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Punk IPA | BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by bark on 11-02-2007

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Photo of SmashPants
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a stumpy little blue 330mL can with the typically funky Brewdog label.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. Pours out a hazy amber-orange with a half-finger off-white head that drops to a thin cap with okay lacing.

Aroma: a very crisp and clean aroma of grapefruit and pineapple. Touch of malt.

Taste: pretty much follows the aroma - grapefruit, pineapple and some other tropical fruits here with that hop bitterness behind but not overpowering.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away and it turns a little awkward bitterness.

Mouth feel: a medium body with a fairly sharp medium to higher carbonation. I think this one could use a touch less carbonation or a bit thicker body. Still, pretty good.

Overall: quite a nice AIPA from Brewdog, though it isn't quite as 'out there' as they might suggest. A fairly standard but nice IPA - if anything it could probably be a touch more hop-forward, which is something I don't usually say about IPAs. Still, a very nice example of the style, and decent at AU$90 a case - though probably for a 6-pack at a time.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

I got a little excited on the pour, but it's a very active beer. Deep gold color and cloudy. Nose is that of strong hops and citrus. Taste is that of, again, hops and citrus. There is a pleasant sweet fruitiness, reminds me of ripe peaches. Very nice. Feel is smooth, with nice body for a lower ABV brew. The carbonation is very active, and pleasant. Overall a nice beer, and a slight departure from the norm. I can't see myself buying the 4pk, but I would certainly put one in a mix-six in the future.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured into a hotel tumbler. Purchased at Don Quixote in Kawasaki, Japan.

Color is hard to assess in the tumbler, but it pours straw-colored. Head is good with good retention. Smell is really nice - lots of citrus and tropical hops with a hint of sweetness. Flavor is all about the hops, but they aren't overwhelming. Nice bitter and lingering finish. Body is medium.

Overall, a really good IPA - much more my style than the Asahi I had with dinner.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, fruits. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some tropical fruits, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of bdehoog
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

First brew punk beer. Color is very light but bright. Citrusy aroma is apparent right away, malt sits in the far back seat. Reminds me of the few New Zealand beers I've tried, tropical notes like pineapple kiwi mango. Not spicy though in any big sense, nor is it sweet to speak of so I guess it has good balance. Somehow this isn't exciting to me, but I enjoy it and would repurchase. It does have nice complexity, zylophone type. Not a flavor profile I'm into quite as much though.

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Photo of Omnium
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Bomber into a tulip
A. Golden orange, slightly cloudy, two fingers of off white head, thick lacing
S. Aroma is quite nice, orange, lemon, pear, some tart apple, cracker malt.
T. Flavor doesn't follow aroma too well. The fruit flavors are very subdued and there is so much off metallic flavor it's a task to drink. Malt is there though.
M. Thin, watery metallic.
O. First time with this and meh. Not getting again.

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Photo of brongladest
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance: orange/yellow , cloudy

Smell: citrus, pine, slightly dank, a bit malty

Taste: citrus, mine, a little bready, slight bitterness

Mouth feel: light to medium bodied, slight carbonation, crisp

Overall: solid IPA, less bitter than american style IPA, seems to have that European balance, i'd drink it again.

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Photo of gutbucket2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

330ml bottle. Pours like a bottle-conditioned beer, although apparently not. Long-lasting white head on gold beer.
S: lemoney citrus hop.
T: zestful, refreshing hop.
M: effervescent, quite light.
O: a good beer.

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Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (4.25): A hazy orange golden color with a soda like white head

Smell (4.25): Citrus and other bright fruits and cracker malts

Taste (4.25): Subtle bright fruits, perhaps a littl pine. Very slight cracker malt on the backend. The aftertaste and burps are quite tasty as well. Very refreshing!

Mouthfeel (4.25): Heavy light/light medium body as expected from the abv. Silky smooth nonetheless and extremely easy drinking and refreshing

Overall (4.25): i highly enjoyed this offering. It is simple, but perfectly so. I could see this being a go to if it was more available and affordable. I was expecting more malt as its a Scottish beer, but i was pleasantly surprised with the hop character. I would love to see more european beers adopt the American version of an IPA. At 5.6% abv., i could consider this a session IPA, and it would be on my short list of session IPA's that i support. Recommended!

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Photo of Samp01
2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy orange amber with a quickly dissipating soda like head. Aroma is sweet fruity floral notes. Taste is fruity up front with a kind of mild strange herbal hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with a very mild carbonation. Finish improves somewhat as it warms up some, fruity floral some malt, some mild herbal medicinal hops bitterness. I am not sure what I am missing here but I did not enjoy this IPA at all. date on the bottle by 08/22/14. Would not buy this again.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance – Cloudy amber in colour with a finger of head that does not last long and leaves minimal lacing. There is also little evidence of carbonation in this one.

Smell – Very fruity and estery nose to this one. Strong hints of plum and mango.

Taste – Very sharp up front on the first mouthful, but there is really good fruit back with esters and good malt hop balance. There is piney American style hops here but it is all well proportioned.

Mouthfeel – Quite light bodied but still feels full in the mouth despite the lack of head.

