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Pugnacious Pale Ale | Grand River Brewing

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3.51/5
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60 Ratings
Pugnacious Pale AlePugnacious Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing
Ontario, Canada
grandriverbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Pugnacious Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale brewed with four healthy doses of cascade hops added throughout the boil. This punchy yet balanced pale ale is loaded with character from the citrusy cascade hops to the sweet yet light malt backbone.

This Pugnacious Pale Ale is 4.5% ABV, 45 IBU and straw blond to copper in colour. Great for a night on the patio shared between friends.

Added by peensteen on 08-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,529
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
60
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with lots of activity. Weak creamy white 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, but with thick legs. Flavors of caramel, lemon, pineapples, grapefruits, apples, melon, sweet grains, floral and herbal spices. Moderately sugary tropical fruits with sharp citrus bitterness. Slick medium body with crispy carbonation. Strong finish, astringent tongue feels with notes of clove, ending quite dry with a slightly earthy and dense leafy feel of hops. Interesting mouth feel, not too excessive but still bold, quite complex and long lasting. Very tasty, really enjoyed the quality of the fruit flavors and the freshness is good. Generally feels like a toned down soft IPA with more malts and a good kick. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of Geosuds
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mousel
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Powers30
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PorterPro125
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a Pale Golden colour with a fizzy 1/2 finger head that quickly dies down. No lacing.

S- Faint smell of citrus. Not much going on.

T- Grapefruit, Lemon, and an earthy bitterness. Bitterness is a little over-pronounced.

M- Light-medium body and light carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

O- Overall a good APA. Not much going for it in terms of appearance and aroma but the taste and mouthfeel make up for it. Would be a lot better if the bitterness was dialed back and more even with the other flavours.

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Photo of fortyfield
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LanceH
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bryanzk
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cycle69
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tyler_V2
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

No. This is not a beer I would try again. I prefer IPAs, at least when comparing them to this one. It's bitterness is not a positive, though it should be....the nose is a turnoff....and the aftertaste is regrettable.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.95. Bottled in April 2015.

Appearance - pale golden copper color. Very clear with a half finger of head on top. Modest retention at best.

Smell - Some grapefruit and lemon citrus aroma, but rather subdued.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit then a drier earthier taste. Quite bitter on the finish. Some mild caramel malt in the middle but mostly bitter across the board.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and lightly carbonation gives this APA a creamier feel. Dry finish.

Overall - A good if not spectacular APA that leans towards the drier and more bitter end of things. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of six different beers purchased directly from Grand River's Cambridge Brewery, Bucky first sampled a 500 ml bottle of their Pugnacious Pale Ale (“PPA”). Bottled on December 6, 2013, PPA is a beer in the American Pale Ale style with 4.5% alcohol by volume.

PPA poured an absolutely clear copper-amber colour with plenty of visible carbonation bubbles, topped by about 1” of soapy white head. The head took about 3 minutes to dissipate, fading to a smooth cap of foam which left some modest lacing and spotting in its wake. Its aroma was dominated by grapefruit, with an undertone of lemon citrus. The flavour was dominated from the start by a strong bitter grapefruit with notes of lemon, with the bitterness mitigated only slightly by a mild caramel malt sweetness. The bitter grapefruit flavour lingered as a long-lived aftertaste. PPA's carbonation was surprisingly light considering the quantity of visible bubbles, and I would describe the beer as light-medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel imparted by the long lasting cap of foam.

While the beer's price was not individually itemized on my bill, I see that PPA sells for $3.95 per 500 ml bottle at the LCBO and that I paid an average of $3.49 per 500 ml for my collection of 6 different beers from the brewery's retail store.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO $4.85 500ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opened well. Nice light head. Pours clear light amber

S- Excellent! Hints of citrus, orange peel and malt

T- Not as good as it smells! Nice APA. NBA special but ok. Adequate all around.

M- Pretty good. Nice bite on the tip of the tongue and the bitterness lasts

O- Pretty good. Would like to try on tap if I see it. Worth $2.50 473ml can if that comes out

Food Pairing

This nice British rendition of a pale ale paired well with... spicy tuna sushi roll.

Enjoy

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Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of AussieAbroad
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Pugnacious Pale Ale from Grand River Brewing
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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