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Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
Cambridge, Canada

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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The Pugnascious is designed to be a very simple ale. A combination of pale malt, crystal and 4 strikes of cascade hops in significant quantities - in true US pale ale tradition. Not rocket science but no beer is.


1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Sinistrad1979 (3) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2014 does not count
Not bad a bad pale ale but not my favorite. A decent enough taste but overall just not strong enough.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Hazy fiery orange-amber with a thick head...looks pretty good. Kind of a yeasty doughy aroma with cheesy, slightly woody cascades. Taste is a bit cleaner and fresher, maybe some good pale malts and a dash of crystal, but overall a bit of a retread beer that would need flawless execution and handling (as in, not LCBO) to succeed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (471) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours lumber brown with a nice one finger sticky cap. Aroma is punch in the mouth pale ale. I’m a little confused by the sour reviews below me. This a damn fine APA with deep veined malting & flowering hops in the finish. You could do a lot worse. If this were wrapped in a more urbane label the beer hipster indie rock crew would be all over this. Will grab more.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1056) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Clear but coppery colour with little head and no lacing. Aroma is caramel malts with a weird apple pie aroma and some floral hops. On the palate it proves much better with a caramel malty backbone followed by a slight bitter finish and sports a medium body at best. Forgettable at best.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slickysim (8) - - DEC 30, 2013 does not count
Bouteille 500ml de la lcbo. Arôme frais légèrement fruits tropicaux. Mousse exagérée... Le verre et la bouteille débordent sans arrêt... Couleur d’un doré profond, voilée. Amertume présente, mais discrète pour une ipa. Rien de spécial. Acidité qui dépasse. Ne rachèterai pas.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BreWedge (294) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
500 ml bottle sample. Pours a light amber with a large pillowy off-white head. Aromas are bread, hay, over-ripe fruit, and slightly acidic, Tastes are an interesting balance between sweet and bitter. There are some gentle caramel malts offset by some copper and grass. Light bodied, strong carbonation, and a medium to long astringent finish. Interesting.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tompete (206) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
Pours a clear orange with an off white head. Aroma is sulfur and caramel. Flavour is malty and bitter and some more of the sulfur. Finish is a little sour and bitter. The malt lingers a bit.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrewsbeer (17) - Guelph, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
Sweet bready aroma, not much hop nose (is this bottle fresh?). High clarity, deeply golden in colour. Beige persistent head, minimal lacing. Taste is simple, but good. Palate from all grand river beers I find very nice. Must be the water.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (277) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Deep amber with small white head. Caramel and hay in the nose. Sweet toasted malt with a hint of bitterness. Medium slick body. Short finish. Good but i was expecting more bite from something called Pugnacious.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papillon (366) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
500 mL Bottle. Gold - amber body with a thin but frothy white head. Aroma of pungent hops, sweet light malts, and a sharp astringent note. The flavor is sweet-syrupy but rich malty along with a hop bitter that has a subtle pine character to it. The aftertaste seems rude at first but it quickly tames to a kind of toffy - malt combo. This is where this beer truly shines in its yin-yang balance of near extremes. Long bitter shifting to clean finish. Pugnacious indeed!


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