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The Apprentice - Societe Brewing Co.

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The Apprentice
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 20
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Schmaltzy on 05-21-2012)
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On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and malt. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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the apprentice feels more like a traditional west coast ipa than does the pupil. its less balanced sure, but it also has a lot more bitterness and a lot more of the fresh hop characteristics, including a rich resinous texture and an oily hop sweetness indicative of the west coast style. its far less delicate, but not any less well honed. the hops are just colossal in this, and the bitterness cant be helped. still a rather light grain complexion in terms of color and sweetness. there is a slightly crusty bready center to this, which keeps the body in line, but there isnt much barley malt flavor in here at all. the hops do most of the flavoring, with pine needles being strong here. the booze in this one shows just a bit, but its not distracting. i like it a little less as it warms up too, gets a touch harsh in the finish, but what an outstanding brew. i may like the pupil a little more for its balance and smoothness, but this is right there with it in terms of hoppy brilliance.

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Draft at Churchill's in San Diego, March 2013.

Pours a hazy, pale golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with large sheets of soapy lacing.  

Floral, slightly earthy and oily resinous hop aroma with pine needle and tons of tropical fruit. Lots of grapefruit, papaya, pineapple and orange peel countered by pale biscuit malt, toffee and graham cracker.  

Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a blast of earthy, piny hops countered by a boat load of tropical/citrus fruit notes and a pale makt backbone.  Grassy pine needle and earthy bitterness along with a ton of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and lemon peel.  Really complex and delicious hop profile.  Light pale malts underneath with biscuit and graham cracker.  Really well balanced and way too easy to put down.  I could drink this all day.  Awesome beer! I tried several Societe beers on my last trip to SD and this was the most flavorful. Highly recommended!

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SS growler poured into a Moonlight pint glass and a snifter.

A: A pellucid and attractive burnished yellow gold color with an inch of frothy white foam. Lacing is scattered. Nice color.

S: Resinous pine, marijuana, orange, spicy grapefruit, gooseberry, and catty notes. I pick up a little tropical character, redolent of guava, pineapple, and mango. There's some melon in there. Malt has no detectable influence on the aroma and no alcohol is evident.

T: A whisper of crackery malt with not even a trace of sweetness. The first couple batches I had of this were very dry but also very astringent and a bit rough with the bitterness. They seem to have abandoned that approach, intentionally or otherwise, which makes for a much more enjoyable IPA. The bitterness is firm but smooth, devoid of harshness. There's plenty of hop flavor on display and this reeks of freshness. I could look up fruit in an encyclopedia and throw descriptors at you all day, but the main characteristics I take away from this are orange pith and flesh, grapefruit, white grape, and tangerine. The nose was a bit of a tease in the tropical category, but there are ample pine notes. The last few batches of this beer have been slightly above 8% but alcohol is undetectable. The finish is dry, clean, and moderately bitter with lingering citrus.

M: Upper light to lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky with a touch of astringency.

Overall: I've had this beer a few times before, mainly from the earlier batches, and I found a lot of variation from batch to batch, almost like the beer was searching for an identity or the brewers weren't sure which direction to go with it. It was always a pretty good beer, but nothing about it was memorable and nothing stood out for me. I figured I'd give Societe some time to dial in the recipe before I got a growler and reviewed it. And to be honest, I wouldn't be sitting here with this growler if they would have been doing fills of The Pupil, which was the reason I went to the brewery, but they were on their last keg and the sample of The Apprentice I tried was better than the earlier batches so I figured I'd give it a go rather than leave empty-handed. I'm happy to say that I'm enjoying this beer. It's a well crafted, quality IPA. Recommended.

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The Apprentice from Societe Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.