Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Reviews: 508
Hads: 1,519
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 70
Gots: 403 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of bearhugger
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice golden yellow colour with a nice thick head

S-Smells of lemon and grapefruit

T-Very nice hop flavours, lemon, grapefruit. With hints of floral. behind all the hops I get toffee and biscuit poking through.

M-Medium to low carbonation

D-Very drinkable goes down smooth with lots of flavour flowing over you tongue

Definitely will be buying more of this next time I see it (384 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed 2/7/2012. Best before 7/28/2012. Batch 307. I noticed there are two versions of this and I definitely had the 6.0% ABV version.

Pours a pale straw with one finger head. Fair clarity. Laces lazily, a bit hesitantly. Sweet, floral hop aroma, like in a garden. Sweet, delicate pale malt to match. Great mild biscuit aroma with some piney hops coming out with a good swirl. Very inviting. Pale malt, almost sweet flavor. Gets pulled to bitter with a good floral, nectary sweetness. Mouthfeel is balanced with a dry finish.

I really enjoyed this beer due to its restraint. It could have gone too far in one way or another, but it seemed very well rounded and balanced. It was bordering on sweet a couple times, but it never crossed the line. A very enjoyable, light IPA. If they brought down the ABV to a sessionable level, then I'd make this my stand by. (861 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (1,629 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours yellow/orange/slight amber. Creamy head a d good lacing.

S: Aroma is definitely hoppy - strong line, nice.

T: Nicely hopped, piney and bitter for a UK IPA.

M: Pretty light and could do more than one.

O: EDIT: On tap at BrewDog Camden Town. Fresh. Hoppy. Nice. As expected. (289 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/2/12

A clear golden yellow with a few bubbles feeding a
nice thumbs width of foam that hangs around long enough
to leave a bunch of random lace down the glass

S smells solid with lots of tropical fruits, pineapple,
tangerine, guava and some grapefruit, I also pick up on
just a little pine and sweet malt. there's some balance
but its mostly a tropical hop bomb

T more malt then the nose with more citric rind then fruity
flesh, some caramels in the mouth and some balance to go with it, taste is quite good but the nose was better

M medium bodied with just enough carbonation, a mild bite
to it and a nice citric rind aftertaste lingers for a while
but is fairly mellow

O I considered a perfect score for smell and 4.5 crossed
my mind for taste so a slightly higher score here. when I consider it's only 5.6% I like it even more, very easy to drink and I'm not walking sideways

Pretty happy with this one, no real complaints and a fair bit to be pleased with. A nice session IPA if there is such a thing and I can see myself buying more of this (1,091 characters)

Photo of stjaernstoft
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BrewDog Punk IPA, ABV: 5.6%.
330 ml bottle, 18.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: A hazy liquid, with a bright golden, almost orange colour, and a big, white head that leaves a huge amount of retention.

S: Humongous, fruity and hoppy aroma. I can already sense how bitter and piney this beer is. I get big notes of citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, mandarins), peaches, pineapples, herbs, spices (most notably ginger) and vanilla ice cream as well.

T: Here are fruity and floral hops, green grapes, plums, oranges, apricots, wheat and rye bread, herbs and spices, pine needles, a hint of vanilla, and a small sweetness. It's rather bitter - but not as bitter (or aggressive) as I remember the old 6% version.

M: The body is medium. The liquid is kind of sticky and smudgy. The drinkability is good, but probably to a certain point - that's just a feeling I get, I only had one bottle.

O: The BrewDog 'Punk' is still a widely available classic at the Swedish monopoly - a very fruity, tasty and enjoyable American IPA. To be perfect this would need more balance (the taste is good, but it is all over the place, and hard to get a grip of) and perhaps a less messy texture - but why complain? I like it. (1,197 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of bone-white head on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The foam sticks around for quite a while before settling out and leaving moderate lace behind.

S - A strong lemony aroma with notes of black pepper and grapefruit. Some bready malt hiding in the background with just a hint of toffee.

