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Punk IPA - BrewDog

Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

903 Ratings

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%

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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 Kristing


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very pleasant and well hopped American style IPA from the great brewers from Brewdog. The taste is dominated by the hop bitterness, true to the style. It is reminiscent of the Victory's Hop Devil, albeit not as insanely hopped, which adds points to drinkability. A great starter bear if hops is your treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 21:43:49 | More by Kristing
Photo of drabmuh


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and really hazy for an IPA. Bith white head of small and medium bubbles and the head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is sweet and piny hops. Smells like a great IPA.

This is quite good for an IPA. James told me that they weren't going for a West Coast IPA with it but they are pretty close. The malt character is light and the hop character is clearly the star. There are nice citrus and pine flavors and strong growing bitterness at the back of the mouth. Overall nice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 19:39:09 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the marketing blurb.

A: Body literally looks like piss. Massive cumulonimbus cloud of a head.

S: Massive waft of grapefruit and some peach.

T: Fresh, upfront grapefruit being the only really discernible flavour and then there's some caramel too. Grapefruit balances the bitterness beautifully. The head is still gargantuan and very chewy - I reckon it could hold a coin. Best lacing I've ever seen.
Floral citrus in the aftertaste, which lingers for a good 20 mins.

O: Very nice drink. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 06:43:14 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of RaphaelSC


4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Brewdog Punk IPA I have is my second try on a beer really unique and different.

Its pours a golden, clean yellow with little head that not endure.

The first thing that really call my attention was the smell, a citrusfruit smell that is really outstanding and unforgettable.

The taste follow the smell and bring a citric fruit note that is followed by the strong bitter combination of four hops that the brand is proud of.

The mouthfeel bring the bitterness, and the fruit flavors both. I strongly reccomend this beer because in general its a great beer, with a wonderful smell and taste, a Unique and original IPA.

Punk IPA really worth the trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 06:16:19 | More by RaphaelSC
Photo of bceagles39


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had poured from a bottle at Novare Res in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Suggested by bartender when they were out of Dogfish Head 90. My first BrewDog brew.

Dark (cloudy) gold color. Big smells of citrus.

Super grapefruity, strong hop structure but not overly bitter.

Great drinkability.

Everything you'd expect from a quality IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 19:09:32 | More by bceagles39
Photo of Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this artwork, it's a really cool looking bottle. The text on the label is kind of cheesy though... and not all true.

A- Beautiful white, fluffy, sticky looking head. Pretty light gold, kind of eurolager like. Lots of thick lacing.

S- Smells like a nice mix of american and noble hops. Not sure at all though. Pine then cirtus, all covered in alcohol. Honey turning into an all out sugar later through the bottle. Can't wait to taste. You also get some kind of a euro lager background. Seems sweet and lively. I like it.

T- My kind of IPA taste. Not as sweet as I thought it would be. Grassy without being the dreaded boiled vegetable I have so much trouble with. Doesn't hold all the flavors the smell promised but still like it very much.

M- Another good part of the experience. Quite full. Active carbonation that still offers a general smootness. Reasonably dry finish.

D- Very satisfying and refreshing although it wasn't very cold. A six-pack of this would be an insane treat.

Was not expecting too much for this one as my first two Brewdog impressed me less. But this, is now part of my top IPA list.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:30:21 | More by Yoonisaykul
Photo of rarbring


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-12-2011 18:40:06 | More by rarbring
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer (which is now, 5.6% alcohol- I had the 6.1% version) exploded out of the bottle, with foam going everywhere. It made a huge, fluffy, off-white head, had some gritty-type lacing left on the glass, and had a hazy, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance. The aroma is just very faint, but with a deep inhalation I was able to detect some bread and a little bit of a tropical fruit spice. The taste is of straight-forward bitterness, bread crust, light fruit, such as pear or grapefruit, and sugar. Mouthfeel is light and soft, but the finish is lager-like crisp. This beer is overall mellow and drinkable. I say check it out, if you can still find this version.


Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 13:41:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Poutanen

Alberta (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have tried probably 100+ IPAs this year, and this ranks high up on that list. It's not super hoppy in your face, but it's very well balanced. Good mouth feel, I still have the taste in my mouth from a sip a few minutes ago. Smell is inviting. A quality beer that I would buy again, I'm used to Canadian and American IPAs trumping most other offering (except for one from New Zealand that is my favorite), but this is a good beer from a UK brewery.

