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International Arms Race - Flying Dog Brewery

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International Arms RaceInternational Arms Race

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BA SCORE
73
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
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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Photo of sendbeer
2/5  rDev -36.1%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
3/5  rDev -4.2%

millerbuffoon, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -4.2%

2dogbrew, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

bubseymour, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ianjsullivan, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

nmann08, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.98/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CraftBeerTastic, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of MisledTitan
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second review,
Appearance: Golden body with reddish hues, light white head, Cloudy with what appears to be yeast sediment churning about.
Smell: Slight orange note, Citrusy, not much else there.
Taste: Grapefruit citrusy taste a sweet finish maybe a touch of lemon in there as well.
Mouthfeel: Light body with a bit of a carbonation bite.
Overall: Defiantly not an IPA. A decent spiced beer at best. looking at the ingredients listed not much comes threw on the spices side maybe more test batches were needed. Out of the two International arms races I prefer the brew dog version hands down.

MisledTitan, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

TaylorK, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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 hdofu
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

hdofu, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.63/5  rDev -16%
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.

Arithmeticus, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of harrisjohnson
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

harrisjohnson, Oct 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

aztraz, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of offEND
4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

offEND, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

AdamBear, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of orangedive
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

orangedive, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of ThreeFlloydsAdvocate
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

ThreeFlloydsAdvocate, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +27.8%

bigeyedfish89, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

stephenjmoore, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of scraff
1.5/5  rDev -52.1%

scraff, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of dgilks
2.88/5  rDev -8%
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
International Arms Race from Flying Dog Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.