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Punk IPA - BrewDog

Punk IPAPunk IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

909 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 909
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%


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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champ103

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Halfway House in Edinburgh.

A: Pours a clear macro like yellow color. A bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a second. A light watery film of lace is left behind.
S: Not much hop flavor going on. I can't pick out any kind of citrus, floral, or any other notes that one would expect. Just a very strong bitterness.
T: Again, not much hop flavor. Just big bitterness that wears me out. A light grainy sweetness tries to balance things out.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, but one is more than enough.

This is just one dimensional. A really strong bitterness without any discernable hop flavor. On the bright side this did not cost me an arm and a leg like it would have in the States.

Serving type: cask

08-31-2010 21:52:51 | More by champ103
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a pale orange with a one finger white head. Head sticks around for awhile. Looks nice

S- faint grassy hops...not a lot going on here. Weak

T- just like the nose...faint grassy hops. A slight kick of bitterness. Very faded and weak

M- body is at about even thickness...not much of a body to it, but it's not paper thin

O- I'd like to try one fresh, on tap. The ride across the ocean has killed the flavors...shame, because I can see there's a good IPA underneath here

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:38:54 | More by bigfnjoe
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22oz bomber.

Definitely looked great in the glass, quite hazy (almost turbid() and yellow/tan, with a monster head that prevented my pouring the rest of my beer till it eventually settled down. Sticky lace clung in rings around the glass, and a dense off-white foamy cap remained on the beer throughout the entire 22oz bottle. Date on the bottle indicates this beer is in its proper window.

Beyond the appearance, I'm left more than a bit confused by this beer. How it fits in the American IPA category, and has the ratings it does, is beyond me. It's heavy on the malts, with some extremely funky old-boot notes and some very earthy hops that have a residual bite to them, but don't in any way cry out "American IPA,.".

If I hadn't looked it up here to review it, and hadn't read the label, American IPA would be somewhere near the last category I would expect it to fit in. It's hard to even rate this "to style" in the category it's listed in. It could pass as a pale ale of some sorts, but as an American IPA or pale ale, it's not especially outstanding.

Heavy on the funky weirdness, with a somewhat indecisive finish and body that's halfway between thick and watery., and hoppy and malty. Definitely different., but If you are looking for a typical American IPA, then you'll need to ignore the categorization of this one

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 07:35:56 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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jkendrick

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy orange with not much head, retention or lace.

S: Moderate for an IPA but fruity

MF: Light to medium bodied with not much mouth coat that one would expect from an IPA

T: Thin, not too aggressive in the hops department, but almost tangy. It's different but not bad. In the end though the interesting flavor is outweighed by the watery-ness.

Overall: It's just too thin! The taste is different for an IP -- tangy and interesting -- but the thinness and watery taste leaves me wanting.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 03:34:12 | More by jkendrick
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 1 pt 6.4 oz bottle.

A - Pours a slight golden straw color with some slight orange hints. Light head and very little lacing.

S - Aroma is of citrus hops with some tangerine and some orange notes as well. Some grassy hints as well. Nice hops and not too intense. There is some slight sweet hints as well.

T & M - Light and slightly watery on the palette. Hints of citrus and hoppy grass notes. Not my favorite IPA because of the lack of CO2.

D - I dont think i will ever buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:06:08 | More by JoEBoBpr
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IPA4LIFE

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An ultra-thick, "fluffy" slightly off-white 3 finger head came up, and took about 5 minutes to drop. Clear fairly light golden color.

S- Not nearly as strong as I expected. A little pine and a little citrus, but nothing really comes out and establishes itself.

T- Stronger hops bitterness than the smell led me to believe. The bitterness is still mild compared to most American style IPA's- but it is not balanced by any other flavors. The bitterness is too dominant in the taste, from the front to the aftertaste, it is almost nothing but hops.

M- Crisp and light, with the typical "tongue numbing" that comes with American IPA's. Not bad, but not anything to write home about.

D- This is probably the beer's best feature. It is not too overpowering in anyway (unless you absolutely can not stand hops). The lightness and simplicity of the flavor makes it a good "sitting around" beer, but not something to really enjoy.

333ml Bottle poured into a pint glass. I was not as impressed with this beer as I thought I'd be, given Brew Dog's "aggressive" image. It is a fair attempt to make and American IPA- but it just lacks the scents and taste complexity of the better beers in this class. Overall, a solid offering, but not something I would actively seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 11:56:50 | More by IPA4LIFE
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes: thanks goes out to DeadTerry.

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: bread, bisquit, malts, little hops,

taste: very malty, some hop finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: definitely a beer I don't think is worth the hype or the money. Prefer to drink American IPA's they have more byte and hop flavor.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 15:05:00 | More by THECPJ
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Slow pour yields minimal head, but nice lacing around the glass.

Smells nice--bittersweet and grainy, but very pleasant.

Taste is very bitter, with only mild sweet undertones. Must be the hops.

Feels fine on the tongue, nothing outstanding, but nice enough.

