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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,031
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 32
Gots: 84 | 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 bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden and pencil yellow colour with a large, frothy white head that gets retained as a thick film and leaves medium-heavy lacing.

Sharp, lemony citrus aroma with a light toasted malt backing and a hint of mineral water.

The taste is fairly light for the style, but that's certainly not to say thin or flavourless. It has a very crisp grapefruit and lemon citrus flavour with just enough of toasty grain tone to balance things out and a subtle pine note.

Fairly thin-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There's a slight oiliness on the tongue along with a mild bread-like sensation. There's a faint cherry or berry fruit note in the finish and the aftertaste has a pronounced bitterness.

Serving type: can

06-11-2012 19:18:13 | More by bryehn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this once before in Alberta, but I never reviewed it...

A - Pours a clear golden colour with a thumb of smal bubbled head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Citrus hop notes dominate, some metallic notes, grassy notes, leafy greens and a bit of bread on the finish.

T - The citrus notes dominate but are a bit one dimentional and fade quickly. The finish is rather bland with some bitter bready flavours lingering.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A decent American IPA with a solid dose of hops up front, but it fades quickly leaving you feeling ripped off. Easy drinking nonetheless and worth a try.

Serving type: can

06-09-2012 17:44:05 | More by andrenaline
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-05-2012 20:25:31 | More by Louski
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to Founder's tulip. Date of 10 NOV 12 on the can.

A - Medium hazy yellow colour. One inch of thick, off-white head that slowly receded to a half finger with good retention. Some light lacing.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit and grassy/floral aromas up front accompanied by a good bitterness. Grapefruit, pineapple, peach and tangerine aromas create a very inviting nose. Very slight malt sweetness in the background.

T - A good hop bite up front. Some grapefruit, pine, tangerine and lighter peach and mango notes are present. The tropical fruit aromas that were a big part of the nose are very muted in the palate. A very slight caramel malt sweetness is present in the middle followed by a long, dry and bitter finish.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Light carbonation. Some hop oils present but not as much as I would have liked.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 18:55:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can into tulip. Best before November 10, 2012.

A- Crystal clear golden pour with a touch of amber. Two finger soapy off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Bright citrus smells of mandarin, grapefruit. Touch of pine and a nice grassy note. A touch of malt in the backing.

T- Grassy and pine bitterness. Very little in the way of fruits that you would find in many American IPAs. This is a East coast meet English IPA. Very little malt in the backing, slightly dry finish.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- My first encounter with this was a LCBO release I stumbled upon before I knew what craft beer was. I was really excited to see this returning. So I can remember what I was missing back then.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 01:07:56 | More by korguy123
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-29-2012 01:26:51 | More by ccozzi
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-12-2012 08:39:37 | More by flayedandskinned
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cloudy and gold in color. One finger head that dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S - Citrus hops with a sweet malt and some honey characteristics.

T - Big grapefruit notes. Slightly floral. Not overly bitter.

M - Big on carbonation, crisp and refreshing to drink.

O - Such a great take on a Pale Ale. It's not mind blowing or earth shattering but a better option than SN-PA.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 19:11:44 | More by cvm4


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Pint glass. Enjoyed on agt´11. Looks like amberish honey in color, chill haze. Off-white froth, rocky copious crown. Floral notes, cut grass, yeast to the nose. Hops are shown by overwhelm citric & piney aromas. Grapefruit tartiness combined with intense biscuit malts provides a complex but gentle bitter flavor. Dry mouthfeel . Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slightly buttery in the middle. Bitter hops on the aftertaste. Very easy drinkability & refreshing sensation. Perfect pairing with spicy fried chicken. Since I have enjoyed this well balanced huge beer many times on bottle I considered it a good one. Now, on-tap, I call her heavy gun.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 08:35:01 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've avoided BrewDog due to freshness, but once I saw fresh cases come in to the local package store, I figured it was a good time to give it a go.

