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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: 542
Hads: 2,636
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 1,188
Gots: 456 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to monsterzerp for this 12 oz can. Poured into my Duvel mini tulip.

A: This DIPA is hazy, an orange golden hue, a celestial orb transported to my glass. The pervasive haziness leaves the ale opaque. I was impressed with the head, almost two fingers of white foam that left lots of lace behind.

S: Nice nose! Zesty with near tropical aromas. The first sniff was hop heaven. A little bit of orange and pineapple and pine and peach. A nice bunch packed into a small can. A syrupy thickness seems to envelop the nose.

T: The first sip, unfortunately, loses all of the goodwill that the nose generated. A vegetal hoppiness runs rampant, no hint of the lush citrus aromas. Ample caramel, plenty of the malt side, to go around. There is a sweetness, hop-driven, that runs through the ale but it doesn't generate the goodwill that the nose did.

M: The mouthfeel is ho-hum, plenty of caramel and an indistinct hoppy sweetness. Amp that up a bit and we may have something to talk about.

D: The booziness strength isn't evident at first. It does build though, getting stronger with almost every sip. It's good but not as good as it smells. (1,140 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to stakem for this.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed orange color. About one finger of creamy off-white head with below average retention for the style and a nonuniform ring of lacing.

4.5 S: The aroma on this is simply wonderful. I've been trying to be a harsher grader recently, but this still deserves a good score. Very flowery - I can pick out about 3 or 4 different flower aromas, though I can't associate the smell with the actual flower at this time. Also some pine, grapefruit, grass and earthy notes. Fairly clean yeast considering the haze this has going (can conditioned?). Malts are biscuity if anything. It's hard to tell really since the hops are covering them up for the most part.

3.0 T: The taste, however, is pretty average. Malts are biscuity with a noticeable bready yeastiness. Moderate to moderate-high bitterness. The hops don't have the same pop in terms of flavor as the nose would suggest. Some pine, orange, grapefruit, and earth, but not as vibrant or as assertive as I'd like.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but not as creamy as I'd like. Booze is well hidden.

3.5 D: Not bad and definitely something I would drink again, but doesn't quite live up to expectations. (1,246 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review (Different serving type). My first review of this was on cask and it was spectacular, let's see if the regular, canned version lives up to the sheer awesomeness of the cask version. No freshness date but I believe this is the most recent batch (early/mid February?)

An aggressive pour from the can yields a two finger rocky head of white bubbles sitting on top of a slightly murky gold/amber liquid.

Smells of... well... hops! Yep, lots of grapefruit here, nice and fresh, little bit of sweet fruit and a little pine. What a lovely smell.

Now that is a DIPA, a lovely mixture of hops and malts. This is defintely East Coast IPA, but it certainly muddies the water between the two. A potent mix of fruit, grapefruit and tropical blend with the herbal and pine characteristic of the hops. Some malts in the middle give it a sweet backbone. Finishes bitter and dry. No hint of 8.8% ABV

What an IIPA, this is the first one I had that I thoroughly enjoyed many months ago and started my hops craze. Thanks NEBCo for this awesome beer and congrats on the BA recognition! (1,078 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very bright cloudy orange-yellow color with a finger of off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring, lacing nicely around the glass.

S - Aroma is packed with floral and citrus hops. Lots of them. Lots of grapefruit and orange. There is also a touch of malt that breaks through also.

T - Starts off with lots of citrus hops with lots of grapefruit flavor. Also a floral/grassy hop back bone. There is a touch of malt sweetness that gives some depth. Through the middle a really nice bitterness comes through with a lot of piney hops flavor. The finish has some strong bitterness mixed with some grassy flavors and even more of the citrus flavor really blending together nicely and lingering for a while.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of assertive carbonation. Really smooth and crisp thorough the middle. And the finish leaves a really strong dry finish which is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. At 8.8% abv, this beer stays super smooth and crisp. The hop profile is really amazing. Lots of complex flavor that mixes together for a really excellently balanced beer. (1,104 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite excited for this one. Robots.

A-Pours a hazy vibrant orange color. Bubbles incessantly rise and meet at the top where a puffy off-white head sits. The beer laces excellently leaving chunky spatter on the glass.

S-Potent herbal nose. Incredible orange and grapefruit aromas. This is a big boy beer, you can tell just from the smell. I get an almost onion-like scent which is surpring but it does not deter me. Overall, smells complex and super citrusy.

