The Roustabout
Societe Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #87
Ranked #906
4.39 | pDev: 8.2%
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: Big IPA
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 136 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Societe in San Diego.
Pours a clear golden with finger of crisp white head.
The aroma was a little underwhelming to stat but as warmed got nice citrus, tangerine, slightly floral, and some subdued piney hops in back.
Malty sweetness on the palate with tangerine, sweet orange, tropical fruit. Piney at the back end with a great balancing bitterness that compliments the sweetness.
Medium full mouthfeel with a smoothness that is incredible - the 9% ABV is hidden - very little lingering bitterness, just sadness as I got to the bottom of the glass. Absolutely loved this beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BottleCraft – Little Italy San Diego, CA
Had this on 09/25/15 – 8oz pour

My pour arrives a brassy looking dark golden amber. Mostly clear and fine with a good finger width of ivory white foam. Good stay power and stick action noted.
The nose blossoms with a posy of fresh fruity of hops. Grapefruit, mango with peach, tangerine, and a touch of ripe gooseberry. Light underpinning of sticky pines. Not getting much malt character here other than a dash of sweetness to it. Very floral with some light tropicalia.
Superb balance for such a beastly brew with a full course flourish of fresh fruity hops. Pink grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and green melon with a light herbal pine mixed in. Resinous but not abrasive. There is some faint malt cracker underneath and a fairly calmed bitterness to this. Keeps the alcohol dangerously well masked making for a very smooth beverage. Moderately to lighter filling body and incredibly dry for its size.
Another Highly recommended from Societe. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taster: Big IPA delivering a hoppy punch. Similar to the pupil but more sweet honey malt flavor and bigger hop flavors. Nice floral, citrus and pine flavors. The finish is also a little smoother but still ends on a bitter grapefruit pith note. Boozy but well integrated. Smooth, slightly viscous mouthfeel with good carb. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- 4oz. pour into tasting glass with growler fill off tap at the tasting room (San Diego, CA) on 27-Jan-16

I've been told that this is now only brewed once a year. I enjoyed this as much as the Pupil and Apprentice, if not better.

Also told by the same bartender that plans to bottle or can are currently in the works, but only non-IPA's are in consideration.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a 9% abv dipa that is this yellow!?! Alright alright alright. Almost a full inch of head on her, she pretty. Great lace, decent retention, phenomenal clarity. The hop aroma just kicks ass. Juicyfruit. Mega tropical. Excellent.

Taste, jeez, massive hops and minimal bitterness. Uber flavorful, no alcohol heat. All them expensive hops up in this. Easily a world class, 1st tier dipa. Super dry.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Totally yellow dipa up in here, almost 1" of head on it. Deft appearance, much less how great the lacing is, super impressive in the context of a mega happy ultra dry dipa.

Aroma hits ya with the pungent proprietary hops. Citrus and tropical fruit run this bitch like they the bottom bitch and pine is just turning tricks.

Amazing way of hiding big alcohol. Soft instead of bitter, juicy flavors abound. Amarillo, simcoe, citra?

I really have gotten away from dipas lately, but this is one that is phenomenal.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden with a greasy fluffy oily bright white head that faded to a thick film which lasted the whole beer through. Greasy streaks of lace were left down the glass.
S: Grapefruit, tangerine, mango and juices papaya. Very fruity with a citrus/tropical hop blend.
T: Taste follows the nose with sweet tropical fruit nectar hitting first and citrus tangerine following. Super sweet overall with a fruit nectar finish and grapefruit and lingering sugar in the aftertaste. Mild creamsickle.
M: Greasy, sticky, mouthfeel, medium-full body, soft low carbonation. Mild creamsickle.
O: Very sweet but ultra fresh and hoppy. A very good hop blend.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a draft pint immediately following The Pupil, and it underwhelmed a bit. Very nice beer overall but this tasting session included the Pliny The Elder and The Pupil. This beer just did not stand up to the others. Nice aroma and flavor but a little off on balance.

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Photo of Hendry
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stainless growlette fill from last week. Pours the color of a clear amber maple syrup, one half finger of frothy bone white head that drops off quickly and leaves splotchy lacing in the tulip, tiny bubbles rise to the top.

There is a fruitiness to the nose that is subtle and inviting, this is one that makes you really anticipate the flavor. A touch of malt is present in the aroma, but in a balanced understated way. Give this beauty a little time to warm up, the aroma changes up really nicely, with the orange zest factor becoming more prominent.

Delightful orange and clementine blast on the palate with just enough malt to balance things out. For some reason the flavor reminds me of a gourmet Ben & Jerry's ice cream specialty flavor called Chocolate Cointreau that I enjoyed years ago. Nice long lasting bitterness hangs out on the palate.

Despite the relatively thin body, it delivers great mouthfeel because of the tanginess of the hops that keep your palate happy and busy as the flavors comingle. Dry finish that invites another sip, and another. The most briskly carbonated Societe offering so far, really nicely done.

No surprise Societe earned a Gold medal for Roustabout: masterfully crafted, and different enough to be distinctive. Orangey, earthy and creamy all at once,this growlette went down nice and easy. Grab Roustabout if you can, you will be very happy that you did.

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Photo of rand
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado SD, poured into tulip glass.

