New England Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #32
Ranked #343
4.41 | pDev: 8.62%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
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
Reviews: 604 | Ratings: 2,970 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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UNCCTDawg from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Mar 31, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden peach/apricot in color with some moderate amounts of fine visible yeast sediment in suspension at the bottom of the glass, light amounts of visible carbonation, and some orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized thin patches, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of caramel malts underneath moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops, tropical/pineapple/mango hops, and much lighter amounts of pine & floral hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by fairly aggressive and strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple/mango, and pine. Moderate amounts of fairly aggressive hop bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is really enjoyable with nice hop flavors, though slightly aggressive, and well balanced with the malts - there is enough sweetness that is it not overly or unpleasantly bitter. Pretty easy to drink and definitely one I would like to find again. Alcohol is well hidden.

Apr 10, 2013
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twizzard from New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly the best beer I've ever had...Had it uber fresh....14 hours (or so I was told). The first thing that hit me was the grapefruit aroma explosion. The most incredible aromatic beer ever. Mouth feel was slick & smooth buit not overly syrupy. My only complaint is that my wife liked it too....Now I need to double down. If you ever have a chance to score some of this, do it without hesitation.

Jul 25, 2013
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on the elusive G-Bot! I've wanted to try this since the beginning of my BA days and even though they're the next state over, I never made the trip down to the New Haven area. Got a growler at the brewery for Christmas leave, along with many others from NEBCo. I let this sucker get to a proper room temperature.

This is definitely an old-school, West Coast IPA with a huge emphasis on tropical fruit flavors. Bursting with sweet juiciness and a nice malty background to make it a true and delicious Double. Nose is super floral and the finish is incredibly smooth yet properly carbonated. Thoroughly impressed and can see how this beer has survived the test of time and the whims of craft beer drinkers.

Dec 28, 2017
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Borkman18 from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is why I am proud to be from Connecticut.

Mar 12, 2015
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to try one of these this weekend. While a decent/solid brew it did not live up to the Hype IMO. Poured light - very little aroma. Easy and drinkable but not a lot going on flavor wise. Would I drink it again - sure. Will I seek it out, not with all the tasty brews I can get locally.

Feb 15, 2017
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Eeustace from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the East Coast's answer to Pliny. This beer should have just as much recognition and accolades as its West coast counter parts. Maybe limited quantities has hurt the brand?

Feb 15, 2016
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BergBeer from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Translucent golden orange with a thin eggshell head.mild activity.

Smell: Vibrant notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Also, notes of sweet biscuit malt, light honey notes, and floral hops. Slightly sticky and juicy on the nose.

Taste: Ripe tangerine, bitter floral, and bitter grapefruit pity on the attack. The lingers throughout as a body of biscuit malt and marmalade is slowly revealed. The finish is dominated with bitter floral hops.

Feel: Medium body. Sharp carbonation aggressive bitterness. Bone dry finish. Light plus alcohol on the finish.

Overall: A pretty average West Coast style double IPA. The Sharp carbonation with with the aggressive bitterness leaves that palate a bit too fatigued. The juicy tangerine with the biscuit malt is fantastic but the aggressive bitterness winds up being the only lingering note on the palate. Great West Coast IPAs are everywhere these days and this is in the middle of the pack.

Nov 05, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden hue. An herbally charged fragrance. There's nice flavors of honey dew followed by spicyness and pine. The progression from sweet to bitter provides a nice layer of complexity not found in most of today's juice bombs. That's what makes this a very good IPA. While it wouldn't be my top choice in a line up of New England's best DIPAs, it'd certainly be in the line up.

Jul 20, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great looking brew, golden orange slightly haze with a nice bright white head. aromas and flavors of orange, grapefruit, honey malts, breadyness, mango, herbal greenness, hint of mango, a bit of piney danks. reminded me of heady topper and sip of sunshine, which is a good sign. cheers!

Aug 14, 2017
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TwinCities from Minnesota

4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer.

Copper body, sent of pine and a fruit potency. Almost an oatmeal and dough sent to boot.

The taste is dangerously good, almost too smooth. So smooth in fact I would down one of these on a hot summer day.

Not sure where they are hiding the 8.80% but I don't have taste the alcohol at all which I like.

Overall I think this is one of the best DIPA beers is America and I have tried several from coast to coast.

Jan 27, 2016
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultra-Plinian for the big NEBCo hook-up. DIPA from a can, yes sir! Orange haze, all in my brain. There's really not a better way to describe the look of this one. The slightly gray tinted, mostly white head waxes and wanes down to a thin, thin skin that never completely leaves the top of the beer bare, and lasts for quite a long time.

