1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Glaucus - Pipeworks Brewing Company

Not Rated.
GlaucusGlaucus

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

166 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 166
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-29-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
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

timc100, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

olafphysics, Aug 23, 2013
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.

Rope, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Hopmarc
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hopmarc, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -2.4%

smartassboiler, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Morey, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Norseman
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Norseman, Aug 12, 2013
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.

MCain04, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of RWNay
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

RWNay, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -2.4%

MaseFace, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of DooshBagalow
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

DooshBagalow, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of planbee
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

planbee, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Purp1eOne
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Purp1eOne, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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

mfnmbvp, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of hagbergl
4.14/5  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.

hagbergl, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of CesarLopes
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

CesarLopes, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

ystazi, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev -2.4%

birdsellam, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of prender1482
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

prender1482, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

jschott75, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Sisky
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Sisky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Ak555667
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Ak555667, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of GuzzLah
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

GuzzLah, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of ZepHead80
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

ZepHead80, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Drucifer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Drucifer, Jun 07, 2013
Glaucus from Pipeworks Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.