Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,490 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 69
Gots: 380 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 11-02-2007

Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother of an ale.

A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg Bopping around India and the sub-continent.

This light, golden classic has been subverted with new world hops to create a devastating explosion of flavour. Steel yourself for Kalashnikov bursts of caramel, incendiary tropical fruit and an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee, before a spiky bitter finish.

This is quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist. Turn up the volume. Pay the man. Embrace the punked up, pimped up Maharajah of Pale Ales.

Nothing will ever be the same again.

45 IBU
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Ratings: 1,490 | Reviews: 536
Reviews by Neorebel:
Photo of Neorebel
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden yellow with a frothy head. Good lacing as it went down. It had a pleasant floral aroma suggestive of hops. I was somewhat let down by the taste - it was very light, tasting more like a Pale Ale than an IPA. Based on the freshness date I don't think the hops had time to mellow out really. Although it does not taste bad by any means, I can't recommend this beer to any hop heads looking for a powerful American IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"If some unemployed punk in New Jersey can get a cassette to make love to Elle McPherson for $19.95, this virtual reality stuff is going to make crack look like Sanka."

--Dennis Miller

Sunshine yellow beneath an ivory colored crown that has a wonderfully sticky, bubbly texture and is beginning to coat the pint glass with loads of attractive lace. This is the single palest IPA that I've ever seen. Looks good, though.

The nose features nothing but bright, zesty, slightly cheesy American C-hops. If there are any English varieties in here, they're very well-hidden. Warming ushers in a power and pungency that makes the above score an easy call.

This (Brew)Dog is definitely barking up the right tree. While it isn't as aggressive as its brewers would like us to believe (The U.S is the land of huge hops after all), it is damn tasty in a freshly squeezed hop juice kind of way. On further reflection, and once the taste buds get into the act, perhaps the hop bill is an Anglo-American affair after all.

There isn't much malt present (no sin in a 6.0% IPA)... and what's appreciated isn't the least little bit earthy or toasted. It tastes like a very clean ale yeast strain was utilized. What's left is pure humulus lupulus. In the end, that's the best sort of IPA.

The flavor profile is relatively simple. Again, no problem for a beer of this style. We have pink grapefruit, lime and maybe even a little puckery peach. The tasting notes on the brewery's website are good for a few chuckles: lychee, kiwi, passionfruit, cherry and strawberry. Kidding, right?

Ignore the 'best by' date (1/1/09). The snappy hoppiness that is present in mid-late June won't last anywhere close to that long. Once the hops fade there won't be much left. The mouthfeel is light, edging toward light-medium for the style. The bubbles are fine and add energy without being annoying. Good job here as well.

This review call be boiled down to one simple sentence: Punk IPA is deliciously citric hoppy and is insanely drinkable. I can't wait to see if the rest of BrewDog's offerings are as well-crafted. Not sure what the bottle cost, but this is a repeat purchase for damn sure. Welcome to America, guys. We can always use more good IPAs.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy medium straw body.
The aroma is big. Lots of mango, pineapple and orange.
The taste is big on the bitterness, but the malt is always lurking in the background making is very drinkable.
The texture is crisp.
Great aroma and flavor.

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Isle of Arran imperial pint glass a clear light golden with a fluffy two finger craterous white head that clung like glue to the glass never completely subsides.English malt and floral hop aromas,biscuity with a tinge of iron.Not nearly as brash as the label might tell you but its a decent English IPA,its floral and leafy in its hoppiness,full on biscuit/caramel malt pretty much keeps this beer even in its hop to malt ratio on the palate.Its a nice beer not a big American IPA in style more of a slightly more brash English IPA.

Photo of ricke
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow, rather pale for the style. Big slightly off-white head with good retention. Some lacings.

S: Slightly perfumy hop character with a decent amount of grapefruit. Pine-needles. Toasty malt aromas.

