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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: 1,964
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 922
Gots: 209 | 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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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Light yellow/orange in color. light white head. Slight lacing.

Aroma is huge pine, woods, and floral aromas. Hugely bitter.Slight malt

Taste is stark bitterness and whole hopes, recently plucked. Slightly malty.

Feel is medium and inviting.

Good drinkability. Especially if you are a hophead!

11-08-2010 02:30:19 | More by EgadBananas
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nerdrocker101

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a mildly hazy, golden orange with almost a finger of thick, off-white foam.

There is a subdued aroma of pine. Nothing that really knocks you back. Just a solid hop nose.

The flavor is mostly packed with resiny pine and bitter citrus. A nice balance between malts and hops.

The perfect amount of bitterness for me personally. Bubbly carbonation. Not a tongue scraping DIPA.

11-08-2010 01:51:34 | More by nerdrocker101
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Good light yellow appearance, average head, not much lace and cling. Aroma very nice, floral hop feel. Light tropical citrus hop aroma.

Taste, doesn't weigh heavy, lots of hop mouthfeel, kinda light bodied, not a lot of malt to back it up, which is nice, I'm tired of all the malt heavy super sweet dipa's out there. If I wanted a barleywine, I'd just get one and sit on it for a year. This stuff is great for disc golf. Almost 9%, you'd never know unless you read it somewhere.

11-07-2010 17:08:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

12 fl oz can poured into my pint glass

Appearance is a deep golden/light orange mix with a two inch creamy slightly off white head. Good head retention with a bit lasting around the edges. Good amounts of lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Good citrus aroma upon pouring. Pineapple and tangerine come first along with mango and grapefruit. A bit of caramel malt along with floral aromas are present with some pine.

Upfront citrus taste of a tangerine flavor with a bit of pineapple. Slight peppery taste with some pine bitterness follows midway. Grapefruit pursues the bitterness with a touch of sweetness from some caramel malt in the finish.

Pretty full bodied DIPA with higher than average carbonation. Bitterness is pretty present but also has a good citrus balance. I would definitely recommend for others to try.

11-05-2010 22:39:00 | More by tr4nc3d
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%

A: I love the look of this beer. Completely opaque like a good hefeweizen with the same golden hue. Nice head and great lacing.

S: Incredibly rich. Sweet and bready with a big floral hop punch. So much going on it's ridiculous.

T: Falls a little short of that wonderful aroma but still very good. The hops come through even more especially in the finish and aftertaste. Much more bitter than the floral hop nose. The outmatched malt bill manages to provide some sweetness to round things out. There is also a little alcohol noticeable.

M: Good combo of smooth and zesty.

D: Not bad for a fairly high abv beer. The strong flavors, especially the rampant hoppiness, might prove to be too much after a couple. This probably wasn't intended to be a session beer though.

11-04-2010 23:28:18 | More by BeefyMee
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Whole Foods 30th Anniversary glass.

A: Amber-brown with a decent head that sticks around.

S: The best feature of this beer. Some spicy aromas and serious hoppiness.

T: Really sharp hoppy flavors, some grassy notes, and a bitter finish.

M: Pretty solid. The right amount of carbonation and a perfect medium body.

D: On par for a DIPA. This one is a little better because of the aroma/taste combo.

Overall, can't wait 'til the Tequila BA version comes out!

11-04-2010 02:52:49 | More by hoppymcgee
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

Hazy pinkish yellow color resembling a lighter shade of grapefruit juice. Good head retention with sticky lacing.

The smell is very aromatic and pungent grapefruit and tropical fruits. Very fresh.

My favorite hop profile... grapefruit, tropical fruit (mango?,) and a dash of pine. The only detractor is that it has a heavy alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is fresh, clean, and sticky-icky. Again, there is a slight burn at the end from the alcohol.

A damn good DIPA I wish I had more access to.

11-04-2010 01:49:31 | More by Vonerichs
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largadeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

Can shared by westcoastbeerlvr. Thanks.

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber topped by a lasting head, this looks solid.

