The Pupil
Societe Brewing Co.

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Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #6
Ranked #566
4.39 | pDev: 7.29%
Yesterday at 12:48 AM
May 31, 2012
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Notes: IPA
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4.44 by magic_swaggin from Georgia on Yesterday at 12:48 AM
4.35 by GClarkage from California on May 11, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by evanwoertz from California

really solid IPA. smooth and buttery, maybe a touch of citrus and straw, not too bitter. generally on the light side but the feel is quite full.

Feb 20, 2022
4.31 by Eychung from New York on Nov 27, 2021
4.05 by Budlum from Maryland on Nov 26, 2021
4.5 by Twotonsandwich from Minnesota on Nov 19, 2021
4.22 by RPBeerdude from Colorado on Nov 16, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NeilSilber1 from California

Pours golden yellow with slight white head. Clean. Crisp. Beautifully balance hope forward local SD IPA at 7.5% ABV.

Oct 30, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 8/4/21; consumed on 9/16/21

Pours a lightly foggy golden straw body capped with three fingers of fluffy, white foam; great head retention yields a rocky finger of cap, a large, frothy collar, and a comprehensive spread of sudsy, webby/spotty lacing strewn across the walls of the glass.

Aroma offers fresh, floral sensations of springtime meadow supplemented by semi-sweet bread dough and an encroaching backdrop of fresh pine; zesty grapefruit peel continues to stimulate, while ripe orange shows a nimble sweetness against hints of faded lemon on the back end.

Taste opens with grassy resins brightened with light, well-attenuated lemon; a deft backing of water cracker sets a clean platform for soft cantaloupe and fresh pine over the mid-palate, while grapefruit peel and orange pulp harmonize on the back end and into the finish.

Mouthfeel features a lighter body, consistently crisp, and with a carbonation on the higher end of moderate; a resinous glide eases into the back end, phasing a subtly oncoming bitterness effortlessly through the moderately dry finish.

The old-school simplicity of a direct and discernible malt/hop balance, this IPA progresses further with an easygoing flow of layered nuance derived from a soft, brilliantly attenuated approach; resinous, fruity, semi-bitter, and entirely crushable.

Sep 17, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

Pours light gold with ample head and carbonation. Smells herbal, bitter with some tropical fruits peeking through. Tastes bitter, is hoppy, herbal, some pineapple and grapefruit and other assorted fruit I can’t readily ID. This is one of my favorite IPA’s if not my favorite and you have to go to this chill brewery if you come to San Diego, and why wouldn’t you, cheers!

Sep 05, 2021
4.38 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Aug 21, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gatch from Massachusetts

On-tap and not my first choice, but it worked out as this is pretty darn good! A proper, clean, West Coast IPA with a good hop bill and crisp finish. Well done.

Aug 01, 2021
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by michaelj3 from California

Top notch

Jul 30, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Beautiful, bright and bitter, Societe consistently shows that dry, crisp and clean IPA doesn't have to be overly aggressive, and that there's a great level of finesse, complexity and variety that can come with the west coast style.

The Pupil pours light gold and wrapped in a fine mesh haze. As a creamy white froth meets the rim, a bright bouquet of citrus, tropical and herb hits the nose with a floral and spicy perfume. Light sweetness soon graces the tongue with notions of honeysuckle, wafer and fresh bread.

But the hops quickly steal the show as the ale washes the middle palate. A burst of citrus brings a lemon and lime tease the tastebuds while a racy taste of passionfruit, guava and papaya bring up a fresh and green sense of the tropics. Light spicy and nearly tangy, the flavors develop into an herbal bitterness of fresh grassiness, lemongrass, lemon pepper, sassafras and pine nearing late palate.

Medium light in body, the greener and brighter flavors help to keep the pine resins dry, crisp and refreshing. With a blend of spruce, gin and hemp rising along the way, the beer finishes brisk with a long aftertaste of bitter herbs and grasses.

Jul 30, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Saraband7

Now this is a fantastic IPA. Just bold enough. Just juicy enough. Not so much so, that you feel like you’re being hit over the head with flavor. It’s full bodied but not too much so. It’s balanced. It’s wonderful. The citrussy hops are really perfect. This beer is amazing.