Pours a dark orange with a 2 finger spongy lace-leaving head. Floral hop aroma with some earthiness, caramel balancing sweetness. Some caramel tastes up front, with an initial and lingering bitterness. Hops were floral and earthy, with a bit of sweet citrus. Slick feel, with a slightly dry finish. Lighter bodied and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 05:25:11 | More by EgadBananas
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date Feb 12, 2013. 330ml bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a very nice, just barely hazy amber honey color with a nice thick frothy which head that leave honey comb like lacing and bubbles down the glass. Aromas of juicy pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles and tree sap. Malt aromas of brioche and honey nut chex cereal. Beautiful nose, totally unexpected after seeing all the brew dog bashing in the past. Taste is spot on, really reminds me of the better IPA's i have had in the past along the likes of Ballast Point sculpin and even ithaca flower power. Great upfront bitterness that gets calmed down by honey like sweetness and bread malts to balance everything out. Really a great beer, and perfect for have a few of these in a row. Solid carbonation and really refreshing quality while still making this a beer to enjoy by the sip and not gulp down. Overall i would be hard pressed to find an american IPA that could deliver much more. I put this up there with Ithaca Flower Power IPA for sure which is my all time favorite IPA. Solid brew, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 19:31:40 | More by Augustiner719
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Bierkoning shop in Amsterdam. I love their logo and the artsy label they are using for all their beers.

A: Nice head while pouring, about 1-2 cm stays on top. Alot of carbonation in the beginning and clean, deep golden color.

S: Smell is quite appealing. Smells of citrus, hops and a little hint of yeast.

T: Wow. It's not what I expected, but I quite enjoy it. The taste of herbal and citrus are quite dominant.Nice balanced aftertaste.

M: Nice amount of carbonation. Good medium body mouth-feel and pretty dry palate.

O: The first sip was a surprise but I quite enjoy the beer now!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 20:17:16 | More by Morningstorm
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this beer is somewhat too artistic. Too punky.

L: great top; golden colour;
S: strong grapefruit, hops, hemp and green/raw vegetables.
T: grapefruit, some candy comes through, very hoppy;
M: road block dryness; not my style; to offensive; alcohol feels very heavy, but isn't (5,6%);
O: a 4.0 for originality, nice to have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 19:25:48 | More by Filosoof
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call me average but its 4's all around.

A: nice yellowish gold color with slight haze, possible due to temp. Lots of big bubbles in the head dying down to a nice lacing layer of fine white 'foam'.

Very standard IPA appearance and seeing as they are pretty beers then the score is: 4

S: Hops! very citrus dominated with some pine and lychee. Very American smelling with no obvious Scottish/UK influence to the nose despite its origins. However, I am sure they were going for this all along

Nice American IPA smell, score is:4

T: Again hoppy. Similar to the smell but with slight sweet malt on the back end. Little bitter but not 'Lemon face' Bitter. Nice dry taste as a good IPA should be

Burp tasted very nice too. (A very good thing)

Score is: 4

M: Nice amount of carbonation. Good medium bodies mouth-feel and pretty dry palate.

Score is: 4

O: Generally a very nice American style IPA. Overall is a 4 as this beer is a very solid IPA from a good brewery.

Doesnt try to be anything it is not and has a great balance. Could quite easily do 4 of these and not bat an eyelid.

A 4 instead of a 5 as I am a harsh scorer and this is a very solid beer. It does not push the boat out too far and leaves that for other brews by the same company.

Great all round beer

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 18:39:59 | More by SilentCharlie
Photo of janubio


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, pours a hazy yellow colour with a big head, it doesn't take long to dissipate, butit leaves a strong lace. Tropical fruits and spices in the aroma, Medium to light body, mild carbonation, mouth of tropical fruits, some honey, caramel and some spices. Interesting for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 21:41:20 | More by janubio
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Color is light copper with a nice dense foamy head on top of it. The foam is creamy looking and sticks well to the glass. The aroma is dominated by citrus and piny. Thirsty. The malt base is caramel. Nice balanced. On the taste, it is more grapefruits and it is warm in the mouth. The finish is dry, bitter and it lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. Light notes of caramel. Well balanced. Medium body. Very refreshing and so good on the taste. Quite aggressive. Very good.

Serving type: can

03-11-2012 18:03:51 | More by ZorPrime
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While tasting Sunk Punk, one of us had the idea of purchasing a Punk IPA and comaring the two side by side. Apparently this is a new version, and as a side prize, this is my first can from BrewDog. On to the beer:

Toasted orange, but with long lasting foam and reasonable lace. In comparison to the Sunk Punk, the nose is more attractive. The scents of clean pine, orange, and tangerine are all attractive and bright to the senses.

