Punk IPA | BrewDog

Punk IPAPunk IPA
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3.84 w/ 1,830 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: 1,830 |  Reviews: 563
Photo of Jodio
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rivoire
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CPAles
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pletser
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatruth
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up a single 12 oz bottle, just to try, from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

pours a white, 1/2" head with moderate frothy lacing. a bright golden amber in color with orange tint, mildly hazy.

citrus and orange peels. pine-sol. hop, almost oatmeal aroma.

taste is strong of piney, lemony hops. not much there, damn hoppy.

staunch on-bringing, packs quite a punch for a mere 6.0%.
pale, stale wheat straw aftertaste. dry, hop-tingling finish.

a Scottish ale modeled after an American IPA, carrying a name generating from an English style...hmm. a paradox just as odd as this low alc./vol. (for its style) taste bud slapper.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and muted citrusy hops. The aroma is good but a little subdued, it could be kicked up a few more notches.

T- The taste features a good pale malt base with a good dose of citrusy hops in the finish. There we go, a little more attitude in the taste than the aroma.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not the best IPA on the shelves but not a bad one either. Worth a shot but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of letsgopicnic
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into nonic pint

straw with hints of amber, no head with decent lacing

hops, citrus, grapefruit, small hint of banana

hops but not as much as i had expected, a small malt profile, grapefruit rind, a little banana in the background

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Photo of saboliver
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold with a relatively small, creamy head. Succulent citrus nose. Bittersweet first taste with a little bit of bite, complementing the smell. Fairly smooth to drink with low carbonation. Some malt alongside the mildly bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent clarity, although a little hazy. A very light orange hue and yellow highlights with a bunch of visible carbonation. Lots of ivory head that dissapates unevenly and slowly, leaving lots of pretty lacing behind in rings. Smells of citrus hops remiscent of canned tangerines. Nice, albeit small, backing from the malts. Hint of booze.

Pretty bitter in a sharp and quick way with a clean feel. Somewhat harsh and seems to lack a balancing effect for that harshness. The flavors are balanced okay between the malts and citrus notes that come from the hops, but the bitterness is a little out there, even for the style. It starts very strongly bitter, gives way to the delicious citrus flavors, and then resurfaces in the aftertaste. The grain bill does its part in trying to calm the harshness, but thats a tough job. I actually really like the intense bitterness, but it might be off-putting for some. A hint of booziness just to remind you that its there. The mouthfeel is actually a little creamy, but crisp and dry in a long lingering finish. Overall, I like this beer but don't know if I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of bpkrippner
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Co-op grocery store in Drummnidrichit, Scotland during my awesome 4 days there in the Summer of 2017.

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Photo of Jordan3389
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CuttDeez
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ozer into a tulip.

A - A hazy opaque golden color of a body. The head is very resiliant and sticky. Pure white with the consistency of whipped egg whites in some places.

S - Not a ton going on, but there is some nice soft mild hops with light citrus leaning towards fruity notes.

T & M - This IPA is medium bodied with a slight level of carbination. Very light taste which is crisp and refreshing with a good light hop bitterness and mild citrus fruit notes. I also notice a slight chewyness on the back end of this beer that linger a little on the palate.

O - A nice fresh crisp IPA with a little attitude. Good beer but it is pushing the price tag limit. I would try one for sure.


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Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wattsox
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Dec 2011.

A - Pale amber body with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S - Quite understated aroma, good balance of malts and hops.

T - Sweet malty taste to open with a few hop notes, lighter than expected but the bitterness really kicks in the tail, strong bitter hit on the end.

M - Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

D - Quite a drinkable beer, would work well as a session drink.

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Photo of MsRif
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from a bottle. Poured a light golden color with a moderate white head. Mostly receded, leaving a bit of lacing. Aroma is that of earthy hops...grass, pine...some citrus. Smells very hoppy...maybe a touch of sweet malts at most. Tastes of earthy hops...very bitter up front with a dry finish. Well balanced I guess, even though there wasn't a lot of complexity to it.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very, very basic IPA. Not bad by any means, in fact I thought it was good enough, but nothing special. I wouldn't have it again, but it's worth trying once for the experience.

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Photo of fostachild
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best before: 21-08-12

pours a mostly clear, medium golden colour. okay amount of head, good lacing throughout. smell was hoppy, very lemony. taste was good - citrusy, hops, malt - good balance. overall not bad, good drinkability and enjoyable enough.

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Photo of acurtis
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vandemonian
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewDog Punk IPA has a nice cloudy orange colour and a good head that lasts. Even though it's an IPA, I didn't smell much hops. Did this beer spend too long traveling from Scotland to the USA? The taste started with some nice, citrus yumminess and ends with a bitter aftertaste. I usually like bitter finishes for IPAs, but I didn't love this one. It has good carbonation and feels nice in my mouth. Overall, this was a decent IPA but nothing special.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pungent American hops up front with a fair amount of carbonation and a nice bitter finish. Mouth feel is pretty light which makes it very drinkable (in respect to quantity) but not very satisfying or lasting. Feels contrived.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tmzl
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours with average sized off-white (light yellow hue) head consisting of medium/big bubbles. It has fast but ok looking retention, mostly diminishing, leaves a thin, pale but uniform top layer; a bit of random lacing when coming down. Clear with very light haze, pale gold, lots of chain bubbles.

Smell: Fruity, sweet ripe lemon, pine and grapefruit - fresh but tangy. Light caramel, pale malt notes. The tangy part with time develops into a bit more herbal, dandelion leaves like notes.

Taste: The citrus sweetness tuned down, pine and grapefruit most dominant, still a bit tangy. Goes into light sweet biscuit and lighter caramel middle. Some of the middle backbone is missing. Goes to pine, grapefruit pith, spiky medium bitterness. It lingers for a while, reminds me of eating older dandelion leaves.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium, suiting carbonation, a bit of coating at the end.

Overall: It's suiting, not demanding, but nothing special. What it does, it does well enough to enjoy it, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of walkinginplace
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shaken9
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance was great, golden amber color thick dense head with lacing all way down to the last sip. Clear.

Aroma was a little one dimensional, mostly piney/resinous slight hints of citrus. Not bad, but I expected a big hop nose for an American IPA and much more citrus.

Taste was good, much like the aroma though a little one dimensional hop wise with most of the hop flavor being piney/resinous with slight hints of citrus. Hop/malt balance was good with a nice backbone of malt sweetness and character to balance out the hops.

Full mouthfeel with a lot of malt and a lot of carbonation giving you a mouth-full.

Drinkability is good, nice rich, balanced IPA. With only 6% abv you can have several without getting hammered.

Overall if they used a little more citrusy hops and later in the boil for more flavor and aroma, this would be a stellar beer. Good as is, but not exactly what I expected from a "Punk IPA" that brags that it "doesn't care if you like this beer..." I expected the "Sex Pistols" of IPAs and this was more like "Green Day"; good, but just not that "hard".

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Beer rating: 68% out of 100 with 1,830 ratings
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