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Punk IPA - BrewDog

Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

905 Ratings

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%

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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 fucker of a pale ale.

A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg bopping around India and the sub continent. Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist.

God save the Queen and all who sail in her. Raising a Stiff Little Finger to IPAs that have come before and those it is yet to meet.
Turn up the volume Pay the man. Embrace the punked up, fucked up outlaw elite.

Never Mind the Bollocks this is the real shit.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: bark on 11-02-2007)
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Photo of Nipitato


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: I could go without the Stone-esque spiel on the bottle. Light color hued for an IPA - almost a straw/gold color.

S: Quite malty - sweet caramel malt. A floral hoppy aroma but not strong. Some earthy hoppiness. Overall this is a very nice aroma with plenty of pale malt aroma.

T: A very well done bitterness. A sharp hoppiness with a citrus kick along with some other undefined fruitiness. Caramel malt flavor underscores.

MF: Very lightly carbonated. Medium mouthfeel. Not dry.

D, notes: This, despite the blustering on the bottle, is not an over the top beer. Maybe the brewers tried but I'm glad they didn't get there. I found this to be a very drinkable IPA with a nice full bitterness that does not overpower or impede on drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:34:03 | More by Nipitato
Photo of hopdog


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired in trade with alexsdad06 (thanks!). Bottle labeled BB 01/01/09.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a larger sized head. Aromas of straw, grassy, some pine, and floral. Tastes of grass, pine, and some light fruitiness. Has a decent bitter finish.

Notes from 6/6/08

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 15:08:51 | More by hopdog
Photo of jwc215


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours hazed light golden with a thin head that disappears to a very fine film and a bubbly ring.

The smell is musty, yeasty, with some apple, and light citric, herbal notes.

The taste is of tobacco-leaf, citrus with plenty of grainy malt backing. Woody, slightly chalky, in the dry finish.

Medium-bodied with soft, but adequate, carbonation.

It's okay. Nothing special, though, IMO. Drinkable enough to enjoy if a list of other IPA's that are more robust and flavorful weren't around and I wanted the style. A nice enough stab at the syle, but lacks that "certain something" of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:20:55 | More by jwc215
Photo of simonjohansson


2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell: lots of hoppy citrus notes - grape, citrus, grass, elder (?), resin, pineapple, cucumber (?). Not much malt. Decent smell. Appearance is golden, but not much foam. Looks a bit "thin".

Taste: as the smell, lots of citrus, some resin. Very bitter too, didnt expect that. Again, not much malty notes.

Overall: unusual ipa, distinct bitterness, very hoppy, but not very much malt. Mouthfeel wasnt good, too little carbonation, weak and thin feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 22:52:56 | More by simonjohansson
Photo of magictrokini


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. Spicy hop aroma, some soap, and a faitr amount of grass and pine. Bittersweet taste. Peppery hops and light resin, with definite grapefruit, kiwi, and passionfruit flavors. The malt gives it a underlyign sweetness that enhances the taste instead of runningit over. Different, but very good

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 19:34:49 | More by magictrokini
Photo of tmitch75


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at City Wide in downtown South Bend, IN. Never even heard of the brewery before, it's always exciting to find something new.

This pours the lightest IPA I've ever seen. Cloudy pale yellow with a fluffy white head and lacing all around. A lot like a witbier to be honest, looks good but not so much for an IPA.

Nose is fruity and floral but a bit watery, especially for an IPA.

Bready malt base with solid fruity resinous hop flavor, a surprisingly bold flavor considering the look and smell.

Mouthfeel is a lot like the smell... too light for the style. Crispness is good though.

Very distinctive IPA, I'm glad I tried it but it doesn't justify the $12.99 (22oz) price tag to buy it again.

