Route 113 I.P.A. - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a prodigious head that leaves copious lacing
Smell: Caramel malt background is overwhelmed by a fruity sweet citrus hop aroma
Taste: Starts out by laying down a caramel malt backbone and the hops start to kick in almost immediately; after the swallow, the bitter, pithy grapefruit hops flavors blast the tastebuds but there is also an earthy hop flavor from the English hops
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: The pithiness is a bit strong on the finish, but otherwise very enjoyable
Thanks, hoppedup, for the opportunity
09-14-2006 02:10:29 | More by brentk56
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottle (courtesy of Adrian910ss): Poured a medium orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention (better then average for the style). Aroma of green citrusy hops is quite powerful and is dominating. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops with some light caramel malt also noticeable. Boy is slightly above average with some good carbonation. I didnt notice the presence of the English hops thought.
01-02-2007 20:13:04 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
With a hoppy balance to caramel malt flavor, the beer straddles the line of where Amber Ales stop and IPAs begin- best of both worlds?
Medium amber in color, the beer pours with an everso slight haze that's light for highly hopped beers, yet a shade darker in color than IPAs as well. A froathy ivory head floats the beer with solid retention and moderate lace. The foam character is satisfactory albeit terse for IPAs as well.
Surprisingly, caramel is the first characteristic to penetrate the olfactory sense instead of hops. But a quick follow up of citrus, pine, and grass round out the aromas after a few visits to the glass. Pungent malt aromas also rise and promise a near-perfect balance.
Balance continues in taste as the malty forefront of caramel malt and crusted breads are intent on stating their ground. But the rush of hops add elements of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and pine resin particularly in finish where bitterness dictates rather than sweetness. Low on fruity esters or spicy phenolics, the beer is a clean interplay between malt and hops.
Medium to start, the malty weight and creamy carbonation gives the impression of more weight than what is actaully there. Lifting carbonation and amplified hops assist the dryness in finsih and is accompanied by alcohol warmth and semi-dry maltiness.
If standard IPAs are too one-sided hoppy and if Amber Ales don't offer enough intrigue, then this IPA should be as comfortable as baby bear soup. But prized IPAs celebrate hop aroma, flavor and bitterness in part by surpressing malt character so that there's no attempt to balance, but simply a supple support to the hops all leave this IPA much less dry than I more normally appreciate.
02-17-2012 05:07:00 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +7.8%
cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more
11-02-2011 02:42:37 | More by mikesgroove
2.19/5 rDev -41%
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.
01-14-2013 15:14:08 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev +10%
This beer was definantly hopped to the tilt,but the great thing about it was that it had big enough malt backbone to support all the hops.Real nice deep copper color with a sticky head,hop aroma is evident up front for sure but there is a malty sweet tinge in there as well,a real mans beer I believe 8%abv,an awesome brew even for a non-nophead like me.
07-04-2003 19:20:58 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
This is a passable IPA. Seems to be a touch of tang with the spicy hoppyness. The bitterness is fairly present as well, but the whole thing seems to carry too much of that tang. So I can't really say something beyond it being an alright IPA. I'd appreciate a bit more balance and something distinct in there.
08-19-2012 07:56:57 | More by RblWthACoz
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
Acquired via trade from Aprilluvsbeer courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big Thank You goes out to her.
A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, hops and citrus.
T: The taste starts out malty, with lightly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a good hops bitterness comes in and takes over. There's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: Tasty goes down easily, not to filling, good kick, good representation of style, not quite the best IPA that I've had but it's pretty decent.
01-28-2008 00:45:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
I had this bottle at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A brown 22oz bottle decanted cool into a nonic.
A - A brilliant amber w/ a light tan head of about 2.5 fingers, the head is fluffy like cool whip. There is an abundance of hop-oily lace.
S - Nice piney scents of hops and a sweet herbal scent w/ light malt odors. More hops jump out as it warms that are both citrus and piney.
M - A full feeling, sappy, resinous hop dominated feel w/ a drying efffect of leafiness in the finish.
T - The taste is full of fresh sweet citrus tinged hops. A deep piney flavor w/ a lightly bitter effect on the palate w/ the sweetness of pale malt cushioning the moderately intense hop dose. A nice blend of malt and hops working in tandem as the bomber gets warmer. A lasting warmth clutches the roof of my mouth indicating a tinge of alcohol in the mix. The malt stays true to the smoothness all the way through. There is a dry hopped intensity that keeps the flavor of cascade fresh and the aromatics make the taste all the more fulfilling.
D - Great taste, aroma and appealing to the eye w/ great stickage as a result of all the oily hops in this tasty IPA. I would have two bombers, I recommend it, it is worth the dynamic flavor. Great drinkability - I highly recommend this ale if you enjoy fresh hop flavor.
