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The Pupil - Societe Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 754
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 23.25%
Wants: 235
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium orange/yellow, slight chill haze, white fluffy head, solid lacing.

Aroma: heavy grapefruit, citrus, and pineapple.

Taste: grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral notes, fairly high bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, slick, good carbonation.

Overall: good drinkability, overall very tasty!

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Photo of Florida9
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear light amber. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Good retention. Head leaves some minimal lacing on the way down.

S: Very aromatic. Aroma is full of fruit, but not necessarily the types of fruit you'd expect from an IPA. Mostly grape, but some tropical fruit as well. Maybe a little orange citrus, but its faint.

T: Very light malt base. Then the flavors I typically associate with Nelson Sauvigon hops. Green grapes and gooseberry. Again, just a hint of tropical fruits and just a very faint hint of lemon along with a little grapefruit pith. A bit sweeter than I was expecting it to be.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A nice beer, though a bit sweeter than I was expecting for a San Diego brewed IPA. Otherwise, it brings the otherwise typical light malt body and heavy hops, though the hops used in this brew offer up a lot more than the typical citrus and pine notes.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy light gold color with a thin white head.

S- Lots of pine with some underlying mango, caramel, apricot and resin.

T- Lots of citrus and pine hop notes battling for supremacy here. Tangerine rind, grapefruit pith, a good amount of pine resin and some pepper. Solid.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler from the best beer mule in SoCal, my sister!

Pours a golden/orange color, thin collar, white head, spotty lacing. Aroma is tons of tropical fruit sweetness which includes mango, pineapple, oranges along with some bitter citrus peel notes as well. Flavor is a nice mix of sweetness and hoppy bitterness with mango, pineapple, light pine. Light body, good carbonation, oily sweet finish.

This is a really nice American IPA. I had a pour from the growler immediately after a pour of Hill Farmstead Edward from the kegerator, and while they were both very different, it was hard to pick a favorite from the two. Looking forward to visiting the brewery when I'm out visiting family!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a golden hay color with a strong grassy hop presence coming across. The flavor shows more grass with a light, chewy yet clean finish. Hop forward West Coast IPA done up exceptionally well.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the most dry hopped and delicious ipas in San Diego. Not on the level of Alpine but this cloudy ipa has a great smell and overall taste. Also great that it is available on tap all year long.

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Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Hamiltons Tavern, San Diego, CA
Served in a pint glass

Nearly crystal clear, brassy yellow appearance. The beer was topped by a one finger tall, frothy, bright white cap that faded to a lasting ring. Streaky, drippy lacing trickled along the glass.

The aroma was solid but a bit more muted than I anticipated. White grapefruit dominated. Lemon and lemongrass notes also came through. Bit of tropical fruitiness. Passionfruit was detectible.

The flavor profile was more punchy and interesting than the nose. Super hoppy with loads of white grapefruit and lemon. Lots of lemongrass as well. Fairly tart for the style. Moderately dank. Good amount of tropical fruitiness. Passionfruit again was most noticeable. Lemon rind appeared in the finish. All in all, really nicely balanced.

Solid mouthfeel. The beer was medium to lighter bodied for the style and contained a fine, subtle effervescence. Creamy, smooth and pillowy soft on the palate.

The Pupil is definitely an ode to Nelson Sauvin hops and, in my book, that is certainly a good thing. This reminded me a lot of Alpine Brewing's Nelson.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
3.62/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Several draft pours at DC Savor, including my second pour of the night so palate was a blank slate. Could not tell if this keg was old, but it was a bit of a malt bomb, old-school IPA. Was quite disappointed.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden orange with a nice light whitish head

Smell: Citrus forward, with pineapple dominant, a bit of lemon a hint of floral hoppiness

Taste: More pine than the nose, not a ton of bitterness at first but more pronounced as I drink more, great pineapple and grapefruit notes

Mouthfeel: Moderate bitterness and medium bodied with good carbonation for the style.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA, not my favorite but quite good!

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Nick (OneBeertoRTA)

Poured from 64oz stainless growler into chimay goblet.

Appearance: light golden cloudy. Thin white head.

Aroma: ripe juicy tropical fruits. Foral.

