Glaucus | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Mateo2699
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy golden orange hue. Nice foamy head, not tight white bubbles. Pretty big, attractive bubbles with excellent lacing.

Getting some tropical notes such as papaya and guava. Nothing juicy or in your face. Some nice sweet honey and nectarine in the nose as well. Belgian yeast isn't too noticable for me, very subtle hints of that.

Very light Belgian funkiness, more honey and nectarine foward. Sweet backbone, not very malty. Some lemon zest and orange peel. Nice citrus.

Mouthfeel is moderately velvety, moderate carbonation. Overall, an easy drinker. Love the sweetness. Can't detect much Belgian characteristics. More of a citrusy honey foward APA to me.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a fairly hazy dull golden-hay color with a minimal head.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit hop notes with a slight amount of yeast. Mangoes, melon and some acidic guava, along with grapefruit and a mild gooseberry note often found in Belgian IPAs.

T: Gooseberry and some yeasty esters upfront, followed by juicy/acidic tropical notes. Mid-sip citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine take firm hold with some mildly grainy cracker-like malt and bitter citrus rind in the finish. This beer is highly drinkable, being semi-dry and with restrained bitterness.

F: Just under medium-bodied with above average levels of prickly carbonation.

Thoughts: I’m not usually one for Belgian IPA’s but this was a delightful exception and probably the most enjoyable example of the style I’ve had to date. Very nice tropical fruit/citrus fresh hop character, with fairly clean yeastiness for the style. This one also maintains an appropriate dryness, whereas I find many beers in this style to be too malty and strong. Very enjoyable – this could be a great springtime staple.

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Photo of krh
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another winner from Pipeworks. This has never been my favorite style, but this one manages to be a strong balance between IPA and Belgium funk - most times I feel these taste weak. Chewy upfront, zesty finish.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter
Canned 2/22/16

A- pours a hazy pale yellow with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, no lacing

S- spicy Belgian yeast gives some drier hay along musty and peppery notes, mixing with citrusy hops that give off orange peel & grapefruit

T- dry with spicy yeasty up front gives some musty and earthy notes, along with hint of ripe pear. Citrusy hop mid-palate gives notes of orange peel and grapefruit zest. The finish brings an orange marmalade sweetness that lingers of more citrus peel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp, semi-dry finish

O- just enough o that belgian yeast funk to balance out the citrus hops, high drinkability

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

Poured from a 16 oz. can, canned on 02/22/16
Look: Poured a golden orange body, 1/2 fingers worth of head, minimal islands of lacing in the glass.

Aroma: Belgian yeast funk up front, plenty of pine hoppiness some citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and pineapple.

Taste: Definitely get that Belgian funkiness, it's not overpowering, the hops add a nice amount of bitterness and there's is a dry cracker-like finish.

Feel: Medium mouth feel on this one, with a dry finish.

Overall: I really dug this one! There isn't a whole lot of funk and not a lot of bitter hops to it, a decent balance. Would definitely crush more of this if it was readily available to me.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very semi-hazy golden yellow with subtle orange hues and a two finger blanket of fluffy white foam.

Bready, toast, grainy, subtly sweet, and a noticeable white pepper aroma that's characteristic with Belgian yeasts.

Aroma and flavor are one in the same, but the peppery Belgian yeast stands out even more in flavor. Bready and toasted malt flavors are less pronounced in flavor, but still there.

Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, yeasty, bitter, crisp.

Overall, while good it lacks a lot of complexity and leans more towards the Belgian yeast character rather than much of anything else.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/straw color with a touch of haze. very thin white cap settles into a thin ring, leaving moderate lacing. Hops in the aroma are mostly herbal/floral, belgian yeast character and pale malt dominate the aroma. Hops are more pronounced in the flavor, keeping the herbal/floral character and finishing with a touch of pine. The yeast takes on some complexity in the taste, adding peppery and banana like notes. medium-light bodied and fairly dry on the finish.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold in color. Bright white head that retains very well and leaves great lacing down the glass. The aroma is hop forward with explosive citrus, particularly lemon. Very slight spice note. The taste is again citrus forward, with a slight spiciness from the yeast on the swallow. The Belgian characteristics are there, but subtle. The body is medium light with moderate-high carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Very nice Belgian IPA.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned date of 2/22/2016 printed on the bottom side of the can. The aroma and taste are both fantastic with fresh citrusy hops and Belgian yeast. The taste is flavorful and surprisingly easy to drink. Overall, this is a fantastic Belgian IPA that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

tall boy can with fancy can art featuring a sketchy seabeast and a tatooed black guy holding a triden(never thought I would say that word in a beer review). This beer was canned on 2/22/2016 and also says "fish sticks" on the bottom of the can.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: glowing opaque golden body with large frothy white head that has great staying power and leaves lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Classic belgian yeast and citrusy hops. That is what this beer is all about in the nose!

Taste: Taste is much the same as the aroma. No surprises here. Light bitterness and light bready malts. Hop character is a citrusy and juicy. Lemon zest and oranges. Hint of grapefruit. Light floral note. Light pepper and a hint of bananas is what I can make out of the yeast character.

Mouthfeel: This is were Glaucus really excels in the world of Belgian IPA's. Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The body has a really nice and creamy carbonation and the beer is just so dang drinkable. ABV is 6.2% in the tall boy cans as apposed to the 8% OG bomber format.

Overall: Potentially one of my favorite belgian IPA's. Low bitterness, its has that nice saison influence from the belgian yeast, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. I will enjoy drinking these cans during the summer and I am glad Pipeworks dialed back the abv almost 2%. I think that the beer benefited from that change. What a great local to enjoy once the weather starts warming up in Northwest Illinois.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy straw, frothy white head, medium-low carbonation. Scent of bread, Belgian yeast, light banana peel, mild citrus. Taste of fresh lemon zest, plain yeast, some sort of citrusy hops, and that about covers it. It's a decent beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, date stamped 2/22/16 FISH STICKS, 6.2% ABV
A - thin, foamy white head caps a pale golden colored ale
S - juicy & tropical yet Belgian yeast provides extra depth to the nose
T - juicy hops make it refreshing with notes of mandarin zest, passion fruit, mango, and pine, pale malt is biscuity, while the yeast adds another element of flavor with some fruity esters
M - light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter with pine and citrus zest lingering
O - it's always fun to see what these guys will do with their hops. This one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint can, canned on 2/22/16

L:Awesome can artwork, pours an apricot honey color, 1 1/2 finger head, good looking beer

S: Juicy fruits, pears, apricots, maybe some pineapple, fresh grass, a few drops of citrus

T: Pears, juicy, constant flow of flavor, great blend of malt and hops to balance out

F: Small bubbles, crisp, in between light and medium body, oily covering of the mouth

O: Solid beer, would have again on a summers day, thanks pipeworks

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Glaucus from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.