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G-Bot Double IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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G-Bot Double IPAG-Bot Double IPA

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

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

Added by woosterbill on 04-02-2010

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy straw golden color with a white foamy head. Head lingers for quite a while with some lacing.

S - Interesting pine hop smell, little biting, with a slight malt in the back. Little slight in the smell, but nice and floral.

T - Smooth pine hop flavor, with a good malt backbone. Hop sort of biting but not being overpowering, being more of an incorporation into the taste. A little feel of honey as well. A nice bold flavor.

M - Probably my favorite part of this beer was just how silky it was in the mouthfeel for an IIPA. Full flavor and very drinkable. Carbonation was perfect.

O - Solid IIPA, nice piney hops along with a silky smooth mouthfeel make this a nice drinkable beer. Little more hops may have made it better for me, but understand the restraint to make a more drinkable IIPA.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. First time ever drinking this one, and what a beauty indeed.

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Gandhi Bot pours a light, hazy orange with a two finger head from a vigorous pour down the center of the glass. The aroma is very pleasant. Nice and light. This is a citrus laden nose. The hops and malts are really subdued indeed. The taste is stellar. A nice balanced hop, with again, a very light citrus presence. This is an easy drinker. The 8.8 is barely noticeable at all. The mouthfeel might be my favorite part of this beer. For a DIPA, it's not a tongue scorcher. You don't get the sense of getting burned out on this. It lays nicely upon your tongue, and has but only the slightest lingering bitter aftertaste. This is easily one of my favorite DIPA's/IPA's.

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a reddish hue. There is a finger of off white head that fades to a layer and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Juicy citrus peel hops, there is also a grassy quality to the hops. Mildly sweet with a hint of apricot.

Taste: Really bitter up front. Hops just maul the tongue initially. That yields to a malty sweetness through the end of the sip. The hops still dominate, just not quite as much. The finish reminds me of grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This beer was a bit different from the other outstanding double IPAs, but still extremely good. The sweetness amping up was a nice change up.

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Photo of mikel5489
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, Gandhi-Bot! First off, this can was given to me by my good friend, the generous MikeyMikee. So let me extend my thanks to him.

Now on to the beer.

This beer looks very nice as it pours a burnt orange with a nice bubbly head and good sticky lacing. The head retention is ok when undisturbed, but if you give the glass a swirl the head comes to life. Also plenty of hop haze in there.

As i pop open the can I give a quick sniff and dayum! Dank, piney, resinous hops, complimented with a little grapefruit and mango explode out of the can. a little alcohol is noticed, but its hops all the way. Can't wait for the taste.

The taste is dominated by resinous, piney hops, and a little tropical fruit just like the nose. The piney, resinous hops are the most prominent flavor with a complimentary mango and peach that I wish were just as plentiful as the other hop flavors. This is a bitter beer, make no mistake about it. Gandhi-Bot is 85 IBUs I believe, but they make use of every one of them. I mean shoot, this like sucking on a weed, almost like broccoli rabe bitterness. Very spicy and grassy in terms of the bitterness, plus there is a pale and toasted malt backbone that doesn't give much balance, but rather adds a little to the bitter finish. If your in the mood for a bitter DIPA (of course you are) then this is a good one.

I would say this is medium bodied for a DIPA. It is really a hop forward beer all the way. Very bitter and a great display of the power of Hops. I would have liked to see a little more balance in the hop flavor though. This most recent batch seemed to be more bitter than the one i have had before. While I enjyed that characteristic of this batch, I thought the previous batch was better with more tropical fruit in the nose and taste.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very special thanks to Millerbuffoon for sharing this awesome IPA.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color, no head, and a mild white, thin, lacing ring.

S - Nose is dominated by juicy grapefruit, ripe oranges, pineapple, resiny pine, and some rich spicy grassy notes. However, the pungency of the aroma is not as vbrant since this can isn't a super fresh one, but that's O.K., still smells pretty good but unfortunately, not at its full potential.

T - Wow! Spicey peppery citrus fruit consisting of mangos, pineapple, grapefruit, and ripe oranges smack the palette while the sweet malt works its way in midway through and then the same tropical, piney onslaught starts up once again to bring it down the home stretch for the big hoppy finish.

M - Medium body, quite smooth on the tongue and the 8%+ is pretty well subdued with a dry finish.

O - An outstanding D-IPA...and this came from which coast? (!!!) Fist pump to this beer, just wish it had better head retention, it lost points on the appearance.

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Photo of iadler
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into my Hair of the Dog tulip. Thanks for sending this brew DearthVader!

A- Pours a hazy peach with a two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Lots of small bubbles rising and a good amount of sediment floating around. Some lines of lines are left behind.

