Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,491 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 69
Gots: 381 | 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 IPA35
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of rangerred
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Nostrajonus
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Paincane
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of leaddog
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of papat444
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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

Photo of thebrood1987
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Poutanen
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Photo of justintcoons
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

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

Nose
Must, lemon and touches of tropical fruit.

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

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, crisp and clean.

Overall
Easy drinkin’ with only a light bitterness.

Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Ant777uk
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of maxcoinage
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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)

Photo of Dave1999
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of ithacabaron
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +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.

Photo of tmzl
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of melindasrq
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
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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