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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (2845) - NORWAY - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Deep copper, beige head. Smells of dark malts, spices, dark fruits and Fernet Branca. Heavy sweet, a sting of alcohol, dark fruits and that spicy herbal Fernet Branca again. Medium bitter finish,. Quite interesting; strange to call it an IPA though. Is it all just marketing?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
S_Side_Smitty (764) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Hazy copper pour with a thick off-white head. Aroma is hoppy, but different. It has a cedar-like fragrance with something sweet in the background. Taste is flat cedar up front dropping off quickly with a strange tangy mid palate and a short non-specific fruity reveal at the finish. You get a little malt at the back of the throat. Hmmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7481) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Clear reddish amber body with carbonation. Strong fruity spicy aroma with wild berry and sandalwood notes. Dry-sweet spicy cinnamon and sandalwood taste with fruity herbal notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish earthy herbal dried fruit aftertaste with wooden cinnamon notes. Lovely! Intensely aromatic, yet smooth and harmonic. Not nearly as bitter as a normal IPA, but it does have the bitterness of an ordinary beer. The alcohol is also very well hidden. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly, Vika.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ABS (1017) - Stokke, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2013
Copper, red tones. Head disappears very quickly. Herb, alcohol, lots of cherry aroma. Very weird beer, feels almost like a liquer drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Holmen1 (5601) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 Min frste l (fra et kommersielt bryggeri) brygget helt uten humle. Bruser med stor vellyd, men skummet forsvinner like fort som i en bringebrbrus. Aroma av ste br og peppermynte. Smaker som alkopop/bringebrbrus. Som l er den ute av balanse - sdme uten bitterhet, men vitaminene er godt skjult. Nytt forsk p Cafe viking juli-13, fra fat: uklar og praktisk talt uten skum. Intens lukt av blomstereng. Smak av blomkarsesdme, honning og et streif av tyttebr. Opp p aroma og palate, ned p appearance. Fra 2.1 til 2.4. A weird beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2013
0,33 bottle kvadrat. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is soapy and ginger, spiced and herbal. Spiced, ginger, citric, bite and soapy. Something that reminds me of a bitter licour in the end there. Prob my taste buds but this is not my thing. But a interesting, complex taste it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle (33cl) from Vinmonopolet (Storo), Oslo. Clear amber/copper colour. Half-inch offwhite head, good retention. Spicy/herbal aroma with cloves, crowberry, licorice root, menthol, cookies. Medium body, soft carbonation, slight mouth-cleansing sensation. Semi-sweet herbal taste with mild bitterness and some acidity. Herbal-bitter aftertaste. I was underwhelmed initially (expecting some IPA likeness), but when forgetting that, this is somewhat of a grower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9912) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2013
Bouteille 33cl, batch#164, BB 23/05/2013. Orange-cuivre, col beige. Arme reste ici aussi, comme dans la version Flying Dog, porte sur un bouquet pic et herbac mais se faisant plus discret. Larme donne donc une place plus consquente aux malts. Cependant, le laurier tout comme le romarin sont toujours distincts. Je peine un peu y trouver la menthe. Palais offre une alternance moins en avant au niveau des herbes mais restant quand mme plus subtile. Pointe dorange et herbac, malt type crystal ple cara sajoutant en fin de bouche pour un fini plus balanc que sa consoeur amricaine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VastActiv (6479) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2013
Bottle 0.33l at Kittys, Helsinki. Originally rated 04082012. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, grain and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (2285) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
[330ml bottle from Utobeer, London] Pours orangey-amber with a moderate off-white head and middling carbonation. At first its too sweet; Im not used to unhopped beers! But then herbal tomes begin to emerge - thyme, especially, and maybe some myrtle - followed by summer fruits (strawberries) and something deeper and darker, probably juniper. Theres some ginger too, and loads of other herbs and frutis swirling about on the tip of the tongue. At times theres a touch of helth tonic about it, but then another different flavour pops out to surprise you. Its incredibly complex - I felt that I could have done with more than 330ml to fully work it out. Well done Brewdog for making something so challenging and so interesting!

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