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.

gilvanblight's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, - AUG 18, 2012
Rusty reddish hazy pour with a nice clingy white head. Draft at Gigs in London. Somewhat weak scent of citrus and fresh cut grass. Wet and refreshing. A bust of flavours at first that slowly mellows to almost nothing in the finish. It has just a touch of that pale ale bite right in the middle. Very subtle despite the name. Best beer I’ve had so far tonight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bunget (713) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2015
500ml bottle from LCBO. Slightly hazy golden body, medium white head with poor retention. Aroma of wormwood, yeast, dough, some dusty grains. Taste of grapefruit zest, some sour grapes, yeast, herbs. Good. ABV 5.6%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (573) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
Pleasant floral hop aroma with notes of caramel. Gold and sparkling, leaves a continuous lace on top. Flavor is grassy, moderately bitter, a bit resiny, very dry malts. Medium bodied with a good dry aftertaste. Really nice beer, hearty but easy to drink, I’ll be buying more this fall!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (350) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2015
Fresh 500 ml bottle. Nose is fresh fruity hops, grassy, citrus. Taste is smooth with bitter finish, earthy hops. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleRider78 (330) - - JUN 2, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours an average size foamy off-white head and has a clear light amber appearance. Thick patchy lacing. Aromas of mild citrusy and grassy hops. Flavours are mainly bready malts and piney and grassy hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Sinistrad1979 (4) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2014 does not count
Not bad a bad pale ale but not my favorite. A decent enough taste but overall just not strong enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Hazy fiery orange-amber with a thick head...looks pretty good. Kind of a yeasty doughy aroma with cheesy, slightly woody cascades. Taste is a bit cleaner and fresher, maybe some good pale malts and a dash of crystal, but overall a bit of a retread beer that would need flawless execution and handling (as in, not LCBO) to succeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (854) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours lumber brown with a nice one finger sticky cap. Aroma is punch in the mouth pale ale. I’m a little confused by the sour reviews below me. This a damn fine APA with deep veined malting & flowering hops in the finish. You could do a lot worse. If this were wrapped in a more urbane label the beer hipster indie rock crew would be all over this. Will grab more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1371) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Clear but coppery colour with little head and no lacing. Aroma is caramel malts with a weird apple pie aroma and some floral hops. On the palate it proves much better with a caramel malty backbone followed by a slight bitter finish and sports a medium body at best. Forgettable at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slickysim (8) - - DEC 30, 2013 does not count
Bouteille 500ml de la lcbo. Arôme frais légèrement fruits tropicaux. Mousse exagérée... Le verre et la bouteille débordent sans arrêt... Couleur d’un doré profond, voilée. Amertume présente, mais discrète pour une ipa. Rien de spécial. Acidité qui dépasse. Ne rachèterai pas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BreWedge (421) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
500 ml bottle sample. Pours a light amber with a large pillowy off-white head. Aromas are bread, hay, over-ripe fruit, and slightly acidic, Tastes are an interesting balance between sweet and bitter. There are some gentle caramel malts offset by some copper and grass. Light bodied, strong carbonation, and a medium to long astringent finish. Interesting.

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