Brewdog Punk AF Alcohol Free Review


Brewdog Punk AF alcohol free beer i bought and drank for this review

What type of beer is Brewdog Punk AF?

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Brewdog Punk AF is an IPA – India Pale Ale.

An IPA is a hop forward style of beer that has a higher alcohol content than other craft beers when alcoholic. In an alcohol free version just the more hop forward flavours differs it from the likes of a lager.

IPAs were born as beer needed to be kept on the long boat journey from UK to India. So plenty of hops was added to preserve the beer better.

The Ingredients

Ive said it many times but i find the ingredients are an early glance at the beer. What has been added, have the brewers backed themselves with just the standard beer ingredients?

Brewdog Punk AF has…

  • Water
  • malted barley
  • lactose
  • malted oats
  • malted wheat
  • yeast
  • hops

3 different grains is a bit unusual in an IPA and this has less hops that their amazing Nanny State. Lactose added to an IPA is equally a bit strange. It is usually added to stouts but Brewdog use it for better mouthfeel.

The Nutrition

Brewdog Punk AF’s nutritional data is…

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.5%
Calories 15kcal
Carbohydrate3g
Sugars1.8g
Nutrition Profile of Brewdog Punk AF

That is very low calorie. It is higher than Nanny state (6kcal) and Lost AF (10kcal) but lower than the vast majority of non alcoholic beers.

The calories is low overall from a low amount of carbs but there is a high added sugar to carb ratio. Will they have added enough hops to avoid that thin, fizzy water feeling?

Is Brewdog Punk AF really alcohol free?

The can in my picture shows you it says “alcohol free” but that doesn’t mean it is 0.0% ABV which that name would suggest. UK and US law says that only 0.0% beers can use alcohol free but Brewdog are using EU laws here where anything up to 0.5% ABV can be called alcohol free. How very confusing.

0.5% ABV is still “non alcoholic” by law tho.

Despite having x10 more alcohol than a true alcohol free beer, this amount of alcohol is still trivial and not to be worried about. Many food stuffs have a higher ABV such as orange juice and even ripe bananas can get to 0.4% ABV.

You can read my entire article on how to tell how much alcohol is in a non alcoholic beer here

The Look

As with all Brewdog cans, the styling is unique to them. This AF number is styled in the same way as their alcoholic “Punk” cans in blue

As for the beer itself – it is like a pale yellow colour and not the most inviting. The head disappears very quickly

The Aroma

I suppose you could guess it is an IPA as there is a faint hoppy citrus smell from it. There is another smell, to my nose it isn’t entirely pleasant but it cant put my finger on what it is exactly. Off salt and vinegar chips?

The Taste

From the first sip this is my lease favourite Brewdog non alcoholic beer.

You can read my reviews of Nanny State and Punk AF.

There isn’t a lot of flavour, only slight bitterness and a touch of hops. It’s actually very disappointing to be honest. I expected so much after the other two and liking the alcoholic Punk. I do like an IPA too.

Its very thin and watery and what flavour there is, is slightly off putting and not great. I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend.

Trying to look at the positives, there is a faint citrus, tropical or pine type IPA vibe but its just not strong enough to get me going.

It is a rare miss from Brewdog for me. It is pretty low in calorie but they’ve not backed it up with anywhere near enough flavour.

The Verdict

So much promise but it just doesn’t back it up. Its not strong enough flavoured to appeal to someone wanting a hoppy IPA but its not got a decent enough mouthfeel for a lager drinker.

The Score

5.5/10 – A low calorie option if you love Brewdog and it is widely available. It just falls short of what you would expect from an IPA in terms of hoppy citrus hit.

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy

You can check out the live prices on Amazon by following this link

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

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Does Brewdog Punk AF get you drunk?

No, i don’t believe you can get drunk on Brewdog Punk AF or any 0.5% ABV drink.

I have calculated what it actually would take to get you drunk on a 0.5% beer and written an article about it here

It would take drinking at least 20 bottles over an hour or so and keep drinking at that pace to start to feel the effects of alcohol. Drinking a bottle over 3 mins is just not going to happen naturally.

Can you drink Brewdog Punk AF and drive?

The same legal definition of intoxicated applies to the limit to drive so they same math applies and written an article about it here.

I have been conservative with my estimates as lots of factors affect how you metabolise alcohol and i would never advocate drinking any alcoholic drink and driving.

The strictest parts of America have an under 21, zero tolerance zone or policy to blood alcohol levels and driving. Even in these zones, you would be able to have 5 or less “non alcoholic” 0.5% ABV drinks before getting a DUI.

It is something to consider tho. If you are not subject to those zero tolerance rules then the amount you can drink is vastly higher.

Is Brewdog Punk AF halal?

Brewdog Lost AF is a “non alcoholic” 0.5% ABV beer, so it is not as straight forward to consider as a 0.0%, alcohol free beer.

Ive researched this extensively and believe that 0.5% drinks can be Halal as i do not think they can get you drunk (see above). An observant Muslim must not drink anything that could make them drunk, in any quantity, “not even one drop”.

Ive written about the different types of non alcoholic and alcohol free gins and if they are Halal here

Is Brewdog Punk AF gluten free?

Brewdog Punk AF is not gluten free. It contains barley and oats with no mitigation to reduce the gluten load.

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Brewdog Punk AF vegan?

No, Brewdog Punk AF contains lactose from milk so is not vegan. Most Brewdog beers are vegan and you can check on barnivore.com

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

A low calorie option if you love Brewdog and it is widely available. It just falls short of what you would expect from an IPA in terms of hoppy citrus hit.

2.8

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