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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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 spointon
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a lightly hazy golden color with a bit of a copper hue around the edges. The white foamy head rose about 3/4" and settled to a skim rather quickly. Tons of sticky lace rings down my glass.

S= Lots of hop aroma, more pine than citrus but some of both for sure. A hint of malt and minerally water rounded out the smell.

T= Started off bitter and never let up. Big hop notes similar in taste to the hop profile in the aroma. The malt flavors that were present were a little on the weak side and lightly tinged with caramel. Again there was a strange mineral quality to this beer. The finish was firmly bitter and had a lot of astringency.

MF= To the light side of medium bodied with an oily hop feel.

D= A solid offering but far from perfect. Still, for an IPA the abv was modest and I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Strong hop aroma. Mostly earthy. Some citrus hops. Undertone of malt sweetness. Some fruity esters. Notes of honey.

Appearance - Yellow/Amber. Frothy white head poured 1 fingerwidth and dissipated to 1/4 fingerwidth. Clear with some hop haze. Moderate visible carbonation. Almost no lacing. Poor head retention.

Taste - Some mild earthy hop flavor, followed by maltsweetness. Very smooth bitterness. Well balanced. Just like the aroma I get fruity esters and some notes of honey. There are some slight citrus notes, but not like an American IPA. The malt provides a good backbone without being dominant or sweet. It provides some bready character, but mostly just gives this beer a spine.

Mouth Feel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. No carbonic bite. Slick. Easy finish with a lingering, but smooth bitterness.

Overall Impression - I think the overarching theme of this beer is its smoothness. From the aroma to the taste and mouth feel it's just smooth. Reading the bottle made me a bit annoyed as they have blatently ripped off Stone with their marketing tactics, but even so, this is still a good beer. I think this is one of the better IPAs that I've had that was brewed outside of the USA.

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Photo of FutureCowboy
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a chilled imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy blonde color, just a hint of orange. Pure white head, dissipated quickly.

S: Smells distinctly of UK hops, some lemon, lots of pine. UK IPA all the way.

T: Front and back are both dominated by English hop bitterness - not much tanginess, much more bitterness. Permeates the aftertaste too. Malt flavors all in the middle, some bready/biscuitiness in there, but soon the bitterness takes over.

M: Very light going down, little chewy aftertaste. Resins coat the tongue.

D: Color and weight make it drinkable, ABV is low enough to have a few. Only if you're in the mood for a bitter powerhouse though.

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Photo of BTPete
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahar's in Albany, NY. Notes directly from my phone.

BrewDog Punk IPA

Draft to 12oz. mug.

A: golden straw in color. 1 inch white head with lots of bubbles. Spotty lacing as brew goes down.

S: some hop presence up front. A little muted when I go back for more. I'm getting a little more of the piney over citrus. Bitter.

T: bitter off the bat. Actually seems to begin and end bitter. Like smell I'm getting pine over floral or citrus. It's ok.

M: nicely carbed and active in my mouth. Dry on the finish, bitter.

D: drinkable yes, but not my favorite. It's certainly not bad but for $10 for a 20oz pour I'd choose something else. Not deterred from BrewDog though, will try more.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. batch 335

A: Clear golden body under a small white head. Good lace and decent retention considering the small head on the pour.

S: Mostly malty, bready, hint of caramel (very "English" smelling), some grassy and piney hops but not at the level I expected.

T: Malty up front, with sweetness. A hint of tangy citrus hop in the middle before a ultimately bitter finish. Hop character is predominately of a pine like nature. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness is good, but I'm left wanting more hop taste character (much like I wanted more hop aroma in the nose).

M/D: Medium body, low carbonation, pretty good mouthfeel. Drinkability is OK, there is nothing here to turn me off to the beer, but nothing to really turn me on to it either (although the malt characteristics are growing on me, which have led me to give a slightly higher mark after some more sips). For an American IPA, I feel it's pretty tame in terms of hops in aroma and taste. Bitterness is certainly there and malt is very well done.

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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a wide bowled wine glass

Pours with a light amber body, off white whispy head sits atop. Some touches of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, fresh citric hops. Some grapefruit, little touch of fresh flowers and a bit of yeast.

Taste, crisp citric hops, light quinine bitterness, a bit floral buttery malt on the finish. Lasting hop bitterness on the palette

A very drinkable ipa, worth a visit.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head thta slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a clean pale malt scent along with a mild hop nose. It's light and citrusy; almost refreshing. The taste is good as well. It has a light, yet very bitter hop flavor that's extremely tastey with a pretty good pale malt balance. This is quite different from their other IPA's in that it's not as malty. It let's the hops do the talking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is is very drinkable IPA. It's light and hoppy; enough said.

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Photo of mfkr
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden color with a thin white head that leaves little lacing.

