Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

506 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 506
Hads: 1,514
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 69
Gots: 400 | 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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Photo of Lemreway16
1.36/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bought a selection of Brewdog Beers and am singularly disappointed. This like its partner Dead Pony is quite simply a pretentious beer aimed at the yuppy or hipster "this is cool" market. I will admit I am old school in so much I like my beer to taste of hops' malts' coupled with the water area over the modern fruity smell/taste offerings but this is bad. If you like your drink to taste of tinned fruit then this is the 'beer' for you. (441 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.51/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22.4oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus, some hops and an odd metallic odor.

T: The taste is boozy up front with an alcohol sting followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a decent hops presence but it's on the weak side for the style. The malt character is thin and there's very little balance. The after-taste is mediciney and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not smooth at all, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not tasty or flavorful, does not go down easily, not too filling, decent kick, not a good representation of style, I didn't find anything appealing about this beer at all and would not recommend it. (833 characters)

Photo of loren01
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a medium golden color with very little fizzy white head and no lace down the glass.
S: Slight amount of floral hops and thats about all.
T: Taste is rather astringent, the hops that were used did not taste pleasant to me at all. No balance at all here. Had a sour aftertaste...maybe it was the astringent taste making my tastebuds pucker up??
M: Medium bodied, a little light on the carbonation.
D: A little balance would be nice here...way to astringent. Very subpar IPA. (481 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
1.77/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you are a Hop head, just know I didn't buy this one and move on. It's no secret that IPAs are a style I do not enjoy, so I'll try to be as fair as possible.

Appearance: Pale yellow and cloudy, like near hefe cloudy with very little carbonation in the body. The pour produced not even half a finger of head, which did sustain but did not lace.

Smell: It's an IPA, what do you think I smell? Hops, Earthy Hops with pine and grapefruit notes. I guess I shouldn't rate it low, because it is an IPA, but you know what, I don't think a touch of malt or fruit or something else besides Hops is unreasonable. Even the hops themselves seem to lack variety.

Taste: After having a couple sips, this has made me weary. It starts with a mild hay taste and a touch of Grapefruit, then it immediately destroyed by bitter earthy hops with a kick of pine. The only thing that stops this from a 1 is that I'm trying to play lip service to the style. Just nothing here appeals to me.

Mouthfeel: Well points get deducted for the lack of head, and the carbonation only comes forth on the hops, which I suppose was the intention, even if I dislike it. The aftertaste is bitter earthy hops with pine notes and lingers for too long and leaves the mouth dry. The abrupt transitioning isn't nice either.

Drinkability: Well the carbonation isn't excessive and it's light bodied. However, like most IPAs it's dry and not very refreshing. The excessive bitterness makes drinking this seem more like a chore then a pleasurable hobby.

Final Thoughts: I suppose I am doing a disservice by reviewing a style I inherently don't like, but Corne du Diable was a lot better then this. There just isn't anything here I want to drink. It tastes more like hop oil mixed with beer, rather then a beer itself. Even though I don't like the style, I can't say I'm looking to drink another offering from Brewdog. (1,876 characters)

Photo of dia11577
1.88/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If this beer was labeled a pale ale it might have received higher marks, but not much higher. However, this beer is labeled an "American IPA." As an American and someone who really likes IPA's I feel very offended.

The aroma is identical to your average pale ale. There were none of the piney or citrus hop-imparted aromas I expected. No yeast aroma as well.

The beer pours light gold (honestly, think Miller Lite) and slightly cloudy. It kind of has the appearance of something between a pale ale and a wheat beer but there is very little carbonation and consequently little or no head.

Mouth feel is similar to cold, flat beer (no exageration here). Taste is slightly sour with all "flavor" reserved for the back end.

