Route 113 India Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Route 113 India Pale AleRoute 113 India Pale Ale

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359 Ratings

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 03-05-2006

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to travel down route 113 back in the day when I lived in the Philly area to drink the wares of Sly Fox in Phoenixville I may have had this a few times I am quite sure I did.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed copper/orange with a huge blooming off white head Iam not sure how old this bottle is but it seemed overcarbonated for sure.Nice hop profile in the nose minty and citrusy with an underlying caramael biscuit malt base,more balanced than alot of AIPA's a herbal and citric hoppiness melds with a big lightly sweet firm biscuity caramel malt base.A no frills IPA it hides its alcohol well but its pretty basic for the genre in my mind wich isnt all bad.

Photo of steelerguy
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazed amber, lightly carbonated, 1 finger head that leaves some lace and has some staying power.

S - Some caramel malts and mostly citrus hops, a little pine. Good but not special.

T - The pine citrus flavors hit first, followed by the some good malt flavors, then ends with a burst of grapefruit citrus flavors. Bitterness is right for an AIPA, but lacks some coplexity.

M - Feels right for an IPA, not too dry and does not have a sweetness some of the larger IPAs have. A little alcohol warmth on the way down.

D - Easy drinking IPA. Bitterness and malt are in balance, don't feel like one is overwhelming the other.

Overall, it is a good IPA. I expected a bit more after having their Saison which I though was a very good beer. Lacks some pop to make it stand out, a simple IPA. Drinkable and worth trying if you have the opportunity. I would drink it again but not seek it out.

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with no freshness date.

A- Hazed orange amber color, awesome head ... the retention shows lots of stickage with each sip. Most of the haze is probably from the big addition of hops.

S- Creamsicle hop aroma with a earthy herbal back, malty with mild caramel and suggestions of white chocolate.

T&M- Super creamy mouth feel off of a full body, oil hop all over the taste buds. Toasty maltiness gets pushed back by a well rounded hop character that hold a slowly growing pungent bitterness ... not overwhelming but it certainly says AIPA.

D- Not half bad, its a tough style to compete with ... there are so many IPAs out now. This one sits in the middle of the pack IMO, certainly worth a try. Paired well with goat cheese stuffed turkey breast with sherry braised Brussels sprouts.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle w/o any freshness indication. Pours cloudy, ruddy, slightly reddish amber. head is elegantly puffy, then thick filmed, leaving gobs of sticky lacing and sheeting. Nice looking product. Nose of spicy hop plugs. This is a better then average IPA, grainy, citrusy hops early, middle and late. Coating on the teeth and tongue, with a moderatly long, smooth finish. Only $3.75 at New Beer in NYC, a baragain for this easy quafing, pleasantly hoppy ale.

Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, orange/brown in color

Smell: caramel, bread, and small citrus hops

Taste: caramel, bread, some earth, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweetish start--bitter middle and less bitter finish

Drinkability: This one was a lot more bitter and earthy than I expected. A slightly above average IPA. I could have a couple, but am unlikely to rush out to get this.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can out of the fridge poured into a snifter.

the crack and glug reveals a nice, slightly hazy bronze, amber, orange color with a nice foamy, bubbly 2 fingers of slightly off white head. very nice retention with lots of sticky lace. loving the color of this brew, darker than your average IPA.

not the most exciting aroma. metallic malts are at the forefront. next to that theres some candied caramel, bready, biscuity malts with some orange like citrus and some woody hops. kind of lacking with the hops however.

i enjoy the taste more than the aroma suggested. a very nice balance. earthy, leafy, citrusy, woody hops balanced by candied caramel, biscuity, bready malts. lots of bitterness in the finish.

medium bodied, a little towards the heavier side of medium. carbonation feels good for the style. lots of resinous oils in the mouth after each sip. wrecks the palate a bit.

drinks very good, exspecially love that they started canning this. for me that makes the drinkability even better. many days of frisbee golf ahead with this beer.

overall: a stand up IPA, ill be enjoying this again for sure, hopefully just a little bit fresher, make that aroma pop out a bit more. i reviewed this in a 22oz bottle roughly one year ago and i enjoyed just as much as i did then. i would recommend this if you can find it.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruddy orange color, slightly hazed, with a thick and dimpled two inch head that caps the top of the glass and hangs out for a good long while.

Inviting aroma of doughey malt, grainy brown sugar, some citric hoppiness, floral notes, and some faint yeastiness.

Flavor is orange rind hoppiness right upfront, but not too aggressive. Moves to piney bitters, getting more aggressive, and shortly morphs into a grapefruit rind pucker as the bitterness snowballs. Some firm malt rides beneath suggesting caramel and toffee and adding some balance, but the bitterness pushes it back.

