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

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 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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Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can (£3.20 from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow):
Reddish copper & a thumb sized, creamy white head that holds well.

Malty with strong caramel and sweetness. There is some light pine as well as some citrus notes and a few hops thrown too.

Bitter & pine laced initial taste with some citrus and a lot of bitterness. There is a bit of caramel and sweetness from the nose as well but it doesn't seem as strong here. I also got a hint of tropical fruits and a bit of spice.

Medium & bitter in taste, even for the style. There is a light tang and the finish is a very bitter and dry one. Smooth and strong with a hint of grain plus a nice sweetness in the finish.

Good overall although the bitterness is very strong but the taste is a pleasant one and it smells great. Another solid Sly Fox beer.

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Photo of papaglide
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +6.3%
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 -12.8%
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 -14.8%
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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Photo of ummswimmin
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -39.6%
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 cbutova
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another random Sly Fox grab in Philly.

A- Poured from the can into a pint glass with a dark orange body. A really big creamy white head forms to about four fingers in size and retains very impressively. Eventually it all falls to a thin cloud but a thick ring leaves ample lacing down the whole glass.

S- Malt jumps out at me first because I am not used to sensing much in IPAs anymore. Caramel and slightly toasted sweetness to the grains. Hops here are mostly grassy, spicy, floral, herbal and pine. It takes on a slightly English feel to me.

T- Again, a pretty fair amount of balance going on which brings up the semi-taboo label of "East Coast IPA." Hops bring a pretty strong profile of grassy, herbal, floral, pine and spicy hints to me, like European hop strains. I do notice a fair amount of lemon zest and citrus like grapefruit here, this gets stronger with each sip. Malts and yeast bring on a balance of caramel, toast, nutty hints, dark fruit and some bread.

MF- Lighter overall body with a slightly creamy feel. Moderate amount of carbonation and a silky feel. Fairly bitter finish.

Fairly solid IPA that I had to adjust to because of it's hop profile. Among the citrus bombs of today there are still some IPAs that don't only use hops named Amarillo and Simcoe.

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Photo of jifigz
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pint glass.

This beer's appearance is a a dark amber color similar to that of a Hop Devil. The head is nice and fluffy off-white and lingers for quite a while. The aroma is only slightly hoppy with hints of a metallic trace and some candy sweetness filling in the aroma as well. An average, or slightly less than average, smelling IPA. The flavor is quite bland and not at all very hoppy for an American styled IPA. There is a weird and strange fruitiness present in this beer that I usually don't detect in American IPA's. The flavor initially is slightly bitter and then this gives way to a rather unusual candy like flavor that lingers throughout the middle of the flavor process. The ending is rather bitter, but the bitterness available doesn't ride to well with the flavor that the beer presented. The longer I drink this beer...the more it seems to grow on me as I reach the bottom of the glass. The flavors seem to be melding together better. The MF is an average, lighter bodied ale. Overall, this is a decent American IPA. I have had much better, but I have also had much worse.

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Photo of PADIV
3/5  rDev -18%
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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Photo of Ricochet
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Long lasting lace with bits on the sides of the glass. Dark orange.
S: Nothing distinct. A little sweetness from the hops
M: Burns on the tongue long after the swallow. Not acidic.
T: Peppery grapefruit with fire from alcohol. Candy like in ways but never overly sweet. A bit like Razzles candy.

O: I've gotten this in cans on several occasions. It's not as balanced as say a SN Torpedo, but it's raw and tasty. Made several of my non BA friends make a face and pass the cup when sampling.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 10/10/12
(210 calories)

Acquired by trade with Gran8man

Pours a cloudy red amber color with a massive three finger fluffy white head. Some small fines and sediment are noticeable as the glass empties. This beer is plenty sticky and leaves behind heavy thick lacing draped along the glassware. A solid appearance and overall it's finest quality.

The smell is strong with bitter hops followed by caramel malt. A hint of tropical fruit reveals it's former path before perhaps a little too much age over took and spoiled it.

Taste is strong with pine and peppery spice followed by caramel and toffee. The tropical fruit flavor mentioned in several reviews is barely noticeable which again may be subdued in part by the longer age.

A bitter bite greets the taste buds quickly followed by a warming sensation. The heavy hop bite isn't a real surprise , after all it does clock in at 113 IBUs. The mouthfeel is medium in body and pleasent. The beer finishes tangy and very dry, too dry in fact. The heavy dryness causes cotton mouth after just one 12 oz serving.

Overall a decent beer. A little older than it should be? Maybe, but it's sometimes necessary to stretch the boundaries and see how beer transcends over time.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of small particles floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel malts and citrusy and floral hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of caramel malts and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness and additional hints of spiciness from the hops, the latter of which stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malt and hops—although it is packed with both of them neither really seems to overpower the other.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark honey colors with a thin cream colored head

S-extremely extremely faint scent of citrus and aged hops. Very faint.

