BrewDog / Flying Dog International Arms Race

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 250   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (11612) - Sborg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2012
Bottled. Amber coloured. Light beige dense head. Aroma: Ginger, perfume, soap, herbs. Flavour: Ginger, herbs, flowers, sweetness, soap, medicine. Medium bodied. Ends soapy and full of ginger.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Pours a deep, clear amber, thin white head. Aroma is ginger beer. Just ginger beer - specifically Fentimans botanical ginger beer, if youre looking for it. Taste is interesting though not all that enjoyable. caramel, spice, a little bit of resin. Very low bitterness, which is to its detriment - it reminds me of a low ABV beer in that you can sense something is missing. I had to stop every now and then to remind myself that it was 7.5%. Admirable idea and interesting enough, but not fantastic or particularly enjoyable. AB:08 is a much more successful and convincing deconstruction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11981) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2012
clear orange, small white head. perfumey and flowery aroma, very herbal, very pleasant too. flavor is herbal, flowery, stingy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear deep golden with a white head. Very spicy aroma, loads of spruce up there. Rich, sweet body, quite some caramel, carbonation is a little low, spicy and herbal, lots of ginger, perhaps white pepper and again spruce. No real bitterness. 100912

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (41884) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2012
33 cl bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is soapy and ginger, spiced and herbal. Spiced, ginger, citric, bite and soapy. Bitter and light herbal into the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2012
[330ml bottle, The Beerhive, Edinburgh] Pours a golden coppery colour with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, slightly grassy and herbal. Not the normal kinds of herbs you get from beer - the kind you roast chickens with. The taste is actually alright, albeit pretty strange with the various spicy/grainy/minty elements. Having said all that, the overwhelming thing I get is sweetness, which isnt that nice. Its great to experiment though, but 4 a bottle? At least it was better than the Flying Dog one [08092012]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeissGary (286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 This is a cool beer and is my favourite out of the two International Arms Race beers, I feel that they are both pretty inactive, I wouldnt 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. Ruby red body, little to no head. Strong and sweet malty like aroma. Very smooth drinking experience despite the 7.5% abv. Quite a sweet up front creamy taste, tapers off with a little bit of an woody aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (9652) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2012
Draught @ Naamat, Tampere.
Pours clear copper color with a small head. Aroma of spices, herbs, mild malts, goose berry bush and toffee. Flavour of spices, toffee, malts, herbs and grass. Bitter palate, spicy kick at the end. A bit weird but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (8171) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2012
Draught @ Kahdet Kasvot
Aroma is rather spicy with rosmarine and herbs. Flavour is spicy with cinnamon, rosmarine and some herbs. Weird and messy but quite drinkable still. After this you know why they use hops nowadays.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
Tap at Brew Dog Camden - 28/08/12. Chill haze causes a slightly obscure copper colour with an off-white head. Mint, herbs and medicinal notes on the nose. Taste follows on similar lines to the aroma with an earthy/farmy background. Less mint in the taste than the aroma. Grain in the taste and vegetarian herb stuffing! Light to medium body , moderate carbonation, quite wet. Hmmm - stick to hops! Light to medium bodied

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