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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 Derek
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale blond with a white head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: A nice nose of American hops (pine, grass & citrus).

T: Nice American hop flavour that's not at all over-the-top (pine, tangerine, nectarine). Bitterness is crisp, but relatively smooth and not at all harsh. Subtle hints of a quality, biscuity malt beneath.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with the carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden in colour and crystal clear. Pours with a fluffy little white head, and has a small amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Heavily floral hops, slightly acidic. Citrus notes, sharp lemons, with a mild orangey tang.

Taste: The taste follows the aromas closely, with bitter floral hops, supported by lemons and oranges. The aftertaste is a product of the massive hoppiness, and has a perfumy quality to it.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium, and there is a sharp dryness to it.

Drinkability: Bitter, floral and perfumy. The little brother of BrewDogs Hardcore IPA, still packs a punch but does so with nicely balanced flavours and a hoppy overdrive that you would expect from an American IPA.

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Photo of endovelico
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle. Reviewed under medium artificial light. Poured into cut glass mug.

Appearance: Pours a gold, semi hazy brew with sizeable white head that holds until the last sip. Unperceived carbonation. Unperceived lacing due to constant swirling.

Smell: Beautiful. Very complex and rich. Aroma of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, peach and pear. Some earthiness and herbal tones aswell. Caramel and biscuit come through as the beer warms up. High intensity. Condition OK.

Taste: Grapefruit and other citrusy flavors dominate initially. As the beer warms up, caramel, biscuity, earthy, herbal and peach come through alot more. High intensity. Lasting lime, grapefruit, earthy and herbal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Coating. Mid to low carbonation. High bitterness. Some perceived acidity.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a 6% ABV brew. A very good take on the style, straying away from traditional American and English IPAs. I absolutely love how the New Zealand hops work on this thing. This must work great with some spicy indian or chinese food.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pale light copper hue with bright foaming white head that forms a rocky texture and rises well above my imperial pint glasses. Interesting serving format with the 660 ml bottles, I seen this brews last summer while in Virginia Beach but decided to pass until I did some research on the brewery. Big collar of lace forms as the head slowly dwindles, even lacing chunks are spread all about.

Aromatics come correct with some serious hop action including pine and citrus bursts with an air of tropical fruit especially a tart pineapple like zing to it. Very mild cracker and biscuit malt presence in their, the hops are shining. A nice mineral water character adds to the mix as well, alpha acids are flowing the striking quality I detect overall is lemongrass or fresh lime zest.

Flavor is expressively bitter with hops, they really wallop the palate. Minimal sweetness upfront with biscuit crackers lightly toasted, malt character. Very complex welcoming flagship IPA more brewers should take notes from these guys, a sweetness really coats the cheeks and sides of the palate bringing more tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Citrus zest bitterness and a pine cone accent in the finish really stays with you after each sip.

Mouthfeel is resinous with slick hop oils medium to light body, carbonation is even with a very natural feel. Dry warming with a touch of alcohol and lasting bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability overall is pretty damn good, I'm glad it arrived at my local in Wintersville, OH. Valley Wine Cellar got this and a few other damn good beers in, these shouldn't have any problems moving.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Lightly hazed golden color with a white head that thinned out but still left some sticky lacing.
Aroma is tropical fruit with a malt background.
Taste starts out fruity, pineapple, grapefruit, mango and citrus, a toffee malt flavor comes in before the crisp, dry finish.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down very easy and I found it to be quite tasty.

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Photo of DerBayer
1.96/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks OK at first decent amber colour with small frothy white head
BUT unfortunately leaves soapy lacing

Smell is very dry very bitter of earwax hops

Taste is very bitter and unpleasantly dry - not a nice hop mixture either

Mouthdfeel is OK at first but leaves an unpleasant coating

Well is this drinkable?

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

08/26/09- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- Not sure what size bottle this was....maybe an even 20oz? Does have a best by date on the back label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Dirty yellow-orange colored pour. The slightest of head (less than 1/4 inch for sure). Leaves some ultra light watery lace behind.

Smell- A touch or cardboard, some sweetend tropical fruit notes and some toasted caramel malts.

Taste- Thankfully the cardboard is gone. Pretty heavy on the tropical fruit flavored hops...a bit overly sweet. A light grainy toasted malt flavor. Gets better as you work through the beer.

