Route 113 I.P.A. - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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Reviews by JWU:
3.18/5 rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12oz can poured into a tumbler glass.
A- a beautiful, clear dark amber, with a big creamy light tan head. Fantastic lacing.
S- Big caramel malt notes, with a bit of earthy, and almost minty hops. Way unbalanced here.
T- A flash of the huge malt bill is mainly caramel in origin, is quicky crushed by a huge bitterness. There's little hop flavor, perhaps some piney, earthy hops, but mainly just a big bitterness here.
M- a heavy medium, there's so much malt in there to attempt to balance the bitterness that it's pretty slick, which is nice.
O- A completely unbalanced brew, and that's not a complement as it may be with some brews. If they backed the bitterness off, I think it would be much more pleasant.
Serving type: can
05-16-2013 00:48:46 | More by JWU
More User Reviews:
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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