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Glaucus | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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4.09
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BEER INFO

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.

Added by MasterSki on 05-29-2012

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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 dar482
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light gold color, with a medium haze.

The aroma offers pineapple, orange peel, floral, white pepper, clove, grainy malts, white sugar sweetness, clove.

The flavor follows with a semi sweet orange, citrus peel, lemon, white peach, pear, more floral, a sweet doughy malt, grainy malts, onto a peppery and clove finish.

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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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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 barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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 jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, medium gold color, thin but thick creamy lacing ring.

S - Citrus, yeast, and perfume funk.

T - Oily lemon citrus with a crisp malt back ground, yeasty funk.

M - Medium body with creamy carbonation.

O - A solid beer worth trying.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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.

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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

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Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Phigg1102
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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 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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I started off with Belgians when I first got into craft, but I have definitely drifted, preferring American D/IPAs and imperial stouts for the most part these days... but anyway, this was a really good brew. Dry, yeasty... very flavorful and clean - bright grains and citrus - I woulda had another if I had another...

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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.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.69/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clean gold with a 2-3 finger fizzy head and arms of lace.

Smells of spicy but subdued Belgian yeast and piney hops--no banana or clove as I sometimes get in other attempts at the style.

Bitter, astringent copper flavors kind of burn the throat. Some onion follows. Yeast and hop take a backseat to pine.

Thin but fizzy.

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Glaucus from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.