Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

508 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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 CantankerousCaveBear
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 500 mL can

Pours a pale orange, which changes to hazy golden-yellow under direct light. Smells wonderful, full of citrus, tropical fruits and floral notes. I get orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and even hints of peach. Quite juicy and enticing. Lighter body, a slight malt backbone. Would make for an excellent session IPA. Really tasty, if a bit thin and not substantial enough as I am used to. I enjoy juicy and sweeter IPAs, so I am quite fond of this one. Nice bitterness, but hardly palate wrecking at 45 IBUs. Seems more like a session IPA or Pale Ale than a more robust full-fledged IPA. Very tasty, so I can't dismiss it outright. (647 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can into nonic pint. "16/04/16" on the bottom of the can. consumed july 29 2015

a: light orange with 3 fingers of off-white head

s: grapefruit, apricot, peach, slight pine. really fruity with a bit of sweet bready caramel malt in there

t: not as fruity as the nose. grapefruit, underripe peach and apricot with prominent floral and piney flavours. has a decent backing bready caramel malt characteristic

m: somewhat watery with medium-minus carbonation

o: a good, easy-drinking, well-rounded low-abv IPA that needs a bit more body (545 characters)

Photo of Rhill3
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle. Yellow color with small head and light carbonation. Smell is peach and pineapple without any hint of bitterness. Taste has nice pale malt flavor balanced with floral fruity hops. There is a hint of bitterness on the finish. Very good unique IPA. Not exactly a new world IPA as they claim because it is nowhere near as bitter as most west coast IPAs but enjoyable so long as you don't deaden the palate with an overly bitter beer first. (457 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pours a Slightly Hazy Deep Golden topped by a thick, foamy white head.

S- Grapefruit and tropical fruit upfront with a bit of caramel maltiness hiding in the back.

T- Tropical fruit upfront and a quick transition to a lingering grapefruit bitterness to finish off, all the while being backed up by a subtle caramel malt flavour.

M- Fairly light body and Low-Moderate Carbonation that feels right for this particular beer. Similar mouthfeel to a good session IPA.

O- Excellent American-Style IPA of the "juicy" variety that I particularly enjoy. The mouthfeel is light enough that this beer could easily be a session beer. (658 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, big foamy head, medium straw color, good size citrus and tropics fruit hop aroma and flavor, mild mat backbone, mildly bitter hop finish. (150 characters)

Photo of surfcaster
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So after a full day of cask ale in London-gave this one a shot.

Big nose with tropical fruits exploding everywhere. A bit more finesse and balance than traditional AIPA but all of the flavor. Incredible at 5.6%. (212 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 BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Unfiltered, blond ale with 2 fingers of head and sticky lacing left on the glass. This is how a brew should look

S - Citrus hops. Pineapple.

T - Citrus, hop juice. Damn refreshing and tasty!

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - An awesome well balanced IPA. On the citrus side. Really good. (303 characters)

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 KYGunner
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's not even two months old but the hops seem to have disappated substantially. Tea leaf malt, pine, lemon, wateriness, bitter pine, resin, lupilin and bitterness. (164 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Orange peel up front. As it warms a pithy orange juice sweetness emerges. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Very hazy pale amber pour with a low white head. Effervescence noted and assertive. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Firm earthy bitterness up front with moderate-high lemon notes. A bit of husky/grainy malt base. Very pithy citrus rind-like flavors. A bit of Pine-Sol note. Finish is bone dry. Aftertaste lingers with lemony bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation and a slight carbonic bite. No warmth, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: High carbonation impacts drinkability. Very citrusy and bitter. Kind of a one trick citrus pony. Probably no need to seek out again. (748 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 doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After the reasonable and surprising mid-strength Dead Pony Club I thought it fitting to give the other BrewDog in waiting (from my fridge door) Punk IPA a go next. This one claims to be a post-modern take on the IPA style, however when I think of post-modern beers I think of a hop-flavoured cider (cider isn’t really beer but isn’t it really?) [no Doc, no]. So from a can of humble IPA - the beer style that has captured hipsters and tattoo artists the world over - can Scottish BrewDog challenge the dominance of US craft brewers? Probably not, but let’s give these bastards a chance.

Poured from 330ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy jonquil... ahhh, jonquil - it’s been ages since I used you to describe something... coloured body with a foamy white head that leaves spider webs around the side of the glass. 8/10.

S: The aroma isn’t very post-modern at all, in fact it’s simply modern with fragrant starburst orange and floral/pineapple hops. There is a malt base in there providing a honeyed sweetness as well, but as usual in an American IPA it is “Hail lord hop in all its majesty”. Quite a pungent bouquet that I would be quite pleased if I was BrewDog. 8/10.

