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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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An ultra-thick, "fluffy" slightly off-white 3 finger head came up, and took about 5 minutes to drop. Clear fairly light golden color.

S- Not nearly as strong as I expected. A little pine and a little citrus, but nothing really comes out and establishes itself.

T- Stronger hops bitterness than the smell led me to believe. The bitterness is still mild compared to most American style IPA's- but it is not balanced by any other flavors. The bitterness is too dominant in the taste, from the front to the aftertaste, it is almost nothing but hops.

M- Crisp and light, with the typical "tongue numbing" that comes with American IPA's. Not bad, but not anything to write home about.

D- This is probably the beer's best feature. It is not too overpowering in anyway (unless you absolutely can not stand hops). The lightness and simplicity of the flavor makes it a good "sitting around" beer, but not something to really enjoy.

333ml Bottle poured into a pint glass. I was not as impressed with this beer as I thought I'd be, given Brew Dog's "aggressive" image. It is a fair attempt to make and American IPA- but it just lacks the scents and taste complexity of the better beers in this class. Overall, a solid offering, but not something I would actively seek out.

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Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Halfway House in Edinburgh.

A: Pours a clear macro like yellow color. A bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a second. A light watery film of lace is left behind.
S: Not much hop flavor going on. I can't pick out any kind of citrus, floral, or any other notes that one would expect. Just a very strong bitterness.
T: Again, not much hop flavor. Just big bitterness that wears me out. A light grainy sweetness tries to balance things out.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, but one is more than enough.

This is just one dimensional. A really strong bitterness without any discernable hop flavor. On the bright side this did not cost me an arm and a leg like it would have in the States.

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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 ludachris
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy light marmalade hue with a 1 finger quickly dissipating white head that leaves suddy patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. A bit lighter than the standard AIPA and with the carbonated bubbles hanging out on the sides of the glass after the pour, it looks more like carbonated fruit juice.

Strong presence of pineapple, pine, and hop resin in the nose with light strawberry, biscuit, and subdued bready malts in the background which become more pronounced as the beer warms. There's a decent amount going on, but I think the nose can be amped up a bit.

Tropical fruits, grapefruit rhine, and pine take center stage like the nose with hints of strawberries, biscuit, and bready malts, all of which come to an end with an underpronounced hop finish (in terms of the style). I like everything that's going on, it all just needs to be more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is light, watery, and decently balanced at best; almost the opposite of what I look for in an AIPA. It's still crisp and somewhat refreshing, but not something I really enjoy drinking.

Overall, a less than decent IPA. After reading the back of the label, I was under the impression that this beer was really going to deliver, but if anything, this turned out to be one of my least favourite IPA's I've had to date. The fruity presence, especially the strawberry infusion was quite interesting, but again, the whole experience was somewhat bland. I don't think I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of zoso493
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color and a one-finger head that dies down quickly. Color is a little too urine-ish for me.

Smell: Some nice floral hops with some notes of pine. Not too shabby.

Taste: The taste follows that pine route a little too much. Has a pretty unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. After a while, it starts to taste really soapy. Not the smoothest IPA out there.

Mouthfeel: It's fairly creamy and medium-bodied but that cloying feel on your palate really marks this down.

Drinkability: Well, I don't think this is something I'd want to have more than one of just because of the taste, but I suppose if you were into it you could drink a few.

Overall, this was pretty disappointing for me. BrewDog obviously has the right idea but something in the execution just didn't work out. I probably won't reach for this again

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Photo of kemoarps
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a standard straw with white head. Pretty, but not outstanding.

The nose gives a preview replete with fresh floral/grassy notes. Almost an earthy undertone.

Unfortunately, the taste did not really follow the nose. The taste is more dry straw background fronted by a pilsner bitterness that just kind of ruins it for me. A little bit of hops somewhere in there as well, but almost more of an Imperial Pilsner than an IPA.

Drinks easily enough, but just kind of tastes BMC but better done. If you're really curious go ahead and check it out, but definitely not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being as this was bottled a year ago it was terrible. Lots of malt and faded hop flavors that reminded me of tea. Awful. Keep telling these kiddos to check the labels. One day they'll learn.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22oz bomber.

Definitely looked great in the glass, quite hazy (almost turbid() and yellow/tan, with a monster head that prevented my pouring the rest of my beer till it eventually settled down. Sticky lace clung in rings around the glass, and a dense off-white foamy cap remained on the beer throughout the entire 22oz bottle. Date on the bottle indicates this beer is in its proper window.

