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Route 113 India Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Route 113 India Pale AleRoute 113 India Pale Ale

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321 Ratings

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 03-05-2006)
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Photo of SummitVA


2.17/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours with ample carbonation. Amber in color and crystal clear.

S - A very strange blend of spicy and earthy British hops along with sweet wort--that's right, not sweet crystal, but sweet wort.

T - Cloying malty sweetness first and foremost. Plenty of IBUs, and some spice from the hop blend, but the sweetness is just too overpowering. A burn from the alcohol in the finish.

M - Thick to say the least. Vibrant carbonation and IBUs likely make this all the more harsh.

D - I'm not going to make it through half.

Overall: I'm not opposed to sweeter East-coast IPAs necessarily, but this beer is a good example of the why I'm always apprehensive about buying an IPA brewed East of the Mississippi. I'll try other Sly Fox beers, but this is a miss for me.

Serving type: can

08-22-2010 02:46:40 | More by SummitVA
Photo of sbrotschul

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
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 (http://harvestseasonalgrill.com/) 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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 00:59:41 | More by sbrotschul
Photo of MrKennedy


2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-06-2012 08:21:40 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of hopsaplenty


2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Foggy orange amber. Glass-filling, loose washed caramel foam. Slowly settles from the bottom up, while the top begins to develop deep dimples, eventually leaving spidery lace. Soft aromas of pine sap mingle with some sharp orange rind and an almost peppery spiciness that is reminiscent of the Saison Vos. Initially sweet with some biscuity malt, the pine rides on top and then down through briefly into the finish. There is a grabby orange rind that adheres as well as a slightly off, wet paper taste. The pepper spice also manages to float in and out, but it is the off taste that becomes overwhelming. Medium body with some light carbonation. This one did not hang well together and tasted as though something went wrong. Not overly enjoyable.


Thanks to ggaughan for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 14:20:19 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of dgthompson

New York

2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Croxley Ales House, which is the greatest Ale House around these parts, but this beer was a major dud. I am a huge fan of IPA's, hoppy beers, very hoppy beers... but this beer tasted like I was eating hops. The hop flavor was overwhelming. I see from the other reviews on here, at least from the bottled version, that people do not think it is hoppy enough. Maybe I got a bad batch - it was pretty gross.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 14:56:33 | More by dgthompson
Photo of mcallister


2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First off this beer is way overcarbonated. Popped the cap and foam began oozing out of the bottle. A soft pour yeilded an overflow onto my silk sheets (actually my counter but I wanted it to sound more appauling).

A cloudy brick rust shade liquid with an enormous fluffy off white head with great lace and retention. Thick bubbly engulfing lace. A little more pour and a pillow of sorts protrudes out the top of my glass but this time holds at bay and narrowly misses spilling to my carpet below.

Some off aromas in the nose. A sour malt syrup extract aroma that is lending toward toffee. To be honest reminds me slightly of the smell of vomit. Not sure if I have a bad bottle or what but with the over carbonation and this off smell things aren't looking on the up and up. Some bitter acrid aroma with hints of tropical fruit.

After tasting the beer does not seem infected but rater just subpar and lacking any complexity. A straight forward burnt caramel malt leads into a hint of floral hop, with disquised citrus hops that are indestinguishable. Hoppy ending isn't overly bitter but is very drying. Mouthfeel is full but somewhat chalky. Obviously drinkability is hurt.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 23:03:35 | More by mcallister
Photo of harrymel


2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by: 5/9/11
poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a surprisingly amber/caramel ale with limited head which recedes to sheet of fine white foam. This hugs the sides and reaches upward. Little lacing.

S: Plenty of resinous, earthy hops. Hints of conifer. Plenty of malt in here too. Again, a surprise for this style. Fairly unimpressive.

T: Metallic, resin, pine. Good bittering. Fairly robust malt with plenty of caramel in the background.

M: medium body with spritely carbonation. Very slicking in the mouth.

D: drinkable, but overall, very forgetable.

Serving type: can

02-14-2011 16:22:12 | More by harrymel
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2012 17:34:16 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper, with a quarter-inch soapy head of white. A few sporatic dots of lacework and a partial skim-coat remain after the fall.

Aromatics are either well faded or sub-par to begin with. A light blend of malt and citrus.
A struggle to get much else from out of the goblet.

Medium bodied and crisp. A bit sticky.

A moderate amount of malt starts off the pallet, with plenty of minerally bitterness. Traces of citrus zest and grapefruit follow through.

Finishes with a drying, crisp bitterness and a hint of warming alcohol.

Feh..Either this one was totally un-fresh or a heavier hand with the finishing hops is direly needed.
No bottle date=no way to tell.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 00:49:51 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of BarrytheBear


2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Right out of the box and into a tulip. Thank you Robert for this extra.

Amber in color with a very thick fluff that nearly breaches the imaginary border along the to of the tulip. Sticky suds cling and grope to the glass all along the way.

Smell is very faint, mildly herbal and not much else. Disappointing to my sniffer.

