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: 1,752
Photo of JustinBathurst
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured really pale straw, looking watered-down. No head despite a hard pour.

Smelled like Swedish dishsoap, some floral hops, little else.

Mouthfeel is slick, with lower than average carbonation.

Taste is watered-down, but extremely astringent--like chewing tylenol.

Despite the junky text on the side claiming that they both want to hear what I think and also don't care if I like this beer, I didn't enjoy anything beyond the label design. This is not punk, this is not IPA. This is great marketing and bad beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 aka McLargeHuge.

A: Pours a rather light yellow hue that is slightly cloudy. Average head builds and quickly dies. No lace in my glass.

S: Light malty aroma with a hint of citrus. Looks like is one may have a nice balance.

T: Yep it's balanced. Light citrus splashes the tongue on the first sip. A big blast of biscuit malt then takes over. It finishes with a bit of spicey hops.

M: Medium in body fairly smooth.

D: Due to the balance you could drink quite a bit, but the price would probably limit you from doing so.

Beware, hopheads may not enjoy this one too much, as it is rather malty for an IPA.

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Photo of HopJr
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointed with this ale. After reading the arrogant synopsis of the beer on the label I was expecting something to rival our local west coast IPA's i.e. Moylan's, Green Flash, or Port Brewing Company. I bought this bottle from a local watering hole that also sells many other IPA's. The bottle was $10.82 you ask me $6.82 to much.

The pour is very light in color compared to the norm. The head disappears very quickly acting like it's high gravity but it's not. Lacing is good and present till the end of the glass. Hits your mouth in the back and the top, but is somewhat of a complicated taste up front. Reminds me a lot of a Belgium Ale and not an IPA.

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Photo of Shadman
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another single purchased in the 'Bridge.
Wow. Not quite the color I was expecting. This is a few shades of orange beyond a macro lager, but noway near as intense as most IPA's. Not quite clear, this beer had a nice rich head that left lacing all the way down the sides of my glass.

Sweet cascade hop with just a hint of malt in there somewhere. These guys are Brits after all.

Certaionly hoppy, but not overdone. Good quick bite followed by a slick, oily slide into a short ride where the malt manages to ride side by side with the intense grapefuit citrus. Definite grapefruit rind finish. Maybe a tad on the sweet side for some.

I suppose it could have been a bit more slick and oily, but certainly noticed some of those attributes.

More than a decent AIPA..slightly better balance and it would be a keeper.

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Photo of froghop
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy light orange with a tint of brown, small white head that quickly goes away, good lacing.

smell is faint, earthy, malt, touch of caramel, sweetness in the back, some citrus.

taste is smooth yet watery, citrus, some pine, some caramel, a little bitterness in the end, as it warms becomes more bitter and has a thicker mouthfeel and stronger taste.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a bubbly, light pale yellow with a foamy two-fingered white head.

Aroma of apples, biscuit, and citrus and floral hops.

The taste is fairly bitter upfront, bready, with a sweet grainy finish.

Light, watery mouthfeel with almost no carbonation.

Definitely feels and tastes like an IPA from the UK. A decent IPA but nothing special and IMO, not worthy of the price tag.

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Photo of JamesS
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale copper, near straw yellow color, uncommonly light for an IPA, but it has fantastic head and wonderful lacing.

Great scent, a very strong floral/hoppy aroma with slight vanilla hints.

Wonderful taste, the hops hit you softly at first, giving hints of butterscotch and vanilla, but then the aftertaste just has a great hoppy/bitter kick at the very end. There's even a wonderful touch of citrus left on the palatte and lips after.

This goes down smooth; it's a 'lawnmower' beer, even given it's higher than yard work usual ABV. This is a fantastic beer.

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

i'm going for a "good" on this one because it certainly is a good effort and it surely has it's own personality. golden with a white head that doesn't hold very well but leaves nice lace. a hint of passionfruit in the nose with some citrus, herbal and grass notes and a faint bready malty background. not as strong or healthy as i hoped, but very natural and organic like. taste is dominated by minty, chamomille flower hop taste and has a bitter peppery, minty finish. thin mouthfeel, but thinteresting. very easy drink and not overpowering, but nice and warm. this is like a wildforged organic herb, and the american ipa (what they tout this beer as) is more like a wwf wrestler on steroids. good beer. unique and a flavor of its own, but i just think the advertising gets in the way here.

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Photo of kmacphail
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience of the independent Scottish brewer Brewdog. The beer poured a golden colour into the pint glass with a light head that reduced to a thin film.

