Punk IPA (5.6%) – Brewdog (Ellon, Scotland)

Punk IPA (5.6%) – Brewdog, 5.6% ABV, 330ml., (Ellon, Scotland)


description from ratebeer.com:

Ingredients: Extra Pale Malt; Chinook, Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin hops. IBUs 45
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.


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Medium crisp dull CO2 biscuity barley malt stealth orange stealth bitter
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.25 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, not enough body

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours almost clear marmalade orange, not much head, a half layer of micro retention, scattered loose streams.

Nose: toffee biscuity barley malt, hints of hops. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: medium crisp, dull CO2,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), sligtht tingly, light grainy-light biscuity barley malt, gentle stealth orange citrus notes

Finish: super stealth soft hop bitter, grainy barley exhale

Summary: Very smooth without much lingering hop bitterness unlike North American IPAs. It seems to lack punch and depth characteristic of the other Brewdog brews I’ve had. Perhaps its due to the 2 year cellaring.

India Pale Ale – Nogne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)

India Pale Ale – Nøgne Ø, 7.5% ABV, 0.50 L, (Grimstad, Norway)


on the front-side label:

“India Pale Ale is a full-flavored ale, as is traditional for this historic ale type. We have used hops from the American Pacific Coast because they add such a beautiful aroma. we recommend Nøgne Ø IPA be served at 10°C and paired with foods with strong or spicy flavors. Nøgne Ø ales are unfiltered and unpasteurized.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Woody funk fruity tangy plum barley malt dry bitter
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W.Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 0.50 L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a truly different IPA

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Huge gusher! Unfiltered yeast working OT. Pours 80/20-head/beer ratio, super thick foam, thick sticky lacing, opaque pale orange-brown, super clustered micro activity.

Nose: slight woody-sourish funk, unfiltered apple juice’d malts – very interesting for an IPA. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-very creamy, fruity malt impression

Mid-palate: full bloated mouthfeel, background tangy, (lvl-5-sweetness), plummy caramel barley malt

Finish: trace airy wheat malt, light woody-funk exhale, sourish dry bitter hops, residual caramel barley malt

Summary: Definitely not your standard IPA. The woody funk goes pretty well with the alcoholic sweet fruity barley malt body. The quality is a cut above the local brews here.

India Pale Ale – Breakside Brewery (Portland, OR, USA)

India Pale Ale – Breakside Brewery, 6.8% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

“Our take on the classic India Pale ale style – the favorite craft beer of the Northwest. This amber colored brew is loaded with four different types of hops during the brew day and then gets dry hopped. Our IPA has a huge citrus and pine character with a strong, but refined bitterness. ”


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Dry grassy pine soft tangerine toffee barley malt resin residual bitter grassy hops
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.90 (after 20% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a solid IPA

Visual: Pours almost opaque dull orange-light copper brown without a significant head, thin ringed retention with a holey island, a bit of fine lacing, steady spread out singular streams.

Nose: clean resiny tangerine citrus hopped malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: very crisp bite, subtle incoming bitterness

Mid-palate: light tingly, crystal clean soft bright tangerine, (lvl-5-sweetness), toffee barley malt, dry-pine overtones

Finish: resiny soft bitter hops, long residual pine-grassy hopped bitterness, subtle citrus exhale

Summary: A pretty well-rounded IPA with alternating citrus-grassy pine reverberations from start to finish. A tad too dry and grassy for my liking; I prefer more citrusy notes.

Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV – 75 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

Our brewers rip-creating huge and complex double and triple IPAs at the pinnacle of craft beer enlightenment. Soul Style IPA is their effortless and pure manifestation of the single IPA. Simcoe, Citra and Cascade hops are layered, allowing bright tropical waves of flavorful citrus and floral notes to break gently on the palate. Get stoked on a laid back single and ride the wave to soothe your soul.” Best by 23 APR 16

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Even balanced sweet malt/citrus hop/light grassy oil medium sharp bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 12.5% off) – 12 fl.oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in my top 5

Visual: Pours clear light copper orange with a medium lasting head, 1mm retention, lots of singular steady micro streams.

Nose: tangerine-mild peach hop oils, background malts.(lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, smooth fine CO2, immediate soft bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet barley malt, bright tangerine citrus hops

Finish: resiny-grassy, medium sharp long lingering bitter grapefruit hopped finish.

Summary: (mine had Best by 23 APR 16). A good even balance of malt and hops while showcasing a decent amount of tangerine brightness from the hops. The length and depth of the citrus aren’t particularly noteworthy however.

