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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,197 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 48
Gots: 147 | 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 fucker of a pale ale.

A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg bopping around India and the sub continent. Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist.

God save the Queen and all who sail in her. Raising a Stiff Little Finger to IPAs that have come before and those it is yet to meet.
Turn up the volume Pay the man. Embrace the punked up, fucked up outlaw elite.

Never Mind the Bollocks this is the real shit.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: bark on 11-02-2007)
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Photo of WeedKing4
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with the slightest of haze and with one finger of foam. Smell is very piney, and the taste follows suit. A slight bitter hop taste to go with. This is quite drinkable and would be a good sessionable beer. Its only slightly above average though, compared to other ipas. But its a decent beer. Not disappointed.

WeedKing4, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of cratez
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a shining hazy yellow with a foamy, bright white head that coats the glass with speckles of lace. Looks like a hefeweizen mixed with a golden ale. Unique appearance for an IPA. Lots of fruit in the nose, with pineapple, kiwi, and tangerine coming to mind. Taste imparts pink grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest, earthy, grassy, and oily hops, some melon, mild bitterness to end. Little in the way of discernible malt features, except for the slightest trace of white cracker. Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and lightly creamy. Finishes on the medium side of bitter with a subtle dryness.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. It's an awesome, original twist on an IPA, with great balance despite the lack of obvious malt flavours. Underrated IMO, perhaps this brew is misunderstood. Punk IPA would make for an excellent intro to the style, as my girlfriend hates beer but likes this offering. Personally, I'm just happy the LCBO has acquired another session IPA in a convenient serving size. Bravo!

cratez, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Stone Brewing Bistro & World Gardens 11/14/09 during their "Bashah Bash" event with BrewDog. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a finger of brite-white foamy head. Retains with a thin yet frothy layer, that hangs tight with a big sticky latticework of lacing. Great look here, that doesn't quit. The aroma is sharp in the nose with spice and bitter citrus rind. There is a good bit of brighter smelling citrus as well, along with some herbal character and a pronounced graininess. The citrus rind really adds a deep pithy feel here.

The bitterness of the taste is spicy with that same raw citrus rind character. It's really interesting that this is where a lot of that sharp bitterness comes from. Herbal qualities come through in the background, along with a tangy mix of sweeter citrus and that grainy feel from the malts. The finish here is very dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creamy feel that then prickles up a good bit more towards the back of the swallow. The body feel just about right at around 6% ABV.

I can definitely see why this IPA seems to be so polarizing, as it definitely has a unique hop profile that could go both ways for people. That bitter rind character got to be a bit too much to for me to really make this shine but being on draft afforded the other flavors a brightness and drinkibility that kept this interesting.

Kegatron, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.0
As with my previous samplings of Brew Dog beers, a very firm pour is necessary to get the desired centimetre of head (in this case creamy and off white). Cloudy and light amber-orange in colour. Like a hefeweizen without the big foam. Good lacing, but poor head retention.

Smell - 3.5
A subtle but appealing aroma of sweet pale grain, fruity yeast and spicy hops. Not as aromatic as the best IPAs.

Taste - 3.5
Assertively bitter, as an IPA should be. Flavours are more English IPA than American; big bready malt character gradually gives way to earthy and spicy hop flavour. There is a buttery softness to the beer that I don't feel strongly about one way or the other, but I am not a fan of the finish which is very bitter but with little residual flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Lightly carbonated with fine bubbles, the beer feels silky smooth in the mouth. Also somewhat oily and syrupy, a little too full bodied for drinkability.

Drinkability - 3.0
Unexciting, but not hard to drink.

OVERALL - 3.35
A competent, but ultimately disappointing pale ale. I would happily drink a Punk IPA if offered, but White Sheild is a much better English IPA.

LittleCreature, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a lightly hazy golden color with a bit of a copper hue around the edges. The white foamy head rose about 3/4" and settled to a skim rather quickly. Tons of sticky lace rings down my glass.

S= Lots of hop aroma, more pine than citrus but some of both for sure. A hint of malt and minerally water rounded out the smell.

T= Started off bitter and never let up. Big hop notes similar in taste to the hop profile in the aroma. The malt flavors that were present were a little on the weak side and lightly tinged with caramel. Again there was a strange mineral quality to this beer. The finish was firmly bitter and had a lot of astringency.