Pretty stankin' dank, with lots of pines, grass, and some resin on the back end in the aroma. Very hop oil-y over the first half, with the second half lending a heavy hand to blasting citrus peels, oranges, and some grapefruits. Your typical, citric and resiny hop profile... Good, but nothing too ravishing. Some herbal pepper on the back end, and I'm not really pulling much malt out of the aroma here.

The taste follows through nicely, with personification of the ashy and piney characteristics of the hops. The fruit is understated, but it's there; juicy grapefruit and some lighter, bitter citrus notes. There's a hefty bitterness that strikes the back of the tongue somewhere around mid-palate and leaves a long lasting impression. It's not gonna knock you off your socks, but it's pretty potent.

I finally get some resemblance of malt in the very finish with a bit of bread and crackers that only adds a touch of sweetness, perhaps because the lasting bitterness of the malt is still massaging my palate hard. Medium bodied, not too thin and not too thick, and surprisingly not as resinous or sticky on the mouth as you'd expect given the taste. Carbonated well enough to keep things rolling.

Very nice DIPA, though it's nothing to lose your shorts over. I can see why people love it, but it doesn't do much to stand out above the rest. That's not to say that it still isn't pretty delicious, though, because it certainly is. Goin' hard on that piney and citric hop swerve, this will make most hop heads happy, or at the very least, pleasantly content.

Aug 19, 2013
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a big white, frothy head that settles in under a nearly solid curtain of lacing. Body is pretty much yellow only with just a hint of haze.

Nose is a punch in the, well, nose. Big abrasive, earthy onion and lemongrass followed up quickly with orange rind and a slight hint of melon.

First swig brings in the melon primarily, That is until the bitter and heat gang up. Finish is marked with a little of that orange rind.

Body is medium and velvety smooth which deceives a little, given the rough, warm in the throat, slightly sweet aftertaste exit.

Darn happy to make this fellow's acquaintance!

Jul 02, 2016
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dutesanch from California

3.12/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not nearly as smooth as I had hoped for. Hop bitterness takes away from the enjoyment of this brew. Not horrible but for the hype I had hoped for more. Sea Hag is more enjoyable IMO.

Jan 21, 2015
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Dzman from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Whenever this beer is available I always buy it. I've had this beer many ways but for me the best taste and smell is when it is served in a chilled glass and ice cold. The flavor will become enhanced and much easier to drink. There is almost a hint of citrus hop that is not too overpowering. There's really nothing I can compare it to but I will update this review if I find something. The hops does linger on the tongue which I find pleasing. This beer can be paired with hot wings or any sweet flavored wing sauce. I would not recommend to a new IPA drinker. This is a beer that needs to be tried when all others fail to excited. I am a lover of this beer and would recommend to those willing to try flavorful beers.

Sep 20, 2016
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Rand_Schoeb from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A unique and amazingly smooth double IPA. At first the taste is somewhat floral. However, this soon shifts to a mellow hop and delicate honey and ultimately fades on your taste buds maintaining this most pleasant impression. Zero bitterness here (not you regular ipa). Kept under the counter when available at my local, CT liquor store. Well worth the asking for!

Oct 03, 2016
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MikeyMcD86 from New York

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer before but never reviewed. It's actually one of the first beers that got me into drinking IPA! Drank out of a Teku.

Look: Medium to dark copper in color with a solid medium haze and a finger of rocky, soapy head.

Aroma: Big earthy, soil notes on the aroma along with lots of overripe peach and pine resin.

Taste: Earthy flavor dominates on the palate. Not much fruit to speak of. Lots of pine and bitter resin on the finish wipes out any of the sweetness you might expect out of an 8.8% beer.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall(style points): Definitely leans west coast in style but brings an earthy flavor and aroma to the party which adds to the compexity so it's not just another resin bomb. The sweetness is completely subdued as well which makes the beer pretty refreshing but it's not popping with spruce the way I remember it. 89 Points.

Dec 14, 2016
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Boccu from New York

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep orange. Nice head with light lacing. Aroma is very earthy with peach. Taste is earthy,grass, pine, peach light citrus finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Excellent dipa. Look forward to more from them.