This was easliy the worst craft beer experience I've ever had. The only good thing I can take away from this is that the bomber only cost $6... and now I know why. (891 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
1.96/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks OK at first decent amber colour with small frothy white head
BUT unfortunately leaves soapy lacing

Smell is very dry very bitter of earwax hops

Taste is very bitter and unpleasantly dry - not a nice hop mixture either

Mouthdfeel is OK at first but leaves an unpleasant coating

Well is this drinkable? (310 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
1.99/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 19th, 2010. Pours a cloudy gold and a four finger head that retains well (doesn't even reduce for three minutes). Head is of moderate thickness and a bit creamy. Of average appeal.

Smell: A weak smell of musty esters, hard to detect with my broken nose.

Taste: A bland and off-balance body with a warm golden note of mild hops and a note of typical IPA bitterness, followed by my favourite part - the creamy-crisp finish. I'd like to see the bitterness better balanced with the finish. This IPA doesn't try to do much with the non-bitter notes and as a result it's built poorly for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a refreshing finish. A bit too wet on the opening. Overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have another, especially at this price point. It's an uninspired IPA compared to what else is available. (939 characters)

Photo of JustinBathurst
2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured really pale straw, looking watered-down. No head despite a hard pour.

Smelled like Swedish dishsoap, some floral hops, little else.

Mouthfeel is slick, with lower than average carbonation.

Taste is watered-down, but extremely astringent--like chewing tylenol.

Despite the junky text on the side claiming that they both want to hear what I think and also don't care if I like this beer, I didn't enjoy anything beyond the label design. This is not punk, this is not IPA. This is great marketing and bad beer. (518 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
2.1/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pint served in an imperial pint glass at the Bow Bar in Edinburgh

A - I was expecting something more creamy and cloudy like deuchars. This was pale golden with a thin crown of foam on top. Beading lively.

S- Some floral notes, not a lot of sweetness coming through. Grapefruits and lemons.

T- I nearly cried it was so sour and bitter. Astrigent and abrasive in its citric, grapefruity, lemony nature. I found this stuff hard to swallow!

M- Medium carbonation, couldnt say much else as i wasnt exactly savouring it.

D- If this is american IPA, you are welcome to it. Not a pleasure to drink at all, cloying, abrasive and sour. No thanks! (641 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
2.11/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours golden yellow with a thin soapy head.

Aroma is vegetal, with a mild caramel base.

Taste is pale and caramel malt. Light citrus character, notably lemon grass. Finish has a light earthy bitterness and a touch of vague spice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, a rather unimpressive IPA. Very little hops, with a broad rather bland flavor lacking punch. (362 characters)

Photo of GarrisWH
2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22.4 oz bomber into a pint glass. Noticed upon pouring that the best before date is 7/7/09. Probably should've checked that before I bought it...hopefully it hasn't lost too much at this point.

A - Pours a hazy, pale orangish-yellow color with a pretty thin, white head that recedes to a minimal cap fairly quickly.

S - Has a yeast-forward aroma with a somewhat of an earthy, musty quality. Also has some citrus(mostly lemon) and slightly spicy hop aromas.

T - Fairly mellow citrus, mostly lemon hop flavors mix with yeasty breadiness. Slight sweet caramel flavors in the background. Mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Really pretty unimpressed with the flavors here, especially for an "American IPA." Quite bland overall and more yeast flavor than any IPA I've ever tried.

M - Medium bodied with VERY minimal carbonation. Almost tastes flat. Very unappealing.

D - I did not really enjoy this beer at all. I hope, and assume, that it is due to the best by date being tomorrow. I really wish that I had checked the date before I bought this one, because it has not been enjoyable whatsoever. I might have to revisit a fresher bottle of this one of these days and see how it compares, because I am fairly sure this one is far from its prime. (1,271 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a flat yellow with a light bubbly head.

The smell was flat.

The taste was very week and one dimensional. No malt just a long dry bitter hopiness, lacking the citrus and pine goodness found in most hoppy beers.

The mouthfeel is very watery with a bit of oilyness.

A very subpar IPA. (292 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.41/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, I actually kinda wanted to like this. My first brewdog review (though I've had their brews on a few other occasions). Alas, twas not to be.

