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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPAGandhi-Bot Double IPA

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Ratings: 1588
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%

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:
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

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 04-02-2010)
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Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this DIPA pours a hazy golden brown/tan, some might call it tawny, the glass is crowned with a thin white that rings the glass, plenty of active carbonation

S - up first is a huge grapefruit hop aroma, followed closely by a syrupy thick clover honey note, which is routed back to hops with some piney/floral back-up

T - holy mellow! sublimely hoppy, a hop bomb without being bombastic, the hops borderline sweetness with a brown sugar style characteristic that mellows it out and blends it together masterfully

M&D - one of the smoothest DIPA's I have ever quaffed, blended and balanced perfectly, syrupy and viscous on the tongue, definitely one of the favorite DIPA'a

Serving type: can

09-09-2010 19:44:44 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of sulldaddy


4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a growler split with my brother Brian during a recent visit. The beer has been in the growler for a few weeks in the fridge, but still has some pop when opening the swingtop lid.
The beer pours into my pint glass a hazy burnt siena color with eggshell white foamy head of 2.5 cm fluffing up easily and fading gradually, no loss of carbonation here.
Aroma is hop full with pine sap and grapefruit dominant, maybe some other citrusy notes bouncing around, and brief wisps of caramel malt in the background. Definitely a hoppy beer.
First sip reveals average body with average carbonation that tingles across my palate on each sip.
Flavor is briefly caramel and toffee on the tip of my tongue but then rolls to hops, grapefruit, pine sap and a bit of general astringent bite that gives a bit of pucker to the beer.
The alcohol is pretty well hidden on the swallow but does make its presence known after the first pint is emptied. A very drinkable deceptively bigger beer. I enjoy this one a lot and will be picking up more and sharing with friends.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2010 17:11:31 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of jaluria


4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to call around to several of the best beer stores in the state to track this bad boy down after nearly 2 weeks of searching. And it was worth the wait, for sure.
Pours a soft yellow-orange color that is entirely translucent with a frothy white head. Some lacing is left behind when the head dies down. Aroma is filled with pine, grapefruit, citrus peel and warm bread. Flavors follow suit with a blast of hops through out each sip. The finish is dry and refreshing while retaining that subtle lemon drop feeling in the back of my throat that is a signature of a hoppy blend. Smooth and crisp, this is a great beer to pair with pizza, as I did and I could have a few of these in a sitting though the ABV might get the better of me. A great beer from NEBC.

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 23:25:05 | More by jaluria
Photo of socon67

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second variety from NEBCO. Poured into a Hoffbrau mug.

A: Very cloudy, and orange. A nice white foam on the 'bot.

S: Very hoppy, and a nice smell of citrus/tropical fruit.

T: After trying this, I'm sticking to DIPA's. At least if they taste as nice as this. The hops combine with the sugary fruit for a nice treat.

M: Carbonation was a bit more than I'd like; made it feel like soda. But not that bad.

D: Quite drinkable. You do feel that ABV, but it is such a drinkable beer that having a second (or third) can is possible.

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 22:43:18 | More by socon67
Photo of LtCracker20


4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes.
Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a soft white foamy head of about 1/2 inch. Retention isn't too much, but there's good lacing. Not too bad for 8.8%. Haven't seen too many IIPAs this cloudy though.

S- Pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus for the hops. Very nice. Some bready malt in the nose as well. A little cooked veggie aroma.

T- The hops meld into a big citrus bunch and the malt makes a small appearance. Again, the cooked veggie flavor comes through.

MF/D- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation for a DIPA. Not syrupy at all. Drinkability is good, but it is 8.8%. Could've had a couple of these for the smell and taste alone.

Serving type: can

09-01-2010 21:05:14 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of nrbw23


4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a creamy off white head. Head has good retention and left a good amount of layered lacing.

S- Smells of tropical hops, pineapple, mango with some pine, caramel, papaya, and tangerine.

T- Follows the nose really well. Tropical hops everywhere, with a nice touch of pine. A nice finish of sweet malts and spice.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Wish this one was in Ohio for sure.

