The Pupil | Societe Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blind Lady Ale House. Handsome amber color with plenty of carbonation and nice lacing in the glass. More than adequate sudsiness. Hugely fragrant, is the main thing that makes you sip up an notice this.

Sweet and spicy, and I'd go so far as to call it rich. It tastes even stronger than the ABV, more like a Double IPA, and it seems more substantial than the usual thin and harsh IPAs. Amazing spicy notes keep coming up. The aroma is sensational and carries over into each sip. It does get rather bitter, though it's hard to complain too much as this stuff is so full of flavor.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Hamilton's Tavern in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pours a very hazy, pale golden straw yellow color with banana hues and a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head.  Nice retention, slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring.  The pint is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

Dank floral hop aroma with grassy pine and a ton of tropical/citrus fruit.  Pale biscuity malt backbone with cracker, bread and light fruit.  Resinous oils, dank buds and pine followed by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel.  The earthy and sweet hop notes are countered by biscuit, bread and graham cracker.  

Medium bodied with a crisp, spicy hop bite that lingers throughout.  The mouthfeel is perfect. Light enough to pound  yet a touch creamy with a complex hop profile and subtle pale malt presence. Dry, dank and bitter up front with a perfect fruit presence.  Not overly tropical/citrusy like some other WCIPAs but just enough for great balance.  Some pineapple and grapefruit sweetness along with subtle citrus rind.  Pale malt backbone with biscuit, bread and cracker flavors that don't interfere with the fresh hop character.  This is a great IPA that very refreshing and easy to drink without giving up any complexity.  I would drink this beer all of the time given the chance.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i cannot begin to express my appreciation to beachstrength49 (cwhittle on IG) for sending me a full growler of this magical elixir as well as the properglassware to go with it (and sent in one of those stainless steel growlers no less!)

a - brew poured a semi transparent yellow with a thin fizzy head that didn't last long...definitely carbonated though (which i was slightly concerned about since the growler leaked a bit in transit (when i opened it there was about an ounce of space, but opened with lots of pressure).

s - in a word dank. resiny. pine coney. tropical...thick and rich.

t - WOW! i mean !!!!WOW!!!! again dank freshness. tropical thickness. resin. pine cones. just fantastic. the definition of a west coast ipa. just amazing.

m - nice subtle bitterness and a rich body. fairly dank, but not overdone.

o - overall, this is impressive. this one hangs with the big boys. for a single ipa, i can't think of many beers that hit it as spot on as this one.

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Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Headed to Societe after the DDG release to see what all the fuss was about.

Started with the stout which was fantastic and then moved on to the Pupil.

Nothing to exotic on the color, nice yellowish mellow orange. Two inches of head and excitement all around me. The smell was a nice fruity tropical mellow pine. The taste.... wow, damn, holy smokes. There is virtually no malt and rich tropical fruit, mango, guava just lingering on the taste buds. Moderate/perfect carbonation and an incredible mouthfeel that leaves you begging for more. I just couldn't stop drinking it. It reminds me of Pliny mixed with the first generation of Sculpin that was heavy in tropical fruit.

This is something very special. When they start bottling I will unfortunately be making the 100 mile trek weekly. Must try for any IPA lover.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden orange with a nice light whitish head

Smell: Citrus forward, with pineapple dominant, a bit of lemon a hint of floral hoppiness

Taste: More pine than the nose, not a ton of bitterness at first but more pronounced as I drink more, great pineapple and grapefruit notes

Mouthfeel: Moderate bitterness and medium bodied with good carbonation for the style.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA, not my favorite but quite good!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium orange/yellow, slight chill haze, white fluffy head, solid lacing.

Aroma: heavy grapefruit, citrus, and pineapple.

Taste: grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral notes, fairly high bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, slick, good carbonation.

Overall: good drinkability, overall very tasty!

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Photo of standardcherry
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ehammond1!

A: LIght golden hazy color. Creamy white head. Tons of lacing left in the glass. No carbonation problems at all.
S: Juicy citrus and pine pretty much dominate.
T: Sweet maltiness balanced with a burst of tropical fruits. For some reason, this was missing from the aroma. Tons of peach, guava, pineapple, mango, tangerines. Very well balanced bitterness.
M: Medium/full bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Pleasant carbonation.
O: One of the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of trying. Nice use of Nelson, a hop that's quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bug thanks to ehammond1 for this growler...

A: Pours a light gold, slightly murky, with one full finger of fluffy white head. The foam takes forever to settle, and thee is a ton of lacing as this bee drinks. The look of this beer is stunning.

S: The nose is really nice. Fresh hop vegetal, pine, and lime citrus. Really nice.

T: It starts off wet and refreshing with some really nice fresh hop flavor. It's bright and crisp with muted vegetation. As it moves to the back end, it gets sweet while simultaniously bringing out lime citrus and pine notes. The finish is big hops, but nothing astringent or burning.

M: Light bodied beer. Light and refreshing to start, hoppy and assertive, but not overwhelming. Super drinkable IPA. You'd think the abv of this beer was significantly less than 7.5%.

