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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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Reviews: 546
Hads: 2,653
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 20.98%
Wants: 1,190
Gots: 476 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 04-02-2010

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
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Reviews: 546 | Hads: 2,653
Photo of MikeHBerk79
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just one of my all-time favorite beers. When I lived in CT I could pick this up pretty regularly but in MA now, so it's been a while. I'll have to re-rate the next time I get lucky enough to find it.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A mostly-clear-but-a-bit-murky-in-the-depths muddy amber for the most part. Almost a hint of green around the gills. Nice tidy white head like a clean haircut. Settles in to a nice smattering of independent colonies. Mediocre retention.

Nose jumps out with tropical fruits, some floral notes and a little bubblegum as some big IPAs seem to do.

Flavour is not as bursting as the aroma started out, but maintains itself better throughout. Incredibly smoothe. Super easy for it to get from your glass to your stomach before you realize what you've done. Some resin, but a lot of floral and tropical/citrus hops. Orange. Some almost blonde-esque grains padding the bedding (that wasn't meant dirty). Swarms of tiny carbonation, the kind that you wouldn't notice individually, but which en masse kind of takes over. That's the effect.
Another winner from @Roguer.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.12/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not nearly as smooth as I had hoped for. Hop bitterness takes away from the enjoyment of this brew. Not horrible but for the hype I had hoped for more. Sea Hag is more enjoyable IMO.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been on my Want list for a while. Always have heard such great things about this brew and was so happy to finally get my hands on it. As I sit here drinking this, I'm definitely feeling a let down. The look is great, and the nose is fantastic--tropical fruits everywhere. But the taste? Simply doesn't follow the nose as I'd hope. Compared to SOS, HT, and other DIPAs in the 8% range this beer lacks the flavor complexity. I almost feel like I'm drinking a Stone IPA. Bitterness prevents me from tasting the tropical fruits I was hoping for. I will try again, but definitely won't go out of my way to get this one. Big let down.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into my DFH IPA Glass
(What my wife refers to as the dildo glass)
I've wanted to try this for awhile. A few trades fell through, a promise here or there was never kept. This one just eluded me.
Finally got some in a trade with @CTBEERGURU
Appearance: Straw colored with a fluffy large white head. Clear and great lacing.
Aroma: You can smell the hops from an arm's length away. Resiny pine aroma with some citrus in the background.
Taste: Plenty of Resiny goodness. The right amount of bitterness. Fruits in the background, citrusy and a little bit of pineapple. Enough malt to give it some backbone.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Resiny bitterness up frunt that gives way to some citrus flavors. The carbonation is spot on.
Overall: An excellent example of the style. I was so afraid that I would be let down because of its elusiveness. A great beer.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy amber body that is topped with a lovely thick white head. Very nice lacing left behind.
S: This beer has an extremely unique aroma. After having this beer several times I still have trouble putting my finger on exactly what I'm smelling, which makes it that much more enjoyable. I have experienced citrus and stone fruits but also dank herbs and spiciness. This isn't a situation of inconsistency, it's more a situation where the aroma is extremely complex.
T: Like the smell, the flavor profile is very complex. There is definitely an herbal thing happening up front but then it moves into tropical fruit flavors with a twist of citrus.
F: Very consistent with the NEBCO portfolio in that its carb is on point, but the hop bill is a bit more bitter than other world-class beers. Not boozy, but the body is full, as it should be for a DIPA.
O: I'm not going to get into a hype debate because this beer is way too hard to get considering I live 25 minutes away from that brewery. That said, it's a seriously dope beer that I think stands up to a lot of the equally hyped beers in its class. It's still one of NEBCO's top beers and it deserves plenty of recognition.

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Photo of Pete_IV
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to try this recently controversial IPA. Canned 12/29. Pours a nice golden straw color and reeks of hops. This is a bitter ipa, and as the carbonation in the mouth subsides the hops take over even more lingering around. For 8.8% abv it is a smooth drinker but a bit too harsh all around. Id definitely drink again but wouldn't search to hard to get.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A welcome addition to the NE ale line-up... my favorites have that cloudy apricot color, where this is lighter and a little clearer.... nice nose and hoppy flavors but falls a little short on the citrus end and a little more bitter than need be... overall, a solid drinking beer and though not as good as heady, dinner, or HF offerings, is very tasty!!

