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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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530 Reviews

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Reviews: 530
Hads: 1,649
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 23.8%
Wants: 81
Gots: 479 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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 Mit
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Straw coloured much lighter in colour than other IPAs. Minimal head.

S-Hoppiness in the nose...some grapefruityness coming through. Very little in the way of any maltiness coming through in the smell.

T-Very hoppy especially considering it comes from the UK. Has some of the grapefruit like taste from an American IPA but also some of the smoky/spicy hops one would expect from a more traditional IPA. Almost like an English IPA on steroids. I liked it but recognized that it seemed unbalanced with very little in the way of maltiness coming through.

M-def in keeping with it's ABV of 6%.

D-Very much so...I imagine the hoppiness may get to me after a night of drinking these though.

I would keep buying this if it was available. Will look for it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Was desperate for an IPA in the hops wasteland that is Ontario. Found a bottle of this at the LCBO - best before October 11th, 2010, so I'm guessing this is 2 months old? Served in a pint glass.

A - A half finger of soapy white foam that dissipates quickly to a light haze and ring. Decent thing lace pattern. One of the palest IPAs I've ever seen - slightly hazed straw color with a few bubbles lazily making their way upwards.

S - Floral hops over a strong sugar cookie malt backbone. Maybe a touch of citrus as well. Pretty dull, but not unpleasant.

T - The taste is oddly enough much more vibrant, with some nice sweet citrus and tropical notes to complement the sugary dough malt character. Not much bitterness here. ABV is well-hidden.

M - Medium-thin, watery, burning carbonation - not much to like here. The residual feel isn't bad, and has some nice oily and resinous character.

D - Other than the unpleasant carbonation there's not much to prevent me from having a few of these. However, for the price there are much better options out there.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow with a small white head. Aroma is grassy, earthy hops. I didn't get any of the citrus or pine that other people have mentioned. The flavor is mainly hoppy, with lots of earthy hops. Quite a bit of bitterness and not much of a malt backbone. Thin mouthfeel. Decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger thinner looking white head with decent retention. Minimal carbonation evident, clear, and amber orange in color. Head quickly fades to a thin film and bubbly ring. Small splotchy film patches remain, leaving some splotchy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malt, toasted biscuit, as well as some piney and flowery hops. Some slight citrus notes, but more piney than citrusy. Decent strength nose for a 6% IPA.

TASTE: Pale malt and some biscuit again up front, followed by a good dose of pine and floral hops as well. A good hop bitter punch introduces a long lasting, strong aftertaste of bitter floral hops and some grapefruit citrus notes. A very bitter finish on this one, which was quite enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A pretty good effort by BrewDog here. This one smells and tastes great, but the thinner head and body held its score back some. I've had this one a few times and will go back to it again. Probably my favorite BrewDog offering. Well done.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright straw yellow with a fizzy, light head and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Fresh grassy hop aroma. Citrusy, piney, with a lot of lemon and grapefruit.

The flavour begins with a lemony hop punch and fades into a bitter, dry and quenching finish. This is a relatively one dimensional beer and lacks any kind of a remarkable malt profile.

Thin to medium bodied. Carbonation is high and sharp. Good drinkability and a good IPA.

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Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

By gosh, it does look like a pilsner. Very plain looking in terms of its colour. Moderate head settles to a long lived heavy film that gives up steady lace throughout.

Smells of pears straight out of the bottle, but comes around to grapefruity citrus.

Tastewise its all about bitterness, Fairly one dimensional. Lingering bitterness on the palate, somewhat light mouthfeel.

Its okay, but not as interesting or lip smacking as some IPAs I've had.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is easily the palest and least impressive IPA I have ever poured. Very clear and straw-like with a decent head. Looks like a pilsner.

Some good c-hops in the nose. Really nicely dry-hopped.

