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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 59
Gots: 286 | FT: 0
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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 wvsabbath
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light tan, yellow, nice creamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Hops, light floral fruits, malts, orange, pineapple, lemon. Some sugars and spices also.

Taste - Bold strong hops, not so sweet and fruity, more maltly, and boozy. Orange and pineapple is main hoppy flavor. Very grassy, earthy feel. There is some spices that come in at the end.

Mouthfeel - Bold hops coat tounge and bitter pallette. Some malt sweetness comes in along with some alcohol. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.

Overall - This is different from the most ipa's ive had. The beer could use other hops to add some much need floral flavor. Not bad but not great. A bit out of balance but pretty good for a change of pace.

Photo of flyingpig
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orangey, mango like colour that is very slightly cloudy and settles with a pinky sized head that has good retention & some lacing as well.

A fruity mango aroma with hint of pine although not as strong as that from the bottled version. A very nice and appealing smell, one of the best from a beer so far.

Again very simliar to the smell with a nice mango and blended fruit flavour that is quite sweet. There is a mildy bitter aftertaste that finishes the drink off nicely.

Medium bodied and very smooth, a little creamy too. A nice combination.

Has a lot less bitter, more sweet/fruity flavour than the bottle version with mango being the main taste & smell in this version.

Photo of PhageLab
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Bronze coloration, thick head of pillowy froth, good retention, and some visible lace to boot. Quite attractive.

S - Pungent floral hop bouquet with some citrus notes. Must be a ton of aromatic hops in here, because the smells are very vibrant.

T - Nice floral profile, fairly hoppy, and with a mild malt backing. Straightforward, yet tasty.

M - Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Feels clean and finishes with a flowery aftertaste.

D - Flavorful and easy to drink; I like it. Miles above their Double IPA I'd say.

Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from an English pub glass...

It is a pale yellow color with a thick filmy white head that left plenty of lacing. The smell has a lot of tropical hops, mango, guava with orange and grapefruit and just a hint of caramel malt. Bitter up front with lemon and pineapple, some hints of pine and citrus peel with a bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied with lots of soft carbonation and a wonderfully dry finish. This a beautifully crafted beer, I would drink this any time.

Photo of Derranged
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass

A- Hazy golden/amber color with a thick white head.

S- Floral, malty hops.

T- Very earthy. Malty, sweet, with lots of hops bitterness that varied in strength from sip to sip. Tasted a little bit tea as well. It was strange, tasted like a cross between an American IPA and an English IPA.

M- Decent carbonation.

O- This is an unusual IPA that I am glad I got the opportunity to try. It's a worth a try and I will most likely have it again. Although this won't be a regular for me since it isn't widely available to me and is a bit overpriced.

Photo of haz77
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light copper with a firm inch of fluffy white head. No bubbles of carbonation are visible. The head refuses to drop and is easily refreshed. Great looking beer.

S - Citrus, pine, floral, toffee. There's more there, but it hidden at the back.

T - Starts with floral, the piney hops. Caramel moves forward in the middle of the drink and fills out towards the end. Long, dry piney hop aftertaste.

M - Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation, which suits the beer.

D - Very drinkable. A sipper with a nice, refined hop kick.

Photo of patra7
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, very deep amber color; off-white / light beige head, 1-inch thick, fairly good retention.
Smell: Floral, grassy and occasionally caramel notes.
Taste: Very bitter at first; gradually revealed a more complex character with grassy, caramel notes. The bitterness gradually subsided (as the beer warmed and/or I got used to it) and became more mellow towards the end.
Mouthfeel: It feels light-bodied and assertive at the tip of my tongue but smoother and more siropy as it goes down. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Very interesting beer either way, but I liked it more at the first stage, before it started warming up (drank it under 80- 90F temperature)

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of Trizzle
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour. Nice fading head with only a little lace

Lovely piney nose full of US hops, orange an lemon peel, and a nice honey malt background.

Medium body dominated by piney & green peppercorn hops with a mild honey malt background.

A great "drinking" beer. I have said my bit re: brewdog on the forums here before but there is no denying that they do some great beer.

