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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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BA SCORE
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556 Reviews
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Reviews: 556
Hads: 2,701
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 1,202
Gots: 500 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 556 | Hads: 2,701
Photo of blackhawks87
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big time thanks to smutty33 for a fresh 4 pack the highly acclaimed Ghandi-Bot! Sweet 12 oz. orange and black can poured into my DFH signature glass.

A- Pours a solid, completely opaque orange-yellow with a nice half inch of white head. My only knock against the look is that the head isn't larger. I poured it straight down the middle without really holding back and it still only gave me half an inch or so. Mostly large bubbles form the head and stick around the sides of the glass and in patches on the top for the entire beer.

S- Sweet citrus hops and flowery aromas. Hops are pretty strong and there is a slight peppery smell on the end of the aroma.

T- Great juicy hoppy flavors are plentiful. Slightly peppery on the finish. If you've ever had Peach-O's this beer has a big Peach-O flavor. Big grapefruit presence as well. Not much on the malt side. Ghandi-Bot is strong on the hops and isn't sugary sweet on the finish like some more malty IPAs/DIPAs.

M- Very smooth beer. The citrus flavors are somewhat tangy in the back corners of my mouth. Hops are very potent and I can taste them on my breath long after I've swallowed. Also can feel alcohol but it doesn't take away from the beer at all.

D- I could have several of these in one sitting and I'm really glad I was able to trade for some fresh. Not sure if I like it more than Dreadnaught but $11 for a bomber of Dreadnaught or about $10 for a 4pack of Ghandi-Bot (if I remember correctly), I think I'd be grabbing the Ghandi more often if it was available locally.

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

Reviewed from a growler filled at the brewery this afternoon. Pours a cloudy light orange color with a fine head that leaves beautiful thick lacing on the glass.

A pronounced citrus, pineapple aroma yields to a taste that is dominated by citrus and piney hop flavors. The mouthfeel is resinous and sharp, with a touch of peppery sharpness. A bit of bready malt sweetness mingles with a long bitter finish. But overall, the hops gain the majority of attention on this brew.

A very drinkable beer for its alcohol content. The balance between hops and malt is better than many IIPAs

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Photo of krisandajt
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second time I've gotten to try this great brew, both times courtesy of number1bum. A huge thanks, Josh!

Appearance: Poured from the can into my new DFH snifter, this brew is a cloudy, dirty, light copper color with a good half inch worth of white foam on top. There's also some sparse chunks of sediment floating around. The color is really surprising, it actually doesn't look all that appealing - and not at all like most DIPAs that I've had. However, since I have had this brew before I know how good it is.

Smell: Plenty of great smelling, strong, piney hops. There's even a little bit of a biscuity malt backbone lingering waaay in the background which is just how I like my IPAs.

Taste: Earthy, slightly peppery, piney hops...and lots of em. And the bitterness lingers just long enough that it reminds you that you are indeed drinking a big IPA.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, but the body is too thin for a DIPA.

Drinkability: Simply put, this is a fine drinking DIPA. I previously had this from a growler, and I enjoyed that version a bit more. Still, a great tasting DIPA that I would recommend to anybody who is a fan of the style. Great beer.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been luck enough on my last 2 trips to the brewery that they've had this on tap. I think they kept a keg back for Thanksgiving. Thanks Rob.

A - Nice solid orange color..medium head.

S - Grapefuit and lemon.

T - Grapefruit, Orange and lemon. Starts off sweet with a nice bitterness to the finish.

M - Actually at least to me surprisingly light.

D - Very drinkable given the ABV.

It is very nice to have a place close by to get good growler fills. can't wait to try the Tequila Barrel aged variety!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip. Received in a trade with GoGriz; thanks Cody, it was a big want!