This a little too bitter for my tastes, but that's probably typical of IPAs, which are not necessarily my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 16:47:57 | More by fullsweep
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BTPete

New York

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahar's in Albany, NY. Notes directly from my phone.

BrewDog Punk IPA

Draft to 12oz. mug.

A: golden straw in color. 1 inch white head with lots of bubbles. Spotty lacing as brew goes down.

S: some hop presence up front. A little muted when I go back for more. I'm getting a little more of the piney over citrus. Bitter.

T: bitter off the bat. Actually seems to begin and end bitter. Like smell I'm getting pine over floral or citrus. It's ok.

M: nicely carbed and active in my mouth. Dry on the finish, bitter.

D: drinkable yes, but not my favorite. It's certainly not bad but for $10 for a 20oz pour I'd choose something else. Not deterred from BrewDog though, will try more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 14:25:29 | More by BTPete
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Paincane

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden with healthy off-white head and excellent lacing. Nice head retention.
S: Floral, fruity, pine and caramel nose.
T: Hearty malt backbone balances with fruity hoppiness.
M: Smooth, dry and balanced brew.
O: Good IPA from Brew Dog.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:25:25 | More by Paincane
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle says batch 462 and that it expires 18/12/10, which I am assuming is December of 2010...so this beer is about 5 months expired. Since it is an IPA, they are designed to age in barrels originally, so I doubt that this has hurt the beer too badly. Let's find out:

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow gold color with a 1/2" of creamy white foam on top after a pretty quick pour. There are numerous bubbles rising to maintain the head, so it doesn't look that much different after a minute. There is some solid chunks of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma is a little unusual for an IPA, but this isn't a bad thing. My first impression was that there was a subtle funkiness going on here, but a few seconds later, there was some lemon zest and some crusty bread aromatics, but it is a bit reserved in the cold beer. I don't really pick up the wild character anymore unless it is a subtle leather from Brett or something, but it is mixing into the blend well. Again, the aroma is a little unusual for an IPA, but we don't get many IPAs outside of The States, so I guess this can be expected.

Taste: The flavor has much more hop presence than the aroma suggested. There are lots of bittering hops in here that hit your palate quickly...while the flavoring hops are still there, and this obscures the malt impression. The finish is quite dry and hoppy, and the water is playing on the hops too, to make the beer feel drier in the finish. The carbonation being high and the body medium causes the beer to further alienate itself from your palate.

Opinion: Well, I have liked a lot of other BrewDog products better than this one, but it may really appeal to a hop-head. The bittering are too overdone in this beer for my taste, and to top it off, there are some unusual hops used to get there, so the taste left on your palate is foreign (no pun intended). I will drink the other three in the 4-pack that I got, but I won't be coming back to this one anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:58:08 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden yellow with a frothy head. Good lacing as it went down. It had a pleasant floral aroma suggestive of hops. I was somewhat let down by the taste - it was very light, tasting more like a Pale Ale than an IPA. Based on the freshness date I don't think the hops had time to mellow out really. Although it does not taste bad by any means, I can't recommend this beer to any hop heads looking for a powerful American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 18:02:38 | More by Neorebel
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Mora2000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow with a small white head. Aroma is grassy, earthy hops. I didn't get any of the citrus or pine that other people have mentioned. The flavor is mainly hoppy, with lots of earthy hops. Quite a bit of bitterness and not much of a malt backbone. Thin mouthfeel. Decent beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 01:40:09 | More by Mora2000
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1 Pint, 6.4 Fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 15-04-13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Slight alcohol, which is surprising for a 5.6% ABV beer. Caramel malts. Where are the hops?!

Taste: Sugary caramel malt upfront with a slight green grape/white wine flavor on the back end. Fruity and light, but too malty and not enough emphasis on the hops, Isn't this supposed to be an IPA? Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry like champagne. Light and refreshing.

Overall: Another one that I am not too excited about. Too malty, which does not allow the Nelson Sauvin hops to shine through.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 21:01:11 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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HopJr

California

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointed with this ale. After reading the arrogant synopsis of the beer on the label I was expecting something to rival our local west coast IPA's i.e. Moylan's, Green Flash, or Port Brewing Company. I bought this bottle from a local watering hole that also sells many other IPA's. The bottle was $10.82 you ask me $6.82 to much.

The pour is very light in color compared to the norm. The head disappears very quickly acting like it's high gravity but it's not. Lacing is good and present till the end of the glass. Hits your mouth in the back and the top, but is somewhat of a complicated taste up front. Reminds me a lot of a Belgium Ale and not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 03:39:03 | More by HopJr
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israel

New York

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Hazy yellowish amber in appearance with very little head which is mostly made up of large bubbles and just clinging to the sides.

S- I pick up on some faint grapefruit and orange with a malty backbone almost toffeeish.

T- Bitter green(young) hops with grapefruit, quite sharp and initially soapy.

M- Light to medium body with semi-dry finish, carbonation is well balanced.

D- This beer seems uninspired and really doesn't do much for me in a market filled with outstanding examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 04:08:54 | More by israel
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Lolli1315

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a orangish yellowe color with a small head that disappears rather quickly. Lacing is less than desirable but at least somewhat seen.

