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Southern Triangle - Rough Draft Brewing Company

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
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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uscbrasco, Jun 13, 2013
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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.

biboergosum, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

joemcgrath27, Aug 23, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

JohnQBeer, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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).

ocelot2500, Sep 25, 2014
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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.

rand, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Fireslayer, Dec 05, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 29, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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

wordemupg, Jun 28, 2014
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Southern Triangle from Rough Draft Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.