Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev -2.7%
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
4.11/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the Tap and Tea Room in Albany, NY.
A-Pours a dark gold to amber with a thin off white head that quickly dissipates. The lack of head could have been due to an improper poor, but the beer did seem to be lower in carbonation than I would expect.
S-Aroma is like sticking your face into a bag of fresh hops with all the juniper and grapefruit pith aromas that come along with that. Very strong, very pleasant.
T-Similarly, like biting into that same bag of hops. The first sip shocks your palate with a very strong showing of hop bitterness and aroma, then it drops off quickly as your palate becomes accustomed to the hoppiness. It seems to me that the flavor doesn't quite keep up with the aroma. Definitely a lot citrus and piney hops flavor up front then you get just a hint of the malts trying their hand at a balancing act they are losing and then the hops come back for a strong finish.
M-Very resinous, with some dextrins positively affecting the mouthfeel I believe. The mid to full body and uncharacteristically low carbonation are overshadowed by the almost syrup like quality the dextrins and over aggressive dry hopping imparted to this beer. It is more than I would normally expect from a double IPA, but I enjoyed it because it made Gandhi Bot stand out. However, the low carbonation was a negative.
O-This beer is all about the hops. The incredibly aromatic hops deliver the right amount of bitterness that is balanced in part by the malt and in part by the alcohol. Overall, this very smooth beer is definitely worth a try and would likely put up a decent fight against even your favorite double/imperial IPAs. I would definitely try this again.
Serving type: on-tap
04-15-2013 17:49:18 | More by ElijahRivera
4.3/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a hazy golden peach/apricot in color with some moderate amounts of fine visible yeast sediment in suspension at the bottom of the glass, light amounts of visible carbonation, and some orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized thin patches, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Very light aromas of caramel malts underneath moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops, tropical/pineapple/mango hops, and much lighter amounts of pine & floral hops.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by fairly aggressive and strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple/mango, and pine. Moderate amounts of fairly aggressive hop bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.
M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of dryness in the finish.
O: This is really enjoyable with nice hop flavors, though slightly aggressive, and well balanced with the malts - there is enough sweetness that is it not overly or unpleasantly bitter. Pretty easy to drink and definitely one I would like to find again. Alcohol is well hidden.
Serving type: can
04-10-2013 01:18:16 | More by dbrauneis
4.25/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
poured an orange hue (a bit hazy) with 2 fingers of white foamy head and excellent lacing left behind. HUGE floral hop bouquet in the nose, very sweet, floral, citrusy, pineapple, grapefruit. an excellent balnce of hop profiles.. west coast piney meets the citrusy grapefruit, with a pile on of northeast floral ipa style.. backed by a heavy sweet malt profile. this is up there with pliny, flower power, and heady. a resinous bitterness lingers for quite some time. the medium body pour is easy to drink due to the hops overpowering the booze flavor. low carbonation and a sticky feeling left behind, this is one of the better dipas i've had. nice and bitter.
Serving type: can
04-10-2013 01:01:17 | More by facundoCNB
4.26/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
We crack the tabs and pour a brew of murky pumpkin orange. It puts up a two finger head of tight, cake-batter bubbles. This retains well, leaving patterns of spots all down the glass. There is a serious chill haze, with generous sediment suspended throughout. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is equally bright with malts as it is hops. On the one side we get spicy, herbal, floral, and nectary hops, while on the other we get big bready malts, with light oat and cereal grain beside the classic pales and light caramels. There are additional notes of baker’s yeast, sweetly stinging booze, mild medicinal phenols, and Juicy Fruit gumminess mixing in. With warmth these all blend beautifully, making it harder to pick apart the individuals from the final whole. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely fruity, and the hops are dirty, earthy, and fully flavorful, but without making the bitterness overly intense. As we sip, juicy pineapple and nectarine sugars, herbal hops, gritty earthiness, and mineral start things off. Moving to the peak is the bite of ethanol, with a sweetening of the hops into more floral, and heavily syrupy nectary hops. The malts, phenols, and bubblegum esters take over, pulling us to a nicely balanced, but more bittered, finish with booze, dill weed, and those herbal, mineral and metallic earthy hops. There is a final wash of apricot and tropical fruit sweetness to the last drop. The aftertaste breathes of toasted pales and lightly wheaty malts, chalky yeast, fusel booziness, and bitterly earthy and herbal, but sweetly nectary hops. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, sip, cream, and froth, but with a little thinness on the finishing pop. The mouth is briefly cooled and coated, but as the alcohol burns off it is warmed and astringently dried. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks quite nicely.
Overall, the best things about this beer are the nicely balanced aroma, and how easily it drinks. The hops on the nose are just so sticky, fruity, and sweet, yet so bittered, herbal, and earthy. These mix with the perfect level of bittered pales, caramel, and bubblegum. This beer is actually a nice change for the style, as many tend to overwhelm the beer with doubling a certain ingredient, thus tipping the balance out of favor. Here, the balance remains through both the aroma and the flavoring, leaving us with a tasty, easily drinkable treat from the beer-quiet state of Connecticut.
Serving type: can
04-09-2013 00:16:05 | More by TheBrewo
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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