MF= To the light side of medium bodied with an oily hop feel.

D= A solid offering but far from perfect. Still, for an IPA the abv was modest and I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

spointon, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Strong hop aroma. Mostly earthy. Some citrus hops. Undertone of malt sweetness. Some fruity esters. Notes of honey.

Appearance - Yellow/Amber. Frothy white head poured 1 fingerwidth and dissipated to 1/4 fingerwidth. Clear with some hop haze. Moderate visible carbonation. Almost no lacing. Poor head retention.

Taste - Some mild earthy hop flavor, followed by maltsweetness. Very smooth bitterness. Well balanced. Just like the aroma I get fruity esters and some notes of honey. There are some slight citrus notes, but not like an American IPA. The malt provides a good backbone without being dominant or sweet. It provides some bready character, but mostly just gives this beer a spine.

Mouth Feel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. No carbonic bite. Slick. Easy finish with a lingering, but smooth bitterness.

Overall Impression - I think the overarching theme of this beer is its smoothness. From the aroma to the taste and mouth feel it's just smooth. Reading the bottle made me a bit annoyed as they have blatently ripped off Stone with their marketing tactics, but even so, this is still a good beer. I think this is one of the better IPAs that I've had that was brewed outside of the USA.

Hullabaloo2, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of FutureCowboy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a chilled imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy blonde color, just a hint of orange. Pure white head, dissipated quickly.

S: Smells distinctly of UK hops, some lemon, lots of pine. UK IPA all the way.

T: Front and back are both dominated by English hop bitterness - not much tanginess, much more bitterness. Permeates the aftertaste too. Malt flavors all in the middle, some bready/biscuitiness in there, but soon the bitterness takes over.

M: Very light going down, little chewy aftertaste. Resins coat the tongue.

D: Color and weight make it drinkable, ABV is low enough to have a few. Only if you're in the mood for a bitter powerhouse though.

FutureCowboy, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of BTPete
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahar's in Albany, NY. Notes directly from my phone.

BrewDog Punk IPA

Draft to 12oz. mug.

A: golden straw in color. 1 inch white head with lots of bubbles. Spotty lacing as brew goes down.

S: some hop presence up front. A little muted when I go back for more. I'm getting a little more of the piney over citrus. Bitter.

T: bitter off the bat. Actually seems to begin and end bitter. Like smell I'm getting pine over floral or citrus. It's ok.

M: nicely carbed and active in my mouth. Dry on the finish, bitter.

D: drinkable yes, but not my favorite. It's certainly not bad but for $10 for a 20oz pour I'd choose something else. Not deterred from BrewDog though, will try more.

BTPete, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. batch 335

A: Clear golden body under a small white head. Good lace and decent retention considering the small head on the pour.

S: Mostly malty, bready, hint of caramel (very "English" smelling), some grassy and piney hops but not at the level I expected.

T: Malty up front, with sweetness. A hint of tangy citrus hop in the middle before a ultimately bitter finish. Hop character is predominately of a pine like nature. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness is good, but I'm left wanting more hop taste character (much like I wanted more hop aroma in the nose).

M/D: Medium body, low carbonation, pretty good mouthfeel. Drinkability is OK, there is nothing here to turn me off to the beer, but nothing to really turn me on to it either (although the malt characteristics are growing on me, which have led me to give a slightly higher mark after some more sips). For an American IPA, I feel it's pretty tame in terms of hops in aroma and taste. Bitterness is certainly there and malt is very well done.

NCSUdo, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a wide bowled wine glass

Pours with a light amber body, off white whispy head sits atop. Some touches of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, fresh citric hops. Some grapefruit, little touch of fresh flowers and a bit of yeast.

Taste, crisp citric hops, light quinine bitterness, a bit floral buttery malt on the finish. Lasting hop bitterness on the palette

A very drinkable ipa, worth a visit.

cypressbob, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head thta slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a clean pale malt scent along with a mild hop nose. It's light and citrusy; almost refreshing. The taste is good as well. It has a light, yet very bitter hop flavor that's extremely tastey with a pretty good pale malt balance. This is quite different from their other IPA's in that it's not as malty. It let's the hops do the talking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is is very drinkable IPA. It's light and hoppy; enough said.

