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Pegasus IPA | Argus Brewery

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Pegasus IPAPegasus IPA

Brewed by:
Argus Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 34 | Ratings: 178
Photo of monstarr1234
4.85/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had previously stated that Southern Tier IPA was my favorite as far as India pale ales are concered, but I stand corrected.

I was turned to this particular brewing company late last year at a beer and wine convention here in Illinois, and this beer stood out against many competitors.

Pegasus IPA is the best and smoothest IPA that Iv'e ever had.

If your looking for a smooth India Pale Ale without all of the bitterness and bite, look no further.

This beer is awesome, and is my personal favorite.

A big thumbs up and kudos to Argus Brewers out of Chi-town for making the best IPA Iv'e ever had.

Also, this is one of the rare beers Iv'e had that actually comes very close to tasting as good in a bottle that it does on tap.

The mouthful effect loses a bit vs tap to bottle, but otherwise, the taste is right there.

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Photo of matjack85
4.23/5  rDev +30.2%
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 thumperskibum
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I heard that there was a new brewery on the south side of chicago in a hell neighborhood. Found this label at a big chain liquor store and bought a sixer. After a long day at work, I cracked one open and was wildly suprised. The head on this beer was thick and meaty. The aroma was great, and the taste was shockingly great. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Argus Pegasus IPA has a medium, off-white head, a brilliant, orange appearance, lots of powdery sediment, throughout, moderate lacing, and no noticed bubbles. The aroma is of apricot or mango, white bread crust, and some other dank note. Taste is of those elements, with a dough aspect, earthy qualities, and a moderate, straight-forward hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Pegusus IPA finishes on the dry side.


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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, slight lacing, small head
Strong malt and hop present, toasted scents
Wonderfully balanced blend of bitterness and bite. Roasted malt flavoring, lingers
One of my favorite IPAs that even rivals the 60 min IPA for my affection. There’s a strong hop/malt/bitter presence but not overly so, its strong yet drinkable. I’ve never had it in a bottle, only on tap many…many times.


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Photo of mrbugawkagawk
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: ruby red, very clear, finger worth of head to it.

Smell: I smell cascade here, with a hint of citrus and a small caramel backbone.

Taste: I get citrus with caramel sweetness.

I have had this beer a couple of times. seems like they have been improving the beer over the months. alot more hoppy than it started out. i will try it again. I love local brews.

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Photo of skippythelizard
3.72/5  rDev +14.5%
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.


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 tjsdomer2
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown. Tons of nice foam and decent lacing of the glass. Almost like light Guinness Draught (not red though).

Smell: Heavily hopped. Almost smells like some cinnamon as well. Good. A bit burnt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Like the smell, it tastes heavily hopped. Good clean mouthfeel that doesn't feel or taste watery at all. Once again, good. This batch was skunked or burned.

Drinkability: Delicious pub ale. Goes great with any pub grub. I'm basing this on two experiences with this beer. The first time was better, but it's stilll a great session beer.

Overall: I prefer this a tad over the McCaffery's Irish Cream Ale that Argus Brewery produces. Definitely a good beer!

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Photo of hawks10
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at Binny's Willowbrook today, brewed in Chicago by a family from Burr Ridge, very very local...

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass, no freshness dating but supposedly this batch was bottled less than a week ago...

Pours a nice dark red/copper color, very clear, I guess I like a little haze in my APA's/IPA's. Two fingers of light tan head forms, sticks around for a bit and recedes to a thin layer of haze...

Was hoping to get a better aroma out of this one, unfortunately the malt takes center stage here and not the hops. Caramel and toffee, a bit sweet with just a touch of hop bittering...

Taste is a bit better than the nose would indicate. Good balance between subtle piny hops and the somewhat sweet malts...

Nice and clean, medium bodied with decent carbonation. No lingering bitterness, finishes clean and crisp and is very easy to drink...

Not bad. Always like trying a new local, and this one is both very new and very local. Good initial offering by Argus Brewery, I look forward to seeing how they develop over the coming months...

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Photo of sweethome
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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 areich6
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a 10oz Old Milwaukee glass (aka not the best glass)

A: Pours a dark bronze/amber color with about a centimeter and a half of head. Very little lacing left after head recedes. A bit too dark for an IPA, but not bad overall.

