Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,565
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 23.59%
Wants: 76
Gots: 428 | 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 Cannybrew
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is now my go to beer. As soon as the beer hits the glass the aroma hits my nose. Fresh and zesty, light and fun. Visually it has a lovely golden yellow colour with a small head that lasts throughout. I can taste clear grapefruit and small amounts of aniseed. The aftertaste lingers and my heart is happy.

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely in your face IPA. Would make a steady diet if brewed locally and in cans (like 6 point or Carton).

A: Completely cloudy apricot. Firm 1 finger head. More like a cask beer (which I like).
S: Flowery, earthy, citric hops over a light Euro base. Beautiful flower store next to a bakery. Best part of this beer. A winner.
T: This beer gets more flowery and bakery as it opens up. Give the beer it's due, it's offering a very pleasant and rich arc that is clean, refreshing, and yet fully textured and flowery. great hops atop a Euro Pilsner style base. Clean. Orange zest, orchids, lillies, flower store. Yet never cloying.
MF: Excels here too, Very lovely mouth feel and finish. Makes you want another. Creamy, soft, delicious, delicate - how do they do that?


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Photo of Chris_Burton
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BrewDog is a somewhat controversial name in craft beer. They know how to get people's backs up and they aren't afraid to rock the boat, insult big business and brag about how great they are. Some find their arrogant attitude funny and refreshing while others deem it immature. What can't be denied however, is that BrewDog have great quality beer to back up their irreverence.

And so this leads me to Punk IPA, their most well-known beer that for many drinkers, is the first BrewDog product they try. And damn, it's good. When you pour it out of the bottle (or get it on tap if you're lucky) you will be greeted with a golden orange body and a finger of white, foamy head. The smell is intoxicating: you can practically taste the hops before you even put your lips to the glass. There is a blend of citrus fruits with a tinge of bitterness. The flavour is similar to the aroma: hoppy, citrusy and powerful. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and despite the huge flavours it's a very refreshing and moreish drink.

BrewDog claim this is "how beer should be" and it's very hard to argue with them. Well recommended for anyone who enjoys IPA.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22.4 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy dark golden brown with a little lacing on the glass

Smell: Slight grapefruit scent

Taste: Better citrus/grapefruit taste with a little bit of bitterness but the bitterness doesn't remain for too long (which I like). It has a little bit of a sweetness to counter the bitterness.

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Photo of Brewhemoth
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice white, head which left good lacing. Good head retention. There is little visible activity.
S: Hop-bomb (as it should be). Citrus, pinecone, grapefruit, and a little resin-y. Pale, bready, malts. Pretty much everything you want from an IPA.
T: Good malt backbone, followed by that nice fresh hop flavor - pine stands out. A good, smooth, build of bitter.
M: Very smooth. On the lighter carbonation side for the style, but done proper. Very nicely balanced.

O: Think this is a great beer. Drink it regularly. A nice "go to" IPA that just about hits all the standard marks, and is a good start to the night (if you're on that route).

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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I recently went to London and had this on tap at BrewDog Camden and found it to be an excellent IPA; I've updated my rating accordingly


Tasted On: 05-06-2014
Freshness: Best by 04-15-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

So this bottle is a few weeks past the 'best by' date, due to Let's Pour sending them to me that way. They refunded me the cost of the beer...we will see if the age makes for a negative impact

Beers pours a quite murky, orange-yellow color, with a white head a finger high. A nice ring of lace circles the glass; head retention is fair.

Smells are a pleasing if not powerful blend of tropical fruit hop aromas, with some pine as well.

The taste has a moderate level of bitterness to it; plus grapefruit and pineapple, which give some acidity. The beer is hoppy, but also fruity and a little malty as well. Very nice balancing act

Mouthfeel is crisp, wich what I'd call a chewy body. The finish has fruity hop notes and bitterness.

Overall a very tasty ale, with a good balanced flavor. Since the beer is past its best by date, I'd assume that some of the flavors and aromas are less than they'd normally be, but this is still a great drinker!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange, with a half inch head, and only a small amount of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, grassy hops, and a bit of alcohol.

The alcohol's not noticeable in the taste, luckily, considering it's a 5% ABV beer. Lots of juicy grapefruit flavor, a little bit of orange, some grassy bitterness that doesn't linger long.

Medium bodied, a little thin, but that makes sense given the ABV. Medium carbonation, pretty drinkable.

Haven't really tried anything from Brew Dog before, sorta didn't think much of them based on gimmickry, but this was pretty good.

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Photo of Geert
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden clear beer with a white head.
Great fruity/green aroma that really smells of fresh hops, like rubbing a cone at harvest time.
Taste and mouthfeel are hoppy but not overwhelmingly bitter. No astringency, not too much carbonation. Easy drinking.
Malt is on the background.