T-Big, bold, and assertive. Super-complex. You get huge citrus flavors throughout. Juicy grapefruit and orange. Good wallop of pine in here as well. You also get some potent herbal green flavors. I definately get some greep onion tastes. Grassy and oily as well. Resionous. Tastes natural. This beer is hop-foward without a doubt. Malts are there but are clearly not meant to steal the show. Love the unique flavors and the beers complexity is exceptional.

M-Medium bodied. Dry and decently bitter as well. Bubbly carbonation. Resinous.

D-Alcohol masked very well. It has that nice oily quality that I believe all DIPAs should have but it is not too bold. Very drinkable, considering how flavorful the beer actually is.

So happy to find this in a CT liquor store. I suggest you give this a try. Delicious.

This beer was absolutely at its peak on tap. I have had varying levels of excellence from the canned version of this beer. On-tap and fresh is blatantly and obviously where its maximum potential lies. Magnificent.

Perhaps the best median for this beer. The explosion of citrus is extraordinary. Simply amazing. Cask is the way to go for this beer. One of the best experiences I have had with a beer. (1,717 characters)

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beer Karma at work. About a week ago I saw a picture of this beer and thought it looked interesting. A few days later I found this in a box as an extra send to me by naloxone. Thanks Evan.

Poured from a can into a snifter.

A cloudy orange appearance. Head is just one finger and doesn't stick around for long.

Very pleasant hoppy smell. Hints of malts.

Sweetness upfront, almost candy like. Pine and some citrus. I'm feeling it. Hoppy bitterness, sweetness again and back to bitterness. If a beer taste could be a pinball machine this would be it.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Carbonation is spot on. Medium to light body but with so much flavor not a problem. Finish is a bit dry and very ice.

I could drink this all night long. I thought untill I figured that it's an almost 9% beer. I'll have just two... if I had one more.

It's a really nice DIPA. One of my favorites so far. Thanks again for sending this my way, Evan. This is a rarity on this end of the planet. Highly recomended. (989 characters)

Photo of chefelf
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a rule I do not generally like IPA. I must admit I've had a few more recently that have impressed me but it's still not my favorite type.

After seeing the picture of a robot Gandhi on this can of Gandhi-Bot I was convinced to give it a try. In fact it could have been a can of cucumber-scented poo and I would have tried it. What an awesome piece of packaging work!

I can certainly appreciate this IPA even if it's not my go to style of beer. (447 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ yellow, with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops. In the taste, a sweet to dry slight orange citrus and a faint hop taste. A citrus hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange citrus aftertaste. The flavor is lighter than the nose, hides the alcohol, nice hop presence and really dig it. (347 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

240th review on BA
can to tulip

App- Even out of the can its a vegetable oil looking yellow. (vegan brew right?) A nice one finger quick receding head on it.

Smell- After a quick swirl, its a very hoppy beer. Nice notes of earthiness and spicy to a point. Not a real citrus aroma.

Taste- The citrus arives on the taste with some tangerine, pineapple and that very good bitter malty finish

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a piney, bitter long lasting aftertaste

Drink- It's a vegan brew and very tasty. I would like another. The hops are in your face for the DIPA as they should and its a big drinking beer at 8.8 (634 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the gimick of the robot behind me, I can appreciate the flavors in the can. This is a serious Imperial IPA with both balance and hop dominance that begins to somehow make sense with the very first sip.

The beer pours a consistend and hazy hue that allows a diffused glow that brings visual life to the oversized tulip. Small particles of yeast and protien suspend in the medium copper/orange beer with a somewhat appealing fashion. A dense white foam forms on the beer with a blanket for cover, retains very well, laces reasonably well, and gives an elegant cap the beverage.

The suspected aromas of back-sweetened citrus fruits give the impressions of ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, and a tinge of mango or appricot. All this citrus character seems candied with very soft caramel malt undertones making them seem very floral and honey-soaked. A grassy, onion-like undertone adds more depth than detraction. With absolutely no errors in aroma, I needed the scent to be more profound in order to compete with the Hopslams and Dreadnaughts out there.

Flavors however seem to be on par with some of the greats. Sharp citrus oils from the hops give a depth of citrus, grassy/herbal, onion/garlic/catty notes that give layers upon layers of flavors that surface with each sip. Compelex with the hop profile, but supportive only on the malts- soft caramel, honey-ish notes with medium bread crust character never balance the beer but provide the springboard for the hop showcase.

