Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1,174
Gots: 436 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of brewskier
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fairly thick blonde head takes an average amount of time to fall to a speckled film, but still thick around the edges. Very thickly clouded, almost milky pale yellow. A few flakes of brownish sediment very slowly drop towards the bottom. Sort of a strange appearance, not exactly pretty, but I'm quite intrigued.

An enticing hop aroma springs forth such that I don't even need to bring nose near glass. When I do, a wonderful complex bouquet of citrusy, floral, and to a lesser extent evergreen hops tingles the olfactory receptors. Surprisingly, it is not as intense up close as the whiff from afar had warned - merely a pleasant hint for the tongue of things to come. There is also a subtle hay note.

The flavor is a full-on assault of the taste buds, in a good way. This beer is everything a hop head could want, with major pucker power provided by pungent white grapefruit, lemon, and pine notes. This DIPA is very dry, with little of the caramel malt sweetness found in many of its ilk, or even citrusy sweetness -- the unadulterated bitterness of a Cinderella step-sister. Some light herbal and turmeric hints do nothing to ease the bite.

As hinted by the cloudiness, this is a full-bodied beer. Feels heavy in the mouth, though not sticky. A nice light carbonation provides just enough texture in the mouth.

This is a supremely drinkable DIPA. I find the sweetness of many DIPAs and Imperials to be cloying and lessen their appeal after one or two. This one is actually thirst quenching given the intense bracing bitterness. One might not be able to taste anything else afterwards, however. I first enjoyed it in a hot tub around New Year's, as it seemed like a good canned option. I highly recommend that usage, or for camping, etc. when one wants a great beer with no glass. This beer is an all-around win.

Enjoyed on 1/19/11

Photo of cadaugherty
3.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice extra from arvjunk- into my Stone IPA glass

Appearance- Pours a hazy light copper with about 3 fingers of head.

Aroma- Nice light tangerine smell, a hint of sweet malt. Good smell but nothing amazing or game changing.

Taste- Here is where it lost me. There are hints of citrus up front, biscuit sweetness in the middle, and a chalky bitter finish. Very meh for such a celebrated dipa with more bitterness than anything else.

Mouth- As mentioned above a bit chalky.

Drink- This was one and done for me. There was a lot of unpleasant lingering bitterness.

Maybe the can wasn't fresh, maybe it just isn't for me.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, big thanks to mob2332 for the can. Cheers!

Poured into Stone IPA glass. Hazy yellow orange body reminds me of a citrus juice, orange pineapple maybe? Two finger bone white head is perched atop. Very respectable retention, thick sheets of lacing blanket the wall as the head recedes.

Hop flavor is abundant. The first scent I pick up is a bit of pineapple. A citrus bouquet flourishes just behind. Though dominated by fruit, subtle hints of pine peak through. No discernible malt characteristic are noticed.

Ripe sweet citrus flavor flows across the tongue. This bright initial flavor soon transitions into a slightly biting pine and pith bitterness on the midpalate. The more abrasive bitterness is short lived as the juicy hop flavors return on the back of the palate. I am a huge fan of the citrus hops and the bold bright juicy flavors but they most be held in quick, there can certainly be too much of a good thing. Gandhi-Bot blends the juicy hops with enough of a bitter bite to provide this much needed balance. Subtle and sweet pale malt is buried beneath the massive amounts of hop flavor. I am pretty sure Connecticut is on the East Coast, someone should remind them they are suppose to be brewing malt bombs.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Resinous hop flavor digs into the tongue though the finish is impressively dry.

Excellent beer, flat out excellent. NEBC absolutley nailed this one. Absurdly drinkable, bright aroma and balanced flavor. I am not certain I could ask for more. A top tier DIPA.

Photo of Thads324
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another CT brew!

A : pours a vibrant and deep yellow, creamy white head with bubbles on the edge of the glass. Hazy and refreshing looking

S : The initial smell is of citrus hop and a hint of bread. Second whiff is a little tarter. Smells like it will be crisp with hop flavor. there is a grapefruit smell that escapes slowly

T : The first sip is sweet and almost wheat ale like, immediately followed by a big bang of hop flavor. And the hops don't stop, but carry fully all the way through. There are certainly different hops in here, but there is no way of telling how many or what kind for me since the flavor is so pronounced. The hops blend well, and leave an after taste of citrus. Not overly bitter but well just well flavored.

M : seems a little aggressive on the carbonation, which brings out the hop aroma and flavor, and adds to that tingle on the tongue. It makes you want another sip

D : at 8.8% you can't drink much of this stuff, but without knowing I could easily polish off the 4 pack. Easy to drink but made for slow enjoyment

Many people have told me about this elusive beer, and when I found it I knew it was a good buy, but damn. It's a great dIPA and will be enjoyed again soon.

