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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

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 nas5755
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out a hazy orangery gold color with a nice head that hung around for a while with good lacing . The nose was excellent. From the moment I poured grapefruit and tropical notes were apparent, some melon notes were mixed in as well. The taste is full of tropical and citrus notes with a clean delicate tropical piney resin on the finish. The malts balance is perfect. Carbonation levels are good. Overall, this is an excellent beer and now my favorite east-coast DIPA over Smutty Big A(still need to make a trek up north to the Alchemist).

I am not the biggest fan of DIPA's, most of the time they are too malty and syrupy with an overly aggressive punch of hops that one tastes as over done piney resin. This is one of the few DIPA's that I actually enjoy because the malt is not in charge of the beer and the hop's are balanced out throughout the beer in a nice progression that suggests a well thought out plan of hop additions/dry-hopping.

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Photo of SonnyJay
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden color, white head, strong lacing on the glass
S: Wow. Definitely swirl this one a little and smell. Intense melon-tropical aromas with some nice piney-ness behind it. Honestly, I'm holding off on finishing my glass so I can keep smelling it
T: Nice dank, piney flavors with some onion. Not nearly as much tropical fruit as on the nose.
M: Medium bodied, but surprisingly light given the rest of the profile. Nice bitter finish
O: Pretty damn good. The aroma is definitely the highlight, but it's an awesome beer overall

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. can from a 4-pack most graciously offered by fine BA charliedvrs (then an extra arrived via BanditBrewingCo days later...too much). Poured to a pint glass on a dreary, blustery fall evening while listening to some Blind Pilot and others on Pandora...

Before I go any further: terrific name, terrific can. NEBC, I thought you did a fine job with your nerdy/quirky 'Imperial Stout Trooper' then you do this: a robot-ized version of one of world history's greatest and most peaceful leaders to market your Double INDIA Pale Ale (ah, I see what you did there!). Brilliant.

A: Pours a clouded haze that looks benign but shows a fair amount of sediment; bronze-ish orange. Unfiltered, no doubt. A fairly sturdy head of egg white cream, but unable to reach a finger high. Good lace in chunky rings.

S: Fragrant cut evergreen and sweet citrus, a sappy/syrupy noseful. Lots of hops (three American varieties are obtusely cited on the label) but tons of grain as well. I could, quite honestly, sniff this all night.

T: Stunning citrus, big and juicy grapefruit and lemon-lime with an ample shortcake/caramel backing. In between, herbed spicing accents both the intense hops and cereal-sweet malts. Love the balance here: not a bracing hop-bomb nor a too-sweet malt-bomb...like its namesake, Gandhi-Bot peacefully toes the line.

M: Smooth but refined creamy medium-full body. Very 'juicy' (the saliva will not stop flowing) as it lightly blankets with hop oils and malty starchiness.

D: Really tasty, really good-smelling, a little strong but ultimately as drinkable as a DIPA should aspire to be. It's gunky look was a little off-putting (maybe a more careful pour with the remaining cans?), but the end result is: this is one any hop-lover MUST try. Thanks to Charlie & Alan for the chance to taste this DIPA - one that'll rank among my tops for the style (possibly the best I've tried from a can).

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Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you DrewShal9 for this
12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy copper with a soapy white one finger head.

S- Hops. Nice balance of citrus, tropical fruits, and pine hops with a hint of caramel malts.

T- Citrus hops up front, nice malt backbone, big dry hoppy finish. Bitterness in the finish does stay around, but doesn't over power the beer. Good balance.

M- Smooth, medium body, slick.

O- Solid DIPA that I would love to have again. This has a lot of hops, just wish it had the room filling hops aroma.

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Photo of afksports
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a final due. So I'm drinking a Gandhi-Bot and reviewing it. You know - that totally makes sense.

Anyway I'm a fan. And if I may make the statement. BLEND THIS WITH BLACK TUESDAY 50/50. You will not regret it.

