International Arms Race - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.35/5 rDev +39%
A light colored beer, about that of a Bass ale. Aroma of cinnamon and perhaps juniper. Very nice tasting, subtle spicing--like all the better Christmas beers lately. While this isn't technically a Christmas or Winter beer, it should be judged as one--as it certainly isn't an IPA.
The Gruit leaves a lingering yet clean finish--and one can tell--if you think about it-- that there are no hops--even though it is decently bitter. If it were a hopped beer, it would probably rate 30 IBUs or lower...which to me, is quite pleasant for a Scots Ale, and appropriate for that style. This could be labeled a Scots-Christmas Ale, and no one would notice that it isn't very hoppy (but to me, that's a good thing!).
The brewers showed their skill by making a malty tasting beer--only the color of a pale ale, too--CLASSY!
I think this is an excellent beer--highly experimental, and very much a success...as it truly is delicious, especially on a cold winter night.
12-02-2012 00:56:53 | More by AnalogReigns
4.2/5 rDev +34.2%
A finger of whitish head that recedes into some decent surface retention. Color is a hazy amber (I agitated the sediment deliberately, so sue me). Only a bit of lace, and I've been trying to make sure my glasses are extra-clean lately.
Nose brings the German prefix "kräuter-" to mind; closest translation is "herbal". Kinda like a Ricola but less sweet, if that helps. Definitely a positive.
Dang, this is pretty darn good. Not overwhelming, but a great balanced herbal palate that again, is kinda reminiscent of Ricola in the best possible way. Not particularly bitter, but the aftertaste is slightly leafy and mentholic. I wouldn't guess it was 7.5%, and I could definitely drink several of these; I'm regretting having bought only one (seemed like a gimmick and I don't usually care for IPAs anyway).
Good feel if a bit coarse, but no complaints.
Well this is neat, and I like it a lot, but the BA style categorization is correct (gruit) rather than any kind of IPA. And if you're still reading this, I recommend agitating the sediment before pouring.
11-25-2012 02:25:38 | More by zaphodchak
4.08/5 rDev +30.4%
Poured into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy copper with lots of particles and a one-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted a minute. Not much lacing.
S: The most herbal smelling beer I've ever smelled. Very interesting.
T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Very herbal and earthy like the nose. Tastes like tea.
M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth.
O: I don't think this is a great beer, but it definitely gets points for originality.
12-11-2012 02:21:21 | More by SolipsismalCat
4.05/5 rDev +29.4%
The owner of my local bevvy mart said that this is a limited run--being a huge fan of flying dog beers, I thought I'd give it a go.
Appearance-wise, It looks dark golden brown and pours an average-ish head with minimal lacing. Nothing special to see here. Besides, you don't stare at beer, you drink it.
Smell-wise, it's very floral. Like a garden. It reminds me of stepping into a greenhouse and taking in a whiff of sweet, fresh smelling compost. It's very pleasant.
Taste-wise, it has nothing in common with an IPA, despite it's zero IBU IPA claim. However, you can certainly tell what they were trying to achieve. This beer is pretty complex. The weird blend of herbs and spices creates multiple layers of flavor profiles that produce a sense of bitteriness, but underneath those sensations I can make out a malty seasonal Oktoberfest/Maerzen style beer. Very satisfying actually.
Mouthfeel, very clean and refreshing, maybe some stickiness.
Overall, this was a pretty neat experiment. I thought it tasted great. If they had not tried to market it as a zero IBU IPA it would probably get better reviews. I could see how the label would attract serious hop-heads and then let them down. Standing on it's own, it's nice, and if you can find a batch near you, please give it a shot and write up a review here.
10-01-2012 11:54:53 | More by offEND
3.98/5 rDev +27.2%
Ba Review #230
Served On: 10/19/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: 016A13
This was from Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD for $12.99 a 6-pack.
Look: Poured a hazy orangish color with some golden tinges along the edges. The head was a mere coating of film with some tiny speckles of head lacing. Carbonation level seemed very low.
Smell: Mainly earthy spice with a bouquet of dried flowers and hay. This aroma also reminded me of a pumpkin ale with some occasional hints of bland pumpkin meat.
Taste: First off were strong notes of spice - coriander and some clove. The spice subsided towards the middle and then that pumpkin ale character hit. The finish was some residual spice that slowly faded into a faint bitterness.
I was satisfied with the brew – but it was rather pricey for what it was. I plan on seeking out its BrewDog counterpart for sure.
10-19-2012 16:16:17 | More by CraftBeerTastic
3.98/5 rDev +27.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
A- A very hazy orange/copper with a very small white head.
S- Grapefruit, grapefruit rinds, earthy spices, herbal, nice malt backbone.
T- Very herbal, floral, earthy spices, grapefruit rind, some caramel malts, really nice bitterness, and slight tea like taste.
