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The Pupil - Societe Brewing Co.

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568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 192
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-31-2012)
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Ratings: 568 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

mdaschaf, Nov 19, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Huhzubendah, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Mebuzzard, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

billab914, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/30/2012

On tap at Society. IPA made with Nelson and Citra. That's all I know.

A: Yellow gold with an inch of white froth. Nice color and good clarity. Solid head retention and lots of scattered lacing.

S: Big white grape and gooseberry Nelson profile with mango, guava, orange, and grapefruit. Floral aromatics blend with earth and crackery malt. The hop aroma is outstanding.

T: White grape with mango, nectarine, gooseberry, and lightly spicy grapefruit. The fruit is mouthwatering and juicy. Apparently blending Nelson and Citra makes for an awesome flavor. Smooth moderate bitterness. Malt is crackery and lightly biscuity. The beer is dry with no alcohol flavor. Bitterness waxes in the finish.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: If you like Alpine's Nelson you'll love this. Excellent and highly drinkable. To me this is a step above The Apprentice. I immediately got a growler of this after my first glass.

(4.5-4.5-4.5-4.5-4.5)

6/2/2012 - Had this from the growler and I'm dropping the flavor by .5.

(4.5-4.5-4.0-4.5-4.5)

6/22/2012 - Had another glass at the brewery and I'm raising the score back to the original.

(4.5-4.5-4.5-4.5-4.5)

7/20/12 - I guess I'm updating my score again. The second batch of this beer is even better than the first batch. Apparently they wanted to take the beer in a different direction and go heavier on the Nelson. I'm going to be conservative and just improve the nose, but this second batch blew me away. By far my favorite beer from Societe.

(4.5-5-4.5-4.5-4.5)

HopHead84, May 31, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

ShanePB, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours without much of a head. Wispy on the surface and a few bubbles at the edge.

Smell - Piney, resiny hops. Very nice. Some grapefruit too. Not my favorite hop profile, but it smells great.

Taste - Bright resiny hop, a bit more citrus here. Some slightly grainy malts back there, almost no sweetness. Dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, medium bodied, low carbonation. That's probably the growler. I could drink a few glasses of this.

Overall - I don't love the hop profile, but I can't deny that it's a very well made IPA.

Alieniloquium, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Rhettroactive, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler opened on 9.18.14
Thanks Jordan.

Easy drinker for 7.8%
Light tropical fruits and grassy. A touch of melon in the finish. Delicious.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

chippo33, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Boone757, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jrallen34, Sep 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

claspada, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

bsuedekum, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

kscaldef, Apr 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

IPAchris, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Gobzilla
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and A nice finger of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice piney floral hoppy profile with citrus grapefruit present, faint bready malts sweetness, pineapple fruit, hints of mango and slight grass aroma.

T: the hop profile was just as prominent on the palate consisting of earhty, grassy, piney, and floral traits, plenty of tropical fruit flavor, a good bready malty sweetness that balanced out this hoppy bomb, nice citrusy grapefruit that helped on the bitterness and pineapple accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with good amount of carbonation which had a fruity, hoppy, piney, citrusy, bready malty, bitter and oily finish.

O: very good IPA I must say. I didn't think it was going to be that good but was proved wrong.

Gobzilla, Dec 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

eawolff99, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

LoveStout, Oct 08, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

BGsWo22, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's. Seemed like a good opportunity to tick so I ordered it. Looks sort of yellow but then it was nighttime at O'Brien's so I can't be 100% sure. Smelled quite interesting, a real melange of hoppiness, dank, west coast. Flavor sort of diverged from the aroma, very bitter though and as it warmed a bit of lemon goodness. Overall this was a good IPA, hopefully they bottle this in the future.

ArrogantB, Sep 17, 2012
The Pupil from Societe Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.