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G-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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G-Bot Double IPAG-Bot Double IPA

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Reviews: 556
Hads: 2,707
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 1,203
Gots: 501 | FT: 8
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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

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

12oz can poured on 06.30.11
canned in 2011

A = poured a hazy orange/red color. unexpectedly red - vibrant & bright. pure white head

S = lite hoppy aroma w/ strong citrus notes. smells fantastic

T = piney notes, and tropical fruits dominate the taste here for me. great hop character present. a hint of spice on the finish.

M = Very full. great carbonation and texture.

O = IMO, it live up to the hype. I expected a lot and this brew delivered. It's a great, hoppy, Imperial (red) ale. I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky sort of orange-amber. Huge fluffy white head with great retention and tons of lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit, oranges with bitter pine resin and a bit of caramel malt mixed in.

T: Taste follows the nose. Very bitter grapefruit and orange, maybe some tangerine? Pine and a little malt is present. Very hop forward and very strong and bright.

M: Surprisingly heavy. Very bitter tingly mouthfeel. Super drying as well, one of the driest beers I've had.

D: Very good DIPA, just wish it were available more often and more widespread.

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Photo of Aberration
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 6/22, enjoyed on 6/29.

Poured into a good ol' Pint Glass.

A: Nice amber coloration, very hazy. Lasting head. I can tell by the haze and head that this one is gonna have some exceptional mouthfeel due to some protein action.

S: I didn't get much out of the nose on this beer. Subtle hop aroma.

T: Good taste, just like it smelled. Very balanced. Mellow, yet bitter.

M: Here's where the magic happens. Very full bodied. It's a beer of substance!

Overall: Great beer! Incredibly drinkable for a DIPA. Balance and motuhfeel were key for this one, in my opinion.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One week old, poured into a snifter.

Hazy tangerine orange head that settles to a white film with good lacing. The color is awesome in my opinion.

The nose is a wonderful concoction of pink grapefruit, blood orange, pineapples, something floral, and some pine.  Just a huge citrusy and floral nose, really smells great.

The major player in the taste is pink grapefruit, which leaves behind a hop oil that keeps your palate sweet and bitter at the same time.  I also get orange zest, pineapple, and pine resin.  Aftertaste is grapefruit bitterness that hangs on forever.

Mouthfeel is medium body with decent carbonation.  As I said, it coats the palate with a hop oil, which I welcome.

Overall I really love this brew... It's among the few that I try to keep as a regular in my fridge.  NEBCO needs to make this a year-round offering.  It really stands up to the west coast IPA/DIPAs.

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Photo of MikeyMikee
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in late April, served at Fridge Temp.

A- Hazy-orange with a yellow tinge. small head that fades rather quickly.

S- Sweet, citrus hops, bitter red grapfruit, sweet white grapfruit and some tropical fruits mainly pinapple with some mango and orange peel. Little bit of bready malty with slight caramel. Smells FANTASTIC!

T- It tastes a little bit different than it smells. The citrus, grapfruity hops, while still present dont appear to be as strong as in the smell. The piney, grapfruit hops are still definetly prominent and provide a really nice, sharp bitterness..just not as much as I expected. The tropical fruits appear to be abscent as well, that being the pinapple and mango. there is a sweetness to it, like honey, but that tropical feel has disappeared as well as some caramel. the lack of caramel malt is fine with me though because there is nothing that takes away from the bitterness and this is defintely a bitter beer. Not the most bitter, but its up there. The alcohol is hidden very well too.

M- Medium to high carbonation with dry, bitter hops.

O- Really great brew from NEBcO. I'll be sure to pick this up whenever it comes out.

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Photo of harrymel
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind #5 - 12oz can

A: Standard pull tab status. Decent gaseous exchange upon cracking. Pours out like mama’s chicken broth: turbid and glowing with a bit of a burnt tinge to it. A soapy off-white quilt rests into a collared sheet of the same. Polka-dot laced. (3)

S: Sweet malt up front - cara pils feel to the nose. I can’t explain what it is, but cara pils, honey malt and the like give a different “feel” to the nose - slightly muggy, but in a good way. My nostrils flare and I take in citrus, marshmallows and apricots oh my! Slightest hint of american yeasty beasts. Overall sweet and easy nose. (3.5)

