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Glaucus - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 176
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 22
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 Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
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...

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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/

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few other Belgian IPA's before and although I like them, there hasn't been one that ever blew me away. Until I had this. I bought a bottle of this on a Tuesday at my Binny's in Chicago and they had rows of them on the shelves. I went back on Friday to buy more and found out that this was totally sold out. So I guess this will be my only one for now...

Served from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a light golden, straw color with about 1 to 1 1/2 fingers of head. Slightly hazy when held up to the light.

S - It smelled a little bready with a slight piney / hoppy smell too.

T - The taste of this beer blew me away. I was expecting a lot of hops right away, but it was a nice, subtle, floral hoppiness. Not the normal citrusy / pine hops I've been getting in every IPA lately. The hops are balanced out by a very nice sweetness too. I'm guessing lots of Belgian candy sugar? I loved the taste of this.

M - Mouth feel was medium - not overly thick. The carbonation was really nice though, with fine little bubbles.

O - I don't have a ton of other Belgian style IPAs to compare this to, but this is definitely my favorite. A+

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Photo of yamar68
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of MCain04
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
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 sleuthdog
4.46/5  rDev +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.

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Glaucus from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.