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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,917
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 909
Gots: 198 | FT: 10
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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Photo of kingcrowing


4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a tumbler. Picked this up at the brewery about an hour ago, so it's about as fresh as it can be!

Pours a very orange color, it's fairly hazy and it's got a nice two finger white head that starts to crater a bit and fades down after a few minuets. Nose is really nice, it's a bit light but very fruity and tons of citrus. Grapefruit and sweet floral hops dominate, really nice.

Wow, this'll pop you in the kisser! Very, very bitter and hoppy it's got a nice vegetal hop bite to it with a small bit of graininess to it, but it works really well. Leaves a really earthy and mellowing tone to it in your gut after a while. Nice warming sensation on the way down, it leaves a really good feeling in your gut.

I wanted to find this in a can, but it sold out so quickly I missed out, however getting it fresh on tap is more than a consolation. I met Rob at the brewery and he showed me around, it's a great little stop. I stopped at the liquor store down the road on the way back and I picked up some other NEBC beers (Sea Hag & Elm City Lager), looking forward to them!

Serving type: growler

09-25-2010 18:22:44 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ghandi-Bot may be the best canned beer I've ever had.

A - It pours a surprisingly paler golden hue, very light-colored for a DIPA; aside from the can, this is the first hint that something is unusual about this brew. There is a nice white head and lace etc... But it is pretty damn pale.

S - The nose is pungent, hop-forward, and seems to fall between an IPA and a DIPA, as it is quite hoppy but does not seem to have a heavy malt backing. The hop profile is unusually dank and earthy; I'm glad that the malt is subdued, it allows the hops to shine.

T - Damn, this tastes great. First off, it is dry as hell with perhaps a pilsner-esque maltiness. And it has great hoppiness without being palette-shreddingly bitter. The flavor is further comprised of grassy, dank, earthy hop with some pristine mineral flavor to boot.

M - DIPA. Nicer than usual, actually.

D - An uncommonly delicious DIPA, and at any rate it is certainly an interesting take on the style

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 13:35:14 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of OakedCanuck


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Knifestyles for this trade. 12oz can poured into Midnight Sun tulip. From notes.

A - Light copper visual. Whitish head dissipated quickly but left a little lacing.

S - Wet citrus hops, floral, and some intriguing sugar-type malt in the back.

T - Grapefruit, apricot, orange zest, pine and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Delicious.

M - medium carbonation, a bit dry and sticky but nothing to detract from the experience.

D - I liked this beer but may be a bit heavy for more than one or two. I really liked this one and will seek it out again.

Serving type: can

09-21-2010 16:41:35 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of Bitterbill


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, purchased from Grand Vin Wine & Spirits, online.

The can says this is intensely hopped..I could smell the hoppy goodness as soon as I opened it.

It pours a very hazy yellow orange with a 2 finger head of foam. It is a little shy when it comes to the lacing.

Lots of bitter hops in the smell; I'm getting grapefruit and pine mostly but a bit of tropical fruit is there as well. Taking deep whiffs to pull out any malt presence and it works. A very light sweetness peeks through.

The taste doesn't surprise me. Everything in the smell is well represented and in the same ratios. Deliciously bitter throughout but very intense in the finish and long in the after taste. I'd say the taste falls short of the smell by just a smidgeon.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with the medium body and light medium carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good though, to me, it comes across as stronger than the abv says. Not much of a complaint, really.

Serving type: can

09-17-2010 22:19:11 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of stakem


4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The new 12oz red can instead of the previous releases plain silver pint can with applied (yet more colorful) sticker.

My friend Dan who lives now a mere couple of blocks from the brewery was kind enough to pick up a couple 4 packs and bring this hoppy canned love back to the mother state of PA so I could share with friends. At best guess, this brew has not been in the can for more than 3 weeks.

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a golden color that is very hazed. Initially 2 fingers of yellowish stained foam appear to compose the head and receed fairly fast leaving patches of legwork all over the glass.

The aroma of this brew is awesome. Big credit here goes to the freshness. After having just recently harvested hops in my yard this brew smells like the next best thing. Tons of grapefruit like sweetness coming off the nose mixed with a blend of other hop goodness that is grassy, herbal and all around spicey.

The taste of this brew is a little more balanced than what I remember from the last batch. While the major flavor bursting component here is the hops, there is a slight toasted grainy sweetness to back this brew. The hops taste of citrus like grapefruit rind, piney character, herbs and spices. Very bold amount of bitterness in this brew, if you are in need a hop fix, this is your medicine.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. A lasting amount of hop character clings to the inside of the mouth and just sticks with an oily and resinous power of retension that the head could have took a lesson from. For pushing almost 9% alcohol, I could get myself in trouble with a couple of these, they go down easy.

Serving type: can

09-15-2010 00:40:44 | More by stakem
Photo of Kegatron


4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Stakem for hooking me up with a 4-pack of these. You da' man Adam!

