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Punk IPA - BrewDog

Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

903 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow with a noticeable white head, and leaves a winterful of lace. As neutral as I can say of aroma. Mouthfeel is light, until lots of lace coats mouth at the end of 600 ml bottle. Decent IPA, very drinkable, bitterness and hops are there but its not outstanding for the style. Still enjoyable.

Good but not worth $12 USA (OK, 11.99)
A better deal at 2.65 for a small bottle enjoyed locally.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 23:18:35 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 024. Best before 7/23/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some solid citrus-like hop aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 04:20:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

"If some unemployed punk in New Jersey can get a cassette to make love to Elle McPherson for $19.95, this virtual reality stuff is going to make crack look like Sanka."

--Dennis Miller

Sunshine yellow beneath an ivory colored crown that has a wonderfully sticky, bubbly texture and is beginning to coat the pint glass with loads of attractive lace. This is the single palest IPA that I've ever seen. Looks good, though.

The nose features nothing but bright, zesty, slightly cheesy American C-hops. If there are any English varieties in here, they're very well-hidden. Warming ushers in a power and pungency that makes the above score an easy call.

This (Brew)Dog is definitely barking up the right tree. While it isn't as aggressive as its brewers would like us to believe (The U.S is the land of huge hops after all), it is damn tasty in a freshly squeezed hop juice kind of way. On further reflection, and once the taste buds get into the act, perhaps the hop bill is an Anglo-American affair after all.

There isn't much malt present (no sin in a 6.0% IPA)... and what's appreciated isn't the least little bit earthy or toasted. It tastes like a very clean ale yeast strain was utilized. What's left is pure humulus lupulus. In the end, that's the best sort of IPA.

The flavor profile is relatively simple. Again, no problem for a beer of this style. We have pink grapefruit, lime and maybe even a little puckery peach. The tasting notes on the brewery's website are good for a few chuckles: lychee, kiwi, passionfruit, cherry and strawberry. Kidding, right?

Ignore the 'best by' date (1/1/09). The snappy hoppiness that is present in mid-late June won't last anywhere close to that long. Once the hops fade there won't be much left. The mouthfeel is light, edging toward light-medium for the style. The bubbles are fine and add energy without being annoying. Good job here as well.

This review call be boiled down to one simple sentence: Punk IPA is deliciously citric hoppy and is insanely drinkable. I can't wait to see if the rest of BrewDog's offerings are as well-crafted. Not sure what the bottle cost, but this is a repeat purchase for damn sure. Welcome to America, guys. We can always use more good IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 15:20:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hazy orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowloy receded and left behind lots of lace down the glass. Big time visible sediment here, bottom of the glass was covered.

huge hoppy fiesta. Big profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through, citrus centric hoppy IPA, my favorite kind. It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste, left a long lingering flavor that stayed behind for a good 15 mins. This was very nice and seemed to get better as I kept drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:32:51 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden color with very minimal foam. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S: A lot of caramel and malt. Hops are floral and there is an overall fruitiness that seems to be characteristic of BrewDogs IPAs.

T: Like Hardcore, disappointing at best. A lot of malt with some slight citrus character from the hops. Light bitterness on the end.

M: Kind of watery and slick.

D: A decent tasting beer without any terrible flaws, it's just not exactly good. I suppose it may be because I am used to US, particularly San Diego style IPAs as opposed to the British/UK style.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 00:04:32 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a clear goldenrod color topped by a wispy head that sticks well; sheets of lace, too

Smell: More biscuity than hoppy, at first, though subsequent sniffs provide better citrus and tropical fruit definition

Taste: Fortunately, the taste moves this firmly into IPA territory as it opens with a biscuity flavor that is quickly superseded by the pithy citrus hops (orange and pineapple elements); after the swallow, the pithy character remains paramount, though the biscuit, which never totally disappeared, remains apparent through the finish; there is also a vinous edge to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I ordered this with a little trepidation but found it to be an excellent, middle of the road AIPA; I particularly like the way the malt takes a back seat to the hops but hangs in underneath throughout; there is also a lot of interesting complexity to the hop bill

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 23:19:09 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a ligth ditry yellow color ale with a thin bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of bitter hops are dominating but not as much as your usual American IPA. Taste is also dominated by some US bitter hops with a light dry malt backbone. Full body with low carbonation. Lacking some character and almost closer to an APA then anything else.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:31:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Batch 004

A pretty good IPA that shows no errors, but veers away from the classic ingredients that we know to expect.

