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 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 HosP
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few cans of this from Dnuggs. Great extra!! Poured from 12oz can into Tremens snifter.

A- Pours hazy, but bright golden orange color. Nice one finger white fluffy head.

S- Get a nice little citrus hop aroma up front. Followed by some grapefruit notes that stay with you till the end. Slight bready malt hints mixed in as well.

T- Interesting drink here for a DIPA. At first, pretty thin in flavor. Sweet tasting but more of a regular IPA. Just when you say to yourself what is this, BAM, lots of big hop flavors. Grapefruit hits you right in the middle. Citrusy hop flavor, maybe some piney flavors in there as well. The hops really dominate the middle and end of this drink. Not to bitter, but just enough for a DIPA. Hard to detect but maybe some very subtle caramel malts holding up all this hop flavor. Very smooth drink.

M- Medium body, starts thin. Good amount of carbonation. Smooth with slight bitter taste staying with you.

D- 8.8%?? Glad I saw that before I went planned on drinking all 4 I had. Very easy to drink. Would love some more of this! Big thanks to Doug for hooking me up on this one!

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Photo of Rizalini
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved from CasanovaCummins in person. Poured from a 12oz can into my Stone tulip. Thanks for tossing me the brew bro! Cheers!

A - Pours an opaque copper/honey color, with a 1 finger off-white head that fades rather quickly leaving a nice ring behind.

S - The smell of hops hit my nose the moment I cracked the can open. After pouring, the caramel malts blend with the bitter hop smells nice.

T/M - The taste is toned down from the nose. Carmel malt backbone, with a bitter floral hop aftertaste. Not as in-your-face as other DIPAs I've had before, but still not bad. Medium mouthfeel.

O - Without any dating, I'm unsure of how old this can is. It seems as tho this was a super hoppy DIPA fresh, but it seems as tho some of the hop profile has gone by the wayside. I'm sure this had great potential.

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Photo of JMD
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper color with orange tones. Big frothy head that fades slowly and leaves big clumpy lacing down the glass.

S: Huge hop aroma. Sweet piney hop resin practically jumps out of the glass. Balanced with a nice sweetness from the malt.

T: Sweet carmel malt upfront, then the hops kick in. Sweet piney resin, earthy hop oils and ruby red grapefruit. This beer has an extremely long finish. That delicious hop bite seems to last forever on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation for the style. Long dry finish. Not syrupy like alot of DIPA's.

D: Another excellent offering from NEBC. Those guys seem to put out great beer after great beer. And Ghandi-bot is no exception. Big hop flavor, nice malty balance, this is a great DIPA.

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Photo of cfalls
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange, head fades fast.

S: peach, pine, and a hint of buttery bread

T: sweet bready malt. The hops aren't super bitter, but I feel like bitterness is mostly what they bring to the table. Not a lot of tropical flavors. There's some citrus and dank, though. It's kind of savory, somehow. And it's really nicely balanced.

F: really drinkable for the ABV

O: This makes me think of old-school IPAs like Finest Kind. Satisfying, balanced, no faults, but nothing mind-blowing.

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Photo of Thads324
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another CT brew!

A : pours a vibrant and deep yellow, creamy white head with bubbles on the edge of the glass. Hazy and refreshing looking

S : The initial smell is of citrus hop and a hint of bread. Second whiff is a little tarter. Smells like it will be crisp with hop flavor. there is a grapefruit smell that escapes slowly

T : The first sip is sweet and almost wheat ale like, immediately followed by a big bang of hop flavor. And the hops don't stop, but carry fully all the way through. There are certainly different hops in here, but there is no way of telling how many or what kind for me since the flavor is so pronounced. The hops blend well, and leave an after taste of citrus. Not overly bitter but well just well flavored.

M : seems a little aggressive on the carbonation, which brings out the hop aroma and flavor, and adds to that tingle on the tongue. It makes you want another sip

D : at 8.8% you can't drink much of this stuff, but without knowing I could easily polish off the 4 pack. Easy to drink but made for slow enjoyment

Many people have told me about this elusive beer, and when I found it I knew it was a good buy, but damn. It's a great dIPA and will be enjoyed again soon.

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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 modernartblues
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at Prime 16 tonight. I loved NEBCO's East Coast IPA in the fall and was super excited about the release of this DIPA. Matt from the brewery said he was aiming for a more 'west coast style' dipa and man he wasn't kidding.

A: Orangeish, big beautiful head that leaves streaks upon streaks of lacing down the glass, head retention is about 1/8"

S: My favorite part of almost any beer, this one is classic, big beautiful floral grapefruit/pine nose, that is quite complex

T: Starts out strong, briefly letting you think you can control it before your taste buds kick your ass with the closing bitterness. Dry and bitter, this one doesn't fool around. If your a hop head, be prepared for heaven. I've never had the Plinys or some of the more famous DIPAs, but I'd compare this favorably with Stone's Ruination, Captain Lawrence's Captain's Reserve, and other favorites. flowery, grapefruit, orange, citrusy, etc.