T - Sweet grapefruit hops up front with a bready note of toffee. More juicy grapefruit comes out in the middle with a hint of orange and some pithy bitterness. The beer finishes with lots of rich, toffee malt and grapefruit juice as well as strong, sharp bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is quite a distinctive take on an American IPA. The grapefruit hop character is strong and very convincing with a seedy, pithy quality to the bitterness that reinforces the impression. There is more than a little bit of malt in the background lots of toffee that adds depth over and above the hops. It is very well balanced in the finish with a sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check. I am quite impressed with this one, Brewdog is very much a hit and miss brewery, but this beer is right on the mark. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date Feb 12, 2013. 330ml bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a very nice, just barely hazy amber honey color with a nice thick frothy which head that leave honey comb like lacing and bubbles down the glass. Aromas of juicy pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles and tree sap. Malt aromas of brioche and honey nut chex cereal. Beautiful nose, totally unexpected after seeing all the brew dog bashing in the past. Taste is spot on, really reminds me of the better IPA's i have had in the past along the likes of Ballast Point sculpin and even ithaca flower power. Great upfront bitterness that gets calmed down by honey like sweetness and bread malts to balance everything out. Really a great beer, and perfect for have a few of these in a row. Solid carbonation and really refreshing quality while still making this a beer to enjoy by the sip and not gulp down. Overall i would be hard pressed to find an american IPA that could deliver much more. I put this up there with Ithaca Flower Power IPA for sure which is my all time favorite IPA. Solid brew, worth seeking out. (1,082 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a creamy white head. Aromas of fresh apricots. Taste begins with some apricot, followed by a bit of crackery malt, then an herbal, resinous pine washed finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall an excellent IPA that is lighter on the alcohol but not flavor, which is quite nice. (304 characters)

Photo of endincolorado
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a nice, big, frothy white head that settles slowly. Lots of white lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is pleasant and simple. Fragrant, citrusy/floral hop-bitterness that you can feel way back in your throat as you breathe in with the slightest sweetness.

Flavors are also heavy on hops with pretty much no noticeable malt presence. Hops present flavors of bitter grapefruit, and lots of lingering, dry citrus.

Mouthfeel is appropriately, medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

An excellent drinker for anyone who's looking for a hop-heavy IPA. Again, a lack of malt presence makes this one fairly unique as far as I'm concerned, and one I'll come back to when I'm in the mood for it. (728 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Bronze coloration, thick head of pillowy froth, good retention, and some visible lace to boot. Quite attractive.

S - Pungent floral hop bouquet with some citrus notes. Must be a ton of aromatic hops in here, because the smells are very vibrant.

T - Nice floral profile, fairly hoppy, and with a mild malt backing. Straightforward, yet tasty.

M - Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Feels clean and finishes with a flowery aftertaste.

D - Flavorful and easy to drink; I like it. Miles above their Double IPA I'd say. (562 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a golden color with a great head that has long retention time.
Smells of hops! Sweet glorious hops! Has a bit of an estery smell, but is perfect smelling for an IPA.
Tastes just like I expected but better. Has the hoppiness of a great IPA and a nice malt backbone. Delicious.

Thanks brewdog for making a great beer! (320 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before July 7, 2009; Sampled July 3, 2009
A solid pour produces a frothy, large and small bubbled, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a copper-gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of herbal hops and lemon zest up front, but quickly picks up a candied tangelo zest note, caramelized orange peel, as well as a faint note of grassy grain in the finish. The aroma still has a fair amount of hop character to it, for which I am relieved. There seems to be a boost from some fermentation notes to the aroma as well; mostly non-descript but it softly contributes to the fruitiness here with perhaps a hint of diacetyl. The aroma is quite nice and I am definitely enjoying the dominant hop character and the noticeable, clean malt notes.

Dry tasting up front, but it picks up some grain sweetness as it rolls across the tongue. The hop character contributes a signature Meyer lemon flavor that lingers through to the finish. The finish also has a biting hop bitterness to it that sticks around on the palate well after the beer has left my mouth. Tangerine flavors are backed by sharper notes of biting essential citrus oil and pine sap. The citrus character found here can remind me of a nice lemon curd at times. The body has a touch of fullness to it that, perhaps, belies the light color; this does have the quaffability that a good IPA needs though it is perhaps a touch on the full side of perfection. The citrus hop character definitely boosts the perceived sweetness of this beer. The malt here clearly plays a supporting role, but I like that it doesn't have a noticeable crystal malt contribution; the flavor is of clean pale malt with maybe a hint of grassy grain to it.

