Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.
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4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from the can into my sam's perfect pint glass
This beer poured a very cloudy, almost orange juice like in color, with a slight, slight tan head that sat nicely upon the body...about 1-2 fingers.
Smell - This beer has one of the best noses I've ever experienced in a beer. Lots of pine, grapefruit citrus notes hit you first, and that's pretty much all I can notice. It heavily reminds me of a fresh Christmas tree...! Wonderful!
Taste - Lets hope the nose and palate agree with each other...and they do! It's not as bitter as one would think it would be, or at least my palate says different, but this DIPA is absolutely juicy and ripe, full of those grapefruit and yummy pine hops. This is my favorite beer to date...and the ABV is hidden very well!
Mouthfeel - the carbonation is so well done, it intertwines with the hops and small malt character to bring everything together. Full mouthfeel for sure.
Drinkability - I could have a few of these based on taste alone, it's a very delicious DIPA. I would stock up on this if it were more available.
All in all, my favorite DIPA to date. I wish I could get my hands on more of it as it's quite delectable. The ABV will creep on you quick, that is for certain! If you have the chance to try this, do not pass it up.
12-09-2010 06:10:02 | More by Genuine
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
Thanks to steve8robin for this one. I poured from a 12 ounce can into a sa perfect pint glass. Deep yellow/orange pour, 2 inch sticky head. The aroma is wonderful, pineapple, oranges and tropical fruit. A big rush of juicy tropical fruit up front, followed by sweet citrus. It has a drying finish, sweeter than I expected. It has a medium/full body, nicely carbonated. A great DIPA, luckily I have another can to enjoy.
12-09-2010 02:40:13 | More by bonkers
4.25/5 rDev -3%
12oz can shared by sstackho, thanks! Pours a nice vibrant orange with a finger of bubbly head. Nose is filled with tropical fruits and citrus rinds - pineapple, grapefruit, mango. Long lasting bitterness, real pithy finish, hint of leafy hops, some pine. Balanced by a biscuity caramel malt body, not too sweet. Hides the ABV real well, nice dry long bitter finish - this is a top notch DIPA and being in a can is a double bonus. Wish we had something like this available here.
12-08-2010 23:27:42 | More by ritzkiss
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
"In a beer can," this is a beauty that I find very hard to pass up when I come across it on my trips to the New England area. If it were sold closer to me, I'd make it an essential to have in the fridge at all times...Into an oversize wine glass, it pours a dull and dense foggy grapefruit-orange color and carries an aroma of crisp sweet grapefruit citrus and orange rind zest. From open to finish, this packs a mega punch of hops that elegantly ravages the palate with citrus bitterness and leaves your mouth feeling like what I can best compare to as the same mouth coating numbness you'd experience after eating a fresh whole small grapefruit. Though this seems a little extreme, I warn you. This is an Imperial IPA that will quickly make great friends with your palate after smothering it and sneaking its a.b.v. in through the back window. Thus, it also becomes dangerously smooth. So hopheads, REJOICE!
12-08-2010 21:04:42 | More by albertjr21
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
Big thanks to Shawn for bringing over one of the best-named and best-looking cans I've ever seen.
Pours a bright orange with a bubbly white head. Great pineapple nose - lots of sweet citrus, but with a nice biscuit malt backing. Decent bitterness in the flavour, with candied citrus and pine coming to the fore. Excellent balance from the biscuit base. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Medium, smooth body works well.
This is an outstanding take on the style and extremely enjoyable. You New Englanders are lucky!
12-08-2010 15:02:18 | More by bobsy
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -8.7%
Appearance: Cloudy golden amber; some decent head and lacing
Smell: big piney floral citrus with some biscuit malts in the back
Taste: Again, nice pine and grapefruit hoppy taste with some crisp clean biscuit malts
Mouthfeel: Medium body; perhaps slightly too much carbonation
Drinkability: Above average DIPA
12-06-2010 04:25:48 | More by craytonic
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
Shared as an extra from COBeerBuff. Thanks again! Poured into a tulip.
A - amazing! A cloudy, radiant golden color with 1.5 inches of white head on top.
S - citrus and hops, but they are of the creamy and sweet variety. Making me thirsty!
T - same as nose - a ton of citrusy hops, but there's a nice smooth sweetness to balance them out on the finish. Really fantastic beer!
M - tastes great, has a lot of flavors and complexity - therefore, feels great!
