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Route 113 I.P.A. - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 516
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 20.91%
Wants: 19
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 07-04-2003

A big, flavorful IPA, brewed with Pale and Crystal malts, and hopped with Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, and East Kent Goldings. Bold and Spicy.

113 IBU
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute on tap here at Croxley's Ale House.

Appearance: Semi-cloudy Amber. Light bubbles with a white head rising to maybe one finger's length.

Smell: Bland hops, have a heavy citrus tone to it but scent dissipates quick even after inhaling.

Taste: Little sour and heavy hops. Lightly bitter. Brew is nice little compliment to almost any dish.

Mouth: Medium to heavy bubbles. Carbonation is a nice touch but then again it is from the tap.

Overall: Not a bad brew and fairly inexpensive, might be better options out there but it's all a matter of what you're craving. Salud!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - Opaque in appearance. Dark honey color. Off white head.
Smell - Floral, spice, earthy, caramel malts, some toasted notes
Taste - Follows the nose with a pop of bitterness on the back end that lingers a bit.

Overall - A floral IPA. Not for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/27....pours dark cloudy amber, flecks of light at the bottom and a foamy lid that sticks. Resin pine smell. Floral. Rich toffee bready noted taste with a packed hop bitter that punches through. Staying power for the bitter. Real good.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at John Wright in Wrightsville, PA.
Interesting that's it's labeled an IPA. It's got a malt sweetness followed by a modest hop bite, followed by a rather odd aftertaste that's anything but IPA. Too much maltiness, too much sweetness. It's not bad, but it's not an IPA. All things considered, I'd call it an ESB. And there are better ESB's out there.
This is worth a try, but I wouldn't buy a case of it.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can

Pours a clear amber orange, yellowish head is a quarter inch thick and pillowy. Retains well.

Smells of maple and honey over biscuit with some light floral and piney hops.

Tastes of biscuit and graham cracker malt, bit of honey, and a floral hoppiness. Grapefruit citrus finish.

Medium body with a soft carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Above average IPA that falls a bit short of being fantastic but is very satisfying and enjoyable. Easy to drink with a nice head retention, aroma, and body. Taste is appropriately pronounced but could stand to have a bit more nuance and hop flavor. Overall, definitely worth a try and a decent IPA to have over most common stuff.

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is one of the best looking beers/ IPAs made in america when poured tonight into a tulip in crested with a merengue two tone head (ecru and pure white) with dense lasting pinpoint bubbles, leaving scads of lace all the way down. Over a darker than usual slightly hazed, dark amber body.

S: Too faint, but promising a balanced pale ale of sweet caramel malt and perfumey, herbal grassy hops. Better as it warms to cask.

T: Delivers on the smell but powerfully. More sweet, caramel, rich malt and fresh baked bread crust - which when so nicely balanced by a pungent hop end-game makes for a nice complex beer. PUNGENT tickling finish with lots of hops that dry.

F: A great see-saw that finishes with mid weight, creaminess. Good body, balance, finish.

In the tradition (of my favorite every day beer) Dales Pale - this is a great can of beer.

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Photo of hail_seitan
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a Sam Adams glass

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick ivory head. Decent lacing coats the sides of the glass while lively streams of bubbles cascade upward.

S - Pine and grapefruit rind scents are the primary olfactory experiences here, but still aren't that perceptible. Some bready notes sneak in, too. A fairly unimpressive nose for an IPA.

T - Earthy and piney hop flavors dominate - with hints of aspirin, grapefruit, and, believe it or not, leather. A fairly bitter taste is balanced by a toffee and bread sweetness from what tastes like European malts. The finish is all earthy and medicinal.

M - Fairly sticky with a overzealous carbonation.

O - To me, this beer seems like someone blended the piney hops of SN Celebration with the earthiness of English ESB, and threw in some Oktoberfest for good measure. The flavors, while not particularly offensive, seem out of sync. Worth a can, but not a case.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Clear in clarity and medium-med dark amber in color. Lively carbonation with a white head that fades fast.

Smell- Grapefruit with an extra bit of mango like citrus aroma. Pine in there as well.

Taste- Good hit of citrus up front. The pine is stronger in the taste. Some toasted biscuit flavor in there as well. Mild bitter finish that lasts.

Mouthfeel- Medium, but definately on the thinner side as far an IPA goes.

Overall- A good standard and easy to drink IPA. Not mind blowing but a nice example nonetheless.

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Photo of cratez
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

Sly Fox Route 113 IPA - 7% ABV - Consumed 10/08/14 - Purchased at The Foodery Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA.

A: Pours a clear reddish-amber with one finger of cream white foam, generous speckled lacing on the IPA glass, and some bubbles in the body. A very nice appearance.

S: Apple, yeasty breadiness, grassy, floral and slightly perfumey hops, caramel, pepper, and some orangey-peachy notes (not as strong as you'd expect). Closer to an EPA than a US IPA, but still enticing.

T: Grassy-floral hops, toasty malt, apple skin, caramel, peach, spicy and peppery hop bitterness lingers in a long, drying finish. Straightforward taste, and much like the nose the flavour resembles an EPA.

