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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 55
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
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 CitizenGrain
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of dking1525
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Clear straw-amber colour with a decent amount of creamy foam head. Good retention and OK lacing.

(4.0) S: Pine, buttered bread, grapefruit, banana, lightly toasted qualities, and chopped nuts. Quite dynamic with a nice damp and wet grass vibe throughout.

(3.5) T: Bitter pine, dry cereal, citrus, fainter tropical notes, and steady buttered bread-like malt. Balanced nature of this deserves to be pointed out. Slightly acidic nature gives off a bit of welcome tartness.

(3.5) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dry and slightly prickly.

(3.5) D: Tasty and well balanced with a standout aroma. Would be more than happy to drink a few of these with friends.

Photo of scott451
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass. One finger of bubbly off white head on a clear pale amber. Good lacing, The head sticks around for a while then diminishes to a ring.

Lots of citrus hop smells. You can smell it from a couple of feet! Fresh, resiny, tropical fruit. The taste follows the smell although in a more subdued way. A nice rounded hop finish. Very nice for those wanting a nice hop without being bombed by it.

Medium body. Fairly low carbonation. A very nice IPA overall. Rather unique. A nice blend of citrus and tropical fruit. Clean and fresh. I would recommend it.

Photo of illini4x4
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of guezarka
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, can't find any date, obviously this is the new 5.6%ABV version

A- Deep golden colour, with some orange hints. A couple of fingers of soapy white head that has quite nice retention and lacing

S- A touch of caramel sweetness on the back of things. Hop aroma has a delicate soapy character, with notes of citrus and exotic fruits. Very refreshing

T- Quite sweet entrypoint for the style. Malts are not at all heavy or dominant but some caramel and honey are pretty easily detectable. A refreshing hoppy, herbal feel soon develops in both taste and aftertaste, bringing citirc (lemon, grapefruit) and pineapple notes as the smell suggested. Not at all an aggressive IPA (in spite of what the label says), but sure a very refreshing one

M- Quite light in body, expecially for the style, feels very easy on the mouth. Medium carbonation. Overall decently lively and smooth at the same time

O- A beer that you could easily drink in high quantities. Easy but still pretty much satisfying. Overall i'm not very impressed, so many beers out there are more or less like this one, so i won't go after it soon again, but i would still be pretty happy to drink it if nothing else would catch my attention

Photo of kemoarps
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a standard straw with white head. Pretty, but not outstanding.

The nose gives a preview replete with fresh floral/grassy notes. Almost an earthy undertone.

Unfortunately, the taste did not really follow the nose. The taste is more dry straw background fronted by a pilsner bitterness that just kind of ruins it for me. A little bit of hops somewhere in there as well, but almost more of an Imperial Pilsner than an IPA.

Drinks easily enough, but just kind of tastes BMC but better done. If you're really curious go ahead and check it out, but definitely not worth going out of your way for.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold with a hint of bronze and a stiff meringue head of pure white that rings.
Big gorgeous grapefruit candy, pineapple, evergeeen and hop resin on the nose.
Papaya and white pan getting grainy later on before more candied pink grapefruit and sour lemon hard candy hops with spicy grape coming out as it warms.
Skunk finish and pine sap linger. Light to medium, sticky, soft.

This was in the back of the fridge for a month or three, but that doesn't matter as much with cans, right? And it hasn't. Big fresh hops don't bully the way they did in the 6% version. Ahtanum seems to step up here - lots of citrus, with maybe a bit of cat from the Simcoe but the Nelson Sauvin is quiet until the beer opens up. Strength and IBUs (45, down from 68 for the old version) don't quite bring it up to IPA level, in spite of the name, but that's a good thing.

Top pale ale.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hadn't expected so much "west-coast" American hop flavour from a UK brew - what a pleasant surprise! I remember being less than impressed after trying a bottle several years ago, so would recommend this latest canned release to anyone who is likewise sceptical.

Looks like a golden lager with very limited white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is of tropical fruit, including pineapple, papaya and mango. That follows into the flavour with citrus (grapefruit?) also included in the finish. A nice blend of sweet caramelized malts with a pleasantly bitter hop finish.

Definitely a beer I'd recommend.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of nealbert
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Louski
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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.

Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,326 ratings.