The beer begins with a much lighter than expected pour. Straw colored, it looks much like a Pilsner. Lightly carbonated but well headed and lacing is evident- this beer may be trying to represent the look and feel of cask dispensed beer.

Medium aromas of earthy and citrusy hops have no problem gaining precedence over the soft pilsner malt base. Lightly sweetened with a bready short bread confection. Hops have a grapefruity, earthy pine character- maybe a mix of Amarillo, EKG, and Sterling? Interesting nonetheless without regard to adherence to strict guidelines. I love it.

Flavors of soft pilsner malts provide the faintest of foundations and ultimately give a very crisp and moderately malty foundation for the hops. Still, a powdered sugar taste accompanies the hops and give a slight nod to English Bitters. The hop flavor still dominates the beer while not bullying the glass. Orange zest, grapefruit, pine, lemon grass, and floral flavors give an earthiness and sharpness to the hop profile and linger well after the malts have faded.

The well attenuated nature of the beer makes it light, crisp, and clean but with a light creamy malt texture. The clean bitterness does much more than offset the sweetness but become the focus of the mouthfeel. Because of the light malt backbone and the dry hop finish, the beer whisps away flawlessly.

Overall, the beer is very nice and medium throughout, though obviously hop-focused. The interesting play of hop varieties and soft confection sweetness saves the pilsner malt base from mediocrity. Much like a Goose Island IPA but with bolder citrus notes and creamier, softer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 21:04:02 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Isle of Arran imperial pint glass a clear light golden with a fluffy two finger craterous white head that clung like glue to the glass never completely subsides.English malt and floral hop aromas,biscuity with a tinge of iron.Not nearly as brash as the label might tell you but its a decent English IPA,its floral and leafy in its hoppiness,full on biscuit/caramel malt pretty much keeps this beer even in its hop to malt ratio on the palate.Its a nice beer not a big American IPA in style more of a slightly more brash English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 20:11:00 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. An American (or 'New World', to borrow from wine-speak) style IPA, made in the United Kingdom, creators of the original style, and in lovely and rugged Aberdeenshire, no less. These guys get points for emulating Stone's attitude on their labeling, and bonus points for having a legible freshness date.

This beer pour a hazy medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of densely puffy, somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves a few broad streaks of splattered paint lace around the glass as things dip southward.

It smells of nice floral, perfumed hops up front, a twinge of wet pine, with some orange and grapefruit rind tossed in for good measure, all a pleasant assault on this particular sense, before a battered bready caramel malt makes itself known. The flavour maintains this setup, as yes, there is indeed a good deal of multifaceted hops here (pineapple and tangerine now added to those already mentioned), and the malt is still quite conspicuous in its low-key, half-assed grainy demeanor.

The carbonation is mild, if a bit frothy at times, the body a decent medium weight, and somewhat tacky in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the malt at least has the gumption to keeps this from going off the hop-head rails.

I do love me some hops, but the malt has to back them up throughout, keeping them honest. As the beer warmed, that malt showed itself a little, but this still a one-sided, sort of unbalanced beer, albeit on the side I generally prefer, so my drinkability doesn't particular suffer all that much. As for others, I guess that depends on their impression of this brewery's marketing.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 04:00:38 | More by biboergosum
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Was desperate for an IPA in the hops wasteland that is Ontario. Found a bottle of this at the LCBO - best before October 11th, 2010, so I'm guessing this is 2 months old? Served in a pint glass.

A - A half finger of soapy white foam that dissipates quickly to a light haze and ring. Decent thing lace pattern. One of the palest IPAs I've ever seen - slightly hazed straw color with a few bubbles lazily making their way upwards.

S - Floral hops over a strong sugar cookie malt backbone. Maybe a touch of citrus as well. Pretty dull, but not unpleasant.

T - The taste is oddly enough much more vibrant, with some nice sweet citrus and tropical notes to complement the sugary dough malt character. Not much bitterness here. ABV is well-hidden.

M - Medium-thin, watery, burning carbonation - not much to like here. The residual feel isn't bad, and has some nice oily and resinous character.