D - I could go all night (but I know the 8.5 will slow me down sooner rather than later).
12-06-2010 00:50:32 | More by GabrielM
3.73/5 rDev -14.8%
Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for the opportunity to try this one! Pours a super hazy golden orange color with lots of yeast chunkies floating around with a small head and no lacing. Not sure I like all this sediment in my IPAs... Nice, tropical fruit aroma, mostly pineapple and orange, light grapefruit, and a mustiness from the yeast. Taste is very nice, not overly bitter. Good dose of citrus, pale malts give a cracker-like quality, lightly sweet, and again, yeasty. Flavor seems to be a bit light for a double IPA, but I'm glad it's not ridiculously bitter. Body is below medium, and carbonation is very light. Overall, it's well balanced and pretty drinkable, just wish I had known there was this much sediment in the bottom so I could have kept it out of my glass. This might be the one setback of craft beer and cans... Makes it difficult to decant properly. But overall, a tasty brew!
12-04-2010 03:55:01 | More by KeefD
3.53/5 rDev -19.4%
A: Poured a cloudy yellowish gold color with good carbonation, nice white head leaving plenty of lacing
S: Some pine and grapefruit, little bit of grass
T: If a pine cone and a grapefruit did the no pants dance this would be the result
M: Booze is masked, medium body
D: Pretty good and easy to drink
12-02-2010 03:40:22 | More by barleywinefiend
3.85/5 rDev -12.1%
Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, orange/yellow in color
Smell: pine and citrus hops, some pineapple
Taste: A lot of hops are here. I get pine, citrus, and soapy hops. There is a light caramel backbone
Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, high carbonation, semi-bitter start--bitter middle and super bitter aftertaste. Some sweetness is present in the back.
Drinkability: I do like the combination of the different types of hops. A good beer to sit with if you want a hop bomb. One or two max.
11-29-2010 15:14:53 | More by tigg924
4.38/5 rDev 0%
Big time thanks to smutty33 for a fresh 4 pack the highly acclaimed Ghandi-Bot! Sweet 12 oz. orange and black can poured into my DFH signature glass.
A- Pours a solid, completely opaque orange-yellow with a nice half inch of white head. My only knock against the look is that the head isn't larger. I poured it straight down the middle without really holding back and it still only gave me half an inch or so. Mostly large bubbles form the head and stick around the sides of the glass and in patches on the top for the entire beer.
S- Sweet citrus hops and flowery aromas. Hops are pretty strong and there is a slight peppery smell on the end of the aroma.
T- Great juicy hoppy flavors are plentiful. Slightly peppery on the finish. If you've ever had Peach-O's this beer has a big Peach-O flavor. Big grapefruit presence as well. Not much on the malt side. Ghandi-Bot is strong on the hops and isn't sugary sweet on the finish like some more malty IPAs/DIPAs.
M- Very smooth beer. The citrus flavors are somewhat tangy in the back corners of my mouth. Hops are very potent and I can taste them on my breath long after I've swallowed. Also can feel alcohol but it doesn't take away from the beer at all.
D- I could have several of these in one sitting and I'm really glad I was able to trade for some fresh. Not sure if I like it more than Dreadnaught but $11 for a bomber of Dreadnaught or about $10 for a 4pack of Ghandi-Bot (if I remember correctly), I think I'd be grabbing the Ghandi more often if it was available locally.
11-29-2010 01:22:14 | More by blackhawks87
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
Reviewed from a growler filled at the brewery this afternoon. Pours a cloudy light orange color with a fine head that leaves beautiful thick lacing on the glass.
A pronounced citrus, pineapple aroma yields to a taste that is dominated by citrus and piney hop flavors. The mouthfeel is resinous and sharp, with a touch of peppery sharpness. A bit of bready malt sweetness mingles with a long bitter finish. But overall, the hops gain the majority of attention on this brew.
A very drinkable beer for its alcohol content. The balance between hops and malt is better than many IIPAs
11-27-2010 23:34:15 | More by CliffBrake
4.25/5 rDev -3%
This is the second time I've gotten to try this great brew, both times courtesy of number1bum. A huge thanks, Josh!
Appearance: Poured from the can into my new DFH snifter, this brew is a cloudy, dirty, light copper color with a good half inch worth of white foam on top. There's also some sparse chunks of sediment floating around. The color is really surprising, it actually doesn't look all that appealing - and not at all like most DIPAs that I've had. However, since I have had this brew before I know how good it is.