The smell is dominated by bitter hops and a light biscuit fragrance with some hints of citrus fruits. A very bitter hoppy taste dominates the mouth with a clean crisp mouthfeel and a slightly less bitter hoppy aftertaste.

The beer proved to be very drinkable, it wasn't limited in flavour; as I find a lot of IPAs can be. One of the better IPAs I have tried, but I feel with the overly bitter taste this may be a love or hate beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of bobsy
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden body with a white head that diminishes to a film, but laces well on the way down. Light citrus aroma with some grass and floral. Flavour is bitter...huge bitterness...perhaps the bitterest of the IPAs I've had so far. Some grapefruit, and a light grainy malt body. Doesn't seem to have as much citrus (or caramel) tones as I would expect from an American IPA, so perhaps this is closer to the British style. Fairly light body and moderate carbonation. A good hop fix, but a little unbalanced... seemed more like a souped up bitter than an IPA.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy dkachur on a session night of nice brews.

A: Somewhat hazy, a lighter straw yellow. Nice topping of white froth of head. Thin strings of lace.

S: Citrus fruits, white grape, yeasty. Clean hops all around. A note of sweetness in the malt backbone that makes a little bit of an appearance.

T + M: Almost no carbonation, a little lacking in body... flavours are a little subdued, as well. Citrus flavours, a slight breadiness, a touch of sweetness. A dry finish makes for a nice touch.

D: Not horrible, but not blown away by it... others would likely get my attention.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting 06/18/08 w/ fellow BAer Proteus93. Served in a Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: Not hazy, with a golden straw body, thin, fine lacing, and a pretty decent head with good retention. Very pale for an American IPA.

Aroma: Fruity esters - white wine-esque. Lots of grapes, apple skins. A mild, herbal hop spiciness with some nice citrus notes - very "C-hop"ish.

Taste: Very bitter, and very, very dry. Hardly any malt at all, and what's there is only faintly sweet. There's some citrus from the hops, and in conjunction with the bitterness it's very dry. Also some neutral fruit esters - pear comes to mind. Very one-dimensional. Pretty disappointing, and very un-IPAish, in my humble opinion.

Mouthfeel: Subdued, and pretty flat. But only in some places. Which is weird. Light bodied. Puckering.

Drinkability: A decent beer. Nothing horrible, and it's thin and simple enough to be pretty drinkable - not to mention its body and tartness makes it pretty refreshing - but it's not one I'd go back for seconds of.

Very strange beer, and not really what I was expecting at all. A very strange interpretation of the style.

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

"If some unemployed punk in New Jersey can get a cassette to make love to Elle McPherson for $19.95, this virtual reality stuff is going to make crack look like Sanka."

--Dennis Miller

Sunshine yellow beneath an ivory colored crown that has a wonderfully sticky, bubbly texture and is beginning to coat the pint glass with loads of attractive lace. This is the single palest IPA that I've ever seen. Looks good, though.

The nose features nothing but bright, zesty, slightly cheesy American C-hops. If there are any English varieties in here, they're very well-hidden. Warming ushers in a power and pungency that makes the above score an easy call.

This (Brew)Dog is definitely barking up the right tree. While it isn't as aggressive as its brewers would like us to believe (The U.S is the land of huge hops after all), it is damn tasty in a freshly squeezed hop juice kind of way. On further reflection, and once the taste buds get into the act, perhaps the hop bill is an Anglo-American affair after all.

There isn't much malt present (no sin in a 6.0% IPA)... and what's appreciated isn't the least little bit earthy or toasted. It tastes like a very clean ale yeast strain was utilized. What's left is pure humulus lupulus. In the end, that's the best sort of IPA.

The flavor profile is relatively simple. Again, no problem for a beer of this style. We have pink grapefruit, lime and maybe even a little puckery peach. The tasting notes on the brewery's website are good for a few chuckles: lychee, kiwi, passionfruit, cherry and strawberry. Kidding, right?

Ignore the 'best by' date (1/1/09). The snappy hoppiness that is present in mid-late June won't last anywhere close to that long. Once the hops fade there won't be much left. The mouthfeel is light, edging toward light-medium for the style. The bubbles are fine and add energy without being annoying. Good job here as well.

This review call be boiled down to one simple sentence: Punk IPA is deliciously citric hoppy and is insanely drinkable. I can't wait to see if the rest of BrewDog's offerings are as well-crafted. Not sure what the bottle cost, but this is a repeat purchase for damn sure. Welcome to America, guys. We can always use more good IPAs.

