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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 52
Gots: 198 | 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 Keffa
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Unibroue Ephemere glass.

A: Pours a beautiful gold with a nice 2 finger head that sticks around for a while, leaves some lacing, not a ton, but still some. Settles into a small ring of tiny bubbles. Constant carbonation from the bottom right in the middle of the glass. Pretty beer here.

S: Caramel sweetness, bread dough, spicy/floral hops, some orange/marmalade as well. The hops and malt play off each other in this one, and boy does it smell inviting.

T: Caramel sweetness on the front, followed by a nice bittering hop (although what variety, I couldn't tell you). Some citrusy notes, and a little bit of a piney/floral hop as well. A little bit of a yeasty, dough like character as well towards the finish. Finishes with a nice lingering, yet slight, bitterness. Not bad at all.

M: Thin and slick, nicely carbonated but not enough to make it a great beer.

D: Not overly bitter, not overly malty, with the nice lingering hops make you want more. Very easy to drink, but not the most drinkable beer I've had.

Not bad overall, I don't see why people don't like them. Pretty solid beer, IMO.

Photo of mj001jk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a little lighter in color than expected, yellow-orange with a snow-white cap and lacing that persists.

Smells fresh and clean, light citrus, pine and grass. Maybe some floral soapy hints as well. Not very strong aromas and a little one-dimensioned.

Taste is crisp and dry with a pronounced light bitterness, there is not much of a malt backbone so the bitterness tends to overpower.

Good flavors over all, but it is light in body with a lingering dryness and bitterness that bring my drinkability score down a little.

Not a bad beer, but probably not something I would reach for as a first choice for an IPA.

Photo of halo21
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This golden yellow, slightly hazy, pale ale poured nicely into my tulip, releasing a huge, thick, white, chunky, head. The head stayed in place the whole glass, leaving massive amounts of lacing. A perfectly beautiful looking beer..

Smell: Very complex on the nose; it starts off with big citrus zest, followed by passion fruit and a big honey sweetness.

Taste: It starts off very sweet and fruity - a little mango - then moves to a more bitter orange rind and lemon zest. Interesting how it changes over the course of a few sips. As it develops, pale malts and yeast come through a bit.

Mouthfeel: Lighter weight but has more viscosity than expected. Leaves a nice, slightly sticky, coating on the inside of your mouth with flavor that lasts for a long time.

Drinkability/Palitability: High; this is one of the easiest drinking 22oz bottle of IPA I have enjoyed in a LONG time. I wish I had another to pop open as soon as this one was gone.

Photo of jikvig
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good, straight forward IPA.

So on the nose it felt kinda mild, tropical notes with a whole lot of sitrus on top. So mostly yeast driven.

Nice and smooth bitternes the hoparomas are clean.
Long lasting aftertaste.

I´m a bigger fan of straight IPA than AIPA, but this one is not half bad. Not half bad at all!

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale orange with a golden tint. The head is big and made up of many different bubbles

S- Fresh bouquets of sweet flowers glazed in a spicy orange sauce

T- Smooth with a light malt body that focuses on the hops. My kind of IPA. Simple with one straight-forward hop not supported by basic malts

M- Light but with a syrupy texture and a touch of tang

D- All-around good IPA without a single flaw

Photo of loren01
1.7/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a medium golden color with very little fizzy white head and no lace down the glass.
S: Slight amount of floral hops and thats about all.
T: Taste is rather astringent, the hops that were used did not taste pleasant to me at all. No balance at all here. Had a sour aftertaste...maybe it was the astringent taste making my tastebuds pucker up??
M: Medium bodied, a little light on the carbonation.
D: A little balance would be nice here...way to astringent. Very subpar IPA.

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

22 oz bomber that looks slick, nice bottle poured into a tall ipa goblet

A: rich golden color off white head

S: pineapple mango grapefruit and honey very good smelling! much better then I expected!

T: very interesting taste Pineapple mango grapefruit with honey and lime zest in the finish along with a dry finish

M: med mouth

D: fairly drinkable dry finish makes you come back for more

overall: good beer man! I would buy this again its got that tropical fruit going in here and a cool honey flavor that I dig! an unusual beer that is pretty damn enjoyable!

Photo of jampics2
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in a pint glass.

Looks decent - a cloudy straw color with nice head.

Smell is dull with minimum hops and more of an english malty smell. Just average.

Taste is full of more of a residual bitterness that I like in my American IPA's. Not too floral or perfumy, more of a lingering bitterness from boil hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall, the beer is good but not the kinds of flavors I love. It's got some punk elements, but I'm just putting this in the middle of the pack at best. Not an american IPA I'd try again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big bright yellow with massive head. Sticks around forever and clings like a girlfriend whose visa just expired. No aroma.