Looks like this Punk IPA will have two comparisons. I not only prefer the taste of this over Sunk Pine, but this tastes better than the original 6.0% ABV Punk IPA. There a little toffeeiish malt for the canvas, and the hops come in and paint the canvas with clean pine, assorted fruits, and tangerine. It's medium bodied, and is an easy one to get down.

This "renovated" version is better than I remember it as. An IPA that is refreshing as it is delicious.

Serving type: can

03-05-2012 18:33:13 | More by DoubleJ
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-05-2012 00:02:49 | More by jaidenjb
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with moderate lacing. Two-finger eggshell white head. Tiny puddle of lasting foam.

Classic northwest grapefruit citrusy hop aroma. Bready sweet malt, with honey notes coming through. Clean yeast, no esters or other off aromas.

Flavor is grapefruit hops with quick sharp bitterness that fades nicely to low background notes. Slightly sweet up front but finishes medium dry. Hops dominate flavor, not as malty as the aroma.

Medium body with medium prickly carbonation.

Simple, but nicely done citrus hop showcase without being overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 21:02:31 | More by hiku7
Photo of ckollias


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish-yellow hue with a thick, frothy, white, 2-finger, white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Slightly hoppy and sweet malty aroma followed by hints of pine.

T: Similar to the smell a piney aroma with a hoppy background and sweet malt finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a very good well-balanced IPA. Not as hoppy as some IPAs but the balance makes it very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:47:53 | More by ckollias
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-16-2012 02:26:02 | More by Tyrawlings
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-16-2012 00:37:17 | More by JohnnyMc
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Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/2/12

A clear golden yellow with a few bubbles feeding a
nice thumbs width of foam that hangs around long enough
to leave a bunch of random lace down the glass

S smells solid with lots of tropical fruits, pineapple,
tangerine, guava and some grapefruit, I also pick up on
just a little pine and sweet malt. there's some balance
but its mostly a tropical hop bomb

T more malt then the nose with more citric rind then fruity
flesh, some caramels in the mouth and some balance to go with it, taste is quite good but the nose was better

M medium bodied with just enough carbonation, a mild bite
to it and a nice citric rind aftertaste lingers for a while
but is fairly mellow

O I considered a perfect score for smell and 4.5 crossed
my mind for taste so a slightly higher score here. when I consider it's only 5.6% I like it even more, very easy to drink and I'm not walking sideways

Pretty happy with this one, no real complaints and a fair bit to be pleased with. A nice session IPA if there is such a thing and I can see myself buying more of this

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 05:54:53 | More by wordemupg
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

172nd Review
Served in a glass
On-draft at The Black Sheep

A: Bright copper. Single (frothy white) fingernail head.

S: Not much of a nose here - simply a hint of dull hops and that's about it. I even asked my wife to take a sniff; unfortunately she can't stand the smell of IPAs, but she couldn't even place this one.

T: Wow - the smell is very deceiving because this beer taste really, really good. Hop explosion straight away! Pine, citrus, and earthy notes follow nicely. Loads of balanced hops and malt start-to-finish which is very enjoyable.

M: Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite thick and coating.

O: I'll be honest here: 1) I was afraid that this beer was going to suck based on the smell, but the taste is just brilliant. 2) It is possible that my review is a bit skewed at the moment for this beer as I really miss "fresh" American IPA's and this one snuck up on me at the right moment. This beer drinks very nicely and is quite tasty all-around. If you don't have access to the classic "hop bombs" and this one is around, it will surely wet/satisfy your palate. Nice job BrewDog!

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 08:49:18 | More by spdyfire83
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed 2/7/2012. Best before 7/28/2012. Batch 307. I noticed there are two versions of this and I definitely had the 6.0% ABV version.

Pours a pale straw with one finger head. Fair clarity. Laces lazily, a bit hesitantly. Sweet, floral hop aroma, like in a garden. Sweet, delicate pale malt to match. Great mild biscuit aroma with some piney hops coming out with a good swirl. Very inviting. Pale malt, almost sweet flavor. Gets pulled to bitter with a good floral, nectary sweetness. Mouthfeel is balanced with a dry finish.

I really enjoyed this beer due to its restraint. It could have gone too far in one way or another, but it seemed very well rounded and balanced. It was bordering on sweet a couple times, but it never crossed the line. A very enjoyable, light IPA. If they brought down the ABV to a sessionable level, then I'd make this my stand by.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:43:52 | More by Philousa
Punk IPA from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.