Overall – Very pleasing and certainly up there with the better IPAs I have had. Decent balance and boasting confident flavour this is a nice brew and I will definitely be having it again.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

The aroma includes a pleasant mix of pine, passionfruit, grapefruit, caramel. The body is a hazy, orange-ish amber; pours a small head which quickly diminishes. Flavor at first is a burst of pine and fresh fruit—pineapple, orange, peach; there is some soft, earthy bitterness and light bready malt. Medium-light body, crisp carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

The initial burst of fruitiness eventually gives way to the malty sweetness. It's very smooth, crisp, refreshing, easy to drink. The bitterness and hoppiness are not at all overwhelming. In fact, the hoppiness, sweetness, and bitterness are surprisingly well balanced. A very enjoyable IPA indeed.

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Photo of dogin26
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

A beautiful beer

Light in the mouth with soothing hops. This beer is designed to be drunk with mates over some grilled seafood on a sunday afternoon or alternatively at some grungy wild house party with topless girls and pure madness.

On the nose i get some bread with straight forward orange and green grass that sends out a certain cleansing vibe.
The taste follows the nose with bread then the slightly rough hops which leads to more bread.

Love this beer and really recommend its simplicity but seducing character.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at the Dundee BrewDog in August 2014 and then again in a couple of bottles in Brighton in December 2015. It was one of the hoppier ales I had in the UK on either trip.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of MaddestHatter
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is exactly what I want in an IPA. I'm not an overly big IPA guy and this might be sacrilege to my IPA-loving friends who always obsess over the hop character of every beer, but this one pretty much tops the list for me. It is full of flavor without going overboard. It is balanced between hops of a vaguely pine or pineapple sort, malts which taste like good bread, and an altogether pleasant medium between the two. It's an IPA which doesn't just taste like an IPA. It tastes like a beer too, and a very good one at that. It was my first introduction to BrewDog's brand of no-nonsense, punk-styled offerings and it will not be my last. So far I have found this to be good in bottles purchased here in the states as well as on tap at their Edinburgh location which I was fortunate to visit last week while vacationing there. This beer goes well with cheese and will forever occupy a place in my palate as the perfect example of hops that aren't over the top.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden, frothy lingering ivory head. Aroma is floral, resiny, oniony, and slightly citrusy. Flavor is more minerally and earthy, with a resonating bitterness at the finish. Malt is light and crackery, and there's a savory, herbal character throughout. Aroma and bittering hops override the flavoring hops. Not extreme in any direction.

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Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck

A) Pours with a finger thick head with amazing retention (still holding strong long after the pour). Hazy, golden body. Sticky, tight lacing clings to the glass on the drink down.
S) Peach. Sweet pine.
T) Hops are present from the beginning and are complimented well by the malt bill. Grainy. Citrus fruit - orange/lemon. Hints of black pepper.
M) Creamy. Medium light body. Smooth.
O) A delicious IPA.

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Photo of Cannybrew
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is now my go to beer. As soon as the beer hits the glass the aroma hits my nose. Fresh and zesty, light and fun. Visually it has a lovely golden yellow colour with a small head that lasts throughout. I can taste clear grapefruit and small amounts of aniseed. The aftertaste lingers and my heart is happy.

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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?


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Photo of Chris_Burton
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Brewhemoth
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice white, head which left good lacing. Good head retention. There is little visible activity.
S: Hop-bomb (as it should be). Citrus, pinecone, grapefruit, and a little resin-y. Pale, bready, malts. Pretty much everything you want from an IPA.
T: Good malt backbone, followed by that nice fresh hop flavor - pine stands out. A good, smooth, build of bitter.
M: Very smooth. On the lighter carbonation side for the style, but done proper. Very nicely balanced.

O: Think this is a great beer. Drink it regularly. A nice "go to" IPA that just about hits all the standard marks, and is a good start to the night (if you're on that route).

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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I recently went to London and had this on tap at BrewDog Camden and found it to be an excellent IPA; I've updated my rating accordingly


Tasted On: 05-06-2014
Freshness: Best by 04-15-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

So this bottle is a few weeks past the 'best by' date, due to Let's Pour sending them to me that way. They refunded me the cost of the beer...we will see if the age makes for a negative impact

Beers pours a quite murky, orange-yellow color, with a white head a finger high. A nice ring of lace circles the glass; head retention is fair.

Smells are a pleasing if not powerful blend of tropical fruit hop aromas, with some pine as well.

The taste has a moderate level of bitterness to it; plus grapefruit and pineapple, which give some acidity. The beer is hoppy, but also fruity and a little malty as well. Very nice balancing act

Mouthfeel is crisp, wich what I'd call a chewy body. The finish has fruity hop notes and bitterness.

Overall a very tasty ale, with a good balanced flavor. Since the beer is past its best by date, I'd assume that some of the flavors and aromas are less than they'd normally be, but this is still a great drinker!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange, with a half inch head, and only a small amount of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, grassy hops, and a bit of alcohol.

The alcohol's not noticeable in the taste, luckily, considering it's a 5% ABV beer. Lots of juicy grapefruit flavor, a little bit of orange, some grassy bitterness that doesn't linger long.

Medium bodied, a little thin, but that makes sense given the ABV. Medium carbonation, pretty drinkable.

Haven't really tried anything from Brew Dog before, sorta didn't think much of them based on gimmickry, but this was pretty good.

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