India Pale Ale - Triangle Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Triangle Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: on 09-18-2009

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Reviews by Brenden:
Photo of Brenden
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange in the body and a little lighter on the edges, this good-looking IPA has a consistent cloudiness to it. It grows a large head, a little bit off-white, that settles down to a good height, almost a finger and a half. That settles further to a heavy foam, and it's strong enough to leave a good, thick ring of lacing at the top of the glass and to follow that with strong patching and legging in good quantity and consistency.
The aroma is more toast and sourdough bread than anything, a bit herbal with a touch of pine but not hop-forward. There's just lots of biscuit with a bit of citrus and some caramel sweetness. It smells very yeasty.
The hops are brought out more strongly in the flavor as mostly pine and citrus notes. Biscuit is still strong, and there's an extremely interesting solvent-like note with a hint of lemon to it. It almost has a woody thing in whatever the perfumy thing is that's going on here.
The feel is nice, fairly light but just managing medium in body with a good creaminess remaining constant and a light crispness that keeps it from going flat. It thins out a hair heading into the finish, also adding a little dryness.
This makes for a good session beer, but I wouldn't reach for it as something to get my hop fix from by any means.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic a hazed orange infused golden with a large fluffy white that left broken chunks of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Some grassy herbal hops along with a mild tropical fruit note but the hops are somewhat dull with some biscuit malt notes thrown in as well.The palate starts out good with a shot of grassy and tropical fruit notes but there is an ubrupt ending to the hops with a lightly sweet biscuit finish.Eh it's close to being really good but it doesn't stand up to many other NC brewed IPA's.

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

VERY foral. Odd hop profile. Lovely presentation and worth trying. Tastes of hibiscus, spring and crisp.

Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium sized off white to light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clearish thick honey golden colored beer.

Light floral and citrus hops aroma with some underlying grain malts making their presence known.

Light floral and citrus hops taste with some underlying grain malts rounding out the taste that is very similar to the aroma of this beer.

A very light dry aftertaste with some hops presence on this medium bodied beer.

This is an alright IPA but seems to be lacking or just a little lighter on the hops than I would have liked.

Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery

Pours golden with decent head. Smells of fruit and Belgian yeast. The yeast throws me off a bit, but it seems that many TBC offerings have the same Belgian yeast profile in the nose. Taste is Belgian yeast, bitter hops, and hints of a sweetness I can't put my finger on. Well carbonated, this beer is crisp. Overall, not excited about this one. Between the Belgian yeast and the hop profile, I'm left wanting something else.

Photo of TheOriginal
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently purchased in the can, six-pack form. Maybe on the lighter side for an America IPA coming in at 5.7% although the beer maintains lots of flavor and fantastic appearence.

Pours cloudy with lots of lacing. Darkish orange color and cloudy! Mouthfeel is heavy and definitely full body. Carbonation level I think is on the high side, but nothing crazy. Excellent lacing.

Smell is of juicy hops, I get a lot of citrusy smells from the beer.

Hops are definitely present in the smell and the taste, and also has a good malt backbone. The hops are forward, but the beer has a good balance.

Overall I give this beer a solid score and will definitely be purchasing this one on a regular basis. ONe of the better sessionable IPA's around

Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

Slightly hazy golden in color with a nice lasting white head and some lacing.

Big tropical fruit aroma with pineapple and definite Belgian yeast. A Belgium IPA? Could be.

Same on the flavor, pale malt, Belgian yeast, pineapple and citrus, light floral note, and spiciness.

Medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation and decent smoothness.

Pretty good, but I'm thinking some Belgian yeast got into this one. INFECTED!!! Just kidding.

Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Vintage Fine Wines in Terminal 2 of RDU. Standard shaker pint glass.

Pours a light to medium amber, with good foaming. Lacing waves. Smell is an earthy, pine grassy smell. Pleasing. Taste is smmoth and straight - good balance between sweet maltiness and bitter hop. The bittering is noted but not controlling. Smooth mouthfeel.

Easy drinking IPA - flavorful, tasty, an overall very good beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask for this brew

A- An orange color with amber highlights. Frothy 3 finger head that overlfows the pint and leaves a decent lacing.

S- floral and citrus hops dominate. i do get some malt on the back end of the nose.

F- citrus and floral hops hit the palate strong. i dont gather the malts until halfway through the brew.

M- light bodied beer with a nice hop feel in the mouth.

O- a decent IPA. it soothes you on a nice summer day but still leaves more to be desired.

Photo of elflake
4.35/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrusy-fresh : the keg had a date five days before my taste, and the freshness shown through. Crisp, citrus, hoppy, really just a great IPA. I was very pleasantly surprised after having the Triangle Belgian, ( which was a blah C beer ). I would guess about 7%ABV from the taste. Highly recommended IPA....

