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Route 113 India Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Route 113 India Pale Ale
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 03-05-2006

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Ratings: 353 | Reviews: 182
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2.21/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours with ample carbonation. Amber in color and crystal clear.

S - A very strange blend of spicy and earthy British hops along with sweet wort--that's right, not sweet crystal, but sweet wort.

T - Cloying malty sweetness first and foremost. Plenty of IBUs, and some spice from the hop blend, but the sweetness is just too overpowering. A burn from the alcohol in the finish.

M - Thick to say the least. Vibrant carbonation and IBUs likely make this all the more harsh.

D - I'm not going to make it through half.

Overall: I'm not opposed to sweeter East-coast IPAs necessarily, but this beer is a good example of the why I'm always apprehensive about buying an IPA brewed East of the Mississippi. I'll try other Sly Fox beers, but this is a miss for me.

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2.29/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Knowing how important Pottstown, Pennsylvania is to the world, I hoped better for better. Pottstown has Mrs. Smith Pies, and the Limerick power plant nearby, but is still struggling from the loss of Firestone tires and Bethelem Steel. A hardworking town has yet to fully make a great craft beer.

I had a draft of the Route 113 IPA at Harvest Seasonal Grill (http://harvestseasonalgrill.com/) in Philadelphia, poured into a pint glass. A great restaurant featuring locally grown and often sustainable food, I jumped at the opportunity to be brought "home." Route 113 is like the Schuykill River, crossing through towns and counties like Montgomery and Bucks and Trappe and Souderton. Sly Fox had an opportunity to tempt my palate through my heart, but reminded me more of a bad taste of the oxbow on River Road by the Pottstown Plate Works.

The color looked wonderfull attractive: amber and ruby, with a small white head (which dissapated before being delivered to the table). A small film was left on the glass.

I did not have much smell and had difficulty finding more than grass and light hops. I was hoping for grapefruit and pine.

Very little hops, but lots of malt to the brew. I've been drinking some strong IPAs, and this was very, very light.

Soft mouthfeel, not much character. On the good side, thie beer did not compete with my starters at the restaurant -- beet salad and humus. I was surprised when writing my thoughts down to see that this is a beer full of hops.

I'm hoping that this beer will improve with effort and that Sly Fox will put Pottstown and Phoenixville on the brewing world map. Unfortunately, it is disappointing.

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2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz can from Warners at the Bay, into a Brooklyn tulip.

A real ruby-amber colour, some off-white head that laces well and sits as film.

Not a lot going on with the smell, some grain, some dry-grass but that is about it.

Tastes of dried grass with plenty of malt backing it up. Not near enough hopping, or this is not very fresh.

Mouthfeel is full and rounded, but that is because it lacks bitterness. There is plenty of malt to speak of. The 113 IBU is almost undetectable.

Doesn't deliver, a dull, uninteresting PA beer. A shame, as its a state that normally delivers when it comes to beer. This is just disappointing.

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2.39/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First off this beer is way overcarbonated. Popped the cap and foam began oozing out of the bottle. A soft pour yeilded an overflow onto my silk sheets (actually my counter but I wanted it to sound more appauling).

A cloudy brick rust shade liquid with an enormous fluffy off white head with great lace and retention. Thick bubbly engulfing lace. A little more pour and a pillow of sorts protrudes out the top of my glass but this time holds at bay and narrowly misses spilling to my carpet below.

Some off aromas in the nose. A sour malt syrup extract aroma that is lending toward toffee. To be honest reminds me slightly of the smell of vomit. Not sure if I have a bad bottle or what but with the over carbonation and this off smell things aren't looking on the up and up. Some bitter acrid aroma with hints of tropical fruit.

After tasting the beer does not seem infected but rater just subpar and lacking any complexity. A straight forward burnt caramel malt leads into a hint of floral hop, with disquised citrus hops that are indestinguishable. Hoppy ending isn't overly bitter but is very drying. Mouthfeel is full but somewhat chalky. Obviously drinkability is hurt.

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2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Foggy orange amber. Glass-filling, loose washed caramel foam. Slowly settles from the bottom up, while the top begins to develop deep dimples, eventually leaving spidery lace. Soft aromas of pine sap mingle with some sharp orange rind and an almost peppery spiciness that is reminiscent of the Saison Vos. Initially sweet with some biscuity malt, the pine rides on top and then down through briefly into the finish. There is a grabby orange rind that adheres as well as a slightly off, wet paper taste. The pepper spice also manages to float in and out, but it is the off taste that becomes overwhelming. Medium body with some light carbonation. This one did not hang well together and tasted as though something went wrong. Not overly enjoyable.


Thanks to ggaughan for the opportunity.

Photo of harrymel
2.46/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by: 5/9/11
poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a surprisingly amber/caramel ale with limited head which recedes to sheet of fine white foam. This hugs the sides and reaches upward. Little lacing.

S: Plenty of resinous, earthy hops. Hints of conifer. Plenty of malt in here too. Again, a surprise for this style. Fairly unimpressive.

T: Metallic, resin, pine. Good bittering. Fairly robust malt with plenty of caramel in the background.

M: medium body with spritely carbonation. Very slicking in the mouth.

D: drinkable, but overall, very forgetable.

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2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Croxley Ales House, which is the greatest Ale House around these parts, but this beer was a major dud. I am a huge fan of IPA's, hoppy beers, very hoppy beers... but this beer tasted like I was eating hops. The hop flavor was overwhelming. I see from the other reviews on here, at least from the bottled version, that people do not think it is hoppy enough. Maybe I got a bad batch - it was pretty gross.

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2.57/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The overall impression I got from this beer was that it tastes like a Scotch Ale with copious amounts of bittering hops. The malt is overly toffee/caramel sweet. The can states 3 different varieties of hops, but to me the hop flavor was one dimensional; just bitter. Not undrinkable, but not something I would revisit by choice.

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2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper, with a quarter-inch soapy head of white. A few sporatic dots of lacework and a partial skim-coat remain after the fall.

Aromatics are either well faded or sub-par to begin with. A light blend of malt and citrus.
A struggle to get much else from out of the goblet.

Medium bodied and crisp. A bit sticky.

A moderate amount of malt starts off the pallet, with plenty of minerally bitterness. Traces of citrus zest and grapefruit follow through.

Finishes with a drying, crisp bitterness and a hint of warming alcohol.

Feh..Either this one was totally un-fresh or a heavier hand with the finishing hops is direly needed.
No bottle date=no way to tell.

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Route 113 India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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