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G-Bot Double IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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G-Bot Double IPAG-Bot Double IPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by woosterbill on 04-02-2010

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has partially reduced and left some nice lacing on the glass. A golden yellow/orange color with a slightly hazy clarity and good vision of all the tiny bubbles coming up throughout the glass.

Smell: piney, citrus, sweet and bready malts. The hops aroma is very nice and I can't wait to try a sip out.

Taste: the hoppiness of the beer balances out with the sweet and bready malts. Nothing lingers for too long and these features truly make this a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth, easy drinking, medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and slight bitterness.

Overall: Prety solid DIPA. I have had this plenty of times before in can and draft and look forward to more in the future.

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Photo of klshanks
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can received in a package from kbanks13. Didn't know about this beer before hand, but if I did, it probably would have been a want.

Appearance- a hazy light orange color. Pretty much what you would expect from a good heffeweizen or witbier. Very appealing but not what I would really expect from an IPA.

Smell- Awesome. Tons of hops. Pine, grass, and a little sweetness underneath all that bitterness.

Taste- Very good. Bold grassy/pine/woody taste upfront that dominates most of the tasting experience with a hint of citrus on the back end.

Mouthfeel- A medium carbonated IPA. Not too thick or thin.

Drinkability- I would definitely come back to this one. It's good for when you are in the mood for good beer, but don't want to think too much about what you are drinking or want to have something super rare. Very similar Half Acres Daisy Cutter. I would probably chose Daisy Cutter over this, but all in all they fill a similar need.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale orange color with notes of amber. The beer forms a big, beautiful head of creamy white bubbles that last at about a finger’s width above the glass. In body, the beer is clean of particles, but very hazy and nearly opaque. On the nose, this beer is big and beautiful. Pine needles, pinecones and sweet mango juice mingle with dank and spicy weed, grapefruit rind, and soft alcohol notes. From the can, the nose is just about the same with just a touch more roundness coming from the citric scents and less of the alcohol burning the nostrils. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely and properly bitter with resinous pine sap sticking to the tongue. Sweet hops, alcohol, and light bread malt mingle with citric acidity to make up the side show. The finish is dry with only slight sticky sweetness lingering. On the tongue, the beer is medium bodied, with fluffy carbonation that gives velvet softness to the mouthfeel. The mouth is left sticky with resin and bitter tingling, the palate is wrecked. From the can, the beer feels slightly crisper. In flavor, the beer tastes of resinous pine, sweet mango, light pineapple, grapefruit, and apricot. Distinct fresh hop flavors bubble on the tongue and feel sticky and very resinous. The taste has a strong backbone of medicinal bitters. Mmm. A bit sickly sweet, but not too much so. The cloying alcohol seems most present in the finish which also features dry cracker malts at the very base of my senses and strong piney hops. Overall, this is a damn good double IPA. It would be excellent on a late summer afternoon. Great bitters, great hop character, and a great effect on the tongue. The alcohol is just a tad too much, but other than that I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into pint glass. NOTE: Edited notes are from a second tasting on 1/20/13 - thanks to dujayhawk for this particular can.

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color. Not very much head on this one. *EDIT: Big white fluffy head that lingers after a fairly aggressive pour. I am going to increase my score given for Appearance by 0.25.

S: Citrus (primarily orange) hops aroma. *EDIT: I get a little less citrus from this can, and more pine, resin, and melon hops.

T: Generally follows the nose, but with more resiny hops present. Only a slight malt sweetness presence in addition. *EDIT: Still agree with previous tasting notes.

M: Average for the style. Surprisingly not particularly bitter.

O: Definitely a good beer, and enjoyable. Didn't quite live up to my lofty expectations, though.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GuisseppeFranco for sending this over as a bonus! This poured out as a murky golden color with some flakes floating around in it. The head was white and held a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer gave off a very nice floral and citrus aroma from the hops. The taste of the beer was really quite nice as well. Again more floral fruity notes with some bitter pine in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated, it's smooth and very drinkable. Overall it was a damn good DIPA. I would drink again if I came across more.

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Photo of iadler
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into my Hair of the Dog tulip. Thanks for sending this brew DearthVader!

A- Pours a hazy peach with a two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Lots of small bubbles rising and a good amount of sediment floating around. Some lines of lines are left behind.

S- Just a boatload of hops with tons of tropical, citrus and piney notes. Peach, mango, pineapple, guava, melon, passion fruit, lemon zest, and grapefruit with some pine and grass and a bit of peppery spice. Very vibrant and fresh with a small amount of biscuity malt.

T- Bold juicy hops once again with peach, mango, melon, white grapefruit, and lemon zest. Pine and grass hops followed by some floral notes that finishes with biscuity malt and peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Has a crisp mouthfeel that finishes a little bitter.

