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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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519 Reviews

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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,564
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 23.59%
Wants: 76
Gots: 427 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Ant777uk
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is fruity and hoppy, though a bit sweet to be really inviting. The bottle has a great design, though the beer is pretty standard in terms of colour and frothyness.

The first time I tried this I was really surprised, as it was very different to other beers I have had. Without doubt the primary flavour is peach, combined with heavy hops and apricot. Somehow it works, the sweet fruityness and bitter hops really combine to form a taste sensation that is definitely a sensation.

For me this is an outstanding, creative, unique beer. The opposite of Heineken.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. There's a one finger white-colored head, but it has poor retention. Lacing is decent enough, though.

S: I'm not sure how fresh this is (because IPA from Scotland), but it still has a decent hop profile to it. Not an amazing one, though I can forgive that. It's loaded with pine, grapefruit, and *maybe* some apricot. The malt backbone comes through quite strongly, loaded with caramel and toffee. Not bad.

T: I pick up some Nelson Sauvin-esque fruitness, especially on the opening. It's weird, actually - it's a combination of grape-y-ness and mint. The more I sip it, the more the mint comes through. And the more I sip it, the more the mint ruins the balance of everything. I even dare suggest it's medicinal. While the general flavor isn't very good, it's not an undrinkable mess. That's great, I suppose...

M: It's pretty light on the palate, which is good. In spite of its age, it's also pretty dry - and that's also good too, I don't want this mint bomb to linger on my palate any further. Carbonation is about medium.

O: This would be a lot better if it were fresh. Seeing as I'm a 'Merican who's not in Scotland and don't have access to this AFAP (as fresh as possible), I have to grade it as is, which means I can't give it a good score. Come to think about it, is it really worth buying foreign IPAs? They're always going to be more expensive, and likely won't be fresh, either.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into shaker pint with a nice fluffy inch and a half white head. Color is a straw yellow with a slight haze. Some good lacing was left on the glass as I drank it.

Aroma is fantastic! Huge burst of citrus dominates

Taste - grapefruit, a bit of sweetness balanced by a good amount of hops

Mouthfeel is standard for an IPA - medium body and good carbonation

Overall - this is a good IPA but nothing too special. I got really worked up after the pour and taking a big whiff, but taste was okay. Not worth the price IMO ( 12 for a 4 pack)

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Photo of Dave1999
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour a very pale clear amber.

The smell is citrus/tropical hops, pineapple dominates.

The taste is citrus hops pineapple,lemon, orange, fairly bitter. The malt is very light, definitely hop forward.

The feel is light, easy drinking, medium carbonation.

Overall a really good ipa in the american style but is still original.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of tmzl
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of melindasrq
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer while I was in Scotland and I was pleased to find it on tap as I have wanted to try this beer for sometime. I made sure to take some notes as I wanted to remember what it tasted like when I returned home.

As a big fan of IPAs, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer as I had some assumption it would let me down in some way. (mainly due to all the kudos it gets) In every catagory, this IPA excelled. The hop flavor was strong but not so much so that it was overpowering like some. It was extremely smooth for a for an IPA but still really hoppy. I also was pleased that the alchol content wasn't up in the 7's but it didn't taste weaker as I expected. No way to describe this beer other then pretty close to perfect for an IPA.

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Photo of the_danish_swede
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden and ruby colored, quite cloudy aswell. Medium carbonation and a rather small head. Looks really mystical and makes me just wanna taste it.

S - A little bit of floral hops, fruity malts with a dash of grapefruit.

T - First hops, but after a while the beer grows and i get a aroma of rhubarb and grapefruit. Carbonation works perfect with the taste and brings out the flavors.

M - Feels rather light and smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is perfect the first 5 min after you've opened the bottle, then tend to fade away.

O - A great beer, would work for smaller sessions and I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of IPAIsaac
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving was bottled & tap... in London, UK (Camden Town) and Edinburgh, UK. Bottled only in US (22oz)

This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had to date.

Everything about this beer, I like.

