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 ScaryEd
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +14.9%
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 +8.6%
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 +16.3%
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 -4.4%
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 -7.9%
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 +3.3%
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 +2.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -1.9%
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 +0.9%
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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +10.5%
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 +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 JaredSammy
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
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 +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 MA_hops
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +12.6%
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 +1.2%
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 -0.9%
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 +4.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.4%
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 -11.2%
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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G-Bot Double IPA from New England Brewing Co.
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