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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,330 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 56
Gots: 229 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ithacabaron
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tmzl
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.