Punk IPA | BrewDog

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,799 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:
1,799
Reviews:
556
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
577
For Trade:
1
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pale light copper hue with bright foaming white head that forms a rocky texture and rises well above my imperial pint glasses. Interesting serving format with the 660 ml bottles, I seen this brews last summer while in Virginia Beach but decided to pass until I did some research on the brewery. Big collar of lace forms as the head slowly dwindles, even lacing chunks are spread all about.

Aromatics come correct with some serious hop action including pine and citrus bursts with an air of tropical fruit especially a tart pineapple like zing to it. Very mild cracker and biscuit malt presence in their, the hops are shining. A nice mineral water character adds to the mix as well, alpha acids are flowing the striking quality I detect overall is lemongrass or fresh lime zest.

Flavor is expressively bitter with hops, they really wallop the palate. Minimal sweetness upfront with biscuit crackers lightly toasted, malt character. Very complex welcoming flagship IPA more brewers should take notes from these guys, a sweetness really coats the cheeks and sides of the palate bringing more tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Citrus zest bitterness and a pine cone accent in the finish really stays with you after each sip.

Mouthfeel is resinous with slick hop oils medium to light body, carbonation is even with a very natural feel. Dry warming with a touch of alcohol and lasting bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability overall is pretty damn good, I'm glad it arrived at my local in Wintersville, OH. Valley Wine Cellar got this and a few other damn good beers in, these shouldn't have any problems moving.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Mid sized bottle, $7.49 at the Harlem, NY Fairway market. Pours lighter amber, golden hued and cloudy. Eggshell head of about 3/4 inches, stays, leaves respectable sheeting and whispy webs of lace. Light resiny hop nose. On the thinner side on the tongue. Resiny hop theme continues, quite drying and bitter through the finish. Respectable, if slightly underwhelming AIPA. Differant to see a hoppy brew from chilly scotland. Worth a try.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours hazed light golden with a thin head that disappears to a very fine film and a bubbly ring.

The smell is musty, yeasty, with some apple, and light citric, herbal notes.

The taste is of tobacco-leaf, citrus with plenty of grainy malt backing. Woody, slightly chalky, in the dry finish.

Medium-bodied with soft, but adequate, carbonation.

It's okay. Nothing special, though, IMO. Drinkable enough to enjoy if a list of other IPA's that are more robust and flavorful weren't around and I wanted the style. A nice enough stab at the syle, but lacks that "certain something" of the style.

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Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.61/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy yellow-gold, with a considerable thick, dense, foamy head. Smells of green spices (oregano and basil), hops, and sweet taffy. The beer has a slightly sour malt taste to it, with the hops being overpowered in the background. Almost a Flanders style sour characteristic. Some light citrus and spice notes to try to balance, but end up overpowered by the sour, as well. The beer is light and dry in mouth, with a sour aftertaste. The finish is lingering, and again, overpowered by the sour notes. Interesting beer, but I personally feel it misses the mark for an IPA, especially shooting for an American IPA. I had no real urges to reach for another one, so I'd say that ranks low on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MasterSki
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Was desperate for an IPA in the hops wasteland that is Ontario. Found a bottle of this at the LCBO - best before October 11th, 2010, so I'm guessing this is 2 months old? Served in a pint glass.

A - A half finger of soapy white foam that dissipates quickly to a light haze and ring. Decent thing lace pattern. One of the palest IPAs I've ever seen - slightly hazed straw color with a few bubbles lazily making their way upwards.

S - Floral hops over a strong sugar cookie malt backbone. Maybe a touch of citrus as well. Pretty dull, but not unpleasant.

T - The taste is oddly enough much more vibrant, with some nice sweet citrus and tropical notes to complement the sugary dough malt character. Not much bitterness here. ABV is well-hidden.

M - Medium-thin, watery, burning carbonation - not much to like here. The residual feel isn't bad, and has some nice oily and resinous character.

D - Other than the unpleasant carbonation there's not much to prevent me from having a few of these. However, for the price there are much better options out there.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange, with a half inch head, and only a small amount of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, grassy hops, and a bit of alcohol.

The alcohol's not noticeable in the taste, luckily, considering it's a 5% ABV beer. Lots of juicy grapefruit flavor, a little bit of orange, some grassy bitterness that doesn't linger long.

Medium bodied, a little thin, but that makes sense given the ABV. Medium carbonation, pretty drinkable.

Haven't really tried anything from Brew Dog before, sorta didn't think much of them based on gimmickry, but this was pretty good.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

08/26/09- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- Not sure what size bottle this was....maybe an even 20oz? Does have a best by date on the back label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Dirty yellow-orange colored pour. The slightest of head (less than 1/4 inch for sure). Leaves some ultra light watery lace behind.

Smell- A touch or cardboard, some sweetend tropical fruit notes and some toasted caramel malts.

Taste- Thankfully the cardboard is gone. Pretty heavy on the tropical fruit flavored hops...a bit overly sweet. A light grainy toasted malt flavor. Gets better as you work through the beer.

Mouthfeel- Very lightly carbonated...not really cask-like, I think just bad bottle conditioning..just enough to make it decent.

Drinkability- Was hoping for better...glad I paid only $5.99 for this bottle than the regualr almost $10 that I see it for everywhere else. Hopefully their DIPA is better.

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

This beer pours a light bodied and thin bright yet watery gold in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. It smells very dry and bitter. It's somewhat piny and features some light honey like malts. Again, it's very bitter. The taste is pretty one dimensional. It's just dry and bitter without depth or complexity. It is very light in body and would be far too easy to drink if you liked your IPAs like this, or if it weren't $16 a four pack. Overall this is a mediocre beer for a premium price.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium orange amber. Half finger off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving decent lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, citrus and stone fruit juice. Flavor is a pleasant balance of sweet malt and citrus and piney hops. Finish of fruit and piney hops. Well balanced and tasty. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Ironic that the name suggests risk taking and possible unfortunate results, when this IPA is actually a well behaved, integrated ale. May not live up to its rowdy name, but a very nice, pleasant IPA and a nice contrast to its more aggressive American cousins. I really liked this IPA and will revisit it.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, fruits. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some tropical fruits, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy light orange in color with a 2" head. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: lemon zest, mild bitterness, and some soft caramel tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, bits of grapefruit, golden apple sweetness, and a moderate bitterness makes up a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lighlty crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this is nice IPA you can quaff all night long. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and really hazy for an IPA. Bith white head of small and medium bubbles and the head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is sweet and piny hops. Smells like a great IPA.

This is quite good for an IPA. James told me that they weren't going for a West Coast IPA with it but they are pretty close. The malt character is light and the hop character is clearly the star. There are nice citrus and pine flavors and strong growing bitterness at the back of the mouth. Overall nice.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lazy golden orange and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white foamy head that rises a bit but then allows some leverage to level at a nice pace; moderate sticky lacing clings to the glass; the aroma has sweet citrus up front, some light malts enter in the background; the flavoring is sticky sweet and leaves a citrusy residue all around, sweet citrusy aftertaste, dry finish; its mostly easy on the palate, somewhat sessionable, carbonation - what carbonation - there is nothing smoother than this AIPA - no where close to the normal harshness of an AIPA, but honestly not bad, like I already said just plain weird to me; overall I like it for the most part - it just seems fairly different than most AIPA’s.

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Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Punk IPA from BrewDog
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,799 ratings.
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