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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: 441 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of djura
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it in Romania.

A - Honey dark orange color,nice white tick foam.lasting less then minute. high carbonation.

S - Excellent aroma of figs,honey,jam, quince. So good!

T/M - Maybe a bit more carbonation,but the rest is like you drink paradise nectar. Similar aromas as smell,very good balanced beer. Highly drinkable,refreshing bitter aftertaste.

O - One of the best i ever had. Want this one every day!

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Photo of BetterBeerPlz
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. There was not much head and it quickly dissipated. The color was cloudy orange. Some lacing was present. Initial smell was a pleasant citrus, but it mellowed out, and was not as detectable later. The taste was a crisp grapefruit with orange and grass notes.

The citrus flavors grew and developed smoothly from beginning to end and lingered after the finish. It was difficult to detect any malt flavors. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery, which made this a very drinkable IPA. The bitterness was not challenging to the palate. Overall, this beer was a good example of a basic IPA.

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Photo of bump8628
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazed goldenrod with a pure white head that drops a smattering of lace. Punch of pine followed by a faint orange flavor. Malt is crackery with a lingering huskiness. Dry finish with just a faint lingering bitterness. Just a bit watery through the middle and end. Decent, but why pay $11 for a 4-pack of average IPA when there are loads of better options on the shelves?

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Photo of tronester
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a creamy white head. Aromas of fresh apricots. Taste begins with some apricot, followed by a bit of crackery malt, then an herbal, resinous pine washed finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall an excellent IPA that is lighter on the alcohol but not flavor, which is quite nice.

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Photo of thomasausud
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Leffe Chalice glass and a Skansen Footed Pilsener. Best before 10/10/13.

Pours an amber colour and forms a small head which didn't last too long.

It smells like passionfruit and tastes like passionfruit too. There is a nice balance of bitterness to the sweet fruit flavours. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh but otherwise unremarkable.

I would happily drink this again.

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Photo of mick303
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker, gave a nice couple finger white head, pretty good retention and leaves a nice lace and film. Colour is an amber straw gold, with no visible carbonation.

Smell has strong resin grapefruit hops upfront, thick and juicy. Backed up with some chewy bready malt body. Some floral aromas as well, this is quite fragrant. Sawdust. I really like the smell of this.

Taste has quite a bitter piney grapefruit start that cuts well, mostly dry herbal hop bitterness that characterizes this beer. Then opens up a bit. Floral notes and an underlying malt to balance it out quite nicely. A tasty IPA, but unfortunately not a ton of complexity behind the hopd. It finishes dry with lots of pine sap, long finish on this.

Mouthfeel is moderate, a bit watery without carbonation, but I am thinking that this isnt the freshest batch, but I've had this beer numerous times and been impressed so I'll cut it some slack and blame tesco.

Some really good flavour, and a tasty beer that is quite good to drink if looking for a hop-driven IPA. Very much an American style brew, not as complex as some of the premier ones there, but a real solid effort, and it is a real solid session IPA from Brewdog, their brewpubs are awesome also.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1 Pint, 6.4 Fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 15-04-13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Slight alcohol, which is surprising for a 5.6% ABV beer. Caramel malts. Where are the hops?!

Taste: Sugary caramel malt upfront with a slight green grape/white wine flavor on the back end. Fruity and light, but too malty and not enough emphasis on the hops, Isn't this supposed to be an IPA? Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry like champagne. Light and refreshing.

Overall: Another one that I am not too excited about. Too malty, which does not allow the Nelson Sauvin hops to shine through.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer (which is now, 5.6% alcohol- I had the 6.1% version) exploded out of the bottle, with foam going everywhere. It made a huge, fluffy, off-white head, had some gritty-type lacing left on the glass, and had a hazy, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance. The aroma is just very faint, but with a deep inhalation I was able to detect some bread and a little bit of a tropical fruit spice. The taste is of straight-forward bitterness, bread crust, light fruit, such as pear or grapefruit, and sugar. Mouthfeel is light and soft, but the finish is lager-like crisp. This beer is overall mellow and drinkable. I say check it out, if you can still find this version.


