Southern Triangle - Rough Draft Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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
06-28-2014 02:42:45 | More by wordemupg
3.81/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
06-06-2014 05:32:50 | More by biboergosum
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
02-06-2014 05:56:10 | More by DoubleJ
3.13/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
01-30-2014 03:55:36 | More by rand
Southern Triangle from Rough Draft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.