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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 59
Gots: 257 | 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 OutFox
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from older notes I never got around to reviewing.

A - Poured into a regular pint glass. Very orange in color and not very clear. Quite hazy actually. Thick white head good lacing and retention

S - Sort of a bitter/sweet hop smell. Some citrus and a sort of pine characteristic.

T - Good balance between hops and malt, almost more of a malty bitterness really. Really enjoyable citrus notes that linger on the tongue.

M - Classic single IPA mouth feel. Not too heavy and not too light. Good body to it

T - Solid. Really like this beer, it isnt over the top its a good representation of a single IPA. Good balance and good body to it.

Photo of Grundle20
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #001
Freshness dated for 01/01/09
22.4oz Bottle

The beer pours straw yellow in color with a tight creamy white head. The head hangs around for minute or so and falls to a thin film that skates the surface of the beer leaving bubbly deposits on the way down.

A light touch of sweet malt, almost corn like. The malt falls to the wayside of a faint yet sharp lemony hop character. It smells very similar to a Sorachi Ace bitter I once brewed.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
To be blunt it's kind of blah. The majority of the flavor here comes from a biting citrus peel quality from the hops. There's an ever so slight sweetness coming from the malts but for the most part this beer drinks a little on the green side. It sort of reminds me of Longhammer IPA. The finish is clean with just a touch of lemon zest in the aftertaste.

I could see this making a great summer beer, it is rather refreshing despite the fact that it isn't particularly robust. Maybe not the IPA I'd turn to for a meal.

Bottom Line:
$13 for the bottle, w00t for b-day presents. I have to give props since this beer is from Scotland but I honestly don't see myself pimping this beer out to anybody. It simply isn't worth the cost in my opinion.

Photo of JayAre46
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip which i don't like to do with ipa/dipas anyway hazy orange color with bright edges and a 1 1/2 finger of fluffy white head, that shows good retention and lacing down the glass.

A - am i the only one who was like whoa wtf upon the first whiff? haha very bitter grapefruit and orange peel no sweetness of anysort here biscuty malt.

T - again the biscuit malt, good hop bitterness, hemp flavor, very different but refreshing although a bit watery, not a hop bomb by anymeans but very sharp with a in and out hop presence. no alcohol presence

M - light to medium, thin for my liking, moderate carbonation.

O - ok this beer is rather different and makes me wonder if it is infected, im going to have to get this one again for sure to see...im actually enjoying the very different characteristics but am in question there is also a slight showing of oxidation... decent brew

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle tried 23 Oct 2010. Courtesy of L&D, thank you! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Best before date 29/07/11, batch 204.

Large thick off white head. Lightly carbonated. Clear bright orange color. Citrus, resin and grainy sweetness in the aroma. Grapefruit pithiness dominates the taste. Some citrus juicy sweetness as well. Finishes with a lingering bittersweetness, lot of grapefruit. Medium to light body, alcohol noticeable but not hot.

A bit of a bitter little beer.

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Isle of Arran imperial pint glass a clear light golden with a fluffy two finger craterous white head that clung like glue to the glass never completely subsides.English malt and floral hop aromas,biscuity with a tinge of iron.Not nearly as brash as the label might tell you but its a decent English IPA,its floral and leafy in its hoppiness,full on biscuit/caramel malt pretty much keeps this beer even in its hop to malt ratio on the palate.Its a nice beer not a big American IPA in style more of a slightly more brash English IPA.

Photo of colforbin73
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a good beer -- it needs to be drunk really cold though. which for me makes it more like a lager than an ale. not quite an IPA.

pours a cloudy but translucent, deep, straw yellow with a good head that leaves some lacing on the glass. good frothy brew -- definitely well made. the smell is muted but does have a trace of citrusy hops and the malts lend a fine sweetness.

the first taste is very dry and bitter, but the beer does open up as you drink it and juicier textures and sweeter flavors come out. but predominantly it is dry with a pleasant bitter burn, slightly peppery. a fairly straight forward Pale Extra Bitter -- the yeast tastes lager to me -- and it makes this:

sort of an in-between but worth trying brew. would be good at the beach.

Photo of Karo
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leaddog
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with a finger width of foamy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruit, light bready malts.

