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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,103 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,103
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 39
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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whoneeds8

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

07-12-2010 01:22:57 | More by whoneeds8
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cdizinno

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle as pictured. NO visible dates.

A: Hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head that leaves considerable lacing down the entire glass.

S: Mostly malty and grainy.Some of that typical European hoppy smell.

T&M: Hop bitterness. Grainy roughness. Fades to some mild citrus tastes. Medium bodied.

Nothing really spectacular, but decent.

02-06-2011 23:47:15 | More by cdizinno
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/27/11
*From notes

A: Slightly hazy golden with a two finger head and decent lacing.

S: For a beer called "Punk", this is quite pedestrian. Anti-bachterial handsoap and a good dose of minerality.

T: No juice, fruit or floral notes. It's simply plain-jane bitter. A large amount of malt covers for the lack of complex hops.

M: A tad watery. It just doesn't have the required weight to carry the ABV, and it collapses in short order.

O: BrewDog's Punk IPA is the worst kind of beer: utterly forgettable. It's got zero memorable qualities, and isn't something I'll be returning to.

Yet another dissapointment from BrewDog.

07-11-2011 21:54:09 | More by Rhettroactive
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simonjohansson

Sweden

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

Smell: lots of hoppy citrus notes - grape, citrus, grass, elder (?), resin, pineapple, cucumber (?). Not much malt. Decent smell. Appearance is golden, but not much foam. Looks a bit "thin".

Taste: as the smell, lots of citrus, some resin. Very bitter too, didnt expect that. Again, not much malty notes.

Overall: unusual ipa, distinct bitterness, very hoppy, but not very much malt. Mouthfeel wasnt good, too little carbonation, weak and thin feel to it.

12-18-2008 22:52:56 | More by simonjohansson
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robhunta

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

A - nice 1.5 finger head, very clear, but I found it to look a bit light in color.

S - not much of an aroma, a bit of hops and that about it.

T - now there is the hops. strong hops flavor. bitter.

M - clean, crisp.

D - quite drinkable. not the most balanced example of an ipa.

02-25-2011 23:38:25 | More by robhunta
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BigB415

California

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

$3.99? ok I'll bite and give it a try. Pours orange into my Lagunitas glass. I get aromas of something sour. Is it supposed to be like that? this is an IPA and the best before date isn't until the end of May so I know it's supposed to fresh. I get sour hops that cling to your taste buds when I take a sip. Would of been nice if it was fresh tasting hops that were clinging to your taste buds instead of this sour taste that is so pungent. Other than the notes of sour I can't really get anything else out of this which is disappointing since this is my first Brewdog beer I have tried. I have the hardcore IPA in my fridge too and if that's anything like this one then these will be the last Brewdog beers I have.

05-11-2011 03:38:51 | More by BigB415
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cadenwhitaker

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

Allright, now I'm totally confused.

I first had the Hardcore IPA ( http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16315/41505 ) and that is their DIPA/IIPA. When I reviewed that I felt it was muted, soft, enjoyable, malty.

Now I'm reviewing their standard IPA, my first assumption was it would be a sessionable version of their DIPA... but really this is hoppier then their DIPA. That's odd.

I'm getting hops/pine/citrus in the nose and a suprisingly bitter aftertaste along with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Lots of grapefruit.

I can't complain as I paid only $6.99 for a bomber because the store couldn't push the product. I think their DIPA was fantastic but this one is a bit of a let down.

04-12-2009 20:06:29 | More by cadenwhitaker
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

After hearing Ding of all people found this to be his least loathed BrewDog offering, I felt I had to give it a go. It pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises blood orange, grapefruit, pine sap, onions, corn syrup, and a string of light caramel. The taste is very much the same, only the pine sap and onion notes dominate like a biarchical autocracy. The light caramel is even lighter, barely even there, hiding amongst an unforgiving hop-centric populace. Damn, son, this shit be hoppy in a bad way. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, this is not a very pleasant IPA to me. I've had some hop-bombs before, but at least they tasted right. Something seems majorly off here.