T: Still really sweet this one. My immediate reaction is this is a winter time IPA (as I like super light malt with sharp hops in the summer) - sweet, relatively thick. This lugs quite a bitter jab on my palate. A nearly spicy finish has me thinking either this has rye, or intriguingly hidden ABV.... The fruits remain native to the olfactory experience while my buds take on the battle of sweets and bitters. I’m a bit thrown off by this one due to the malt profile - starting to thing ESB with dry hops. Shit, this is getting scary. (3.5)

M: Medium to heavy to my judgment (penultimate in value). Prickly carbonation is retained through the breadth of time required to take this in. Slick finish and resonating tannic feel. The body on this is quite nice. (4)

O: Blindly speaking, if somebody handed me this and said it was a homebrew, I would think it was a slightly bitter ESB, or an IPA in need of some hop schedule adjustments. Either way, not a bad beer, and in looking at the numbers, I should not give two buckets of my wife’s deuce what the label is - cuz I love what’s inside (in my wife’s case, me). (4)

Guess: an IPA. Not better guesses after that, don’t recognize the malt or hop profile.
Reveal: NEBCO Gandhi-Bot! Man, I wish there was a can date on there. I’ve heard such different things about this beer, I’m surprised there wasn’t more up front. I think if they toned down the bittering hops a hare, and then dry hopped the fuck out of this it would be epic.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Hazy Orange/Brown. Off White 1 finger head that leaves substantial lacing and dissipates into a thin film.

Smell-Piney, Floral and Citrus hops. Little malts. Aroma very fragrant and very inviting.

Taste-Upfront a lot of bitter grapefruit, followed by some more sweet fruits with a nice malt finish.

Mouthfeel-Little hot going down, but smooth and lightly creamy. Medium bodied with less carbonation then most IIPAs

Overall-The guys at NEBCO continue to do great things, and I'm glad I finally got to try the Gandhi bot. Phenomonal beer.

on 7/10/11 had it again in a can, and this beer is fucking fantastic. Lots of floates, which I'm not sure is normal.

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

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

A nice light honey colored liquid. A half finger of off white head lazily floats atop. Citrus and pine are rather evident up front. Malty and slightly bready round it out. I'm kind of semi buckling up for this sip. The first time I had it my tongue went down with a k.o. from it. And... All I feel is bitch slaps from a guy in Uptown. The pine and hop bite are there, but not potent in the least. The backend literally dries your tongue out.

Looks like the rematch has me as victor on the cards. Sadly I liked the super aggressive version and this seemed to fall short to me. Nevertheless this is a solid beer and I would certainly like more.

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

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to Jdiddy for hooking me up with this one

Appearance: Golden-orange with a fluffy white head about two fingers worth that lasted for a while and then receded into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Piney resinous smell, with lemony citrus, and a hint tropical fruit. Very pleasing and very strong it took a while to get around to actually drinking.

Taste: Bitingly bitter, but in a good way as an IPA should be, with a nice malty backbone. Piney citrus flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good IPA, personally I think it rivals other top notch IPAs I’ve had in the past. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

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

I have a final due. So I'm drinking a Gandhi-Bot and reviewing it. You know - that totally makes sense.

Anyway I'm a fan. And if I may make the statement. BLEND THIS WITH BLACK TUESDAY 50/50. You will not regret it.

Ok. Now that it's out of the way. This beer pours copper with a decent head and solid lacing. It's hazy, and trends to strawish-ness gold at the base. Weirdly tinged. Smells lovely though. Bitter hops, drying with pine and grass, bit of resin and caramel malts come through with a ripe breadiness.

The taste bites then smooths then dries like a DIPA with a hophead should. Best part about this boozy baby is at 8% and in cans, you can only think WTF was anyone thinking when naming this?

Actually that sentence isn't coherent, but neither is my final paper.

Suffice to say: this medium mouthfeel and easy drinking beer is good.

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Photo of Phelps
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce can picked up from xanok. Into a snifter it goes.

Flows from the can a pale shade of dandelion and coalesces to deeper tones of hazy apricot. Atop sits a frothy one-finger head of off-white foam that disappears, quickly, leaving a soapy top layer and sticky mountains of lace.

Smells like a forest of pine trees planted in the middle of a soccer field. Tons of fresh grass, pine needles, dank weed and citrus peel. A backbone of honey-baked crackers and ethanol round out the aroma.

