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Six-pack Workout: Pegasus IPA

Not to sound so particular, but I’m still exploring the beers that the Chicago area has to offer that I haven’t seen back home in the D. This one is quite exceptional, another one to look for if you make it out this way.

Fur and feathers are filtered out before bottling.

Brewery: Argus Brewery, Chicago IL. Style: IPA ABV: 6.5% IBU: 60 Price point: $9 for a 6-pack Color: Amber-Red Head retention: Fair Aroma: Citrus (Yuzu?!), mild malt undertones. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth. Tasting notes: Citrus, walnut, more body and flavor than the typical American Pale Ale with the same hop bite. Pairings: Curry and spices, blue cheese, good cheddar, roast game. Avoid grilled foods with this one. The harshness of the grill will overpower the balance of this beer, I think (not tested though, so correct me if I’m wrong, please). Comments: An American IPA that’s true to the Brit style, not overly hopped to the point of tasting like soap. As much as I like the American riffs on the English Pale Ale and IPA originals, I think American brewers go a little more than overboard with the hops sometimes (Bells Two-Heart, for instance) which is why this was a refreshing change of pace for me. Some other beer review sites have dogged them for this, but I applaud them! Another thing I saw them bemoaning about was the lack of citrus notes in the nose, typical of the style. Again, I must disagree. In fact, that was the first thing that struck me. No doubt this is due to the fact that I live a few miles from the brewery, so the batch that I got my paws on was most likely fresher. What struck me the most about nose wasn’t just the citrus, but the specific type of citrus, yuzu! Whether accidentally or contrived, the brewers found the precise blend of hop varieties to give this beer the aroma of that much beloved Japanese fruit. Well rounded flavor, and balanced hop/malt finish make this a beer I will buy again. -Jack