Mouthfeel- Very lightly carbonated...not really cask-like, I think just bad bottle conditioning..just enough to make it decent.

Drinkability- Was hoping for better...glad I paid only $5.99 for this bottle than the regualr almost $10 that I see it for everywhere else. Hopefully their DIPA is better.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an insipid yellow colour, with a thin film of head that looks as appealing as an oil slick. Some fine bubbled carbonation, and it has to be said the bead in the head is also very fine. But I'm not convinced that it's a good look overall.

Some pleasant light fruit characters on the nose. A few hints of grape must give it a bit more character than I was expecting from the appearance. Some dark sweetness, a hint of minty phenols wafting around. Yeah, it's not bad. Much better than I was expecting.

Once again I'm taken by surprise, this time by the palate - starts out with light weak tropical fruits, mellows through a dry grain and barnyard character, before culminating in a rather intense English hoppy bitterness, quite gritty on the back of the mouth. It's nice, quite refreshing and I enjoy the adventure with every mouthful. Mouthfeel is good. Not to heavy, not too light - just crisp, accentuating the characters on the palate.

A very drinkable brew all up, and one that far surpassed my expectations of it. I have to say I find it a bit confusing and a little incoherent, but I had fun with it nonetheless.

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Photo of Offa
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly good, but overly bitter, somewhat thin and one-dimensional beer.

Hazy gold-amber, it has a medium, off-white head that slowly shrinks to a thin, foamy top and leaves a tiny bit of lace.

The aroma is fermented apples and pears, grain, lemon, hint of grapefruity and yeasty dough.

The taste is mostly spicey lemony-grapefruity combination with a little candied citrus and a citrusy-fruity-doughy sweetness soon dominated by a somewhat overly pungent, sharp citrusy-peppery bitterness. The bitterness lingers too strongly and too long, making the finish and aftertaste too rough and a bit harsh, but before that it is fairly good if nothing great.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strangely pale yellow, slightly translucent, with an Aero-bar-esque head of cream coloured bubbling. Very minimal bead, and leaves some specks of lacing, but very little. Looks bland - a disappointment, for sure.

Nose is very floral and hoppy, a lot of cascade and/or amarillo, I'm sure. Does have an odd sticky malt sensation behind it, slightly yeasty and almost honey-esque. Some pleasant aromas, but not enough. Lacking a bit of nuance.

Taste is better, with floral hoppy flavours and a slight pine resin character denoting the hops throughout. There is an unfortunate trace of that honey character on there, slight wattle character as well, or at least herbacious and floral. Mouthfeel is nicely full, maybe a bit sticky which is unfortunate, but okay.

This is a decent IPA but certainly not a staggeringly good one. Leaves traces of bitterness without an enjoyable hoppy character, and feels just a bit lacking in flavour. An inauspicious start for a brewery I was hotly anticipating.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this one with my wife. What a fox.

A: Looks very cloudy and with absolutely no head. Well, almost no head, I managed some white bubbles by pouring very vigorously. It's a rich, cloudy golden color with no real active carbonation to speak of, maybe a little but those probably resulted from the pouring.

S: It smells very faintly of apples and other fruits, but no hop wollop here. She smells grain, I guess I could get that too. The bottle is a little old though, so that probably explains that. I do like the hops I'm getting though, when I get them.

T: Very bland again, though it has some lingering bitterness to it after the swallow. Not sweet at all, neither of the malty or sugary variety. It's definitely a traditional English IPA, no crisp citrusy or piney American varieties in there. While I don't taste it while drinking, I do get the same feeling in my mouth that I get after chewing on a hop 'cone'. Not my thing, but I could see some people really liking it.

M: Flat, thin but not watery, and leaves the mouth feeling dry. It is just sort of in your mouth, and then leaves.

D: I don't particularly like it, nor does my wife. We'll drink our big bottle -it was some odd volume- and I don't see very many others doing much more than that either.

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Photo of atsprings
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Raleigh's Flying Saucer during NC's Brewdog release, served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark yellow with a decent off-white head. The aroma was slight citrus hops, but not much there. The taste was a decent amount of Earthy citrus hops above sweet malts with a nice slightly bitter finish. The beer is quite smooth, crisp and refreshing. This is a decent IPA, but at the cost, it's only worth trying, there are many better, less expensive ones out there.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden color with very minimal foam. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S: A lot of caramel and malt. Hops are floral and there is an overall fruitiness that seems to be characteristic of BrewDogs IPAs.

