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


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
500ml bottle. Clear, bright deep amber with a large fizzy-foamy off-white reasonably long-lasting white head (4-). Lush cereal grain aroma, a bit of honey, no alcohol, building mid-level herbal bitterness. Taste is ... grassy and a bit harsh - bitter, not as grainy - a bit watery and astringent, smooths out a bit as it warms, but a little harsh even still. Not bad. Will try a few more - this is already growing on me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2786) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 27, 2011
(on cask) Appearance: Cloudy orange, thick white head. Aroma: SUPER Grainy, lots of grass, pepper, lemon. Flavour: Quite sweet, vanilla, candy cane. A little hoppy, some nice yeastiness, a long vanilla finish. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11004) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
robinvboyer (3493) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4895) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2130) - 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.

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (755) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1632) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8423) - 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

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