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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,051 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,051
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 35
Gots: 88 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9%
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 +1.1%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-13-2013 01:21:46 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-19-2013 13:40:07 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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 +6.9%
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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womencantsail

California

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34%

12-29-2011 01:19:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-11-2013 01:36:44 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-31-2013 04:14:20 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-28-2013 22:04:30 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-18-2013 16:16:44 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-15-2014 00:07:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-18-2011 22:22:29 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of bone-white head on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The foam sticks around for quite a while before settling out and leaving moderate lace behind.

S - A strong lemony aroma with notes of black pepper and grapefruit. Some bready malt hiding in the background with just a hint of toffee.

T - Sweet grapefruit hops up front with a bready note of toffee. More juicy grapefruit comes out in the middle with a hint of orange and some pithy bitterness. The beer finishes with lots of rich, toffee malt and grapefruit juice as well as strong, sharp bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is quite a distinctive take on an American IPA. The grapefruit hop character is strong and very convincing with a seedy, pithy quality to the bitterness that reinforces the impression. There is more than a little bit of malt in the background lots of toffee that adds depth over and above the hops. It is very well balanced in the finish with a sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check. I am quite impressed with this one, Brewdog is very much a hit and miss brewery, but this beer is right on the mark.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 05:29:55 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-21-2012 16:56:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.5/5  rDev -60.4%
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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MasterSki

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Punk IPA from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.