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


  1. 1. The can code does not mean anything even remotely related to the date. It's a manufacturing code from Ball. NEBCO does not date their cans, yet.

    2. If this was 4 months old (which, in all likelihood, it is not - see above), you should have poured it out.

    1. Yeah I found out about the code on the can not too long after this. Though it raises a good point - if a craft beer enthusiast like me can't make heads or tails of a code on a can or bottle, then what hope does the average person have? Non-existent or indecipherable freshness dates are my #1 pet peeve in the beer industry. Breweries need to date their products in plain English that's easy to read.

      It probably wasn't four months old and even if it were I'm not pouring out a can that cost over $4. I've had IPAs that old that were still drinkable.