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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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541 Reviews
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Reviews: 541
Hads: 2,633
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 1,189
Gots: 455 | FT: 8
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: 541 | Hads: 2,633
Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of Pete_IV
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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!! (352 characters)

Photo of mister_moose
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of SMLaw211987
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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. (273 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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. (248 characters)

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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. (412 characters)

Photo of jonnyonthespot
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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!!! (165 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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. (221 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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 (721 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (830 characters)

Photo of BMFR1811
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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 (368 characters)

Photo of ILMbrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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. (348 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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 (173 characters)

Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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. (277 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Got a fresh growler from the brewery And enjoyed it two days later back in PA. This beer has a unique style and taste and it's basically perfect. Beautiful hazy yellow pour, and a taste than more than matches the nose. I guess there are not enough reviews to make this a top 250 beer but imo it's an absolute top tier dipa. Beer should be rated 100. Also very cool vibe at the brewery. (386 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Today 3 of us did a comparison tasting of 5 IPA/IIPA's brews: The brews were New Glarus Scream, Revolution Anti Hero, New England Gandhi-Bot, and Fiddlehead Second Fiddle and Mastermind. Second Fiddle came out on top with a rating of 5.0. Two of us feel it is the best IPA out there. Scream came in a solid second at 4.5. It was a surprise to all three of us because we had not had it before. Great nose, nice color, great taste. Very Solid. Anti-Hero was well liked by all three of us and came in at 4.25. Gandhi-Bot also came in at 4.25, however it did not have the WOW factor. But Fiddleheads second offering Mastermind did not quite live up to our hopes; a little weak. (674 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at Blue Tusk. Hazy golden pour. Citrus and floral hop aromas, sweet on the nose. Big hop flavors up front rounded by a semi-sweet malt profile that comes off as soft yet clean and easy drinking. A hint of honey. The hop profile is dominated by grass, orange peel and floral notes and finishes with a big bitter grapefruit pith finish. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall it's an outstanding IPA although it's a little sweet and a little too bitter on the finish for my taste. (491 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a teku

A: Gandhi Bot pours a bright, orange-copperish shade of gold. It's hazy, unfiltered, and really good looking.

S: Crisp aromas of candied citrus, tropical fruits, and pine. Very pleasant-smelling beer.

T: Bitter and malty, but not much of the flavors the nose promised. The beer does deliver a beautiful dry and bitter finish. Little disappointed with the flavor of this one.

M: Probably the highlight of the beer for me: crisp, creamy, and refreshing.

O: Thanks to a great BA for throwing me this as an extra. A good beer I enjoyed quite a bit, but the taste just wasn't there for me. Looks great, smells good, and tastes not bad. (663 characters)

Photo of kkoschal
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't give this a perfect score because there may be something else in the pipeline from these guys.

I'm not going through all the categories to describe this beer other than to say it is near perfect. 8.8% abv, which is frighteningly hidden. Incredibly well balanced. Spectacular mouth feel. Actually goes down too easily. I drive over an hour to get this, and worth every penny. ENJOY!! (392 characters)

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.