Medium full from the early sips to the sharp drying finish, the beer carries a delicate blend of supple sweet textures along with sharp and resiny bitterness. With that hoppy bite comes a clean malty dryness and a crisp fleeting bite. Warming alcohols shy away from numbing properties but take on a mild solventy note that weaves in and out of the hop bitterness and dryness.

Gandhi Bot lives up the reputation it has created- and formitable Imperial IPA with an understated way of declaring it's strength in flavor, aroma, balance, and complexity. Elegant in every way. (2,057 characters)

Photo of deskim
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes. from a snifter glass. golden almost orange in color. minimal head and lacing. smell is hops, more specifically citrus/orangy and floral. very forward hop presence. fairly strongly carbonated. incredibly drinkable, and I would love to get my hands on more as soon as possible. very well put together, as all the flavors meld together very well. (364 characters)

Photo of brewskier
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fairly thick blonde head takes an average amount of time to fall to a speckled film, but still thick around the edges. Very thickly clouded, almost milky pale yellow. A few flakes of brownish sediment very slowly drop towards the bottom. Sort of a strange appearance, not exactly pretty, but I'm quite intrigued.

An enticing hop aroma springs forth such that I don't even need to bring nose near glass. When I do, a wonderful complex bouquet of citrusy, floral, and to a lesser extent evergreen hops tingles the olfactory receptors. Surprisingly, it is not as intense up close as the whiff from afar had warned - merely a pleasant hint for the tongue of things to come. There is also a subtle hay note.

The flavor is a full-on assault of the taste buds, in a good way. This beer is everything a hop head could want, with major pucker power provided by pungent white grapefruit, lemon, and pine notes. This DIPA is very dry, with little of the caramel malt sweetness found in many of its ilk, or even citrusy sweetness -- the unadulterated bitterness of a Cinderella step-sister. Some light herbal and turmeric hints do nothing to ease the bite.

As hinted by the cloudiness, this is a full-bodied beer. Feels heavy in the mouth, though not sticky. A nice light carbonation provides just enough texture in the mouth.

This is a supremely drinkable DIPA. I find the sweetness of many DIPAs and Imperials to be cloying and lessen their appeal after one or two. This one is actually thirst quenching given the intense bracing bitterness. One might not be able to taste anything else afterwards, however. I first enjoyed it in a hot tub around New Year's, as it seemed like a good canned option. I highly recommend that usage, or for camping, etc. when one wants a great beer with no glass. This beer is an all-around win.

Enjoyed on 1/19/11 (1,840 characters)

Photo of cadaugherty
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice extra from arvjunk- into my Stone IPA glass

Appearance- Pours a hazy light copper with about 3 fingers of head.

Aroma- Nice light tangerine smell, a hint of sweet malt. Good smell but nothing amazing or game changing.

Taste- Here is where it lost me. There are hints of citrus up front, biscuit sweetness in the middle, and a chalky bitter finish. Very meh for such a celebrated dipa with more bitterness than anything else.

Mouth- As mentioned above a bit chalky.

Drink- This was one and done for me. There was a lot of unpleasant lingering bitterness.

Maybe the can wasn't fresh, maybe it just isn't for me. (621 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, big thanks to mob2332 for the can. Cheers!

Poured into Stone IPA glass. Hazy yellow orange body reminds me of a citrus juice, orange pineapple maybe? Two finger bone white head is perched atop. Very respectable retention, thick sheets of lacing blanket the wall as the head recedes.

Hop flavor is abundant. The first scent I pick up is a bit of pineapple. A citrus bouquet flourishes just behind. Though dominated by fruit, subtle hints of pine peak through. No discernible malt characteristic are noticed.

Ripe sweet citrus flavor flows across the tongue. This bright initial flavor soon transitions into a slightly biting pine and pith bitterness on the midpalate. The more abrasive bitterness is short lived as the juicy hop flavors return on the back of the palate. I am a huge fan of the citrus hops and the bold bright juicy flavors but they most be held in quick, there can certainly be too much of a good thing. Gandhi-Bot blends the juicy hops with enough of a bitter bite to provide this much needed balance. Subtle and sweet pale malt is buried beneath the massive amounts of hop flavor. I am pretty sure Connecticut is on the East Coast, someone should remind them they are suppose to be brewing malt bombs.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Resinous hop flavor digs into the tongue though the finish is impressively dry.