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Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pink glass a slightly hazy golden straw colour - certainly a very pale IPA.
Centimetre or so of white head falls away pretty quickly leaving big patchy lacing.
S - Piney, earthy & floral hops. Bit of a sweet grainy smell.
T - Along the same lines as the smell, more sweetish grain though.
M - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Fairly bitter.
D - A decent beer, nothing horrible but nothing that would make me rush to buy it again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22.4 oz bottle cost $13 in Evansville, Indiana. Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with an ample vanilla head that leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is mostly all hops. Earthy and floral notes mingle with a hint of grainy pale malt. Crisp carbonation enlivens the medium body. Taste is quite bitter. Hops dominate with an earthy and floral iron hand. Some bittersweet lemonrind is the only hint of fruitiness. Finish is earthy and grassy hop bitterness which carries into the aftertaste. A decent IPA but overpriced for what it is.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #001
Freshness dated for 01/01/09
22.4oz Bottle

The beer pours straw yellow in color with a tight creamy white head. The head hangs around for minute or so and falls to a thin film that skates the surface of the beer leaving bubbly deposits on the way down.

A light touch of sweet malt, almost corn like. The malt falls to the wayside of a faint yet sharp lemony hop character. It smells very similar to a Sorachi Ace bitter I once brewed.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
To be blunt it's kind of blah. The majority of the flavor here comes from a biting citrus peel quality from the hops. There's an ever so slight sweetness coming from the malts but for the most part this beer drinks a little on the green side. It sort of reminds me of Longhammer IPA. The finish is clean with just a touch of lemon zest in the aftertaste.

I could see this making a great summer beer, it is rather refreshing despite the fact that it isn't particularly robust. Maybe not the IPA I'd turn to for a meal.

Bottom Line:
$13 for the bottle, w00t for b-day presents. I have to give props since this beer is from Scotland but I honestly don't see myself pimping this beer out to anybody. It simply isn't worth the cost in my opinion.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Batch 001) and served in a shaker. This IPA poured a light golden amber with a slight haze and a one-finger thick head of bubbly, sticky foam. Heavy lacing coated the entire glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of grassy hops, mango, oranges, and some spicy yeast esthers. The flavor was dry and peppery. Lots of bitter grapefruit rind, white pepper, and light mango. Very natural and earthy. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. Crisp and clean. This was a pretty decent IPA. Not overly tasty, but it has a nice, crisp bite.

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Photo of Ch1mpy
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden colour which give me eurolager vibes. Unfortunately, the small bubbly head isn't very appealing either, for a second or two I actually asked myself if I cleared the glass properly. There is however nice lacing.

Yeasty smell. The first tastes to reach your tastebuds are of pears and apples. The fruitiness is shortly after replaced with a very hoppy taste with dry grapefruit flavours.

Light carboration and a smooth mouthfeel. A stingy but balanced bitterness in the finish.

Goes down more easily than I first thought it would. If only it looked a little better.

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Photo of MAB
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful addition to the industry, in my opinion.
see the website at: http://www.brewdog.com/micro_brewery.php

The label reminds me of "Arrogant Bastard"'s marketing harangue: 'You're not worthy', they say.
This one says 'This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. But we don't care' (words to that effect)

So I bought it and loved it.
It is aggressive. However, the color, in a tall glass, makes it look like an average lager would- very deceptive.

The bitterness is up front and persistent, and totally in keeping with the IPA style. This is the best British version of an IPA that I've ever had. I would normally choose a NW USA IPA over most anything, but this was a very nice surprise.

Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smarmy text on the side of the label is very remeniscent of what Stone throws down, though not as long winded. That sort of attitude carried weight in the 90's with Gen X, and although I am one of them, I simply find it cute and lacking impact now. Stamp your feet and shout all you want, it's the substance that you bring to the table now that actually counts.

Not much head at first on the pour, but it seems to build up of it's own accord over time, and now sits at two fingers of white froth and hasn't budged. The body is a deep apricot hue, more transluscent than it is transparent, but still possessing clarity.

Tart white grapefruit rind up front on the nose, the hops own this ship, that's for sure. Whatever malts that may be lurking within this IPA, the hops are standing on their backs and holding them underwater.

It's hops all the way in the flavour profile as well, I think they just added malt for the colouring.... Starts off with a bit of pine, along with lemon and grapefruit citrus, and then just explodes after that as it builds to an oily and mouth puckering crescendo. It's that white grapefruit rind from finish well into the aftertaste. In fact, just like the head, the aftertaste starts to build up of it's own accord long after you've swallowed you last sip. Perserverence, I'll give this IPA that!

