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International Arms Race - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

01-08-2013 06:24:39 | More by weezarc
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

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
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

12-25-2012 23:03:25 | More by sneaks2210
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2.55/5  rDev -18.5%

Amber colored, cloudy, with a small head that quickly diminish.
The smell has lots of herbs and some orange. The herbs are familiar, but I can’t specify them.
The taste bring some grapefruit tones en again lots of herbs.
The mouth feel is a bit dry, quiet sparkling, the body is light, especially for a 7,5 % abv, not much of and aftertaste.
Overall: Not my cup of tea, but a daring experiment. By the way, didn’t like the Brewdog version either.

12-23-2012 22:58:57 | More by Redteketed
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

12-16-2012 22:12:53 | More by huysmans
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2.03/5  rDev -35.1%

A: Orange, cloudy haze with small head that quickly disappears.

S: Strong smell of spruce pine, with some grapefruit notes

T: Wow! Don't like the taste at all. Love Flying Dog beers, but this one does not do it for me. Tastes like I am drinking a big spruce pine, with some caramel and grapefruit offset. It is interesting from a beer nut's perspective to taste a beer with zero IBUs. Helps me better understand the balance needed for a good beer, and I appreciate Flying Dog's cutting edge attitude.

M: Some nice sparkle on the tongue.

O: Good for beer education and insight, but not my cup of tea.

12-16-2012 03:57:09 | More by MadMac
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

12-08-2012 18:37:35 | More by lillitnn92
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North Carolina

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
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

11-30-2012 23:42:24 | More by DaGrizz
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

11-27-2012 01:18:20 | More by csmartin6
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2/5  rDev -36.1%

11-26-2012 01:32:51 | More by tmars13
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

11-17-2012 15:13:37 | More by Evil_Pidde
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New York

3/5  rDev -4.2%

11-15-2012 19:15:03 | More by mttdls
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2.65/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

11-13-2012 23:54:34 | More by Knapp85
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

11-10-2012 03:18:05 | More by let8it8grow
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New Jersey

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
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New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -47.3%

Hazy bronze color. Sweet scent, caramel, with a bit of popuri. Fairly light body with a sweet malt profile, honey and caramel with a spicy finish. Cinnamon is definitely there.
Light sweet with funky belgian-like flavors. Sweetness lingers and kinda covers up the spicy finish that hits the back end of the tongue. Piney earthy and flowery but only for a moment.

In no way did the beer remind me of an IPA at all and even as a scottish gruit it didnt have the balance that a good one should have in the form of the herb and malt mixture. Not a fan. Drinkable but thats about it.

11-09-2012 01:26:17 | More by jtierney89
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

11-07-2012 05:53:58 | More by WDJersey
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

11-05-2012 22:01:11 | More by SPRichard
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

11-03-2012 23:51:33 | More by MaltRoomAssoc
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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
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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

11-01-2012 20:49:34 | More by BubblesInMyBeer
Photo of sendbeer


2/5  rDev -36.1%

11-01-2012 15:12:27 | More by sendbeer
International Arms Race from Flying Dog Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.