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The Roustabout - Societe Brewing Co.

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The Roustabout
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 116
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 27.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Schmaltzy on 02-09-2013

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Photo of Hendry
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stainless growlette fill from last week. Pours the color of a clear amber maple syrup, one half finger of frothy bone white head that drops off quickly and leaves splotchy lacing in the tulip, tiny bubbles rise to the top.

There is a fruitiness to the nose that is subtle and inviting, this is one that makes you really anticipate the flavor. A touch of malt is present in the aroma, but in a balanced understated way. Give this beauty a little time to warm up, the aroma changes up really nicely, with the orange zest factor becoming more prominent.

Delightful orange and clementine blast on the palate with just enough malt to balance things out. For some reason the flavor reminds me of a gourmet Ben & Jerry's ice cream specialty flavor called Chocolate Cointreau that I enjoyed years ago. Nice long lasting bitterness hangs out on the palate.

Despite the relatively thin body, it delivers great mouthfeel because of the tanginess of the hops that keep your palate happy and busy as the flavors comingle. Dry finish that invites another sip, and another. The most briskly carbonated Societe offering so far, really nicely done.

No surprise Societe earned a Gold medal for Roustabout: masterfully crafted, and different enough to be distinctive. Orangey, earthy and creamy all at once,this growlette went down nice and easy. Grab Roustabout if you can, you will be very happy that you did.

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3.25/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Thanks for picking this up for me, VaTechHopHead!

Darker yellow and golden. Thin near-white head. Lots of sticky lacing left down the glass. Clear.

One of the finest-smelling D/IPAs I've experienced in a long while. A complete, San Diego IPA, hop experience. Melons, tangerines, peach, orange, and pineapple mix with tropical/passion fruits with just a touch of pine. Malt may be there only to bounce the hops off of, if it's there at all. Truly exceptionally smelling DIPA. When I first cracked the top on the growler, I thought I may have been duped and my friend filled the growler with pineapple juice instead of world-class DIPA. Fortunately, I was wrong and I'm still friends with him.

The flavor isn't quite as good as the aroma, but little is. Lots of fruit flavors (melons, tangerine, orange, and mango) combine with a little bit of pine. Minimal malt. Alcohol is slightly present, but largely minimal at the understood, known ABV. Moderately bitter. Fantastically drinkable for its heft.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Fantastic DIPA and would rival any of the best available options. I still think Bachelor Mosaic and Pupil are better hop-forward beers from Societe, this one is exceptionally well done. Will drink again if given the opportunity.

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4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Societe's brewhouse. Its a yellow double ipa. Pretty solid 4/5" white head on the top. Somehow more clarity than the Pupil. Good lacing. Really impressive when you consider that this is a very hoppy beer.

Aroma, pungent proprietary hops. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate. Some pine notes underlying it. All the good stuff aroma wise, very nice.

Amazing way of covering up the alcohol, a very easy drinking 9% beer. Massive hop flavors without a palate destroying bitterness. If you know someone who doesn't like ipas because they are bitter, this might be the beer for them (and you!). Very dry stuff, allowing it to stay very light on the mouthfeel. It has a warming effect, I mean, you know the alcohol is there, but its still far below the average 9% booziness. A lot of what I suspect to be the amarillo and citra comes out in the beer, just enough simcoe to keep it in that nice range of not getting all bittered out.

Fantastic stuff, elite, top tier stuff.

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4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. awesome stainless steel growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden body, clear with a few wisps.

Smell - Simcoe everwhere. A bit of citrus. Pine. Every kind of hop aroma. Slight biscuit malt.

Taste - Very nice. Variety of hop flavors. Citrus, pine, less simcoe than I expected from the nose. Malty, but never sweet. Grain and a bit of toast. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Probably the growler. Medium body.

Overall - Very tasty IPA. Not a citrus bomb or a hop bomb like most great IPAs.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchill's and later at Societe. Pretty excellent stuff. Crystal clear golden body with a sticky white cap. A ton of simcoe on the nose bringing bright tropical fruit and citrus. Citra is in there too, but it's at a lower level. There's little in the way of malt or alcohol in the aroma, just a smorgasbord of aromatic hops. The palate feels a bit heavier than Societe's other hoppy beers, and the higher alcohol is felt slightly more. That said, it's still remarkably light bodied and dry for the ABV, and there's little in the way of harshness. Beyond a touch of malt sweetness, this is all about juicy tropical fruit flavors coming from the simcoe and citra. Pineapple is pervasive, with mango and a citrusy grapefruit/orange note mid-palate. Somewhat resinous in the finish, gently bitter. Very well balanced and easy to drink for how big it is. Hard to find fault with this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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The Roustabout from Societe Brewing Co.
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