I wish they shipped more to the states. When I was living in the UK this was my go to. (4mo.) Most places I find around me do have this in usually a larger bottle but almost all are 2yrs+ !!! I don't know how places can sell this like that. ??

When fresh, this beer is badass.

I will always miss this beer and Brewdog.

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

From a 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of sticky, off white head. The head retention is moderate and there is some nice, chunky lacing left behind on the glass. The brew is murky and light apricot in color.

S-This brew has a serious bouquet of pineapple, sage, pine, and mango hops. The hops certainly dominate here, but there is a bit of pale malty bread crust and grain underneath.

T-The taste, like the smell, displays a good bit of fruity hops, but the pineapple notes that I detected on the nose have been mostly muted in favor of more earthy, dank, and bitter flavors, and a bit of chalk and soap. There is still a bread crust malt base and the whole packages is pretty dry.

M-The feel is mildly oily and dry. The carbonation is fine, but noticeable on the palate as it fizzes around. The heft is medium.

O-This is the most American-like IPA I have had from a European brewer, and an enjoyable one at that. Big levels of citrusy/tropical hops and an American dose of bitterness make for a nice beer. The smell, while a bit disjointed, is especially impressive for a beer with only 5.6% ABV. Only when you take your first sip do you realize that you're not drinking a IIPA, but only a single IPA.

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Photo of Maakun
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in pint glass. Medium white ehad that disappears quickly. Color is a cloudy drak straw.

Smell is quite faint at first. Mainly some grapefruit and toast. Later some fresh herbs too.

Taste starts quite light with toast, apples and a touch of lemon. Then there's a nice hit of hops with a light grapefruit touch. Then more toast, a hint of roasted nuts, almost burned sugar and a nice sour citrus (lemon).

Mouth is medium, a little dry with nice carbonation. I can drink this all day...

Overall this is very nice. Good complexity, and not just one huge element that jumps out at you, but very balanced. I seem to remember having had better ones though, contents of this bottle seem slightly lighter then others I've had.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this oddity in my mix and match at the house of 1,000 beers. Best before 4/16/13
Old beer ahoy!

A - Just a 1/2 inch of sticky white head atop of a orange amber body which is fairly hazy.
S - Subdued hops, English malts, sweet stuff.
T - Well it's not bad it doesn't have much tea malts which is a surprise. Taste like a bitter american IPA with orange and lemon rind.
M - Has a touch heavier body for a 5% ABV beer but it works.

Overall even though its 4+ months old this beer kicks ass as a pale ale. Worth picking up for $1.75.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 07/02/2015. Batch 183. Poured into an Omer tulip glass. Cool textured label.

Appearance: Finger of spotty white head which quickly recedes to a cap. Dull orange body with good lacing.

Aroma: Mild pine bitterness, fruity orange hops, hop oils, and a dough sweet malt finish. For an IPA and "Punk" I was hoping this would be more amped up.

Taste: Starts malty before going into the aforementioned pine bitterness, hop oils, grass, and citrus hops. Mildly bitter on the finish. Nice cracker malt base.

Mf/drinkability: Easy drinking with a mild hop bitterness presence.

Overall: As is it's a hop forward, easy drinking ale. Doesn't stand out too much in the current IPA market but not bad.

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Photo of mnrider
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6.4 oz. Brown Bottle. Imported from Scotland by Anchor Brewing.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange. Nice bubbly white head. Adequate head
and retention. Lacing is normal for an IPA.

S: Hoppy. Pine. Citrus. is strong. Orange and possible mango. Sugary malts.

T/M: Hops, Pine, Citrus. Really not unlike the aroma. Juicy, sugary and a hint of malts.
Hops are well represented but not over powerful. Dry orange aftertaste.

O: A nice easy to drink hoppy pale ale. Compared to other American IPA's it's actually
pretty weak with the hops. However this really doesn't hurt the beer much at all. A
great IPA from the U.K. A must Try.


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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Tangerine and grapefruit delicious. A little lemon in their with some light caramel malts.

