Thursday, April 21st 2010
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA
(New England Brewing Company)
Probably one of the more unique names and labels of any beer out there (and that is saying a lot!). Gandhi-Bot is in a league of its own when it comes to creative license. Thankfully, you can peel the labels off these cans and stick them somewhere else a little more permanent to forever ponder what exactly NEBC was thinking when it named their latest hoppy creation! Personally, I love it. This is a beer to remember, on several different levels.
From the New England Brewing Co. site:
"Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped Double India Pale Ale brewed with a blend of three varieties of American hops. 85 IBUs, this beer is brewed for those of us who need an aromatic and flavorfully hopped beer.”
Here we go...
Pour - light amber or dark golden in color. Thick resiny, sticky foamy head on top that sticks inside the glass like honey on a bear's nose. Looks delicious and the smell that comes from that pour is heavenly.
Aroma - oh my goodness. The hop gods have truly blessed the contents of this can. Big, sticky green gobs of hop power has been given to this beer. Piney to the max with plenty of grapefruit sour/sweetness as well as some tropical fruit aromas. I can't help but think West Coast but hell this stuff is from right here in New England! Every ounce of aromatic hop potential has been captured and displayed beautifully, I like to think the can had something to do with that!
Taste - one big mouthful and I can tell we've got a winner on our hands. This is hopped up like the best of them but so well balanced and almost deceivingly smooth. Tons of hop flower power, tastes almost wet hopped a bit, with some extreme citrus and pine as well as a bit of that danky resiny flavor that comes from all those hop oils. Its a little dry in the finish but that goes well with the crispness that this puts on your tongue. I feel assaulted in a good way.
Overall - a paltry 16 oz. ain't enough! This is pure hop pleasure in a can and I am glad to have a few more to enjoy soon enough. Great work NEBC, I am truly impressed!
Would I buy more of it? - if only I could. I bought my allotted 4 cans and am not sure I'll have the chance to get more before the rest are all gone.
Note - New England Brewing has ordered old tequila barrels with which they plan to age some Gandhi-Bot. Tequila barrel-aged Gandhi-Bot! Holy sh*t!
Posted by Russ
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