Smell: Plenty of great smelling, strong, piney hops. There's even a little bit of a biscuity malt backbone lingering waaay in the background which is just how I like my IPAs.
Taste: Earthy, slightly peppery, piney hops...and lots of em. And the bitterness lingers just long enough that it reminds you that you are indeed drinking a big IPA.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, but the body is too thin for a DIPA.
Drinkability: Simply put, this is a fine drinking DIPA. I previously had this from a growler, and I enjoyed that version a bit more. Still, a great tasting DIPA that I would recommend to anybody who is a fan of the style. Great beer.
11-24-2010 23:58:33 | More by krisandajt
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
I've been luck enough on my last 2 trips to the brewery that they've had this on tap. I think they kept a keg back for Thanksgiving. Thanks Rob.
A - Nice solid orange color..medium head.
S - Grapefuit and lemon.
T - Grapefruit, Orange and lemon. Starts off sweet with a nice bitterness to the finish.
M - Actually at least to me surprisingly light.
D - Very drinkable given the ABV.
It is very nice to have a place close by to get good growler fills. can't wait to try the Tequila Barrel aged variety!
11-20-2010 20:25:02 | More by jimmy82063
4.18/5 rDev -4.6%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip. Received in a trade with GoGriz; thanks Cody, it was a big want!
a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. A few minutes of retention and leave some nice lacing on the glass. Looks great.
s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits, and light fruity and bready malts. Smells amazing.
t - Tastes of grapefruit, bitter citrus hops, tropical fruit, and pine hops. Lots of bitterness in the taste and a bit of a step down from the smell, but still pretty good.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness up front that lasts through the sip. Pretty nice.
d - I thought this was an awesome DIPA. I loved the smell; lots of citrus hops jump out at you. I wish the taste wasn't quite as bitter, but still a great DIPA. Would definitely like to have again and glad I have a few more cans of it.
11-20-2010 01:11:33 | More by mdfb79
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
blew through three cans of this stuff faster than I would have liked. 12oz can into newport Storm tulip.
A- Nice orangey hazy beer with a pretty good sized snow-white head. Moderate lacing, head fizzles out eventually, although it lingers longer.
S- Intense grapefruit and a bit of pine. A bit sweet.
T- Citrus blast, orange and lemon with grapefruit pith. Really digging this. The pine resin bitterness is faint but distinct. Really impressed at this hop profile... right in my wheelhouse. Similar to FinestKind in some regards.
M- Very bitter but not over the top or out of line- I don't know if my tongue is weakening in my old age, but I'm thankful to have a beer that is big, flavorful, and most importantly, drinkable!
D- Fantastic. I wish this stuff was in constant stock, as it'd go right next to my 6pack of Smuttynose IPA. One of the best in my book.
Ghandi Bot is one of a very few number of beers that I get excited about when I see it in the store. I invaribly buy as much as possible- and I drink nothing but it until it's gone. I am bumping up the score a bit 'cause damn this is a good beer.
11-19-2010 14:59:28 | More by ShogoKawada
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
A 12 oz. can from a 4-pack most graciously offered by fine BA charliedvrs (then an extra arrived via BanditBrewingCo days later...too much). Poured to a pint glass on a dreary, blustery fall evening while listening to some Blind Pilot and others on Pandora...
Before I go any further: terrific name, terrific can. NEBC, I thought you did a fine job with your nerdy/quirky 'Imperial Stout Trooper' then you do this: a robot-ized version of one of world history's greatest and most peaceful leaders to market your Double INDIA Pale Ale (ah, I see what you did there!). Brilliant.
A: Pours a clouded haze that looks benign but shows a fair amount of sediment; bronze-ish orange. Unfiltered, no doubt. A fairly sturdy head of egg white cream, but unable to reach a finger high. Good lace in chunky rings.
S: Fragrant cut evergreen and sweet citrus, a sappy/syrupy noseful. Lots of hops (three American varieties are obtusely cited on the label) but tons of grain as well. I could, quite honestly, sniff this all night.
T: Stunning citrus, big and juicy grapefruit and lemon-lime with an ample shortcake/caramel backing. In between, herbed spicing accents both the intense hops and cereal-sweet malts. Love the balance here: not a bracing hop-bomb nor a too-sweet malt-bomb...like its namesake, Gandhi-Bot peacefully toes the line.