Beyond the appearance, I'm left more than a bit confused by this beer. How it fits in the American IPA category, and has the ratings it does, is beyond me. It's heavy on the malts, with some extremely funky old-boot notes and some very earthy hops that have a residual bite to them, but don't in any way cry out "American IPA,.".

If I hadn't looked it up here to review it, and hadn't read the label, American IPA would be somewhere near the last category I would expect it to fit in. It's hard to even rate this "to style" in the category it's listed in. It could pass as a pale ale of some sorts, but as an American IPA or pale ale, it's not especially outstanding.

Heavy on the funky weirdness, with a somewhat indecisive finish and body that's halfway between thick and watery., and hoppy and malty. Definitely different., but If you are looking for a typical American IPA, then you'll need to ignore the categorization of this one

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 1 pt 6.4 oz bottle.

A - Pours a slight golden straw color with some slight orange hints. Light head and very little lacing.

S - Aroma is of citrus hops with some tangerine and some orange notes as well. Some grassy hints as well. Nice hops and not too intense. There is some slight sweet hints as well.

T & M - Light and slightly watery on the palette. Hints of citrus and hoppy grass notes. Not my favorite IPA because of the lack of CO2.

D - I dont think i will ever buy this again.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes: thanks goes out to DeadTerry.

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: bread, bisquit, malts, little hops,

taste: very malty, some hop finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: definitely a beer I don't think is worth the hype or the money. Prefer to drink American IPA's they have more byte and hop flavor.


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Photo of jkendrick
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy orange with not much head, retention or lace.

S: Moderate for an IPA but fruity

MF: Light to medium bodied with not much mouth coat that one would expect from an IPA

T: Thin, not too aggressive in the hops department, but almost tangy. It's different but not bad. In the end though the interesting flavor is outweighed by the watery-ness.

Overall: It's just too thin! The taste is different for an IP -- tangy and interesting -- but the thinness and watery taste leaves me wanting.

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Photo of BTPete
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahar's in Albany, NY. Notes directly from my phone.

BrewDog Punk IPA

Draft to 12oz. mug.

A: golden straw in color. 1 inch white head with lots of bubbles. Spotty lacing as brew goes down.

S: some hop presence up front. A little muted when I go back for more. I'm getting a little more of the piney over citrus. Bitter.

T: bitter off the bat. Actually seems to begin and end bitter. Like smell I'm getting pine over floral or citrus. It's ok.

M: nicely carbed and active in my mouth. Dry on the finish, bitter.

D: drinkable yes, but not my favorite. It's certainly not bad but for $10 for a 20oz pour I'd choose something else. Not deterred from BrewDog though, will try more.

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Photo of Paincane
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden with healthy off-white head and excellent lacing. Nice head retention.
S: Floral, fruity, pine and caramel nose.
T: Hearty malt backbone balances with fruity hoppiness.
M: Smooth, dry and balanced brew.
O: Good IPA from Brew Dog.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Slow pour yields minimal head, but nice lacing around the glass.

Smells nice--bittersweet and grainy, but very pleasant.

Taste is very bitter, with only mild sweet undertones. Must be the hops.

Feels fine on the tongue, nothing outstanding, but nice enough.

This a little too bitter for my tastes, but that's probably typical of IPAs, which are not necessarily my favorite.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1 Pint, 6.4 Fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 15-04-13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Slight alcohol, which is surprising for a 5.6% ABV beer. Caramel malts. Where are the hops?!

Taste: Sugary caramel malt upfront with a slight green grape/white wine flavor on the back end. Fruity and light, but too malty and not enough emphasis on the hops, Isn't this supposed to be an IPA? Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry like champagne. Light and refreshing.

Overall: Another one that I am not too excited about. Too malty, which does not allow the Nelson Sauvin hops to shine through.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden yellow with a frothy head. Good lacing as it went down. It had a pleasant floral aroma suggestive of hops. I was somewhat let down by the taste - it was very light, tasting more like a Pale Ale than an IPA. Based on the freshness date I don't think the hops had time to mellow out really. Although it does not taste bad by any means, I can't recommend this beer to any hop heads looking for a powerful American IPA.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle says batch 462 and that it expires 18/12/10, which I am assuming is December of 2010...so this beer is about 5 months expired. Since it is an IPA, they are designed to age in barrels originally, so I doubt that this has hurt the beer too badly. Let's find out:

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow gold color with a 1/2" of creamy white foam on top after a pretty quick pour. There are numerous bubbles rising to maintain the head, so it doesn't look that much different after a minute. There is some solid chunks of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma is a little unusual for an IPA, but this isn't a bad thing. My first impression was that there was a subtle funkiness going on here, but a few seconds later, there was some lemon zest and some crusty bread aromatics, but it is a bit reserved in the cold beer. I don't really pick up the wild character anymore unless it is a subtle leather from Brett or something, but it is mixing into the blend well. Again, the aroma is a little unusual for an IPA, but we don't get many IPAs outside of The States, so I guess this can be expected.

