Glaucus - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 24
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-29-2012

Glaucus is the mythological existence of a being, both man and fish, a deity amongst mere mortals. The only beer fitting of such a name marries bold, spicy Belgian yeast with bright, citric American hops in a way even the gods adore. This golden brew can calm even the harshest seas. It's been awhile since we've brewed this beer, and we couldn't be happier that it's back.
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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 36
Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to YYZ for sending this bottle as part of the Epic NFL Confidence pool! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold with a finger's worth of white head with fair retention. Average visible carbonation.

S: Yeasty, with fruity esters (pear, apple, and a light clove), and grassy & citrus rind hops over a light bready malt.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly – fruity esters up front (with a touch of banana that I didn't get in the nose), moderately bitter citrus and floral hops with a bit of resin character as well. All complimented by nice light cracker malt base. Lightly bitter with lingering fruity esters in the hang, which lead to an impression of dryness.

O: Good amount of carbonation sensation, noticeable alcohol presence but not overly hot, and medium body.

O: This was pretty tasty, though not truly outstanding. This is a style that I think has a definitive ceiling, at least to my palate. The characteristics of a Belgian IPA don't always play well together, but this seemed to be as good as any of them. Recommended to try.

Photo of ricknelson
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to agree with previous reviewers about this beer. They nailed it. Pours light amber with a 2 finger head that has great retention. Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied with lots of carbonation and lacing all over the glass that lasts all the way to the end. Nose has a nice hop presence, citrus notes. Some alcohol is also present but less than expected for an 8 % beer. Gorgeous looking beer, again the head on it is fantastic. At the end of the bottle it gets hazier to almost opaque.
This is an awesome beer that I'm glad I have one more of. Great job PipeWorks

Photo of Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber in color with a 2 finger offwhite head that has great retention. Tons of little carbonation bubble bubbling up from all over the glass.

Nose has a big hop precence, mainly orange and pinapple citrus notes. Belgian yeast has candy like notes to it, typical for pipeworks brews. Malt is grainy. Smells well balanced

Hops are foreword. Alot of the orange citrus hops pull through into the taste. Belgian yeast provides a very slight Spice that is accentuated by the butterness.Some alcohol is also present along with some grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a lot of bitterness.

Photo of timc100
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

179

A: Gorgeous, gorgeous looking beer. The head on it is fantastic - dense, creamy, slightly gold tinged white with spectacular lacing - full even coating sticks to the glass. Towards the end of the bottle it gets much hazier to the point of opaque. Dank orange/gold in color.

S: Very interesting. Belgian spices come through - mint, clove, orange peel. Big American dank hops - musty overripe mango, pineapple - some orange juice. Lemon grass

T: Very bitter and full. Dank citrus, lemon, Belgian spice and yeast - gingerbread. Somehow juicy and dry

P: Fuller side of medium for the style. Coats the mouth, smooth carbonation.

O: This is an awesome beer that I have overlooked for too long, another great offering from PW

Photo of Rope
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-
It straddles a golden Belgian with just a touch of hop hue that looks delicious.

Smell-
The Belgian yeast really makes a nice spicy appearance, but I find covers the hops more than I would like.

Taste-
Redemption from smell, the hops are citrus as the bottle promises. The spiciness rounds out the hops to an orange flavor, and a golden malt flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel-
Small crisp refreshing bubbles, with an oily coating of hop flavor afterwards.

Overall-
This is probably one of the best Belgian IPAs around. Hunt it down.

Photo of MCain04
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Freddy! Capones is the best beer store in town! Batch 178 poured into FFF Teku.

Bright opaque orange color with a white head that sticks around well enough.

Smells strongly of belgian yeasts, lemon and citrus grassy hops, a little spice and coriander.

Taste is bright, grassy, citric, spicy, with smooth malts constituting a large portion of the beer. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is impressively smooth and borders on full bodied. Crisp and bright, easy to drink. dry finish.