Tasted on 7/20/08, bottle stamped best by 1/1/09.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 22:52:29 | More by tmitch75
Photo of swanmann


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The big bottle poured slightly hazy and golden with a moderate amount of off white head. The aroma warms into a bit of grapefruit and grass, but nothing too intense. The flavor is hoppy and crisp with a subtle malty backbone that plays well. It IS good, but with a name like "Punk", I expected to be rocked. I was satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 04:56:36 | More by swanmann
Photo of chrism86


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

Poured a slightly hazy golden body with a near non-existent, off white head. Aromas are exceptionally fruit driven, with passionfruit, lychee (i suspect kiwi hops) and a bit of an earthy grain character. Palate shows more of the same, a load of tropical fruit comes through before some slight sweet malt and long lingering bitterness. Palate is perhaps a touch thin for the degree of bitterness, it seems a tad astringent. Still, quite drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 01:02:11 | More by chrism86
Photo of ccrida


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint, Punk IPA is a hazy dark gold with a white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is soft, woody vanilla and tropical citrus, fresh cut christmas trees, overripe fruit.

Taste is decent, American west coast style IPA hops with soft, sweet toasted English malt. Grapefruity, reminds me of Bridgeport, with a massive premium, but a barrel aged vanilla that I dig that starts to straddle the price gap.

Mouthfeel has a cask-like watery softeness, oily and not too heavy.

Drinkability is ok as far as taste. As far as price, it's terrible, this sucker was $10+ for an impy pint! One of those I wanted to try but will never re-buy. If these were free, drinkability might be a 5, a nice English meets Oregon IPA. Paired nicely with spicy pad thai.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:24:02 | More by ccrida
Photo of paxton1978

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to agree with Dannyb. Is this best example of an American IPA I've ever tasted? Absolutely not. Is it (bar 'Proper Job' and 'Jaipur') the only decent british IPA I've ever tasted? Sorry to say, 'yes'. It's a thousand times bolder than most of the other watery British IPA's out there and the guys deserve credit for this. Okay, rant over.

Appearance- orangey with a distinct lack of head- like a less carbonated version of the Meantime IPA.

Smell- I do have to agree that the smell is not as potent as many others, but the hoppiness is there, with a slightly oily sweetness.

Taste- a little too much malt sweetness for me- if anything this should err on the side of MORE hops given it's bold proclaimations.

Mouthfeel- could perhaps do with more carbonation if anything- bit of an oilslick that bubbles might lift, still superb though.

Drinkability- I'd rate this highly as a session beer, especially as you can get it at much more outlets now. Not too high on the ABV, so you can sink a few on the go.

My review is pretty critical in retrospect, but I do love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 17:46:07 | More by paxton1978
Photo of velkyal


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with flashes of orange and a thin white head.

The nose is very hoppy, as you would expect from an IPA, with distinct floral notes and a very assertive citrus tone.

Citrus is also very much to the fore on the taste front as well, like pink grapefruit, tart, yet with sweet undertones which save the bitterness from being too much. The sweetness reminded me of butterscotch or tablet, one of my favourite confections my mother makes. There is a nice full body, which doesn't cloy, is smooth going down and the zing in the aftertaste makes it a nicely refreshing beer.

I only have one gripe, I wanted more than just 330ml - ok it is 6% ABV, but it certainly doesn't feel or taste like an overly alcoholic beer, so a full pint would have been ideal, as I say though, just the one gripe.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 08:49:13 | More by velkyal
Photo of GreenCard


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale straw/gold, slight haze, thin layer of sudsy white foam

Aroma: scrunchy malt, honey, citrusy hops, hint of soap

Flavor: medium sweetness with a full grapefruity hoppiness (both flavor and bitterness); caramel and grain; finishes semisweet with a lingering grapefruit skin bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, soft texture, slight astringency

