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 ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a small nonic, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes at a snappy pace, with super leggy lasting lace. Aroma is pungent skanky hops.

Taste is quickly sweet to start, but in the blink of an eye the citrusy bitterness takes over, dominating through the aftertaste. Very dry evaporating alcohol-type close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good for the style. Wish it was a bit more balanced, but the nature of the beast here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. The glass is left coated with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with plenty of earthy notes and a subtle malt presence. There's some grassy pine needle and dank hop oils but the tropical/citrus fruits are most prominent in the nose. Lots of mango, grapefruit and citrus rind along with subtle biscuit.

Medium bodied with a complex, flavorful hop profile that is nicely balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Bitter and sweet notes play off of each other with hints of dry and bitter pine needle/grass countered by notes of grapefruit and orange. The dry bitterness lasts throughout, even when the sweeter notes come into play and linger into a nice dry finish that leaves me thirsty for me. The malt backbone adds sweetness with notes of caramel, toffee and biscuit without getting in the way of the hops. Really well balanced and very flavorful with an excellently masked ABV making it dangerously drinkable. I'm impressed and ISO more!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light tint of orange, decent sized white head, fades at a moderate pace, small bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice hoppy aroma, leans toward the citrus side of things with a bit of pine thrown in for good measure.

Taste has a good hop kick but isn't overwhelming, citrus on the tongue, piney in the aftertaste, bit of a malt presence to smooth things over from being harsh, nice crisp carbonation helps the beer finish dry, for being almost 9% it definitely does not taste like it since I can't pick up a lick of heat but I can certainly feel its affects.

A very tasty DIPA out of a can, wish there was a canning date on it but I'm fairly certain it's fresh considering how fast this stuff flies off the shelves.

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Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rowingbrewer for the great extra.

12oz. Can into an imperial pint.

A: Poured a glowing orange color with a moderate head. Decent retention but nice lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus with orange, tangerine, and pineapple. Slightly resinous. Some floral.

T/M: Bitterness is pretty low for the style. Plenty of the same citrus with a bit added pineapple and some mango flavor as well. A candy like sweetness but without a big chewy mouthfeel. There is a bit more mouthfeel than I'd like in a dipa, but nothing outrageous.

D: Overall it's decent but I'd like some bitterness and a lower FG to dry it out a bit.

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

A big thanks to caguiar for this awesome extra! Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my Bruery sniffer with a cloudy amber color and about half a finger off white head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Spicy hops, grass and floral notes. Slight grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon zest.

Taste – Not as much fruit/citrus as I was hoping/expecting. Spicy hops up front, slight grapefruit, malty backbone. I am not 100% sure of the hops, but it kind of reminds me of Gubna, which I did not particularly like (I am getting some oniony flavors right now).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, oily on the tongue.

Overall – A solid DIPA, though not one Id probably trade for in the future. Am very glad I was able to finally try this, but was honestly a bit let down.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A - sunshine orange body. thick three finger head with very good retention and superb lacing.

S - grapefruit rind, orange peel, grass and pine.

T - splash of garlic for the first instant and then into grapefruit, orange peel, pine hops. really good stuff.

M - light to medium bodied. moderate to high carbonation. good puckering bit of alcohol on the throat. nice dry finish.

O - definitely lives up to the hype. its not super bitter (in comparison to other DIPAs) so if thats your thing you may not think too highly of it.

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

This is a complex IPA. The malt and hops both express themselves in balance. At first you taste some sweetness from the malt and then the bitterness takes over. The carbonation and look of the beer is fantastic. I think this beer reminds meet of Dogfish 90, but beats in by not being overly sweet with a cleaner, dryer finish. This is not the hoppiest IPA I have ever had, but certainly the most interesting one. Fantastic beer!

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

Picked up a four pack last night that was bottled recently that was the latest batch (I think it was canned the end of last week or the beginning of this week according to the NEBCO facebook page). 12 oz can into my Russian river pint glass.
A: Amber, off orange but darker than most yellow IPA’s. Head was small but lingered for a little while.
S: Lots of pine, flowery, and a ton of Hops. The smell is reminiscent of hopslam.
T: Not too much bitterness up from, the hops are there but it definitely doesn’t taste like a DIPA. Not exactly watery but the flavor doesn’t hit right away.
M: The hops hit in the mouthful and the flavor comes out. Lots of citrus and pine but not overwhelming. Very balanced.
O: For sure the best IPA I’ve had to date (beats hopslam and DFH 120 in my book). Not too overwhelming but really balanced and flavorful once it gets into your mouth. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who comes across it, if only it were easier to find.

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Photo of Kranders
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack of this recently, looking forward to having it after hearing so many good things. Right after I poured there was a huge hop aroma filling the room. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't as hoppy as it smelled. Nice and crisp, not a lot of malt, and pretty good overall but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my founders tulip. Received from angrybabboon in the noob bif round 6.

