International Arms Race | Flying Dog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 09-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
106
pDev:
23.4%
Bros Score:
3.2
 
 
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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.32/5  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.

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1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of dgilks
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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3.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

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International Arms Race from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 106 ratings