Photo of wedge
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange-amber with swirls of yeast sediment and thick, fluffy head that leaves some chunky lace on the glass. Moderate hoppy aroma...some juicy citrus but more floral and grassy than anything else. Flavor is hoppy, but like the aroma, I'm having a tough time explaining it any further. Some of the Simcoe comes through as do more floral and spicy hops. Soapiness and some yeast. Medium bodied and fairly bitter. Meh...

Photo of Gigantor
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer looked great when I poured it into my glass. Nice golden to orange color, with a nice white head. I was a little disapointed by the aroma how ever. I usually expect an in your face hop aroma in an american IPA. It had a decent aroma but compared to other IPAs it didnt live up to expectations. hop bitterness was ok, but more herbal than piney or citrucy. Just not what I expected I guess.

Photo of fmccormi
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz can to an oversized wineglass, no freshness dating on the can.

Appearance (4.0): Pretty aggressive head on this one, easily rising to about three fingers and taking its damn sweet time collapsing to a fat, lumpy cap floating on top of the body. The body is a rather murky orange-amber color. A few globs of lace stick around.

Smell (4.0): Some sweet citrus, same dank resinous character, and a spicy, somewhat vegetal character that intrigues me. Some definitely spicy hops are in here. The malt body comes off as relatively muted and definitely biscuity.

Taste (4.0): Those spicy, moderately vegetal hops come along here, contributing a lot to the flavor but the bitterness is almost an afterthought here, only really coming out in the finish—which is actually surprisingly long. That bitterness is part citrus pith, part herbal, and definitely tasty, but the hop FLAVOR is unexpectedly spicy and earthy. Kind of dig it, definitely a change of pace. The malt body, meanwhile, hangs out in back, kind of waving “hi” to you from across the room with a biscuit in its hand. There is a discernible yeast note here, too, which I enjoy—leaves a slightly chalky, earthy note in the finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Carbonation is average and understated, the body is just on the light side of medium, and the finish is relatively dry. The mouthfeel is doing a decent job, nothing special here.

Overall (3.5): Overally, an above-average IPA. I’d give it 3.75 for the overall score if I could, because it’s just not quite 4/5 in the scheme of things. Still, a good beer, and worth trying if you see it. Small, regional breweries and good canned offerings are both ALWAYS welcome, in my book!

Photo of DesertRat
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this beer a lot. Local brewery, price was right at $.8.99 a six pack, but it it tasted more like a pilsner than an IPA. Very malty, and reminded me a lot of their white Belgian ale. Honestly, as it sits in my mouth it does not taste like an ale. It really tastes like a pilsner/lager.

Pretty sad effort since even a home brewer can make a nice hop forward IPA.

Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Local beer from up in Durham, where I work. Bright Kelly green can and basic design. Pours thick and chunky light brown with an opaque center. Head dies quick but leaves better than average lace and a creamy cap. Nose is faint, spicy hops.

Flavor here is balanced but a little more malt driven than I would like. Some medium pine and citrus notes but not a strong or assertive hop bomb like you sometimes find. Texture feels a little loose and watery. Finish is decent and the aftertaste satisfying. Not a bad beer, but not an elite IPA, so I probably won't be quaffing it regularly.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden apricot in color with some orange highlight and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall frothy/sudsy light tan head of large bubbles that slowly reduces to a couple of small to medium patches of medium thickness, some very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are light to moderate aromas of pale malts and a touch of biscuit malts. Moderate aromas of tropical/pineapple and citrus/orange hop with some lighter notes of Belgian yeast.

T: Similar to the smell, there are light to moderate flavors of pale and biscuit malts with some moderate notes of Belgian yeast. There is also a light to moderate flavor of tropical/pineapple and citrus/lemon/orange which contribute some light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink but like other beers from this brewery it shares the same Belgian yeast profile... I find the beer enjoyable but nothing special and I likely will not be picking it up again (because I like more pronounced hops without the Belgian yeast pastiness).

Photo of 5thOhio
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a half inch creamy white head that dissipated into a thin film of foam with scattered lacing. Appearance is a cloudy gold-copper.

Aroma was a fresh fruity hop smell, which caused me to anticipate a citrus flavor, but I got mostly pine and herbal. Unlike the other reviewers, I didn't notice much malt at all. Mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation and a solid body.

Overall, a decent IPA which I certainly wouldn't turn down if offered and probably would order on tap, but doesn't really stand above the crowd and didn't make me want to put it on my shopping list.

Photo of hmph
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at the brewery

A - hazy yellow, not quite straw or hay colored but nice

S - a bit hoppy, it almost has a bubbly smell, spicy notes for sure.

T - A bit of fruit and some botanical notes but has a crisp bite to it as well

O - It was a good beer, nice mix with, not an awesome IPA but still really enjoyed it.

Photo of jgasparine
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed from the can, which prohibits an accurate rating on appearance.

