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Punk IPA | BrewDog

541 Reviews
Punk IPAPunk IPA

Brewed by:
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 laituegonflable
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strangely pale yellow, slightly translucent, with an Aero-bar-esque head of cream coloured bubbling. Very minimal bead, and leaves some specks of lacing, but very little. Looks bland - a disappointment, for sure.

Nose is very floral and hoppy, a lot of cascade and/or amarillo, I'm sure. Does have an odd sticky malt sensation behind it, slightly yeasty and almost honey-esque. Some pleasant aromas, but not enough. Lacking a bit of nuance.

Taste is better, with floral hoppy flavours and a slight pine resin character denoting the hops throughout. There is an unfortunate trace of that honey character on there, slight wattle character as well, or at least herbacious and floral. Mouthfeel is nicely full, maybe a bit sticky which is unfortunate, but okay.

This is a decent IPA but certainly not a staggeringly good one. Leaves traces of bitterness without an enjoyable hoppy character, and feels just a bit lacking in flavour. An inauspicious start for a brewery I was hotly anticipating.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this one with my wife. What a fox.

A: Looks very cloudy and with absolutely no head. Well, almost no head, I managed some white bubbles by pouring very vigorously. It's a rich, cloudy golden color with no real active carbonation to speak of, maybe a little but those probably resulted from the pouring.

S: It smells very faintly of apples and other fruits, but no hop wollop here. She smells grain, I guess I could get that too. The bottle is a little old though, so that probably explains that. I do like the hops I'm getting though, when I get them.

T: Very bland again, though it has some lingering bitterness to it after the swallow. Not sweet at all, neither of the malty or sugary variety. It's definitely a traditional English IPA, no crisp citrusy or piney American varieties in there. While I don't taste it while drinking, I do get the same feeling in my mouth that I get after chewing on a hop 'cone'. Not my thing, but I could see some people really liking it.

M: Flat, thin but not watery, and leaves the mouth feeling dry. It is just sort of in your mouth, and then leaves.

D: I don't particularly like it, nor does my wife. We'll drink our big bottle -it was some odd volume- and I don't see very many others doing much more than that either.

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Photo of atsprings
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Raleigh's Flying Saucer during NC's Brewdog release, served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark yellow with a decent off-white head. The aroma was slight citrus hops, but not much there. The taste was a decent amount of Earthy citrus hops above sweet malts with a nice slightly bitter finish. The beer is quite smooth, crisp and refreshing. This is a decent IPA, but at the cost, it's only worth trying, there are many better, less expensive ones out there.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden color with very minimal foam. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S: A lot of caramel and malt. Hops are floral and there is an overall fruitiness that seems to be characteristic of BrewDogs IPAs.

T: Like Hardcore, disappointing at best. A lot of malt with some slight citrus character from the hops. Light bitterness on the end.

M: Kind of watery and slick.

D: A decent tasting beer without any terrible flaws, it's just not exactly good. I suppose it may be because I am used to US, particularly San Diego style IPAs as opposed to the British/UK style.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Head was very disappointing, but I enjoyed the typical murkiness of the IPA.

S - Hard to identify all the flavours. Caramel came through strong.

T - Pleasant fruity-carameliness but disappears too quickly.

M - Normal, quite clean. Would enjoy a stickier hop flavour after I finish.

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

550ml brown bottle from The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA. pours a murky light yellow with a half inch of off white that rapidly dissipates. smells of a citrusy grapefruit with a nice hoppy scent. citrus like a grapefruit rind taste with big hop flavor which isn't too over powering. doesn't have a clean finish but not bad all the same. not enough carbonation for my tastes and little too light bodied IMO. not a bad beer. goes against the grain IMO but well worth the money spent for it.


