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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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56
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279
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
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Photo of cnbrown313
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few other Belgian IPA's before and although I like them, there hasn't been one that ever blew me away. Until I had this. I bought a bottle of this on a Tuesday at my Binny's in Chicago and they had rows of them on the shelves. I went back on Friday to buy more and found out that this was totally sold out. So I guess this will be my only one for now...

Served from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a light golden, straw color with about 1 to 1 1/2 fingers of head. Slightly hazy when held up to the light.

S - It smelled a little bready with a slight piney / hoppy smell too.

T - The taste of this beer blew me away. I was expecting a lot of hops right away, but it was a nice, subtle, floral hoppiness. Not the normal citrusy / pine hops I've been getting in every IPA lately. The hops are balanced out by a very nice sweetness too. I'm guessing lots of Belgian candy sugar? I loved the taste of this.

M - Mouth feel was medium - not overly thick. The carbonation was really nice though, with fine little bubbles.

O - I don't have a ton of other Belgian style IPAs to compare this to, but this is definitely my favorite. A+

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Photo of jokemon
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Honey golden straw with tons of haze, its hard to see through for being so light in color.

Smell: This is my favorite part of this beer I think. TONS of floral hop scent are present with a sweet candy like bite.

Taste: Matches the smell, delicious.

Another amazing beer by Pipeworks. If these guys continue to put out quality beer like this local Chicago brewers will need to watch out!

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Photo of yamar68
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another one from scalzo - thanks man!

Pours a pinkish gold with a sexy finger of paper white head that sticks to the glass before settling down to form a thin, transparent cap. Surprisingly noticeable legs.

Very floral on the nose... honeysuckle and hibiscus. A little spicy and a little sweet. Fresh grape and peach. Some white wine notes and a slight suggestion of rye.

That same botanical sweetness shows up on the palate. Crisp, bittersweet herbal notes... sage and jasmine. Pretty much tastes like a greenhouse. Unique and delicious.

I'll have my eyes peeled for this one in the future.

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Photo of AndyP612
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Darkness stem.

A- Dark golden orange color with very small white head and quite cloudy as well.

S- Tropical fruit and dank hops balanced out by quite a bit of Belgian yeast. Nose on this is very well balanced and hopefully the taste follows this lead.

T- Citrus, and tropical fruit yet dank hops. The Belgian yeast really helps to take the edge off the hop flavor and also adds a nice spice. Slight banana flavor in there as well and finishes quite rich and robust not overly heavy though.

M- Medium bodied rich in feel lingers on the palate a while after sip. Dry finish really nice. Pretty low carbonation and makes this very drinkable.

O- Fantastic, well balanced Belgian style IPA. Not overly hoppy or yeast heavy. Another great offering from Pipeworks it seems they really impart nice dank hop flavors in their ales. I have yet to be disappointed in one of their beers. Cheers.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #111 poured into GI goblet

Pour: Cloudy, hazy straw yellow/orange color. Nice frothy white finger size head leaving a good amount of lacing settling to a soft collar.

Smell: This one smells unique and inviting for sure! Belgian yeast works its magic with a note of spice, bread and banana. The floral and citrus hops are complementing the yeast notes with grapefruit, orange peel, pear, a touch grassy and a bit of vanilla.

Taste: Tastes as good as it smells! Up front I get a really nice smoothness from the yeast. It has the spice from the yeast but yet is somewhat sweet at first. It has a nice hop profile with its somewhat grassy, dank notes yet also is citrus with its orange and grapefruit. Finishes bitter and damn enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Crisp but yet creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a wonderful change of pace and an overall great beer. I would like to sip this on a warm summer day paired with some food on the grill.

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Photo of Rope
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 thepenguin
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a fairly hazy dull golden-hay color with a minimal head.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit hop notes with a slight amount of yeast. Mangoes, melon and some acidic guava, along with grapefruit and a mild gooseberry note often found in Belgian IPAs.