O: I am a fan. This beer is super drinkable, packed with delicious favor, and it looks beautiful. This one is a winner. I wish I could have more of this in my life.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer, first time I had it a couple of years ago I loved it. Had it again recently, it was good, not great. Pace of new great IPAs is accelerating rapidly and this one is being left behind.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy light gold color with a thin white head.

S- Lots of pine with some underlying mango, caramel, apricot and resin.

T- Lots of citrus and pine hop notes battling for supremacy here. Tangerine rind, grapefruit pith, a good amount of pine resin and some pepper. Solid.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a crystal clear light orangish color with great carbonation coming from the growler. A moderate fluffy white head with some decent lacing.

S: Nose is very fresh and juicy citrus. Loads of citrus and tropical fruits with some underlying pine notes.

T: A nice dry, super clean citrusy note upfront with some tropical fruit, light dank and some pine needles. This beer is very fresh and immensely flavorful. It is dry from start to finish with a slight dry bittering hop profile. The booze is light and well masked, barely even noticed it.

M: Lighter bodied, all hops here, well carbonated. The plate and mouthfeel is once again all sorts of fruits. No slickness here. This beer is very clean which makes it so enjoyable.

O: This IPA was fantastic. Easy to drink and clean. One thing I always love about HF IPAs is the cleanliness and clarity of their beers. This beer has that just on a different coast. Well crafted!

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Photo of Hendry
4.96/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Arrived in an impressive stainless steel growler, pours a hazy golden yellow, 1 finger of soapy white on top. lacing is nice but not incredible.

Aroma is one of subtlety: the hops are front and center though not aggressive. Amazing nose is Hawaiian pineapples with a touch of pine needle. Perhaps one of the most subtle and mouthwatering aromas an IPA can produce.

Taste is of carbonated pineapple juice infused with fresh pine: a real treat in every respect. Quality hops are beautifully showcased here. Little to nothing to improve on in the taste department.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, impressive carbonation (particularly for being shipped cross country in a growler), fabulous bitterness rests on the back of the palate. Dry and crisp, no malty overload to get in the way of the hops. Never degenerates into that "crackery" session IPA aftertaste, and the 7.8% abv is masterfully obscured. This is one that every fan of "tropical tasting" IPAs should get their hands on, and considered to be a Southern Cali masterpiece in my book.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy, golden hue. Minimal lacing with about a finger of head.

S - citrus, pine, resin, juicy. Just a ton going on here. Salivary glands going crazy with just a whiff.

T - One of a few IPA's where the taste actually exceeds the smell. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit along with some pine and bitter herb flavor. The bitterness is so well integrated. Probably the most balanced IPA I've had.

M - Bitterness is present but not overpowering. Smooth mouthfeel and nice, lingering finish.

O - This is the most enjoyable IPA I've had the pleasure of drinking. You can only get it on tap or to go in a growler so I've only had it super fresh. Simply the cleanest, purest flavors. I could easily knock back an entire growler just because it is so enjoyable to drink. World class.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Low transparency, good legs and a pale yellow color
S: Awesome freshness that you look for in a good IPA. I cannot pick up the different hop types but there is a nice balance of freshness and depth.
T: Surprisingly one of my favorite IPA based solely on the taste. I get a hit of pine, slight Belgium mustiness, and citrus. It was difficult for me to slow down to sip this one
M:It is a full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It sits a little heavier than some IPAs but still stellar.
O: While on a Stone tour and talking about different Hops a few of the induction specialist said this brewery was a must go while in San Diego; It did not disappoint. This was my favorite of the 8 IPAs they had on the menu. Overall the IPA here were AMAZING and worth a visit if in the area since they currently are not outside of San Diego.

7.8% abv

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Photo of KevT
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer at Societe during a recent trip to San Diego. Beer came out with a pale yellow color and a nice head. Compared to some of the other Societe beers, this hop aroma on this one is more subdued. It still has a nice hop flavor and nice bitter finish though.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a clear golden color with a foamy white head on top. The retention and lacing is really good. The smell is sweet and hoppy, nice malty caramel nose with a lemony citrus. The taste is nice, nice malt/hop balance, sweet and bitter. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a good carbonation. Overall it's a pretty solid brew.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cruising SoCal like I know how - down to Societe it is.

The pupil is everything that it wants to be, but unfortunately, isn't. On Raul's "aite scale," it's just straight up, aite. A lil hoppy, a lil fruity, a lil just aite. Hell, like Jennifer Anistan in a thong, yeah, I'll peep it, but in the end, meh.

*Re-Review*

Raul enjoyed this bad boy again at Toronado and he is going to call this the "Manny Paciio" of beers. Good, damn good, but he ain't no Floyd Mayweather. Think of this as Nelson's lil brother; super fruity and juicy, but he definitely ain't no FULL Nelson.

Holla.

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Photo of Hamburgers
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Stone. Pours pale, hazy orange with thin white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, yeast and slight funk. Flavor is piney and citrusy. On the lighter side of and IPA with medium carbonation. Slight bitter finish. Super solid, nice balance. As good as any IPA on the market.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours without much of a head. Wispy on the surface and a few bubbles at the edge.

