Saturday, 19 March 2011
Breakfast Beer Tasting: Punk IPA (Canned)
In the meantime and to mark the occasion, I thought I would try something different. But I know what you are thinking. Brewdog in a can? That’s got to be wrong, right? Well if anyone can get away with putting Punk IPA in a can, Brewdog can.
The basics: I like the look of the can, but why is it so farting small? 330 ml is a joke. Or is it just a con to make you buy twice as much as you normally might? Naughty Brewdog.
The beer is 5.6% and was (I believe) canned at Daniel Thwaites. They have gone for light filtration and, interestingly, it’s unpasteurised. It poured amber coloured with weak carbonation and a little head that quickly evaporated.
Aroma was pleasant. Not pungent, but mango and grapefruit came through
Taste: Not bad, but noticeably sweeter than the present cask version and much less bitter than the previous bottle version which was 6%. Grapefruit and citrus hops are present, but there’s no hiding a sweet caramel undertone. Easy drinking for 5.6%, though.
Finish: Very short bitter bite that dies almost immediately.
Conclusion: Not a bad beer and it works in a can-to a fashion. However, it fails to live up to the hype and the initial promising aroma. Brewdog had this beer nailed and dropping the bitterness and ABV smells, frankly, of dumbing down. Which is particularly disappointing given the lengths they have gone to establish their reputation. One for your mate who usually drinks canned Boddingtons.