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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
Somewhat like a pale crossed with a lager. Easy mouthfeel. Trademark Grand River mineral bitterness and some hoppiness. Nothing special to smell or to look at (yellowish although decent head). Good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (1180) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2012
Clear golden-amber in colour with a thin white head, light lacing. The aroma is of pale malts, caramel, floral hops and bready. The flavour is lightly sweet, some pale malt, light caramel sweetness, toasty and rather hoppy. Lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a bitterness that gets stronger as you swallow.

Not bad, highly drinkable.

500ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario.
Opened on October 10, 2011.
Bottled on September 15, 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmacleod75 (112) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2012
Bought from Grand River Brewery retail store. Poured from 500 ml bottle. Poured medium gold, slight copper haze with small frothy head. Citrus-like hops aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, with medium to heavy bitterness. Frothy head lasted the entire glass, with decent lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nilz (503) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2012
500 ml bottle from lcbo, Elora. A clear amber with a thin head. Aroma of malts, floral hops and yeast or bread. Taste a little sweet, some malt, caramel and hoppy, bitter finish. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19369) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
Draught at C’est What, Toronto
Hazy amber color, small head. Simple Ale, tasty, with some malt and cereals, but also lightly rancid; correct bitterness, with mild hop resins in the final.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
Faint hoppy aroma. Cereals, malts and citrus flavors with strong, lasting bitter aftertaste. Pours a hazy orange amber with small receding head. Cask conditionned? Feels like my palate’s been attacked by evil underworld worker trolls. Despite that, good stuff man... Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur orangée et légèrement voilée. Nez de grains de céréales sucrés, moyen de fruits (agrumes, notes de cantaloup) et de pain, moyen de houblon herbeux aux notes florales aisni qu’avec des notes de miel et de caramel doux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyen goût fruité (agrumes, traces de cantaloup et de melon d’eau) accompagné d’une légère amertume de houblon floral aux notes herbeuses (herbes mouillées) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de grains de céréales moyennement sucrées avec un léger goût de pain ainsi que des notes de caramel doux et de beurre puis l’amertume de houblon se fait plus herbeuse en finale (herbes mouillées, traces de foin). Post-goût moyen, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux et floral avec des notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (800) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Deep amber with small white head. Caramel and hay in the nose. Sweet toasted malt with a hint of bitterness. Medium slick body. Short finish. Good but i was expecting more bite from something called Pugnacious.

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