S- Bitter hop oil laced with citrus and a malty sweetness. Decent balance, could be a little stronger though.

T- Slight bitterness from hops, but not as strong and full as one would like. The back end provides a little more of the hop taste, but still not enough. Citrus especially lemon, grapefruit, and maybe even a little bit of orange is added to the fold. All together, the taste isn't exciting, very aspect seems to be more subdued than need be.

M- Thin mouthfeel, nice for a warm day. Lacks carbonation that surely takes away from the experience.

D- Can drink this, but don't know if I would like to grab another bottle of this.

All in all, if you want an I.P.A. I would suggest going with a fresher American I.P.A. that packs a bigger hop punch.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 23:09:12 | More by Lolli1315
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Rubyroth

Norway

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 22:26:12 | More by Rubyroth
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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 335 Best Before 11-24-2010

Poured from 22oz. into a tulip. Color is hay, bright, & a little hazy, with a touch of lacing. Not much carbonation.

Intial aroma is sweet, caramel malt. Mix in some whiffs of lemon mint, pine, & a touch of biscuit.

Mildy crisp on the palate with a solid base of malt mixed with junipet. Pine and lemon really take over the flavor in the end and the sweetness never really leaves. The mouth is left extremely dry in the finale.

The love of malt in the Isles is pronounced. I would have enjoyed more citrus in the hop profile; a pine bomb she be in the end. It's nice to see the Scots put out a beer that has been dominated by American brewers. West Coast IPA hopheads should probably look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 03:55:36 | More by jdoncbus
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DovaliHops

California

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went into this a little skeptical considering it's an English IPA (haven't been too fond of the ones I've had so far). The color is somewhat clear and slightly golden. The head is very bubbly like a lager of some sort (not very full or frothy). The smell is bitter with a hint of sweetness...not that American hop smell I'm used to. The taste is not bad...but it's not great either. I think someone who really enjoys non-American IPAs would be better suited to rate this beer. I don't think I would buy this again, but I respect it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 07:51:54 | More by DovaliHops
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hotzenklotz

Germany

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy pale yellow colored beer with white stable foam.

S: The pale malt aromas dominate the smell with very little hop presence.

T: Subtle mal character with very little hop aroma. Balanced at first, the bitterness hits you hard on the finish. The taste is OK not overwhelming, though. It is very hard to define what you can taste. There are not as much hop profile present as in other IPAs.

M: Easy to drink at first, but after a while the bitterness overwhelms you a little.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 16:34:22 | More by hotzenklotz
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whatthehull

California

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted April 30th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - rusty champagne, one finger white head and minimal lacing

S - malty, almost sour smelling, sharp hops, yeast, wheat and some fresh cut grass

T - slight resin, pine, floral and citrus hops, bitter malt, very pungent with hops and malt. No sweetness at all

M - very dry, carbonated and long finish. Very bitter

D - drinks like a European style IPA. Nice but not excellent

Final thought - If you love european IPA. This one is for you. Price isn't awesome though

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 03:02:57 | More by whatthehull
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1st time trying these guys. Interestingly, imported by Anchor Brewing, did not know that.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 13-06-14.

Hazy banana orange colored body, decent bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is sweet clementines, oranges and plus assorted fruit. Flavor is a let down IMO. Overripe fruit, mostly peaches and oranges; biscuity, malty and not much hops. Not what i'm looking for in an IPA. Bit of a tepid feel and bitterness is shy.

Well, underwhelmed by my first try of Brewdog. IPA should not be slapped on this bottle as this ale doesn't resemble that style at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 12:23:36 | More by papat444
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IHasaFlavaFlav

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Head was very disappointing, but I enjoyed the typical murkiness of the IPA.

S - Hard to identify all the flavours. Caramel came through strong.

T - Pleasant fruity-carameliness but disappears too quickly.

M - Normal, quite clean. Would enjoy a stickier hop flavour after I finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 09:39:06 | More by IHasaFlavaFlav
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strangely pale yellow, slightly translucent, with an Aero-bar-esque head of cream coloured bubbling. Very minimal bead, and leaves some specks of lacing, but very little. Looks bland - a disappointment, for sure.

Nose is very floral and hoppy, a lot of cascade and/or amarillo, I'm sure. Does have an odd sticky malt sensation behind it, slightly yeasty and almost honey-esque. Some pleasant aromas, but not enough. Lacking a bit of nuance.

Taste is better, with floral hoppy flavours and a slight pine resin character denoting the hops throughout. There is an unfortunate trace of that honey character on there, slight wattle character as well, or at least herbacious and floral. Mouthfeel is nicely full, maybe a bit sticky which is unfortunate, but okay.

This is a decent IPA but certainly not a staggeringly good one. Leaves traces of bitterness without an enjoyable hoppy character, and feels just a bit lacking in flavour. An inauspicious start for a brewery I was hotly anticipating.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 05:12:32 | More by laituegonflable
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