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Punk IPA | BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA
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1,841 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,841 |  Reviews: 566
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely in your face IPA. Would make a steady diet if brewed locally and in cans (like 6 point or Carton).

A: Completely cloudy apricot. Firm 1 finger head. More like a cask beer (which I like).
S: Flowery, earthy, citric hops over a light Euro base. Beautiful flower store next to a bakery. Best part of this beer. A winner.
T: This beer gets more flowery and bakery as it opens up. Give the beer it's due, it's offering a very pleasant and rich arc that is clean, refreshing, and yet fully textured and flowery. great hops atop a Euro Pilsner style base. Clean. Orange zest, orchids, lillies, flower store. Yet never cloying.
MF: Excels here too, Very lovely mouth feel and finish. Makes you want another. Creamy, soft, delicious, delicate - how do they do that?


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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BrewDog is a somewhat controversial name in craft beer. They know how to get people's backs up and they aren't afraid to rock the boat, insult big business and brag about how great they are. Some find their arrogant attitude funny and refreshing while others deem it immature. What can't be denied however, is that BrewDog have great quality beer to back up their irreverence.

And so this leads me to Punk IPA, their most well-known beer that for many drinkers, is the first BrewDog product they try. And damn, it's good. When you pour it out of the bottle (or get it on tap if you're lucky) you will be greeted with a golden orange body and a finger of white, foamy head. The smell is intoxicating: you can practically taste the hops before you even put your lips to the glass. There is a blend of citrus fruits with a tinge of bitterness. The flavour is similar to the aroma: hoppy, citrusy and powerful. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and despite the huge flavours it's a very refreshing and moreish drink.

BrewDog claim this is "how beer should be" and it's very hard to argue with them. Well recommended for anyone who enjoys IPA.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22.4 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy dark golden brown with a little lacing on the glass

Smell: Slight grapefruit scent

Taste: Better citrus/grapefruit taste with a little bit of bitterness but the bitterness doesn't remain for too long (which I like). It has a little bit of a sweetness to counter the bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice white, head which left good lacing. Good head retention. There is little visible activity.
S: Hop-bomb (as it should be). Citrus, pinecone, grapefruit, and a little resin-y. Pale, bready, malts. Pretty much everything you want from an IPA.
T: Good malt backbone, followed by that nice fresh hop flavor - pine stands out. A good, smooth, build of bitter.
M: Very smooth. On the lighter carbonation side for the style, but done proper. Very nicely balanced.

O: Think this is a great beer. Drink it regularly. A nice "go to" IPA that just about hits all the standard marks, and is a good start to the night (if you're on that route).

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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I recently went to London and had this on tap at BrewDog Camden and found it to be an excellent IPA; I've updated my rating accordingly


Tasted On: 05-06-2014
Freshness: Best by 04-15-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

So this bottle is a few weeks past the 'best by' date, due to Let's Pour sending them to me that way. They refunded me the cost of the beer...we will see if the age makes for a negative impact

Beers pours a quite murky, orange-yellow color, with a white head a finger high. A nice ring of lace circles the glass; head retention is fair.

Smells are a pleasing if not powerful blend of tropical fruit hop aromas, with some pine as well.

The taste has a moderate level of bitterness to it; plus grapefruit and pineapple, which give some acidity. The beer is hoppy, but also fruity and a little malty as well. Very nice balancing act

Mouthfeel is crisp, wich what I'd call a chewy body. The finish has fruity hop notes and bitterness.

Overall a very tasty ale, with a good balanced flavor. Since the beer is past its best by date, I'd assume that some of the flavors and aromas are less than they'd normally be, but this is still a great drinker!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Punk IPA from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,841 ratings
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