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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: 547
Hads: 2,658
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,194
Gots: 478 | 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 RichKent
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Fresh Ghandi bot is essentially the perfect DIPA. Smell is floral, fruity, and citrusy. The taste is guava, papaya, mango with balanced malts and a bitter clean finish. Perfect.

A top 5 DIPA. Better than Heady imo. Right on a a level with Maine Beer Co Dinner. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of hoagzzz
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Got a fresh growler from the brewery And enjoyed it two days later back in PA. This beer has a unique style and taste and it's basically perfect. Beautiful hazy yellow pour, and a taste than more than matches the nose. I guess there are not enough reviews to make this a top 250 beer but imo it's an absolute top tier dipa. Beer should be rated 100. Also very cool vibe at the brewery.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Today 3 of us did a comparison tasting of 5 IPA/IIPA's brews: The brews were New Glarus Scream, Revolution Anti Hero, New England Gandhi-Bot, and Fiddlehead Second Fiddle and Mastermind. Second Fiddle came out on top with a rating of 5.0. Two of us feel it is the best IPA out there. Scream came in a solid second at 4.5. It was a surprise to all three of us because we had not had it before. Great nose, nice color, great taste. Very Solid. Anti-Hero was well liked by all three of us and came in at 4.25. Gandhi-Bot also came in at 4.25, however it did not have the WOW factor. But Fiddleheads second offering Mastermind did not quite live up to our hopes; a little weak.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

On tap at Blue Tusk. Hazy golden pour. Citrus and floral hop aromas, sweet on the nose. Big hop flavors up front rounded by a semi-sweet malt profile that comes off as soft yet clean and easy drinking. A hint of honey. The hop profile is dominated by grass, orange peel and floral notes and finishes with a big bitter grapefruit pith finish. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall it's an outstanding IPA although it's a little sweet and a little too bitter on the finish for my taste.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a teku

A: Gandhi Bot pours a bright, orange-copperish shade of gold. It's hazy, unfiltered, and really good looking.

S: Crisp aromas of candied citrus, tropical fruits, and pine. Very pleasant-smelling beer.

T: Bitter and malty, but not much of the flavors the nose promised. The beer does deliver a beautiful dry and bitter finish. Little disappointed with the flavor of this one.

M: Probably the highlight of the beer for me: crisp, creamy, and refreshing.

O: Thanks to a great BA for throwing me this as an extra. A good beer I enjoyed quite a bit, but the taste just wasn't there for me. Looks great, smells good, and tastes not bad.

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Photo of kkoschal
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't give this a perfect score because there may be something else in the pipeline from these guys.

I'm not going through all the categories to describe this beer other than to say it is near perfect. 8.8% abv, which is frighteningly hidden. Incredibly well balanced. Spectacular mouth feel. Actually goes down too easily. I drive over an hour to get this, and worth every penny. ENJOY!!

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Photo of fank2788
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in a pint glass
A hazy dark gold in color with a thick and frothy head that laces like crazy during the session. The smell is powerfully hoppy with both Christmas tree pine and tropical citrus fruit coming out with the most aggression. Looking for more in the smell I do find a bit of caramel malt relatively mild and completely overshadowed by the hops. So the taste has a bit of the malt too but again that is completely overridden by the hops which are totally the focus here. Big and brash full of flavor and quite bitter. Most of the flavors are citrusy and piney a great mix of the two that manage to compliment each other nicely. The body of this beer is probably in the middle of the range but carbonation is high which makes it quite lively in the mouth. This is also quite a strong beer but the alcohol remains well hidden through nearly the entire session but a nice warming characteristic does develop as the beer warms. Overall this is a first class beer a really great example of the style and one that I've got to get some more of.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rarely do I think a beer lives up to the hype but the Bot is nearly perfect. It lacks a bit in the aroma department but only when compared to super melony beers like Lunch and Heady. The taste is all citrus and a hint of bitter with lots of bubbles and crispness. Overall, I wish I could get this daily.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Butter beer in color with fine powdery sediment in suspension. Decent head.

