Route 113 I.P.A. - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
I was able to give this a try when I visited the SlyFox brewpub in Royersford. Actually got this brew in the smaller offering but t had a nice look to it. Had a nice copper color to it with a medium sized just off white head that had some retention but left minimal lacing. I mostly picked up the hops scent which seemed to five it a heavy grapefruit scent which would be expected as the write up on the menu said that Centennial and Cascade hops where used. Was also able to pick up a sweet scent as well, a little hard to pick out but it is there. The flavors are what you would expect from a large hoppy beer. The hop flavor hits you in the face but that is really what I am picking up the most of. I was hoping for a break so more of a malt like flavor would shine through and really complement this brew. Overall this is a fair/good brew, I guess I am getting tired of the overdone hop brews and feel that they really are starting to lack individual character. I would get this brew again when in the mood for a big hoppy brew but think my tastes more inline with other offering lately. Feel that this brewpub has some other offering that for me are better but that is just my opnion.
10-11-2007 12:40:20 | More by Stimack
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a copper-bronze color creating a 1" beige head. Admirable head retention throughout the glass with spider-web lacing.
Aroma is a pleasant blend of citrus, pine needles, pineapple, toffee, caramel and a touch of freshly cut hay.
Mouthfeel was a bit light and a tad too fizzy. Less CO2 and a bit more body would have made it nice.
Flavor profile seems well balanced starting off with a sweet caramel covered citrus fruit presence followed by a moderate blast of grapefruit/lemon rind and pine resin hoppy bitterness in the finish.
A easy goin sessionable IPA with a nice balance
09-28-2007 17:28:09 | More by macster
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
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
Picked up a 22 oz. bomber from my local store....
Poured into a standard pint glass...
A- Burnt orange color- glowing amber hues. Fluffy, hilly head on this one- lots of carbonation as well.
S- Smelled of green hops- nothing more. Maybe a hint of fruit.
T- Mmm. Hops were mostly upfront but were prevalent throughout. Tasted a little maltiness and some fruit. It had a metallic aftertaste as well.
M- Slick and oily.
D- I could drink this all night. An IPA that is a little different from the usual suspects- but damn good and tasty.
Good stuff. Love my IPA's
07-29-2007 14:44:08 | More by DavidSeanNJ
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured on a hazy Memorial Day afternoon...
Appeared - with a firm, frothy, hite, 1" head and mostly diminsihing lacing through the draft. Nice, clean, clear amber to orange body.
Smelled - as most Sly Fox IPA's do, very lightly. Being an addition of a few varietal hops, this does give off a light hoppy nose, with a backbone of light resin. Oddly, you can pull just a little of yeastiness out of it, maybe even a bit of cardboard or paper.
Tastes - as all of the aromas, with a bit more. This is where some of the light citrus punches cmes through, but the combination of hops smoothes out any one distinguishing factor here. A soild IPA, and just as good in bottles than on tap, unless you get a Firkin Friday offering, then we are talkng about serious changes.
Mouthfeel - somewhere etween the usual, expected average watery blend to approaching the oiliness of an Odyssey Imperial IPA.
Drinkability - these combinations of hops and feels, with an average ABV for the style, make this a backbone of the Sly Fox arsenal. You can spend a long time with this berew. Lord knows I have.
05-29-2007 15:29:10 | More by boelker62
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
Had this on tap at TDR springhouse.
I have heard good things so I was looking forward to this one.
A-The look og the beer did not dissapoint expectation. Clear copper color, nice 1/2 head that dwindled quite quickly to a thin coat. The thin coat left a nice lacing down the glass to the bottom.
S-Smell on the other had, there just wasn't much there. Fruity notes in amlt sense. I got no hops in the aroma
T-Bitter green hops do come out right in the begining. The odd fruity and southern comfort maltiness pushes back the hops somewhat only to have them eeemerge in the finish
M-Nice carbonation and quite creamy meduin body
D-Unfortuantely I was alittle disappointed and had to switch
05-20-2007 17:46:10 | More by jackorain
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
Had this beer at the Brazen Head's Cask Festival in Brooklyn.
One finger head, more head than most of the other cask beers I had that weekend. Red-orange, cloudy appearance, looked nice. Smelled was of caramel malts, an amber scent to match the look, with just a little bit of a hoppy whiff. A misleading smell, because the taste gave way to a powerful hoppy kick. A grassy, earthy flavor, with a tangy citrus character (grapefruit), and a slight caramel malt undertone. Delicious! The finish was pretty dry, almost enough to leave me thirtsy, and the taste lingered on for quite a while. Not very carbonated, medium-to-light mouthfeel. Recomended!