Full and chewy mouthfeel, round and firm. Tasty beer and quite bitter and drinkable, but I would prefer more malt in the mix.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After long anticipation of picking up some Sly Fox in the Pittsburgh Market a tracked down a couple bottles in Moon at the Beer Store above Trivia Pub. The owner Frank was open to my tip off of the new arrival in the Pittsburgh beer scene and he jumped on it...nice customer service folks. Appears a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a large nicely formed creamy tan head leaves even thick bands of lacing around my pint. Aroma is grassy, citrus aka grapefruit peel along with piney edges...very aromatic in the hop department along with a solid hint of doughy bread and mild caramel sweetness. Flavor more of that caramel/biscuit malt sweetness arises with a sturdy amount of hop bitterness and complex flavors with more citrus, pine, nand grassy earthiness finishes dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with more than ample carbonation maybe enve a bit much touch of oily resins from the hops. Drinkability...definitely demands a 22oz. portion serving nice hoppy IPA yet with some balance.

Photo of 05Harley
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There are two entries for this beer, so I will post the review in the one where the bros made theirs.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A-Slightly veiled deep copper orange with an ample eggshell head that laces nicely. Nice coloration.

S-Orange citrus hops with a hint of pine with sweet malts equally present.

T-This is a very malt forward IPA, with a strong balance of sweet caramel malt offsetting the citrus hops. A decent beer, but a bit too malt-forward to be a great IPA candidate.

M-Well balanced carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

D-I enjoyed this brew, and I very much like that it comes in cans, but would prefer it a bit more amped up in the hop department.

Photo of rickmick
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great and is a bit darker than most IPAs.

The smell-I didn't really get anything, but light hops.

Not a terribly complex brew, just a strong, balanced hop flavor throughout--in the front & finish.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. Thick, not too syrupy, but not too carbonated. Really makes the beer.

With the constant hop notes--and little else--not a terribly drinkable beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, medium dark orange with a massive off white head that melts very slowly to very thick lacing.

Aroma is woody and a sweet orange citrus. There is also a little bit of a stale odor to it.

Flavors are sweet orange citrus peel with a bit of a woody back to them. Very interesting for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is full of tiny carbonation and smooth from the sweetness.
Aftertaste is all citrus peel.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sly Fox- 113 IPA

Appearance- Reddish Orange with a big sticky head. Heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Big floral hops.
Taste- Again, big floral hops with a mild pine tinge. Grapefruit and orange notes come through as well.
Mouthfeel- Mild bitterness with a smooth flavor and finish.

Overall- A session IPA. Could throw back several of these during the evening!

Photo of nbbd
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting IPA

Poured into A Glass from a 22oz bomber

A: Copper, Good head

S: Malty, not a big Citrus Smack, earthier mossy...

t: Smokey, Moss, a slight berry component before the hops set in for the finish. Long lasting finish

m: thin, good carbonation, astringic finish-

I like it overall, Lots of IPA's out there and its a bit different than what I usually pickup. That may be why its standing out as a nice drinking beer.

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about two fingers of loose, fizzy off-white foam. the beer is just about crystal clear, copper in color.

S - ample balance between caramel, toasted malts and handful of C-hops. hops are somewhat bright, piney with a bit of grass.

T - bitterness is there, flashing right away before turning to the sweeter side. pine is abundant, joined by bits of grassiness and a hint of citrus. tbh this tastes like an imperial, slightly more hopped version of Sam Adams.

M - thin body with bright, prickly carbonation. lack of body and slick, oil found in better IPA's. very dry finish, slightly sticky.

O - this IPA offers a fair amount of IBU's, but lacks some interesting hop flavors. a bit one sided with what I'm guessing is Cascades, a solid malt base provides a fair amount of balance but there just isnt enough interesting qualities to keep me interested.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

why there are two listings-I do not get it? Thanks Dr. Jay for fresh bottle that whaffed great grapefruit and hops and that initial cup of citrus hop juice. Orange tinge with lots of foam. Very drinkable. Just what was needed for a long hot day lunch. Drying finish and aftertaste. 113 IBU with several hops, C and European.

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to guinnessdoc for this one.

Appearance: It's very hazy and a nice looking brown color with plenty of orange highlights. It's capped with a caramel colored head that stands two fingers tall at its peak. It was very slow to dissipate and left thick sheets of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: The nose is good, but just a little underpowered. It features some nice citrus grapefruit and pineapple aromas initially. To a lesser degree, there is mango, but it's very faint. Pale and caramel malts are noted. The caramel malts don't seem to be too overpowering. Good sign for the moment. Hops are duly noted and are mostly citric. There's a piney quality to them, but they mostly citric. The hops don't come across overly strong either. It smells well balanced. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: A nice citrus blast of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango kicks it off. It's sweet, but not exactly sugary. Hops follow quickly and have a pretty nice bitter flavor. They are indeed citric and have a faint taste of pine. Pale and caramel malts are notable. Caramel malts are sweet and do much to balance it out. It is a well-balanced IPA. Personally, I prefer IPAs to be skewed toward the bitter side. But, this one's pretty well done. The caramel malts don't totally kill the hop flavor and bitterness. Alcohol is blended very well and goes unnoticed. It has a sweet and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems a little excessive and buzzy. It's not quite smooth. A little thicker of a body would help. Drinkability is good. It has a nice flavor and goes down easy. I like it, but don't love it. As it is, it's good.

