Punk IPA | BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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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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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a golden color with a good amount of head retention.

The aroma has tons of sugary sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus, floral notes. Lots of hops as well as a balance of malts.

The beer starts off with a bit of bittering grapefruit pith, then some sweetness that dances with it. A very well balanced beer. The finish has tons of sweet ruby red grapefruit on the end.

I’m very surprised that the beer is only 5.6%, yet so packed with flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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 baggio
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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Apperance: Golden orange witha huge, airy, head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Caramel, Citric notes, Tropical fruits, Hint of pine and malt.

Taste: Tropical fruits, Hint of marmalade, Peach, Hint of malt, Pine.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp and dry with a medium bitterness at the end. More balanced than the old recepie.

A very drinkable APA/IPA and pretty good one at that. I'd prefer a bit more agressive hopping but this will do nicely as a lighter hopfix during the warmer months.

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Photo of Maakun
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in pint glass. Medium white ehad that disappears quickly. Color is a cloudy drak straw.

Smell is quite faint at first. Mainly some grapefruit and toast. Later some fresh herbs too.

Taste starts quite light with toast, apples and a touch of lemon. Then there's a nice hit of hops with a light grapefruit touch. Then more toast, a hint of roasted nuts, almost burned sugar and a nice sour citrus (lemon).

Mouth is medium, a little dry with nice carbonation. I can drink this all day...

Overall this is very nice. Good complexity, and not just one huge element that jumps out at you, but very balanced. I seem to remember having had better ones though, contents of this bottle seem slightly lighter then others I've had.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eh, I've not tried this before, even though it is the only beer I can afford in BrewDog's pubs.

So, first things first, this is from a 660ml bottle from Tesco at a price of £2.50, which is pretty good value (assuming its not horrid).

L) Lager-amber colour, clear, lots of small bubbles, 1cm persistent fluffy head.

S) Immediate tropical fruit hops. Smells wonderful. I've had quite a bit of experience recently of immense-smelling British IPAs that fall short when actually tasted, but lets give him a fair shout.

T) Hmm, actually quite light for 5.6% ABV, a bit of grapefruit hops, and a bit of bitterness. Maybe a bit of orange marmalade softness to round it off. Good, not amazing.

F) Easy drinking, has just the right balance between tastiness and drinkableness. Moderate carbonation, no overbearing aftertastes.

O) I would classify this as a 'session' IPA, quite enjoyable. £2.50 for 660ml bottle is a good deal, will buy again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, big foamy head, medium straw color, good size citrus and tropics fruit hop aroma and flavor, mild mat backbone, mildly bitter hop finish.

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Photo of paxton1978
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to agree with Dannyb. Is this best example of an American IPA I've ever tasted? Absolutely not. Is it (bar 'Proper Job' and 'Jaipur') the only decent british IPA I've ever tasted? Sorry to say, 'yes'. It's a thousand times bolder than most of the other watery British IPA's out there and the guys deserve credit for this. Okay, rant over.

Appearance- orangey with a distinct lack of head- like a less carbonated version of the Meantime IPA.

Smell- I do have to agree that the smell is not as potent as many others, but the hoppiness is there, with a slightly oily sweetness.

Taste- a little too much malt sweetness for me- if anything this should err on the side of MORE hops given it's bold proclaimations.

Mouthfeel- could perhaps do with more carbonation if anything- bit of an oilslick that bubbles might lift, still superb though.

Drinkability- I'd rate this highly as a session beer, especially as you can get it at much more outlets now. Not too high on the ABV, so you can sink a few on the go.

My review is pretty critical in retrospect, but I do love this beer!

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Photo of RuudJH
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had several interesting encounters with this brewery. Therefore I wanted to try this one too, as I've heard some good things about it.

Clear dark golden, good carbonation, good creamy head and lacing.

Smell of hops, pine, grapefruits.
Taste is bitterness from a lot of hops indeed. Powerfull stuff, that leaves no room for any malty or fruity sweetness at all.
Bitter aftertaste too.

A demanding brew again. For hopheads it's a great experience.
Brewdog beer drinking seems to be extreme experience every time. This punk ipa, allthough quite normal % abv, isn't average by any means.

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Photo of MoohMooh
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours yellow-amber with a thick 2-3 finger head. Nice lacing too. Smells of pineapple and grapefruit, and a hint of alcohol too. There's also a somewhat bready character to it. Taste is quite sweet and fruity upfront -- pineapple and lemon--, with some caramel hidden beneath, and maybe coffee? I feel something like black cherry too. The slight bitterness balances well the fruity flavors. Nice medium carbonation and body.

Terrific IPA.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh.

A: Golden orange with thin white head..not a lot of lacing. Normally, I'd give this a lower score, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt since this was in a bar and poured into a normal pint glass.

S: It's always hard for me to pickup smells in a bar, but the tropical/citrus hops are unmistakable. As the beer warms, you get quite a lot of caramel as well. Very enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose. Mango, orange, caramel. The caramel sweetness really helps to balance out the bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: I drank a couple of these in one sitting and could have easily drank a few more. Very good IPA.

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Photo of Tresha
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Punk IPA's appearance is a pleasant hazy yellow colour with an off-white head and some slight lacing. The nose is prominently citrus, complimented beautifully by fresh grassy aroma.
The bite of the hop is right up front with a muted caramely sweetness in the middle with a long bitter finish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hazy orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowloy receded and left behind lots of lace down the glass. Big time visible sediment here, bottom of the glass was covered.

huge hoppy fiesta. Big profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through, citrus centric hoppy IPA, my favorite kind. It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste, left a long lingering flavor that stayed behind for a good 15 mins. This was very nice and seemed to get better as I kept drinking.

