New England Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #28
Ranked #322
4.41 | pDev: 8.62%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Notes: Massively hopped double IPA with notes of orange rind, dank pine and citrus with a deceptive drinkability

IBU’s - 85

Kettle Hops - Columbus, Citra, Simcoe, Columbus & Mosaic Dry Hops - Simcoe, Columbus, Mosaic & Citra

Malt - Pilsner, Crystal, Dextrose

Yeast - American Ale

OG - 17.5
Reviews: 601 | Ratings: 2,962
Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear golden ale with tight, ample carbonation.
S: Plenty of malt with intense resinous hops.
T: More sticky hops immediately with an interesting savory food flavor I can't quite place...finish is long with plenty more pine with a slight bready-malt tinge. Goes on for days but not a lot of variety.
M: Surprisingly light and effervescent; it almost leaves a spritzer/sparkling wine feel in your mouth.
O: A somewhat simple but very solid and sticky-icky DIPA. Tons of flavor but not heavy in the mouth; would be great with strong foods. Thanks Billy!

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Photo of mike22ne
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great look, smell and taste. Pine resin, caramel malty east coast IPA. Slick finish, a little bit sticky feeling lingers. A classic and a favorite. Really good beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

GHANDI BOT!!!! I had Ghandi Bot for the first time back before BA really imploded user wise.

It brought out a lighter than expected yellow color, most east coast ipas until this time were usually malt centric and darker. 1/3" white head. Aroma hit some strong hop notes, tropical came out when it was still kind of a rarity.

Taste delivered plenty of hop mouthfeel, good toasted pale malts stay out of the way. Dry, not sweet. Hides the alcohol quite well. Well made cans.

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Photo of mschantz
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
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 keithmurray
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy golden color with white head

Smell - citrus with grapefruit and tangerine, pine

Taste - grapefruit, tangerine, pine, lime zest, hint of sage & onion

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus flavor upfront, hop bitterness in the back

Overall - nice drinking IPA that is worth a shot despite not being easy to get a hold of

Price Point - $ 5.99 for 2 12 oz cans

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I believe the first time I had this, it was Gandhi Bot and was ranked #1. Boy how times have changed! Though not as highly ranked anymore, every time I have it, I cant help but say man this is a damn good beer. Would drink anytime!

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Photo of RumDude
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Medium off-white head, fine to medium bubbles – slightly clouded amber – head dissipates quickly

Aroma: sweet hoppy pine – fresh hoppy essence – hops dance to your nose like a malty sweet potato/yam (whichever you prefer) – slight grape essence (but I get that a lot)

Taste: medium body – medium mouth feel with a fresh balanced malt-hop flavor – no hint of citrus – piney, juicy hop flavor – not dry – refreshing, like a junior mint but not minty – the bitterness does not linger on your tongue but the fresh hop flavor does – may leave you salivating like Pavlov’s dog – the more you drink the more you sense a slight pineapple essence (but only on the finish)

Final thoughts: well balanced, refreshing – tastes the way I want beer to taste

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Photo of Nhens0016
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I am being honest, this beer was a disappointment for me. It had a good look and smell, but the taste was floral. I didn't get any of the flavors people talked about and the mouthfeel was bland. My buddy says this fresh is amazing and granted the cans weren't old, a month or two old, but again, it was very generic.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy light orange with a beautiful two fingers of fluffy white head.

S - Peaches and oranges with garlic. Odd, but inviting.

T - Not your typical Massachusetts IPA as it leans more on spices, garlic, and onion for the flavor profile. It still works though. There's still tropical notes pineapple to be found as are peaches and apricots.

F - Perfect body (like mine). No alcohol. Despite the abundance of spices and earthy hops, it's still one of the more drinkable examples of other IPA's that utilize those hop varieties.

O - A great change of pace from the usual juice nukes offered up by the Northeast.

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Photo of zshaft
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark orange with nice one finger head. nose is strong citrus fruits with lots of floral in there as well. really nice . get that dankness. mouthfeel is medium seems a bit overcarbonated. at first this beer seemed a little underwhelming but as it warms the mouthfeel becomes less thin and flavor really starts to cone through. i seem to get some floral with tropical fruits minglinh tograther. finished dry for me. overall a good beer but better when i had it off the tap. the flavors out of the can were not as potent and prevelant tjroughout the entire palate as they were off the tap. nebco does great work though and they have better beers than this.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great offering from NE! This hoppy DIPA pours a hazy orange and has a wonderful aroma of mandarin orange with a hint of fresh cut grass. Each sip leaves a thin layer of lacing on the glass and slams your palate with bitterness and carbonation that hits you right at the back of your tongue. I detect a lot of dank resinous hops with some citrus breaking through on the finish with a strong backbone of biscuity malts. There is no date stamp on the can so its hard for me to determine the age of this particular brew. Overall I liked it very much and if it came into regular distribution in my area I'd definitely drink more of it!

