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Southern Triangle - Rough Draft Brewing Company

Southern TriangleSouthern Triangle

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very good

23 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%

Brewed by:
Rough Draft Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnQBeer on 06-09-2013)
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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

If the terms "San Diego" and "IPA" are used as tags in a beer, chances are that it will be good. Rough Draft has another IPA to taste, and with 22 ounces, there will be plenty to ponder. On to the beer:

Toasted orange with a ruby red hue, topped with a thick, somewhat creamy head that retains itself well. Lacing is very good as well, leabing much of itself to stick around the glass.

The hops are alive in this beer and make much of the aroma. It smells like a grapefruit rind with lycee, a quick vague citric note, and herbal grass.

Just a few whiskers above the 3.0 mark is where the taste hits. It's like IPA purgatory, where it's not exactly hopalicious and not quite bland and faded. A solid, relaxed hop note with canteloupe and bitter pine hit, trailed by a kiss of malt. Tea and a whisper of honeydew make echoing marks. There's a mark of sweet malt which acts to counter the hops and modest bitterness. It has a relaxed mouthfeel, being medium bodied with carbonation which is easily digestable.

I suppose this is not bad. Yet I'm left clamoring for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 05:56:10 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of rand


3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From tap to pint, served up at K n B Del Cerro.

Strange, thin IPA. Looks almost like a red ale in appearance, with a deep copper tan. The nose yields a lemony bouquet, with distinct notes of honey and tea, which isn't earthy enough to balance. A watery complexion delivers overly sweet flavors, although the notes of lemon and honey are still distinct. A malty finish lingers a little longer than welcome given the overall light complexion.

Either the tap lines in this pub are off (which I doubt), or this is an underwhelming example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 03:55:36 | More by rand
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3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rating #900n Bottle from a trade with Dave. Thanks bud! Pours a deep bronze, clear, with a big fluffy cream colored head. Strong bready malts undertone some lightly piney and very earthy dank hops. Flavor is big on the bready malts, some fruits, a bit of grassy pine on the finish. Drinks pretty easy, resinous, with medium carbonation. This is a nice sweet fruity bready IPA that is nice drinking...while on the malty side and more toward the APA category, I would happily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:18:04 | More by BMMillsy
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark burnt orange color is rather nice. A modest head in the Duvel tulip but plenty of suds in the mouth and lacing in the glass. Rather tangy mouthfeel with some citrus and mango. A little hot. Fragrant with flowers and fresh bread.

Warm and malty with a variety of fruity flavors. Bready and aromatic. Some bitter aftertaste with the flowery scent in the finish. Overall, this is a sweeter and fruitier IPA than the usual, but it's quite drinkable and makes for a pleasant change. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Baron's Marketplace on West Point Loma.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 05:38:32 | More by mactrail
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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, ctrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 03:20:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. One of the two newest beers from Rough Draft (along with Weekday IPA), Southern Triangle is named for its three hops from the Southern hemisphere: New Zealand Nelson Sauvin and Motueka, and Australian Galaxy. These hops have individually garnered lots of praise (see Alpine's Nelson and Hill Farmstead's Double Galaxy and single hop Motueka, for example) and work really well together here, giving copious notes of peach, citrus, grass and farm. Excellent IPA, and my favorite offering from Rough Draft.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 15:26:57 | More by JohnQBeer
Southern Triangle from Rough Draft Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.