Southern Triangle | Rough Draft Brewing Company

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Southern TriangleSouthern Triangle

Brewed by:
Rough Draft Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnQBeer on 06-09-2013

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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of anon
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep orange and Amber hue. Egg shell head, nice thick foam, good retention on the lacing. Smells quite malty with a little bit of caramel candy sweetness, the hop presence is subdued with a good amount of earthiness. Taste is also quite malty up front with the caramel sweetness snapping at your taste buds. A good chunk of resinous hops comes through and delivers on the bitter end of the spectrum. Pine and dank, grass and soil. Some grapefruit and orange zest as well.

Not a bad IPA but this definitely has a good chunk of malt base that's a bit unbalancing to the hops. Maybe I just prefer my ipas to have more of a biteer bite. Not bad if you like 'em a little sweeter

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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 soup├žon of medicinal 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 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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Photo of kgammell1
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JohnQBeer
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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).

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Photo of drepreciado
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of 1424IpA
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of hbchrisg
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of TheBoog013
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of rand
3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Southern Triangle from Rough Draft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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