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Southern Triangle - Rough Draft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Eriktheipaman

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-30-2013 03:30:14 | More by Eriktheipaman
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-31-2014 19:26:33 | More by SunDevilBeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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
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JohnQBeer

New York

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

06-09-2013 15:26:57 | More by JohnQBeer
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danwho

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-12-2013 02:12:31 | More by danwho
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-17-2013 04:35:41 | More by BGsWo22
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hbchrisg

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-14-2014 00:51:28 | More by hbchrisg
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-25-2013 04:51:03 | More by FLBeerGuy
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TheBoog013

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-06-2013 18:58:16 | More by TheBoog013
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rand

California

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
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-03-2014 07:13:04 | More by SocalKicks
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KidsDoc

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-31-2014 05:11:19 | More by KidsDoc
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Fireslayer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-05-2013 21:41:46 | More by Fireslayer
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mactrail

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

10-22-2013 05:38:32 | More by mactrail
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-09-2013 06:36:37 | More by Zbeetleman
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-08-2014 14:42:21 | More by Kmat10
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

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
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davet100

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-04-2014 20:02:14 | More by davet100
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DoubleJ

California

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
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BreweryRun

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-24-2014 05:28:12 | More by BreweryRun
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Soccken

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-21-2014 06:35:28 | More by Soccken
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Jmick28

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-30-2013 18:56:27 | More by Jmick28
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-10-2014 15:19:20 | More by Bnoise11
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uscbrasco

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-13-2013 20:58:56 | More by uscbrasco
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Southern Triangle from Rough Draft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.