T: Gooseberry and some yeasty esters upfront, followed by juicy/acidic tropical notes. Mid-sip citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine take firm hold with some mildly grainy cracker-like malt and bitter citrus rind in the finish. This beer is highly drinkable, being semi-dry and with restrained bitterness.

F: Just under medium-bodied with above average levels of prickly carbonation.

Thoughts: I’m not usually one for Belgian IPA’s but this was a delightful exception and probably the most enjoyable example of the style I’ve had to date. Very nice tropical fruit/citrus fresh hop character, with fairly clean yeastiness for the style. This one also maintains an appropriate dryness, whereas I find many beers in this style to be too malty and strong. Very enjoyable – this could be a great springtime staple.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a golden straw yellow with a big white head.

Aroma is very herbal almost tea like definitely coming off that Belgian style.

Taste is a flowery Belgian yeast and a nice upfront hoppiness. Reminds me of a more balanced raging bitch.

Excellently drinking, could see myself drinking a lot of these.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing Belgian IPA. Very juicy but with a nice dry finish. I'm pretty surprised this isn't highly sought after because it's a dank, tasty IPA.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to yeahnatenelson for the bottle.

Appearance: Very lightly hazed dark gold. Head is white, thin, and bubbly. Drops to a tiny cap and collar. Some nice sheets of lacing. Minor head retention.

Smell: Minor caramel malt influence. Belgian yeast drops nice hits of clove, ripe banana, and a faint spiciness. Hops are loaded with citrus and push grapefruit flesh. The two meld in to something tropical that leans toward tangerine and mango. Bready, whole grain bread.

Taste: Spicy floral hops. Citrus push. Orange and tangerine. Big bready malts couple with the restrained Belgian yeast. Ripe banana, touches of bubblegum and an underlying earthy spiciness. As it warms, the hops pick up some spiciness. Earthiness builds and the malts pick up a nice biscuity sweetness. Balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly above average carbonation. Mildly dry. Clean with a mild linger from the yeast.

Overall: A true testament to the style.

I've never been a huge fan of this style, but this just showed me there's hope for the style. A solid blend of Belgian yeast and American hops. Drink it. You won't regret it.

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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 timc100
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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

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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 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 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 Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber in color with a 2 finger offwhite head that has great retention. Tons of little carbonation bubble bubbling up from all over the glass.

Nose has a big hop precence, mainly orange and pinapple citrus notes. Belgian yeast has candy like notes to it, typical for pipeworks brews. Malt is grainy. Smells well balanced

Hops are foreword. Alot of the orange citrus hops pull through into the taste. Belgian yeast provides a very slight Spice that is accentuated by the butterness.Some alcohol is also present along with some grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a lot of bitterness.

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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 ricknelson
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to agree with previous reviewers about this beer. They nailed it. Pours light amber with a 2 finger head that has great retention. Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied with lots of carbonation and lacing all over the glass that lasts all the way to the end. Nose has a nice hop presence, citrus notes. Some alcohol is also present but less than expected for an 8 % beer. Gorgeous looking beer, again the head on it is fantastic. At the end of the bottle it gets hazier to almost opaque.
This is an awesome beer that I'm glad I have one more of. Great job PipeWorks

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Photo of jhartley
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can, canned on 02/22/16
Look: Poured a golden orange body, 1/2 fingers worth of head, minimal islands of lacing in the glass.

Aroma: Belgian yeast funk up front, plenty of pine hoppiness some citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and pineapple.

Taste: Definitely get that Belgian funkiness, it's not overpowering, the hops add a nice amount of bitterness and there's is a dry cracker-like finish.

Feel: Medium mouth feel on this one, with a dry finish.

Overall: I really dug this one! There isn't a whole lot of funk and not a lot of bitter hops to it, a decent balance. Would definitely crush more of this if it was readily available to me.

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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 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 krh
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another winner from Pipeworks. This has never been my favorite style, but this one manages to be a strong balance between IPA and Belgium funk - most times I feel these taste weak. Chewy upfront, zesty finish.

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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 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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Glaucus from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.
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