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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,251 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 51
Gots: 176 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

redfox405, Sep 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

sharpski, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a one finger head that had nice retention and did stick to the sides in sheets.

S - Sweet malts mostly, smells slightly bready and also get some butter in there as well. Hops lean toward citrus, with a slightly resinous smell on the end of the nose.

T - Thin and empty taste, almost like diet sodaish in its empty quality. Bready malt backbone, the hops come through a bit sugary on the end, with a slight bite of skunked or chemical taste. Not a fan of this, got worse as I went.

M - Medium bodied and quite creamy.

D - This beer isn't super hard to get down, but I don't really like it and toward the end the taste was crappy enough I had trouble finishing my glass. I'd say it's average, better than most macros but that's one of the few things I'd drink this over.

AgentZero, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy yellow-gold, with a considerable thick, dense, foamy head. Smells of green spices (oregano and basil), hops, and sweet taffy. The beer has a slightly sour malt taste to it, with the hops being overpowered in the background. Almost a Flanders style sour characteristic. Some light citrus and spice notes to try to balance, but end up overpowered by the sour, as well. The beer is light and dry in mouth, with a sour aftertaste. The finish is lingering, and again, overpowered by the sour notes. Interesting beer, but I personally feel it misses the mark for an IPA, especially shooting for an American IPA. I had no real urges to reach for another one, so I'd say that ranks low on the drinkability scale.

GarthDanielson, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of cavedave
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A cloudy, light straw colored, almost headless beer that is certainly not true to style. It does not look like any beer I've tried.

Smell is a strange (for an AIPA) combo of fruity yeast, bland grain, herbs, and just a hint of citrus. Many beers push the envelope of style nowadays, but I think this Scottish beer needs a category of its own.

Taste is a burst of yeast and mild bitterness, some fruity notes (apricot? pear?), an incongruous earthy/grassy flavor, and a finish some degrees short of long that is bitter without any of the good pine/citrus/herbal bitterness that should be the hallmark of
of this style.

Mouthfeel is strange, unlike any beer I've tried. I would say it is thin/medium bodied, insufficiently resinous, but the carbonation is right for the style this purports to be.

Due to above factors this is not a very drinkable beer.

cavedave, Jun 25, 2009
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2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 7/7/09 Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of fluffy white head that turned to a thick lace .The body of the brew however is a hazy pale yellow the beer that really looks like pilsner.

There is not much hops in the aroma actually the yeast stands out more than the hops. There is a slight lemon aroma here as well.

The flavor is really bitter that's about it. Is this what the world thinks an American IPA should be?
This brew is watery and light in the mouth feel department. I am not really getting into this one.

I think this brew is a one and done for me

joepais, May 17, 2009
Photo of josvemden
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%

josvemden, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of Kraken
2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 1/31/09

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized wine glass. Best by date on the bottle reads 7/7/09. Firm pour fails to conjure anymore then a scant ring of foam around the inner ring of the glass. No lace. Color is cloudy pale yellow.

Nose- Sour candied lemon zest.

Palate- Shockingly light carbonation. Wondering is the beer is bad. Medium bodied, some hues of caramel. Slight hop body, mild lemon zest. Moderately bitter in the finish. Nothing special. In fact disappointed that I paid $7.

Mouthfeel- Tart, massively under carbonated.

Drinkability- Low

Kraken, Jul 07, 2009
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2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Poured with a small off white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy yellow to amber. Aroma is very mild to hardly there. Flavor is also subtle with a bitter finish. Body is a bit watery and ok carbonation. Very underwhelming. Better as a Brit IPA than American, but still in light of most of BD's other brews.... Ho hum.

drpimento, Oct 01, 2009
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2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very light in color, straw yellow, with a white head that maxes at about 1/2" It is crystal clear with medium carbonation.

Smell is a crisp citrus, grassy scent. Different from California IPAs

Taste, well not so good...at least for my expectations for an IPA. There is zero malt in this. Taste is critric-grapefruit bitterness. No sweetness to be heard of. Very grassy hop taste.

Mouthfeel is light, but still with good body. It doesn't coat the tongue, but there is substance.

At $9USD for a 22oz bottle, combined with the average experience, I say this is not drinkable. Save your dough.

mbunje, Jan 10, 2009
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2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Oct 18, 2013
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2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*Just a side note: There was a weird bubble underneath the rubber in the bottle cap, nothing looked rusted or strange, just interesting because I have never seen that before, I believe it was strictly cosmetic and did not effect any of the characteristics of the beer.

A. Light amber in color, slight cloud of color difference when first poured. A tickle of head, and thats about it!

S. Slight malt, a little yeast and that my friends is about it.

T./M. I'm gonna go with a big blank, literally. There isn't much going on for an IPA here. Starts like a Pilsner in taste and feel ends on a very blank generic bitter. Almost tastes like a roasted barley after taste (not horrible, just completely underwhelming!)

Overall. You be the judge, but for the hype that this brewery receives, even though this is on the low end of their spectrum of beers, it is very unimpressive. Steer clear or try it for some serious disappointment.

alexhahn82, May 17, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a very thin, fizzy white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

Aroma is kind of weak with some pilsner malt notes complimenting the citrus hop presence. Hints o lemon peel, straw and light fruit.

This beer is a bit too balanced for its own good. The sweet maltiness overpowers the bitter and citrus hop notes. Similar in flavor and aroma. Hints of straw, lemon peel, slight spice, pilsner malt and slight dry finish. Meh.

corby112, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

PretzelsNBeer, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of permian-boozer
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

permian-boozer, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of crosenkrantz
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

crosenkrantz, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of cornucopia
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

cornucopia, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of masterofsparks
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Dbr, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of jriggins6
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

jriggins6, Nov 05, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Whew! Smell up the kitchen with citrus when I poured this ale. Poured a very light straw color with poor clarity. Nice light white fluffy two fingered head with lots of lacing on the glass. Freshness date was 1/1/09. I'm drinking this on April 3, of 2009.

Aroma is of fresh in-your-face citrus. Lemnon and grapefruit.

Flavor is a huge disappointment! Tastes like a watered-down version of an IPA. I'm insulted that this beer is classified as an American IPA. I think true American IPA's are hugely hoppy and extremely bitter in flavor. This beer weak excuse for and IPA is neither!

Mouthfeel is thin and this beer is definately not worth the $12.99 I paid. Given the description on the label bashing common beers, I would have thought that the brewer would have made something other than what they rambled against.

ABOWMan, Apr 03, 2009
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2.8/5  rDev -26.5%

jtnord, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Samp01
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy orange amber with a quickly dissipating soda like head. Aroma is sweet fruity floral notes. Taste is fruity up front with a kind of mild strange herbal hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with a very mild carbonation. Finish improves somewhat as it warms up some, fruity floral some malt, some mild herbal medicinal hops bitterness. I am not sure what I am missing here but I did not enjoy this IPA at all. date on the bottle by 08/22/14. Would not buy this again.

Samp01, Sep 30, 2014
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2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a ligth ditry yellow color ale with a thin bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of bitter hops are dominating but not as much as your usual American IPA. Taste is also dominated by some US bitter hops with a light dry malt backbone. Full body with low carbonation. Lacking some character and almost closer to an APA then anything else.

Phyl21ca, Jan 03, 2009
Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.