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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
283
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
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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 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 GuzzLah
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy gold with a standard head. Light lace. No bubbles.

S - citrus and semi-dank piney hops, mild pineapple, mild spicy yeast, faint bubblegum and a nice malty aroma. Overall, the aroma has a fairly robust intensity.

T - is similar to the aroma, but not quite as impressive. It's fresh and hoppy, but the flavor is ambiguously homogeneous with some distortion. It needs one element to pop forward. It's also a tad salty which doesn't seem to work well in this beer.

M - light-medium body. Smooth, medium bitterness with a short sustain. A little hot for an 8% beer.

O - a good American-Belgian IPA made with American hops that lacks coherence.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch# 50

Bright with just a little haze, brass and light copper color mix. Nice head after the pour, just a thin layer of foam that seems to last for all 22 ounces. Almost no bubbling and modest, at best, lacing.

Citric and bright with a little malty and yeasty sweetness. Smells bitter and hoppy for sure.

Orange adnd grapefruit zest seems to dominate the palate from start to finish. There's "some" toasty, biscuity malts lingering here and there. There's some boozey heat and a little yeasty, fruity, dryness lingering here and there. This is a bitter sipper, that seems to offer nothing exceptional.

Warm palate, resiny, dry mouthfeel. A bitter sipper worth a try if you are a hophead.

I love bitter beers, but this IPA seems to lack a little more balance and depth for the style, not bad, but not something I plan on picking up again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 50.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with soapy and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of ChiBeerGuy1979
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a hefe glass, 22 oz.

A: very clean and golden, light and bright but not yellow

S: immediate Belgian yeast with coriander and spice, awakening.

T: dry and bready, citrusy with hops on the side of the tongue, hops, oh yeah, hops.

M: soft and sweet, at first then warm and clean. Varies in range of temp, when first poured cold, clean and rich, when last tasted, warmer and more spice like a European hefe with hops still.

O: an addition to a spicier IPA. Worth the pour and worthwhile of drinking a bottle. 8.0 abv is good too, lends to a stronger palate and discussion among friends.

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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 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 MCain04
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Freddy! Capones is the best beer store in town! Batch 178 poured into FFF Teku.

Bright opaque orange color with a white head that sticks around well enough.

Smells strongly of belgian yeasts, lemon and citrus grassy hops, a little spice and coriander.

Taste is bright, grassy, citric, spicy, with smooth malts constituting a large portion of the beer. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is impressively smooth and borders on full bodied. Crisp and bright, easy to drink. dry finish.

This is a solid DIPA that isn't gonna blow anyone away with its hop presence or bitterness, but instead really accomplishes a nice balanced Belgian IPA. Well done, I was surprised with how much I liked this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable Belgian IPA and something different, hunted from 20 West Wine and Spirits. Pours generous head on light yellow body. Floral hoppy aroma. I liked this because of the spices rather than yeast being emphasized in this style.Smooth mouthfeel, very good drinkability.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Yeah, I missed out on my precious sushi, but at least I can commiserate with friends and beers, right? This one pours a clear straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, mandarin orange, light lemon zest, sweet caramel, and a touch of pineapple. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light leek and a very small contingent of what seems like salt. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but I don't really get too much Belgian-ness going on. Regardless, I'd readily have another...

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Photo of csparace
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance (4.00) - Poured into a Matilda glass with a very white and large 2.5 finger head. Pours a cloudy lemon color with a touch of brown. Really more of a dirty lemonade. Debris falls to the bottom in small particles. Lacing is rather nice but thins out later on.

Smell (4.00) - Right off the bat you can tell this is a belgian IPA. Yeasty and fruity - more sour fruit - like lemon. Its also a heavy smell. Kinda moist and easy to pick up on.

Taste (3.75) - Really fruity. I get mostly lemon with a ton of tartness. The yeast and belgian character really lingers in the mouth. Not a ton of bitterness and hop profile at all. Malts are medium in presence but are pretty refreshing. This beer is decently sour, almost a little too much. The fruit character is a little much for me and I think this beer could benefit from having a bit more hops to it. Alcohol is very well hidden - my heartburn is the only thing that hints at its true value.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Like the smell, the mouthfeel is a little heavier than you'd think - but not in a bad way. Carbonation levels are low but it doesn't take away from the beer too much. Lips are pretty sticky and the heavy taste really stays in your mouth forever. Good drinkability. Its really satisfying though because it has such a presence and body to it.