Pours a hazy golden apricot, with 1 ½ fingers of rich eggshell head. Swirling fires this up to a robust ½ finger, throwing up a sticky cascade of creamy lacing that hangs in a heavy latticework on the sides of the glass. Good look here. The aroma is floral and spicy, with some sweet tropical fruit character that is cut through with more bitter notes of grapefruit and earthy citrus peel. Grainy sweetness is fairly pronounced in the back of nose, while a touch of stiff heat gives this some thickness in the nostrils.

The taste is VERY spicy and bitter to a lesser extent, with grapefruit and citrus rind being tempered by the sweetness of citric fruit and toasted malts, which has a bit of grainy presence to it. The hops strike back in the finish, lashing the back end with an aggressive mix of spice and bitter that parch the palate with dry lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a larger feeling mouth filling creaminess to the carbonation. There is some sharpness up front of the sip but then gets much more smooth and creamy as you swallow. Some alcohol beef in the body adds some definite warmth to the finish of this but overall, I'd say that the alcohol is handled pretty well here.

Definitely a good DIPA here but the sharp spiciness of the hops just kept it from reaching that next level for me. I actually quickly followed this up with another can, just to make sure that I hadn't missed something but found the same result. Definitely one to try if you come across a can but this wasn't the end-all be-all of East Coast IPAs, as some might have you believe.

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 15:07:16 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Slatetank


4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was pleased that Stakem decided to share this, yet again a beautiful hoppy canned beer -thanks!

A - The 12oz pours a nice medium golden/light amber shade w/ mild haze and lots of lace clinging following the taste as a sheet of rings

S - The smell is good with mild citrus and slight caramel odor w/ a noticeable orange rind smell and not at all noticeable alcohol for the depth of ale this contains

M - The feel is bitter but more juicy and citrus tangy w/ resins and light astringency w/ medium carbonation

T - This has a great flavor -so much fruit from both yeast and hops with a strong citrus focus and smooth hop bitterness effect on the palate is great, there is a slight malt undercurrent but mostly this is american hop taste bud pleasure

D -A sweet/bitter balance -lots of hoppy goodness-a definite must-try in my book, Thanks Adam!

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 14:06:12 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can purchase in a 4 pack, in Cheshire, CT. No canning date/freshness info offered.

Pours clouded medium dull apricot, under a tiny bubble, minor off white head, that leaves just few small bits of lace on the glass.

Nose is full of hop related whiffs, resin, citrus and general hoppy goodness.

Taste is where things get interesting. I'm happy to say this is a full fledged hop bomb...resins, graininess, grapefruit citrus notes. Densely flavorful, wonderfully hoppy especially for an East coast, no Connecticut DIPA.

Well done, gonna buy more next time I travel to the Nutmeg state

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 00:28:29 | More by Billolick
Photo of Homebrew35


4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-12-2010 03:37:25 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of begforme4484


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/gold color with a slight haze. Ample white head with good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus. Damn. I've never smelled an eastern brewed IPA or DIPA with this signature West Coast citrus scent. It has tons of citrus on the nose with some floral hops mixed in too. Some piney notes in there as well and very slight malts.

The taste is VERY reminiscent of Sculpin. Which is saying a lot for Sculpin as it's a single IPA. Anyways. Lots of grapefruit and citrus up front with a bit of floral and grassy hops. A hint of malt sweetness before the bitter tinge takes over and sits on your palette.

I was lucky to find this on tap at Plan B in Glastonbury. Needless to say, I will be filling my Stone 2L growler very shortly at the brewery.

Excellent DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 04:51:04 | More by begforme4484
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this DIPA pours a hazy golden brown/tan, some might call it tawny, the glass is crowned with a thin white that rings the glass, plenty of active carbonation

S - up first is a huge grapefruit hop aroma, followed closely by a syrupy thick clover honey note, which is routed back to hops with some piney/floral back-up

T - holy mellow! sublimely hoppy, a hop bomb without being bombastic, the hops borderline sweetness with a brown sugar style characteristic that mellows it out and blends it together masterfully

M&D - one of the smoothest DIPA's I have ever quaffed, blended and balanced perfectly, syrupy and viscous on the tongue, definitely one of the favorite DIPA'a

Serving type: can

09-09-2010 19:44:44 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of sulldaddy


4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a growler split with my brother Brian during a recent visit. The beer has been in the growler for a few weeks in the fridge, but still has some pop when opening the swingtop lid.
The beer pours into my pint glass a hazy burnt siena color with eggshell white foamy head of 2.5 cm fluffing up easily and fading gradually, no loss of carbonation here.
Aroma is hop full with pine sap and grapefruit dominant, maybe some other citrusy notes bouncing around, and brief wisps of caramel malt in the background. Definitely a hoppy beer.
First sip reveals average body with average carbonation that tingles across my palate on each sip.
Flavor is briefly caramel and toffee on the tip of my tongue but then rolls to hops, grapefruit, pine sap and a bit of general astringent bite that gives a bit of pucker to the beer.
The alcohol is pretty well hidden on the swallow but does make its presence known after the first pint is emptied. A very drinkable deceptively bigger beer. I enjoy this one a lot and will be picking up more and sharing with friends.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2010 17:11:31 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of jaluria


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to call around to several of the best beer stores in the state to track this bad boy down after nearly 2 weeks of searching. And it was worth the wait, for sure.
Pours a soft yellow-orange color that is entirely translucent with a frothy white head. Some lacing is left behind when the head dies down. Aroma is filled with pine, grapefruit, citrus peel and warm bread. Flavors follow suit with a blast of hops through out each sip. The finish is dry and refreshing while retaining that subtle lemon drop feeling in the back of my throat that is a signature of a hoppy blend. Smooth and crisp, this is a great beer to pair with pizza, as I did and I could have a few of these in a sitting though the ABV might get the better of me. A great beer from NEBC.

