Glaucus | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
333
Reviews:
67
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
45
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 333 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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 acurtis
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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 StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

for american made versions of the style, this is a type of beer that is more often done poorly than it is done well, but its one i love and keep seeking. this is a delightfully high quality and delicious example of what good belgian ipa can taste like, and its decidedly american in nature, despite the yeast. golden bright honey colored, clear and heady, bubbly and screaming "drink me up". it smells like a floral strain of belgian yeast, clover or honey or even dandelion, very intriguing less fruity, a little bitter. the hops are juicy and bright too, even a little sweet in their oils, and dosed heavily. in the flavor, the hops are equally as pronounced as the yeast, and work to flavor this beer not just in the finish, but from the second it hits the tongue, offering big bold pineapple and orange notes, average bitterness, and a dry bite that brings out the yeast a bit. its robustly flavorful and really deliciously unique as they go. i like the yeast not being too fruity or gummy, and i like the high carbonation. this is a year round type of beer, and its awesome with all kinds of food. its been too long since ive had an american made belgian ipa this good, so glad it has come to colorado!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the yeasty and citrusy flavors are a little stronger. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the hops and yeast in the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of smithj4
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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 millerbuffoon
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Glaucus from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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