Will buy again!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 22:57:31 | More by Poutanen
Photo of hosehead83


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, pale gold in color, with a big billowy, eggshell-white head of foam
Aroma-Citrus, earthy hop notes
Taste-Big onrush of bitter hops, subtle citrus notes and a citrus-rind, lingering bitter finish. Earthy hops in the background-Taste belies pale appearance- full on resinous hops throughout, with bread and biscuit notes.
Overall, complex, snappy and full of character. Reminds me of a Victory Hop Wallop in its pale color and big hop flavor. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 21:57:18 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 482.

Pours a remarkably creamy, frothy head, white as snow, firm, long-lasting. The color is peach yellow with a slight bit of haze.

Aroma is on the fruitier side of hoppy; pithy and citrusy. Sugar cookie dough. Clean and light grassy greenness.

Total grapefruit peel explosion in the mouth. Very much a rip-roaring West Coast-ish IPA, in that the hops are big, clean, bright and citrusy. Malt has a nice candy-meets-sugar cookie dough sweetness. A ginger-like spiciness offers added depth. Maybe not super-complex, but I get the feeling it's not supposed to be.

Spritzy, bright, lightly sticky, yet also creamy... just right for the kind of flavor this is delivering.

At a very reasonable 6%, this delivers a ton of flavor, most of it being incredibly vivid and fragrant hops. While it's not a total hop bomb, it's close. Definitely not for the faint of palate. A hop-lover's go-to-beer dream.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:13:39 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of vickersspitfire


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out with a strong sweet aroma that’s distinctly says “I’m an IPA”. This is a cloudy IPA, but it’s a nice soft golden color and is topped with a nice thick (three fingers thick) and bubbly head. It gives off a really pleasant aroma; I picked up some orange, grapefruit and pair. Hops and some wheat are present as well along with a slight banana bread smell. It’s light and crisp when it first hits your tongue, it does leave a mild film in your mouth. It’s mildly bitter on the sides of your mouth and tart as you swallow, it reminds me of a very sharp cheddar. It’s very smooth and leaves a slight alcohol aftertaste too! Very nice lacing too! The bitterness calms down after it warms up a bit, but so does the flavor, this is better tasting when its chilled.
...Word of caution, this beer should be drunk with a hot naked babe next to you!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:59:14 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of ckollias


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish-yellow hue with a thick, frothy, white, 2-finger, white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Slightly hoppy and sweet malty aroma followed by hints of pine.

T: Similar to the smell a piney aroma with a hoppy background and sweet malt finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a very good well-balanced IPA. Not as hoppy as some IPAs but the balance makes it very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:47:53 | More by ckollias
Photo of JamesS


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale copper, near straw yellow color, uncommonly light for an IPA, but it has fantastic head and wonderful lacing.

Great scent, a very strong floral/hoppy aroma with slight vanilla hints.

Wonderful taste, the hops hit you softly at first, giving hints of butterscotch and vanilla, but then the aftertaste just has a great hoppy/bitter kick at the very end. There's even a wonderful touch of citrus left on the palatte and lips after.

This goes down smooth; it's a 'lawnmower' beer, even given it's higher than yard work usual ABV. This is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 22:25:47 | More by JamesS
Photo of IPAIsaac


4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving was bottled & tap... in London, UK (Camden Town) and Edinburgh, UK. Bottled only in US (22oz)

This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had to date.

Everything about this beer, I like.

I wish they shipped more to the states. When I was living in the UK this was my go to. (4mo.) Most places I find around me do have this in usually a larger bottle but almost all are 2yrs+ !!! I don't know how places can sell this like that. ??

When fresh, this beer is badass.

I will always miss this beer and Brewdog.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 01:05:08 | More by IPAIsaac
Photo of swizzlenuts


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light bronze colour, and small head that leaves rather quickly. Not very carbonated

S: It has a fruity and hoppy smell to it. It's quite pleasing to the nose.

T: When taking a drink the hops don't pop right into your mouth, but they follow a nice fruity taste. After the hops finish their course, a pleasing bitter taste stays around.

M: The beer is thin, but in a good way. Rests nice in your mouth.

D: Quite drinkable and it's not filling so I would like another, though I find the bitterness stays around too long to drink it fast.