Smell: Pretty nice hop aroma, floral and herbal with a grapefruit undertone. There's a bit of malt shining through, but not much sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Rather herbal and quite bitter. Grapefruit flesh and rind, noticeable and fairly harsh alcohol. Herbal and floral hop flavors with a light crystal malt presence that provides a little sweetness. More acerbity than I like in an IPA, this is a real tongue bruiser.

11-03-2010 21:04:27 | More by largadeer
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boomer31

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for the extra!!

A - Pours a bright hazy gold with a thick white head that leaves after a few sips. The murkiness is very interesting. Sticky bubble on my glass

S - Big floral hop nose with a little bit of grass. Very nice!

T - Very interesting...the hops sit on your tongue nicely but really bite after you swallow. That same nice hop bite on your tongue turns very dry and grassy! Hard to believe this is 8.8% ABV...way too drinkable. A little one sided on the hops, lots of grass

M - Light bodied and dry. Nice low carb that most can beers present, just excellent for the style.

D - Very nice if you like bitter and dry. Can't taste any alcohol.

Overall a very solid Double IPA. Tought to call it balanced as you get almost no malt but you don't get andy alcohol taste at all. Tough to put my finger on this beer, hazy, hoppy, little malt. Intriguing...awesome!!

11-02-2010 23:54:20 | More by boomer31
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Tried this several times before this review and have loved it. Decided to make it official with a review. 12oz can...

A: A nice bright golden honey color. Like the color of pineapple juice. Small 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Very florwal earthy hops upfront with some dry grapefruit and sugary malts blended in the middle. Some nice light fruit on the backend. Very good.

T: A well balanced IPA. Not super bitter, but not super malty. This brew starts with a bitter dry earthy hop quickly followed by a sugary pineapple / grape juice mix. Some apple hidden on the backend. Very good.

M: Full bodied with a nice carbonation. Doesn't leave much on the palate. Good.

D: This goes down very easy!

All in all, this is a great brew. I have loved this one since I first tried it. It is a great balance between hop and malt which is what I love about this brew. Not just super bitter or super sugary. Try if you like a balanced IPA.

10-31-2010 03:39:43 | More by steve8robin
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Florida9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

A: Hazy dull gold-yellow in color. Forms a sizable white head that reduces to a thick ring around edge while leaving sheets of lacing on the way down

S: Predominantly grapefruit and pine with some mango and pineapple accents. Alcohol on the finish kicks up the pungency.

T - Mild pineapple and malt sweetness on the front end is displaced by a strong citrus rind bitterness. Bitterness fades slowly. Only the faintest bit of fusel spice.

F - Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Actually a bit crisp and snappy.

D - A very nice DIPA. Nice light malt base really allows the hop complexity to show through. Alcohol is well hidden. A true gem for the hop heads

10-29-2010 20:25:59 | More by Florida9
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HarleyRider

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

First tried this beer at a tasting. It was oak aged. I couldn't get enough. Unfortunately that was my first and last time to see the oak aged.

Picked up a 4 pack of cans with the funky robot label.

Pours a nice orangish yellow leaving an inch thick white head in the pint glass.

First sniff made me drool. Grapefruit citrus and fresh hops blasted me. Salivating like my Great Dane at this point. Another deep sniff filled my nose with more citrus goodness. Picked up hints of sweeter orange citrus as well with fresh greens.

First mouth full was as expected after smelling. Lots of grapefruit citrus. Good mouth feel.

Bitters are up there but in no way over powering. Second mouthful is more of the same bring up more fresh hops with the grapefruit. Little sweet malt at the end making a nice balance. Small bubbles but not over carbonated.
Head settled down leaving nice lace rings with every enjoyable mouthful. Very enjoyable beer.

Ended up having 3 of the 4 I had. Very drinkable DIPA. If you like a nice citrusy DIPA this is a must try. Best DIPA I have tried from a local CT brewery.

THANK YOU NEW ENGLANG BREWING

10-29-2010 14:56:07 | More by HarleyRider
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

I got this beer from thebestever. Thanks Allie!

12oz can served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a white head that thinned out but left plenty of lacing.

S - sweet tropical fruit aroma, quite nice.

T - sweet pineapple taste upfront with lots of bitterness taking over right up to the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp tingle to it.

D - goes down easy, beware of the abv.

