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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 1597
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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stephens101

Oklahoma

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
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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
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HeyHayward

California

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
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scotorum

Massachusetts

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
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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
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von_kaiser

Connecticut

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
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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
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AnthonyBeerdain

Connecticut

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.

Aroma
Bubblegum, pineapple, dank fresh and citrusy hops.

Appearance
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.

Flavor
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.)

Mouthfeel
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
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dementionX

Connecticut

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
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easong

California

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
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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
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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

BRANDING
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.

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

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

TASTE
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.

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

NOTES
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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jjdc

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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pmarlowe

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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dar482

New York

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

The beer comes in a slight hazy vibrant amber color. A deep rich sunset orange.

The aroma has sweet overly ripe tropical fruit, some sweet orange marmalade, tons of bready sweet malt.

The flavor continues with the tropical notes, a gentle bouquet of floral and pineapple and papaya. Along with a hint of sweet caramel malt flavor. Some grapefruit pith and pine on the end, a sharp bitterness and tons of floral.

An absolutely well crafted and complete hop bomb.

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 07:47:26 | More by dar482
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, leaves a nice two finger head that stuck around for a while,bright orange, nice lacing. Not a bad looking dipa. Smell is not over powering. Getting some pine and maybe lemon, with some slight caramel. Light carbonation and very creamy on the first sip. Definitely pine and grass up front, a little bit of citrus to follow. Aftertaste of pine and lemon, very nice. Nicely balanced with a nice little hop bite at the end that sticks around on the tongue for a while. For whatever reason I was expecting a hop bomb, probably random comparisons to heady topper I've seen on here, not the case, but still worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 07:02:38 | More by Mikeypnh
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AltBock

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 04:36:33 | More by AltBock
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Rheaume17

Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 14:49:14 | More by Rheaume17
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ScotNH

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Three fingers of thick, frothy head. Dark amber in color, and a bit hazy.

S - Lots of sweet malts. Caramel. Some resin and citrus.

T - An excellent mixture of hops and malts. The hops come through more on the taste than the nose, balancing nicely. The finish is moderately bitter, but very well balanced. Also hints of grass in the finish.

M - Medium body, with perfect carbonation. Very smooth.

O - This doesn't come across as a typical hop-bomb DIPA. It is extremely well balanced, and the delicious malt characters stand out. This isn't what I was expecting, but it was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: can

12-26-2013 00:20:22 | More by ScotNH
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mverity

Florida

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

Can share at Proof courtesy of Matt Masterson. Pours a pale slightly hazy yellow. Good bubbly white head that lasted almost a minute. Thin collar. Nice spicy, piney hop aroma with a fair amount of malt sweetness noticeable. Taste is the same. Great. Again, not a piney hop fan, but when it's done well, it really works. High carbonation and medium body.

Serving type: can

12-22-2013 03:19:23 | More by mverity
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Sorcerer

United Kingdom (England)

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

This beer gets everything right, including being strong, and provocatively packaged.

I like hot and spicy food, and beer that will hold up to that. This delivers.

Hazy light rust color and a 1" head, fizzed down to nothing in a minute. Scant lacing.

Wafts of freshly cut rhubarb, hay, weed, and reminds me of some trail brushing project in the spring.

Taste is pure hop fondue. Deep woods off in the jungle steaming wet hops. No sign of pretend or stale ingredients. Nuggets of gold in a deep ravine. Cold water and wild fish.

Mouthfeel is foamy and spongy and invites me to sample sips rather than chug. Chugging would be a serious waste, the feel tells me, of the flavor. Frequently returning to sip, in rapid succession, introduces a pleasant bitterness to my mouth.

General Ghandi-Bot commands attention to those who get the orders to drink. Now what would a private session with this on tap be like? xxxx

Serving type: can

12-21-2013 05:49:12 | More by Sorcerer
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is an orange hazy color with a massive three finger white foamy head.
Head retention on this beer is great.
Aroma is citrus, tropical fruit and mango also some grass.
Flavor is grapefruit, mango, citrus with a nice balanced bitterness.
Mouthfeel is semi dry and creamy with nice lingering bitterness flavor.
Really enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

12-20-2013 20:46:27 | More by zookerman182
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a foamy white head, good retention leaving a small sudsy layer. Some small resinous particles floating all around

S- fresh leafy hop resin pours out of the glass, some citrus/grapefruit notes, mango, fresh grass, light floral, underlined by light buiscity malt, a nit reminiscent of Heady

T- heavy dose of leafy and floral hop to start, some citrus and grassy notes kick in, leading to a slightly sweet tropical mango, the malty notes are slightly bready, and allow the hops to showcase, dry and leafy on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel, leading to a silky smooth finish. ABV is amazingly hidden

O- this is an amazingly well crafted DIPA, it's right up there with Heady and has many similarities IMO. Leafy and fresh with amazing drinkability

Serving type: can

12-06-2013 01:49:57 | More by Treyliff
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Pehlman

California

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured the entire can so that may explain the slight haziness. A golden-straw color with a light white head maintaining about 1/8th inch above the body of the beer.

S: Stone-fruit hop aromas. Freshly cut grass. Not overly citrus. Hops seem to balance well with a light biscuity malt character. Alcohol detected on a deeper sniff.

T: More of the grassy notes come forward with a nice bite of bitterness lingering throughout. Malt character stays out of the way for the most part. Just enough base-malt backbone to balance. Bitterness still lingering… Not saying thats a bad thing.

M: Just a tad high in the carbonation department. "A tad, Lloyd!?!?" Body is perfect for the style. Slight oily hop quality which is also good.

Overall I am definitely enjoying this beer! Im always a little iffy when it comes to IPA's from the east coast, but this may be one of the better ones I've tried for sure. Its talking me about 25 minutes to finish off a 12oz can. Again, not a bad thing. Worth a glass for sure. Cheers!

Serving type: can

12-04-2013 06:40:35 | More by Pehlman
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this from the 12 oz. can into a snifter.
Nice dark amber, cloudy and looking to be unfiltered. 1.5 fingers of head, tangerine hints in the head.
Smell is nice but not overpowering. Nice tropical juicy citrus hops.
Taste is right in line with aromas. Some good bitterness, some solid hoppy citrus flavors. More in line with Sculpin than say, Double Sunshine or Heady.
Overall, happy to have tried it. A very solid DIPA.

Serving type: can

11-29-2013 15:03:59 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,597 ratings.