S: Not much aroma in my opinion. I can faintly smell the hops.

T: Very malt and caramel driven with a bitterness from the hops that becomes increasingly straight forward after a few seconds. Bitterness sticks around in the mouth for a little bit. Not bad at all in my opinion, however.

M: Very smooth and goes down very nicely, a bit of a bite from the hops.

O: This beer doesn't necassarily fit all of the characteristics of an IPA perfectly,for example it is slightly lacking on the hops, but I actually did enjoy it quite a bit. Overall, I think it is a pretty good beer that I would order again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Argus IPA...my first from this brewer. The beer poured a darker rich clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a slight lace. The smell unfortunately is not more than average....there is definitely a floral tone to the scent...i'm think columbus hops...not sure. The taste definitely is more floral than citrus...in fact I am not picking up much citrus. Maybe on the backend there is some bitterness. The mouthfeel is good medium body decent carbonation. Overall....slightly dissappointed...but it would not keep me from drinking again. It is a decent beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

After this second offering, I wonder if we're gonna be seeing more of Argus here at Bliss in the future...? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear orange-brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises honeydew rind, mentholated pine, toffee, and a touch of buttery biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the toffee taking on more of a rich caramel character, which comes fairly close to balancing the hops completely. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty decent IPA, straight up, just nothing all that impressive.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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 weeare138
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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 lwillitz
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 2-finger off-white head over a cloudy body of amber; head fades quickly, leaving little lace

S - pine, citrus, touch of sweetness

T - pine with lemony notes of citrus, bready malts, slight sweetness; more balanced than your typical IPA

M - medium body, high/prickly carbonation

O - Pegasus is generally decent as a beer, but subpar as an IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +4%
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 dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +4%
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 yeahnatenelson
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a ruby red with pink and gold highlights and a finger of sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Tropical fruits, mild earthy bitterness, toasted malt, a dab of caramel sweetness.

Taste -- Grapefruit and pineapple up front along with dry and toasty malt. The hop bitterness is pretty significant in the mid-palate. Pine resin and caramel malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, moderate prickly carbonation. Finish is clean, a bit dry.

Drinkability -- Noble first effort for a new Chicago brewery. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a darker copper orange.

Stone fruit like fruitiness but not pungent with bready malts.

Biscuity toasted malt sweetness with a apricot/stone fruit character.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, easy drinking but not terrific.

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Photo of NiburianElf
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this beer up at the local ABC. It has been on sale for 7.99 so instead of splurging I have been trying to decide if I like this brewery.

Appearance: A pretty dark amber color. As I noted the color I wondered if it was dim in the room, since the beer's dark amber color surprised me. Decent structured head with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Hints of a piney/citrusy hop aroma but nothing to write home about.

Taste: Initially there is some hop bite, but this is well balanced by a malty body. This could be a good thing if you are looking for a nice drinkable beer. This could also be a bad thing if you are analyzing this beer as an IPA. While it is an IPA, in a sense, it is really more of a crowd pleaser for the likes that are not used to a strong hops presence.

Mouthfeel: Thin but not watery. A bit of a bite to the taste but no truly lingering bitterness.

Overall I like this beer, but it does not blow me away. Lately, due to the summer heat of Florida it is nice to find low ABV "IPAs" that have a lot more flavor than the average bad beer, yet is still light and refreshing.

No, it is probably not a great specimen of an IPA, but is by no means a bad beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decent beer. Hey, paid a whole $3 a pint while in downtown Chicago to go the the Blackhawks rally. Couldn’t complain with that. Color is a pale straw. Bitter resin aroma, not in the best way. Bitter taste as well. Not much else going on.

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Photo of beereality
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A vigorous pour produces a nice big frothy white head over what looks to be a red ale. Head dissipates quickly. Smells nice, kind of light pine, but not a big nose on this one. Head completely disappears before I can get my lips to this one. Very light flavor, not a big hop presence(too bad) almost macro like. Crisp and light. I think this would make a good lawn mower beer. Not to light and most certainly not to heavy. Not as hoppy as I like, but drinkable. A big thank you goes out to Lucas at Malloy's for this sample.

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Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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 GbVDave
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Pegasus IPA from Argus Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 178 ratings.
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