn't much else going on here; some of the nuances I found in the nose fail to show up. Finishes dry with ample citric bitterness and faint cracker malt.

M: Moderate, smooth, and creamy, with low carbonation.

D: Good.

Notes: This beer has earned quite a bit of critical acclaim. It is good, but I don't feel it lives up to the hype. Citric grapefruit taste dominates too much and creates a rather one dimensional beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin head. Aroma is sweet. Hops, citrus, grapefruit and a fair amount of pine. Taste is somewhat sweet with a bitter aftertaste. More pine with some citrus. The 8.8% ABV is hidden well. I miss drinking an Imperial IPA out of the Tall Boy can but, oh well. Finally it pays to live on the East Coast.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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