M- Smooth, medium body.
O- A tasty beer and has some surprising hop like flavors for having on hops. I will pick this up again!
11-02-2012 23:31:08 | More by larryi86
3.93/5 rDev +25.6%
ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.
A: It looks like dark, hazy cider. An orange tint is visible in light, as are the bubbles of gently rising carbonation.
S: Spicy spruce, heather, woody, earthy, and herbaceous, Arms has a fantastic aroma.
T: Spruce, heather, biscuit, sour, spicy, earthy, woody finish. This beer is like drinking a forest. It has some things in common with some Christmas seasonals, but it is different enough that it cannot be shoved into that generic category.
M: Medium and sweet
O: This is a beer that everyone should at least try once. It has an interesting aroma and taste profile. If you are not into woody, earthy, herbaceous beers, you will not like Arms. If you would like an example of what older beers most likely tasted like, try this beer. The finish is sour and spicy in a very different way from hops. If you want a beer that produces IPA bitterness using other ingredients, you will not find that here.
10-21-2012 18:20:20 | More by ianjsullivan
3.9/5 rDev +24.6%
Very hazy orange gold pour with 1/2 finger medium cream head. Not retention and no lace. Significant particulate matter suspended in the glass.
Initial nose is orange peel, and quite strong. Later in the glass I'm getting a lot of white pepper. Strong herb mix, so much so that it is difficult to tell what exactly is there. Smells a bit like some kitchen experiments I did as a kid, mixing herbs together to see what aroma combinations could be formed. Very earthy.
Flavor is very much the white pepper and orange zest. There is a light grapefruit presence and even a touch of mango - but both of these are achieved through an herbal balance. Interesting and not the least off-putting to my palate.
Feel is slightly chewy, a bit thicker than expected. Not syrupy at all. I think all those floaters add to the feel.
Overall, glad I tried it. Not an everyday drinker, but quite a nice experiment.
01-03-2013 02:32:12 | More by beer2day
3.88/5 rDev +24%
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.
01-11-2014 04:10:16 | More by Big-Frog
3.83/5 rDev +22.4%
a deep opaque amber pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished.
smells of rust, battery acid, banana, pepper, orange peel....this should be an interesting one.
the taste is very odd.. lots of strange vegetable and fruit notes come to play.. mango, tree bark, medicinal cherry flavoring, coriander, nutmeg.. i mean.. the smell and flavors probably sound gross, but it's actually not bad. at all. i mean, i probably wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting.. but as far as trying it, i'm not mad i did.
the body is medium, on the lighter side, with a decent amount of carbonation. nothing too special aside from a strange burning sensation left on the lips.. not sure if it's from the alcohol (not really THAT high) or whatever spices were used on this.
well, needless to say, this is not an IPA. obviously. an IPA needs hops, and a certain ibu level to be an IPA. also, the color is a bit off, and again, an IPA needs a certain SRM level to be an IPA. if anything it's a spiced up amber, crossing over to a winter warmer type of ale. which, to me, is fine.. but please, do not print in bold large font "zero ibu ipa" on your label.
11-10-2012 01:52:45 | More by facundoCNB
3.78/5 rDev +20.8%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Picked this one up because "0-IBU IPA" really catches the eye.
Deep amber/gold in color with a thin, white head, which doesn't stay long. No lacing to mention. Significant amount of flotsam and jetsam suspended in the beer at first, then settling to the bottom.
Smells of sweet fruits. Maybe a little bit of orange, but seems to be leaned towards more exotic stuff.
The flavor really surprised me; I didn't see how a 0-IBU IPA could be a thing, but it's surprisingly close. Obviously there's no hop-wallop, but there is a similar hit from the spices involved. After the initial flavor, though, it becomes clear that the culprit is spices, and the aftertaste is clearly a bit different. Still good, and certainly not a common flavor.
Mouthfeel is light on carbonation, which I attribute to the style, and a bit slick; definitely on the lighter side.
Overall, I probably wouldn't buy this again, although if it were brewed again I would try that version. A very interesting experiment, and glad I was able to try it.
05-11-2013 04:28:57 | More by diddly
3.58/5 rDev +14.4%
A-amber wih a thin white head.
S-sweet caramel, cinnamon, maybe some peppercorn. Smells like a hippy candle. I happen to like hippy candles. Strong scent.
T-comes in tasting like a hippy candle as well, much like insence. Cinnamon and herbs. It has a good amount of bitterness to it, for being a zero ibu ipa. It's a unique beer. The after-taste is matching but weak.
M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish
O-this is an odd beer. It's really not sitting that well with me either. The flavors are decent and unique but it doesn't make a good drinker.
09-30-2012 23:35:44 | More by AdamBear
International Arms Race from Flying Dog Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.