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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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Reviews: 530
Hads: 1,650
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 23.8%
Wants: 81
Gots: 480 | 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 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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Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light and hazy pale golden color with a small white head that settles into a very light cap. The aroma is of stale yet strong grapefruit hops. Smells like an uber strong hop that has taken a turn to the south. Some noticable tropical fruit. The taste is of pale malts with a light hop presence. There is some grassy hops that would work well in an APA howevery fall short in this AIPA. That being said, there is a light malt presence, quite neutral, nothing to get in the way of the hop presence. So as an AIPA the hop profile falls short, clearly lacking a powerful hop presence. For an APA, the hops may be there, though I like to see more of a fresh juicy hop, the malt is a bit weak, and more to the AIPA style. So in a confusing conclusing not sure it this is a APA or an AIPA. The feel is light with semi-soft carbonation; starts off malty sweet but finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. A decent AIPA for those who like tropical fruit. Could use more of a hop presence. Interesting.

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Photo of cavedave
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A cloudy, light straw colored, almost headless beer that is certainly not true to style. It does not look like any beer I've tried.

Smell is a strange (for an AIPA) combo of fruity yeast, bland grain, herbs, and just a hint of citrus. Many beers push the envelope of style nowadays, but I think this Scottish beer needs a category of its own.

Taste is a burst of yeast and mild bitterness, some fruity notes (apricot? pear?), an incongruous earthy/grassy flavor, and a finish some degrees short of long that is bitter without any of the good pine/citrus/herbal bitterness that should be the hallmark of
of this style.

Mouthfeel is strange, unlike any beer I've tried. I would say it is thin/medium bodied, insufficiently resinous, but the carbonation is right for the style this purports to be.

Due to above factors this is not a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of dia11577
1.88/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If this beer was labeled a pale ale it might have received higher marks, but not much higher. However, this beer is labeled an "American IPA." As an American and someone who really likes IPA's I feel very offended.

The aroma is identical to your average pale ale. There were none of the piney or citrus hop-imparted aromas I expected. No yeast aroma as well.

The beer pours light gold (honestly, think Miller Lite) and slightly cloudy. It kind of has the appearance of something between a pale ale and a wheat beer but there is very little carbonation and consequently little or no head.

Mouth feel is similar to cold, flat beer (no exageration here). Taste is slightly sour with all "flavor" reserved for the back end.

This was easliy the worst craft beer experience I've ever had. The only good thing I can take away from this is that the bomber only cost $6... and now I know why.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-19-09
Batch 004
Best before 7-7-09

Pours a cloudy bright yellow-gold, that is actually quite cool when you hold it up to the light. No real head, and tiny bubbles of lacing.

Smell is big, grassy hops, with a great subtle roasted quality to the malt. Tons of citrus is there if you really get into it.

Taste is very light, the hops are sharply bitter at first, and then mellow out to a light, fruity, citrus flavor. The malt is there is just the right amount, very Pilsner-esque.

Mouthfeel is good, the light carbonation goes very well with the flavors.

Drinkability is very good, bitter, but well-handled.

Overall, I'm impressed. It makes me want to try even more BrewDog's more extreme offerings.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pleasantly bitter pale ale. Very nicely balanced. Was extremely satisfying. Perhaps this is because we were drinking this while on a train ride, so our expectations were different than if were were at a beer bar drinking it out of the proper glass. But it was extremely satisfying. Hoppy but not overpowering. Extremely refreshing. Definitely something we'll look for again.

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

If I hadn't poured it myself, I'd have thought this was a pilsener: same golden yellow body, same large-ish bubbles, same snowy white head. But the retention is good, and there's something very attractive about an IPA this light in color. The aroma is less striking, but sitll good: gin-like, with some juniper and pine notes, mild citrus, a bit of medicinal bitterness, and very soft underlying fruity esters. Malts are MIA except for a thin honey-like sweetness. Tastes much more robust than the nose let on, with a full, sweet malt base (maybe a bit too sweet) and a clenching bitterness of grapefruit, arugula, and juniper. Thin and noticeably alcoholic - the malts add sweetness but not much body or character save a touch of honeyed biscuit. Softly carbonated with a fairly dry finish that hangs like a hoppy fog on the palate. Not an outstanding IPA, but one that just about delivers the hop kick I want from the style. Robust and refreshing.

