Zapata Bot
New England Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,154
Ranked #10,402
3.96 | pDev: 15.15%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
Zapata BotZapata Bot
Notes: Barrel Aged G-Bot DIPA A Massively hopped double IPA with notes of orange rind, dank pine and citrus with a deceptive drinkability aged and tripel dry hopped in Tequilla barrels
ABV - 9 % 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
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CayseyW from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is interesting. It's not going to get hop heads super excited because the barrel aging really brings out the malt profile, still, it has a unique balance that isn't at all devoid of hops. While it is on the sweeter side of the spectrum, it has really nice fruit and citrus notes along with a bit of smokiness and wood. The feel is terrific. It drinks easy, is perfectly bitter and well carbed. Overall this beer is not for everybody. As somebody who loves to dabble in new styles, this one was a hit for me.

Aug 13, 2017
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An insanely gross beer that for some reason I keep taking more sips. Doesn't have that redonk tequila sting but has that tequila flavor sting. Bottom of the bottle is full of gunk that is making this thing look like a friggin protein shake....barrel turds. In any event, a fully but softly carbonated lime-tequila zest beverage that DDT's every slight inkling of its former self. Gotta tick it though.
whole bottle to the dome and lit

Aug 12, 2017
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tregan_20 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 500 mL bottle into snifter glass; had a dark yellow/light orange coloring with minimal head. The tequila barrel is pretty obvious on the nose. You get the regular Gandhi-Bot (or now G-Bot) flavors/hops mixed with booziness of the tequila. There is some vanilla or caramel or toffee flavors mixed in there too. The carbonation is decent along with the body. Overall this is a nice experimental beer and would be curious to see if NEBCO makes it again (or does a different variant instead of the tequila barrels). Cheers!

Mar 25, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fruity hop aroma of grapefruit, tangerines and light tropical fruits. I get light touches of tequila and malt.

The flavor is oddly good as I definitely get tequila with a bit of alcohol. This is a bit malty but very light on feel. At times I taste peppermint but for the most part it's hoppy grapefruit, pine and bitterness.

Jan 05, 2015
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flatfootdrinker from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Fresh 500mL bottle # 272/1000 poured into Ghandi snifter.

A: hazy gold with a orange/tangerine hue and thin white head dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Smell is musty, oaky, slight tequila, and bitter citrusy hops

T: I've never had a beer aged in tequila barrels before but I would imagine that this stands as one of the best. It's a completely unique beer and the taste follows the smell for the most part. I'm tasting oak, vanilla, slight tequila, citrus, grapefruit, hops, and a slightly bitter finish which is balanced out smoothly.

M: Fairly light for 8.8%, low carbonation, has a little bit of an oily feel and a touch of bitterness but quite refreshing.

O: I have been waiting for more than a year to try this and have to say that I was not let down, the creativity and execution is beautifully delicious. I definitely recommend this beer for anyone who likes tequila and/or Ghandi Bot.

Oct 10, 2014
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review from old notes, drank fresh. 500 mL bottle 41/713 pours a lightly hazed gold color with a minimal white head. Fades fast and does not leave much lace.

Can definitely smell some musty tequila wood aromas along with some bright fruity hops. Damp grainy malt backdrop.

Wow...unique to say the least. Has an aftertaste similar to tequila - a little catch in the back of the throat. I wasnt sure how a hoppy IPA would taste aged in tequila barrels, but shit, it seems to have worked pretty damn well! Mouthfeel is drying from hops and alcohol, sweetness remains low throughout. Malt stays in the back and is lightly grainy. I have to give NEBC an A+ for creativity, and ended up with a pretty tasty beer to boot.

Nov 13, 2013
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cwguy5 from North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled 5.13.11. reviewed from notes.

A - hazy yellow/copper color with lots of floaties. not much head, just some off-white swirling. little lacing.

S - agave, light citrus, toast, hops

T - tequila(almost vinous, or white grape), pale malt, hops in background, dry overall

M - light-medium bodied with low carbonation. light bitter aftertaste with some barrel present.

O - unique, good even, but not my thing really. for tequila drinkers and tasting groups mainly.

Mar 27, 2012
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2.51/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle (2010)

Thanks for opening this, FosterJM!

(Aged for 1 year)

Hazy golden orange with a moderately sized white head that leaves spots of stick down the glass.

A strange aroma of cactus/tequila, mild citrus character, and sweet, freshly baked bread. I've never been a fan of tequila-barrel aged beers, and this one certainly doesn't make me "see the light."

