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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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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (833) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
bottle. Poured clear amber with a thin white head. NIce fresh citrusy herb aroma. Crisp mouthfeel, carbonation. Biscuity malt flavour, some tart grapefruit and grassy hop notes. Lingering bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (3605) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1097) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin (420) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1781) - Peterborough, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (5950) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle from Sammy. Dark amber with a lasting froth and lacing. Aroma indicates Amber ale with some nice hopping. Flavour is more to style. Nicely hopped without being extreme with some solid malt nicely balanced. A nice woodiness. A good pub ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2906) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle, pours a nice brown, smell is very earthy, taste is a nice bitterness with a good floral, earthy and grassy notes, It has a really english feel to it. A bit of citrus in the aroma, overall good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2151) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
multiple samples, multiple ways. probably drinks best on cask. orange with an off white head. malt nose with some hops peaking through. malt forwardflavour like most GRB brews. really sessionable pale ale.


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