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. A few minutes of retention and leave some nice lacing on the glass. Looks great.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits, and light fruity and bready malts. Smells amazing.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, bitter citrus hops, tropical fruit, and pine hops. Lots of bitterness in the taste and a bit of a step down from the smell, but still pretty good.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness up front that lasts through the sip. Pretty nice.

d - I thought this was an awesome DIPA. I loved the smell; lots of citrus hops jump out at you. I wish the taste wasn't quite as bitter, but still a great DIPA. Would definitely like to have again and glad I have a few more cans of it.

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

blew through three cans of this stuff faster than I would have liked. 12oz can into newport Storm tulip.

A- Nice orangey hazy beer with a pretty good sized snow-white head. Moderate lacing, head fizzles out eventually, although it lingers longer.

S- Intense grapefruit and a bit of pine. A bit sweet.

T- Citrus blast, orange and lemon with grapefruit pith. Really digging this. The pine resin bitterness is faint but distinct. Really impressed at this hop profile... right in my wheelhouse. Similar to FinestKind in some regards.

M- Very bitter but not over the top or out of line- I don't know if my tongue is weakening in my old age, but I'm thankful to have a beer that is big, flavorful, and most importantly, drinkable!

D- Fantastic. I wish this stuff was in constant stock, as it'd go right next to my 6pack of Smuttynose IPA. One of the best in my book.

EDIT 11/5/11

Ghandi Bot is one of a very few number of beers that I get excited about when I see it in the store. I invaribly buy as much as possible- and I drink nothing but it until it's gone. I am bumping up the score a bit 'cause damn this is a good beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. can from a 4-pack most graciously offered by fine BA charliedvrs (then an extra arrived via BanditBrewingCo days later...too much). Poured to a pint glass on a dreary, blustery fall evening while listening to some Blind Pilot and others on Pandora...

Before I go any further: terrific name, terrific can. NEBC, I thought you did a fine job with your nerdy/quirky 'Imperial Stout Trooper' then you do this: a robot-ized version of one of world history's greatest and most peaceful leaders to market your Double INDIA Pale Ale (ah, I see what you did there!). Brilliant.

A: Pours a clouded haze that looks benign but shows a fair amount of sediment; bronze-ish orange. Unfiltered, no doubt. A fairly sturdy head of egg white cream, but unable to reach a finger high. Good lace in chunky rings.

S: Fragrant cut evergreen and sweet citrus, a sappy/syrupy noseful. Lots of hops (three American varieties are obtusely cited on the label) but tons of grain as well. I could, quite honestly, sniff this all night.

T: Stunning citrus, big and juicy grapefruit and lemon-lime with an ample shortcake/caramel backing. In between, herbed spicing accents both the intense hops and cereal-sweet malts. Love the balance here: not a bracing hop-bomb nor a too-sweet malt-bomb...like its namesake, Gandhi-Bot peacefully toes the line.

M: Smooth but refined creamy medium-full body. Very 'juicy' (the saliva will not stop flowing) as it lightly blankets with hop oils and malty starchiness.

D: Really tasty, really good-smelling, a little strong but ultimately as drinkable as a DIPA should aspire to be. It's gunky look was a little off-putting (maybe a more careful pour with the remaining cans?), but the end result is: this is one any hop-lover MUST try. Thanks to Charlie & Alan for the chance to taste this DIPA - one that'll rank among my tops for the style (possibly the best I've tried from a can).

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

12oz can poured into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to SneezyAchew for sending me a couple of these.

A: Pours a cloudy lemon-apricot color with some very fine sediment under a billowing khaki colored head that took its time fading into a rocky film that left chunks of sticky, rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Powerfully fresh aroma of grapefruit and pine. Very very potent and fragrant like I imagine citrus crack would be like.
T: Big grapefruit and citrus hop taste with a leafy rich bitterness in the finish from the crazy hops. I pick up little twangs of sweet exotic fruits every once in awhile too. Aftertaste is extremely bitter and lingers for a long time on the palate. Faint notes of tobacco and sticky resin linger as well.
M: Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel and slightly dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Even carbonation.
D: A really good DIPA. Exceptional smell and very good all around. It doesn't knock down the heavy hitter of the style, but this one is better than most. Another huge thanks to SneezyAchew for hooking me up!