S - Hops, a hint of citrus and a touch of bread.

T - Lots of hops, citrus, some bread and malt. The hop bitternes stays a really long time in the mouth.

M - Medium body and good carbonation.

D - Really good and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.51/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22.4oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus, some hops and an odd metallic odor.

T: The taste is boozy up front with an alcohol sting followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a decent hops presence but it's on the weak side for the style. The malt character is thin and there's very little balance. The after-taste is mediciney and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not smooth at all, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not tasty or flavorful, does not go down easily, not too filling, decent kick, not a good representation of style, I didn't find anything appealing about this beer at all and would not recommend it.

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Photo of zoso493
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color and a one-finger head that dies down quickly. Color is a little too urine-ish for me.

Smell: Some nice floral hops with some notes of pine. Not too shabby.

Taste: The taste follows that pine route a little too much. Has a pretty unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. After a while, it starts to taste really soapy. Not the smoothest IPA out there.

Mouthfeel: It's fairly creamy and medium-bodied but that cloying feel on your palate really marks this down.

Drinkability: Well, I don't think this is something I'd want to have more than one of just because of the taste, but I suppose if you were into it you could drink a few.

Overall, this was pretty disappointing for me. BrewDog obviously has the right idea but something in the execution just didn't work out. I probably won't reach for this again

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden pour, with a white medium large head that leaves rich lace after it dissipates.

S: WOW!!! American floral hops hits the nose - pine and even roses. The hoppy smells dominates but there is also citric notes and a faint dry maltyness.

T: Very much like the smell, but the pale and caramell malt is more present.

M: A very long bitter, dry aftertaste that holds some sweetness as well. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: A very nice brittish (scottish) version of one of my favourite beer-styles. Very nice...

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Photo of drpimento
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Poured with a small off white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy yellow to amber. Aroma is very mild to hardly there. Flavor is also subtle with a bitter finish. Body is a bit watery and ok carbonation. Very underwhelming. Better as a Brit IPA than American, but still in light of most of BD's other brews.... Ho hum.

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Photo of deapokid
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm really excited to try this one a second time, despite the hefty price tag ($12).

Pours a cloudy and hazy yellow with absolutely no head and a feverish carbonation. I really dig the mysterious vibes and love that it looks nothing like any IPA I've ever seen.

Smell is extremely floral, like roses, with touches of chamomile and sweet spices. There is no hop scent at all, making for an appealingly off-kilter and distinct aroma.

Taste is rather subtle, especially for the style. It doesn't rely heavily on the hops for its character profile, focusing more on a deep citrus rind flavor with floral notes (think hibiscus).

Finish can be a bit dry, especially with the presence of citrus rind, but the preface is sweet and floral. It's a nice balance between two polar opposites.

Although it had a few palate scratching moments, this is a very intriguing brew and I couldn't stop myself from sipping endlessly. It must have cast a spell on me.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

The head, even with the bartender doing an easy pour, was about two fingers high, just barely darker than milk white. The hue is a bright yellow, with a bit of haziness. The aroma has very sharp citrusy hops with a little bit of breadiness. Full bodied, high carbonation. The sharp hops linger for a while. Recommended.

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Photo of erz316
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 6.4 floz bottle with best before of 01/01/09, and batch 001

A - the beer looks quite nice, it has a medium dark orange colour below the bright white head, but at the bottom of the glass the beer is a wit-like straw colour. I really like the way this beer looks, and the amount of foam and all is really appetizing, but the variegated colours are the deal breaker for me. maybe it did get better somehow with aging. held up to light, however, the beer takes on a semi-bland appearance, of a medium straw/ light light orange colour.

S - the nose is a light, almost fruity hop smell, mixed with some pale malts. the beer is incredibly simple smelling, and doesnt really give that much of a good impression, to me at least, of being very flavourful.

T - well, I stand corrected. the beer definitely has a lot more going on that one would expect from the nose. the initial is a mostly grapefruity and piny bitterness from the hops, but under it is this clementine or tangerine like bitterness and sweetness. the inclusion of the sweetness is the real deal breaker for me, this makes it just incredibly dynamic, but still easy to approach at the same time. the finish is mostly a bitter (but not distinct) hop character. the aftertaste is bitter, sweet, and fruity. I love it.

MF&D - the feel is good, but nothing special. it is a great medium body with ample carbonation. the drinkablility is just as good. but when it comes down to it: the brew is nothing particularly special.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The slope-sided half liter bottle pours a brew that is amber-tinted golden in color with a finger's thickness of cream-colored foam atop. The bubbles are of a wide variety-- small, dense, and glossy or big, glassy, and milk-like, but in any case, the head fades rather quickly to a ragged short-collared skim. A tattered film of lacing remains on the sidewalls of my willibecher to chronicle the passing of this Punk.