Kind of like a a dry German pils with the aroma of an (American) IPA.

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Photo of IPA35
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pale golden ale, white head that disappears quickly. Used a wet glass.

A fresh pale ale. Casade hops I guess, so fruity and resiny. Light malts. Smells good.

Taste follows the nose really. Lighter malts so like grainly and bready. Hop forwards with some tropical fruitiness and a decent bitterness. Nice session beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty lager like, a little more creamy perhaps.

Overal a great session beer. Not very complex but tasty.

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Photo of rangerred
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a very thin, fizzy white head that settles to just a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not impressive.

Aroma has some overripe fruit character made up of oranges and tangerines. Maybe a touch of grapefruit thrown in there as well. A light touch of toasted malt.

Flavor is lacking in intensity unfortunately. Orange and tangerine dominate with some juiciness but it is a little too subdued. Bitterness is only moderate as well. Malt is in the background and props up the body but barely; just a bit of toast. The mouthfeel is probably the worst thing about this beer. Just watery all the way around.

Overall, I was expecting a bit more out of this beer. It just doesn't really stand up to some of the great IPA's being produced today. This might have been a standout beer in the U.K. years ago but I feel that probably isn't the case any longer.

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Photo of Nostrajonus
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy golden yellow pour with a good bit of white frothy head with good retention and wonderful lacing.

S-Good deal of hops in the nose. Citrus aroma overwhelms the smell with hints of pine and bready malt.

T- Quite the opposite of the smell. Very malty up front with a faint citrus hop finish.

M- Great texture. Smooth...but not too light, moderate carbonation.

O- This is a solid beer. Very drinkable, I could definitely put back a couple of these. That being said, I prefer a more hop forward IPA with more IBUs.

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Photo of Paincane
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden with healthy off-white head and excellent lacing. Nice head retention.
S: Floral, fruity, pine and caramel nose.
T: Hearty malt backbone balances with fruity hoppiness.
M: Smooth, dry and balanced brew.
O: Good IPA from Brew Dog.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into an English pub glass, my example is a cloudy yellow gold color, just shy of peach, with a copious beige head that retained its shape well. Smells like classic English malt, sweet, toasty, a little aromatic, and bright fruity hops that evoke citrus rind and some tangy spice. Smells pleasant enough if a bit subdued. Tastes pretty good to this guy who typically enjoys IPAs that fall somewhere between English and American, with toasted biscuit and gummy candy caramel malts that assert themselves as you go, paired with lemon-lime-grapefruit hops that also produce a medicinal but not overbearing juniper berry or spruce effect that (much like the malts) accumulates over time. Body has a little chew and this one features a rather crisp, dry finish for the style, with some lingering peppery spice and saltwater taffy. This beer garners mixed reviews on this website, perhaps because of a combination of mindless anti-Brew Dog backlash and a preponderance of old bottles on the US market. Mine tasted just fine. Although this is not a terribly aggressive IPA, Punk moniker notwithstanding (more like John Lydon solo than legit Sex Pistols), it does have some attitude and I appreciate the "malt backbone". More than just three chords and a bad mohawk.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky cloudy golden apricot in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising along the sides of the glass and some peach + copper + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy very light beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal and citrus/grapefruit pith hops over lighter aromas of pine hops and biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a light hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of herbal, floral, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick and a touch watery towards the finish.

O: Enjoyable but possibly not quite as fresh as it could have been (though the best by date indicates that it is good until July 2014). The malts flavors were a little stronger than I expected and it tasted a bit like the hops were past their prime. Definitely drinkable but not necessarily one that I would rush to grab again.

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Photo of leaddog
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with a finger width of foamy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruit, light bready malts.

Taste - Everything you get in the aroma... citrus hops, grapefruit and tropical fruit, light bready malts. Light bitterness factor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - I would like to see a bit more hop flavour in this, since I feel that it is lacking for the American IPA style. But regardless of that, all the right flavours are in play.

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Photo of papat444
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1st time trying these guys. Interestingly, imported by Anchor Brewing, did not know that.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 13-06-14.

Hazy banana orange colored body, decent bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is sweet clementines, oranges and plus assorted fruit. Flavor is a let down IMO. Overripe fruit, mostly peaches and oranges; biscuity, malty and not much hops. Not what i'm looking for in an IPA. Bit of a tepid feel and bitterness is shy.

Well, underwhelmed by my first try of Brewdog. IPA should not be slapped on this bottle as this ale doesn't resemble that style at all.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 1 finger-width, off-white head sat on top of the golden orange liquid.

Aroma - Unbalance combination of malts and tropical flavored hops.

Taste - Same as the smell; nothing exciting here.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation hits the tongue and goes down smooth with a touch of bitterness at the end. Light to medium body.

