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Pegasus IPA - Argus Brewery

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 163
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Argus Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-25-2010

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.
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Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

After this second offering, I wonder if we're gonna be seeing more of Argus here at Bliss in the future...? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear orange-brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises honeydew rind, mentholated pine, toffee, and a touch of buttery biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the toffee taking on more of a rich caramel character, which comes fairly close to balancing the hops completely. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty decent IPA, straight up, just nothing all that impressive. (646 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of perfumy, herbal, spiced hops.
Taste is very mild with notes of toasted nuts pulling through with cracked grains and cereal. I thought it was a decent beer but I was looking for a more complex beer being that this beer is based off of a Colorado brewery's recipe. (409 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a dep copper and amber hue with a little ruby darkening the color palate. There's very little bubbling and just a little head and residual foam.

Nice malty IPA aroma. The heavy toasted malt makes me think of caramel drizzled sweet bread. The mild bitter orange peel adds nice contrast to the sweet malty aroma.

Syrupy orange, hop resin that gets musked up by a little B.O. in the tongue. Not overwhelming, the B.O. flavor, just subtlely off-putting. The middle and finish is all caramel malt, sweet biscuits, and Wonderbread crust finish this AIPA off with a sweet finish. (588 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.44/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a dark cloudy amber, very dark for style, minimal head

S: earthy piney hops, a bit of astringency, kind of boozy... But the abv is on 5.8

T: bitter hops, no malt backbone, tea like flavors, finish is bitter

Mf: medium body, medium carbonation

O: this is a poorly executed ipa, the srm is way off, it is overly bitter and poorly balanced (349 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a striking dark ruby with two fingers of sticky, rocky head. Retention was excellent with a small amount of lace left behind.

S: Lots of caramel and toasted grains. Very malt forward. The hops that struggle through smell quite medicinal.

T: Just as above. Aspirin-y hops and loads of sweet caramel and toasty malt.

M: Very smooth with nary a trace of hoppy bite.

O: We couldn't get over how totally average this beer was. Seemed to patterned after mid-1990's IPA's that were put out by now shuttered breweries. Sorry guys, but the bar has been raised considerably...get with the program. (691 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of bcsbeer
2.37/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up on the sale rack for .50 cents at the local ABC Date on the bottle looked like 13.14.2013?

Poured a muddy brown, with a large amount of suspended debris. Looked like polluted river water. The head was surprisingly healthy with good retention and lacing. The smell was non encouraging, it did not ask me to take a drink. After three sips it went down the drain. (371 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
1.66/5  rDev -48.8%
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. (2,538 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up and drank as soon as the bottles hit the shelves in chicago. always excited to try another local IPA. drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a darker than expected translucent reddish amber colored body with a small eggshell colored head on top. the head is quick to fade and leaves behind random spots of lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts are the first things that i notice. after that comes some traces of hops. a little bit of floral and a tiny touch of grapefruit. not really what i was hoping for.

T- the caramel malt comes on strong. probably a little too strong given the hop profile. a little bit of floral and grapefruit. sadly in balance.

M- medium bodied. highly carbonated. little flavor left behind after i swallow.

D- this wasnt what i was after at all. i probably wont be checking it out again. (867 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a ruby red with pink and gold highlights and a finger of sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Tropical fruits, mild earthy bitterness, toasted malt, a dab of caramel sweetness.

Taste -- Grapefruit and pineapple up front along with dry and toasty malt. The hop bitterness is pretty significant in the mid-palate. Pine resin and caramel malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, moderate prickly carbonation. Finish is clean, a bit dry.

Drinkability -- Noble first effort for a new Chicago brewery. Definitely worth a shot. (541 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
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! (686 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decent beer. Hey, paid a whole $3 a pint while in downtown Chicago to go the the Blackhawks rally. Couldn’t complain with that. Color is a pale straw. Bitter resin aroma, not in the best way. Bitter taste as well. Not much else going on. (239 characters)

Photo of thumperskibum
4.12/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I heard that there was a new brewery on the south side of chicago in a hell neighborhood. Found this label at a big chain liquor store and bought a sixer. After a long day at work, I cracked one open and was wildly suprised. The head on this beer was thick and meaty. The aroma was great, and the taste was shockingly great. Definitely a winner. (345 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a depp ruby red color. Pretty much no head. Sweep carmel malt smell, a bit of fruitiness.

