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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 54
Gots: 227 | 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 bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, says best before 02-08-11 (August 2nd, 2011 USA, I think). Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is a bit light but nice, the brew smells like grassy hops, tropical and citrus fruit, and some bready malt. The taste is the same as the aroma, but the grassy hop flavors are stronger compared to the others. There's also a long lasting bitter finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, finishes dry and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's a decent brew, it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of boss302
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Dog Punk IPA, draft

A Golden deep yellow, clear, nice head. Head didn't last and was gone at half glass, typical of IPAs. 4

S Earthy, a little piney, some tobacco aroma. Not sure where that comes from. 3.5

T Malty, with appropriate hop balance for an IPA. It's a little astringent in the finish. A bit like grapefruit, stings the tongue. 4

M Medium body, thick on the tongue, good carbonation. 4

D A good IPA, a little astringent compared to most IPAs. 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

After hearing Ding of all people found this to be his least loathed BrewDog offering, I felt I had to give it a go. It pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises blood orange, grapefruit, pine sap, onions, corn syrup, and a string of light caramel. The taste is very much the same, only the pine sap and onion notes dominate like a biarchical autocracy. The light caramel is even lighter, barely even there, hiding amongst an unforgiving hop-centric populace. Damn, son, this shit be hoppy in a bad way. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, this is not a very pleasant IPA to me. I've had some hop-bombs before, but at least they tasted right. Something seems majorly off here.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (August 18, 2010). The label is printed with freshness dates: "batch -462, best before 18/12/10". So that means best before December 18th, 2010, I prefer bottled on dates, but this will do.

Eyes: Pours a mildly hazy golden amber, with fluffy white head. Looks a lot like a what beer. Lacing is thick and spidery.

Nose: Surprisingly muted sweetness on the nose. A spicy, piney character strokes the nose, but the malty character hints also.

Tongue: Crisp caramel sweetness up front, and then the bitterness lingers and lingers. It has a very soft and pleasant middle zone, but it doesn't last long.

Mouth: Good body, though mouthfeel is a bit thick.

Libation: I like this IPA, but I can't say it knocks my socks off. Every high point seems to be balanced by a negative trait. A surprisingly complex IPA, that might just be to complex to make a statement in any one area.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a clear goldenrod color topped by a wispy head that sticks well; sheets of lace, too

Smell: More biscuity than hoppy, at first, though subsequent sniffs provide better citrus and tropical fruit definition

Taste: Fortunately, the taste moves this firmly into IPA territory as it opens with a biscuity flavor that is quickly superseded by the pithy citrus hops (orange and pineapple elements); after the swallow, the pithy character remains paramount, though the biscuit, which never totally disappeared, remains apparent through the finish; there is also a vinous edge to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I ordered this with a little trepidation but found it to be an excellent, middle of the road AIPA; I particularly like the way the malt takes a back seat to the hops but hangs in underneath throughout; there is also a lot of interesting complexity to the hop bill

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, slightly hazy gold color with two fingers of frothy white head. Head has quite a bit of staying power and leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus hops

Citrus and pine hop flavors come through. Good amount of bitterness. Not as aggressive as the name or label tries to make me believe.

Good solid beer, but nothing new for this neck of the woods. Not really 'punk' either.

Photo of Overlord
2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, I actually kinda wanted to like this. My first brewdog review (though I've had their brews on a few other occasions). Alas, twas not to be.

Pours a gold, orange-ish yellow. Big white sudsy foam. Bottle poured out everywhere, even though it had been quietly sitting in a fridge for a day or two.

Smells like acrid, medicinal hops with ... with ... yeah.

Taste is strangely dry. Toasty, dry, almost like an ESB moreso than an IPA. But, a really, really bitter ESB. No real citrus, just pine, medicinal herbs, and a cracker-y dryness to it.

Eh. Did not care for it.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this artwork, it's a really cool looking bottle. The text on the label is kind of cheesy though... and not all true.

A- Beautiful white, fluffy, sticky looking head. Pretty light gold, kind of eurolager like. Lots of thick lacing.

S- Smells like a nice mix of american and noble hops. Not sure at all though. Pine then cirtus, all covered in alcohol. Honey turning into an all out sugar later through the bottle. Can't wait to taste. You also get some kind of a euro lager background. Seems sweet and lively. I like it.

T- My kind of IPA taste. Not as sweet as I thought it would be. Grassy without being the dreaded boiled vegetable I have so much trouble with. Doesn't hold all the flavors the smell promised but still like it very much.

M- Another good part of the experience. Quite full. Active carbonation that still offers a general smootness. Reasonably dry finish.

D- Very satisfying and refreshing although it wasn't very cold. A six-pack of this would be an insane treat.

Was not expecting too much for this one as my first two Brewdog impressed me less. But this, is now part of my top IPA list.

Photo of Keffa
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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
1.75/5  rDev -54.1%
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
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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