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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml brown bottle purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA. Pours a murky light yellow body with nearly an inch of short-lived off-white head. Aroma consists equally of lemon, grapefruit, and caramel and toffee malts to balance. Tastes sweet and fruity, lemon, orange, and grapefruit from the hops are very present, as well as some pith and floral notes. Caramel and toffee make brief appearances, but are quickly overpowered by the pervasive hop presence. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with surprisingly low carbonation. Slightly more carbonation would aid the drinkability IMO, but otherwise this is a very enjoyable and unique IPA - glad to have tried it!

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Photo of deereless
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Extremely light for an IPA, almost looks like a white ale, sticky frothy head that clings to the side of the glass - 3.00, S: The first whiff produces a tinge of sourness, a slight woodiness to the aroma, some un-placeable tropical fruits and some white wine aromas - 3.50, T: Highly bitter, fermented pineapple??, pungent pink grapefruit, hops rule this beer and malt unquestionably plays second fiddle - 3.75, M: Light body, a touch on the side of thin - 3.00, D: As an IPA this is a decent beer, as a borderline session IPA this is a wonderful beer, the trip to DC from Scotland makes it a little price prohibitive but I'd gladly drink again - 4.00

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

New to BC , this is a Scottish brewer with no plans to make the same malt forward beers as found from fellow Scot brewers. This is a pale coloured IPA that smells of hops and mango. The beer is quite hoppy ( imagine being a Scottish drinker and having one of these) but no more than most PNW IPA's. The balance plays out soon after the first sip and the beer settles into a very well made hop forward IPA. Nothing amazing for this part of the world but a revelation for Scotland. Too bad the price will limit me to having this only once in awhile .

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.11/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours golden yellow with a thin soapy head.

Aroma is vegetal, with a mild caramel base.

Taste is pale and caramel malt. Light citrus character, notably lemon grass. Finish has a light earthy bitterness and a touch of vague spice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, a rather unimpressive IPA. Very little hops, with a broad rather bland flavor lacking punch.

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Photo of bashiba
2.4/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a flat yellow with a light bubbly head.

The smell was flat.

The taste was very week and one dimensional. No malt just a long dry bitter hopiness, lacking the citrus and pine goodness found in most hoppy beers.

The mouthfeel is very watery with a bit of oilyness.

A very subpar IPA.

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Photo of cpone
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy, golden hue. Not much head, foamy, retreats quickly and leaves a soapy lacing.

S: Some pine, bread, yeast. Banana, honey. Detect some wildflower.

T: Not too hoppy, good balance of bitter and sweet malt finish. Good kick of flavor in the middle. Bit of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. Clean finish.

D: Certainly drinkable. A well balanced IPA - more Pale Ale than IPA, though. Good with some sharp cheese - maybe slightly spicy food.

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Photo of GarrisWH
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22.4 oz bomber into a pint glass. Noticed upon pouring that the best before date is 7/7/09. Probably should've checked that before I bought it...hopefully it hasn't lost too much at this point.

A - Pours a hazy, pale orangish-yellow color with a pretty thin, white head that recedes to a minimal cap fairly quickly.

S - Has a yeast-forward aroma with a somewhat of an earthy, musty quality. Also has some citrus(mostly lemon) and slightly spicy hop aromas.

T - Fairly mellow citrus, mostly lemon hop flavors mix with yeasty breadiness. Slight sweet caramel flavors in the background. Mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Really pretty unimpressed with the flavors here, especially for an "American IPA." Quite bland overall and more yeast flavor than any IPA I've ever tried.

M - Medium bodied with VERY minimal carbonation. Almost tastes flat. Very unappealing.

D - I did not really enjoy this beer at all. I hope, and assume, that it is due to the best by date being tomorrow. I really wish that I had checked the date before I bought this one, because it has not been enjoyable whatsoever. I might have to revisit a fresher bottle of this one of these days and see how it compares, because I am fairly sure this one is far from its prime.

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Photo of Kraken
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 1/31/09

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized wine glass. Best by date on the bottle reads 7/7/09. Firm pour fails to conjure anymore then a scant ring of foam around the inner ring of the glass. No lace. Color is cloudy pale yellow.