Taste, wow, they must do a long hop boil and no dry hopping. Bitter yes, hoppy, eh, kind of, but not the kind I prefer. I guess its sort of the English style, but much more bitter. A hybrid if you will. Can't justify spending that kind of money on this beer though. Check it out at a festival like I did.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint.

Nice two finger white head. Quite pale straw yellow in color. Fairly clear with a slight hop haze. Very good retention and lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell is mostly just grassy and floral hops. Not all that pungent.

Flavor is a little better. Grass, floral, and herbal hops compose most of the flavor with a grassy/resin bitterness finish note. Malts are almost non existent. A little too unbalanced, even for a hop head like me.

Mouthfeel has a medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight hop oil texture, and a decent hop bite.

Overall a bit pilsner like for an IPA. I think Stone might have taken some hints from Brew Dog for their 14th Anniversary brew, because a double version of this would probably be almost exactly the same.

Photo of whoneeds8
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

So an American IPA from Europe?

Poured into a pint glass hazy yellow with a huge white head, great retention and great lacing. The scent was noticable apon opening of the bottle. Very piney and citrus scents. The combination makes for an unpleasent scent to me, almost like a skunk. The taste is very european pilsner like. This beer doesn't taste like a IPA at all to me. There's lots pine and citrus notes, but just not right for the style.

I don't know what the scotts were thinking with this.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours with a ridiculous 3" white foamy head that collapses with nice retention. The beer itself is a nice honey yellow.

Has a slightly fruity nose, with hops, lemon citrus, and some apple.

Has a nice crisp taste, hoppy and lemony, slightly sweet with a pleasant bitteness that grips the tongue briefly before letting go. Slight malt and grass hits the mid-tongue.

Has a thinner mouthfeel that thickens slightly as it warms.

I find this to be a highly drinkable beer, great for summer, one which is excellent to share with others.

Photo of Shaken9
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance was great, golden amber color thick dense head with lacing all way down to the last sip. Clear.

Aroma was a little one dimensional, mostly piney/resinous slight hints of citrus. Not bad, but I expected a big hop nose for an American IPA and much more citrus.

Taste was good, much like the aroma though a little one dimensional hop wise with most of the hop flavor being piney/resinous with slight hints of citrus. Hop/malt balance was good with a nice backbone of malt sweetness and character to balance out the hops.

Full mouthfeel with a lot of malt and a lot of carbonation giving you a mouth-full.

Drinkability is good, nice rich, balanced IPA. With only 6% abv you can have several without getting hammered.

Overall if they used a little more citrusy hops and later in the boil for more flavor and aroma, this would be a stellar beer. Good as is, but not exactly what I expected from a "Punk IPA" that brags that it "doesn't care if you like this beer..." I expected the "Sex Pistols" of IPAs and this was more like "Green Day"; good, but just not that "hard".

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, $5.99 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Best before "67-17-04-11-" (Translation anyone? I'm guessing April 17, 2011, but no idea what the 67 is for.) Served mostly cold in a chilled pint glass. I've really liked everything else I've had from BrewDog, so high hopes going into this.

A: Clear golden brew with rigorous carbonation generates 1" of rocky white head that is pretty slow to settle, and leaves a ring of sticky foam behind as it finally does.

S: Rich tropical fruit aromas- mango and pineapple. Honey, subtle soft pine, orange, maybe some dried hay. Smells moderately sweet.

T: A good bitter orange,grapefruit, and soft pine hop bomb. It has the hops of a DIPA without the alcohol or the body. Perfectly minimal amount of sweetness and malt backbone to keep it drinkable.

M: Very soft and smooth, feels light and a bit watery on the tongue. Finishes dry with a good lingering grapefruit bite.

D: Light and refreshing. The aforementioned combination of strong hops and thin body makes for a highly drinkable ale. Great on a hot day. Hopheads can get their kick of bitterness without feeling full.

Photo of andrewm190
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice yellow color, with a thick head - clings to the glass. Not outstanding; simple in design. Bitter hops leap forth, maybe a touch of grapefruit, maybe a touch of citrus. Mostly the hops though. Not a bad beer; wouldn't call it one of the greats though. Worth a try. I'd certainly try another from this brewery, but there are several other choices I might angle towards first.

Photo of larryi86
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A light amber color color with a huge white head.

S- Mainly a citrus smell with hints of hops and pine.

T- The bitter hops come out right away, and the hints of citrus give it a nice balance.

M- A lot of carbonation, could be a little heavier

D- Easy to drink and very enjoyable. This does not seem to hit the whole palate, which is a little disappointing.