T: Basically grapefruit, some faint notes of lemon, pine-needles and quite pleasant hop flavors. Somewhat perfumy. The malts are restrained, yet quite sweet and has a rather toasty character. The finish is actually quite bitter and since there is not much going on that balance it, it gets slightly to dominating. Faint note of alcohol. All in all, it's rather refreshing and good.

M: Medium body, quite boring mouthfeel. But for some reason, it fits the beer.

D: I like this one. Certainly not the most hoppy IPA, but it's very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Huh? Punk IPA is the name, and you want to brew like a post-modern IPA?

Mildly hazed golden color; tight, tiny bubble lace. Quite fragrant with orange rind and faint butter, with a semisweet biscuity malt. The hop bitterness pushes the palate around for the duration, but never knocks the taste buds down completely. The hops are rough around the edges, but never harsh, with orange and evergreen flavors. Malt chimes in with a dense breadiness and toasted biscuit flavor, yet never really rises above the hops. Alcohol is there, lightly warming with an offshoot of buttery flavor. Orange rind hop in the finish with more of that toasted biscuit flavor, which all lands semisweet.

Nice to see a change thrown at the beer industry, giving the bird to modern brewing on their home turf, yet fitting very well within the US craft beer revolution. Sure, it's not your kick-in-the-teeth West Coast IPA, but it is a damn good rendition of IPAs in the US collectively. With each sip, it grew on us.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the color of the beer is a little off-putting. It's a hazy yellow color that looks mor like a hefe. The small white head produces some lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet malt, with a bit of flowers and citrus. I love the taste: sweet malt with grapefruit and pine. A well-balanced beer, very enjoyable.

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22.4 oz bottle cost $13 in Evansville, Indiana. Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with an ample vanilla head that leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is mostly all hops. Earthy and floral notes mingle with a hint of grainy pale malt. Crisp carbonation enlivens the medium body. Taste is quite bitter. Hops dominate with an earthy and floral iron hand. Some bittersweet lemonrind is the only hint of fruitiness. Finish is earthy and grassy hop bitterness which carries into the aftertaste. A decent IPA but overpriced for what it is.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle, $7.49 at the Harlem, NY Fairway market. Pours lighter amber, golden hued and cloudy. Eggshell head of about 3/4 inches, stays, leaves respectable sheeting and whispy webs of lace. Light resiny hop nose. On the thinner side on the tongue. Resiny hop theme continues, quite drying and bitter through the finish. Respectable, if slightly underwhelming AIPA. Differant to see a hoppy brew from chilly scotland. Worth a try.

Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow with a small white head. Aroma is grassy, earthy hops. I didn't get any of the citrus or pine that other people have mentioned. The flavor is mainly hoppy, with lots of earthy hops. Quite a bit of bitterness and not much of a malt backbone. Thin mouthfeel. Decent beer, but nothing special.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The LCBO got a bunch of individual bottles of this, so I picked up a couple to try. First time having anything from BrewDog, so we'll see how it goes.

Poured a surprisingly light golden hue, slightly opaque. Almost like a pilsner or Belgian blond. A very thin layer of head, not much to speak of. Lacing is evident, patchy.

Light hop to the nose, with a bit of honey, spice and bread in there as well. Not overpowering.

A solid IPA taste, certainly smooth and drinkable. Citrus and spices, with a touch of bitterness to the finish. Not bad at all.

A bit undercarbonated, but other than that it feels on the mark.

Does what it sets out to do, but nothing really to write home about. With so many IPAs available around here, perhaps I'm expecting too much. Still, I'd drink it again.

Photo of wck3
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Pretty good representation of an American Style IPA

Photo of Mikhail_Rusanov
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very balanced IPA. Recommend to everyone

Photo of magictrokini
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. Spicy hop aroma, some soap, and a faitr amount of grass and pine. Bittersweet taste. Peppery hops and light resin, with definite grapefruit, kiwi, and passionfruit flavors. The malt gives it a underlyign sweetness that enhances the taste instead of runningit over. Different, but very good

Photo of Kraken
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 1/31/09

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized wine glass. Best by date on the bottle reads 7/7/09. Firm pour fails to conjure anymore then a scant ring of foam around the inner ring of the glass. No lace. Color is cloudy pale yellow.