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

Chilled can into a glass. Courtesy of portia99. Thanks, Bill!

A: Pours a murky (essentially opaque), copper-gold body with a finger of off-white head. Retention isn't so hot, but the beer has amazing register marks for the first few sips. After the head dissolves, the broken film on top of the brew lends a nice accent to the unfiltered body. I prefer my IPAs clear...

S: Orange pith, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. The pure expression of citrus is tinged with a strong note of pine and some spice. It also smells of dried leaves, such as after raking.

T: Great citrus character here, which I adore. Flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple are wonderful. There is a small crystal malt sweetness, but it's not enough to overcome the tongue-bruising bitterness that makes this beer its home. It's not unpleasant, but it is pretty harsh.

M: Bitterness lasts long into the finish. Not much booze is felt, though there is a slight warming effect upon sips. The beer is relatively dry, with a light-medium body and low carbonation.

D: Good stuff. Not in the same realm as what I can buy here, but if it were on my shelf at competitive prices, I'd certainly buy this once in a while. As a special release or beer I have to trade for, I don't think I'd seek it out.

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Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of huge citrus and pine aromas with hints of tropical fruit hops lingering in the background. Also present and more prevalent as the beer warms are moderate amounts of herbal hops and slighter pale malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the hops are toned down a bit when compared to the aroma. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joiend quickly by large amounts of citrus and pine hop flavors, in order of largesse. Midway through the sip the pine hops fade out just a bit and tropical fruit hop flavors with hints of herbal hops take their place, sweetening the flavor profile a bit. Equal amounts of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'd heard a bunch of hype behind this beer and I was not disappointed. Easily one of the better East Coast DIPA's out there and one that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my fellow CANQuester (TM), IndiaPaleAle, for this gem. I reached a soft milestone earlier today with The CANQuest's 390th beer plus 10 N2 CANs for a soft total of 400. I am now tracking upward to 400 actual CANs.

From the CAN: "Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped Double India Pale Ale with a blend of three varieties of Ameri[CAN] hops. Aromatic and fully vegetarian, Gandhi-Bot is an ideal aid for self-purification and the seeking of truth and love."

From the Woodman: Q: Why is there no Trick-or-Treating in India? A: There is no more Gandhi!

An Ameri[CAN] tourist encounters an Indian fakir sitting cross-legged on a prayer mat, lashing himself about the back and shoulders with palm fronds to the point that his skin is flayed open and bleeding openly. The tourist watches in stunned silence for a period of time and finally works up the nerve to interrupt the swami. "Pardon me, fakir, but doesn't that hurt?" asks the tourist. As the practitioner's eyes begin to focus and he comprehends the question, he replies, "Oh, yes, effendi, it hurts VERRRRY much! But it feels SOOOO good when I stop!" It is a point-of-view thing.

Crack & Glug time: Holy Grapefruit Juice, Batman! First off, that little 12-oz. CAN produced better than two fingers' worth of eggshell-white head with excellent retention. The room was now like a grapefruit tree stand. Color was a cloudy yellowish-orange, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit. My hops jones was starting to reappear today and I was not sure that it was welcome. Mouthfeel was medium and the grapefruit taste was intense, but it was not as abrasive as another DIPA from earlier this day. As a matter of fact, this was hoppy, certainly, on the tongue, but relatively unassertive in terms of its bitterness. I was liking this from the outset. The finish was zesty, like orange zest intermingled with caramel. Think one of those Brach's Orange Caramels that they may not even make any more. I remember them well as one ripped a filling out, much to my mother's chagrin and anger. This made me feel good about myself, just like stopping the lashings, even for a moment. At 8.8, though, it might be better at home than in the cooler. Just sayin' ...