Orange in color but completely opaque, the brew yields a tight sudsy head that leaves a trail of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. The nose is citrus rind and honey sweetness - particularly orange-y and zesty. It's flavors are bold and distinct, as the brew's unusual viscosity penetrates every corner of the palate.

The hop profile has a distinct orange-bent, with zesty vinous tones nicely balanced against a bold, honey-sweet malt-backbone. White pepper is easily parsed, along with floral notes and a good dose of booze. The disparate flavors are artfully harmonized, leading to a short, singular finish.

One if the best IPA's floating around San Diego. Reminds me of a lighter version of Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness.

10/23/13 Edit: Having this at the brewery right now, for whatever reason this isn't opaque at all. Not sure if it was a chilled haze or some other batch variation, but there it is.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 0.25l (8.45 oz.) draft
Glass: Snifter
From: Tiger! Tiger! In North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Aug. 4, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 4, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel orange color with three fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Great amount of layered lacing on the sides. Average-to-above average retention on the top.

Smelled floral hops, citrus hops, resin hops, a touch of puke, butter, orange, tangerine, apricot and grapefruit. That buttery puke note kept coming through.

First thing I noticed in the taste was how smooth it was. Still floral and citrus hops, tangerine, grapefruit and orange rind.

Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

The bartender recommended this beer and it was almost as good as advertised. Great beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. awesome stainless steel growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden body, clear with a few wisps.

Smell - Simcoe everwhere. A bit of citrus. Pine. Every kind of hop aroma. Slight biscuit malt.

Taste - Very nice. Variety of hop flavors. Citrus, pine, less simcoe than I expected from the nose. Malty, but never sweet. Grain and a bit of toast. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Probably the growler. Medium body.

Overall - Very tasty IPA. Not a citrus bomb or a hop bomb like most great IPAs.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Thanks for picking this up for me, VaTechHopHead!

Darker yellow and golden. Thin near-white head. Lots of sticky lacing left down the glass. Clear.

One of the finest-smelling D/IPAs I've experienced in a long while. A complete, San Diego IPA, hop experience. Melons, tangerines, peach, orange, and pineapple mix with tropical/passion fruits with just a touch of pine. Malt may be there only to bounce the hops off of, if it's there at all. Truly exceptionally smelling DIPA. When I first cracked the top on the growler, I thought I may have been duped and my friend filled the growler with pineapple juice instead of world-class DIPA. Fortunately, I was wrong and I'm still friends with him.

The flavor isn't quite as good as the aroma, but little is. Lots of fruit flavors (melons, tangerine, orange, and mango) combine with a little bit of pine. Minimal malt. Alcohol is slightly present, but largely minimal at the understood, known ABV. Moderately bitter. Fantastically drinkable for its heft.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Fantastic DIPA and would rival any of the best available options. I still think Bachelor Mosaic and Pupil are better hop-forward beers from Societe, this one is exceptionally well done. Will drink again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Societe's brewhouse. Its a yellow double ipa. Pretty solid 4/5" white head on the top. Somehow more clarity than the Pupil. Good lacing. Really impressive when you consider that this is a very hoppy beer.

Aroma, pungent proprietary hops. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate. Some pine notes underlying it. All the good stuff aroma wise, very nice.

Amazing way of covering up the alcohol, a very easy drinking 9% beer. Massive hop flavors without a palate destroying bitterness. If you know someone who doesn't like ipas because they are bitter, this might be the beer for them (and you!). Very dry stuff, allowing it to stay very light on the mouthfeel. It has a warming effect, I mean, you know the alcohol is there, but its still far below the average 9% booziness. A lot of what I suspect to be the amarillo and citra comes out in the beer, just enough simcoe to keep it in that nice range of not getting all bittered out.

Fantastic stuff, elite, top tier stuff.

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Photo of largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchill's and later at Societe. Pretty excellent stuff. Crystal clear golden body with a sticky white cap. A ton of simcoe on the nose bringing bright tropical fruit and citrus. Citra is in there too, but it's at a lower level. There's little in the way of malt or alcohol in the aroma, just a smorgasbord of aromatic hops. The palate feels a bit heavier than Societe's other hoppy beers, and the higher alcohol is felt slightly more. That said, it's still remarkably light bodied and dry for the ABV, and there's little in the way of harshness. Beyond a touch of malt sweetness, this is all about juicy tropical fruit flavors coming from the simcoe and citra. Pineapple is pervasive, with mango and a citrusy grapefruit/orange note mid-palate. Somewhat resinous in the finish, gently bitter. Very well balanced and easy to drink for how big it is. Hard to find fault with this beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/08/2013 and 2/10/2013

On tap at Societe. Apparently they used Simcoe, Citra, and Cascade in this one.

A: Burnished yellow gold body with a mountain of white froth. Good retention with lots of lacing clinging to the glass. Crystal clarity.

S: Very fruity, with notes of cantaloupe, honeydew, spicy grapefruit, passion fruit, tangerine, and orange. Floral notes are pervasive and there's a little pine resin.

T: Mango, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, juicy tangerine, and pine resin. No malt flavor to speak of but there is a dash of sweetness. The beer is dry but not astringent. Alcohol is a little strong in the flavor, which is my only complaint.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A very nice Double IPA from Societe. Alcohol flavor is a little stronger than I prefer, but it's inoffensive. Recommended.

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The Roustabout from Societe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 136 ratings