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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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Reviews: 508
Hads: 1,519
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 70
Gots: 403 | FT: 1
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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 SFLpunk
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of ABOWMan
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of Kamaphant
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy appearance with little to no head but an exotic colour.
Definate aroma of grapefruit, quite tarty smell but distinct from any other beer.
Pleasant taste, definate citrus pangs and quite carbonated, smooth texture, quite spicy.
Overall a decent tipple and one I would definately drink again. (297 characters)

Photo of Lukie
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A straw like colour with a minimal head and small lacing. Nothing overly exciting and the colour is quite off-putting compared to actual American IPA's from America.

Lemon citrus and grassy aromas come through with little else. Again, not alot coming through with the beer.

Pale, slight malt like flavour gives way to a punch to the face of hop astringency. It's hard to really distinguish flavours in this, as its just bitterness, and thats about it.

Drinkable, to an extent. Not something I will ever buy again, as I think it fails to really be a good American style IPA compared to others I have tried. Even the DIPA's are much more drinkable then this. (659 characters)

Photo of letsgopicnic
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into nonic pint

straw with hints of amber, no head with decent lacing

hops, citrus, grapefruit, small hint of banana

hops but not as much as i had expected, a small malt profile, grapefruit rind, a little banana in the background (265 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt, 6.4oz bottle. "best before" 07/07/09

golden straw with amber tones. slight haze. some foamy head, fades to wispy thin film and thin foamy ring. decent lacing.

mildly citrus and pine aroma, with a freshness of grapefruit flesh. some sulfurous tones that aren't exactly skunk. citrus fruit melds with bready caramel.

quite sweet and fruity in the flavor, both from the malt and citrus spectrum. hops are moderately piney and citrus zest, but not all that bitter. some resinous quality, emphasized slightly more with the bitterness in the finish.

smooth, with the feel of lightly watered down syrup, and resinous in the finish. crisp carbonation.

not bad, but if this is being categorized as an "american IPA", then it misses the mark ever so slightly. it's also quite pricey for what you get, so not really worth the money. better IPA's, both american and english, can be had for less than half the price.

EDIT: there was a pricing mismatch because of the importer. the beers are now more reasonably priced. (1,016 characters)

Photo of krunchie
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Standard IPA appearance. Golden yellow, very clear. No head at all though, hardly any lacing. Good carbonation

S: Hops! Though not as much as I expected. Some american hops. Grape fruit, citrus. A bit sweet

T: I want more bitterness and more hop aroma! Being an IPA, this brew doesn't offer much style-wise. Some hop flavor, too little aroma. Maltier, pretty ok though.

M: Light, quite nice carbonation. A bit creamy, but crisp

D: I could drink lots of this, but I prefer other IPAs.

This beer doesn't offer the hophead much, unfortunately. It's quite a decent beer though, it just isn't 'up there' (606 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow with a noticeable white head, and leaves a winterful of lace. As neutral as I can say of aroma. Mouthfeel is light, until lots of lace coats mouth at the end of 600 ml bottle. Decent IPA, very drinkable, bitterness and hops are there but its not outstanding for the style. Still enjoyable.

Good but not worth $12 USA (OK, 11.99)
A better deal at 2.65 for a small bottle enjoyed locally. (410 characters)

Photo of Voonder
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light (for IPA) cloudy yellow. Small white head. Smell - sweet - honey, grapes, citrus, quite interesting. Taste - different. Honey + grapefruit, then hoppy bitternes, some spices, pine, a bit sour. Mouthfeel - rich, almost creamy. It is definately different than your regular IPA. It's interesting brew, I liked it. (327 characters)

Photo of fullsweep
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Slow pour yields minimal head, but nice lacing around the glass.

Smells nice--bittersweet and grainy, but very pleasant.

Taste is very bitter, with only mild sweet undertones. Must be the hops.

Feels fine on the tongue, nothing outstanding, but nice enough.

This a little too bitter for my tastes, but that's probably typical of IPAs, which are not necessarily my favorite. (413 characters)

Photo of linnet
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden colour, straw, very light colour, the feature of this beer that I find the least impressing, small almost non existant head with some lacing. Aroma is hoppy and fruity, pine, citrus, some sweet notes that i associate with pineapple is also present. Flavour is packed with hops but there is more malt present to balance it than I usually find in American style IPAs. Mouthfeel is very lively with a lot of carbonation. I really like this beer, I've had several bottles and I look forward to have more of them! (515 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My only complaint is with the appearance. Straw coloured is too light. The fluffy head is quite nice though. Of course this doesn't really matter. It certainly isn't 20% of the point....

The fresh, crisp hoppy nose with slight citric hints is really an insufficent guide to the quality of this IPA, at least by British standards. This is the nearest I've got to my Pacific NW staple beers since I made the sad, bad move from Portland to Scotland. The feel is oily but in a great, rich way, creating a grand suggestion of pine resin. Big herbal hops hit instantly, backed with enough malt to create just the right proportion of grapefruity sweetness.

Hold on: I have a second complaint. Put it in a 500ml bottle: the standard here. It is too expensive at the price charged for a small bottle. When I found some on tap it wasn't so expensive by the pint. (854 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, courtesy of Ralph.

Pours a mostly clear yellow, light bit of haze, thin white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin collar, leaves some spots on the glass. Smell is decent, some lemons, caramel, honey, floral hops, light biscuit and fruit, some pineapple, nice balanced hoppiness. Taste is similar, toasty and biscuity malts at first, some caramel and honey sweetness, floral, quite fragrant, some orange peel bitterness, well balanced. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing spectacular but a pretty nice IPA. Thanks Ralph! (577 characters)

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

Batch 001, best before 01/01/09 (oops), bottle from my Secret Santa. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold with a small, foamy white head. Aroma is fruity, with some raisins and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet malt initially with a bitter citrus/fruity finish. Nice and drinkable even though it is a little past its prime.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5) (334 characters)

Photo of mbunje
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very light in color, straw yellow, with a white head that maxes at about 1/2" It is crystal clear with medium carbonation.

Smell is a crisp citrus, grassy scent. Different from California IPAs

Taste, well not so good...at least for my expectations for an IPA. There is zero malt in this. Taste is critric-grapefruit bitterness. No sweetness to be heard of. Very grassy hop taste.

Mouthfeel is light, but still with good body. It doesn't coat the tongue, but there is substance.

At $9USD for a 22oz bottle, combined with the average experience, I say this is not drinkable. Save your dough. (644 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a ligth ditry yellow color ale with a thin bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of bitter hops are dominating but not as much as your usual American IPA. Taste is also dominated by some US bitter hops with a light dry malt backbone. Full body with low carbonation. Lacking some character and almost closer to an APA then anything else. (375 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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 (290 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of simonjohansson
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (331 characters)

Photo of tmitch75
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of swanmann
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of chrism86
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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! (446 characters)

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