Taste: big peach ripe mango followed by light bitter pine. A little hint of spice. Slight pear skin on the back end. Absolutely no alcohol. Insanely crushable

Mouthfeel: very light and smooth with slight carbonation to cleanse the palate

Overall: awesome ipa that I could drink all day long. Really enjoyable and will seek out again when the warm weather hits PA

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Societe

A-Very hazy yellow straw with almost 1/2 finger head but yet leaves a nice lacing.

S-Mango, light tropical fruits, and oranges. This carries a seductive smell but found it rather weak and you really got to work the nose.

T-Oranges and mangos strike first, light cotton candy and a hint of pine bitterness towards the end.

M-Light pretty much all the way around with a hint of bitterness.

O-Very excellent IPA they need I bottle this stuff!

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Societe

10oz pour

A: Pours a light hazy straw gold body. Call it blonde. Bubbly with a nice half finger of near white suds and some wisps of cling down the drink.

S: Smells of white wine grape, gooseberry, pink grapefruit, mango, melons and pine. Light tropical flower with a nice lemony twist. A sugary sweetness to it but no real traceable malt or alcohol in the nose. Fine aroma with a nice influx of Nelson hops.

T: Tastes leads with white grape and unripe berry. Supporting notes of grapefruit, melon, pine, and a prickly pear like punch. There is an upper moderate amount of perceived bitterness and an awesome charge of herb stems in the finish. Dry malt cracker provides just enough residual sweetness with no real alcohol evident. Super light and refreshingly hoppy. A really great IPA with Nelson’s playing a major part. So juicy!

M: Very light in body with an even upper moderate of carbonation. Lush and prickly. Big drying crisp finish. Oily bitters saturate the palate with some constricting action.

D: Very crushable. Malt is rather tame here with a slightly more assertive hop schedule compared to The Apprentice. Nice use of the Nelson’s without it becoming an Alpine clone.

My favorite Societe offering thus far. These guys have impressed the most with the fine tuning of their recipes more than anything. A must try.

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Photo of kevanb
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler poured into a Cantillon Degustation Glass, enjoyed on 6.7.14, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a hazy, golden straw color, surprisingly opaque with a thick white head, about a finger or so with great retention and nice lace. The aroma is super juicy, plenty of tropical fruity hops, honey, citrus, mostly grapefruit peel with a bit of tangerine juiciness, bitterness is light and it has a nice floral character as well. The flavors are wonderful, big, juicy hops, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, dank wildflower and grassy earthiness, not too bitter, not too dry, with a soft, doughy malt backbone. The body is nice, sticky, juicy and coats the mouth super well, perfect carbonation that finishes fairly dry, but not too bitingly so.

Verdict: A wonderful IPA from Societe, very reminiscent of a Hill Farmstead IPA, rustic, juicy and lightly malty that doesn't detract from the hops at all. It's refreshing, complex and very well balanced, a lovely IPA.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of rand
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap and El Take it Easy in San Diego, poured into pint

A: Hazy orange in appearance, slightly opaque, forms a fluffy head that's wispy yet sudsy.

S: The nose is tropical at the front. Really tropical, like there's a large amount of Nelson hops added (I'll have to look it up, this smells really Nelson-y). Plenty of honey-sweet malts propelled by ample alcohol volatiles round the bouquet.

T: Tropical-citrus up front, as expected, mango and guava and lemon. A touch of piny astringency meets a robust malt-backbone, chewy and honey-sweet. The alcohol isn't masked but doesn't overtake, as all of the flavors play supporting roles, leading to a somewhat singular
flavor profile. The finish is refreshing, almost no aftertaste.

M: Viscous and oily but light and effervescent on the palate

Living in San Diego, you can become a little jaded and skeptical of craft upstarts. Well, color me convinced - this is one of the best IPA's I've had. I cant stop thinking how much this tastes like Kern's amazing Citra. I'm gonna stop typing now so I can have another.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. pour at the Societe taproom on 3/12/13

Golden with a slight haze, dense white head and sufficient lace. Aroma is a bit muted, tropical fruit with floral notes. Very non-West Coast flavor, guava, pomelo, citrus rind to start and an earth bitterness to finish. Lively mouthfeel with a medium body. Leans toward the dry side with a touch of alcohol present.

