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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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525 Reviews

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Reviews: 525
Hads: 1,601
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 79
Gots: 443 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 captaincoffee
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold, low head with large bubbles that disappeared without lacing. Nose has some nice tropical and citrus hops. Nice. Definitely not mixing in UK hops here. Taste is initially fresh and bitter, but has a slight off flavor in the finish.
Brewdog is more self-hype and promotion than good beer sometimes, but overall, this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy light Amber
S - Crisp fruity (I was a little stuffy)
T - Really fruity very unique hop profile
F - nice filling feel
O - I like it, wish it was made in the US and came in a can...

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Photo of dipso123
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: nice head and lacing but jeez its hazy
S: rather mild hop character for an IPA
T: a 3.75 in terms of other IPAs not all beer in general - much in the same way that Coltrane records need to be compared to other Coltrane records rather than Kenny G
F: a fuller body as might be expected in a UK IPA rather than the bone dry West Coast style
O: Not an American IPA but I'll have this again when available

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Photo of mschantz
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at Brewdogs Camden. Pours a bright gold with very slight head - nearly devoid of head. But of citrus and pine on the nose. Taste is fairly bitter with some malt sweetness. Quite well balanced but certainly not special.

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Photo of jhartley
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at EPCOT Food & Wine festival, on tap at the Scotland kiosk.
Dark golden orange body light amount of head
Aromas of orange, pineapple and more citrus
Bitterness up front with plenty of tropical fruits in the middle with a nice sweetness on the end.
Medium mouth feel and a nice low abv.
Overall, this is a great beer from BrewDog and I will definitely drink this again if it's on tap or the bottles are fresh!

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Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

L: Pours a semi-opaque golden color. Two fingers of creamy white head leav nice lacing.

S: Citrus and spices. Coriander and flowers.

T/F: Taste is citrusy and spicy. Malt backbone at the outset giving way to the citrus/flowery hops. Nicely carbonated and zesty mouthfeel.

O: A nice refreshing IPA and rare to see a European take on the style. Not up to west coast standards but still quite good and very drinkable. Worth seeking out if you find yourself in this side of the pond.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold, honey. Cloudy. Couple fingers white head.

Scent is Citrus, Orange rind, light grapefruit. Grainy straw malts, some honey.

Taste is honey and dry grains in the malt. White grape juice. Orange peel. Slight spice/pepper. Mildly bitter finish.

Med light body. Smooth with creaminess. Mild carbonation.

Overall a sweeter lighter American IPA style but without big citrus hop bomb. More malt balance. Easy drinking but rather restrained on the flavours. Good balance and enjoyable but with so many great americAn style ipas out there hard to buy again.

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Photo of SSS
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Straw yellow with a white head and great lacing
S-Sweet and dank pine and fruit aroma
M-Light to medium body with an adequate carbonation
T-This is a west coast IPA that is on the dank side of the spectrum. A subtle sweetness is complimented by the dank hops and a bitterness that is low but spot on
O-I very much enjoyed this IPA, although I think I was somewhat starstruck by the Brewdogs TV show on EsquireTV...that said, this is a solid west coast dank IPA.

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Photo of Sorphus
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy straw yellow-golden colour with a fine pillowy white head with good retention.
Aromas offer a burst of citrus notes especially passion fruit, mango and pineapple with a light straw note. Softly carbonated with a softly smooth texture and a medium body this beer opens up with a light malty fruit sweetness which moves right forward to a fruity resinous hop forward bitterness which is actually not too harsh/abrasive but dries the palate lightly. Refreshing and quaffable offering a well harmonic momentum of dryness on the finish.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within 3mins or so. Very light gold color and somewhat filtered

S- Oodles of hops and grapefruit.

T- There's that grapefruit again! Lots of it. Not light in the hop department but it is in the heat department as you can't even taste a hint of it. Super well blended. Not an IPA typical of England that's for sure. Very enjoyable and unexpected

M- Creamy and tart at the same time. Very refreshing to say the least. Excellent summer brew as it is not sweet and you can have a few in the sun

O- Very enjoyable well blended brew. Me likie a lot. Super nice summer beer as it's bitter and not sweet base doesn't give you that sticky tongue you get from many other brews this style

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went very well with........... BBQ shish kabobs. Nice chicken breast with onion cubes, mushroom, grape tomatoes and sweet bell peppers


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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured for lunch at the Sporting Page Pub in Chelsea. Being used to in your face U.S. Midwestern IPAs, at first I was unimpressed, but after the first couple of dips this beer grew on me. There's a lot going on here with the hops, which while not fully integrated are well balanced with the malt which plays a supportive rather than a dominant role. Plus the Brits don't over chill everything, allowing the beer to breath and open up. Will get again.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden color with strong subtle activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with a very good amount of legs.

Inviting aromas of fresh floral hops and gentle pine. Flavors of citrus like orange and lemon with a soft pine taste. Floral notes with a grassy herbal feel. Ester and tropical fruits with a dash of caramel. Slight roasted grains. Well balanced between the sugar and sharpness.

Thick smooth oily body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Well intensified medium strength finish, ending with a nice fresh fruity hops sweetness, a floral spicy tongue coat, some faint sharp piney hops, and a hint of smoky malt.

Overall an excellent craft having tender and delicious flavors with great freshness. Nicely balanced and complex offering pleasant citrus flavors, a soft piney feel, still with a perceptible malt feel. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can purchased from LCBO for $3.25 CDN. Served cold into a snifter.

