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

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 mikey711
2.81/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange with some rising carbonation. Huge head on this one, but the lacing did not stick. Head retention was good.

S: It seems i am in the minority, but i am not picking up as much citrus as others who have reviewed. I am getting a lot more grassy and herbal notes, with some pininess. The only citrus that i detect is a little bit of grapefruit and maybe some mangos

T: Again very grassy and earthy in quality with some mango grapefruit and pine. also quite a bit of sugar was noticable as well. A bit of scallion seems to be present as well. Maybe i am just used to more intense citrus notes or my palate is off but i am having an entirely different experience than others. I also feel that there is way to much a a sugary character present.

M: Possibly the most remarkable aspect of this beer is that there is no heat present. There is a bit of a rough quality to it, but the body is nice.

D: I really hope i got a bad can because i had high expectations for this beer and really wanted to like, but it missed the mark for me. This is one i would gladly review again to proof myself wrong, but i did not get the citrus aspect that others seemed to find. For now though, this will have to stand

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.04/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can, Duvel tulip, no freshness date. Thank you very much for the can Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

Quite light in color, the oranges only come out in low light; otherwise it's more shades of hazy yellow, banana, goldenrod. The head is light too, creamy and sticky.

Just to be clear, this is obviously not fresh. The nose is short on vibrance; bitter orange, pear, alcohol, and crystal malt. This must be very old because I have a very hard time believing this is a four point something rated IIPA otherwise.

The flavors are somewhat better, but do the same things. One of them isn't being a good IIPA. Orange oil, bitter alcohol, crystal malt, and the ultimate effect is rather like Earl Grey tea with, you know, Bergamot oil. The bitterness is great.

Full with a slick and slippery feel with a medium carbonation. This part is good.

I was so excited for a well rated IIPA and I would still love to try this fresh. However, with no date no one knows for sure how old their can is, which is a major drawback that might keep me from ever buying it myself. Date yo shit, breweries!

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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my founders tulip. Received from angrybabboon in the noob bif round 6.

Pours a orange yellow with a one finger off white head. As the head recedes, it leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is pine, orange, tangerine, pineapple, and maybe some mango. The fruit smells over ripe, almost rotten, and the pine is overpowering.

The taste is pine up front, followed by some tropical fruit. The back end is all bitter pine, which lingers for quite some time. Way too much pine for my liking, totally hides the malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is thick and covers the palate, the carbonation is low.

Overall, this is different than anything else I have had in this style. The taste is not to my liking, too much pine and the fruitiness tastes like overrite fruit. I have been wanting to give this a go for awhile, thanks to angrybabboon for the can.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.12/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.13/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an undated CAN into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a cloudy shade of yellow with a two finger white head. Nice head, bad body

S- nice citrus aroma, but very, very weak. Disappointing

T- mild citrus, mild pine, just....mild overall

M- medium bodied. Not bad

O- expected a lot. Didn't get much. Very disappointing

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Photo of amphion1065
3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass - I really wish they'd kept the tallboys, but you can't win 'em all. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear, straw yellow with a one-finger white head. Great lacing and head retention.

Grapefruit is very present in the nose - it's a pretty classic IPA aroma. There's a sweetness here that doesn't seem to be coming from the citric hop profile, and I swear I can smell malty syrup.

Maybe I'm not so crazy, because this is a very malty DIPA. There's some bitterness in the finish, but my overwhelming impression is one marred by this sweetness. A touch of soapy astringency, but the hops are really lost in the mix. It honestly seems a little old, but I know that this can is fresh.

The mouthfeel is a little too thick, this could use more carbonation.

I'd love to hype this somewhat-difficult-to-find local DIPA, but I just can't. The flavors just didn't work for me, and I couldn't see myself shelling out for a four-pack of 12 oz. again.

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Photo of largadeer
3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can shared by westcoastbeerlvr. Thanks.

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber topped by a lasting head, this looks solid.

Smell: Pretty nice hop aroma, floral and herbal with a grapefruit undertone. There's a bit of malt shining through, but not much sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Rather herbal and quite bitter. Grapefruit flesh and rind, noticeable and fairly harsh alcohol. Herbal and floral hop flavors with a light crystal malt presence that provides a little sweetness. More acerbity than I like in an IPA, this is a real tongue bruiser.

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Photo of hawks10
3.36/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint...

Pours a hazy dark copper with one finger of soft off-white head which leaves a little bit of lacing...

