G-Bot Double IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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G-Bot Double IPAG-Bot Double IPA
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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 JMD
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to GoGriz for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy dark copper color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy two-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, a nice little malt note, citrus, pine note. The taste is sweet, hoppy, nice little malt note, good punch of citrus and pines. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this one really surprised me, very nice, true to style. Thanks Cody!

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Photo of sholland119
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from TMoney2591 in the Mathmagic BIF. Thanks!

A-Pours a very hazy apricot with hints of peach. A forthy off white head has great retention and leaves some chunky lacing.

S-I can smell the sweet piney hops two feet from the glass.Lots and lots of tasty hoppiness.

T-Very nice. Some nice caramel maltiness in the front, balanced by some good earthy hops and a fine citric bitterness at the end of the finish.

M-Medium to heavy bodied, nice lingering bitterness from the hops.

D-Very tasty indeed. A bit heavy perhaps and a bit high in ABV.


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Photo of glazeman
3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to airohead2001 for hooking me up with this one. How's the slicing and dicing going buddy? Poured from a 16 ounce can into a snifter. One of the coolest beer cans I have ever seen.

A: orangish amber in color. Nice 1.5 finger inch crème white head. Moderate head retention leaving a nice crown and very thin layer of bubbles. This has excellent lacing and overall looks great.

S: Mostly citrus notes, though not as an intense smelling beer as I had hoped for.

T: Lots of oranges, more so than in any other beer I've had. A little more alcohol heat/warmth than other DIPAs I've had recently but it works well here and gives this beer a pretty unique taste. A lot of hops from start to finish, but the hops mellow out at and change from a citrus taste up front to a moderately bitter finish.

M: I like the feel of this beer. It's somewhat more viscous than I expected, but with its moderately high level of carbonation this balances out well and it sits nicely on the palate. This is definitely full-bodied and on the stickier side.

D: This was unique and pretty good...definitely worth a try. I don't think I'd want more than one 16 ounce at a time though as it is pretty thick and heavy.

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 16oz can in a standard pint glass. Thanks to LarryG for the trade!

A - Starts with a unique, homemade looking can. A light amber color with a slight haze and a small beige head. Nice lacing!

S - Mostly piney hops but some citrus as well.

T - A citrusy bitterness leads but it's almost balanced by toasted malt with a touch of caramel. The alcohol is detectable but well behaved. There were points that I thought I was getting a sourness but it wasn't consistent. This is a flavorful beer.

M - A creamy and silky consistency with a moderate carbonation.

D - Lots and lots of flavor but still smooth and easy to drink. I liked this one.

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Photo of hawks10
3.36/5  rDev -23.5%
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 jaxon53
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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 WrathOfKahne
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel kind of bad. Living literally within a mile of the brewery, we blew through 3 or 4 four-packs of this stuff before we realized what a hot commodity they would become. Ahh well, next time I guess.

Anyway, fantastic brew. Has all the citrus and pine notes of the best west coast doubles, without being as aggressively bitter as them. Strong grapefruit presence. In fact, this might end up being the definitive grapefruit beer if that's what you're into. Definitely way too sessionable for a 9% brew.

Another gem from a couple of guys who basically work out of a garage. Way to be NEBCO.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -19.6%
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 Freethyhops
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a huge thanks goes out to RCL for sending this tallboy of DIPA my way in a recent trade. a seriously top notch extra.

a- pours a near opaque slightly rusty orange. the off-white head reduced to a spotty film and collar but still managed to leave nice lacing.

s- heavy pine with a bit of grapefruit and orange peel. I wish the aroma was a little more robust as it has some great qualities, but they could stand out a bit more for a DIPA.

t- an awesome mix of big pine, grapefruit, and bitterness hit you right away. a nice amount of caramel malts are there but the sweetness is constantly being beat down by the big persistent bitterness. a slight amount of breadiness mixes into the bitter and drying finish.

m- a medium-full body and medium-high carbonation make for a smooth yet crisp feel.

d- fantastic from what I can tell from this sixteen ounce can. I can't help but like a beer more for being in a can and having the fucking sweetest label ever. This one doesn't stop there, though, it's a damn tasty brew to boot. I would jump at the chance to have this one again.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poura an Orange Marigold color with a light dusting of microscopic white bubbles.

Smell of strong grapefruit, very strong pine and caramel malts.

Taste of tons of pine, IBU factor / bittering hops really might be a little too much for my liking. It tastes delicious, I just feel like the bitterness could be toned down a little bit and or it could be sweetened up with a little more maltiness. In any case, a very good DIPA in a 16 oz can. Light carbonation, strong hop presence, strong mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good, I only managed to pick up two of these at 4.99 each, so the whole drinkability factor went right out the window, but enjoy them if you found some.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to jlindros for this opportunity!

