I’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
Alcohol Content: 8.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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.