05-14-2007 16:57:42 | More by micahgoldfus
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
Poured from a 22oz bottle I picked up in NJ on a work trip. This brew has a nice clear orange amber coloration. The orange color certainly comes thru when back lit. Large fluffy off white head that dissipated quite quickly. The head left a slight lace in the glass. This beer certainly has a hop profile but it was not really detected in the smell. I thought it smelled rather sweet from malt with hints of alcohol esters. Maybe a slight hop oil scent in the back ground but there was certainly more of a caramel malt tone in the nose. The bitter flavor of the hops certainly comes out in the taste. No really malt flavor in the taste but it does have some caramel tones. Smooth sharp bitterness right away on my pallet with a nice rolling hop flavor throughout the mouth. The taste leaves a bitter tone on the tongue with some citrus flavor mixed in. Overall a very drinkable brew and it is quite enjoyable. Good mouth feel with just enough carbonation. I found this beer to be a decent brew that I would certainly like to try again.
05-06-2007 19:22:24 | More by bigone4
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
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
22 oz bomber
What a pour - hazy, burnt orange, with a thick tan colored head, that's rich and creamy.
Smell those hops, 'good ole hops'. Didn't get any malt aroma from this beer.
Taste is good, I've had better, but this ain't bad stuff. Priced reasonably, which makes it taste better than most of it's 'peer beers'.
Creamy in the mouth up front, then some sweetness of malt, followed up with a real good hoppy bite at the finish.
I want more, 22 oz at 7% abv is usually enough for me, but I still want more!
04-22-2007 16:14:12 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5 rDev -3%
Pours ever so slightly cloudy with an orange amber color and an out-of-control 2+ finger head that resists fading. The head is hanging around like the foam on an ice cream float; 3-D lacing observed
This one is oxidized; otherwise, citrus and some malt.
Explosion of effervescence and light-medium hoppy mouth feel. Piney but a little unbalanced. A soapy character with lingering bitterness.
I'm stopping here with this one. It must have been mistreated some where along the line.
04-21-2007 17:03:41 | More by jjayjaye
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
A- About 1/2-1" thick dense off white head on a crystal clear amber body with orange hues.
S- Big pine and grapefruit rind hops. Light caramel malt back ground found in the back but it is there. Hint of some orange also.
T- A blend of citrus and some pine hops. I think the grapefruit rind comes through the strongest though. Decent size malt body. Leaves a dry bitterness along with some pine and grapefruit rind flavors in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good just not one of the best ones I have had. It doesn't have anything to stand out and it will probably blend in with the rest of the IPAs I have tried in a few months.
04-10-2007 07:28:09 | More by BlindPig
3.6/5 rDev -3%
On-tap @ The Shepherd and Knucklehead in Haledon, NJ.
Pours a deep orange color with a small head. Lots of hops in the aroma, citrusy with a touch of sweetness. The flavor is unbalanced and the hops were not as pleasant tasting as they could have been. Medium bodied with a strong bite to it, but not much complexity. Mouthfeel was fine and it was drinkable but I didn't want another one when I was done. A pretty average IPA in my opinion when compared to others.
03-20-2007 23:24:25 | More by Jacobob10
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
The beer is being sampled from a 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temp. A fluffy orange white head of 5-6 cms foams up immensely even with an easy pour. The head fades slowly leaving a pockmarked and craterd surface of foam. Leaves windowpane lattice on the glass as it settles.
Brew color is a mostly clear chestnut color.
Aroma is mostly hops with a good mix of earthy and grassy notes intertwined with pungent rindy grapefruit.
First sip reveals an average body with very soft minimal carbonation, some resiny sticky texture to the beer that coats my lips after each sip.
The beer itself is easy to drink, with no hint of alcohol and a fairly soft profile and lite body. the flavor is a bit of caramel sweet malt and then rolls to a bit of an empty middle but finishes with astringent, bitey, rindy grapefruit hops that linger on the sides of my tongue and cheeks. Very drying on the finish as well.
The nose doesnt lead you to believe this is an uber hoppy beer and it really isnt, but the finish wont let you forget you're drinkin and IPA anytime soon. Easy to drink but bitter. Slightly tougher to drink due the excessive foaming even with gradual, gentle pouring but it is a pretty good beer.
01-24-2007 02:17:31 | More by sulldaddy
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured out a copper brown color with a thick cream colored head that leaves good lace. The nose offered sweet fruit, hops, some grapefruit and malt. The taste had good hops notes, green, woody, slightly smokey. Smooth mouthfeel, with a drying finish and lingering bitterness.
01-21-2007 23:28:38 | More by dherling
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
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
Wow - first overflow pour in a loooong time. Huge light tan head, very rocky. Beer itself is slightly hazy, orange/gold in color. Laced very well.
Grapefruit hits you right off the bat. Maybe a bit of lemon and grass as well. A little later, you start to get some honey and caramel notes.
Taste is, wait for it...., GRAPEFRUIT. Very dominant initially, and never left center stage, but you also start to get honey, caramel and biscuity notes as the beer picked up some temperature.
Medium + in body and just a bit grainy in texture. Feels very appropriate for this beer. Huge carbonation, big zing in taste, perhaps a bit too much. Dry as it gets.
This is my kind of IPA. No balance and no prisoners. A grapefruit/hop blast with just enough of a nod to the malt to provide some balance. There are a lot of DIPAs on the market that would be embarassed if compared to this beer. As a final note, the beer did become a bit more balanced towards the end, but whether that was a result of temperature or my palate being char-broiled is hard to say.
