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 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Hazy fiery orange-amber with a thick head...looks pretty good. Kind of a yeasty doughy aroma with cheesy, slightly woody cascades. Taste is a bit cleaner and fresher, maybe some good pale malts and a dash of crystal, but overall a bit of a retread beer that would need flawless execution and handling (as in, not LCBO) to succeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleRider78 (328) - - JUN 2, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours an average size foamy off-white head and has a clear light amber appearance. Thick patchy lacing. Aromas of mild citrusy and grassy hops. Flavours are mainly bready malts and piney and grassy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (3397) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO, shared with Lubiere, served cool in a tulip glass. 21AU11.

App.: Clear bright amber with a so-so white head. Aroma: Lots of biscuit malt, some caramel, leafy hops?, vegetal notes, a little floral hops, British style for sure. Palate: Medium body, relaxed effervescence. Flav.: A little cardboard, stern, earthy, slightly nutty, burnt sugar malt, a little floral, soapy hops, restrained and still British; dry with fair bitterness and a decent biscuit malt finish.

Fair. Certainly not my favourite offering from GRB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thb (769) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
Pours near-clear copper-bronze, minimal head. Aroma is led by the grainy malts - almost a pilsner-esque character to it. Taste is similar with mild malt sweetness cut by pretty persuasive bitterness. Not too much hop aromas. A little fruityness at the end, with a little caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UDBeernut (2312) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2012
bottle picked up durig my day trip to America’s Hat. amber hue with minimal head. Light grapefruit nose. Buscuit and light caramel washed away with bitterness and grapefruit, orange. a bit of buttery dyacial. medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tessic (983) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
This IPA poured a cloudy medium amber colour with a soapy, white head. To the nose there are scents of grass, citrus, earth and hay. First sip was slightly watery with flavours of grass/citrus hopps, hay and cereal. Finish is bitter with grassy hop flavour lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Bottle from the lcbo pours a nice pale yellothe aroma is wonderful citrus maltthe tatse does not live up to the aroma however a little flat and watery

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle, shared with Robbie. Buttery biscuity malt with light fruity hops, vegetal nuances, low bitterness. More like an English style pale ale. I’m not THAT put off by diacetyl, but for those who are, be warned, there’s lots here!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
czar (6208) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
pours murky amber with a decent off-white head, some retention. toasted and light caramel malts, some pine and citrus. bread, cereals - hint of sweetness, grassiness. and this big earthiness, unbalanced. average carbonation, med body - heavy for an apa, decent citrusy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlovakSniper (4135) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
(Courtoisie de jerc) Un anneau de mousse se pose sur un liquide à la robe orangée. Au nez, les timides parfums d’agrumes se choquent à des céréales doucement caramélisées. Au goût, les papilles ne retiennent que très peu de fruits : les houblons sont ici davantage amérisants. Les céréales caramélisées sont aussi beaucoup moins marquées et goûteuses : peut-être somme-nous devant un étal de céréales pâles. La finale se fait sur des notes amères plus ou moins intenses. Sans doute une bouteille fatiguée.

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