Nose- Sour candied lemon zest.

Palate- Shockingly light carbonation. Wondering is the beer is bad. Medium bodied, some hues of caramel. Slight hop body, mild lemon zest. Moderately bitter in the finish. Nothing special. In fact disappointed that I paid $7.

Mouthfeel- Tart, massively under carbonated.

Drinkability- Low

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before July 7, 2009; Sampled July 3, 2009
A solid pour produces a frothy, large and small bubbled, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a copper-gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of herbal hops and lemon zest up front, but quickly picks up a candied tangelo zest note, caramelized orange peel, as well as a faint note of grassy grain in the finish. The aroma still has a fair amount of hop character to it, for which I am relieved. There seems to be a boost from some fermentation notes to the aroma as well; mostly non-descript but it softly contributes to the fruitiness here with perhaps a hint of diacetyl. The aroma is quite nice and I am definitely enjoying the dominant hop character and the noticeable, clean malt notes.

Dry tasting up front, but it picks up some grain sweetness as it rolls across the tongue. The hop character contributes a signature Meyer lemon flavor that lingers through to the finish. The finish also has a biting hop bitterness to it that sticks around on the palate well after the beer has left my mouth. Tangerine flavors are backed by sharper notes of biting essential citrus oil and pine sap. The citrus character found here can remind me of a nice lemon curd at times. The body has a touch of fullness to it that, perhaps, belies the light color; this does have the quaffability that a good IPA needs though it is perhaps a touch on the full side of perfection. The citrus hop character definitely boosts the perceived sweetness of this beer. The malt here clearly plays a supporting role, but I like that it doesn't have a noticeable crystal malt contribution; the flavor is of clean pale malt with maybe a hint of grassy grain to it.

This is a very pleasant surprise; I wasn't actually expecting much from this beer, but I am really digging the interplay between malt and hop here. Clearly the hop character is dominant, but I like the clean influence of the simple malt bill as it serves as a perfect vehicle for the hop character.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light and hazy pale golden color with a small white head that settles into a very light cap. The aroma is of stale yet strong grapefruit hops. Smells like an uber strong hop that has taken a turn to the south. Some noticable tropical fruit. The taste is of pale malts with a light hop presence. There is some grassy hops that would work well in an APA howevery fall short in this AIPA. That being said, there is a light malt presence, quite neutral, nothing to get in the way of the hop presence. So as an AIPA the hop profile falls short, clearly lacking a powerful hop presence. For an APA, the hops may be there, though I like to see more of a fresh juicy hop, the malt is a bit weak, and more to the AIPA style. So in a confusing conclusing not sure it this is a APA or an AIPA. The feel is light with semi-soft carbonation; starts off malty sweet but finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. A decent AIPA for those who like tropical fruit. Could use more of a hop presence. Interesting.

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Photo of cavedave
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A cloudy, light straw colored, almost headless beer that is certainly not true to style. It does not look like any beer I've tried.

Smell is a strange (for an AIPA) combo of fruity yeast, bland grain, herbs, and just a hint of citrus. Many beers push the envelope of style nowadays, but I think this Scottish beer needs a category of its own.

Taste is a burst of yeast and mild bitterness, some fruity notes (apricot? pear?), an incongruous earthy/grassy flavor, and a finish some degrees short of long that is bitter without any of the good pine/citrus/herbal bitterness that should be the hallmark of
of this style.

Mouthfeel is strange, unlike any beer I've tried. I would say it is thin/medium bodied, insufficiently resinous, but the carbonation is right for the style this purports to be.

Due to above factors this is not a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of dia11577
1.88/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If this beer was labeled a pale ale it might have received higher marks, but not much higher. However, this beer is labeled an "American IPA." As an American and someone who really likes IPA's I feel very offended.

