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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (17269) - Pori, - SEP 21, 2012
Bottled 330ml (Birger, BB 05/2013)
Clear copper color, steady beige head. Lots of herbs in the nose (oregano, tarragon), also some sweetish malty notes. Medium-bodied. Same herbs in the flavour plus some pepper. Fortunately in the flavour herbs and spices are not dominating so badly. Bready maltyness, maybe hints of liquorice. Ive had similar Christmas beers before. Not too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle at Beer Temple. Amber body with big head. Nose herbal, medicinal, grassy. Taste floral with caramel, malts, toasty. Bitter in there. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (23971) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber color, medium tan head. Fruity aroma. Taste is very sweet dark fruit. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6539) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Best before 5/23/15, drunk 5/30/15
One year past the best before, but spices dont really fade and its a 7.5% beer so Im assuming this is just a token.
Beer is in fine shape with a caramel-amber colored body, bright and with a small eggshell head that slowly recedes to a ring.
Mint, spearmint, creme de menthe, rosemary, thyme and finally some light caramel in the nose. Awesome! Are people rating this as something other than a gruit??? Or did the year past Best Before date just let the spices mellow out a bit? Probably that. Anyways, I was bracing myself for the flavor and was very pleasantly surprised. Rosemary, thyme and light mint, with a soft, supple body bolstered by moderately sweet malt. Sweetens some with warming, but the spices help keep it in check. Not horribly complex but I love herbs, and this isnt overdone at this point. Maybe they should have suggested holding on to it for a few years before drinking. Alcohol very well-concealed. Right up there with some of the better gruits and really the only thing I dont like is the unnecessary 7.5% abv. If this were about 5% and a little less spiced, it would be phenomenal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (7309) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2015
330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. BB date 23.05.2013. ABV is 7.5%. Amber colour, huge white head. Strong aroma of wild berries and herbs, hints of spices. Fresh and fruity flavour, again notes of wild berries and herbs, including bog myrtle / sweet gale. Unusual, but interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scanovajr (675) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 10, 2015
A hazy orange beer with a small white head. Aroma is spicy and malty, with ginger notes. Taste is caramel malt and spicy, ginger, pepper. Dry and spicy finish. A weird beer

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TEJA (2972) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget sweden. Short beige head over a clear amber color beer. Resin aroma from woody spices like false rosmary and wormroth. A bit caramell and spicy taste and low sweetness. A new and interesting spice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2595) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle at BrewDog Camden on 13 Oct 2012. Poured a clear, bright amber, with a dense off white head. Aroma was big herbs, slight medicine and iodine, with floral notes and caramel. Bitter flavour, some almond, resin, spice, coriander and marmalade. Finish was fairly light; mineral, toffee, violets and chalk. Different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maxbier (948) - Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Copper color with thin off white head. Malty herbal aroma (mint basil I think). Taste is boozy malt, low carbonation and herbs. I drank this one 5 months after it's best but date, which may have improved the flavor ofer what others have indicated. Spicy, peppery finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Serving: 330 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a cloudy amber color with chunks of yeast settlingout and a thin off white ring for a head. The nose is minty and herbal with a little chocolate, wood, and something I cant quite place. Based on the mouthfeel I wouldnt guess the ABV is that high. A little limp on the tongue thanks to virtually no carbonation. Nice bit of mint, wood, ginger, something floral, and a little of that almost chocolate note. Not one I would like a ton of, but interesting. Glad I tried it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (12721) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours copper, sweet ginger, light fruity, bit sweet and cloying, herbal.

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