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 23:25:05 | More by jaluria
Photo of socon67

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second variety from NEBCO. Poured into a Hoffbrau mug.

A: Very cloudy, and orange. A nice white foam on the 'bot.

S: Very hoppy, and a nice smell of citrus/tropical fruit.

T: After trying this, I'm sticking to DIPA's. At least if they taste as nice as this. The hops combine with the sugary fruit for a nice treat.

M: Carbonation was a bit more than I'd like; made it feel like soda. But not that bad.

D: Quite drinkable. You do feel that ABV, but it is such a drinkable beer that having a second (or third) can is possible.

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 22:43:18 | More by socon67
Photo of LtCracker20


4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-01-2010 21:05:14 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of nrbw23


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a creamy off white head. Head has good retention and left a good amount of layered lacing.

S- Smells of tropical hops, pineapple, mango with some pine, caramel, papaya, and tangerine.

T- Follows the nose really well. Tropical hops everywhere, with a nice touch of pine. A nice finish of sweet malts and spice.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Wish this one was in Ohio for sure.

Thanks Allie.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2010 08:44:58 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Zippie9999


5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: Just bought this from Liquor Depot in New Britain,CT. on recommendation from beer guru Brian. Great call! Not much of a can enthusiast, but all I have to say is bravo!
A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a white fluffy head into my trustyChouffe Houblon chalice.
S: A fragrant aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and hops permeate the senses.
T: After the prerequisite hop slam, a crisp, clean, fresh flavor of citrus, grapefruit, and floral notes greet thetastebuds. At almost 9%; the ABV is hidden extremely well.
O: Overall, a phenomenal brew! This is truly a benchmark when it comes to Dipas. This would be a go to if it weren't so limited in availability.

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 01:38:14 | More by Zippie9999
Photo of PicoPapa


4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 03:11:14 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of bgjohnston


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange out of the can. Only beer I have poured out of a can with a big bright-white head like this one. Similarity to most canned beers ends here.

Smell is sharp and lemon-like, with a nice zing to it. Taste is also very impressive; starts out with a bitter hit, then slides seamlessly into a light sweetness, then back to a light citrus drying finish. Very refreshing, concealing its alcohol content very well.

Too bad it is such a limited release. I would love to have cans of this around to take to cookouts all summer long.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 00:18:09 | More by bgjohnston
Photo of WeaponTheyFear


4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a good amount of white head considering its a growler.
S- Huge nose of dank citrusy hops. Bitter grapefruit, small amount of sweet malt. Actually the dankness of this reminds me a bit a Flower Power.
T- The highlight of the beer for me. Big dank hops with a huge citrus element. Finishes extremely bitter but with a small amount of malt to soften the blow. Finishes dry and bitter.
M- Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation for the style.
D- I've said this before and I'll say it again, NEBC makes even the higher ABV brews so extremely drinkable. Never a hint of alcohol in any of their beers and this one is no exception.

Overall- With all the homer bias and all, this is easily one of my favorite DIPAs besides maybe Hopslam and Maharaja. An amazing DIPA and definitely worth seeking out. I can only hope that it is just as good from a can.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2010 02:22:32 | More by WeaponTheyFear
Photo of fear025


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Serving type: can

08-23-2010 04:35:41 | More by fear025
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st growler from nebco, those guys are alright. Super pumped on this beer. Pours a real lovely opaque golden orange with a nice two finger puffy white head that leaves lots of lacing for a x2ipa. Aroma is just what I was hoping for, tones of hops. Piney, citrusy, and oh man sooo fresh. I'm getting some stone fruit too like apricot. Flavor is first big grapefruit, little apricot, bunch more citrus and then the piney bittering hops take hold of you. Great hop show case. Nice mouthfeel, dense but not overly carbed. Other than the higher abv on this I could drink alot of it.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2010 00:14:20 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of BeerMusketeer


4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THE BOT!!! Would not have thunk soemone could put this much hoppy goodness in a can, but NEB KILLED this. The flavors of wweet floral hops are intense and NOT OVERPOWERED by a dry, almost delicate malt backbone. The nose matches, with all sorts of dankness.

Serving type: can

08-18-2010 19:05:33 | More by BeerMusketeer
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of various hops. I get some resin and orange notes with some caramel malt. The taste is pine and orange flavored hops with caramel malt. The bitterness is low to medium due to the malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-30-2010 00:30:27 | More by Mora2000
Photo of kirkpjr


4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-20-2010 01:47:36 | More by kirkpjr
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,917 ratings.