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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.

Added by MasterSki on 05-29-2012

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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 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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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a tulip. Batch 15 for Pipeworks.

A: Pours a glowing gold with a big white head. Fluffy, retains well, some nice lacing.

S: Citric hops - grapefruit, orange, bitter pith and mint. Soft Belgian yeast profile - vanilla, pale malt, slight stone fruit esters. Really nice mix.

T: Follows the nose. Nice mix of BPA and IPA characteristics. Moderate pine and citrus, raw hop leaf, smooth golden yeast and pale malt. Mild spices. Bitter in the finish.

M: Light tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Pretty nice.

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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 homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pale gold with thin later of white head which leaves nice bits of lacing

S: earthy hop character along with some pine fruit which is followed up by nice fruity esters, notes of clove

T: American hops up front with plenty of floral character along with moderate bitterness and citrus character. The finish is where the belgian character comes in with a bit of spice and fruit esters. Great balance between American and Belgian character

Mf: moderate to high carbonation, medium body

O: very nice balance, full flavored, delicious

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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 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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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 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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Glaucus from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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