This is a very pleasant surprise; I wasn't actually expecting much from this beer, but I am really digging the interplay between malt and hop here. Clearly the hop character is dominant, but I like the clean influence of the simple malt bill as it serves as a perfect vehicle for the hop character.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (2,132 characters)

Photo of Finite
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy orange very fine carbonation but only lightly visible. Large full white head with good retention and lacing.

S- Sweet orange and mandarin, Goldings hops and sweet malts

T- Semi sweet toasty malts, smoothing on the palate they sweeten even more and make way for an apple green hop profile. Rugged bitterness with grapefruit tang. Malt sweetness threatens to surface but never out shines the solid hop bitterness which as it subdues transforms to a grassy lifeform. Alcohol content leaves a warming sensation in the chest while the malt and hops fight it out on the tongue. Cant ask much more from an IPA in terms of complexity.

M- Rugged and flavorsome, slightly sticky and cloying on the lips. Fine carbonation helps improve drinkability.

D- Good and easy to drink but not overly polished which is nice.

Overall a nice effort pretty damn good American IPA. (881 characters)

Photo of TBCE
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured a light hazy orange. One finger of quickly dissipating froth, leaving a nice light lacing on glass.Smells of citrus and pineapple, perhaps a little honey. Taste is very tropical, unlike a lot of IPA's that I had. Notes of tangerine, orange, pineapple, and a little bit of floral notes with very minor bitterness. Enjoyable. Mouth feel is moderately carbonated, a little on the flat side. Needs to be bolder here, more body. Overall a fine brew. Something I will definitely drink again. (492 characters)

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Color light amber, clear.
Foam white color composed of fine bubbles, on average lasted.
The aroma is an explosion of mango and intense maltiness with a small dose of hops grass. Even opening the bottle, accompanied by a strong smell of fruit.
Taste Punk IPA is simply mango, sweet, slightly carrot with a dash of orange and lime notes, also in taste occurs hop, dry grass, is sensational.
Bitterness is quite large, but not residual, dry and pleasant, the way she should be.
Punk saturation is low, alcohol did not feel.
BrewDog Punk IPA is slightly greasy and while lightweight, superbly drinkable. After drinking one wants to reach for the next and the next and the next and ...

Appearance 4/5
Aroma 7/10
Taste 8/10
The feelings 5/5
Total 17/20 (748 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely in your face IPA. Would make a steady diet if brewed locally and in cans (like 6 point or Carton).

A: Completely cloudy apricot. Firm 1 finger head. More like a cask beer (which I like).
S: Flowery, earthy, citric hops over a light Euro base. Beautiful flower store next to a bakery. Best part of this beer. A winner.
T: This beer gets more flowery and bakery as it opens up. Give the beer it's due, it's offering a very pleasant and rich arc that is clean, refreshing, and yet fully textured and flowery. great hops atop a Euro Pilsner style base. Clean. Orange zest, orchids, lillies, flower store. Yet never cloying.
MF: Excels here too, Very lovely mouth feel and finish. Makes you want another. Creamy, soft, delicious, delicate - how do they do that?

MUST TRY! (778 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of Geert
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden clear beer with a white head.
Great fruity/green aroma that really smells of fresh hops, like rubbing a cone at harvest time.
Taste and mouthfeel are hoppy but not overwhelmingly bitter. No astringency, not too much carbonation. Easy drinking.
Malt is on the background.

Kind of like a a dry German pils with the aroma of an (American) IPA. (352 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is almost a session IPA, not boozy not overwhelming hops. A well designed beer. I say almost because its right on the cusp with an abv in the 5-6% range. Its very drinkable. The price was good for a bomber. I would prefer to get this in a six pack, but I have only seen the big boys around here. I love hoppy beers and this one has a good amount of hop presence there, however, its also not a Stone IPA either.

Color: Mild bronze, a decent amount of head that remained throughout.

Smell: Balance of malt and hops, not an intense hop aroma, but a good amount of floral hops.

