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International Arms Race - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
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105 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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 09-09-2012)
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3.2/5  rDev +2.2%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

Compared to BrewDog's version, this is a much less intricate and flavorful beer. As part of the challenge was to create an IPA-like experience using herbs and berries as bitterness, we would have loved to see more use of the core ingredients as there's no real recreation of hop bitterness going on here.

STYLE: Gruit
ABV: 7.5%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Hazy amber, thin, bubbly, dissipating lace

SMELL: Banana, spice, juniper

TASTE: Medium bodied, sweet, caramel, fruity, banana, esters, light juniper and mint, grainy finish

BeerAdvocate, Oct 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope this seasonal comes back around next year. Its definitely a different experience. Your taste buds experience a labyrinth of different ingredients, but most importantly, it goes down smooth and pairs well with steak or fish. That multifarious selection of ingredients I mentioned? Well there is a citrus taste, followed by a slightly hoppy taste, followed by a carbonated cinnamon experience. Its awesome, and I pray it comes back as a proven perennial favorite.

Big-Frog, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -60.1%

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3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very odd beer. This is the Brew Dog, Flying Dog collab.

A - Cloudy brownish gold color, little to no head.

S - Fresh herbal citrus smell. Like herbal tea.

T - Weird. Doesn't taste much like beer. More like a carbonated malt herbal tea.

M - Very thin, light carbonation.

O - Not terrible but far from great. Glad I tried it, but probably wont buy again.

jaycar06, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a wine glass

A: Nice golden-brown color, well carbonated, strong head that lasted a while, some lacing.

S: Citrus, floral and herbs. Quit aromatic like a potpourri

T: Tastes like it smells, strong citrus and herbs flavor. Spicy. Nicely bitter aftertaste. Something tastes a little soapy to me, is that Cilantro?

M: The carbonation is a little course and the beer feels a little thin. Still, oily and resiny.

O: An interesting zero IBU beer and my first gruit. I would like to try more of this style to compare. This is not a beer I would seek out, but also not a beer I would refuse. I gained an appreciation for what hops mean to beer (clearly a lot), but I appreciated the layers of complexity that bittering herbs can bring to the table. Hops and spice would work better in concert.

imscotty, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

kasubot, Oct 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

ROGUE16, Oct 01, 2013
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International Arms Race from Flying Dog Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.