Route 113 I.P.A. - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +17%
The latest can from Sly Fox. Very happy to see it!
A-Pours a hazy copper with hints of amber, a frothy off white head and nice sticky lacing.
S-Seems more aromatic than the bottle to me, especially in the citrus part of the nose. Nice grapefruit, some juicy peach and good strong caramel malt.
T-Nicely crisp and earthy. Sweet and slightly roasty malt in the front, earthy bitter hops kick in nicely in the finish. Nice complex, well blended flavors. Again, I prefer this to my recollection of the bottled version.
M-Medium bodied with a good crisp dryness.
D-Completely enjoyable. Great flavors, crisp and fresh. Travels well in a can, which was a great thing on our recent vacation. No room in the car for lots of beer, so carting the cans was a huge space saver.
08-15-2010 18:15:17 | More by sholland119
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
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
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured into a nonic.
This brew pours a nice, rich, deep copper color with a puffy off-white head that leaves plenty of sticky lace.
Smells of piney, herbal and mild citrus hops with a hint of malt sweetness and spice.
Good, complex hop flavors. Starts with herbal-resin like hop flavor with some mild, sweet malt in the middle and a citrus hopped finish. Strikes a great balance of hops here - not too heavy handed, but very tasty.
Medium/light in the mouth, refreshing.
A great local IPA. I could drink this all summer and then some.
08-06-2010 01:40:05 | More by ujsplace
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours a two finger straw-colored head over a cloudy oranged-light brown head. Smells oranges, grapefruit pith, red sweet-tart, green hops, strawberry.
Tastes dark earthy hop flavor, noticeable clean hop bitter, and with strong sweet stepping in. Hop flavor is woody dry, oranges, orange pith, pine, and baby aspirin. Some apricot esters. Malt sweet is mostly non-descript, but with some rye in the finish. Clean alcohol flavor and a nip of clean alcohol burn at the end. Md thick body with strong carbonation.
07-26-2010 02:43:19 | More by mentor
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured into a nonic glass.
Brew is copper/amber in color, has a white fluffy head that fades to a lace island. Lace settles to a lace head. Good lace, Good looking brew.
This brew smells of various hops; citrus, slightly piney, has some malty notes as well. Has a grain smell as well. Smells nice.
Brew is crisp and slightly bitter. Can taste the hops for sure. Finishes slightly dry, a nice hop bite and some bitterness as well. Has some grainy, bready malts as well. Fruits, earthy hops. Very nice blend. Nice taste.
This brew is very drinkable; very tasty, very good lace. So far the best I have had from Sly Fox. Very good stuff.
07-10-2010 00:24:29 | More by magine
4/5 rDev +8.1%
A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small (half-finger) whitish head that settles to a film and leaves good rings of lace.
S: Caramel malt is surprisingly there, given the advertised 113 IBUs. Also a bit of a sweet citrusy hop aroma.
T: First impression, albeit a brief one, is of the caramel malt. Second impression and every one after that: hops. Bitter, grapefruit rind mixed with concentrated pine needles. Hint of pine resin and some concentrated lemon juice. Bitterness coats the palate and goes nowhere, causing a mouth-watering, Pavlovian response for more. Wow that bitterness lingers, becomes minerally at times. Brown sugar noted in burps.
M: Call it medium bodied. Slight creaminess to it.
D: That bitterness is a bit much at times but I like hops, so it goes down fairly well.
07-08-2010 02:08:03 | More by Kendo
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As poured the beer is rich clear copper color with a ½" off white head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing as it recedes. Soon however there is just a ring of foam, some patches clinging to the sides of the glass and an irregularly shaped flat island of foam. Sipping leaves some scattered leggy lacing as well. Some speckled and leggy lacing persists to the end of the beer.
Smell: The aroma is citric hops, mostly grapefruit with a touch of orange, backed up by some caramel from the malt.
Taste: The flavor is dominated by the grapefruit rind, some orange zest, a bit of earthiness, all supported by the caramel from the malt. The sweetness remains more of a promise than a reality and it seems the major role here is to smooth out any rough tongue rasping from the hops.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium to long with some sweetness up front that fades quickly to leave a bitter after taste on the back of the tongue and the back of the roof of the mouth. This ends in citrus rind bitterness with dryness to invite another sip.
