The Roustabout - Societe Brewing Co.

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 4 | 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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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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of rand
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado SD, poured into tulip glass.

Orange in color but completely opaque, the brew yields a tight sudsy head that leaves a trail of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. The nose is citrus rind and honey sweetness - particularly orange-y and zesty. It's flavors are bold and distinct, as the brew's unusual viscosity penetrates every corner of the palate.

The hop profile has a distinct orange-bent, with zesty vinous tones nicely balanced against a bold, honey-sweet malt-backbone. White pepper is easily parsed, along with floral notes and a good dose of booze. The disparate flavors are artfully harmonized, leading to a short, singular finish.

One if the best IPA's floating around San Diego. Reminds me of a lighter version of Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness.

10/23/13 Edit: Having this at the brewery right now, for whatever reason this isn't opaque at all. Not sure if it was a chilled haze or some other batch variation, but there it is.

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The Roustabout from Societe Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.