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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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
Appearance: Pours a transparent orange, no head, lots of carbonation. Aroma: Super hoppy. Hoppy hoppy hoppy. Slight hints of banana and cloves. Palate: smooth, slightly dry. Medium-thin bodied. Taste: quite bitter, but not too bitter for me, slightly sweet and salty. Pretty good for an Ontario IPA. Surprisingly good coming from Grand River, given their Cherry Ale was the most noxious beer I’ve ever had. I actually enjoy this one, though there are better IPAs out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5065) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
robinvboyer (3411) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
Clear amber pour, rocky beige head. Biscuity, pale crystal malt aroma with touches of fruity floral hops. Light bitterness pleasant herbal hopy finish. Noting fancy but a very very solid session ale. An english style apa if thats possible. Thanks john!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10846) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
A beautiful translucent orange amber ale with a thick moka head. In aroma, nice biscuitty malt with a tad of butterscotch, light hops, and faint veggie notes. In mouth, a good bready malt with nutty notes, good roastiness, a bit of coffee, lingering smooth bitterness, English hops, quite nice, medium bodied. Shared with probstk, Aug. 21, 2011. Thanks Karl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 2011-09-18. Dark orangey amber body with a tiny beige head. 3+ Fruity aroma, almost pumpkiny? 6+ Flavour is similar, fruity, mild bitterness throughout has an almost pumpkin like fruit character similar to that in the aroma. Average body is lightly carbonated. 3+ Enjoyable and well made but there is just something about the overall impression that is not to my own taste. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 Cask at Brewers Market, Toronto

2011-08-27. Crisp golden amber mall head. 3+ Aroma is quite fruity, with sort of a raw pumpkin aroma. Flavour is modestly bitter, fairly fruity, sort of a grainy quality to it lingers in the finish sort if English. 6+ Average to light bodied palate is light for me but seems to suit it. Okay, not what I was looking for. 6/3/6/3/14 - 3.2 Bottle, Golden Taps at beer bistro, Toronto

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (3246) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO, shared with Lubiere, served cool in a tulip glass. 21AU11.

App.: Clear bright amber with a so-so white head. Aroma: Lots of biscuit malt, some caramel, leafy hops?, vegetal notes, a little floral hops, British style for sure. Palate: Medium body, relaxed effervescence. Flav.: A little cardboard, stern, earthy, slightly nutty, burnt sugar malt, a little floral, soapy hops, restrained and still British; dry with fair bitterness and a decent biscuit malt finish.

Fair. Certainly not my favourite offering from GRB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2672) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
Pours a gorgeous brown amber with a thinning white head and good lacing. Aroma is pine hop and honey. Taste is a nice balance of pine hop bitterness and malt and grain. Excellent beer. Another great APA from Ontario.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2958) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle from the LCBO. Nice orange-amber with a decently sized frothy head that leaves some nice lacing. Subdued aroma of toasted honey cookies and faint herbal hops. Flavour starts out very mellow and simple - toasted malt, herbal hops, good balance, easy to drink. Then the hops start to build as it warms, and while it never reaches hop bomb territory, there’s still some great notes of grapefruit and lemon lingering by the time I reach the bottom of the glass. Like most Grand River beers, it’s rather unassuming, but quite delicious and quaffable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours light amber in colour, small head, but tonnes of lacing. Not much aroma (like all GR beers) and taste if somewhat bitter. Not an impressive APA. Missed the mark here (first time).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1615) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2011
500ml bottle: pours an amber clear ale in the glass with a decent frothy 2 finger white cap. Aroma is light but you get a pleasant toasty biscuit tone with some nice grassy hop notes. Medium-light bodied, it tastes pretty much as it smells but more intense. A simple non nonsense quaffing ale with buscuity malts in fair balance with the resinous hopping.....lightly dry in the finish whit good hop bittering. A very pleasant, approachable full flavored sipping ale, I’d love to session with it but at over $3.50 for less than a pint it’s too cost prohibitive for that.

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