Monthly Archives: July 2014

656. New England Brewing Gandhi-Bot

New England Brewing Gandhi BotI’ve been trying to get my hands on this beer for a while. Every time someone I knew was heading south of Mass I would ask if they were going through Connecticut to buy some Gandhi-Bot. All of my attempts failed and then I turned into “that guy”. You know the one that comments on the Facebook picture of a nice beer haul asking if there were any “extras”. It happens to me all the time when I post pics of my trips to Vermont and as much as I didn’t want to be “that guy” I really wanted to try this beer. Fortunately the person I messaged was nice enough to part with a can of Gandhi-Bot in exchange for a can of Heady.

It is probably unfair to compare a packaged IPA (either in bottle or can) to those purchased directly from the brewery in a growler or an IPA consumed on draft. Almost all of my highest rated IPAs, DIPAs and hoppy Pale Ales were purchased in growlers and someday I will take the trip to NEBCO to try this one straight from the source but until then here is my review.

Gandhi-Bot looks like many other DIPAs with a nice orange color and bright white head. Aroma has a little bit of everything when it comes to hops; citrus, pine, light floral lots of good stuff happening. Taste for me was the weak link with that same mix of floral, pine and citrus, certainly a top notch IPA but it just doesn’t compare to some of my favorites from Hill Farmstead.

Some day I will amend this review to include Gandhi-Bot fresh from the brewery as I expect it does lose something in the packaging and distribution. 
Pros:
Three distinct hop flavors; floral, pine and citrus
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: 
Brewers Description: 
Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped double India pale ale with a blend of three varieties of American Hops. Aromatic and fully vegetarian, Gandhi-Bot is an ideal aid for the self-purification and the seeking of truth and love.

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655. Lawson’s Finest Liquids Triple Sunshine IPA

Lawson's Finest Triple SunshineI really thought I was going to miss out on this one as I did not make the trip to Vermont on Memorial Day weekend to go to the Farmer’s Market release of Triple Sunshine. Fortunately while trading some beer with a fellow beer drinker he mentioned a friend of his had made the trip and had an extra bottle. After a few messages back and forth I ended up trading a couple of Hill Farmstead bottles for this bottle and a few cans of The Alchemist beers that were also released that weekend.

Double Sunshine stands out as one of the best DIPAs I have tried; crisp clean and easy to drink even at 8% ABV. Triple Sunshine brings everything up a notch including the ABV to a whopping 10.5%. The appearance is a deep orange with a nice white head. Lacing is abundant and makes for a very enjoyable beer. The aroma lived up to my expectations with a big fruity sweetness; pineapple and citrus dominate with a bit of pine.

Taste was big, bold and as balanced as a huge IPA can be. Loads of hops followed by a nice sweet finish with only a slight bitterness. There was some alcohol bite to it but I expected that with such a big beer. If you missed the bottles you may be able to try it at the Vermont Brewers Festival; that is if you were lucky enough to get tickets and are wiling to stand in what will almost certainly be very long lines at the Lawson’s booth. Overall I am very happy I got to try this beer and I hope that Sean decides to brew it again. 
Pros:
Lots and lots of hops
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 10.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Triple Sunshine
Brewers Description: 
This lupullin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas, and exceptional layers of flavor. Store cold, pour carefully, then close your eyes and enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass.

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