The Pupil
Societe Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #7
Ranked #387
4.4 | pDev: 7.27%
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: IPA
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 945 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tucquan
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2019-08-08 in Florence, CA at O'Henrys on tap.

A - Partially hazy gold with short white head and good lace

S - Pineapple, apricot, mild dank. Nice

T - Pineapple, peach nectar, pine, herbal, orange, light bread. Moderately bitter.

M - Medium body and Light-medium carbonation. Smooth

O - Excellent balance. Excellent.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slighthazy yellow with no carbonation and a half finger of head.

Smells of pineapple, canned peaches, and peach syrup.

Less sweet than expected but still with the peaches, a hint of pineapple, and then it turns to pine, a slight dankness, and a punch of dull bitterness. Grapefruit pith on the end as well.

Medium mouth feel with moderate I low
afterthought carbonation that cleanses the palate.

I am drinking this at the brewery in San Diego on tap. Really decent brew.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft st Toronado San Diego

Pint glass , clear golden yelllow, lazy streams of carbonation, one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of citrus

Taste of Citrus , grapefruit, pine

Smooth, hop taste , hops nibble but do not bite, lingers on the roof of the mouth

Good beer

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Photo of beer_truth
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised at how much I loved this beer. Typically in an IPA, even more so one from San Diego, I expect a bitter, citrusy, grapefruit zest explosion of flavor. The Pupil has citrus, but it's not overly bitter, but more of a mango fruitiness that is a bit on the sweeter side, without being syrupy. At 7.5% abv, this beer should have a warning sticker on it as I could drink this beer all day long. I do like the aroma, but the taste is fantastic as it is so smooth and easy. With just the faintest hint of alcohol, I would spend all day at Societe if I lived nearby the brewery. Well done.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.23/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

July 16th, 2015 - The Pupil is a classic of Societe's line up, and like many of the other non-dark entries it is a little neon in its colors. There's some fresh melon on the nose and a bit of cracker, but a tad bland on the tongue. It enjoys a soft and cloudy palate, and gets a little more extroverted in the aftertaste where I catch notes of marijuana and a touch of lemonade. Even a little salty, like a nose. And each sip helps to clarify the flavor significantly, and bettering it too. It is almost like a cross between a pale ale and a cream ale by the end, which is, at the very least, curious.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a clear light gold. A finger of white foam leaves spotty lacing. A very well-made West Coast IPA. Great combination of citrus and pine, with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Super stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy golden color and a frothy head; decent lacing action

Smell: Berries, melon and white wine grape tones with a slightly floral aspect

Taste: Berry and melon tones forward, with the white wine grape building; pithy with moderate bitterness, through the middle and a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not knowing the hop bill before I ordered the draft I was initially surprised but then I remembered my old friend Nelson

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Photo of EMV
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Cross Street Chicken and Beer in San Diego. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Clear light golden pour. 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Floral and tropical hops. Light pine.

T/F: Crackery malts.... light bodied brew with a nice complex and bitter hop profile. Floral... light tropical fruits and grapefruit. Well balanced.

O: A delicious West Coast IPA... great flavor and super drinkable. 1st day in San Diego and already feel like I'm drinking like a local.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow in color with a half inch of tightly knit bright white. Heavy lacing. The aroma is predominantly of fragrant floral, some tropical hops, and light malt. I'm tasting tropical hops and light sour dough malt. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy, but overall fairly smooth.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a medium head that leaves a creamy lace over most of the glass. Nose is not massive, but very pleasant with peach and some citrus. Flavor is really delicious. Not much hop bite, but lots of light stone fruits and a very well rounded flavor. Overall, a great beer that stands out a bit even in San Diego.

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Photo of arizcards
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 64 oz growler at the brewery on 2-21-17 for $16.71. Shared at the Coyotes-Sabres tailgate on 2-26-17.

Beer poured pale gold with a nice white head that left lacing behind.

Nose was exquisite, mango and grapefruit prevailed nicely.

Taste was just as good, mango grapefruit juice like with a touch of pine meshing so very nicely with the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is terrific, one of the softest brews i have had. Light in body it dances so beautifully with each sip.

Overall an awesome brew. My buddy was just as impressed. Seek this out if you are in San Diego!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from Societe Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

This one pours a light orange-ish, slightly hazy, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like soft peach, grapefruit, orange zest, and a little bit of pine.

This feels a tiny bit muddled, but it's still very taste. For comparison purposes, I liked the Apprentice better for sure. There's definitely some nice Nelson character here, with huge citrus and slight grape. There's a bit of bitter orange zest and lots of grapefruit, too. The flavors don't pop as much as I'd want, but it's still nice.

This is light bodied, pretty soft, not quite as crisp as expected. There's a normal level of carbonation.

