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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,002 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 30
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother fucker of a pale ale.

A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg bopping around India and the sub continent. Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist.

God save the Queen and all who sail in her. Raising a Stiff Little Finger to IPAs that have come before and those it is yet to meet.
Turn up the volume Pay the man. Embrace the punked up, fucked up outlaw elite.

Never Mind the Bollocks this is the real shit.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: bark on 11-02-2007)
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Photo of ghostwalker


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 18-02-12, just made it. Is this really retired?

Appearance is really beautiful. Enormous and thick, billowy white head with a classic unfiltered cloudy golden body.

Noise is too light, not enough there. What there is of it is pleasantly sharp hops.

Flavor is crisp, smooth and balanced IPA. Moderate malt backbone with a citrusy hop bite on the finish. At 6%, this is no palate wrecker, it's just a good, solid flavorful IPA.

Mouthfeel is aspirin chalky, toothstripping goodness.

Excellent drinkability. This would make a good session IPA, like Harpoon or Smutty Finest Kind.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:50:29 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle tried 23 Oct 2010. Courtesy of L&D, thank you! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Best before date 29/07/11, batch 204.

Large thick off white head. Lightly carbonated. Clear bright orange color. Citrus, resin and grainy sweetness in the aroma. Grapefruit pithiness dominates the taste. Some citrus juicy sweetness as well. Finishes with a lingering bittersweetness, lot of grapefruit. Medium to light body, alcohol noticeable but not hot.

A bit of a bitter little beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:11:39 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of seedsofchaos


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though BA says this beer is retired and that only the 5.6% is brewed, I picked up this 6.0% beer from my local just last weekend. It's fresh. Batch 307 with a best before date of 28-07-2012 (July 28th, 2012). Alcohol is listed at 6% by volume. 11.2 ounce format.

A mix of gold and copper in color, Punk IPA appears to be a beer of clarity. A closer look reveals an opaque brew with low carbonation a quickly dissipating snow-white head.

This Punk doesn't hide its bouquet of floral and citrus. While the nose is dominated by what most would deem Northwest hops, there is a slight suggestion of pine in the background. Pale malt hides around the corner. After tasting, I perceive a bit of honey in the aroma as well.

Noticeably sweeter at first than most IPAs that I've had, the first flavors that hit me are rather muted cousins of the bouquet. While the bitterness is there, don't expect an ass puckering... Bitterness actually balances each sip much in the way an ESB would, without calling out obvious hoppy roots. Don't get me wrong, citrus is there (grapefruit and a bit of pineapple), but the taste is rather malt and bitter forward without much flavor from the hops that create this brew's great aroma.

This beer really does drink like a summer's day ESB. An easy one to session up and throw back, Punk IPA is a medium/light to medium bodied brew that lacks any formidable traits that one can really call attention to. In my opinion, Punk would be great canned for summer activities but isn't necessarily memorable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 19:17:09 | More by seedsofchaos
Photo of christopheraknox


4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-31-2011 00:38:23 | More by christopheraknox
Photo of ygtbsm94


2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

12-29-2011 01:19:12 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of RedFox


3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-28-2011 19:31:43 | More by RedFox
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with big carbonation initially but the that ends as the beer settles into a fantastic appearance. Good orange-yellow opaque lightly hazed body with a foamy white two finger head with great clingy retention. There is a ring of slightly darker brass matter at the bottom of the glass. The dry hops produce a solid unfiltered look, a la a true hefeweizen. This is a great looking IPA.

Smell: Instantly tropical fruits hit me nose. This beer packs a huge wallop of sweet pineapple. It isn't faintly fruit but right in your face. I also get big amounts of mango and Kiwi. The hops give off secondary aromas of candy, resinous, spicy and oily hops. There is a slight bread and biscuit aroma in the malt area. Punk IPA is lacking some balance in the malt area. It is there but it is just overpowered by the sweetness.

One note: I perceive some chalkiness almost like broken down limestone. This may be a good characteristic to some. I'm not sure how I feel about, it nor can I ascertain the source though it comes from the hops.

Taste: Pineapple. Starfruit. Lemonade. Very mouth-puckering sweetness and even sour flavors coming from the Nelson Sauvin hops. I taste gooseberry and green grape. Apricot. Slightly caramel and doughy malt taste. Lacking in malt character.

Mouthfeel: Light and mild slightly sticky influx of hops flavors. Not nearly balanced enough. Great hop character, but I wish they would bring the malts forward some. This somewhat affects the drinkability. Then again I have been drinking malt bombs all winter to warm up.

