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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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1,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 52
Gots: 197 | 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 Daniell
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very attractive yellow colour with a generous head. 4

S: Earthy hops, a bit like something like Spitfire (but not skunked like I think the Spitfire I had was, because it was undrinkable). There's also a few flowers and honey-malt in there. 4

T: Nuts, bitterness. At first I'm thinking: it is kind of bitter but I'm honestly underwhelmed, I expected more from an American style IPA, I get about the same amount of bitterness from Mac's Hop Rocker Pilsener (in retrospect this beer is probably substantially more bitter). I don't think I like these Earthy hops that much either, I would definitely opt for the floral, citrusy hops of Little Creatures' or Redoak's IPA. But then I notice the bitterness on the end of the palate accumulates after each sip and is actually very wholesome, leading to a nice aftertaste. Bit of malt in there too. 4

M: The carbonation is really right on the money. 5

D: Really quite good, but considering the alcohol and price has to be a 4.

I find myself liking this beer quite a lot but I'd prefer if the hops were less earthy. Oh well. This is satisfying based on my limited Australian experience with American IPAs (I'm pretty sure this is actually my first). But yer, I definitely enjoyed this one and really wish there were more beers with this or greater amounts of hoppiness readily available in Australia.

Photo of RuudJH
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had several interesting encounters with this brewery. Therefore I wanted to try this one too, as I've heard some good things about it.

Clear dark golden, good carbonation, good creamy head and lacing.

Smell of hops, pine, grapefruits.
Taste is bitterness from a lot of hops indeed. Powerfull stuff, that leaves no room for any malty or fruity sweetness at all.
Bitter aftertaste too.

A demanding brew again. For hopheads it's a great experience.
Brewdog beer drinking seems to be extreme experience every time. This punk ipa, allthough quite normal % abv, isn't average by any means.

Photo of Durge
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear yellow amber color with an average off-white cover and decent lacing. The aroma is malty grain, sort of karo syrup bread. Hops are not evident. The flavor says lots more malt and yeast. Pretty intense but the hops seem to be a muted grassy kiss at best. It's easily medium bodied with almost cask brewed sort of carbonation. A bit dishwatery. The hops seem to build a bit more notable and likeable. Fairly drinkable but this might be a little less than great to a lot of folks. I find it OK. Reading some of the other reviews makes me wonder if this is the same beer.

Photo of bceagles39
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had poured from a bottle at Novare Res in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Suggested by bartender when they were out of Dogfish Head 90. My first BrewDog brew.

Dark (cloudy) gold color. Big smells of citrus.

Super grapefruity, strong hop structure but not overly bitter.

Great drinkability.

Everything you'd expect from a quality IPA.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went into this a little skeptical considering it's an English IPA (haven't been too fond of the ones I've had so far). The color is somewhat clear and slightly golden. The head is very bubbly like a lager of some sort (not very full or frothy). The smell is bitter with a hint of sweetness...not that American hop smell I'm used to. The taste is not bad...but it's not great either. I think someone who really enjoys non-American IPAs would be better suited to rate this beer. I don't think I would buy this again, but I respect it for what it is.

Photo of wedgie9
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Delilah's. Pours pale golden with a fluffy white and long-lasting head. Nose of bitter hops and citrus including grapefruit and orange. Fairly light on the front of the palate with some lemon. The grapefruit and bitter hops dominate the back of the palate. There is something slightly metallic on the middle palate as well. The carbonation is very lively with an oily, coating body. The finish is long with bitter hops. This is a classic IPA.

Photo of hunteraw
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At brew on quay, in Auckland.

Appearance: Somewhat hazy golden color, uninspired one finger head leaves some lacing on the glass as it subsides. Label rips off arrogant bastard, deriding the drinker and proclaiming the beer's superiority

smell: given the arrogance of the label, actual aroma is disappointingly mild. Hops are discernible but not "aggressive"

taste: confirms my growing conviction that no Aggressively hopped American-style IPAs are brewed
anywhere on the British isles. Better than the nose, with a well-balanced bitterness that suggests pine needles. Still, when you brag that much on the label you had best be prepared to back it up and this falls short

mouthfeel & drinkability: medium body and moderrate carbonation. Drinkability is good.