Route 113 IPA is a good IPA. It has a pretty nice flavor and is well-balanced. I prefer more hop bitterness and believe this one would benefit from more. It just doesn't really stand out in any way. It could also use a little more body and less carbonation. All that being said, it's a solid, good American IPA. One that's well worth a try.

Photo of MrKennedy
2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz can from Warners at the Bay, into a Brooklyn tulip.

A real ruby-amber colour, some off-white head that laces well and sits as film.

Not a lot going on with the smell, some grain, some dry-grass but that is about it.

Tastes of dried grass with plenty of malt backing it up. Not near enough hopping, or this is not very fresh.

Mouthfeel is full and rounded, but that is because it lacks bitterness. There is plenty of malt to speak of. The 113 IBU is almost undetectable.

Doesn't deliver, a dull, uninteresting PA beer. A shame, as its a state that normally delivers when it comes to beer. This is just disappointing.

Photo of ebby82
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After one's had so many IPA's, they sometimes begin to taste the same, so when I find a beer like this, which actually tastes unique, I am overjoyed.

A lingering, frothy head into a pint glass from a can.

Caramel in color.

Aromas of bready, slightly toasted malt, with hops in the foreground.

Although an IPA, the first flavor is a slightly sweet maltiness. The hops are definitely there, but they are the second flavor I taste. I enjoy whatever combination of hops are here. They are not an assault on the taste buds, and they are quite delicious.

I will buy this beer again, anytime I am in Pennsylvania.

Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can via trade thanks to StormKing47 on BA.

The appearance is...whoa...this is an India PALE Ale? It's not pale. Dark rusty amber color with a large, creamy, sticky light beige head.

The aroma is caramel and roast along with big-time floral and citrusy hops.

The flavor is stepping way into Black IPA territory. This beer is somewhat of a hybrid of a black IPA/CDA/IBA/whatever they're calling it now and an IPA. Deep caramel malts and lots of roastiness. Besides that there are citrusy hops and intense resins.

The palate is fairly syrupy with soft carbonation and rather full body. Feels bigger than 7% ABV.

Overall, this is bold and pretty successful in my opinion. A different beer, to say the least. Tasty if not terribly drinkable.

Photo of Troegman
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking for Lagunitas IPA and came home with a case of this in cans. Has a nice amber/orange color, a bit cloudy and a nice thick off white head, seemed strange to see a beer look this good out of a can.
I could detect some sweet malt and a floral hop scent, not real strong. The hop taste, semi dry hop taste was apparent at first sip and at the end. Had a nice malty mid-section that made it a nice balanced IPA.
Has a nice substantnial feel going down but finishes on the dry side.
You can, and I have, put quite a few of these down quickly. This is a nice go to IPA that I think I can find regularly. Once you get past the can thing this is a real nice beer. Way to go Sly Fox.

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a 1/4 finger of frothy flareup that drenches the sides of the glass with sticky patchy lace. The aroma is floral and spicy, with grapefruit adding some extra bitterness to the nose. Some softer tropical fruit and bready caramel gives this some tang in the back of the nostrils.

The taste mirrors this, with more earth, spice, and bitter grapefruit. Lighter fruity notes of orange and mango combine with the bread and light toffee character of the malts to balance out the back with some sweetness. Dry spice and bitter rind linger hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very easy feeling creamy slickness to that just goes down effortlessly. Just a touch of warmth on the backend but that is it for that 7% ABV. Fantastic.

It's been a while since I've danced with this staple Sly Fox IPA and I must say that I forgot how enjoyable it can be. The flavor was just a little tangy and sweeter than I normally like it but the overall feel and drinkability of this was absolutely killer. They definitely timed the summer arrival of this in cans just right.

Photo of sbrotschul
2.29/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear caramel copper color with a big dense off-white head that left crazy lacing on the side of the glass. Nice fluffy ass head.

The aroma is a bit disappointing, not much of a hop presence. There is a bready aroma with a hint of toffee/caramel. Really not much if anything from the hops.

The taste is of a big bready malt, some honey and toffee sweetness. There is some tropical fruit hop flavor and some grassy bitterness and grapefruit rind. Not very hop flavorful.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation which helps break up the malt body. The sweetness from the malt borders DIPA status. There is enough of a grassy and piney bitterness that it provides a good balance. Drinks well.

Not a very flavorful AIPA, perhaps the hops faded. Almost a DIPA body but has good balance. I much rather have a Dale's Pale Ale.

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Route 113 India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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