This is a solid DIPA that isn't gonna blow anyone away with its hop presence or bitterness, but instead really accomplishes a nice balanced Belgian IPA. Well done, I was surprised with how much I liked this beer.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with handwritten Batch #50 printed on the side of the label. I have had this beer once before with a friend, and I'm excited to have it again. Pipeworks beers seem to be consistently good, and based on last time, this beer is no exception.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a murky golden yellow-orange colored body with a fair amount of bubbles and sediment, and a towering frothy four finger foaming white head with excellent retention. Thick, scattered lacing on the way down.

S - Smell is of freshly cut juicy ripe pineapple, tart citric lemon peel, blood oranges, & grapefruit. Smells extremely fresh and juicy. One of the best smelling beers in recent memory.

T - Taste is fruity, bitter, juicy, hoppy, creamy, and clean. Light-bodied, sweet juicy fruits balanced with some bready malts and Belgian yeast presence. Bit of honey sweetness in there, also. Not getting much spice out of this one, but that's fine by me.

M - Feel is of bitter citric hop resins, with a dry finish on the palate.

Overall, another excellent beer from Pipeworks, the first IPA of their's that I've tried, and I can happily say it is a beer I would drink again and again. Extremely palatable, lots of big bold flavors, and an extremely well-hidden 8.00% abv makes this beer a sure winner.

Pipeworks Glaucus ---4.5/5

Photo of hagbergl
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of Pipeworks Brewing's Belgian-style IPA, Glaucus. I'm looking forward to tasting one of the up-and-coming Chicago-area brewery's products! Served in my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (4/5): Cloudy orange, creamy, one finger white head, reduces to a minimal foam ring.

Smell (4/5): Belgian yeast, peppery spice, green hoppy flavors of pine, lemon, and peach. A light herbal, medicinal quality lurks in there as well.

Taste (4.25/5): First, big pine flavors hit–very refreshing–then you get some nice bitter citrus, pineapple, white peach, and some funky/spicey/fruity Belgian yeast. Finish is nice and bitter. Not too complex; has some nice bells and whistles, but isn't all over the map like I feared it would be.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): very nice carbonation, good medium body to the beer, only a touch of alcohol heat in the very back. Nice and thirst-quenching. A great warm weather beer despite the higher alcohol content.

Overall (4/5): I can easily see why there's such a fuss about Pipeworks among craft beer enthusiasts in Chicago. This is an outstanding beer that successfully pulls off complexity without becoming incoherent. Thirst-quenching and interesting, this beer would be great for any time and place.

Photo of GuzzLah
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy gold with a standard head. Light lace. No bubbles.

S - citrus and semi-dank piney hops, mild pineapple, mild spicy yeast, faint bubblegum and a nice malty aroma. Overall, the aroma has a fairly robust intensity.

T - is similar to the aroma, but not quite as impressive. It's fresh and hoppy, but the flavor is ambiguously homogeneous with some distortion. It needs one element to pop forward. It's also a tad salty which doesn't seem to work well in this beer.

M - light-medium body. Smooth, medium bitterness with a short sustain. A little hot for an 8% beer.

O - a good American-Belgian IPA made with American hops that lacks coherence.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable Belgian IPA and something different, hunted from 20 West Wine and Spirits. Pours generous head on light yellow body. Floral hoppy aroma. I liked this because of the spices rather than yeast being emphasized in this style.Smooth mouthfeel, very good drinkability.

Photo of csparace
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance (4.00) - Poured into a Matilda glass with a very white and large 2.5 finger head. Pours a cloudy lemon color with a touch of brown. Really more of a dirty lemonade. Debris falls to the bottom in small particles. Lacing is rather nice but thins out later on.

Smell (4.00) - Right off the bat you can tell this is a belgian IPA. Yeasty and fruity - more sour fruit - like lemon. Its also a heavy smell. Kinda moist and easy to pick up on.

Taste (3.75) - Really fruity. I get mostly lemon with a ton of tartness. The yeast and belgian character really lingers in the mouth. Not a ton of bitterness and hop profile at all. Malts are medium in presence but are pretty refreshing. This beer is decently sour, almost a little too much. The fruit character is a little much for me and I think this beer could benefit from having a bit more hops to it. Alcohol is very well hidden - my heartburn is the only thing that hints at its true value.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Like the smell, the mouthfeel is a little heavier than you'd think - but not in a bad way. Carbonation levels are low but it doesn't take away from the beer too much. Lips are pretty sticky and the heavy taste really stays in your mouth forever. Good drinkability. Its really satisfying though because it has such a presence and body to it.

