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 ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter from a 12 ounce can.

Copper body, opaque. Frothy and foamy cream-colored head. No visible carbonation but head persists well and leaves a nice lacing. 4.5

Smells of pine and resin and pungent fruit. Sticky aroma for sure. Slight biscuity/bready malt and sweetness. Floral qualities and garlic and onion too. 4

Loving this flavor though. Passionfruit heavy. Sweet tropical juice. Becomes more like unripe mango and resin towards the finish. Occasional hints of sweet biscuity malt flavor complement the fruit. The finish is almost candy-like. 4.25

Haven't checked the ABV but the body and feel, sweetness and bitterness are all great and not overbearing. This drinks lighter than what I've experienced lately from far too many DIPAs. It's got some juiciness too which is great. Very tasty. 4.5

Excellent. Very pleasing to the the palate as far as flavor and feel.

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Photo of emount91
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of KSOZE
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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 JaredSammy
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I would review this beer seriously if it wasn't so overly hyped. Completely let down by my Ghandibot experience and I am reviewing three day old cans. This is not a "juicy" and I want anyone dying to try it to understand that this beer is not worth the wait it is merely a stepping stone ans you will forget it as soon as you are finished drinking it. Why NEBco why.

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Photo of TedStrosser
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
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 MA_hops
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange, thin white soapy head.
S: Dank, pine, tropical notes, some sugary like sweetness.
T: Tropical, slight grapefruit like bitterness, some sweetness with a mild dank finish.
M: Moderate carbonation, slight bitterness, hops prickly to the tongue with a dry finish.
O: Finally landed me some G-Bot, took me awhile, but it was well worth the wait.

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Photo of aleigator
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a completely hazed orange color, with a gigantic, stable white head.

Offers a powerful hop variety, consisting of orange, lemon zest and a good amount of leafy grass. This gets topped off by a resinous note, revealing a whiff of sweetening wild honey, blending beautifully into bready, slighty biscuity malts. Out of this gentle aromas evolves a fantastic, exotic fruitiness, showcasing oranges in the most awesome way.

Has a mild, medium carbonation with a soft mouthfeel, featuring an amazig, refreshing and intense hoppiness.

Tastes of bready, soft malts, which get nestled, by fresh citrus, dank grass an utmost fruity orange. Underneath this hop impact the malts probably turn sweeter, this is just a guess though, as the hops perform the taste transformation completely on their own, beginning dank, while finishing resinous sweet with a tad of wild honey and sugared lemonade. Finishes with an amazig, luscious fruitiness, coated up by a prominent hop bitterness, creating a full, satisfying mouthfeel, bringing out an intense, perfectly build iipa.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had out of a growler on 7/19/2015. Burnt orange color, smells and tastes very clean with a lot of classic orange and grapefruit notes. Pretty good stuff for the style, but there are plenty of comparable local beers.

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Photo of Nicole15
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer! Pours a golden yellow almost peach. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation bubbling up the sides of the glass. Really dank and has a lot of hop bitterness.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome IPA. Very well rounded and was insanely drinkable. With so many top notch IPA's out there now I can safely say that this is definitely top 10.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

7/5/15 DE bar

Pours dark orange maybe even a little red. Decent head and nice look.

The smell is a citrus bomb. Nice hoppy presence with a ton of citrus fruit. The smell is top notch.

The taste is really good too. The citrus hit you and it has almost a sweet start but fades into a dryer finish.

The feel is good but I guess the one knock is that it builds a bit on the tongue. The dryer finish kills the citrus a bit too much.

Overall very nice and top DIPA. I enjoy it a lot and would love to get my hands on more.

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

L: Hazy orange, head fades fast.

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

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

F: really drinkable for the ABV

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

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Photo of MCImes
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good, solid DIPA, but not 98 worthy. I think the hype around this beer adds at least 5 points to the BA rating.

The nose is very nice. A good, floral IPA. the usual citrus notes are there and a little berry too. The nose reminds me of Indeed's Let It Ride IPA

Feel: a little on the sweet side, could be slightly dryer for my taste, but not overpowering at all. Overall fairly well balanced.

Taste: Citrus hops, a little berry hop, not much malt character (its a IPA after all) not overly bitter, but I have a high bitterness tolerance. Overall it didnt disappoint

Overall I dont get the hype behind this beer. Its a good, solid DIPA, but its no better than many that are on the shelf every day of the year. I think NEBCO has some awesome marketing and hype behind the beer. Too bad they're changing the can. I bought it for the can as much as the beer. I'd give this beer a 92 BA score. Its very good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Being in the Northeast, I would go for a Berkshire Brewing Brewer's series IPA bomber for a buck less than 2 cans of the Bot.

