Beertography and Review: BrewDog Punk IPA

Brewed by: BrewDog
Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV: 5.6%

Commercial description: This fresh, full flavour natural beer is our tribute to the classic IPAs of yester-year. The post-modern twist is the addition of amazing fruity hops giving an explosion of tropical fruit flavours and a sharp bitter finish.

APPEARANCE (5/5)

Appearance is really beautiful. Enormous and thick, billowy white head with a classic unfiltered cloudy golden body.

AROMA (9/10)

It has a very distinct light tropical smell to it with pineapple being the most dominant to me which makes it unique. It does have a slight sweet malt smell at the end as well. The buttery cracker pale malt is a strange mix with the lemon rind hops.

FLAVOR (18/20)

A good bitter orange, grapefruit, and soft pine hop bomb. Sweet grapefruit hops up front with a bready note of toffee. More juicy grapefruit comes out in the middle with a hint of orange and some pithy bitterness. The beer finishes with lots of rich, toffee malt and grapefruit juice as well as with some lemon and leafy hop bitterness. It has the hops of a DIPA without the alcohol or the body. Perfectly minimal amount of sweetness and malt backbone to keep it drinkable.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

On the lighter side of a medium-bodied brew, with a mellow carbonation that really lends nicely to the creamy finish of this beer.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (8/10)

This is quite a distinctive take on an American IPA. The grapefruit hop character is strong and very convincing with a seedy, pithy quality to the bitterness that reinforces the impression. There is more than a little bit of malt in the background lots of toffee that adds depth over and above the hops. It is very well balanced in the finish with a sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check. I am quite impressed with this one, Brewdog has a reputation as a hit and miss brewery, but this beer is right on the mark.

FINAL SCORE (45/50)

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