Jul 28, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Pours the color of dry stray with a bright head that barely sticks around to leave again, barely lacing. Nose is hard to decipher. Taste is zesty with a great bitterness that follows through the entire palate. Superb beer!

Jul 16, 2021
4.29 by simonrgilbert57 from California on Jul 11, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

Give me this nectar any day of the week. Would be a staple in my fridge if I had the option.

Enjoyed in a glass poured from a 12oz can less than a month young.

Just my style of IPA - clean, crisp, dry, citrus with a spicy nuance. Golden pour with refreshing clarity and sticky legs.

Aroma of citrus, pine, pakalolo.

Taste adds a kiss of sweetness, resin and that one of a kind simcoe-style.

Finishes crisp and dry. Another can gone in a flash.

Mar 10, 2021
4.35 by jvillefan from California on Feb 14, 2021
3.98 by jerppyjerp from California on Jan 28, 2021
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2.37/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5
by MattBeer from California

This beer tastes like cat piss smells. If you could can disappointment, you'd have Societe The Pupil.

Imagine a fat homeless guy, and you lifted up a fat fold, and licked vigorously. That's the taste of this beer.

Jan 28, 2021
5 by drewmuni from California on Jan 18, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 2beerdogs from California

Fluffy white cap rises nearly 2 inches before lazily settling in to a smooth velvety blanket. Light gold in color, slightly hazy. Spotty lacing. Aromas of grass, mango, and citrus. Also, a mellow dankness sneaks in. Flavor follows pretty faithfully with the fruit and grass and dank, but a silky grain note brings just a hint of sweetness and really carries this along gracefully. The finish goes toward a drying bitterness. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium, carbonation is active enough to keep it alive.
Overall, a totally solid IPA.

Jan 09, 2021
4.28 by gefinley from California on Dec 31, 2020
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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by frankdatank1337 from California

This is one of my go to beers. It's super smooth and drinkable. It's fruity but in a muted way. It doesn't taste liKe you're drinking a glass of OJ and is far from a west coast IPA. It's smooth, tasty, and enjoyable. It won't blow your mind but it won't leave you disappointed. Give it a try, it goes good with anything.

Nov 07, 2020
4.63 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 13, 2020
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4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by tomsbrook from California

This IPA is very delicious and more smooth than i had predicted. I must admit i was pretty scared of the 7.5 going in, but now im more scared by how easy it's going down.. Though, i'm amongst friends - so no need worry i must remind myself.
Hats off to these folks, I normally cower when faced with a San Diego IPA thanks to all my friends at Stone

Oct 06, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by bret27 from California

Can from lupulo Santa Cruz.
Unfortunately realized later it’s 4 months old.
Light chill hazy yellow. Fluffy white head.
Simcoe, fruity, a little catty.
Stonefruit, pear, resiny bitterness. No booziness for fairly high abv.
Medium mouthfeel.
I won’t analyze too much further as I usually won’t drink ipa’s this old. And I won’t judge it too harshly either.

Sep 27, 2020
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Sep 16, 2020
4.68 by FrankCastle from California on Aug 23, 2020
4.25 by thomda11 from California on Jul 26, 2020
4.43 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Jul 13, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Georgiabeer from Georgia

A very SoCal sorta IPA- very, very dry and extra crisp, but with loads of tightly wound hops. Nice grassy, herbal flavors with a smooth mouthfeel and a dry and crisp finish. Not my everyday style sort of IPA, but when I want a dry sipper, this fits the bill.

Jul 08, 2020
4.45 by TryThemAllOnce from California on Jun 30, 2020
4.38 by Justinbshelton from Alabama on Jun 02, 2020
4.05 by HaoleBoy from California on Jun 01, 2020
3.75 by cherche from Washington on May 16, 2020
4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey on May 15, 2020
4.03 by Blcookies from Nevada on Apr 26, 2020
4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 07, 2020
The Pupil from Societe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 993 ratings