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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

515 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 515
Hads: 1,538
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 71
Gots: 412 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 515 | Hads: 1,538
Photo of tonecoleman
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank at BrewDog Bar Birmingham England. Served cold at commercial lager temperature in a Punk IPA Tulip Glass.Typical IPA colour with half inch of bubbley white head. Big strong aromas of garapfruit and spruce, matched by flavours of the same accentuated by lively carbonation which brings on the dry bitter American hop flavours. Quite a shock to the taste buds if you're not used to American Style IPA's but this Brew soon has you coming back for more!... Beware if you're on a sesh though! as the flavour does hide the 5.6 ABV. (531 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber yellow in color and has lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that took a long time to die down, eventually leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lychee fruit are present in the nose along with some hints of pineapples and other tropical fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of lychee fruits and has hints of other tropical fruits and caramel malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some interesting aromas and flavors but doesn't taste much like an IPA, lacking hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle (830 characters)

Photo of avwrite
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly smooth going down IPA. Had just enough bitterness and strength for me to enjoy. Color is a nice amber, and doesn't come out too frothy. (150 characters)

Photo of interzen
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Quite dark for a pale ale - quite orange. Thin, off-white head which disappeared fairly quickly leaving a small amount of lacing. Definitely didn't see the retention that others have noted.

Smell: Has the same floral/citrusy/pine-resin smell as the 5am Saint red ale, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. If anything, it's quite a bit hoppier than the 5am Saint.

Taste: Hops. Boom! That's your lot - again, a beer which smells better than it tastes, at least to me. The taste can best be described as 'clean' and very astringent. Unfortunately, it's a bit *too* hoppy for my personal tastes.

Feel: Nothing special, really. Medium body and quite fizzy with it - the carbonation probably doesn't help with the bitterness.

Overall: To be fair, if you like your beer to be hoppy then chances are you'll like this - I'm planning to try it on tap at some point in the near future but the bottled beer doesn't really do it for me. Your own mileage will vary, but if you like your bear hoppy, you'll like this. If you're more of a malty/yeasty person then don't bother. (1,121 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a stumpy little blue 330mL can with the typically funky Brewdog label.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. Pours out a hazy amber-orange with a half-finger off-white head that drops to a thin cap with okay lacing.

Aroma: a very crisp and clean aroma of grapefruit and pineapple. Touch of malt.

Taste: pretty much follows the aroma - grapefruit, pineapple and some other tropical fruits here with that hop bitterness behind but not overpowering.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away and it turns a little awkward bitterness.

Mouth feel: a medium body with a fairly sharp medium to higher carbonation. I think this one could use a touch less carbonation or a bit thicker body. Still, pretty good.

Overall: quite a nice AIPA from Brewdog, though it isn't quite as 'out there' as they might suggest. A fairly standard but nice IPA - if anything it could probably be a touch more hop-forward, which is something I don't usually say about IPAs. Still, a very nice example of the style, and decent at AU$90 a case - though probably for a 6-pack at a time. (1,063 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

I got a little excited on the pour, but it's a very active beer. Deep gold color and cloudy. Nose is that of strong hops and citrus. Taste is that of, again, hops and citrus. There is a pleasant sweet fruitiness, reminds me of ripe peaches. Very nice. Feel is smooth, with nice body for a lower ABV brew. The carbonation is very active, and pleasant. Overall a nice beer, and a slight departure from the norm. I can't see myself buying the 4pk, but I would certainly put one in a mix-six in the future. (502 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a hotel tumbler. Purchased at Don Quixote in Kawasaki, Japan.

Color is hard to assess in the tumbler, but it pours straw-colored. Head is good with good retention. Smell is really nice - lots of citrus and tropical hops with a hint of sweetness. Flavor is all about the hops, but they aren't overwhelming. Nice bitter and lingering finish. Body is medium.

