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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 34
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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 Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle, $7.49 at the Harlem, NY Fairway market. Pours lighter amber, golden hued and cloudy. Eggshell head of about 3/4 inches, stays, leaves respectable sheeting and whispy webs of lace. Light resiny hop nose. On the thinner side on the tongue. Resiny hop theme continues, quite drying and bitter through the finish. Respectable, if slightly underwhelming AIPA. Differant to see a hoppy brew from chilly scotland. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:15:45 | More by Billolick
Photo of mike130

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid beer from Brewdog - pours a cloudy golden yellow with little head. A tiny bit of lacing, but not much.

Smells quite weak - I remember it being quite mellow and not really being anywhere near as good as one of the American IPA's or even one of Brewdog's other offerings like the Hardcore IPA. Smells quite hoppy - citrus hops mainly, but not in a very strong way.

The taste is surprisingly stronger than I remember and expected - much hoppier than the last time I had it, and it's definitely something I wouldn't mind having on a regular basis. A bit of caramely, biscuity malt and then a nice dose of citrus hops to clear up the palate.

Very nice mouthfeel - not very carbonated, but goes down very easily. Hops remain in your mouth longer after you've drunk it. Very easy to drink, it's possible they've changed the recipe or something because I can't remember it being this nice. Good stuff from Brewdog which is really the only widely available American-style IPA in London.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 21:28:32 | More by mike130
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer's bright, yellow body glistens like a spring daffodil. Its complexion, despite some minor haze, brings to mind a radiant summer sun. Bubbles spurt out only every so often. No head forms, there is but a sliver of white lining pressed atop its surface and it's thinner than carbon paper and far too faint to leave any sort of lacing.

This aroma makes for a rather amiable, charming introduction. It is a hop-laden potpourri of flower petals and citrus zest with bitter tree bark making a distinct impression. A fruit basket is also offered: strawberry, lychee, mango, passionfruit and apricot. The combination of fruits, flowers and herbals present in this bouquet becomes enchanting.

The hop oils are tasted but their bitterness is considerably faded, their citric zest noted but distant. That brisk, biting, floral taste lingers but does so apprehensively. It yields quickly to a feeble bed of malts which tastes of corn muffins and damp grains. I think BrewDog measured their doses wrong - this is maybe half as aggressive as they made it out to be.

That flavour profile is pleasant, but nothing more. The people stamping the 'best before' date on these bottles are both clown and audience and are fooling only themselves into thinking this frail, dilute IPA has what it takes to stand up to a full year on the shelves. This bottle is no more than a month or two old and already tastes as if it's on its last legs.

This is a lovely beer but I can't help but feel slightly punked: Punk IPA is far from being the "heavy weight" it's advertised as. "It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate the depth, character and quality of this premium craft brewed beer." Really? You sure you're not being a little full on yourself, BrewDog?

With its soft, delicate hoppiness and genteel floral and fruity undertones, who wouldn't like it? In fact, it doesn't have a lot of depth or character - which is why you don't even really need any sophistication for beer to appreciate this beer's pleasant disposition and agreeable drinkability. You like to be bold BrewDog, we get it, but what's wrong with admitting you make simple and enjoyable beers too? There's no shame in that.

You certainly didn't break any rules or upset any trends here.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 22:26:41 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Pours a pale gold, yellowish colour, porous foamy head recedes to a thin soapy layer... pretty lager-like overall

Smells of citrus'y hops, bit of floral character as well

Hop bitterness overpowers what little malt backbone this beer has, hint of citrus rind becomes evident

Medium to light mouthfeel, about average carbonation

Lack of balance may affect drinkability if you're not looking for straight hops, but still much better than most IPAs currently coming out of Ontario, so I can't really complain

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 03:10:16 | More by MattyV
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a dissapointment I must say. It looks like any random beer, no character at all and with a head that looks like one of a cider.

The smell is better, dry hops, grapefruit, wet grass and unfortynatly something chemical. But I'm in a better mood after smelling it.

The taste is not as dry as the smell suggested, but it's still dyr. Hops and wet grass up front, the grapefruit is still there, but only vagely. There is some spicyness at the end aswell...

A bitter enjoyable mouthfeel, low carbonated and very refreshing, but I fear that the next beer you drink will taste something like this one. The bitterness in the aftertaste is very powerfull.

