Punk IPA | BrewDog

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,776 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:
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,776
Reviews:
554
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
569
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,776 |  Reviews: 554
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium yellow with a noticeable white head, and leaves a winterful of lace. As neutral as I can say of aroma. Mouthfeel is light, until lots of lace coats mouth at the end of 600 ml bottle. Decent IPA, very drinkable, bitterness and hops are there but its not outstanding for the style. Still enjoyable.

Good but not worth $12 USA (OK, 11.99)
A better deal at 2.65 for a small bottle enjoyed locally.
upgraded rating 2015 5.6% version.

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

Photo of Texasfan549
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 024. Best before 7/23/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some solid citrus-like hop aromas and flavors.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a most excellent ipa! pours a dead sexy honey color with some cloudiness to it and a just off white head of fluffly lasting suds. its really gorgeous. smell is less stunning, kind of bland actually in the nose. there is that sticky hop waft going on, but its not prominent. my best before date is 1/13, so this must be fresh. in any event, the nose is a minor problem, but the taste is fantastic, not bland or washed out at all. the cool thing here is that the hops hit with that sticky sweet stuff on the back end,and the bitter dry kick is on the front end. in fact, it has quite a long wet finish on it, and is crisp in the middle. its an odd experience, but one i am really enjoying. only a few minutes after a sip can the real bitterness be tasted on the tongue. hop bouque it a mix of grapefruit and orange rind, and is a bit acidic actually. mouthfeel is good, lighter than medium bodied and carbonated a bit more than is normal in an ipa, which works well here. its a beautiful beer really, and the nose is opening right up as it warms. reinventing the wheel here a little, and i like it.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be kind of weak BrewDog. I was hoping for something more I guess with this, but I suppose they saved that for the Hardcore IPA. This beer is golden yellow in color and has a nice solid head on it. The smell was nice a hoppy which made me really excited for the first taste. The taste however is a little bit on the lighter side, almost too light for an IPA. The other flavors in it were some hints of earth and malts. The mouthfeel was bubbly and refreshingly light. I'd like a little more hops here but there are Imperials and Doubles for that.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber yellow in color and has lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that took a long time to die down, eventually leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lychee fruit are present in the nose along with some hints of pineapples and other tropical fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of lychee fruits and has hints of other tropical fruits and caramel malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some interesting aromas and flavors but doesn't taste much like an IPA, lacking hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 004

A pretty good IPA that shows no errors, but veers away from the classic ingredients that we know to expect.

The beer begins with a much lighter than expected pour. Straw colored, it looks much like a Pilsner. Lightly carbonated but well headed and lacing is evident- this beer may be trying to represent the look and feel of cask dispensed beer.

Medium aromas of earthy and citrusy hops have no problem gaining precedence over the soft pilsner malt base. Lightly sweetened with a bready short bread confection. Hops have a grapefruity, earthy pine character- maybe a mix of Amarillo, EKG, and Sterling? Interesting nonetheless without regard to adherence to strict guidelines. I love it.

Flavors of soft pilsner malts provide the faintest of foundations and ultimately give a very crisp and moderately malty foundation for the hops. Still, a powdered sugar taste accompanies the hops and give a slight nod to English Bitters. The hop flavor still dominates the beer while not bullying the glass. Orange zest, grapefruit, pine, lemon grass, and floral flavors give an earthiness and sharpness to the hop profile and linger well after the malts have faded.

The well attenuated nature of the beer makes it light, crisp, and clean but with a light creamy malt texture. The clean bitterness does much more than offset the sweetness but become the focus of the mouthfeel. Because of the light malt backbone and the dry hop finish, the beer whisps away flawlessly.

Overall, the beer is very nice and medium throughout, though obviously hop-focused. The interesting play of hop varieties and soft confection sweetness saves the pilsner malt base from mediocrity. Much like a Goose Island IPA but with bolder citrus notes and creamier, softer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. An American (or 'New World', to borrow from wine-speak) style IPA, made in the United Kingdom, creators of the original style, and in lovely and rugged Aberdeenshire, no less. These guys get points for emulating Stone's attitude on their labeling, and bonus points for having a legible freshness date.

This beer pour a hazy medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of densely puffy, somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves a few broad streaks of splattered paint lace around the glass as things dip southward.

It smells of nice floral, perfumed hops up front, a twinge of wet pine, with some orange and grapefruit rind tossed in for good measure, all a pleasant assault on this particular sense, before a battered bready caramel malt makes itself known. The flavour maintains this setup, as yes, there is indeed a good deal of multifaceted hops here (pineapple and tangerine now added to those already mentioned), and the malt is still quite conspicuous in its low-key, half-assed grainy demeanor.

The carbonation is mild, if a bit frothy at times, the body a decent medium weight, and somewhat tacky in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the malt at least has the gumption to keeps this from going off the hop-head rails.

I do love me some hops, but the malt has to back them up throughout, keeping them honest. As the beer warmed, that malt showed itself a little, but this still a one-sided, sort of unbalanced beer, albeit on the side I generally prefer, so my drinkability doesn't particular suffer all that much. As for others, I guess that depends on their impression of this brewery's marketing.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.99/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 19th, 2010. Pours a cloudy gold and a four finger head that retains well (doesn't even reduce for three minutes). Head is of moderate thickness and a bit creamy. Of average appeal.

Smell: A weak smell of musty esters, hard to detect with my broken nose.

Taste: A bland and off-balance body with a warm golden note of mild hops and a note of typical IPA bitterness, followed by my favourite part - the creamy-crisp finish. I'd like to see the bitterness better balanced with the finish. This IPA doesn't try to do much with the non-bitter notes and as a result it's built poorly for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a refreshing finish. A bit too wet on the opening. Overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have another, especially at this price point. It's an uninspired IPA compared to what else is available.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a clear goldenrod color topped by a wispy head that sticks well; sheets of lace, too

Smell: More biscuity than hoppy, at first, though subsequent sniffs provide better citrus and tropical fruit definition

Taste: Fortunately, the taste moves this firmly into IPA territory as it opens with a biscuity flavor that is quickly superseded by the pithy citrus hops (orange and pineapple elements); after the swallow, the pithy character remains paramount, though the biscuit, which never totally disappeared, remains apparent through the finish; there is also a vinous edge to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I ordered this with a little trepidation but found it to be an excellent, middle of the road AIPA; I particularly like the way the malt takes a back seat to the hops but hangs in underneath throughout; there is also a lot of interesting complexity to the hop bill

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a ligth ditry yellow color ale with a thin bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of bitter hops are dominating but not as much as your usual American IPA. Taste is also dominated by some US bitter hops with a light dry malt backbone. Full body with low carbonation. Lacking some character and almost closer to an APA then anything else.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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