Aroma is somewhat muted, good amount of caramel malts overshadowing a rather weak piny hop aroma. Not much to it, rather disappointed...

Somewhat thick with a decent amount of sweet caramel and toffee malt. Hops come out and add some bitterness but not much flavor...mildly piny and earthy but they fall pretty flat. Honestly this one is reminding me more of an American Barleywine than a DIPA...

Thick and resinous, sticky. Decent carbonation with medium to thick body....

Kinda let down with this one. I don't think the hops and malt had any semblance of balance and I struggled to find any pleasant flavors or aromas from the hops...is this a Barleywine or an IPA??? Really not sure...

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color. Slightly hazy. Small head.
S: Grassy hops. Earthy. Not too citrusy. Fairly mild in general.
T: Pine. Pineapple. Citrus. Fairly dry in finish with lingering bitterness.
M: Medium-low body. Medium carbonation.
O: Not too bad. Pretty drinkable. I wish the hops were more vibrant.

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Photo of supercodes
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
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 Arbitrator
3.42/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled can into a glass. Courtesy of portia99. Thanks, Bill!

A: Pours a murky (essentially opaque), copper-gold body with a finger of off-white head. Retention isn't so hot, but the beer has amazing register marks for the first few sips. After the head dissolves, the broken film on top of the brew lends a nice accent to the unfiltered body. I prefer my IPAs clear...

S: Orange pith, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. The pure expression of citrus is tinged with a strong note of pine and some spice. It also smells of dried leaves, such as after raking.

T: Great citrus character here, which I adore. Flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple are wonderful. There is a small crystal malt sweetness, but it's not enough to overcome the tongue-bruising bitterness that makes this beer its home. It's not unpleasant, but it is pretty harsh.

M: Bitterness lasts long into the finish. Not much booze is felt, though there is a slight warming effect upon sips. The beer is relatively dry, with a light-medium body and low carbonation.

D: Good stuff. Not in the same realm as what I can buy here, but if it were on my shelf at competitive prices, I'd certainly buy this once in a while. As a special release or beer I have to trade for, I don't think I'd seek it out.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.42/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes

A - decent cloudy yellow body, small head, good lacing

S - fruity sweet hops, no balance from malt

T - quite bitter, very mild malt sweetness.

M - drying, a bit thin, not bad

O (D) - fine, inoffensive, but not great tasting, which is its primary fault

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
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

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Photo of ffejherb
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a growler on 11/11/10.

A - Poured a hazy unfiltered orange, melon-toned liquid with minimal head that reduced to a soapy retention and spotty lacing.

S - Quite an odd aroma for a DIPA, I'm afraid. There is a dominating dry, leafy hop character reminiscent of withered autumn leaves, hemp and dried herbs. Aside from the dried hops, I get a sense of burnt biscuits. Underneath it all lies a faint orange rind scent. Actually, it's more of the pith than the rind... you know, that annoying white stuff you have to scrape off the peel?

T - The malty character of this DIPA can be described as what the burnt, charred bottoms of biscuits that get stuck to the baking pan taste like. Very unusual. Herbal hops are also in there, but the flavor just has this odd burnt flavor from which I cannot escape.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and some hop oiliness. Broad strokes of hop bitterness do not linger for too long on the palate.

D - Unusual DIPA here. What do you get when you pair burnt biscuits and citrus rind? Gandhi-Bot, apparently. While I'm not 100% sold on it, I appreciated the uniqueness of this brew.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Double Ghandi Bot – Really murky copper, not all that attractive. Smell is very balanced IPA, good hop, good malt backbone sweet, but not overly so. Whoa hop explosion in my mouth, a little too bitter for my palette, once I got over the hop explosion, the sweetness came out which is really nice, but still a bit too bitter for what I look for in an ipa. Mouth is medium, but VERY bittery aftertaste. nice double/triple ipa…good, not amazing, but good.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow with lots of bubbles and a dense, creamy white head. Aroma is strong piney, citrusy and resiny. The beer is bracingly bitter, but there's not a lot of flavor contribution from the hops. A real tongue scraper. Good carbonation and medium body. Pretty nice, but I'd like to see a bigger hop flavor contribution.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can shared by Matt.