M: Medium-bodied, oily, crisp carbonation, spicy and peppery hop bitterness coincides with a lengthy drying finish. As the beer warms the bitterness becomes more noticeable and borders on aspirin-like.

O: A decent quaff that ultimately misses the mark as a 7% American IPA. Granted, freshness may be a factor as the best before/bottled on date is blurred on the can. Okay overall, but I probably wouldn't revisit this one.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(best by 03/10/14... I know... poured into a tulip pint

L: cloudy orange-amber liquid... perhaps some micro specks of hop sediment... cottony pad of dense, whipped-like, dullish-white foam...

S: fluctuating aromas of baked orange peel, ginger snap, sugary citrus hard candy (a la Runts), and a good bit of exotic, floral spice from the Orient... really, it's all citrus peels and scented candle

T: at this point, it has a lot of aged citrus character - quite perfumy - backed with a firm, bulky foundation of darker pale and toasted malt... what bitterness remains takes awhile to emerge and, once locked in, takes on a rather mellow bitter grapefruit peel tone, flower stem, and perhaps a nip of fresh ground green peppercorn... though aging gracefully, you can certainly sense that this carried a bit more (hop) electricity fresh

F: rather thick and chewy for an IPA... comes across now more as a hoppy Red Ale, but dry enough not to show the least bit of viscosity... probably not too dissimilar fresh, though I would imagine this, even in its nascent state, could never be considered light, clean, or crisp

O: Sly Fox has a tendency to have a static, almost candy-like approach to their high-hopped ales - this isn't too far off from their Phoenix Pale or Pikeland Pils (it works best in the pale ale)... the focus here, as in those other beers, seems to be to stuff a hoppy toy chest in your mug, glued to the sides of your mouth with malt paste... I would venture to say its a character that has stuck out, being rather identifiable in my experience... hops and bops

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

3.2/5: Too old-school to be great in my mind

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Photo of vtfan77
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Cloudy, burnt orange with a two-finger width, light tan, soft/frothy head. Head slowly disappears and leaves lacing all the way around the glass.

Aroma - Combination of caramel sweetness and floral/resinous hop flavors.

Taste - Similar to the smell with the caramel sweetness and the floral hops.

Mouthfeel - A very, very bitter IPA that almost numbs the tongue. Slight carbonation. Some stickiness to go along with the overpowering bitterness.

Overall - First beer from Sly Fox. Didn't have any real expectations going into it other than knowing it would be a bitter IPA at 113 IBUs. The bitterness of the beer just overpowered all the flavors/aromas which took away from my overall perception of the beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Six pack from Giant Eagle $9.99
Undated can at 40 degrees into goblet
Aroma piney
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, mostly lasting
Body dark orange, hazy
Flavor begins with a piney bitterness, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Ends with a light chalky astringency
Palate medium, slight oilyness, carbonation lively

I’ve had this on draft, in bombers, and in cans. It’s a nice, go-to IPA, easy drinking.

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Photo of Beer54
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is a great bold tasting IPA, packed with 113 IBU's you will definetly taste the floral, grapefruit, and spicy notes coming from the 4 different hops used in this beer including Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, and East Kent Goldings which are from the UK giving this IPA its bold and spicy characteristics.

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Photo of Swift989
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a fabrication.

It has a beautiful color and head retention A+ for appearance.
It barely smells of the hops that are about to blast you in the tongue, actually spells sweet like a brown ale or esb.
Taste is intense, but there is no way there are 113 IBUs in this IPA. That is some BS, probaly around 75 max, or else it would be called a Triple IPA RIGHT!?!?!?! and why would they brew the Odyssey DIPA!? THAT IS WAY HARSHER THAN THIS! Taste is sweet breadyness and bagel up front then moves into drying sensation that becomes grapefruity then grassy then just plain old bittttttterness.
Mouthfeel is nice, then very dry. Definitely has that dry mouthfeel alot of people look for.

Overall I can't take this beer seriously. It looks like a great IPA, and it tastes like an IPA a lot of people want, perhaps drier then desired, but it smells like nothing, and has two overly dominate flavors: sweet upfront, grass on the tail end. Plus negative 1 overall for saying this is 113 IBUs.

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Photo of stacket1
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: always enjoy a can brew on a nice summer evening

Smell: average, did not burst from the can

Taste: pleasant, hoppy, hints of citrus and maybe thyme?

Mouthfeel: thin but approipriate for flavor, enjoyed each sip

Overall: solid not special IPA, especially nice from can

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Photo of utopiajane
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark copper orange amber. I thought the color especially dark. I couldn't really make up my mind if I thought it was clear and it's close enough. Has a beige head ofterrific soft foam that fell slowly and left really great lace.

Nose is faint. Light pine. Not much brightness or fruit to speak of. No real tropical notes, but some orange and lemon. Mostly herbal and floral. I would like to know which kind of hops were used. They are earthly and not too sharp at all. Not what I was expecting. The malt is caramel malt but nondescript. It does get a little sugary sweet as it warms. There is a strange kind ofspice on the nose that I would not have thought odd in a pils but that I do think is odd in an IPA. It has a vegetable quality.