This is best described as a mix between an American IPA and a English IPA. It has less of a hoppy flavour than most American IPAs, but still way more than an English IPA. This is highly recommended for hop lovers in England.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:16:24 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of mscudder


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle in a Red Hook cylinder? (I don't know how to describe this glass haha!) Best by 12/12.

A - Pale and lager-like yellow with little complexity. Fair sized white head with fair retention.

S - Pine, hops, grapefruit, and some bread nicely blended together. Simply fantastic on the nose.

T - A wet and chewy sensation. Follows the nose with flavors in addition to a hop profile that contains some bitterness on the back end and some nice aromatic hops up front. Rather delicious I must say.

M - Prickly is the best word I can use to concatenate this brew. Carbonation sets off the tastes and finishes rather crisp.

O - I was very impressed with this one and it makes 2/2 brews from BrewDog that I would be pleased to encounter again. Pass me another!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 08:04:45 | More by mscudder
Photo of thomasausud


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Leffe Chalice glass and a Skansen Footed Pilsener. Best before 10/10/13.

Pours an amber colour and forms a small head which didn't last too long.

It smells like passionfruit and tastes like passionfruit too. There is a nice balance of bitterness to the sweet fruit flavours. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh but otherwise unremarkable.

I would happily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 19:47:20 | More by thomasausud
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful addition to the industry, in my opinion.
see the website at: http://www.brewdog.com/micro_brewery.php

The label reminds me of "Arrogant Bastard"'s marketing harangue: 'You're not worthy', they say.
This one says 'This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. But we don't care' (words to that effect)

So I bought it and loved it.
It is aggressive. However, the color, in a tall glass, makes it look like an average lager would- very deceptive.

The bitterness is up front and persistent, and totally in keeping with the IPA style. This is the best British version of an IPA that I've ever had. I would normally choose a NW USA IPA over most anything, but this was a very nice surprise.

Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 19:03:11 | More by MAB
Photo of DeanMoriarty


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this little gem at BeerTemple in Amsterdam, on-tap in a pint glass for 5.50 Euro. They had it listed on their beer board as a "Post Modern Classic Pale Ale".

A: Pours a fairly clean (especially for a European IPA) golden, slightly copper hue with a massive head and good lace.

S: Sweet and malty, bready yeast, sour fruit and a somewhat tame hop smell. The hop is nice, just somewhat dominated by the yeast and malt.

T: Luckily the hops are much more prevalent in the flavor than they are in the nose - grassy and resinous, somewhat floral and citrusy. The malt is there too but balances rather than dominates the overall flavor of this tasty IPA.

M: On the lighter side of a medium-bodied brew, with a mellow carbonation that really lends nicely to the creamy finish of this beer.

D: Extremely drinkable - this beer brought me back to BeerTemple in Amsterdam nearly every night for a couple to cap the night. I am a huge "hop head" and this brew definitely scratched my itch!

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 19:04:00 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of Hawk345

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new standard in basic IPA.
Smooth, hoppy but not too bitter.
Its just really good beer, its the sort of thing you take to a party to impress people that you like good beer, then make sure noneof the losers get any cos its too good for them.
They dont deserve it
Entry level Brewdog, go do it tday

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 23:24:56 | More by Hawk345
Photo of djura


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it in Romania.

A - Honey dark orange color,nice white tick foam.lasting less then minute. high carbonation.

S - Excellent aroma of figs,honey,jam fruit,quince. So good!

T/M - Maybe a bit more carbonation,but the rest is like you drink paradise nectar. Similar aromas as smell,very good balanced beer. Highly drinkable,refreshing bitter aftertaste.

O - One of the best i ever had. Want this one every day!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 14:07:27 | More by djura
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Lightly hazed golden color with a white head that thinned out but still left some sticky lacing.
Aroma is tropical fruit with a malt background.
Taste starts out fruity, pineapple, grapefruit, mango and citrus, a toffee malt flavor comes in before the crisp, dry finish.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down very easy and I found it to be quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:49:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Sunnanek


4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden pour, with a white medium large head that leaves rich lace after it dissipates.

S: WOW!!! American floral hops hits the nose - pine and even roses. The hoppy smells dominates but there is also citric notes and a faint dry maltyness.

T: Very much like the smell, but the pale and caramell malt is more present.

M: A very long bitter, dry aftertaste that holds some sweetness as well. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: A very nice brittish (scottish) version of one of my favourite beer-styles. Very nice...

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 17:42:39 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +18%
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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