M: pretty full for a DIPA, but thats the way I like'em

D: I consider it a session beer, but those less obsessed with hops may not want to assault their taste buds all night (and the abv sneaks up on you quick)


have since had it in both growlers and cans and it is a little less of a bitter bomb in the aftertaste, but still super delicious. The cans are particularly good for keeping it fresh. Love the 16oz tallboys.--> the updated rating is from the can version

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Photo of KSOZE
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typical hazy appearance of the NE hops. Aroma is juicy with a hint of pine. Taste follows nose with a strong bitterness that adds to the experience - very pleasant. It seems almost more "west coasty" than some of the other NE hops I've tried with the pine kick on top of the typical tropical fruit flavors. Delicious.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Beenitty for the chance to taste this one. He said that there was quite a buzz about this beer, and I see what the fuss is about!

Poured into my DFH snifter- pours a murky light orange color. Pretty much opaque. Really nice head retention, nice sticky lacing all over the glass. Smell- hmm not much here. Some sweet tropical flavors, but this doesn't have that big of a aroma at all. Taste- really nice tart citrus flavors, definite hop presence, but well balanced with a nice malt sweetness. Mouthfeel- the dry finish and tart tropical presence here really makes this easy to drink. Drinkability- this is a really nice DIPA- I like that the ABV is a little lower than normal- seems like this beer is all about balance, which it has achieved. I would def have it again.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz can poured into my pint glass

Appearance is a deep golden/light orange mix with a two inch creamy slightly off white head. Good head retention with a bit lasting around the edges. Good amounts of lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Good citrus aroma upon pouring. Pineapple and tangerine come first along with mango and grapefruit. A bit of caramel malt along with floral aromas are present with some pine.

Upfront citrus taste of a tangerine flavor with a bit of pineapple. Slight peppery taste with some pine bitterness follows midway. Grapefruit pursues the bitterness with a touch of sweetness from some caramel malt in the finish.

Pretty full bodied DIPA with higher than average carbonation. Bitterness is pretty present but also has a good citrus balance. I would definitely recommend for others to try.

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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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Photo of mschantz
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled pour from a 4 week old can. Pours a slightly cloudy brassy orange color with a massive tight white head. Nose is grapefruit and juniper. Citrus sweetness dominate the taste initially but the piney bitterness quickly takes over. If you're looking for juicy fruit flavors or balance this isn't your IPA - but if you really want to enjoy the hops dive in! Mouth feel is very creamy with a bit of tongue scraping finish.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden and cloudy with a one finger head. Smells of slightly sweet chewy earthy citrus. Taste is sharp bitter dry hops with some light citrus. Slightly sweet malts and some cracker bread-like malts on the back. Peppery mouth-feel. Overall this is a really nice double IPA. Great hoppy dry flavor. I'm happy to have received one of the last cans under it's original name. Hopefully the renaming and recanning process won't take too long, cause this DIPA should be sought-after.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Finally reviewing my local favorite. Poured from a can, less than a week old, into a tulip.

A- Pours a hazy amber orange. Not a lot of head, with a foam ring and a light bubbly foam on top.

S- Amazing. This is why you drink IPAs local, folks. Smells like an IPA brew day. Fresh, glorious tropical citrus hops. Grapefruit, tangerine. A bit of bready malt makes it through.

T/M- Delivers. Pure, delicious hops, with the tangerine and grapefruit of the nose. Despite the huge hop profile, it's not all that bitter compared to some. Juicy is the word that comes to mind. Ripe. The malt backbone and the hops are almost perfectly balanced. It's hard to imagine a more drinkable double IPA. The mouthfeel is light-ish quite low on the carbonation -- lower than I remember from previous batches.

O- Truly at the top of the class. Deserves to be in the conversation with the best Double IPAs out there. I am very lucky to be able to get Gandhi-Bot basically whenever I want.

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Photo of shleepy
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into snifter glass.

A: Golden color, medium white head.

S: Grassy and piny hop notes. Not too aromatic, though. There might be some light caramel sweetness in there, as well.

T: A good mix of light caramel sweetness and various hop notes - lots of pineapple, some citrus, and light grassiness. Clean finish with no residual bitterness. The caramel/malt profile and bitterness are not overwhelming, all throughout, which is great.

M: The body is a bit on the heavier side, as would be expected from a DIPA. Fairly average, as far as the style goes.

O: Solid DIPA. Smooth, clean, and balanced.

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Photo of MatthewPlus
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to ManMoosePig for this beer. in his FIRST trade. i suspect there will be many more.

12oz can poured into a J Wakefield snifter.

A- one finger head, slightly rocky, atop a cloudy deep goldenrod hue.

S- pine, citrus of orange, grapefruit, tangerine. resinous undertones.

T- Balanced malt backbone, leads to hoppy, floral/citrus balance. not as bitter as i thought it would be.

M- syrupy, less carbonated than i would prefer. medium/short finish.

O- i was a bit disappointed in this one. Very drinkable, but in relation to the stellar scores it has received, it fell quite a bit short. if it were available locally, i would buy it, but wouldnt rave about it.