Appearance - Rather hazy peach colored beer topped with almost two fingers of a frothy white head. Some effervescent carbonation, decent head retention and a few little webs of lacing left behind. A great looking IPA.

Smell - A touch of pine but mostly mandarin orange, lemon zest and grapefruit, some sweetness from caramel malts lingering behind.

Taste - Light citrus flavors like an orange and grapefruit mixture, however flavors aren't nearly as intense as the aroma. Rather subdued. Finishes moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel - Very light body, modest carbonation, dry finish and could use a little more heft in its step. Still a nice IPA.

Overall - Glad I tried this well regarded classic, however, it's rather light striking an interesting point between a typical IPA and a session IPA, maybe the place where APA's exist? Either way a good beer.

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Photo of Cassia
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Affordable and accessible packed with flavour and aroma. hops and fruits and florals. Weird enough to enjoy & explore again but really drinkable.. definitely beer, definitely punk.

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Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 500 mL can

Pours a pale orange, which changes to hazy golden-yellow under direct light. Smells wonderful, full of citrus, tropical fruits and floral notes. I get orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and even hints of peach. Quite juicy and enticing. Lighter body, a slight malt backbone. Would make for an excellent session IPA. Really tasty, if a bit thin and not substantial enough as I am used to. I enjoy juicy and sweeter IPAs, so I am quite fond of this one. Nice bitterness, but hardly palate wrecking at 45 IBUs. Seems more like a session IPA or Pale Ale than a more robust full-fledged IPA. Very tasty, so I can't dismiss it outright.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can into nonic pint. "16/04/16" on the bottom of the can. consumed july 29 2015

a: light orange with 3 fingers of off-white head

s: grapefruit, apricot, peach, slight pine. really fruity with a bit of sweet bready caramel malt in there

t: not as fruity as the nose. grapefruit, underripe peach and apricot with prominent floral and piney flavours. has a decent backing bready caramel malt characteristic

m: somewhat watery with medium-minus carbonation

o: a good, easy-drinking, well-rounded low-abv IPA that needs a bit more body

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Photo of Rhill3
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle. Yellow color with small head and light carbonation. Smell is peach and pineapple without any hint of bitterness. Taste has nice pale malt flavor balanced with floral fruity hops. There is a hint of bitterness on the finish. Very good unique IPA. Not exactly a new world IPA as they claim because it is nowhere near as bitter as most west coast IPAs but enjoyable so long as you don't deaden the palate with an overly bitter beer first.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pours a Slightly Hazy Deep Golden topped by a thick, foamy white head.

S- Grapefruit and tropical fruit upfront with a bit of caramel maltiness hiding in the back.

T- Tropical fruit upfront and a quick transition to a lingering grapefruit bitterness to finish off, all the while being backed up by a subtle caramel malt flavour.

M- Fairly light body and Low-Moderate Carbonation that feels right for this particular beer. Similar mouthfeel to a good session IPA.

O- Excellent American-Style IPA of the "juicy" variety that I particularly enjoy. The mouthfeel is light enough that this beer could easily be a session beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, big foamy head, medium straw color, good size citrus and tropics fruit hop aroma and flavor, mild mat backbone, mildly bitter hop finish.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So after a full day of cask ale in London-gave this one a shot.

Big nose with tropical fruits exploding everywhere. A bit more finesse and balance than traditional AIPA but all of the flavor. Incredible at 5.6%.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Color light amber, clear.
Foam white color composed of fine bubbles, on average lasted.
The aroma is an explosion of mango and intense maltiness with a small dose of hops grass. Even opening the bottle, accompanied by a strong smell of fruit.
Taste Punk IPA is simply mango, sweet, slightly carrot with a dash of orange and lime notes, also in taste occurs hop, dry grass, is sensational.
Bitterness is quite large, but not residual, dry and pleasant, the way she should be.
Punk saturation is low, alcohol did not feel.
BrewDog Punk IPA is slightly greasy and while lightweight, superbly drinkable. After drinking one wants to reach for the next and the next and the next and ...

Appearance 4/5
Aroma 7/10
Taste 8/10
The feelings 5/5
Total 17/20

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Unfiltered, blond ale with 2 fingers of head and sticky lacing left on the glass. This is how a brew should look

S - Citrus hops. Pineapple.

T - Citrus, hop juice. Damn refreshing and tasty!

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - An awesome well balanced IPA. On the citrus side. Really good.

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Photo of Lemreway16
1.36/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bought a selection of Brewdog Beers and am singularly disappointed. This like its partner Dead Pony is quite simply a pretentious beer aimed at the yuppy or hipster "this is cool" market. I will admit I am old school in so much I like my beer to taste of hops' malts' coupled with the water area over the modern fruity smell/taste offerings but this is bad. If you like your drink to taste of tinned fruit then this is the 'beer' for you.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's not even two months old but the hops seem to have disappated substantially. Tea leaf malt, pine, lemon, wateriness, bitter pine, resin, lupilin and bitterness.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Orange peel up front. As it warms a pithy orange juice sweetness emerges. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Very hazy pale amber pour with a low white head. Effervescence noted and assertive. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Firm earthy bitterness up front with moderate-high lemon notes. A bit of husky/grainy malt base. Very pithy citrus rind-like flavors. A bit of Pine-Sol note. Finish is bone dry. Aftertaste lingers with lemony bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation and a slight carbonic bite. No warmth, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: High carbonation impacts drinkability. Very citrusy and bitter. Kind of a one trick citrus pony. Probably no need to seek out again.

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.