Drinkability: This is a good enough IPA to have again. I've already had it several times and expect to do so again. But that being said its not one I'd choose in preference to several others that are also readily available locally.
07-03-2010 00:31:27 | More by drtth
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
A- pours a clear dark amber color darker than most IPA's
S- nice floral smell of hops and barley
T- sweet and bitter mix like an IPA should taste
M- very pleasant mouthfeel to this beer
D- this is a good ipa that you can easily drink more than one of in a session
06-14-2010 01:45:37 | More by ejimhof
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
12oz can poured into a pint glass
A dark amber body with a fluffy, thick two finger off-white head. Sticky chunks of lace leave their mark as the head falls to a thin cap.
Citrus and pine needles with sticky caramel malt. Lightly sweet with a decent bitterness. Pretty well-balanced.
Pine needles up front with sweet, sticky caramel throughout and a pine and citrus bitter kick in the finish. Balanced up front and in the middle with a good amount of earthy bitterness in the end.
Smooth with low carbonation and a sticky, chewy body. The finish is the best thing about this beer. A good punch of bitterness.
The 7% is barely noticeable, the hops come in nicely in the end, this is enjoyable.
06-08-2010 22:08:16 | More by ColForbinBC
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
Can to tulip pint: Attractive amber, 2 fingers assertive tan head that drops & leaves loads of chunky lacing.
Smells of pine & grapefruit hops, pretty mild with a slight veggie smell. A pleasant (but subtle) caramel emerges after a while.
Taste is dominated by challenging citrus zest & pine, on the harsh side but with a slight underlying tea-like sweetness that's all but buried. Just like the smell, caramel picks up, making for a mix of harsh hops & sweet caramel.
Sharp, attacking the palate at first. Smooths & mellows out further in.
Eh, fairly typical IPA -- a little too harsh then a little too sweet. Not bad overall, but I don't think I found anything really new or interesting with this one.
06-08-2010 20:59:34 | More by OneDropSoup
3.25/5 rDev -12.2%
loved the look of this brew. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass
A- amber. Like a lil'nugget nectar. Webbed and stucco like lacing along the edges of the pint glass
S- slight sweet malt flavor. Lack of the flavor profile that an Am IPA contains. Again, lightley sweet
T- a full dry malt flavor. Not too sweet. No question, the brew lacks the expected floral hops that an Am IPA has
M- medium bodied and carbonated. The flavor is all over the brew
D- this is very simple to bang out. It has ok flavor but dumps down easy. I won't go out of my way to grab another one. However, I won't dump it down a drain. You can drop it in a glass and be fine with it
06-05-2010 05:12:47 | More by lovindahops
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
A: Nice orangey amber color with a good initial head, that fades quickly but keeps small ring. NIce l
aces on the glass too.
S: Not a ton of hops but the bitter bite can be smelled. IN fact there is more grassy and yeast on the nose than hops.
T: Not a HOP heavy IPA which is an oxymoron but true. It is balanced differently than a stereotypical IPA and maybe that is the different blend of hops or perhaps mixture of different regional IPA's? At 7% ABV It has a good bite, bigger than I would have guess but the lesser hop punch allows that to come through along with much more malt.
M- Smooth, malty and dry on the end.
D: Good IPA, not a Cali IPA but this is from Pennsylvania so why should it be. Another very soundly crafted beer from Sly Fox and certainly a nice tweak on the standard IPA characteristics
05-27-2010 05:13:05 | More by Phillyphilms
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Pour - a lot darker than I expected. Very dark amber, almost like a brown ale in appearance at first glance. I guess you do need some malt to balance out all those hops! Nice, thick, fluffy head on top. This is looking good so far.
Aroma - sweet lemon and/or orange peel, a bit of pineapple, some grassy notes, toasted bread and some floral aromas. No overly west coast in aroma but this definitely is hop assertive.
