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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA
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Ratings: 2,314
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 1,004
Gots: 287 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a murky, mucky deep gold with an inch of bright white foam. Thousands of little islands of sticky lacing grabbing and gripping the glass.

S- Pink grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, HUGE notes of pine. Subtle touches of sweet caramel malts and honey.

T- Basically the same as the nose. Everything grows and opens up as it warms up. Fairly underwhelming really. I've had much better for much less $.

M- Nice bitterness blended with fruitiness and sweet caramel malts. Doesn't really stick to the tongue but goes down nicely.

O- Not overly impressed by this. It's not bad by any means, but I was really hoping for more bang for my buck so to speak. Not enough depth for me. Pretty Plain Jane IMHO.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Numerical code on the side of the can says 3 01 09 A 2 BE - so I'm guessing this was born on January 9, 2013. Consumed on March 20, 2013.

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy golden-orangey. Glowing orange when backlit. Small (half-finger) ivory head on top leaves behind a little bit of lace at first, then some more on the glass after each sip.

S: Whoa Nellie - this is real nice. Tropical fruit salad - grapefruit, pineapple and apricot - along with a healthy dose of pine (resin and needles) over a bread-doughy malt. A touch of earthy spiciness too.

T: First impression: it's solid, though it doesn't quite live up to the expectations created by the nose. Apricot (reminds me, somewhat, of what a DIPA of Sculpin would taste like), grapefruit and grapefruit pith. Pine needles, resin and pine oil. Sweet oranges, honey and rising bread dough all provide a sweet counterweight to the hoppy profile - but make no mistake, this is appropriately a hop-bomb of a DIPA. A touch of heat from the booze is noted both as spiciness at the back of the sip and as heat heading down to the belly. Lingering palate-coating bitterness of the pine and grapefruit peel or pith variety.

M: Slightly oily in feel, call it medium-to-full in heft. Carbonation is modest, resulting in a slightly creamy, but more slick feel.

O: Really good stuff. In a summary description to a friend, I described it this way: "Like drinking apricot juice and crushed grapefruit concentrate (including the peel) squeezed through a filter of pine needles." Haven't had a "new" (to me) DIPA that really impressed me in awhile; this beer is an exception. East Coast DIPA is in da hoooouuuse!

Note: On 7/24/13 I had a can that was, according to Westmere Beverage, canned yesterday (as they put it, the only way to have one fresher is if it were canned in the future). It's more bitter than I remember, with a big dose of apricot. Lingering bitterness overwhelms any malt features, reminds me at times of Heady Topper somewhat.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can purchased on a trip to CT in late 1/13, no canning date, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/19/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.75 - almost perfect appearing DIPA to my eyes; golden hues predominant with a lovely hop haze, tight bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass, whitish head totally resolves into glass lacing

S: 4.5 - lots and lots of tropical notes...grapefruit, mango, papaya...even some subtle vanilla and honey notes on the back-end...would love to know the three hop varietals in this beer (guessing Citra, Columbus and Nugget???)

T: 4.75 - subtle bitterness on the anterior tongue (unknown IBUs but I'd be put it in the 90s)...lots of tropical flavors fill the mouth and resolves into residual bitterness; slight malt flavors (honey, cookie) that doesn't predominant, minimal yeast flavors (likely Wyeast 1056)

M: 4 - solid carbonation, dangerously drinkable at 8+%; unfortunately, I find it a little thin in the mouth for an imperial IPA

O: 4.5 - definitely have a soft spot in my heart for NEBCo from my years in New Haven, and this is one of their best offerings up their with Imperial Stout Trooper and Wet Willy; I'd also consider it a top 5 east coast IPA that stands up to Heady Topper, Captain Lawrence Captain's Reserve and DFH 90 minute. It's hoppy but not a hop bomb...instead, it's refreshing, smooth and balanced. If you like east coast IPAs, this is definitely one to fresh trade for.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 2,314 ratings.