Taste: Balanced. this could be my go to standard IPA if it were more readily available around here and in six packs. I am not saying they don't put this in six packs, but they are not found around here.

Overall: A pleasant experience, you could drink a few 12 oz beers or a couple of bombers and not be bombed. It has a nice IPA flavor, it is what a regular IPA should taste like. (964 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow to orange color. Clear. Forms a big bubbled and aired white head. Some lacings left

S: Flowery hops, mainly. Very pine and pineapple in the nose. Sweet malts and caramel

T: Sweet upfront. Sweet malts and American hops. Hops are very piny and citrus, probably Centennial and Chinook. Quite good overall bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Quite stingy hops bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. A Scott IPA with a very American accent. Great IPA (523 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a clear goldenrod color topped by a wispy head that sticks well; sheets of lace, too

Smell: More biscuity than hoppy, at first, though subsequent sniffs provide better citrus and tropical fruit definition

Taste: Fortunately, the taste moves this firmly into IPA territory as it opens with a biscuity flavor that is quickly superseded by the pithy citrus hops (orange and pineapple elements); after the swallow, the pithy character remains paramount, though the biscuit, which never totally disappeared, remains apparent through the finish; there is also a vinous edge to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I ordered this with a little trepidation but found it to be an excellent, middle of the road AIPA; I particularly like the way the malt takes a back seat to the hops but hangs in underneath throughout; there is also a lot of interesting complexity to the hop bill (938 characters)

Photo of Chris_Burton
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BrewDog is a somewhat controversial name in craft beer. They know how to get people's backs up and they aren't afraid to rock the boat, insult big business and brag about how great they are. Some find their arrogant attitude funny and refreshing while others deem it immature. What can't be denied however, is that BrewDog have great quality beer to back up their irreverence.

And so this leads me to Punk IPA, their most well-known beer that for many drinkers, is the first BrewDog product they try. And damn, it's good. When you pour it out of the bottle (or get it on tap if you're lucky) you will be greeted with a golden orange body and a finger of white, foamy head. The smell is intoxicating: you can practically taste the hops before you even put your lips to the glass. There is a blend of citrus fruits with a tinge of bitterness. The flavour is similar to the aroma: hoppy, citrusy and powerful. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and despite the huge flavours it's a very refreshing and moreish drink.

BrewDog claim this is "how beer should be" and it's very hard to argue with them. Well recommended for anyone who enjoys IPA. (1,149 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22.4 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy dark golden brown with a little lacing on the glass

Smell: Slight grapefruit scent

Taste: Better citrus/grapefruit taste with a little bit of bitterness but the bitterness doesn't remain for too long (which I like). It has a little bit of a sweetness to counter the bitterness. (346 characters)

Photo of Zaradog
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Slightly cloudy looking orange-ish color. SRM of 7-9 maybe. Pouring 9 ounces into a pint, I was able to eek out a finger of foamy white head, that dissipated to about 1/8 inch within minutes. Somehow this still left decent lacing up the glass though.

Aroma: I smell a lot of sweetness, reminding me a little of things brewed with Belgian yeast. I'm getting citrus but also something that smells like tutti frutti baby food. I'm sure there is a better description of that smell since I've picked it up on many different beers, typically those from Great Britain.

Taste: I have to admit, I read other reviews the other day that had me thinking this was going to be more hoppy than it was. I get a good bit of sweetness and a bit of a bisuity taste. Yes there is a little bitterness that gets you in the back of the throat... but it doesn't linger that long. I like this beer!

Mouth Feel: Has an appropriate amount of carbonation. And leaves you mouth a little wet... Again, I like it!

Drink-ability: I probably would not settle down with a 6-pack. But I definitely would keep a 6-er in the fridge. One or two of these is going to be a good way to end the day.

Impressions: Maybe it's just because I'm new to IPA's... but I was expecting something far more hoppy than the Pale Ales I've been drinking lately. I'm guessing this is going to be on the low end of the IBU scale... And I see they lowered the bitterness from about 70 down to 45 this year. Maybe it is less IPA and a bit more PA?

Serving Type: Out of a bottle, 3 oz in a brandy snifter, the rest in a pint glass. (1,585 characters)

Punk IPA from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.