The flavor is just as strange as the aroma, with the semi-sweet cactus flavor dominating the citrus hop and biscuity malt presence. Strange, and I suppose drinkable, but this style doesn't seem to be aided by any sort of barrel treatment.

Thin to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

No more tequila-barrel aged beers, please.

Feb 08, 2012
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DarthKostrizer from California

2.63/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing this one

Look: Murky orange in color with just under a finger head and ok retention

Smell: Tequila with some citrus hops and a touch of oak the nose doesn't really work for me

Taste: The taste of this beer is just wrong. The tequila is a bit overpowering and does not play well with the citrus hops and finishes with some harsh alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and a bit dry

Overall: I do not like tequila in my beer and I'm not sure why anyone would do this. Just a bad idea

Feb 08, 2012
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FosterJM from California

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1061st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
500 Ml

2010 release
Courtesy of Kzoobrew

Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A very robust orange color with some good oil looking highlights in the glass. A good amount of bubbles still lingered in the glass with a small amount of cling.

Smell- I wasn’t sure how this one would go over but the tequila was quite tamed after sitting for so long. It was aromatic but not punchy. It had tequila, citrus, malt and a tad bit of a floral note to it.

Taste- Well this was better than I thought. The base beer is a very good DIPA in its own right and this treatment really changed it up. The flavors were a bit sticky with a good malt presence and then faded into a small bit of alcohol with a tiny bit of floral notes.

Mouth- A good bit of a medium body behind this one with a medium carbonation. Left behind a good amount of booze, floral and citrus notes.

Drink- Huge thanks to Kzoobrew for sending out this limited bottle. It was a big hit and I can say I really did enjoy it a lot. Layered, well crafted and holding up well IMO.

Jan 24, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a murky light orange with a off-white head that settles to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt, fruit, and subtle tequila aromas. Taste is pretty much the same. It's interesting because this really doesn't smell or taste like an IPA in my opinion. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting premise behind it but falls short of being all that good.

Jan 23, 2012
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

such an odd beer, pours out a medium amber with a smooth and even profile, aroma is odd at the least, tequila is warming with hints of light hops and nice touches of alcohol, but the flavor is all over the place, soo hard to describe the mix of the two, never had the tequila before in a beer and definitely different and maybe just not my cup of tea,

Dec 04, 2011
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oline73 from Maryland

2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. This one was pulled out at the end of the night just for fun. Thanks to Arenbeer for bringing it.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a layer of off white head.

Smell: Tequila with mild malt, some hops and more tequila.

Taste: This beer was a bit old (I guess it has about a year on it). The hops and tequila mixing gave it a bit of a strange flavor. The finish was quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: The flavor of this one was very weird. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't think I'd head down this road again.

Oct 24, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Aliza (naproxen) for sending me this one. Served in a plastic cup at A-Ron's bachelor party. An appropriate choice for such a connoisseur of tequila.

A - A few fingers of off-white foam settle to a thick cap and chunky lacing. Lightly hazed orange-brown body. Looks like a pretty typical DIPA.

S - Smell is actually quite nice - oak, citrus hops, herbs, tequila, some vanilla, and a sugary malt backdrop. It's something that I kept returning to, as it was very unique. Flavors integrate surprisingly well.

T - Taste is unfortunately less successful. Harsh alcohol bite from the tequila, astringent hop bitterness, and oak. Seems boozier than it probably is. There's a light malt backdrop and some tropical fruit notes that suggest fuzzy peaches. A definite sipper, as it's quite spirit-forward.

M - Smooth medium body, medium-low carbonation, and some definite alcohol warmth. Texture is chewy and sticky, with some light barrel tannins in the finish.

D - This is not a beer of which I (or likely anyone) could drink a lot. If you want a nice DIPA to drink all night, sticky with Gandhi-Bot. That being said, the aroma was fascinating and unique and shows potential for future tequila beers. I'd actually have this again, as it's quite the experience.

Jun 16, 2011
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Lunch from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle (236/713) poured into a Brooklyn snifter. This was enjoyed a while back about a week and a half after the initial release. I'm a big DIPA fan and have enjoyed every New England Brewing Co. beer that I have had. I usually not the biggest fan of barrel-aging DIPAs (or any other hoppy beers other than Barleywines), but it sounded so interesting considering it is in a tequila barrel.

