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International Arms Race - BrewDog

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International Arms RaceInternational Arms Race

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76
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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
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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Reviews by sennin:
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sennin

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass on February 27th, 2013.

This beer by BrewDog was made as collaboration between them and Flying Dog Brewery. The collaboration was comically labeled, “International Arms Race” and was supposedly meant to create an IPA that actually contains no hops.

Appearance: Very light, much more than I am use to seeing in most IPA’s, almost looks more like a Belgian Wheat than an IPA. There is not much in the way of head after the pour- foam is lacking and there isn’t much in the way of lacing. Somewhat standard but gets points for its rather unique look.

Smell: Very much smells like Arcadia Ales’ “Jaw Jacker” seasonal. However this beer has an immense bouquet of berries, such as blueberry and strawberry. But I also smell other fruits such as peach, grape, and even cherry. There is also a gingery and a peppery scent in there as well, which complements the other smells quite well. Hop scents are not really present. This would make sense considering that the beer is advertised as a brew made with roots, berries, and herbs and no hops.

Taste: It is not as sweet as I was expecting, but the fruits are definitely there, first taste seems to be of oranges and peaches with a grape taste joining strongly on the backend. The gingery and pepper notes are consistently present in the taste but never overwhelming and seem to complement the fruits quite well. Interestingly, the peppery taste becomes much stronger in between sips. Quite good, but in the end, it’s really not very complex and does not develop at all throughout the tasting session. Although, there is something of an unpleasant syrup-like taste that develops as the drinking session goes on. Also, fair warning- this tastes nothing like an IPA, I can’t even taste any bitterness in this, nor any alcohol, which is impressive considering it is 7.5% ABV.

Mouth Feel: Smooth and silky, but bland. Very average mouth feel and has nowhere near the sort of texture that other peppery/herbal brews like Brasserie Dieu du Ciel’s Route Des Épices has. It’s quite lacking in this department and honestly doesn’t feel much different to me than a low-tier beer like Budweiser.

In the end, the smell of this brew is quite captivating, but everything else is quite average and quite below what I usually expect from BrewDog. Don’t be fooled either, this is not an IPA, I am almost confused as to why this can even be labeled an IPA considering how lacking it is in texture as well as bitterness. It’s worth a try, sure. But don’t kill yourself trying to seek it out either.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 16:32:43 | More by sennin
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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
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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.

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International Arms Race from BrewDog
76 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.