Overall - This was my first brew from Brew Dog and was expecting a better beer from them. Felt it was a combination of a pale ale, IPA, and a farmhouse ale. Unbalanced and not to my liking.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Sometimes a beer just gets on your nerves. I tried this at island creek oyster house as it sounded interesting. I just saw the website and it said that they don't care if you like our beer. Thank god, as you wouldn't make anymore. This poured a standard pale ale color and a little head. It was a nice start. Trouble was I didn't know what this was going for. A bit malty and a hint of citrus....not overly hoppy which is fine. But after many drinks I was kind of hoping it was over soon. More of a farmhouse ale in my mind. I didn't like this, but of course, they don't care any way. Guess we both lose

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22oz bomber.

Definitely looked great in the glass, quite hazy (almost turbid() and yellow/tan, with a monster head that prevented my pouring the rest of my beer till it eventually settled down. Sticky lace clung in rings around the glass, and a dense off-white foamy cap remained on the beer throughout the entire 22oz bottle. Date on the bottle indicates this beer is in its proper window.

Beyond the appearance, I'm left more than a bit confused by this beer. How it fits in the American IPA category, and has the ratings it does, is beyond me. It's heavy on the malts, with some extremely funky old-boot notes and some very earthy hops that have a residual bite to them, but don't in any way cry out "American IPA,.".

If I hadn't looked it up here to review it, and hadn't read the label, American IPA would be somewhere near the last category I would expect it to fit in. It's hard to even rate this "to style" in the category it's listed in. It could pass as a pale ale of some sorts, but as an American IPA or pale ale, it's not especially outstanding.

Heavy on the funky weirdness, with a somewhat indecisive finish and body that's halfway between thick and watery., and hoppy and malty. Definitely different., but If you are looking for a typical American IPA, then you'll need to ignore the categorization of this one

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing smell of herbal crisp grapefruit from the hops. On the taste its very smooth with the hop flavors mostly consisting of grapes from the Nelson sauvin hops they use as well as the herbal qualities from the other hops.

The bitterness isn't big but it evolves on the back of your tongue as you progress through the beer. So it does remind you of an IPA most definitely. The hop flavors are what shine through this though and not the bitterness.

The malts come through with the smoothness as soon as you sip it and then it melds with the hop flavor so well on the rest of the sip. Great beer I can't wait to try their Hardcore IPA now that my beer stores are starting to carry their beers more, which I'm grateful for because this beer is awesome.

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Photo of Poutanen
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have tried probably 100+ IPAs this year, and this ranks high up on that list. It's not super hoppy in your face, but it's very well balanced. Good mouth feel, I still have the taste in my mouth from a sip a few minutes ago. Smell is inviting. A quality beer that I would buy again, I'm used to Canadian and American IPAs trumping most other offering (except for one from New Zealand that is my favorite), but this is a good beer from a UK brewery.

Will buy again!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Gold with 1 finger of white, fluffy head. Slightly hazy with light carbonation.

Must, lemon and touches of tropical fruit.

Lemon, papaya skin and green tea. Sourdough bread and honeydew melon.

Medium bodied, juicy, crisp and clean.

Easy drinkin’ with only a light bitterness.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Dat Dog New Orleans. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a semi-hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and sparse surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Musty hop aroma emanates from the glass delivering a mild citrus note but is also grassy and piney. Slight malt sweetness.

T- The flavor is balanced between a smooth yet metallic bitterness, somewhat sweet cereal malt grain and a noticeable alcohol presence. That being said, everything works decently well together while not being imposing.

M- Somewhat dry and prickly. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A pretty safe version of an IPA from a brewery that's known for being outlandishly abrasive.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is very fresh, only about a month old.

Pale colour. Looks like a lager. Good head retention and great lacing.

The smell is impressive. Tons of tropical fruit and citrus aromas invite you to take a sip,

The taste is consistent with the smell with great hop bitterness and grapefruit like citrus notes. There is also a nice background of malty sweetness which is in perfect balance with the bitterness. Delicious with stong bitterness but great drinkability.

Overall this is a really solid IPA that conforms to the American rather than the traditional English IPA style. It would make a good beer for a lager drinker to try in order to experience something different but still have the refreshment factor and quaffability of pale lagers. It's very widely available and not too expensive. A great go to for those in the UK who like the US style IPA. It would be interesting to compare this to more USA made equivalents and I look forward to doing this when I can get hold of some of those!

My mark out of one hundred would be 87.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours yellow/orange/slight amber. Creamy head a d good lacing.

S: Aroma is definitely hoppy - strong line, nice.

T: Nicely hopped, piney and bitter for a UK IPA.

M: Pretty light and could do more than one.

O: EDIT: On tap at BrewDog Camden Town. Fresh. Hoppy. Nice. As expected.

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.