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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thb (805) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
Pours near-clear copper-bronze, minimal head. Aroma is led by the grainy malts - almost a pilsner-esque character to it. Taste is similar with mild malt sweetness cut by pretty persuasive bitterness. Not too much hop aromas. A little fruityness at the end, with a little caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
[3938-20110827] Bottle. Mild orange cherry juice aroma. Clear, bright orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Malty grainy bread flavour has a lingering multigrain note. Medium body. Good. (6/3-/7/3/14) 3.3
(Golden Taps 2011 @ beerbistro, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
from bottle, floral aroma, pours a light copper colour, a little cloudy. tasty bitter ale with plenty of hoppy kicks lasting long after you swallow. definetely one to have a again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (1170) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2016 bottle. Poured clear amber with a big rocky white head. Fresh hop aroma, citrusy and herbal. Medium body, high carbonation. Biscuity malt flavour, tart grapefruit and grassy hop notes, peppery with some astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (7614) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2011
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in an English pint. Pours clear amber with a small, off-white head. The head slowly fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big notes of caramel and biscuit, along with touches of nuts, Cascade and earth. The flavour starts out moderately sweet, with notes of caramel, nuts and earth. It soon acquires a subtle piney hoppiness which grows towards a long, slightly bitter finish. On the palate, it is medium in body, with a slightly dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a decent pale ale. Nowhere near as hoppy as the typical American example, but a very pleasant brew. Straightforward, well made and quite sessionable. 2011-10-03

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin (576) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2533) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011
Nice to see these guys getting more of their beer into wider circulation. 500 mL bottle. Clear copper brown with a film of white head. Sweetish aroma is nicely balanced. I get bruised apple as much as anything. The flavour is also balanced and simple. Nice bitterness throughout. Very drinkable, and probably excellent on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle [500ml]. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a small diminishing fizzy off-white head. Aroma of bready malt, Grand River yeast (prevalent in all their beers), light hops and a hint of diacytil. Flavor of bready malt, the aforementioned yeast, floral hops and an average bitter finish -- I would not have guessed this was made with Cascade. Medium bodied. Probably pretty good on tap but just good in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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