Punk IPA is BrewDog’s flagship beer and in Punk AF they bring that take no prisoners taste to the alcohol-free beer market. Punk AF brings all of the flavours of Punk IPA and none of the alcohol. There are eight different hops in Punk AF to bring a massive flavour to this alcohol-free beer that is seriously good to the taste buds. Punk AF is the third alcohol-free beer from BrewDog and it is designed from the ground up to be an alcohol-free beer. Read on for our tasting notes on Punk AF, nutritional information, our BrewDog Punk AF review and the best places to buy Punk AF for special offers.
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Punk AF is brewed to its ABV of 0.5% rather than going through any de-alcoholisation process. It’s a smooth taste and has a great combo of juicy aromas and bitter taste.
Scottish based BrewDog broke into the beer scene in April 2007, their foray into the alcohol-free market came in 2013 and Punk AF followed in May 2019, an alcohol-free version of BrewDog’s popular Punk IPA, which they say kicked off the craft beer revolution.
What does BrewDog Punk AF taste like?
Starting with the aroma of Punk AF, you know that you’re getting hops, you’ll also get citrus fruits, pine and grassy notes. I imagine you’re comparing it, when you’re checking the aroma, as we were, to a full-strength IPA at this point, as the aroma of Punk AF is so good.
Punk AF is brewed with eight different hops from New Zealand, North America and Europe on a foundation of four different malts. The brewers say that Punk AF is hopped with Simcoe, Chinook, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin and then dry-hopped with Ahtanum, Cascade, Chinook, Citra, Huell Melon and Simcoe. So yes, the taste is definitely hoppy. The bitterness – a huge 35 IBUs is certainly not evident in its 0.5% ABV. So combine the bitterness and the hoppiness and this AF beer definitely has character and we think its actually not bad. But (and isn’t there always a but?), the flavour fades quite quickly and it is rather thin. BrewDog’s Nanny State has a longer, deeper finish and the Pale from Infinite Session compares much more favourably overall. Punk wins against both of these alternatives with the aroma though.
Even 5 years ago you’d probably say this was a great alcohol-free beer, the competition around now means that it’s a good one. So what are you waiting for? Head off to DryDrinker and buy it now!
Want to make sure you’re drinking your Punk AF at the right temperature? Here’s our guide to the best beer fridges.
What does BrewDog Punk AF look like?
Punk Alcohol Free from BrewDog is clear and quite pale in colour, the light colour belies the aroma of hops. Punk AF is definitely paler than the full strength Punk IPA, there’s a medium foam head.
Ingredients in BrewDog Punk AF
Punk AF is brewed from the beginning as an alcohol-free beer. Its ingredients are simply – water, lactose (milk), malted barley, hops, wheat, yeast and oats. The lactose means that Punk AF is NOT suitable for vegans. (Nanny State from BrewDog IS suitable for vegans.)
The hops in Punk AF are Simcoe, Chinook, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin and it is then dry-hopped with Ahtanum, Cascade, Chinook, Citra, Huell Melon and Simcoe. The malts used are caramalt, flaked oats, munich and wheat.
The latest DIY Dog recipe list dates from 2019 and includes the alcoholic version of Punk. Download it here.
How is BrewDog Punk AF made?
BrewDog states that all their AF beers are brewed using a micro fermentation technique these beers and are designed from the get-go to be 0.5% ABV. They don’t remove or change anything, to keep the flavour in.
Best Type of Beer Glass to Drink Punk AF from
Drink Punk AF from either an IPA glass or a tulip glass for the best tasting experience. These IPA glasses are fabulous.
Nutritional Info for BrewDog Punk AF Per 100ml
Here’s the Brewdog Punk AF nutritional information.
- Energy (kcal) 15kcal
- Fat <0.1g
- Carbohydrate 3g
- Sugars 1.8g
- Protein 0.1g
- Salt <0.1g
Vital Statistics of BrewDog Punk AF
- Name: BrewDog Punk AF
- Type of Beer / Style of Beer: Alcohol-Free IPA
- Brewed by: BrewDog
- Alcohol Content: 0.5% ABV
- Punk AF Ingredients: Water, lactose (milk), malted barley, hops, wheat, yeast and oats
- Country of Origin: Scotland
- Dispensed In: 330ml cans or bottles
- BrewDog Punk AF Calories per can/bottle: 50 kcal
Where to Buy BrewDog Punk AF From (in the UK):
- Buy Alcohol-free Punk IPA from Drydrinker
- Buy Punk IPA Alcohol-free from BrewDog
- Buy Punk AF from Amazon
- You can also buy Punk IPA Alcohol Free from Tesco
FAQS on Punk AF from BrewDog
Got questions about Punk AF? Or want to know something specific about this type of beer and we haven’t answered your questions? Check out our frequently asked questions about BrewDog’s Punk AF below, or ask us yours in the comments.
Punk AF is brewed to a maximum ABV of 0.5%. This qualifies as alcohol-free in the European Union, however in the UK alcohol-free is defined as 0.05% ABV. (Read more about the facts around alcohol-free here.) We, however, include Punk AF as on our list of alcohol-free beers.
There are 15 calories in 100ml of Punk AF. As you can buy Punk AF in 330ml cans and 330ml bottles, there are 49.5 calories in a can of Punk AF. Call it 50 calories in Punk AF for a round number.
No. Punk AF is not gluten free. Nanny State from BrewDog IS gluten free.
No, Punk AF contains lactose and is therefore not vegan. BrewDog is registered with the Vegan Society and specifically label which of their beers are suitable for vegans.
There are 3 grams of carbs in each 100ml of Punk AF.
Other beers similar to BrewDog Punk AF
If BrewDog Punk Alcohol Free is to your taste and you like a strong hoppy aroma, then you may also like…
- Infinite Session Pale (hoppy aroma, complex, pale ale taste)
- BrewDog Nanny State (less aroma, a more complex finished taste)
These are other alcohol-free beers of the same style and taste that we have also enjoyed.
Final Words on BrewDog Punk AF
First impressions go a long way and the aroma of BrewDog Punk AF is superb and extremely hoppy. It is a great take on a non-alcoholic version of BrewDog’s flagship Punk IPA. The Punk IPA non alcoholic is brewed to just 0.5% ABV, it’s the eight hops that are added to this beer that bring the aroma and some of the flavour. We like this offering from BrewDog with its mouthwatering aromas, bitter, yet smooth taste.