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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (13055) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle. Orange amber color. Red berries and twigs in the aroma. Red berries, wood and twigs in the spicy flavor. Mint. Limited bitterness. Interesting experiment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2013
Comparing the two beers like it should be probably be. Thy both smell heavily herbal. The black label even unpleasant. But at the taste the flying dog is slightly favorite. But both are not my kind of beer for sure.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
The_Osprey (7731) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2013 Oct 2012 - bottle. No hops, replaced with herbs and roots etc. Sweet, sasparilla, tastes like incense smells. Slight apple juice taste. Gives me a tickly throat. Doesnt taste like beer. Isnt very nice really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2013
The aroma is sweet and reminds me of my grandparents basement (some grandparents right) with malt, fruit, herbs, and grass. The appearance is hazy copper with a smallish head. The taste is like the aroma with dry finish. The palate is unremarkable. The beer overall is drinkable but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aniela (4216) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber beer with a small not lasting offwhite head. Spicy and floral aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
anfractuosity (376) - - MAR 12, 2013
Orangy citrus notes. Undefined notes of spiciness. Warming taste. Wouldnt buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tderoeck (9205) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2013
10/III/13 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: 23/V/13 (2013-231) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear amber beer, irregular off-white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: some caramel, hay, bit nutty, sugary, some alcohol, disinfectant. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit spicy, herbal, cardamom, bit sweet, grains. Aftertaste: little sweet, caramel, lots of spices, cardamom, bit sourish. Flying Dog: you lose, Brewdog: you "win", but its more of a pity cup you get. Neither of these beers are very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (5646) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep orange body with a small off-white head. Nose is boozy grass tones, resin, rummy malts and hints of grains. Taste is slightly herbal papery tones, sherry, hints of grape peel and berries. Medium body, soft carbonation. A bit strange and OK, but not more. Not much to the BrewDog effort in this "battle"; the Flying Dog version was absolutely superior and I really dont get the low ratings it gets.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
suprchunk (2986) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Clear amber colored pour. No carbonation. No head. No lacing. Big heather aroma. I thought I mistakenly poured a Williams Bros. Heather Ale. Taste is slightly sweet with a huge heather flavor. Some astringency. Better than the other sides offering. Thats for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arone12 (928) - Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Pours a dark orange color with a spicy orange peel aroma. I like this version more than the flying dog version. Flavors blend better.

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