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International Arms Race - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
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33 Reviews
THE BROS
74
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 106
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 6
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:
Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 09-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 106
Photo of hdofu
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my 411 review on this site, fitting it would be such a weird brew.
Usually when I look at IPAs, I'm going for higher ibu numbers, still the idea of trying an ipa with a no ibu number was irresistible in a sort of taste sadistic manner. Smell is kind of like some kind of fruit punch. Taste is medicinal , almost earthy with alot of spices. Color is sort of red. The big mystery of this is how they can call it an ipa at all, as it isn't pale, it isn't very hoppy. its has a finish almost like breakfast grapefruit. An interesting attempt but not quite my cup of tea, er brew of beer. (591 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: slightly cloudy copper orange; thin head; modest carb streams
S: very spiced--allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin, and mint; I dislike how intense the smell is--uninviting to me
T: weird, weird, weird; seltzer water meets a spiced ale; much like a stunted pumpkin ale
M: very thin-bodied, much like a soda

Meh. They shouldn't have started this cold war. (378 characters)

Photo of offEND
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,316 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (559 characters)

Photo of orangedive
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - burgundy, 80% opaque, very little head. Looks like i want to drink it, which I'm about to.

S - lots of spice...hard to distinguish between spices. Smells a lot like an octoberfest or pumpkin beer. Actually smells like the spice will be overwhelming rather than complementary. Faint hints of hazelnut I believe, which seems strange but not in a bad way.

T - reminds me of a barely wine with spices added. It's good but not spectacular. It feels like the spices were added to be different but not necessarily to make a better beer. For a beer with 7.5% abv, they did a nice job masking the alcohol. It is not overly present which is good.

M - the mouthfeel is good. Smooth and little chewy. Not thin. Very nice.

O - this isn't one of my favorites (especially from Flying Dog). It almost feels a little too gimmicky. But overall, it is a decent beer. (857 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Almost a neon orange/peach colored body witha thin off-white head that slowly disappears. Beer is somewhat transparent with carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Smells like a spice rack in a kitchen. Some floral notes along with lots of spices. All-spice, nutmeg and some herbal aromas.

T- Not a malt-bomb at all, spices come through a lot and comprise most of the flavor. Not getting a whole lot in the way of hop flavor, but not a huge noticeable loss.

M- Medium-low carbonation, somewhat grainy, not really refreshing.

O- Huge props for the idea, but the result is not mind-blowing. Definitely a drinkable beer, but is nowhere near an IPA. (675 characters)

Photo of dgilks
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Purchased recently from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a 'zero-IBU IPA', a spiced ale brewed without hops. This is the result of a collaboration with Brewdog - both breweries vied to create a hopless IPA. I've already tried the Brewdog version, which was OK, so I'm looking forward to seeing how this one stands up.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy reddish-amber hue with strong carbonation. Lots of large floating chunks in the body of the beer; doesn't look like typical yeast to me. Perhaps coagulated protein? At any rate, not very nice. Forms a decent head of white foam which subsides and disappears almost immediately. An intensely herbal, spicy aroma with notes of bay leaves, juniper, orange peel and a hint of rosemary or thyme. Faint caramel malt lurks in the background, along with a stewed leaf character. Slightly sweet, with a quality almost like marmalade. Interesting though a bit harsh.

Tastes of bitter aromatic herbs with a dry, acrid finish. Notes of stewed herbs: bay leaves, juniper, rosemary, orange peel and maybe coriander. Hints of oily citrus peel and faint caramel in the background, along with a whisper of earthy yeast. A bone-dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is dry and highly astringent, with tingly carbonation and a spicy quality on the palate. Body is rather thin and insubstantial. Scours the inside of your mouth. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic herbs and orange peel.

Not a success - herbal overkill. Harsh and very bitter, with excessive dryness. The malt simply doesn't stand up to the amount of herbs that have been added, resulting in a highly unbalanced flavour and a thin, watery body. Not sure what's up with the floaties in this bottle, but they don't add any appeal either (bad handling/storage?). The aroma is the best feature - taken on its own it's quite nice. This beer certainly has character, but it would be improved immensely by boosting the malt and/or toning down the herbal additions. In my opinion this is worse than Brewdog's attempt, which was a bit insipid but more balanced and drinkable (ironically the bar competition they ran saw FD's version win out - perhaps it was better on tap). I'm not loving this; bring back the hops! Not recommended. (2,292 characters)

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International Arms Race from Flying Dog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.