Note: I really hate the Arrogant Bastard ripoff marketing on the label of this beer. Not impressed, posers.

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

A: Golden yellow, rather pale for the style. Big slightly off-white head with good retention. Some lacings.

S: Slightly perfumy hop character with a decent amount of grapefruit. Pine-needles. Toasty malt aromas.

T: Basically grapefruit, some faint notes of lemon, pine-needles and quite pleasant hop flavors. Somewhat perfumy. The malts are restrained, yet quite sweet and has a rather toasty character. The finish is actually quite bitter and since there is not much going on that balance it, it gets slightly to dominating. Faint note of alcohol. All in all, it's rather refreshing and good.

M: Medium body, quite boring mouthfeel. But for some reason, it fits the beer.

D: I like this one. Certainly not the most hoppy IPA, but it's very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of rmaste6282
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I didn't know what I was buying at the time, I just saw an IPA that I haven't had before so I picked it up, at $10.99 a bomber, this better be good.

Well, it is cloudy and light yellow to faint copper, with barely any head or lacing. The smell wasn't what I expected out of an IPA, it smells of hops, and yeast. The taste is bitter, tasting more like an ESB than a IPA. The beer is nearly flat, barely any carbonation. Something isn't right with this beer, maybe it is passed it's prime. Not my kind of IPA.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the color of the beer is a little off-putting. It's a hazy yellow color that looks mor like a hefe. The small white head produces some lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet malt, with a bit of flowers and citrus. I love the taste: sweet malt with grapefruit and pine. A well-balanced beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of joepais
2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 7/7/09 Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of fluffy white head that turned to a thick lace .The body of the brew however is a hazy pale yellow the beer that really looks like pilsner.

There is not much hops in the aroma actually the yeast stands out more than the hops. There is a slight lemon aroma here as well.

The flavor is really bitter that's about it. Is this what the world thinks an American IPA should be?
This brew is watery and light in the mouth feel department. I am not really getting into this one.

I think this brew is a one and done for me

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Photo of bcdees47
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one from the cask at the Heriot-Watt beer festival in March. This IPA appears an effervescent golden color in the glass and smells of fruitiness. The taste is fairly good balance between bitterness and the zesty, fruity characteristics imparted by the hopes. This one is BrewDog's flagship beer and is available pretty much everywhere in Scottish off-licenses. It's not quite as complex as their Hardcore IPA, but this is certainly a very decent IPA compared to some of the other "IPAs" in the UK.

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

Brown 330ml bottle, best before 15th Aug 2009, drank late April 2009 during a 'Pale Ale' tasting day at my house, with just me tasting.

Poured vigorously into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Dull orange and misty body, white thin head that stuck to the glass more than it stuck to the beer!

Hops and Oranges in the aroma, was the colour clouding my nose? Definately the sweeter end of the citrus fruit range of smells, so Oranges it is, although it could have been Pink Grapefruit I suppose.

The aforementioned Pink Grapefruit aroma is very evident in the taste, tangy, sharp and on the sour side compared to the smell. An interesting taste and not unpleasant.

The 6% alcohol is well hidden although it does appear as the mouth drys between gulps. There is also a dryness that comes very early in the mouthfeel, simular to when eating Grapefruit. The bitterness comes out as the mouth drys too.

Luckily I like Grapefruits and fairly dry beers, so for me this was a good beer. I can see why some would shun it, but don't, give it a try.

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Photo of jcwenzel1
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I tried a 22 ounce bottle of Punk IPA brewed by BrewDog Ltd. The initial thought after pouring this beer was, "Where is the head and carbonation?". The appearance of this beer was that of a Bud Light, not an IPA. The hops were present during the first sip then they slowly faded away. This beer reminded me more of a very drinkable kolsh, then an outstanding IPA. By the end of it the beer had increased all around. If you do find yourself with one of these brews please let it sit out like a porter or stout. I would say there are way better American IPA's out there!

