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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (3094) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
Purchased at the LCBO tonight and bottled on AUG 03 2011. Pours a clean amber colour with a big off-white head that stays a long time and leaves decent lacing. Great Pale Ale nose with the mix of sweet malt, cereal grains and hops. Surprisingly, the taste is a bit too mild for me (especially after the beautiful aromas). Watered-down caramel with a little hop in the finish, but all too watery. Too bad, as this could be a great one. Still, refreshing overall with its little dryness in the finish. Funny, it does get better as you drink it (and no it was not cold to begin with).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1691) - Hopville, 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 (9872) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
[3938-20110827] Bottle. Mild orange cherry juice aroma. Clear, bright orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Malty grainy bread flavour has a lingering multigrain note. Medium body. Good. (6/3-/7/3/14) 3.3
(Golden Taps 2011 @ beerbistro, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2143) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
500ml botle shared by MartinT.
Appearance : Clear amber with a small head.
Aroma : Malt ans resinous hops. Nice hop profile but a bit phenolic and buttery maybe. Nice fruits.
Taste : Nice malt with nice resinous hops. Finish is a bit thin with some malt and hops. Faint bitterness.
Overall : Not bad but the phenolic notes are bugging me a bit. It also seemed quite buttery according to Martin but I’m not really sensible to this so I only got faint buttery notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Cask at VanKleek Hill. Oktoberfest.. The color is amber with a thin beige head. The aroma is of fruits and malt. The taste much the same plus hops and a vegy taste added.Nice finish in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrewsbeer (17) - Guelph, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
Sweet bready aroma, not much hop nose (is this bottle fresh?). High clarity, deeply golden in colour. Beige persistent head, minimal lacing. Taste is simple, but good. Palate from all grand river beers I find very nice. Must be the water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bunget (854) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (1178) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2016 bottle. Poured clear amber with a big rocky white head. Fresh hop aroma, citrusy and herbal. Medium body, high carbonation. Biscuity malt flavour, tart grapefruit and grassy hop notes, peppery with some astringency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
from bottle, floral aroma, pours a light copper colour, a little cloudy. tasty bitter ale with plenty of hoppy kicks lasting long after you swallow. definetely one to have a again.

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