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Photo of brureview
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 117 Good before 6/13.

First time drinking a Brewdog. The brewery has a good reputation
and I wanted to try at least one of their beers. Punk IPA was available.

The beer poured a nice lemon color with a 2 finger head.

Mild lemon-clove aroma from head.

The mouth feel was tangy and worked well with the overall character of the beer.

The finish was the winning element in the beer. Fruity, tangy, lemon with slight bitterness.

Overall this is a refreshing low ABV beer. It's a good alternative to a heavier higher ABV beer. Very drinkable. I can see why the brewery is so popular in the UK. Make sure there is lots of time until the best by date.

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Photo of cocojoe
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden copper orange color, roughly a finger of white head.

S: Grassy, earthy, sharp, dank, resinous aroma, touch of graininess. Some round fruit notes as well, like mango.

T: Light, crisp, not the normal hop character one would be used to. Very earthy bitterness. Smoothe finish of very lightly sweet and fruity notes.

M: Very light bodied and clean.

O: Always nice to drink something a little different. Great IPA that is a nice change from the NW versions. Earthy, clean, lightly sweet and smoothe.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy orange colored body with a thin off-white head that leaves some bubbles and almost no lacing.

S- Tropical fruit aromas with grapefruit, pineapple, pine, citrus. Smells like a dried whole leaf hop.

T- Tropical fruits come through at the middle and towards the end, but the beginning and finish are lacking flavor. There is a slight malt flavor at the end, but not a whole lot else.

M- Medium bodied, high carbonation, crisp bite.

O- Pretty good IPA, but their IIPA is a whole lot better.

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Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Characteristic amber color IPA appearance. Poured a consistent head with short to medium retention.
Delicious aroma of fruity hops with notes of passion fruit and maybe mango.
Sweet malty taste with perfume hops and resin notes.
Aftertaste is quite dry, bitter and astringent.
Medium body with a medium carbonation and natural small bubbles.
Classic IPA, reliable.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly hazy dark golden, one finger of white head retained at a thin cover with random lacing
S - mandarin, light toffee and toast, mild floral
T - earthy with light pepper, toasty malt, just not enough hop presence to call this a true IPA, more of a mild english pale IMO
M - relatively light, grainy with slightly musty dry feel
O - its a tasty enough brew but to call this an IPA is not right as far as I can taste, it just doesn't have the hops, i do like it just not as an IPA, still worth a purchase though

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Photo of FinalFantasyBrewing
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look is as you'd expect from an IPA, Amber to straw color. I get alot of bready - biscuit notes along with grapefruit and citrus. The head dissipates very quickly leaving a very thin head. Balanced carbonation so my stomach is still in tact! Extremely sessional beer, does not drink like a 5.6%, good all rounder, cannot go wrong.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33 cl bottle poured into a Pint glass

App/ light yellow colour with a white head (1 finger)

S/ pine resin, malt and grapefruit. Strong smell, very nice.

T / fresh and herbal sweetnes that ends in a bitterness very well balanced.
Long aftertaste.

M/ medium body and medium/light carbonation.

O / personal IPA, very nice even for me (a fan of ‘classic UK IPA’) !!
To repeat.

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Photo of BS-
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a highball glass

Pours a hazy brassy yellow topped off with a thick, bubbly, clingy head with pretty good lacing and retention.

Nose is piney with suggestions of orange rind. Some hints of a resinous quality, but very subtle.

The beer is malty, biscuity and sweet upfront, with the hops slowly but steadily creeping up. Hops are fruity and citrusy; lots of orange rind, with slight floral notes. Finishes slightly piney and resiny with a modest bitterness layered on a rather juicy citrus undercurrent. Quite impressively balanced. The beer maintains a pleasant, soft, mellow sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

Very, very pleasant and drinkable. I get this feeling that I don’t enjoy it as much as before, but it’s still a very good beer. Perhaps this falls more into an easy-drinking, slightly more intense cross-over beers. I'll most definitely be having a lot more of these in the days to come.

Review from October 12:

A: Honey gold with a frothy white head that settled into a nice thin layer over the beer.