O- A very good DIPA with an exceptional aroma. The appearance with a little odd with so much sediment, but other than that, this is an East coast DIPA that I would love to have distributed to my area. Nice job New England Brewing Co.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.


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Photo of eclipse54
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce can from inlimbo77; thanks a bunch! Label design is different that currently depicted (at time of writing), suggesting a new batch. Poured into a nondescript snifter...

The body is a translucent orange color with golden hues that give it an artificial straw color at times. A two-finger wide, pillowy, pure white head develops and lingers for a great deal of time. Glorious lacing is left in its wake.

The aroma is of spicy hops, a rush of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit), pine needles, pine wood, some caramel malt, and faint brown sugar. It smells like someone tried to candy a freshly picked hop cone, which is wonderful.

This one tastes of ample lemon, orange, and grapefruit citruses, bittering/piney hops, some spicy hops, straw, a bit of grass, and then a caramel/sugar finish. Very well balanced and well done in general.

Mouthfeel is crisp, goes down smooth, and finishes only slighly dry so that one is left craving more. Carbonation is spot on and really helps some of the more subtle flavors shine.

Overall, a great DIPA that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can...extra in a trade but don't remember from who.

A - Pours a hazy golden color, white whisps and large bubbles, thick ring around the edge of the glass with large bubbles.

S - Dank hops, orange peel, some wheat/hay notes.

T - Bitter hops, floral notes, wheat/hay.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, semi-dry finish.

D - An easy to drink DIPA. Would def go back to this if I was local to this one. Nice.

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Photo of scotorum
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz, can into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Hazy dark gold with a finger thick white head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and dense patchy lacing.

s: White grape juice, then pine resin, both strong.

t: White grape juice and hop bitterness forward in no uncertain terms. Later hop bitterness dominates the flavor but at first does not linger much on the tongue, finishing dry. Later bitterness seems to cover the tongue. But eventually it mellows out, which many DIPAs do not.

m: Medium, good body.

o: Impressive DIPA, lots of fruit flavor under powerful hop bite.

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Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woosterbill for this one, picked up essentially right off the canning line and about 10 days old at this point. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours hazy amberish orange with one finger of off-white head. Head has okay retention but leaves quite a bit of spotty lacing behind.

S - Big grapefruit and grapefruit zest aroma, with some grassy and herbal hops to complement.

T - A lot more malt in the taste than the aroma let on, but still a very nice hop punch, herbal with lots of grapefruit. Malt profile consists of mostly caramel with some biscuit malt as well. Finish has a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is actually quite smooth before the dry, bitter finish.

O - Very enjoyable DIPA. Definitely delivers the hops,but I would like a bit less malt. Deceptively drinkable, without noticeable alcohol. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of flexabull
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark orange. White head starts big but quickly fizzes to pink size, turning to a ring fast as well. A bit soapy looking. Leaves some lacing. Smell is pretty fragrant, lots of earthy hops and pine. Taste is also full of earthy and piny hops, very dank. Some caramel and citrus and warm biscuit in the aftertaste. At first, and take this as you will, it reminds me of Gubna, except much less intense and more drinkable. But some very nice tropical fruit notes seem to take over towards the middle and really gives the taste a huge boost. Nice bitterness too, the 85 IBU's are definitely noticeable. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is high and alcohol is very nicely hidden. Overall a very solid DIPA. I loved the cycle of flavors. I like the 16 oz can too, good serving size for this beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very special thanks to Millerbuffoon for sharing this awesome IPA.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color, no head, and a mild white, thin, lacing ring.

S - Nose is dominated by juicy grapefruit, ripe oranges, pineapple, resiny pine, and some rich spicy grassy notes. However, the pungency of the aroma is not as vbrant since this can isn't a super fresh one, but that's O.K., still smells pretty good but unfortunately, not at its full potential.

T - Wow! Spicey peppery citrus fruit consisting of mangos, pineapple, grapefruit, and ripe oranges smack the palette while the sweet malt works its way in midway through and then the same tropical, piney onslaught starts up once again to bring it down the home stretch for the big hoppy finish.

M - Medium body, quite smooth on the tongue and the 8%+ is pretty well subdued with a dry finish.

O - An outstanding D-IPA...and this came from which coast? (!!!) Fist pump to this beer, just wish it had better head retention, it lost points on the appearance.

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Photo of tylerprince
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh can (2/12/12) into a snifter.

A: Hazy copper with ample bubbling. One finger head with poor retention gives way into some viscous lacing.

S: Strong and wonderful! Smells like raw cascade hops on brew day - pure citrus. Some earthy pine, a la Simcoe, is evident but subdued. People have compared it to Heady, which is not entirely unfounded. Heady is the only beer I have ever given a 5 for smell, and this one approaches it.

T: Citrus and bitterness up front gives way to more bitterness, which lingers well with a hint of alcohol. There's not an overwhelming hop character here - I expected a little more flavor after the smell, although it is quite tasty. A light bready malt provides a bit of balance.

