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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: 541
Hads: 2,635
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 1,188
Gots: 455 | FT: 8
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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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Reviews: 541 | Hads: 2,635
Photo of fank2788
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of mjstacker
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (303 characters)

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. (596 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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! (2,367 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Spiffaz
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (604 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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; (513 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOOO!

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. (520 characters)

Photo of Sdacosta22
4.74/5  rDev +11%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of KelOne333
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of toconn
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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... (306 characters)

Photo of brianlapointe
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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 (316 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of BigMurph
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of lanciloti
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very hazy, Light golden orange color. Eggshell white head.

Smell: Waves of grapefruit and orange peel. Very citrusy with some herbal and flowery notes underneath.

Taste: Huge citra hops up front with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with just enough carbonation.

Overall: I really like this beer, New England did a very good job. I look forward to drinking this when I can get my hands on it. (454 characters)

Photo of Mo_fro
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a tree house tulip on 3-21-14 from a fresh can.

A - Thick off white two and a half finger head that reduces quickly. It has a very thick apricot color that has no transparency. Chunky lacing wrapped around the glass.

S- gives off a big smell of bread and mango that is very inviting.

T- Has a great bitter start followed by nice pine and grapefruit flavors.

M – Has thick smooth mouth feel with light carbonation that carries the flavors around your mouth.

O – This is a wonderful DIPA it stays refreshing and full of flavor from the beginning to the end. I would say that it is at a higher drink ability level than most other doubles. Each sip is so interesting that it creates a desire to go back for more.

Enjoy- (736 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Golden/orange color and hazy as can be. Pours a one finger foamy head.

Aroma- Grapefruit, citrus, and maybe a little bit of malt sweetness. Mainly just a huge aroma of pungent fruit and floral hops.

Taste- Pungent grapefruit dominates the flavors of this with some acidic citrus and tangerine/orange showing up as well. Astringent fruits really make up the bulk of the flavors. Finish is balanced nicely by a pale bready flavored malt that cuts down on the acidic fruits and mild bitterness.

Feel- At 8.8% this dangerously easy to drink. Medium body, medium carbonation, and a clean finish for the most part.

Overall- My favorite beer without a doubt. No ipa or dipa has the intensity of grapefruit flavors as this and no dipa is as easy to drink as this. (779 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours unfiltered straw yellow with a 1/2 finger of white head. This is so cloudy it almost looks like grapefruit juice.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, subtle mango and malt.

Taste: Much like the nose. Piney hops up-front, grapefruit in the middle of the tongue and lingering bitterness and malt on the back end. Very drinkable and hides the abv well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation that really tickles the tongue. Doesn't get much better.

Overall: Solid DIPA that leans more toward the grapefruit side of the IPA spectrum. Would drink again. (570 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/08/15
Second tasting... Overall, I have to say while I enjoyed the beer, I wasn't that excited about it. There are a number of other DIPAs that I like better.

Sometimes you never know when a gift is tossed your way! We have been trying to bring in Gandhi-Bot for almost two years now without any luck.
We were able to get 1 case, so that was super.
I had the opportunity to taste it tonight. (Thank yo Spencer). The pour was a bit on the lighter side, I was expected more orange. But it poured cloudy, not like a wheat beer, but like a beer that had been shaken.

The nose and bouquet were perfect. The tar, the grapefruit, resin, citrus all were so present. With the fist sip, I the extreme hops came through loud and clear. But, what I noticed that it didnt have that dry bitterness from a high IBU beer, but instead had a touch of a sweet overtone at the end.

I am glad I had it, but I still know what my number one beer is.

08/18/14:

Second tasting of Gandhi-Bot. Ok, I think this is a super IPA, in fact this time around I noticed that it was creamier and smoother than the first time. I did not get that much of the robust dryness and bitterness that I would expect from a DIPA. Even the pour did not produce that reddish/orange tint I get from so many of the great IPAs
I guess the commercial description fits the best, an aromatic and flavor fully hopped beer.
My own comments, very good, but to me, not what its cracked up to be. (1,450 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zach for this awesome beer...trying the famous Gandhi-Bot.
Poured from 12oz can into fluted snifter; translucent warm yellow-orange with a huge fluffy off-white yellowish head that fades very very slowly, leaving chunky fine lacing as it does.
Smells awesome; tangerine, mango, passionfruit at first, then some earthy and piney bitterness comes through.
Taste is just as awesome; sweetness, tropical fruit all blending together, discernible mango and tangerine, moving into pine and earthy bitterness all in balance.
Mouthfeel is smooth, well-carbonated and the finish cleans it off well. Medium body.
Overall, I can see why this is a very sought-after IPA, but it doesn't live up to the hype as well as others do. Still a solid beer that I wish I could find more than once every few months.
Thanks again Zach! (826 characters)

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.