The Apprentice
Societe Brewing Co.

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Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
Mar 11, 2020
May 21, 2012
Notes: IPA
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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Mostly clear golden body with a finger of white foam and lacing. Grapefruit pith, piney hops, lemon zest, lime and dankness in the nose. Taste hits the citrus in a dry sense, before entering into a world of west coast hops, very smooth yet potent. Feel is hoppy, moderately crisp, clean, and pithy.

Mar 11, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ben741 from Canada (ON)

Very pale, almost looks like a lager, no head retention. But a really well balanced taste, a little on the bitter side but very refreshing.

Feb 02, 2020
3.86 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts on Jan 08, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by elNopalero from California

I guess I'm writing poetry for my reviews now.

Glowing gold.

Dank and hoppy.

Long lingering bitterness.

Drying finish.

This beer is the epitome of dank. Dank aroma, dank flavor, long lingering bitterness and a lasting aftertaste. I loved it. Maybe you will too.

Nov 29, 2019
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5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by CatonJames

The unicorn of IPAs. The one that I still search for years after my first taste.

Nov 02, 2019
3.22 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 10, 2019
4.07 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Feb 15, 2019
4 by grapeshops from California on Feb 15, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beer_truth from Massachusetts

Pretty light in color, almost looks as clear as a pilsner. Not a whole lot on the nose, just a little aromatics from the hops. First sip, I might guess they use cryo hops or lupulin powder, I typically get a little wet-hoppy grassy-ness from those. I'm not always a fan of those types of beers, but this one is pretty solid. Very much in the west coast IPA style, plus some of that lupulin note, a good IPA overall

Feb 06, 2019
4.08 by aasher from Indiana on Feb 03, 2019
4 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois on Jan 21, 2019
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2.72/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

July 16th, 2015 - Of all the beers at the English themed Society, the Apprentice is somehow the most English. Its aroma and flavor profile would be very familiar in a pub, and that makes it a td strange. Light and blonde, the aroma is nutty, and smells a bit like chicken soup and peas. And the flavor follows suit, serving up more mashed peas and a low, continental happiness. But the center of that flavor is really mashed peas, which combined with the smell of beer in the air transports me to the Eagle and Child.

Dec 12, 2018
4.56 by CJNAPS from California on Aug 28, 2018
4.32 by hughesm12 from Massachusetts on Aug 16, 2018
4.19 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jun 10, 2018
4.03 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2018
4 by Beernoobie from California on Oct 28, 2017
4.5 by deniserat from California on Jul 16, 2017
4.25 by Avatar113 from California on Jun 23, 2017
4.15 by smithj4 from New York on Mar 09, 2017
3.79 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Mar 06, 2017
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by captaincoffee from Virginia

Pours a very light straw-gold with a small head and some spotty lace. Nose is fresh west coast all the way. Clean and classic, but not huge. Taste is light for 7.6%. Crisp, with a nice firm bitterness that doesn't try to melt enamel from your teeth. Citrus end of the spectrum...I didn't feel it was very resiny. Dry-ish with a light malt backbone. Overall, a solid IPA you'd be hard pressed to complain about, but not super-memorable.

Jan 26, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Growler purchased at Societe Brewing Co in San Diego, CA.

This one pours a light yellow-ish orange, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like a classic and delicious West Coast style IPA- with delicious pine resin, grapefruit rind, with no real discernible malt character.

This a pretty stereotypical West Coast style IPA. It's got a really nice bitterness to it, piney, fresh and resinous, and quite clean. There's no much malt, except for a slightly crackery backbone. There's a mild and zesty fruit character, mostly grapefruit, and some mango, possibly.

This is lighter bodied, and very crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

I could definitely drink a lot of this stuff- it was quite nice.

Jan 25, 2017
3.93 by mflamar from New York on Jan 03, 2017
3.75 by brianmandell from California on Dec 22, 2016
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3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 6-oz. draft
Glass: Tall, clear, slender glass
From: Societe Brewing in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $3
Purchased: Nov. 3, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 3, 2016
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: N/A

Not a huge fan of Societe and really think they are very overrated overall, but I still snuck over after picking up something for work nearby. I had tried The Apprentice before, giving it a 3.50 on Untappd, but admittedly saying that I was sick with a cold. Time to give this one another chance.

Poured a medium yellow clear color with two fingers of frothy white head when I got it. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent uneven foamy lacing. Very good lacing. (Sight - 4.25)

First thing I thought on the smell was dry-hopped. Also got pine, citrus, resin, lemon, a grapefruit punch, Citra, maybe Cascade, floral late, lime and dish soap. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the nose with resin, wet sappy pine, hints of Nugget, floral, Citra, earthy grapefruit peel, lime, lemon, dish soap and some spiciness, maybe Simcoe? Definitely dry-hopped. Pretty boozy as well, tasting stronger than 7.2 pct. ABV. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was better than the last time I tried it, but still not that great. A bit too bitter and boozy, especially for 7.2 pct. ABV. Would like more balance. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

Dec 01, 2016
3.75 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington on Nov 24, 2016
3.95 by manifold1 from Oregon on Oct 23, 2016
3.94 by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin on Oct 13, 2016
4.12 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Sep 01, 2016
3.77 by virinow from New York on Jul 18, 2016
4 by KingforaDay from New Jersey on Jul 04, 2016
4 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Jun 02, 2016
4.25 by Stengelfoot from California on May 27, 2016
4.23 by Joshmistake from Minnesota on May 24, 2016
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on May 21, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by kevanb from Illinois

32oz stainless steel swingtop growler, freshly filled, poured into a Societe willibecher glass.

The beer pours a fairly clear, copper and gold color, a thin white head, about a finger high that has good retention and yields great sticky lace. The aroma is very piney, loads of grapefruit peel, some juiciness, citrus and tropical fruits, lots of sticky malt counterbalances the bitter hops nicely. The flavors are very good, really classic example of the "San Diego IPA." Plenty of citrus rind, tropical fruits that is countered with really earthy pine, hops spice, resinous, assertively bitter with sticky and some sweet maltiness that lingers. The mouthfeel is good, thick, full bodied, zippy with nice carbonation and a crisp, dry, bitter kick at the finish.

Verdict: A nice IPA from Societe, very true to the style and a great representation of the "San Diego IPA" that really helped me get into craft. While this isn't the most intense IPA, it's very well made and very nicely balanced.

May 19, 2016
4.18 by tastebeer from Maryland on May 11, 2016
4.24 by Omniwar from Georgia on May 08, 2016
4.18 by Ezragoldman from California on Apr 28, 2016
The Apprentice from Societe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 419 ratings