Punk IPA | BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

Brewed by:
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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

Added by bark on 11-02-2007

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Photo of MoohMooh
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours yellow-amber with a thick 2-3 finger head. Nice lacing too. Smells of pineapple and grapefruit, and a hint of alcohol too. There's also a somewhat bready character to it. Taste is quite sweet and fruity upfront -- pineapple and lemon--, with some caramel hidden beneath, and maybe coffee? I feel something like black cherry too. The slight bitterness balances well the fruity flavors. Nice medium carbonation and body.

Terrific IPA.

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Photo of MattChiasson
4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favourite commercially available IPAs. Incredibly refreshing, bursting with aromas of tropical fruits, citrus and hop aromatics. Works great with spicy dishes. Tonight I had it with a spicy vegan burrito bowl tonight and it worked like a charm!

-Appearance: Pale. Copper, with slight haze
-Top 6 Aromas/Flavors: Wild flower honey, Pineapple, Ruby red Grapefruit, Orange peel, Resinous pine, light caramel

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Slight hazy bright golden in color, the beer tops by billowy and very thick white head that withstands by great retention, it just slowly dissipates to eternal fluffy crown along with plenty of lacing patch on the glass-side.

Tropical affair in the aroma, loads of hoppy, juicy and fruity with a note of pineapple, orange, citrus, mango, grapefruit, floral, pine, and spice. Sweet bready and caramel malt, a little toasted too. So aromatic, almost all the aromas of good IPA can be found here.

Bready malt that is a little sweet as a foundation of the flavor structure. Hops firstly introduce themselves with an earthy touch and with more to come thereafter with a citrus and grapefruit zest but not as fruity, juicy, and fresh as in the aroma. Again, hops continue to play an important part by wrapping up the finish with a spicy and resiny bitterness together with a little toasted malt where same time bready malt is still there running in parallel against hops to keep the overall flavor in harmoniously balance.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and medium carbonation generating crisp and lively feeling through the palate, dry finish. Good IPA indeed, fresh and truly refreshing, salute to the Dog.

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Photo of davidperez
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass, it pours a clear bright yellow, with a two-finger head, sudsy and creamy, with good retention. Some lacing visible.

Delicious bouquet and very assertive. East Coast IPA kind of notes. Massive tropical fruits, pineapple, passion fruit, guayaba, mango, slight dankness, malty sweetness.

The bouquet is more flavorful than the taste.
Nice carbonation, yet the notes don't appear with lots of strength. Mango, passion fruit.
It begins bittersweet, but then bitterness prevails and coats your palate.
The aftertaste is long, bitter and with slight fruit.
Medium to light body, slightly smooth.

A decent IPA.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eh, I've not tried this before, even though it is the only beer I can afford in BrewDog's pubs.

So, first things first, this is from a 660ml bottle from Tesco at a price of £2.50, which is pretty good value (assuming its not horrid).

L) Lager-amber colour, clear, lots of small bubbles, 1cm persistent fluffy head.

S) Immediate tropical fruit hops. Smells wonderful. I've had quite a bit of experience recently of immense-smelling British IPAs that fall short when actually tasted, but lets give him a fair shout.

T) Hmm, actually quite light for 5.6% ABV, a bit of grapefruit hops, and a bit of bitterness. Maybe a bit of orange marmalade softness to round it off. Good, not amazing.

F) Easy drinking, has just the right balance between tastiness and drinkableness. Moderate carbonation, no overbearing aftertastes.

O) I would classify this as a 'session' IPA, quite enjoyable. £2.50 for 660ml bottle is a good deal, will buy again.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank at Café Académico.

A: The body is mid way between a mild opaqueness and cristalline with a very nice yellow colour. The head dimisnished from two fingers thick to a 3 to 4 mm thick but with awesome retention and some good lacing. Carbonation looks average.
S: The smell is resinous-y and citrus-y but it's quite balanced.
T: Instead of having just the resinous and citrus profile, Punk IPA also presents some tropical fruits on its taste.
M: The body is medium-low with some visible carbonation but with a more faint activity on mouth.
O: This beer is a classic. And it's quite upfront on why it was so important to the revival of craft beer and IPAs themselves.

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Photo of JoeBowles
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The only IPA i genuinly like. It's a great session beer for for or a social drink. It's heavier then most and you can really feel the bitter after taste, which is a good thing. this is a real US style IPA.

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Photo of sejorules
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appereance of the beer is not outstanding. Golden, clear, with a thin head. The aromas are mainly floral, fresh, and more powerful than other IPAs. In the taste, it is possible to find notes of hops, following the smell ery closely, but adding a bit of bread to the taste that most of the IPAs lacks, which I think it suits the rest of the flavors. It is a refreshing and fresh ale, with medium carbonation. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale light brown. Not much head.

Nose - lovely aromas of citrus, grapefruit, biscuit. Very NIce.

Palate is nicely balanced with some nice malt flavours, lots of tropical fruit and some mild bitterness at the end.

Mouth is nice - good feel with a medium body.

Overall I think this is a really great, sessionable beer. To be honest I was expecting less from Brewdog, thinking that their beers would be mainly hype, marketing and too much hop bitterness but I'm glad to be proven wrong. This is fab.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of jaehongcho
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Did not pour aggressively but it had 3 inch head with good retention. The head was of golden color of creamy beige head.

S: Floral and piny were dominant aroma. It was followed by citrusy hop flavors of orange and lemon. It felt fresh because of its piny notes that was balanced with floral notes.

T: It has a fairly noticeble malt backbone. Sweet and roasty. While floral and piny taste is still there, hop's bitterness is very forward here with lots of tropical fruits with a dash of esteryness. Slight roasted grains. Well balanced between the sugar and sharpness.

