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The Apprentice - Societe Brewing Co.

The Apprentice
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:36:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of corby112


4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 21:57:40 | More by corby112
Photo of HopHead84


4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


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.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2012 04:06:12 | More by HopHead84
Photo of ehammond1

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear golden and orange with a small head, eventually leaving irregular lines of lace down the glass. Nice clarity, very pretty IPA.

Very nice aroma, but the flavor shines significantly more than the aroma. That being said, this still smells great: citrus notes, a bit of pine, along with some floral hop character as well. Complete.

The flavor is quite exceptional, with a hop-forward yet balanced approach: bitter grapefruit flesh along with other assorted citrus (orange and mango?), mild pine, moderate bitterness. A delicious IPA.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Crisp and incredibly drinkable. Perfect.

A fantastic IPA. I prefer The Pupil slightly, but The Apprentice isn't at all far behind.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 14:56:39 | More by ehammond1
Photo of argock


4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at The Taproom (San Diego, CA).

A: Hazy pale yellow with 1/2-to-1 finger of nearly white tighly bubbled, frothy head which retained well and left a few random lines of lacing behind.

S: The aromas are mainly pine, grapefruit, lemon, and some resin with some light crystal maltiness trying to hang in there

T: Good flavor with a big resinous finish. The bitterness is moderate for this beer, which treads in the unchartered territory between Am IPA and DIPA. The flavor is hop-dominated for sure, with a blast of pine, grapefruit rind, lemon, and floral orange but finished with lip-smacking resin. The malt backing is solid and probably a simple bill, with mainly 2-row pale malt and light-to-light-medium crystals. A really solid flavor with a little alcohol character. It does not showcase any tropical fruit characer which I really enjoy in this style.

M: Medium-bodied with even carbonation and a slightly sticky-tacky feel but very drinkable -- I was in a little bit of a hurry but I still think I finished my pint in about 10 minutes, no problem.

O: I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this beer, as I had no preconceived notions and was just trying to have something I could never find back home in VA. A very good IPA/DIPA in which I would love to see a little broader hop profile.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 04:05:18 | More by argock
Photo of notchucknorris


3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Clear golden color with a thin eggshell white head.

S: pretty substantial piney hop aroma with a nice floral overtone. A bit of jasmine and a touch of yeast in the back.

T: Tried my first beer from them, The Harlot, a few weeks back and wasn't impressed at all. This is much better, though a lot different than most San Diego IPAs. Pine and grapefruit pith upfront with a lot of dryness throughout. A big dose of bready malt and lemon on the finish. Much more an English IPA than an American IPA to me. Mouthfeel is medium and perfect for the flavors. A solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 20:44:08 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of beagle75


3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft service into a tulip glass at Stone Bistro in Escondido.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Grain is evident, mildly toasty and somewhat rustic, while hops qualities tend to lean toward the tropical. Metallic sharpness is a persistent and slightly distracting feature.

T: Begins dry, with savory herbs and restrained papaya. More pine and onion emerge into the middle where acidity is high. The finish is moderately bitter, retaining the same savory overtones as the early profile and adding some earthiness as well.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, oily and slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer seems to strive to be some different IPAs at the same time, and is fairly successful. The recipe comes across as modern, with a mix of bold and appealing hops qualities that also yield food-friendly depth.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2013 19:40:27 | More by beagle75
Photo of Nugganooch


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Societe

10oz pour

A: Super clear golden amber body that is effervescent with tiny bubbles forming a tight off-white cap. Light persistent head with some real clingy sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Profound aromas of grapefruit and gooseberry. Real fruity with mango like tropicals and a bit of catty herbals. There is a light caramelized malt cracker to the background. Overall a really great nose with a fresh tropical hop medley.

T: Bold fruit flavors of gooseberry, grapefruit, and bitter melon. Pine with some restrained white grape and herbals. Real nice but a little less tropical than the nose. Malt is dry cracker with a soft suggestion of caramel. There is an upper moderate level of resinous hop bitterness and just a slight alcohol kick in the finish. Not distracting however. This is really nice and perfectly sweetened. Not terribly mind blowing flavor wise but showcases some real nice craftsmanship at practicing balance.

M: Moderate to lower feel overall with a nice crisp drying lift in the finish. Carbonation a touch on the higher side with some prickly bite. A bit of puckering residuals of hop oils and sugary bits.

D: A really nice offering. Awesome nose and the balance of flavors here are impeccable. Very drinkable with some nice “new” hop flavors. Has a Citra/Nelson thing going on but not in excess.


Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 20:40:25 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.01/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Consarnit! Another stuffed bra beer! Raul had hella hopes for Societe, but like Mount Vesuvius, this beer is dormant! No nose. No nose what-so-ever! Taste? Lingering. And then lingering on nothing.

I'm sad. I'm sad to say it, but it's just an average one, my children.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 08:00:36 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Hendry


4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey colored pour,one finger bone white head,solid lacing in the snifter.

Aroma is a combination of moderately juicy hops and a slight whiff of alcohol.

Taste is an improvement over the aroma: soft tropical flavors with a nicely rounded aftertaste that borders bitterness and savory.

Mouthfeel is really nice, appropriate carbonation and a pleasant creamy texture.Goes down nice and easy with no trace of alcohol that was detected in the nose.