T: Like Hardcore, disappointing at best. A lot of malt with some slight citrus character from the hops. Light bitterness on the end.

M: Kind of watery and slick.

D: A decent tasting beer without any terrible flaws, it's just not exactly good. I suppose it may be because I am used to US, particularly San Diego style IPAs as opposed to the British/UK style.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Head was very disappointing, but I enjoyed the typical murkiness of the IPA.

S - Hard to identify all the flavours. Caramel came through strong.

T - Pleasant fruity-carameliness but disappears too quickly.

M - Normal, quite clean. Would enjoy a stickier hop flavour after I finish.

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Photo of CheckMate
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml brown bottle from The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA. pours a murky light yellow with a half inch of off white that rapidly dissipates. smells of a citrusy grapefruit with a nice hoppy scent. citrus like a grapefruit rind taste with big hop flavor which isn't too over powering. doesn't have a clean finish but not bad all the same. not enough carbonation for my tastes and little too light bodied IMO. not a bad beer. goes against the grain IMO but well worth the money spent for it.


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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml brown bottle purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA. Pours a murky light yellow body with nearly an inch of short-lived off-white head. Aroma consists equally of lemon, grapefruit, and caramel and toffee malts to balance. Tastes sweet and fruity, lemon, orange, and grapefruit from the hops are very present, as well as some pith and floral notes. Caramel and toffee make brief appearances, but are quickly overpowered by the pervasive hop presence. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with surprisingly low carbonation. Slightly more carbonation would aid the drinkability IMO, but otherwise this is a very enjoyable and unique IPA - glad to have tried it!

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Photo of deereless
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Extremely light for an IPA, almost looks like a white ale, sticky frothy head that clings to the side of the glass - 3.00, S: The first whiff produces a tinge of sourness, a slight woodiness to the aroma, some un-placeable tropical fruits and some white wine aromas - 3.50, T: Highly bitter, fermented pineapple??, pungent pink grapefruit, hops rule this beer and malt unquestionably plays second fiddle - 3.75, M: Light body, a touch on the side of thin - 3.00, D: As an IPA this is a decent beer, as a borderline session IPA this is a wonderful beer, the trip to DC from Scotland makes it a little price prohibitive but I'd gladly drink again - 4.00

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

New to BC , this is a Scottish brewer with no plans to make the same malt forward beers as found from fellow Scot brewers. This is a pale coloured IPA that smells of hops and mango. The beer is quite hoppy ( imagine being a Scottish drinker and having one of these) but no more than most PNW IPA's. The balance plays out soon after the first sip and the beer settles into a very well made hop forward IPA. Nothing amazing for this part of the world but a revelation for Scotland. Too bad the price will limit me to having this only once in awhile .

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.11/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours golden yellow with a thin soapy head.

Aroma is vegetal, with a mild caramel base.

Taste is pale and caramel malt. Light citrus character, notably lemon grass. Finish has a light earthy bitterness and a touch of vague spice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, a rather unimpressive IPA. Very little hops, with a broad rather bland flavor lacking punch.

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Photo of bashiba
2.4/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a flat yellow with a light bubbly head.

The smell was flat.

The taste was very week and one dimensional. No malt just a long dry bitter hopiness, lacking the citrus and pine goodness found in most hoppy beers.

The mouthfeel is very watery with a bit of oilyness.

A very subpar IPA.

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Photo of cpone
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy, golden hue. Not much head, foamy, retreats quickly and leaves a soapy lacing.

S: Some pine, bread, yeast. Banana, honey. Detect some wildflower.

T: Not too hoppy, good balance of bitter and sweet malt finish. Good kick of flavor in the middle. Bit of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. Clean finish.

D: Certainly drinkable. A well balanced IPA - more Pale Ale than IPA, though. Good with some sharp cheese - maybe slightly spicy food.

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Photo of GarrisWH
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22.4 oz bomber into a pint glass. Noticed upon pouring that the best before date is 7/7/09. Probably should've checked that before I bought it...hopefully it hasn't lost too much at this point.

A - Pours a hazy, pale orangish-yellow color with a pretty thin, white head that recedes to a minimal cap fairly quickly.

S - Has a yeast-forward aroma with a somewhat of an earthy, musty quality. Also has some citrus(mostly lemon) and slightly spicy hop aromas.