WesWes, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of mfkr
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden color with a thin white head that leaves little lacing.

S - Hops, a hint of citrus and a touch of bread.

T - Lots of hops, citrus, some bread and malt. The hop bitternes stays a really long time in the mouth.

M - Medium body and good carbonation.

D - Really good and easy to drink.

mfkr, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.5/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22.4oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus, some hops and an odd metallic odor.

T: The taste is boozy up front with an alcohol sting followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a decent hops presence but it's on the weak side for the style. The malt character is thin and there's very little balance. The after-taste is mediciney and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not smooth at all, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not tasty or flavorful, does not go down easily, not too filling, decent kick, not a good representation of style, I didn't find anything appealing about this beer at all and would not recommend it.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of zoso493
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color and a one-finger head that dies down quickly. Color is a little too urine-ish for me.

Smell: Some nice floral hops with some notes of pine. Not too shabby.

Taste: The taste follows that pine route a little too much. Has a pretty unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. After a while, it starts to taste really soapy. Not the smoothest IPA out there.

Mouthfeel: It's fairly creamy and medium-bodied but that cloying feel on your palate really marks this down.

Drinkability: Well, I don't think this is something I'd want to have more than one of just because of the taste, but I suppose if you were into it you could drink a few.

Overall, this was pretty disappointing for me. BrewDog obviously has the right idea but something in the execution just didn't work out. I probably won't reach for this again

zoso493, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden pour, with a white medium large head that leaves rich lace after it dissipates.

S: WOW!!! American floral hops hits the nose - pine and even roses. The hoppy smells dominates but there is also citric notes and a faint dry maltyness.

T: Very much like the smell, but the pale and caramell malt is more present.

M: A very long bitter, dry aftertaste that holds some sweetness as well. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: A very nice brittish (scottish) version of one of my favourite beer-styles. Very nice...

Evil_Pidde, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of drpimento
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Poured with a small off white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy yellow to amber. Aroma is very mild to hardly there. Flavor is also subtle with a bitter finish. Body is a bit watery and ok carbonation. Very underwhelming. Better as a Brit IPA than American, but still in light of most of BD's other brews.... Ho hum.

drpimento, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of deapokid
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm really excited to try this one a second time, despite the hefty price tag ($12).

Pours a cloudy and hazy yellow with absolutely no head and a feverish carbonation. I really dig the mysterious vibes and love that it looks nothing like any IPA I've ever seen.

Smell is extremely floral, like roses, with touches of chamomile and sweet spices. There is no hop scent at all, making for an appealingly off-kilter and distinct aroma.

Taste is rather subtle, especially for the style. It doesn't rely heavily on the hops for its character profile, focusing more on a deep citrus rind flavor with floral notes (think hibiscus).

Finish can be a bit dry, especially with the presence of citrus rind, but the preface is sweet and floral. It's a nice balance between two polar opposites.

Although it had a few palate scratching moments, this is a very intriguing brew and I couldn't stop myself from sipping endlessly. It must have cast a spell on me.

deapokid, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

The head, even with the bartender doing an easy pour, was about two fingers high, just barely darker than milk white. The hue is a bright yellow, with a bit of haziness. The aroma has very sharp citrusy hops with a little bit of breadiness. Full bodied, high carbonation. The sharp hops linger for a while. Recommended.

BeerSox, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 6.4 floz bottle with best before of 01/01/09, and batch 001

A - the beer looks quite nice, it has a medium dark orange colour below the bright white head, but at the bottom of the glass the beer is a wit-like straw colour. I really like the way this beer looks, and the amount of foam and all is really appetizing, but the variegated colours are the deal breaker for me. maybe it did get better somehow with aging. held up to light, however, the beer takes on a semi-bland appearance, of a medium straw/ light light orange colour.

S - the nose is a light, almost fruity hop smell, mixed with some pale malts. the beer is incredibly simple smelling, and doesnt really give that much of a good impression, to me at least, of being very flavourful.