Solid West Coast IPA worthy of trying if you are able to get your hands on it.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2013 02:03:33 | More by Hendry
Photo of reebtaerG


4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Societe

A-Pours a clear, light golden straw with a nice finger of white head that thins to a skin. Great lacing.

S-Great aromas of tarragon, lemon pepper, and sharp grass are up front. Tropical fruits, pineapple support.

T-Taste has a lemon, grass and grapefruit first. Strong bell pepper in the middle. Some grapefruit, dough and spice. Light malts. Ending is dry with lingering malts.

M-Light tacky body with a light to medium acidic and faintly sweet palate. Mild carbonation.

O-Overall a great IPA. Very smooth and tasty!

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 19:35:18 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of Schmaltzy


4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So the appearance is your typical golden slightly hazy with ample fluffy white head that leaves soapy lacing everywhere. Aroma is grapes and gooseberries right away followed by Meyer lemon and citrus and a nice delicate floral aroma similar to cherry blossom. I do also smell a decent amount of alcohol which lowers the score only slightly. Taste, wow, right away I get the sweet malt but it doesn’t taste like malt, more fruit like dark grapes and gooseberry followed by a nice citrus wave led by the meyer lemon and some orange zest. The finish is slightly bitter with a wheat and yeast taste, I really didn’t feel any alcohol burn on the finish, so I was guessing it was around 7% alc however it is 8.4% and sneaks up on you quick. Nice ample soapy carbonation cleans the palate well, a very nice medium body IPA with some interesting flavors integrated into it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 20:15:21 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of standardcherry


4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler thanks to ehammond1!

A: Murky golden/orange color. Creamy white head.
S: Not as strong as I expected. Citrus, pine and floral but not much.
T: Now the taste is a different story. Love the malt sweetness, can taste a tiny bit of honey. Quite hoppy but well balanced. Bitter grapefruit, orange, mango and pine resin. Moderate bitterness (certainly a bit more than Pupil).
M: Fantastic mouthfeel. Medium bodied with nice, creamy carbonation. Crisp finish. Insanely drinkable.
O: Another great offering from Societe. Even though I prefer Pupil, I would gladly take either one any day.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2013 21:23:18 | More by standardcherry
Photo of jdhowe


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Field in San Diego, CA


A: Very pale, 1/2 finger off-white head dissipates to film, plenty of lacing. Just a little light on color.

S: Yummy citrusy hop character, a little malt, but mostly citrus.

T: Delicious. Follows nose. Citrusy hops and a clean malt backbone lead into a finish that is bitter but not overly. A really great IPA.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink. Very good for its style.

O: Really impressed by this. I often find IPAs lacking in flavor when compared to their DIPA cousins, but this one really stepped it up. Maybe it's because at 7.6%abv it's damn-near a DIPA, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how much this beer had to offer. My first Societe brew had been a very pleasant experience.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 08:31:54 | More by jdhowe
Photo of SavvyStudent


4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

O: Take the pupil and make it more cloudy, a little stronger hop on the nose and a little heavier mouthfeel and you have The Apprentice. It is just different enough from the Pupil but quite a few similarities between the two beers (not a bad thing in this case). Another home run from Societe and one of the top IPA in CA.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2013 03:45:57 | More by SavvyStudent
Photo of KevT


4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer at Societe on a recent trip to San Diego. The beer was a dark yellow color and had a mild hop aroma. The hop flavor was more pronounced than the aroma would make you think and was nicely balanced with the malt finish. This was one of my favorite Societe beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 18:00:11 | More by KevT
Photo of MSardina1


4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: massive hop aroma, clearly the focus here is on the hops as opposed to a malt or grain focused beer.

Appearance: white foamy head with crisp bubbles, pale straw color, more yellow-golden than amber. Relatively clear.

Flavor: hop driven with nice balance of the slight malt backbone...bitter, but more hop aroma and flavor instead of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect -- not cloying, super dry, yet satisfying. Makes you want another taste.

Overall Impression: #teamapprentice does not disappoint. This is a beer that is probably underrated with respect to The Pupil. Hop Bomb!!


Serving type: growler

11-16-2013 04:07:28 | More by MSardina1
Photo of DubbelBastard


4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The other guy said it better, but I figured I'd review it since it's so new.

I'm at Neighborhood, San Diego, and they have it on tap. This place is pretty good, so for full disclosure, I just had a bottle of Russian River Supplication (sour) and a Lost Abbey Devotion (Belgian blonde/pale).

Appearance: light gold, a little hazy. Head was white and lingered for a while. Still some foam on the sides of the glass.

Bouquet: Not as powerful as I'd expect. Typical grapefruit and other citrus-y "nose flavors".

Taste: This is what won me over. It's quite hoppy, and not balanced out with honey, agave, or any of the other latest trends. It leaves you with a good bitter taste on the palate and lingers for quite a while.

Mouth: well, there's not a ton of body, but that is commensurate with the IPA. It's definitely not weak, yet does not have the body of the less-pale-strong-ales that tend to be prevalent around the region.

But yeah, nothing super surprising with this beer, but it tastes better than it looks. I'd give it a try. Next, I'll go back to the Pliny the Elder they also have on tap before returning to Michigan.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 22:38:20 | More by DubbelBastard
The Apprentice from Societe Brewing Co.
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