The taste is...n't that great. Piney, resinous bitterness with barely enough malt present to do much about it. It's really just about the bitterness and not in a pleasant way. The malt leans towards bready. There's a slight grape aspect to it. The citrus in the aroma which is nice enough on its own, clashes with the taste as I drink this. A soapiness lingers in the aftertaste. Overall there's just not enough malt sweetness or depth going on to make the bitterness overly palatable.

Mouthfeel is crisp, high carbonation.

According to brewdog's website this contains Marris Otter Extra Pale Malt. And that's the entire grain bill. Which explains the light color and body as well as the lack of depth or complexity.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with the slightest of haze and with one finger of foam. Smell is very piney, and the taste follows suit. A slight bitter hop taste to go with. This is quite drinkable and would be a good sessionable beer. Its only slightly above average though, compared to other ipas. But its a decent beer. Not disappointed.

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Photo of cratez
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a shining hazy yellow with a foamy, bright white head that coats the glass with speckles of lace. Looks like a hefeweizen mixed with a golden ale. Unique appearance for an IPA. Lots of fruit in the nose, with pineapple, kiwi, and tangerine coming to mind. Taste imparts pink grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest, earthy, grassy, and oily hops, some melon, mild bitterness to end. Little in the way of discernible malt features, except for the slightest trace of white cracker. Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and lightly creamy. Finishes on the medium side of bitter with a subtle dryness.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. It's an awesome, original twist on an IPA, with great balance despite the lack of obvious malt flavours. Underrated IMO, perhaps this brew is misunderstood. Punk IPA would make for an excellent intro to the style, as my girlfriend hates beer but likes this offering. Personally, I'm just happy the LCBO has acquired another session IPA in a convenient serving size. Bravo!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Stone Brewing Bistro & World Gardens 11/14/09 during their "Bashah Bash" event with BrewDog. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a finger of brite-white foamy head. Retains with a thin yet frothy layer, that hangs tight with a big sticky latticework of lacing. Great look here, that doesn't quit. The aroma is sharp in the nose with spice and bitter citrus rind. There is a good bit of brighter smelling citrus as well, along with some herbal character and a pronounced graininess. The citrus rind really adds a deep pithy feel here.

The bitterness of the taste is spicy with that same raw citrus rind character. It's really interesting that this is where a lot of that sharp bitterness comes from. Herbal qualities come through in the background, along with a tangy mix of sweeter citrus and that grainy feel from the malts. The finish here is very dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creamy feel that then prickles up a good bit more towards the back of the swallow. The body feel just about right at around 6% ABV.

I can definitely see why this IPA seems to be so polarizing, as it definitely has a unique hop profile that could go both ways for people. That bitter rind character got to be a bit too much to for me to really make this shine but being on draft afforded the other flavors a brightness and drinkibility that kept this interesting.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.0
As with my previous samplings of Brew Dog beers, a very firm pour is necessary to get the desired centimetre of head (in this case creamy and off white). Cloudy and light amber-orange in colour. Like a hefeweizen without the big foam. Good lacing, but poor head retention.

Smell - 3.5
A subtle but appealing aroma of sweet pale grain, fruity yeast and spicy hops. Not as aromatic as the best IPAs.

Taste - 3.5
Assertively bitter, as an IPA should be. Flavours are more English IPA than American; big bready malt character gradually gives way to earthy and spicy hop flavour. There is a buttery softness to the beer that I don't feel strongly about one way or the other, but I am not a fan of the finish which is very bitter but with little residual flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Lightly carbonated with fine bubbles, the beer feels silky smooth in the mouth. Also somewhat oily and syrupy, a little too full bodied for drinkability.

Drinkability - 3.0
Unexciting, but not hard to drink.

OVERALL - 3.35
A competent, but ultimately disappointing pale ale. I would happily drink a Punk IPA if offered, but White Sheild is a much better English IPA.

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Photo of spointon
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a lightly hazy golden color with a bit of a copper hue around the edges. The white foamy head rose about 3/4" and settled to a skim rather quickly. Tons of sticky lace rings down my glass.

