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International Arms Race - BrewDog

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60 Ratings

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 09-02-2012)
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3.65/5  rDev +13.4%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

"An IPA with no hops by two breweries separated by sea?" Yes, that's the challenge between BrewDog and Flying Dog; a zero IBU IPA. Instead of hops, spearmint, bay leaves, rosemary, juniper berries and elderflower were used to impart bitterness. Unfortunately BrewDog forgot to take "hops" off their label, calling this an IPA was a mistake and they missed an opportunity to educate the masses about this interestingly complex no hop beer.

STYLE: Gruit
ABV: 7.5%

LOOK: Bright copper, creamy tight lacing

SMELL: Bitters, minty, floral, herbal, rosemary, wet hay

TASTE: Smooth, medium-bodied, semi-chewy, malty sweet, banana, juniper, spicy, spearmint, bitter herbs, leafy, earthy, woody, dry, grainy finish

BeerAdvocate, Oct 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

KyleStanton, Nov 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Lare453, Nov 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Ajlvt, Sep 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +32%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

ColdWaffles, Jul 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

dsshuck, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SHODriver, Jun 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Lehighace06, May 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

HollyHops, May 21, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

DrDemento456, May 09, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

longjohnsilver, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

vermilcj, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

BeerForMuscle, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

tbryan5, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

Oakenator, Mar 29, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Travcofarms, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

alrightokay, Mar 19, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

Goofster, Feb 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

AGB, Feb 02, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Flounder57, Dec 21, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Tone2467, Nov 09, 2013
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International Arms Race from BrewDog
76 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.