Pours a gold, orange-ish yellow. Big white sudsy foam. Bottle poured out everywhere, even though it had been quietly sitting in a fridge for a day or two.

Smells like acrid, medicinal hops with ... with ... yeah.

Taste is strangely dry. Toasty, dry, almost like an ESB moreso than an IPA. But, a really, really bitter ESB. No real citrus, just pine, medicinal herbs, and a cracker-y dryness to it.

Eh. Did not care for it. (573 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

The reviewed bottle belongs to an old version with the 6% ABV while the currently brewed Punk IPA has an ABV reduced to 5.6%.
330 ml, Batch 354 with best before date 21. November 2011, into tulip. Medium, foamy white head with good retention atop of golden body with good clarity, exhibiting little effervescence. Aroma is a nice interplay of clean malty sweetness with resinous and citrusy hops. The flavor starts with a high resinous bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste with slight hop-derived astringency and unpleasant oak-like flavor of crushed paracetamol-tablet which entirely ruins the impression. Some citrusy hop-flavor as well. The sweet malty backbone is there but somehow suppressed by the harsh bitterness. Medium dry finish. Nearly medium bodied and quite smooth on the palate. Hop-astringency, harsh bitterness and oaken flavor are inappropriate for an IPA-style so I have no reason to give it a high score.

Another beer from UK with good marketing and so much less quality. (1,000 characters)

Photo of cavedave
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A cloudy, light straw colored, almost headless beer that is certainly not true to style. It does not look like any beer I've tried.

Smell is a strange (for an AIPA) combo of fruity yeast, bland grain, herbs, and just a hint of citrus. Many beers push the envelope of style nowadays, but I think this Scottish beer needs a category of its own.

Taste is a burst of yeast and mild bitterness, some fruity notes (apricot? pear?), an incongruous earthy/grassy flavor, and a finish some degrees short of long that is bitter without any of the good pine/citrus/herbal bitterness that should be the hallmark of
of this style.

Mouthfeel is strange, unlike any beer I've tried. I would say it is thin/medium bodied, insufficiently resinous, but the carbonation is right for the style this purports to be.

Due to above factors this is not a very drinkable beer. (856 characters)

Photo of joepais
2.59/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 7/7/09 Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of fluffy white head that turned to a thick lace .The body of the brew however is a hazy pale yellow the beer that really looks like pilsner.

There is not much hops in the aroma actually the yeast stands out more than the hops. There is a slight lemon aroma here as well.

The flavor is really bitter that's about it. Is this what the world thinks an American IPA should be?
This brew is watery and light in the mouth feel department. I am not really getting into this one.

I think this brew is a one and done for me (589 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy yellow-gold, with a considerable thick, dense, foamy head. Smells of green spices (oregano and basil), hops, and sweet taffy. The beer has a slightly sour malt taste to it, with the hops being overpowered in the background. Almost a Flanders style sour characteristic. Some light citrus and spice notes to try to balance, but end up overpowered by the sour, as well. The beer is light and dry in mouth, with a sour aftertaste. The finish is lingering, and again, overpowered by the sour notes. Interesting beer, but I personally feel it misses the mark for an IPA, especially shooting for an American IPA. I had no real urges to reach for another one, so I'd say that ranks low on the drinkability scale. (766 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a one finger head that had nice retention and did stick to the sides in sheets.

S - Sweet malts mostly, smells slightly bready and also get some butter in there as well. Hops lean toward citrus, with a slightly resinous smell on the end of the nose.

T - Thin and empty taste, almost like diet sodaish in its empty quality. Bready malt backbone, the hops come through a bit sugary on the end, with a slight bite of skunked or chemical taste. Not a fan of this, got worse as I went.

M - Medium bodied and quite creamy.

