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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,565
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 23.59%
Wants: 76
Gots: 428 | 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 wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/2/12

A clear golden yellow with a few bubbles feeding a
nice thumbs width of foam that hangs around long enough
to leave a bunch of random lace down the glass

S smells solid with lots of tropical fruits, pineapple,
tangerine, guava and some grapefruit, I also pick up on
just a little pine and sweet malt. there's some balance
but its mostly a tropical hop bomb

T more malt then the nose with more citric rind then fruity
flesh, some caramels in the mouth and some balance to go with it, taste is quite good but the nose was better

M medium bodied with just enough carbonation, a mild bite
to it and a nice citric rind aftertaste lingers for a while
but is fairly mellow

O I considered a perfect score for smell and 4.5 crossed
my mind for taste so a slightly higher score here. when I consider it's only 5.6% I like it even more, very easy to drink and I'm not walking sideways

Pretty happy with this one, no real complaints and a fair bit to be pleased with. A nice session IPA if there is such a thing and I can see myself buying more of this

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, courtesy of Ralph.

Pours a mostly clear yellow, light bit of haze, thin white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin collar, leaves some spots on the glass. Smell is decent, some lemons, caramel, honey, floral hops, light biscuit and fruit, some pineapple, nice balanced hoppiness. Taste is similar, toasty and biscuity malts at first, some caramel and honey sweetness, floral, quite fragrant, some orange peel bitterness, well balanced. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing spectacular but a pretty nice IPA. Thanks Ralph!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big bright yellow with massive head. Sticks around forever and clings like a girlfriend whose visa just expired. No aroma.

Taste, wow, they must do a long hop boil and no dry hopping. Bitter yes, hoppy, eh, kind of, but not the kind I prefer. I guess its sort of the English style, but much more bitter. A hybrid if you will. Can't justify spending that kind of money on this beer though. Check it out at a festival like I did.

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Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color into my snifter (thanks Ding!). Has a nice two-finger head and looks very good for the style.

Aroma is full of a floral hop bitterness that is just right to my nose. A bit of malt in the nose as well.

Taste is full of bread and hop bitterness upfront. Smooth. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral hops and bready malt. Smooth and tasty.

A nice IPA from Scotland of all the places. Easy to drink and overall, has the right amount of bitterness.

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Photo of bark
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When pouring this beer, the looks didn’t really meet my expectations. The colour is pale yellow with tints of orange and green (!). The finger thick head is white and airy. It sinks slowly to a thick lid, leaving some good lacing. There is oddly no best-before-date on the bottle. The liquid is a little hazy as the beer is bottle conditioned.

The smell is sweet and hoppy with strong notes of lemonade, grapefruit and a dry hint of yeast. A touch of alcohol is present too.

The taste is at first very sweet, but then some American hops comes forward; notorious flavours of grapefruit, lemons and hints of caramel and toffee. It is not as bitter as some of the American IPAs, it is more balanced (in a British way?) with some malt in the aftertaste. There are also some sweet notes of lemon toffee, citric acid, fruit candy and some mild malty flavours.

The carbonation is mild-medium with small fresh bubbles. The liquid is smooth, almost thick.

An unusual blend of American hops and British craftsmanship. The label states that “We don’t care if you don’t like it.” Well, I liked it!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, says best before 02-08-11 (August 2nd, 2011 USA, I think). Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is a bit light but nice, the brew smells like grassy hops, tropical and citrus fruit, and some bready malt. The taste is the same as the aroma, but the grassy hop flavors are stronger compared to the others. There's also a long lasting bitter finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, finishes dry and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's a decent brew, it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of light citrus and floral hops. Also present are slightly bready pale malts and lighter leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted pale malt flavors with a decent amount of yeast-like breadiness kick things off. Joining in almost immediately are large amounts of citrus - half lemon pith, a quarter orange, and a quarter grapefruit. Midway through the sip hints of leafy hop flavors work their way into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a very distinctive IPA, I can't remember the last time I had one with such sharp citrus hop flavors. Nothing special that's worth seeking out but if you see it around it's worth trying if for no other reason than how distinctive it is.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this oddity in my mix and match at the house of 1,000 beers. Best before 4/16/13
Old beer ahoy!

A - Just a 1/2 inch of sticky white head atop of a orange amber body which is fairly hazy.
S - Subdued hops, English malts, sweet stuff.
T - Well it's not bad it doesn't have much tea malts which is a surprise. Taste like a bitter american IPA with orange and lemon rind.
M - Has a touch heavier body for a 5% ABV beer but it works.

Overall even though its 4+ months old this beer kicks ass as a pale ale. Worth picking up for $1.75.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of hops, citrus and pine.