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

Great website from the BrewDog crew. It should be a requirement to view their video as you consume their beer.

Pint glass pour and I am met with a hazy straw colored ale with a cream colored foamy head and major lacing. The aroma consists of malts in the forefront and some nice honey, biscuit and orange rind in the mix. The taste is interesting and unique. A nice citrus splash followed by an intensely BITTER swallow and aftertaste. Even though it is very bitter and different than the "normal" IPA's, I find myself drinking more of it to figure out this unique brew. Full bodied mouthfeel. Almost like a meal in your mouth. Drinkability I game somewhat lower due to the pallet heavy taste. This would go great with a spicy dish or noshing on some pretzels that make you thirsty. Interesting and worthy of a try.

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Isle of Arran imperial pint glass a clear light golden with a fluffy two finger craterous white head that clung like glue to the glass never completely subsides.English malt and floral hop aromas,biscuity with a tinge of iron.Not nearly as brash as the label might tell you but its a decent English IPA,its floral and leafy in its hoppiness,full on biscuit/caramel malt pretty much keeps this beer even in its hop to malt ratio on the palate.Its a nice beer not a big American IPA in style more of a slightly more brash English IPA.

Photo of marquis
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes in a tiny 330 ml bottle with some rather silly blurb printed on the label which can hardly endear the beer to a casual customer.
I was expecting something much more spectacular but it really fights well below its weight.It's got a fair hoppiness and bitterness about it but no more than many other UK IPAs (and even a few UK beers not marketed as IPAs) and at 6% I expected a stronger backbone to the beer.
I spend a lot of time praising and supporting the British brewing industry and wish that Brewdog would match their words with deeds and become what they claim to be.They don't lack ideas at all.

Photo of DogFood11
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a blonde ale as its poured and the smell is on the weak side. Not off to a good start.

Hmmmm I think the Scotts got it wrong with this brew. Its nowhere near an American IPA. Rather this is more of a slightly spiced pale ale at best. Crispy mouthfeel with no resinous texture at all. Sharp carbonation. This is sessionable as its right down the middle without much edge.

Notes: I'll pass for the price as there are much better options without the import charge.

Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, pale gold in color, with a big billowy, eggshell-white head of foam
Aroma-Citrus, earthy hop notes
Taste-Big onrush of bitter hops, subtle citrus notes and a citrus-rind, lingering bitter finish. Earthy hops in the background-Taste belies pale appearance- full on resinous hops throughout, with bread and biscuit notes.
Overall, complex, snappy and full of character. Reminds me of a Victory Hop Wallop in its pale color and big hop flavor. Very nice.

Photo of mullenite
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped in at the Pub in Pembroke Pines and they had this on cask.

Glassware - Small snifter

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber color, one of the most beautiful colors I've ever seen in a beer. Had a solid foam of white head that was about 3/4″ high on top with very tight bubbles. Very nice stringy lacing down the whole glass.

Nose - Smell is soft and herbal, very spicy noble and british hops. This is classified as an American IPA on BA but I'm not sure I agree with that. Everything about this made me think English IPA. The hops were clean and herbal, not slightly harsh or citrusy.

Taste - Very piney with a nice herbal touch, it feels like I'm drinking the woods. Starting to see why this could be an American IPA but it really doesn't have the citrus/fruit character I expect in one. It is really really tasty however.

Mouthfeel - Soft, smooth, creamy. Cask-conditioned smoothness.

Overall - Very easy to drink and its great on this hot and humid day.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a orangish yellowe color with a small head that disappears rather quickly. Lacing is less than desirable but at least somewhat seen.

S- Bitter hop oil laced with citrus and a malty sweetness. Decent balance, could be a little stronger though.

T- Slight bitterness from hops, but not as strong and full as one would like. The back end provides a little more of the hop taste, but still not enough. Citrus especially lemon, grapefruit, and maybe even a little bit of orange is added to the fold. All together, the taste isn't exciting, very aspect seems to be more subdued than need be.

M- Thin mouthfeel, nice for a warm day. Lacks carbonation that surely takes away from the experience.

D- Can drink this, but don't know if I would like to grab another bottle of this.

