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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 48
Gots: 148 | 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 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 richkrull
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from SuperNova777 for winning a beer poker league tourney. Thanks buddy!

Pours a golden color with a nice big light beige head on it with some good lacing as well.

Smell is light with a slight hop aroma to go along with the citrus.

Taste is not as hoppy as I'd expect, it's good though. Nice bitter finish on this well balanced beer.

Light bodied beer that goes down smooth and easy.

Really good tasting beer. Glad I got a chance to try it. I've never seen it in the stores I've been to bud I'd definitely drink it again.

richkrull, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ozer into a tulip.

A - A hazy opaque golden color of a body. The head is very resiliant and sticky. Pure white with the consistency of whipped egg whites in some places.

S - Not a ton going on, but there is some nice soft mild hops with light citrus leaning towards fruity notes.

T & M - This IPA is medium bodied with a slight level of carbination. Very light taste which is crisp and refreshing with a good light hop bitterness and mild citrus fruit notes. I also notice a slight chewyness on the back end of this beer that linger a little on the palate.

O - A nice fresh crisp IPA with a little attitude. Good beer but it is pushing the price tag limit. I would try one for sure.


CuttDeez, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank my first ever can of the new Punk IPA against the bottle to compare. The can had a BB Date of 24 Dec 11 making it two and and half months older. Both poured into its own identical high tumbler

Obviously similar to the bottle in appearance but the can has put forward a clearer more sparkling looking beer with a pretty fresh aroma. Somewhat thinner in body too but the backbone and slight carbonation seems to support it better making it more rounded and supportive of the flavour. Again, ginger at the end after some fairly reasonable bitterness. This sure seems fresher.
Not bad at all. Certainly merits the B+

Round one to the can. Looks like I'll need to buy some more!

Zimbo, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Rubyroth
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden, hazy colour, with a foamy, thick head. Good head retention, leaves a fine lacing.

S: Tropical citrus fruits are most prominent, but a floral, conifer-like hoppiness is also more than noticeable.

T: Hops galore! A strong initial bitterness fades into grass and grapefruit. Very dry, with a lingering, bitter aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and a bit too dry. Good carbonation.

O: The bitter, cumulative aftertaste takes away from the drinkability, but it works well as the odd bottle. The hop profile might not be everyone's cup of tea, though.

Rubyroth, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up today at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- golden color, thick foamy head

Smell- very nice aroma, citrus, piney hops

Taste- a little bit of a bitter hop bite, pretty good, some malt in there too

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very refreshing

Drinkability- very good, I was very impressed.

jeffjeff1, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of pavandal
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a soft gloden color that thins out as you go down the bottle. Had a soft bread-looking head on top that dissipated into an oily white.

Smells wonderful! This brew has a caramel and grapefruit nose that is deep and fulfilling.

What a hop monster! This guy is all bitter, which is awesome imo.It's very light, not much of a malty backbone, and has a piney flavor of hops. It's good, but it's not as complex as some other US IPA's.

Overall, this is a brew that I'd order if I was at the pub, but isn't one that I would buy a case of. Not bad, not amazing.

pavandal, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is slightly hazy, golden, a white head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is citric and floral, grape-fruit with pine resin.

The brew has an initial caramel sweetness, then freshly squeezed grape-fruit juice, pine needles and resin.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft, a medium body, a dry finish.

This version is very clean and nice, better balanced and more enjoyable - for me.

rarbring, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of grapetonix
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pale (well it should be). Hazy. Too weak head for an IPA, at least according to my tastes. 3.0.

Smell: Tones of grass, clay, a hint of conifer trees and citrus fruits. Overall very pleasant and heartwarming.

Taste: See smell. Tastes a little worse than it smells though. Slightly too bitter and sour for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Enjoyable, fresh, refreshing. Very good. No bad aftertastes.

Overall: I recommend this beer, simply put a quality Pale Ale it is.

grapetonix, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of baggio
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Apperance: Golden orange witha huge, airy, head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Caramel, Citric notes, Tropical fruits, Hint of pine and malt.

Taste: Tropical fruits, Hint of marmalade, Peach, Hint of malt, Pine.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp and dry with a medium bitterness at the end. More balanced than the old recepie.