Photo of flexabull
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can courtesy of both pwoody11 and guzzle211, thanks again guys!

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are nice. Sugary, with grapefruits, and pine resin.

Taste is pretty balanced and not overly bitter. Starts with some sugary sweetness and some creamy malts. Finish is crisp and dry, with pine, mineral, and grapefruit hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is not bad, but a touch too watery.

Drinkablilty is quite good. This is a solid example of a DIPA, well balanced, but nicely hopped too.

Photo of jgasparine
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 11-13-10

A- Poured from the can with a slightly proteinaceous frothy off-white head, which became meringue-like as it settled, leaving some decent lacing down the sides of the glass. The body was an extremely turbid, pale honey color, with little chunks of yeast and/or hop particulate floating in the glass. No visible carbonation.

S- The aroma is very floral. A big nose packed full of floral and citrus hop aromas with a slight undercurrent of crackerlike malt. Simple but elegant.

T- Whoooo! Damn! Definitely packs a wallop of hops when you take that first sip! You get some sweet biscuit-like malts which are quickly overtaken with some substantial citrus hop flavor, which builds into an intense high-alpha cirtus-rind-like hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue, resinous. The bitterness is almost high enough for me to call it "tooth enamel stripping". Good dynamic range. Subtle flavors of Juicyfruit bubblegum.

M- Medium bodied with a slight creaminess imparted by a very delicate carbonation. Middle to high astringency. Nothing on the mouthfeel that's evident of high alcohol.

D- I'm glad this comes in four-packs. I love this stuff, and I love that it comes from my home town! Highly drinkable!

Photo of aasher
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this beer as an extra from Shaggy9356, thanks Matt! Before pouring it into my snifter I had to take a swig from the can to know what I was getting into. Needless to say, I already want more. It poured a murky burnt orange with a one finger creme colored head. It smells of floral, bitter hops and I love it. This is the most floral beer I've had in awhile. The flavor is very dry and bitter and finishes with a sweet citrus like flavor that goes into the drier hop ridden aftertaste. This gets big points from me. It drinks impressively smooth and crisp simultaneously. What an awesome beer, and from a can?!?! This beer lives up to the hype and is exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to ubufan2112 for this can (1 of 4!). 12oz into a NB Globe.

A: Pours quite turbid, amber in color with about half an inch of white head that recedes to a cap with tons and tons of little splotches of lacing as it recedes. An island of bubbles is left in the middle.

S: Hops! Resinous pine and grapefruit, tons and tons of dank resinous hops at first. Underneath that is a nice grainy malt profile, touch of caramel and a bit of bread. Just a bit of booze. Absolutely awesome in the nose here.

T: Follows over nicely from the nose, big juicy hop profile of citrus and pine, and an intense bitterness at the end. Tons of hop resins that I love. Not much of a malt bill, maybe just a touch of caramel, but that's okay. Incredibly hop forward. Just a hint of booze. I love this stuff.

M: Spot on, medium carbonation, heavier in body, just a bit of boozy warmth and a surprisingly dry finish as well. Excellent here.

D: Dangerous, yes its a high ABV, high IBU, monster of a beer, but I could pour this back all night, and happily not taste anything for the rest of the night. A very well done, gasp...East Coast IPA! Very happy to try this one, and I wish I could get it on the regular. Awesome beer.

Thanks Mike!

Photo of Urbancaver
3.45/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellow with a lot of head that dies back a bit. Lots of lacing on the glass

Smell: lots of citrus hops with some floral hints

Taste: fairly hoppy. A bit of bitterness to it but definitely not much of a dipa... More like a slightly hopper ipa.

Mouthfeel: not really that great on the palette. A bit thin for a dipa and no malt backbone really to speak of

Drinkability: fairly drinkable but the bitterness gets to me

Photo of BeachRez
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received on a trade.

Poured into glass - very nice golden color. Minimal head with lots of floatys.

Taste - Clean but strong IPA. Nice floral taste, not just pumped up bitter hops.

Very smooth (for the style) and easy to drink. Not something I personally could drink a lot of, but not something that made me not want another drink.

I am sending these to friends that would appreciate.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra from ngeunit1, thanks man!

A: Orange hue that is very hazy. Sweet sticky lacing and a small ring of white head, looks like squeezed grapefruit juice.

S: Also smells like grapefruit juice with tons of citrus, grass hop, pine, bready malt and more bright fruit. Nice!

T: Very bitter overall, especially grapefruit on the back of the palate. Lots of citrus, dry and sweet malt thats pretty subdued, some kitchen spice and fruit rind. I really enjoyed the fresh can from the brewery, it's very juicy and hoppy.

