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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,131 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 43
Gots: 123 | 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 paxton1978
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

I have to agree with Dannyb. Is this best example of an American IPA I've ever tasted? Absolutely not. Is it (bar 'Proper Job' and 'Jaipur') the only decent british IPA I've ever tasted? Sorry to say, 'yes'. It's a thousand times bolder than most of the other watery British IPA's out there and the guys deserve credit for this. Okay, rant over.

Appearance- orangey with a distinct lack of head- like a less carbonated version of the Meantime IPA.

Smell- I do have to agree that the smell is not as potent as many others, but the hoppiness is there, with a slightly oily sweetness.

Taste- a little too much malt sweetness for me- if anything this should err on the side of MORE hops given it's bold proclaimations.

Mouthfeel- could perhaps do with more carbonation if anything- bit of an oilslick that bubbles might lift, still superb though.

Drinkability- I'd rate this highly as a session beer, especially as you can get it at much more outlets now. Not too high on the ABV, so you can sink a few on the go.

My review is pretty critical in retrospect, but I do love this beer!

paxton1978, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of velkyal
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a golden amber with flashes of orange and a thin white head.

The nose is very hoppy, as you would expect from an IPA, with distinct floral notes and a very assertive citrus tone.

Citrus is also very much to the fore on the taste front as well, like pink grapefruit, tart, yet with sweet undertones which save the bitterness from being too much. The sweetness reminded me of butterscotch or tablet, one of my favourite confections my mother makes. There is a nice full body, which doesn't cloy, is smooth going down and the zing in the aftertaste makes it a nicely refreshing beer.

I only have one gripe, I wanted more than just 330ml - ok it is 6% ABV, but it certainly doesn't feel or taste like an overly alcoholic beer, so a full pint would have been ideal, as I say though, just the one gripe.

velkyal, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of GreenCard
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: pale straw/gold, slight haze, thin layer of sudsy white foam

Aroma: scrunchy malt, honey, citrusy hops, hint of soap

Flavor: medium sweetness with a full grapefruity hoppiness (both flavor and bitterness); caramel and grain; finishes semisweet with a lingering grapefruit skin bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, soft texture, slight astringency

Other comments: A pretty good beer, but I'm a bit annoyed at the unoriginal label concept: part Dogfish Head, part Stone Brewing.

GreenCard, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, filtered; BB 15/08/09, served cool in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a clear tawny hue, topped with a creamy off-white frothy head with decent retention, while the carbonation comes really understated, quiet even.
S: deep and sweet aroma of pale malts abound, on a par with yeasty hints of over-ripe pineapples and clotted cream, as well as fat lychee fruits. Overall, slightly too sweet, but still denoting an integrated aroma of malts and aromatic hops.
T: lychee-ish and flowery hops abound, but not too pronounced or strong, on top of a soothing bedrock of slightly stinky-sweet pale malts; gradually the fruity hoppiness creeps down the palate, introducing lots of orangey-citric & lychee-shell-ish sour-bitterness with a tannic & spicy touch... the long aftertaste of bitterness lingers knowing no boundary, bringing along a considerably chewy and tannic dry-bitterness to enjoy in the end.
M&D: despite not being bottle-conditioned, the texture is free from any artificial carbonation and tastes very natural or even a bit quiet (though it still can't compete with a real cask ale or RAIB). The flavour is not particularly complex, but provides a very decent level of hop bitterness on top of an absence of any alcoholic feel on the palate. A very drinkable IPA overall, albeit relying predominantly on the hop performance.

wl0307, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a light gold in color. Plenty of frothy white head on the pour. Smell is fruity and slight citrus. Decent amount of light malt in the nose. Taste is hoppy, but balance fairly well with the malt. Not a bruiser, but a easy drinking IPA. Very refreshinig and a different take on an IPA. Flavor profile unlike any IPA I've had. However, at the price point it's sold at here in the states I don't think there will be a future purchase.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours like a cloudy pilsner with a big foamy white head that resists fading. The smell is quite timid...a little earthy and a tad fruity. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is tangy and light. Finishes clean...almost dry with some hoppy after taste. A reasonable drinker. "post modern classic pale ale" is a real stretch. Really glad that i had an opportunity to consider this one from Jubilation Liquors in ABQ, NM.

jjayjaye, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

330ml bottle. An American (or 'New World', to borrow from wine-speak) style IPA, made in the United Kingdom, creators of the original style, and in lovely and rugged Aberdeenshire, no less. These guys get points for emulating Stone's attitude on their labeling, and bonus points for having a legible freshness date.

