Route 113 I.P.A. - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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Reviews by BigDoug:
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
First off, I was really excited to try this beer. 113 IBU's oh yeah!
Pours a nice ruby red copper with a solid 2 finger head. Head sticks around a long time and turns into a solid off white thick cap on top. At first it didn't leave much lacing, but when the head died down a bit, it left thick rings on the glass. Very nice looking beer.
Light hop nose. Slightly metallic. Not very potent smelling but actually kind of nice smelling. Has a soft fresh baked biscuit smell in the back.
Taste at first didn't grab me. Bitterness hit me at first but not much citrus or pine. As the beer warms and my palate adjusts it becomes quite tastey and very drinkable. If this beer had a little more malt it would be amazing. The taste I'm getting is lots of bitter hops and nice biscuity malt. This beer goes from OK to very tastey halfway through the glass.
Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on. Not too prickly and not at all under carbonated. Would have gave it a higher rating if it was a little fuller. Just seemed like a big beer but not heavy enough IMO.
Drinkability is amazingly high. Probably because this beer feels like a double IPA but is only 7% ABV. Don't get me wrong, 7% is not a lightweight and it definately hits you after a pint. At 113 IBU's its amazingly smooth and the bitterness is quite delightful. I could probably drink 2 of these 22oz bombers easily.
Well it's time to pour the rest of this tastey bomber. This is my frist brew from Sly Fox and I'm impressed. Definately another one to add into rotation. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2010 18:07:14 | More by BigDoug
More User Reviews:
3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is about a finger high with a heavy cream shade. The texture is a bit rough-looking, even for the style. Retention is okay at best. Webs of lacing are left all the way down the glass.
S: The aroma here is pure old-school IPA - which means lots of crystal malt and lots of floral, herbaceous hops. It's malty, sure (and the kind of malts I don't like in IPAs), but I'll still give credit for how well the hops come through. I'd enjoy more citrus or tropical notes, but whatever. It's decent for what it is...keep in mind that I significantly prefer more modern IPAs.
T: Flavor-wise, it's what I kind of expected. The malts are very prevalent to start - loads of toffee and caramel.There are even a welcome kiss of esters floating around. It's hop profile is mainly floral, piny bitterness lacking in hop flavor. Ironically, the huge amount of crystal malt does actually balance the (rather significant) bitterness - still, I can buy this having 113 IBUs. I still think it's too reliant on malt sweetness to give it flavor instead of the hops, but it's alright. Regardless, there's WAY TOO MUCH crystal malt here!
M: Starts off crisp, dry finishing, and easy to drink...then the maltiness takes over. Then the malts dominate. It doesn't *taste* sweet, but wow does it feel sweet. Drinkability is moderate for the style. Carbonation is on the low side - dare I say it feels a bit lifeless?
O: Another day, another IPA. This one is pretty plainly midpack - there are some nice qualities, but nothing here helps it stand out among the superior examples. If you like bitterness, this is a rock-solid choice. If you like crystal malts, you'll love it. Me? I'll stick with IPAs more to my personal tastes.
Serving type: can
07-24-2014 21:37:14 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.06/5 rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
A- Pours a nice, coppery ambery type color with about a half inch of head, leaving behind a good deal of lacing along the sides of the glass.
S- Doesn't give off as much of an aroma as one might expect. Thin caramel malt and pine are the dominant smells. There's also a bit of a metallic edge. From the can, perhaps? No, can't be, can technology has been perfected by now. Get out of my head, preconceived notions!
T- Just a hint of malt sweetness before the bracing hops take over. 113 IBU? That seems... excessive. Hop character is piney and the bitterness, while strong, is not unpleasant. The malt makes an unexpected return on the finish, this time with a toasty character. Actually, most of the flavor in this beer comes from the malt, which is kind of the opposite of what I was expecting from a beer that has its outrageous IBU count in its name. Perhaps it's old? No, the best by date on the bottom says September '14. Plus, I'm pretty sure these cans can preserve beer for literal eons. I have a few that I plan on willing to my grandchildren. So that can't be it. The flavor's not bad, but I was hoping for more hop character.
M- Rather smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation gives it a little bite, but not too much.
O- It's not bad, but I can't say I love it. When a beer boasts 100+ IBU levels, I expect a good amount of hop flavor. This one just doesn't deliver in that respect. I'd like a little more than just toasty malt and bitterness, which is pretty much what this beer is. It's probably not one I'll be buying in the future.
Serving type: can
06-06-2014 22:55:30 | More by vtfan77
Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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