The aroma is identical to your average pale ale. There were none of the piney or citrus hop-imparted aromas I expected. No yeast aroma as well.

The beer pours light gold (honestly, think Miller Lite) and slightly cloudy. It kind of has the appearance of something between a pale ale and a wheat beer but there is very little carbonation and consequently little or no head.

Mouth feel is similar to cold, flat beer (no exageration here). Taste is slightly sour with all "flavor" reserved for the back end.

This was easliy the worst craft beer experience I've ever had. The only good thing I can take away from this is that the bomber only cost $6... and now I know why.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-19-09
Batch 004
Best before 7-7-09

Pours a cloudy bright yellow-gold, that is actually quite cool when you hold it up to the light. No real head, and tiny bubbles of lacing.

Smell is big, grassy hops, with a great subtle roasted quality to the malt. Tons of citrus is there if you really get into it.

Taste is very light, the hops are sharply bitter at first, and then mellow out to a light, fruity, citrus flavor. The malt is there is just the right amount, very Pilsner-esque.

Mouthfeel is good, the light carbonation goes very well with the flavors.

Drinkability is very good, bitter, but well-handled.

Overall, I'm impressed. It makes me want to try even more BrewDog's more extreme offerings.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pleasantly bitter pale ale. Very nicely balanced. Was extremely satisfying. Perhaps this is because we were drinking this while on a train ride, so our expectations were different than if were were at a beer bar drinking it out of the proper glass. But it was extremely satisfying. Hoppy but not overpowering. Extremely refreshing. Definitely something we'll look for again.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If I hadn't poured it myself, I'd have thought this was a pilsener: same golden yellow body, same large-ish bubbles, same snowy white head. But the retention is good, and there's something very attractive about an IPA this light in color. The aroma is less striking, but sitll good: gin-like, with some juniper and pine notes, mild citrus, a bit of medicinal bitterness, and very soft underlying fruity esters. Malts are MIA except for a thin honey-like sweetness. Tastes much more robust than the nose let on, with a full, sweet malt base (maybe a bit too sweet) and a clenching bitterness of grapefruit, arugula, and juniper. Thin and noticeably alcoholic - the malts add sweetness but not much body or character save a touch of honeyed biscuit. Softly carbonated with a fairly dry finish that hangs like a hoppy fog on the palate. Not an outstanding IPA, but one that just about delivers the hop kick I want from the style. Robust and refreshing.

Note: I really hate the Arrogant Bastard ripoff marketing on the label of this beer. Not impressed, posers.

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Photo of ricke
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow, rather pale for the style. Big slightly off-white head with good retention. Some lacings.

S: Slightly perfumy hop character with a decent amount of grapefruit. Pine-needles. Toasty malt aromas.

T: Basically grapefruit, some faint notes of lemon, pine-needles and quite pleasant hop flavors. Somewhat perfumy. The malts are restrained, yet quite sweet and has a rather toasty character. The finish is actually quite bitter and since there is not much going on that balance it, it gets slightly to dominating. Faint note of alcohol. All in all, it's rather refreshing and good.

M: Medium body, quite boring mouthfeel. But for some reason, it fits the beer.

D: I like this one. Certainly not the most hoppy IPA, but it's very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of rmaste6282
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I didn't know what I was buying at the time, I just saw an IPA that I haven't had before so I picked it up, at $10.99 a bomber, this better be good.

Well, it is cloudy and light yellow to faint copper, with barely any head or lacing. The smell wasn't what I expected out of an IPA, it smells of hops, and yeast. The taste is bitter, tasting more like an ESB than a IPA. The beer is nearly flat, barely any carbonation. Something isn't right with this beer, maybe it is passed it's prime. Not my kind of IPA.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the color of the beer is a little off-putting. It's a hazy yellow color that looks mor like a hefe. The small white head produces some lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet malt, with a bit of flowers and citrus. I love the taste: sweet malt with grapefruit and pine. A well-balanced beer, very enjoyable.

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
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