Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 2,582
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1,173
Gots: 436 | FT: 10
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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Photo of thagr81us
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Photo of DNICE555
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.42/5  rDev -22.3%
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

Photo of seeswo
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of mltobin
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack at my local CT spot. (finally reviewing this)

Appearance is a faint amber with a two finger white head.
Smell on Gaandhi-Bot contains mucho hops, grapefruit, and a good amount of pine as well. It really hits you with a punch. Taste has plenty more of the hops, with a sweetness, some citrus, and more of the pine in its` finish. MF is medium w/ a similar carbonation. Overall, this is a great DIPA. If you have not enjoyed this yet, do so when you have the opportunity.

Photo of hopburster
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to naloxone for sending this East Coast DIPA goodness my way!

Poured from a 12oz can into Lost Abbey snifter. Next time I'm trying it out of the can to get that experience.

A : Poured slightly hazy with a nice copper hue. Solid two finger creamy white head; very nice splotchy lacing as the head receded.

S: Grassy up front with a nice citrusy hop aroma lingering in my nose on the second sniff. Slight hints of grainy malt in the background.

T: Wow, huge burst of bitter hops...I'm a hophead who loves bitter hops and this one packs a bitter punch! The citrus and pine profile is similar to many of the better DIPAs I've had the privilege to drink. However, a little better malt profile would cut the bitterness just a bit and provide a little more balance. Barely a hint of alcohol comes across.

M: Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Nice dry finish that leaves a slight tingling on the tongue.

D: I think Ghandi Bot is very well done and extremely drinkable...I like the fact that is a relatively low abv DIPA...I could see myself easily putting down a few of these over the course of an evening and it would definitely be in my regular rotation if it was distributed in the great PNW!

Photo of augustgarage
3.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks for the fresh can, ShogoKawada!

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Cloudy amber body with a couple cm of even ivory foam. Average lacing and retention.

Potent citrus (oranges and pomelo) and evergreen in the nose - along with a very light caramel note.

Earthy, soapy, pine-forward palate entry with honey-like malt and a moderate burst of bitterness. A slight mint flavor comes out as well along with some menthol driven by the alcohol. Quite dry finish - cutting, and faintly woody with a bit of malt in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied (surprised it isn't fuller), with average carbonation.

Odd name and packaging aside, this is a fairly middle-of-the-road Double IPA.

Photo of HosP
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few cans of this from Dnuggs. Great extra!! Poured from 12oz can into Tremens snifter.

A- Pours hazy, but bright golden orange color. Nice one finger white fluffy head.

S- Get a nice little citrus hop aroma up front. Followed by some grapefruit notes that stay with you till the end. Slight bready malt hints mixed in as well.

T- Interesting drink here for a DIPA. At first, pretty thin in flavor. Sweet tasting but more of a regular IPA. Just when you say to yourself what is this, BAM, lots of big hop flavors. Grapefruit hits you right in the middle. Citrusy hop flavor, maybe some piney flavors in there as well. The hops really dominate the middle and end of this drink. Not to bitter, but just enough for a DIPA. Hard to detect but maybe some very subtle caramel malts holding up all this hop flavor. Very smooth drink.

M- Medium body, starts thin. Good amount of carbonation. Smooth with slight bitter taste staying with you.

D- 8.8%?? Glad I saw that before I went planned on drinking all 4 I had. Very easy to drink. Would love some more of this! Big thanks to Doug for hooking me up on this one!

Photo of evanlarkin
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to ngeunit1 for this can!

Appearance:
Hazy orange with about 3/4 finger of head. No real visible carbonation. Some yeast sitting on the bottom of my tulip.

Smell:
Sweet malt, and a good amount of grassy/earthy hops. A slight lemon/lime scent makes an appearance too, behind what I can only describe as spicy citrus.

Taste:
Here goes! A bit sweeter than I was expecting, but a much earthier hop flavor than I've become accustomed to. Kind of a grapefruit texture and very low bitterness. The aftertaste is all grapefruit in fact.

Mouthfeel:
Full and thick, this one definitely sticks to your cheeks, once again similar to grapefruit citrus.

Drinkability:
Extremely high. I feel like I could drink this all night, any night. Assuming it's a hops night. I would definitely buy this if I could get it in my area.

Photo of mrbooch
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank the folks at New England Brewing for unleashing such a "hop-sational" brew.

If you are a hop lover and have not tried this brew, fresh, then you most certainly must.

I can't wait until the warm weather comes, so my thirst may be truly quenched by can after can of this great Imperial/Double IPA.

When poured into a large mouth glass it really gives you an opportunity to take in the nose of this brew which can consist of tangy grapefruit essence, wrapped in a poignant grassy, earthy breeze.

The color just speaks in volumes with its wheat/tangerine glow.

Mouth is thin, but inviting.

As far as drinkability, I can only say be aware of the ABV. Otherwise "I'm a Two-Can Sam" before the intense hops begin to blur and I can't enjoy it for all its hop glory.

Now hop to it, and get some!

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: orangish yellow with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops

Taste: Caramel malts, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: it's a decent double ipa. Iwould have like it much more if it tasted as well as it smelled.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of knm
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz can to a pint glass. Pours a very hazy golden with minimal head. But has good lacing and carbonation throughout.
Smell is floral and hoppy. Overall a very mild notes for a Double.
Same with the taste-very smooth for this type of brew. Somewhat sour from hops, and a piney undertone. Amazingly smooth for the ABV, and the style!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the design of this can, love double IPAs, love double IPAs in a can. And I dig this part of the can's text: "fully vegetarian." So, are there still tons of beers made using isinglass? Huh. Anyway, thanks to msubulldog25 for this one!

Pours a yellow/gold color that is hazed and even sports a fog of tiny sediment bits -- perhaps bits of hops? There's a slightly orange-ish shade to the color, but it's much less orange-shaded than most other double IPAs. Head is thin and blazing white, leaving little bits of lace on the glass and hanging around a long while, never totally dying.

Aroma epitomizes big American hoppy beers, period. Three varieties of American hops were used, and they're fragrant, flowery, pungent, citrus-y. A vibrant, clean, vivid aroma that pleases this hop lover, even despite an apparent lack of malt.

Whoa. This is just shy of what I'd call "tongue rippingly hoppy." (I save that distinction for a small handful of beers.) But it's close. While there's a ghost of resiny flavor, this wins big thanks to the more welcoming floral/herbal/citrus characteristics, an altogether bright and super-ultra-refreshing sort of hop bomb. That's not to say it's one-sided, as there's just enough malt here to provide a needed dab of succulent sweetness. It carries the hop load well enough. Alcohol is a mild warming nudge, no more or less.

Slick and smooth on the tongue while bringing along considerable carbonation, which accents, highlights and underscores the energetic and playful hop profile. While I generally like my double IPAs a little creamier/thicker, this totally does the trick and performs well in tandem with the taste.

I love this brewery's Sea Hag IPA, and this is on par with that, only hoppier (duh). And like Sea Hag, it drinks way too quickly, which is both a credit to how delicious it is and something to be careful of, considering this approaches the 9% ABV mark. Gandhi would have loved this noise!

Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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5/16/12
On-Tap
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.

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5/19/12
Cask
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.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of chefelf
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of deskim
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 2,582 ratings.