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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 59
Gots: 259 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle, special ordered from Scotland

A: Golden color, with a nice white head.

S: Grassy, piney, citrus.

T: Follows the aroma pretty well: grassy, piney, with a citrusy hop background.

M: Medium body, some carbonation; pretty standard IPA.

D: Fairly drinkable. Nothing I haven't had before.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes reviewed on 11/19/10:
Bomber poured into a Duvel glass, best by 4/17/11

A: Golden orange, clear, huge 3 finger foamy white head that looks like pillows of clouds bursting out of the glass. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Pine hops, citrus, malt background.

T: Pine hops are the spotlight followed by citrus. Has a sweet malt character and has a pretty bitter finish. Has a bit of Earthiness to it.

M: Medium carbonation, full body, chewy and stick, bitter.

D: Despite the heaviness, I didn't have any trouble with this. I find this would make a nice spring IPA.

Photo of corby112
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a very thin, fizzy white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

Aroma is kind of weak with some pilsner malt notes complimenting the citrus hop presence. Hints o lemon peel, straw and light fruit.

This beer is a bit too balanced for its own good. The sweet maltiness overpowers the bitter and citrus hop notes. Similar in flavor and aroma. Hints of straw, lemon peel, slight spice, pilsner malt and slight dry finish. Meh.

Photo of riored4v
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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
2.63/5  rDev -31%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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
1.99/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

Punk IPA from BrewDog
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