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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,382
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 60
Gots: 285 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 1,382 | Reviews: 511
Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold, with a luxurious white foam. Thick and detailed lace. Definitely points for presentation!

Nice hoppy aroma...mild, but it's there.

Flavor is piney, citrus...Nice sharpness, though nothing over the top. Hop-heads may not be too interested, but this is really a solid and tasty IPA that I'd repeat again, if it weren't so expensive!

Photo of bearhugger
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice golden yellow colour with a nice thick head

S-Smells of lemon and grapefruit

T-Very nice hop flavours, lemon, grapefruit. With hints of floral. behind all the hops I get toffee and biscuit poking through.

M-Medium to low carbonation

D-Very drinkable goes down smooth with lots of flavour flowing over you tongue

Definitely will be buying more of this next time I see it

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of bone-white head on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The foam sticks around for quite a while before settling out and leaving moderate lace behind.

S - A strong lemony aroma with notes of black pepper and grapefruit. Some bready malt hiding in the background with just a hint of toffee.

T - Sweet grapefruit hops up front with a bready note of toffee. More juicy grapefruit comes out in the middle with a hint of orange and some pithy bitterness. The beer finishes with lots of rich, toffee malt and grapefruit juice as well as strong, sharp bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is quite a distinctive take on an American IPA. The grapefruit hop character is strong and very convincing with a seedy, pithy quality to the bitterness that reinforces the impression. There is more than a little bit of malt in the background lots of toffee that adds depth over and above the hops. It is very well balanced in the finish with a sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check. I am quite impressed with this one, Brewdog is very much a hit and miss brewery, but this beer is right on the mark.

Photo of Thur123
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz poured into my new Piraat tulip, a birthday gift from five points bottle shop. The IPA was my gift to myself.

The beer pours a light orange/ yellow color that bubbles up quickly with two fingers of thick bubbly head. The lacing is nice as the head fades. A pretty good looking beer. The smell is resinous hops with a strong musky damp basement scent and a large tart fruit aspect as well. Smells like an IPA closer to the DIPA, but still not as strong as many of the DIPAs I've smelled.

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The flavor is hoppy, and very bitter. The first thing and last thing about this is bitter hops. An herbal, pine flavor is the dominate aspect, with a citrus flavor riding just underneath. There almost no hop or malt sweetness coming through here. The more I drink it the more pronounced the other hop aspects become, but as of now this a kind of an unbalanced bitter bomb, but considering the ABV and malt profile, it doesn't over do it. It simply comes close to over doing it. The mouth feel is fine and the drinkability suffers because of the bitterness. I think if brewdog had shot for a bit more balance and complexity in the hop profile, this would be an absolutely stellar IPA.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pint glass. Initially reviewed November 2010; re-reviewed March 2011.

A: High pour nets a big head -- fluffy, pitted, and solid. The beer itself is a slightly hazy gold with clouds of bubbles. Pretty.

S: Understated and somewhat less than pleasant...Faint citrus cuts through muddled and non-aromatic hops.

T: Mmm! Assertive, bitter, but with a supporting maltiness. BIG taste. Quite a nice finish, slightly bitter and very long. A little resiny, but nice, in it's way. Punk IPA isn't pulling any punches.

M: Startlingly substantial; the full body caresses the mouth.

D: Great beer (and my first BrewDog). This has a lot more character than most UK beers. 6%? Stronger too. I heartily approve of this beer. Recommended!

Photo of SHODriver
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Heavily hop hazed golden yellow with a modest white head that recedes to a pool and retains well. Some bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. One of the lighter IPAs I've seen.
S: I'm recovering from an upper respiratory infection so my nose isn't quite up to the job but I'm picking up some spicy pine notes with a bit of bitterness. it smells the part.
T: Mellow sweetness builds to some pine flavors and a nice spice kick. Plenty of bitterness on the swallow that lingers for a time with a bit of residual sweetness. On the swallow there is also a hint of grape fruit flavor. It has balance and a nice hop kick so it can walk the walk.
M: slick and full bodied with adequate carbonation
D: Very high. Polishing off this bomber will be a pleasure.