D - This beer isn't super hard to get down, but I don't really like it and toward the end the taste was crappy enough I had trouble finishing my glass. I'd say it's average, better than most macros but that's one of the few things I'd drink this over. (816 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Poured with a small off white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy yellow to amber. Aroma is very mild to hardly there. Flavor is also subtle with a bitter finish. Body is a bit watery and ok carbonation. Very underwhelming. Better as a Brit IPA than American, but still in light of most of BD's other brews.... Ho hum. (376 characters)

Photo of Kraken
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
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 (595 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*Just a side note: There was a weird bubble underneath the rubber in the bottle cap, nothing looked rusted or strange, just interesting because I have never seen that before, I believe it was strictly cosmetic and did not effect any of the characteristics of the beer.

A. Light amber in color, slight cloud of color difference when first poured. A tickle of head, and thats about it!

S. Slight malt, a little yeast and that my friends is about it.

T./M. I'm gonna go with a big blank, literally. There isn't much going on for an IPA here. Starts like a Pilsner in taste and feel ends on a very blank generic bitter. Almost tastes like a roasted barley after taste (not horrible, just completely underwhelming!)

Overall. You be the judge, but for the hype that this brewery receives, even though this is on the low end of their spectrum of beers, it is very unimpressive. Steer clear or try it for some serious disappointment. (929 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a very thin, fizzy white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

Aroma is kind of weak with some pilsner malt notes complimenting the citrus hop presence. Hints o lemon peel, straw and light fruit.

This beer is a bit too balanced for its own good. The sweet maltiness overpowers the bitter and citrus hop notes. Similar in flavor and aroma. Hints of straw, lemon peel, slight spice, pilsner malt and slight dry finish. Meh. (496 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. There's a one finger white-colored head, but it has poor retention. Lacing is decent enough, though.

S: I'm not sure how fresh this is (because IPA from Scotland), but it still has a decent hop profile to it. Not an amazing one, though I can forgive that. It's loaded with pine, grapefruit, and *maybe* some apricot. The malt backbone comes through quite strongly, loaded with caramel and toffee. Not bad.

T: I pick up some Nelson Sauvin-esque fruitness, especially on the opening. It's weird, actually - it's a combination of grape-y-ness and mint. The more I sip it, the more the mint comes through. And the more I sip it, the more the mint ruins the balance of everything. I even dare suggest it's medicinal. While the general flavor isn't very good, it's not an undrinkable mess. That's great, I suppose...

M: It's pretty light on the palate, which is good. In spite of its age, it's also pretty dry - and that's also good too, I don't want this mint bomb to linger on my palate any further. Carbonation is about medium.

O: This would be a lot better if it were fresh. Seeing as I'm a 'Merican who's not in Scotland and don't have access to this AFAP (as fresh as possible), I have to grade it as is, which means I can't give it a good score. Come to think about it, is it really worth buying foreign IPAs? They're always going to be more expensive, and likely won't be fresh, either. (1,452 characters)

Photo of mbunje
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very light in color, straw yellow, with a white head that maxes at about 1/2" It is crystal clear with medium carbonation.

Smell is a crisp citrus, grassy scent. Different from California IPAs

Taste, well not so good...at least for my expectations for an IPA. There is zero malt in this. Taste is critric-grapefruit bitterness. No sweetness to be heard of. Very grassy hop taste.

Mouthfeel is light, but still with good body. It doesn't coat the tongue, but there is substance.

At $9USD for a 22oz bottle, combined with the average experience, I say this is not drinkable. Save your dough. (644 characters)

Photo of Oneeighthcuban
2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lighter than I expected it to be, with a rich, thick head. Bit cloudy.

S: No floral/hoppy smell in my nose that I would expect with a Pale Ale. Mostly malt smell.

T: Pretty balanced, initially, with a bitterness that sits on the tongue and increases with time.

M: Balanced mouthfeel. It feels light and refreshing.

Overall, just not really enjoying this. I expected big flavors from BrewDog for an IPA, and this didn't deliver. Setting aside my expectations, it is enjoyable but not an amazing beer. Just about average. It doesn't do much to stand out, which isn't a bad thing, but not a beer I would purchase again. (627 characters)

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.