International Arms Race - BrewDog
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3.5/5 rDev +8.4%
A: poured into an IPA glass to a nice gold hue that's a little cloudy and topped by a finger of dense slightly off white head that fades fairly quickly
S: smells very herbal with a bit of pine. It smells like potpourri.
T: taste is very herbal and tea like with a slight honey sweetness. swallow brings more herbs and a bit of a medicinal taste that's a little fruity
M: this beer is on the lighter side of medium with prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: very funky for an IPA, but it appears to be spot on for a Gruit. It isn't terrible but it's very different but you have to be expecting different.
06-01-2014 21:58:35 | More by SHODriver
3.74/5 rDev +15.8%
Paid about 3 bucks for the single. Seeing it retired I now know it's an old bottle. Still I have not had many to the style.
A - Well it looks like beer hazy honey amber color with a 1/4 inch of head that dissipates before I can even type this sentence. Not much lace.
S - Wow is that herbal and woody! I have not experienced such an intense smell. Like a garden of fresh blueberries and blackberries meets flowers and cinnamon.
T - The taste not so intense. Pretty much as others described like an alcoholic herbal tea. Some cinnamon. Some fruit. Mostly honey sweetness.
M - It's thin but not watery the ABV really clings to the palate masking the body of actual beer.
Well this was quite a tasty find. Leave it to brewdog to make a Scottish Gruit that taste like actual beer. Even the herbs seem to take a backseat after aging. Worth picking up I guess.
05-09-2014 04:29:06 | More by DrDemento456
3.95/5 rDev +22.3%
The beer shows a decent cream colored head on top of a light amber body, which is a tiny bit hazy.
A honey sweetness lays down the base layer which is complemented by the appearance, which is also very reminiscent of honey. It smells a bit like clover and blueberries, and overall this is the secondary flavor. There is very little in the way of bitterness, except as added by the carbonation.
The beer drinks like an easy walk through a rose garden in the summer, the easy-going sweetness is like 2 teaspoons of sugar in a tall glass of iced tea.
If more standard IPA's took this well balanced approach to the malt then I would be happier to try more of them.
05-04-2014 22:30:54 | More by longjohnsilver
3.55/5 rDev +9.9%
11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to nothing. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.
Smell: Herbal, spicy, caramel, bready, malts, and tea.
Taste: Caramel, toasted, clove, ginger, tea like, chai, brown sugar, and a bunch more I just can't explain.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, spicy, low carbonation, mild tingly sensation, and medium bodied. One you get past all the herbal flavors, this beer is extremely drinkable.
Overall: Before hops, this was it folks. I think I could have become accustomed to this style back several hundred years ago.
12-21-2013 06:21:14 | More by Flounder57
3.28/5 rDev +1.5%
ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.
A: Looks like iced tea. In the light, it has some red tints. The head is average and leaves spotty lacing.
S: Very interesting and spicy aroma. Dark fruit, clove, malty.
T: Sadly, not all the elements of the interesting aroma are present in the taste. Some malt, some brown sugar, some raisin, some hint of allspice.
M: Medium and flat.
O: Very interesting to the nose, but not successful in the taste.
08-09-2013 19:01:14 | More by ianjsullivan
3.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Semi-Hazed orange hue with a orange tinted vanilla head. Smells like a scotch ale. Heavy malts on the nose, butterscotch and caramel.
Sweet and very herbal/medicinal. Sweet berry flavors up front along with some malt. Berry flavor rolls through to the mid-palate where the herbal flavors take over. Piney and medical finish. Finishes dry with pale malts and faint berry like sweetness lingers on the tongue. Touch of alcohol heat. Doesn't taste like an IPA in the least but I liked it better then flying dogs version. As an IPA crap, as a Scottish gruit, very good.
06-04-2013 19:50:30 | More by jtierney89
International Arms Race from BrewDog
76 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.