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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 52
Gots: 179 | 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 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

(Beer added by: bark on 11-02-2007)
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Photo of jrenihan
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB November 10, 2012. Been in the fridge for a little while.

Golden in colour, small white head fades quickly.

Hoppy smell. Sticky citrus fruit- orange, grapefruit, pineapple. A bit of a grassy scent as well. Some caramel malt in the background but this is a hop focused smell.

Taste is a big drop after the nose. The big citrus scent is just not replicated. Some grassy flavours, a slight bit of citrus and tropical fruit, and a general bitterness that is not particularly flavourful.

Light to medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, not too into this one. Nice smell but otherwise a letdown.

jrenihan, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium orange amber. Half finger off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving decent lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, citrus and stone fruit juice. Flavor is a pleasant balance of sweet malt and citrus and piney hops. Finish of fruit and piney hops. Well balanced and tasty. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Ironic that the name suggests risk taking and possible unfortunate results, when this IPA is actually a well behaved, integrated ale. May not live up to its rowdy name, but a very nice, pleasant IPA and a nice contrast to its more aggressive American cousins. I really liked this IPA and will revisit it.

LiquidAmber, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bb Nov 12

Pours a cloudy deep amber. Coarse off white head fades. Spotty lace.

Aromas of citrus/apricots.

Quite restrained taste-wise, I suspect has died in transit and age. Serves me right for buying an IPA with only five months on clock. Citrus continues, add mandarins into apricots now, but malt quite evident and all in all well balanced. Not a hop bomb by any means. Sadly a dull flavour grows as it warms, again I suspect age because I cannot pick it.

Mouthfeel quite light, and carbonation spot-on.

I recall it being much less balanced, but that was the old Punk.

heygeebee, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of nealbert
4/5  rDev +5%

nealbert, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale blonde, 2 fingers of white head and quite lacey. Smell is very hop forward, lots of tropical fruit and pine, orange and grapefruit, some malt is there as well adding a cracker like backbone, some yeasty scents also present. Taste is bitter and hoppy, some fruit flavours including pineapple and grapefruit, as well as some pine and earthy hops, lightly floral and dryer in the finish though starts a touch sweet, malt flavours mid palate with a fruity floral finish and aftertaste. Light carbonation, med body, oils coat the tongue, would have liked a little more zip in the carbonation. A nice IPA that drinks very quick and something that I could have many of in one sitting.

peensteen, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size frothy/fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, lemon/grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a bit grapefruit/lemon, apricot, and corn/grains. It ends with hoppy and lightly fruity aftertaste with a medium amount of bitterness.

Overall - Reminds me a bit of the Kipling crossed with a Crazy Canuck. I would give the taste a 3.75 if I could. This is definitely a beer that warrants trying, especially with the limited amount of decent IPA's available to me locally.

spinrsx, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Tresha
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Punk IPA's appearance is a pleasant hazy yellow colour with an off-white head and some slight lacing. The nose is prominently citrus, complimented beautifully by fresh grassy aroma.
The bite of the hop is right up front with a muted caramely sweetness in the middle with a long bitter finish.

Tresha, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL can from the LCBO; best before November 2012. I grabbed a multitude of IPAs on my last trip, and this is one of several that I know very little about. Red Racer has taught me to expect good things from little cans, though.

Pours a pale golden-amber colour, translucent, with a modest half-finger of soapy white head seated atop. Not exactly what I expect to see from an IPA, but at least there's decent lacing. Enticing, relatively fresh aroma with hints of pineapple, grapefruit, orange and peach. There is a faint note of bready malts in the background, but it is mostly fruity, juicy hops here. Me likey.

The flavour follows the aroma quite closely - tropical fruit flavours dominate, with grapefruit, lemon, orange rind and peach being the most noticeable features. Perhaps even a hint of mango, with a light brush of buttered biscuits and honey from the relatively muted malts. Dry, fruity aftertaste that lingers briefly. Light-bodied and kind of watery, and only slightly oily. Refreshing and crisp, with a good bite from the carbonation. Easier to slug back than a lot of IPAs.

This one grew on me after a few sips. It's not the most complex or intense IPA I've ever had, but it's definitely a good one - and perhaps because of those facts, is much more sessionable than average. There were only two cans left on the shelf when I went to the shop, and now I am thinking I should have picked the other one up too! Oh well, at least someone else will get to enjoy it.

Final Grade: 3.93, an encouraging B+. BrewDog's Punk is a solid IPA that makes for an enjoyable glass of beer, and is definitely worth checking out if you happen to see it on the shelves. The price is right, too. I wish the LCBO would put more cans of stuff like this on the cold shelves, instead of the avalanche of bland pale lagers we are currently (for the most part) faced with.

thehyperduck, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of bryehn
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

bryehn, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

andrenaline, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Louski
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Louski, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

korguy123, May 30, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +5%

ccozzi, May 29, 2012
Photo of cvm4
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.

cvm4, Apr 28, 2012
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

EgadBananas, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Augustiner719
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Augustiner719, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Morningstorm
4/5  rDev +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!

Morningstorm, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Filosoof
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Filosoof, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of SilentCharlie
4/5  rDev +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

SilentCharlie, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of janubio
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

janubio, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

ZorPrime, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +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.

DoubleJ, Mar 05, 2012
Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.