The Apprentice | Societe Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States
societebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IPA

Added by Schmaltzy on 05-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,800
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
406
pDev:
7.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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28
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Photo of hughesm12
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deniserat
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avatar113
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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+

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of manifold1
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bshaw22
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of virinow
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KingforaDay
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joshmistake
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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The Apprentice from Societe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 406 ratings