Punk IPA | BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

Brewed by:
Scotland, United Kingdom

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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Reviews: 550 | Ratings: 1,754
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 and pine, 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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Photo of SSS
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Straw yellow with a white head and great lacing
S-Sweet and dank pine and fruit aroma
M-Light to medium body with an adequate carbonation
T-This is a west coast IPA that is on the dank side of the spectrum. A subtle sweetness is complimented by the dank hops and a bitterness that is low but spot on
O-I very much enjoyed this IPA, although I think I was somewhat starstruck by the Brewdogs TV show on EsquireTV...that said, this is a solid west coast dank IPA.

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Photo of Sorphus
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy straw yellow-golden colour with a fine pillowy white head with good retention.
Aromas offer a burst of citrus notes especially passion fruit, mango and pineapple with a light straw note. Softly carbonated with a softly smooth texture and a medium body this beer opens up with a light malty fruit sweetness which moves right forward to a fruity resinous hop forward bitterness which is actually not too harsh/abrasive but dries the palate lightly. Refreshing and quaffable offering a well harmonic momentum of dryness on the finish.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within 3mins or so. Very light gold color and somewhat filtered

S- Oodles of hops and grapefruit.

T- There's that grapefruit again! Lots of it. Not light in the hop department but it is in the heat department as you can't even taste a hint of it. Super well blended. Not an IPA typical of England that's for sure. Very enjoyable and unexpected

M- Creamy and tart at the same time. Very refreshing to say the least. Excellent summer brew as it is not sweet and you can have a few in the sun

O- Very enjoyable well blended brew. Me likie a lot. Super nice summer beer as it's bitter and not sweet base doesn't give you that sticky tongue you get from many other brews this style

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went very well with........... BBQ shish kabobs. Nice chicken breast with onion cubes, mushroom, grape tomatoes and sweet bell peppers


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

Poured for lunch at the Sporting Page Pub in Chelsea. Being used to in your face U.S. Midwestern IPAs, at first I was unimpressed, but after the first couple of dips this beer grew on me. There's a lot going on here with the hops, which while not fully integrated are well balanced with the malt which plays a supportive rather than a dominant role. Plus the Brits don't over chill everything, allowing the beer to breath and open up. Will get again.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden color with strong subtle activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with a very good amount of legs.

Inviting aromas of fresh floral hops and gentle pine. Flavors of citrus like orange and lemon with a soft pine taste. Floral notes with a grassy herbal feel. Ester and tropical fruits with a dash of caramel. Slight roasted grains. Well balanced between the sugar and sharpness.

Thick smooth oily body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Well intensified medium strength finish, ending with a nice fresh fruity hops sweetness, a floral spicy tongue coat, some faint sharp piney hops, and a hint of smoky malt.

Overall an excellent craft having tender and delicious flavors with great freshness. Nicely balanced and complex offering pleasant citrus flavors, a soft piney feel, still with a perceptible malt feel. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can purchased from LCBO for $3.25 CDN. Served cold into a snifter.

Appearance - Rather hazy peach colored beer topped with almost two fingers of a frothy white head. Some effervescent carbonation, decent head retention and a few little webs of lacing left behind. A great looking IPA.

Smell - A touch of pine but mostly mandarin orange, lemon zest and grapefruit, some sweetness from caramel malts lingering behind.

Taste - Light citrus flavors like an orange and grapefruit mixture, however flavors aren't nearly as intense as the aroma. Rather subdued. Finishes moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel - Very light body, modest carbonation, dry finish and could use a little more heft in its step. Still a nice IPA.

Overall - Glad I tried this well regarded classic, however, it's rather light striking an interesting point between a typical IPA and a session IPA, maybe the place where APA's exist? Either way a good beer.

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,754 ratings.
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