T - well, I stand corrected. the beer definitely has a lot more going on that one would expect from the nose. the initial is a mostly grapefruity and piny bitterness from the hops, but under it is this clementine or tangerine like bitterness and sweetness. the inclusion of the sweetness is the real deal breaker for me, this makes it just incredibly dynamic, but still easy to approach at the same time. the finish is mostly a bitter (but not distinct) hop character. the aftertaste is bitter, sweet, and fruity. I love it.

MF&D - the feel is good, but nothing special. it is a great medium body with ample carbonation. the drinkablility is just as good. but when it comes down to it: the brew is nothing particularly special.

erz316, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The slope-sided half liter bottle pours a brew that is amber-tinted golden in color with a finger's thickness of cream-colored foam atop. The bubbles are of a wide variety-- small, dense, and glossy or big, glassy, and milk-like, but in any case, the head fades rather quickly to a ragged short-collared skim. A tattered film of lacing remains on the sidewalls of my willibecher to chronicle the passing of this Punk.

The aroma is fruity with hops and malty-toasty-sweet. Potent notes of pineapple, ripe mango, and lime zest play well with a thinnish background reminiscent of saltwater taffy spiked with green herbs.

The taste is sweet and malty with the same mildly-toasty taffy-like character as the nose. The hop flavor is more grassy, bitter, and astringently herbal that the fruitiness of the aroma indicated, but not in a good way. Truthfully, I find both the malt-forces and hop elements are a little lacking in potency, flavor, and punch.

The drink is light-medium in body and very mildly carbonated. A pretty easy drinker nonetheless.

cvstrickland, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of jackorain
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light golden color with a tinge of copper hue. Stark white head of about ½ inch. Okay retention, not much lace to speak of.

The nose is slightly sweet citrus, biscuit and earthy.

Taste is citrusy and green hops with some initial bitterness that is balanced a bit in the middle by the sweet caramel and biscuit malt. The bitterness comes back quite strong in the finish and lingers for quite a while. The finish is reminiscent of grapefruit zest with some pith

This beer has a medium body with a quite effervescent and tingly carbonation.

This is a decent IPA but there are many, many better choices out there. I expected more given the raves this brewery has been getting.

Thanks for reading

jackorain, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of phunkykim
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i never do reviews on here - this is actually my wife's login - but i just HAD to make a comment on this one.

what a fantastic beer.

a good hard pour (not much in the way of carbonation) delivers a decent frothy head.

smell is quite citrussy.

taste - man, when i first sipped this there was a wave of hoppy bitterness that just overwhelmed my tastebuds. i thought for a second that it might have been off, but the initial wave of flavor receded and subtler tastes were revealed.
there are some very interesting flavors at work here, and i dont think i can really desribe them - but its an intriguing combination of citrus, dry grains and extreme hoppiness that is just so much more subtle than the initial wave of hops predicts.

6% ABV and dangerously drinkable - i could easily get into trrouble with a crate of these.

highly recommended for anyone looking for an interesting new twist on an IPA.

phunkykim, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bomber to a light, cloudy orange yellow with thin white head that lingers thru mid glass. HOPPY citrus grapefruit and lemon starts out in the nose and just keep building throughout. Bitterness of the hops is most evident in the mouthfeel, but also dominates the taste of tghe fruit. Bitterness carries straight over to the long finish.

My kind of beer.

kimcgolf, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale blond with a white head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: A nice nose of American hops (pine, grass & citrus).

T: Nice American hop flavour that's not at all over-the-top (pine, tangerine, nectarine). Bitterness is crisp, but relatively smooth and not at all harsh. Subtle hints of a quality, biscuity malt beneath.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with the carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Quite drinkable.

Derek, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden in colour and crystal clear. Pours with a fluffy little white head, and has a small amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Heavily floral hops, slightly acidic. Citrus notes, sharp lemons, with a mild orangey tang.

Taste: The taste follows the aromas closely, with bitter floral hops, supported by lemons and oranges. The aftertaste is a product of the massive hoppiness, and has a perfumy quality to it.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium, and there is a sharp dryness to it.

Drinkability: Bitter, floral and perfumy. The little brother of BrewDogs Hardcore IPA, still packs a punch but does so with nicely balanced flavours and a hoppy overdrive that you would expect from an American IPA.

PartyBear, Sep 07, 2009
Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.