New England Brewing Co.

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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #61
Ranked #545
4.39 | pDev: 8.66%
Tuesday at 05:22 AM
Apr 02, 2010
Notes: Massively hopped double IPA with notes of orange rind, dank pine and citrus with a deceptive drinkability

IBU’s - 85

Kettle Hops - Columbus, Citra, Simcoe, Columbus & Mosaic Dry Hops - Simcoe, Columbus, Mosaic & Citra

Malt - Pilsner, Crystal, Dextrose

Yeast - American Ale

OG - 17.5
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Reviewed by FRANKHAZE from Florida

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 5/16/23 - G-bot is as solid its metal parts.. smooth tropical flavors at the front, nice malt backbone, goes out with a bittering piney dankish finish. Great medium-heavy mouthfeel, alcohol is very present, feels more like 10%abv. Worth seeking out.
Tuesday at 05:22 AM
Rated: 3.99 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2023
Rated: 4.05 by Tom_Hartlett from California

Apr 22, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2023
Rated: 4.73 by Rkwpark from Connecticut

Mar 22, 2023
Rated: 4.08 by Khaack from New York

Nov 07, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Original rating on 11/16/18/
L: 4.75, S: 5, T: 5, F: 4.75, O: 5
Even with the advent of the NEIPA, which I love, I still think this is one of the better crafted IPAs in New England.

Review canned: 08/23/22

L: Gandhi Bot pours a deep gold to pale amber color with a medium plus haze. A slightly aggressive pour yields a pillowy two fingers off-white head which slowly falls to a 4 mm ring that is retained as the beer recedes in the glass leaving a beautiful mass of webbed and ringed lacing.

S: On the nose I get a lot of oranges, light notes of citrus pith, caramel and grainy malt character, prominent marijuana notes, and light notes of earthy pine resin.

T: The palate follows the nose pretty closely presenting waves of orange and grapefruit flesh on the front end supported by a nice grainy and caramel malt backbone that comes in mid palate where it mixes with big herbal notes of marijuana and bitter citrus rind. On the backend and finish the citrus rind continues mixing with notes of earthy pine resin lending an impressive amount of bitterness (think IBU wars level). There is also a barely perceptible hint of ethanol in the background, but that quickly fades after the first few drinks.

F: This one has a medium body with lively medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp with a nice dry finish.

O: When I first moved to Connecticut in 2010 Gandhi was fairly new and was all the rage with lines forming anytime it was released as this was pre canning and also before you could drink anything other than samples in the taproom. I remember going to pick up some growlers of this a few days before Thanksgiving 2011 and the line was all the way to the street (luckily I was near the front of the line). Needless to say this is one of those beers where the hype train is real. Gandhi has both big malt and hop flavors which are perfectly balanced and complementary. The only real negative for this beer is that compared to the rest of NEBCO's regular roster it's shelf stability is not as rock solid and starts to fade (at least for me) around the 1.5 month mark. Either way, this is in my mind the quintessential DIPA and is up there with the likes of Heady Topper. Highly recommended!
Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering most of the surface, a thin collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose along with notes of candy.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has additional notes of papaya with hints of pine towards the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and some hints of alcohol in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes like an Imperial IPA as you get some alcohol in the taste but it has a nice mix of flavors.

Serving type: can
Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Semi-hazy, honey-toned body; slow rising carbonation; thick, frothy head. Excellent smell; pine resin and dank suggestions. Malty, hoppy, bitter flavors; pine resin. Heavy body; sticky; moderate residual sugar presence; semi-dry overall.

A very nice double India pale, leaning more towards an English or west coast style IPA than a New England haze beer. Malty and bitter with a righteous boozy punch.

Pouring temperature: 41.0 ℉; canning info: ??? DID HE ??? ME ? 02/ 21/22
May 18, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by PaleAleWalt from New York

May 12, 2022
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

May 01, 2022
Rated: 3.66 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Apr 12, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Feb 07, 2022
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12/01/21 stamped on bottom of can. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Thanks to my friend Brian for generously giving me a chance to try this!

A: Slightly hazy light amber with 2-finger foamy light beige head with good retention and solid lacing.

S: Tons of pine resin, peach, grapefruit, lime, and grassy hop notes. Clean, no esters. Subtle background light caramel malt note.

T: in the flavor, there's a solid pale malt backbone with light caramel nuances. The happiness is strong with pine, grapefruit, peach, and a very resinous grassy finish. Bitterness is medium-high. There's no yeast character or esters. Aftertaste is bitter and resinous. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.

M: this beer is dangerously lean with medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish. I think I drank this entire beer in about 5 or 6 sips.