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Photo of SaulFox
4.41/5  rDev 0%
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 brewmeister1984
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great offering out of CT. Nice sweet tropical notes with a little bite at the end. People at the brewery are friendly and accommodating. Glad I got the chance to finally try it, also picked up a 32 ounce growler.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can of indeterminate age (trade) poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Deep copper color. Pour gives you about a two-finger head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Very hop-forward. Strong orange-grapefruit, light pine, sweetish malt

T: More muted citrus, mostly orange. Solid malt backbone. A bit resiny, but not much. Only very light bitterness and no sense of alcohol.

F: Very good balance, medium body, light-medium carbonation, not too dry of a finish, but appropriate.

O: I really would like to try a newly-canned G-bot or growler and revisit. This is very good and I would drink it anyday, but I'm not getting the absolute wow factor others do and that could be the reason.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper-orange color with a nice fluffy white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

The aroma is relatively sugary and sweet, with notes of orange and mango followed by a subtle caramel malt character. A touch of alcohol can be detected as well.

The taste starts off much like the nose. Sweet from the citrus and caramel malt. It's then followed by a slightly bitter grapefruit character, and finishes piney and resinous. Lots of lingering bitterness on the end of each sip.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is present but very quiet. Creamy, smooth, and crisp. Bitterness hangs around for a bit too long.

Overall, this beer definitely met my expectations. It has a fantastic appearance and a great, well-balanced flavor. This isn't your typical New England DIPA. In fact, it's really more of a West Coast IPA. West Coast style IPA's brewed by East Coast breweries can often be a mixed bag, but this is one that was done extremely well. If only this beer were easier to obtain...

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange with a large pillowy off-white head.

Smell: Melon, piney, floral and citrus hop aromas balanced by a hint of caramel.

Taste: All of the hop aromas come through in the taste, preceded by a light malty sweetness, melon and citrus more prominent initially. Gives way to a prickly, piney, resinous, but not overpowering hop bitterness that doesn't outstay its welcome.

Feel: Smooth and creamy perfection.

This is probably my favorite double IPA and I would recommend it to any fans of the style. The worst thing about it is that it can be so hard to track down.

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Photo of Eeustace
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the East Coast's answer to Pliny. This beer should have just as much recognition and accolades as its West coast counter parts. Maybe limited quantities has hurt the brand?

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Photo of TwinCities
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer.

Copper body, sent of pine and a fruit potency. Almost an oatmeal and dough sent to boot.

The taste is dangerously good, almost too smooth. So smooth in fact I would down one of these on a hot summer day.

Not sure where they are hiding the 8.80% but I don't have taste the alcohol at all which I like.

Overall I think this is one of the best DIPA beers is America and I have tried several from coast to coast.

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Photo of tconlon69
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In to a Luminarc 16oz IPA glass. Very nice deep golden color. Nice citrus haze settled on bottom. Good strong aroma of hops and sweet citrus. Another DIPA that is so so smooth and easy to drink. Does not leave a lot of bitter on the mouth after each taste. Nice sweet citrus feel in mouth after each finish. Overall a very very solid beer. I will most certainly continue to hunt down while in CT. This is on my top list right now.

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Photo of guityler83
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can from trade (9/14/15)

A: Light candy sweetness and threshold levels of bready malt. Moderate to high hop aroma with peach, mango and pineapple notes. Clean fermentation profile.

S: Pale orange color with strong hop haze (can't see my hand on the other side of the glass). Cream colored head with long lasting retention and mixed bubbles - soapy appearance.

T: Light bready to biscuity malt flavors. Moderate to strong hop bitterness with strong hop flavors - mango, papaya, over ripened pineapple. Medium to low pine and grapefruit. Fermentation is clean with some fruity esters that seem to enhance the hops. The balance is on the hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is dry with a light mango flavor left on the pallet.

M: Medium body beer. Carbonation is medium to moderate. There is a mild alcohol warmth. Slight mouthdrying sensation from all the late hoping and oils.

O: Great beer. The finish seemed like it was cut short - almost like the beer was to dry? Maybe a little higher finishing gravity or some additional character malts to extend the finish and this would be right up there with the best of them.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange, thigh fluffy white head, great retention and spotty lace. Aroma is a balance of sweet malt and ripe tropical fruit. Tastes just like the aroma, caramel malty sweetness up front met by juicy hops with grapefruit. This balance carries through the entire sip and ends with a little piney resin and floral notes. Medium slick mouthfeel. This DIPA is full-flavored, leaning to the sweet side but very nicely balanced. Good stuff, glad I finally got to try this one. Thx to @hebegiant for the hook up.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ArkyVaughan
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 9/24/15. I was slightly disappointed, but only because my expectations were so high. This is still a great DIPA and I would definitely have it again (and again and again). Incredible hop aroma, but a little too much lingering bitterness in the taste.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazey dark orange. Taste matches the nose. Packs a big, deep, malty dank mouth full of hoppy goodness. Smooth and crisp, but bold. Layers of flavor. Really awesome DIPA! Loving it.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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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