Symmetry in the flavor, though with a bracing bitterness to match. I feel like I fell, face-first and mouth open, into a lawnmower bag. Absolutely tons of grass, with grapefruit peel adding a bit of citrus and pithy bitterness. Very slight solvency and just the right amount of crackery malt. The finish is pretty damn crisp and clean for all the flavor in the front. As it warms, complexity emerges in the flavor and I’m tempted to bump the score up another notch.

Medium body with a good bit of heft. Alcohol is more noticeable in the flavor than in the feel, though I do get some fumes warming the throat and nose. The moderate carbonation avoids being pushy and the bitterness never gets out of hand.

If Gandhi had been a drinker, I’m sure he’d have been cool with this.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can pours a thick, hazy burnt orange with minimal head and almost no lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, grass, pine, and slightly yeasty. I pick up lemons and orange peel, with some hint of spices. Mouthfeel is dry, and heavy. Taste throws at you a really dry mix of everything you smell. This is in my top 5 IPAs. It may be a contender for #1.

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Photo of brian44556
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brez07 for sending a 4 pk out to me. Poured a 12oz can into a Stone Specialty 16oz IPA glass. No freshness date on the can.

Pours a beautiful honey color that forms a thick white head. Head doesn't stay around long, but the lacing on the glass is the best I have ever seen. Smells of pine, floral hops, and citrus. Tastes of bitter hops, citrus, grapefruit, and a sweet malt. The mouthful has a perfect texture and the carbonation is very good. Overall this beer ranks as a top tier DIPA. I would put this in the same category as Pliny the Elder, Dreadnaught, etc. I would have no problem drinking a 4 pack of these in a setting and wish it was sold around here. It would become a staple in the fridge!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Andrew for providing me with this beer. It was excellent.
In a tulip it was hazy orange in color with a medium off-white head. Impressive lacing.
Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and herbal hops. Peppery in my nose.
Big-time grapefruit taste, also tangerine and apricot. Piney taste entering later. Nice strong malt background, still sweet.
This was a very smooth, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Prime16
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours straw color - off white head.

S: Big hop aroma- citrus, very fragrent, grapefruit-imagine grabbing a handful of hops, rubbing them together in your hands and putting it up to your nose, outstanding!

T: The qualities of the aroma carry over to the taste. Great hop profile, citrus and piney. Finishes well and not overly bitter considering the intense hop flavor.

M: Nicely carbonated and well balanced.

O: One of my favorite beers - New England Brewing makes some of the best brewed beers and can easily compete with the big names in Craft Beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopstoopid120 for this one. Poured from a 16oz. can into Lost Abbey stemware. No freshness date.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger frothy white head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy peach with an orange tint. Lacing is stringy and spotty with very good cling. Lacing and head are nice but clarity hurts this one a bit.

S: Nose is extremely dank hops. Pine, citrus, and other crushed pulpy, tropical fruits. Grassy with the slightest hint of cane sugar. Appetizing. Robust and muddled for its style, could use a bit of crispness, but the flavors are there.

T: Opens papaya and apricot. In comes an intense grassy, piney hop bitterness mixed with a nice citrus flavor. Middle is more crushed papaya and a subtle cane sugar backbone. End is resiny hop bitterness with tree bark and wet wood. Finish and aftertaste are more of the same with a nice dryness. Incredible balance and really the prototypical east coast iipa.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and substantial (for an iipa) in the mouth and goes down smooth with some bubbles here and there. Finish is dry with a sticky aftertaste that lingers. The low carbonation works surprisingly well here.

O: Although New England Brewing is hyped for its Imperial Stout Trooper beer, I'd have to argue that this is the best offering they make. An east coast style iipa that I would pit against any other around the country. Seek it out, its definitely worth the trouble.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy stopped in to New England Brew Co on his last vacation and grabbed a 4 pack to bring home and gave me one. Thanks Nate!!!

Poured into a pint glass. Not as much head as most IPA's. Hazy with actual hop particles floating around. Ok lacing.

Aroma is intense. Almost like I stuck my head in a bag of hops. Tons of citrucy hop aromas. Smells awesome.

Taste is good. Nice hop bite but with alot of hop flavor. Slight malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Good carb.

Overall a great IPA. Would get more if I could. Might have to trade for some more.

