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Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4013) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Enjoyable, crisp but bitter and plenty of smoky hops taste. A good honest beer. 500ml bottle in Toronto.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Hazy amber pour with a thick off-white head. The aroma is sweet and a little bit citrusy. Some orange peel and a touch of light crystal malt sweetness on the back. The crystal is there, but despite my initial reservations at the aroma, it’s actually quite dry on the palate. A little bit of bread/toast and some minerally bitterness in addition to the citrus. There is a touch of light astringency on the back, but it kind of lends a touch of body to a beer that wouldn’t necessarily have it on it’s own. I like it more than I expected to.

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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2401) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden orange with moderate-sized egg-shell head. Aroma is light caramel and citric hops. Taste has same notes but isn’t so mild with and the recognizable Grand River hard water is definitely apparent. Fairly soft mouthfeel. Simple, like they say, but quite pleasant and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
500 ml bottle - pours clear gold/copper with a thick white head that leaves chunky lacing. Aroma similar to many of GR’s other beers in that it’s muted, a result of the incredibly hard water they use. Still, nice - caramel malts, some green apple, a faint hint of sourness (not in a bad way). Flavour amps it up a notch, revealing fresh mown hay, light lemon notes, and a pleasing herbal quality, finished with a firm bitterness. Clean, simple, eminently quaffable, yet another solid release from GRB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (981) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
500ml bottle
4.5% ABV
Bottled On: August 3, 2011
I tried this beer in August 27,2011 after purchasing from the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent amber colour with a long lasting light tan head. The aroma is fresh caramel, floral hops, and grass. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is caramel, with citrus and yeasty hints in the background.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a nice thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops typical of Cascade hops. Taste is mostly dominated by your typical Cascade hops notes of citrus and bitter. Malt backbone is quite dry and noticeable though doesn’t overshadow the hops profile. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done with good drinkability while staying within the style guidelines.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle, uptown Waterloo LCBO. Medium yellow, big white head. Nice aroma - Grand River yeast, or whatever it is, is present, but so are some nice citrus hops. Taste is great - crisp, fruity, hoppy, solid light to medium malt backbone - great American Pale Ale, yet still remains distinctly Grand River’esque. A ton of flavour packed in at this alcohol percentage. This will become my go to Grand River if regularly available, nice work folks.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin (457) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle. Orange-amber colour, creamy head. Aroma of bready malts. Taste is well-balanced, slight woodiness, bitter finish. Like the description says, simple and straightforward, but quite well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
Pours a hazy deep gold with a thin white cap. The aroma is citrusy, malty, candy orange, good. The flavour starts out with a harsh hop bitterness, but then quickly moves onto a light refreshing mingle of malt and hop, and then ends with some grapefruit bitterness. Finish is a bit soapy. It does a few things bad, but it does most things well. Decent brew.


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