G-Bot Double IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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G-Bot Double IPAG-Bot Double IPA
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G-Bot Double IPAG-Bot Double IPA

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by woosterbill on 04-02-2010

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Ratings: 2,949 |  Reviews: 597
Reviews by blt2646:
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of twizzard
5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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Photo of BergBeer
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Boccu
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of gopens44
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Photo of Packageguy
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.12/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of TwinCities
4.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Borkman18
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of Dzman
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.

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Photo of supercodes
3.4/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of Eeustace
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
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?

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Photo of Sheppard
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of MrRB
4.74/5  rDev +8%
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]

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of braugon
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MadScientist
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A moderately hazy, unfiltered looking dark golden beer that produces a good head stand when poured. The two finger of off white head is made of rocky foam with very good retention.

S: A huge citrus hops nose with pineapple, lemon, resinous pine and a dry hopped herbal aroma dominating. There is a medium-low caramel malt sweetness and some low floral alcohol notes there as well but this is all about the hops.

T: An aggressive hops bitterness with a strong citrus hops flavor and enough malt for support. The hops flavors match the aroma with pineapple, lemon and some pine. The malt brings a low caramel flavor but the balance is pretty bitter. The aftertaste is of hops bitterness and lemon.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. There is a moderate alcohol warmth on the palate although the alcohol is fairly well hidden overall.

O: We have a hophead winner here, this one makes my short list of awesome beers I've met this year. An aggressively bitter beer that showcases citrus hops but remains balanced and doesn't get harsh.

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