S= Lots of hop aroma, more pine than citrus but some of both for sure. A hint of malt and minerally water rounded out the smell.

T= Started off bitter and never let up. Big hop notes similar in taste to the hop profile in the aroma. The malt flavors that were present were a little on the weak side and lightly tinged with caramel. Again there was a strange mineral quality to this beer. The finish was firmly bitter and had a lot of astringency.

MF= To the light side of medium bodied with an oily hop feel.

D= A solid offering but far from perfect. Still, for an IPA the abv was modest and I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Strong hop aroma. Mostly earthy. Some citrus hops. Undertone of malt sweetness. Some fruity esters. Notes of honey.

Appearance - Yellow/Amber. Frothy white head poured 1 fingerwidth and dissipated to 1/4 fingerwidth. Clear with some hop haze. Moderate visible carbonation. Almost no lacing. Poor head retention.

Taste - Some mild earthy hop flavor, followed by maltsweetness. Very smooth bitterness. Well balanced. Just like the aroma I get fruity esters and some notes of honey. There are some slight citrus notes, but not like an American IPA. The malt provides a good backbone without being dominant or sweet. It provides some bready character, but mostly just gives this beer a spine.

Mouth Feel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. No carbonic bite. Slick. Easy finish with a lingering, but smooth bitterness.

Overall Impression - I think the overarching theme of this beer is its smoothness. From the aroma to the taste and mouth feel it's just smooth. Reading the bottle made me a bit annoyed as they have blatently ripped off Stone with their marketing tactics, but even so, this is still a good beer. I think this is one of the better IPAs that I've had that was brewed outside of the USA.

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Photo of FutureCowboy
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a chilled imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy blonde color, just a hint of orange. Pure white head, dissipated quickly.

S: Smells distinctly of UK hops, some lemon, lots of pine. UK IPA all the way.

T: Front and back are both dominated by English hop bitterness - not much tanginess, much more bitterness. Permeates the aftertaste too. Malt flavors all in the middle, some bready/biscuitiness in there, but soon the bitterness takes over.

M: Very light going down, little chewy aftertaste. Resins coat the tongue.

D: Color and weight make it drinkable, ABV is low enough to have a few. Only if you're in the mood for a bitter powerhouse though.

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Photo of BTPete
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahar's in Albany, NY. Notes directly from my phone.

BrewDog Punk IPA

Draft to 12oz. mug.

A: golden straw in color. 1 inch white head with lots of bubbles. Spotty lacing as brew goes down.

S: some hop presence up front. A little muted when I go back for more. I'm getting a little more of the piney over citrus. Bitter.

T: bitter off the bat. Actually seems to begin and end bitter. Like smell I'm getting pine over floral or citrus. It's ok.

M: nicely carbed and active in my mouth. Dry on the finish, bitter.

D: drinkable yes, but not my favorite. It's certainly not bad but for $10 for a 20oz pour I'd choose something else. Not deterred from BrewDog though, will try more.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. batch 335

A: Clear golden body under a small white head. Good lace and decent retention considering the small head on the pour.

S: Mostly malty, bready, hint of caramel (very "English" smelling), some grassy and piney hops but not at the level I expected.

T: Malty up front, with sweetness. A hint of tangy citrus hop in the middle before a ultimately bitter finish. Hop character is predominately of a pine like nature. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness is good, but I'm left wanting more hop taste character (much like I wanted more hop aroma in the nose).

M/D: Medium body, low carbonation, pretty good mouthfeel. Drinkability is OK, there is nothing here to turn me off to the beer, but nothing to really turn me on to it either (although the malt characteristics are growing on me, which have led me to give a slightly higher mark after some more sips). For an American IPA, I feel it's pretty tame in terms of hops in aroma and taste. Bitterness is certainly there and malt is very well done.

