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International Arms Race - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 23.4%
Wants: 7
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:
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(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 09-09-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Boston_Steve, Jan 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

DerekMorgan, Jan 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
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1/5  rDev -67.9%

AndersonGT, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Big-Frog
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope this seasonal comes back around next year. Its definitely a different experience. Your taste buds experience a labyrinth of different ingredients, but most importantly, it goes down smooth and pairs well with steak or fish. That multifarious selection of ingredients I mentioned? Well there is a citrus taste, followed by a slightly hoppy taste, followed by a carbonated cinnamon experience. Its awesome, and I pray it comes back as a proven perennial favorite.

Big-Frog, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

PatGreer, Jan 04, 2014
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2/5  rDev -35.9%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -59.9%

NonicPanic, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jaycar06
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very odd beer. This is the Brew Dog, Flying Dog collab.

A - Cloudy brownish gold color, little to no head.

S - Fresh herbal citrus smell. Like herbal tea.

T - Weird. Doesn't taste much like beer. More like a carbonated malt herbal tea.

M - Very thin, light carbonation.

O - Not terrible but far from great. Glad I tried it, but probably wont buy again.

jaycar06, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of imscotty
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a wine glass

A: Nice golden-brown color, well carbonated, strong head that lasted a while, some lacing.

S: Citrus, floral and herbs. Quit aromatic like a potpourri

T: Tastes like it smells, strong citrus and herbs flavor. Spicy. Nicely bitter aftertaste. Something tastes a little soapy to me, is that Cilantro?

M: The carbonation is a little course and the beer feels a little thin. Still, oily and resiny.

O: An interesting zero IBU beer and my first gruit. I would like to try more of this style to compare. This is not a beer I would seek out, but also not a beer I would refuse. I gained an appreciation for what hops mean to beer (clearly a lot), but I appreciated the layers of complexity that bittering herbs can bring to the table. Hops and spice would work better in concert.

imscotty, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

kasubot, Oct 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

ROGUE16, Oct 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

DRBiser, Aug 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cp45, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Samp01
3.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an orange amber with a small quickly fading white head. Aroma and Taste of spicy herbs, vegetables, some citrus fruity notes and bitter hops. Palate is medium body, smooth mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Finishes with sweet spices, herbs, and vegetable notes mild citrus fruity favors ending with a lingering slightly dry bitterness. Overall I felt it was a pretty interesting and good brew.

Samp01, Jul 10, 2013
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1/5  rDev -67.9%

Kirk, Jun 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -35.9%

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

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

jmslade7, Jun 02, 2013
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

DavidBart, Apr 22, 2013
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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
International Arms Race from Flying Dog Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.