Brewed by BrewDog
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 1056   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Re-released as a special in April 2017

The recipe was changed at the end of 2009, and this version is no longer made, if you have a bottle with a BBD after 01/01/2012, you should go to the "Punk IPA (5.6%)" version.

Bottle and keg: Filtered. Cask: Unfiltered.
Ingredients: Marris Otter Extra Pale Malt; Ahtanum Chinook, Crystal, Motueka hops. IBUs 60
A beer of inherent contradiction. This heavy weight of the beer world is strikingly delicate with a white gold appearance. The light fruity aroma dominates the initial confrontation; lychee, kiwi and passionfruit all prevail with subtle nuances of cherry and strawberry. Dont be fooled however by this smooth medium bodied ale. As it trickles down your throat as this wolf in sheeps clothing begins to grow teeth. The bite comes as the bitterness builds and endures no matter how hard the malty sweetness of the alcohol tries to tame this ferocious beast.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Fruity aroma with grass, sweet yeast and apples. Brilliantly clear golden color with a frothy head. Oh wow! Nice fruity flavor - apricots and strawberries at the forefront - with a follow-through of bitterness at the swallow. Light and easily quaffed. All nicely complemented by a dry huskiness of European floor malts. This is truly outstanding!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lada66 (63) - Savonlinna, FINLAND - APR 30, 2017
The beer I fell in love ten years ago and now the original version is back again. And it still tastes good. So perfect. The main reason why I love IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (2144) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2017
33cl bottle at home from Brewdog webshop. Nose is rather malty. Body is clear pale golden, head is small, white, creamy, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is malty, tea, leaves, grapefruit. Light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Finish is long lasting hoppy medium bitter. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Easy, refreshing, simpler and less citric - fruity than the new version, nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
basjansen14 (263) - NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2017
Goud kleurig bier met een witte schuimkraag. Aroma: graan, lichte fruitigheid, wit brood. Smaak: moutig, zoet, licht fruitig, karamel, wit brood, dennen en een bittere afdronk. Nieuwe recepteer vind ik toch beter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oiolosse (85) - - APR 29, 2017
Botella de 33cl comprada en hacercerveza Granada. Apariencia mbar dorada con una cabeza blanca con buena retencin. Aroma a lpulo terroso, resinoso. Sabor afrutado y terroso. Fuerte acabado amargo duradero. Cuerpo medio y carbonatacin, buena sensacin en la boca. La clsica Punk ipa de Brewdog no decepciona como caballo de batalla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3276) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2017
33cl bottle shared with a friend. Clear golden with a medium white soapy head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Subtle bitterness with fruity sweetness. Citrus, subtle grapefruit, tropical fruit, tangerine, straw and malts. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (685) - ITALY - APR 23, 2017
Batch 170166 CB4, best before 18/07/17, aperta il 23 aprile 2017. Ambrata chiara con riflessi dorati, schiuma bianca di media finezza e persistenza media. Aroma citrico non molto pronunciato e leggermente speziato, molto delicato ma gradevole. Al palato pompelmo, passion fruit e leggera uva bianca, pepe, finale molto prolungato e persistente sempre con pompelmo, pepe, erbaceo ed in secondo piano una nota di crosta di pane. Man mano che si scalda vengono fuori note biscottate sia aromatiche che palatali. Retrolfatto di pompelmo. Ben carbonata, corpo medio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sebilinz (2158) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 21, 2017
Bottle. Golden body white head. Was really looking forward for this rebrew, as I think that I had, the original once before my rate beer days and as I can remember it was not my favorite, the new one is fresh, still one of my faves. Aroma is fruity herbal with light malts in the background. Taste is malty some fruits hints of herbs. Aftertaste is is nice bitter slightly balanced by some malty sweetness. Was expecting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimplySike (1477) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2017
33cl. Bottle. AGM rebrew.
Pours clear yellow with white head.
Aroma pine, some citrus, biscuit, caramel.
Taste biscuit sweets, piney bitter.
Mouthfeel bit oily.
I like the current version better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (11447) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2017
Had loads of this back in the day, but I dont rate from memory so I was happy to see them re brew this. Keg at Brewdog Soho. This rebrew is a shadow of the original, maybe it is just my terrible memory. A clear golden orange coloured pour with a lasting thin white head. Aroma is spicy lemon rind, hop, cereal grains, rustic straw, jammy fruits.. Flavour is composed of grassy lemon hop. Simple base grains. Palate is semi crisp semi sweet, moderate carbonation.. Disappointed, no big Nelson Sauvin character I remember. Would have been a 3.8 from memory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LazyPyro (929) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2017
330ml bottle from BrewDog Online (rebrewed for the AGM). Drinking this alongside a current Punk IPA to directly compare...
Crystal clear golden-amber appearance with a one-finger white head, fairly good retention. Aroma: earthy, resinous hops, pale malt, grapefruit, other fruits, citrus, peel. Taste: same as the aroma, fruity and earthy, grapefruit, vague tropical fruits, resin, malt, long lasting strong bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation, good mouthfeel.
So, original Punk IPA is: identical in appearance, has more of a malt presence, earthier, much stronger bitterness with not much sweetness. It feels less balanced, the bitterness reducing the sessionability, needed more hops. Overall not bad, but Im glad they improved the recipe. Current Punk IPA was my introduction to craft beer and I dont think Id have been so keen if Id have tasted this original one instead.

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