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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,129
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 43
Gots: 122 | 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 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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jgreenward, Sep 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

HugoG, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of db12
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

db12, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of C_S
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

C_S, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of TT--Cashout
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

TT--Cashout, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of SoPeL
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

SoPeL, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Elut
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Elut, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of ithacabaron
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Label says something about the beer being the "epitome of pure punk." Okay. Let's just see if it tastes good.

Pours a very cloudy apricot with a busy head that settles down into toad's eyes and some top lacing. Meh.

Aroma is big on stone fruit, some almonds, kumquats. A stewed, caramelized note rises to embrace everything. Jammy, and a bit cooked, like hop confit.

Silky smooth malt comes in on the palate with the first sip. This isn't punk -- it's Tom Jones in a velvet smoking jacket. More stone fruit, especially stewed apricots, emerge, and you get the sense there's a grapefruit about two houses over. A generally sweet profile, with little or no bitterness to be found.

Mouthfeel is tremendous, just wonderfully milled. Pair this body and carbonation with a better beer on top, and it would be unstoppable.

Overall, a nice tipple, although not really an IPA. A neat idea, to take modern California
flavors, and to place them in the context of a classic British pale ale profile. Hard to
pinpoint, this one. Certainly not what it thinks it is, but a fun experience. Won't buy again, most likely, but no regrets about this encounter. Worth trying.

ithacabaron, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of djcreepshow
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

djcreepshow, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

babaracas, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of pkenkman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

pkenkman, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

The beer is a golden color with a good amount of head retention.

The aroma has tons of sugary sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus, floral notes. Lots of hops as well as a balance of malts.

The beer starts off with a bit of bittering grapefruit pith, then some sweetness that dances with it. A very well balanced beer. The finish has tons of sweet ruby red grapefruit on the end.

I’m very surprised that the beer is only 5.6%, yet so packed with flavor.

dar482, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Tywilly132
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Tywilly132, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

ChrisMon02, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

crosenkrantz, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

MSandahl23, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Paisan, Aug 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

instinct2, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of tmzl
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Look: Pours with average sized off-white (light yellow hue) head consisting of medium/big bubbles. It has fast but ok looking retention, mostly diminishing, leaves a thin, pale but uniform top layer; a bit of random lacing when coming down. Clear with very light haze, pale gold, lots of chain bubbles.

Smell: Fruity, sweet ripe lemon, pine and grapefruit - fresh but tangy. Light caramel, pale malt notes. The tangy part with time develops into a bit more herbal, dandelion leaves like notes.

Taste: The citrus sweetness tuned down, pine and grapefruit most dominant, still a bit tangy. Goes into light sweet biscuit and lighter caramel middle. Some of the middle backbone is missing. Goes to pine, grapefruit pith, spiky medium bitterness. It lingers for a while, reminds me of eating older dandelion leaves.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium, suiting carbonation, a bit of coating at the end.

Overall: It's suiting, not demanding, but nothing special. What it does, it does well enough to enjoy it, especially on a hot summer day.

tmzl, Aug 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

speedywinger, Aug 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Johnq1964, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

kjkinsey, Aug 11, 2013
Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,129 ratings.