Fortunately, this bottle was appropriately carbonated. Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of white head that left some decent lacing. Smells quite hoppy with lots of citrus. Tequila is there is fairly strong, but actually works quite well and adds an additional citrusy element. Taste is even better as the hops play wonderfully with the tequila without really overpowering the beer with alcohol. Alcohol is more prevalent as it warms, but I'm really enjoying it. Well carbonated and medium bodied. Most enjoyable BA DIPA I have had yet.

May 26, 2011
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HopNuggets from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 500mL bottle into snifter.

A - Poured a clear light orange/deep yellow sunrise color. Very spotty head (almost none at all).

S - You can smell the tequila barrel in this one... Very boozy from the tequila upfront with a hint of vanilla to follow. Some slight citrus breaking through in the end with some sweet toffee as well, the citrus hop aroma known to Gandhi-Bot could have faded at this point but still a good aroma.

T - Vanilla is the first taste I get with some toffee to follow. A hint of tobacco comes through there after. Caramel and toffee backdrop aftertaste. There is a hop bitterness in the end but the tequila alcohol overpowers it.

M - Medium carbonation and body and a bit hot.

O - I like what they did with this beer that I have yet to see anyone else attempt but Gandhi-Bot not aged in tequila barrels is better. I love the creativity of this one though!

Apr 10, 2011
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is another beer generously sent to me by Mikesgroove. Thanks Mike!

Zapata Bot has a hazy straw colored body. The white head is substantial, and has good retention and lacing. Good amount of yeast floaties.

Fruity hops and tequila rule the aroma.

The hops are aggressive in the beginning, bringing quite a bit of bitterness and both fruity and floral notes. At some point in the middle, however, everything becomes about tequila. Boozy tequila and its agave taste rule, with notes of wood in the background. Powerful alcohol in the finish, and the tequila really lingers on the palate.

Seems pretty moderate in feel and carbonation to me, but the alcohol burn is palpable.

I wanted to like this one, because I think it's really interesting, and at first I thought "this isn't that bad!" As I sipped it, however, I began to like it less and less. Finishing the whole bottle might have been impossible if I didn't enlist the help of a few buddies. With that said, it seems like the base beer is pretty good, and although I like the creativity of using tequilla barrels, I'm not sure I like the outcome. When was the last time you sipped tequila?

Apr 03, 2011
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BdubleEdubleRUN from California

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the reason the most interesting man in the world doesn't always drink beer.

This is the real reason Machete wants revenge.

At first sip, my body automatically reacted by doing the Three Amigos salute.

I'm pretty sure I can taste a plethora of pinatas.

"Not so fast El Guapo or I'll pump you so full of lead you'll be using your dick for a pencil."

This beer "cut open my stomach, grabbed my intestines and squeezed the shit out of them."

Ok seriously this beer has a great appearance, orange haze color with a good inch head that is white and frothy and hangs around awhile. The nose isn't very strong, but I'm picking up slight alcohol and earthy tones, something else on the finish I can't quite get a finger on. Earthy tastes on this one as well as a citrus type candy with a strong tequila booze finish, slightly hot breath similar to after a shot. This beer is a lot better then I expected and I would gladly drink more if available. Definitely unique and stands out from the crowd while still being a very drinkable beer.

Thanks Stakem! Where's the worm? Love being able to tick a rare gem like this.

Apr 01, 2011
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ColdPoncho from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes

A - Nice peachy/orange body, decent head, no real lacing.

S - Honeydew! Apparently that's the agave. Some grassy hops, definitely a unique smelling beer.

T - Honeydew/agave is predominant, nice hop character, a bit of tequila spice on the throat.

M - fairly full, a bit thin, but aggressive.

O (D) - Good drinking, refreshing.

Mar 27, 2011
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with a slight chill haze and a thin head of white. A partial skim coat and tattered sheets of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with honey, pine-rubbed citrus, and oakey booze. Some light toasted notes step forward along with melons and spice-dusted rose petals.

Medium bodied with a chewy, sappy, syrupy body. The carbonation is light and the mouthfeel suffers.

Sweet malt, tequila, bitter pine bark, and tropical fruit start the palate. A wincing amount of tequila follows through with a reminder of yester-year shooters. Drying oak rides atop sweet honey and earthy spice.

Finishes with a lingering peppery bitterness, palate-slapping tequila essence, and building oak.

What a bruiser. I was really expecting more hops and less tequila, but it's seriously the other way around. This ones already treading into Barleywine territory. Perhaps some cellaring would mellow out the tequila and rough edges.

Mar 25, 2011
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright cloudy yellow-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head reduces down to a layer on the top lacing nicely in the process.