F: I liked the amount of carbonation. Not too strong. It was a good balance with the beer's medium-body.

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Photo of akdo
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: I poured the beer and a Cervoise glass and saw an unfiltered golden body that produces a white head that is less than one finger. The latter died quickly. It didn't recede to a crown ring. Moreover, the beer does not lace the glass as it is being consumed.

Smell: The malt provides a quasi-floral attribute to the nose. There are notes of tropical fruits and citrus. The notes of pines are in the background.

Taste: Very assertive malt profile on the front end. There are notes of mango, honey, citrus, grapefruits and orange zests. Because this is an American-style IPA with a low IBU, the notes of pine woods on the back-end is very moderate. There were no traces of spices on the back-end as the English influence on this beer makes drinkability an important factor.

Feel: Even with its bitter finish, Punk IPA is light-bodied. Because of its low ABV, which is 5.60%, doesn't dry your mouth. The beer is almost as fresh as a Pale Ale. There is also no warmth from the alcohol.

Overall: The only reservation I had was about the beer's look. The taste was not that bad. I have tasted better light IPAs.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pungent American hops up front with a fair amount of carbonation and a nice bitter finish. Mouth feel is pretty light which makes it very drinkable (in respect to quantity) but not very satisfying or lasting. Feels contrived.

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Photo of al_al1357
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a can. Appears copper with a very small head that disappears quickly. ON the nose there is a strong pineapple presence and pine hoppiness on the side. Taste is refreshing and resembles the smell with an added grassy and sweet profiles. Beer finishes bittersweet with pine resin. Hop profile is not overwhelming and less noticeable compared to other American IPA's. Light-bodied but overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden colour with a thin white head that goes away quickly leaving a thin white layer on top of the beer. The nose leads with pineapple, citrus fruits and pale malts. The taste leads with a sweet malt, a piney resin and bitterness. There is a slightly off flavour, almost rubbery in the finish. The carbonation is in the mid-range. A refreshing little IPA.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear orange golden with 2-finger off-white head, moderate retention.
Smell - not very extreme citrusy and tropical aroma, slightly funky, rubber.
Taste - malty, slightly fruity, moderate bitterness.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Standard IPA, not very interesting

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, drank straight from the bottle. Hoppy and bitter taste, with notes of tropical fruit, citrus, a bit of pine resin and honey. Very refreshing.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold, low head with large bubbles that disappeared but left lacing. Nose has some mild tropical and citrus hops. Definitely not mixing in UK hops here. Taste is initially light and bitter, but is a bit vegital and has a slight off flavor in the finish.
Brewdog is more self-hype and promotion than good beer sometimes, and overall, this is just an okay beer.

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy light Amber
S - Crisp fruity (I was a little stuffy)
T - Really fruity very unique hop profile
F - nice filling feel
O - I like it, wish it was made in the US and came in a can...

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Photo of Spike
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold. Hazy. Minimal carbonation. Big fluffy head after another aggressive pour (that's what you get when 330ml goes into a pint glass). Some lacing.

Decent nose. Citrus. Not as prominent as their session IPA (dead pony club), which is surprising.

Bitter oranges, bitter hops.

Soft, creamy mouthfeel with a little sting. Very nice. Asking to be drunk in large quantities.

This is Brewdog's big seller. And I'm not surprised. It's not too big, not too bland, not too in-your-face. Still maybe a bit too much Americana for the CAMRA traditionalists, but I'm ok with that.

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Photo of dipso123
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: nice head and lacing but jeez its hazy
S: rather mild hop character for an IPA
T: a 3.75 in terms of other IPAs not all beer in general - much in the same way that Coltrane records need to be compared to other Coltrane records rather than Kenny G
F: a fuller body as might be expected in a UK IPA rather than the bone dry West Coast style
O: Not an American IPA but I'll have this again when available

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Photo of mschantz
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at Brewdogs Camden. Pours a bright gold with very slight head - nearly devoid of head. But of citrus and pine on the nose. Taste is fairly bitter with some malt sweetness. Quite well balanced but certainly not special.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And now in pint cans! Great stuff, even better. It's very balanced between the light malts and the subtil hop notes, mainly citrus, some estery notes are also present. The mouthfeel is smooth, velvety great stuff

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Photo of jhartley
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at EPCOT Food & Wine festival, on tap at the Scotland kiosk.
Dark golden orange body light amount of head
Aromas of orange, pineapple and more citrus
Bitterness up front with plenty of tropical fruits in the middle with a nice sweetness on the end.
Medium mouth feel and a nice low abv.
Overall, this is a great beer from BrewDog and I will definitely drink this again if it's on tap or the bottles are fresh!

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Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

L: Pours a semi-opaque golden color. Two fingers of creamy white head leav nice lacing.

S: Citrus and spices. Coriander and flowers.

T/F: Taste is citrusy and spicy. Malt backbone at the outset giving way to the citrus/flowery hops. Nicely carbonated and zesty mouthfeel.

O: A nice refreshing IPA and rare to see a European take on the style. Not up to west coast standards but still quite good and very drinkable. Worth seeking out if you find yourself in this side of the pond.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold, honey. Cloudy. Couple fingers white head.

Scent is Citrus, Orange rind, light grapefruit. Grainy straw malts, some honey.

Taste is honey and dry grains in the malt. White grape juice. Orange peel. Slight spice/pepper. Mildly bitter finish.

Med light body. Smooth with creaminess. Mild carbonation.

Overall a sweeter lighter American IPA style but without big citrus hop bomb. More malt balance. Easy drinking but rather restrained on the flavours. Good balance and enjoyable but with so many great americAn style ipas out there hard to buy again.

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