Overall, a really good IPA - much more my style than the Asahi I had with dinner. (457 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, fruits. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some tropical fruits, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (261 characters)

Photo of bdehoog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

First brew punk beer. Color is very light but bright. Citrusy aroma is apparent right away, malt sits in the far back seat. Reminds me of the few New Zealand beers I've tried, tropical notes like pineapple kiwi mango. Not spicy though in any big sense, nor is it sweet to speak of so I guess it has good balance. Somehow this isn't exciting to me, but I enjoy it and would repurchase. It does have nice complexity, zylophone type. Not a flavor profile I'm into quite as much though. (482 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Bomber into a tulip
A. Golden orange, slightly cloudy, two fingers of off white head, thick lacing
S. Aroma is quite nice, orange, lemon, pear, some tart apple, cracker malt.
T. Flavor doesn't follow aroma too well. The fruit flavors are very subdued and there is so much off metallic flavor it's a task to drink. Malt is there though.
M. Thin, watery metallic.
O. First time with this and meh. Not getting again. (413 characters)

Photo of brongladest
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance: orange/yellow , cloudy

Smell: citrus, pine, slightly dank, a bit malty

Taste: citrus, mine, a little bready, slight bitterness

Mouth feel: light to medium bodied, slight carbonation, crisp

Overall: solid IPA, less bitter than american style IPA, seems to have that European balance, i'd drink it again. (318 characters)

Photo of gutbucket2
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

330ml bottle. Pours like a bottle-conditioned beer, although apparently not. Long-lasting white head on gold beer.
S: lemoney citrus hop.
T: zestful, refreshing hop.
M: effervescent, quite light.
O: a good beer. (212 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (4.25): A hazy orange golden color with a soda like white head

Smell (4.25): Citrus and other bright fruits and cracker malts

Taste (4.25): Subtle bright fruits, perhaps a littl pine. Very slight cracker malt on the backend. The aftertaste and burps are quite tasty as well. Very refreshing!

Mouthfeel (4.25): Heavy light/light medium body as expected from the abv. Silky smooth nonetheless and extremely easy drinking and refreshing

Overall (4.25): i highly enjoyed this offering. It is simple, but perfectly so. I could see this being a go to if it was more available and affordable. I was expecting more malt as its a Scottish beer, but i was pleasantly surprised with the hop character. I would love to see more european beers adopt the American version of an IPA. At 5.6% abv., i could consider this a session IPA, and it would be on my short list of session IPA's that i support. Recommended! (984 characters)

Photo of Samp01
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy orange amber with a quickly dissipating soda like head. Aroma is sweet fruity floral notes. Taste is fruity up front with a kind of mild strange herbal hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with a very mild carbonation. Finish improves somewhat as it warms up some, fruity floral some malt, some mild herbal medicinal hops bitterness. I am not sure what I am missing here but I did not enjoy this IPA at all. date on the bottle by 08/22/14. Would not buy this again. (482 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance – Cloudy amber in colour with a finger of head that does not last long and leaves minimal lacing. There is also little evidence of carbonation in this one.

Smell – Very fruity and estery nose to this one. Strong hints of plum and mango.

Taste – Very sharp up front on the first mouthful, but there is really good fruit back with esters and good malt hop balance. There is piney American style hops here but it is all well proportioned.

Mouthfeel – Quite light bodied but still feels full in the mouth despite the lack of head.

Overall – Very pleasing and certainly up there with the better IPAs I have had. Decent balance and boasting confident flavour this is a nice brew and I will definitely be having it again. (740 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%

The aroma includes a pleasant mix of pine, passionfruit, grapefruit, caramel. The body is a hazy, orange-ish amber; pours a small head which quickly diminishes. Flavor at first is a burst of pine and fresh fruit—pineapple, orange, peach; there is some soft, earthy bitterness and light bready malt. Medium-light body, crisp carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

The initial burst of fruitiness eventually gives way to the malty sweetness. It's very smooth, crisp, refreshing, easy to drink. The bitterness and hoppiness are not at all overwhelming. In fact, the hoppiness, sweetness, and bitterness are surprisingly well balanced. A very enjoyable IPA indeed. (660 characters)

Photo of dogin26
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

A beautiful beer

Light in the mouth with soothing hops. This beer is designed to be drunk with mates over some grilled seafood on a sunday afternoon or alternatively at some grungy wild house party with topless girls and pure madness.

On the nose i get some bread with straight forward orange and green grass that sends out a certain cleansing vibe.
The taste follows the nose with bread then the slightly rough hops which leads to more bread.

Love this beer and really recommend its simplicity but seducing character. (522 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is almost a session IPA, not boozy not overwhelming hops. A well designed beer. I say almost because its right on the cusp with an abv in the 5-6% range. Its very drinkable. The price was good for a bomber. I would prefer to get this in a six pack, but I have only seen the big boys around here. I love hoppy beers and this one has a good amount of hop presence there, however, its also not a Stone IPA either.

