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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A fury of dots and dashes come trough the receiver. The translator turns in amazement. "A Zero IBU IPA by two breweries separated by sea?" His commanding officer lays a grizzled hand on his shoulder as his eyes narrow toward the horizon. "No bastard ever won a war by playing it safe, son."
The International Arms Race is a new type of battle collaboration between hardcore American craft brewery Flying Dog and BrewDog.
’Zero IBU IPA’ is an ale brewed with berries and herbs.
2 IPAs that rock.
Hunt them both down and see which beer you think deserves to win the battle and the war.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElDesmadre (1716) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle. Almost no head but no floaties compared with the Flyng Dog version. Even better aroma. Some toasted malt is detectable. Citrusy, minty and floral, with elderberry championing the citrus, an alpine herbal feel, rosemary and juniper, and berry-like undertones. The taste is significantly better than the FD version yet still rather amateurish. This beer has also an evidently alcoholic mouthfeel, albeit less than the FD version. The anise-like finish is better, the taste more aromatic and the whole is better balanced. Still, it basically fails as an IPA and fails even more as a gruit which both beers actually are. The whole experiment was a challange to my wallet and my palate was not impressed. The philosophy of overloading a beer with a ton of hops and seeing what comes out does not work well when transposed on a gruit.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2013
Keg at The Anderson. Watery, slightly hazy amber body with no head. Aniseed, ginger, floral tasting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (11049) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 20, 2013
Hellmalziger Antrunk, Fruchtnoten, aufkommende Hefenoten. Im Mittelteil intensiver nach Kräutern und Früchten, weich, süffig. Geringe Herbe zum Ende, weiterhin Kräuter, vollmundig. 12/12/11/11/8/11

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (2537) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A dark amber-brown beer that pours without a head. It has a sweet floral fruity flavour with ginger and herbal notes and a sweet lemon and slight bitter finish.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Abrakarl (342) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2013
Odd, spicy aroma. Can’t place the spice though. Not totally positive. No hops really which is negative. Will not have this again. It’s strong but not good. A waste of time and money and brain cells, although I applaud them for trying something different.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (10775) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Golden colour. Moderate malty and hoppy(?) aroma. Light bitter strange lavender flavor. Moderate finish. Watery palate. really strange beer but that was also the atention?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (11192) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is ginger, malt, caramel. Flavour is ginger, malt, caramel, orange, herbs. Full body. OK beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5731) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2013
Bottled from Systembolaget Hazy dark amber with a very brief head. Sweet and spicy aroma; heather, pine and some broth. Rather light body. Flowery and spicy flavour; ginger, juniper-berries, heather and some elder-berries.. Surprisingly refreshing

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1981) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle from Kris Wines. Colour is bright chestnut/copper brown, white head. Lots of bubbles and carbonation in the glass, although less so on the taste. Nose is spicy. It’s like sarsaparilla or Vimto. Fruity and spicy. There’s cinnamon, ginger, juniper, clove, Coca-cola caramel. This is how I would expect an ale to taste before they used hops. It works pretty well.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2283) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Gift from Neko-chan. Herbal medicine, cherry cola, rosemary nose (and some herbs I can’t identify). Slightly hazy dull copper, little head. A sharp hit of herbs in initial; moves to a concentrated herbal flavors, which spread out into several things (again, hard to separate them); thins out and leaves long traces of herbs. Thin-medium body. Fun stuff... I suppose. Not as offensive as it might have been.


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