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Punk IPA - BrewDog

Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

903 Ratings

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%

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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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Photo of dar482

New York

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a golden color with a good amount of head retention.

The aroma has tons of sugary sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus, floral notes. Lots of hops as well as a balance of malts.

The beer starts off with a bit of bittering grapefruit pith, then some sweetness that dances with it. A very well balanced beer. The finish has tons of sweet ruby red grapefruit on the end.

I’m very surprised that the beer is only 5.6%, yet so packed with flavor.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 11:43:59 | More by dar482
Photo of badandy

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Appears to have some chill-haze. Hazy light amber in color. Medium head retention. Some lacing evident.

S: Brilliant! Grapefruit galore! Very ripe dark citrus (tangerine?) with a hint of pine. Something else there that I can't quite place....

T: Berries and pine upfront. Very unique hop profile. Bright, floral/fruity flavors followed by a deep, rich, complex finish (honey/pine). Bitterness is present but no unpleasant. Fantastic!

M: To style. Medium body, not particularly heavy, not particularly light. Very enjoyable.

This is one of the most unique beers I've tried in awhile... really glad I ran across one at the LCBO. Will definitely grab it again. For an 8-9% IPA it's extremely drinkable!

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 00:39:35 | More by badandy
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold-orange with a thin white head, some light lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smells of citrus rind, honey, fruity and spicey hops, strawberries and pine resin.

Tastes nice and malty upfront with citrusy/spicey hops that dominate the palate throughout.

Very quenchable beer on a hot summer day, not too hoppy but balanced just perfectly. Definitely a beer I would try again!

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 20:27:58 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass. One finger of bubbly off white head on a clear pale amber. Good lacing, The head sticks around for a while then diminishes to a ring.

Lots of citrus hop smells. You can smell it from a couple of feet! Fresh, resiny, tropical fruit. The taste follows the smell although in a more subdued way. A nice rounded hop finish. Very nice for those wanting a nice hop without being bombed by it.

Medium body. Fairly low carbonation. A very nice IPA overall. Rather unique. A nice blend of citrus and tropical fruit. Clean and fresh. I would recommend it.

Serving type: can

08-01-2012 18:09:27 | More by scott451
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold with a hint of bronze and a stiff meringue head of pure white that rings.
Big gorgeous grapefruit candy, pineapple, evergeeen and hop resin on the nose.
Papaya and white pan getting grainy later on before more candied pink grapefruit and sour lemon hard candy hops with spicy grape coming out as it warms.
Skunk finish and pine sap linger. Light to medium, sticky, soft.

This was in the back of the fridge for a month or three, but that doesn't matter as much with cans, right? And it hasn't. Big fresh hops don't bully the way they did in the 6% version. Ahtanum seems to step up here - lots of citrus, with maybe a bit of cat from the Simcoe but the Nelson Sauvin is quiet until the beer opens up. Strength and IBUs (45, down from 68 for the old version) don't quite bring it up to IPA level, in spite of the name, but that's a good thing.

Top pale ale.

Serving type: can

07-18-2012 12:36:46 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hadn't expected so much "west-coast" American hop flavour from a UK brew - what a pleasant surprise! I remember being less than impressed after trying a bottle several years ago, so would recommend this latest canned release to anyone who is likewise sceptical.

Looks like a golden lager with very limited white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is of tropical fruit, including pineapple, papaya and mango. That follows into the flavour with citrus (grapefruit?) also included in the finish. A nice blend of sweet caramelized malts with a pleasantly bitter hop finish.

Definitely a beer I'd recommend.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 01:50:08 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB November 10, 2012. Been in the fridge for a little while.

Golden in colour, small white head fades quickly.

Hoppy smell. Sticky citrus fruit- orange, grapefruit, pineapple. A bit of a grassy scent as well. Some caramel malt in the background but this is a hop focused smell.

Taste is a big drop after the nose. The big citrus scent is just not replicated. Some grassy flavours, a slight bit of citrus and tropical fruit, and a general bitterness that is not particularly flavourful.

Light to medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, not too into this one. Nice smell but otherwise a letdown.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 00:50:31 | More by jrenihan
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale blonde, 2 fingers of white head and quite lacey. Smell is very hop forward, lots of tropical fruit and pine, orange and grapefruit, some malt is there as well adding a cracker like backbone, some yeasty scents also present. Taste is bitter and hoppy, some fruit flavours including pineapple and grapefruit, as well as some pine and earthy hops, lightly floral and dryer in the finish though starts a touch sweet, malt flavours mid palate with a fruity floral finish and aftertaste. Light carbonation, med body, oils coat the tongue, would have liked a little more zip in the carbonation. A nice IPA that drinks very quick and something that I could have many of in one sitting.

Serving type: can

06-22-2012 20:30:04 | More by peensteen
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size frothy/fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, lemon/grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a bit grapefruit/lemon, apricot, and corn/grains. It ends with hoppy and lightly fruity aftertaste with a medium amount of bitterness.