Taste: Same as above with some bready notes and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice AIPA from the guys in Scotland. Not that hoppy, not that malty, just somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Brewdog Punk IPA I have is my second try on a beer really unique and different.

Its pours a golden, clean yellow with little head that not endure.

The first thing that really call my attention was the smell, a citrusfruit smell that is really outstanding and unforgettable.

The taste follow the smell and bring a citric fruit note that is followed by the strong bitter combination of four hops that the brand is proud of.

The mouthfeel bring the bitterness, and the fruit flavors both. I strongly reccomend this beer because in general its a great beer, with a wonderful smell and taste, a Unique and original IPA.

Punk IPA really worth the trying.

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Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a finger and a half, frothy, white head. Slight effervescence. Settles very slowly and unevenly leaving craters, and pock marks leaving a foamy buildup around the rim of the glass. Distinct, dry, sticky, beer ring lacing.

S: Pine, lavender, freshly cut grass, and honey.

T: Wheat bread, with pine and a little butterscotch.

M: Very earthy and woody character. Fairly light, very crisp. Punchy hops. Dry finish. Bitterness lingers on the palate throughout.

D: Goes down very easy.

Atmosphere is great. Dark golden coloration, with a large frothy head, and plenty of dry lacing. Nose is strong combinations of floral components, pine, and honey. Earthy flavor with pine and a touch of sweetness. Dry and bitter. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft, much better

BBD of 16 Apr 13, got in under the wire

My first brew dog beer if memory serves me correctly

Pours a slightly hazed apricot color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Never really cleared up, fantastic head retention & lacing though

S: Orchard fruit & tons of leafy hops & little bit of pine

T: Biscuitty malt, leafy hops a touch of pine resin & chalky dryness up front. Pears & apricot mingle in as this warms, plus leafy & tobacco hops, plus marmalade & more dryness. Finishes dry, fruitty, & leafy with just a bit of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nicely balanced

Seems more British than American to me, not bad, but would only try again if uber fresh, but drinks easy enough

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 024. Best before 7/23/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some solid citrus-like hop aromas and flavors.

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Photo of djura
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it in Romania.

A - Honey dark orange color,nice white tick foam.lasting less then minute. high carbonation.

S - Excellent aroma of figs,honey,jam, quince. So good!

T/M - Maybe a bit more carbonation,but the rest is like you drink paradise nectar. Similar aromas as smell,very good balanced beer. Highly drinkable,refreshing bitter aftertaste.

O - One of the best i ever had. Want this one every day!

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Photo of BetterBeerPlz
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. There was not much head and it quickly dissipated. The color was cloudy orange. Some lacing was present. Initial smell was a pleasant citrus, but it mellowed out, and was not as detectable later. The taste was a crisp grapefruit with orange and grass notes.

The citrus flavors grew and developed smoothly from beginning to end and lingered after the finish. It was difficult to detect any malt flavors. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery, which made this a very drinkable IPA. The bitterness was not challenging to the palate. Overall, this beer was a good example of a basic IPA.

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Photo of bump8628
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazed goldenrod with a pure white head that drops a smattering of lace. Punch of pine followed by a faint orange flavor. Malt is crackery with a lingering huskiness. Dry finish with just a faint lingering bitterness. Just a bit watery through the middle and end. Decent, but why pay $11 for a 4-pack of average IPA when there are loads of better options on the shelves?

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Photo of tronester
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a creamy white head. Aromas of fresh apricots. Taste begins with some apricot, followed by a bit of crackery malt, then an herbal, resinous pine washed finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall an excellent IPA that is lighter on the alcohol but not flavor, which is quite nice.

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Photo of thomasausud
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Leffe Chalice glass and a Skansen Footed Pilsener. Best before 10/10/13.

Pours an amber colour and forms a small head which didn't last too long.

It smells like passionfruit and tastes like passionfruit too. There is a nice balance of bitterness to the sweet fruit flavours. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh but otherwise unremarkable.

I would happily drink this again.

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