I can definitely see myself drinking a six-pack of this Punk IPA a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 17:56:48 | More by niklas0770
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New York

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Hazy yellowish amber in appearance with very little head which is mostly made up of large bubbles and just clinging to the sides.

S- I pick up on some faint grapefruit and orange with a malty backbone almost toffeeish.

T- Bitter green(young) hops with grapefruit, quite sharp and initially soapy.

M- Light to medium body with semi-dry finish, carbonation is well balanced.

D- This beer seems uninspired and really doesn't do much for me in a market filled with outstanding examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 04:08:54 | More by israel
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle in pint glass. Served a little too cold.

A: Slightly cloudy, straw gold. Little head.

S: Grapefruit and orange peel aroma. Slight malt, toffee apples.

T: Grapefruit. Sharp bitterness.

M: Crisp on the palate, dry finish.

D: Cruised through the first bottle, hesitant to reach for a second.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 19:22:20 | More by brewingmatt
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle purchased from the LCBO BB 11 12 10

A- slightly foggy light yellow color. Finger thick foam diminished to a ring of lace.

S - hoppy nose. citrusy with whiffs of lemon/grapefruit rinds.

T- Malt presence is overpowered by the bold bitterness derived from some delicious chinook. Grapefruit and pine are the main flavors with light fruit flavors following behind. Nice bitterness but but a little unbalanced due to the malt failing to provide a solid background. Nevertheless still flavorfull.

M- slightly thin mouthfeel with near perfect carbonation.

D- an ok drinker.

Overall the lack of malt presence hurts this brews potential and probably contributes to the lack of body. On a positive note this is a hop dominated beer good enough to keep your taste buds in check.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 04:07:12 | More by drinkininthewood
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light gold with an inch of white foam.

S - Orange and tangerine nose, with a touch of something earthy-ish.

T - Sweet, and light orangy hops. Bitterness is very pronounced in comparison. There's some light floral notes and fruitiness as well, but the finish quickly wipes out any nuances.

M - A little bit slick, and a good carbonation level.

D - OK drinkability. Aroma is very promising, but somehow hop flavour fails to deliver. I would have preferred for the hoppiness to lean less towards the bitterness side and more towards juicy citrus.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 21:11:34 | More by allergictomacros
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber slightly hazy colour, with a big airy foam that leaves clumps of dry lacing on the glass.

Smells of soapy american hops, grapefruit and pine are noticeable, but the soapy perfumeness is a little distracting.

Tastes of the same soapiness, and it steps forward a bit more in the taste, but so does the grapefruit with a quite agressive bitterness. It actually gets less soapy with a few sips and the fruit pulls through.

A pretty refreshing mouthfeel, more refreshing than expected with the soapy feel I got from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 12:43:44 | More by dqrull


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden straw. Cream colored head that disolved fairly quickly into splotches and oils. Nice legs, small wisps and splotches of lace.

Grassy, earthy, spicy, and citrus. Lemon peel. pale wheat biscuit.

Tangy sour lemon, herbal spicy and grassy. pale wheaty and biscuity, but very light on the malts. Herbal spicy resiny bitterness.

Slightly watery/light for style. refreshing with a lively bite.

very drinakble, not your typical american IPA. Nice and hoppy, with herbal lemon and a pleasant bitterness. On the lighter side of IPAs, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 23:06:31 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-not the most appetizing looking yellow hue, quite transparent.

S-unusual floral scent, almost wild. Unlike the citrus hops with most american IPAs.

T-bitter, prodominent hops as the flavor develops. Tastes almost over matured, but not quite. (not necessarily unpleasant)

M-again, unusual and almost sticky and dry which is uncommon.

D-Enjoyable, not sure it calls for drinking more than one at a time. Needs something else to balance the overall flavor so you are left wanting by the end.

Pretty good, but needs something else to achieve balance. Maybe a good food pairing or something more malty.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 20:48:53 | More by mjgarrett2
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a nice, big, frothy white head that settles slowly. Lots of white lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is pleasant and simple. Fragrant, citrusy/floral hop-bitterness that you can feel way back in your throat as you breathe in with the slightest sweetness.

Flavors are also heavy on hops with pretty much no noticeable malt presence. Hops present flavors of bitter grapefruit, and lots of lingering, dry citrus.

