The Pupil - Societe Brewing Co.

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world-class

592 Ratings
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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 199
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-31-2012)
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4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

everytime i taste ipa thats so flavorful yet delicate, i think of vermont, and of the way the likes of hill farmstead, lawsons, and the alchemist make hoppy beer. they dont have that high resin feel, they dont have the sticky oily thing going on, and usually dont have the honey sweetness the hops can provide either. they tend to be well integrated, feature some amount of grain character, a softness of mouthfeel, bright aromatics, and a cleaner, less bitter finish. thats why i was so surprised to learn that this beer was made in san diego, it feels so vermont to me. so highly refined, well understood, and balanced brilliantly. its not that that hops or hop varietals are anything new to my palate, it seems a bit of new world tropical fruity stuff with the classic northwest high alpha C varietals. its the way they are dosed here, no harshness from bitterness or plant matter at all, and that softness that comes from baby bubble carbonation and really dry finishing yeast. the dry hopping is where the magic happens here. its so clean and yet big. the abv is really rather gnarly, but its never detected in the drinking experience of this beer. its almost more like a big pale ale than an ipa, considering its balance. beautiful beer, i could happily drink this one forever. great introduction to this brewery for me.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Stone. Pours pale, hazy orange with thin white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, yeast and slight funk. Flavor is piney and citrusy. On the lighter side of and IPA with medium carbonation. Slight bitter finish. Super solid, nice balance. As good as any IPA on the market.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ehammond1!

A: LIght golden hazy color. Creamy white head. Tons of lacing left in the glass. No carbonation problems at all.
S: Juicy citrus and pine pretty much dominate.
T: Sweet maltiness balanced with a burst of tropical fruits. For some reason, this was missing from the aroma. Tons of peach, guava, pineapple, mango, tangerines. Very well balanced bitterness.
M: Medium/full bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Pleasant carbonation.
O: One of the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of trying. Nice use of Nelson, a hop that's quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear yellow in color with a near-white crown that leaves lined lacing down the glass. The color is lighter than most typical San Diego IPAs. It reminds me of Alpine Nelson's appearance. A great thing to be reminded of.

Nice balance of citrus, floral, and malty aromas, with some grapefruit character leading the way. There's a bit of juice-like sweetness present as well.

Citrus and floral hops are the most dominant flavors, along with floral and earthy hops, and a moderate level of bitterness. There's some cracker and sweet malt flavor as well and a juice-like characteristic that is quite nice.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Crisp. Incredibly drinkable. Obviously well-crafted. Perfect.

A world-class IPA. I'm excited to try more from this group.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank this on tap at Churchill's in November 2012, then at the Societe taproom in February 2013.

Big time yellow pour, tons of haze, small 1/3" head on the top. Some of these mega hopped SD west coast ipa's now look eerily similar to a hefeweizen (albeit without the same head, lacing or retention).

Aroma, huge, the best of both worlds, you get the citra and the nelson hops in all their glory. Name the fruit, you can probably close your eyes and envision it in this beer. Mango, guava, pine, pineapple. Pretty much every tropical type of fruit out there, comes out in the nose (and taste, but more about that in a sec). I smelled the shit out of this beer, ramping up expectations until I could actually taste it.

The taste is very smooth, for all the hop glory in this, it has zero abrasive bitterness to it. Extremely light and dry cracker like malt addition to just stay the hell out of the way of the hops. Juicy. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Very light bodied, high hopped, low bitterness libation. Tangerine and mango just rolls off the tongue. Very reminiscient of Pliny and Alpine.

This is the #1 beer you haven't drank. This is now a must stop spot when in San Diego. If it was anywhere else in the world, it would be the talk of the town, homerism effects etc. . . but since its SD, there's plenty of stuff to divide loyalties and keep these guys under the radar on the national scene.

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The Pupil from Societe Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.