Ok. Now that it's out of the way. This beer pours copper with a decent head and solid lacing. It's hazy, and trends to strawish-ness gold at the base. Weirdly tinged. Smells lovely though. Bitter hops, drying with pine and grass, bit of resin and caramel malts come through with a ripe breadiness.

The taste bites then smooths then dries like a DIPA with a hophead should. Best part about this boozy baby is at 8% and in cans, you can only think WTF was anyone thinking when naming this?

Actually that sentence isn't coherent, but neither is my final paper.

Suffice to say: this medium mouthfeel and easy drinking beer is good.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 9/24/15. Overall, slightly disappointed because it was not what I was expecting. Unlike many of the NE turbid juicy IPA's, this is a clear, sweeter, malt forward IPA. Still very flavor fully hopped (tropical and juicy), its just not quite what I was hoping for.....

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into an oversized stemmed tulip

A: Orange red color, slightly hazy, not much head on it...just a ring around the edge with some spotted coverage on top.

S: Mostly citrus hop aroma with slight tropical notes and some biscuity malt. Slight aroma of alcohol as well.

T: Just great. Lots and lots of citrus balanced nicely with some cookie-like malt. Nice bitter finish.

M: A dry beer for so much hop presence. I would have expected it to be more oily. Nicely bitter but not a palate-killer, medium body and low-to-medium carb.

O: Very clean. All the ingredients shine through. Wonderful flavor and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of dowen17
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy tangerine orange. Nice frothy white head. Decent retention and really good lacing.

Nose is very earthy. Hops, hops and more hops. Grapefruit and tangerine, some orange and lemon.

Taste is mostly hops. Very earthy and bitter on the finish. Some citrus fruits when it first hits my tongue. Nice and very fresh and bitter.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a nice beer. Well worth the try and I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of fank2788
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in a pint glass
A hazy dark gold in color with a thick and frothy head that laces like crazy during the session. The smell is powerfully hoppy with both Christmas tree pine and tropical citrus fruit coming out with the most aggression. Looking for more in the smell I do find a bit of caramel malt relatively mild and completely overshadowed by the hops. So the taste has a bit of the malt too but again that is completely overridden by the hops which are totally the focus here. Big and brash full of flavor and quite bitter. Most of the flavors are citrusy and piney a great mix of the two that manage to compliment each other nicely. The body of this beer is probably in the middle of the range but carbonation is high which makes it quite lively in the mouth. This is also quite a strong beer but the alcohol remains well hidden through nearly the entire session but a nice warming characteristic does develop as the beer warms. Overall this is a first class beer a really great example of the style and one that I've got to get some more of.

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Photo of Dzman
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jaxon53
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the release I've been waiting for! I'm really loving these big hoppy beers that come in cans. Served this chilled, in an Imperial Pint glass, from a sixteen ounce can. Great label as well.

Appearance: Gandhi-Bot pours out a hazy pale copper color. A hard pour results in about two fingers of off white, slightly soapy head. Head recedes rather quickly, leaving a thin cap of foam atop the beer. Some sticky lace was left behind on the glass. This beer is a beauty.

Smell: Thick, resiny hop aromas waft up from the glass. Loads of citrus and hints of pine. Medicinal and floral aromas are all in there. Nice earthy, yeasty aromas. Plenty of thick malt takes it's place behind the huge hops. What a nose!

Taste: Wow! Thats big time! Huge, resiny, bitter hop jolt out front. Taste bud destroying bitter. A bit of pine and plenty of citrus. A big malty backbone is noticed that tries to bring balance, but is defeated by the huge hops. Finishes bitter and dry with a little booze.

Mouthfeel: Big full bodied, oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Palate coating/wrecking to say the least.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable despite the bitterness. Great job NEBCO!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Sweet citrus hop aroma with plenty of earthy notes and a subtle malt presence. There’s some grassy pine needle and dank hop oils but the tropical/citrus fruits are most prominent in the nose. Lots of mango, grapefruit and citrus rind along with subtle biscuit in the flavors. Medium bodied with a complex, flavorful hop profile that is nicely balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Bitter and sweet notes play off of each other with hints of dry and bitter pine countered by notes of grapefruit and orange. The malt backbone adds sweetness with notes of caramel, toffee and biscuit without getting in the way of the hops. Overall, a well-balanced brew and very flavorful with a well-masked ABV making it dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap multiple times at the New England Brewing Company in Woodbridge, CT.