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

Thanks tonumber1bum for hooking me up with a growler of this one. I had been hoping to give this one a try for quite some time.

A-Hazy golden kissed copper with a medium off-white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left nice webby lace.

S-Citrus rind bitterness up front smoothed out with lightly spicy floral notes underneath. Biscuit malt is not overly sweet but is certainly present as is a touch of alcohol heat.

T-Quite spicy and bitter up front. Like a spiced mulled cider with citrus zest in it. Nice flavours overriding the robust biscuit grain bill. ends with a proliferating dryness.

M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied, actually quite robust and this works with a beer with such heft. Some alcohol burn supports the body and adds warmth to the dry finish..

D-Certainly a well done beer but the hop profile does not match my desires. I liked it for sure but did not love it. A life changing beer, errr, no. A nicely done East Coast DIPA, sure.

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Photo of cbutova
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy light yellow with a white head. Decent retention and a small amount of lace.

S- Hop blast. Strong notes of tropical fruit, citrus and pine.

T- Very flavorful and well done. Starts with a lot of citrus and tropical fruit. Finishes zesty and earthy.

MF- Light body with nice moderate carbonation. Bitterness is big.

DB- Very flavorful, well done hop bomb. Reminds me of the great West coast IIPAs.

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Photo of therobot
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A - Opaque orange, virtually no head, light lacing and a good population of sea monkeys floating about.

S - Underwhelming based on appearance, but as one might expect full of hoppy aroma and some pine.

T - A lot of hoppy bitterness, citrus, resiny dry, tart finish.

M - Medium but appropriate level carbonation, thicker mouthfeel and again a really dry finish.

D - Fair drinkability, don't get me wring very tasty but couldn't drink more than one of these due to the strong citrus hops and the ensuing dryness.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a growler on 11/11/10.

A - Poured a hazy unfiltered orange, melon-toned liquid with minimal head that reduced to a soapy retention and spotty lacing.

S - Quite an odd aroma for a DIPA, I'm afraid. There is a dominating dry, leafy hop character reminiscent of withered autumn leaves, hemp and dried herbs. Aside from the dried hops, I get a sense of burnt biscuits. Underneath it all lies a faint orange rind scent. Actually, it's more of the pith than the rind... you know, that annoying white stuff you have to scrape off the peel?

T - The malty character of this DIPA can be described as what the burnt, charred bottoms of biscuits that get stuck to the baking pan taste like. Very unusual. Herbal hops are also in there, but the flavor just has this odd burnt flavor from which I cannot escape.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and some hop oiliness. Broad strokes of hop bitterness do not linger for too long on the palate.

D - Unusual DIPA here. What do you get when you pair burnt biscuits and citrus rind? Gandhi-Bot, apparently. While I'm not 100% sold on it, I appreciated the uniqueness of this brew.

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

Picked up a growler at the brewery and had a nice little taste of Wet Willy out of the bright tank to go with it. Poured into a snifter with a cloudy orange and peach look. A bit pumpkin hued and like the setting sun. An eggshell white inch of head forms and fades quickly.

Grapefruit and oily citrus in the nose while being quite hop forward with hints of toast and toffee tinged malt.

Sweet silkiness of tangerine, navel, and clementine oranges with a well balanced tartness of grapefruits and some orange peel resin. A spicy lemon oil taste comes through as if spread on a piece of buttered toast topped with honey, maple syrup, and sunflower seeds.

A tree sap sticky feel, though the low, but tingly carbonation makes this insanely drinkable leading towards that final punch of hops and pine needles.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09/20/10- Had a can of this courtesy of pabs311.
A: Dark amber honeyl nice puffy cream head.
S: Nice fresh grapefruit hops, earthy pine, faint honey, but an overall mild aroma.
T: Nice banana, honey, slightly nutty, and floral, with a piney bitterness in the end, like fresh hops.
M: Nicely syrupy with a slow-developing froth.
D: Pretty good.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow/orange in color. light white head. Slight lacing.

