10/19 O'Brien's Anniversary Ale | Societe Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single-Hop Pale Ale

Added by HopHead84 on 01-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Light golden in color. Clear. Small near-white head. Nice retention and messy lacing left down the glass. Very pretty.

The aroma is quite nice, and dramatically better than the flavor. Some tropical fruit and citrus character, and just a bit of grass, but not in a distracting or detracting way. Very nice.

The flavor simply isn't quite as bright and vibrant as the aroma. Citrus, some grass, and moderate bitterness. Very clean flavors and wonderfully drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very appropriate for an easy-drinking IPA.

Good, but most of Societe's other IPAs are significantly better than this offering.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Societe brewhouse.

Pours the usual light yellow color for a Societe IPA. Even lighter than Pupil. Soft white head, not much clarity, probably from the massive humulone in the beer. Slight aroma of pine and grapefruit from the Chinook hops.

Taste lends itself to the same type of bitter citrus and pine references. The mouthfeel leaves you wanting a little, somehow the best sessionable ipa's don't come off this watery. The taste is plenty good and sessionable, it just lacks some weight to it. Just doesn't stack up to the best of session ipa style, not Societe's regular offerings. There's just little to no malt influence or aspect to this beer.

Its cool to see a single hop beer, and this one is a good one, but really, you can't come close to the complexity and deliciousness of the world's best ipas, without using multiple kinds. Good for what it is.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/19 – On tap at Obrien’s

A: Pours a light golden blonde color with some faint chill haze and a thin wisp of paper white film on top. There is some nice streaming carbonation present with thin dots and etches of stick down the glass.

S: Smells fruity albeit fairly soft and weak in aroma. I am getting mostly grapefruit and pine with a bit of unripe berry even. Some garden herbs to a lesser degree. There is a bit of soft sweetness to the nose without any sort of malt attributes or alcohol present.

T: Taste is delicately balanced with grapefruit, tangerines, green melon, and fresh pine. There is a moderate amount of bitterness to the beer and a flourish of herbal buds in the finish. Light sugary sweetness, nearly void of any malt character save for some faint bread. Alcohol is pretty much nonexistent. Very light with some real clean flavors. A great sessions really.

M: Very dry and light in body, as to be expected, with a nice even creamy consistency from the carbonation that keeps this Session IPA from becoming overly thin or watery. Has a nice crisp bite towards the finish and some light lingering coat however relatively clean overall.

D: This is a great Sessions IPA and totally crushable. I personally could have used a bit more hop punch from the Chinooks as that is what I have come to love them for but I won’t deny the need for a more subtle approach here. The balance is pretty flawless. One of the better Session IPA’s I have tried.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Managed to have this one at two different places, one at Societe, one at O'Briens.

Light yellow in appearance, this one definitely screams session ipa with a small 1/3" white head. Aroma is a chinook hop drop in the nose. Good.

Old school feels amped up, plenty of the usual pine, grapefruit and citrus descriptors all over it, super dry body. Somewhere between west coast and east coast as the clarity is opaque and the malt body is barely there, and of course big hop schedule.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of HopHead84
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


On tap at O'Brien's.

A: Light gold with an inch of white froth. Good clarity.

S: Orange, spicy grapefruit, and a touch of tropical character with a whisper of pine. No malt is evident in the nose. A bit of herbal and floral character wafts from the glass.

T: Dry with a pervasive citrus rind aspect. Herbal and orange notes with a little lemon and tangerine. No malt influence flavor wise but there is the suggestion of a fleeting sweetness. The beer leaves orange pith and unripe orange flesh lingering in the dry finish. Moderately bitter throughout.

M: Upper light body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is very dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: A good hoppy Pale/IPA from Societe. Well crafted but I sense there is a limit to the complexity to be derived from using 100% Chinook hops.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

10/19 O'Brien's Anniversary Ale from Societe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 14 ratings