T - Fairly mellow citrus, mostly lemon hop flavors mix with yeasty breadiness. Slight sweet caramel flavors in the background. Mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Really pretty unimpressed with the flavors here, especially for an "American IPA." Quite bland overall and more yeast flavor than any IPA I've ever tried.

M - Medium bodied with VERY minimal carbonation. Almost tastes flat. Very unappealing.

D - I did not really enjoy this beer at all. I hope, and assume, that it is due to the best by date being tomorrow. I really wish that I had checked the date before I bought this one, because it has not been enjoyable whatsoever. I might have to revisit a fresher bottle of this one of these days and see how it compares, because I am fairly sure this one is far from its prime.

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Photo of Kraken
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 1/31/09

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized wine glass. Best by date on the bottle reads 7/7/09. Firm pour fails to conjure anymore then a scant ring of foam around the inner ring of the glass. No lace. Color is cloudy pale yellow.

Nose- Sour candied lemon zest.

Palate- Shockingly light carbonation. Wondering is the beer is bad. Medium bodied, some hues of caramel. Slight hop body, mild lemon zest. Moderately bitter in the finish. Nothing special. In fact disappointed that I paid $7.

Mouthfeel- Tart, massively under carbonated.

Drinkability- Low

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 004

A pretty good IPA that shows no errors, but veers away from the classic ingredients that we know to expect.

The beer begins with a much lighter than expected pour. Straw colored, it looks much like a Pilsner. Lightly carbonated but well headed and lacing is evident- this beer may be trying to represent the look and feel of cask dispensed beer.

Medium aromas of earthy and citrusy hops have no problem gaining precedence over the soft pilsner malt base. Lightly sweetened with a bready short bread confection. Hops have a grapefruity, earthy pine character- maybe a mix of Amarillo, EKG, and Sterling? Interesting nonetheless without regard to adherence to strict guidelines. I love it.

Flavors of soft pilsner malts provide the faintest of foundations and ultimately give a very crisp and moderately malty foundation for the hops. Still, a powdered sugar taste accompanies the hops and give a slight nod to English Bitters. The hop flavor still dominates the beer while not bullying the glass. Orange zest, grapefruit, pine, lemon grass, and floral flavors give an earthiness and sharpness to the hop profile and linger well after the malts have faded.

The well attenuated nature of the beer makes it light, crisp, and clean but with a light creamy malt texture. The clean bitterness does much more than offset the sweetness but become the focus of the mouthfeel. Because of the light malt backbone and the dry hop finish, the beer whisps away flawlessly.

Overall, the beer is very nice and medium throughout, though obviously hop-focused. The interesting play of hop varieties and soft confection sweetness saves the pilsner malt base from mediocrity. Much like a Goose Island IPA but with bolder citrus notes and creamier, softer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before July 7, 2009; Sampled July 3, 2009
A solid pour produces a frothy, large and small bubbled, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a copper-gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of herbal hops and lemon zest up front, but quickly picks up a candied tangelo zest note, caramelized orange peel, as well as a faint note of grassy grain in the finish. The aroma still has a fair amount of hop character to it, for which I am relieved. There seems to be a boost from some fermentation notes to the aroma as well; mostly non-descript but it softly contributes to the fruitiness here with perhaps a hint of diacetyl. The aroma is quite nice and I am definitely enjoying the dominant hop character and the noticeable, clean malt notes.

Dry tasting up front, but it picks up some grain sweetness as it rolls across the tongue. The hop character contributes a signature Meyer lemon flavor that lingers through to the finish. The finish also has a biting hop bitterness to it that sticks around on the palate well after the beer has left my mouth. Tangerine flavors are backed by sharper notes of biting essential citrus oil and pine sap. The citrus character found here can remind me of a nice lemon curd at times. The body has a touch of fullness to it that, perhaps, belies the light color; this does have the quaffability that a good IPA needs though it is perhaps a touch on the full side of perfection. The citrus hop character definitely boosts the perceived sweetness of this beer. The malt here clearly plays a supporting role, but I like that it doesn't have a noticeable crystal malt contribution; the flavor is of clean pale malt with maybe a hint of grassy grain to it.

This is a very pleasant surprise; I wasn't actually expecting much from this beer, but I am really digging the interplay between malt and hop here. Clearly the hop character is dominant, but I like the clean influence of the simple malt bill as it serves as a perfect vehicle for the hop character.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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