A very drinkable APA/IPA and pretty good one at that. I'd prefer a bit more agressive hopping but this will do nicely as a lighter hopfix during the warmer months.

baggio, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be kind of weak BrewDog. I was hoping for something more I guess with this, but I suppose they saved that for the Hardcore IPA. This beer is golden yellow in color and has a nice solid head on it. The smell was nice a hoppy which made me really excited for the first taste. The taste however is a little bit on the lighter side, almost too light for an IPA. The other flavors in it were some hints of earth and malts. The mouthfeel was bubbly and refreshingly light. I'd like a little more hops here but there are Imperials and Doubles for that.

Knapp85, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of jonb5
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half pint from the Market Porter. Small head, very cloudy, only the bottom is transparent. Mangos dominate the smell, there are also some flowers there. Mango dominates the taste of this beer, definate curry in the aftertaste. This is a beer with serious hop content, at least for european standards. It's a sipper rather than one to chug. Good.

jonb5, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive off-white head. Lots of stringy lace. Head recedes in a lumpy fashion. The brew is golden with the lightest of hazes.

I reminded of the hop pellets I have used for my home brews. It is a smell I truly love.

Great pale malt start that quickly succumbs to the hop bomb. Far more balanced than the last sentence indicates. Good body with a low level of carbonation. Overall, a bitter beer with a long aftertaste

smcolw, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of revdrjbob
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Teasie bought a 4 pack of these on her way home from work. Gotta love Justin Lill's!
Poured into a goblet, hazy bright yellow colour, tall stark white foamy head that takes a long time to drop whilst drinking.
First aroma had very little hop to start with, mostly grainy and bready. I let the Punk warm up as I watched the kids play, and then the mild hop aroma came through. Citrus, grapefruit, kiwi and the like, not as hoppy on the nose as I'd have expected seeing these Scots are so full on with their hopping on their vlogs, more a pale than an IPA.
Taste was good, malty, clean, a hint of yeast, then bitterness and hoppiness, balanced, but not too extreme. Finishes dry, which I like, carries on the bitterness well.
Medium body.
Overall, a great beer, but not an awesome IPA, I'm not sure if it's just me, am I too underwhelmed when it come to hoppy beers, do I expect too much? I dunno. I'd still be up for another four.

revdrjbob, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of rwalker87
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer, great flavor, too pricey to be my everyday beer, but I wish it could be.

Appearance: hazy yellow orange with a white head leaving white lacing.

Smell: Strong Citrus aroma with hints of caramel

Taste: Not quite as bitter as the California IPA's but still distinct hop flavors along with citrus and tropical fruit flavors, biscuit notes linger past the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Balanced, Little alcohol essence, very drinkable.


rwalker87, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow mixture of citrus and pine. In the taste, mellow pine hops upfront and a gingerbread like maltiness backing that up. A small hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry mellow pine hop in the aftertaste. A bit thin, not extremely hoppy, almost like a pale, but it is nice.

OWSLEY069, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Oneeighthcuban
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lighter than I expected it to be, with a rich, thick head. Bit cloudy.

S: No floral/hoppy smell in my nose that I would expect with a Pale Ale. Mostly malt smell.

T: Pretty balanced, initially, with a bitterness that sits on the tongue and increases with time.

M: Balanced mouthfeel. It feels light and refreshing.

Overall, just not really enjoying this. I expected big flavors from BrewDog for an IPA, and this didn't deliver. Setting aside my expectations, it is enjoyable but not an amazing beer. Just about average. It doesn't do much to stand out, which isn't a bad thing, but not a beer I would purchase again.

Oneeighthcuban, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold, with a luxurious white foam. Thick and detailed lace. Definitely points for presentation!

Nice hoppy aroma...mild, but it's there.

Flavor is piney, citrus...Nice sharpness, though nothing over the top. Hop-heads may not be too interested, but this is really a solid and tasty IPA that I'd repeat again, if it weren't so expensive!

secondtooth, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of bearhugger
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice golden yellow colour with a nice thick head

S-Smells of lemon and grapefruit

T-Very nice hop flavours, lemon, grapefruit. With hints of floral. behind all the hops I get toffee and biscuit poking through.

M-Medium to low carbonation

D-Very drinkable goes down smooth with lots of flavour flowing over you tongue

Definitely will be buying more of this next time I see it

bearhugger, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of bone-white head on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The foam sticks around for quite a while before settling out and leaving moderate lace behind.

S - A strong lemony aroma with notes of black pepper and grapefruit. Some bready malt hiding in the background with just a hint of toffee.