S: Very hoppy. Some orange and bitterness. Very rich and pleasant.

T: Slight malts and sweetness followed by an explosion of bright hop flavours. There’s some bitterness and citrus (orange peel) that really complements the strong hop flavours in the beer. The aftertaste is mostly a soft piny bitterness with a touch of floral notes that I found a little bit lacking, although this might not be entirely bad. It increases the drinkability of the beer, as having all those hop flavours stick around your mouth might not be all that pleasing.

M: Light to decent with good carbonation.

O: One of my preferred IPAs. A very pleasant and fun beer with a strong, distinct character. Very good if you’re in the mood for some refreshing hop-heavy beer.

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Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden colour, big frothy white head, good head retention, a lot of lacing;

S: Very strong hop aromas on a sweet base, mostly piny hop aromas;

T: As the smell would suggest the beer delivers a big "hop-festival" with a honey/syrup like sweetness on the palate, a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste, the hops give a floral and piny flavour;

M: Average, yet on the thicker side, medium carbonation;

O: Strong IPA, intense hop flavours with a strong sweetness, perfect if you want a beer with it's focus on the hops.

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Photo of badandy
4.71/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Appears to have some chill-haze. Hazy light amber in color. Medium head retention. Some lacing evident.

S: Brilliant! Grapefruit galore! Very ripe dark citrus (tangerine?) with a hint of pine. Something else there that I can't quite place....

T: Berries and pine upfront. Very unique hop profile. Bright, floral/fruity flavors followed by a deep, rich, complex finish (honey/pine). Bitterness is present but no unpleasant. Fantastic!

M: To style. Medium body, not particularly heavy, not particularly light. Very enjoyable.

This is one of the most unique beers I've tried in awhile... really glad I ran across one at the LCBO. Will definitely grab it again. For an 8-9% IPA it's extremely drinkable!

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Photo of Hawk345
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new standard in basic IPA.
Smooth, hoppy but not too bitter.
Its just really good beer, its the sort of thing you take to a party to impress people that you like good beer, then make sure noneof the losers get any cos its too good for them.
They dont deserve it
Entry level Brewdog, go do it tday

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold-orange with a thin white head, some light lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smells of citrus rind, honey, fruity and spicey hops, strawberries and pine resin.

Tastes nice and malty upfront with citrusy/spicey hops that dominate the palate throughout.

Very quenchable beer on a hot summer day, not too hoppy but balanced just perfectly. Definitely a beer I would try again!

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy golden orange, with a large rocky ecru head, and some nice lacing.

Smell however is malty, with some hops, and hint of tropical fruit.

Taste is bitter, front to back, lacking in depth and balance.

Texture is lighter, with a good mouth feel, and medium drinkability.

After so many IPAs, it takes a good one to wow me, and I am not wowed. Malty aroma, all bitter flavor. It's ok.


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Photo of mscudder
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle in a Red Hook cylinder? (I don't know how to describe this glass haha!) Best by 12/12.

A - Pale and lager-like yellow with little complexity. Fair sized white head with fair retention.

S - Pine, hops, grapefruit, and some bread nicely blended together. Simply fantastic on the nose.

T - A wet and chewy sensation. Follows the nose with flavors in addition to a hop profile that contains some bitterness on the back end and some nice aromatic hops up front. Rather delicious I must say.

M - Prickly is the best word I can use to concatenate this brew. Carbonation sets off the tastes and finishes rather crisp.

O - I was very impressed with this one and it makes 2/2 brews from BrewDog that I would be pleased to encounter again. Pass me another!

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the marketing blurb.

A: Body literally looks like piss. Massive cumulonimbus cloud of a head.

S: Massive waft of grapefruit and some peach.

T: Fresh, upfront grapefruit being the only really discernible flavour and then there's some caramel too. Grapefruit balances the bitterness beautifully. The head is still gargantuan and very chewy - I reckon it could hold a coin. Best lacing I've ever seen.
Floral citrus in the aftertaste, which lingers for a good 20 mins.

O: Very nice drink. Very refreshing.

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