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Glaucus | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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.

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 292
Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- A tallboy reveals a fairly hazy golden yellow brew into a tall chalice. Upon that brew a massive, several finger head rises quickly with seemingly infinite retention. Lace forms in thick and plentiful webs that protrude off the glass several millimeters.

S- Big Belgian and big hops. The two intertwine quite well with the yeast brining spiciness of pink peppercorns, straw and pale fruits. Marrying this are hop hints of tangerine, tropical fruits, berries and floral arrangements. Overall quite zesty and spicy.

T- The story here is about both strong yeast and plenty of hops. The yeast is spicy, bready and fruity as notes of peppercorns, cooking herbs, fresh yeast bread, white vinous grapes and cooking spices come to mind. The hops provide a balance with floral, tangerine, orange, herbal, tea and spicy hints of their own.

MF- Creamy and even a bit chewy. The frothy consistency is joined by a very high end carbonation which provides some crisp and smooth feel to the experience. Finishes with a zesty and spicy hop bitterness.

I feel like I have been saying this forever but the partnership of Belgian yeast and bold hops is still, even in 2016, underused and like a frontier for amazing beer. Fruity and floral hops marry assertive Belgian yeast with precision.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really like this style of IPA. Very accessible, crisp and well rounded hops. Digging the nose, lemon, citrus, sourdough, pear. I would definitely get this again, great for warmer weather. Pipeworks is just great.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can - 9-6-16 on the bottom

Pours hazed/clouded dull apricot, fluffy light oatmeal head, lasting and leaving low sheeting and ample bits of lacing.

Coriander, lime and clove on the nose

Tasty and soft on the palate. Notes of light lime, melon, light pepper, Belgian yeast note present but not out front. Good stuff.

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Photo of EMH73
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw color with a well retained one and a half inch head. Smells of citrus, classic Belgian yeast, and some spice. Tastes of orange, peach, lemon, Belgian yeast ( no banana and minimal clove presence) and a nice sweet malt presence. Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Very easy to drink and refreshing but a little "light" IMO.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.69/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clean gold with a 2-3 finger fizzy head and arms of lace.

Smells of spicy but subdued Belgian yeast and piney hops--no banana or clove as I sometimes get in other attempts at the style.

Bitter, astringent copper flavors kind of burn the throat. Some onion follows. Yeast and hop take a backseat to pine.

Thin but fizzy.

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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 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 Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I started off with Belgians when I first got into craft, but I have definitely drifted, preferring American D/IPAs and imperial stouts for the most part these days... but anyway, this was a really good brew. Dry, yeasty... very flavorful and clean - bright grains and citrus - I woulda had another if I had another...

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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 jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, medium gold color, thin but thick creamy lacing ring.

S - Citrus, yeast, and perfume funk.

T - Oily lemon citrus with a crisp malt back ground, yeasty funk.

M - Medium body with creamy carbonation.

O - A solid beer worth trying.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy golden orange hue. Nice foamy head, not tight white bubbles. Pretty big, attractive bubbles with excellent lacing.

Getting some tropical notes such as papaya and guava. Nothing juicy or in your face. Some nice sweet honey and nectarine in the nose as well. Belgian yeast isn't too noticable for me, very subtle hints of that.

Very light Belgian funkiness, more honey and nectarine foward. Sweet backbone, not very malty. Some lemon zest and orange peel. Nice citrus.

Mouthfeel is moderately velvety, moderate carbonation. Overall, an easy drinker. Love the sweetness. Can't detect much Belgian characteristics. More of a citrusy honey foward APA to me.

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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 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 Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter
Canned 2/22/16

A- pours a hazy pale yellow with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, no lacing

S- spicy Belgian yeast gives some drier hay along musty and peppery notes, mixing with citrusy hops that give off orange peel & grapefruit

T- dry with spicy yeasty up front gives some musty and earthy notes, along with hint of ripe pear. Citrusy hop mid-palate gives notes of orange peel and grapefruit zest. The finish brings an orange marmalade sweetness that lingers of more citrus peel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp, semi-dry finish

O- just enough o that belgian yeast funk to balance out the citrus hops, high drinkability

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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 larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very semi-hazy golden yellow with subtle orange hues and a two finger blanket of fluffy white foam.

Bready, toast, grainy, subtly sweet, and a noticeable white pepper aroma that's characteristic with Belgian yeasts.

Aroma and flavor are one in the same, but the peppery Belgian yeast stands out even more in flavor. Bready and toasted malt flavors are less pronounced in flavor, but still there.

Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, yeasty, bitter, crisp.

Overall, while good it lacks a lot of complexity and leans more towards the Belgian yeast character rather than much of anything else.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/straw color with a touch of haze. very thin white cap settles into a thin ring, leaving moderate lacing. Hops in the aroma are mostly herbal/floral, belgian yeast character and pale malt dominate the aroma. Hops are more pronounced in the flavor, keeping the herbal/floral character and finishing with a touch of pine. The yeast takes on some complexity in the taste, adding peppery and banana like notes. medium-light bodied and fairly dry on the finish.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold in color. Bright white head that retains very well and leaves great lacing down the glass. The aroma is hop forward with explosive citrus, particularly lemon. Very slight spice note. The taste is again citrus forward, with a slight spiciness from the yeast on the swallow. The Belgian characteristics are there, but subtle. The body is medium light with moderate-high carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Very nice Belgian IPA.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned date of 2/22/2016 printed on the bottom side of the can. The aroma and taste are both fantastic with fresh citrusy hops and Belgian yeast. The taste is flavorful and surprisingly easy to drink. Overall, this is a fantastic Belgian IPA that I really enjoyed.

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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 paco1029384756
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy straw, frothy white head, medium-low carbonation. Scent of bread, Belgian yeast, light banana peel, mild citrus. Taste of fresh lemon zest, plain yeast, some sort of citrusy hops, and that about covers it. It's a decent beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, date stamped 2/22/16 FISH STICKS, 6.2% ABV
A - thin, foamy white head caps a pale golden colored ale
S - juicy & tropical yet Belgian yeast provides extra depth to the nose
T - juicy hops make it refreshing with notes of mandarin zest, passion fruit, mango, and pine, pale malt is biscuity, while the yeast adds another element of flavor with some fruity esters
M - light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter with pine and citrus zest lingering
O - it's always fun to see what these guys will do with their hops. This one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint can, canned on 2/22/16

L:Awesome can artwork, pours an apricot honey color, 1 1/2 finger head, good looking beer

S: Juicy fruits, pears, apricots, maybe some pineapple, fresh grass, a few drops of citrus

T: Pears, juicy, constant flow of flavor, great blend of malt and hops to balance out

F: Small bubbles, crisp, in between light and medium body, oily covering of the mouth

O: Solid beer, would have again on a summers day, thanks pipeworks

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to YYZ for sending this bottle as part of the Epic NFL Confidence pool! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold with a finger's worth of white head with fair retention. Average visible carbonation.

S: Yeasty, with fruity esters (pear, apple, and a light clove), and grassy & citrus rind hops over a light bready malt.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly – fruity esters up front (with a touch of banana that I didn't get in the nose), moderately bitter citrus and floral hops with a bit of resin character as well. All complimented by nice light cracker malt base. Lightly bitter with lingering fruity esters in the hang, which lead to an impression of dryness.

O: Good amount of carbonation sensation, noticeable alcohol presence but not overly hot, and medium body.

O: This was pretty tasty, though not truly outstanding. This is a style that I think has a definitive ceiling, at least to my palate. The characteristics of a Belgian IPA don't always play well together, but this seemed to be as good as any of them. Recommended to try.

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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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