12-22-2006 21:55:54 | More by
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
Poured a murky dark copper hue with a two and a half finger pillowy white head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured a strong oily citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit and white pepper dominated.
The taste was upfront grapefruity hop resin with a secondary pale malt. The beer finished with a strong peppery aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was full and spicy with a mild warming alcohol.
Overall a very good AIPA. Solid ABV and excellent hop profile.
11-25-2006 22:50:05 | More by plaid75
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
Pours a dark cloudy, almost brown-amber, with a substantial head that fills out the glass in its entirety, good lacing.
Smell is of delicate aroma hops. Nothing is standing out, but I'm guessing it's a british finishing hop.
Taste is hoppy (of course) but not overly so. It might have a few IBUs on Sly Fox's Pale ale, but not many. It has good balance, although I wish they would have used some more interesting hops. All I'm getting is bitterness and malt, without much in the way of hop flavor. It's a small point to argue...it's just that I like to see some more complex hop usage out of an IPA, especially if it's in a 22 oz bottle, and is pretty much a special release.
Mouthfeel is thick, add a handful of oats and a sprinkling of brown sugar and you have a serious breakfast. A little too thick, but it's not holding this beer back substantially.
Drinkability is poor, but only because it's a palate ruiner. As far as IPAs go, they should be palate ruiners.
10-19-2006 02:52:31 | More by monkeybutler
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.
22 oz Bottle.
Very aggressive head formation. Pour this one carefully. This is a cloudy orange colored ale with a strong tan head.
Smell is sweet and spicy with a large amount of caramel. Lots of hop scent mostly orange and pine with a little pineapple.
Taste is sweet and sharply bitter at the beginning with strong astringent characteristics. Caramel taste manages to stay strong against the hop strength. This is a powerful IPA and it isn't easy to pick out the subtle flavors but I do manage to do it. Fairly strong lemon flavor to the hops along with pineapple. Woody and astringent this IPA lacks balance.
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability is just so so here. Extremely strong hop level here, double IPA strong in fact, probably the most hopped IPA I have tasted. This is at least as strong hop wise as Stone Ruination. I like hops too but this is really too much.
10-01-2006 03:31:33 | More by Zorro
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
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
22oz. bomber -> Goblet
Pours a hazy dark amber with copious beige head that lingers. Slight carbonation is present. Crazy lacing throughout the beers life.
Piney hops dominate the nose, with some caramel malt peaking through.
This beer is a hop bomb with a nice sultry malt backbone. The website gives the IBU's at 113 but it surely does not seem that high. A nice warm dry spicy aftertaste.. Simply a great tasting IPA.
Medium mouthfeel but more thick than thin. This beer has that quintessential dipa mouthfeel. A very drinkable ipa. Enjoy.
08-14-2006 21:06:58 | More by beerphan
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
This beer was served in a pub glass.
Appearance: The beer has a very dark amber coloration. The beer has tight carbonation. The head is thick and puffy with a biege coloration. The head never fully resolved while drinking this beer.
Smell: The beer delivers a major grape fruit and pine cone resin hoppyness. The malty backbone has a sweet caramel kick.
Taste: The beer is seriously hoppy. This beer delivers a major grapefruit lead in. The caramel maltyness comes in breaking the intial hoppyness. The beer then goes pine cone oily and citrus zest bitter. The beer has a very good dry finish.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is on the plus side of medium bodied. The hop oilyness prolongs the flavor. This is a well balanced hop treat. This is a very easy to drink beer. I had problems setting this beer down while drinking it.
07-31-2006 06:28:04 | More by nlmartin
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
Served in a publgass. Pours a bronze/ruby color, very cloudy with a thick beige head. Moderate carbonation, head lasted a long time with a little lacing.
Has a spicy smell primarily. Pine, lemon, and sweet maltiness are also present.
Tastes great! Serious hops initially with a carmel/toffee back finish. Nice brief sweetness in the middle, then more spicy hops. It finishes less dry than it starts, leaving you wanting more.
Good mouthfeel. Medium plus body, moderate oiliness in the middle, but it used well and I think adds to the beer experience.
Easy to drink, complex enough taste without being too much. If you like IPAs I think this would be sessionable. I could drink a couple of them.
07-26-2006 15:51:20 | More by laintringulis
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
The beer poured into the glass crystal clare deep copper with a tan frothy head which stood 1/2 the glass tall and took forever to fall as it laced the glass.
The aroma was malty through the extremely high head. Once the head retreated a bit the aroma became malty with a woodsy and citrusy resionous hop character. The aroma was also a bit grassy but contained a sizeable malt backbone.
The flavor was malty with a citrus kick in the head. The flavor was piney and resinous with hop bittering and hop flavor leading the charge and daring anyone to get in their way. The malt backbone was strong, but not strong enough to keep much of the hops at bay, they were both assertive and aggressive.
The finish was dry with lasting hop bittering and flavor long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was far too high. A nice IPA, a bit overcarbonated and a bit overbittered, but still an enjoyable brew.
22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!
07-25-2006 21:56:26 | More by GCBrewingCo
Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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