Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
At common table with Colin, Jacob, Justin, and friends. Pours golden yellow with layer of white head. Aroma is strong fantastic awesome very delicate floral fruity hops. Reminds me of exponential hoppiness, taste is dry, awesome full flavored hops that envelope the palet. This is an absolutely exceptional ipa. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Poured up on tap at the brewery where it exhibits a clear pale gold body that supports a near white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is a juicy mix of mango, cantaloupe and lime as well as having a thin onion spicy hop edge to it. This smells Nelson-ish as it gets slightly white wine like at the end of the draw. The taste is thick rich Nelson goodness supported by sweet clean thin maltiness where notes of tangelo, mango and cantaloupe fruitiness bubbling up along with just a sliver of sweet white wine grape sensation to midway. Toward the finish it picks up resiny almost onion like earthy hoppy notes that inject short spikes of bitterness into the involved juiciness that’s going on here. This is every bit Alpine Nelson that I have ever had. Is it better . . . MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2016
The Apprentice isn’t quite as juicy and candy-like as The Pupil, but you’re really splitting hairs when you need to make observations like that. The fact is, this is another outstanding IPA from a brewery that clearly knows how to make one. Light amber color - excellent head retention; a layer of foam stayed on this beer all the way to the end. There’s a lovely mix citrusy, zesty fruit presented on the nose and palate. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, and lime. Oily and somewhat creamy feel. I’ll really need to pay a visit to Societe the next time I’m in SD. want1DIPA (227) - - MAR 6, 2014
On draft at Societe. So clean, crisp and sweet with a strong but mellow hop burst! Amazing! corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a hazy, pale golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. The glass is left coated with large sheets of soapy lacing.
Floral, slightly earthy and oily resinous hop aroma with pine needle and tons of tropical fruit. Lots of grapefruit, papaya, pineapple and orange peel countered by pale biscuit malt, toffee and graham cracker.
Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a blast of earthy, piny hops countered by a boat load of tropical/citrus fruit notes and a pale makt backbone. Grassy pine needle and earthy bitterness along with a ton of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and lemon peel. Really complex and delicious hop profile. Light pale malts underneath with biscuit and graham cracker. Really well balanced and way too easy to put down. I could drink this all day. Awesome beer! I tried several Societe beers on my last trip to SD and this was the most flavorful. Highly recommended!
ansalon (3847) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2017
Pours hazy golden with a moderate frothy white head. Aromas of peach, apricot, mango, grapefruit, kiwi. Taste is very fruity and quite bitter with slight grassy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. jcartamdg (3445) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Pours gold with a thick white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, orange peel and freshly milled grain. Taste is grapefruit, slight pine, slightly sweet malt but mostly a hop bomb. So good, in my top 5 IPAs Schmaltzy (13) - Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2012
So the appearance is your typical golden slightly hazy with ample fluffy white head that leaves soapy lacing everywhere.
Aroma is grapes and gooseberries right away followed by Meyer lemon and citrus and a nice delicate floral aroma similar to cherry blossom. I do also smell a decent amount of alcohol which lowers the score only slightly.
Taste, wow, right away I get the sweet malt but it doesn’t taste like malt, more fruit like dark grapes and gooseberry followed by a nice citrus wave led by the meyer lemon and some orange zest. The finish is slightly bitter with a wheat and yeast taste, I really didn’t feel any alcohol burn on the finish, so I was guessing it was around 7% alc however it is 8.4% and sneaks up on you quick.
Nice ample soapy carbonation cleans the palate well, a very nice medium body IPA with some interesting flavors integrated into it. dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
On draft at City Beer SF. Pours golden yellow with a white head. Floral, citrus, pine. Tasty IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Has the strength of a double, but not showing any alcohol. Fairly sweet with a bitter fruity finish. Fairly standard, fresh ipa...above average but not among the elite. 2013-Brewery fresh I gotta say this was pretty damn good. Stinky hops, light for the abv. Good stuff! I can admit when I’m wrong :)"