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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.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HoppyBudgie (757) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2013
0,33 bottle kvadrat. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is soapy and ginger, spiced and herbal. Spiced, ginger, citric, bite and soapy. Something that reminds me of a bitter licour in the end there. Prob my taste buds but this is not my thing. But a interesting, complex taste it is.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berlinoise2go (626) - NORWAY - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle (33cl) from Vinmonopolet (Storo), Oslo. Clear amber/copper colour. Half-inch offwhite head, good retention. Spicy/herbal aroma with cloves, crowberry, licorice root, menthol, cookies. Medium body, soft carbonation, slight mouth-cleansing sensation. Semi-sweet herbal taste with mild bitterness and some acidity. Herbal-bitter aftertaste. I was underwhelmed initially (expecting some IPA likeness), but when forgetting that, this is somewhat of a grower.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2013
Bouteille 33cl, batch#164, BB 23/05/2013. Orangée-cuivrée, col beige. Arôme reste ici aussi, comme dans la version Flying Dog, portée sur un bouquet épicé et herbacé mais se faisant plus discret. L’arôme donne donc une place plus conséquente aux malts. Cependant, le laurier tout comme le romarin sont toujours distincts. Je peine un peu à y trouver la menthe. Palais offre une alternance moins en avant au niveau des herbes mais restant quand même plus subtile. Pointe d’orangée et herbacé, malt type crystal pâle cara s’ajoutant en fin de bouche pour un fini plus balancé que sa consoeur américaine.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VastActiv (3081) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 30, 2013
Bottle 0.33l at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Originally rated 04082012. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, grain and malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (1621) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
[330ml bottle from Utobeer, London] Pours orangey-amber with a moderate off-white head and middling carbonation. At first it’s too sweet; I’m not used to unhopped beers! But then herbal tomes begin to emerge - thyme, especially, and maybe some myrtle - followed by summer fruits (strawberries) and something deeper and darker, probably juniper. There’s some ginger too, and loads of other herbs and frutis swirling about on the tip of the tongue. At times there’s a touch of helth tonic about it, but then another different flavour pops out to surprise you. It’s incredibly complex - I felt that I could have done with more than 330ml to fully work it out. Well done Brewdog for making something so challenging and so interesting!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ShaneJ (582) - AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Deep copper, juniper berries, cinnamon, , lavender, pot pourri, taste is slightly sweet. Not great, but I think they just win the International Arms Race from Flying Dog.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2013 Bottle. Clear copper, slightly luminous with a thin white head. Herbal aroma, like a damp poo-pourri left under the Christmas tree. Tastes almost medicinal - thyme, rose and some citrus. Soft and oily. Interesting - like something found in a Victorian curiosity shop.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle from the Utobeer stall in Borough Market. Pours amber with a slight white head. Aroma is medicinal. Med body. Flavor is either wood twigs or medicinal or both. Not particularly pleasant.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jmgreenuk (4988) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2013
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark caramel colour with a bubbly, off-white head. The aroma is a little dry and malty. The flavour is plain, wih some resin and slightly medicinal. An interesting experiment that didn’t work. An IPA without hops is not an IPA. No real flavour, no body, not very exciting at all and hardly refreshing. Needs to be served cool to get anything from it.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WVBrU (61) - - APR 16, 2013
Pours orange with a light head that completely disappears within a few minutes. Smells spicy and fruity. Very sweet and malty with almost no bitterness. Sticky texture with little carbonation.


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