M: Smooth but refined creamy medium-full body. Very 'juicy' (the saliva will not stop flowing) as it lightly blankets with hop oils and malty starchiness.
D: Really tasty, really good-smelling, a little strong but ultimately as drinkable as a DIPA should aspire to be. It's gunky look was a little off-putting (maybe a more careful pour with the remaining cans?), but the end result is: this is one any hop-lover MUST try. Thanks to Charlie & Alan for the chance to taste this DIPA - one that'll rank among my tops for the style (possibly the best I've tried from a can).
11-18-2010 02:50:22 | More by msubulldog25
4.08/5 rDev -6.8%
12oz can poured into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to SneezyAchew for sending me a couple of these.
A: Pours a cloudy lemon-apricot color with some very fine sediment under a billowing khaki colored head that took its time fading into a rocky film that left chunks of sticky, rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Powerfully fresh aroma of grapefruit and pine. Very very potent and fragrant like I imagine citrus crack would be like.
T: Big grapefruit and citrus hop taste with a leafy rich bitterness in the finish from the crazy hops. I pick up little twangs of sweet exotic fruits every once in awhile too. Aftertaste is extremely bitter and lingers for a long time on the palate. Faint notes of tobacco and sticky resin linger as well.
M: Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel and slightly dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Even carbonation.
D: A really good DIPA. Exceptional smell and very good all around. It doesn't knock down the heavy hitter of the style, but this one is better than most. Another huge thanks to SneezyAchew for hooking me up!
11-17-2010 02:50:39 | More by scottfrie
3.43/5 rDev -21.7%
Chilled can into a glass. Courtesy of portia99. Thanks, Bill!
A: Pours a murky (essentially opaque), copper-gold body with a finger of off-white head. Retention isn't so hot, but the beer has amazing register marks for the first few sips. After the head dissolves, the broken film on top of the brew lends a nice accent to the unfiltered body. I prefer my IPAs clear...
S: Orange pith, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. The pure expression of citrus is tinged with a strong note of pine and some spice. It also smells of dried leaves, such as after raking.
T: Great citrus character here, which I adore. Flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple are wonderful. There is a small crystal malt sweetness, but it's not enough to overcome the tongue-bruising bitterness that makes this beer its home. It's not unpleasant, but it is pretty harsh.
M: Bitterness lasts long into the finish. Not much booze is felt, though there is a slight warming effect upon sips. The beer is relatively dry, with a light-medium body and low carbonation.
D: Good stuff. Not in the same realm as what I can buy here, but if it were on my shelf at competitive prices, I'd certainly buy this once in a while. As a special release or beer I have to trade for, I don't think I'd seek it out.
11-17-2010 01:56:25 | More by Arbitrator
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
Can shared by Grant - much obliged!
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of huge citrus and pine aromas with hints of tropical fruit hops lingering in the background. Also present and more prevalent as the beer warms are moderate amounts of herbal hops and slighter pale malt aromas.
Tastes similar to how it smells although the hops are toned down a bit when compared to the aroma. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joiend quickly by large amounts of citrus and pine hop flavors, in order of largesse. Midway through the sip the pine hops fade out just a bit and tropical fruit hop flavors with hints of herbal hops take their place, sweetening the flavor profile a bit. Equal amounts of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I'd heard a bunch of hype behind this beer and I was not disappointed. Easily one of the better East Coast DIPA's out there and one that's well worth a shot.
11-16-2010 23:58:21 | More by glid02
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
Many thanks to my fellow CANQuester (TM), IndiaPaleAle, for this gem. I reached a soft milestone earlier today with The CANQuest's 390th beer plus 10 N2 CANs for a soft total of 400. I am now tracking upward to 400 actual CANs.
From the CAN: "Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped Double India Pale Ale with a blend of three varieties of Ameri[CAN] hops. Aromatic and fully vegetarian, Gandhi-Bot is an ideal aid for self-purification and the seeking of truth and love."
From the Woodman: Q: Why is there no Trick-or-Treating in India? A: There is no more Gandhi!
An Ameri[CAN] tourist encounters an Indian fakir sitting cross-legged on a prayer mat, lashing himself about the back and shoulders with palm fronds to the point that his skin is flayed open and bleeding openly. The tourist watches in stunned silence for a period of time and finally works up the nerve to interrupt the swami. "Pardon me, fakir, but doesn't that hurt?" asks the tourist. As the practitioner's eyes begin to focus and he comprehends the question, he replies, "Oh, yes, effendi, it hurts VERRRRY much! But it feels SOOOO good when I stop!" It is a point-of-view thing.
