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


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RATINGS: 75   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.

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fiulijn (20806) - 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.

Oakes (17831) - 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.

Lubiere (13992) - 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.

Sammy (12367) - 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.

jercraigs (10591) - 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

DuffMan (10451) - 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!

MartinT (9932) - 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.


JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Hazy amber pour with a thick off-white head. The aroma is sweet and a little bit citrusy. Some orange peel and a touch of light crystal malt sweetness on the back. The crystal is there, but despite my initial reservations at the aroma, it’s actually quite dry on the palate. A little bit of bread/toast and some minerally bitterness in addition to the citrus. There is a touch of light astringency on the back, but it kind of lends a touch of body to a beer that wouldn’t necessarily have it on it’s own. I like it more than I expected to.

mabel (9246) - 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)

czar (9172) - 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.

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