Brewer: Brew Dog Craft: Punk IPA ABV: 5.6%
Let me introduce you to the Brew Dogs. These guys know how to make beer and have fun doing it. They push limits. They ignore the status quo. They make their own rules. If you haven’t seen their show on the Esquire network, then pick up that remote and look for them. It’s good watchin’.
Now to the beer. This craft is easily one of my favorite IPAs. A hearty malt base gives this Punk a solid foundation on which is built an IPA that challenges all others. Are there others like this one? Maybe. But the way James and Martin crafted this Punk goes above the standard and sets a new level of quality.
The aroma is immediately citrus, with some malty sweetness and subtle hoppiness also wafting up. When I drink it, I just want to keep drinking it. The word balance is used a lot. I’ve used it on many occasions. I apologize. Because this craft might be the definition of balance. The malts provide a smoothness and a sweetness that start this craft off. The hops add in those citrus notes. And those hops also add in just enough bitterness to get your attention and keep you coming back for sip after sip. As I continue to sip I get some caramel notes and even some notes of toasted bread.
Listen, I like this beer. A lot. And I’ve enjoyed the other crafts I’ve had from Brew Dog as well. But this is my favorite by far. And at 5.6%, it is easy enough to drink a few of these in a session. Even better. If you’re an IPA drinker, try to find this Punk and thank me later.
Rating: It wouldn’t be cheap, but I’d buy a case of this. You get what you pay for, right? This might be difficult to find, since they’re in Scotland and all of their beer is imported right now. But I just saw today that they’re planning on building a brewery in Ohio. Woohoo!