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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,030 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 32
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BARFLYB


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn for Philly Beer Week, I love this city. There is no way I would of chanced this with a bottle, so the tap it is.

A crisp bright olympic gold medal in appearance with some slight haze. Rising bubbles within the body and a nice clump of white stuff on top creating sheets of lace going down. Smells include a maltier than hoppy IPA from the long voyage. Hops seem earthy with a touch of citrus including pineapple. A hint of bubblegum and malt extract. Taste includes the pineapple and a small amount of pine, very muted, not bitter. The malt gives off biscuit and bubblegum. There is a sweetness. Some grass and a touch of metsl. Light bodied in nature, a small bitter bite in the middle barely nothing, a malty sweet finish. Carb is up there though, very active. If this was at a bar at a good price I would drink it, but I won't go seeking it out though. The Brewdog guys seem to be on the right track for this style. With a little tweaking and quicker shipping this could be something, for now it's just another IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 03:09:02 | More by BARFLYB
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewDog Punk, 11.2 oz bottle, best by 26-6-11

Appearance: Into a nonic pint glass. Cotton like head and quite excellent retention. a deep straw/gold in color.

Smell: Pungent hops, almost lending a skunky scent. Some pine, and bready malt aromas in there too.

Taste: Quite tasty actually. Alot different than the nose indicated. Juicy malt, grapefruit and zesty hop flavors. Spicy to the tongue. Biscuity malt. Bitterness is at a perfect level, prevalant but not overwhelming. An ever so slight buttery diacetyl note, coming from overseas it is not unexpected.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, some chalky yeast and hop oils linger on the palate.

Drinkability: A decent IPA here, though it seems like a blend of english and american IPA styles. Drinks easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:43:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer's bright, yellow body glistens like a spring daffodil. Its complexion, despite some minor haze, brings to mind a radiant summer sun. Bubbles spurt out only every so often. No head forms, there is but a sliver of white lining pressed atop its surface and it's thinner than carbon paper and far too faint to leave any sort of lacing.

This aroma makes for a rather amiable, charming introduction. It is a hop-laden potpourri of flower petals and citrus zest with bitter tree bark making a distinct impression. A fruit basket is also offered: strawberry, lychee, mango, passionfruit and apricot. The combination of fruits, flowers and herbals present in this bouquet becomes enchanting.

The hop oils are tasted but their bitterness is considerably faded, their citric zest noted but distant. That brisk, biting, floral taste lingers but does so apprehensively. It yields quickly to a feeble bed of malts which tastes of corn muffins and damp grains. I think BrewDog measured their doses wrong - this is maybe half as aggressive as they made it out to be.

That flavour profile is pleasant, but nothing more. The people stamping the 'best before' date on these bottles are both clown and audience and are fooling only themselves into thinking this frail, dilute IPA has what it takes to stand up to a full year on the shelves. This bottle is no more than a month or two old and already tastes as if it's on its last legs.

This is a lovely beer but I can't help but feel slightly punked: Punk IPA is far from being the "heavy weight" it's advertised as. "It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate the depth, character and quality of this premium craft brewed beer." Really? You sure you're not being a little full on yourself, BrewDog?

With its soft, delicate hoppiness and genteel floral and fruity undertones, who wouldn't like it? In fact, it doesn't have a lot of depth or character - which is why you don't even really need any sophistication for beer to appreciate this beer's pleasant disposition and agreeable drinkability. You like to be bold BrewDog, we get it, but what's wrong with admitting you make simple and enjoyable beers too? There's no shame in that.

You certainly didn't break any rules or upset any trends here.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 22:26:41 | More by biegaman
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-30-2011 15:27:29 | More by brandoman63
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 16:10:49 | More by Viggo
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-15-2013 00:14:19 | More by Mebuzzard
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-26-2014 20:50:45 | More by Latarnik
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3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 15:37:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-15-2013 07:52:29 | More by Kelp
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 02:51:40 | More by glid02
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-26-2014 02:02:36 | More by PEIhop
Photo of Brad007


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:20:00 | More by Brad007
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3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 15:05:00 | More by THECPJ
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale blond with a white head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: A nice nose of American hops (pine, grass & citrus).

T: Nice American hop flavour that's not at all over-the-top (pine, tangerine, nectarine). Bitterness is crisp, but relatively smooth and not at all harsh. Subtle hints of a quality, biscuity malt beneath.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with the carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 22:48:58 | More by Derek
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-22-2014 03:38:38 | More by afsdan
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Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 05:54:53 | More by wordemupg
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:24:02 | More by ccrida
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North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy yellow-gold, with a considerable thick, dense, foamy head. Smells of green spices (oregano and basil), hops, and sweet taffy. The beer has a slightly sour malt taste to it, with the hops being overpowered in the background. Almost a Flanders style sour characteristic. Some light citrus and spice notes to try to balance, but end up overpowered by the sour, as well. The beer is light and dry in mouth, with a sour aftertaste. The finish is lingering, and again, overpowered by the sour notes. Interesting beer, but I personally feel it misses the mark for an IPA, especially shooting for an American IPA. I had no real urges to reach for another one, so I'd say that ranks low on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:19:26 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 21:01:18 | More by bark
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New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear solid deep golden color with a full two finger creamy bright white head that sticks itself to everything on the way down. First pop of the cap I thought I smelled sewage coming from the bottle, but after I poured into my glass I couldn't find that aroma again thank you jebus. The nose gives off lots of spicy pine, a hint of lemon, light caramel, sweet candied sugary malt with a bit of a grainy edge. The taste is bitter, pine and resinous bitterness consume and conquer every taste bud I can muster. Slightly sweet caramel and malt try their best to balance, but wither under the sword of the almighty Humulus. Relatively dry finish with a lingering resinous bitterness. Light to medium body, resinous, dry mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. This is a decent IPA, I would have loved some more aroma hops personally as I think the aroma is bit lacking. No shortage of bitter hops in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 01:22:52 | More by johnnnniee
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District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/27/11
*From notes

A: Slightly hazy golden with a two finger head and decent lacing.

S: For a beer called "Punk", this is quite pedestrian. Anti-bachterial handsoap and a good dose of minerality.

T: No juice, fruit or floral notes. It's simply plain-jane bitter. A large amount of malt covers for the lack of complex hops.

M: A tad watery. It just doesn't have the required weight to carry the ABV, and it collapses in short order.

O: BrewDog's Punk IPA is the worst kind of beer: utterly forgettable. It's got zero memorable qualities, and isn't something I'll be returning to.

Yet another dissapointment from BrewDog.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 21:54:09 | More by Rhettroactive
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 13:06:52 | More by avalon07
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium orange amber. Half finger off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving decent lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, citrus and stone fruit juice. Flavor is a pleasant balance of sweet malt and citrus and piney hops. Finish of fruit and piney hops. Well balanced and tasty. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Ironic that the name suggests risk taking and possible unfortunate results, when this IPA is actually a well behaved, integrated ale. May not live up to its rowdy name, but a very nice, pleasant IPA and a nice contrast to its more aggressive American cousins. I really liked this IPA and will revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 04:39:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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
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