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International Arms Race - Flying Dog Brewery

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73
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 23.4%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 09-09-2012)
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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking copper color. The head fades very quickly, no retention or lacing on this beer. The smell of the beer gives off some light Gruit aromas. Some very subtle malt and citrus aromas also. The taste of the beer was malty with a bit of spice but not enough in my opinion. The mouthfeel of this beer is decent, moderate carbonation with medium body. Overall it's not as good as the BrewDog version. It needs more flavor from the Gruit. The lack of the hops need to be balanced with the spices and I'm just not getting enough from this beer.

Knapp85, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with just a hint of orange to it. There is a small layer of off white head that fades to a thin ring around the pour.

Smell: Lots of herbs and spices. I'm getting some coriander and ginger. Reminds me a bit of herbal tea. There might be some pepper as well.

Taste: They're marketing this as a zero ibu IPA, it's full of herbs and spices, but not bitter at all. I'm picking up some pepper and coriander. I'm sure there are more herbs and spices that I'm missing. There is a malt sweetness behind the spices. A bit weird.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not a terrible beer. I give them props for trying something weird like this. I enjoyed the spices, but everything fell a bit flat for me. I don't need any more.

oline73, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of duceswild
2/5  rDev -35.9%

duceswild, May 09, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A dull orange amber, a bit murky and a little brown also for the body. Makes a faint fleeting one finger tan head, but settles to a thin collar. Collar seems to have some staying power, but the top looks a bit filmy. Can't see much carbonation rising from this.

Nose is floral and full of honeysuckle sensations. Extremely spicy, sort of like cinnamon in a way, with lots hot dry powder burn. Quite a nice smelling brew actually.

Palate though just doesn't bring much depth. Brown spice rush of cinnamon, and nutmeg, but extremely fleeting, and stuck with a very dry and bitter feeling in the mid palate. Finishes wet but with no flavor on the aftertaste. Honey richness hinted on the nose is really missing.

Overall it's drinkable, and certainly doesn't feel boozy for 7.5, but this isn't one of the better Gruits I think I've had.

smakawhat, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- Collabration with Brewdog.

A: Dense cadmium orange shows a heavy dose of protein haze. A khaki 1 inch head is short on the hold, offering no visual lace appeal. A layer of sediment collects on the bottom of the vessel, a turn off to some, but i like the extra junk in the glass.

S: Aroma was orange-yeasty. short and sweet but light.

T: Blood orange-yeasty flavor, spices of citronella, grains of paradise, with some honey. Some light cardamon, and ginger, fresh spruce and cinnamon. Sweet, honey ginger laced malting with a peppery leave. Strange, yet a bit intriquing, yeasty and bready.

M: Oily mouthful, malty, sweet and spicy.

O: Overall a strange yet intriquing flavor, spicy, sweet, definitly worthy a single try to figure out the layers of spiciness for oneself. hard to describe.

beerthulhu, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
2/5  rDev -35.9%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of bark
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is gold with a tint of orange (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. The white foam disappears quickly leaving no traces on glas or liquid.

The smell is a bit spicy, but fresh cut wood dominates: Pine, oak and eucalyptus. Semi-sweet flowery flavours. Hints of orange peels and bay leaves.

Spices, some of them bitter, in the taste. Bay leaves reminds me of cooked meat dishes. Some orange peels and a pleasant bitterness. It is quite odd, but it is pretty close to a IPA experience. Light body. The aftertaste is somewhat perfumed with bay leaves, nutmeg and a touch of coriander. The finish is spicy and a bit dry with just a slight hint of mint.

The carbonation is medium strong with lots of small bubbles; the liquid is semi-smooth and a bit harsh.

I’m a bit surprised, in fact I kind of liked this beer. It is way better (and closer to an IPA) than the BrewDog version.

bark, Mar 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

vfgccp, May 11, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Evil_Pidde, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of dgilks
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Let's start with the obvious - this is not an IPA. It pours a clear amber-orange colour with no real head. Obviously there is no head retention either.

The aroma is massive on juniper with an almost cinnamon note coming through. The bay leaves add depth. Lightly minty.

More of the same on the palate. There is some lightly sweet malt followed by a massive dose of juniper, spruce and orange pith. Interesting to be sure but more Gruit than IPA.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Okay.

This is an interesting beer and a neat idea that I certainly appreciate. The way it comes together is a fail in my book but it is certainly drinkable.

dgilks, Sep 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

ROGUE16, Oct 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

AngusOg, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bigred89, Mar 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

malfunxion, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

millerbuffoon, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of jenray
2/5  rDev -35.9%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

WDJersey, Nov 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Jspriest, Jan 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

aztraz, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -3.8%

2dogbrew, Oct 27, 2012
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International Arms Race from Flying Dog Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.