M: Nice smooth and great carbo, leaves huge bitter feel on the tongue.

D: Very Good beer overall, would buy if I saw it in the store!

Photo of juhl31
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-very foggy dark gold color with a thin white head. looks nice for a beer, but too foggy for an IPA

-big time grassy and grapefruit in the olfactory region. a bit of orange citrus in there too. very strong and sniff that is DIPA necessary

-the citrus come in big up front and then the maltiness bleeds in nicely through the middle. good and spicy bitterness to finish, but not over the top. leaves a strong grapefruit mouth after swallowed

-rich and full throughout. nothing upsetting in the carbonation

-very good IPA. i would say the best DIPA in a can i have had in a can. really wish this was made in the west coast for all my outdoor adventures

Photo of Blanco
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. very cloudy with an orange color. head is not as big as I would like, but pour was also semi-passive so maybe that's it. the smell is of tropical fruits and strong. Very much like a Sculpin in that way. Taste is similar, with a powerful hop presence although bitterness is minimal. mouthfeel is on the thicker side for a DIPA, but pleasant. Drinkability is incredibly good. This is one of the few East Coast IPAs that seems to draw inspiration from San Diego breweries. Excellent beer.

Photo of Stigs
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a 4-pack (Christmas gift!) - served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about a finger height of creamy, tight just slightly off-white foam, taking its time to settle to a thick film and leaves a solid layer of wet and sticky lace behind. the beer is pretty hazy, bright gold in color.

S - heavy on the tropical fruits...loads of freshly cut grapefruit, mango, and a hint of candied pineapple and oranges. just a bit of rich caramel malt for balance and sweetness. slightly piney as well as it warms a bit.

T - starts slightly sweet before a hefty hop bite takes over the mouth. again, tropical fruit heavy as grapefruit simply dominates, bringing pineapple and some mango along for the ride. the sweet malt balance is there but gets lost in the hops (not a bad thing). alcohol is actually quite noticeable and comes through near the end of each sip, though meshes rather nicely with the bold hop flavors and bitterness.

M - thick, luscious body with a moderate to low level of carbonation, it might actually benefit from just a touch more. very oily throughout, with an attempt at a dry finish assisted by a big bold bitterness. not a chore to drink by any means, though.

D - not just solid, but a damn fine wonderfully crafted DIPA. easily the best beer I've had by NEBC to date (including IST, which I was a big fan of). this is straight out of the left coast, with a wonderful look, scent, and taste. this is CAN #2 down from a 4pack I just received today, the other 2 will be gone in no time.

Photo of jampics2
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can - an extra from a generous trader. Thanks, you know who you are!! Poured into a snifter.

This beer looks nice in the glass. It's an orange color with some gold on the edges The beer is solid in color but is a bit cloudy compared to what I consider to be the best of the style. It has some head and decent lace, but nothing like the best cans out there like Surly and even Oskar.

Things start to pickup when we get to the nose. The smell is comprised of pineapple, orange, and other citrus. There's also some grass and maybe even a touch of mint. I found this to be a touch piney but not resinous, more tropical and very pleasant. No malt is apparent at all.

The taste of this beer is the best part - YAY, that's a great thing!! The beer is medium bitter with some nice sweetness from the malt. The malt was missing in the nose but comes through in the taste, adding some caramel and bready notes. The hops steal the show with really fresh, dank notes that never become too bitter - I find the masters of IPA's and DIPA's are able to get more flavor than bitterness out of their hops, and NEBCO has done that here. Some citrus and flowers show off the kind side of the green cones.

Gandhi-Bot is medium bodied with creamy carbonation and is very pleasant to drink. Mostly because the beer is not sticky or coating. This is delicious, I would drink a ton of this if it was around. Very nice canned DIPA, but also just a very nice DIPA all-around.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for letting me have a shot at this one.

This beer pours an odd cloudy orange with tints of brown and lots of white sediment floating around inside the glass. There was a decent white frothy head, but the yeast sediment is a big turn off. The smell is a mixture of piny hops and lemon zest, it's rather nice but still not strong enough to be in the realm of a bouquet. The taste is aggressively hoppy. The front end is a nice sweet floral taste, but quickly degrades into a bitter film left on the tongue. It's a pretty drinkable IPA, but I must admit that it does truly have some bigger flaws. Overall still a rather pleasant beer something that would be just fine with me if I was handed in the future.

