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Punk IPA - BrewDog

Not Rated.
Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,190 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 48
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BrewDog visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,190 | Reviews: 481 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by erz316:
Photo of erz316
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 6.4 floz bottle with best before of 01/01/09, and batch 001

A - the beer looks quite nice, it has a medium dark orange colour below the bright white head, but at the bottom of the glass the beer is a wit-like straw colour. I really like the way this beer looks, and the amount of foam and all is really appetizing, but the variegated colours are the deal breaker for me. maybe it did get better somehow with aging. held up to light, however, the beer takes on a semi-bland appearance, of a medium straw/ light light orange colour.

S - the nose is a light, almost fruity hop smell, mixed with some pale malts. the beer is incredibly simple smelling, and doesnt really give that much of a good impression, to me at least, of being very flavourful.

T - well, I stand corrected. the beer definitely has a lot more going on that one would expect from the nose. the initial is a mostly grapefruity and piny bitterness from the hops, but under it is this clementine or tangerine like bitterness and sweetness. the inclusion of the sweetness is the real deal breaker for me, this makes it just incredibly dynamic, but still easy to approach at the same time. the finish is mostly a bitter (but not distinct) hop character. the aftertaste is bitter, sweet, and fruity. I love it.

MF&D - the feel is good, but nothing special. it is a great medium body with ample carbonation. the drinkablility is just as good. but when it comes down to it: the brew is nothing particularly special.

erz316, Sep 19, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

oberon, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of ricke
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

ricke, May 29, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +5.3%

tbryan5, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -21.1%

woodchipper, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Krafty34
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Krafty34, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Kyocera
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Kyocera, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Imaster
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Imaster, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of interistacanadese
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

interistacanadese, May 08, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

lordofthewiens, May 27, 2009
Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +5.3%

iemailjack, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.99/5  rDev +5%

Beerswag, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

merlin48, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Billolick, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

innominat, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ccurrid, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Kraken
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
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

Kraken, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

xdefeatsy, Nov 17, 2012
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Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.