Boutip (4719) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can: Poured a cloudy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong grassy hops notes with light residual sugar notes. Taste is dominated by powerful floral grassy hops with light citrus notes and semi-sweet malt non-descript malt base. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable IIPA which is focus more on floral hops notes with limited bitterness.
Chad9976 (1175) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass. I believe the code on the can means it was canned on 1/9/13 making it four months and 11 days old. 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, "Ghandi-Bot." I donít consider myself a beer hipster, but when people with good taste recommend a beer so strongly Iíll take their word for it. While this is indeed a very good beer and a good example of the style, itís not quite the mind-blower I was expecting.
Though it smells fruity and refreshing, Ghandi-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, itís not the kind Iíd consider among best-of-the-best brews of the style. Iíd always prefer citrus and juice to spice rack seasoning, but whatís here is still pretty good.
Drinkability: Though the taste isnít 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 itís tolerable. The ABV is allegedly 8.8% ABV (neither the can nor the breweryís website says for sure), which is surprising because it drinks like something lighter than that. New England Brewing Ghandi-Bot would be an ideal accompaniment for a robust meal.
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler at brewery. Pours cloudy golden with off-white foamy head. Moderate aroma of pine with citrus behind. Big bitter, hoppy, piney flavor carried by medium/big body with soft natural carbonation. Full and complex flavor profile evolves through well balanced middle tapering to an easy soft bitter end. Overall a lovely brew that invites you to savor every new sip. Fav.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to cosmicevan for sending a few cans of this my way. Served in a Funkwerks snifter.
A: Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring that leaves some sticky and soapy looking lace.
S: Grapefruit with some mild honey dew melon. A little orange with sweet bread malts. Nice citrus notes with a great malt backbone.
T: A little more maltier on the palate, but thereís a nice bitterness that counteracts this. Grapefruit, some citrus rind, candied lemon and some mild resinous bitterness.
M: Medium to light bodied with a slightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation level with a slightly dry texture.
O: Really nice. Easy drinking, nice balance of flavors. Coming in a can is a plus for sure as well.
Serving type: can
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slutfest. Light gold, slight haze. Light citric aroma. Flavor is about the same. Not nearly as big as was expecting or hoping for. Loved the name and logo - wish the beer had held up to it.
ReggieDunlap (3069) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange/lt amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma has light orange and stonefruit notes of mango and peach...some passionfruit. Flavor has some passionfruit as well as some spicy and piney notes...a bit of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is very earthy/resinous bitter and dry.
Ed5388 (2089) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can thanks to jrand2621. Pours a murky orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is all citrus (pineapple, grapefruit, orange) with some caramel maltiness. Taste is well balanced, but really bitter. Oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon.
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very cloudy and golden with small white head and decent lacing, good citrus, floral and pine in nose. Malt does not get in the way but there is enough to make the beer bidimensional (hay/cereal). Body is medium. The 4 pack at 8.4 abv per would go down rather easily. Can only says 3 types of hop without specification. I think cascade and simcoe are two of them.
obguthr (3827) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slutfest 2013 can: Dandelion nose. Cloudy golden, thin head, full of fine floaties. Lilly flavor. Alcohol is rather noticeable.
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce can from Nikkiís Liquors and shared at
Slutfest 4. Pours a hazy clear copper color with
a thin frothy white head. Decent head retention.
Aroma of big citrus hops, resin, herbal, some
honey notes and pale malts. The taste is bitter
resin, candied citrus, herbal hops and pale
malts. Medium bodied.