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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 37
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother fucker of a pale ale.

A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg bopping around India and the sub continent. Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist.

God save the Queen and all who sail in her. Raising a Stiff Little Finger to IPAs that have come before and those it is yet to meet.
Turn up the volume Pay the man. Embrace the punked up, fucked up outlaw elite.

Never Mind the Bollocks this is the real shit.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: bark on 11-02-2007)
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

09-20-2010 19:49:08 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

04-28-2010 20:11:00 | More by oberon
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

05-29-2009 15:43:30 | More by ricke
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-23-2013 21:17:55 | More by tbryan5
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-19-2013 00:18:22 | More by woodchipper
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

07-25-2014 18:25:05 | More by Krafty34
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

01-26-2013 22:19:28 | More by Imaster
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-08-2014 20:35:04 | More by interistacanadese
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

05-27-2009 14:01:19 | More by lordofthewiens
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-07-2013 23:03:58 | More by iemailjack
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-15-2014 21:45:14 | More by petewheeler
Photo of merlin48


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

06-08-2008 12:34:09 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

03-18-2010 00:15:45 | More by Billolick
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3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

12-30-2009 01:40:09 | More by Mora2000
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

01-13-2010 02:15:35 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

11-01-2012 15:46:01 | More by innominat
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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

12-05-2008 19:34:49 | More by magictrokini
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-10-2014 22:07:25 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-15-2014 01:51:24 | More by ccurrid
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2.63/5  rDev -30.6%

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

07-07-2009 01:48:55 | More by Kraken
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-17-2012 19:23:48 | More by xdefeatsy
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-21-2013 20:07:59 | More by virinow
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-04-2012 22:34:19 | More by fionn13
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

11-03-2013 18:18:13 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +9%

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.

06-12-2011 00:31:49 | More by jazzyjeff13
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