Aroma is ripe with citrus and tropical hop flavor. Nuances of pineapple esters, and a pale malt base. Simple and elegant.

Flavor exhibits some light citrus and tropical hop flavor as well, which persists through the mid-palate. Some mild hop bitterness emerges in the finish, reminiscent of macerated field greens. The malt base is prominent enough to balance the hops nicely. Neither the hops or the malt is overwhelming- both border on mild to moderate; commensurate with a sub-6% abv IPA.

Mouthfeel is aided by a velvety soft carbonation. Minimal astringency. No EtOH heat at all.

Overall a smooth brew that I could drink in succession. Nicely balanced. Something I would definitely go out of my way for in the future.

Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Honey colored. Ivory head retains not so well, with a couple rings of lacing.
S- Fruity, citrus and a bit tropical, with some spicy hops.
T- Begins a bit citrusy but gradually becomes more floral and spicy. I'm thinking between aroma and this some noble hops are in there. Slightly sweet with a bit of alcohol presence in the finish.
M- Sharp carbonation, moderate body.
D- A decent IPA worth having, but not necessarily a top tier IPA.

Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice pour - the clear amber liquid is covered by a massive head; nice retention and some shards of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with a bit of lemony hop character

Taste: Biscuity on the taste buds, with a lemony hop flavor that subsumes the malts and lingers through mid-palate and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and an effervescent amount of carbonation that lightens the mouthfeel while preserving the flavors

Overall: Not really what I am looking for an IPA, as the hops really aren't very pronounced; I do like the malts and the mouthfeel, however

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A - Light golden clover honey color. Nice head and good retention and lacing. Slightly cloudy. Expected a little darker color.

S - Balanced and light hop aromas, mostly a pine and floral balance. A sweet undertone smell.

T - A lot like the smell, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about the sweet undertone.

M - Full and nice level of carbonation.

O - average, due to uncertainty about how to rate this one...

I picked this up in a sixer at trader joe's in Cary. I like the beer....but, I think it is misrepresented. If this had been labeled as an american pale ale perhaps I would have rated this higher but I was trying to rate for style, although the act that I do like it may have still gave me some bias.. To me the hops just aren't there to classify this as an IPA.

That being said, this is a nice tasting, well balanced beer, and the only real problem with it is that it is having a slight identity crisis.

Photo of Bockrules
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the can into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark and hazy coppery-orange with a rocky and creamy three-finger head. I don't see any carbonation, but it may just be difficult to discern through the haze. Head stays intact all the way down the glass and leaves behind a few large splotches of lacing.

S - Light caramel and biscuit with some subtle floral notes in the glass.

T - Caramel malt and biscuit notes upfront. The body is slightly soapy, but is a decent blend of pine and floral notes on a caramel background. More soap and flourish of hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue. Strong finish of floral hops (almost like biting into a flower) and a slight amount of caramel and soap.

M - Slightly on the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Very solid, and probably one of the better attributes of the beer.

Picked this up while hiking some peaks out in North Carolina with my buddy this past May. I wasn't expecting North Carolina to have such a well developed and impressive micro brew scene. Unfortunately, this isn't one of the better ones, being merely a mediocre stab at an America IPA. The nose was rather disappointing and I couldn't fully get over the slight soapiness that was pervasive throughout the beer. Still these are my only real complaints as the mouthfeel was solid and it had decent balance. Especially nice that it came in a can for hiking, I would consider this again if I were back east hiking again.

Photo of jpro
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can picked up at Sam's in Durham. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A: Pours a golden orange, with some definite cloudiness and unfiltered goodness; two-finger, light almond head leaves some sugary lace and keeps nice retention; for whatever reason, I like the look of an IPA without stuff floating around - but I don't mind the unfiltered versions every once in a while.

S: Biscuit malt; some grassy / lemon hop aroma and maybe a touch of citrus pith. Nothing in your face, but kind of expected from a 5.7% brew.

T: Light citrus notes provide some sweeter hop flavor; light bread crust provides some malt foundation; no huge tastes here, just a nice and simple IPA.

M: Medium-full body; high carbonation; has a really nice feel for an IPA with a slightly lower abv; has a rich feel to it.

O: A more traditional American IPA; has some nice hop notes in the aroma and flavor, but nothing huge, which makes for a nice change of pace beer. Kind of reminds me of Smuttynose IPA. I'd pick up a sixer for a boat trip or for camping.

Photo of czieber
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored with cloudiness present (its unfiltered). Low head retention, with some evidence of lacing. Smell is citrisy, with no evidence of the Simcoe hops. Average taste with the centennial hops present, but under-powering bitterness for an IPA. The mouthfeel is very light, without the usual full-bodied presence of an IPA. Overall, seems more like a pale ale rather than an IPA.

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India Pale Ale from Triangle Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.