Photo of jeddsp
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Tulip glass...this allowed for the citrus and hops to shine through. Came off piney and sweet at the dame time. The beer poured golden and hazy, with not much in terms of head or lacing for me. Taste was hops of front to me backed by the citrus behind. Agree with some others that it comes off West Coast, but that does not downgrade it in the least. fantastic brew, extremely drinkable, and with the ABV being so well hidden, I could definitely see myself waking up under a table somewhere with a bunch of cans beside me.

Photo of Estocker
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy golden color. Not much head or retention.

Smells quite nice, like a hoppy West Coast ipa. Pine aroma dominates with the citrus not too far behind. I also smell something a bit heavier in there as well, might be caramel malt.

Tastes a bit heavier than what I'd prefer for a DIPA. Although the flavor is hop forward, the malt adds a dimension that I'm not really a fan of. There is also a very earthy taste. It is more bitter than it is flavorful, unfortunately. But I'm just nitpicking here. This is quite a tasty beer.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer at a recent tasting

the beer pours a slightly hazey golden wheat color with a nice white head.

the smell was over the top, this was the one beer at the tasting where we each had our own, and once poured into the pint glasses the smell took over the living room. straight up hop. can't taste the abv, just feel its affects

a wonderful balance between citrus and the pine hop flavors

good carbonation and very light malt gave this a light mouthfeel

if this beer were not 8.8% I could drink them all day.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from Jayli, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of piney hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly tempered by a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in and provide a very good balance. The after-taste is quite hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easy, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely an excellent 2IPA worth drinking for a whole evening.

Photo of Genuine
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the can into my sam's perfect pint glass

This beer poured a very cloudy, almost orange juice like in color, with a slight, slight tan head that sat nicely upon the body...about 1-2 fingers.

Smell - This beer has one of the best noses I've ever experienced in a beer. Lots of pine, grapefruit citrus notes hit you first, and that's pretty much all I can notice. It heavily reminds me of a fresh Christmas tree...! Wonderful!

Taste - Lets hope the nose and palate agree with each other...and they do! It's not as bitter as one would think it would be, or at least my palate says different, but this DIPA is absolutely juicy and ripe, full of those grapefruit and yummy pine hops. This is my favorite beer to date...and the ABV is hidden very well!

Mouthfeel - the carbonation is so well done, it intertwines with the hops and small malt character to bring everything together. Full mouthfeel for sure.

Drinkability - I could have a few of these based on taste alone, it's a very delicious DIPA. I would stock up on this if it were more available.

All in all, my favorite DIPA to date. I wish I could get my hands on more of it as it's quite delectable. The ABV will creep on you quick, that is for certain! If you have the chance to try this, do not pass it up.

Photo of bonkers
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to steve8robin for this one. I poured from a 12 ounce can into a sa perfect pint glass. Deep yellow/orange pour, 2 inch sticky head. The aroma is wonderful, pineapple, oranges and tropical fruit. A big rush of juicy tropical fruit up front, followed by sweet citrus. It has a drying finish, sweeter than I expected. It has a medium/full body, nicely carbonated. A great DIPA, luckily I have another can to enjoy.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can shared by sstackho, thanks! Pours a nice vibrant orange with a finger of bubbly head. Nose is filled with tropical fruits and citrus rinds - pineapple, grapefruit, mango. Long lasting bitterness, real pithy finish, hint of leafy hops, some pine. Balanced by a biscuity caramel malt body, not too sweet. Hides the ABV real well, nice dry long bitter finish - this is a top notch DIPA and being in a can is a double bonus. Wish we had something like this available here.

Photo of albertjr21
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"In a beer can," this is a beauty that I find very hard to pass up when I come across it on my trips to the New England area. If it were sold closer to me, I'd make it an essential to have in the fridge at all times...Into an oversize wine glass, it pours a dull and dense foggy grapefruit-orange color and carries an aroma of crisp sweet grapefruit citrus and orange rind zest. From open to finish, this packs a mega punch of hops that elegantly ravages the palate with citrus bitterness and leaves your mouth feeling like what I can best compare to as the same mouth coating numbness you'd experience after eating a fresh whole small grapefruit. Though this seems a little extreme, I warn you. This is an Imperial IPA that will quickly make great friends with your palate after smothering it and sneaking its a.b.v. in through the back window. Thus, it also becomes dangerously smooth. So hopheads, REJOICE!

Photo of bobsy
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Shawn for bringing over one of the best-named and best-looking cans I've ever seen.

Pours a bright orange with a bubbly white head. Great pineapple nose - lots of sweet citrus, but with a nice biscuit malt backing. Decent bitterness in the flavour, with candied citrus and pine coming to the fore. Excellent balance from the biscuit base. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Medium, smooth body works well.

This is an outstanding take on the style and extremely enjoyable. You New Englanders are lucky!

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 2,580 ratings.