S - Lots of tequila in the nose. There is also some nice oak characteristics. There is also a decent amount of citrus and floral hops beneath the tequila. Really different aroma.

T - Starts off very oaky with some sharp tequila flavor and some citrus hops. Also just of touch of malty sweetness in the background. Through the middle the tequila flavors really jump out with a touch of hop bitterness supporting. The finish has a ton of oak, and some more hop and tequila flavor. There is even a bit of vanilla mixed in. The lingering aftertaste is a mix of tequila and hops.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet and dry finish is a really interesting and satisfying mix.

D - Fairly drinkable. Very interesting combination here with the DIPA and the tequila. There are a lot of strong flavors mixing together and it is much more of a sipping beer.

Feb 22, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a cloudy golden yellowish-orange color with golden banana hues when held to a light and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Very strange aroma with a good bit of barrel character. Subtle earthy oak with a lot of tequila and vanilla. There's also a decent amount of sweet citrus hops with hints of grapefruit and citrus rind. I'm also picking up pale malt with some graham cracker/biscuit character.

Medium bodied with a crazy flavor profile. An interesting blend of boozy sweet tequila and sweet citrus flavor. Decent barrel character with subtle oak and vanilla and a huge tequila flavor without being hot or boozy. Lots of alcohol flavor with out being abrasively hot. This is complimented nicely by the sweet citrus presence. Lots of lemon peel and grapefruit countered by a biscuit/graham cracker malt character.

This beer is really unique and odd tasting. I can see why a lot of people hate this beer but I loved it. If you don't enjoy tequila you will hate this beer.

Feb 19, 2011
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OakedCanuck from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml poured into tulip (just over 700 bottle release). Thanks to Knifestyles for hooking me up with more crazy awesome stuff.

A - Pours a cloudy orange to dark yellow. Lots of sediment in the bottom so the pour was slow. Very nice plateau head that is off white to almost light grey-ish.

S - Tequila, oak, pine, grass, some minor grains.

T - Interesting! It is a taste you sort of expect, given what you already know about the beer before you even try it, but it is different than you think. I have had regular Gandhi many times (again, many thanks to Knife) and you can pick up the nice citric fruits from the regular stuff, but this thing is dominated by tequila and wood. This is an odd combination as it is almost like watered down tequila, or a tequila shot was dropped in an amazing DIPA. Either way, I DIG this beer!

M - Some burning but overall decently smooth, medium

D - You have to see the novelty in this but I really enjoyed this one. Might not be the easiest to drink for some people to wrap their minds around, but it wasn't 'hard' to drink. Great experience.

Feb 07, 2011
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KeefD from Minnesota

3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Knifestyles for this one! 147/713. There's a ton of sediment in the bottom of this bottle, so I poured very slowly showing a golden orange body with no head no lacing. Some sediment made it into the glass, and there's no visual carbonation. Aroma is citrusy with some notes of tequila and a slight woodiness and lots of booze. Yep, this beer is kind of a booze bomb. It's hoppy and bitter, yes, with some citrus/grapefruit/orange flavors, but the alcohol is very pronounced and the light tequila in the background seems to be amplified by the alcohol heat. Body is decent, medium for sure, but there's little to no carbonation. Some bubbles could probably help this thing out a bit. Not a bad tasting beer, and the tequila barrel aging adds an interesting compliment to the hops, but could have used some more life and less sediment. Too flat, too boozy. Good idea, but not well-executed.

Jan 27, 2011
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modernartblues from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

Poured into Duvel Tuplip

A: not much head, but still some lacing, some haze in the golden amber body---carbonation of this bottle was a little light

N: wooden tequila barrels, light hopiness (tropical fruits), a truly unique smell that combines the fruit notes of tequila with the complimentary notes of hops in DIPAs....previous bottles had more of both the hop notes and more straight up tequila-- this could be because of either variations in bottles or the late date of my review of this bottle (2+ months after bottling)

T: oaky notes from the tequila barrels is the principal note with the tequila and the hops in the background--> once again I had other bottles that were more hoppy and another that was more tequila laden....I've enjoyed each incarnation of the beer, but each was a bit of a different beer.

M: light & smooth, kinda ridiculously good considering the intense flavors of the beer

D: a beer to be sipped, but highly enjoyable and could have done another pint or two in the session

Would love to see them do this again, but from what I hear it may take a case of amensia for them to forget the headaches involved in acquiring these tequila barrels

Jan 25, 2011
Zapata Bot from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 190 ratings