O: this is a highly drinkable old-school double IPA with a very dry finish. This is an excellent example of the American double IPA style.
Jan 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This one made me think, and that made me be present when drinking it.
Poured golden amber, nearly transparent but not quite. Impressive head and lacing. Looks great.
The aroma is all NEIPA with citrus and piney hops and assorted fruits. Really nice aroma.
The taste is where it gets interesting- it starts with the fruit and lovely flavors that entails those- the swallow was all hops and west coast piney hops.
Where this made me think was the fore part of the drink: I could swear I tasted peach, which would be a first for me in an IPA. The flavors meld and work well together.
The feel was excellent for the genre, so drinkable I was surprised when it was gone.
OA, definitely glad to have been able to try this!
Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by wafers from New York

Oct 22, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by strengthdoc from Connecticut

Jun 14, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by Holly1215 from Massachusetts

Jun 01, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Specialmick from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
look...amber but not too hazy ample carbonation.
smell... hoppy citrus for sure , pineapple melon.very nice
Taste...old school ipa all the way with a blast of where things eventually went. grapefruit sweet. bitter middle, excellent finish. this is so nice
Feel.. kinda thin but that makes it highly drinkable. not a bad thing dry and wanting more sips
Overall... this stuff is killer . its only downfall is that if u could get a sixer it is $21 bucks...a little steep at $14 a 4 pack 12 oz!!! O ya NEBCO is so bullshit with their distribution and sell the fuck out of sea hag and that shit is so mediocre and never sell their top end shit(rant over) NEBCO get your shit together Please you prima donnas(rant over)
Oct 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by McSeal from Connecticut

Aug 01, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of bubbly, foam. It smelled of pine, orange peel, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical fruit taste with piney bitterness and a malty backbone.
Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 4.57 by Joesapp from Connecticut

Jun 16, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 04, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by babinsk1 from New York

Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by WDJersey from Colorado

Oct 18, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by Hangryginger from Connecticut

Sep 23, 2019
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Another DIPA to drink today. This one is from NEBCO, the other two beers that I have consumed was delicious. I am looking forward to this beer. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a three-finger head with excellent retention. Lacing was tatted as the head dissipated to a half-finger ring around the glass. The off-white creamy and airy head has a stiffness to it. The beer is SRM 8 a deep golden color with amber hues. The beer is hazy. The bottom of the glass has yeast settling. The beer is beautiful.

The aromas are pineapple, mandarins, lemons, mangos, passion fruit, a hint of grapefruit. toasted malts, a biscuit note, earthy, and a touch pine. The beer has a more fruit-forward nose.

The flavors are herbal, cut grass, pineapple, mangos, lemons, oranges, floral, a hint of grapefruit, biscuity, earthy, and a touch of pine. The characteristics are less fruit more herbal and floral.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonation, and a full finish.

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp and astringent.

I am going out on a limb here to say this, the beer has this Marijuana note that comes through on the taste. At first, I thought it was an overcooked veggie note. Alas, I am going to conclude it is a marijuana note. The beer has a unique flavor profile. The malt backbone in the beer is firm, giving the beer a much need heft to support the hop profile. Overall an enjoyable beer to drink.
Aug 19, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by NCSapiens from Indiana

Aug 02, 2019
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
First tried at the brewery in 9/2018; updated with full review here.

Canned on 5/21/19

Pours a cloudy haze of deep orange-copper topped with a bountiful head of dense, white foam; excellent retention sees the head slowly die down to a paper-thin cap and leave a consistent smattering of thinner, soapy lacing.

Aromas of floral pine resin, sticky grapefruit, pineapple, and sweet peach skins; the remaining citrus is vague, shrouded largely in a raw, almost dank herbaceousness; faintest purple grape skin and passionfruit tones toward the back end. Can appear understated at times, but when it shines, it's with great nuance.

Taste brings floral hops, sweet pine resin, and ultra-dry caramel malt forming the base; some sweet peach, pineapple, and general candied citrus come through in the background in minor waves; flaky, boozy honeyed malt on the finish, along with more subdued light tones of ripe herbaceousness.

Mouthfeel shows a crisp medium body heightened by an excellent flaky malt; silky, semi-creamy carbonation with a perfectly mild hop prickle; slightly sticky and resinous; raw bitterness amplifies into the finish.

An old-school DIPA with an exceptionally nuanced profile; drinkability is top-notch, with expressive, assertive aromas/flavors restrained enough to bring about an easygoing kind of balance; a standard for DIPAs pushing that next level.
Jun 10, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by Hwy61x from Connecticut

May 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one came at me out of nowhere. I remembered adding it to my wish list, but apparently completely forgot about it from there.

And then it showed up on my doorstep. How convenient! Firstly, love the format - I'm always happy to crush 12 oz cans, all day long. Secondly, I love the floral nose and taste notes to this - it's clean, fresh, and very pleasantly hoppy. At 8.5%, it's not a light beer, but it sure tastes like it. The sweet smoothness to it makes it far too easy to crush.

Great beer!
Apr 19, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by TheGent from New Jersey

Apr 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Fieceheart from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
It’s certainly not lacking flavor. Leaves you awash in a ‘cacophony’ of bitter. Bitter resinous Pine over a slightly caramely backbone. Spruce, almost rosemary oil vibe. The body is classic nebco. Quaffable AF. However, the somewhat dirty and dry simcoe presence is not enhancing my enjoyment of this. I actually think I preferred Baby Bot. Its a welcome change of pace from all the fruit forward ipas. I searched for a fruit discriptor but its really all pine to me. Old school ipa... where have you been my bitter friend? A kick to the nuts for “soft” ipa drinkers and a reminder of the deep need for west coast style ipa here in new england. The fact that this beer was a shock to the system makes me worry that ive gotten soft from drinking fruity beers... Im certainly still a bitter, bitter man.
Apr 02, 2019
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Rated by Izzo from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
very hoppy, larger mouth feel, this is a tank in terms of alcohol but is still easily drinkable, certified fresh
Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by demonssouls from Missouri

Jan 29, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by pwrussett from Connecticut

Jan 17, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by Zach423 from Massachusetts

Jan 11, 2019
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