This beer pour a hazy medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of densely puffy, somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves a few broad streaks of splattered paint lace around the glass as things dip southward.

It smells of nice floral, perfumed hops up front, a twinge of wet pine, with some orange and grapefruit rind tossed in for good measure, all a pleasant assault on this particular sense, before a battered bready caramel malt makes itself known. The flavour maintains this setup, as yes, there is indeed a good deal of multifaceted hops here (pineapple and tangerine now added to those already mentioned), and the malt is still quite conspicuous in its low-key, half-assed grainy demeanor.

The carbonation is mild, if a bit frothy at times, the body a decent medium weight, and somewhat tacky in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the malt at least has the gumption to keeps this from going off the hop-head rails.

I do love me some hops, but the malt has to back them up throughout, keeping them honest. As the beer warmed, that malt showed itself a little, but this still a one-sided, sort of unbalanced beer, albeit on the side I generally prefer, so my drinkability doesn't particular suffer all that much. As for others, I guess that depends on their impression of this brewery's marketing.

biboergosum, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of JustinBathurst
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Poured really pale straw, looking watered-down. No head despite a hard pour.

Smelled like Swedish dishsoap, some floral hops, little else.

Mouthfeel is slick, with lower than average carbonation.

Taste is watered-down, but extremely astringent--like chewing tylenol.

Despite the junky text on the side claiming that they both want to hear what I think and also don't care if I like this beer, I didn't enjoy anything beyond the label design. This is not punk, this is not IPA. This is great marketing and bad beer.

JustinBathurst, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Thanks to ibrew2or3 aka McLargeHuge.

A: Pours a rather light yellow hue that is slightly cloudy. Average head builds and quickly dies. No lace in my glass.

S: Light malty aroma with a hint of citrus. Looks like is one may have a nice balance.

T: Yep it's balanced. Light citrus splashes the tongue on the first sip. A big blast of biscuit malt then takes over. It finishes with a bit of spicey hops.

M: Medium in body fairly smooth.

D: Due to the balance you could drink quite a bit, but the price would probably limit you from doing so.

Beware, hopheads may not enjoy this one too much, as it is rather malty for an IPA.

tpd975, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of HopJr
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%

A little disappointed with this ale. After reading the arrogant synopsis of the beer on the label I was expecting something to rival our local west coast IPA's i.e. Moylan's, Green Flash, or Port Brewing Company. I bought this bottle from a local watering hole that also sells many other IPA's. The bottle was $10.82 you ask me $6.82 to much.

The pour is very light in color compared to the norm. The head disappears very quickly acting like it's high gravity but it's not. Lacing is good and present till the end of the glass. Hits your mouth in the back and the top, but is somewhat of a complicated taste up front. Reminds me a lot of a Belgium Ale and not an IPA.

HopJr, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Shadman
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Another single purchased in the 'Bridge.
Wow. Not quite the color I was expecting. This is a few shades of orange beyond a macro lager, but noway near as intense as most IPA's. Not quite clear, this beer had a nice rich head that left lacing all the way down the sides of my glass.

Sweet cascade hop with just a hint of malt in there somewhere. These guys are Brits after all.

Certaionly hoppy, but not overdone. Good quick bite followed by a slick, oily slide into a short ride where the malt manages to ride side by side with the intense grapefuit citrus. Definite grapefruit rind finish. Maybe a tad on the sweet side for some.

I suppose it could have been a bit more slick and oily, but certainly noticed some of those attributes.

More than a decent AIPA..slightly better balance and it would be a keeper.

Shadman, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

pours a cloudy light orange with a tint of brown, small white head that quickly goes away, good lacing.

smell is faint, earthy, malt, touch of caramel, sweetness in the back, some citrus.

taste is smooth yet watery, citrus, some pine, some caramel, a little bitterness in the end, as it warms becomes more bitter and has a thicker mouthfeel and stronger taste.

froghop, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from the bottle a bubbly, light pale yellow with a foamy two-fingered white head.