Other comments: A pretty good beer, but I'm a bit annoyed at the unoriginal label concept: part Dogfish Head, part Stone Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 16:59:58 | More by GreenCard
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, filtered; BB 15/08/09, served cool in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a clear tawny hue, topped with a creamy off-white frothy head with decent retention, while the carbonation comes really understated, quiet even.
S: deep and sweet aroma of pale malts abound, on a par with yeasty hints of over-ripe pineapples and clotted cream, as well as fat lychee fruits. Overall, slightly too sweet, but still denoting an integrated aroma of malts and aromatic hops.
T: lychee-ish and flowery hops abound, but not too pronounced or strong, on top of a soothing bedrock of slightly stinky-sweet pale malts; gradually the fruity hoppiness creeps down the palate, introducing lots of orangey-citric & lychee-shell-ish sour-bitterness with a tannic & spicy touch... the long aftertaste of bitterness lingers knowing no boundary, bringing along a considerably chewy and tannic dry-bitterness to enjoy in the end.
M&D: despite not being bottle-conditioned, the texture is free from any artificial carbonation and tastes very natural or even a bit quiet (though it still can't compete with a real cask ale or RAIB). The flavour is not particularly complex, but provides a very decent level of hop bitterness on top of an absence of any alcoholic feel on the palate. A very drinkable IPA overall, albeit relying predominantly on the hop performance.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 21:11:31 | More by wl0307
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold in color. Plenty of frothy white head on the pour. Smell is fruity and slight citrus. Decent amount of light malt in the nose. Taste is hoppy, but balance fairly well with the malt. Not a bruiser, but a easy drinking IPA. Very refreshinig and a different take on an IPA. Flavor profile unlike any IPA I've had. However, at the price point it's sold at here in the states I don't think there will be a future purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:30:20 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a cloudy pilsner with a big foamy white head that resists fading. The smell is quite timid...a little earthy and a tad fruity. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is tangy and light. Finishes clean...almost dry with some hoppy after taste. A reasonable drinker. "post modern classic pale ale" is a real stretch. Really glad that i had an opportunity to consider this one from Jubilation Liquors in ABQ, NM.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 21:54:46 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. An American (or 'New World', to borrow from wine-speak) style IPA, made in the United Kingdom, creators of the original style, and in lovely and rugged Aberdeenshire, no less. These guys get points for emulating Stone's attitude on their labeling, and bonus points for having a legible freshness date.

This beer pour a hazy medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of densely puffy, somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves a few broad streaks of splattered paint lace around the glass as things dip southward.

It smells of nice floral, perfumed hops up front, a twinge of wet pine, with some orange and grapefruit rind tossed in for good measure, all a pleasant assault on this particular sense, before a battered bready caramel malt makes itself known. The flavour maintains this setup, as yes, there is indeed a good deal of multifaceted hops here (pineapple and tangerine now added to those already mentioned), and the malt is still quite conspicuous in its low-key, half-assed grainy demeanor.

The carbonation is mild, if a bit frothy at times, the body a decent medium weight, and somewhat tacky in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the malt at least has the gumption to keeps this from going off the hop-head rails.

I do love me some hops, but the malt has to back them up throughout, keeping them honest. As the beer warmed, that malt showed itself a little, but this still a one-sided, sort of unbalanced beer, albeit on the side I generally prefer, so my drinkability doesn't particular suffer all that much. As for others, I guess that depends on their impression of this brewery's marketing.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 04:00:38 | More by biboergosum
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured really pale straw, looking watered-down. No head despite a hard pour.

Smelled like Swedish dishsoap, some floral hops, little else.

Mouthfeel is slick, with lower than average carbonation.

Taste is watered-down, but extremely astringent--like chewing tylenol.

Despite the junky text on the side claiming that they both want to hear what I think and also don't care if I like this beer, I didn't enjoy anything beyond the label design. This is not punk, this is not IPA. This is great marketing and bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 17:02:49 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of tpd975


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 aka McLargeHuge.

A: Pours a rather light yellow hue that is slightly cloudy. Average head builds and quickly dies. No lace in my glass.

S: Light malty aroma with a hint of citrus. Looks like is one may have a nice balance.

T: Yep it's balanced. Light citrus splashes the tongue on the first sip. A big blast of biscuit malt then takes over. It finishes with a bit of spicey hops.

M: Medium in body fairly smooth.

D: Due to the balance you could drink quite a bit, but the price would probably limit you from doing so.

