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

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Route 113 I.P.A.Route 113 I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by NeroFiddled on 07-04-2003

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Photo of Stevem68
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber color. Has a rye malty aroma. Flavor is strong rye and malts with a touch of bitterness and a light hoppy aftertaste. Overall a solid offering but could be better.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | 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 +6.6%
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 -2.2%
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 -0.3%
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 +7.4%
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 -2.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.7%

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 -6.6%
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 -12.6%
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 -16.1%
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 reebtaerG
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured can with date 8/7/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours deep amber with small off white head. Good lacing.

S-Aroma is fruity, tropical, citrus, resinous, grapefruit.

T-Taste is light sweet, medium to heavy bitter, grapefruit, resins.

M-Mouthfeel leaves a bitter finish, medium carbonation.

O-Overall I think they could do better, an average IPA

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange-amber color. The orange-tinted head is initially quite tall, with a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and sticky lacing is left all over the top of the glass as the head recedes.

S: Some maltiness in the nose, with moderate caramel notes. Maybe even a little brown sugar. Some herbal and citric hop aromas, with some lightly piney undertones. Not particularly vibrantly hoppy in the nose, which is a little odd considering the 133 IBUs. Bittering hops don't contribute much to aroma, but they must have used a fair amount, right? Some fruity esters linger.

T: Fairly malty up front, with caramel prominent and lesser notes of bread crust and brown sugar. Very aggressive hop bitterness arrives early and stays late. Hop flavors are piney, herbal, and citric, with particularly pithy grapefruit/pomelo character. This is not an especially clean fermentation; there is some yeasty character, primarily by way of fruity esters.

M: Fairly creamy up front. Carbonation is on the light side of average. Bracing hop bitterness adds considerable and lasting dryness to the middle and finish of this beer.

O: This is a big, hoppy, jagged IPA from Sly Fox. It's not a bad beer, but it's full-frontal and a little less graceful and pleasant than some of my favorites.

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Photo of IPhantom
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a huge, fluffy pure white head, leaving a solid ring of lace. Nose is sweet citrus and bready malt, with maybe just a hint of pineyness. Taste is big on hops up front, very assertive without being too bitter, with a nicely balanced sweetness. Mouthfeel follows suit--crisp and bitter enough without being too sticky. A very solid IPA that has a lot of the flavor of an Imperial without the headache (or limited availability). Try it out if you feel like you're burnt out on too much hoppiness or can't find what you were originally looking for--it's hard to imagine you'll be too disappointed.

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper color with a one finger thick head that reduces to a constant plate and leaves a wall of laces.
Aroma of caramel malt, bread, faint herbal citrus and earthy hops. Although, it is not heavily dry-hopped, it is quite pleasant.
Very original flavor for an IPA with an initial bitter punch, triggering a couple of sneezes (my internal thermometer for hopness). Notes of caramels, citrus, herbal and earthy hops, pine, tea bag, grass, pineapple, and American spice yeast.
Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is definitely not felt.
This beer is a hop sampler, quite opposite to a single hop. Hard to interpret its multiple personalities, that sometimes even fells assertive. Recommendable. In my opinion it is underated.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +0.3%
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 wvsabbath
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark golden tan/brown. 1 inch foamy head with lots of lacing.

Smell - Some dank hops, malts, a little sugar note, not getting much else.

Taste - Starts off with a big malt note with a piney, grapefruit hop kick. Some sugars add very minor sweetness to battle the caramel malts and bitter hops. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets lots of malts, then the palate gets the hops and some sugars. Aftertaste is hop bitter and dry.

Overall - A one-two punch, you get caramel malts, then you get bitter piney hops. Id like to try this beer with less malts so the hops can come out front and really take over. Hell, add even more hops, add dry hops, make this a dipa if you will. Decent beer, just nothing special.

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Photo of Beer54
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 -34.2%
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 +12.8%
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 -7.7%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013. Acquired recently from Trembling Madness in York. The label mentions that it contains British, German and Pacific NW hop varieties.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A bright coppery-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a small head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of resinous pine, weed, caramel malt, stewed hops, earthy yeast and a warming whiff of booze. Not as aromatic as I expected.

It tastes intensely hoppy with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, herbs, caramel malt, stewed hops and mild earthy yeast. Highly attenuated, with a harsh quality and a whiff of booze in the background. A strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with a mild spiciness. Pleasant carbonation and good body. Highly astringent - strips the palate. Aftertaste of overwhelming pine resin, weed and stewed herbs.

A fairly tasty beer but rather one-dimensional. Tons of bitter pine-laden hop notes and little else. Looks OK, but the aroma/flavour are dominated by pine resin and a somewhat acrid herbal character. The caramel malt doesn't stand up to the hops, resulting in an unbalanced brew. Body is alright. Decent enough but not the best example of an American IPA that I've tried. Worth sampling but no need to go out of your way to find it.

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Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.