Overall (4.00) - By far the thing they need to work on here is the taste. There is just too much fruit/lemon presence for me. It fits into the style very well though and is actually very satisfying. Though it is heavier than other belgians I've had, I attribute that character to a better body profile. Needs a slight bit of work, then this will be an excellent beer.

Photo of AndyP612
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Darkness stem.

A- Dark golden orange color with very small white head and quite cloudy as well.

S- Tropical fruit and dank hops balanced out by quite a bit of Belgian yeast. Nose on this is very well balanced and hopefully the taste follows this lead.

T- Citrus, and tropical fruit yet dank hops. The Belgian yeast really helps to take the edge off the hop flavor and also adds a nice spice. Slight banana flavor in there as well and finishes quite rich and robust not overly heavy though.

M- Medium bodied rich in feel lingers on the palate a while after sip. Dry finish really nice. Pretty low carbonation and makes this very drinkable.

O- Fantastic, well balanced Belgian style IPA. Not overly hoppy or yeast heavy. Another great offering from Pipeworks it seems they really impart nice dank hop flavors in their ales. I have yet to be disappointed in one of their beers. Cheers.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

Pours murky gold with a two inch head of white. Plenty of tattered lacing and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with citrusy hops and clovey phenols. Peaches, melon, and grapefruit with bubblegum, apples, and clove dust follow through.

On the lighter side of medium bodied with a crisp, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Tropical fruit and zesty, spicy Belgian yeast start the palate. Clove-studded apples with candied orange segments and bubblegum.

Finishes with a firm bitterness, warming alcohol, and yeast-stuffed fruit.

Tasty beverage. Big Belgian character with plenty of tropical American hops.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 50.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with soapy and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Photo of sleuthdog
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #111 poured into GI goblet

Pour: Cloudy, hazy straw yellow/orange color. Nice frothy white finger size head leaving a good amount of lacing settling to a soft collar.

Smell: This one smells unique and inviting for sure! Belgian yeast works its magic with a note of spice, bread and banana. The floral and citrus hops are complementing the yeast notes with grapefruit, orange peel, pear, a touch grassy and a bit of vanilla.

Taste: Tastes as good as it smells! Up front I get a really nice smoothness from the yeast. It has the spice from the yeast but yet is somewhat sweet at first. It has a nice hop profile with its somewhat grassy, dank notes yet also is citrus with its orange and grapefruit. Finishes bitter and damn enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Crisp but yet creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a wonderful change of pace and an overall great beer. I would like to sip this on a warm summer day paired with some food on the grill.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, batch 111, 4/9/13
Riedel tulip

A: Cloudy hazy burnt yellow/orange color. Initially a full finger of bright fluffy head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Smells of citrus like hops: orange peel and lemon like notes. Then you get that spice from the Belgian yeast. Musky and hints of clove and Banana.

T: Taste follows nose. You get a nice sharp burst of citrus like hops on the tip of the tongue. Pulling that orange peel and orange rind. Also, some lemon and pepper notes as the Belgian yeast comes into play. Really drys the beer out towards the finish. Booze hidden nicely. Drinks like 6%.

M: Light medium body. Carbonation helps make feel lighter.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy but vibrant tropical-juice yellow color. Nice contrast with the white head.

Distinct and pronounced aromas of lilac, ripe banana, and fruity esters.

Banana, yeast, floral, and juicy citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium to light body and crisp.

I think it's an excellent beer and representation of the style. It's drinks easy for 8%. Pipeworks continues to knock it out of the park.

Beer review #666 \m/

Photo of yamar68
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another one from scalzo - thanks man!

Pours a pinkish gold with a sexy finger of paper white head that sticks to the glass before settling down to form a thin, transparent cap. Surprisingly noticeable legs.

Very floral on the nose... honeysuckle and hibiscus. A little spicy and a little sweet. Fresh grape and peach. Some white wine notes and a slight suggestion of rye.

