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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: 550
Hads: 2,670
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 20.98%
Wants: 1,188
Gots: 482 | FT: 9
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 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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Photo of boomer31
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for the extra!!

A - Pours a bright hazy gold with a thick white head that leaves after a few sips. The murkiness is very interesting. Sticky bubble on my glass

S - Big floral hop nose with a little bit of grass. Very nice!

T - Very interesting...the hops sit on your tongue nicely but really bite after you swallow. That same nice hop bite on your tongue turns very dry and grassy! Hard to believe this is 8.8% ABV...way too drinkable. A little one sided on the hops, lots of grass

M - Light bodied and dry. Nice low carb that most can beers present, just excellent for the style.

D - Very nice if you like bitter and dry. Can't taste any alcohol.

Overall a very solid Double IPA. Tought to call it balanced as you get almost no malt but you don't get andy alcohol taste at all. Tough to put my finger on this beer, hazy, hoppy, little malt. Intriguing...awesome!!

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Photo of steve8robin
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this several times before this review and have loved it. Decided to make it official with a review. 12oz can...

A: A nice bright golden honey color. Like the color of pineapple juice. Small 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Very florwal earthy hops upfront with some dry grapefruit and sugary malts blended in the middle. Some nice light fruit on the backend. Very good.

T: A well balanced IPA. Not super bitter, but not super malty. This brew starts with a bitter dry earthy hop quickly followed by a sugary pineapple / grape juice mix. Some apple hidden on the backend. Very good.

M: Full bodied with a nice carbonation. Doesn't leave much on the palate. Good.

D: This goes down very easy!

All in all, this is a great brew. I have loved this one since I first tried it. It is a great balance between hop and malt which is what I love about this brew. Not just super bitter or super sugary. Try if you like a balanced IPA.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dull gold-yellow in color. Forms a sizable white head that reduces to a thick ring around edge while leaving sheets of lacing on the way down

S: Predominantly grapefruit and pine with some mango and pineapple accents. Alcohol on the finish kicks up the pungency.

T - Mild pineapple and malt sweetness on the front end is displaced by a strong citrus rind bitterness. Bitterness fades slowly. Only the faintest bit of fusel spice.

F - Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Actually a bit crisp and snappy.

D - A very nice DIPA. Nice light malt base really allows the hop complexity to show through. Alcohol is well hidden. A true gem for the hop heads

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Photo of HarleyRider
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this beer at a tasting. It was oak aged. I couldn't get enough. Unfortunately that was my first and last time to see the oak aged.

Picked up a 4 pack of cans with the funky robot label.

Pours a nice orangish yellow leaving an inch thick white head in the pint glass.

First sniff made me drool. Grapefruit citrus and fresh hops blasted me. Salivating like my Great Dane at this point. Another deep sniff filled my nose with more citrus goodness. Picked up hints of sweeter orange citrus as well with fresh greens.

First mouth full was as expected after smelling. Lots of grapefruit citrus. Good mouth feel.

Bitters are up there but in no way over powering. Second mouthful is more of the same bring up more fresh hops with the grapefruit. Little sweet malt at the end making a nice balance. Small bubbles but not over carbonated.
Head settled down leaving nice lace rings with every enjoyable mouthful. Very enjoyable beer.

Ended up having 3 of the 4 I had. Very drinkable DIPA. If you like a nice citrusy DIPA this is a must try. Best DIPA I have tried from a local CT brewery.


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

I got this beer from thebestever. Thanks Allie!

12oz can served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a white head that thinned out but left plenty of lacing.

S - sweet tropical fruit aroma, quite nice.

T - sweet pineapple taste upfront with lots of bitterness taking over right up to the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp tingle to it.

D - goes down easy, beware of the abv.

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Photo of soze47
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting a long time to try this NEBCO beer. Picked up a four pack of 12 oz. cans today and I'm on Gandhi-Bot #2 of the afternoon.

Appearance: Very hazy and not clear at all. Kind of a brownish hue of orange, almost like an overripe orange in the fruit bowl. Head leaves very impressive lacing that hasn't budged an inch since the initial pour.

Aroma: Very citrusy and hop forward. Not sure I'm getting much malt at all in the nose. Pineapple, Grapefruit, and slight pine notes come out.

Taste: Pure citric bitterness. Not in a bad way. Malt lightens things up enough to get a bright fruity burst at the beginning, but the rind-like aspect of the grapefruit flavors is what ends up dominating. One of the more unique aspects of this flavor development is that the malt actually ends up sweetening things a bit in the back of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Loose. It isn't particularly smooth or light, but it goes down well enough. Nothing clings to the mouth or feels particularly thick in the body, but it is heavy enough to feel like a full-mouth of beer.

Drinkability: Pretty high for the ABV and robust flavor. I can see why this is a pretty popular DIPA. It has a medium body that goes down smooth, yet packs an adequate wallop of booze and flavor. One best check themselves with this before one wrecks themselves.

Overall: This was a great beer that somewhat meets the hype. It was almost too built up to me, but it was a damn good beer. The only thing I think that could have boosted my overall enjoyment would have been a bigger contribution from the malt to get more sweetness into the vibrant citrus flavors.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.