S- Just a boatload of hops with tons of tropical, citrus and piney notes. Peach, mango, pineapple, guava, melon, passion fruit, lemon zest, and grapefruit with some pine and grass and a bit of peppery spice. Very vibrant and fresh with a small amount of biscuity malt.

T- Bold juicy hops once again with peach, mango, melon, white grapefruit, and lemon zest. Pine and grass hops followed by some floral notes that finishes with biscuity malt and peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Has a crisp mouthfeel that finishes a little bitter.

O- A very good DIPA with an exceptional aroma. The appearance with a little odd with so much sediment, but other than that, this is an East coast DIPA that I would love to have distributed to my area. Nice job New England Brewing Co.

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Photo of crzyc
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into tulip glassware.

A: Thin light brown head, decent lacing for the amount of head I poured. What a wonderful pour by the way, the carbonation and head forming. Golden amber, cloudy body. Nice.

S: Citrus hops, grassy.

T: Woah. Very hoppy. Pine. Almost complex, my palet was surprised but I do not know why. No hint of alcohol.

M: Going down very easy! Nice carbonation level, not too dry for my taste. So smooth!

O: I am new to Double IPAs, but I really enjoyed this one. Think I will pick up a four pack if I can find it.

For my records: One in a mix at Nikki's, I forget how much $.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can thanks to robtobfest! No date.

Pours a wonderful hazy golden orange with very thin off-white head. Nose is SPECTACULAR with pine-resin and cannabis all around, orange blossoms, wild flowers and fields of fresh hay all day. Palate is clean and crisp with a citrus-y note that is vaguely reminiscent of a cleaning product. Lemon takes over and shifts into over-drive. Bitterness is persistent and pleasant but not aggressive. The pale caramel-like malt flavors support everything and keep the balance going.

Notes: Simply fucking great. Well done, folks. FFO Alchemist Heady Topper, Hill Farmstead Edward, etc.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BIG thanks to Rhettroactive for generously sharing this one on a weeknight tasting...

A: Oh my, we've got another Lunch IPA here, which is to say that this beer pours very much like a Hefeweizen. Gandhi-Bot is a murky, light golden color. Surprisingly light for a DIPA. I absolutely love it when beers go against style like this. It looks lovely.

S: Yes, yes, and yes. Lemon, grapefruit, pine. Grapefruit really shines here from the hop oils. Slight herbal scent lingers in the background. The bouquet on this is fantastic, very complex, very bold. One of the best smelling DIPAs I've ever had the privilege to try. I could sniff this all night.

T: Wow, this is a hop head's dream. Explosively hoppy, a sweet grapefruit, citrus bomb. Mild resin and pine notes on the back end. Not a hint of booze as the hops play off a sweet malt backbone. Perfectly balanced and creamy, it is assertive but always smooth. This is absolutely fantastic.

M: Perfect. What else can be said?

O: Unbelievably well balanced for a DIPA. No booziness, no overwhelmingly dry hop profile. It is creamy and sweet, yet still maintains an explosively flavorful and complex profile. This beer is a stunning achievement, one that was as much a pleasure to look at and smell as it was to drink. A hop bomb that is shockingly smooth and light. Buy this early, often, and in large quantities. ISO: more Gandhi-Bot.

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Photo of mikul93
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a dark murky amber with a healthy white head which disipated rather quickly. Some lacing.

S Smelled this as soon as I popped the can open. Big big pineapple, citrus, pine, hops and malt. One of the best smelling DIPA's I've tried.

T Bitter hops hit the tongue right away followed by a mellow sweet malt flavor that is immediately followed by hops again. Well balanced beer. Nice dry finish.

M Medium body with lots of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

O A Great DIPA. Enjoyed this beer very much. This is a hop monster with a nice sweet malt complimenting everything.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light amber

Aroma: strong piney hops with a kiss of grapefruit (hop head heaven)

Taste: Hop explosion in your mouth, nice sweetness from the malt back bone finishes dry and bitter like a double IPA should

Mouthfeel: carbonation spot on

Wow a really awesome IPA made in New England. This beer is awesome so glad I was able to score some. Definitely try this

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Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you DrewShal9 for this
12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy copper with a soapy white one finger head.

S- Hops. Nice balance of citrus, tropical fruits, and pine hops with a hint of caramel malts.

T- Citrus hops up front, nice malt backbone, big dry hoppy finish. Bitterness in the finish does stay around, but doesn't over power the beer. Good balance.

M- Smooth, medium body, slick.

O- Solid DIPA that I would love to have again. This has a lot of hops, just wish it had the room filling hops aroma.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw gold with a nice looking wispy head. Tons of hops in the nose, pine, lavender, mild citrus and a nice caramel note.
Tastes much like the smell with a lingering slightly bitter finish. Sweet and rich with lots of malt to balance the hops. Smooth and creamy. Overall a very nice DIPA.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd Review


A: Pours a hazy golden-ish orange, copper accents. White fluffy head, quickly dissipating.