First off, great brewery that produces many high quality top shelf beers

The smell of fresh GB is a thrill for the senses. Extremely aromatic with floral, citrus combo
Solid mouthful for an imperial IPA
Great taste that leaves a lingering hop presence on the tongue, immediately craving another taste.

Try and get this fresh at the brewery, get to sample as many as 6 beers on tap for no charge. Great people at this brewery as well.

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Photo of parris
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good color, orange, copper with a light brown, dense, one inch head.

I got blasted with the aroma from this before even finishing pouring. Citrusy, very hoppy. If dark-green were an aroma it would describe this one pretty good.

The citrus comes through in the flavor too. Not super malty for a double, but not very plain either. The flavor is somewhat mild, but lingering. Very hoppy, flavor and biter wise.

It's pretty carbonated, and it comes off as soft on the tongue, thin and light bodied for the style.

Great beer, I don't see the alcohol content on the can, but I'm sure it's pretty high, I'd recommend savoring this one.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden, moderate lacing
Pine, citrus, slight grassy aroma
Grapefruit, pine, sweet malt
Medium mouthfeel with lingering bitterness
Awesome offering from the east coast

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Photo of KTCamm
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at NEBC the other day, and recommend whoever is reading this do the same. This beer is scary good.

Pours a hazy orange bronze color. Very active foam cascades up on the pour. White creamy foam. Lacing everywhere, up and down the glass.

Smell jumps out of the glass and smacks you in the face - grass, pine, grapefruit, floral, citrus - you name it, its in there. Wonderful.

Taste opens harmless enough, a lightly sweet malt that ends as the hops begin. A piney hop enveloped in grapefruit that bombards through the palate while somehow never becoming overbearing. This is how a hop-bomb should taste - powerful, potent, yet strangely held in the check by the beer itself.

Well balanced carbonation in the mouth. Everything about the beer is perfectly balanced.

For an 8.8% DIPA, this is one hell of a drinkable beer. Outstanding.

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Photo of pkalix
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

no carbonation.... dull dark-urine color.... juicy tones of aroma.... and the flavor follows suit! nice flavor. nice abv. nice brew. admittedly, dull-looking brew off the pour; and i'm sure this must be better on draught..... great color of the can to augment its tangerine-ish qualities..... but this beer has probably seen better days before it was packaged in a box and sent cross-country to my house..... still a great brew though! awesome grapefruit rind at the finish, and VERY lingering, I will add. very nice brew.

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Photo of themightythor
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"We don't have Sip, but I got some G-Bot." When Sip of Sunshine is not available, this is often the consolation prize in local stores, and never disappointing. Great double IPA. The first thing you notice is the delicious aroma, with sweet floral, fruity and slightly piny notes. The taste is smooth with very little bitterness. A lot going on in this juicy IPA. Definitely a staple when I can get it.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the can (gasp). Did pour a bit into a cup for a look - hazy orange/gold. Pretty standard looking DIPA.

Smelled of straight up hops. Citrus, Pine, Sweetness.

Taste is delicious. Waves of hops with a slight honey-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel was a bit light - would like a bit more body and a bit less bubbly.

Overall - quite tasty. Not quite up to Heady Topper or Kiwi Rising IMHO, but definetely close. Love the smaller cans (take note, Alchemist).

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz to tasting glass at a NoVA Beer Tasting on 10/23/11
*From notes

-- Thanks to Robtobfest for sending this deliciousness my way --

A: Amber-orange. A nice pour yields a 1.5 finger head and solid lacing. Retention is also on point.