Aroma of apples, biscuit, and citrus and floral hops.

The taste is fairly bitter upfront, bready, with a sweet grainy finish.

Light, watery mouthfeel with almost no carbonation.

Definitely feels and tastes like an IPA from the UK. A decent IPA but nothing special and IMO, not worthy of the price tag.

Monkeyknife, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a very pale copper, near straw yellow color, uncommonly light for an IPA, but it has fantastic head and wonderful lacing.

Great scent, a very strong floral/hoppy aroma with slight vanilla hints.

Wonderful taste, the hops hit you softly at first, giving hints of butterscotch and vanilla, but then the aftertaste just has a great hoppy/bitter kick at the very end. There's even a wonderful touch of citrus left on the palatte and lips after.

This goes down smooth; it's a 'lawnmower' beer, even given it's higher than yard work usual ABV. This is a fantastic beer.

JamesS, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of timtim
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

i'm going for a "good" on this one because it certainly is a good effort and it surely has it's own personality. golden with a white head that doesn't hold very well but leaves nice lace. a hint of passionfruit in the nose with some citrus, herbal and grass notes and a faint bready malty background. not as strong or healthy as i hoped, but very natural and organic like. taste is dominated by minty, chamomille flower hop taste and has a bitter peppery, minty finish. thin mouthfeel, but thinteresting. very easy drink and not overpowering, but nice and warm. this is like a wildforged organic herb, and the american ipa (what they tout this beer as) is more like a wwf wrestler on steroids. good beer. unique and a flavor of its own, but i just think the advertising gets in the way here.

timtim, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of kmacphail
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

This is my first experience of the independent Scottish brewer Brewdog. The beer poured a golden colour into the pint glass with a light head that reduced to a thin film.

The smell is dominated by bitter hops and a light biscuit fragrance with some hints of citrus fruits. A very bitter hoppy taste dominates the mouth with a clean crisp mouthfeel and a slightly less bitter hoppy aftertaste.

The beer proved to be very drinkable, it wasn't limited in flavour; as I find a lot of IPAs can be. One of the better IPAs I have tried, but I feel with the overly bitter taste this may be a love or hate beer. Well worth a try.

kmacphail, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Light golden body with a white head that diminishes to a film, but laces well on the way down. Light citrus aroma with some grass and floral. Flavour is bitter...huge bitterness...perhaps the bitterest of the IPAs I've had so far. Some grapefruit, and a light grainy malt body. Doesn't seem to have as much citrus (or caramel) tones as I would expect from an American IPA, so perhaps this is closer to the British style. Fairly light body and moderate carbonation. A good hop fix, but a little unbalanced... seemed more like a souped up bitter than an IPA.

bobsy, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Courtesy dkachur on a session night of nice brews.

A: Somewhat hazy, a lighter straw yellow. Nice topping of white froth of head. Thin strings of lace.

S: Citrus fruits, white grape, yeasty. Clean hops all around. A note of sweetness in the malt backbone that makes a little bit of an appearance.

T + M: Almost no carbonation, a little lacking in body... flavours are a little subdued, as well. Citrus flavours, a slight breadiness, a touch of sweetness. A dry finish makes for a nice touch.

D: Not horrible, but not blown away by it... others would likely get my attention.

Proteus93, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Part of a tasting 06/18/08 w/ fellow BAer Proteus93. Served in a Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: Not hazy, with a golden straw body, thin, fine lacing, and a pretty decent head with good retention. Very pale for an American IPA.

Aroma: Fruity esters - white wine-esque. Lots of grapes, apple skins. A mild, herbal hop spiciness with some nice citrus notes - very "C-hop"ish.

Taste: Very bitter, and very, very dry. Hardly any malt at all, and what's there is only faintly sweet. There's some citrus from the hops, and in conjunction with the bitterness it's very dry. Also some neutral fruit esters - pear comes to mind. Very one-dimensional. Pretty disappointing, and very un-IPAish, in my humble opinion.

Mouthfeel: Subdued, and pretty flat. But only in some places. Which is weird. Light bodied. Puckering.