Overall - Reminds me a bit of the Kipling crossed with a Crazy Canuck. I would give the taste a 3.75 if I could. This is definitely a beer that warrants trying, especially with the limited amount of decent IPA's available to me locally.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 19:04:14 | More by spinrsx
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL can from the LCBO; best before November 2012. I grabbed a multitude of IPAs on my last trip, and this is one of several that I know very little about. Red Racer has taught me to expect good things from little cans, though.

Pours a pale golden-amber colour, translucent, with a modest half-finger of soapy white head seated atop. Not exactly what I expect to see from an IPA, but at least there's decent lacing. Enticing, relatively fresh aroma with hints of pineapple, grapefruit, orange and peach. There is a faint note of bready malts in the background, but it is mostly fruity, juicy hops here. Me likey.

The flavour follows the aroma quite closely - tropical fruit flavours dominate, with grapefruit, lemon, orange rind and peach being the most noticeable features. Perhaps even a hint of mango, with a light brush of buttered biscuits and honey from the relatively muted malts. Dry, fruity aftertaste that lingers briefly. Light-bodied and kind of watery, and only slightly oily. Refreshing and crisp, with a good bite from the carbonation. Easier to slug back than a lot of IPAs.

This one grew on me after a few sips. It's not the most complex or intense IPA I've ever had, but it's definitely a good one - and perhaps because of those facts, is much more sessionable than average. There were only two cans left on the shelf when I went to the shop, and now I am thinking I should have picked the other one up too! Oh well, at least someone else will get to enjoy it.

Final Grade: 3.93, an encouraging B+. BrewDog's Punk is a solid IPA that makes for an enjoyable glass of beer, and is definitely worth checking out if you happen to see it on the shelves. The price is right, too. I wish the LCBO would put more cans of stuff like this on the cold shelves, instead of the avalanche of bland pale lagers we are currently (for the most part) faced with.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 08:25:45 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden and pencil yellow colour with a large, frothy white head that gets retained as a thick film and leaves medium-heavy lacing.

Sharp, lemony citrus aroma with a light toasted malt backing and a hint of mineral water.

The taste is fairly light for the style, but that's certainly not to say thin or flavourless. It has a very crisp grapefruit and lemon citrus flavour with just enough of toasty grain tone to balance things out and a subtle pine note.

Fairly thin-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There's a slight oiliness on the tongue along with a mild bread-like sensation. There's a faint cherry or berry fruit note in the finish and the aftertaste has a pronounced bitterness.

Serving type: can

06-11-2012 19:18:13 | More by bryehn
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this once before in Alberta, but I never reviewed it...

A - Pours a clear golden colour with a thumb of smal bubbled head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Citrus hop notes dominate, some metallic notes, grassy notes, leafy greens and a bit of bread on the finish.

T - The citrus notes dominate but are a bit one dimentional and fade quickly. The finish is rather bland with some bitter bready flavours lingering.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A decent American IPA with a solid dose of hops up front, but it fades quickly leaving you feeling ripped off. Easy drinking nonetheless and worth a try.

Serving type: can

06-09-2012 17:44:05 | More by andrenaline
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to Founder's tulip. Date of 10 NOV 12 on the can.

A - Medium hazy yellow colour. One inch of thick, off-white head that slowly receded to a half finger with good retention. Some light lacing.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit and grassy/floral aromas up front accompanied by a good bitterness. Grapefruit, pineapple, peach and tangerine aromas create a very inviting nose. Very slight malt sweetness in the background.

T - A good hop bite up front. Some grapefruit, pine, tangerine and lighter peach and mango notes are present. The tropical fruit aromas that were a big part of the nose are very muted in the palate. A very slight caramel malt sweetness is present in the middle followed by a long, dry and bitter finish.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Light carbonation. Some hop oils present but not as much as I would have liked.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 18:55:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can into tulip. Best before November 10, 2012.

A- Crystal clear golden pour with a touch of amber. Two finger soapy off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Bright citrus smells of mandarin, grapefruit. Touch of pine and a nice grassy note. A touch of malt in the backing.

T- Grassy and pine bitterness. Very little in the way of fruits that you would find in many American IPAs. This is a East coast meet English IPA. Very little malt in the backing, slightly dry finish.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- My first encounter with this was a LCBO release I stumbled upon before I knew what craft beer was. I was really excited to see this returning. So I can remember what I was missing back then.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 01:07:56 | More by korguy123
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bought this one in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Color is light copper with a nice dense foamy head on top of it. The foam is creamy looking and sticks well to the glass. The aroma is dominated by citrus and piny. Thirsty. The malt base is caramel. Nice balanced. On the taste, it is more grapefruits and it is warm in the mouth. The finish is dry, bitter and it lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. Light notes of caramel. Well balanced. Medium body. Very refreshing and so good on the taste. Quite aggressive. Very good.

Serving type: can

03-11-2012 18:03:51 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of DoubleJ


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While tasting Sunk Punk, one of us had the idea of purchasing a Punk IPA and comaring the two side by side. Apparently this is a new version, and as a side prize, this is my first can from BrewDog. On to the beer:

Toasted orange, but with long lasting foam and reasonable lace. In comparison to the Sunk Punk, the nose is more attractive. The scents of clean pine, orange, and tangerine are all attractive and bright to the senses.