All in all, if you want an I.P.A. I would suggest going with a fresher American I.P.A. that packs a bigger hop punch.

Photo of beer2day
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy weak gold pour. No head. None. Nice lacing developing, though.

Nose is very weak for as much as I was anticipating this beer. Grapefruit, esters, and a tad bit of pine resin finish it out. Not easy to pick things out, though.

Very thin, almost watery hit. Hop flavor comes in midway through, but weak. Mild citrus taste and slightly oily. Finishes with some nice bitters, though.

Feel is thinner than expected.

Ok to drink, but nothing special. Worth a try, though.

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

Single bottle (best by 12/18/10) poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with plenty of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Poured a 1/2" thick white foam that died down to a persistent 1/4" head. Crazy lacing all over the glass - kinda messy there's so much of it, but I'm enjoying looking at it.

Smell: Hint of yeast, citrus (lemony) and earthy hops.

Taste: Strong bitterness up front - hoppy. Some grapefruit towards the end of the bitterness. Chalky finish and aftertaste in the mouth. It's too unbalanced towards the bitterness....and yet I like it.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation on the tongue, goes down real easy and coats the whole throat and doesn't linger. Not too thick, not too watery.

Drinkability: While I'm glad I tried it, towards the end the bitterness gets to be too much. So I finished it, but I cannot reach for another one. I'd have to pair this with the right meal to have it again - too strong in bitterness for me to have as a stand alone.

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

This is a very pleasant and well hopped American style IPA from the great brewers from Brewdog. The taste is dominated by the hop bitterness, true to the style. It is reminiscent of the Victory's Hop Devil, albeit not as insanely hopped, which adds points to drinkability. A great starter bear if hops is your treat.

Photo of GaryKing28
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quality UK IPA with an American accent.
A hell of a drinkable brew. Very aromatic and heaps cooler than so many UK beers that are 5% bitters called IPA for kudos.
I agree with the reviewer Brent bellow, the bottle blurb is a bit of a Stone Arrogant Bastard steal.

. The ale is very pale/golden and resembles a Pilsener , with foam from some rave as it beer head.

Nose is aromatic and floral. Grass,pine and hop buds. Some fruit like mango and pineapple.

Very dry and raspy , with waves of bitter hops inprinting your tounge. Spicy and fruity, again with pineapple ester as the aroma. Its actually a bit brash and relentless on the bitterness.
This beer is meant to resemble an American IPA and so I'd add that they often have a syrupy ,sweet malt backbone, this quality is lacking in Punk IPA , and it could use it to give some ying 2 the yang. All in all though, I like this IPA . I drink it often & you should too.

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

Does anyone else think the blurb on the label about "this isn't your ordinary yellow beer" sounds an awful lot like a re-written Stone Arrogant Bastard label? Oh well, on to the beer . . .

Poured a slightly hazy yellow gold. No head even after a hard pour. Hops were fairly subdued, but my bottle was past the "best by" date, and I got the sense the would be brighter if it was fresh, so I won't penalize on that count. Interesting undercurrent in the malt - a touch of funkyness that faintly echoed a Belgian take on an IPA, but, at the same time touched on a Scottish peaty note. Overall, an interesting but not entirely engaging beer.

Photo of femALEist
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is made with Chinook, Ahtanum and Nelson Sauvin hops. This poured a cloudy wheat yellow with very thick foam. It smelled of: funk, yeast, a hint of wet blanket and a ton of citrus. It tasted of a light honey, pine, grapefruit and it had a fantastic sweet to bitter ratio. Fantastic drinkability.

Photo of jdoncbus
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 335 Best Before 11-24-2010

Poured from 22oz. into a tulip. Color is hay, bright, & a little hazy, with a touch of lacing. Not much carbonation.

Intial aroma is sweet, caramel malt. Mix in some whiffs of lemon mint, pine, & a touch of biscuit.

Mildy crisp on the palate with a solid base of malt mixed with junipet. Pine and lemon really take over the flavor in the end and the sweetness never really leaves. The mouth is left extremely dry in the finale.

The love of malt in the Isles is pronounced. I would have enjoyed more citrus in the hop profile; a pine bomb she be in the end. It's nice to see the Scots put out a beer that has been dominated by American brewers. West Coast IPA hopheads should probably look elsewhere.