Feb 28, 2017
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Packageguy from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry, I'm a little late to the party. I hate to admit, but I hadn't even heard of G-bot until (maybe) 6 months ago, even though it's existed for years....that's what happens when you live in Massachusetts...very few of my friends know anything about Connecticut's best kept beer secret.
Other than a sample at the Rising Pint beer festival, I'd never come across it, anywhere. There's been no can release at the brewery, as long as I've been following. And, although it's one of the few available from NEBCo in stores, it's not very easy to get your hands on. It's been my holy grail for months.
Anyways, for me, it totally lives up to the hype.
It's a typical NEBCo beer, in every way, in particular with the dark amber, slightly hazy, look. Lazy head. Superior lacing. Smooth as can be, especially for 85 IBUs. The alcohol taste is hidden, up front, but catches up to you on the backside.
Now that I've learned where and when to get it, I'll make sure to keep a supply in my beer fridge.

Sep 30, 2017
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MrRB from Connecticut

4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Truly wonderful, basically perfect DIPA. Radiant orange-gold color. Intense flavors of fresh strawberry, peach, and spearmint. Medium-bodied and quite resinous with a finish that just does not stop. This beer easily separates itself from the hoards of DIPAs being brewed right now. [on tap at the brewery]

Dec 15, 2017
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supercodes from Maine

3.4/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find it difficult to buy into the hype of this beer. For the demand this brew has, it is very much an average tasting DIPA. The color is not as bright and lively as better unfiltered New England IPA's, the flavor is quite malty and bitter that is more akin to an English IPA than an American one. The piney notes that I read about are really not all that apparent, again, in comparison to other New England style IPA's. This is still a good beer, but there are plenty off the shelf beers throughout the region that are just as good, if not better.

Jun 22, 2016
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Stakem for hooking me up with a 4-pack of these. You da' man Adam!

Pours a hazy golden apricot, with 1 ½ fingers of rich eggshell head. Swirling fires this up to a robust ½ finger, throwing up a sticky cascade of creamy lacing that hangs in a heavy latticework on the sides of the glass. Good look here. The aroma is floral and spicy, with some sweet tropical fruit character that is cut through with more bitter notes of grapefruit and earthy citrus peel. Grainy sweetness is fairly pronounced in the back of nose, while a touch of stiff heat gives this some thickness in the nostrils.

The taste is VERY spicy and bitter to a lesser extent, with grapefruit and citrus rind being tempered by the sweetness of citric fruit and toasted malts, which has a bit of grainy presence to it. The hops strike back in the finish, lashing the back end with an aggressive mix of spice and bitter that parch the palate with dry lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a larger feeling mouth filling creaminess to the carbonation. There is some sharpness up front of the sip but then gets much more smooth and creamy as you swallow. Some alcohol beef in the body adds some definite warmth to the finish of this but overall, I'd say that the alcohol is handled pretty well here.

Definitely a good DIPA here but the sharp spiciness of the hops just kept it from reaching that next level for me. I actually quickly followed this up with another can, just to make sure that I hadn't missed something but found the same result. Definitely one to try if you come across a can but this wasn't the end-all be-all of East Coast IPAs, as some might have you believe.

Sep 13, 2010
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litheum94 from California

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can with some cool artwork. No canning dates.

Slightly murky golden body with a thin, lace white head. Settles to a small cover with nice lacing on the glass.

Sweet tropical fruit hops with some citrus. Jasmine and honey. Some pine and white pepper. Scant bready malts. The aromas are very alluring.

Big punch of hops right away, with a good dose of pine bitterness with an oily mouthfeel. Fruit flavors of mango and citrus, but they are more subdued than in the nose. Very thin, cracker malt base in the middle, merely providing a scaffolding for the hops to build upon. Another round of bitterness comes in, with more pine and a touch of wildflowers. The bitterness slowly fades, leaving a lingering warmness from the alcohol. Average to moderate carbonation leads to a slightly dry finish.

A near perfect IPA. Greatly crafted. This should be on every hophead's hit list.

Jan 18, 2012
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Pittsburgh from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to stumble across this at a local shop, and decided to give it a try, I found it very interesting that it comes in a can, and an interesting can at that, looks sort of like an energy drink. My first craft beer to be found in a can as opposed to a bottle. Interesting start.

Nice pour, and color, excellent head/foam that drops down to a sticky foam. Quality dipa here, very sticky, hoppy, and bitter, but has an excellent flavor to it. Bitterness is not overdone, but taken to about the maximum to where it is not over the top for me. Good body to it, thick for an dipa, I definitely am feeling that, bitter finish typical of the style. Has that fruity/citrus quality as well, not too strong with that though.

All in all, well blended flavors, taste is good, fresh, I was satisfied, one of the top IPAs I have had, I definitely enjoyed it, rivals the big names. Well done. I am glad I have a four pack of pounders.

May 07, 2010
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SixPack6 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sep 07, 2014
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