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Beer – #767 – BrewDog – Punk IPA

It’s a BeerJerkNZ kind of night and tonight it’s potentially a cracker.  When is a Punk beer never a cracker?, not that I’ve had a lot of the BrewDog beers, honest. But I have had the Punk IPA before  and before that.

“worth it even if ends badly at some point when you wander off for a kebab and the bus home.”

Brewed by BrewDog in the style: India Pale Ale (IPA) and that happened in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

This is 45 IBU, 5.6% ABV and 168 calories a serve size, 1.46 standard drinks in this 330ml bottle, in NZ.

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.

A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg bopping around India and the sub continent. Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist.

God save the Queen and all who sail in her. Raising a Stiff Little Finger to IPAs that have come before and those it is yet to meet.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

The aroma on opening is a burst of sweetness, and that settles to a lovely tropical Marmalade thing.

Light golden orange in the glass, and a small head that wanted to last but couldn’t put up a fight and mooched off to a film. The aroma moves to a more dank aroma, almost earthy, but with an orange tang over it.

BrewDog Punk IPAIt isn’t bitter by any imagination or understanding of the word bitter, particularly of IPA.

When once this was edgy and was pushing the envelope it’s now more comfortable slippers, an aged rock star comfortable in it’s own skin.

Class Lasts.

If you’re still hankering for the days of the Sex Pistols, drunk, swearing on TV, then this will be a bit mainstream and you might even wonder what’s happened to the years.

But for en enjoyable beer, that is consistent, and allows you to enjoy aroma, and taste without it biting you back, or boring you to sleep, this is the go.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. I think of all the version the Keg version was the best, and this bottle reminds me that you can get goodly IPA that isn’t stacked or loaded to beat you up. This plays on your tongue and is a bit of a nice easy drinking beer, but it won’t lead you astray,  but given enough on a night out it could end with you smiling and being at peace with the world.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The BeerJerkNZ beer Club .
  • Am I enjoying it? I am, but it’s just comfortable and not enjoying it because ‘wow how’d they do that?’ enjoying it.
  • Would I have another? I’d always be up for it.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights?  I would because it is a beer that you can point to as being one of the ones that sparks a revolution.

Music for this: ‘ Elephant Revival ‘ and ‘ Petals ‘ on Spotify 

Elephant Revival is a folk music group from Nederland, Colorado, formed in 2006.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.



2 comments on “Beer – #767 – BrewDog – Punk IPA

  1. simonbroderick
    April 21, 2016

    It’s always a good one to have in the fridge, have you had it from a can yet?


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