Photo of salvo
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, the pine and grapefruit are even more forward, and punch up an already almost perfect beer drinking experience that much closer to pure perfection. Talking to the bartender, BrewDog seems to be playing with the recipe. I hope they keep this one. Otherwise, my review is consistent with the last Scottish bottle I drank:

Pours a beautiful cloudy straw towards golden: the color of clover honey. Half inch bone-white head streaks the glass. Lingering head.

Smell is wonderfully fruity: unripe guava and tropical fruit with pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Fruit is forefront. This fruit is what's missing from my US bottles.

Nicely medium-bodied and assertively drying; ends long and slow, unfolding through tropical fruit esters, then grapefruit, pine, and finally bitter dryness. Overall, this fresh bottle is wonderfully rich and complex: I'll be looking for an opportunity to enjoy it on tap. (Dare I hope for nitro somewhere?)

I'm enjoying this Punk from the bottle in Scotland, so I feel lucky. Had a couple before I left the states trying to make this very comparison. Here's my quandary: is this hoppier to me in comparison because British beer tends to be sweeter and have less alcohol, or does something happen in transit? It takes time, certainly, but this beer is richly hoppy and complex, and I just don't remember the taste being so vibrant in the US. We might never know, but it's worth putting it out there, methinks.

Photo of JayAre46
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip which i don't like to do with ipa/dipas anyway hazy orange color with bright edges and a 1 1/2 finger of fluffy white head, that shows good retention and lacing down the glass.

A - am i the only one who was like whoa wtf upon the first whiff? haha very bitter grapefruit and orange peel no sweetness of anysort here biscuty malt.

T - again the biscuit malt, good hop bitterness, hemp flavor, very different but refreshing although a bit watery, not a hop bomb by anymeans but very sharp with a in and out hop presence. no alcohol presence

M - light to medium, thin for my liking, moderate carbonation.

O - ok this beer is rather different and makes me wonder if it is infected, im going to have to get this one again for sure to see...im actually enjoying the very different characteristics but am in question there is also a slight showing of oxidation... decent brew

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A re-review of Punk IPA, as I have previously only reviewed the old version (6% ABV). This is a review of the new version (5.6% ABV) which used to have it's own listing but has now become the sole listing for this beer. My original review and score feature beneath this one.

A 660ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013; consumed on Feb 10th 2013. Picked up a little while back from Sainsbury's and stashed in my garage. They have just started releasing these new larger bottles; it's great to have a tasty beer in bigger volumes.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich amber hue with faint haze and very low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a surface layer. Aroma of intensely fruity hops with notes of mango, passion fruit, tropical fruits, white grape, melon, grapefruit and citrus. This is underpinned by subtle grainy malt, faint caramel and earthy yeast. Smells like a fruit salad - a hop-head's delight. Wow!

Tastes of intensely fruity hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of mango, passion fruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, white grape, melon, grapefruit, citrus, mild caramel malt, faint grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Highly attenuated and slightly spicy. A strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body and stinging hop oils that tantalise the palate. However, it is seriously undercarbonated and flat, resulting in a dull texture. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of aromatic tropical fruits, citrus and bitter stewed hops.

Tasty and impressively hoppy. The aroma and flavour are dominated by an avalanche of tropical fruit and citrus, with subtle malt and yeast notes adding depth. Simply delicious. The greatest flaw is the undercarbonated body, which is disappointing. I still feel that it lacks the balance of the original - the trade off was increased aroma and reduced bitterness. This beer also tends to suffer from iritating batch variation. However, it's a solid American-style IPA that is well worth trying - grab one if you see it.

My original Punk IPA review:
Consumed on June 12th 2011. 6% ABV; score 4.28 (A: 5, S: 4, T: 4.5, M: 4, O: 4)

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2011, batch 229. This is the original Punk - one of my few remaining bottles. The one in stores now is the new version (not quite as good in my opinion).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy pale golden colour with fine carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for ages; it eventually subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of light malt and aromatic hops, with notes of citrus and pine.