Pours a orange yellow with a one finger off white head. As the head recedes, it leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is pine, orange, tangerine, pineapple, and maybe some mango. The fruit smells over ripe, almost rotten, and the pine is overpowering.

The taste is pine up front, followed by some tropical fruit. The back end is all bitter pine, which lingers for quite some time. Way too much pine for my liking, totally hides the malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is thick and covers the palate, the carbonation is low.

Overall, this is different than anything else I have had in this style. The taste is not to my liking, too much pine and the fruitiness tastes like overrite fruit. I have been wanting to give this a go for awhile, thanks to angrybabboon for the can.

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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 bbeane
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a can into a laser etched chalice... starts with a light white head that mostly disappears except for the small amount promoted by the laser etching. What little amount of head was there left behind some nice strings of lacing stuck to the glass. Beer is a cloudy amber color with a some sediment floating

S- Didn't come off as an overly aromatic beer to me. Had some light notes of grapefruit and hints of malt

T- Well the taste far exceeds the smell. Has a pretty intense hop flavor with very little malt presence. The grapefruit hop flavor lingers in your taste buds long after you finish

M- Light carbonation with medium body, kind of slick

O- Definitely a good Double IPA... very hop forward. Can't bring price into the overall opinion as I aquired in a trade, but I would recommend anyone that like's IPA/DIPA to give it a try


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

Thanks to sendsilk for sharing this can with me.

A - Color is orange/orang-yellow; minimal white head that quickly fades.

S - Massive hops -- pine, citrus dominate, with some grass and sweetness present.

T - Immediate hop bitterness that settles into a smooth, malty middle, followed by more hop notes on the back end. Crisp finish that preps you for the next sip.

M - The standout characteristic, in my opinion....like buttah. The silkiness, even with nice carbonation, is exceptional.

D - Nice, complex balance, that belies it's ABV. Very easy to drink indeed.

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy straw golden color with a white foamy head. Head lingers for quite a while with some lacing.

S - Interesting pine hop smell, little biting, with a slight malt in the back. Little slight in the smell, but nice and floral.

T - Smooth pine hop flavor, with a good malt backbone. Hop sort of biting but not being overpowering, being more of an incorporation into the taste. A little feel of honey as well. A nice bold flavor.

M - Probably my favorite part of this beer was just how silky it was in the mouthfeel for an IIPA. Full flavor and very drinkable. Carbonation was perfect.

O - Solid IIPA, nice piney hops along with a silky smooth mouthfeel make this a nice drinkable beer. Little more hops may have made it better for me, but understand the restraint to make a more drinkable IIPA.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. First time ever drinking this one, and what a beauty indeed.

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Gandhi Bot pours a light, hazy orange with a two finger head from a vigorous pour down the center of the glass. The aroma is very pleasant. Nice and light. This is a citrus laden nose. The hops and malts are really subdued indeed. The taste is stellar. A nice balanced hop, with again, a very light citrus presence. This is an easy drinker. The 8.8 is barely noticeable at all. The mouthfeel might be my favorite part of this beer. For a DIPA, it's not a tongue scorcher. You don't get the sense of getting burned out on this. It lays nicely upon your tongue, and has but only the slightest lingering bitter aftertaste. This is easily one of my favorite DIPA's/IPA's.

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a reddish hue. There is a finger of off white head that fades to a layer and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Juicy citrus peel hops, there is also a grassy quality to the hops. Mildly sweet with a hint of apricot.

Taste: Really bitter up front. Hops just maul the tongue initially. That yields to a malty sweetness through the end of the sip. The hops still dominate, just not quite as much. The finish reminds me of grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This beer was a bit different from the other outstanding double IPAs, but still extremely good. The sweetness amping up was a nice change up.

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Photo of mikel5489
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, Gandhi-Bot! First off, this can was given to me by my good friend, the generous MikeyMikee. So let me extend my thanks to him.

Now on to the beer.

This beer looks very nice as it pours a burnt orange with a nice bubbly head and good sticky lacing. The head retention is ok when undisturbed, but if you give the glass a swirl the head comes to life. Also plenty of hop haze in there.

As i pop open the can I give a quick sniff and dayum! Dank, piney, resinous hops, complimented with a little grapefruit and mango explode out of the can. a little alcohol is noticed, but its hops all the way. Can't wait for the taste.

