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Pegasus IPA - Argus Brewery

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Pegasus IPAPegasus IPA

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76
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Argus Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A prominent to intense hop aroma with a citrusy, floral and/or fruity character derived from American hops. Color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper. Medium-high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will support the strong hop character and provide the best balance. A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong india pale ale.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-25-2010)
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Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
1.65/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap....

So you are going to name your beer after the mighty Pegasus huh? That winged horse had a lot of Greek mythology backing it up. Lets see if these brewers had enough knowledge to back up this devine name of a beer.

A- Pegasus was a white horse...unlike this beer which was more of reddish coppery color. Maybe it's trying to look more along the lines of the blood that was spilt when Perseus beheaded Medusa from which Pegasus sprang forth? I'm guessing no on that one. It did have a one finger white head though that showed medium retention. Some light streaks of lace on the glass made me realize that if Zeus was drinking this beer he sure as hell wouldn't have put it in the sky as a constellation.

S- Hint of tropical hops in the front. This is quickly left behind as caramel malts with light toasted malts (must be from carrying Zeus's lightning bolts for so long)making up most of the actual aroma. The aroma is very muted dare I say a little watered down (I suppose that's what you get for hanging out with Poseidon). Alcohol really isn't there as well.

T- I wasn't too keen on tasting it to be honest at this point. I mean everywhere the winged horse struck his hoof to the earth, an inspiring spring burst forth. If that's not screaming watered down I don't know what is. Just like I thought....initial sip is light watery citrus hops. This fades quickly to a caramel malt body that dominates the rest of the beer like Bellerophon did to the Chimera while riding Pegasus. Some hints of toasted malt and light bittering hops in the ending don't make up for the lack of really any flavor at all. Alcohol is actually quite noticable in the end being a little on the medicinal side.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the low side. Light caramel malts and hints of hops left on the palate show up once again in the aftertaste with more of a medicinal alcohol lingering. Flavors were very weak for the style and didn't hold up (unlike the mythology of the actual Pegasus...I mean come one look at the stars). No real off flavors just watery (which I guess they used as a tribute to Pegasus). Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I think the beer name should have been looked at again. I could see it being called Icarus for example. I mean they set their sites high I would guess with this beer but it just fell to its death quite quickly. Oddly enough the story of Icarus deals with water as well...just like this watered down IPA. Nice try but a insult overall I feel to the Pegasus legacy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SjConroy
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of iota
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tried on a Whim at Ballydoyle Pub. Chicago has better breweries.

A- Somewhere between amber and orange, decent 1 inch head

S- Almost no hop aroma, dunked my nose trying to catch a whiff of hops.

T- More pale ale than IPA; average hop flavor bookended by underwhelming malt. Slight hop aftertaste.

M- Aggressive initial carbonation gives way to light (perhaps "smooth") mouthful.

D- Average Pale Ale (I really wouldn't class this as an IPA). definitely drinkable, but anything by Two Brothers is a much better option : )

Photo of JuniperJesus
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of JIMTRK16
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of robthepenguin
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of wmtxbb
2.25/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Really sad. It's a clear amber with no head to speak of. Sort of looks like soda.

Smell: Weird light metallic scent. Hops and malt scent are also very light. So far this brew is striking out.

Taste: Tastes kind of like soy sauce, paper, hops, mixed in with an amber beer. On a second taste, it sort of tastes like tea might be in this beer. Hops give the beer a citrus/grapefruit and earthy flavor.

Drinkability: I really wanted to like this beer. I'm from chicago and I love seeing new craft breweries set up so I was quick to buy this when I found out about it. But I'm really disappointed in this beer. It's not a bad beer, but it is a less than average quality beer. It's not that this beer needs more malt character or hops, it needs to be re-evaluated completely. I would even say this is a good first try. If I'd made this at home I toss the whole batch.

Photo of Dave128
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a regal looking 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A moderate pour yields about 3 finger offwhite head. This leads me to think it may be a bit overcarbonated. On the end of the pour some floaties came out. Bottle conditioned or sediment? Lacing is almost nonexistent.

S - Sweet and hoppy.

T - Don't get much malt sweetness.. mostly bitterness and alcohol.

M - As suspected, a bit overcarbonated. Amplified the alcohol and bitterness

O - Nothing too special about this IPA

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown. Tons of nice foam and decent lacing of the glass. Almost like light Guinness Draught (not red though).

Smell: Heavily hopped. Almost smells like some cinnamon as well. Good. A bit burnt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Like the smell, it tastes heavily hopped. Good clean mouthfeel that doesn't feel or taste watery at all. Once again, good. This batch was skunked or burned.

Drinkability: Delicious pub ale. Goes great with any pub grub. I'm basing this on two experiences with this beer. The first time was better, but it's stilll a great session beer.

Overall: I prefer this a tad over the McCaffery's Irish Cream Ale that Argus Brewery produces. Definitely a good beer!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Argus IPA...my first from this brewer. The beer poured a darker rich clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a slight lace. The smell unfortunately is not more than average....there is definitely a floral tone to the scent...i'm think columbus hops...not sure. The taste definitely is more floral than citrus...in fact I am not picking up much citrus. Maybe on the backend there is some bitterness. The mouthfeel is good medium body decent carbonation. Overall....slightly dissappointed...but it would not keep me from drinking again. It is a decent beer.

Photo of KensWorld
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Kallenovsky
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Mike412
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of wrecknut
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of emerge077
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a single of this at R & J Liquors in Algonquin.
"1339" Julian date inked on the bottom of the bottle, roughly 3 months old.

Served in a tulip glass, it glows a dark crystalline copper color. An initial head of foam, fairly thin and feeble, forming a collar around the edges. Perfectly transparent despite the deep saturated color, darker than most IPAs.

Bready and malty aroma with some vegetal traces that may have once been hops. Subdued and fairly dull for an "American IPA", if English i'd take it, but this is just weak.

Caramel and toast, light indistinct notes of dried fruit. Very slight residual bitterness, as if designed for mass appeal instead of IPA fans. Fairly light and smooth, malt dominated, light carbonation like an ESB or English Pale.

From the label notes it sounds like they just tweaked a recipe from Smugglers Brewpub. Not surprising really... not much about this stands out, but there are few flaws other than lack of hops.

Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of matjack85
4.28/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the newly opened Ballydoyle's Irish Pub in Bloomingdale, IL. I never saw anything by this brewery before so I was doubly surprised to not only find it on the menu but to then discover it was from a local brewery right here in Chicago.
Served in it's own Pegasus pint glass.

The beer poured a clear reddish brown color with a 1½ finger creamy beige head. Lots of spider webbed lacing clung to the glass as I drank it. Not a bad look.

The smell was all hops - both floral and citrus.

While the hops did dominate the flavor, there was also a significant amount of caramely sweet malt in here to cut down on the grapefruit and piny hop bitterness.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation.

High drinkability. No alcohol taste at all. I liked it so much I ordered another one.

Photo of ryanmcd
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of hoppyhead12
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bismarksays
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Pegasus IPA from Argus Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.