Overall: A solid representation of the style from the BrewDog and I'm happy it made its way into my beer purchase but wish I would have drank it a bit sooner.

Photo of vandemonian
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewDog Punk IPA has a nice cloudy orange colour and a good head that lasts. Even though it's an IPA, I didn't smell much hops. Did this beer spend too long traveling from Scotland to the USA? The taste started with some nice, citrus yumminess and ends with a bitter aftertaste. I usually like bitter finishes for IPAs, but I didn't love this one. It has good carbonation and feels nice in my mouth. Overall, this was a decent IPA but nothing special.

Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single copped from Total Wine & More. A strong European depiction of a classic American style. Pours a copper, amber-hue with minimal carbonation and a frothy head. Pungent aroma replete with hops and ripe fruit. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, classic IPA flavor well-balanced with a touch of malts. Pine-laden hops make their presence known. Tart and flavorful. Good stuff.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh.

A: Golden orange with thin white head..not a lot of lacing. Normally, I'd give this a lower score, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt since this was in a bar and poured into a normal pint glass.

S: It's always hard for me to pickup smells in a bar, but the tropical/citrus hops are unmistakable. As the beer warms, you get quite a lot of caramel as well. Very enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose. Mango, orange, caramel. The caramel sweetness really helps to balance out the bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: I drank a couple of these in one sitting and could have easily drank a few more. Very good IPA.

Photo of thepeter
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the new Version of Punk which was formerly Punk X. I believe that they are now all going to come in cans but I could be wrong about that.

A - Pours a Clear golden brown, the color of a really dark piss. Great head that was soft and lasted the entire beer, leaving excellent lacing.

S - Very clear difference to the old Punk here. Bursting with fresh citrus, pine needles and hop flowers. Really a beautiful aroma.

T - Well hopped but not as much as the original, a nice bitter bite but not overly complex like the aroma would have indicated. All the elliments from the aroma but muted.

M/D - Incredibly smooth and light on the palette. the carbonation is perfect and I am not sure if this is from the can or the new recipe. Either way it's excellent and I could keep drinking this all nice as the lack of bitterness keeps the palette clean.

Although I miss the heavier hop preseence in the older version, there is no denying that all other aspects of this beer are greatly improved now.

Photo of robhunta
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice 1.5 finger head, very clear, but I found it to look a bit light in color.

S - not much of an aroma, a bit of hops and that about it.

T - now there is the hops. strong hops flavor. bitter.

M - clean, crisp.

D - quite drinkable. not the most balanced example of an ipa.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with a terrific thick white head and a some chunky lacing.

Scents of honeyed pale malt, floral hops.

This is so much better as it warms. Light toasted malt, some light fruit, some bread - actually, alot of bread. Bitterness is rind-like --clean and long bitter finish.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Second half of the bomber went down better than the 1st. Great balance and smooth, this is very easy to drink. Glad I tried it.

Photo of MadBeerX
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the glass it rests as a light golden color (With proper lighting and against white paper). The nose sweeps with Tropical fruits
and concludes with a wisp of caramel. This beer is better defined by its mouth feel. Its assertive but its balance disguises its malice for a above average finish.

Photo of bventure
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden colour, average white head, dissipates quickly leaving patches of large bubbles

S: Obvious hit is an unpleasnt resiny hop smell, a bit like the cat has sprayed on it. Some fruity malt, orange & caramel somewhat redeems it

T: Quite bitter, lingering bitter finish. Has an unpleasant resiny hop taste that I don't like, but not as bad as the Tesco Double IPA that I poured down the sink last week! Not much else to it really. Some malt, but overwhelmed by the hops. Lacking in complexity.

M: Crisp & firm with quite high carbonation.

D: The resiny hop flavour is the thing that spoils it for me. The bittereness is OK, I just don't much like the taste. May try it again if I ever get to enjoy the flavour of the hops.I might get to like it with practice, but I think there must be similar beers with more complexity

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can take the American IPA out of Scotland but you can't take the Scotland out of the Brewdog.

I tried two of theirs this weekend, and both this and the other had a bit more bitter going on than they should, but both were also quality brews.