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Photo of mister_moose
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If I define Heady as 5.0, and I've had none better, then 4.25 is where I rate this. Nowhere near the creaminess, nose, or taste of Heady. I find it to be a touch bitter for the style, "Not that that's a bad thing" A little more malt forward, and less citrus, less oomph. Glad to see Connecticut entering the big leagues, but I'd rather have Sip o Sunshine, Edward, Heady, Wormtown, or Baxter's Bootleg over this.

Maybe I got a underachiever 4 pack.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Intensely floral, with one of the best noses to date. It literally beckons you to consume. I thought it was extremely balanced, and I appreciated the citrus notes as it warmed, especially on the finish. Carbonation was spot on. Head was massive and barely dissipated. I've enjoyed this numerous times, but never like this. Canned on 12/29. Just wow.

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Photo of SMLaw211987
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Vermont has Heady Topper, Connecticut has Gandhi Bot. Not quite comparable because HT gets the solid 5.0 in my book but good enough to not have to travel 3 hours north to get it. A very full flavored dbl. IPA and slowly starting to make it's way around a good part of CT.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Finally got to taste it on tap. Beautiful aroma, nice malty balance for the hops. Great mouth feel and flavor. The bitterness hangs on the back of your tongue a bit longer than I would prefer but it kept me coming back for more. Excellent beer.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Thank you to Chris N. for sending this to me! Poured into Tulip glass, a hazy orange copper color. Smells of grapefruit, tropical notes, and nice caramel malt in the background. Taste is wonderful. Nice juicy tropical, citrus hop notes. A balanced malt background is there, but the hops still shine through. Medium mouthfeel, nice and creamy. Overall a great Double IPA, and I'm really glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jonnyonthespot
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Juicy, fruity, boozy....what's not to like? Easily one of the best breweries in the country. All their offerings are spot-on. Great people as well. All hail NEBCO!!!

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Photo of KornWallace
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 11/5/14
Location: New England Brewing Company
Draught/Bottle: Draught/Growler
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Straw/Gold in color this beer pours with a fluffy large white head. The beer has good carbonation cling. This beer is well filtered in appearance and lets in ample light.
Aroma: A strong amount of bittering hops, mostly pine, kicks us of as smells of orange and pineapple waft from the glass. The pale malts are lost a bit in all that hop bitterness but faint whiffs of bread dough and crackers come through in the back.
Taste: The malts come through in the flavor and I now get caramel malts. But the hops are once again the star. A fantastic blend of piney and citrus hopping make this DIPA something special.
Mouthfeel: Medium body medium high carbonation this beer is totally capable of giving a hop bitterness that dries out the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
5/5  rDev +16.6%

This beer is definitely the best DIPA that I have had, in my opinion. It has a great fruity aroma that is experienced further in its taste. Excellently crafted and is definitely what I would envision to be a perfect DIPA.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful beer, appearance is a slightly hazy orange ,pours a finger and a half of white, creamy head that retains very well, large, pronounced bubbles rise to the surface of the beer reinforcing the head. Aroma is FUll of spectacular hop notes. Tropical fruit notes off the hook. lots if Mango, pineapple, tangerines, slightest bit of floral character in the finish.
Taste- Tropical fruit notes upfront, just like in the aroma. Slightest touch of malt sweetness in the backbone. Zero hop bitterness and the 8.8 abv is undetectable.
Texture is very smooth, juicy upfront with medium carbonation, pleasantly bitter in the finish.
Overall- if i had access to this beer year round i would buy it whenever i possibly could. this is everything you could ask for in an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of EveningCordial
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Can poured into snifter.

A- Nice fuzzy orange hue with about a finger of white, frothy head. Lacing very apparent as well as medium carbonation.