T: Again I’m having trouble getting the post-modern reference [just give it up Doc] but it’s a good modern IPA. The starburst orange morphs more into bitter orange, with that hint of pineapple, and the floral aroma turns full potpourri in the flavour department. The finish is dry with a medium bitterness. Strangely there is almost no detectable sweetness in the flavour - it’s slanted towards dry/floral/bitter. Personally I like a balance between bitter/sweet in my beers so it misses a point there (if I wanted something dry I would drink a vermouth dammit!). 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a flat(ish) carbonation. Needs more body. 5/10.

D: So this is one of those ‘aroma promise under-delivered’ brews... I hate those guys! It’s the beer equivalent of a cock-tease. Shame because the aroma promised a classic American styled IPA, but it’s missing that crucial beer bitter/sweet balance. In any case it was still better than many other beers out there and for 5.6% ABV surprisingly sessionable, so it’s not ALL bad. 7/10.

Food match: Chinese food. (2,262 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy medium straw body.
The aroma is big. Lots of mango, pineapple and orange.
The taste is big on the bitterness, but the malt is always lurking in the background making is very drinkable.
The texture is crisp.
Great aroma and flavor. (269 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light golden color with thin foam. There's a light lemony citrus aroma to this with a lemony crisp citrusy hop flavor. Light malt, hops up front, goes down way too easy. (182 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy almost light tan head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus hops backed with a some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops, tangerine and light grapefruit, a hint of pineapple, and some light caramel malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate slightly fizzy carbonation, pretty crisp.

O: This beer seems to have gotten lighter since I last had it. Still ok, but I wish there was a little more body to it to help showcase the hops. (573 characters)

Photo of Lovleystuff
4.66/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured this very attractive bottle of IPA in to my chalice glass and it came out light amber with a medium to large head. There was a bit of haziness too it when the beer settled.

S: This smelled quite inviting with both citrus and floral hops almost making my mouth water. So far very very good!!

T: Wow theyre not just saying that theres and explosion of taste in your mouth there really is! Lovely grapefruit, caramel, pineapple and some other tropical fruits!

F: Not too heavy and definitely not too gassy for me... just perfect!

O: A very nice IPA (one of my faves) but be warned the alcohol content is high and does not show when consuming. (656 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with decent white head and minimal lacing. Smells of hoppy citrus, mint, and floral hops. Tastes similar in the nose with upfront bitterness and dry mouthfeel. Alcohol well in check. Nice drinking ipa. Nothing too spectacular, but solid all around nonetheless. (277 characters)

Photo of tonecoleman
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank at BrewDog Bar Birmingham England. Served cold at commercial lager temperature in a Punk IPA Tulip Glass.Typical IPA colour with half inch of bubbley white head. Big strong aromas of garapfruit and spruce, matched by flavours of the same accentuated by lively carbonation which brings on the dry bitter American hop flavours. Quite a shock to the taste buds if you're not used to American Style IPA's but this Brew soon has you coming back for more!... Beware if you're on a sesh though! as the flavour does hide the 5.6 ABV. (531 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber yellow in color and has lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that took a long time to die down, eventually leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lychee fruit are present in the nose along with some hints of pineapples and other tropical fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of lychee fruits and has hints of other tropical fruits and caramel malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some interesting aromas and flavors but doesn't taste much like an IPA, lacking hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle (830 characters)

Photo of avwrite
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly smooth going down IPA. Had just enough bitterness and strength for me to enjoy. Color is a nice amber, and doesn't come out too frothy. (150 characters)

Photo of interzen
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Quite dark for a pale ale - quite orange. Thin, off-white head which disappeared fairly quickly leaving a small amount of lacing. Definitely didn't see the retention that others have noted.

Smell: Has the same floral/citrusy/pine-resin smell as the 5am Saint red ale, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. If anything, it's quite a bit hoppier than the 5am Saint.

Taste: Hops. Boom! That's your lot - again, a beer which smells better than it tastes, at least to me. The taste can best be described as 'clean' and very astringent. Unfortunately, it's a bit *too* hoppy for my personal tastes.

Feel: Nothing special, really. Medium body and quite fizzy with it - the carbonation probably doesn't help with the bitterness.

Overall: To be fair, if you like your beer to be hoppy then chances are you'll like this - I'm planning to try it on tap at some point in the near future but the bottled beer doesn't really do it for me. Your own mileage will vary, but if you like your bear hoppy, you'll like this. If you're more of a malty/yeasty person then don't bother. (1,121 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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. (502 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

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. (457 characters)

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