Taste is lackluster. The muddled citrus on that bland malt. It left a good bitter on the mid palate but it finished dry and with lots of oil and pine. It has a strange sweet quality to it that I am sure is due to the type of hops used. That pilsner type spice is no compliment to what I am expecting in the way of an ipa. A good strong bit of alcohol has crept into the nose and onto the palate. The hops remain steadfast at floral only, earthy only and without any fruit to tempt or tantalize.

This was at best a fair IPA. I would not attribute all it's imbalance or flaws to the type of hops used although I am pretty sure that might be a factor. The nose improves substantially as it warms and wouldn't you know it's east kent goldings and bravo hops. I will say that it drank better as it warmed. In fact after I read what kind of hops were used I adjusted my opinion. Hmmmm.

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Photo of papaglide
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint.

A- nice copper color with a thick 1/2 inch tannish head

S- nice blend of sweetish caramel, maltiness with a floral hop background

T- caramel, toffee malt. Little to no hop flavor just hop bitterness. Starts out sweet caramel then BAM, a bitter and dry finish with a touch of alcohol warmth. Nice.

M- almost chewy from the heavy malt bill, appealing actually.

O- Its called 113 after the ibu's, but do not let that turn you away from this very tasty and drinkable brew. The high ibu's are nicely balanced with a delicious, caramel malt that has the ability to fend off the hops to make for a nicely balanced IPA. Sly Fox is spot on with there rendition of an IPA. It is a nicely balanced ale that is quite drinkable. It is 7%, but beware because it is so drinkable. May I have another please?

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized patch of medium thick head (with a lot of larger bubbles) and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness with some light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts forming a foundation for the hops flavors - there is a light amount of initial sweetness that is then overtaken by the hop flavors and bitterness. Moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit rind and earthy/herbal hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky with just a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be pretty enjoyable and easy to drink - there is only the slight hint of alcohol warming in the mouthfeel as the beer warms up which is good considering the moderately high ABV. I would get this again, especially if I get to go out on the boat again this summer.

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Photo of JWU
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of TheFightingMongooses
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before date of 5/15/13. Poured into a nonic.

Appearance - I really like the way this looks. Dark amber color with golden-orange hues and a beautiful cream colored head that dissipates unevenly from a vigorous pour. Carbonation is a little on the low side but I think that is mostly due to the glass.

Smell - Hard to pick up much smell here, partly because my dad is trying to remove a super glue spill with lacquer in the other room and partly because of the age on the beer. I get really toasty, caramel malt and a faint waft of floral hops. The hops really have no kick or twang here. Not good for an IPA, but I think it would make for a pretty nice amber ale!

Taste - First hit by moderately sweet caramel malts with a faint fruitiness and floral character from the hops. Again, this wouldn't be a half bad amber ale, but since it is an IPA, this taste is not cutting it. It takes a few seconds after the first gulp for the bitterness to become apparent, but once it does it pretty much takes over and makes for a pretty unpleasant finish.

Mouthfeel - Aside from the lingering bitterness, the mouthfeel is pretty nice and just what I like for the style. A solid medium body with good presence on the tongue.

Overall - This one is near the end of its shelf life, which explains the lack of hop presence. The malts, even as strong as they are here, do not keep the 113 IBUs quite at bay, and that definitely detracts from the beer for me. Not a bad beer if I didn't know what they style was (blind, I would probably guess an amber), but not a good IPA.

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3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was pretty fresh, dated 12/22/12. I poured this into a tapered glass. There was a pretty decent amount of foam from the initial pour. The foam led to some mild lacing on the glass.

The nose on this one is primarily citrus hops. The aroma is proper for a single IPA. The flavor is not as clean or as well balanced as the nose. You get more of the bitterness and metalic presence.

Overall this is a decent IPA.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.21/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out as a nice looking copper orange color with a thin white head on top that settles into a thin film on top. The beer look pretty good. The smell of the beer to me smelled like teaberry or menthol of somekind... really not what I expected from an IPA. The taste was off too, not much of a crisp hoppy flavor by any means... the flavors that it does haven come and go quickly. The mouthfeel of the beer is decent with a good carbonation. Overall this beer, much like most of the Slyfox brews left me underwhelmed. I want to like them but I just can't seem to grasp these beers they make.

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Photo of PADIV
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I stopped into the Sly Fox on my way home. I bought a six pack of the 113 IPA since it is on a promotional sale.

I drank this from the can. Poured some in a glass to see the color.

Amber color with light carbonation. The beer smells hoppy with "outdoor" hints as well.

The taste is hoppy with a bitter after taste. The bitter flavor is a little much for an IPA and is long lasting.

Mouthfeel is average and nothing special just the left over bitterness.

Overall this is not a great beer but it is drinkable. I wish there was a better balance between the hops and the bitterness.

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Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.