Taste - brash but not harsh. This IPA has some legs but its not one-sided and the hop profile is well done. Its an interesting mix of Pacific Northwest, Northern European and British hops so they must have dialed this up precisely. The cascade definitely gives off a lot of the familiar IPA flavors with the others adding a nice bitterness or sharpness to this brew. Plenty of malt backs this up but your tongue knows the hops were in charge.
Overall - this almost came across as a strong, extra-hopped English-style IPA to me. It had the strength of an American IPA and the assertiveness with the hopping but the flavors were a lot more consistent with some English style IPAs that I've had. I liked this a lot and am glad I have some more in the fridge. This is however not a similar brew to say...Ska's Modus Hoperandi or Central City's Red Racer IPA.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, I'd love to have a cooler full of these and just chill in my yard and play some horseshoes with some hophead friends.
Note - Sly Fox just recently announced that they'll be canning their Oktoberfest this year which will bring their canned total to six great beers. Nice!
05-27-2010 02:04:53 | More by indiapaleale
3.7/5 rDev 0%
From the can, this IPA pours on the darker side: translucent dark amber with brilliant copper highlights. The head is very nice and thick, retaining very well with fantastic lacing.
Aroma is hoppy, piney and spicy, not too powerful.
Flavor is an exercise in really just two things: malt and bitterness. There is a really nice caramel base and a sweet British maltiness. The bitterness is highly present and nearly puckering at around 100 IBU. Would like to see some more hop flavor, but there is a redeeming amount of piney/woody character. The carbonation was near perfect for me, medium-low and oh so smooth. Despite all the malt and bitterness, the alcohol content is still seven percent, so this is a drinkable beer.
Reminiscent of a certain Simcoe-only ale from Easton, Pennsylvania, though somewhat lighter. Kind of like a double British pale. Good.
05-14-2010 00:34:21 | More by dasenebler
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
I'm guessing that this is the same beer in cans as in the bottle pictured. All information is the same.
A: Pours a dark brownish orange with a relatively fluffy head. The head has drooped a bit since the pour to a half finger ring around the glass. Just off white.
S: Smells of a variety of hops, with a mostly bitter aroma. Malts are present in the background. 113 IBU's suggests quite a bitter beer here. Definitely can smell the bitterness. Not overly aromatic, but the aromas given off are quite nice.
T: I get the same caramel malt flavor from every Sly Fox beer I drink. Almost a bread like flavor, I suppose they use similar yeast in each beer? This beer is malty and bready with a touch of yeast. Surprisingly not very bitter as the hops don't take the front seat here. Not a whole lot going on here. Bitterness is present, yet not nearly enough...malts are present, yet too present for an IPA. Not very well balanced.
M: The beer is smooth for sure. Low carbonation only builds on the malt backbone. Bitterness leaves the tongue a bit dry.
D: Easy drinker, but I would like more hop presence for a 7% IPA. Sweetness almost cancels out the bitterness.
05-06-2010 23:49:37 | More by kiddynamite920
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
I have the honor of being the first review for this beer in a can! Right on Sly Fox for adding this to your can line up.
A - Pours a dark amber with a very thin vanilla head. Retention settles to a thin layer that rests on the top of the beer.
S - Floral and citrus hops, light aroma of strawberry and caramel in the background.
T&M - This is one of the better balanced IPA's I've had. I feel as though the 113 advertised IBU's is more clever marketing then reality, but the citrus hops are certainly present and very nicely balanced by a sugary malt note. Light grapefruit notes and this leaves a moderate dryness on the palette. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
D - The wonderful balance here makes this incredibly drinkable. Not too bitter, not too malty, and very tasty.
I've had this bottled before, and it was a yummy beer then, but I think the can wins the battle for me. Of course, being brand new, this can is extremely fresh.