Dark golden amber color. Nicely balanced, sweet malt and hoppy aroma. Mild citrus. Flavor is malty and a little overly bitter. Medium full, thick body, mildly cloying and dry. A pleasant, perfectly average canned DIPA. It'd be nice to have this in your local market area, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another canned beer I was excited to try. Loving this new trend. Pours a nice golden, orange-amber color, with a good inch or so of ecru foam. Nice aromas of orange rind, grapefruit and caramel. On the palate, the hop brightness is not quite as pronounced, although it is quite evident in the bitter finish. Not a great DIPA (at least not by west coast standards) but a good one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy yellowish gold color with good carbonation, nice white head leaving plenty of lacing

S: Some pine and grapefruit, little bit of grass

T: If a pine cone and a grapefruit did the no pants dance this would be the result

M: Booze is masked, medium body

D: Pretty good and easy to drink

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to stakem for this.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed orange color. About one finger of creamy off-white head with below average retention for the style and a nonuniform ring of lacing.

4.5 S: The aroma on this is simply wonderful. I've been trying to be a harsher grader recently, but this still deserves a good score. Very flowery - I can pick out about 3 or 4 different flower aromas, though I can't associate the smell with the actual flower at this time. Also some pine, grapefruit, grass and earthy notes. Fairly clean yeast considering the haze this has going (can conditioned?). Malts are biscuity if anything. It's hard to tell really since the hops are covering them up for the most part.

3.0 T: The taste, however, is pretty average. Malts are biscuity with a noticeable bready yeastiness. Moderate to moderate-high bitterness. The hops don't have the same pop in terms of flavor as the nose would suggest. Some pine, orange, grapefruit, and earth, but not as vibrant or as assertive as I'd like.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but not as creamy as I'd like. Booze is well hidden.

3.5 D: Not bad and definitely something I would drink again, but doesn't quite live up to expectations.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

no date

A: A thin head that quickly dissolves to nothing. No meaningful lacing.

S: Juicy citrus and floral hops and a significant sweetness from the malt. Quite nice but a bit more subdued than I expected.

T: Sweet caramel malt is prominent. The hops are again not as prominent as I expected, although even more so than on the aroma. Citrus and pine with a mild lingering bitterness.

M: Thick and slick.

O: This is a reasonably flavorful beer, but I expected something significantly hoppier. I don't understand the hype around this beer. Based on a concurrent thread, age doesn't seem to be the problem.

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Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rowingbrewer for the great extra.

12oz. Can into an imperial pint.

A: Poured a glowing orange color with a moderate head. Decent retention but nice lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus with orange, tangerine, and pineapple. Slightly resinous. Some floral.

T/M: Bitterness is pretty low for the style. Plenty of the same citrus with a bit added pineapple and some mango flavor as well. A candy like sweetness but without a big chewy mouthfeel. There is a bit more mouthfeel than I'd like in a dipa, but nothing outrageous.

D: Overall it's decent but I'd like some bitterness and a lower FG to dry it out a bit.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with orange tint and a short and disappearing white head.

From a can so unlikely was affected by light and the can is also a current release but still smells skunky and like "sweat." Unpleasant "sweaty" character with an underlying fruity tone. The "skunk" blows off with a number of swirls and some time, or, one simply gets used to it because the flavors are somewhat inviting and appealing. Not the best nose I smelled.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and appealing. Elegant "little bubble" champagne carbonation and mouthfeel is inviting and of quality.

Flavors start a bit strange but really grow on you. Sweet malt/fruit front palate of oranges and some stone fruit character that quickly goes to a very bitter pine end palate and long pine/pine resin finish. Flavors are complex and layered, although not bright. This is very much a "bitter pine" character brew.

Finish is the most distinctive part of this brew, being very bitter pine and long and bold.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of Davey. Thanks!

A- The beer pours a hazy golden, orange color with a finger of off-white foam. Head recedes leaving decent lacing.

S- Citrus hop aroma. Nothing over the top, but orange and a bit of grapefruit are present. Biscuity malt is in evidence as well.

T- Light floral hoppiness up front with a slight orange flavor gives way to a fairly stout malt backbone before cascading into grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering, mildly bitter aftertaste.

M- The beer is medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation which works fine here. ABV is very well masked.

O- Overall I found Gandhi-Bot to be a pretty enjoyable DIPA. NEBCo does a very nice job producing a beer that splits the difference between what I consider to be an east coast DIPA and a typical west coast hop bomb. Quite drinkable. I could certainly see myself enjoying this one on a regular basis if it was available locally. Glad I had the opportunity.

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