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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Diacetyl-spiked biscuity, caramelized malts build a comfortable mouthfeel in which leafy hops and their balancing finish save this Pale Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam decorates the pale amber glow.
-Diacetyl was not overwhelming, but certainly did not help the aroma.
-The soft, pillowy mouthfeel, with prickly bubbles and healthy residual sugars, was quite enjoyable.
-Citrusy hints come from the chosen hops.
-Honeyed flavors add depth to the malt profile.
-If it hadn’t been for diacetyl rearing its ugly head, this would have been quite nice.
-This was a month-old bottle, so I don’t see it being a freshness issue.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoR (814) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
500 ml bottle. Pours a deep amber colour with small white head. Aroma is grainy malts. Plenty of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3478) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle - 500ml. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white foamy head. Decent hoppy aroma with malty and some woody hints. Its fresh, light hoppy taste carries grapefruit notes and ends with a good bitter finish. Average APA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (1417) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
500mL bottle to wine glass Aroma of hay and caramel malts. Clear reddish amber with almost no head. Burnt malts with a nice piney bitterness. Unfortunately this brew is a bit watery and thin or it would have been much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - 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 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
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
En fût, cask. Verre de dégustation au Beau’s Oktoberfest 2011 (Vankleek Hill, ONT). Arôme: Légère odeur de céréales. Apparence: La couleur est orangée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de céréales et d’agrumes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #3966)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours an almost clear, pale orange amber with a short lasting white head. Taste is malty, light caramel. Light earthy, herbal, piney hoppiness. Too subtle for my liking...Light to medium bodied. Alright...

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1370) - 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.

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