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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
Spab (4225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden orange with moderate-sized egg-shell head. Aroma is light caramel and citric hops. Taste has same notes but isn’t so mild with and the recognizable Grand River hard water is definitely apparent. Fairly soft mouthfeel. Simple, like they say, but quite pleasant and drinkable.

3.5
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
500 ml bottle - pours clear gold/copper with a thick white head that leaves chunky lacing. Aroma similar to many of GR’s other beers in that it’s muted, a result of the incredibly hard water they use. Still, nice - caramel malts, some green apple, a faint hint of sourness (not in a bad way). Flavour amps it up a notch, revealing fresh mown hay, light lemon notes, and a pleasing herbal quality, finished with a firm bitterness. Clean, simple, eminently quaffable, yet another solid release from GRB.

3.5
Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a nice thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops typical of Cascade hops. Taste is mostly dominated by your typical Cascade hops notes of citrus and bitter. Malt backbone is quite dry and noticeable though doesn’t overshadow the hops profile. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done with good drinkability while staying within the style guidelines.

3.5
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle, uptown Waterloo LCBO. Medium yellow, big white head. Nice aroma - Grand River yeast, or whatever it is, is present, but so are some nice citrus hops. Taste is great - crisp, fruity, hoppy, solid light to medium malt backbone - great American Pale Ale, yet still remains distinctly Grand River’esque. A ton of flavour packed in at this alcohol percentage. This will become my go to Grand River if regularly available, nice work folks.

3.5
lukin (672) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle. Orange-amber colour, creamy head. Aroma of bready malts. Taste is well-balanced, slight woodiness, bitter finish. Like the description says, simple and straightforward, but quite well done.

3.5
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
Pours a hazy deep gold with a thin white cap. The aroma is citrusy, malty, candy orange, good. The flavour starts out with a harsh hop bitterness, but then quickly moves onto a light refreshing mingle of malt and hop, and then ends with some grapefruit bitterness. Finish is a bit soapy. It does a few things bad, but it does most things well. Decent brew.

3.4
HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
500ml bottle. Clear, bright deep amber with a large fizzy-foamy off-white reasonably long-lasting white head (4-). Lush cereal grain aroma, a bit of honey, no alcohol, building mid-level herbal bitterness. Taste is ... grassy and a bit harsh - bitter, not as grainy - a bit watery and astringent, smooths out a bit as it warms, but a little harsh even still. Not bad. Will try a few more - this is already growing on me.

3.4
garthicus (2962) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 27, 2011
(on cask) Appearance: Cloudy orange, thick white head. Aroma: SUPER Grainy, lots of grass, pepper, lemon. Flavour: Quite sweet, vanilla, candy cane. A little hoppy, some nice yeastiness, a long vanilla finish. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
Lubiere (14247) - 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.

3.4
robinvboyer (4812) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
Clear amber pour, rocky beige head. Biscuity, pale crystal malt aroma with touches of fruity floral hops. Light bitterness pleasant herbal hopy finish. Noting fancy but a very very solid session ale. An english style apa if thats possible. Thanks john!


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