The Dandy | Societe Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Nugganooch on 07-16-2012

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 122
Photo of breadwinner
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty likeable IPA here from the folks @ Societe, yellow gold and fairly clear, nice rim of foam, the appearance sort of portends what's to come: a solid, likeable, if not necessarily outstanding, IPA. Nose is bright, citrusy, little bit of something tropical -- pineapple, maybe? -- onto a crisp palate, light malt presence, citrus bitterness that cleans up nicely in the finish. Likeable sounds like a pejorative, but it shouldn't be -- this is a good beer.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear yellow pour. Distinct scallion in the aroma, not sure what the hop/yeast combination might be to produce that. Very distinctive and nice. Great taste and nice light lingering bitterness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice bright yellow pour, vibrancy, glow. Super citrus and tropical fruit with a new hop variety.

Taste is superior, dry malt, hop forward flavors. Dumps just all kinds of fruit flavors, tropical and citrus over and over, really light body. Great stuff.

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Photo of rand
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at SD Brewco, poured into a pint.

A Northwest-style IPA, this cloudy, orange-cream colored brew yields a floral, malty nose. Grassy notes, earthy tea and a bit of bitter pine on the palate. A little biscuity toward the close, which has a medium finish with some lingering bitter residuals. Drinkable, satisfying, but nothing earth shattering from the boys at Societe.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bagby Beer Co. In Oceanside. Kind of a one note beer but pretty tasty for that one note. Crisp, clean and refreshing. I could/would drink a lot of this during the warmer months.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Societe Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA.

A- Similar to Societe's other pale ale offerings- light golden-yellow body, clear in clarity. One finger white head with low retention time; it doesn't keep for long. A bit of lacing here and there.

S- Citrus hop aromas; favoring grapefruit but also a bit of oranges; caramel, biscuits. Not complicated.

F- Grainy pale malt, a bit of caramel, grapefruit. As in the nose, not too complicated. It seems to fall quite short of The Pupil in terms of the complexity and depth of the hop aromas, but it's still quite flavourful. It's closer to an APA, really. Might be some pine on the backend, but I would probably say that grapefruit bitterness is the predominant flavour on the finish.

M- Medium-thin bodied, good carbonation, crisp with a nice pep to it. It would make for a nice patio beer on a cooler summer day. Good drinkability, not too bitter.

O- Decent offering, nice grapefruit hop aromas but not a lot of depth or complexity to this one, especially compared to The Pupil which is a superior IPA.

Final score: 3.78

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Photo of More_betterness
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stainless growler into a LA teku.

A: Clear, light golden body with a one finger head that recedes quickly. Moderate lacing and a small ring remain after about thirty seconds.

S: Orange zest, dank grapefruit, and sweet, bready malt. A bit of tropical fruit as well.

T: Lemon pith, sweet mango, and crackery pale malt. Low bitterness for the style. Not overly flavorful, but extremely balanced.

M: Light, airy, and drinkable. Very soft texture.

O: Extremely drinkable. Not the most potent flavor or aroma, but I could put entirely too much of this away. Session IPA feel with a bit more hefty ABV.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Societe

A-Pours a medium orange with a one finger white head which fades to a little lacing.

S-Aroma is of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, light dankness, and some herbal hop notes.

T-Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of some light bready malts.

M-Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, semi bitter, medium finish.

O-Overall, a pretty nice IPA that is very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impressive bright yellow that should never be mistaken for BMC, it comes in lookin' like a heady brew. The aroma is exactly what a hop forward San Diego ipa should be, varied citrus and tropical fruit teamed with a green vegetal new proprietary hop essence.

Taste is even superior to the good dry hop aroma, when buckets of hops drink effortlessly, when its just in the zone so to speak. You're getting gobs of hop mouthfeel, but little to no alcohol, just barely enough malt and sweetness (crystal kept away or to a minimum here) to boost the hops even further into prominence. You're tasting more of the papaya, mango, lemon and tangerine than you were smelling. Maybe some chinook hop creating a very mild spicy/mint/bitter edge very late in the aftertaste.

These guys have really broken into the most market saturated place for this style beer, but they really are off to an amazing first year with a couple of these ipa's I've tried. Had on tap at Churchills Pub in November 2012.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy light golden and yellow with a thin white head. Lined lacing left down the glass.

Straightforward, accessible, enjoyable aroma: citrus hop notes (grapefruit in particular), some pine, some caramel and bread, and a distinct grain presence.

The flavor is nice and is similar to the aroma: citrus notes, some pine and earth, a bit of sweetness, and a distinct character of grain.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Certainly good, but a letdown only because Societe's other IPAs have been such standouts.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice lower ABV IPA. Pale golden body capped by a tall lasting head. The nose is floral, spicy, very fresh. There's a touch of grapefruit and pine. Malt aroma is negligible. Smells very fresh and bright. Light on the palate with a spicy, floral, citrusy hop character. There's little malt flavor to speak of. The finish exhibits a clean, mellow biterness that makes this pretty easy to quaff. This didn't blow me away like The Pupil did, but it's very good.

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Photo of grandmeaulnes
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SD, review from notes

A: Light and quite hazy with a thin yet pillowy head. A nice looking IPA.

S: Lots of fruity hops (ripe apricot, tangerine, peach - not a million miles from Sculpin). Some pepper and citrus too. No booze in the nose.

T: This is a nice West Coast/San Diego style IPA. Pine, citrus zest, peppery notes and ripe fruity hop flavors play well with drying bitterness and understated sweet malt flavor. This is the first I've had from Societe and I wasn't disappointed. It didn't totally blow me away, but it definitely held up alongside the other great IPAs I drank that night (Pliny, Hop 15, Duet, Pure Hoppiness) and that's saying something. Will try again.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a thin off white head. Looks pretty good.

S: Tons of fruity and citrusy hop notes right off the bat. Tangerine, grapefruit and orange. A touch peppery in the back. Pretty nice.

T: A pretty good West Coast IPA. Juicy citrus hop notes throughout with a touch of caramel malt smoothing things out. This is by far my favorite of the three I've had from Societe so far (the others were The Harlot and The Apprentice). Really looking forward to trying more from these guys soon.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap – Pizza Port Carlsbad
Stoked to find this on at the Port. Notes taken from Saturday – 07/14/12

A: A brimmed draught pour yields a very light and dull straw-gold ale. A tad fuzzy with cloudiness. Thin white rim cap that leaves some sticky ribbons of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of ripened orchard fruits with some hints of pine and light citrus zest. Getting lots of apricot and lesser notes of tropicals in the aroma. No real malt or alcohol noticeable. Nice fruity nose even under the cold served conditions.

T: Taste offers up more of the same with a flourish of fruity hops. Apricot paired with some grapefruit and tangerine. A touch tropical and exotic with some underlying pines. There’s maybe a subtle use of NZ hop varietals at play that keeps it somewhat interesting and a little difficult to decipher. Moderate bitterness makes for a rather smooth and enjoyable drink. Nice sugary cracker malt presence that doesn’t compete with the hops rather accents them nicely. No real alcohol flavors coming through. Not anything mind blowing but just a real nice light, balanced, and refreshing IPA.

M: Light feel that starts out a bit thin and creamy in texture and rides into a real dry puckering finish. Hops oils have a slight residual linger.

D: A fine and Dandy drinking IPA that offers up a nice fruity bouquet of hops. Doesn’t quite stand up to some of Ports house IPA’s but very drinkable none the less. Recommended.

These guys have my attention. Can’t wait to try some of their other offerings.

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The Dandy from Societe Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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