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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Scopey (15261) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
Keg at BrewDog Camden. It pours very clear red-amber, with a quickly dissipating off-white head. The nose is bubblegum, candyfloss, Irn Bru, floral and spearmint. The taste doesn’t quite live up to the nose: dull fruit sweetness, diet Irn Bru, light bubblegum, well hidden alcohol, herbal and peppery notes, with a dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation and slick mouth-feel. An interesting experiment for sure, but I wouldn’t rush back for another...

tommann (3848) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours amber with no head. Aroma is sweet, floral, rubber and touches of berries. Taste has caramel malt throughout with some rosemary on the finish. Rubber on the aftertaste.

ration (2253) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2012
030912. Tap at Kahdet Kasvot, Tampere. Pours clear copper with a small head. Aroma lots of spices and herbs, maybe coriander and ginger. Sweet citrus taste. Carbonation seems to disappear quickly from the glass. Medium low palate. Strange stuff as expected.

joergen (28704) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2012
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Clear orange coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, herbs and spices. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, licorice, herbs and spices with notes of flowers. Spicy finish.

SimplySike (1510) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2012
33cl. Bottle. Poosr clear orange with white head. Aroma is spicy, grape, grass. Taste is herby, sweet, no real bitter. Mouth-feel thin. This is better, maybe bit to herby.

teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - AUG 31, 2012
On tap at BD Camden. It pours a copper colour with almost no head. Aroma is sour and spicy, with vinegar and sage. Taste is similarly sour and spicy, with some fruitiness and cinnamon as well. Quite vinegary. Mouthfeel is thin with good carbonation. Overall, very nice soured ale with spices: Odd but works well.

AshtonMcCobb (6757) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2012
33cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours amber with gentle bubbles and a slim head. The nose has honey, green dry herbs, maybe mint or rosemary and spice, perhaps woodspice such as cinnamon or nutmeg. The taste has more of the honey and woodspices coming through rather than the herbs. The palate is medium bodied with a light to medium texture and a clean finish despite the sweetness. Overall, some of the notes reminded me of a beer I had that had spruce in it -

mrtavora (27) - - AUG 31, 2012
This race was clearly won by BrewDog, however I’m afraid it’s because this beer is the least worse of the two. The aroma is grassy and something that reminded me of Hall’s Mint Drops. First sip was ok, some orange and liquorice but not as much as the Flying Dog version. The palate was of artificial citrus flavouring and medicine. I’m selling my extra bottles

cgarvieuk (25222) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle at home ... copper ... Huge off white head ... it fair foamed on pouring .. sweet sweet fruits ... peppery nose... sweet juicy fruits ... soft toffee ... juicy malts ... big pepperyness ...little rosemary? ... ok but im not sure how much i could drink

kermis (14125) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle at In de Wildeman. Pours cloudy light brown with sediment. Aroma of citrus, lemonade and some malt. Flavour is medium sweet with no real bitterness. In this version the malt seems to counteract the citrus slightly making it better than the Flying Dog version in my opinion.

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