Thanks Allie.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2010 08:44:58 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Zippie9999


5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: Just bought this from Liquor Depot in New Britain,CT. on recommendation from beer guru Brian. Great call! Not much of a can enthusiast, but all I have to say is bravo!
A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a white fluffy head into my trustyChouffe Houblon chalice.
S: A fragrant aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and hops permeate the senses.
T: After the prerequisite hop slam, a crisp, clean, fresh flavor of citrus, grapefruit, and floral notes greet thetastebuds. At almost 9%; the ABV is hidden extremely well.
O: Overall, a phenomenal brew! This is truly a benchmark when it comes to Dipas. This would be a go to if it weren't so limited in availability.

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 01:38:14 | More by Zippie9999
Photo of PicoPapa


4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin head. Aroma is sweet. Hops, citrus, grapefruit and a fair amount of pine. Taste is somewhat sweet with a bitter aftertaste. More pine with some citrus. The 8.8% ABV is hidden well. I miss drinking an Imperial IPA out of the Tall Boy can but, oh well. Finally it pays to live on the East Coast.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 03:11:14 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of bgjohnston


4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange out of the can. Only beer I have poured out of a can with a big bright-white head like this one. Similarity to most canned beers ends here.

Smell is sharp and lemon-like, with a nice zing to it. Taste is also very impressive; starts out with a bitter hit, then slides seamlessly into a light sweetness, then back to a light citrus drying finish. Very refreshing, concealing its alcohol content very well.

Too bad it is such a limited release. I would love to have cans of this around to take to cookouts all summer long.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 00:18:09 | More by bgjohnston
Photo of WeaponTheyFear


4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a good amount of white head considering its a growler.
S- Huge nose of dank citrusy hops. Bitter grapefruit, small amount of sweet malt. Actually the dankness of this reminds me a bit a Flower Power.
T- The highlight of the beer for me. Big dank hops with a huge citrus element. Finishes extremely bitter but with a small amount of malt to soften the blow. Finishes dry and bitter.
M- Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation for the style.
D- I've said this before and I'll say it again, NEBC makes even the higher ABV brews so extremely drinkable. Never a hint of alcohol in any of their beers and this one is no exception.

Overall- With all the homer bias and all, this is easily one of my favorite DIPAs besides maybe Hopslam and Maharaja. An amazing DIPA and definitely worth seeking out. I can only hope that it is just as good from a can.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2010 02:22:32 | More by WeaponTheyFear
Photo of fear025


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to JAHMUR for this beer (even if it was dented).

Aroma:Sweet and hoppy. The sweetness is like cotton candy. The hops come across as lemony. In fact, it's like Ferarra Pan lemonhead candy.

Appearance:Honey colored, big white fluffy head.

Taste:This beer is extremely hoppy on first sip. After the initial hop hit, I can start to differentiate some apricot flavors. In the midtaste, the underlying malty sweetness also comes through, and it's almost too sweet. The flavors just kind of fade pleasantly thru the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, high carbonation. The carbonation fizzes nicely even through the aftertaste.

Drinkability:I really enjoyed this DIPA, tons of hops, lots of malt flavor. Plus, the artwork on the can is fantastic!

Serving type: can

08-23-2010 04:35:41 | More by fear025
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st growler from nebco, those guys are alright. Super pumped on this beer. Pours a real lovely opaque golden orange with a nice two finger puffy white head that leaves lots of lacing for a x2ipa. Aroma is just what I was hoping for, tones of hops. Piney, citrusy, and oh man sooo fresh. I'm getting some stone fruit too like apricot. Flavor is first big grapefruit, little apricot, bunch more citrus and then the piney bittering hops take hold of you. Great hop show case. Nice mouthfeel, dense but not overly carbed. Other than the higher abv on this I could drink alot of it.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2010 00:14:20 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of BeerMusketeer


4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THE BOT!!! Would not have thunk soemone could put this much hoppy goodness in a can, but NEB KILLED this. The flavors of wweet floral hops are intense and NOT OVERPOWERED by a dry, almost delicate malt backbone. The nose matches, with all sorts of dankness.