S: Grapefruit, slight tangerine, and otherwise oily and dank hop aromas. Smells vibrant and fresh.

T/M: Grapefruit follows the nose, as well that nice dank, oily character. Lots of bitterness mid palate, along with a touch of biscuity malt. Drinks extremely light for a DIPA, yet still sets itself apart from a single. Although this characteristic increases drinkability, my only complaint is a slightly thin finish. Its actually almost watery. I tend to notice this more in Gandhi Bot growlers, as opposed to the cans. Not sure why, exactly.

O: An excellent, easy drinking DIPA. Still one of my favorites, nice to have an excellent beer brewed 15 minutes away.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade Thanks silverX.

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a small white head and tons of lacing down the glass. Lots of particles in this one. Not sure if it's normal or if this one is a bit older since there is no can dating.

Typical IPA smell. Loads of grapefruit citrus and pine waft up from the glass but with a slightly stronger caramel presence than some west coast style IPA's.

The hops aren't quite as prevalent in the flavor as the nose. It starts out with a good caramel malt sweetness and finishes with a strong piney hop character with a little bit of citrus shining through as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy with good carbonation levels.

Overall not the best DIPA I've had, but one that I enjoyed and have been wanting to try for a while. Will definitely seek this out again especially as it comes in a can!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New England Brewing
Gandhi-Bot DIPA
12oz can w/o date
Victory snifter

A: Typical DIPA look to this one, deep orange color. Slightly hazy. 1/4 finger white head that drops quickly. Good carbonation off bottom of glass. Some alcohol feet. Sticky lacing on glass.

S: You get lots of floral citrus notes initially: grapefruit, orange, mango, etc. But there is definitely some sweet maltiness behind all that. Smells very sweet!

T: You get the intense hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue, but all the maltiness evens on the mid-mouth. Good hop mouth/tongue coating. Good balance for a DIPA.

M: Medium bodied with nice mouth coat.

O: A very very good beer. Especially from a can. It's a DIPA but it is very drinkable. I don't know the ABV, but you don't taste any alcohol at all.

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Photo of CWBlues
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So many thanks to knifestyles for this one. Talk about an awesome trader.

A: Fantastic hazy golden orange color. Pours a thin creamy white head.

S: Citrus and hops, and it smells almost perfectly balanced. Some fruit as well.

T: I got a whole lotta hops! But all Zep aside, this is pretty hoppy, but has a great grapefruit and other citrus finish. Melts into a malty end. Fantastic DIPA.

M: Mouthfeel is about as good as any good DIPA I've ever had. No exception here.

O: This is a great beer. If I had this readily available, I think it would always be in my fridge. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this can from knifestyles in an in-person trade. I tried and took notes that same night.

Ghandi-bot pours a dark orange color with a thick head of off-white foam. Lacing and retention are both good.

The aroma is quite hoppy, with citrus and tropical fruits in the aroma, including some pineapple. An edge of caramel malt creeps through also.

Hops are noticeable right away, with layers of citrus and pine. The tropical fruits from the aroma are barely noticeable in the flavor, but grapefruit and other citrus fruits pick up the slack. Slight vegetal hops are followed with a pretty strong grassy flavor. The finish has quite a bit of caramel malt to back up the hops.

Slightly oily, pretty full.

I like Ghandi-bot. I've been tearing apart IIPAs as boozy, cloying messes, but this manages to steer clear of those problems. In fact, I would say it does a very good job of hiding the ABV.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass - I really wish they'd kept the tallboys, but you can't win 'em all. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear, straw yellow with a one-finger white head. Great lacing and head retention.

Grapefruit is very present in the nose - it's a pretty classic IPA aroma. There's a sweetness here that doesn't seem to be coming from the citric hop profile, and I swear I can smell malty syrup.

Maybe I'm not so crazy, because this is a very malty DIPA. There's some bitterness in the finish, but my overwhelming impression is one marred by this sweetness. A touch of soapy astringency, but the hops are really lost in the mix. It honestly seems a little old, but I know that this can is fresh.

The mouthfeel is a little too thick, this could use more carbonation.

I'd love to hype this somewhat-difficult-to-find local DIPA, but I just can't. The flavors just didn't work for me, and I couldn't see myself shelling out for a four-pack of 12 oz. again.

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Photo of davey101
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer I have had several times but never reviewed. A 12 oz can into a DFH shaped pint glass. I believe the store received this batch about 3 week ago?