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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Pint glass. Enjoyed on agt´11. Looks like amberish honey in color, chill haze. Off-white froth, rocky copious crown. Floral notes, cut grass, yeast to the nose. Hops are shown by overwhelm citric & piney aromas. Grapefruit tartiness combined with intense biscuit malts provides a complex but gentle bitter flavor. Dry mouthfeel . Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slightly buttery in the middle. Bitter hops on the aftertaste. Very easy drinkability & refreshing sensation. Perfect pairing with spicy fried chicken. Since I have enjoyed this well balanced huge beer many times on bottle I considered it a good one. Now, on-tap, I call her heavy gun.

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Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from an English pub glass...

It is a pale yellow color with a thick filmy white head that left plenty of lacing. The smell has a lot of tropical hops, mango, guava with orange and grapefruit and just a hint of caramel malt. Bitter up front with lemon and pineapple, some hints of pine and citrus peel with a bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied with lots of soft carbonation and a wonderfully dry finish. This a beautifully crafted beer, I would drink this any time.

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Photo of brureview
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 117 Good before 6/13.

First time drinking a Brewdog. The brewery has a good reputation
and I wanted to try at least one of their beers. Punk IPA was available.

The beer poured a nice lemon color with a 2 finger head.

Mild lemon-clove aroma from head.

The mouth feel was tangy and worked well with the overall character of the beer.

The finish was the winning element in the beer. Fruity, tangy, lemon with slight bitterness.

Overall this is a refreshing low ABV beer. It's a good alternative to a heavier higher ABV beer. Very drinkable. I can see why the brewery is so popular in the UK. Make sure there is lots of time until the best by date.

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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 joaopmgoncalves
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank at Café Académico.

A: The body is mid way between a mild opaqueness and cristalline with a very nice yellow colour. The head dimisnished from two fingers thick to a 3 to 4 mm thick but with awesome retention and some good lacing. Carbonation looks average.
S: The smell is resinous-y and citrus-y but it's quite balanced.
T: Instead of having just the resinous and citrus profile, Punk IPA also presents some tropical fruits on its taste.
M: The body is medium-low with some visible carbonation but with a more faint activity on mouth.
O: This beer is a classic. And it's quite upfront on why it was so important to the revival of craft beer and IPAs themselves.

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Photo of sfprint
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp: 6/21/12
A: soft half finger head, wispy rising carbonation, orangy yellow in color and somewhat opaque.
S: Beautiful. Not so plasticy, very apricoty, fresh apricot, like apricot sorbet. Amazing!
T: Sort of mild in flavor but there is a semisharp bitterness on the end, which I find too dominant. There's sort of a surprising sneaky sweetness underneath which for me has a sort of syrupy quality. Creamy but hops are too strong.
M: Not so carbonated, bitterness is certainly felt. There is a pleasant softness to it which is nice.
O: Nice. Both mild but the hops make it strong.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up today at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- golden color, thick foamy head

Smell- very nice aroma, citrus, piney hops

Taste- a little bit of a bitter hop bite, pretty good, some malt in there too

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very refreshing

Drinkability- very good, I was very impressed.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour. Nice fading head with only a little lace

Lovely piney nose full of US hops, orange an lemon peel, and a nice honey malt background.

Medium body dominated by piney & green peppercorn hops with a mild honey malt background.

A great "drinking" beer. I have said my bit re: brewdog on the forums here before but there is no denying that they do some great beer.

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

A: Pours a very attractive yellow colour with a generous head. 4

S: Earthy hops, a bit like something like Spitfire (but not skunked like I think the Spitfire I had was, because it was undrinkable). There's also a few flowers and honey-malt in there. 4

T: Nuts, bitterness. At first I'm thinking: it is kind of bitter but I'm honestly underwhelmed, I expected more from an American style IPA, I get about the same amount of bitterness from Mac's Hop Rocker Pilsener (in retrospect this beer is probably substantially more bitter). I don't think I like these Earthy hops that much either, I would definitely opt for the floral, citrusy hops of Little Creatures' or Redoak's IPA. But then I notice the bitterness on the end of the palate accumulates after each sip and is actually very wholesome, leading to a nice aftertaste. Bit of malt in there too. 4

M: The carbonation is really right on the money. 5

D: Really quite good, but considering the alcohol and price has to be a 4.

I find myself liking this beer quite a lot but I'd prefer if the hops were less earthy. Oh well. This is satisfying based on my limited Australian experience with American IPAs (I'm pretty sure this is actually my first). But yer, I definitely enjoyed this one and really wish there were more beers with this or greater amounts of hoppiness readily available in Australia.

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

Appearance: slightly hazy light orange in color with a 2" head. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: lemon zest, mild bitterness, and some soft caramel tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, bits of grapefruit, golden apple sweetness, and a moderate bitterness makes up a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lighlty crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this is nice IPA you can quaff all night long. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color into my snifter (thanks Ding!). Has a nice two-finger head and looks very good for the style.

Aroma is full of a floral hop bitterness that is just right to my nose. A bit of malt in the nose as well.

Taste is full of bread and hop bitterness upfront. Smooth. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral hops and bready malt. Smooth and tasty.

A nice IPA from Scotland of all the places. Easy to drink and overall, has the right amount of bitterness.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured into a hotel tumbler. Purchased at Don Quixote in Kawasaki, Japan.

Color is hard to assess in the tumbler, but it pours straw-colored. Head is good with good retention. Smell is really nice - lots of citrus and tropical hops with a hint of sweetness. Flavor is all about the hops, but they aren't overwhelming. Nice bitter and lingering finish. Body is medium.

Overall, a really good IPA - much more my style than the Asahi I had with dinner.

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