The aroma is fruity with hops and malty-toasty-sweet. Potent notes of pineapple, ripe mango, and lime zest play well with a thinnish background reminiscent of saltwater taffy spiked with green herbs.

The taste is sweet and malty with the same mildly-toasty taffy-like character as the nose. The hop flavor is more grassy, bitter, and astringently herbal that the fruitiness of the aroma indicated, but not in a good way. Truthfully, I find both the malt-forces and hop elements are a little lacking in potency, flavor, and punch.

The drink is light-medium in body and very mildly carbonated. A pretty easy drinker nonetheless.

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Photo of jackorain
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light golden color with a tinge of copper hue. Stark white head of about ½ inch. Okay retention, not much lace to speak of.

The nose is slightly sweet citrus, biscuit and earthy.

Taste is citrusy and green hops with some initial bitterness that is balanced a bit in the middle by the sweet caramel and biscuit malt. The bitterness comes back quite strong in the finish and lingers for quite a while. The finish is reminiscent of grapefruit zest with some pith

This beer has a medium body with a quite effervescent and tingly carbonation.

This is a decent IPA but there are many, many better choices out there. I expected more given the raves this brewery has been getting.

Thanks for reading

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Photo of phunkykim
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i never do reviews on here - this is actually my wife's login - but i just HAD to make a comment on this one.

what a fantastic beer.

a good hard pour (not much in the way of carbonation) delivers a decent frothy head.

smell is quite citrussy.

taste - man, when i first sipped this there was a wave of hoppy bitterness that just overwhelmed my tastebuds. i thought for a second that it might have been off, but the initial wave of flavor receded and subtler tastes were revealed.
there are some very interesting flavors at work here, and i dont think i can really desribe them - but its an intriguing combination of citrus, dry grains and extreme hoppiness that is just so much more subtle than the initial wave of hops predicts.

6% ABV and dangerously drinkable - i could easily get into trrouble with a crate of these.

highly recommended for anyone looking for an interesting new twist on an IPA.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bomber to a light, cloudy orange yellow with thin white head that lingers thru mid glass. HOPPY citrus grapefruit and lemon starts out in the nose and just keep building throughout. Bitterness of the hops is most evident in the mouthfeel, but also dominates the taste of tghe fruit. Bitterness carries straight over to the long finish.

My kind of beer.

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale blond with a white head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: A nice nose of American hops (pine, grass & citrus).

T: Nice American hop flavour that's not at all over-the-top (pine, tangerine, nectarine). Bitterness is crisp, but relatively smooth and not at all harsh. Subtle hints of a quality, biscuity malt beneath.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with the carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden in colour and crystal clear. Pours with a fluffy little white head, and has a small amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Heavily floral hops, slightly acidic. Citrus notes, sharp lemons, with a mild orangey tang.

Taste: The taste follows the aromas closely, with bitter floral hops, supported by lemons and oranges. The aftertaste is a product of the massive hoppiness, and has a perfumy quality to it.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium, and there is a sharp dryness to it.

Drinkability: Bitter, floral and perfumy. The little brother of BrewDogs Hardcore IPA, still packs a punch but does so with nicely balanced flavours and a hoppy overdrive that you would expect from an American IPA.

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Photo of endovelico
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle. Reviewed under medium artificial light. Poured into cut glass mug.

Appearance: Pours a gold, semi hazy brew with sizeable white head that holds until the last sip. Unperceived carbonation. Unperceived lacing due to constant swirling.

Smell: Beautiful. Very complex and rich. Aroma of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, peach and pear. Some earthiness and herbal tones aswell. Caramel and biscuit come through as the beer warms up. High intensity. Condition OK.

Taste: Grapefruit and other citrusy flavors dominate initially. As the beer warms up, caramel, biscuity, earthy, herbal and peach come through alot more. High intensity. Lasting lime, grapefruit, earthy and herbal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Coating. Mid to low carbonation. High bitterness. Some perceived acidity.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a 6% ABV brew. A very good take on the style, straying away from traditional American and English IPAs. I absolutely love how the New Zealand hops work on this thing. This must work great with some spicy indian or chinese food.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Lightly hazed golden color with a white head that thinned out but still left some sticky lacing.
Aroma is tropical fruit with a malt background.
Taste starts out fruity, pineapple, grapefruit, mango and citrus, a toffee malt flavor comes in before the crisp, dry finish.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down very easy and I found it to be quite tasty.

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Photo of DerBayer
1.96/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks OK at first decent amber colour with small frothy white head
BUT unfortunately leaves soapy lacing

Smell is very dry very bitter of earwax hops

Taste is very bitter and unpleasantly dry - not a nice hop mixture either

Mouthdfeel is OK at first but leaves an unpleasant coating

Well is this drinkable?

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