Liking bold citric or other fruit driven flavors along with a healthy bitterness, this beer falls short on both fronts. Hops present themselves as mostly minty and the bitterness is dry and chalky rather than robust or abrasive.

Mouthfeel is too watery for a nearly 7% IPA. A continual and abundant army of bubbles race to battle leaving this highly carbonated.

I'm feelin' a one-and-doner here.

Serving type: can

01-07-2011 23:15:03 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of AudioGilz


2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bomber, no freshness date.

I poured this brew fairly gently, only to be overcome by an enormously exploding foamy head that dominated the 12 ounce glass and spilled about. Definitely tons of head on this one, and a murky/yeasty thick and dark orange with yeast bits floating about, not what I expected at all, nor something I prefer to see in an IPA.

Citrus fruit rind in the aroma, grapefruit maybe but not prevalent. Aroma is a bit subdued for something that has a large amount of hops in the equation.

Initial swigs reveal a rather subdued IPA. Bitterness lets itself known quite bit upon aftertaste, but the desired hop characters that we love so much in IPAs are mellow when not expected to be such.

Mouthfeel however is enjoyable; smooth, intially creamy followed by crisp carbonation and oily hop bitterness coat.

It's not an IPA I would seek out in the bottle. I would like to try this on tap at the brewpub to get a better opinion of this beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 00:26:52 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of deadonhisfeet


2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark, beautiful color. Kind of a ruby-reddish amber Low carbonation. Nose is sweet and not as hoppy as I expected. Cherries and muted orange zest.

This is 113 IBUs? Maybe this beer is a bit old (I don't see any freshness date or other info) or maybe I'm a bit old. Either way, I didn't get much in the way of a hoppy tongue-lashing like I expected. The mouthfeel is firm and oily, but the flavor is sweet and just kind of dead. Apricots and biscuits, but none of the zesty citrus flavors I was expecting. I'll bet this stuff is good when it's fresh.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 14:48:00 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of csmiley


2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice orange / amber color. Head is just a shade off white and tops out at barely under an inch. Bubbles start out large and eventually give way to a nice tightly packed head that turns rocky. This brew shows a good amount of retention and lacing.

S - Uh-oh. Starts out with sweet citrus and cardboard. Nose is pretty weak overall. Comes across as earthy with a little bit of pine toward the end. Alcohol is absent in the aroma.

T - Quite a bitter piney start to this one. Some lighter citrus flavors follow. Tastes like concentrated grapefruit juice. Starts to get metallic toward the end but not in an overall bad way. Alcohol does show at the tail end and has a nice warming tone. Malt is barely noticeable and tastes sugary like hard candy. Some cardboard is present in the flavor but stays well out of the way.

M - Medium bodied with too much carbonation. Finish is very bitter with a slight dryness that just will not let go of the palate. Carbonation actually does hinder the enjoyability of this brew.

D - Drinkability is average. As it warms, it starts to get better. Not enough to save it though. There is a pretty nice bitterness level. The alcohol is hidden well. I can see some potential in here but the potential to be slightly above average just means that Sly Fox missed the mark with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 21:48:38 | More by csmiley
Photo of TastyTaste


2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle from BeerBeing from BIF25**

Apearance: Hazy dark copper, nice looking solid head.

Smell: Nice fruity, juicy hops, citric, with a touch of carmel sweetness.

Taste: The malt tasets a little off, maybe grassy? Tastes a little like a super hop euro lager the way the malt is exposed. Slightly metallic. Not bad, but skind of off for the style.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated, but metallic also.

Drinkablity: Not the best IPA I have ever had, but the hop profile is quite nice, just a little different for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 03:53:08 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of alcstradamus


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a copper/orange with a finger of persistent head and spots of lacing. Aroma is unfortunately waxy, and any hop presence that should be there is trumped by that waxiness. Lots of sweet caramel and bready malts as well. The flavor is an improvement but mainly in that the waxiness is gone. The bready maltiness dominates a little too much to really qualify this as an india pale ale. Rename it an amber ale and it might be a bit more acceptable (3.5 worthy maybe). Overall this was definitely a manageable beer, but really pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 20:40:19 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of loren01


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy orangish color, 2 finger width frothy white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Metallic smell, earthy, peppery
T: Peppery, earthy hop flavor. A little different, not too citrusy like most IPA's, more spicy/earthy, very interesting. Dry bitter finish.
M: Medium mouthfeel, not too light not too thick.
D: Different from the typical IPA, not the best IPA ever but not bad. Thanks to jasonm for this beer obtained via trade.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 13:16:25 | More by loren01
Photo of AChamberlain


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A: Glimmering orange-red. Off white thin head, weak.

S: STRONG hops, I could pick up the aroma as the bartend set it down.

T: Luckily it was not as sticky as the aroma. Bitter, but not over the top; Some sweetness in the end.

MF: Had the feeling of grabbing my tongue, I guess some stickiness. It was heavy in a good way.