The picture on the can makes this more than worth it, even before any tasting is done. Classic. The beer itself pours a hazy tawny orange with a solid finger of light ecru foam on top, which dies away after a short while to a mere single layer of bubbles languishing on the surface. The nose comprises a sharp pine, grass, a bit of wet hay, and plenty o' citrus peel. Some vague, dark sweetness pervades the background. The taste is quite similar, with the pine and citrus rocking full bore (who'da thunk hops being strong in a DIPA?), carousing with dark greens and a solid mass of toffee. The body is a strong medium, with active, though still moderate, carbonation and a somewhat chewy feel. It's like a light syrup that somehow wastes away into a watery purgatory. Whatever that means. More than many DIPAs, I find myself wanting to go back to the glass well quite often, the thirst never fully slaked. Get some!

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
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 ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Knifestyles for this one. A 16 ounce can poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed honey amber color with about two fingers of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of white and red grapefruit juice, pith, and peel, bitter lemon and orange, pine, sweet caramel and melon rind aromas, floral pineapple. Amply carbonated with a medium to full body. Finish is dry and bitter with very little alcohol heat. Thanks again Chris!

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Photo of Adamdc
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into nonic glass.

<<<Just wanted to note that the artwork on the can is quite odd! I don't get the connection between the image and the title of the beer. Anyway, I don't claim to be an art critic. >>>

A: Hazy deep orange body topped off by half inch of white foam that dissipates quickly but leaves extensive lacing

S: Wow! This smells wonderfully! A very sweet citrus aroma with pine blended in backed up by caramel. This all blends together very nicely.

T: The citrus steps back a bit and a very strong pine-resin blast hits you. Strong malt/caramelly backbone creates a nice balance. Finish is bitter with a slight taste of alcohol. This'll wake up your palate!

M: Oily. That explains it perfectly. Nice and thick...oily!

D: It's midnight right now. I'd love to take down 2 or 3 of these on a hot summer day (maybe this weekend). Very drinkable!

This is a very intense DIPA that really hits the spot. The aroma and mouthfeel are excellent! I hope this is a year-round release by New England Brewing!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our most recent trade!

A: Pours a sufficiently hazy, shiny copper penny orange capped with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy, light orange foam. Retention was fleeting but a decent amount of sticky layers of ropy lace were left coating the glass.

S: Tropical hops! Pineapple and mango with some pine, caramel, papaya, and tangerine. Now and again I picked up a sweet aroma like vanilla and/or carmelized sugar.

T: See above. Super fresh tropical hops blended with fierce pine resin and a touch of caramel/vanilla for balance. Awesome!

M: Huge, juicy, and sticky hops. Very oily. Dry, spicy, and bitter. Prickly astringency comes on during the middle and on through the long finish.

D: Extremely enjoyable. I love getting stuff like this (included as an extra in a trade-thanks Joe!). Delicious hops with a near perfect malt balance. Yes!

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to portia99 for this extra!

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours 1 finger of creamy khaki beige head. Decent retention leaving a lot of sticky lace with it. Color is a very hazed dull burnt orange with a light copper hue to it.

Aroma: This is a very sweet smelling dipa. It has lots of fruit flavors up front with some citrus notes in the background. I get some pineapple, orange, and a msukmellon like flavor. Some earthy hopiness as well. Reminding me a bit of citra.

Taste: A very big dipa. A decent malt backbone is present. The fruit flavors are big, but blend together a lot more here. Some of the alcohol shoes. There is a big hop resin taste here. Floral and earthy hops. Very sharp tasting.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not what I would expect from a double. It is more chewy and it seems to work with this beer. The alcohol also shows. It has a medium to full bodied for the style with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky with a lot of hop resin left over.

Overall, the nose was the best part of this beer, but the taste didn't keep up. It was chewy like citra and I really liked that aspect about this beer with all the fruit flavors. It is fairly drinkable and definitely something to try!

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Photo of thetomG
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully hazy/cloudy light amber color with just a small amount of white foamy head that disappears quickly but leaves behind some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is subtle but excellent - very nice fruity notes (maybe some citrus & banana?) along with a typical piney/resiny hoppiness.

The flavor is a blast of hoppy bitterness that blows up your palate right away. I'd say its medium sweetness, heavy bitterness with just a hint of sour in the finish. Well carbonated with some nice bubbliness as you sip.

Good beer and something I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of parris
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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 smcolw
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pinkish, orange color and very cloudy. Thick, tight head which settles very slowly.

Sweet honey (malt) and prickly pine (hop) smell. In a word, the aroma is balanced.

Strong bitter hop flavor. Starts with a very brief round malt taste. Excellent body with a below typical carbonation. Long lip-smacking bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed the only visible 4 pack out of the cooler of Southington Wine and Spirits. 16 oz. tall boy can with some some weird graphics of a robot Gandhi, I'm sure this is what he would look like if he were a character in Spaceballs. Bootleg label probably won't get my $.05 deposit back...

G-B Pours a rather dark copper, hazy with some off-white foam that settles to a paper thin coating of bubbles. It's got legs. Super hoppy aroma! Spicy, earthy... grass clippings and citrus, a nose full of gym sock... ah Columbus! Plenty of malt character to back up the pungent hop aroma billowing from my Smutty tulip glass.

Thick-fluffy mouthfeel, like a perfectly roasted marshmallow. A little slick.

