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  • Jan 1, 2010
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I've never thought of myself as a sucker for advertising but I can certainly appreciate subtlety or clever humour in a pitch. So when I visited our local suds outlet on New Year's Eve and read this label, how could I resist buying a bottle and sampling it?

"This is not a lowest common denominator beer." "This is an aggressive beer." "We don't care if you don't like it." "We do not merely aspire to the proclaimed heady heights of conformity through neutrality and blandness." "It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate the depth, character and quality of this premium craft brewed beer." "You probably don't even care that this rebellious little beer contains no preservatives or additives and uses only the finest fresh natural ingredients." "Just go back to drinking your mass marketed, bland, cheaply made watered down lager, and close the door behind you."

Did Punk IPA live up to its claims? Well, at 6% alcohol/volume, one would at least expect an assertive flavour that stood up to the claim of being an "aggressive beer". And that it was ... very hoppy and incredibly fruity. The advertising web site for the beer suggested that a potential drinker could look for tropical fruits with a note of caramel. Well, the only tropical fruit that I tasted (and it was an entirely overwhelming flavour to the exclusion of all others) was unsweetened grapefruit. Note the stress on "unsweetened". In other words, if there was a hint of caramel or sweetness of any kind, it escaped me entirely. The bitterness of the hops did come through but, frankly, the sensation of grapefruit was so strong that it was easy to forget that I was even drinking a beer. It just didn't have the kind of flavour that I expect from a beer, even if it's a fruity lager.

Would I buy it again? Probably not, but if I did, it would probably be to drink as a refresher on a hot summer day in the backyard. And even then, it would only be one.

And ... oh, yeah ... I'll close the door on my way out!

Paul Weiss

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January 05, 2010
Definitely agree about the "unsweetened", but I'm not sure I noticed anything even faintly fruity about it. I found it to be bordering on the acrid, and not half so smooth as most IPAs I drink (like http://www.meantimebrewing.com/ipa.html)
January 05, 2010
The grapefruit taste was just the reaction of my own personal taste buds I guess. FWIW, as I said, my son certainly had exactly the same reaction I did when we tasted it together. Thanks for the comments, Dether
 
January 02, 2010
Unsweetened grapefruit?  Like a bitter lemon?  Interesting!  I dig the name of this beer though.  Thanks for weighing in on this, Paul! :)
January 02, 2010
No, not quite as sour as a lemon. It certainly wouldn't pucker you up. But the flavour was still very, very strong. Definitely grapefruit. My son had one as well and he agreed with me on the assessment.
January 05, 2010
Thanks for the explanation, Paul. I guess I'll have to try it for myself to find out what that taste is like! By the way, did you notice that a couple of your reviews (including this one) were featured in the newsletter that @jrjohnson sent out yesterday? :)
January 05, 2010
I did notice. That was great.
 
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ABV: 6%
OG: 1052
IBU’s: 65
Malts: Marris Otter Extra Pale Malt
Hops: Chinook, Ahtanum, Nelson Sauvin
Twist: Hopped with bucket loads of our favourite hops

Available in
  • 330ml bottles
  • 660ml bottles
  • 30L Keg (stainless or KeyKegs)
  • 9 Gallon Cask
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