D: Not that drinkable overall. Mouthfeel was the best part, but there are SOOO many more IPAs out there and I don’t see myself returning to this one. Try it once though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2007 20:11:29 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of hoppymeal


3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery orange color with a massive, fluffy, cream colored head that does not seem to recede. Aroma shows some sweet fruitiness, but also a soapiness that seems out of place and is slightly chemical or rubber like. Taste shows a very slightly peppery and dry bitterness that is somewhat grassy. The soapy chemical aroma shows up in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is very nice, soft and creamy, with some tingly pepperiness and some dryness in the finish. I'm not sure if this bottle is off or old, but once I got that soapiness and rubberiness I couldn't stop smelling and tasting it. Unfortunately there is no date so far as I can see. I would definitely like to try another bottle of this to see if this is typical.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 20:04:50 | More by hoppymeal
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New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Reddish amber color, nice off white thick head

S - Served very cold, light citric and off soap aroma.

T - Modestly sweet malts balanced by a citric hops with a harsh bite.

M- medium bodied, crisp and nicely carbonated

D - One was enough. Maybe warm it would have shown better.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 23:44:12 | More by barleywinebrewer
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3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle received in trade from user jacksdad12109. thanks again jon! drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent deep copper colored body with a finger and a half of just off-white colored head on top. the head fades faster than i would like and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- very hoppy smelling, but not in the typical IPA sense. herbal and floral hops lead the way. lesser amounts of grapefruit and pine follow. at the end some sweet caramel malt moves in to add some balance.

T- the taste starts out with more of the sweet caramel malts that i could smell. after that i pick up on the hops that i could smell. lots of herbal and floral hops. some pine in here as well. a little bit of grapefruit after that.

M- a solid medium body. the carbonation level is average as well. nicely bitter without being overpowering.

O- not the best IPA ive had, but not the worst either. something i would consider picking up again were it in front of me, but not something i will be actively seeking out again. thanks again for the chance to try this jon.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 04:21:54 | More by jwinship83
Photo of philbe311


3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers worth of frothy creamy slightly off-white colored head... Very solid retention... A good bit of moderate to quick paced carbonation rises within... A light caramel coloring with a faint yet distinctive amber hue...

S - Lots of pale malts... Lots of earthy grass notes... The hops take on a certain euro character... A slight metallic tinge... Rather subdued and seems to be a bit off for the style...

T - Pale malts... A touch of caramel... Some grassy notes... A slight piney hop presence rises and then quickly fades out... The finish has some slight metallic tones to it... The components don't hold together that well...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... This one is definitely a bit thin... Very light carbonation... Mundane... Very basic uninspiring mouthfeel at best...

D - A hate to be hard on a local brewery, but this one really misses the mark for me... It's a bit of a stretch to even call this one average... The are some decent part here, but they are a bit disjointed and don't seem to compliment each other as they should...

Serving type: can

04-11-2012 01:57:32 | More by philbe311
Photo of 05Harley

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: can

11-25-2012 23:31:46 | More by 05Harley
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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewerdan for this extra. I'd somehow gone through life without having a beer from Sly Fox. Served in a pint glass. Best before 01/22/11 - wish I knew how old that makes it, but I'm guessing it was from July 22nd?

A - Pours with a finger-plus of off-white soapy foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves glass-coating lace. The body is a largely transparent coppery orange. Pretty dark for an IPA, and quite attractive.

S - Smell is...odd. Hop character is earthy, zesty, and slightly soapy and catty. Perusing the can reveals that there is a heavy dose of British and German hops, plus what I'm betting is Cascade. In any case, it's not your typical citrus-filled American IPA. There's also a toasted grain and bread malt character. Just not digging this combination.

T - Taste is thankfully less soapy and more in line with my expectations. More caramel and sugary malt, with moderate residual bitterness - nowhere near the 113 IBUs listed on the can however. Maybe a bit of "generic" (i.e. grain) beer flavor mid-palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, perhaps a touch slimy. Finish is fairly dry with lots of residual hop oil/resin character.

D - I hadn't had a beer in a few days when I drank this, so it went down surprisingly quick. The taste isn't offensive, it's just not all that exciting. Surprisingly attenuated bitterness and decent feel make it a pretty easy beer to slam down. I'd try it again if I was certain it was fresh off the line.

Serving type: can

09-16-2010 01:40:24 | More by MasterSki
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops with a complimentary background of citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste begins with a hearty malt character but not much sweetness, with flavors of fruity citrus and caramel, then a strong hops bitterness comes in. However, the flavors seem to battle each other rather compliment each other. The after-taste is hoppy and very bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Tasty, the lack of balance prevents it from going down as easy as it should, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are a lot of others that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 03:46:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

Pours a warm orange brown color with a medium sized sticky tan head. The nose is malt dominated with a mild herbal hoppy aroma. Graham cracker and caramel malt sweetness are noted first a leafy bitterness takes over mid palate and lingers long into the aftertaste. Very balanced for sure but not my favorite IPA, too sweet initially, the hop profile is one dimensional and tiring.

Serving type: can

07-18-2010 20:11:18 | More by ATPete
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Route 113 India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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