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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,298 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,298
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 52
Gots: 197 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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

(Beer added by: bark on 11-02-2007)
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Photo of riored4v
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass. Hazy, copper colored body. 2 finger, rocky head with some mild lacing.

Aroma was citrusy and floral. Mild maltiness. Notes of orange.

Taste had a good balance of malt and bitter. Citrusy, floral hop notes. Nice, medium bitterness in the finish. Mild malty backbone with a light bready malt note.

Mouthfeel was a medium body with medium carb. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Well balanced bitterness with no signs of ABV.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 1 pt 6.4 oz bottle.

A - Pours a slight golden straw color with some slight orange hints. Light head and very little lacing.

S - Aroma is of citrus hops with some tangerine and some orange notes as well. Some grassy hints as well. Nice hops and not too intense. There is some slight sweet hints as well.

T & M - Light and slightly watery on the palette. Hints of citrus and hoppy grass notes. Not my favorite IPA because of the lack of CO2.

D - I dont think i will ever buy this again.

Photo of BruceWineworks
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Punk IPA is light and orangy with minimal lacing but nice big bubbles.

S: Scent of sweet maple syrup and fresh hops.

T: A moderate taste of light fresh hops. Slightly sweet and a tad bitter. The hops don't overpower this beer.

M: Light and watery on the palate with minimal carbonation makes for a sessionable IPA.

D: Overall a very pleasing IPA I could enjoy a six pack of. The hops are bitter and tasty and leave your mouth watery wanting more.

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this little gem at BeerTemple in Amsterdam, on-tap in a pint glass for 5.50 Euro. They had it listed on their beer board as a "Post Modern Classic Pale Ale".

A: Pours a fairly clean (especially for a European IPA) golden, slightly copper hue with a massive head and good lace.

S: Sweet and malty, bready yeast, sour fruit and a somewhat tame hop smell. The hop is nice, just somewhat dominated by the yeast and malt.

T: Luckily the hops are much more prevalent in the flavor than they are in the nose - grassy and resinous, somewhat floral and citrusy. The malt is there too but balances rather than dominates the overall flavor of this tasty IPA.

M: On the lighter side of a medium-bodied brew, with a mellow carbonation that really lends nicely to the creamy finish of this beer.

D: Extremely drinkable - this beer brought me back to BeerTemple in Amsterdam nearly every night for a couple to cap the night. I am a huge "hop head" and this brew definitely scratched my itch!

Photo of shambeano
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange, with about a centimeter of head, that very slowly subsides, some lacing.

S-A little bit of sweetness, some fruit and then some floral hop. little bit piney.

T- Hop flavours straight up, a little piney, touch of citrus, lime and grapefruit, maybe some passionfruit. end is bitter, but not overly.

M- a little thin, but quit spritzy with carbonation. bitter finish and a little dry.

D- I could definitely enjoy a few of these over the evening. not particularly thick, but it goes down easily.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... hazy golden color with a frothy white head... good retention and lacing.

The smell is hoppy, with a faint hint of caramel malts... nice pine flavors to the aroma.

The flavor is hop dominant as an IPA should be.. again a pine flavor to them and a hint of caramel at the back. Good blend for an IPA and I really like the way the malts compliment the hoppy hit.

I'm a big fan of this one, really a top notch IPA in my opinion. Easy to drink, well balanced, but not mild at all on the hops.

Photo of CaraAndMike
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We like this Brew Dog offering because of its British new-school flare. It is very much not an American IPA and that has intrigue.The bitterness is a bit herbal with a sweetness in between start and finish. We wouldn't drink more than one or two due to its thin body and lack of complexity beyond the upfront taste. Worth trying at least once.

Photo of Fnord
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very pale yellow, with a small but dense and lumpy white head.

Smell - Grapefruit, pine, alcohol, resin, and a bit of buiscut.

Taste - It starts out bready, dry, and well balanced, but the hops show their true power at the finish. The finish is very bitter, as is the lingering aftertaste. Now that I think of it, there's not much flavor to the hops other than bitterness, and a little bit of grapefruit that probably comes from the nose more than anything.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin body and medium-low carbonation.

Notes - This isn't really my kind of IPA, in that I prefer more diverse hop flavors and less raw bitterness. Like all my reviews this is the first beer of the night, however I suspect this beer would work better at the middle or end of a session, when your taste buds are already numbed and the bitterness would be more welcome. I didn't care for the lingering bitter aftertaste and the thinner-than-average body. On the plus side I enjoyed the nose, and the dry malts worked well. Overall, I'd rate it as average. Not bad, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of Finite
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy orange very fine carbonation but only lightly visible. Large full white head with good retention and lacing.