S: If heaven has a smell, it's not far off from this. Fresh, juicy hops explode out of the glass long before my nose actually gets there. Just phenomenal.

T: Hoppy, juicy, tropical citrus. The west coast profile is all over this epic DIPA. The alcohol is hidden in a way not many beers can claim. The back end has a mere kiss of golden malt to balance the finish.

M: Not as creamy and luxurious as I was expecting, given the massive flavor profile. It's properly carbed though, and the texture is on point.

O: NEBCO's Gandhi-Bot is a world class DIPA. Just another killer hoppy offering from New England. Who'd have thought it - that the upper Northeast would be leading the way for a hop revival on the East coast? As hard as it may be to believe, this is world's better then the A- rating it currently holds. It's a must-have, and demands to be sought out by every hophead reading this.

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Photo of davey101
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer I have had several times but never reviewed. A 12 oz can into a DFH shaped pint glass. I believe the store received this batch about 3 week ago?

A - A clear amber/copper body and a soapy off-white head. I have noticed some variation in appearance with this beer. Some are crystal clear, some have been cloudy, and others have had large grey yeast chunks floating around. The nature of micro brewing I guess. This can looked great.

S - Mango, papaya, grapefruit, piney hops, and some malt. Very fruity and smooth.

T - Fresh citrus fruit. Peaches, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. There's a nice smooth malt backbone here as well. The finish is dry bitter hops. The mouth feel is medium and has some nice carbonation. Doesn't feel oily or slick, very nice.

O - I'm not just being a homer when I say I love this beer. Its one of my favorite DIPA's. Its filled with tons of piney, citrusy hoppy goodness but it is never overwhelming or too intense. It keeps its high ABV in check too. I love the fact that its in cans and the artwork is certainly interesting. CT's finest for sure.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light amber

Aroma: strong piney hops with a kiss of grapefruit (hop head heaven)

Taste: Hop explosion in your mouth, nice sweetness from the malt back bone finishes dry and bitter like a double IPA should

Mouthfeel: carbonation spot on

Wow a really awesome IPA made in New England. This beer is awesome so glad I was able to score some. Definitely try this

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16 oz can into a Sam perfect pint. Pours a hazy dark orange with a thin white head. Lots of nice lacing. Lots of citrus on the nose. Really refreshing smell. Taste is clean and bitter. Lots of fruit- orange, grapefruit even a bit of pineapple. Biting, bubbly mouthfeel gives a orange soda feel to it. Nice beer.

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Photo of Jayli
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a hazy, honey color. A rigorous pour yielded a two finger offwhite, frothy, creamy head that retains quite nicely. Thick, sticky lacing coats the glass the whole way through.

S: Nose is nice juicy citrus hops, nice fruity notes, some earthiness and a minor caramel malt flavoring that underlay the fantastic juicy hops.

T: Taste is fantastic. Incredible juicy hops in this beer. Taste starts with an understated light grapefruit citrus presence. Although the flavor is somewhat light, there is a lot of bite at the forefront. The finish has a bit of earthy and piney hops that linger ever so slightly on the tongue. What comes in during the middle and is nicely blended through the middle and finish is a light caramel malt presence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation - surprised at the carbonation in this beer. Crisp mouthfeel at the front and then has an oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, very nice kick, damn good representation of style. I'd been moving away from DIPA's but this is the best DIPA that I've had in a while.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours grapefruit colored with a finger of white head that sticks around.

S: Floral hops, citrus aromas, pineapple, peach, pear, and piney hops as well.

T: Huge burst of floral and citrusy hops at first, entering into a middle of light fruity flavors, followed by a bitter hop finish with slight accents of most noticeably pineapple.

O: This is one fantastic brew. If I had to say, my top 5 IIPAs are:

DFH 90 minute
Avery Maharaja
Oskar Blues Gubna
NEBC Ghandi Bot
Brew dog Hardcore IPA

Obviously a fantastic brew if it joins my top 5 after one review. Go get you some!

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G-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,853 ratings.
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