Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
Cambridge, Canada


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
micker (38) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
Very similar to crumegen in flavor but lower in alcohol. A good season beer. My favorite ipa next to flying monkeys hoptical illusions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2757) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (321) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2267) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hammy78 (894) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle purchased at the Dundurn LCBO. Pours copper copper colour with a white head. No lacing. Smells like candy, almost bubblegum really. Tastes quite sweet and a tiny bit bitter. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (548) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 500mL bottle from the Lickbow. Pours a nice gold with a large beige head. Loads of characteristic GRB malts on the nose with some very nice citrusy hop aspects around it. Flavour is great, like a combo of the Galt Knife malt body and Plowman’s hop profile. Biscuity GRB malts with an awesome prickly hop bite that lasts well into the finish and aftertaste. Mouth-feel is somewhat light. A very well done, simple and satisfying pale ale from an awesome brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1561) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 500ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a nice clear orange. A nice, but not too strong, fruity aroma. Malty caramel taste, with a bitterness similar to Grand River’s others’: Galt Knife, Plowman’s, and Curmudgeon. A very nice pale ale; nothing mindblowing, but it’s not meant to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
Pour copper orange with short white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, cereal grain, light citrus hops, pale malt. Taste caramel, sweet grain, citrus, nice hop kick. MF medium body fine fizzy carb. Very well brewed to style quite tasty very easy drinking well done exactly what I expect based on deScription.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3013) - 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.

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