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Pegasus IPA | Argus Brewery

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Pegasus IPAPegasus IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Argus Brewery
Illinois, United States
argusbrewery.com

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.

Added by emerge077 on 05-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,210
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
180
pDev:
16.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
37
Trade:
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1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of alleykatking
1.66/5  rDev -49.7%
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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2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of moedot
2/5  rDev -39.4%

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of benewton
2.06/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1/2 in. head-not bad.

it's color wants desperately to be bronze, but isn't.

i'm from chicago. i love all of the craft breweries opening up, and, needless to say, i pick them all up. but, this is the weakest craft brew by far.

if this was marketed as a weak amber ale with a slight hop finish, i might be less inclined to dislike it. i just don't sense any IPA qualities.

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Photo of wmtxbb
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Really sad. It's a clear amber with no head to speak of. Sort of looks like soda.

Smell: Weird light metallic scent. Hops and malt scent are also very light. So far this brew is striking out.

Taste: Tastes kind of like soy sauce, paper, hops, mixed in with an amber beer. On a second taste, it sort of tastes like tea might be in this beer. Hops give the beer a citrus/grapefruit and earthy flavor.

Drinkability: I really wanted to like this beer. I'm from chicago and I love seeing new craft breweries set up so I was quick to buy this when I found out about it. But I'm really disappointed in this beer. It's not a bad beer, but it is a less than average quality beer. It's not that this beer needs more malt character or hops, it needs to be re-evaluated completely. I would even say this is a good first try. If I'd made this at home I toss the whole batch.

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Photo of bcsbeer
2.37/5  rDev -28.2%
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 homebrew311
2.44/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a dark cloudy amber, very dark for style, minimal head

S: earthy piney hops, a bit of astringency, kind of boozy... But the abv is on 5.8

T: bitter hops, no malt backbone, tea like flavors, finish is bitter

Mf: medium body, medium carbonation

O: this is a poorly executed ipa, the srm is way off, it is overly bitter and poorly balanced

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Photo of iota
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tried on a Whim at Ballydoyle Pub. Chicago has better breweries.

A- Somewhere between amber and orange, decent 1 inch head

S- Almost no hop aroma, dunked my nose trying to catch a whiff of hops.

T- More pale ale than IPA; average hop flavor bookended by underwhelming malt. Slight hop aftertaste.

M- Aggressive initial carbonation gives way to light (perhaps "smooth") mouthful.

D- Average Pale Ale (I really wouldn't class this as an IPA). definitely drinkable, but anything by Two Brothers is a much better option : )

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Sk8sean86
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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Pegasus IPA from Argus Brewery
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 180 ratings
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