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International Arms Race - BrewDog

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

06-15-2014 00:08:03 | More by dsshuck
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 21:58:35 | More by SHODriver
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

05-25-2014 22:16:15 | More by Lehighace06
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.4%

05-21-2014 00:44:07 | More by HollyHops
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 04:29:06 | More by DrDemento456
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longjohnsilver

New York

3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 22:30:54 | More by longjohnsilver
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +8%

04-22-2014 01:44:41 | More by vermilcj
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

03-30-2014 04:19:43 | More by tbryan5
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +23.5%

03-29-2014 19:07:13 | More by Oakenator
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

03-21-2014 17:52:48 | More by Travcofarms
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alrightokay

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8%

03-19-2014 01:24:57 | More by alrightokay
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Goofster

Sweden

1.75/5  rDev -46%

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AGB

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

02-02-2014 19:26:26 | More by AGB
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 06:21:14 | More by Flounder57
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Tone2467

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

11-09-2013 00:13:50 | More by Tone2467
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

10-06-2013 19:59:01 | More by ROGUE16
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Soto

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

09-07-2013 00:40:29 | More by Soto
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 19:01:14 | More by ianjsullivan
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

1.25/5  rDev -61.4%

06-22-2013 07:20:26 | More by Kirk
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civicm87

New York

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

06-17-2013 00:55:05 | More by civicm87
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 19:50:30 | More by jtierney89
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shand

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've gotta say, I'm expecting mediocrity here, but the concept interested me enough to give it a try. International Arms Race pours a hazy orange color with a tiny head. The aroma - I can see how they're trying to approximate the aroma of an IPA with the herbs and spices. It doesn't quite make it there, but I can see the resemblance. And, it smells good without comparing it to the IPA, there's distinct spicy and floral aromas that are very nice. The taste is actually remarkably close to the structure of an IPA. Especially at first, where citrus and floral dominate. A strong spicing on the backend tries to approximate the bitterness, which doesn't quite parallel the bitter hop kick of an IPA, but I can see what they were trying to do. Again, it's still a tasty herb/spice beer when completely knocking the notion of an IPA out of my head.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 02:43:37 | More by shand
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International Arms Race from BrewDog
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