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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a wide bowled wine glass

Pours with a light amber body, off white whispy head sits atop. Some touches of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, fresh citric hops. Some grapefruit, little touch of fresh flowers and a bit of yeast.

Taste, crisp citric hops, light quinine bitterness, a bit floral buttery malt on the finish. Lasting hop bitterness on the palette

A very drinkable ipa, worth a visit.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head thta slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a clean pale malt scent along with a mild hop nose. It's light and citrusy; almost refreshing. The taste is good as well. It has a light, yet very bitter hop flavor that's extremely tastey with a pretty good pale malt balance. This is quite different from their other IPA's in that it's not as malty. It let's the hops do the talking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is is very drinkable IPA. It's light and hoppy; enough said.

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Photo of mfkr
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden color with a thin white head that leaves little lacing.

S - Hops, a hint of citrus and a touch of bread.

T - Lots of hops, citrus, some bread and malt. The hop bitternes stays a really long time in the mouth.

M - Medium body and good carbonation.

D - Really good and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.51/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22.4oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus, some hops and an odd metallic odor.

T: The taste is boozy up front with an alcohol sting followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a decent hops presence but it's on the weak side for the style. The malt character is thin and there's very little balance. The after-taste is mediciney and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not smooth at all, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not tasty or flavorful, does not go down easily, not too filling, decent kick, not a good representation of style, I didn't find anything appealing about this beer at all and would not recommend it.

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Photo of zoso493
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color and a one-finger head that dies down quickly. Color is a little too urine-ish for me.

Smell: Some nice floral hops with some notes of pine. Not too shabby.

Taste: The taste follows that pine route a little too much. Has a pretty unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. After a while, it starts to taste really soapy. Not the smoothest IPA out there.

Mouthfeel: It's fairly creamy and medium-bodied but that cloying feel on your palate really marks this down.

Drinkability: Well, I don't think this is something I'd want to have more than one of just because of the taste, but I suppose if you were into it you could drink a few.

Overall, this was pretty disappointing for me. BrewDog obviously has the right idea but something in the execution just didn't work out. I probably won't reach for this again

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden pour, with a white medium large head that leaves rich lace after it dissipates.

S: WOW!!! American floral hops hits the nose - pine and even roses. The hoppy smells dominates but there is also citric notes and a faint dry maltyness.

T: Very much like the smell, but the pale and caramell malt is more present.

M: A very long bitter, dry aftertaste that holds some sweetness as well. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: A very nice brittish (scottish) version of one of my favourite beer-styles. Very nice...

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Photo of drpimento
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Poured with a small off white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy yellow to amber. Aroma is very mild to hardly there. Flavor is also subtle with a bitter finish. Body is a bit watery and ok carbonation. Very underwhelming. Better as a Brit IPA than American, but still in light of most of BD's other brews.... Ho hum.

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Photo of deapokid
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm really excited to try this one a second time, despite the hefty price tag ($12).

Pours a cloudy and hazy yellow with absolutely no head and a feverish carbonation. I really dig the mysterious vibes and love that it looks nothing like any IPA I've ever seen.

Smell is extremely floral, like roses, with touches of chamomile and sweet spices. There is no hop scent at all, making for an appealingly off-kilter and distinct aroma.

Taste is rather subtle, especially for the style. It doesn't rely heavily on the hops for its character profile, focusing more on a deep citrus rind flavor with floral notes (think hibiscus).

Finish can be a bit dry, especially with the presence of citrus rind, but the preface is sweet and floral. It's a nice balance between two polar opposites.

Although it had a few palate scratching moments, this is a very intriguing brew and I couldn't stop myself from sipping endlessly. It must have cast a spell on me.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

The head, even with the bartender doing an easy pour, was about two fingers high, just barely darker than milk white. The hue is a bright yellow, with a bit of haziness. The aroma has very sharp citrusy hops with a little bit of breadiness. Full bodied, high carbonation. The sharp hops linger for a while. Recommended.

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.