Rather clean entry, ripe fruits, carmel malts. A little grapefruit bittering - but fails to overtake the big sweet maltiness.

A flavorful beer. For an IPA, seems dark and sweet. Lacks full bittering as a balance to the sweet malts. Considering by style, that seems a bit off - but nothing off on flavor profile here. I would call this more of a red ale.

For a new brewery - a decent effort. (489 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 2-finger off-white head over a cloudy body of amber; head fades quickly, leaving little lace

S - pine, citrus, touch of sweetness

T - pine with lemony notes of citrus, bready malts, slight sweetness; more balanced than your typical IPA

M - medium body, high/prickly carbonation

O - Pegasus is generally decent as a beer, but subpar as an IPA. (387 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at Binny's Willowbrook today, brewed in Chicago by a family from Burr Ridge, very very local...

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass, no freshness dating but supposedly this batch was bottled less than a week ago...

Pours a nice dark red/copper color, very clear, I guess I like a little haze in my APA's/IPA's. Two fingers of light tan head forms, sticks around for a bit and recedes to a thin layer of haze...

Was hoping to get a better aroma out of this one, unfortunately the malt takes center stage here and not the hops. Caramel and toffee, a bit sweet with just a touch of hop bittering...

Taste is a bit better than the nose would indicate. Good balance between subtle piny hops and the somewhat sweet malts...

Nice and clean, medium bodied with decent carbonation. No lingering bitterness, finishes clean and crisp and is very easy to drink...

Not bad. Always like trying a new local, and this one is both very new and very local. Good initial offering by Argus Brewery, I look forward to seeing how they develop over the coming months... (1,072 characters)

Photo of areich6
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a 10oz Old Milwaukee glass (aka not the best glass)

A: Pours a dark bronze/amber color with about a centimeter and a half of head. Very little lacing left after head recedes. A bit too dark for an IPA, but not bad overall.

S: Not much aroma in my opinion. I can faintly smell the hops.

T: Very malt and caramel driven with a bitterness from the hops that becomes increasingly straight forward after a few seconds. Bitterness sticks around in the mouth for a little bit. Not bad at all in my opinion, however.

M: Very smooth and goes down very nicely, a bit of a bite from the hops.

O: This beer doesn't necassarily fit all of the characteristics of an IPA perfectly,for example it is slightly lacking on the hops, but I actually did enjoy it quite a bit. Overall, I think it is a pretty good beer that I would order again. (861 characters)

Photo of wmtxbb
2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of Dave128
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (492 characters)

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Dark brown, slight lacing, small head
Smell
Strong malt and hop present, toasted scents
Taste
Wonderfully balanced blend of bitterness and bite. Roasted malt flavoring, lingers
Overall
One of my favorite IPAs that even rivals the 60 min IPA for my affection. There’s a strong hop/malt/bitter presence but not overly so, its strong yet drinkable. I’ve never had it in a bottle, only on tap many…many times.

-BeerandWhiskeyHq.com (445 characters)

Photo of beereality
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A vigorous pour produces a nice big frothy white head over what looks to be a red ale. Head dissipates quickly. Smells nice, kind of light pine, but not a big nose on this one. Head completely disappears before I can get my lips to this one. Very light flavor, not a big hop presence(too bad) almost macro like. Crisp and light. I think this would make a good lawn mower beer. Not to light and most certainly not to heavy. Not as hoppy as I like, but drinkable. A big thank you goes out to Lucas at Malloy's for this sample. (524 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pegasus IPA is OK. It's like an adjunct IPA. To compare; Goose Island Ten Hills Pale, with the same ABV, leaves Argus' entry choking, sputtering, and gasping for breath!!! I know they're a "green" brewer, but it appears that their brewing talent is a bit "green" as well! Keep trying, Argus, but at your price point for a 6-pack, your product will spoil on the proverbial shelf...

sMc
~Carry on Citizens!!!~ (409 characters)

Photo of benewton
2.06/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1/2 in. head-not bad.

it's color wants desperately to be bronze, but isn't.

i'm from chicago. i love all of the craft breweries opening up, and, needless to say, i pick them all up. but, this is the weakest craft brew by far.

if this was marketed as a weak amber ale with a slight hop finish, i might be less inclined to dislike it. i just don't sense any IPA qualities. (374 characters)

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Pegasus IPA from Argus Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.