Mouthfeel is appropriately, medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

An excellent drinker for anyone who's looking for a hop-heavy IPA. Again, a lack of malt presence makes this one fairly unique as far as I'm concerned, and one I'll come back to when I'm in the mood for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 04:00:22 | More by endincolorado
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangey yellow with an off-white head of froth that settles out quickly and shoots oily legs and ringlets of lace up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of tangerine citrus and juicy hops, semi sweetish with notes of honey. Flavor is immediatley bitter, full of orange rind pith and grapefruit. Morphs quickly to pine, full bitterness but a moderate malt backbone rides along, slightly hidden.

Moderate to low carbonation, semi slick mouthfeel, bubbly bite of a finish. Average drinkability, could be more complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 04:16:31 | More by far333
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewdog seems to making lots of headlines these days with their nuclear penguin and even more recently, a 41% beer. I have no interest in those monstrosities but was somewhat interested to give their regular beers a shot.

The IPA pours with a pleasantly white creamy head. It leaves lots of lace but recedes to a thin head fairly quickly. The color of the beer is quite good - it's actually pale! Imagine that. This one is golden with an attractive haze to it.

The smell is mostly piney hops. It's not bad but a little one dimensional. This sets up the taste which is also one dimensional. More piney hops. There's a noticeable lack of malt, fruit and any balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is average.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:41:30 | More by Ralphus
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light golden with a thin white head.

S - A bit of a malt base scent, but mostly hops with a citrus and pine scent mostly, some other floral smells there too.

T - Not too dissimilar to the aroma. Pale malt base that adds a little sweetness (not much really). Hops in the forefront provide a citrus and pine and to a lesser extent floral taste. Not really strong, but the hops are definitely present and not subdued.

M - Light to medium body with average and decent carbonation. A slight crisp feel to it.

D - Pretty good and easy to drink. It is light and decently refreshing and it provides some nice American hop flavors but isn't going to really hit you strong.

Notes: Good IPA that provides some American hop tastes without being too strong or heavy, and has good drinkability. However, it is not all that great and seems to be quite expensive in the US (I got it for 99p while in the UK) so may not be worth it to people in the US.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 20:26:02 | More by FreshHawk
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a really light golden colour... closer to the colour of a lager. It does have some nice head and leaves a bit of lacing though.

It has a nice smell of piney hops. When I take a sip, I first think it is too thin, without enough of a malt backbone. Then my 2nd and 3rd sips... then my 4th and 5th, and I'm almost done. Ya, I don't seem to mind the lack of malt backbone. This is just delicious. I love the piney hop taste and I could drink this beer all day.

I couldn't believe how fast I finished this beer. I think I've just started and my glass is just about finished. I usually drink beers fairly slowly, but not this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 15:15:01 | More by kwjd
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 319, BB 14/12/2919, 330mL

a) Rocky white foam head, slight hazy golden yellow.

s) Herbaceous at first, some strawberry/rosewater floral notes, big citrus hop, ripe honeydew melon, some toffee pushing through.

t) Toffee maltiness upfront, then tropical fruit mix..grapefruit/tangelo brings it home at the back. Firm bitterness.

m) Fairly light, with a hint of creaminess. Good length to support the bitterness.

d) A good IPA. Plenty of lingering aftertaste to remind one of that, and inviting the next one. Strong for a session ale, but still could put a few away quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 06:37:37 | More by vancurly
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled feb 6/2010.

pours pale yellow and mostly clear with a small fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves lots of lace. looks closer to a pilsner than an ipa...

aroma is nice. big floral and perfumey hop presence. slightly herbal. touch of caramel. light alcohol. bit of lemon and orange. white bread and cracker.

taste is nice. just under medium bitterness level. lightly herbal. floral and a bit perfumey. bit of grapefruit. light lemon and orange peel. bit of caramel. white bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. interesting and a little different from your typical ipa.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:15:49 | More by grub
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a finger of extremely creamy, off-white foam on top; good retention and a bit of lace.

S: Very fresh floral hops come first, followed by some pronouncedly fruity esters and a bit of lightly sweet pale malt aroma toward the end. Nothing earth-shattering, but a mellow and pleasant-smelling IPA.

T: Follows the nose almost precisely, with a huge emphasis on the richly fruity esters in the middle; malt towards the finish, and a very bitter, clean aftertaste. Pretty solid, although not as hoppy as I would like.

M: Light-to-medium body with smooth, moderate carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: Very smooth, and just enough of a dry bitter finish to be fairly crisp as well.