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and velvety, yet oily and sticky on the finish. You can almost literally peel that grapefruit rind out from the inside of your mouth.

An ambitious IPA, if lacking in any balance whatsoever. I'm not sure what they're talking about regarding sophistication or depth they throw in our faces in the blurb on the side of the bottle, this is simply a well put together one-dimensional hop bomb, and nothing more. The only depth present is how high the Cascade hops may have piled up in the boil. If you came for a whallop of hops then you will be pleased. And I admit I was happy enough to get my hop fix.

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Photo of elricorico
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy orange gold in colour, and despite a fairly aggressive pour, only a thin white head formed. That head didn't last very long either.

Smell is as much citrus as it gets. Grapefruit is the standout, but lemon and lime is in there. At moments I think I can detect the liquor, but the hop aroma seems to mask it more often than not.

A faint honey and fruit sweetness kisses the lips and tip of the tongue before hops take over entirely. A mouthfull of citrus bitterness, that lasts for some time. Very last taste at the back is somewhat medicinal. Comes across to me as one dimensional, a gift to the hopheads.

Prickly carbonation within a medium body, almost thick for the style.

This one is not really made for me, I wouldn't want another, but that doesn't mean it was bad, as I'm sure it will have its fans.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light bronze colour, and small head that leaves rather quickly. Not very carbonated

S: It has a fruity and hoppy smell to it. It's quite pleasing to the nose.

T: When taking a drink the hops don't pop right into your mouth, but they follow a nice fruity taste. After the hops finish their course, a pleasing bitter taste stays around.

M: The beer is thin, but in a good way. Rests nice in your mouth.

D: Quite drinkable and it's not filling so I would like another, though I find the bitterness stays around too long to drink it fast.

This is best described as a mix between an American IPA and a English IPA. It has less of a hoppy flavour than most American IPAs, but still way more than an English IPA. This is highly recommended for hop lovers in England.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a completely crystal clear pale golden colour. White head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded slowly to decent thickish coating... barely any carbonation... a fair amount of sticky lacing lines...

Aroma - Lots of nice juicy citrus and tropical fruits (limes, oranges, grapefruits, pear drops, some pineapples), lots of wet grass notes, light biscuity malts, peppery hops, sea salt notes, faint rubberiness, light floral honey sweetness, light basil herbiness, some pine traces...

Taste – Lots of fresh citrus and grassy hop bitterness, quite peppery, definite sea salt notes, tart fruits (apples, grapefruits, pears, light lemons), faint caramel hints, very light honey sweetness, some medicinal notes, quite floral and perfumed...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry initially then becomes smoother... light bodied... an extremely thirst quenching and drinkable brew.. just about sessionable at 6%...

Overall - Another excellent Brewdog beer... a good, and not too extreme, example of an American IPA... definitely worth a try...

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Photo of seanyfo
2.1/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pint served in an imperial pint glass at the Bow Bar in Edinburgh

A - I was expecting something more creamy and cloudy like deuchars. This was pale golden with a thin crown of foam on top. Beading lively.

S- Some floral notes, not a lot of sweetness coming through. Grapefruits and lemons.

T- I nearly cried it was so sour and bitter. Astrigent and abrasive in its citric, grapefruity, lemony nature. I found this stuff hard to swallow!

M- Medium carbonation, couldnt say much else as i wasnt exactly savouring it.

D- If this is american IPA, you are welcome to it. Not a pleasure to drink at all, cloying, abrasive and sour. No thanks!

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Photo of bark
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When pouring this beer, the looks didn’t really meet my expectations. The colour is pale yellow with tints of orange and green (!). The finger thick head is white and airy. It sinks slowly to a thick lid, leaving some good lacing. There is oddly no best-before-date on the bottle. The liquid is a little hazy as the beer is bottle conditioned.

The smell is sweet and hoppy with strong notes of lemonade, grapefruit and a dry hint of yeast. A touch of alcohol is present too.

The taste is at first very sweet, but then some American hops comes forward; notorious flavours of grapefruit, lemons and hints of caramel and toffee. It is not as bitter as some of the American IPAs, it is more balanced (in a British way?) with some malt in the aftertaste. There are also some sweet notes of lemon toffee, citric acid, fruit candy and some mild malty flavours.

The carbonation is mild-medium with small fresh bubbles. The liquid is smooth, almost thick.

An unusual blend of American hops and British craftsmanship. The label states that “We don’t care if you don’t like it.” Well, I liked it!

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,752 ratings.
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