Crack & Glug time: Holy Grapefruit Juice, Batman! First off, that little 12-oz. CAN produced better than two fingers' worth of eggshell-white head with excellent retention. The room was now like a grapefruit tree stand. Color was a cloudy yellowish-orange, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit. My hops jones was starting to reappear today and I was not sure that it was welcome. Mouthfeel was medium and the grapefruit taste was intense, but it was not as abrasive as another DIPA from earlier this day. As a matter of fact, this was hoppy, certainly, on the tongue, but relatively unassertive in terms of its bitterness. I was liking this from the outset. The finish was zesty, like orange zest intermingled with caramel. Think one of those Brach's Orange Caramels that they may not even make any more. I remember them well as one ripped a filling out, much to my mother's chagrin and anger. This made me feel good about myself, just like stopping the lashings, even for a moment. At 8.8, though, it might be better at home than in the cooler. Just sayin' ...
11-14-2010 23:40:39 | More by woodychandler
4.05/5 rDev -7.5%
Thanks tonumber1bum for hooking me up with a growler of this one. I had been hoping to give this one a try for quite some time.
A-Hazy golden kissed copper with a medium off-white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left nice webby lace.
S-Citrus rind bitterness up front smoothed out with lightly spicy floral notes underneath. Biscuit malt is not overly sweet but is certainly present as is a touch of alcohol heat.
T-Quite spicy and bitter up front. Like a spiced mulled cider with citrus zest in it. Nice flavours overriding the robust biscuit grain bill. ends with a proliferating dryness.
M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied, actually quite robust and this works with a beer with such heft. Some alcohol burn supports the body and adds warmth to the dry finish..
D-Certainly a well done beer but the hop profile does not match my desires. I liked it for sure but did not love it. A life changing beer, errr, no. A nicely done East Coast DIPA, sure.
11-14-2010 12:42:23 | More by Deuane
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
A- Cloudy light yellow with a white head. Decent retention and a small amount of lace.
S- Hop blast. Strong notes of tropical fruit, citrus and pine.
T- Very flavorful and well done. Starts with a lot of citrus and tropical fruit. Finishes zesty and earthy.
MF- Light body with nice moderate carbonation. Bitterness is big.
DB- Very flavorful, well done hop bomb. Reminds me of the great West coast IIPAs.
11-14-2010 01:44:56 | More by cbutova
3.6/5 rDev -17.8%
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
A - Opaque orange, virtually no head, light lacing and a good population of sea monkeys floating about.
S - Underwhelming based on appearance, but as one might expect full of hoppy aroma and some pine.
T - A lot of hoppy bitterness, citrus, resiny dry, tart finish.
M - Medium but appropriate level carbonation, thicker mouthfeel and again a really dry finish.
D - Fair drinkability, don't get me wring very tasty but couldn't drink more than one of these due to the strong citrus hops and the ensuing dryness.
11-13-2010 03:52:47 | More by therobot
3.48/5 rDev -20.5%
Thanks to Deuane for sharing a growler on 11/11/10.
A - Poured a hazy unfiltered orange, melon-toned liquid with minimal head that reduced to a soapy retention and spotty lacing.
S - Quite an odd aroma for a DIPA, I'm afraid. There is a dominating dry, leafy hop character reminiscent of withered autumn leaves, hemp and dried herbs. Aside from the dried hops, I get a sense of burnt biscuits. Underneath it all lies a faint orange rind scent. Actually, it's more of the pith than the rind... you know, that annoying white stuff you have to scrape off the peel?
T - The malty character of this DIPA can be described as what the burnt, charred bottoms of biscuits that get stuck to the baking pan taste like. Very unusual. Herbal hops are also in there, but the flavor just has this odd burnt flavor from which I cannot escape.
M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and some hop oiliness. Broad strokes of hop bitterness do not linger for too long on the palate.
D - Unusual DIPA here. What do you get when you pair burnt biscuits and citrus rind? Gandhi-Bot, apparently. While I'm not 100% sold on it, I appreciated the uniqueness of this brew.
11-12-2010 19:03:47 | More by ffejherb
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,016 ratings.