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Photo of BreweryRun
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Have had this beer several times and it never disappoints. Light golden in color without much lasting head. Smell is slightly dank and grassy with some light fruityness. On the whole the aroma is mild but very pleasant. Taste again has that earthy, grassy hop character with some tropical fruit flavors mixed in. Bitterness is there, especially in the dry finish but it doesn't overpower at any point. Body is light but not watery at all. Overall an amazing IPA with a ton going on in the flavor department but one you can enjoy anytime without your palette being completely wrecked. Awesome beer!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cruising SoCal like I know how - down to Societe it is.

The pupil is everything that it wants to be, but unfortunately, isn't. On Raul's "aite scale," it's just straight up, aite. A lil hoppy, a lil fruity, a lil just aite. Hell, like Jennifer Anistan in a thong, yeah, I'll peep it, but in the end, meh.


Raul enjoyed this bad boy again at Toronado and he is going to call this the "Manny Paciio" of beers. Good, damn good, but he ain't no Floyd Mayweather. Think of this as Nelson's lil brother; super fruity and juicy, but he definitely ain't no FULL Nelson.


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Photo of breadwinner
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A soft, citrus pithy take on an IPA that is tasty though perhaps not distinctive. Got a touch watery for me as it went. I like it...but I'm not sure I'm on the bandwagon like everyone else seems to be.

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Photo of Hendry
4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Arrived in an impressive stainless steel growler, pours a hazy golden yellow, 1 finger of soapy white on top. lacing is nice but not incredible.

Aroma is one of subtlety: the hops are front and center though not aggressive. Amazing nose is Hawaiian pineapples with a touch of pine needle. Perhaps one of the most subtle and mouthwatering aromas an IPA can produce.

Taste is of carbonated pineapple juice infused with fresh pine: a real treat in every respect. Quality hops are beautifully showcased here. Little to nothing to improve on in the taste department.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, impressive carbonation (particularly for being shipped cross country in a growler), fabulous bitterness rests on the back of the palate. Dry and crisp, no malty overload to get in the way of the hops. Never degenerates into that "crackery" session IPA aftertaste, and the 7.8% abv is masterfully obscured. This is one that every fan of "tropical tasting" IPAs should get their hands on, and considered to be a Southern Cali masterpiece in my book.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy, golden hue. Minimal lacing with about a finger of head.

S - citrus, pine, resin, juicy. Just a ton going on here. Salivary glands going crazy with just a whiff.

T - One of a few IPA's where the taste actually exceeds the smell. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit along with some pine and bitter herb flavor. The bitterness is so well integrated. Probably the most balanced IPA I've had.

M - Bitterness is present but not overpowering. Smooth mouthfeel and nice, lingering finish.

O - This is the most enjoyable IPA I've had the pleasure of drinking. You can only get it on tap or to go in a growler so I've only had it super fresh. Simply the cleanest, purest flavors. I could easily knock back an entire growler just because it is so enjoyable to drink. World class.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light gold. No carbonation. No had to speak of. Mild lacing.
Dank reminded me of college and smoking a bowl.
Societe has many IPA this one stands out.
Very crisp and clean.
will drink this all day every day when it's bottled.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Low transparency, good legs and a pale yellow color
S: Awesome freshness that you look for in a good IPA. I cannot pick up the different hop types but there is a nice balance of freshness and depth.
T: Surprisingly one of my favorite IPA based solely on the taste. I get a hit of pine, slight Belgium mustiness, and citrus. It was difficult for me to slow down to sip this one
M:It is a full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It sits a little heavier than some IPAs but still stellar.
O: While on a Stone tour and talking about different Hops a few of the induction specialist said this brewery was a must go while in San Diego; It did not disappoint. This was my favorite of the 8 IPAs they had on the menu. Overall the IPA here were AMAZING and worth a visit if in the area since they currently are not outside of San Diego.

7.8% abv

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the brewery and then found the next day and had a pint on tap at pizza port
this beer is a golden color with slight head on top
the smell is overpowering awesome hint of piney and hoppy
the taste burst into your mouth overwhelming hops from piney to fruity
i would put this down as a top ipa it is what you are wanting from
hoppy to slightly fruity to piney and a great finish
this is a beer that can be drank on a regular basis

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The Pupil from Societe Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.