I prefer this to its stronger sibling. It's a bit closer to the style. As with the other one, this needs to be just a tad lighter, sweeter, hoppier, more tangy to be an American IPA.

But it is a unique and quality beer that deserves taste. Normal Scotish ales are no where near as drinkable. I intend tp buy this again and keep trying others from Brewdog.

Photo of AEK
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml brown bottle poured into a Trappiste Rochefort chalice.

A. Straw coloured with a nice tightly packed bubbly white head.

S. Quite lemony, hoppy.

T. Very hoppy, virtually masks the other flavours. Traces of citrus fruit.

M. Medium, lightly carbonated.

D. Sublime ale if you are a hop head. IMHO, not as good as the USA IPA's as the other flavours are drowned out. Still, I appreciated this more second time round. First time I wasn't all that keen but have been converted.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy yellow-gold, with a considerable thick, dense, foamy head. Smells of green spices (oregano and basil), hops, and sweet taffy. The beer has a slightly sour malt taste to it, with the hops being overpowered in the background. Almost a Flanders style sour characteristic. Some light citrus and spice notes to try to balance, but end up overpowered by the sour, as well. The beer is light and dry in mouth, with a sour aftertaste. The finish is lingering, and again, overpowered by the sour notes. Interesting beer, but I personally feel it misses the mark for an IPA, especially shooting for an American IPA. I had no real urges to reach for another one, so I'd say that ranks low on the drinkability scale.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nothing special, dark golden.

S- Strong smell of hops, brings expectations of an explosively hoppy drink.

T- Wow! The hops hit you like a punk hitting you will a chair! Expectations from the smell fulfilled. I can't say hops are my favourite flavour in a drink but this drink is clearly focused on that area. Very good nonetheless.

Overall a very solid drink. Not amazing but drinkable.

Photo of cdizinno
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle as pictured. NO visible dates.

A: Hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head that leaves considerable lacing down the entire glass.

S: Mostly malty and grainy.Some of that typical European hoppy smell.

T&M: Hop bitterness. Grainy roughness. Fades to some mild citrus tastes. Medium bodied.

Nothing really spectacular, but decent.

Photo of bbrown29073
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow. Nice head but dissipated rapidly. Good lacing.

Smelled of grapefruit, orange, a hint of vanilla...and a bit "musty".

Tasted like a toned-down west coast IPA. Not as hoppy. Would stand up well to light appetizers. Cheese & crackers-type.

Nice carbonation. Not bitey.

Quite drinkable. I would have another if one were at hand.

Photo of soze47
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review is from notes, actually consumed late 12/10.

Appearance: Very yellow for the style. Nice lacing. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Biscuity malt and grassy hops. Not a huge nose.

Taste: Tangy combo of malt and hops. Same as nose, but some flowery notes come out too. Malt is almost pilsner-like.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Bitter linger accumulates, but body is light enough to keep it tolerable. It is drinkable and unique, but a dude (or dudette) could go broke trying to have a bunch of these in one night!

Photo of JayS2629
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale yellow with creamy foam that fades fast and leaves little lace.

S- Nicely balanced malt and hops. Fainter than expected for an IPA. Pine and citrus balanced nicely with pale malt.

T- Balanced easy drink. On the sweet side for an IPA. Malt character up front, citrus grapefruit and pine finish.

M- Crisp and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable. Nicely balanced.

Photo of Wattsox
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Dec 2011.

A - Pale amber body with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S - Quite understated aroma, good balance of malts and hops.

T - Sweet malty taste to open with a few hop notes, lighter than expected but the bitterness really kicks in the tail, strong bitter hit on the end.

M - Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

D - Quite a drinkable beer, would work well as a session drink.

Photo of hotzenklotz
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy pale yellow colored beer with white stable foam.

S: The pale malt aromas dominate the smell with very little hop presence.

T: Subtle mal character with very little hop aroma. Balanced at first, the bitterness hits you hard on the finish. The taste is OK not overwhelming, though. It is very hard to define what you can taste. There are not as much hop profile present as in other IPAs.

M: Easy to drink at first, but after a while the bitterness overwhelms you a little.

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.

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