D - Other than the unpleasant carbonation there's not much to prevent me from having a few of these. However, for the price there are much better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 02:19:13 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.5/5  rDev -60.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 02:27:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft, much better

BBD of 16 Apr 13, got in under the wire

My first brew dog beer if memory serves me correctly

Pours a slightly hazed apricot color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Never really cleared up, fantastic head retention & lacing though

S: Orchard fruit & tons of leafy hops & little bit of pine

T: Biscuitty malt, leafy hops a touch of pine resin & chalky dryness up front. Pears & apricot mingle in as this warms, plus leafy & tobacco hops, plus marmalade & more dryness. Finishes dry, fruitty, & leafy with just a bit of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nicely balanced

Seems more British than American to me, not bad, but would only try again if uber fresh, but drinks easy enough

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 02:31:04 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head thta slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a clean pale malt scent along with a mild hop nose. It's light and citrusy; almost refreshing. The taste is good as well. It has a light, yet very bitter hop flavor that's extremely tastey with a pretty good pale malt balance. This is quite different from their other IPA's in that it's not as malty. It let's the hops do the talking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is is very drinkable IPA. It's light and hoppy; enough said.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 23:06:56 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and really hazy for an IPA. Bith white head of small and medium bubbles and the head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is sweet and piny hops. Smells like a great IPA.

This is quite good for an IPA. James told me that they weren't going for a West Coast IPA with it but they are pretty close. The malt character is light and the hop character is clearly the star. There are nice citrus and pine flavors and strong growing bitterness at the back of the mouth. Overall nice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 19:39:09 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow with a small white head. Aroma is grassy, earthy hops. I didn't get any of the citrus or pine that other people have mentioned. The flavor is mainly hoppy, with lots of earthy hops. Quite a bit of bitterness and not much of a malt backbone. Thin mouthfeel. Decent beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 01:40:09 | More by Mora2000
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before July 7, 2009; Sampled July 3, 2009
A solid pour produces a frothy, large and small bubbled, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a copper-gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of herbal hops and lemon zest up front, but quickly picks up a candied tangelo zest note, caramelized orange peel, as well as a faint note of grassy grain in the finish. The aroma still has a fair amount of hop character to it, for which I am relieved. There seems to be a boost from some fermentation notes to the aroma as well; mostly non-descript but it softly contributes to the fruitiness here with perhaps a hint of diacetyl. The aroma is quite nice and I am definitely enjoying the dominant hop character and the noticeable, clean malt notes.

Dry tasting up front, but it picks up some grain sweetness as it rolls across the tongue. The hop character contributes a signature Meyer lemon flavor that lingers through to the finish. The finish also has a biting hop bitterness to it that sticks around on the palate well after the beer has left my mouth. Tangerine flavors are backed by sharper notes of biting essential citrus oil and pine sap. The citrus character found here can remind me of a nice lemon curd at times. The body has a touch of fullness to it that, perhaps, belies the light color; this does have the quaffability that a good IPA needs though it is perhaps a touch on the full side of perfection. The citrus hop character definitely boosts the perceived sweetness of this beer. The malt here clearly plays a supporting role, but I like that it doesn't have a noticeable crystal malt contribution; the flavor is of clean pale malt with maybe a hint of grassy grain to it.

This is a very pleasant surprise; I wasn't actually expecting much from this beer, but I am really digging the interplay between malt and hop here. Clearly the hop character is dominant, but I like the clean influence of the simple malt bill as it serves as a perfect vehicle for the hop character.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 20:07:52 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be kind of weak BrewDog. I was hoping for something more I guess with this, but I suppose they saved that for the Hardcore IPA. This beer is golden yellow in color and has a nice solid head on it. The smell was nice a hoppy which made me really excited for the first taste. The taste however is a little bit on the lighter side, almost too light for an IPA. The other flavors in it were some hints of earth and malts. The mouthfeel was bubbly and refreshingly light. I'd like a little more hops here but there are Imperials and Doubles for that.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:06:09 | More by Knapp85
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 330ml bottle, best before 15th Aug 2009, drank late April 2009 during a 'Pale Ale' tasting day at my house, with just me tasting.

Poured vigorously into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Dull orange and misty body, white thin head that stuck to the glass more than it stuck to the beer!