Notes: This was my first experience with a BrewDog-only offering (I enjoyed Bashah quite a bit, though), and I pretty much got what I expected - a perfectly serviceable, fairly distinctive IPA. Nothing much to say about it, other than that it definitely is worth drinking, but not for what they charge.


Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2010 14:15:03 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Sweasty


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewdog Punk - An IPA that is sort of historically accurate. Highly hopped and aged on a boat. While it's the hoppiest IPA I have tasted from the UK these days, I wonder if it tastes like the originals.

Punk pours a pale gold. Seems light for an IPA. Things are topped off by a thick/frothy bone white head. Head stays around for a good bit. Finally settles to a ring, leaving some sticky beautiful lace in its wake.

The aroma seems purely American. Very clean yeast quality, not the usual British ale nose. Hops are at the forefront. American C-hops dominate. Citrusy hops w/ a light cheesy edge hit the nose. Little to no malt aroma detected. The hops are well represented, but lack the great punch of an American IPA.

The taste follows the nose. Hops, Hops and more hops waft over the tongue. Citrusy grapefruit comes on strong in the beginning. There is a bit lime showing up as well. The cheesy hops in the aroma are kept in check. Behind the hops a light bit of malt makes an appearance. A bit of a light bready malt tries to balance things out. This is quite the hop-cenetric brew, and that is not a bad thing.

The mouthfeel is squarely in the range of medium bodied. The carbonation is a bit spritzy and more than adequate for the job.

All and all Punk is a solid IPA. Its a nice easy drinking hop fix. This brew will definitely quench the thirst of west coast style IPA fans. I am not sure the aging on the boat adds anything unique to the beer at hand. Nonetheless I applaud the folks at Brewdog for going out on a limb and doing something authentically oldschool.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:15:37 | More by Sweasty
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little paler than expected. Nicely formed head that laced well. Nose of pineapples, slight pine and a hint of caramel malt. Nice but a little restrained for the style. The bitterness is rather assertive on the palate but a little scratchy, not allowing many other flavours to get through. Nicely carbed and finishes tidy. Overall a decent IPA that I would revisit again but probably wouldn't rave about.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 08:18:29 | More by juju7
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3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a fairly thin but full looking white head, which retained well considering there wasn't a lot to start off with. Leaves a very pleasant lacing. The liquid itself is a slightly hazy piss pale amber.

Has a very full on spicy citric hop aroma. Also some sweet malt smells in there, including some overripe fruit like esters. Slight metallic skunk funk is noticeable but not enough to spoil it too much. Initially I found the various hop and malt scents to clash though I grew accustomed to it by the end of the session.

A dry grapefruit hops bitterness and a very sweet maltiness (the overripe fruit) hit the palate at the same time. The sweetness fades into a citric tartness and theres a dry spice in the aftertaste. The hops bitterness continues to linger for a long time. The metallic skunkiness bothers me at first, but I'm not noticing it by the end of the glass. As with the smell, I find the hops and malt characters clash at first. Unlike the smell, I don't grow more accustomed to this contrast and I still find the flavours clash somewhat by the end of the drink.

Mouthfeel is ok. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer. As in some interesting flavours that didn't quite work together. Plenty of robustness but no subtlety. The refreshing effect of the hops bitterness was offset by the extreme sweetness and the malt sweetness was weak and thin next to the hops complexities. Still an above average beer which I'm open to trying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 09:44:13 | More by Stavage
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a hazy golden with a dense, creamy white head. Perfumey, lightly citrusy hops and biscuits fill the nose. The taste is moderately hoppy for an American IPA, but quite hoppy for an English IPA. In flavor its somewhere in between, with an aromatic, earthy English hop character as well as a piney American hop elements. A sturdy, very prominent malt flavor keeps the beer balanced. The mouthfeel is quite thick with creamy carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter, with a very pleasant lingering hop flavor.

A very nice English IPA. Impossibly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 01:47:07 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BrewDog Punk IPA is pale, earthy, malty, and dry.

It poured the pale straw color of Lager, with a decent short-lived white head that left a glass-full of lace. The smell and taste are earthy and grassy, with a sweet malty finish and a lingering mossy funk. The feel begins passive and light, and has an extremely dry finish.

Punk IPA has a great name and label; however, the look and feel are too pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 19:13:35 | More by MetalHopHead6
Punk IPA from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.