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International Arms Race - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
okay

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 Kirk
1/5  rDev -67.9%

Kirk, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of djre4orm
2/5  rDev -35.9%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of samibr
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

samibr, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of jmslade7
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jmslade7, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of mikeburd1128
1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
Photo of diddly
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

vfgccp, May 11, 2013
Photo of DavidBart
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

DavidBart, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of JakeDebus
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

JakeDebus, Apr 17, 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 elHeron
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

elHeron, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Hophead420
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Hophead420, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of burdgod
2/5  rDev -35.9%

burdgod, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of cps98
2/5  rDev -35.9%

cps98, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

AngusOg, Mar 08, 2013
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 Satyr179
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Satyr179, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of dan027
4/5  rDev +28.2%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of JoshatTownHall
3.41/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle from a $13.99 6 pack from Oakdale Wine & Spirits in Catonsville, Md. Overall the beer is interesting and worth the price to try once. I never had a genuine Medieval ale brewed in this style prior to this. The take on this style from both Flying Dog and Brewdog from Edinburgh is very cool. I don't know if I would try this specific beer again from Flying Dog but I think this is why Flying Dog has staying power in the craft beer market because they experiment with a variety of styles.

JoshatTownHall, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bacher468, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Jspriest, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Hopscat
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Hopscat, Jan 14, 2013
International Arms Race from Flying Dog Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.