Again, a big thanks to ManMoosePig. Beautiful box.

This fucking crazy person, ManMoosePig, sent me a free box of super fresh Gandhi-Bot because he didnt like my review! What a nut!
Seriously dude thanks so much... completely unsolicited and unexpected. Advocate.

This go-round, i got quite a bit more pine in the nose, which is much more floral overall and hop-forward. It still has a big malt backbone and fresher seems to carry more of a honey-sweetness. Long finish and overall the freshness make a noticeable difference. Thanks again brother!

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Joey for the hookup on this one...

Poured from 12oz can into a RR snifter...

A - Pours amber with a two finger off white head that doesn't stick around for very long, but leaves some decent lace sticking to the glass..

S - Lots of piney and citrus hops. Also pick up some subtle sweet malt, but hops are definitely prominate here...

T - A piney bitterness up front followed by grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, and sweet malts. Finishes with more pine, and lingering grapefruit. Nice amount bitterness. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount carbonation, and dry finish. Pretty smooth...

O - Nice surprise. Would have perfered a little more malt in the mix, but I definitely still enjoyed this one, and am looking foward to trying this again...


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Photo of oregonskibum
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a clear orange with slight amber tints. Pours with a one-inch head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a faint film on top of the glass.

S: Really nice citrus hop aroma hits you right from the start, even on pourin. Some piney notes and a little malty sweetness are also present. Overall, very nice.

T: Taste follows smell, with orange specifically making a strong presence. Mid-taste is a little bready with some sweet caramel notes. If this beer has a fault, it's that the malt shows up a little too much mid-taste. I like my DIPAs to carry that huge hop flavor from start to finish (age could be a factor as well). But overall, this is pretty good.

M: Medium to medium-heavy with medium carbonation. Not out of style, although a little on the sticky side.

D: Quite nice, especially for a beer out of can! I would definitely seek this out again, although I can't imagine drinking several of these out camping.

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

Huge thanks to NJBeerNerd for this most excellent throw-in! Poured into a stone nonic and shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a light gold with avery white two-finger head. The head on this thing is unusual, gobs of it seem to stick to the glass if you tilt it, but you tilt it far enough and it all the lacing drips off save a few erratic spots. Either way, looks good.

S: Really nice, very aromatic piney hop character anchored down by tons of tropical fruits, a tad of citrus, and even a hint of raisin. A very nice balance has been found between sweet and sharp here and I'm liking it.

T: Like someone made a floral and tropical fruit grenade out of a nugget hop cone, hits with a micro hop burn that blooms into a very sweet floral/tropical fruit mix with sharper airs of pine and citrus still in the mouth. Bitterness comes back as it dies down and perhaps even borders on being uncomfortably bitter, but overall the ride is very good.

M: A medium body with a satisfying amount of carbonation. No heat in the mouth, just as there was none in the taste, but a little tingle on the side of the tongue and top of the mouth lingers from the hops. For someone who likes hops, though, it's a pleasant sensation.

O: Probably the best east coast IPA/DIPA I've had yet. High drinkability, great balance and boldness to all of the flavors, and all delivered with great feel and presentation. Really glad I got to try this and I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"In a beer can," this is a beauty that I find very hard to pass up when I come across it on my trips to the New England area. If it were sold closer to me, I'd make it an essential to have in the fridge at all times...Into an oversize wine glass, it pours a dull and dense foggy grapefruit-orange color and carries an aroma of crisp sweet grapefruit citrus and orange rind zest. From open to finish, this packs a mega punch of hops that elegantly ravages the palate with citrus bitterness and leaves your mouth feeling like what I can best compare to as the same mouth coating numbness you'd experience after eating a fresh whole small grapefruit. Though this seems a little extreme, I warn you. This is an Imperial IPA that will quickly make great friends with your palate after smothering it and sneaking its a.b.v. in through the back window. Thus, it also becomes dangerously smooth. So hopheads, REJOICE!

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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 emount91
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the best beers available in CT, sad that it has to change cans and name but glad it will be the same beer. when poured in a snifter, it's a beautiful hazy orange/yellow color with zero chunks of sediment, looks phenomenal under a light. decent foamy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves slight lacing on the glass after every sip. you can see the carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass as well, all the way until your last sip. the smell is grapefruit, orange, and pine with a very slight hint of some sort of herbal smell. taste follows the smell pretty well, tons of grapefruit, orange, and other citrus, all brought together by pine and whatever malt bill they use. no oversweetness from the malt and the hops arent a pungent bitter like they can be when a company messes up a west coast style DIPA. showcases the hop bill very very well but doesnt leave the entire taste up to the hops. ill say it again: one of the best beers available in CT. feel bad for people who don't live here or have a plug for them. cannot wait to see the new name/can!

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Photo of dheacck11
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super delicious local DIPA. Pour from the can is a nice orange amber. Not much head.

Nose is super resin y and sticky with pine and hops.

Taste is full of big juicy hops. Just a little citrus character. Really rich and full

Nice medium full body.

Delicious. Get it fresh.

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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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G-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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