BrewDog / Flying Dog International Arms Race

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


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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jgb9348 (6098) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Very slightly hazy bronze and copper coloured body with almost no head at all - a few large bubbles on top. Aroma of pine, spruce, juniper berries, figs and hints of sage - very interesting. Medium-bodied; Assertive herbal and very aggresively showing sage and rosemary with a little alcohol and medicinal tastes coming through at the end. Aftertaste shows much more restraint than flying dogs version, but still a very herbal and woodsy flavour that is a pure gruit. Overall, not a very good beer, period. Tasting this horizontally, I prefered this version over the American Flying Dogs version, since this is a bit more herbal and showing some less aggressive flavours making it more of a natural flavour instead of being forced. Regardless, this isnt a great beer and isnt worth finding or trying at all. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle adjacent to the American (Flying Dog) version of this beer on 23-March-2014 at home in Washington with this specific 33 cL bottle purchased at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 26-December-2012 for US$4.99 (Batch #164, best before 23-May-2013).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (10386) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2014 Rating from the memory banks... Bottle from the Brewdog online shop. Developed a weird, ropey sediment in the bottle... Pours hazy amber, thin white head. Aromas were herbal and minty, light spice. Taste went a bit medicinal. Interesting experiment, but not very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jockpocke (4) - - FEB 24, 2014 does not count
Hrligt initiativ med denna duell, st syrlig fruktig smak med toner av br och honung..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finn (7038) - Troms, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Flaske 0,33l fra Vinmonopolet, bestillingsutvalget. Drukket hjemme 11 Jun 13. Gyldenbrun. Lavt luftig skum. God aroma av nletrr. Smaken er skog: Einer, furu. Blir for ensforming. Mer original enn god. Litt julestemning - og sannsynligvis et eksempel p hvordan l kunne smake fr i tiden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solros (88) - stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
Doftar flder fruktigt. Smakar citrus och honung. En god l med en mickro bitter eftersmak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (10512) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2014
Flaka: Honeyish-golden, a bit unclear, quickly collapsing loose off-white head, sweet herbal-spicy nose - some caramel detectable - very similar to cough-syrup; moderate to solid bitter and sweet flavour, medium bodied; warming sweet-bitter finish. A Jgermeister-like brew, who really needs such "beers"...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thornecb (5852) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Pours hazy amber into a pint glass. Tan head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet and sour herb satchel aromas (yarrow, lavender). Medium bodied with lavender and twigs front to back. Lasting perfume finish. The marketing gimmick of a zero IBU IPA definitely brings it down a notch or two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Bottled. Hazy deep orangeish amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is spices, citrus, spruce and caramel. Flavour is spices, citrus some herbs and mild notes of spruce. Balanced. IMO a bit more spicy than the FD/BD version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
angel77 (3165) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 20, 2013
Botella de 33 cl mayo de 2013. Esto casi entra de lleno en el mundo de las infusiones. Cerveza muy especiada con aromas muy marcados a hierbas silvestres. cuerpo ligero de color turbio. Muy peculiar como experimento, aunque eso de los cero ibu no convence demasiado a un amante del lupulo. Se podria repetir? ... An me lo estoy preguntando.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Svesse (8454) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2013
(Bottle) Amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, spicy nose with ginger, honey, heather, clove, ginger-bread cake, dark bread, orange peel and a touch of mint. Malty, spicy taste with notes of ginger, cardamom, clove, anise, rye bread, orange and a perfumy finish with low bitterness. Medium body, with a certain herbal sweetness. Strange beer, but quite interesting. More interesting than brilliant actually. But quite enjoyable.

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