S- Sweet orange and mandarin, Goldings hops and sweet malts

T- Semi sweet toasty malts, smoothing on the palate they sweeten even more and make way for an apple green hop profile. Rugged bitterness with grapefruit tang. Malt sweetness threatens to surface but never out shines the solid hop bitterness which as it subdues transforms to a grassy lifeform. Alcohol content leaves a warming sensation in the chest while the malt and hops fight it out on the tongue. Cant ask much more from an IPA in terms of complexity.

M- Rugged and flavorsome, slightly sticky and cloying on the lips. Fine carbonation helps improve drinkability.

D- Good and easy to drink but not overly polished which is nice.

Overall a nice effort pretty damn good American IPA.

Photo of AgentZero
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 482.

Pours a remarkably creamy, frothy head, white as snow, firm, long-lasting. The color is peach yellow with a slight bit of haze.

Aroma is on the fruitier side of hoppy; pithy and citrusy. Sugar cookie dough. Clean and light grassy greenness.

Total grapefruit peel explosion in the mouth. Very much a rip-roaring West Coast-ish IPA, in that the hops are big, clean, bright and citrusy. Malt has a nice candy-meets-sugar cookie dough sweetness. A ginger-like spiciness offers added depth. Maybe not super-complex, but I get the feeling it's not supposed to be.

Spritzy, bright, lightly sticky, yet also creamy... just right for the kind of flavor this is delivering.

At a very reasonable 6%, this delivers a ton of flavor, most of it being incredibly vivid and fragrant hops. While it's not a total hop bomb, it's close. Definitely not for the faint of palate. A hop-lover's go-to-beer dream.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Huh? Punk IPA is the name, and you want to brew like a post-modern IPA?

Mildly hazed golden color; tight, tiny bubble lace. Quite fragrant with orange rind and faint butter, with a semisweet biscuity malt. The hop bitterness pushes the palate around for the duration, but never knocks the taste buds down completely. The hops are rough around the edges, but never harsh, with orange and evergreen flavors. Malt chimes in with a dense breadiness and toasted biscuit flavor, yet never really rises above the hops. Alcohol is there, lightly warming with an offshoot of buttery flavor. Orange rind hop in the finish with more of that toasted biscuit flavor, which all lands semisweet.

Nice to see a change thrown at the beer industry, giving the bird to modern brewing on their home turf, yet fitting very well within the US craft beer revolution. Sure, it's not your kick-in-the-teeth West Coast IPA, but it is a damn good rendition of IPAs in the US collectively. With each sip, it grew on us.

Photo of kojevergas
1.98/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 19th, 2010. Pours a cloudy gold and a four finger head that retains well (doesn't even reduce for three minutes). Head is of moderate thickness and a bit creamy. Of average appeal.

Smell: A weak smell of musty esters, hard to detect with my broken nose.

Taste: A bland and off-balance body with a warm golden note of mild hops and a note of typical IPA bitterness, followed by my favourite part - the creamy-crisp finish. I'd like to see the bitterness better balanced with the finish. This IPA doesn't try to do much with the non-bitter notes and as a result it's built poorly for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a refreshing finish. A bit too wet on the opening. Overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have another, especially at this price point. It's an uninspired IPA compared to what else is available.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all this is my first BrewDog endeavor. I've had some sort of grudge against them for no real reason. Probably because they are pricey. However, I decided they deserve a chance. So here goes.

Poured this into a tulip. Big fluffy white head that sticks around. Hazy pale yellow/orange in color. Doesn't exactly resemble an IPA but looks pretty good anyhow. Smell is citrusy hops, reminding me of grapefruit. The smell is somewhat yeasty with a bit of spiciness with a small malt backbone. This is a bitter one. From start to finish bitter and dry! Not the malt that I smelled but bitter with a slight amount of candied sweetness on the end. The mouthfeel is good, light bodied and enjoyable. I kind of dig the dryness of this and the abv is a welcome six percent making this easy to kick back.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by December 18, 2010.

Poured into a pint glass with a good sized head that stays. The color is much paler than most IPA's I've had. It almost looks like a pilsner without the same clarity.

The hops are prominent in this one, followed by a light bready smell. The hops give a lot of spicy character, no citrus at all. Interesting.

The taste is very dry, almost no sweetness is detected and the spiciness of the hops is prominent in the finish. There actually is a hint of grapefruit that shows in the finish. Quite unique.

The mouthfeel delivers adding in the drinkability. This is not my favorite IPA, but it is unique and well crafted. I can see myself getting this again to have something different now and again.

Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of TheHammer
1.75/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you are a Hop head, just know I didn't buy this one and move on. It's no secret that IPAs are a style I do not enjoy, so I'll try to be as fair as possible.

Appearance: Pale yellow and cloudy, like near hefe cloudy with very little carbonation in the body. The pour produced not even half a finger of head, which did sustain but did not lace.

Smell: It's an IPA, what do you think I smell? Hops, Earthy Hops with pine and grapefruit notes. I guess I shouldn't rate it low, because it is an IPA, but you know what, I don't think a touch of malt or fruit or something else besides Hops is unreasonable. Even the hops themselves seem to lack variety.

Taste: After having a couple sips, this has made me weary. It starts with a mild hay taste and a touch of Grapefruit, then it immediately destroyed by bitter earthy hops with a kick of pine. The only thing that stops this from a 1 is that I'm trying to play lip service to the style. Just nothing here appeals to me.

Mouthfeel: Well points get deducted for the lack of head, and the carbonation only comes forth on the hops, which I suppose was the intention, even if I dislike it. The aftertaste is bitter earthy hops with pine notes and lingers for too long and leaves the mouth dry. The abrupt transitioning isn't nice either.

Drinkability: Well the carbonation isn't excessive and it's light bodied. However, like most IPAs it's dry and not very refreshing. The excessive bitterness makes drinking this seem more like a chore then a pleasurable hobby.

Final Thoughts: I suppose I am doing a disservice by reviewing a style I inherently don't like, but Corne du Diable was a lot better then this. There just isn't anything here I want to drink. It tastes more like hop oil mixed with beer, rather then a beer itself. Even though I don't like the style, I can't say I'm looking to drink another offering from Brewdog.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of boss302
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Dog Punk IPA, draft

A Golden deep yellow, clear, nice head. Head didn't last and was gone at half glass, typical of IPAs. 4

S Earthy, a little piney, some tobacco aroma. Not sure where that comes from. 3.5

T Malty, with appropriate hop balance for an IPA. It's a little astringent in the finish. A bit like grapefruit, stings the tongue. 4

M Medium body, thick on the tongue, good carbonation. 4

D A good IPA, a little astringent compared to most IPAs. 4

Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

After hearing Ding of all people found this to be his least loathed BrewDog offering, I felt I had to give it a go. It pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises blood orange, grapefruit, pine sap, onions, corn syrup, and a string of light caramel. The taste is very much the same, only the pine sap and onion notes dominate like a biarchical autocracy. The light caramel is even lighter, barely even there, hiding amongst an unforgiving hop-centric populace. Damn, son, this shit be hoppy in a bad way. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, this is not a very pleasant IPA to me. I've had some hop-bombs before, but at least they tasted right. Something seems majorly off here.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (August 18, 2010). The label is printed with freshness dates: "batch -462, best before 18/12/10". So that means best before December 18th, 2010, I prefer bottled on dates, but this will do.

Eyes: Pours a mildly hazy golden amber, with fluffy white head. Looks a lot like a what beer. Lacing is thick and spidery.

Nose: Surprisingly muted sweetness on the nose. A spicy, piney character strokes the nose, but the malty character hints also.

Tongue: Crisp caramel sweetness up front, and then the bitterness lingers and lingers. It has a very soft and pleasant middle zone, but it doesn't last long.

Mouth: Good body, though mouthfeel is a bit thick.

Libation: I like this IPA, but I can't say it knocks my socks off. Every high point seems to be balanced by a negative trait. A surprisingly complex IPA, that might just be to complex to make a statement in any one area.

Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a clear goldenrod color topped by a wispy head that sticks well; sheets of lace, too

Smell: More biscuity than hoppy, at first, though subsequent sniffs provide better citrus and tropical fruit definition

Taste: Fortunately, the taste moves this firmly into IPA territory as it opens with a biscuity flavor that is quickly superseded by the pithy citrus hops (orange and pineapple elements); after the swallow, the pithy character remains paramount, though the biscuit, which never totally disappeared, remains apparent through the finish; there is also a vinous edge to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I ordered this with a little trepidation but found it to be an excellent, middle of the road AIPA; I particularly like the way the malt takes a back seat to the hops but hangs in underneath throughout; there is also a lot of interesting complexity to the hop bill

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, slightly hazy gold color with two fingers of frothy white head. Head has quite a bit of staying power and leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus hops

Citrus and pine hop flavors come through. Good amount of bitterness. Not as aggressive as the name or label tries to make me believe.

Good solid beer, but nothing new for this neck of the woods. Not really 'punk' either.

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