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Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stearns16 for hooking this can up in a trade

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of grapefruit hops

T - This is a very tasty DIPA follows the nose with lots of grapefruit hops

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - I'm really enjoying this beer it tastes very good making it a little too easy to drink for the abv but none the less if I was able to get this on the regular I would worth seeking out to try

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Photo of zrab11
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a Hazy Bright Orange color, with nice 2 finger white head

S-Has a nice citrus aroma to it. With nice hoppiness smell with some good floral grassy notes coming though

T- WOW the flavor is Amazing. Hits you right off with hops, then followed by a citrus explosion in your mouth and then finish' with a creamyness.

M-Medium to full bodied. It has a sorta thickness to it that i havent seen in other DIPA's

D-Overall this might be my favorite DIPA to date. Had such complexity and stood out from other DIPA's ive had before. I wish this was local to me. I will trade multiple times a year to get this brew. And it being in a can makes it that much better to take camping or out on the Disc golf course! GIVE this beer a try you wont be dissapointed

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Beautiful straw color with a white head and good lacing. The downside is that there was a exhorbitant amount of sediment that I tried not to pour into my glass. I really only got about 3/4 of the can poured.

Smell - Wonderful citrus hop aroma. Grapefruits dominate. The malts barely make it through. Smells like a west coast hop bomb.

Taste - Good hoppy flavor to start, but it fades a bit. Not much midrange flavor. The late hop additions shine through, but I feel that it needs some more bittering hops. Maybe it doesn't have the malt backbone for it, because it's barely sweet at all. Overall a great flavor, though.

Mouthfeel - The low malt character is almost that of a single IPA and leaves it feeling a bit thin for the style. The final flavors are a bit watery. Carbonation is good, no fault there.

Overall - Delicious IPA that maybe could use a bit more maltiness. If I had access to this more often, I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from can into a Green Man snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger bone white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, sweet alcohol, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a damn tasty brew. Very well balanced flavor going on here with a great aroma as well. The CAN really delivered on this one! Maybe this is why Woody is on the CAN Quest... Only thing this brew is lacking is appearance, but who cares when it tastes and smells that good (and no, that's not a 'that's what she said' joke)... Get your hands on this one! You will not regret doing so. Thanks again for the chance to try this one Jeff!

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Photo of DNICE555
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Mikro with R Moe Nay, Pustevlaho, Andrea, and Jlynn. Looks like the yellow brick road... clear, golden, and carbonated. Smells of grapefruit, citrus, and HOPS! So hoppy and such a fruity sweetness to balance it out. This DIPA fresh is tough to beat. Pliny and Topper are the only beers off hand that I can think of that rival it. I absolutely love the hop profile of this beer. The alcohol is completely hidden and a clean smooth feel would be an understatement. Love having this brewery in my state. The only thing I can think of that distinguishes this beer on tap from the can is the ever so slight freshness of the hops and carbonation is dead on. The score if the same for the can because I can give the taste a 4.7 for the bottle and 4.6 for the can respectively.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.42/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes

A - decent cloudy yellow body, small head, good lacing

S - fruity sweet hops, no balance from malt

T - quite bitter, very mild malt sweetness.

M - drying, a bit thin, not bad

O (D) - fine, inoffensive, but not great tasting, which is its primary fault

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

Pours a hazy orange/yellow/gold with a nice white head. Fades quick. I smell pine, grapefruit, resin and maybe some bready malt. Smells like a good DIPA. Taste is like the nose, piney hops with some citrus and a bready malt back. Bitter, but not obnoxiously so. Pretty balanced. Good carbonation and a nice, medium mouthfeel with some sweetness, but not too much. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in the "tell me a story BIF."
Can into tulip pint.

Nice clear orangey gold color. Two fingers of white head, decent retention, little lace.

Smells of huge hops-- pineapple, piney resin,and citrusy grapefruit. This is very nice. The taste is solid. Some dry bready malts start it off before the hops kill it. Nice grapefruit and citrus with pineapple and little pine. Very dry and tasty. This is a solid beer.

Body is light, airy, and well carbed. The beer leaves a little hint of residue with some oiliness and a good level of lingering bitterness.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed. I wasn't sure what to expect fromthis beer... Now I've had it, and decided it will stay on my wants list.

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G-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.