BrewDog / Flying Dog International Arms Race

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


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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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deanso (10150) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - AUG 29, 2012
On tap at the wildeman. Almost no white head. Citrusy aroma. Cloudy amber pour. Almost no carbonation. Pretty good attempt despite the lack of hops

JohnRMurdoch (4924) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2012
Keg @ BrewDog Glasgow. Strange orange brown colour, no head. Hoppy aroma. Strange vanilla hop flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Very unusual. Not really my sort of beer.

mR_fr0g (12574) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
Daft at Brewdog Camden. Brown copper colour with zero head. Grassy heral medicinal aroma. The flavour of rosemary is very strong in this beer. After flavour is woody / TCP. An intersting experiment, neither of these are good beers. The best thing about this beer is how it shows how important hops are. I was looking forward to a malt forward beer here, but i guess that would not be in the spirit of IPA.

Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2012
0.33 l bottle at Vihreä Haltiatar, Jyväskylä. Amber color. Pungent aroma of rosemary and ginger. Rosemary and ginger also tastes strong with some piney and earthy notes. Sweet with no bitterness. Aroma is not bad, but taste is unbalanced due to lack of bitterness. Why not use some bitter herbs?

daje (4436) - NORWAY - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle at Grünerløkka Mat- og Mikrobrygg Festival 2012. Amber body, small offwhite head. Aroma of caramel and herbs, lots of berries. Malty and flowery taste, becoming sweeter and sweeter as I drink. It’s an interesting beer, could have been very good with some bittering hops, but I suppose that would go against the reason they made this beer in the first place

DnAuK (112) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2012
Much better example of the style than the Flying Dog attempt. Smooth & herbal with strong warming alcohol notes. 1 up to Brewdog I feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Ungstrup (37889) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2012
Draft. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes caramel, elderflowers, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, elderflowers, and malt, leading to a dry finish.

rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2012
This one squeaked as the winner in the arms race for me. The mint tea and earthy nutty flavours seemed to be more palatable than the sourness of the Flying dog contribution. It does however have to heavy a malty body to cope with the delicate vegetal flavours. Ended up feeling it was too sweet by far.

Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Off keg at the brewdog bar notts. Really not a fan, tasted of syrupy water. There are some nice flavours lurking in there bit overall, no good.

jookos (6875) - FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle. Amber, clear. Nose is like walking in to one of those herbal/spice shops: ginger, lavendar, bergamot, some cinnamon, cloves, different types of herbs, teas, even some coca cola. With a good malt backing, of course. Body is quite full, doesnt feel hot, quite nicely balanced with all the herbs. This isn’t quite like a xmas ale, as it has that ginger freshness, but very spicy non the less. If you like hanging around spice stores or (the) body shops, this is for you.

-- bb/h

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