That same botanical sweetness shows up on the palate. Crisp, bittersweet herbal notes... sage and jasmine. Pretty much tastes like a greenhouse. Unique and delicious.

I'll have my eyes peeled for this one in the future.

Photo of jokemon
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Honey golden straw with tons of haze, its hard to see through for being so light in color.

Smell: This is my favorite part of this beer I think. TONS of floral hop scent are present with a sweet candy like bite.

Taste: Matches the smell, delicious.

Another amazing beer by Pipeworks. If these guys continue to put out quality beer like this local Chicago brewers will need to watch out!

Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch# 50

Bright with just a little haze, brass and light copper color mix. Nice head after the pour, just a thin layer of foam that seems to last for all 22 ounces. Almost no bubbling and modest, at best, lacing.

Citric and bright with a little malty and yeasty sweetness. Smells bitter and hoppy for sure.

Orange adnd grapefruit zest seems to dominate the palate from start to finish. There's "some" toasty, biscuity malts lingering here and there. There's some boozey heat and a little yeasty, fruity, dryness lingering here and there. This is a bitter sipper, that seems to offer nothing exceptional.

Warm palate, resiny, dry mouthfeel. A bitter sipper worth a try if you are a hophead.

I love bitter beers, but this IPA seems to lack a little more balance and depth for the style, not bad, but not something I plan on picking up again.

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from buzze40, 650ml bottle into a tulip. Batch 50.

Browned orange, offwhite head. Mild retention and good lacing. Nose of citrus rind, big Belgian yeast character, some tropical notes, peach, nectarine, cantaloupe and some herbal and spicy notes. Taste has tropical fruits, melons, herbal hop character, medium spice character, and Belgian yeast finishes it off. Bitter well into the finish. Medium body, no alcohol, medium carbonation. A very nice American take on the style.

Photo of vic21234
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch number 50.

A- Pours a hazy light yellow/ orange color with a half finger of white colored head. The head dissipates to some froth along the top and sides of the glass.

S- Lots of citrus and floral hops in the aroma. A faint sweetness is there as well.

T- Big hop hit off the front of the mouth. Pine and citrus are most apparent. Then comes the Belgian yeast. I get hints of banana in the taste as well.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, bitter, dry finish.

A good representation of the style in my opinion.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to yeahnatenelson for the bottle.

Appearance: Very lightly hazed dark gold. Head is white, thin, and bubbly. Drops to a tiny cap and collar. Some nice sheets of lacing. Minor head retention.

Smell: Minor caramel malt influence. Belgian yeast drops nice hits of clove, ripe banana, and a faint spiciness. Hops are loaded with citrus and push grapefruit flesh. The two meld in to something tropical that leans toward tangerine and mango. Bready, whole grain bread.

Taste: Spicy floral hops. Citrus push. Orange and tangerine. Big bready malts couple with the restrained Belgian yeast. Ripe banana, touches of bubblegum and an underlying earthy spiciness. As it warms, the hops pick up some spiciness. Earthiness builds and the malts pick up a nice biscuity sweetness. Balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly above average carbonation. Mildly dry. Clean with a mild linger from the yeast.

Overall: A true testament to the style.

I've never been a huge fan of this style, but this just showed me there's hope for the style. A solid blend of Belgian yeast and American hops. Drink it. You won't regret it.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a sturdy head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Surprisingly, vanilla dominates the aroma, with vinous hops and peppery spices underneath

Taste: Vanilla, up front, with the vinous hops and peppery spice flavors building; by mid-palate, pithy bitterness and stone fruit flavors add another dimension; after the swallow, the bitterness builds and dominates the finish, though the other elements linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another singular creation by the brewers at Pipeworks; every one of their beers I have tasted tastes like nothing else

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a medium/dark orange color with a nice foamy head.

Very aromatic with good balance and aromas of spices, navel oranges, hops and creams as well.

Full bodied and extremely smooth with very good depth. Balanced with real tasty notes of oranges, spices and some hops.

This was another great brew from pipeworks. I hope they keep this in the regular rotation.

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Glaucus from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.