S- Got these fresh and the smell was extremely intense. Lots of fresh fruit and flora on the nose. Tangerines, mango, pineapple and other citrus aromas. Not much malt presence at all. Just a hint of grass and pine, but this brew is over run by the fruity juice smell it gives off.

T- Follows the nose. Almost sweet it's so fruity. All the same fruits are present and are followed by a smooth, crsip finish without much dryness at all. A little biscuit and crackers are somewhere between the fruit and hint of pine. Leaves you wanting the next sip immediatley.

M- Very quenching and fresh tasting. More so than most IPAs and DIPAs Ive tried. For a DIPA, Id say this is mostly light bodied. Its very crisp, not much creaminess and not dry at all as it rolls off the tongue.

O- Probably my second favorite DIPA after Heady and Ive had most of the others. Underrated on BA in my opinion. Id put it at least in my top 20-30 range. Pretty hard to obtain, but it was well worth the driving and seeking I had to endeavor to obtain a couple 4 packs. Highly suggested, as is NEBC Sea Hag IPA.

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Photo of SomethingClever
5/5  rDev +16.6%

A: Nice shade of burnt orange light white head good lacing on the glass

S: nice smells of citrus, mango, peaches very inviting smell

T: if you like huge juicy fruity beers this one knocks it out of the park. It up front tastes orangish then peachy then mangos and with a very light malt back bone just such a huge fruity hoppiness that makes you drool and can't wait for the next taste and finishes barely bitter then sweet

M: For being a double IPA this is on the lighter side of mouthfeel with a clean crisp finish with amazing aftertaste

O: I've had this on three very separate occasions and it is by far one of the best IPA or double IPAs they brew. it's worth searching out if you like juicy fruity hoppy beers

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a antique bier glass

Two finger , dense , billowy fluffy white foam cap settles to a dense white layer with scant lacings. Copper orange clear liquid with just a little carbonation.

Citrus aroma from the pour. Tropical & citrus hops with sweet caramel malt aroma

Bitter citrus , grapefruit , pine resin hops on the tip of the tongue and side of the tongue. Strong bitter aftertaste that lingers and lingers and lingers in the middle of the tongue

Moderate sudsing on the sip. Feel the alcohol. Good body.

This was a beer that I have been trying to buy for quite some time. Called the brewery and they just released a batch. Tried a nearby liquor store and they mixed them in assorted can 4 packs. Can't buy Gandhi Bot straight up. Fine beer worthy of seeking out

Second review from a fresh growler pour

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Photo of BMFR1811
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Overall this is a great easy to drink dipa, the aroma is out of the world citrus and fruit. Smooth bitterness with loads of fruit. My only complaint is that it finishes a little thin, the flavor kinda of just stops and doesn't follow through to the finish. def not a heady topper but I don't think it's trying to be. Way different profile. But still good. I like it

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Photo of ILMbrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

The nose on this is faint at best for me. Not sure of the exact canning date on this one but I do know it has some age. The taste however is very present. Lots of sweet, citrusy hops. Enough malt presence to stand up to the bold hop profile but it definitely doesn't take over.

Really enjoyed this despite having it well past it's peak freshness.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach and apricot color, pillowy white head, and big sticky lace. Big aromas of grapefruit, peach and mango. Taste follows through. Grapefruit dominant, slight malty sweetness up front merges with peach and mango flavors through the middle and a grapefruit bitter finish. Nice medium mouthfeel, carbonation breaks toward smooth at the finish where it gets crisp and semi dry. Honestly, one of the best beers I've ever had. Big hop flavors, great look and feel and a to die for aroma.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this after Heady Topper for the first time, so my rating may be affected by that. I felt that this beer was malty and overly bitter compared to other world class DIPAs

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Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Fresh Ghandi bot is essentially the perfect DIPA. Smell is floral, fruity, and citrusy. The taste is guava, papaya, mango with balanced malts and a bitter clean finish. Perfect.

A top 5 DIPA. Better than Heady imo. Right on a a level with Maine Beer Co Dinner. Fantastic beer.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.