Looks like this Punk IPA will have two comparisons. I not only prefer the taste of this over Sunk Pine, but this tastes better than the original 6.0% ABV Punk IPA. There a little toffeeiish malt for the canvas, and the hops come in and paint the canvas with clean pine, assorted fruits, and tangerine. It's medium bodied, and is an easy one to get down.

This "renovated" version is better than I remember it as. An IPA that is refreshing as it is delicious.

Serving type: can

03-05-2012 18:33:13 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of dgilks


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This can was straight from the brewery by courier so should be in top condition.

Pours a perfectly clear golden colour with a large, smooth white head. Fair head retention and nice lacing.

A bright, citrus hop aroma with some light Nelson Sauvin notes. This fades into a dank, redolent hop resin note with some very light malt.

Crisp pale malt with a hefty dose of grassy and citrussy hops. These guys have toned down the bitterness in this version but made the hop character longer lasting and more pleasant. The fruity hop notes are really good here.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really solid American IPA. The fruity hop character comes across as fresh despite being 4 months old. Really, really good.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 08:19:52 | More by dgilks
Photo of Parky1

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden-orange, lightly carbonated with 1/2 inch head.

Pine and floral, but mainly pine.

Initial sweetness with slight bitterness, moving on to a lasting bitter finish.

Lightly carbonated and dry.

Very drinkable, with a decent kick of hops, but not an overpowering one. The four-pack of cans seems like an ideal serving!

Serving type: can

08-24-2011 20:47:37 | More by Parky1
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows lots of hops with big piney, resinous, fruity and floral notes. Malt is not forgotten, with a huge caramel character.
Same story with the flavours, lots of piney, resinous hops and plenty of sweet malt.
Carbonation could be higher.

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 10:40:56 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of ADZA


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is a first for me Brewdog from a can i gotta say im very entrigued and it pours a nice murky apricot hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy,fluffy two finger head and spporadic lacing,the smell is beautiful with hints of pungent floral hops,bubblegum and zesty lime,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel that has tastes of boiled candy,bubblegum,citrus zest,light toffee and finished off with a floral hoppy bitterness and overall one of the best examples of how a brew can be sometimes better in a can and i will buy this again and again cheers.

Serving type: can

05-07-2011 07:09:04 | More by ADZA
Photo of Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank my first ever can of the new Punk IPA against the bottle to compare. The can had a BB Date of 24 Dec 11 making it two and and half months older. Both poured into its own identical high tumbler

Obviously similar to the bottle in appearance but the can has put forward a clearer more sparkling looking beer with a pretty fresh aroma. Somewhat thinner in body too but the backbone and slight carbonation seems to support it better making it more rounded and supportive of the flavour. Again, ginger at the end after some fairly reasonable bitterness. This sure seems fresher.
Not bad at all. Certainly merits the B+

Round one to the can. Looks like I'll need to buy some more!

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 10:35:21 | More by Zimbo
Photo of rarbring


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is slightly hazy, golden, a white head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is citric and floral, grape-fruit with pine resin.

The brew has an initial caramel sweetness, then freshly squeezed grape-fruit juice, pine needles and resin.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft, a medium body, a dry finish.

This version is very clean and nice, better balanced and more enjoyable - for me.

Serving type: can

04-12-2011 18:40:06 | More by rarbring
Photo of baggio


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Apperance: Golden orange witha huge, airy, head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Caramel, Citric notes, Tropical fruits, Hint of pine and malt.

Taste: Tropical fruits, Hint of marmalade, Peach, Hint of malt, Pine.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp and dry with a medium bitterness at the end. More balanced than the old recepie.

A very drinkable APA/IPA and pretty good one at that. I'd prefer a bit more agressive hopping but this will do nicely as a lighter hopfix during the warmer months.

Serving type: can

04-08-2011 19:25:22 | More by baggio
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the new Version of Punk which was formerly Punk X. I believe that they are now all going to come in cans but I could be wrong about that.

A - Pours a Clear golden brown, the color of a really dark piss. Great head that was soft and lasted the entire beer, leaving excellent lacing.

S - Very clear difference to the old Punk here. Bursting with fresh citrus, pine needles and hop flowers. Really a beautiful aroma.

T - Well hopped but not as much as the original, a nice bitter bite but not overly complex like the aroma would have indicated. All the elliments from the aroma but muted.

M/D - Incredibly smooth and light on the palette. the carbonation is perfect and I am not sure if this is from the can or the new recipe. Either way it's excellent and I could keep drinking this all nice as the lack of bitterness keeps the palette clean.

Although I miss the heavier hop preseence in the older version, there is no denying that all other aspects of this beer are greatly improved now.

Serving type: can

02-26-2011 16:43:50 | More by thepeter
Photo of Geert


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 16:28:16 | More by Geert
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Punk IPA from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.