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The Apprentice | Societe Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 413 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft service into a tulip glass at Stone Bistro in Escondido.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Grain is evident, mildly toasty and somewhat rustic, while hops qualities tend to lean toward the tropical. Metallic sharpness is a persistent and slightly distracting feature.

T: Begins dry, with savory herbs and restrained papaya. More pine and onion emerge into the middle where acidity is high. The finish is moderately bitter, retaining the same savory overtones as the early profile and adding some earthiness as well.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, oily and slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer seems to strive to be some different IPAs at the same time, and is fairly successful. The recipe comes across as modern, with a mix of bold and appealing hops qualities that also yield food-friendly depth.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of GarrettB
2.72/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of Hendry
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey colored pour,one finger bone white head,solid lacing in the snifter.

Aroma is a combination of moderately juicy hops and a slight whiff of alcohol.

Taste is an improvement over the aroma: soft tropical flavors with a nicely rounded aftertaste that borders bitterness and savory.

Mouthfeel is really nice, appropriate carbonation and a pleasant creamy texture.Goes down nice and easy with no trace of alcohol that was detected in the nose.

Solid West Coast IPA worthy of trying if you are able to get your hands on it.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of jdhowe
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Field in San Diego, CA


A: Very pale, 1/2 finger off-white head dissipates to film, plenty of lacing. Just a little light on color.

S: Yummy citrusy hop character, a little malt, but mostly citrus.

T: Delicious. Follows nose. Citrusy hops and a clean malt backbone lead into a finish that is bitter but not overly. A really great IPA.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink. Very good for its style.

O: Really impressed by this. I often find IPAs lacking in flavor when compared to their DIPA cousins, but this one really stepped it up. Maybe it's because at 7.6%abv it's damn-near a DIPA, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how much this beer had to offer. My first Societe brew had been a very pleasant experience.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of srandycarter
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Straw gold, huge head, slightly murky. Head slow to leave and lots of lace.

S - Bitterness is the primary smell. Can't really discern much else.

T - Light malt profile and definitely lots of bittering hops. Lots of citrus.

M - Mouth is on the light - medium side and in spite of the huge head, the beer itself feels somewhat under carbonated. Balance good and finishes pretty clean.

D - Good beer to try. A new brewery for me. Tried a few other taster while there. While not one my favorites, always fun to check out new stuff.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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The Apprentice from Societe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 413 ratings