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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrmarrow (13) - Toru, POLAND - APR 12, 2013
A very interesting one. I think it could be pine, maybe some juniper berries? Quite flat, no foam (when it got a little warmer, it resembled congac).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DnAuK (112) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2012
Much better example of the style than the Flying Dog attempt. Smooth & herbal with strong warming alcohol notes. 1 up to Brewdog I feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopyr (11) - Oborniki Śl./Wrocław, POLAND - SEP 17, 2012
Copper color with medium head. In aroma and taste - resinous, similar to young shoot of spruce. Medium body, medium bitterness. Generally - experiment completed successfully. That beer reminds IPA. Its interesting and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5884) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle @ home. Very clear golden orange colour with a head that doesnt last long. Smells dishwashing soap, flowers, toiletrefresher.. Very soapy and shampooish. Tastes like it smells, but its actually okay to nice. Didnt expect to like this. Fizzy carbo, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (7647) - Rimini, ITALY - AUG 31, 2012
On tap at BD Camden. It pours a copper colour with almost no head. Aroma is sour and spicy, with vinegar and sage. Taste is similarly sour and spicy, with some fruitiness and cinnamon as well. Quite vinegary. Mouthfeel is thin with good carbonation. Overall, very nice soured ale with spices: Odd but works well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - SEP 7, 2012
Non sembra affatto una birra, non lo sembra nellaroma, dove si sente lassenza del luppolo e dove invece si sentono molto le spezie come la cannella, non lo sembra nellaspetto, poca schiuma e colorazione da th, non lo sembra nel sapore molto speziato con unattacco dolce che vira poi su un leggero amaro. Ancora cannella su tutti! Il retrogusto senbra sempre qualcosa di altro ma forse laspetto che pi si avvicina alla birra considerando anche lamarezza abbastanza persistente che lascia insieme a un gran sentore di cannella! In ogni caso buona!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (5734) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle from
Rather small off-white head. Clear amber to brown colour. Aroma liquorice, mint, similar to our local herb liquor "Demnovka". Cough drops. Under that lies some light smokey maltyness. The taste evolves in a very similar way to mentioned Demnovka. Initially more sweet, herbal. Towards the finish the bitterness takes over, though never above average. Notes of liquorice in the taste and finish too. This has definitely failed as an attempt to create an IPA. I am not sure, what I have expected, also unsure about what I really got. It is interesting and drinkable indeed. Higher ABV is hardly noticeable, if noticeable at all. This is not your regular beer, this does not fit in no beer style. Enjoyable in its own way. If I had a second chance, I would taste it very chilled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (2288) - Linkping, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2012
Aroma: Smelling of sweet bread with nuts, fruits, apple, soicy, ginger, horse radish and green hay.
Appearance: A clear deep amber colored beer. A high off-white head with small lacing and some curtains.
Taste: Tasting hether honey porridge, pear and mint marmalade and generally fruity and spicy.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body with a slightly dry finish.
Overall: Rather interesting, spicy and warm without any hop feeling. Could be a good base for "glgg" (glhwein).
Note: Bottle 330 ml. Reviewed 2012-12-16.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1928) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 7, 2012
delightful spicy aroma, loads of herbs and spices. High amount of thyme or arctic thyme is propably used. fun brew, would serve well with game meat. Nice test

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (2882) - Tuusula, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2012
Half pint at brewdog camden. Clear copper color with no head. Aroma of cinnamon, herbs and ginger. Slight ginger on taste.

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