Taste: The flavor has much more hop presence than the aroma suggested. There are lots of bittering hops in here that hit your palate quickly...while the flavoring hops are still there, and this obscures the malt impression. The finish is quite dry and hoppy, and the water is playing on the hops too, to make the beer feel drier in the finish. The carbonation being high and the body medium causes the beer to further alienate itself from your palate.

Opinion: Well, I have liked a lot of other BrewDog products better than this one, but it may really appeal to a hop-head. The bittering are too overdone in this beer for my taste, and to top it off, there are some unusual hops used to get there, so the taste left on your palate is foreign (no pun intended). I will drink the other three in the 4-pack that I got, but I won't be coming back to this one anytime soon.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold, honey. Cloudy. Couple fingers white head.

Scent is Citrus, Orange rind, light grapefruit. Grainy straw malts, some honey.

Taste is honey and dry grains in the malt. White grape juice. Orange peel. Slight spice/pepper. Mildly bitter finish.

Med light body. Smooth with creaminess. Mild carbonation.

Overall a sweeter lighter American IPA style but without big citrus hop bomb. More malt balance. Easy drinking but rather restrained on the flavours. Good balance and enjoyable but with so many great americAn style ipas out there hard to buy again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow with a small white head. Aroma is grassy, earthy hops. I didn't get any of the citrus or pine that other people have mentioned. The flavor is mainly hoppy, with lots of earthy hops. Quite a bit of bitterness and not much of a malt backbone. Thin mouthfeel. Decent beer, but nothing special.

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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 israel
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Hazy yellowish amber in appearance with very little head which is mostly made up of large bubbles and just clinging to the sides.

S- I pick up on some faint grapefruit and orange with a malty backbone almost toffeeish.

T- Bitter green(young) hops with grapefruit, quite sharp and initially soapy.

M- Light to medium body with semi-dry finish, carbonation is well balanced.

D- This beer seems uninspired and really doesn't do much for me in a market filled with outstanding examples of this style.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 335 Best Before 11-24-2010

Poured from 22oz. into a tulip. Color is hay, bright, & a little hazy, with a touch of lacing. Not much carbonation.

Intial aroma is sweet, caramel malt. Mix in some whiffs of lemon mint, pine, & a touch of biscuit.

Mildy crisp on the palate with a solid base of malt mixed with junipet. Pine and lemon really take over the flavor in the end and the sweetness never really leaves. The mouth is left extremely dry in the finale.

The love of malt in the Isles is pronounced. I would have enjoyed more citrus in the hop profile; a pine bomb she be in the end. It's nice to see the Scots put out a beer that has been dominated by American brewers. West Coast IPA hopheads should probably look elsewhere.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted April 30th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - rusty champagne, one finger white head and minimal lacing

S - malty, almost sour smelling, sharp hops, yeast, wheat and some fresh cut grass

T - slight resin, pine, floral and citrus hops, bitter malt, very pungent with hops and malt. No sweetness at all

M - very dry, carbonated and long finish. Very bitter

D - drinks like a European style IPA. Nice but not excellent

Final thought - If you love european IPA. This one is for you. Price isn't awesome though

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a orangish yellowe color with a small head that disappears rather quickly. Lacing is less than desirable but at least somewhat seen.

S- Bitter hop oil laced with citrus and a malty sweetness. Decent balance, could be a little stronger though.

T- Slight bitterness from hops, but not as strong and full as one would like. The back end provides a little more of the hop taste, but still not enough. Citrus especially lemon, grapefruit, and maybe even a little bit of orange is added to the fold. All together, the taste isn't exciting, very aspect seems to be more subdued than need be.

M- Thin mouthfeel, nice for a warm day. Lacks carbonation that surely takes away from the experience.

D- Can drink this, but don't know if I would like to grab another bottle of this.

All in all, if you want an I.P.A. I would suggest going with a fresher American I.P.A. that packs a bigger hop punch.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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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