S: Pineapple, pine sap, pine needles, anise, clove. Beeswax; orange blossom.

M: Fuller bodied with early and live carbonation. Lingering sweetness tempered by slight acridity; semi-dry finish.

T: Juniper berries, granny smith apple, biscuit. Orange marmalade, lemon pith and white grape.

O: Fairly well-balanced for such a sharply hopped beer. Could be juicier, and wanted some more pulp in the appearance; otherwise, carries enough malt sweetness to cushion an cringing prickly hop bight. Brightly crafted beer.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have to thank jdhowe for providing me and a friend an awesome 12oz can of this during a tasting the other evening. Poured into a tulip glass - this canned about 2 weeks ago.

Typical in appearance like many northeastern DIPAs I've come across - orange amber with a slightly cloudy, seemingly thick appearance with a lightly fizzy head that somehow lasts for a good long while. Leaves behind some minor lacing. Looks viscous and juicy.

That's one hell of an aroma on a DIPA if I've ever found one - a true tropical puréed cornucopia blast of fruitiness. Huge fresh mango (smells almost pasty), guava, papaya, and definitely some grapefruit and stone fruit thrown in for good measure. There's no pine or sage or any stereotypical West Coast esters here - this is its own personality, chock-filled with white flowers, white pepper, and a slight nuttiness added for good measure, with tons of toffee rounding up the finish. Smells slightly lactic and sweetened towards the end, perhaps to the aroma's benefit. This is truly eye-opening stuff as far as the style can go.

Wow! I knew this was probably going to be enjoyable based off of the aroma, but I had no clue it was going to be this creamy, crisp, and explosive in flavor due to the beer's texture and feel. The first sip reveals a blast of mango juiciness combined with that same creamy, milky feel described earlier, along vivid notes of guava, papaya, as well as a ripe orange peaches, apricot, pineapple, and some brief citrus to round it out. Finishes crispy and refreshing, with a lingering bitterness from the hops and a toffee sweetness from the malts that cleans the palate appropriately. As this warms up, it does get more bitter, with herbal, pine-laden notes finally making themselves known, but the texture never lets up, always remaining creamy, crisp, and enormously quaffable. This is excellent stuff.

My friends agreed that if there was any beer that would be the equivalent of a mango lassi, this would be it. Perhaps that's what the brewers were going for given the theme? While I doubt this was brewed with lactic sugar, it definitely feels that way, and regardless, the hop profile melded with the base malts goes so well that it's impossible to deny that this is a serious force in the hoppy beer realm in the US. Deliciously stunning stuff, and highly recommended - as fresh as possible!

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a Pipeworks snifter.

A: Pours deep yellow with an almost ruby-red tinge at the bottom of the glass. A finger of creamy, off-white head eventually fades into a nice ring around the crown of the glass.

S: Holy citrus! Grapefruit soda, pineapple, and pine from the hops absolutely dominate, and there is a very faint sweetness at the end from the malt.

T: An amazing array of floral and citrus hops up front, some piney bitterness that follows, and a creamy malt character in the finish that allows everything to go down smooth as the bitterness lingers.

M: Gloriously smooth with a light alcohol presence. Medium bodied, though lighter than many other DIPAs, with a light carbonation that lends to the smooth body of this beer.

O: A real knockout! I'd say the beer this most closely resembles is Zombie Dust, and it's honestly very difficult for me to say which I prefer over the other. Any hop-head would owe it to themselves to track this down, as it certainly sits among the upper echelon of DIPAs.

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Photo of Spiffaz
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serve nice and cold, after a good sweat from working in the yard.

A - Yellow/light gold, crisp and transparent, nice and plentiful foamy head that leaves a touch of lace.

S - Boom. Just how you want your DIPA to smell. Pure juicy IPA goodness, hops and floral hit you in the face.