09-28-2007 15:05:35 | More by Slatetank
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
My first Sly Fox, thanks to Noslenwerd.
A: A fluffy 1 finger head rises up to a fluffy fizzy head that disappears slowly over a mostly clear very reddish, slightly orange and apple colored beer with a slight glow to it.
N: Starts with fruit actually, a little apple and juicy fruits, a slight juicy and fruity hop aroma also comes through with a little floral touch. A slight sweet malt also comes through.
T: Again starts with fruit flavors, more apple, pear, juicy fruits... it has a very Belgian like flavor, with Belgian malts, I think yeast too, and the fruits that tend to come from a nice Belgian beer. It also has some hops, that give it quite a bitterness. It's pretty bitter, with lots of spicy hops, some floral and earthy flavors, juicy hops, etc. A decent sweetness with some malty flavors too. Not as much actual hop flavor as I expected, but a decent bitterness.
M: Medium body with decent carbonation.
F: Finishes with a slight astringent bitterness. Very bitter too. Not a whole lot of hop flavors, but lots of spicy hop bitterness and touch of earthy flavors. Very dry too. The bitterness is just overpowering and takes over way too much along with the dryness.
08-14-2010 02:26:09 | More by jlindros
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and Carapils malts along with a noble hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down real easy and finishes with a mild hop bitterness. It has a dry, grassy hop feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA, but it's not on the level of some. All in all, not bad.
05-31-2008 00:51:17 | More by WesWes
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
First had: on tap at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA
Poured a clear orange-brown, capped with a nice two fingers of foamy white head that receded to just a thin layer. Light aroma: citrusy hops in the nose right off the bat, floral, with hints of malty sweetness. Taste of grapefruit and orange zest, bitter hoppiness, with sweet malty undertones, for a decent balance. A bit light, not too flavorful, but still decent and fairly drinkable.
06-20-2011 17:41:01 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange and pine hops with a caramel malt backbone. The flavor is more orange and pine hops. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
06-23-2010 02:26:38 | More by Mora2000
3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
Sampled March 2007
Pours with a touch of haze and with a red-stained copper color. Excessively carbonated, though not quite a gusher, it produces a five-finger thick frothy, amber tinged tan colored head that is propped up by bad rivulets of bubbles streaming from the bottom of my tulip. AS the head recedes, it never quite disappears, and leaves a nice, layered lacing pattern on the sides of my glass. Fruity hop notes intermingle with a touch of grassy / herbal character; I smell notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangelo, ripe berries, and a touch of pine and / or even onion. Towards the end a nice, dry, grain character starts to come through: toasty malt notes, and fresh made biscuits are definitely noticeable. There is also a touch of phenolic character here; it is something like plastic, though not quite.
Lightly sweet flavors up front, and it is definitely well carbonated as it foams up as it hits my tongue. It is a bit too cold right now, which seems to accentuate a biting bitterness that lingers on after the beer has left my mouth. Hallelujah, there is no diacetyl here, perhaps there is enough hops in this to fend off unwanted wee-beasties. Sharply herbal at times with an almost green pine note. There are also lots of hop driven citrus notes here, but they don't necessarily run the show; notes of grapefruit, tangelo, orange peel, and bergamot are all quite evident especially towards the end of a sip.
This is not a bad beer, certainly the best I have had from Sly Fox so far, but it is not quite a great IPA. It can be a little harsh at times with both an astringent hop character and some notes of hot alcohol, plus there is that touch of phenolic character that the hops just can't quite hide.
04-24-2007 02:05:35 | More by Gueuzedude
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Good initial head. As it recedes, it leaves a great deal of chunky ring lace. The broth is clear with a solid amber color
Rich caramel/bitter hop aroma. Nicely balanced. The caramel holds off the bitterness.
The flavor is far more bitter than the smell implies. The bitter aftertaste lasts a very long time. This is a true highly bitter IPA. Hop heads may rejoice, but expect no balance from this beer except for the body/carbonation which is as one should expect.
08-20-2011 02:41:07 | More by smcolw
4.47/5 rDev +20.5%
Appearance: clear light amber with orange highlights. Thick 2" fluffy head.
Smell: the nose picked up the hops as the glass was just slid next to me at the bar. As the glass was brought to my nose the citrus and floral hops were very pleasant and up front.
Taste: this was a well balanced IPA, as malt and strong bitterness was joined with grapefruit dancing in background to round it out.
Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. The finish was also very dry and long on the bitterness.
Drinkability: I found this beer to be extremely drinkable, and if you are a hophead, this beer is for you.
11-02-2005 12:39:07 | More by Gavage
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-17-2013 22:57:26 | More by dbrauneis
Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.