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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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525 Reviews

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Reviews: 525
Hads: 1,601
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 79
Gots: 441 | 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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Photo of TBCE
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured a light hazy orange. One finger of quickly dissipating froth, leaving a nice light lacing on glass.Smells of citrus and pineapple, perhaps a little honey. Taste is very tropical, unlike a lot of IPA's that I had. Notes of tangerine, orange, pineapple, and a little bit of floral notes with very minor bitterness. Enjoyable. Mouth feel is moderately carbonated, a little on the flat side. Needs to be bolder here, more body. Overall a fine brew. Something I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After the reasonable and surprising mid-strength Dead Pony Club I thought it fitting to give the other BrewDog in waiting (from my fridge door) Punk IPA a go next. This one claims to be a post-modern take on the IPA style, however when I think of post-modern beers I think of a hop-flavoured cider (cider isn’t really beer but isn’t it really?) [no Doc, no]. So from a can of humble IPA - the beer style that has captured hipsters and tattoo artists the world over - can Scottish BrewDog challenge the dominance of US craft brewers? Probably not, but let’s give these bastards a chance.

Poured from 330ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy jonquil... ahhh, jonquil - it’s been ages since I used you to describe something... coloured body with a foamy white head that leaves spider webs around the side of the glass. 8/10.

S: The aroma isn’t very post-modern at all, in fact it’s simply modern with fragrant starburst orange and floral/pineapple hops. There is a malt base in there providing a honeyed sweetness as well, but as usual in an American IPA it is “Hail lord hop in all its majesty”. Quite a pungent bouquet that I would be quite pleased if I was BrewDog. 8/10.

T: Again I’m having trouble getting the post-modern reference [just give it up Doc] but it’s a good modern IPA. The starburst orange morphs more into bitter orange, with that hint of pineapple, and the floral aroma turns full potpourri in the flavour department. The finish is dry with a medium bitterness. Strangely there is almost no detectable sweetness in the flavour - it’s slanted towards dry/floral/bitter. Personally I like a balance between bitter/sweet in my beers so it misses a point there (if I wanted something dry I would drink a vermouth dammit!). 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a flat(ish) carbonation. Needs more body. 5/10.

D: So this is one of those ‘aroma promise under-delivered’ brews... I hate those guys! It’s the beer equivalent of a cock-tease. Shame because the aroma promised a classic American styled IPA, but it’s missing that crucial beer bitter/sweet balance. In any case it was still better than many other beers out there and for 5.6% ABV surprisingly sessionable, so it’s not ALL bad. 7/10.

Food match: Chinese food.

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Photo of drmeto
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a slightly hazy golden with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-low carbonation visible
-lemon,orange zest,tangerines,pineapple
-Mainly the aforementioned citrus fruits
-light to medium bitterniss for the style
-light,watery body
-medium to high carbonation
Very nice Pale Ale.It's Body is it's weakpoint

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy medium straw body.
The aroma is big. Lots of mango, pineapple and orange.
The taste is big on the bitterness, but the malt is always lurking in the background making is very drinkable.
The texture is crisp.
Great aroma and flavor.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light golden color with thin foam. There's a light lemony citrus aroma to this with a lemony crisp citrusy hop flavor. Light malt, hops up front, goes down way too easy.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy almost light tan head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus hops backed with a some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops, tangerine and light grapefruit, a hint of pineapple, and some light caramel malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate slightly fizzy carbonation, pretty crisp.

O: This beer seems to have gotten lighter since I last had it. Still ok, but I wish there was a little more body to it to help showcase the hops.

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Photo of Lovleystuff
4.66/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured this very attractive bottle of IPA in to my chalice glass and it came out light amber with a medium to large head. There was a bit of haziness too it when the beer settled.

S: This smelled quite inviting with both citrus and floral hops almost making my mouth water. So far very very good!!

T: Wow theyre not just saying that theres and explosion of taste in your mouth there really is! Lovely grapefruit, caramel, pineapple and some other tropical fruits!

F: Not too heavy and definitely not too gassy for me... just perfect!

O: A very nice IPA (one of my faves) but be warned the alcohol content is high and does not show when consuming.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with decent white head and minimal lacing. Smells of hoppy citrus, mint, and floral hops. Tastes similar in the nose with upfront bitterness and dry mouthfeel. Alcohol well in check. Nice drinking ipa. Nothing too spectacular, but solid all around nonetheless.

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Photo of tonecoleman
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of avwrite
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of interzen
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of bdehoog
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

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Photo of brongladest
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

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Photo of gutbucket2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

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Photo of Samp01
2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

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Photo of dogin26
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.