T - Sweet grapefruit hops up front with a bready note of toffee. More juicy grapefruit comes out in the middle with a hint of orange and some pithy bitterness. The beer finishes with lots of rich, toffee malt and grapefruit juice as well as strong, sharp bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is quite a distinctive take on an American IPA. The grapefruit hop character is strong and very convincing with a seedy, pithy quality to the bitterness that reinforces the impression. There is more than a little bit of malt in the background lots of toffee that adds depth over and above the hops. It is very well balanced in the finish with a sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check. I am quite impressed with this one, Brewdog is very much a hit and miss brewery, but this beer is right on the mark.

nickfl, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Thur123
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz poured into my new Piraat tulip, a birthday gift from five points bottle shop. The IPA was my gift to myself.

The beer pours a light orange/ yellow color that bubbles up quickly with two fingers of thick bubbly head. The lacing is nice as the head fades. A pretty good looking beer. The smell is resinous hops with a strong musky damp basement scent and a large tart fruit aspect as well. Smells like an IPA closer to the DIPA, but still not as strong as many of the DIPAs I've smelled.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is hoppy, and very bitter. The first thing and last thing about this is bitter hops. An herbal, pine flavor is the dominate aspect, with a citrus flavor riding just underneath. There almost no hop or malt sweetness coming through here. The more I drink it the more pronounced the other hop aspects become, but as of now this a kind of an unbalanced bitter bomb, but considering the ABV and malt profile, it doesn't over do it. It simply comes close to over doing it. The mouth feel is fine and the drinkability suffers because of the bitterness. I think if brewdog had shot for a bit more balance and complexity in the hop profile, this would be an absolutely stellar IPA.

Thur123, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pint glass. Initially reviewed November 2010; re-reviewed March 2011.

A: High pour nets a big head -- fluffy, pitted, and solid. The beer itself is a slightly hazy gold with clouds of bubbles. Pretty.

S: Understated and somewhat less than pleasant...Faint citrus cuts through muddled and non-aromatic hops.

T: Mmm! Assertive, bitter, but with a supporting maltiness. BIG taste. Quite a nice finish, slightly bitter and very long. A little resiny, but nice, in it's way. Punk IPA isn't pulling any punches.

M: Startlingly substantial; the full body caresses the mouth.

D: Great beer (and my first BrewDog). This has a lot more character than most UK beers. 6%? Stronger too. I heartily approve of this beer. Recommended!

AgentMunky, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of SHODriver
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Heavily hop hazed golden yellow with a modest white head that recedes to a pool and retains well. Some bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. One of the lighter IPAs I've seen.
S: I'm recovering from an upper respiratory infection so my nose isn't quite up to the job but I'm picking up some spicy pine notes with a bit of bitterness. it smells the part.
T: Mellow sweetness builds to some pine flavors and a nice spice kick. Plenty of bitterness on the swallow that lingers for a time with a bit of residual sweetness. On the swallow there is also a hint of grape fruit flavor. It has balance and a nice hop kick so it can walk the walk.
M: slick and full bodied with adequate carbonation
D: Very high. Polishing off this bomber will be a pleasure.

Overall: A solid representation of the style from the BrewDog and I'm happy it made its way into my beer purchase but wish I would have drank it a bit sooner.

SHODriver, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewDog Punk IPA has a nice cloudy orange colour and a good head that lasts. Even though it's an IPA, I didn't smell much hops. Did this beer spend too long traveling from Scotland to the USA? The taste started with some nice, citrus yumminess and ends with a bitter aftertaste. I usually like bitter finishes for IPAs, but I didn't love this one. It has good carbonation and feels nice in my mouth. Overall, this was a decent IPA but nothing special.

vandemonian, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single copped from Total Wine & More. A strong European depiction of a classic American style. Pours a copper, amber-hue with minimal carbonation and a frothy head. Pungent aroma replete with hops and ripe fruit. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, classic IPA flavor well-balanced with a touch of malts. Pine-laden hops make their presence known. Tart and flavorful. Good stuff.

dsa7783, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh.

A: Golden orange with thin white head..not a lot of lacing. Normally, I'd give this a lower score, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt since this was in a bar and poured into a normal pint glass.

S: It's always hard for me to pickup smells in a bar, but the tropical/citrus hops are unmistakable. As the beer warms, you get quite a lot of caramel as well. Very enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose. Mango, orange, caramel. The caramel sweetness really helps to balance out the bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: I drank a couple of these in one sitting and could have easily drank a few more. Very good IPA.

titosupertramp, Feb 27, 2011
Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.