Tasting: August 10, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 576
I walked away from New England Brewing with a growler of Locust Reign on my way to a mini family getaway in Mystic, Connecticut. I thought by some off chance they might have some Gandhi Bot canned and ready to go but according to the only guy at the brewery – they only can Gandhi Bot every few weeks and the tower of empty Gandhi Bot cans were slated for filling this coming Wednesday. He recommended that I stop at Amity Liquors down the street. Somehow, I thought it was code for – “you’ll be happy you went” – but rather I came up empty handed. Even the guy at Amity said Gandhi Bot was impossible to get.
Usually, my kids request for bathroom stops on the road come at the wrong time and place – normally after we pull out of a gas station. This time – their time and place was perfect. After a pee stop at McDonalds, I noticed a small “hole in the wall” bar across the parking lot – I think it was somewhere around Old Lyme. I was sure it would be pointless and it certainly looked hopeless on the inside. I stooped down at the refrigerated case and noticed a bright red four pack of Gandhi Bot – I love those moments. I felt light-headed but it was probably because I leapt to my feet too quickly. I asked the clerk if he had more but after he fished around the back of the compartment filled with singles – he declared himself out. Too bad but four is better than none.
A robust 8.8 % alcohol by volume. Even with the paper camera shot – you can see lots of floaters in my glass – I presume hops. I recall seeing the same debris trail in many cans of Heady Topper. Has an International Bittering Unit score of 85 (medium/strong). Bright Tangerine flavor, grapefruit, lemongrass and a robust bitterness. Candy sweetness underneath – really nice. Before I know it – my first can is gone. Loved it – 96 points.