Glaucus - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of GuzzLah
3.56/5  rDev -13%
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 scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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 ChiBeerGuy1979
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a hefe glass, 22 oz.

A: very clean and golden, light and bright but not yellow

S: immediate Belgian yeast with coriander and spice, awakening.

T: dry and bready, citrusy with hops on the side of the tongue, hops, oh yeah, hops.

M: soft and sweet, at first then warm and clean. Varies in range of temp, when first poured cold, clean and rich, when last tasted, warmer and more spice like a European hefe with hops still.

O: an addition to a spicier IPA. Worth the pour and worthwhile of drinking a bottle. 8.0 abv is good too, lends to a stronger palate and discussion among friends.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 MCain04
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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 TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Yeah, I missed out on my precious sushi, but at least I can commiserate with friends and beers, right? This one pours a clear straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, mandarin orange, light lemon zest, sweet caramel, and a touch of pineapple. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light leek and a very small contingent of what seems like salt. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but I don't really get too much Belgian-ness going on. Regardless, I'd readily have another...

Photo of csparace
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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 vic21234
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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 inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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 kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a bright golden color with.a 2 finger frothy white head. Huge clumps of lacing stick to the glass. Nice amount of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- slight funk, lots of spicy hop let's and some caramel and bread.

T- starts off slightly sweet and then the spices and piney hop bitterness take over. Grassy dankness at the finish.

M- medium body, higher carbonation. Pretty dry beer with a similar finish.

O- good beer. I have probably drank 100 x more American ipa's than Belgians so it's not a go to style for me. Also, some others I have had more recently have more Weiss notes, where this is more spice and bitterness.

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch #15.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with some light amber hues. A one finger pure white head forms on the pour and recedes to a nice hefty collar. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Nice spicy Belgian yeast. Some light peppercorn and citrus peel flavors are there and the hop backing is nicely integrated some mild fruit, a little grass and some citrus flesh.

T: Nice peppery Belgian yeast is upfront just like the nose. Peppercorn spiciness and flowery esters are there with some pithy bitterness and fruit rind. The fruity hops flavors are there in the finish with mild hay like grassiness and a nice bready malt bill to balanced it out.

M: Medium bodied with a nice semi-prickly carbonation level with a yeasty, drying finish paired with some malty sweetness and fruity hop bitterness.

O: A very balanced and delicious take on the style. I would like a little more hops, but it was nice none the less. A great refreshing beer! Chalk up another great beer for the boys at Pipeworks.

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter shade of amber. Slightly hazy. Forms a smallish white head of creamy consistency that ever so slowly reduces down to a thick ring around the edge. Some light lacing.

S: Rather aromatic with a nice blend of aromas. Starts off with some fruity, yeasty, esters that are complemented nicely with lots of bright citrus hops.

T: Mild sweetness and some pale malts are accented by lots of floral and citrus hops. Some yeasty spices are mixed with some light juicyfruit on the back end. Finish falls off quickly.

M: Medium bodied with heavier, prickly carbonation.

O: I like this take on a cross between a Belgian and an American IPA. Obviously the two styles are similar, but this beer does manage to be both unified between the two styles yet still have distinctly different characteristics.

Photo of hagbergl
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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 Etan
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a tulip. Batch 15 for Pipeworks.

A: Pours a glowing gold with a big white head. Fluffy, retains well, some nice lacing.

S: Citric hops - grapefruit, orange, bitter pith and mint. Soft Belgian yeast profile - vanilla, pale malt, slight stone fruit esters. Really nice mix.

T: Follows the nose. Nice mix of BPA and IPA characteristics. Moderate pine and citrus, raw hop leaf, smooth golden yeast and pale malt. Mild spices. Bitter in the finish.

M: Light tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Pretty nice.

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pale gold with thin later of white head which leaves nice bits of lacing

S: earthy hop character along with some pine fruit which is followed up by nice fruity esters, notes of clove

T: American hops up front with plenty of floral character along with moderate bitterness and citrus character. The finish is where the belgian character comes in with a bit of spice and fruit esters. Great balance between American and Belgian character

Mf: moderate to high carbonation, medium body

O: very nice balance, full flavored, delicious

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange with a froth of white foam on top that leaves a little bit of lace in the glass. Clarity is bright

The label says American hops, the nose is very Nelson Sauvin, full of lemony tea, field greens, and fresh fruit. Lush and fruity, with notes of pear and white pepper from the Belgian yeast.

A light sweetness at first with lots of citric fruit, pink grapefruit and orange, something almost tropical about it. Nice complimentary yeast that lends some esters and spice to the mix. Moderately bitter aftertaste, balancing the light sweetness upfront. A hint of malt in the middle, but this is a showcase of how well the hops and yeast dance together. Lighter feel, creamy, drying in the finish with a pleasant aftertaste of fruit and light pepper. Good stuff, will definitely look for more of before it's gone.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, batch number 15, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color, topped with two fingers of creamy white head, good retention and lacing.

S- Lots of spice and pepper, some crispy pear and other fruit, grassy, juicy hops, some bready yeastiness.

T- Really nice smooth yeast flavor, lots of spice and some pepper, some crispy pear and apple. Bitterness is firm but not overpowering, hops lend some grassy and citrus/fruit notes. Booze is well-hidden.

M- Medium body and carbonation, has a very smooth, silky feel, dry finish.

O- A nice beer, one of the better Belgian-style IPA's I've had.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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 MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a wine glass at Edward's birthday party.

A - Generous off-white foam settles to a cap, collar, and splotchy lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Spicy and estery Belgian yeast, citrus and herbal hops, and a sweet vanilla, pear and stone fruit malt backdrop.

T - I don't like the flavor quite as much, as it loses some of the sweetness of the malt bill and replaces it with moderate herbal hop bitterness. Still, there are some nice zesty citrus flavors mingling with the Belgian yeast and pale malts.

M - Dry, medium body, with pleasant moderate carbonation, and no obvious alcohol.

D - A very nice take on a style I don't generally enjoy. Well done guys! Would happily drink this again and hope that Pipeworks makes another batch in the near future.

Photo of ricknelson
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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 liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Glaucus from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.