Excellent beer, flat out excellent. NEBC absolutley nailed this one. Absurdly drinkable, bright aroma and balanced flavor. I am not certain I could ask for more. A top tier DIPA. (1,535 characters)

Photo of Thads324
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another CT brew!

A : pours a vibrant and deep yellow, creamy white head with bubbles on the edge of the glass. Hazy and refreshing looking

S : The initial smell is of citrus hop and a hint of bread. Second whiff is a little tarter. Smells like it will be crisp with hop flavor. there is a grapefruit smell that escapes slowly

T : The first sip is sweet and almost wheat ale like, immediately followed by a big bang of hop flavor. And the hops don't stop, but carry fully all the way through. There are certainly different hops in here, but there is no way of telling how many or what kind for me since the flavor is so pronounced. The hops blend well, and leave an after taste of citrus. Not overly bitter but well just well flavored.

M : seems a little aggressive on the carbonation, which brings out the hop aroma and flavor, and adds to that tingle on the tongue. It makes you want another sip

D : at 8.8% you can't drink much of this stuff, but without knowing I could easily polish off the 4 pack. Easy to drink but made for slow enjoyment

Many people have told me about this elusive beer, and when I found it I knew it was a good buy, but damn. It's a great dIPA and will be enjoyed again soon. (1,206 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can courtesy of both pwoody11 and guzzle211, thanks again guys!

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are nice. Sugary, with grapefruits, and pine resin.

Taste is pretty balanced and not overly bitter. Starts with some sugary sweetness and some creamy malts. Finish is crisp and dry, with pine, mineral, and grapefruit hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is not bad, but a touch too watery.

Drinkablilty is quite good. This is a solid example of a DIPA, well balanced, but nicely hopped too. (512 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 11-13-10

A- Poured from the can with a slightly proteinaceous frothy off-white head, which became meringue-like as it settled, leaving some decent lacing down the sides of the glass. The body was an extremely turbid, pale honey color, with little chunks of yeast and/or hop particulate floating in the glass. No visible carbonation.

S- The aroma is very floral. A big nose packed full of floral and citrus hop aromas with a slight undercurrent of crackerlike malt. Simple but elegant.

T- Whoooo! Damn! Definitely packs a wallop of hops when you take that first sip! You get some sweet biscuit-like malts which are quickly overtaken with some substantial citrus hop flavor, which builds into an intense high-alpha cirtus-rind-like hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue, resinous. The bitterness is almost high enough for me to call it "tooth enamel stripping". Good dynamic range. Subtle flavors of Juicyfruit bubblegum.

M- Medium bodied with a slight creaminess imparted by a very delicate carbonation. Middle to high astringency. Nothing on the mouthfeel that's evident of high alcohol.

D- I'm glad this comes in four-packs. I love this stuff, and I love that it comes from my home town! Highly drinkable! (1,227 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this beer as an extra from Shaggy9356, thanks Matt! Before pouring it into my snifter I had to take a swig from the can to know what I was getting into. Needless to say, I already want more. It poured a murky burnt orange with a one finger creme colored head. It smells of floral, bitter hops and I love it. This is the most floral beer I've had in awhile. The flavor is very dry and bitter and finishes with a sweet citrus like flavor that goes into the drier hop ridden aftertaste. This gets big points from me. It drinks impressively smooth and crisp simultaneously. What an awesome beer, and from a can?!?! This beer lives up to the hype and is exceptionally drinkable. (684 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to ubufan2112 for this can (1 of 4!). 12oz into a NB Globe.

A: Pours quite turbid, amber in color with about half an inch of white head that recedes to a cap with tons and tons of little splotches of lacing as it recedes. An island of bubbles is left in the middle.

S: Hops! Resinous pine and grapefruit, tons and tons of dank resinous hops at first. Underneath that is a nice grainy malt profile, touch of caramel and a bit of bread. Just a bit of booze. Absolutely awesome in the nose here.

T: Follows over nicely from the nose, big juicy hop profile of citrus and pine, and an intense bitterness at the end. Tons of hop resins that I love. Not much of a malt bill, maybe just a touch of caramel, but that's okay. Incredibly hop forward. Just a hint of booze. I love this stuff.