T - Pine hits you right away, but it's quickly cut away by the fresh taste and softened by the juicy notes. Very smooth, this goes down too fast.

M - Very full, lots of carbonation but not too much.

O - A great beer, high marks all around.

*NOTE* Check out HamdenHector's review of this beer, A+ review.

YAY beer!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep yellow; creamy, white, pillowy head that lingers; lots of lacing;

S: hops are definitely in the forefront - floral, pineapple, and a little pine; malt adds some sweetness;

T: Pine and pineapple up front; pineapple lingers and floral hops add complexity; bitterness starts mid-palate and also lingers; you don't notice the abv at all;

M: dangerously smooth for 8.8% ABV; medium bodied; nice carbonation;

O: one of my absolute favorites; very easy to drink fur such an intensely flavored, high ABV beer;

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: deep golden ale body, hazy; ivory head a few fingers high that leaves messy lace down the sides of the glass

S: a whammy of citrusy and floral hops - really hop-driven aromas that'll excite even the most jaded IPA fans

T: crushingly good hop and malt action - the bitter crush of hops, which must include Columbus, but I'm not sure of the other two - nails the palate and spins your tastes buds - is underscored by juicy and dry fruits, like grapefruit and pineapple. Fresh, crisp, and well-rounded.

M: medium body-weight, bittering and lush; rolls over the tongue and washes the roof; initially wet but then drying for a classic close

O: top-tier beer without a doubt - many thanks to Roguer for hooking me up with one of those truly indelible ales. If you can get your hands on some, do so. You've already waited too long.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


thanks to the disc golf bros up north (Sjur!) for this one.

beutifull head and lacing. aroma is amazing and screams drink me now. mango, pine.
taste, fits the aroma, magnificent. mouthfeel is medium bodied and lingering, does not dry out until very late. super resiny. overall a freaking awesome beer. not to mention great artwork on the can. kudos to the makers of this fine liquid. this is one of the highest ratings I have given a beer in this category. comparable with Heady Topper and Hop Drop. a must have.

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Photo of Sdacosta22
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- A beautiful golden color and it is not filtered so it’s dirty...in a good way.

S- The aroma is pleasant with a burst of citrus with a mild hop smell

T - For a double IPA and being 8.8% it is exceptionally smooth that keeps your mouth watering for more with a nice dry finish.

Overall, this beer is delicious and you will not be disappointed. I have tried Heddy Topper and will say they are very similar with the exception of Heady Topper being a smidge better.

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Photo of KelOne333
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the absolute best IPA for me. Perfect malt to hop balance. JUST dry enough of a finish to make me want another sip, with enough flavor to linger for a minute. "Love" in a can.
This is one of the beers that turned me on to ipa's in the first place.

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Photo of toconn
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great DIPA! I've been making regular trips to the brewery to fill growlers of this.

A - Pours a hazy tangerine color with a medium off-white head.

S - Very floral for me, with citrus and pine in the background. A very nice aroma, but I always get a hint of a sort of sweaty-gym-sock / astringent cat-pee thing going on with this beer, which keeps my smell-rating from being higher

T - Outstanding! Very floral hops rounded out by citrus and pine. When so many other hoppy beers are prioritizing the real citrusy flavors, it's nice to taste this where it's more of a floral bouquet. A bit hop-forward, but still well balanced by malts.

M - Tight carbonation, medium bodied. The alcohol is well hidden for an 8.8% beer, even as the beer approaches room temp, there's not much lingering alcohol on the tongue...

O - A great beer, certainly a top echelon DIPA. I'd put this up there with some of the bigger names in east-coast IPA's from Vermont, etc.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double IPA's are everywhere now and this has remained one of my favorites for years now for a reason. The appearance was a nice yellow, but the smell took me back when I gave it a sniff. Lots of grapefruit, mint, and orange peel came through. The taste was a great amount of bitterness paired with a semi-sweet finish that made for a nice refreshing taste but kept a nice aftertaste. Intense but not abrasive. Would definitely recommend for hop heads and IPA lovers.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured straight down into the glass and a huge, pillowy, three finger head was the result. Murky, caramel-like golden color. Tons of lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.