Taste - Everything you get in the aroma... citrus hops, grapefruit and tropical fruit, light bready malts. Light bitterness factor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - I would like to see a bit more hop flavour in this, since I feel that it is lacking for the American IPA style. But regardless of that, all the right flavours are in play.

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light and hazy pale golden color with a small white head that settles into a very light cap. The aroma is of stale yet strong grapefruit hops. Smells like an uber strong hop that has taken a turn to the south. Some noticable tropical fruit. The taste is of pale malts with a light hop presence. There is some grassy hops that would work well in an APA howevery fall short in this AIPA. That being said, there is a light malt presence, quite neutral, nothing to get in the way of the hop presence. So as an AIPA the hop profile falls short, clearly lacking a powerful hop presence. For an APA, the hops may be there, though I like to see more of a fresh juicy hop, the malt is a bit weak, and more to the AIPA style. So in a confusing conclusing not sure it this is a APA or an AIPA. The feel is light with semi-soft carbonation; starts off malty sweet but finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. A decent AIPA for those who like tropical fruit. Could use more of a hop presence. Interesting.

Photo of TobiasGoth
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance Liquid is a clear and yellow golden one, with a build up of about a centimeter of head, heavily staining my wine hock glass.

Smell I detect a very potent fusion of black currant and passionfruit, followed by some mild background hops.

Taste This IPA enters sweet then turns bitter and kind of astringent on me, crawling onto the back of my tongue. It’s packed with passion fruit and black currant plus lemon/lime and herbal flavors. All in all this reminds me of some of the ales Jessica Heidrich concocts.

Mouthfeel Medium body with lush bubbles rolling over my tongue. This makes me happy!

This top-selling IPA from BrewDog has been available in bottles for a while now, recently they also added a canned version at Systembolaget.

Punk IPA is a doubled edged story, on the one hand I’m crazy about this sort of flowery and tangy IPA, on the other it’s a bit over the top. I mean half way through the bottle it’s like you’re mowing your way through auntie’s prized flower bed. Yucky!

Photo of FreshHawk
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of gperrelli
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Extremely light for an IPA, almost looks like a white ale, sticky frothy head that clings to the side of the glass - 3.00, S: The first whiff produces a tinge of sourness, a slight woodiness to the aroma, some un-placeable tropical fruits and some white wine aromas - 3.50, T: Highly bitter, fermented pineapple??, pungent pink grapefruit, hops rule this beer and malt unquestionably plays second fiddle - 3.75, M: Light body, a touch on the side of thin - 3.00, D: As an IPA this is a decent beer, as a borderline session IPA this is a wonderful beer, the trip to DC from Scotland makes it a little price prohibitive but I'd gladly drink again - 4.00

Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Stone Brewing Bistro & World Gardens 11/14/09 during their "Bashah Bash" event with BrewDog. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a finger of brite-white foamy head. Retains with a thin yet frothy layer, that hangs tight with a big sticky latticework of lacing. Great look here, that doesn't quit. The aroma is sharp in the nose with spice and bitter citrus rind. There is a good bit of brighter smelling citrus as well, along with some herbal character and a pronounced graininess. The citrus rind really adds a deep pithy feel here.

The bitterness of the taste is spicy with that same raw citrus rind character. It's really interesting that this is where a lot of that sharp bitterness comes from. Herbal qualities come through in the background, along with a tangy mix of sweeter citrus and that grainy feel from the malts. The finish here is very dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creamy feel that then prickles up a good bit more towards the back of the swallow. The body feel just about right at around 6% ABV.

I can definitely see why this IPA seems to be so polarizing, as it definitely has a unique hop profile that could go both ways for people. That bitter rind character got to be a bit too much to for me to really make this shine but being on draft afforded the other flavors a brightness and drinkibility that kept this interesting.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, says best before 02-08-11 (August 2nd, 2011 USA, I think). Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is a bit light but nice, the brew smells like grassy hops, tropical and citrus fruit, and some bready malt. The taste is the same as the aroma, but the grassy hop flavors are stronger compared to the others. There's also a long lasting bitter finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, finishes dry and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's a decent brew, it's definitely worth a try.