Overall: Great hop character. Insanely drinkable but I would like more malts in the mix. I think this brewery has great promise and I will try their beers again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 07:34:06 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of sfprint


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp: 6/21/12
A: soft half finger head, wispy rising carbonation, orangy yellow in color and somewhat opaque.
S: Beautiful. Not so plasticy, very apricoty, fresh apricot, like apricot sorbet. Amazing!
T: Sort of mild in flavor but there is a semisharp bitterness on the end, which I find too dominant. There's sort of a surprising sneaky sweetness underneath which for me has a sort of syrupy quality. Creamy but hops are too strong.
M: Not so carbonated, bitterness is certainly felt. There is a pleasant softness to it which is nice.
O: Nice. Both mild but the hops make it strong.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 01:42:43 | More by sfprint
Photo of jophish17


2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

12-24-2011 00:43:38 | More by jophish17
Photo of pintobean


3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can I say? I found a bunch of bottles of this at a liquor store in an area that probably doesn't drink a lot of craft stuff. It had a best before date of 07/07/09. Guess I'm over a few years too late, because the hop flavor and aroma have diminished. Still drinkable, but nothing to write home about. Wish I could have had this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 03:55:26 | More by pintobean
Photo of dankster


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- honey colored haze with good lacing

S- smelled skunky after opening but big citrus and pine notes after a few mins

T- very woody and mandrin orange notes. resin and malt are backround notes

M- crisp and malty with strong hops finish

O- my first brewdog beer ever and it is pretty good. not something to drink often but good for having a best by date older than 3 months.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 21:10:30 | More by dankster
Photo of brown2cu


2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy orange with a head that sticks around for the duration. No lacing.

S: awful and stale. Very minimal hop presence. The best comparison I can give is that it smells like a batch of underwhelming home brew. Something funky as well

T: balanced and tame despite what the label says. Minty hops are the prevalent note.

M: medium bodied and just the right amount of carbonation.

O: not great but freshness is in question.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:54:10 | More by brown2cu
Photo of Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the last reviews of this beer perchance?

The ABV has been lowered from 6.0% to 5.6% and it is now released in a can as opposed to bottle, since (approx) spring 2011

This bottle was from my Christmas 2010 beer supplies that was left over at my parents house

Best Before Date 01.11.2011 - sampled 17.12.2011

The fact that this beer wasn't 'fresh' didn't detract from the taste

Poured into a half pint glass, slightly hazy blonde and never cleared, finger of head

Not a great deal of lacing as I drank

Aroma - hoppy/citrus/sweet

A very bitter taste for a 6% beer and in my opinion a superior flavour to the current 5.6% Brew Dog Punk IPA, less flowery

A very decent beer, bring back the old Punk !!!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 11:25:57 | More by Ruds
Photo of Discordian

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-15-2011 04:47:48 | More by Discordian
Photo of coy


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle, fresh bottling date.

Appearance.- Cloudy Yellow, white head.

Smell.- Nice strong floral aroma.

Taste.- Bitter, very citrus flavor .

Mouthfeel.- Nice carbonation, medium body.

Overall.- Nice beer, I can drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 06:08:04 | More by coy
Photo of brandoman63


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-30-2011 15:27:29 | More by brandoman63
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden body with an unusually lively pure white head.

Real punching aroma big hits of grapefruit there that blasts everything out of the water hints of citrus and vague floral and gunpowder notes.

The taste is likewise big biting hops that make anything else hard to detect till the soured peppery bitter after taste.

Good, not great could see it being a replacement emergency bottle for keg only pubs.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 21:24:48 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of waiting4lunch


4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-23-2011 15:07:09 | More by waiting4lunch
Photo of Exiled


3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-23-2011 04:49:31 | More by Exiled
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best before: 21-08-12

pours a mostly clear, medium golden colour. okay amount of head, good lacing throughout. smell was hoppy, very lemony. taste was good - citrusy, hops, malt - good balance. overall not bad, good drinkability and enjoyable enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 03:13:07 | More by fostachild
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden yellow with a frothy head. Good lacing as it went down. It had a pleasant floral aroma suggestive of hops. I was somewhat let down by the taste - it was very light, tasting more like a Pale Ale than an IPA. Based on the freshness date I don't think the hops had time to mellow out really. Although it does not taste bad by any means, I can't recommend this beer to any hop heads looking for a powerful American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 18:02:38 | More by Neorebel
Photo of StaveHooks


2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with 1.5 finger white head. Stellar retention with loads of lacing from top to bottom.

S - Floral, buttery biscuits, cheesy sulphur yeast, lemon zest. Cheese dominates as it warms.

T - Floral hops with a buttery pale malt. Lemon zest starts opening up with a spicy bitterness. The buttery cracker pale malt is a strange mix with the lemon rind hops. Crisp finish with some lemon and leafy hop bitterness lingering.

M - Moderate carbonation, full side of medium body.

Great looking beer! A cracker based pale malt with lots of leafy and lemon zest hops. The light buttery flavor didn't help. It almost has a lager yeast character. Different but the perfume/lemon hops seems forced on top of the simple pale malt.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 21:42:38 | More by StaveHooks
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-18-2011 22:22:29 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of R15


4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-18-2011 11:25:54 | More by R15
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-18-2011 06:00:51 | More by BeerArchivist
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