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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tompete (304) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (800) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papillon (400) - Ottawa, 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tessic (1045) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 This IPA poured a cloudy medium amber colour with a soapy, white head. To the nose there are scents of grass, citrus, earth and hay. First sip was slightly watery with flavours of grass/citrus hopps, hay and cereal. Finish is bitter with grassy hop flavour lingering. For Christ sakes Grand River, back off on the hops....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur orangée et légèrement voilée. Nez de grains de céréales sucrés, moyen de fruits (agrumes, notes de cantaloup) et de pain, moyen de houblon herbeux aux notes florales aisni qu’avec des notes de miel et de caramel doux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyen goût fruité (agrumes, traces de cantaloup et de melon d’eau) accompagné d’une légère amertume de houblon floral aux notes herbeuses (herbes mouillées) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de grains de céréales moyennement sucrées avec un léger goût de pain ainsi que des notes de caramel doux et de beurre puis l’amertume de houblon se fait plus herbeuse en finale (herbes mouillées, traces de foin). Post-goût moyen, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux et floral avec des notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours an almost clear, pale orange amber with a short lasting white head. Taste is malty, light caramel. Light earthy, herbal, piney hoppiness. Too subtle for my liking...Light to medium bodied. Alright...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
Faint hoppy aroma. Cereals, malts and citrus flavors with strong, lasting bitter aftertaste. Pours a hazy orange amber with small receding head. Cask conditionned? Feels like my palate’s been attacked by evil underworld worker trolls. Despite that, good stuff man... Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19385) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
Draught at C’est What, Toronto
Hazy amber color, small head. Simple Ale, tasty, with some malt and cereals, but also lightly rancid; correct bitterness, with mild hop resins in the final.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
czar (7890) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
pours murky amber with a decent off-white head, some retention. toasted and light caramel malts, some pine and citrus. bread, cereals - hint of sweetness, grassiness. and this big earthiness, unbalanced. average carbonation, med body - heavy for an apa, decent citrusy finish.

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