BrewDog / Flying Dog International Arms Race

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


on tap


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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

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AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
11.2 oz bottle - pours hazy crimson/copper/yellow with small, lasting white head. Big nose, with lots going on. Hibiscus, potpourri, dried leaves, fragrant berries, pepper, incense, and other flavors. All spice. Little fruit. Taste is fragrant as well, if rather non-descript. Finishes with a touch of flat notes and cool banana. Oily. Not that great, though much better than local boys’ entry sad to say. Not a seeker or a keeper, but would do in a mighty pinch.

dexcansino (574) - Andalucía, SPAIN - DEC 26, 2012
Cerveza rojiza de espuma débil y cremosa. Huele a hierbas, tipo romero o menta. El sabor es de lo más extraño: ácido, amargo, seco, afrutado, ¿mentolado?... algún matiz me recuerda a la tónica o a algún licor de hierbas. Bastante ligera. Es una cerveza que me ha dejado desconcertado, una rareza.

Cunningham (8273) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2012
Deep amber golden colour with a big bubbly tan head. Nice light fruity spicy aroma. Juniper are the most dominating spice in the nose. Medium body. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Juinper are also the most dominant flavour in this one. Also some other herbs and light fruity. Smooth carbonation. I must admit that The Flying Dog version was the better one (by far)! But this spicy ale was also nice.
[Bottle from a trade with rlgk]

Turboninja (819) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Just too special to be anything good, looks that the lack of hops is not an option for me, even carbonation is poor.

DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 1)Keg, BrewDog Brum. Cherry red levelled with cream. Vegetal, dull, red-sugared, tinned maizy belgian flavour. Didn’t pick up on any weirdness. So boring. 2) Bottle. Copper amber, plump cream head. Appealing evergreen and menthol aspects to the nose. Somewhat bilious, tongue-numbing, (Belgian) park bench-friendly flavour pretty much as previously described, albeit with lurking herbal and menthol notes beneath the booze. On balance, not balanced- the alcohol dominates where hops should. 635311.

AlchemikalGab (48) - Borgomanero (Novara), ITALY - DEC 23, 2012
On pump @ Bere Buona Birra, Milan. Clear deep orange colour, with a fluffy off-white head, medium thickness. Nose is very sweet and aromatic, I can’t describe it properly, since it’s quite different from any spiced beer I’ve had, there’s honey, ginger, horseradish, anise, a little pine (but not the piney-hoppy character given by some american hops), a little cloying after a while. Tastes terrible in the mouth, too sweet with no bitterness to counter balance, soft carbonation, it was quite hard to finish. My mouth wasn’t really sticky afer drinking, but anyhow not a nice experience.

Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 201212. Brown with beige head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavour with sone caramel, fruit and spices.

omhper (25547) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Clear amber, small head. Huge spicy aroma. Sweetish with rounded mouthfeel. Weird candyish flavour with menthe and lemon. Sterile mouthfeel, no bitterness. Low drinkability, no enjoyment.

Christian (13773) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2012
On tap at Christian Firtan. Golden with a small white head. Heavily perfumed herbal and floral aroma. Sweet and cloying herbal/floral/spicy flavour

Cuso (8933) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle from Hazy orange amber color with medium white head. Aroma of sweet oranges, caramel, tangerine peel, citrus hops. Taste, tangerines, sweet malt, citrus hops, herbs, resiny bitterness. Citrus zest bitter finish. I haven’t tasted Flying Dog International Arms Race, but this is easy drinkable and tasty.

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