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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 54
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
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 vandemonian
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewDog Punk IPA has a nice cloudy orange colour and a good head that lasts. Even though it's an IPA, I didn't smell much hops. Did this beer spend too long traveling from Scotland to the USA? The taste started with some nice, citrus yumminess and ends with a bitter aftertaste. I usually like bitter finishes for IPAs, but I didn't love this one. It has good carbonation and feels nice in my mouth. Overall, this was a decent IPA but nothing special.

Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single copped from Total Wine & More. A strong European depiction of a classic American style. Pours a copper, amber-hue with minimal carbonation and a frothy head. Pungent aroma replete with hops and ripe fruit. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, classic IPA flavor well-balanced with a touch of malts. Pine-laden hops make their presence known. Tart and flavorful. Good stuff.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh.

A: Golden orange with thin white head..not a lot of lacing. Normally, I'd give this a lower score, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt since this was in a bar and poured into a normal pint glass.

S: It's always hard for me to pickup smells in a bar, but the tropical/citrus hops are unmistakable. As the beer warms, you get quite a lot of caramel as well. Very enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose. Mango, orange, caramel. The caramel sweetness really helps to balance out the bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: I drank a couple of these in one sitting and could have easily drank a few more. Very good IPA.

Photo of thepeter
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the new Version of Punk which was formerly Punk X. I believe that they are now all going to come in cans but I could be wrong about that.

A - Pours a Clear golden brown, the color of a really dark piss. Great head that was soft and lasted the entire beer, leaving excellent lacing.

S - Very clear difference to the old Punk here. Bursting with fresh citrus, pine needles and hop flowers. Really a beautiful aroma.

T - Well hopped but not as much as the original, a nice bitter bite but not overly complex like the aroma would have indicated. All the elliments from the aroma but muted.

M/D - Incredibly smooth and light on the palette. the carbonation is perfect and I am not sure if this is from the can or the new recipe. Either way it's excellent and I could keep drinking this all nice as the lack of bitterness keeps the palette clean.

Although I miss the heavier hop preseence in the older version, there is no denying that all other aspects of this beer are greatly improved now.

Photo of robhunta
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice 1.5 finger head, very clear, but I found it to look a bit light in color.

S - not much of an aroma, a bit of hops and that about it.

T - now there is the hops. strong hops flavor. bitter.

M - clean, crisp.

D - quite drinkable. not the most balanced example of an ipa.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with a terrific thick white head and a some chunky lacing.

Scents of honeyed pale malt, floral hops.

This is so much better as it warms. Light toasted malt, some light fruit, some bread - actually, alot of bread. Bitterness is rind-like --clean and long bitter finish.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Second half of the bomber went down better than the 1st. Great balance and smooth, this is very easy to drink. Glad I tried it.

Photo of MadBeerX
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the glass it rests as a light golden color (With proper lighting and against white paper). The nose sweeps with Tropical fruits
and concludes with a wisp of caramel. This beer is better defined by its mouth feel. Its assertive but its balance disguises its malice for a above average finish.

Photo of bventure
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden colour, average white head, dissipates quickly leaving patches of large bubbles

S: Obvious hit is an unpleasnt resiny hop smell, a bit like the cat has sprayed on it. Some fruity malt, orange & caramel somewhat redeems it

T: Quite bitter, lingering bitter finish. Has an unpleasant resiny hop taste that I don't like, but not as bad as the Tesco Double IPA that I poured down the sink last week! Not much else to it really. Some malt, but overwhelmed by the hops. Lacking in complexity.

M: Crisp & firm with quite high carbonation.

D: The resiny hop flavour is the thing that spoils it for me. The bittereness is OK, I just don't much like the taste. May try it again if I ever get to enjoy the flavour of the hops.I might get to like it with practice, but I think there must be similar beers with more complexity

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

You can take the American IPA out of Scotland but you can't take the Scotland out of the Brewdog.

I tried two of theirs this weekend, and both this and the other had a bit more bitter going on than they should, but both were also quality brews.

I prefer this to its stronger sibling. It's a bit closer to the style. As with the other one, this needs to be just a tad lighter, sweeter, hoppier, more tangy to be an American IPA.

But it is a unique and quality beer that deserves taste. Normal Scotish ales are no where near as drinkable. I intend tp buy this again and keep trying others from Brewdog.

Photo of AEK
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml brown bottle poured into a Trappiste Rochefort chalice.

A. Straw coloured with a nice tightly packed bubbly white head.

S. Quite lemony, hoppy.

T. Very hoppy, virtually masks the other flavours. Traces of citrus fruit.

M. Medium, lightly carbonated.

D. Sublime ale if you are a hop head. IMHO, not as good as the USA IPA's as the other flavours are drowned out. Still, I appreciated this more second time round. First time I wasn't all that keen but have been converted.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nothing special, dark golden.

S- Strong smell of hops, brings expectations of an explosively hoppy drink.

T- Wow! The hops hit you like a punk hitting you will a chair! Expectations from the smell fulfilled. I can't say hops are my favourite flavour in a drink but this drink is clearly focused on that area. Very good nonetheless.

Overall a very solid drink. Not amazing but drinkable.

Photo of cdizinno
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle as pictured. NO visible dates.

A: Hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head that leaves considerable lacing down the entire glass.

S: Mostly malty and grainy.Some of that typical European hoppy smell.

T&M: Hop bitterness. Grainy roughness. Fades to some mild citrus tastes. Medium bodied.

Nothing really spectacular, but decent.

Photo of bbrown29073
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow. Nice head but dissipated rapidly. Good lacing.

Smelled of grapefruit, orange, a hint of vanilla...and a bit "musty".