2015 Celebration Fresh Hop IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA, USA)

2015 Celebration Fresh Hop IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. , 6.8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Chico, CA, USA)


on the bottle neck:

“A special ale for the holidays, Celebration IPA features the first hops of the growing season. This pioneering ale is full of complex flavors and aromas from the generous taste of whole-cone American hops.”

on the back label:

“We first brewed Celebration IPA in the winter of 1981. Each year, we use only the first fresh hops of the growing season to create this complex and robust ale. Layered pine and citrus hop aromas balance delicately against the rich, malt sweetness to shape this bold wintertime classic.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toasty biscuity barley malt light tangy pine dandelion medium bitter hops
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey / N. Bby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 12.5% off) – 12 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Visual: Pours dark copper brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention with almost a full layer, singular tight steady streams.

Nose: faint generic light citrus hop oils, faint barley malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, tingly-micro-fizzy

Mid-palate: toasted biscuity barley malt (lvl–sweetness), tangy-almost lemony citrus, medium bitterness

Finish: pine, dandelion, lingering bitter hops on the tongue.

Summary: Is this really a fresh hop IPA? I don’t get any green in the hops at all; The barley malt body is quite big and almost too aggressive without letting any fresh hop shine through. Overall it’s above average, but unstructured and incoherent at points. (10/31/16 Note: mine had a packaged date of 10/19/15 so that’s undoubtedly why I didn’t get fresh hop oils in it.)

Jack Hammer Ruthless IPA – Brewdog (Scotland)

Jack Hammer Ruthless India Pale Ale, 7.2% ABV, 330ml., (Ellon, Scotland)


description from ratebeer.com:

Ruthless India Pale Ale

Start with a colossal grapefruit aroma. Pile on bitterness after thumping bitterness, and ride the anarchy wherever it takes you. The caramel razor is sharp, but the resinous bite drills straight through your taste buds.

For blitzing the mediocre, raising hell and revelling in the aftermath, Jack Hammer is the end of the line. The hopped-up, pucker-mouthed terminal extreme of craft brewing. This beer is bitter. Very bitter. If you push that button, don’t say we didn’t warn you…

OG: 1069
IBU’s: Hopped to 200+ theoretical IBUs
Malts: Extra Pale
Hops: Centennial & Columbus, dry hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Fantastic smooth crisp yellow grapefruit toasty toffee barley malt soft grassy hop long bitter
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.75 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, Brewdog never fails

Visual: Pours marmalade orange with large suspended bits, a very small dissipating head, thin ringed retention with spotty islands, slow sporadic streams.

Nose: super bright orange-grapefruit hop oils (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp bite

Mid-palate: orange-mango hop oils, controlled zingy alcohol detection, (lvl-6-sweetness), yellow grapefruit, grassy-green hop cones

Finish: tongue numbness, toasty toffee barley malt aftertaste, long bitter hopped finish

Summary: A really, really nice showcase of a quality IPA. Balanced sweet grapefruity malts with a superb smooth-thick mouthfeel, and the hops are bold yet never overbearing. I particularly like the re-emergence of the barley malt at the finish. Very round and profound. Recommended.

2016 Beer Camp Tropical IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA, USA)

2016 Beer Camp Tropical IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. , 6.7% ABV, 55 IBU, 12 fl.oz., (Chico, CA, USA)


printed on front label on the neck:

“This new equatorial IPA features intense hop varietals bursting with aromas reminiscent of island fruit, including notes of mango, papaya and bitter orange, for a tropical take on the IPA.”

on the back label:

“Beer Camp is the perfect way for us to experiment with new flavor directions in beer. Each spring, we feature our favorite collaboration from camp. This year’s selection blends intensely aromatic hop varietals to create an IPA filled with fruit aromas of mango and papaya.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Some mango-papaya toffee barley malt lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $18.75 – 6×12 fl.oz., June 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: I’d buy a single, but not a 6-pack

Visual: 6-pack. Pours translucent deep orange with a very small dissipating head, a thin layer of micro retention, lots of fast steady streams.

Nose: mango hop oils, background toffee barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thicker-smooth viscosity

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), mango-papaya notes, background toffee barley malt

Finish: a touch thin, bitter peel hops, slight grassy, lingering medium bitterness

Summary: Superb creamy smooth entry, compounding bitterness from the hops with each sip. The palate gets fatigued a little over halfway through a 12oz. Decent, but one is enough. I prefer a Ballast Point Sculpin for tropical IPA flavours.