Hops and Oranges in the aroma, was the colour clouding my nose? Definately the sweeter end of the citrus fruit range of smells, so Oranges it is, although it could have been Pink Grapefruit I suppose.

The aforementioned Pink Grapefruit aroma is very evident in the taste, tangy, sharp and on the sour side compared to the smell. An interesting taste and not unpleasant.

The 6% alcohol is well hidden although it does appear as the mouth drys between gulps. There is also a dryness that comes very early in the mouthfeel, simular to when eating Grapefruit. The bitterness comes out as the mouth drys too.

Luckily I like Grapefruits and fairly dry beers, so for me this was a good beer. I can see why some would shun it, but don't, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 16:34:38 | More by BlackHaddock
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours hazed light golden with a thin head that disappears to a very fine film and a bubbly ring.

The smell is musty, yeasty, with some apple, and light citric, herbal notes.

The taste is of tobacco-leaf, citrus with plenty of grainy malt backing. Woody, slightly chalky, in the dry finish.

Medium-bodied with soft, but adequate, carbonation.

It's okay. Nothing special, though, IMO. Drinkable enough to enjoy if a list of other IPA's that are more robust and flavorful weren't around and I wanted the style. A nice enough stab at the syle, but lacks that "certain something" of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:20:55 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Appears a pale light copper hue with bright foaming white head that forms a rocky texture and rises well above my imperial pint glasses. Interesting serving format with the 660 ml bottles, I seen this brews last summer while in Virginia Beach but decided to pass until I did some research on the brewery. Big collar of lace forms as the head slowly dwindles, even lacing chunks are spread all about.

Aromatics come correct with some serious hop action including pine and citrus bursts with an air of tropical fruit especially a tart pineapple like zing to it. Very mild cracker and biscuit malt presence in their, the hops are shining. A nice mineral water character adds to the mix as well, alpha acids are flowing the striking quality I detect overall is lemongrass or fresh lime zest.

Flavor is expressively bitter with hops, they really wallop the palate. Minimal sweetness upfront with biscuit crackers lightly toasted, malt character. Very complex welcoming flagship IPA more brewers should take notes from these guys, a sweetness really coats the cheeks and sides of the palate bringing more tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Citrus zest bitterness and a pine cone accent in the finish really stays with you after each sip.

Mouthfeel is resinous with slick hop oils medium to light body, carbonation is even with a very natural feel. Dry warming with a touch of alcohol and lasting bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability overall is pretty damn good, I'm glad it arrived at my local in Wintersville, OH. Valley Wine Cellar got this and a few other damn good beers in, these shouldn't have any problems moving.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 18:20:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: slightly hazy light orange in color with a 2" head. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: lemon zest, mild bitterness, and some soft caramel tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, bits of grapefruit, golden apple sweetness, and a moderate bitterness makes up a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lighlty crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this is nice IPA you can quaff all night long. Definitely worthy of a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 12:19:53 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Impressive off-white head. Lots of stringy lace. Head recedes in a lumpy fashion. The brew is golden with the lightest of hazes.

I reminded of the hop pellets I have used for my home brews. It is a smell I truly love.

Great pale malt start that quickly succumbs to the hop bomb. Far more balanced than the last sentence indicates. Good body with a low level of carbonation. Overall, a bitter beer with a long aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 23:57:13 | More by smcolw
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a most excellent ipa! pours a dead sexy honey color with some cloudiness to it and a just off white head of fluffly lasting suds. its really gorgeous. smell is less stunning, kind of bland actually in the nose. there is that sticky hop waft going on, but its not prominent. my best before date is 1/13, so this must be fresh. in any event, the nose is a minor problem, but the taste is fantastic, not bland or washed out at all. the cool thing here is that the hops hit with that sticky sweet stuff on the back end,and the bitter dry kick is on the front end. in fact, it has quite a long wet finish on it, and is crisp in the middle. its an odd experience, but one i am really enjoying. only a few minutes after a sip can the real bitterness be tasted on the tongue. hop bouque it a mix of grapefruit and orange rind, and is a bit acidic actually. mouthfeel is good, lighter than medium bodied and carbonated a bit more than is normal in an ipa, which works well here. its a beautiful beer really, and the nose is opening right up as it warms. reinventing the wheel here a little, and i like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:34:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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Punk IPA from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.