Name: Punk IPA
Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland)
City & State: Glasgow, UK
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6%
First Brewed: 2007
Light gold in color. The first thing to hit you will be the pine notes on the nose. As you keep on tasting, it’s bitter at the back of the palate, but before you get there, there’s a lovely balance with the sweet malt. It’s a perfect match for spicy food, and it cuts beautifully through a nice blue cheese.
I really like this brewing company. I wish their beers weren’t so expensive. Oh, and since I like hops… I bet this one is good! I didn’t drink much this weekend, but just poured a bottle of Wit Beer from Epic Brewing. They only released 1,800 bottles of it, so this is a rare bottle to say the least. It was only $3.99, too!
Punk is a fun name for a beer, too. I hope it delivers. Cheers!
In the Glass: It looks like an IPA! That’s a good start. The beer did produce a nice thick head that I am not used to seeing in this style. I am also seeing a lot of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface. It looks good enough to drink! But hey… Most beers do.
Nose: I bet I smell hops. Yep. Hops. They are not overwhelming, though. It just has a nice thin hop aroma that makes me think the flavor will be balanced and that this beer will be easy to drink. I hope not. We only have 1 bottle of this beer! I actually rarely buy more than 1 bottle. There are simply too many beers out there to try. Let’s see what this punk tastes like. See what I did there?
Flavor: The beer is easy to drink, and while there is a ton of hop flavor up front, it quickly becomes mellow. The best and most flavor in this beer comes in the aftertaste. I will admit, we are drinking this ice cold… But I am in a hurry to finish this. Dinner is next! We will be, after dinner, drinking and reviewing a bottle of the Velvet Merkin. I’m excited about that bottle. We had it on tap, but people say it is MUCH better in the bottle. I hope so! If not, I am done buying these limited release Firestone beers.
Mouthfeel: Not much going on. It has a nice thin mouthfeel that does leave a layer of hop bitterness on my tongue. But it’s nothing to write home about. The hops really carry over after every swallow. If I didn’t know any better, I would, in a blind taste test, consider this a pale ale. No offense to BrewDog, but I want more hop character in my IPAs.
Aftertaste: Every time that I swallow the flavor gets better and better. It is starting to dry out, but it leaves a lovely reminder that you just took a drink. I wonder, when a brewery starts a new beer with a new recipe, what that first batch tastes like. Do they taste this good right out of the gate? I would love to work with a brewery for a few weeks to see that process… If I only had the time!
This is a good IPA, but it isn’t special and doesn’t deserve your attention unless you are just wanting to drink an IPA from this brewery. It’s good, but I wouldn’t buy it again. Cheers!
BrewDog – The bottle says: “Beer was not meant to be bland, tasteless and apathetic. At BrewDog we are settling the record straight. We are committed to making the highest quality beers with the finest fresh natural ingredients. Our beers are in no way commercial or mainstream. We do not merely aspire to the reclaimed heady heights of conformity through neutrality and blandness. We are unique and individual. A beacon of nonconformity in a increasingly monotone corporate desert. We are proud to be an intrepid David in a desperate ocean of insipid Goliaths. We are produced to be an alternative.
All I know about this beer is that it is an IPA by BrewDog. And all I really know about BrewDog is how they are known for their high ABV beers. They have been a part of the competition for the highest ABV beer for a while now. I’m sure that Ricky will go into that some more in his review as well as in the “What They Said”. Let’s talk more about this beer.
The color of the beer is a very golden yellow. It almost looks like a hefeweizen or wheat beer. It had some head to it, but that’s pretty much gone now. It looks relatively thick and definitely very hazy. It smells like lemon, with only a little bit of hops to it. If I didn’t know better, I don’t think I’d guess this was an IPA, at least without tasting it. Let’s see where that gets us.
Well, this is definitely not at all the hoppiest IPA I’ve ever had. Don’t get me wrong, I can taste the hops, but they really aren’t that strong. Which… actually makes me like it more, since I’m not the biggest fan of most IPAs. It has a nice mouthfeel to it, very smooth. It actually tastes a little bit carbonated. There is some citrus flavor to it, more than I would have expected from an IPA. I think it’s actually pretty good, well balanced and not too hoppy. If I was after this taste, I’d definitely buy it again. Good stuff!