Drinkability: A decent beer. Nothing horrible, and it's thin and simple enough to be pretty drinkable - not to mention its body and tartness makes it pretty refreshing - but it's not one I'd go back for seconds of.

Very strange beer, and not really what I was expecting at all. A very strange interpretation of the style.

CrellMoset, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

A - Poured into a pink glass a slightly hazy golden straw colour - certainly a very pale IPA.
Centimetre or so of white head falls away pretty quickly leaving big patchy lacing.
S - Piney, earthy & floral hops. Bit of a sweet grainy smell.
T - Along the same lines as the smell, more sweetish grain though.
M - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Fairly bitter.
D - A decent beer, nothing horrible but nothing that would make me rush to buy it again.

brendan13, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

22.4 oz bottle cost $13 in Evansville, Indiana. Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with an ample vanilla head that leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is mostly all hops. Earthy and floral notes mingle with a hint of grainy pale malt. Crisp carbonation enlivens the medium body. Taste is quite bitter. Hops dominate with an earthy and floral iron hand. Some bittersweet lemonrind is the only hint of fruitiness. Finish is earthy and grassy hop bitterness which carries into the aftertaste. A decent IPA but overpriced for what it is.

merlin48, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Grundle20
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Batch #001
Freshness dated for 01/01/09
22.4oz Bottle

Appearance:
The beer pours straw yellow in color with a tight creamy white head. The head hangs around for minute or so and falls to a thin film that skates the surface of the beer leaving bubbly deposits on the way down.

Smell:
A light touch of sweet malt, almost corn like. The malt falls to the wayside of a faint yet sharp lemony hop character. It smells very similar to a Sorachi Ace bitter I once brewed.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
To be blunt it's kind of blah. The majority of the flavor here comes from a biting citrus peel quality from the hops. There's an ever so slight sweetness coming from the malts but for the most part this beer drinks a little on the green side. It sort of reminds me of Longhammer IPA. The finish is clean with just a touch of lemon zest in the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
I could see this making a great summer beer, it is rather refreshing despite the fact that it isn't particularly robust. Maybe not the IPA I'd turn to for a meal.

Bottom Line:
$13 for the bottle, w00t for b-day presents. I have to give props since this beer is from Scotland but I honestly don't see myself pimping this beer out to anybody. It simply isn't worth the cost in my opinion.

Grundle20, May 28, 2008
Photo of mdm46410
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Batch 001) and served in a shaker. This IPA poured a light golden amber with a slight haze and a one-finger thick head of bubbly, sticky foam. Heavy lacing coated the entire glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of grassy hops, mango, oranges, and some spicy yeast esthers. The flavor was dry and peppery. Lots of bitter grapefruit rind, white pepper, and light mango. Very natural and earthy. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. Crisp and clean. This was a pretty decent IPA. Not overly tasty, but it has a nice, crisp bite.

mdm46410, May 21, 2008
Photo of Ch1mpy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a golden colour which give me eurolager vibes. Unfortunately, the small bubbly head isn't very appealing either, for a second or two I actually asked myself if I cleared the glass properly. There is however nice lacing.

Yeasty smell. The first tastes to reach your tastebuds are of pears and apples. The fruitiness is shortly after replaced with a very hoppy taste with dry grapefruit flavours.

Light carboration and a smooth mouthfeel. A stingy but balanced bitterness in the finish.

Goes down more easily than I first thought it would. If only it looked a little better.

Ch1mpy, May 11, 2008
Photo of MAB
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

This is a wonderful addition to the industry, in my opinion.
see the website at: http://www.brewdog.com/micro_brewery.php

The label reminds me of "Arrogant Bastard"'s marketing harangue: 'You're not worthy', they say.
This one says 'This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. But we don't care' (words to that effect)

So I bought it and loved it.
It is aggressive. However, the color, in a tall glass, makes it look like an average lager would- very deceptive.

The bitterness is up front and persistent, and totally in keeping with the IPA style. This is the best British version of an IPA that I've ever had. I would normally choose a NW USA IPA over most anything, but this was a very nice surprise.

Highly enjoyable.

MAB, Mar 28, 2008
Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.