Overall (4.00) - By far the thing they need to work on here is the taste. There is just too much fruit/lemon presence for me. It fits into the style very well though and is actually very satisfying. Though it is heavier than other belgians I've had, I attribute that character to a better body profile. Needs a slight bit of work, then this will be an excellent beer.

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Photo of vic21234
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch number 50.

A- Pours a hazy light yellow/ orange color with a half finger of white colored head. The head dissipates to some froth along the top and sides of the glass.

S- Lots of citrus and floral hops in the aroma. A faint sweetness is there as well.

T- Big hop hit off the front of the mouth. Pine and citrus are most apparent. Then comes the Belgian yeast. I get hints of banana in the taste as well.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, bitter, dry finish.

A good representation of the style in my opinion.

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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 inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, batch 111, 4/9/13
Riedel tulip

A: Cloudy hazy burnt yellow/orange color. Initially a full finger of bright fluffy head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Smells of citrus like hops: orange peel and lemon like notes. Then you get that spice from the Belgian yeast. Musky and hints of clove and Banana.

T: Taste follows nose. You get a nice sharp burst of citrus like hops on the tip of the tongue. Pulling that orange peel and orange rind. Also, some lemon and pepper notes as the Belgian yeast comes into play. Really drys the beer out towards the finish. Booze hidden nicely. Drinks like 6%.

M: Light medium body. Carbonation helps make feel lighter.

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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 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 kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a bright golden color with.a 2 finger frothy white head. Huge clumps of lacing stick to the glass. Nice amount of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- slight funk, lots of spicy hop let's and some caramel and bread.

T- starts off slightly sweet and then the spices and piney hop bitterness take over. Grassy dankness at the finish.

M- medium body, higher carbonation. Pretty dry beer with a similar finish.

O- good beer. I have probably drank 100 x more American ipa's than Belgians so it's not a go to style for me. Also, some others I have had more recently have more Weiss notes, where this is more spice and bitterness.

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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 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 KDawg
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a medium/dark orange color with a nice foamy head.

Very aromatic with good balance and aromas of spices, navel oranges, hops and creams as well.

Full bodied and extremely smooth with very good depth. Balanced with real tasty notes of oranges, spices and some hops.

This was another great brew from pipeworks. I hope they keep this in the regular rotation.

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

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch #15.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with some light amber hues. A one finger pure white head forms on the pour and recedes to a nice hefty collar. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Nice spicy Belgian yeast. Some light peppercorn and citrus peel flavors are there and the hop backing is nicely integrated some mild fruit, a little grass and some citrus flesh.

T: Nice peppery Belgian yeast is upfront just like the nose. Peppercorn spiciness and flowery esters are there with some pithy bitterness and fruit rind. The fruity hops flavors are there in the finish with mild hay like grassiness and a nice bready malt bill to balanced it out.

M: Medium bodied with a nice semi-prickly carbonation level with a yeasty, drying finish paired with some malty sweetness and fruity hop bitterness.

O: A very balanced and delicious take on the style. I would like a little more hops, but it was nice none the less. A great refreshing beer! Chalk up another great beer for the boys at Pipeworks.

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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 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 Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter shade of amber. Slightly hazy. Forms a smallish white head of creamy consistency that ever so slowly reduces down to a thick ring around the edge. Some light lacing.

S: Rather aromatic with a nice blend of aromas. Starts off with some fruity, yeasty, esters that are complemented nicely with lots of bright citrus hops.

T: Mild sweetness and some pale malts are accented by lots of floral and citrus hops. Some yeasty spices are mixed with some light juicyfruit on the back end. Finish falls off quickly.

M: Medium bodied with heavier, prickly carbonation.

O: I like this take on a cross between a Belgian and an American IPA. Obviously the two styles are similar, but this beer does manage to be both unified between the two styles yet still have distinctly different characteristics.

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