Nose- Sour candied lemon zest.

Palate- Shockingly light carbonation. Wondering is the beer is bad. Medium bodied, some hues of caramel. Slight hop body, mild lemon zest. Moderately bitter in the finish. Nothing special. In fact disappointed that I paid $7.

Mouthfeel- Tart, massively under carbonated.

Drinkability- Low

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A re-review of Punk IPA, as I have previously only reviewed the old version (6% ABV). This is a review of the new version (5.6% ABV) which used to have it's own listing but has now become the sole listing for this beer. My original review and score feature beneath this one.

A 660ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013; consumed on Feb 10th 2013. Picked up a little while back from Sainsbury's and stashed in my garage. They have just started releasing these new larger bottles; it's great to have a tasty beer in bigger volumes.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich amber hue with faint haze and very low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a surface layer. Aroma of intensely fruity hops with notes of mango, passion fruit, tropical fruits, white grape, melon, grapefruit and citrus. This is underpinned by subtle grainy malt, faint caramel and earthy yeast. Smells like a fruit salad - a hop-head's delight. Wow!

Tastes of intensely fruity hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of mango, passion fruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, white grape, melon, grapefruit, citrus, mild caramel malt, faint grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Highly attenuated and slightly spicy. A strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body and stinging hop oils that tantalise the palate. However, it is seriously undercarbonated and flat, resulting in a dull texture. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of aromatic tropical fruits, citrus and bitter stewed hops.

Tasty and impressively hoppy. The aroma and flavour are dominated by an avalanche of tropical fruit and citrus, with subtle malt and yeast notes adding depth. Simply delicious. The greatest flaw is the undercarbonated body, which is disappointing. I still feel that it lacks the balance of the original - the trade off was increased aroma and reduced bitterness. This beer also tends to suffer from iritating batch variation. However, it's a solid American-style IPA that is well worth trying - grab one if you see it.

My original Punk IPA review:
Consumed on June 12th 2011. 6% ABV; score 4.28 (A: 5, S: 4, T: 4.5, M: 4, O: 4)

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2011, batch 229. This is the original Punk - one of my few remaining bottles. The one in stores now is the new version (not quite as good in my opinion).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy pale golden colour with fine carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for ages; it eventually subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of light malt and aromatic hops, with notes of citrus and pine.

Tastes of bitter aromatic hops with undertones of light malt. A faint sweetness is accompanied by notes of grass, citrus and pine. Deliciously bitter with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and astringent. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Excellent. A great blend of aroma and bitterness that create a fantastic flavour. This is the beer that made me notice Brewdog, and helped kick off my discovery of craft beer. Unfortunately this version is no longer in production, but you can try the new incarnation. Well worth sampling.

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangey yellow with an off-white head of froth that settles out quickly and shoots oily legs and ringlets of lace up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of tangerine citrus and juicy hops, semi sweetish with notes of honey. Flavor is immediatley bitter, full of orange rind pith and grapefruit. Morphs quickly to pine, full bitterness but a moderate malt backbone rides along, slightly hidden.

Moderate to low carbonation, semi slick mouthfeel, bubbly bite of a finish. Average drinkability, could be more complex.

Photo of Seva07
4.98/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best ipa ever i taste

Photo of mj001jk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a little lighter in color than expected, yellow-orange with a snow-white cap and lacing that persists.

Smells fresh and clean, light citrus, pine and grass. Maybe some floral soapy hints as well. Not very strong aromas and a little one-dimensioned.

Taste is crisp and dry with a pronounced light bitterness, there is not much of a malt backbone so the bitterness tends to overpower.

