MoritzF (8776) - GERMANY - OCT 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle, 35.5cl) Hazy, amber colour with a short and tanned foamy head. Slightly cara-malty aroma, slightly syrupy with ginger and spice-laden notes. Mildly bitter-tart flavour, quite light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Soft cara-malt character with present notes of ginger spices and other spices in combination with a dry mouthfeel; dry and bitter-tart finish with spicy and slightly ethereally notes. Speaking of bitterness and dryness, the US-brew comes closer to an IPA than the Scottish example, which is more balanced on the other side. 22.X.12
Travlr (16444) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma of oregano and other spices. Taste is papery spice.
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was told it was an IPA but not an IPA with 0 IBUs so my expectation was way off when i was drinking it. At first i thought the lines weren’t clean form the old bay and salt beer they had before but now i realize that it was just the beer. The aroma was about the only strong thing about it. Taste was of mixed herbs that i couldn’t put my finger on. Will need to re-rate.
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Odd hoppy malty flavor with a quick finish.
omhper (21459) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Draught at O’Connor’s, Uppsala. Hazy amber, minimal head. Spicy sourish ginger aroma. Medium bodied with clean, limp crystal malt character and some syrup. Loads of pizza spices, gingery and lemony. Low bitterness in a finish with syrup and alcohol.
EdKing (2174) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2012
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from my friend Mike. Colour is clear chestnut brown with a thin white head. There’s lots of white amoebic stuff floating in it which isn’t very appetising. Nose is more promising. There’s fresh ginger, ground ginger spice, caramel. Hmmm... taste is papery, flat tasting, cardboard, ginger, but maybe not so fresh, and an not altogether pleasant tang on the tongue like ear wax. Not great.
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a cool beer but isn’t my favourite out of the two International Arms Race beers, I feel that they are both pretty inactive, I wouldn’t call them favourites or even ones I would go out of my way to revisit however they are quite interesting no less and a good bit of international fun between two amazing breweries. Orange/red body, little to no head, dried apricot aroma, quite a leveled taste really feels quite a dried out fruit taste, back end taste feels quite watery and particularly lacking the punch you expect from a Flying Dog brew however It is pretty easy to drink and it is still a worthwhile drink!
BeerandBlues2 (10842) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange/copper with a medium, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is citrus and floral hops, passion fruit, apricot, and peach esters with light straw and honey malt. Flavor is medium hops and bitterness, assorted spices, fruity esters, light malt and a dry finish. Medium-light body, medium carbonation.
JDBaker11058 (1573) - Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2012
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Appearance: hazy, marmalade orange with half a finger of off-white bubbly head quickly shrinking to a thin collar. Aroma: like panettone--bready and sweet, with notes of candied fruits, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, then under it all a bit of citrus. Taste: lightly sweetened grapefruit juice, light brown toast, a hint of pine. Finish: flat, slightly syrupy, bitter, and almost oppressively dry. Notes: Holy crap this beer sucks. I was very interested to try it. A "zero IBU IPA" collaboration with Brewdog? That should be interesting. But it’s just…not…good. The aroma is actually nice, and would make a good holiday beer, but certainly not what you’d expect in an IPA. The palate is boozy and slick but distressingly flat, and it makes up for the ostensibly lack of bitterness with a biting, unpleasant dryness in the back of the throat. Drain pour.
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Beer Ritz, Leeds. Slightly murky dark amber pour with a fast fading head. Herby, clove/spice aroma. Similar taste with floral and burnt orange notes. Very muddled and barely drinkable.I would expect a lot better from these guys. A failed experiment. I made the mistake of buying 2 bottles as well thinking it was going to be really good !