GarrettB (1375) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
May 9th, 2014 - Of all the Societe beers I see around San Diego, the Publican seems to get the most traction, especially at bars and pubs, where it’s always in someone’s hand. I attribute this to the bitter happiness in the smell and taste, which appeal to San Diegan preferences for more intense levels of IBUs in their beer. The Publican is not quite the San Diegan IPA, but closer to an American Pale Ale, with a beautiful, bright yellow lustre that shines even in the relative dim of the tasting room. Rust and leather (a smell I closely associate with the rodeo) give off a very masculine hops profile, but the flavor is milder than this aroma suggests. Hops dominates, but it isn’t shockingly bitter, instead pushing a lemony, bitter green and mizuna hops, more like a healthy salad than a hops cone to the mouth. The appeal is real, and will likely only spread as taps open up, and Society fills out its application for a coveted spot at the bar.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow color with straw colored edges and a one finger pillowy white head that quickly settle into a thick, lasting ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.
Earthy hop aroma with subtle resin and a clean pale malt backbone. Hop profile is sort of one dimensional with a ton of fresh cut grass. Could use some more pine resin character or some fruit sweetness. Pale malt backbone wih bread and biscuit. Pedestrian but the grassy hop presence is pleasant.
Light body and similar to the aroma with dry, earthy bitterness countered by pale malt and light fruit esters. Dry and bitter with lots of sticky, grassy hop flavor followed by biscuit, bread and cracker along with apple and pear sweetness. Very easy to drink with no heat. Sessionable but not all that interesting. Hop flavors are one dimension but pretty flavorful. Light and lacking in complexity but decent enough and pretty easy to drink.
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at source clloudy orange. Pine citrus nose. Taste hoppy bitter with muddy finish. Ok. Guess.
jspronck (155) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with white head, beautiful aromas of citrus (orange and lemon), tropical fruit and flowers. Good texture (not too thin nor too thick). Good balance with slightly bitter finish. Very nice pale ale.
bb (8270) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma with light earth. Grapefruit and tropical fruit flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Tropical fruit and light grapefruit lingers.
Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice pine hop aroma, mild malts mild to heavy hop bitterness. Finished clean and piney.
blipp (7863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours clear gold with a white head. Mild fruity hops, lighter bitterness, and mild malty sweetness. Pretty good; definitely drinkable.
PartyFowle (942) - - MAY 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Light and clear as a pilsner, but with the aroma of a wet-hopped pale. Herbal, almost, with mint, grass and peppercorns backed up by soft graininess. Flavor is snappy, resinous, with partnering peppery hop notes, grapefruit peel, cracker finish. Let it sit in the mouth and more floral notes come out - lavender, maybe? Like laying in the grass on a summer day.
Blairgus (3949) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
14 Mar 2015, tap at Society. pale yellow, clear, no bubbles. nose is lemon rind and rather bitter. thin body and moderately fizzy. lemon rind, lemon juice, a bit skunky. slightly sweet. nice.
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale yellow color. Lots of tropical fruit, light body, hoppy, simple, but well balanced and dry finish. Nice.