Good flavors over all, but it is light in body with a lingering dryness and bitterness that bring my drinkability score down a little.

Not a bad beer, but probably not something I would reach for as a first choice for an IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big bright yellow with massive head. Sticks around forever and clings like a girlfriend whose visa just expired. No aroma.

Taste, wow, they must do a long hop boil and no dry hopping. Bitter yes, hoppy, eh, kind of, but not the kind I prefer. I guess its sort of the English style, but much more bitter. A hybrid if you will. Can't justify spending that kind of money on this beer though. Check it out at a festival like I did.

Photo of whoneeds8
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

So an American IPA from Europe?

Poured into a pint glass hazy yellow with a huge white head, great retention and great lacing. The scent was noticable apon opening of the bottle. Very piney and citrus scents. The combination makes for an unpleasent scent to me, almost like a skunk. The taste is very european pilsner like. This beer doesn't taste like a IPA at all to me. There's lots pine and citrus notes, but just not right for the style.

I don't know what the scotts were thinking with this.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pale light copper hue with bright foaming white head that forms a rocky texture and rises well above my imperial pint glasses. Interesting serving format with the 660 ml bottles, I seen this brews last summer while in Virginia Beach but decided to pass until I did some research on the brewery. Big collar of lace forms as the head slowly dwindles, even lacing chunks are spread all about.

Aromatics come correct with some serious hop action including pine and citrus bursts with an air of tropical fruit especially a tart pineapple like zing to it. Very mild cracker and biscuit malt presence in their, the hops are shining. A nice mineral water character adds to the mix as well, alpha acids are flowing the striking quality I detect overall is lemongrass or fresh lime zest.

Flavor is expressively bitter with hops, they really wallop the palate. Minimal sweetness upfront with biscuit crackers lightly toasted, malt character. Very complex welcoming flagship IPA more brewers should take notes from these guys, a sweetness really coats the cheeks and sides of the palate bringing more tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Citrus zest bitterness and a pine cone accent in the finish really stays with you after each sip.

Mouthfeel is resinous with slick hop oils medium to light body, carbonation is even with a very natural feel. Dry warming with a touch of alcohol and lasting bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability overall is pretty damn good, I'm glad it arrived at my local in Wintersville, OH. Valley Wine Cellar got this and a few other damn good beers in, these shouldn't have any problems moving.

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of light citrus and floral hops. Also present are slightly bready pale malts and lighter leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted pale malt flavors with a decent amount of yeast-like breadiness kick things off. Joining in almost immediately are large amounts of citrus - half lemon pith, a quarter orange, and a quarter grapefruit. Midway through the sip hints of leafy hop flavors work their way into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a very distinctive IPA, I can't remember the last time I had one with such sharp citrus hop flavors. Nothing special that's worth seeking out but if you see it around it's worth trying if for no other reason than how distinctive it is.

Photo of thatruth
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up a single 12 oz bottle, just to try, from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

pours a white, 1/2" head with moderate frothy lacing. a bright golden amber in color with orange tint, mildly hazy.

citrus and orange peels. pine-sol. hop, almost oatmeal aroma.

taste is strong of piney, lemony hops. not much there, damn hoppy.

staunch on-bringing, packs quite a punch for a mere 6.0%.
pale, stale wheat straw aftertaste. dry, hop-tingling finish.

a Scottish ale modeled after an American IPA, carrying a name generating from an English style...hmm. a paradox just as odd as this low alc./vol. (for its style) taste bud slapper.

Photo of linnet
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden colour, straw, very light colour, the feature of this beer that I find the least impressing, small almost non existant head with some lacing. Aroma is hoppy and fruity, pine, citrus, some sweet notes that i associate with pineapple is also present. Flavour is packed with hops but there is more malt present to balance it than I usually find in American style IPAs. Mouthfeel is very lively with a lot of carbonation. I really like this beer, I've had several bottles and I look forward to have more of them!

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.