T-comes in with a very nice citrusy taste if fresh hops. Not expecting such a decent taste considering the nose. Then comes a very welcomed bitterness. This just a fresh and flavorful tasting IPA. Good matching after-taste.

M-medium dry carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-I was expecting a let down but I was fairly pleased with this. The flavors are everything you want from a craft IPA. It doesn't offer anything new and exciting, but it's different and it's cheap and it tastes good. Go out and try it!

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Photo of sbrotschul
2.29/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Knowing how important Pottstown, Pennsylvania is to the world, I hoped better for better. Pottstown has Mrs. Smith Pies, and the Limerick power plant nearby, but is still struggling from the loss of Firestone tires and Bethelem Steel. A hardworking town has yet to fully make a great craft beer.

I had a draft of the Route 113 IPA at Harvest Seasonal Grill ( in Philadelphia, poured into a pint glass. A great restaurant featuring locally grown and often sustainable food, I jumped at the opportunity to be brought "home." Route 113 is like the Schuykill River, crossing through towns and counties like Montgomery and Bucks and Trappe and Souderton. Sly Fox had an opportunity to tempt my palate through my heart, but reminded me more of a bad taste of the oxbow on River Road by the Pottstown Plate Works.

The color looked wonderfull attractive: amber and ruby, with a small white head (which dissapated before being delivered to the table). A small film was left on the glass.

I did not have much smell and had difficulty finding more than grass and light hops. I was hoping for grapefruit and pine.

Very little hops, but lots of malt to the brew. I've been drinking some strong IPAs, and this was very, very light.

Soft mouthfeel, not much character. On the good side, thie beer did not compete with my starters at the restaurant -- beet salad and humus. I was surprised when writing my thoughts down to see that this is a beer full of hops.

I'm hoping that this beer will improve with effort and that Sly Fox will put Pottstown and Phoenixville on the brewing world map. Unfortunately, it is disappointing.

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Photo of Finn
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep copper colored beer, with a tidy amount of off-white foam sitting atop. Aroma is heavy on the caramel malts, with a touch of herbacious floral hops hiding behind it. A firm bitterness is followed by smooth caramel, and then bittrness finishes up the show and lingers. Pretty full bodied for an IPA. It's tasty, and more malt driven than most IPA's I have had. Drinkable for sure, but not in the way a less malty version is. Good.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the tasting room in Pottstown, PA

A: half finger head on a clear crimson body. Excellent lacing.

S: nice caramel malt presence but the hops are light mostly providing candied citrus notes.

T: malt forward IPA with caramel and nice toasted malt sense. The hips are definitely mild with mostly earthy and slight bitter citrus but again take a back seat to the malt.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: hoppiness is sacrificed for drinkability with this one. An IPA for the masses.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #176
Served On: 06/21/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.0%
Date/ Code: -

This can was from a 24-pack I picked up at Brewskee’s of New Oxford, PA.

Look: Poured a very clear copper color with 2 fingers of impressive beige foam. Heavy lacing was evident after the very first sip. Carbonation bubbles were surprisingly sparse.

Smell: Sweet cotton candy hop aroma. Also a light pine smell.

Taste: First off was a hard-tack candy character that quickly moved into a nice hoppy pine. The typical IPA bitterness hit in the middle and was followed by some remaining malty caramel notes in the backend. Aftertaste was a washed out grapefruit that slowly faded into just plain bitterness.

This was an excellent IPA that would certainly stand up to anything like a SN Torpedo or a Bells Two Hearted. - Yes it was that good.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.57/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The overall impression I got from this beer was that it tastes like a Scotch Ale with copious amounts of bittering hops. The malt is overly toffee/caramel sweet. The can states 3 different varieties of hops, but to me the hop flavor was one dimensional; just bitter. Not undrinkable, but not something I would revisit by choice.

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3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. ½ Pint Shaker glass. Amber color, crystal clear appearance. Yellowish & thick crown. Nice collars & rings. Noble & resiny hoppy aromas. Gentle sweet malty flavor at first sip followed by oily hops provides such an smooth bitter palate. Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly ripe quince astringency. Dry hoppy finish. Resiny aftertaste. ABV well hidden. An elegant, no rough, real American IPA where high IBU profile is very well balanced. Refreshing & drinkable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served an orange amber color with a medium white head. The head faded fast to give only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell had a big caramel sweet and bready base with notes of pine and a lemon citrus. Mixed with these aromas was some lighter aromas of some earthy hops.

Taste – A hopped bready malt meets the tongue. The hop is mainly of a pine and earthy nature in the front. A sweet caramel comes more into the middle of the taste. This is mixed with a citrus hop flavor. The sweet in the middle loses ground more toward the end where the lemon and grapefruit citrus hops intensify and leave a more bitter taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is a little above average in terms of creaminess with the carbonation being the same. Both suit the beer fine, but are nothing exceptional.

Overall – It was a rather run of the mill IPA in most ways. Not bad, but also not great.

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Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 838 ratings.
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