Pegasus IPA
Argus Brewery

Pegasus IPAPegasus IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,775
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,892
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 15.62%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
186
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Argus Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
78
Okay
Pegasus IPAPegasus IPA
Notes: A prominent to intense hop aroma with a citrusy, floral and/or fruity character derived from American hops. Color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper. Medium-high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will support the strong hop character and provide the best balance. A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong india pale ale.
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Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
1.66/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap....

So you are going to name your beer after the mighty Pegasus huh? That winged horse had a lot of Greek mythology backing it up. Lets see if these brewers had enough knowledge to back up this devine name of a beer.

A- Pegasus was a white horse...unlike this beer which was more of reddish coppery color. Maybe it's trying to look more along the lines of the blood that was spilt when Perseus beheaded Medusa from which Pegasus sprang forth? I'm guessing no on that one. It did have a one finger white head though that showed medium retention. Some light streaks of lace on the glass made me realize that if Zeus was drinking this beer he sure as hell wouldn't have put it in the sky as a constellation.

S- Hint of tropical hops in the front. This is quickly left behind as caramel malts with light toasted malts (must be from carrying Zeus's lightning bolts for so long)making up most of the actual aroma. The aroma is very muted dare I say a little watered down (I suppose that's what you get for hanging out with Poseidon). Alcohol really isn't there as well.

T- I wasn't too keen on tasting it to be honest at this point. I mean everywhere the winged horse struck his hoof to the earth, an inspiring spring burst forth. If that's not screaming watered down I don't know what is. Just like I thought....initial sip is light watery citrus hops. This fades quickly to a caramel malt body that dominates the rest of the beer like Bellerophon did to the Chimera while riding Pegasus. Some hints of toasted malt and light bittering hops in the ending don't make up for the lack of really any flavor at all. Alcohol is actually quite noticable in the end being a little on the medicinal side.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the low side. Light caramel malts and hints of hops left on the palate show up once again in the aftertaste with more of a medicinal alcohol lingering. Flavors were very weak for the style and didn't hold up (unlike the mythology of the actual Pegasus...I mean come one look at the stars). No real off flavors just watery (which I guess they used as a tribute to Pegasus). Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I think the beer name should have been looked at again. I could see it being called Icarus for example. I mean they set their sites high I would guess with this beer but it just fell to its death quite quickly. Oddly enough the story of Icarus deals with water as well...just like this watered down IPA. Nice try but a insult overall I feel to the Pegasus legacy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jcreek
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jchanley
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of perfumy, herbal, spiced hops.
Taste is very mild with notes of toasted nuts pulling through with cracked grains and cereal. I thought it was a decent beer but I was looking for a more complex beer being that this beer is based off of a Colorado brewery's recipe.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of sweethome
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a depp ruby red color. Pretty much no head. Sweep carmel malt smell, a bit of fruitiness.

Rather clean entry, ripe fruits, carmel malts. A little grapefruit bittering - but fails to overtake the big sweet maltiness.

A flavorful beer. For an IPA, seems dark and sweet. Lacks full bittering as a balance to the sweet malts. Considering by style, that seems a bit off - but nothing off on flavor profile here. I would call this more of a red ale.

For a new brewery - a decent effort.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a dep copper and amber hue with a little ruby darkening the color palate. There's very little bubbling and just a little head and residual foam.

Nice malty IPA aroma. The heavy toasted malt makes me think of caramel drizzled sweet bread. The mild bitter orange peel adds nice contrast to the sweet malty aroma.

Syrupy orange, hop resin that gets musked up by a little B.O. in the tongue. Not overwhelming, the B.O. flavor, just subtlely off-putting. The middle and finish is all caramel malt, sweet biscuits, and Wonderbread crust finish this AIPA off with a sweet finish.

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Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a single of this at R & J Liquors in Algonquin.
"1339" Julian date inked on the bottom of the bottle, roughly 3 months old.

Served in a tulip glass, it glows a dark crystalline copper color. An initial head of foam, fairly thin and feeble, forming a collar around the edges. Perfectly transparent despite the deep saturated color, darker than most IPAs.

Bready and malty aroma with some vegetal traces that may have once been hops. Subdued and fairly dull for an "American IPA", if English i'd take it, but this is just weak.

Caramel and toast, light indistinct notes of dried fruit. Very slight residual bitterness, as if designed for mass appeal instead of IPA fans. Fairly light and smooth, malt dominated, light carbonation like an ESB or English Pale.

From the label notes it sounds like they just tweaked a recipe from Smugglers Brewpub. Not surprising really... not much about this stands out, but there are few flaws other than lack of hops.

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Photo of matjack85
4.23/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the newly opened Ballydoyle's Irish Pub in Bloomingdale, IL. I never saw anything by this brewery before so I was doubly surprised to not only find it on the menu but to then discover it was from a local brewery right here in Chicago.
Served in it's own Pegasus pint glass.

The beer poured a clear reddish brown color with a 1½ finger creamy beige head. Lots of spider webbed lacing clung to the glass as I drank it. Not a bad look.

The smell was all hops - both floral and citrus.

While the hops did dominate the flavor, there was also a significant amount of caramely sweet malt in here to cut down on the grapefruit and piny hop bitterness.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation.

High drinkability. No alcohol taste at all. I liked it so much I ordered another one.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bigconrad
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of GbVDave
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a striking dark ruby with two fingers of sticky, rocky head. Retention was excellent with a small amount of lace left behind.

S: Lots of caramel and toasted grains. Very malt forward. The hops that struggle through smell quite medicinal.

T: Just as above. Aspirin-y hops and loads of sweet caramel and toasty malt.

M: Very smooth with nary a trace of hoppy bite.

O: We couldn't get over how totally average this beer was. Seemed to patterned after mid-1990's IPA's that were put out by now shuttered breweries. Sorry guys, but the bar has been raised considerably...get with the program.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skippythelizard
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's better if you don't think of it as an American IPA. It tastes more like an English IPA, but heavier. Maybe an Americanized English bitter...low carbonation, but a lot of hop character for a bitter.

Like other reviewers, I was expecting an American IPA when I ordered it. But readjusting my expectations, it's a decent low carbonation beer for a hot afternoon.

And as the keg just blew and I'm sitting in front of the tap, I am now wearing it as it violently splashed all over me. As far as beer goes, it is extremely wearable.

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Second (free) pint, as the new keg also resulted in a splash effect, which is good because it didn't get my shoulders enough the first time.

More carbonation from the fresh keg, but still low carbonation, and still not at all an American IPA. I stand by the initial impressions, but what little carbonation there is seems forced. This would be a great beer on cask. I am lowering the mouthfeel score slightly as I preferred the bottom of the keg pint.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a large, thin patch of bubbles and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of citrusy and floral hops along with notes of caramel malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA was easy to drink, but seems a little muted compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of xipho
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of bcsbeer
2.37/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up on the sale rack for .50 cents at the local ABC Date on the bottle looked like 13.14.2013?

Poured a muddy brown, with a large amount of suspended debris. Looked like polluted river water. The head was surprisingly healthy with good retention and lacing. The smell was non encouraging, it did not ask me to take a drink. After three sips it went down the drain.

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Photo of sendsilk
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of HabaJohn
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a relatively clear brassy amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint honey colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring of medium sized bubbles along the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit + caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind and floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit and caramel malts with a light amount of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange rind and floral hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Kind of a pedestrian American IPA offering - nothing offensive or bad about this beer but just not that exciting. Hop flavors and aromas are slightly more subdued than I prefer. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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Pegasus IPA from Argus Brewery
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