Aroma is huge pine, woods, and floral aromas. Hugely bitter.Slight malt

Taste is stark bitterness and whole hopes, recently plucked. Slightly malty.

Feel is medium and inviting.

Good drinkability. Especially if you are a hophead!

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy, golden orange with almost a finger of thick, off-white foam.

There is a subdued aroma of pine. Nothing that really knocks you back. Just a solid hop nose.

The flavor is mostly packed with resiny pine and bitter citrus. A nice balance between malts and hops.

The perfect amount of bitterness for me personally. Bubbly carbonation. Not a tongue scraping DIPA.

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

Good light yellow appearance, average head, not much lace and cling. Aroma very nice, floral hop feel. Light tropical citrus hop aroma.

Taste, doesn't weigh heavy, lots of hop mouthfeel, kinda light bodied, not a lot of malt to back it up, which is nice, I'm tired of all the malt heavy super sweet dipa's out there. If I wanted a barleywine, I'd just get one and sit on it for a year. This stuff is great for disc golf. Almost 9%, you'd never know unless you read it somewhere.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz can poured into my pint glass

Appearance is a deep golden/light orange mix with a two inch creamy slightly off white head. Good head retention with a bit lasting around the edges. Good amounts of lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Good citrus aroma upon pouring. Pineapple and tangerine come first along with mango and grapefruit. A bit of caramel malt along with floral aromas are present with some pine.

Upfront citrus taste of a tangerine flavor with a bit of pineapple. Slight peppery taste with some pine bitterness follows midway. Grapefruit pursues the bitterness with a touch of sweetness from some caramel malt in the finish.

Pretty full bodied DIPA with higher than average carbonation. Bitterness is pretty present but also has a good citrus balance. I would definitely recommend for others to try.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: I love the look of this beer. Completely opaque like a good hefeweizen with the same golden hue. Nice head and great lacing.

S: Incredibly rich. Sweet and bready with a big floral hop punch. So much going on it's ridiculous.

T: Falls a little short of that wonderful aroma but still very good. The hops come through even more especially in the finish and aftertaste. Much more bitter than the floral hop nose. The outmatched malt bill manages to provide some sweetness to round things out. There is also a little alcohol noticeable.

M: Good combo of smooth and zesty.

D: Not bad for a fairly high abv beer. The strong flavors, especially the rampant hoppiness, might prove to be too much after a couple. This probably wasn't intended to be a session beer though.

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

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Whole Foods 30th Anniversary glass.

A: Amber-brown with a decent head that sticks around.

S: The best feature of this beer. Some spicy aromas and serious hoppiness.

T: Really sharp hoppy flavors, some grassy notes, and a bitter finish.

M: Pretty solid. The right amount of carbonation and a perfect medium body.

D: On par for a DIPA. This one is a little better because of the aroma/taste combo.

Overall, can't wait 'til the Tequila BA version comes out!

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

Hazy pinkish yellow color resembling a lighter shade of grapefruit juice. Good head retention with sticky lacing.

The smell is very aromatic and pungent grapefruit and tropical fruits. Very fresh.

My favorite hop profile... grapefruit, tropical fruit (mango?,) and a dash of pine. The only detractor is that it has a heavy alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is fresh, clean, and sticky-icky. Again, there is a slight burn at the end from the alcohol.

A damn good DIPA I wish I had more access to.

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Photo of largadeer
3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can shared by westcoastbeerlvr. Thanks.

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber topped by a lasting head, this looks solid.

Smell: Pretty nice hop aroma, floral and herbal with a grapefruit undertone. There's a bit of malt shining through, but not much sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Rather herbal and quite bitter. Grapefruit flesh and rind, noticeable and fairly harsh alcohol. Herbal and floral hop flavors with a light crystal malt presence that provides a little sweetness. More acerbity than I like in an IPA, this is a real tongue bruiser.

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