Sweet, caramel/burnt toffee up front. Then the hop assault begins. Peppery, grassy, citrus, earthy... basically every hop characteristic that I can imagine is rolled up into one beer here. It's quite difficult to dissect due to the complexity of the hop flavors alone. After the lupulin bouquet runs it's course, the palate is left dry with an earthy/piny residue.

My palate begs for another sip, and then another... and like that the beer is gone. This beer clocks in a whopping 8.8% ABV I am feeling pretty good.

Really good DIPA from the East side!


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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-ounce can into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Pours a deep, hazy golden amber color with very muddled clarity. Slight burnt-orange hues and ample carbonation when held in the light. The two-finger head of frothy, pillowy beige foam retains well and leaves nice wisps of soft lace on the side of the glass.

S: Smells very piney, herbal and leafy, with loads of grass clippings and zesty hop resins. Some citrus fruits are noted as well, namely lemon zest, mango and a little ginger zing.

T: The initial taste is that of soft, sweet caramel malts with a fairly clean and fruity ale and toasted bread flavor. The mid palate presents those big citrus and floral ale qualities. Some lemon, orange, pear and rose hips are detected. The finish is juicy, herbal and bitter, but never cloying and with relatively modest sticky resins. The coffee groundish, zesty, prickly and bitter wet hop aftertaste lingers for some time.

M: Pretty clean and smooth all around. A little protein chain chewiness and little carbonation rush. There is a very marginal alcoholic sting to the brew but its balanced well between sweet malts and fruity hop bitterness.

D: For an 8.8% ABV DIPA, this brew drinks almost as smooth and balanced as a really good pale ale. the seemingly low levels of carbonation make this brew easy to put back, but the very aggressive hop profile limits chugging, thankfully. This would likely dominate the palate for a while and overpower most foods, but is very good on its own.

Our local heroes at NEB have really stepped up their game and Gandhi Bot is evidence of their dedication to bringing great tasting, big and balanced craft brews to the region. Great artwork, great flavor, great craftsmanship and a great DIPA all around. Drink it. It's good.

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Photo of racer2k
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cool looking 16oz can into my 20oz glass

A - Pours a sticky white two finger head into my glass leaving a robust lacing signature around the glass. The head slowly fades leaving a hazy dark reddish / orange colored beer

S - Very nice pungent hops aroma with this beer. You can smell the different varietals and tell that this beer was likely finished and/or dry hopped with lots of hops. There are aroma's of grapefruit, orange and pine with an earthy wet hop like characteristic. Very nice!

T - A tangy highly hopped delight is this beer. A nice balance of chewy resiny hopped flavors that is very balanced and not overwhelming. A faint malt profile appears somewhere toward the end of the swallow but offers a nice balance to the beer. Plenty of tangy fruity flavors including citrus, grapefruit and pine. The high alcohol ABV of 8.8% is well hidden.

M - Moderate carbonation with a tangy fruity mouth feel. This DIPA is different from many in that you do not have the resiny sticky mouth feel which is a good thing. This is a very well rounded smooth drinking DIPA.

O - Excellent beer and well done NEBC! One of my favorite new DIPA offerings of the year so far. I look forward to stocking up on this one!. Also love your label, very cool!

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Photo of younger35
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from BeerTruth not long ago in a trade. Gotta love these 16oz cans that keep everything nice and fresh. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a nice orange yellowish with a perfect one finger creamy dirty white head. A beautiful cap and collar is maintained along with loads of thick rich lacing.
Smell- Not the most potent nose ever, especially for a Double IPA. A bit of dank grass and earthy pine hiding in there somewhere though. A light tinge of crystal malt pops through and honestly that's about it.
Taste- Very earthy brew with an extremely dank pine start and plenty of grass and dandelion stem. Really bitter and sort of herbally this is honestly a hop profile I haven't come upon in quite some time. Maybe a touch of grapefruit but not in a citrusy way with a lightly malty backbone. Not quite caramelly, not quite sweet there's just enough of something back there for the hops to rest upon. The finish is earthy and nicely bitter.
Mouthfeel- Nice fully body with a oily sort of feel and medium carbonation that can get slightly prickly.
Drinkability- Overall not bad. I wish the nose was a bit more potent but the different hop profile is a nice change of pace. I'm sure this was a bit better fresh but still tasty. Thanks much Adam!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another new one for me. I really did not even have this one on my radar, but thanks to a generous trader I was able to enjoy this with dinner last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/14/2010.

The pour was classic for the style. Deep amber in color with a great clarity to it. This really allowed the carbonation to be seen coming up through the glass to reinforce the white head on top. Nice lacing just capped it off perfectly.

Aroma is super fresh. Deep citrus hops. Tons of grapefruit,pineapple, rich notes of light buttery malts as it warms but it was definitly all about the huge hops here. Each sip was light, airy, and well balanced. I was hoping the huge hops on the nose would carry over just as well into the taste, but it seemed to be lacking just a touch for me, no matter though, still a rich and insanely good DIP. Long lasting citrus bite and the nice drying finish capped it off wonderfully.

Overall I have to say I was quite impressed. This was a damn good double and a fine beer all around would love to do it again for sure.

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