10-28-2010 00:39:17 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

I've been waiting a long time to try this NEBCO beer. Picked up a four pack of 12 oz. cans today and I'm on Gandhi-Bot #2 of the afternoon.

Appearance: Very hazy and not clear at all. Kind of a brownish hue of orange, almost like an overripe orange in the fruit bowl. Head leaves very impressive lacing that hasn't budged an inch since the initial pour.

Aroma: Very citrusy and hop forward. Not sure I'm getting much malt at all in the nose. Pineapple, Grapefruit, and slight pine notes come out.

Taste: Pure citric bitterness. Not in a bad way. Malt lightens things up enough to get a bright fruity burst at the beginning, but the rind-like aspect of the grapefruit flavors is what ends up dominating. One of the more unique aspects of this flavor development is that the malt actually ends up sweetening things a bit in the back of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Loose. It isn't particularly smooth or light, but it goes down well enough. Nothing clings to the mouth or feels particularly thick in the body, but it is heavy enough to feel like a full-mouth of beer.

Drinkability: Pretty high for the ABV and robust flavor. I can see why this is a pretty popular DIPA. It has a medium body that goes down smooth, yet packs an adequate wallop of booze and flavor. One best check themselves with this before one wrecks themselves.

Overall: This was a great beer that somewhat meets the hype. It was almost too built up to me, but it was a damn good beer. The only thing I think that could have boosted my overall enjoyment would have been a bigger contribution from the malt to get more sweetness into the vibrant citrus flavors.

10-24-2010 22:25:25 | More by soze47
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codewarrior

New York

3.6/5  rDev -17.8%

12oz can from a 4-pack poured into a chalice

Picked up this bad-boy in a trade with phyfe99. Will be the first canned IPA that I drink (although I've been eye-balling Modus Hoperandi for a while now).

L: Cloudy, hazy, hay-colored with lots and lots of fluffy head, and extreme lacing as it dissipates.

S: Lots of hops in the front of the nose. Crisp and clean hopitude with fruity sweetness in the back.

T: Lots of hops in the front, fading into grapes. The hops dissipate as it opens up. Lingering bitterness after the grape-finish.

F: Crisp and light.

D: Pretty good all around, balance is a little off ... too much bitterness lingering after the finish for my liking.

10-24-2010 20:49:20 | More by codewarrior
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

Thanks to LarryG for this one! Poured from 12oz can into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours hazy orange with a finger of fluffy white foam.

Smell: Very citrusy nose. Bitter grapefruit, sweet pineapple and mango. Some piney hops, faint hint of malt and a slight alcohol burn.

Taste: Grapefruit and hoppy bitterness, pineapple sweetness, malty sweetness at the end and a smooth alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and a dry finish.

Drinkability: I traded for this and I'm glad I did, I'm especially glad I have 3 more cans left. A very good citrusy DIPA from the east coast.

10-23-2010 22:36:08 | More by Axic10
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

10-23-2010 08:17:36 | More by ryan1788a5
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.7%

Can received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey straw with the slightest hint of orange in the center. The crown is 2 fingers, slightly off white in a hop oil color, shows nice retention and lace. If it wasn't so absolutely cloudy I'd give it a 4.5

Smell: Strong floral over herbal hop notes without much citrus presence. Slight bit of doughy malt base.

Taste: Same as the nose but with some more pronounced herbal hop bitterness. A bit "English" if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good.

10-23-2010 00:51:02 | More by koopa
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beer4colin

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -11%

A- Hazy golden wheat in a 12 oz pour with a UBH head.
S- a hops explosion. Very fresh and clean. (I wish my clothes smelled like this from the dryer)
T- crisp tangy hops sits well on the tongue. Finish is a good hop/ alcohol warmth but nocomplaints.
MF- Good body. You know you have something in your mouth.
D- Hopheads would delight and drink it all night.

10-22-2010 21:13:45 | More by beer4colin
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

Received a 4pack from Knifestyles, thanks Chris. Poured the little peace loving robot into a pint glass:

A - a yellow, golden color with an orangish hue toward the middle. Head is a light foam cap then dwindles into foam ring around the edges. Lacing retention is good.