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

I find this a very interesting beer. It starts of to be an easy beer to drink but soon the bitterness takes over and makes it mark.

the bitterness of the beer is what comes to mind after drinking it, but initially it start of with a light aroma.

I got hold of this in Sweden at the cost of approx $3a bottle which I recon is a fair price for this different but still good IPA from Brewdog. It might not be everyone's favorite, but it´s surely worth a try.

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Photo of deanhead
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a nice golden color.While golden in color this beer was somewhat cloudy. It didn't affect the taste overall, just it's aesthetics.

Large bubbles laced the glass, with a beer that had virtually no head, but was adequately carbonted.
Taste is citrusy, with zest. It finished bitter with a certain lemonyness & a borderline harshness.

I couldn't quite make out the subtle harsh flavor, but it was definitely there, albeit subtle.

Medium bodied fairly easy drinking American style IPA. I can't say I would pay 6.99 again for this bottle when I can get some terrific examples of this beer right in the US. If I lived in Europe and this was available it would be another story. Regardless, give this brewery a try anyway.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Allright, now I'm totally confused.

I first had the Hardcore IPA ( http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16315/41505 ) and that is their DIPA/IIPA. When I reviewed that I felt it was muted, soft, enjoyable, malty.

Now I'm reviewing their standard IPA, my first assumption was it would be a sessionable version of their DIPA... but really this is hoppier then their DIPA. That's odd.

I'm getting hops/pine/citrus in the nose and a suprisingly bitter aftertaste along with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Lots of grapefruit.

I can't complain as I paid only $6.99 for a bomber because the store couldn't push the product. I think their DIPA was fantastic but this one is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of jkendrick
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy orange with not much head, retention or lace.

S: Moderate for an IPA but fruity

MF: Light to medium bodied with not much mouth coat that one would expect from an IPA

T: Thin, not too aggressive in the hops department, but almost tangy. It's different but not bad. In the end though the interesting flavor is outweighed by the watery-ness.

Overall: It's just too thin! The taste is different for an IP -- tangy and interesting -- but the thinness and watery taste leaves me wanting.

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

22oz brown glass pry-top.

Appearance: Crystal-clear and really pale. Almost no head, a little sudsy white bubbles.

Nose: Light citrus/pine hop character, smells like it's going to be dry. A light woodiness, too.

Palate: Medium to light bodied and moderately dry. Good citrus (grapefruit, orange) flavors with some tropical notes (papaya, mango). Medium length finish and nicely balanced. Slight bitterness.

Notes: Well made sessionable IPA. Reminds me of a scaled-back Founder's Double Trouble.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color into my snifter (thanks Ding!). Has a nice two-finger head and looks very good for the style.

Aroma is full of a floral hop bitterness that is just right to my nose. A bit of malt in the nose as well.

Taste is full of bread and hop bitterness upfront. Smooth. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral hops and bready malt. Smooth and tasty.

A nice IPA from Scotland of all the places. Easy to drink and overall, has the right amount of bitterness.

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Photo of ABOWMan
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Whew! Smell up the kitchen with citrus when I poured this ale. Poured a very light straw color with poor clarity. Nice light white fluffy two fingered head with lots of lacing on the glass. Freshness date was 1/1/09. I'm drinking this on April 3, of 2009.

Aroma is of fresh in-your-face citrus. Lemnon and grapefruit.

Flavor is a huge disappointment! Tastes like a watered-down version of an IPA. I'm insulted that this beer is classified as an American IPA. I think true American IPA's are hugely hoppy and extremely bitter in flavor. This beer weak excuse for and IPA is neither!

Mouthfeel is thin and this beer is definately not worth the $12.99 I paid. Given the description on the label bashing common beers, I would have thought that the brewer would have made something other than what they rambled against.

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