Tastes of bitter aromatic hops with undertones of light malt. A faint sweetness is accompanied by notes of grass, citrus and pine. Deliciously bitter with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and astringent. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Excellent. A great blend of aroma and bitterness that create a fantastic flavour. This is the beer that made me notice Brewdog, and helped kick off my discovery of craft beer. Unfortunately this version is no longer in production, but you can try the new incarnation. Well worth sampling.

Photo of shearer292
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - light golden colour, a little cloudy with a thin White head, a medium carbonation. Overall very good looking beer.

Smell - Very fruity smell with citrus and exotic fruits and a hint of flowers, orange peel.

Taste - quite a floral taste with a citrus bitterness, little sweetness in the finish. Mild pine notes.

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, little dry in the mouth, thin foam.

Overall - this is a nice beer, quality made and very drinkable, quite light 

Photo of Rossi
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow colour, neutral smell, normal sized head. I bought a multi-pack of Brewdogs to sample and this is the last one. I would say that this is the best of the bunch. Although it is quite rough at first (reminded me of a Tenants Super I once drunk!) it soon settles down and is quite quaffable. I'd say it is not better than the market leading pale ales and for the price it is not worth the additional for me. However for a 5.6% beer it is surprising refined.

Photo of colforbin73
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a good beer -- it needs to be drunk really cold though. which for me makes it more like a lager than an ale. not quite an IPA.

pours a cloudy but translucent, deep, straw yellow with a good head that leaves some lacing on the glass. good frothy brew -- definitely well made. the smell is muted but does have a trace of citrusy hops and the malts lend a fine sweetness.

the first taste is very dry and bitter, but the beer does open up as you drink it and juicier textures and sweeter flavors come out. but predominantly it is dry with a pleasant bitter burn, slightly peppery. a fairly straight forward Pale Extra Bitter -- the yeast tastes lager to me -- and it makes this:

sort of an in-between but worth trying brew. would be good at the beach.

Photo of Rampage1
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This has a real nice golden,hazy color to it. NIce white half inch head.

Smell: The smell is one of the reasons I buy this every so often. It has a very distinct light tropical smell to it with pineapple being the most dominant to me which makes it unique. It does have a slight sweet malt smell at the end as well.

Taste: This follows the nose in the tropical type of taste. There is some apricot and pineapple flavors followed by a little malt after taste. Very dry after taste and not much bitterness to speak of which again is nice and different.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation and quite thin in the mouth.

Overall: One of the reasons I like this is its a different IPA than most and not real typical. I like the unique smell and the dryness after taste to it. Its goes down damn easy and one beer that my fellow Scotts are putting a unique spin on. I like it as long as its fresh and brewdog does have bottle dating.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle 5,6 % ABV
BBE 21-04-12

Appearance: Punk IPA pours with a beautiful golden-orange body and a really nice sized off white head that displays excellent retention and leaves great lace.

Smell: Wow, gotta love the smell off a fresh IPA.
Tropical fruit are immediately noted - pineapple and kiwi. This is followed be a great resiny pine aroma. As the beer warms the tropical fruit fades and the pine takes over along with grapefruit pith and a slightly dank note.

Taste: Immediate blast of wonderful piney hops. I really need to get hold of more IPA's. Grapefruit, floral notes and just a bit of caramel malt are also well noted.
The finish is superb, great lasting bitterness and hop flavour.

Mouthfeel: Just shy of a medium body with good crisp carbonation.

Overall: My first beer from Brewdog and I must say, I am very impressed. People moan about their hype and advertising etc. but if they brew good beer like this, who cares...

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow, great 2 finger white pillow, sexy lacing!

S: intoxicating orange jam, fresh summer pine, malt

T: sweet orange, firm malt, mild sticky pricky pine finish

M: med/light body, slight tongue prick, tad sticky

O: Another delicious exploration with my palate from Scotland.
Brew Dog continues to surprise me. What a splendid
powerhouse of a session brew! I know it's technically
not sessionable, but I want to gulp more and more.


Photo of bigfnjoe
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a pale orange with a one finger white head. Head sticks around for awhile. Looks nice

S- faint grassy hops...not a lot going on here. Weak

T- just like the nose...faint grassy hops. A slight kick of bitterness. Very faded and weak

M- body is at about even thickness...not much of a body to it, but it's not paper thin

O- I'd like to try one fresh, on tap. The ride across the ocean has killed the flavors...shame, because I can see there's a good IPA underneath here

Photo of THECPJ
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
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.