Serving type: can

08-18-2010 19:05:33 | More by BeerMusketeer
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of various hops. I get some resin and orange notes with some caramel malt. The taste is pine and orange flavored hops with caramel malt. The bitterness is low to medium due to the malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-30-2010 00:30:27 | More by Mora2000
Photo of kirkpjr


4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a box from robwestcott - thanks!

Poured into an tulip.

A: Pours a dark, hazy burnt orange color with almost three fingers of head. Nice small spots of lacing.

S: Strong pine and tangerine hop flavors. A sweet tangy malt also balances out the smell.

T: Taste is much more subdued than the smell. Nice pungent, but mellowed, citrus hop profile. Also some pine, grapefruit, tropical hops flavors here. Malt really hides the IBUs.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Sticky, resinous hops.

D: Sweet citrus and pine hop profile balanced out with the malt makes this one dangerously drinkable. Overall not the greatest tasting DIPA, a very enjoyable one to drink.

Serving type: can

07-20-2010 01:47:36 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of JMD


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper color with orange tones. Big frothy head that fades slowly and leaves big clumpy lacing down the glass.

S: Huge hop aroma. Sweet piney hop resin practically jumps out of the glass. Balanced with a nice sweetness from the malt.

T: Sweet carmel malt upfront, then the hops kick in. Sweet piney resin, earthy hop oils and ruby red grapefruit. This beer has an extremely long finish. That delicious hop bite seems to last forever on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation for the style. Long dry finish. Not syrupy like alot of DIPA's.

D: Another excellent offering from NEBC. Those guys seem to put out great beer after great beer. And Ghandi-bot is no exception. Big hop flavor, nice malty balance, this is a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 00:37:16 | More by JMD
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to GoGriz for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy dark copper color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy two-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, a nice little malt note, citrus, pine note. The taste is sweet, hoppy, nice little malt note, good punch of citrus and pines. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this one really surprised me, very nice, true to style. Thanks Cody!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:22:39 | More by Wasatch
Photo of sholland119


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from TMoney2591 in the Mathmagic BIF. Thanks!

A-Pours a very hazy apricot with hints of peach. A forthy off white head has great retention and leaves some chunky lacing.

S-I can smell the sweet piney hops two feet from the glass.Lots and lots of tasty hoppiness.

T-Very nice. Some nice caramel maltiness in the front, balanced by some good earthy hops and a fine citric bitterness at the end of the finish.

M-Medium to heavy bodied, nice lingering bitterness from the hops.

D-Very tasty indeed. A bit heavy perhaps and a bit high in ABV.


Serving type: can

07-12-2010 01:20:58 | More by sholland119
Photo of glazeman


3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to airohead2001 for hooking me up with this one. How's the slicing and dicing going buddy? Poured from a 16 ounce can into a snifter. One of the coolest beer cans I have ever seen.

A: orangish amber in color. Nice 1.5 finger inch crème white head. Moderate head retention leaving a nice crown and very thin layer of bubbles. This has excellent lacing and overall looks great.

S: Mostly citrus notes, though not as an intense smelling beer as I had hoped for.

T: Lots of oranges, more so than in any other beer I've had. A little more alcohol heat/warmth than other DIPAs I've had recently but it works well here and gives this beer a pretty unique taste. A lot of hops from start to finish, but the hops mellow out at and change from a citrus taste up front to a moderately bitter finish.

M: I like the feel of this beer. It's somewhat more viscous than I expected, but with its moderately high level of carbonation this balances out well and it sits nicely on the palate. This is definitely full-bodied and on the stickier side.

D: This was unique and pretty good...definitely worth a try. I don't think I'd want more than one 16 ounce at a time though as it is pretty thick and heavy.

Serving type: can

07-09-2010 00:08:31 | More by glazeman
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 16oz can in a standard pint glass. Thanks to LarryG for the trade!

A - Starts with a unique, homemade looking can. A light amber color with a slight haze and a small beige head. Nice lacing!

S - Mostly piney hops but some citrus as well.

T - A citrusy bitterness leads but it's almost balanced by toasted malt with a touch of caramel. The alcohol is detectable but well behaved. There were points that I thought I was getting a sourness but it wasn't consistent. This is a flavorful beer.

M - A creamy and silky consistency with a moderate carbonation.