This is not the best of the small sample of beers I've had from this brewery. It's still very enjoyable, though.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Flashback to Tired Hands as they'll only pour me two tasters.

A: Straw colored with some bright white persistent head.

S: Dank with a bit of floral/piney fresh hops

T: Hop character follows the nose but is supported by a nice grainy pale malt with a firm moderate bitterness that melds well with the rest. Moderately long finish.

O: Solid thought unexceptional WC IPA.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nelson hop showcase. Super classic for the hop style- a little tropical fruit with a nice Nelson zip. A little bit spicy.
Cloudy in look but not dense. On tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taster at GABF 2016.

Look - Classic golden yellow.

Nose - Citrus.

Taste - Nice west coast style IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Light to medium body.

Overall - Nice beer.

Grade (B+)

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

Taster: Fresh floral, honey and citrus notes. Light on the malt, which suits my preference. The finish ends a little short with some bitter citrus. Great carb and mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 6-oz. draft
Glass: Tall, clear, slender glass
From: Societe Brewing in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $3
Purchased: July 8, 2016
Consumed: July 8, 2016
Misc.: N/A

Had this once before and thought it was decent (3.75 on Untappd), but nothing special. Snuck over to Societe after dropping something off for work and heading to a local hospital quick to review a quick one. Hoping this would be better than I originally had it.

Poured a golden yellow, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Above average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled nice and tropical up front, specifically guava and mango. Also floral hops, Nelson-like and Citra. First part of sell was great, but it thinned out rather quickly. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still followed it. Got dry tropical hops mango, bitter tropical rind, guava, Citra, spicy (Simcoe or Amarillo), hints of Nelson, resin and lemon zest. (Taste - 4.00)

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish. Goes down nice. (Feel - 4.25)

A very good IPA, even better than I thought it would be. (Overall - 4.00)

4.07 | 91 | 91

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Photo of MathChef
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA you can get, if you can get it. These guys don't bottle their beer, so if you can't visit the brewery, or if you can't find a restaurant or bar that has it, you are out of luck.

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Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at The Hopping Pig in San Diego, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A: Slightly hazy golden with short cap of nearly white head with a few thin stripes of lacing.

S: Plenty of berry and tropical fruit with a soft pale maltiness that is slightly grainy.

T: Flavor is nuanced and complex with a controlled dose of berry, tropical fruit like pineapple and passionfruit along with some of the usual citrus suspects like grapefruit and orange. Lush without being heavy and accented with a straightforward pale malt grain flavor riding underneath. Bitterness is low-medium.

M: Light and refreshing despite its ABV heft. Medium carbonation.

O: A really nicely crafted WCIPA -- Societe should be proud of this effort. I would drink a lot of this if I lived in SD even with all of the good options around. Impressive beer.

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

Societe makes greet beers. This was a very smooth IPA and probably the first west coast IPA I really enjoyed. Nice hop taste and smooth finish. Definitely recommend it.

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

On tap at BBQ 152 in Gilroy, Ca.
Citra and nelson are two of my favorite hop varieties.
This brew gives thats tropical and citrus fruit notes but also the signature Australian zesty hop bite. Not overpowering with bitterness but bery balanced. So glad my local bbq spot has this offering!

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught pour at City Beer into a chalice glass. Pours light golden yellow wit a finger of white head that left some variable lacing. Nose a bit faint citrus. Taste more than makes it up with traditional West Coast IPA attributes. Dry citrus punch in the mouth with some pine to boot. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation solid, wit a finish that's a bit dry and filled with citrus astringency. Delicious beer I can't wait to have again!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler - thank you Tony for the experience.

L: Honeycomb, golden and yellow orange hues with an ample 3mm white foamy head
S: Decided dankness out of the growler that is swiftly met by lighter citrus fruits, tangerines, and oranges
T: Slightly piney with a burst of citrus and a sweet malty finish
F: Medium body with moderate carbonation
O: Hoppy and fruit-forward IPA with a clean, dry finish. Overall this was a fantastically executed IPA and made me eager to try more of Societe's offerings. If you get the opportunity this one is worth trying for sure.

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Photo of yummybluewaffle
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The Nelson hops give this IPA a very subtle wine-like smell and taste, a very unique and fruity addition to a solid IPA. This has got to be one of the best beers I've had! Very San-Diegan, a total hop bomb, but dangerously poundable.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Citrusy/lightly tropical hops upfront with a touch of malt sweetness.

A: Golden color, totally clear with an ample white head that recedes to a thin film. A bit of lacing is left in the glass.

T: Citrusy/lemony/(lightly) tropical fruit, and slightly dank hops pack a punch upfront and are pretty zippy. There is a bit of malt presence, but not a lot and there is a light bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty; the hops are pretty prominent and are quite fragrant and flavorful. Clean and very well executed IPA.

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