S-After the initial pour I was getting a substantial amount of pineapple with some tangerine. As the beer settles, however, a grassy/piney aroma comes to the fore. Pine almost stings the nostrils. Grapefruit adds to the mix. The pineapple fades a bit, but is still noticeable. It's not all hops though, as there is surely a presence from the malt, which adds sweet and earthy characteristic to the nose.

T- It's all pine and grass up front, followed by sweet fruit, then grapefruit, then bitterness washing it all down. There is a nice sweetness that lingers on the finish as well. Not as dry as I thought the first time I drank this. While the bitterness certainly coats the mouth, there is a mouthwatering sweetness too. Lovely. Also, no presence from the alcohol. At all.

M- Drinks remarkably smooth with hop oils that coat the mouth. Medium mouthfeel with a firm amount of some prickly carbonation. Easy drinking. Much too easy.

O- Overall, this is a really well done DIPA. I've begun to shy away from the DIPAs that feel the need to push 10%. This beer does well at 8.8% and seems to be an anomaly. A firmly East Coast IPA with some West Coast flavor. Like Biggie let Tupac spit a few lines on a track. Great beer.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into tulip glass; acquired a four-pack via trade -- Thanks, Dan!

A: Pours a hazy orange/copper, with a thin head that immediately leaves a film on the glass.

S: Floral hops and grapefruit aromas overtake the space around the glass; if you didn't know any better, you might think this was a West Coast DIPA on smell alone.

T: Sweet citrus hop character, with an additional floral tone that makes it a bit lighter in contrast. Malt backbone is there, though not overwhelmingly so -- especially compared to other East Coast DIPAs.

M: Smooth, warm, with some mild carbonation.

O: A truly delicious brew that toes the line between East Coast and West Coast DIPAs, and remains incredibly drinkable and interesting from start to finish. If you can find it, it's absolutely worth the purchase. And if you can find a way to trade for it, I'd highly recommend it.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

can into a snifter.

lighter yellow color with a slight head. smell is very fruity with mango and pineapple being prevalent. sweet... ! taste slightly sweet...tropical but not too prevalent like in the nose. smooth. slight bitter finish, not too sweet. medium body and carbonation.

overall a great IPA...

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Photo of brianlapointe
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Best DIPA ive ever had...plain and simple. Aroma is extremely tropical with beautiful pineyness. Pours a sticky white lacey head with dark tangerine color. Basically flawless beer in my opinion I just wish they would produce more of this beer in CT!!! Today I filled up two growlers and every time I am simply amazed

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Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured as expected for an IPA with a thick amber hue and an ivory head of dense foam.

The nose is thick and sweet with fruity hop character. I catch strong grapefruit, tangerines and apricot with tones of honey and rye.

The flavor is dry, bitter, herbal, vegetative and floral. None of the sweet fruit hops was found on my palate but instead I taste a more raw hop personality. The malt backbone is a tad unorthodox as it does not give off a sweet caramel but more a dry rye or grain.

The feel is exceptionally dry a bit bitter with no astringency and a simple ease.

For a style that has been beat to death this gives a different perspective as the malt used has a different taste and feel.

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Photo of BigMurph
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an impressive hazy amber/orange color with no clarity. Head is a tad off-white with an inch of head that has little retention.

S-Grapefruit and pineapple with some awesome complementary pine hops. Only a little, yet noticeable malt and breadiness.

T-All about the sweet hops here. You can taste every one of them. Strong citrus taste like the smell. Malt is a bit heavier here, just enough to add some good balance.

M-The taste is smooth, yet leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit heavier than I like, but just barely.

O - Low ABV for the style makes it very drinkable. Great overall DIIPA.

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Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.