D - Lots and lots of flavor but still smooth and easy to drink. I liked this one.

Serving type: can

07-01-2010 12:02:05 | More by GJ40
Photo of hawks10


3.38/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint...

Pours a hazy dark copper with one finger of soft off-white head which leaves a little bit of lacing...

Aroma is somewhat muted, good amount of caramel malts overshadowing a rather weak piny hop aroma. Not much to it, rather disappointed...

Somewhat thick with a decent amount of sweet caramel and toffee malt. Hops come out and add some bitterness but not much flavor...mildly piny and earthy but they fall pretty flat. Honestly this one is reminding me more of an American Barleywine than a DIPA...

Thick and resinous, sticky. Decent carbonation with medium to thick body....

Kinda let down with this one. I don't think the hops and malt had any semblance of balance and I struggled to find any pleasant flavors or aromas from the hops...is this a Barleywine or an IPA??? Really not sure...

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 23:51:51 | More by hawks10
Photo of jaxon53


4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the release I've been waiting for! I'm really loving these big hoppy beers that come in cans. Served this chilled, in an Imperial Pint glass, from a sixteen ounce can. Great label as well.

Appearance: Gandhi-Bot pours out a hazy pale copper color. A hard pour results in about two fingers of off white, slightly soapy head. Head recedes rather quickly, leaving a thin cap of foam atop the beer. Some sticky lace was left behind on the glass. This beer is a beauty.

Smell: Thick, resiny hop aromas waft up from the glass. Loads of citrus and hints of pine. Medicinal and floral aromas are all in there. Nice earthy, yeasty aromas. Plenty of thick malt takes it's place behind the huge hops. What a nose!

Taste: Wow! Thats big time! Huge, resiny, bitter hop jolt out front. Taste bud destroying bitter. A bit of pine and plenty of citrus. A big malty backbone is noticed that tries to bring balance, but is defeated by the huge hops. Finishes bitter and dry with a little booze.

Mouthfeel: Big full bodied, oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Palate coating/wrecking to say the least.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable despite the bitterness. Great job NEBCO!

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 00:43:01 | More by jaxon53
Photo of WrathOfKahne


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel kind of bad. Living literally within a mile of the brewery, we blew through 3 or 4 four-packs of this stuff before we realized what a hot commodity they would become. Ahh well, next time I guess.

Anyway, fantastic brew. Has all the citrus and pine notes of the best west coast doubles, without being as aggressively bitter as them. Strong grapefruit presence. In fact, this might end up being the definitive grapefruit beer if that's what you're into. Definitely way too sessionable for a 9% brew.

Another gem from a couple of guys who basically work out of a garage. Way to be NEBCO.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 18:31:57 | More by WrathOfKahne
Photo of emmasdad


3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another canned beer I was excited to try. Loving this new trend. Pours a nice golden, orange-amber color, with a good inch or so of ecru foam. Nice aromas of orange rind, grapefruit and caramel. On the palate, the hop brightness is not quite as pronounced, although it is quite evident in the bitter finish. Not a great DIPA (at least not by west coast standards) but a good one.

Serving type: can

06-23-2010 02:54:11 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Freethyhops


4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a huge thanks goes out to RCL for sending this tallboy of DIPA my way in a recent trade. a seriously top notch extra.

a- pours a near opaque slightly rusty orange. the off-white head reduced to a spotty film and collar but still managed to leave nice lacing.

s- heavy pine with a bit of grapefruit and orange peel. I wish the aroma was a little more robust as it has some great qualities, but they could stand out a bit more for a DIPA.

t- an awesome mix of big pine, grapefruit, and bitterness hit you right away. a nice amount of caramel malts are there but the sweetness is constantly being beat down by the big persistent bitterness. a slight amount of breadiness mixes into the bitter and drying finish.

m- a medium-full body and medium-high carbonation make for a smooth yet crisp feel.

d- fantastic from what I can tell from this sixteen ounce can. I can't help but like a beer more for being in a can and having the fucking sweetest label ever. This one doesn't stop there, though, it's a damn tasty brew to boot. I would jump at the chance to have this one again.

Serving type: can

06-23-2010 02:53:24 | More by Freethyhops
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,588 ratings.