Photo of PBoegel
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First BrewDog, had to give something a shot after all the tactical Nuclear birds and ships. Bottle was best by October 2010

Poured from 22oz bottle (slick bottle by the way, like it better than us bombers) into a Brooklyn flute. Beautiful straw gold clarity and a very nice and dense egg shell white head. Some good effervescence. Very much you want an IPA to look.

Aroma soft, some lemon zest, some light pine and mint, a little thyme. There is not much in the way of malt to catch a faint biscuity note, could do more here.

Flavor is akin to the aroma, lemon, mint, a touch of cilantro. The bittering is really nice though, sharp and what an IPA should be, very dry and San Diego style, but the downside to that is there is not really even any malt upfront or in the middle to balance.

I do like the mouthfeel, although the beer finishes very dry and lacks a mid range punch as it is on the light side of body, it still is refreshing and appealing in the pale ale category.

Not bad, would drink again, but would drink as warm weather hopper, not unlike a really good dry pilsner.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle, $7.49 at the Harlem, NY Fairway market. Pours lighter amber, golden hued and cloudy. Eggshell head of about 3/4 inches, stays, leaves respectable sheeting and whispy webs of lace. Light resiny hop nose. On the thinner side on the tongue. Resiny hop theme continues, quite drying and bitter through the finish. Respectable, if slightly underwhelming AIPA. Differant to see a hoppy brew from chilly scotland. Worth a try.

Photo of mike130
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid beer from Brewdog - pours a cloudy golden yellow with little head. A tiny bit of lacing, but not much.

Smells quite weak - I remember it being quite mellow and not really being anywhere near as good as one of the American IPA's or even one of Brewdog's other offerings like the Hardcore IPA. Smells quite hoppy - citrus hops mainly, but not in a very strong way.

The taste is surprisingly stronger than I remember and expected - much hoppier than the last time I had it, and it's definitely something I wouldn't mind having on a regular basis. A bit of caramely, biscuity malt and then a nice dose of citrus hops to clear up the palate.

Very nice mouthfeel - not very carbonated, but goes down very easily. Hops remain in your mouth longer after you've drunk it. Very easy to drink, it's possible they've changed the recipe or something because I can't remember it being this nice. Good stuff from Brewdog which is really the only widely available American-style IPA in London.

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

The beer's bright, yellow body glistens like a spring daffodil. Its complexion, despite some minor haze, brings to mind a radiant summer sun. Bubbles spurt out only every so often. No head forms, there is but a sliver of white lining pressed atop its surface and it's thinner than carbon paper and far too faint to leave any sort of lacing.

This aroma makes for a rather amiable, charming introduction. It is a hop-laden potpourri of flower petals and citrus zest with bitter tree bark making a distinct impression. A fruit basket is also offered: strawberry, lychee, mango, passionfruit and apricot. The combination of fruits, flowers and herbals present in this bouquet becomes enchanting.

The hop oils are tasted but their bitterness is considerably faded, their citric zest noted but distant. That brisk, biting, floral taste lingers but does so apprehensively. It yields quickly to a feeble bed of malts which tastes of corn muffins and damp grains. I think BrewDog measured their doses wrong - this is maybe half as aggressive as they made it out to be.

That flavour profile is pleasant, but nothing more. The people stamping the 'best before' date on these bottles are both clown and audience and are fooling only themselves into thinking this frail, dilute IPA has what it takes to stand up to a full year on the shelves. This bottle is no more than a month or two old and already tastes as if it's on its last legs.

This is a lovely beer but I can't help but feel slightly punked: Punk IPA is far from being the "heavy weight" it's advertised as. "It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate the depth, character and quality of this premium craft brewed beer." Really? You sure you're not being a little full on yourself, BrewDog?

With its soft, delicate hoppiness and genteel floral and fruity undertones, who wouldn't like it? In fact, it doesn't have a lot of depth or character - which is why you don't even really need any sophistication for beer to appreciate this beer's pleasant disposition and agreeable drinkability. You like to be bold BrewDog, we get it, but what's wrong with admitting you make simple and enjoyable beers too? There's no shame in that.

You certainly didn't break any rules or upset any trends here.

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