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The Pupil - Societe Brewing Co.

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The Pupil
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 175
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of HopHead84


4.6/5  rDev +3.8%


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.


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


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


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.


05-31-2012 18:17:02 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.08/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

04-03-2013 00:48:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

08-28-2013 17:07:51 | More by GraduatedCashew
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

09-21-2013 13:49:24 | More by jrallen34
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

09-25-2013 16:17:36 | More by iL0VEbeer
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

11-03-2013 15:14:58 | More by chippo33
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

07-29-2013 11:44:30 | More by Cynic-ale
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-26-2013 16:50:05 | More by claspada
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-10-2014 05:28:20 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of Gobzilla


4.43/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-01-2012 17:26:15 | More by Gobzilla
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2014 02:12:09 | More by Boone757
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

03-06-2014 00:25:53 | More by IPAchris
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

09-17-2012 20:50:09 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of FosterJM


4.26/5  rDev -3.8%

1797th Review on BA
Growler to Societe Goblet

App- Super light like a hazy wheat beer with a nice big white head. I am really surprised by the color on this one. A good head with frothy white bubbles. A good amount of sticky cling.

Smell- Tropical fruits and wheaty hops. The aroma is very light with the almost wheat beer esque aroma taking over. I get some pineapple, some wheat, some grass and a little bit of lemon peel on the nose.

Taste- I have noticed the last few IPAs I have had have been on the smaller flavor profile but wonderfully layered. I like how this has the tropical fruits with the pineapple, mango and lemon. The balance of the wheat and hops are striking to me. I like the flavor on this one. Different is definitely good.

Mouth- A smaller medium body with a medium carbonation level on this. The residual flavors of wheat, pineapple and lemon peel are quite nice. A smaller grassy flavor remains as well.

Drink- I can say this is one of a kind. A full growler IMO is the way to go. A glass just doesnt cut it really. I was very glad I made the trek back down to try this one. I will be sure to bring my growler back.

06-01-2014 07:13:23 | More by FosterJM
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

08-25-2014 23:44:10 | More by BGsWo22
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4.19/5  rDev -5.4%

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!

09-01-2013 13:37:46 | More by EgadBananas
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-29-2013 01:35:03 | More by eawolff99
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

08-05-2013 15:50:45 | More by mhaugo
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-14-2013 03:28:56 | More by Reagan1984
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

12-08-2013 02:32:49 | More by bpfrush
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

02-27-2013 07:40:20 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-05-2013 21:08:08 | More by Holland
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

04-26-2014 16:53:51 | More by kscaldef
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

08-31-2013 02:05:49 | More by strongaf
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4.19/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

01-28-2013 00:12:31 | More by Florida9
The Pupil from Societe Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.