The taste is dominated by resinous, piney hops, and a little tropical fruit just like the nose. The piney, resinous hops are the most prominent flavor with a complimentary mango and peach that I wish were just as plentiful as the other hop flavors. This is a bitter beer, make no mistake about it. Gandhi-Bot is 85 IBUs I believe, but they make use of every one of them. I mean shoot, this like sucking on a weed, almost like broccoli rabe bitterness. Very spicy and grassy in terms of the bitterness, plus there is a pale and toasted malt backbone that doesn't give much balance, but rather adds a little to the bitter finish. If your in the mood for a bitter DIPA (of course you are) then this is a good one.

I would say this is medium bodied for a DIPA. It is really a hop forward beer all the way. Very bitter and a great display of the power of Hops. I would have liked to see a little more balance in the hop flavor though. This most recent batch seemed to be more bitter than the one i have had before. While I enjyed that characteristic of this batch, I thought the previous batch was better with more tropical fruit in the nose and taste.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very special thanks to Millerbuffoon for sharing this awesome IPA.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color, no head, and a mild white, thin, lacing ring.

S - Nose is dominated by juicy grapefruit, ripe oranges, pineapple, resiny pine, and some rich spicy grassy notes. However, the pungency of the aroma is not as vbrant since this can isn't a super fresh one, but that's O.K., still smells pretty good but unfortunately, not at its full potential.

T - Wow! Spicey peppery citrus fruit consisting of mangos, pineapple, grapefruit, and ripe oranges smack the palette while the sweet malt works its way in midway through and then the same tropical, piney onslaught starts up once again to bring it down the home stretch for the big hoppy finish.

M - Medium body, quite smooth on the tongue and the 8%+ is pretty well subdued with a dry finish.

O - An outstanding D-IPA...and this came from which coast? (!!!) Fist pump to this beer, just wish it had better head retention, it lost points on the appearance.

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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 crzyc
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into tulip glassware.

A: Thin light brown head, decent lacing for the amount of head I poured. What a wonderful pour by the way, the carbonation and head forming. Golden amber, cloudy body. Nice.

S: Citrus hops, grassy.

T: Woah. Very hoppy. Pine. Almost complex, my palet was surprised but I do not know why. No hint of alcohol.

M: Going down very easy! Nice carbonation level, not too dry for my taste. So smooth!

O: I am new to Double IPAs, but I really enjoyed this one. Think I will pick up a four pack if I can find it.

For my records: One in a mix at Nikki's, I forget how much $.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can thanks to robtobfest! No date.

Pours a wonderful hazy golden orange with very thin off-white head. Nose is SPECTACULAR with pine-resin and cannabis all around, orange blossoms, wild flowers and fields of fresh hay all day. Palate is clean and crisp with a citrus-y note that is vaguely reminiscent of a cleaning product. Lemon takes over and shifts into over-drive. Bitterness is persistent and pleasant but not aggressive. The pale caramel-like malt flavors support everything and keep the balance going.

Notes: Simply fucking great. Well done, folks. FFO Alchemist Heady Topper, Hill Farmstead Edward, etc.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BIG thanks to Rhettroactive for generously sharing this one on a weeknight tasting...

A: Oh my, we've got another Lunch IPA here, which is to say that this beer pours very much like a Hefeweizen. Gandhi-Bot is a murky, light golden color. Surprisingly light for a DIPA. I absolutely love it when beers go against style like this. It looks lovely.

S: Yes, yes, and yes. Lemon, grapefruit, pine. Grapefruit really shines here from the hop oils. Slight herbal scent lingers in the background. The bouquet on this is fantastic, very complex, very bold. One of the best smelling DIPAs I've ever had the privilege to try. I could sniff this all night.

T: Wow, this is a hop head's dream. Explosively hoppy, a sweet grapefruit, citrus bomb. Mild resin and pine notes on the back end. Not a hint of booze as the hops play off a sweet malt backbone. Perfectly balanced and creamy, it is assertive but always smooth. This is absolutely fantastic.

M: Perfect. What else can be said?

O: Unbelievably well balanced for a DIPA. No booziness, no overwhelmingly dry hop profile. It is creamy and sweet, yet still maintains an explosively flavorful and complex profile. This beer is a stunning achievement, one that was as much a pleasure to look at and smell as it was to drink. A hop bomb that is shockingly smooth and light. Buy this early, often, and in large quantities. ISO: more Gandhi-Bot.

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Photo of mikul93
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a dark murky amber with a healthy white head which disipated rather quickly. Some lacing.

S Smelled this as soon as I popped the can open. Big big pineapple, citrus, pine, hops and malt. One of the best smelling DIPA's I've tried.

T Bitter hops hit the tongue right away followed by a mellow sweet malt flavor that is immediately followed by hops again. Well balanced beer. Nice dry finish.

M Medium body with lots of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

O A Great DIPA. Enjoyed this beer very much. This is a hop monster with a nice sweet malt complimenting everything.

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

Appearance: Light amber

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

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

Mouthfeel: carbonation spot on

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

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G-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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