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The Pupil | Societe Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 05-31-2012

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89
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854
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4.43
pDev:
7.22%
 
 
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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +12.9%
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 -5.4%
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 +4.3%
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 +3.8%
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 +2.3%
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
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | 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%
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 -2.7%
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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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got lucky on this one and found it at a beer fest. all their beers i tried were very good. great smell and color. I wish i couldve got more than a small sample

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Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright straw gold color with a small head and thin lacing.
Light citrus and pine aroma with the aromas transfering to the taste but less so. Decent IPA, to bad for this beer I just came from Alpine Brewing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bright yellow pour, tons of haze, virgin white head almost half an inch. Aroma is just pure kick ass. Citra hops galore. All the tropical fruits in the aroma.

Taste just crushes your face with hop flavor without the bitterness. Super dry and light malt bill, hence the yellow. Citrus and tropical fruit, wave after wave come crashing in. If I lived here, I would get a growler of this every weekend.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only my second offering from Societe, but it gave further credit to a friend of mine who constantly boasts that they're the best brewery in San Diego. This is a well-balanced IPA that is very easy to drink. Looking forward to more from these guys in the future.

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Pint at Churchills in San Marcos.Simply amazing IPA. Super balanced, nice and smooth finish. One of the better San Diego county IPA's I've had the pleasure to try.

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Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Hamiltons Tavern, San Diego, CA
Served in a pint glass

Nearly crystal clear, brassy yellow appearance. The beer was topped by a one finger tall, frothy, bright white cap that faded to a lasting ring. Streaky, drippy lacing trickled along the glass.

The aroma was solid but a bit more muted than I anticipated. White grapefruit dominated. Lemon and lemongrass notes also came through. Bit of tropical fruitiness. Passionfruit was detectible.

The flavor profile was more punchy and interesting than the nose. Super hoppy with loads of white grapefruit and lemon. Lots of lemongrass as well. Fairly tart for the style. Moderately dank. Good amount of tropical fruitiness. Passionfruit again was most noticeable. Lemon rind appeared in the finish. All in all, really nicely balanced.

Solid mouthfeel. The beer was medium to lighter bodied for the style and contained a fine, subtle effervescence. Creamy, smooth and pillowy soft on the palate.

The Pupil is definitely an ode to Nelson Sauvin hops and, in my book, that is certainly a good thing. This reminded me a lot of Alpine Brewing's Nelson.

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Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The aroma offers bready malt, pine, resin, grapefruit, very malty on the aroma. Reminiscent of some breadier IPA like from 3 Floyds or Pipeworks.

The flavor follows of grapefruit, lots of bready malt, a medium sweetness, drying pine and grass on the finish. It's a clean brew, but a relatively unexciting IPA from a bygone era.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a 4 oz taster along with several flights at Societe Brewery. The clear standout beer of all them. One of the best, most balanced, and robust pale ales I've ever had. Worthy of its whale status. Only wish it was in distro outside of San Diego.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clean tasting ipa. Best way I can describe it. Juicy tropical fruit notes, almost non existent malt backbone and perfect level of bitterness. Super balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of fuhnoo
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the growler, which was filled the night before last.

A: Transparent and yellow with a good amount of visible carbonation. There's also a good amount of lacing on the glass. It looks a little deceiving as the appearance resembles a lager with lacing.


S: I can smell a pleasant mixture of hops (smells like nelson-sauvon and citra). Some fruitiness mixed with dankness... I love it.


T: This IPA tastes fantastic. The hop flavors come rushing forward without overwhelming the palate. This smells like it tastes, but more amplified. Wonderful!


M: A light, crisp, dry mouth feel that I love in IPAs (much like all their IPAs). A good amount of carbonation which goes perfectly with that dank, nelson flavor that I love.


O: This is one of my favorite IPAs in San Diego. Every time I stop by Societe, I fill 2 growlers (their growlers are awesome, by the way). This beer is reminiscent of a few VT beers I've had, but slightly less juicy and more dialed down. I wish I could get this in cans, but I'm always happy to stop by the brewery to get my fill. If you're ever in San Diego, get this beer!

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Photo of Moses_Malone
3.62/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Several draft pours at DC Savor, including my second pour of the night so palate was a blank slate. Could not tell if this keg was old, but it was a bit of a malt bomb, old-school IPA. Was quite disappointed.

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Photo of Mikeyk12
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At being a piney, resinous, clear bodied, West Coast IPA, it excels tremendously. Compares to Pliny but I think this is better. All around fantastic flavors and aromas.

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Photo of MarkDeming
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First beer from Societe and I am thoroughly impressed. Hops, heavy citrus, and some pine. Tasty and well balanced. Very East Coast, a la Alchemist and Trillium.

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Photo of Freeldrcw
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tropical. Had on tap in a north San Diego restaurant. Wish I had the pour at society. Didn't taste as fresh as it would be there. Happy with this IPA.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately, this pour from growler was mostly flat...a gift from a good friend who just wanted to share the opportunity, but alas, by the time I had it, the beer had lost a lot of its freshness and punch. Looking forward to trying it again, but more fresh.

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, I had this in the Societe tasting room. Taking a break from a long work week, I decided to spend the weekend in San Diego, & this place was at the top of my list of places to visit.

The pour is a very light yellow, like that big ball of fire in the sky we haven’t seen in weeks during a Minnesota February. Lacy, if you care about that sort of thing. Big tropical fruit & citrus nose puts me on notice: this ain’t no Midwest IPA. It whispers sweetly…nothings? Let’s see.

The Pupil I wasn’t digging after a couple of sips, but opens up like a Silversun Pickups album after a few sips. Rough pineapple & mango assault the senses immediately, stunning the tongue into silence & confusion. After a pause to collect my taste buds, I go back in. The fruit is followed by a bracing bitterness that scours the mouthskin like steel wool. Good, loving steel wool. And the bitterness just builds from there, until I’m casting about for a palate cleanser. So good, this is the one Societe beer that I went back for more. Mmmmm.

At first I thought this was a slow kid zone, but as it warmed, this beer gained mad respect. Anybody who can get the bright fruit & a wicked bitterness knows what they’re doing. Excellent & very close to world-class.

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