Photo of mithrascruor
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22.4 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden copper color. Big foamy white head, with visible carbonation.

Smell: Mellow citrus flavors and a fair amount of biscuit.

Taste: Nice orange flavors, a bit of lemon too. One of the more biscuit-y beers I've had too, particularly up-front. Some light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly light, with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Rather easy to drink.

One of the milder BrewDog beers that I've had. It is an enjoyable IPA, though nothing spectacular. I'm happy to say that it lacks the overly sweet/alcohol flavor that I've experienced in many other beers from this brewery.

Photo of weller1js
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a pale yellow that is right on the verge of a light orange (it looks almost as if it is transforming in color), slightly hazy with moderate carbonation, white bubbly foam which reduces to similar lacing.

smell: hops are mild yet piney with and lightly floral, notes of citrus are also recognizable.

taste: mild yet with character, begins clean, with piney-ness of hops coming out first, but the floral notes are just as notable, again with notes of citrus undertones, the combination of which leaves a tangy-bittersweetness in the finish.

drinkability: for a basic IPA, all of the elements are on-point and complement each other well, abv is adequate enough and not too overpowering as to bar one from enjoying more than one, very drinkable.

Photo of schmoopsbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

poured into a pint glass

Nose: Plenty of citrus and sweetness. You also get a nice floral bouquet on the forefront of this beer with hints of vanilla, grapefruit, and kiwi. Yum!

Palate: A balance of of hop and sweet malt. The fruit hits you from beginning to end but in balance with the hop. This beer is complex and intoxicating on the palate.

Finish: Long and amazing! Nice amount of hop and the fruit really shines as it goes down. A thirst quencher!

Photo of alexhahn82
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*Just a side note: There was a weird bubble underneath the rubber in the bottle cap, nothing looked rusted or strange, just interesting because I have never seen that before, I believe it was strictly cosmetic and did not effect any of the characteristics of the beer.

A. Light amber in color, slight cloud of color difference when first poured. A tickle of head, and thats about it!

S. Slight malt, a little yeast and that my friends is about it.

T./M. I'm gonna go with a big blank, literally. There isn't much going on for an IPA here. Starts like a Pilsner in taste and feel ends on a very blank generic bitter. Almost tastes like a roasted barley after taste (not horrible, just completely underwhelming!)

Overall. You be the judge, but for the hype that this brewery receives, even though this is on the low end of their spectrum of beers, it is very unimpressive. Steer clear or try it for some serious disappointment.

Photo of Zaradog
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Slightly cloudy looking orange-ish color. SRM of 7-9 maybe. Pouring 9 ounces into a pint, I was able to eek out a finger of foamy white head, that dissipated to about 1/8 inch within minutes. Somehow this still left decent lacing up the glass though.

Aroma: I smell a lot of sweetness, reminding me a little of things brewed with Belgian yeast. I'm getting citrus but also something that smells like tutti frutti baby food. I'm sure there is a better description of that smell since I've picked it up on many different beers, typically those from Great Britain.

Taste: I have to admit, I read other reviews the other day that had me thinking this was going to be more hoppy than it was. I get a good bit of sweetness and a bit of a bisuity taste. Yes there is a little bitterness that gets you in the back of the throat... but it doesn't linger that long. I like this beer!

Mouth Feel: Has an appropriate amount of carbonation. And leaves you mouth a little wet... Again, I like it!

Drink-ability: I probably would not settle down with a 6-pack. But I definitely would keep a 6-er in the fridge. One or two of these is going to be a good way to end the day.

Impressions: Maybe it's just because I'm new to IPA's... but I was expecting something far more hoppy than the Pale Ales I've been drinking lately. I'm guessing this is going to be on the low end of the IBU scale... And I see they lowered the bitterness from about 70 down to 45 this year. Maybe it is less IPA and a bit more PA?

Serving Type: Out of a bottle, 3 oz in a brandy snifter, the rest in a pint glass.

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
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