S - Sweet pineapple and grapefruit with other citrus notes. Little bits of red apple and slight pine resinous but mostly citrus.

T - more piney and resinous than the smell. Bitter pine and earth with the malt coming forward. Sweet toward the end.

M - Tingly carbonation and a dry after feeling. The sweetness leaves a syrup feeling which is dried by the bitterness.

D - good drinkability. The dryness makes it hard to put away but that not always a bad thing. The bitter/sweet makes it...interesting... To be honest, I think I love the fact that Gandhi is depicted as a robot and find that slightly more entertaining than the beer itself, but it is still a decent brew.

10-22-2010 14:57:24 | More by joshuaseresse
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

12 oz can poured into tulip glass - thanks to phyfe99

Pours a completely hazed golden honey orange with a nice frothy head. Retains well while drinking and leaves plenty of lacing ringing around the glass.

Piny, almost herbal hops in the nose along with some toasted malts and a bit of sweetness.

Heaps of tingly, bitter hops explode right up front. Some pine and citrus mix in along with some grapefruit touches. There's a small amount of fruit sweetness which attempts to creep through before finishing bitter and dry with a bit of warmth.

Medium bodied, dry and tingly - plenty of hoppy feel on this one. Drinks pretty well, especially for the 8.8%, which is masked well - although with the amount of bitterness it'd be hard not to drown out any booze.

Quality DIPA for sure, superbly bitter (almost too much), and the can artwork is awesome.

10-22-2010 00:38:55 | More by xnicknj
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GRG1313

California

3.68/5  rDev -16%

Pours a hazy gold with orange tint and a short and disappearing white head.

From a can so unlikely was affected by light and the can is also a current release but still smells skunky and like "sweat." Unpleasant "sweaty" character with an underlying fruity tone. The "skunk" blows off with a number of swirls and some time, or, one simply gets used to it because the flavors are somewhat inviting and appealing. Not the best nose I smelled.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and appealing. Elegant "little bubble" champagne carbonation and mouthfeel is inviting and of quality.

Flavors start a bit strange but really grow on you. Sweet malt/fruit front palate of oranges and some stone fruit character that quickly goes to a very bitter pine end palate and long pine/pine resin finish. Flavors are complex and layered, although not bright. This is very much a "bitter pine" character brew.

Finish is the most distinctive part of this brew, being very bitter pine and long and bold.

10-21-2010 06:54:10 | More by GRG1313
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Can shared by Mike, thanks. Beer is yellow and really hazy, almost a wit level of haziness. Head is decent in thickness and made up of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. I love the logo too, extra points. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very citrusy, no malt at all, smells really nice.

Beer is light in body for a DIPA, about a medium body overall, really drinkable with a chewy resiny hoppiness to the whole thing. Its bright in the front without being overly sweet and its bitter in the back but not very dry. I really enjoyed this beer overall. I think its a great DIPA. Drinkability high.

10-20-2010 15:52:55 | More by drabmuh
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from a 12oz can into my pint glass. Sweet. The body is hazy golden color with lots of lively looking carbonation and about a centimeter of creamy white head that leaves sticky lace. The aroma is full of citrus, namely pineapples and orange and a bitter hop aroma to finish. Notes of caramel linger in the behind the citrus and hop aroma. Not quite as juicy as I had pictured this one to be. Actually, relatively dry. I feel misled by the aroma. However, this still taste pretty good. Bitter pine hops bombard my pallet and finish nicely with a decent malt profile and citrus finish. Again, just not what I expected. The mouthfeel is heavy and a bit dry, finishes bitter and slightly syrupy. And as with other recent double IPA experiences, this one hides the alcohol very well. This is one that I truly love, drinkable to no end for me. I'll snag this anytime I see it.

10-20-2010 04:34:20 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Poured into a tulip. Nice golden hazy color. Monster head on this one as well and leaves behind very sticky lacing. Nice.

Smells like hops. I get a lot of orange zest in the nose and just the slightest hint of cracker; like a saltine. Really nice.

The taste is incredibly dry and bitter. The finish mimics the aroma with the orange zest character.

Very light body makes this dangerously drinkable. Easily one of my favorite double IPA's

10-20-2010 03:16:42 | More by andrewinski1
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.