M: Awesome MO. Just right on the carbonation, and would be very sessionable if not for the intense bitterness.

O: A solid DIPA, but disappointing after the hype. Furthermore, the taste, while decent, doesn't live up to the smell.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poura an Orange Marigold color with a light dusting of microscopic white bubbles.

Smell of strong grapefruit, very strong pine and caramel malts.

Taste of tons of pine, IBU factor / bittering hops really might be a little too much for my liking. It tastes delicious, I just feel like the bitterness could be toned down a little bit and or it could be sweetened up with a little more maltiness. In any case, a very good DIPA in a 16 oz can. Light carbonation, strong hop presence, strong mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good, I only managed to pick up two of these at 4.99 each, so the whole drinkability factor went right out the window, but enjoy them if you found some.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this from the 12 oz. can into a snifter.
Nice dark amber, cloudy and looking to be unfiltered. 1.5 fingers of head, tangerine hints in the head.
Smell is nice but not overpowering. Nice tropical juicy citrus hops.
Taste is right in line with aromas. Some good bitterness, some solid hoppy citrus flavors. More in line with Sculpin than say, Double Sunshine or Heady.
Overall, happy to have tried it. A very solid DIPA.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip. Huge thanks to 6DaysBottomOcean for possibly my favorite beer label ever.

Copper colored pour. About a finger of creamy white foam retains decently, and sticks nicely.

Nice hoppy nose. Both citrus and pine are present, with sweet grapefruit taking the lead. This is certainly a pleasant surprise for an East Coast DIPA.

Some good hop flavor, though not quite as much as the nose promised. Still, though, I'm getting mostly grapefruit with less pine, which works for me.

Medium body, maybe even pushing full. Appropriate carbonation. Plush, rich texture. Absolutely no hint of the 8.8% ABV. Bit of a lasting resinous flavor. Lack of punishing bitterness makes this a very drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, purchased from Grand Vin Wine & Spirits, online.

The can says this is intensely hopped..I could smell the hoppy goodness as soon as I opened it.

It pours a very hazy yellow orange with a 2 finger head of foam. It is a little shy when it comes to the lacing.

Lots of bitter hops in the smell; I'm getting grapefruit and pine mostly but a bit of tropical fruit is there as well. Taking deep whiffs to pull out any malt presence and it works. A very light sweetness peeks through.

The taste doesn't surprise me. Everything in the smell is well represented and in the same ratios. Deliciously bitter throughout but very intense in the finish and long in the after taste. I'd say the taste falls short of the smell by just a smidgeon.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with the medium body and light medium carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good though, to me, it comes across as stronger than the abv says. Not much of a complaint, really.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No freshness info apparent on the can. Poured in to tulip.

A - Hazy golden orange with one finger of off-white head.

S - Grapefruit, pine and a light tangerine aroma with a slight caramel malt sweetness.

T - A big bitterness up front that immediately gives way to sweet caramel. Grapefruit, pine and tangerine notes are present. The ABV is remarkably well hidden but the bitterness is much more restrained than I expected.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy and sticky. Light carbonation.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can as an extra in a recent trade with amphion1065. Thank you kind sir!

I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Poured into my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

My extremely aggressive pour left me with no sign of a head. Just some slight bubbles that fell to nothing. No crown, no film, no signs of a head ever existing. Leaves no lacing on the glass. Pours a very nice looking straw-like orange that has some slight clarity, but more on the cloudy side.

Smell is very nice with a piney body that lets bursts of tropical fruits peak through. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, and finished with some citrus notes. Nice subtle spicy hop hues.

Taste follows the smell, just intensified. The tropical fruits are outstanding. I especially notice the mango and slight papaya. Nice creamy mouthfeel leading to the dry hoppy finish. Very nice beer.

I really enjoyed this. I haven't had many east coast IPA's, but this has set the new benchmark. I wish there was some type of head formed from my pour. I am curious if the cross country trip through the heat had something to do with it.. I have another can so maybe I'll crack that tomorrow.

Thanks for the shot at this, Jason!

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Photo of mister_moose
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If I define Heady as 5.0, and I've had none better, then 4.25 is where I rate this. Nowhere near the creaminess, nose, or taste of Heady. I find it to be a touch bitter for the style, "Not that that's a bad thing" A little more malt forward, and less citrus, less oomph. Glad to see Connecticut entering the big leagues, but I'd rather have Sip o Sunshine, Edward, Heady, Wormtown, or Baxter's Bootleg over this.

Maybe I got a underachiever 4 pack.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A welcome addition to the NE ale line-up... my favorites have that cloudy apricot color, where this is lighter and a little clearer.... nice nose and hoppy flavors but falls a little short on the citrus end and a little more bitter than need be... overall, a solid drinking beer and though not as good as heady, dinner, or HF offerings, is very tasty!!

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G-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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