poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date on the can. It
cost $4.20 ($0.35 per ounce).
Appearance: A glowing apricot skin hue of gold/light orange. Extremely
hazy. Forms a large, white, foamy head which surprisingly dissipates but
does lace the glass well.
Smell: Strong tropical fruit juice plus fresh garlic. An odd, but inviting combination.
Taste: Local beer hipsters have been raving about the entire New England
Brewing lineup, especially their double IPA, "Gandi-Bot." I don’t
consider myself a beer hipster, but when people with good taste
recommend a beer so strongly I’ll take their word for it. While this is
indeed a very good beer and a good example of the style, it’s not quite
the mind-blower I was expecting.
Though it smells fruity and refreshing, Gandi-Bot is actually more a
spicy/earthy type of DIPA. It begins with a slightly sweet taste of
apricot and orange juice, but then quickly gives way to intense dry
bitterness. The backend continues the trend with a swoosh of garlic and
onion-like flavors, while at the same time there is some grapefruit
tartness. While this is certainly a tasty palette, it’s not the kind I’d
consider among best-of-the-best brews of the style. I’d always prefer
citrus and juice to spice rack seasoning, but what’s here is still
Drinkability: Though the taste isn’t exactly what I prefer, the
drinkability is right on the money. This is a fun, easy drinking
experience. The mouthfeel is quite full with distinct, but contained
energy. The texture is fairly comfortable and it goes down easily. There
is a slightly dry aftertaste, but it’s tolerable. The ABV is allegedly
8.8% ABV (neither the can nor the brewery’s website says for sure),
which is surprising because it drinks like something lighter than that.
New England Brewing Gandi-Bot would be an ideal accompaniment for a