- Style: IPA
- Serving: Bottle
- Volume: 12 oz
- ABV: 6.00%
Famous for their Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Sink the Bismarck “extreme” beers, Brew Dog out of Scotland is well known for going above and beyond the barriers of brewing beer. I caved in and finally picked up a bottle of one of their flagships, The Punk IPA. It sounded and looked intriguing, and hopefully matches my expectations with some over the top bitterness.
The Punk IPA pours a hazy pale yellow color that has some slight orange hues in direct light. Accompanying the body is a nice bubbly white head, that left behind some very mild lacing and retention. Unfortunately, the nose is dull and weak in its volatiles. I usually enjoy it when my IPAs scream at me with the bitterness of delicious hops, instead, this one had pleasant pine notes and light floral aroma. I had to push myself to really try and pick up some of the citrus elements in this IPA.
The taste was similar to the aroma – tame. It was clean and crisp, thanks in part to the bubbly carbonation. The piney aroma shined through on the taste which then transitioned smoothly into the floral elements of the flavor profile. The finish left me a bit disappointed with hopes of more of a strong hop bite.
Overall, I think the Punk IPA is a decent attempt at an American IPA. As previously stated, I did have higher expectations, but it’s still a very drinkable IPA that is pretty close to the style. If you are looking for a refreshing IPA to enjoy during the summer, the Punk IPA would be a solid choice. But, if you are looking for the kick-in-the-pants hoppiness, keep looking.
out of 100
Nick Robin is a Senior Writer for Passion Beer.
While studying in college, he learned to tune his palate in to well crafted beers, which never interfered with his studies. Now, he enjoys continually learning about anything and everything beer.