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Photo of Short-Pour
3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a nice clear orange with a decent head. A solid DIPA but not in the same league as some of the top VT and MA IPA's I have had. It has an OK nose, and is drinkable for sure. But not a 98 IMO

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

a: Copper orange body, slightly hazy. One and a half fingers fluffy white head. Good retention, nice lace.

s: A hint of Tropical fruits, piney and a bit floral with some sugary sweetness.

t: Orange and mango up front, a bit on the sweet side. A nice hit of pine follows with some spiciness from the yeast.

mf: Medium bodied, with enough carbonation to keep it from tasting too sweet.

o: I have had Gandhi Bot numerous times over the years and I like it. However, it is good, not great. It has a slight stinging aftertaste that lingers and as it warms the sweetness comes out giving an orange soda like taste.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at local liquor store and poured into proper Gandhi Bot glassware (obtained from NEBCO before they sold out). Pours a nice hazy orange color with hints of tropical fruit, grapefruit and peach. As with most double IPAs, the taste is dank, bitter (floral and piney) hoppiness with medium carbonation. NEBCO has made this beer very drinkable; so before you know it, you are a few cans in. Definitely worth seeking out this refreshing double IPA!

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Photo of jow_42
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can (thanks Joe!) poured into a Russian River pint glass

A - crystal clear, straw looking, lemony color. Lots of carb. Bright white head.

S - Sweet, tropical fruits. Nectarines, oranges, peaches. This nose was kind of underwhelming.

T - Not sure if this is an old can? There is no date anywhere. Up front, tropical fruits - pineapples, peaches. A sweet beer, but the bitterness is kind of overwhelming. That bitterness lingers, and it makes you want to scrape your tongue. This beer isn't very balanced. Very, very dry finish

O - this beer is super hyped, and I guess I just didn't "get" it. Again, this may be an older can, so it could be a fast fader.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap multiple times at the New England Brewing Company in Woodbridge, CT.

First off, great brewery that produces many high quality top shelf beers

The smell of fresh GB is a thrill for the senses. Extremely aromatic with floral, citrus combo
Solid mouthful for an imperial IPA
Great taste that leaves a lingering hop presence on the tongue, immediately craving another taste.

Try and get this fresh at the brewery, get to sample as many as 6 beers on tap for no charge. Great people at this brewery as well.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired in a trade from @Shanem12. Canned 2/23/15 and poured into a Parish Brewing goblet.
A- pours a hazy apricot-orange color with a huge, bubbly off-white head. Nice lace down the glass.
S- tropical fruit , floral and piney hops, grapefruit and peach.
T- dank, bitter hoppiness. Resiny pine as well. Grapefruit and orange zest in the middle with a bit of bready malt creeping in there. Wet bitterness on the backend.
M- medium, good carbonation. Very easy-drinking so watch out!
O- overall, very nice. Refreshing!

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Photo of pkalix
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

no carbonation.... dull dark-urine color.... juicy tones of aroma.... and the flavor follows suit! nice flavor. nice abv. nice brew. admittedly, dull-looking brew off the pour; and i'm sure this must be better on draught..... great color of the can to augment its tangerine-ish qualities..... but this beer has probably seen better days before it was packaged in a box and sent cross-country to my house..... still a great brew though! awesome grapefruit rind at the finish, and VERY lingering, I will add. very nice brew.

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Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ‘Mikefriedman90’ for hooking me up with this. Pours cloudy dark copper amber color that leans towards mahogany brownish color with a huge thick foamy 2 finger beige head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing and rings as it went down; bubbles could be seen racing up the brew like champagne.

Wow, the citrus hops are very strong and fruity like sticking your nose into an orange, yet the caramel and malty graham cracker come through to add fantastic balance to go along with the mix of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and other fruits like dried apricots or even dried sugar coated pineapple chunks. The piney hops and mild spices trail, with some coriander and brown sugar to keep this bad boy sweet and fruity smelling. Definitely smells like fresh hops or hop oils in the mix and it smells wonderful.

Taste picks up right where the aroma leaves off: fresh juicy hops, tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, pine cone/piney hops, caramel, toffee, sweet malt, graham cracker, pineapple, mango, French toast, and what then seems like some floral hops to wrap up the hop assault; earthy herbs like spruce and spices like coriander and pepper keep the ABV hidden and work well with the malt backbone to allow the hops to dance on the tongue in a prickly manner. Very easy drinking DIPA at 8.8%, dangerously easy in fact.

Mouthfeel is creamy but medium bodied and almost chewy with light carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste that was more malty and cracker than sweet citrus hops. Overall an outstanding beer, too bad they have to change the can as the artwork is classic.

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Photo of nihan87
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very much over hyped and because of that, expensive. It's a pretty solid IPA. Doesn't touch Heady Topper but comes close with that can feel. Nice mouth feel and buzz.

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Photo of Hopheadgou
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

hazy orange color with big juicy notes of heavy grapefruit and melon. Awesome taste and very crushable. One of my favorite double ipas to consume. Will be unfortunatly be re-named :(

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Photo of DA84
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid DIPA but vastly over-rated and the price gouging that goes on whenever it is released makes me want to give it a 2. But since that is not the brewers fault... it is a good beer. But in the same league with heady,haze and sunshine? i think not.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just one of my all-time favorite beers. When I lived in CT I could pick this up pretty regularly but in MA now, so it's been a while. I'll have to re-rate the next time I get lucky enough to find it.

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G-Bot from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 2962 ratings