M: Spot on, medium carbonation, heavier in body, just a bit of boozy warmth and a surprisingly dry finish as well. Excellent here.

D: Dangerous, yes its a high ABV, high IBU, monster of a beer, but I could pour this back all night, and happily not taste anything for the rest of the night. A very well done, gasp...East Coast IPA! Very happy to try this one, and I wish I could get it on the regular. Awesome beer.

Thanks Mike! (1,240 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellow with a lot of head that dies back a bit. Lots of lacing on the glass

Smell: lots of citrus hops with some floral hints

Taste: fairly hoppy. A bit of bitterness to it but definitely not much of a dipa... More like a slightly hopper ipa.

Mouthfeel: not really that great on the palette. A bit thin for a dipa and no malt backbone really to speak of

Drinkability: fairly drinkable but the bitterness gets to me (437 characters)

Photo of BeachRez
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received on a trade.

Poured into glass - very nice golden color. Minimal head with lots of floatys.

Taste - Clean but strong IPA. Nice floral taste, not just pumped up bitter hops.

Very smooth (for the style) and easy to drink. Not something I personally could drink a lot of, but not something that made me not want another drink.

I am sending these to friends that would appreciate. (388 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra from ngeunit1, thanks man!

A: Orange hue that is very hazy. Sweet sticky lacing and a small ring of white head, looks like squeezed grapefruit juice.

S: Also smells like grapefruit juice with tons of citrus, grass hop, pine, bready malt and more bright fruit. Nice!

T: Very bitter overall, especially grapefruit on the back of the palate. Lots of citrus, dry and sweet malt thats pretty subdued, some kitchen spice and fruit rind. I really enjoyed the fresh can from the brewery, it's very juicy and hoppy.

M: Nice smooth and great carbo, leaves huge bitter feel on the tongue.

D: Very Good beer overall, would buy if I saw it in the store! (663 characters)

Photo of juhl31
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-very foggy dark gold color with a thin white head. looks nice for a beer, but too foggy for an IPA

-big time grassy and grapefruit in the olfactory region. a bit of orange citrus in there too. very strong and sniff that is DIPA necessary

-the citrus come in big up front and then the maltiness bleeds in nicely through the middle. good and spicy bitterness to finish, but not over the top. leaves a strong grapefruit mouth after swallowed

-rich and full throughout. nothing upsetting in the carbonation

-very good IPA. i would say the best DIPA in a can i have had in a can. really wish this was made in the west coast for all my outdoor adventures (654 characters)

Photo of Blanco
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. very cloudy with an orange color. head is not as big as I would like, but pour was also semi-passive so maybe that's it. the smell is of tropical fruits and strong. Very much like a Sculpin in that way. Taste is similar, with a powerful hop presence although bitterness is minimal. mouthfeel is on the thicker side for a DIPA, but pleasant. Drinkability is incredibly good. This is one of the few East Coast IPAs that seems to draw inspiration from San Diego breweries. Excellent beer. (508 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a 4-pack (Christmas gift!) - served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about a finger height of creamy, tight just slightly off-white foam, taking its time to settle to a thick film and leaves a solid layer of wet and sticky lace behind. the beer is pretty hazy, bright gold in color.

S - heavy on the tropical fruits...loads of freshly cut grapefruit, mango, and a hint of candied pineapple and oranges. just a bit of rich caramel malt for balance and sweetness. slightly piney as well as it warms a bit.

T - starts slightly sweet before a hefty hop bite takes over the mouth. again, tropical fruit heavy as grapefruit simply dominates, bringing pineapple and some mango along for the ride. the sweet malt balance is there but gets lost in the hops (not a bad thing). alcohol is actually quite noticeable and comes through near the end of each sip, though meshes rather nicely with the bold hop flavors and bitterness.

M - thick, luscious body with a moderate to low level of carbonation, it might actually benefit from just a touch more. very oily throughout, with an attempt at a dry finish assisted by a big bold bitterness. not a chore to drink by any means, though.

D - not just solid, but a damn fine wonderfully crafted DIPA. easily the best beer I've had by NEBC to date (including IST, which I was a big fan of). this is straight out of the left coast, with a wonderful look, scent, and taste. this is CAN #2 down from a 4pack I just received today, the other 2 will be gone in no time. (1,520 characters)

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.