Color: Mild bronze, a decent amount of head that remained throughout.

Smell: Balance of malt and hops, not an intense hop aroma, but a good amount of floral hops.

Taste: Balanced. this could be my go to standard IPA if it were more readily available around here and in six packs. I am not saying they don't put this in six packs, but they are not found around here.

Overall: A pleasant experience, you could drink a few 12 oz beers or a couple of bombers and not be bombed. It has a nice IPA flavor, it is what a regular IPA should taste like. (964 characters)

Photo of MaddestHatter
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is exactly what I want in an IPA. I'm not an overly big IPA guy and this might be sacrilege to my IPA-loving friends who always obsess over the hop character of every beer, but this one pretty much tops the list for me. It is full of flavor without going overboard. It is balanced between hops of a vaguely pine or pineapple sort, malts which taste like good bread, and an altogether pleasant medium between the two. It's an IPA which doesn't just taste like an IPA. It tastes like a beer too, and a very good one at that. It was my first introduction to BrewDog's brand of no-nonsense, punk-styled offerings and it will not be my last. So far I have found this to be good in bottles purchased here in the states as well as on tap at their Edinburgh location which I was fortunate to visit last week while vacationing there. This beer goes well with cheese and will forever occupy a place in my palate as the perfect example of hops that aren't over the top. (963 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden, frothy lingering ivory head. Aroma is floral, resiny, oniony, and slightly citrusy. Flavor is more minerally and earthy, with a resonating bitterness at the finish. Malt is light and crackery, and there's a savory, herbal character throughout. Aroma and bittering hops override the flavoring hops. Not extreme in any direction. (341 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck

A) Pours with a finger thick head with amazing retention (still holding strong long after the pour). Hazy, golden body. Sticky, tight lacing clings to the glass on the drink down.
S) Peach. Sweet pine.
T) Hops are present from the beginning and are complimented well by the malt bill. Grainy. Citrus fruit - orange/lemon. Hints of black pepper.
M) Creamy. Medium light body. Smooth.
O) A delicious IPA. (419 characters)

Photo of Cannybrew
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is now my go to beer. As soon as the beer hits the glass the aroma hits my nose. Fresh and zesty, light and fun. Visually it has a lovely golden yellow colour with a small head that lasts throughout. I can taste clear grapefruit and small amounts of aniseed. The aftertaste lingers and my heart is happy. (310 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely in your face IPA. Would make a steady diet if brewed locally and in cans (like 6 point or Carton).

A: Completely cloudy apricot. Firm 1 finger head. More like a cask beer (which I like).
S: Flowery, earthy, citric hops over a light Euro base. Beautiful flower store next to a bakery. Best part of this beer. A winner.
T: This beer gets more flowery and bakery as it opens up. Give the beer it's due, it's offering a very pleasant and rich arc that is clean, refreshing, and yet fully textured and flowery. great hops atop a Euro Pilsner style base. Clean. Orange zest, orchids, lillies, flower store. Yet never cloying.
MF: Excels here too, Very lovely mouth feel and finish. Makes you want another. Creamy, soft, delicious, delicate - how do they do that?

MUST TRY! (778 characters)

Photo of Chris_Burton
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BrewDog is a somewhat controversial name in craft beer. They know how to get people's backs up and they aren't afraid to rock the boat, insult big business and brag about how great they are. Some find their arrogant attitude funny and refreshing while others deem it immature. What can't be denied however, is that BrewDog have great quality beer to back up their irreverence.

And so this leads me to Punk IPA, their most well-known beer that for many drinkers, is the first BrewDog product they try. And damn, it's good. When you pour it out of the bottle (or get it on tap if you're lucky) you will be greeted with a golden orange body and a finger of white, foamy head. The smell is intoxicating: you can practically taste the hops before you even put your lips to the glass. There is a blend of citrus fruits with a tinge of bitterness. The flavour is similar to the aroma: hoppy, citrusy and powerful. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and despite the huge flavours it's a very refreshing and moreish drink.

BrewDog claim this is "how beer should be" and it's very hard to argue with them. Well recommended for anyone who enjoys IPA. (1,149 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22.4 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy dark golden brown with a little lacing on the glass

Smell: Slight grapefruit scent

Taste: Better citrus/grapefruit taste with a little bit of bitterness but the bitterness doesn't remain for too long (which I like). It has a little bit of a sweetness to counter the bitterness. (346 characters)

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