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Punk IPA | BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
2,002 Ratings
Punk IPAPunk IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our scene-stealing flagship is an India Pale Ale that has become a byword for craft beer rebellion; synonymous with the insurgency against mass-produced, lowest common denominator beer. Punk IPA charges the barricades to fly its colours from the ramparts – full-on, full-flavour; at full-throttle. Layered with new world hops to create an explosion of tropical fruit and an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee before a spiky bitter finish, this is transatlantic fusion running at the fences of lost empires. Nothing will ever be the same again.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,998
Reviews:
602
Ratings:
2,002
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
655
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,002 |  Reviews: 602
Reviews by ThinkAgain:
Photo of ThinkAgain
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"If some unemployed punk in New Jersey can get a cassette to make love to Elle McPherson for $19.95, this virtual reality stuff is going to make crack look like Sanka."

--Dennis Miller

Sunshine yellow beneath an ivory colored crown that has a wonderfully sticky, bubbly texture and is beginning to coat the pint glass with loads of attractive lace. This is the single palest IPA that I've ever seen. Looks good, though.

The nose features nothing but bright, zesty, slightly cheesy American C-hops. If there are any English varieties in here, they're very well-hidden. Warming ushers in a power and pungency that makes the above score an easy call.

This (Brew)Dog is definitely barking up the right tree. While it isn't as aggressive as its brewers would like us to believe (The U.S is the land of huge hops after all), it is damn tasty in a freshly squeezed hop juice kind of way. On further reflection, and once the taste buds get into the act, perhaps the hop bill is an Anglo-American affair after all.

There isn't much malt present (no sin in a 6.0% IPA)... and what's appreciated isn't the least little bit earthy or toasted. It tastes like a very clean ale yeast strain was utilized. What's left is pure humulus lupulus. In the end, that's the best sort of IPA.

The flavor profile is relatively simple. Again, no problem for a beer of this style. We have pink grapefruit, lime and maybe even a little puckery peach. The tasting notes on the brewery's website are good for a few chuckles: lychee, kiwi, passionfruit, cherry and strawberry. Kidding, right?

Ignore the 'best by' date (1/1/09). The snappy hoppiness that is present in mid-late June won't last anywhere close to that long. Once the hops fade there won't be much left. The mouthfeel is light, edging toward light-medium for the style. The bubbles are fine and add energy without being annoying. Good job here as well.

This review call be boiled down to one simple sentence: Punk IPA is deliciously citric hoppy and is insanely drinkable. I can't wait to see if the rest of BrewDog's offerings are as well-crafted. Not sure what the bottle cost, but this is a repeat purchase for damn sure. Welcome to America, guys. We can always use more good IPAs.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/2/12

A clear golden yellow with a few bubbles feeding a
nice thumbs width of foam that hangs around long enough
to leave a bunch of random lace down the glass

S smells solid with lots of tropical fruits, pineapple,
tangerine, guava and some grapefruit, I also pick up on
just a little pine and sweet malt. there's some balance
but its mostly a tropical hop bomb

T more malt then the nose with more citric rind then fruity
flesh, some caramels in the mouth and some balance to go with it, taste is quite good but the nose was better

M medium bodied with just enough carbonation, a mild bite
to it and a nice citric rind aftertaste lingers for a while
but is fairly mellow

O I considered a perfect score for smell and 4.5 crossed
my mind for taste so a slightly higher score here. when I consider it's only 5.6% I like it even more, very easy to drink and I'm not walking sideways

Pretty happy with this one, no real complaints and a fair bit to be pleased with. A nice session IPA if there is such a thing and I can see myself buying more of this

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy medium straw body.
The aroma is big. Lots of mango, pineapple and orange.
The taste is big on the bitterness, but the malt is always lurking in the background making is very drinkable.
The texture is crisp.
Great aroma and flavor.

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Photo of TBCE
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured a light hazy orange. One finger of quickly dissipating froth, leaving a nice light lacing on glass.Smells of citrus and pineapple, perhaps a little honey. Taste is very tropical, unlike a lot of IPA's that I had. Notes of tangerine, orange, pineapple, and a little bit of floral notes with very minor bitterness. Enjoyable. Mouth feel is moderately carbonated, a little on the flat side. Needs to be bolder here, more body. Overall a fine brew. Something I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting 06/18/08 w/ fellow BAer Proteus93. Served in a Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: Not hazy, with a golden straw body, thin, fine lacing, and a pretty decent head with good retention. Very pale for an American IPA.

Aroma: Fruity esters - white wine-esque. Lots of grapes, apple skins. A mild, herbal hop spiciness with some nice citrus notes - very "C-hop"ish.

Taste: Very bitter, and very, very dry. Hardly any malt at all, and what's there is only faintly sweet. There's some citrus from the hops, and in conjunction with the bitterness it's very dry. Also some neutral fruit esters - pear comes to mind. Very one-dimensional. Pretty disappointing, and very un-IPAish, in my humble opinion.

Mouthfeel: Subdued, and pretty flat. But only in some places. Which is weird. Light bodied. Puckering.

Drinkability: A decent beer. Nothing horrible, and it's thin and simple enough to be pretty drinkable - not to mention its body and tartness makes it pretty refreshing - but it's not one I'd go back for seconds of.

Very strange beer, and not really what I was expecting at all. A very strange interpretation of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy dkachur on a session night of nice brews.

A: Somewhat hazy, a lighter straw yellow. Nice topping of white froth of head. Thin strings of lace.

S: Citrus fruits, white grape, yeasty. Clean hops all around. A note of sweetness in the malt backbone that makes a little bit of an appearance.

T + M: Almost no carbonation, a little lacking in body... flavours are a little subdued, as well. Citrus flavours, a slight breadiness, a touch of sweetness. A dry finish makes for a nice touch.

D: Not horrible, but not blown away by it... others would likely get my attention.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,002 ratings