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

426th review on BA
Bottle to pint
500 ml

App- A very cloudy orange with a few yellow highlights. A very bubbly and frothy head. A one and a half finger head. Not much cling.

Smell- A little bit of a mix of light pine with some earthy notes and some fresh citrus. A little fresh grapefruit with mangos maybe some tangerine. My nose is a bit off today.

Taste- A very spicy IPA. The hops really shine through and are pretty well balanced by the slight malts I get.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation and a spicy pine aftertaste.

Drink- A good IPA but needed to be a bit more balanced IMO. A great rep from across the pond for our American tastes.

Photo of PhilMiller
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soulgrowl
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If I hadn't poured it myself, I'd have thought this was a pilsener: same golden yellow body, same large-ish bubbles, same snowy white head. But the retention is good, and there's something very attractive about an IPA this light in color. The aroma is less striking, but sitll good: gin-like, with some juniper and pine notes, mild citrus, a bit of medicinal bitterness, and very soft underlying fruity esters. Malts are MIA except for a thin honey-like sweetness. Tastes much more robust than the nose let on, with a full, sweet malt base (maybe a bit too sweet) and a clenching bitterness of grapefruit, arugula, and juniper. Thin and noticeably alcoholic - the malts add sweetness but not much body or character save a touch of honeyed biscuit. Softly carbonated with a fairly dry finish that hangs like a hoppy fog on the palate. Not an outstanding IPA, but one that just about delivers the hop kick I want from the style. Robust and refreshing.

Note: I really hate the Arrogant Bastard ripoff marketing on the label of this beer. Not impressed, posers.

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though BA says this beer is retired and that only the 5.6% is brewed, I picked up this 6.0% beer from my local just last weekend. It's fresh. Batch 307 with a best before date of 28-07-2012 (July 28th, 2012). Alcohol is listed at 6% by volume. 11.2 ounce format.

A mix of gold and copper in color, Punk IPA appears to be a beer of clarity. A closer look reveals an opaque brew with low carbonation a quickly dissipating snow-white head.

This Punk doesn't hide its bouquet of floral and citrus. While the nose is dominated by what most would deem Northwest hops, there is a slight suggestion of pine in the background. Pale malt hides around the corner. After tasting, I perceive a bit of honey in the aroma as well.

Noticeably sweeter at first than most IPAs that I've had, the first flavors that hit me are rather muted cousins of the bouquet. While the bitterness is there, don't expect an ass puckering... Bitterness actually balances each sip much in the way an ESB would, without calling out obvious hoppy roots. Don't get me wrong, citrus is there (grapefruit and a bit of pineapple), but the taste is rather malt and bitter forward without much flavor from the hops that create this brew's great aroma.

This beer really does drink like a summer's day ESB. An easy one to session up and throw back, Punk IPA is a medium/light to medium bodied brew that lacks any formidable traits that one can really call attention to. In my opinion, Punk would be great canned for summer activities but isn't necessarily memorable.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows lots of hops with big piney, resinous, fruity and floral notes. Malt is not forgotten, with a huge caramel character.
Same story with the flavours, lots of piney, resinous hops and plenty of sweet malt.
Carbonation could be higher.

Photo of ithacabaron
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Label says something about the beer being the "epitome of pure punk." Okay. Let's just see if it tastes good.

Pours a very cloudy apricot with a busy head that settles down into toad's eyes and some top lacing. Meh.

Aroma is big on stone fruit, some almonds, kumquats. A stewed, caramelized note rises to embrace everything. Jammy, and a bit cooked, like hop confit.

Silky smooth malt comes in on the palate with the first sip. This isn't punk -- it's Tom Jones in a velvet smoking jacket. More stone fruit, especially stewed apricots, emerge, and you get the sense there's a grapefruit about two houses over. A generally sweet profile, with little or no bitterness to be found.

Mouthfeel is tremendous, just wonderfully milled. Pair this body and carbonation with a better beer on top, and it would be unstoppable.

Overall, a nice tipple, although not really an IPA. A neat idea, to take modern California
flavors, and to place them in the context of a classic British pale ale profile. Hard to
pinpoint, this one. Certainly not what it thinks it is, but a fun experience. Won't buy again, most likely, but no regrets about this encounter. Worth trying.

Photo of Bradman01
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.