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Southern Triangle - Rough Draft Brewing Company

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very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours amber with a white fading head.
Nose shows sweet clean malt, some resinous hops and piny notes. Very malty.
Similarly malty flavours, lots of clean sweet malt alongside a bit of piny and resinous hops.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a soapy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of tropical and citrus notes.

Tastes of the fruity hops with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of tropical fruits, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Moderate bitterness. Malts come next with caramel, toasted bread, and toffee. A fair amount of sweetness keeps it balanced. Finishes with some fruitiness and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and at a good price ($5.92 for 22oz).

Photo of ADZA
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a light copper hue with a fluffy three finger head and lacing everywhere, the smell is very typical of NZ hops with hints of passionfruit, kiwi fruit and berries, the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and the tastes are fruity NZ hops, fruity berries, a touch of toffee malts, candy and finished with a kiwi fruit bitterness and overall its an above average IPA but lacks the qualities of a great IPA and probably be a while before I revisit cheers.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 27/6/14

A clear amber liquid, just a few bubbles are visible but it pumps out a short lived two finger foam that leaves jut a few polka dots for lace
- second pour has some retention and a few partial rings left behind on the way down, perhaps another dirty glass

T passion fruit, guava, lychee juice, pineapple, peaches, white grape, lots of tropical fruit, has some sweetness to it and some pine and spruce, floral notes about what I expected from Kiwi hops

T more rind then the fresh fruit on the nose, lemon comes out, caramels hard to miss, not quite what the nose was offering but solid nonetheless

M medium bodied, a crisp bitter snap, bubbles stop short of creamy, slick on the palate, sweet rind on the finish

O solid brew from start to finish, smells the best part but not lacking in other areas, something I'd drink again

this ones taking me back to my recent trip to NZ, the hop profiles hard to miss and I like it, not amazing but I'm surprised it doesn't get a little more love

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, an IPA made with three unspecified southern hemisphere hops, and apparently inspired by hot exchange students, a la American Pie. I can dig it.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, rocky, and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some thorough faded snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly make their way southward.

It smells of dank pine resin and wet leafy needles, musty, rather indistinct citrus pith, semi-sweet fleshy antipodean fruit (gooseberries, lychee, I dunno), crackery pale and caramel malt, soft earthy yeast, and further leafy, kind of perfumed hop astringencies. The taste is more rather murky, dank, forest floor detritus pine and leafy essences, gritty, and almost dry bready caramel malt, pithy orange and grapefruit rind, green herbal tea, sedated dark berry fruit, and a wee soupçon of medicinal-adjacent warming alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly tight and somewhat unforgiving in its rendition of all things frizzante, the body a so-so medium weight, and more than a bit clammy in its popular attempt at outright smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, both the fruit and malt mainstagers dropping the sugary charade, and assuming a stance that actually makes me want to re-up on this bevy straight away!

I guess I'm ok with those New (southern) World hops, as long as they're a part of the greater whole, i.e. not left solely to their own devices, as they seem to be here. Just too much overall dank and mustiness (I know these aspects have their fans, but I am not among them), at the expense of the sharp, crisp, and cleanly fruity American West Coast way of such things. All right overall, I suppose, and I'm surprised at how easy it now is to dovetail into my perception of what else 'southern triangles' might actually refer to.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Southern Triangle from Rough Draft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.