Smell - Piney, resiny hops. Very nice. Some grapefruit too. Not my favorite hop profile, but it smells great.

Taste - Bright resiny hop, a bit more citrus here. Some slightly grainy malts back there, almost no sweetness. Dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, medium bodied, low carbonation. That's probably the growler. I could drink a few glasses of this.

Overall - I don't love the hop profile, but I can't deny that it's a very well made IPA.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. pour at the Societe taproom on 3/12/13

Golden with a slight haze, dense white head and sufficient lace. Aroma is a bit muted, tropical fruit with floral notes. Very non-West Coast flavor, guava, pomelo, citrus rind to start and an earth bitterness to finish. Lively mouthfeel with a medium body. Leans toward the dry side with a touch of alcohol present.

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Photo of hopjake
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Societe taproom. My only Citra-heavy beer before this was ZD, so I was looking forward to this one.

Half-inch of fluffy white head, yellow - orange hazy appearance. Very appealing.

Lots of citrus fruit and of course, hops jumping out at you. Honestly I was too eager to taste it than spend a lot of time smelling it - it just smelled good...

Still learning the different hop flavors, but the Citra is now recognizable to me, and stood out immediately. Very tropical, a light malt backbone, just enough bitterness to remind you its an IPA, no booze. Fairly clean finish. Very smooth - could drink a few of these.

Medium carbonation, pretty light body - nothing unexpected after the aroma and taste.

Wish I had more than one, but I was visiting from out of town and wanted to try their other offerings. Visited a few other places in SD, and this was definitely the best beer I had during a short 3-day stay.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank this on tap at Churchill's in November 2012, then at the Societe taproom in February 2013.

Big time yellow pour, tons of haze, small 1/3" head on the top. Some of these mega hopped SD west coast ipa's now look eerily similar to a hefeweizen (albeit without the same head, lacing or retention).

Aroma, huge, the best of both worlds, you get the citra and the nelson hops in all their glory. Name the fruit, you can probably close your eyes and envision it in this beer. Mango, guava, pine, pineapple. Pretty much every tropical type of fruit out there, comes out in the nose (and taste, but more about that in a sec). I smelled the shit out of this beer, ramping up expectations until I could actually taste it.

The taste is very smooth, for all the hop glory in this, it has zero abrasive bitterness to it. Extremely light and dry cracker like malt addition to just stay the hell out of the way of the hops. Juicy. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Very light bodied, high hopped, low bitterness libation. Tangerine and mango just rolls off the tongue. Very reminiscient of Pliny and Alpine.

This is the #1 beer you haven't drank. This is now a must stop spot when in San Diego. If it was anywhere else in the world, it would be the talk of the town, homerism effects etc. . . but since its SD, there's plenty of stuff to divide loyalties and keep these guys under the radar on the national scene.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Average fluffy white head with a light orange body. Great looking beer, I bet it looks better fresh from the source.

Smell had an overall tropical aroma mixing mango and tangerine. Underneath were some wild berry and grassy scents.

Taste was smooth for an IPA. A punch of Kiwi hop flavor was there but the bite was quick and clean on the finish. Props to them for packing that much taste with little bitterness. Although Im not totally sure if thats a good or a bad thing. It definitely makes it go down like water.

Malt body was minimally sweet. Decent carbonation for the growler. This beer was awesome and I would definitely like to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a tulip of some sort at Tom's place.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and specks of lacing. Transparent golden body.

S - Citrus, lefty with dank herbs, touch of onion, tangerine, some sweet malts and tropical fruits, with a touch of buttered biscuit as well. Light alcohol note that's a surprise but I could be confusing a really sharp pine note for booze.

T - Taste is smoother, with a nice mix of citrus, sweet malts, tropical fruits, leafy herbs, grapefruit zest, and thankfully no booze or onion. There's an almost seltzer-y citrus juice quality to this one.

M - Smooth, dry, medium-full bodied, crisp and clean finish, pleasant carbonation, and minimal alcohol presence. Bitterness is surprisingly low as well.

D - A very nice beer that straddles the line between IPA and IIPA. Eminently drinkable, but didn't wow me quite as much as I expected. A few years ago this would have been a slam-dunk for Top 10 but these days it's merely a very good IPA from an area of the country that has a lot of killer options.

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Photo of Florida9
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear light amber. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Good retention. Head leaves some minimal lacing on the way down.

S: Very aromatic. Aroma is full of fruit, but not necessarily the types of fruit you'd expect from an IPA. Mostly grape, but some tropical fruit as well. Maybe a little orange citrus, but its faint.

T: Very light malt base. Then the flavors I typically associate with Nelson Sauvigon hops. Green grapes and gooseberry. Again, just a hint of tropical fruits and just a very faint hint of lemon along with a little grapefruit pith. A bit sweeter than I was expecting it to be.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A nice beer, though a bit sweeter than I was expecting for a San Diego brewed IPA. Otherwise, it brings the otherwise typical light malt body and heavy hops, though the hops used in this brew offer up a lot more than the typical citrus and pine notes.

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The Pupil from Societe Brewing Co.
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