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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mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2013.03.03 - Brewdog/Flying Dog International Arms Race - 11.2oz bottle in pint glass. Bottle marked batch 163 best before 22-05-13. Aroma: as on the label, berries and herbs. Appearance: Pours around 12-16 on SRM scale. Very clear nice mid copper. Not much head/carbonation but a sticky lacy ring, and a few bubbles here and there from bottom. Taste: Follows nose, berry floral notes and spices. A cinnamon-y dryness without obvious cinnamon taste, other herbs I cannot pick out. Interesting. I wouldn't drink a ton of it but I think it may be rated too harshly here at RB. Palate/Mouthfeel: medium light. Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 5/10, Palate 2/5, Overall 13/20

javiercrasher (619) - Granada, SPAIN - MAR 2, 2013
Rojiza, luminosa. Con muy poca espuma que desaparece rapidamente. Olor a frambuesa y jengibre. Poco cuerpo, muy ligera y poco gas. En boca muy dulce, sabor a frutos rojos y ligero aire a vermuth. Esperas que el sabor despegue pero no lo hace. Un verdadero desatino. Eso si, el alcohol muy bien integrado, ni se nota. En casa tengo infusiones mejores.

Geiserich (4545) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle: Intensive notes of herbs and berries. Sweetish and bitter notes, ginger. Amber color, low head. Flavor is sweetish, very herbal with again ginger notes, vermouth, and a lot more. Nice.

Hopfemandli (108) - Zug, SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2013
On tap @Erzbierschof’s -- Copper/amber color, foam disappears immediately. Modest aroma. Flavor is herbs, a bouquet of different garden herbs. It is medium bodied, refreshing, with balanced sweet and acid elements. A nice experiment.

tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Weird one... Sample pour of deep golden amber. Nose is malty sweet, no citrus, some herbal... Flavor is sweet malt, some light citrus, herbal and sweet. Light and drinkable, just not a favorite..

ElDesmadre (3627) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle. Almost no head but no floaties compared with the Flyng Dog version. Even better aroma. Some toasted malt is detectable. Citrusy, minty and floral, with elderberry championing the citrus, an alpine herbal feel, rosemary and juniper, and berry-like undertones. The taste is significantly better than the FD version yet still rather amateurish. This beer has also an evidently alcoholic mouthfeel, albeit less than the FD version. The anise-like finish is better, the taste more aromatic and the whole is better balanced. Still, it basically fails as an IPA and fails even more as a gruit which both beers actually are. The whole experiment was a challange to my wallet and my palate was not impressed. The philosophy of overloading a beer with a ton of hops and seeing what comes out does not work well when transposed on a gruit.

iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2013
Keg at The Anderson. Watery, slightly hazy amber body with no head. Aniseed, ginger, floral tasting.

Koelschtrinker (20782) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 20, 2013
Hellmalziger Antrunk, Fruchtnoten, aufkommende Hefenoten. Im Mittelteil intensiver nach Kräutern und Früchten, weich, süffig. Geringe Herbe zum Ende, weiterhin Kräuter, vollmundig. 12/12/11/11/8/11

zacgillbanks (5362) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A dark amber-brown beer that pours without a head. It has a sweet floral fruity flavour with ginger and herbal notes and a sweet lemon and slight bitter finish.

Abrakarl (436) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2013
Odd, spicy aroma. Can’t place the spice though. Not totally positive. No hops really which is negative. Will not have this again. It’s strong but not good. A waste of time and money and brain cells, although I applaud them for trying something different.

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