Photo of Sigmund
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rerate, 330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6%. Pale yellow colour, big white head. Very nice aroma of fruity American(?) hops. The flavour is aggressively hopped from start to finish, but the sweetness seems necessary to balance some of the bitterness. Resinous and grapefruity finish. Very bitter (too bitter and medicinal) and long lasting aftertaste. I'm still upping the beer a few points. Original rating: Bottle, RBESG 2007 in Glasgow, Grand Tasting. Pale yellow colour. Very nice hoppy aroma, notes of tropical fruits. Hoppy and sweet flavour, too hoppy and sweet for me.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
6.0% ABV
I tried this beer on January 29, 2010 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy yellow colour with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was citrusy hops, with some grainy malt hints. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was grapefruit through to the end, with very little complexity.

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

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow to orange color. Clear. Forms a big bubbled and aired white head. Some lacings left

S: Flowery hops, mainly. Very pine and pineapple in the nose. Sweet malts and caramel

T: Sweet upfront. Sweet malts and American hops. Hops are very piny and citrus, probably Centennial and Chinook. Quite good overall bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Quite stingy hops bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. A Scott IPA with a very American accent. Great IPA

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn for Philly Beer Week, I love this city. There is no way I would of chanced this with a bottle, so the tap it is.

A crisp bright olympic gold medal in appearance with some slight haze. Rising bubbles within the body and a nice clump of white stuff on top creating sheets of lace going down. Smells include a maltier than hoppy IPA from the long voyage. Hops seem earthy with a touch of citrus including pineapple. A hint of bubblegum and malt extract. Taste includes the pineapple and a small amount of pine, very muted, not bitter. The malt gives off biscuit and bubblegum. There is a sweetness. Some grass and a touch of metsl. Light bodied in nature, a small bitter bite in the middle barely nothing, a malty sweet finish. Carb is up there though, very active. If this was at a bar at a good price I would drink it, but I won't go seeking it out though. The Brewdog guys seem to be on the right track for this style. With a little tweaking and quicker shipping this could be something, for now it's just another IPA.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear solid deep golden color with a full two finger creamy bright white head that sticks itself to everything on the way down. First pop of the cap I thought I smelled sewage coming from the bottle, but after I poured into my glass I couldn't find that aroma again thank you jebus. The nose gives off lots of spicy pine, a hint of lemon, light caramel, sweet candied sugary malt with a bit of a grainy edge. The taste is bitter, pine and resinous bitterness consume and conquer every taste bud I can muster. Slightly sweet caramel and malt try their best to balance, but wither under the sword of the almighty Humulus. Relatively dry finish with a lingering resinous bitterness. Light to medium body, resinous, dry mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. This is a decent IPA, I would have loved some more aroma hops personally as I think the aroma is bit lacking. No shortage of bitter hops in this brew.

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

Appearance: slightly hazy light orange in color with a 2" head. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: lemon zest, mild bitterness, and some soft caramel tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, bits of grapefruit, golden apple sweetness, and a moderate bitterness makes up a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lighlty crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this is nice IPA you can quaff all night long. Definitely worthy of a try.

Photo of dionisio
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You ever take the first sip of a new beer, only to suddenly discover just how thirsty you were, and you start chugging it, and it's so good? That's what happened here.

I swear I'm not TRYING to be UK biased, but I like this more than most of the American-brewed American IPAs I've had recently.

Love the hazy look, and the soft white head, that lasts at least to some extent for the whole time.

Taste is perfectly balanced, with a suggestion of grapefruit. And I love grapefruit.

Overall there is something "soft" about this beer that I really enjoy.

Also, I am fond of the packaging.

Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and really hazy for an IPA. Bith white head of small and medium bubbles and the head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is sweet and piny hops. Smells like a great IPA.

This is quite good for an IPA. James told me that they weren't going for a West Coast IPA with it but they are pretty close. The malt character is light and the hop character is clearly the star. There are nice citrus and pine flavors and strong growing bitterness at the back of the mouth. Overall nice.

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive foamy and thick appearance, and an equally nice thick and foamy mouthfeel. The texture is one of the best things about this beer. The head dissipates after a while, but the remnants keep that foamy appearance (instead of looking lacy or whatever).

The smell isn't all that noticeable, it's obviously an IPA, but not in your face.

At first the taste is an interesting mixture of sweet caramel and somewhat delicate but still fairly up-front hop bitterness. Despite being labeled an American IPA, there's not so much of a citrus or piney character. After a while, however, the hoppiness fades, and the taste changes to a fruity sweetness, kind of like pineapple, and that's the taste one is left with.

Kind of interesting, and definitely drinkable and refreshing, but maybe a little too sweet for someone that's into American IPAs. Worth a try just to experience the lovely mouthfeel though.

Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.