T: Tasted of hops, pale malt, a piney resin, and some citrus. A little on the grassy side. The flavor was underplayed, to be sure, but still fairly tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of Brew Dog's more solid efforts. Drinkable.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes: thanks goes out to DeadTerry.

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: bread, bisquit, malts, little hops,

taste: very malty, some hop finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: definitely a beer I don't think is worth the hype or the money. Prefer to drink American IPA's they have more byte and hop flavor.


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Photo of ccrida
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint, Punk IPA is a hazy dark gold with a white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is soft, woody vanilla and tropical citrus, fresh cut christmas trees, overripe fruit.

Taste is decent, American west coast style IPA hops with soft, sweet toasted English malt. Grapefruity, reminds me of Bridgeport, with a massive premium, but a barrel aged vanilla that I dig that starts to straddle the price gap.

Mouthfeel has a cask-like watery softeness, oily and not too heavy.

Drinkability is ok as far as taste. As far as price, it's terrible, this sucker was $10+ for an impy pint! One of those I wanted to try but will never re-buy. If these were free, drinkability might be a 5, a nice English meets Oregon IPA. Paired nicely with spicy pad thai.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Durge
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear yellow amber color with an average off-white cover and decent lacing. The aroma is malty grain, sort of karo syrup bread. Hops are not evident. The flavor says lots more malt and yeast. Pretty intense but the hops seem to be a muted grassy kiss at best. It's easily medium bodied with almost cask brewed sort of carbonation. A bit dishwatery. The hops seem to build a bit more notable and likeable. Fairly drinkable but this might be a little less than great to a lot of folks. I find it OK. Reading some of the other reviews makes me wonder if this is the same beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Halfway House in Edinburgh.

A: Pours a clear macro like yellow color. A bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a second. A light watery film of lace is left behind.
S: Not much hop flavor going on. I can't pick out any kind of citrus, floral, or any other notes that one would expect. Just a very strong bitterness.
T: Again, not much hop flavor. Just big bitterness that wears me out. A light grainy sweetness tries to balance things out.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, but one is more than enough.

This is just one dimensional. A really strong bitterness without any discernable hop flavor. On the bright side this did not cost me an arm and a leg like it would have in the States.

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Photo of drpimento
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Poured with a small off white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy yellow to amber. Aroma is very mild to hardly there. Flavor is also subtle with a bitter finish. Body is a bit watery and ok carbonation. Very underwhelming. Better as a Brit IPA than American, but still in light of most of BD's other brews.... Ho hum.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow mixture of citrus and pine. In the taste, mellow pine hops upfront and a gingerbread like maltiness backing that up. A small hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry mellow pine hop in the aftertaste. A bit thin, not extremely hoppy, almost like a pale, but it is nice.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a one finger head that had nice retention and did stick to the sides in sheets.

S - Sweet malts mostly, smells slightly bready and also get some butter in there as well. Hops lean toward citrus, with a slightly resinous smell on the end of the nose.

T - Thin and empty taste, almost like diet sodaish in its empty quality. Bready malt backbone, the hops come through a bit sugary on the end, with a slight bite of skunked or chemical taste. Not a fan of this, got worse as I went.

M - Medium bodied and quite creamy.

D - This beer isn't super hard to get down, but I don't really like it and toward the end the taste was crappy enough I had trouble finishing my glass. I'd say it's average, better than most macros but that's one of the few things I'd drink this over.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pint glass. Initially reviewed November 2010; re-reviewed March 2011.

A: High pour nets a big head -- fluffy, pitted, and solid. The beer itself is a slightly hazy gold with clouds of bubbles. Pretty.

S: Understated and somewhat less than pleasant...Faint citrus cuts through muddled and non-aromatic hops.

T: Mmm! Assertive, bitter, but with a supporting maltiness. BIG taste. Quite a nice finish, slightly bitter and very long. A little resiny, but nice, in it's way. Punk IPA isn't pulling any punches.

M: Startlingly substantial; the full body caresses the mouth.

D: Great beer (and my first BrewDog). This has a lot more character than most UK beers. 6%? Stronger too. I heartily approve of this beer. Recommended!

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Dat Dog New Orleans. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a semi-hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and sparse surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Musty hop aroma emanates from the glass delivering a mild citrus note but is also grassy and piney. Slight malt sweetness.

T- The flavor is balanced between a smooth yet metallic bitterness, somewhat sweet cereal malt grain and a noticeable alcohol presence. That being said, everything works decently well together while not being imposing.

M- Somewhat dry and prickly. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A pretty safe version of an IPA from a brewery that's known for being outlandishly abrasive.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the color of the beer is a little off-putting. It's a hazy yellow color that looks mor like a hefe. The small white head produces some lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet malt, with a bit of flowers and citrus. I love the taste: sweet malt with grapefruit and pine. A well-balanced beer, very enjoyable.

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