Getting Punk’d. Brewing up a Brew Dog Punk I.P.A….

Punk IPAA few of my beer drinking buddies have shed a few tears because we can’t get Brew Dog’s Punk IPA here in Ontario anymore. It showed up briefly at local LCBO’s and then vanished just as quickly, never to be seen again.

I remember trying it, and at the time, I thought it fairly easy drinking, but really neither here nor there. I must be clear though, that is in no way a comment on Brew Dog’s brewing, it’s because I’m not the biggest fan of Nelsen Sauvin hops, which they use a lot of. I know, some of you out there are cursing me as I say that, but it’s just my personal taste, nothing more.

I must repeat, my personal taste is in no way a reflection of my opinion of Brew Dog itself. Brew Dogs’ story is extremely inspiring. The way they were able to grow as a result of thinking outside the box in both marketing approach, and financing, have most start-ups drooling. Not to mention their videos are a blast to watch! Check out their take on Punk IPA:

They seem like a bunch of very fun dudes.  I seriously wish them nothing but a continuation of their already very successful trajectory.

So, back to our dilemma, since we have no Punk IPA in these parts, what to do? David Thompson, who was over a ways back to collaborate on a brew to clone Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, brought with him a clone he made of Punk IPA. If I remember correctly, it tasted pretty spot on to what I remember the original tasting like. The signature obviously being the hop profile. I asked him to send me the recipe he had for future reference, which he kindly did. I’ve had it tucked it away all this time, and thought now would be a good time to give it a go as I hate to see tears on my friends faces when hey can’t get a beer they want. (haha, just teasing you Brewtal Honesty!)

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Looking to Brew Dog’s site for some verification, I tweaked the recipe slightly to match the information I was able to glean from it:

  • ABV: 5.6%
  • OG: 1053
  • IBU’s: 45
  • 100% Marris Otter Extra Pale Malt
  • Chinook, Simcoe, Ahtanum, Nelson Sauvin

David’s recipe had no 60 min addition in it, which I found interesting, so I opted to toss a tiny bit of Chinook in at 60mins just for fun. Maybe omitting the 60 min addition is part of the magic? I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

One other thing I don’t know is what kind of yeast they use. I usually start off with my old standby of US-05 first to see if everything else is in line, and then play with the yeast after I’ve established the general idea.

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A NOTE ON THE RECIPE: Having the last hop addition calculated at 1 minute puts the IBU’s high at 57, but having them at flameout drops them to 36, even though you’d still get some IBU’s while whirlpooling/standing to chill. I’m going by what David did originally, which was delicious, but to match the original, I may need to tweak this. Either way, the combo is going to provide that special Punk IPA profile.

Hoptomology’s Punk IPA clone

Recipe Specifications:
TYPE: All Grain
Boil Size: 6.31 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.46 gal
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.054 SG
Estimated Color: 4.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 57.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
9 lbs 8.0 oz       Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)
0.070 oz            Chinook [13 %] – Boil 60.0 min
0.700 oz            Chinook [11 %] – Boil 30.0 min
0.300 oz            Chinook [11 %] – Boil 15.0 min
0.300 oz            Nelson Sauvin [12 %] – Boil 15.0 min
0.300 oz            Simcoe [13 %] – Boil 15.0 min
0.650 oz            Ahtanum [6 %] – Boil 1.0 min
0.650 oz            Chinook [11 %] – Boil 1.0 min
0.650 oz            Nelson Sauvin [12 %] – Boil 1.0 min
0.650 oz            Simcoe [13 %] – Boil 1.0 min
1 oz  each           Chinook/Nelson Sauvin/Simcoe – Dry Hop 5.0 Days
1.0 pkg               Safale American  Ale  (US-05)
Single Infusion Mash       152.0 F     60 min Batch sparge with 168.0 F water
Ferment at 68F for 10 days followed by 5 days for dry hopping
I’ll post results when ready.

10 Responses to Getting Punk’d. Brewing up a Brew Dog Punk I.P.A….

  1. Thanks for bringing these guys to my attention. I am hoping to get to Aberdeenshire soon, with a slight chance of that being next week. I will give this beer a sample if I get there and report back – maybe it is tastier in situ!


  2. Hi – good one – love punk! Can I just check the first hop addition – is it 0.070 or 0.700? Cheers

  3. Thanks – appreciate the swift response! Excellent, I brewed this on the weekend and was just reflecting on the small initial addition. Added a little caramalt to get a little biscuity background. It’s bubbling away nicely and should be dry hopping this weekend. If it turns out any way close; it’ll be a regular brew for me :-)
    Cheers !

  4. Jeff,

    I imagine you got closer to the mark, as I subbed Cascade for Ahtanum. As for the omission of a 60 minute hop addition, I was only shooting for 45 IBUs, and a decent 30 min charge gave me all the IBUs I needed.

    I have read on The Internets that Brewdog regularly dry hop their beers at a rate of 5g/L, which works out to 95g or 3+oz for a 5 gal batch. This, I believe is the key to cloning Punk, as it’s just bursting with tropical fruit notes.

    I really hope the LCBO brings Punk back this summer. I only managed to get a hold two cans and absolutely crushed them after a long day of hiking. Although, I suppose cloning a world-class beer that is locally unavailable is one of the (many) reasons to pursue the hobby.



    • Hey David!
      Been a while!
      I sub’d Cascade for Ahtanum as well 😉 but it still came out unbelievable, truly. Haven’t had a chance to write a review yet. But definitely one of the most tasty hoppy beers I’ve brewed.
      I lied the heavier weight at 30 and later. Gave it tons of flavour without a hard bitterness which I like. and ya, there’s definitely a great many world class beers to try and duplicate. I find it a good way to improve your process and underestimating.
      Hope you’re doing good!

  5. Not being a huge fan of Chinook…how well would Cascade play with Nelson ?

    • To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of chinook or Nelson Sauvin for that matter either, until I tried them together in this beer. Something about the combo of white grape and pine that somehow is really very good.
      I would suggest giving it a try as is first before you change it with something else. You may be pleasantly surprised!

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