Beware, hopheads may not enjoy this one too much, as it is rather malty for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 15:59:53 | More by tpd975
Photo of HopJr


3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointed with this ale. After reading the arrogant synopsis of the beer on the label I was expecting something to rival our local west coast IPA's i.e. Moylan's, Green Flash, or Port Brewing Company. I bought this bottle from a local watering hole that also sells many other IPA's. The bottle was $10.82 you ask me $6.82 to much.

The pour is very light in color compared to the norm. The head disappears very quickly acting like it's high gravity but it's not. Lacing is good and present till the end of the glass. Hits your mouth in the back and the top, but is somewhat of a complicated taste up front. Reminds me a lot of a Belgium Ale and not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 03:39:03 | More by HopJr
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another single purchased in the 'Bridge.
Wow. Not quite the color I was expecting. This is a few shades of orange beyond a macro lager, but noway near as intense as most IPA's. Not quite clear, this beer had a nice rich head that left lacing all the way down the sides of my glass.

Sweet cascade hop with just a hint of malt in there somewhere. These guys are Brits after all.

Certaionly hoppy, but not overdone. Good quick bite followed by a slick, oily slide into a short ride where the malt manages to ride side by side with the intense grapefuit citrus. Definite grapefruit rind finish. Maybe a tad on the sweet side for some.

I suppose it could have been a bit more slick and oily, but certainly noticed some of those attributes.

More than a decent AIPA..slightly better balance and it would be a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 03:25:43 | More by Shadman
Photo of froghop


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy light orange with a tint of brown, small white head that quickly goes away, good lacing.

smell is faint, earthy, malt, touch of caramel, sweetness in the back, some citrus.

taste is smooth yet watery, citrus, some pine, some caramel, a little bitterness in the end, as it warms becomes more bitter and has a thicker mouthfeel and stronger taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 03:04:37 | More by froghop
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a bubbly, light pale yellow with a foamy two-fingered white head.

Aroma of apples, biscuit, and citrus and floral hops.

The taste is fairly bitter upfront, bready, with a sweet grainy finish.

Light, watery mouthfeel with almost no carbonation.

Definitely feels and tastes like an IPA from the UK. A decent IPA but nothing special and IMO, not worthy of the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 20:36:51 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of JamesS


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale copper, near straw yellow color, uncommonly light for an IPA, but it has fantastic head and wonderful lacing.

Great scent, a very strong floral/hoppy aroma with slight vanilla hints.

Wonderful taste, the hops hit you softly at first, giving hints of butterscotch and vanilla, but then the aftertaste just has a great hoppy/bitter kick at the very end. There's even a wonderful touch of citrus left on the palatte and lips after.

This goes down smooth; it's a 'lawnmower' beer, even given it's higher than yard work usual ABV. This is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 22:25:47 | More by JamesS
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'm going for a "good" on this one because it certainly is a good effort and it surely has it's own personality. golden with a white head that doesn't hold very well but leaves nice lace. a hint of passionfruit in the nose with some citrus, herbal and grass notes and a faint bready malty background. not as strong or healthy as i hoped, but very natural and organic like. taste is dominated by minty, chamomille flower hop taste and has a bitter peppery, minty finish. thin mouthfeel, but thinteresting. very easy drink and not overpowering, but nice and warm. this is like a wildforged organic herb, and the american ipa (what they tout this beer as) is more like a wwf wrestler on steroids. good beer. unique and a flavor of its own, but i just think the advertising gets in the way here.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 01:44:13 | More by timtim
Photo of kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience of the independent Scottish brewer Brewdog. The beer poured a golden colour into the pint glass with a light head that reduced to a thin film.

The smell is dominated by bitter hops and a light biscuit fragrance with some hints of citrus fruits. A very bitter hoppy taste dominates the mouth with a clean crisp mouthfeel and a slightly less bitter hoppy aftertaste.

The beer proved to be very drinkable, it wasn't limited in flavour; as I find a lot of IPAs can be. One of the better IPAs I have tried, but I feel with the overly bitter taste this may be a love or hate beer. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 21:57:53 | More by kmacphail
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