08-23-2010 08:34:35 | More by TMoney2591
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bventure

United Kingdom (England)

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%

A: Clear golden colour, average white head, dissipates quickly leaving patches of large bubbles

S: Obvious hit is an unpleasnt resiny hop smell, a bit like the cat has sprayed on it. Some fruity malt, orange & caramel somewhat redeems it

T: Quite bitter, lingering bitter finish. Has an unpleasant resiny hop taste that I don't like, but not as bad as the Tesco Double IPA that I poured down the sink last week! Not much else to it really. Some malt, but overwhelmed by the hops. Lacking in complexity.

M: Crisp & firm with quite high carbonation.

D: The resiny hop flavour is the thing that spoils it for me. The bittereness is OK, I just don't much like the taste. May try it again if I ever get to enjoy the flavour of the hops.I might get to like it with practice, but I think there must be similar beers with more complexity

02-14-2011 20:01:23 | More by bventure
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with 1.5 finger white head. Stellar retention with loads of lacing from top to bottom.

S - Floral, buttery biscuits, cheesy sulphur yeast, lemon zest. Cheese dominates as it warms.

T - Floral hops with a buttery pale malt. Lemon zest starts opening up with a spicy bitterness. The buttery cracker pale malt is a strange mix with the lemon rind hops. Crisp finish with some lemon and leafy hop bitterness lingering.

M - Moderate carbonation, full side of medium body.

Great looking beer! A cracker based pale malt with lots of leafy and lemon zest hops. The light buttery flavor didn't help. It almost has a lager yeast character. Different but the perfume/lemon hops seems forced on top of the simple pale malt.

11-20-2011 21:42:38 | More by StaveHooks
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-19-2013 00:18:22 | More by woodchipper
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-08-2013 17:51:51 | More by TheMrFarnham
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-23-2012 02:12:39 | More by pin
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cosmonick

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.1%

05-19-2013 01:45:21 | More by cosmonick
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aasher

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.1%

This beer pours a light bodied and thin bright yet watery gold in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. It smells very dry and bitter. It's somewhat piny and features some light honey like malts. Again, it's very bitter. The taste is pretty one dimensional. It's just dry and bitter without depth or complexity. It is very light in body and would be far too easy to drink if you liked your IPAs like this, or if it weren't $16 a four pack. Overall this is a mediocre beer for a premium price.

10-17-2011 23:12:43 | More by aasher
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zoso493

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.1%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color and a one-finger head that dies down quickly. Color is a little too urine-ish for me.

Smell: Some nice floral hops with some notes of pine. Not too shabby.

Taste: The taste follows that pine route a little too much. Has a pretty unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. After a while, it starts to taste really soapy. Not the smoothest IPA out there.

Mouthfeel: It's fairly creamy and medium-bodied but that cloying feel on your palate really marks this down.

Drinkability: Well, I don't think this is something I'd want to have more than one of just because of the taste, but I suppose if you were into it you could drink a few.

Overall, this was pretty disappointing for me. BrewDog obviously has the right idea but something in the execution just didn't work out. I probably won't reach for this again

10-23-2009 17:25:17 | More by zoso493
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-11-2012 00:35:55 | More by cfalovo97
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Douvalis

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-09-2013 03:59:39 | More by Douvalis
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cjohnst78


3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-27-2014 23:25:41 | More by cjohnst78
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-04-2013 06:03:09 | More by NonicPanic
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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-18-2011 03:40:24 | More by aanth
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Smileitsfreetobehappy

Alaska

3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-22-2014 05:03:14 | More by Smileitsfreetobehappy
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tjdrewry

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-16-2014 01:35:02 | More by tjdrewry
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WilstonOreo

Germany

3/5  rDev -21.1%

08-21-2012 08:30:38 | More by WilstonOreo
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kemoarps

Washington

3/5  rDev -21.1%

Poured a standard straw with white head. Pretty, but not outstanding.

The nose gives a preview replete with fresh floral/grassy notes. Almost an earthy undertone.

Unfortunately, the taste did not really follow the nose. The taste is more dry straw background fronted by a pilsner bitterness that just kind of ruins it for me. A little bit of hops somewhere in there as well, but almost more of an Imperial Pilsner than an IPA.

Drinks easily enough, but just kind of tastes BMC but better done. If you're really curious go ahead and check it out, but definitely not worth going out of your way for.

07-28-2012 05:40:11 | More by kemoarps
Punk IPA from BrewDog
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