G-Bot Double IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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G-Bot Double IPAG-Bot Double IPA
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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 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)

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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 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 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 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 TedStrosser
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Off the hook delicious. Recently a convert to the new England IPAs and DIPAs and WOW this is good. As I return to my normally available brews, not sure how they will rate....

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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 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.

EDIT:
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...

Cheers...

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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 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 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 medic25
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the guy at New England Beverage who gave me his own can from the fridge when they had none left for sale!
Served from a can into a Sam Adams glass. Orange, slightly hazy color with a thick white head. The scent was powerful; I was able to smell it across the table as I was pouring this beer. Taste was a big hop bomb; nice pine flavor, powerful bitter taste on the first sip. Overall a very nice DIPA; great to see the East Coast putting out some competition to the West Coast super hop brews!

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

A nice light honey colored liquid. A half finger of off white head lazily floats atop. Citrus and pine are rather evident up front. Malty and slightly bready round it out. I'm kind of semi buckling up for this sip. The first time I had it my tongue went down with a k.o. from it. And... All I feel is bitch slaps from a guy in Uptown. The pine and hop bite are there, but not potent in the least. The backend literally dries your tongue out.

Looks like the rematch has me as victor on the cards. Sadly I liked the super aggressive version and this seemed to fall short to me. Nevertheless this is a solid beer and I would certainly like more.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: I love the look of this beer. Completely opaque like a good hefeweizen with the same golden hue. Nice head and great lacing.

S: Incredibly rich. Sweet and bready with a big floral hop punch. So much going on it's ridiculous.

T: Falls a little short of that wonderful aroma but still very good. The hops come through even more especially in the finish and aftertaste. Much more bitter than the floral hop nose. The outmatched malt bill manages to provide some sweetness to round things out. There is also a little alcohol noticeable.

M: Good combo of smooth and zesty.

D: Not bad for a fairly high abv beer. The strong flavors, especially the rampant hoppiness, might prove to be too much after a couple. This probably wasn't intended to be a session beer though.

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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 TheIPAHunter
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Intensely floral, with one of the best noses to date. It literally beckons you to consume. I thought it was extremely balanced, and I appreciated the citrus notes as it warmed, especially on the finish. Carbonation was spot on. Head was massive and barely dissipated. I've enjoyed this numerous times, but never like this. Canned on 12/29. Just wow.

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Photo of maxk
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no date. Bought a four pack while driving through Connecticut.

Pours a hazy orange, almost glowing. One finger head settles down to a nice bubbly coating atop the beer.

Citrus and resin hops. Little bit of grass in there too. Smells very fresh.

This beer is a veritable hop bomb. Lots of grass and pine upfront with sweeter citrus fruits following shortly thereafter. There's a subtle malt flavor, but it's not quite as strong as what I generally look for. It's hop heavy but not unpleasantly so.

Well carbonated, good bodied, I'm happy with the mouthfeel.

Overall, I had mixed feelings. I like it, and recognize that it is a very well done example of the style, but personally, I like my DIPAs balanced out with a little bit more malt sweetness. Don't get me wrong though, this is still a phenomenal DIPA.

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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 zoolzoo
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd Review

Growler

A: Pours a hazy golden-ish orange, copper accents. White fluffy head, quickly dissipating.

S: Grapefruit, slight tangerine, and otherwise oily and dank hop aromas. Smells vibrant and fresh.

T/M: Grapefruit follows the nose, as well that nice dank, oily character. Lots of bitterness mid palate, along with a touch of biscuity malt. Drinks extremely light for a DIPA, yet still sets itself apart from a single. Although this characteristic increases drinkability, my only complaint is a slightly thin finish. Its actually almost watery. I tend to notice this more in Gandhi Bot growlers, as opposed to the cans. Not sure why, exactly.

O: An excellent, easy drinking DIPA. Still one of my favorites, nice to have an excellent beer brewed 15 minutes away.

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G-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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