Tasted like a toned-down west coast IPA. Not as hoppy. Would stand up well to light appetizers. Cheese & crackers-type.

Nice carbonation. Not bitey.

Quite drinkable. I would have another if one were at hand.

Photo of soze47
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review is from notes, actually consumed late 12/10.

Appearance: Very yellow for the style. Nice lacing. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Biscuity malt and grassy hops. Not a huge nose.

Taste: Tangy combo of malt and hops. Same as nose, but some flowery notes come out too. Malt is almost pilsner-like.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Bitter linger accumulates, but body is light enough to keep it tolerable. It is drinkable and unique, but a dude (or dudette) could go broke trying to have a bunch of these in one night!

Photo of JayS2629
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale yellow with creamy foam that fades fast and leaves little lace.

S- Nicely balanced malt and hops. Fainter than expected for an IPA. Pine and citrus balanced nicely with pale malt.

T- Balanced easy drink. On the sweet side for an IPA. Malt character up front, citrus grapefruit and pine finish.

M- Crisp and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable. Nicely balanced.

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

330ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Dec 2011.

A - Pale amber body with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S - Quite understated aroma, good balance of malts and hops.

T - Sweet malty taste to open with a few hop notes, lighter than expected but the bitterness really kicks in the tail, strong bitter hit on the end.

M - Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

D - Quite a drinkable beer, would work well as a session drink.

Photo of hotzenklotz
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy pale yellow colored beer with white stable foam.

S: The pale malt aromas dominate the smell with very little hop presence.

T: Subtle mal character with very little hop aroma. Balanced at first, the bitterness hits you hard on the finish. The taste is OK not overwhelming, though. It is very hard to define what you can taste. There are not as much hop profile present as in other IPAs.

M: Easy to drink at first, but after a while the bitterness overwhelms you a little.

Photo of crnipeter
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

The reviewed bottle belongs to an old version with the 6% ABV while the currently brewed Punk IPA has an ABV reduced to 5.6%.
330 ml, Batch 354 with best before date 21. November 2011, into tulip. Medium, foamy white head with good retention atop of golden body with good clarity, exhibiting little effervescence. Aroma is a nice interplay of clean malty sweetness with resinous and citrusy hops. The flavor starts with a high resinous bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste with slight hop-derived astringency and unpleasant oak-like flavor of crushed paracetamol-tablet which entirely ruins the impression. Some citrusy hop-flavor as well. The sweet malty backbone is there but somehow suppressed by the harsh bitterness. Medium dry finish. Nearly medium bodied and quite smooth on the palate. Hop-astringency, harsh bitterness and oaken flavor are inappropriate for an IPA-style so I have no reason to give it a high score.

Another beer from UK with good marketing and so much less quality.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by June 26, 2011. Assumed to be around 6 months old despite being a "fresh" delivery by the distributor.

Pours very hazy yellow/gold with a two finger off-white foamy head.

Aroma is kinda funky with some dank qualities, some citrus, grass, herbal hops. Only moderate strength.

Flavor is some citrus rind, lemon, pine, resinous hops, a little bready sweetness in the middle, finishes with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium to high carbonation.

A good IPA, but rather muted in the aroma. Flavor is hard to pin down as well. I prefer their Hardcore IPA for sure. A fresher sample would be nice but I don't really see that happening around here as this 6-month old batch just hit my distributor late last week.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden orange with frothy white head, leaving behind some good lacing.

Bitter pine and citrus backed by malt and yeast in the nose. Some sweet citrus in the background.

Bitter pine followed by sweet orange and some lively floral notes, finnishing with a fresh kick of bitterness, almost oaky. Very lively on the flavor but lacking an overall harmony for mouthfeel. A very fine IPA.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An ultra-thick, "fluffy" slightly off-white 3 finger head came up, and took about 5 minutes to drop. Clear fairly light golden color.

S- Not nearly as strong as I expected. A little pine and a little citrus, but nothing really comes out and establishes itself.

T- Stronger hops bitterness than the smell led me to believe. The bitterness is still mild compared to most American style IPA's- but it is not balanced by any other flavors. The bitterness is too dominant in the taste, from the front to the aftertaste, it is almost nothing but hops.

M- Crisp and light, with the typical "tongue numbing" that comes with American IPA's. Not bad, but not anything to write home about.

D- This is probably the beer's best feature. It is not too overpowering in anyway (unless you absolutely can not stand hops). The lightness and simplicity of the flavor makes it a good "sitting around" beer, but not something to really enjoy.

333ml Bottle poured into a pint glass. I was not as impressed with this beer as I thought I'd be, given Brew Dog's "aggressive" image. It is a fair attempt to make and American IPA- but it just lacks the scents and taste complexity of the better beers in this class. Overall, a solid offering, but not something I would actively seek out.

Photo of Kulrak
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a massive amount of head that laces the glass. I could smell the hops just from opening the bottle in front of me, after pouring it, it's got a massive hoppy aroma, even for an IPA. A lot of citrus, some grassy notes, a little passionfruit. The taste is very hoppy, almost coppery/brassy from the amount of hoppy bitterness. There's some malty/fruity sweetness there, but the hops just overpower everything, as they should. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and fizzy It's drinkable, but only if you really love hops. I like them a lot, but I also like to taste the malt.

Photo of madvoice
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy true gold colour with a lot of foamy head that leaves a considerable amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells sweet and hoppy and not what I would expect of an IPA.

Taste is of citrus with hoppy notes and a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite light with a fair bit of carbonation.

It is a little more bitter than expected which leaves me a little unsatisfied with it. Still drinkable though I wouldn't actively seek it out.

Punk IPA from BrewDog
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