Monday, May 20, 2013

New England Gandi-Bot

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (884) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
I 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 pretty good.

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 robust meal. 
Grade: 8/10