04-30-2010 02:16:32 | More by ZeroSignal
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. pours a little on the darkside for an IPA which i kinda like. a bronze color bordering on reddish orange. really nice retentive off white rocky bubbly head. lots of soapy like bubbles clinging to the glass. a little sediment visible, but still clear. this one looks oh soo good.
strong pungent hops right off the pour...ahh yes. a nice caramel malt rounds it out. as balanced as you would want it to be, with the balance leaning towards the hoppy side. maybe some tropical fruits, some spruce like wood.
it just tingles your taste buds with hops. citrus hops turn into a spucy, woody, caramel malt. then finishs with a mix of the hops and malts. some subtle tropical fruity flavors in the mix. finishs with an intense lingering hop bitterness.
im torn between a 4 and 4.5.
has a hoppy, oily, resiny mouthfeel, left with a bitter drymouth after the bottle, but you gotta expect that from a big ipa. medium body.
pretty good drinkability, but because it only comes in bombers your not likely to drink more than one in a sitting. you feel it pretty good off of one bomber however. very good ipa, wouldnt mind having it again. i think it should be classified as a double ipa, but what do i know.
now time to go see what my hop plants look like after a long winter. beautiful spring day today, almost 80 degrees!
04-02-2010 22:08:20 | More by dogfishandi
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured from a tap into a pint glass at the Sly Fox Phoenixville location. The color is more amber than expected...clear orange with reddish hues. The head is 1 finger and wispy...some lace present upon dissipation.
The nose has citrus hops up front on a malty backbone. You can also pick up a bready-grainy aroma in the background.
The flavors are similar to the nose. The hops are present up front...they fade in the middle and come out again at the end. The finish is a clash of bitter, piney hops and sweet caramel malts.
The mouth feel is light/medium with good carbonation.
This is a very drinkable beer...especially on draft at the brewery! Curious to try it out of the bottle to see how it compares.
03-16-2010 14:35:52 | More by mgbickel
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
Pour is a deep amber with a slight haze to it with nice creamy head. Scent is muted hops and a grainy profile. Taste is more impressive than the nose as the hop profile and citrus shines through a bit more. The body seems a little on the heavy side for the style but not unattractive. Drinkability is pretty solid.
02-25-2010 02:24:25 | More by Popkas
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
-L- Reddish Brown. Light head. Light Carbonation. What head there was clung well to the glass.
-S- I could get almost nothing but the very, very strong hops.
-T- The hops is amazingly strong here too. Once I got through that, there is a nice roasted malt behind it that is quite pleaseing.
-F- Wicked bite for a 7% ABV drink. Not quite Hop Devil dry but a strong dry finish,
-D- This one settled down real nice for me. I like my IPA's on the warmer side and the strong one I feel like I have to adjust to them. I was very impressed how this one adjusted as it warmed. My first Sly Fox and I was pleased. Look forward to trying some of their other brews.
02-14-2010 20:29:18 | More by Mojoman8561
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured ontap into a pint glass. A murky orange in color with a light soapy head and some lacing. For the style this beer is certainly dark.
Flavors of citrus rind, biscuity malt and a moderate level of bitterness. Medium bodied mouthfeel.
Drinkable and went great with wings and salsa. Would certainly drink this one again. Nice to see more Sly Fox offerings around Pittsburgh.
01-26-2010 18:38:29 | More by Stinkypuss
3.7/5 rDev 0%
Pours a reddish amber color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head never really goes away as it settles to 1/2 inch cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. This beer is a looker. The flavor is not that upfront with the hops but I have to remind myself this is not going to be a West Coast hop bomb. Pine and floral hop aromas compliment the caramel and toasted malt. The flavor is a bit astrigent but I seemed to get use to as I made my way through the bomber as I did not really notice it as I finished. Nice malt backbone on this beer with toasted, bready, and musky notes. Just a touch of sweetness as well. The hops seem to be more for bitterness than flavor. More of a citrus flavor that I did not pick up any in the aroma. Medium body and nice carbonation. Feels right for the style. An interesting beer of the East Coast variety. The astrigency at first kind of turned me off and lowered the score, but as I got to spend more time with this beer, it grew on me.
01-25-2010 23:28:49 | More by morimech
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
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!
01-18-2010 18:07:14 | More by BigDoug
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Had this on tap at the brewery on 12/26/09. My first time down there (was not a fan of the wings). Pint had a reddish amber hue with thick off-white head. Great nose with citrus and pine notes dominating. Nice hoppy finish. A real mellow IPA and very drinkable. I would get this again.
12-31-2009 03:06:10 | More by billzee
Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.