A - A clear amber/copper body and a soapy off-white head. I have noticed some variation in appearance with this beer. Some are crystal clear, some have been cloudy, and others have had large grey yeast chunks floating around. The nature of micro brewing I guess. This can looked great.

S - Mango, papaya, grapefruit, piney hops, and some malt. Very fruity and smooth.

T - Fresh citrus fruit. Peaches, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. There's a nice smooth malt backbone here as well. The finish is dry bitter hops. The mouth feel is medium and has some nice carbonation. Doesn't feel oily or slick, very nice.

O - I'm not just being a homer when I say I love this beer. Its one of my favorite DIPA's. Its filled with tons of piney, citrusy hoppy goodness but it is never overwhelming or too intense. It keeps its high ABV in check too. I love the fact that its in cans and the artwork is certainly interesting. CT's finest for sure.

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Photo of bpgpitt10
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can from Dslim71 (thanks!) poured into tulip

A: Caramel, hazy look to it. Pretty aggressive pour yields a small head that leaves some, but not much, lacing.
S: When I first poured it there was distinct pine, but as it has warmed a bit the pine is gone and it seems more citrus with a slight malt smell.
T: Citrus to malt to a lingering bitterness. Slight alcohol finish... but very slight and not bad for that at all. The bitter definitely hangs on.
M: Moderate to low carbonation. It's definitely not syrupy, but pretty solid. Maybe slightly under the carbonation I'd want.

O: I thought this was pretty darn tasty. Nice flavors, hides the alcohol well. The bitterness lingering lowers the drinkability a bit... but it's 8.8% sooo I don't wan too many anyhow!

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Photo of ms11781
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a foamy white head that hits about a finger or so and ends up being a thin cap. Decent wispy foam lacing left on the the glass.

Hugely hoppy nose. Pine notes and a good deal of tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango and some citrusy orange and grapefruit are here. Really excellent fruit notes. Not much in the way of malt. Maybe some light, bready malt. But maybe not. This is all about the hops.

The taste follows the nose. Huge tropical fruit flavors hit first. Pineapple and mango, maybe some papaya, along with some nice citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange are here. Some floral flavors seem to peek through but they pale in comparison to the fruity hops. Pine makes it's presence felt in the nice bitter finish. It lingers for a bit but isn't overpowering.

Normally a DIPA with a this hop profile and higher ABV has a slick, oily feeling but not this one. Which is quite remarkable. A hugely hopped beer with an 8.8 ABV actually feels lighter on the palate. Ample carbonation probably helps out.

Overall, this is a great DIPA. There seems to have been some batch variation and some variation between can and tap but each has been extremely good. Huge hop flavors without the thicker, syrupy mouthfeel that comes with the territory. Very well done.

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Photo of bmonty412
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

st- poured from a can into a sam sensory glass.

A- pours a cloudy amber color with a nice head that dissipates quickly but leaves a trace remaining

smell- wow! lots of fruit, in particular melon!

t- very good, melon continues with some nice citrus mixed in, followed by some slight bitterness on the finish

m- very nice medium carbonation with some stickyness

o- a delicious beer that reminds me a lot of nugget nectar...very tasty indeed!! just wish there was more of it to go around.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, unknown date. Served at around 45-50F. Huge thanks to Ryan for this one!

Pours hazy orange/gold with a one finger white head that recedes to a wispy cap and leaves some sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is wonderfully citrusy and tropical, pineapple, orange, lemon, grapefruit, peach, along with some floral and pine notes, also some bread and yeast. Very good strength.

Flavor is strong on grapefruit citrus, pineapple, orange, peach & apricot, a little bit of mint and pine moving to a bit of bread & caramel malt in the middle and a great bitter citrus rind finish. Some spiciness & alcohol detected at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily, moderate carbonation.

This is one tasty Double IPA. Wow. My style of DIPA too...very hop forward without too much malt sweetness or booze interfering with the hops. Quite a treat to get a chance to try this!

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Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Armsby Abbey. This was alot better than the can I had last year from what I remember. Served in a snifter.

A - Pours a wonderful hazy orange with a one finger creamy head that clings to the glass like some obsessed star struck fan to a backstage pass.Big, heavy side lacing and a thick offwhite blanket atop the brew. Spectactular.

S - Again, just awesome. Big floral hops and great oil notes. Pine, grapefruit, and orange. Stellar. Super fragrant and inviting.

T - More of the same. Nice malts but super delicious hops. Great pine oils and citrus notes. Almost juicy, super flavorful.

M - Another great feature. Smooth and creamy with enough carbonation to prevent it from getting too hot. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, I loved this beer on tap more than I did the can last year. This stuff is clearly a spectactular DIPA and deserves every bit of fame it garnishes. A much buy whenever one has the chance.

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G-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.