The Dandy - Societe Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Nugganooch on 07-16-2012)
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On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
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Cloudy light golden and yellow with a thin white head. Lined lacing left down the glass.

Straightforward, accessible, enjoyable aroma: citrus hop notes (grapefruit in particular), some pine, some caramel and bread, and a distinct grain presence.

The flavor is nice and is similar to the aroma: citrus notes, some pine and earth, a bit of sweetness, and a distinct character of grain.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Certainly good, but a letdown only because Societe's other IPAs have been such standouts.

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Pours an impressive bright yellow that should never be mistaken for BMC, it comes in lookin' like a heady brew. The aroma is exactly what a hop forward San Diego ipa should be, varied citrus and tropical fruit teamed with a green vegetal new proprietary hop essence.

Taste is even superior to the good dry hop aroma, when buckets of hops drink effortlessly, when its just in the zone so to speak. You're getting gobs of hop mouthfeel, but little to no alcohol, just barely enough malt and sweetness (crystal kept away or to a minimum here) to boost the hops even further into prominence. You're tasting more of the papaya, mango, lemon and tangerine than you were smelling. Maybe some chinook hop creating a very mild spicy/mint/bitter edge very late in the aftertaste.

These guys have really broken into the most market saturated place for this style beer, but they really are off to an amazing first year with a couple of these ipa's I've tried. Had on tap at Churchills Pub in November 2012.

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A: Clear, light golden body with a one finger head that recedes quickly. Moderate lacing and a small ring remain after about thirty seconds.

S: Orange zest, dank grapefruit, and sweet, bready malt. A bit of tropical fruit as well.

T: Lemon pith, sweet mango, and crackery pale malt. Low bitterness for the style. Not overly flavorful, but extremely balanced.

M: Light, airy, and drinkable. Very soft texture.

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On Tap – Pizza Port Carlsbad
Stoked to find this on at the Port. Notes taken from Saturday – 07/14/12

A: A brimmed draught pour yields a very light and dull straw-gold ale. A tad fuzzy with cloudiness. Thin white rim cap that leaves some sticky ribbons of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of ripened orchard fruits with some hints of pine and light citrus zest. Getting lots of apricot and lesser notes of tropicals in the aroma. No real malt or alcohol noticeable. Nice fruity nose even under the cold served conditions.

T: Taste offers up more of the same with a flourish of fruity hops. Apricot paired with some grapefruit and tangerine. A touch tropical and exotic with some underlying pines. There’s maybe a subtle use of NZ hop varietals at play that keeps it somewhat interesting and a little difficult to decipher. Moderate bitterness makes for a rather smooth and enjoyable drink. Nice sugary cracker malt presence that doesn’t compete with the hops rather accents them nicely. No real alcohol flavors coming through. Not anything mind blowing but just a real nice light, balanced, and refreshing IPA.

M: Light feel that starts out a bit thin and creamy in texture and rides into a real dry puckering finish. Hops oils have a slight residual linger.

D: A fine and Dandy drinking IPA that offers up a nice fruity bouquet of hops. Doesn’t quite stand up to some of Ports house IPA’s but very drinkable none the less. Recommended.

These guys have my attention. Can’t wait to try some of their other offerings.

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The Dandy from Societe Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.