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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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322 Ratings

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Ratings: 322
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 AdamBear


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 22:55:57 | More by AdamBear
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 kylehay2004


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 19:14:20 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of thecheapies


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red-brown. Very dark for an IPA. Tight bubbles lace with an eggshell coat

Grapefruit rind bitter aroma, grassy hops too, some honey sweetness. Slight soapy scent/floral character.

Floral hop galore with slight citrus. Wheat bread malt. Some apricot fruitiness. Bit of Band-Aid medicinal off-flavors.

Decent carb level. Medium body. Nice feel.

Not bad. Could use more in the aromatics department. Definitely a floral IPA. Exemplary of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 22:59:07 | More by thecheapies
Photo of cpetrone84


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a transparent pure white with a thinner head. The nose has a light malt presence, slightly toasted grain, oily hops with notes of pine and some tangy citric aromas. The flavor follows with some faint malts, very light grain notes and strong resign piney hops with some notes of citrus hops and a touch of bitterness. The body is medium with a soft texture and strong carbonation and dry finish. Very sessionable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 15:27:22 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Pahn

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Bartender leaves a 1/3 inch frothy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick lacing wall. Pours a hazy copper. Leaves a few swatches of lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus, strong despite cold temperature. Lots of orange. Pleasantly dank and pungent, but a bit one-or-two note. Weak toasted malt note; possibly imagined.

Taste: Grape Jolly Rancher with a nice bitterness and a toasted malt finish. Some pine and vague fruitiness. Growing, ultimately dominant, orange note. Malt / hop balance skewed significantly towards hops, which can work with IPAs but this one is a bit too sweet. Sweetness gives a candy impression. Welcomely heavy bitterness helps a bit, but not enough. Burnt toast aftertaste is nice, but too faint.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Heavy carbonation. Crisp finish; all works together to result in a very refreshing feel.

Overall: Decent IPA, but doesn't really come together for me. Also, impression of candy sweetness along with imbalance toward hoppiness and lack of dryness is very offputting. Tastes like an IPA that needs work. Not something I'd return to, but wasn't a trouble to finish at least.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 03:42:42 | More by Pahn
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sly Fox Royersford.

Pours a nice copper color with about a finger and a half of decent off-white head that did not keep long nor did it make any noticeable lacing.

Aroma is of faint citrusy hops. It's a good smelling IPA, but not a great smelling one. The taste is a little on the sweet side, citrusy and moderately bitter, maybe a little caramel for good measure.

Medium bodied and slightly sticky. As for drinkability, this a decent middle of the pack IPA, it's a good call at the Sly Fox pub, but it's not an IPA I'll seek out regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 17:52:09 | More by pburland23
Photo of rickmick


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 03:55:18 | More by rickmick
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 BeerImmediately


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a sixtel of this a few months back ... finally getting to entering my notes:

Deep, but clear copper color. Very nice retention throughout.

Smell was mostly of grapefruit, with a light, nutty pine as well.

Taste was of a light pine - not overpowering like some IPAs - along with fresh, grapefruity hoppiness. Very tasty!

Sharp mouthfeel upfront, but with a well balanced malty character as well. Mouthfeel can be tough for some IPAs, but Sly Fox did it up nicely.

I found this to be very enjoyable, and a really nice example of an IPA that's not too overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2008 21:26:54 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(from notes)
Had this on tap at the brew pub in Royersford

An orange amber in color, crystal clear, with a slightly tan head that faded and left little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of pine needles, tangerines, caramel malts, and has a grassy undertone.

Taste pretty much mimics the nose. Caramel malts are nicely balanced with the citrus and pine needles. Nothing extravagant.

A bit too light, not enough staying power.

The drinkability is probably the best thing this beer has going for it. A sessionable IPA.

Middle of the road IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2008 22:23:20 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium rich brown with a decent head that fades into a soapy slick. Nice lacing A-faint brown bread with a mild hop aroma

T- the aroma doesn't quite get you ready for the potentness of the hops. This is indeed a hop bomb. I don't know which hop variety. This is a little one sided I could go with a little more malt.

M-medium bodied. Maybe a little on the light side. Decent carbonation

D-definite hop bomb but not much more. A decent but not great IPA

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 16:01:56 | More by sleazo
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 NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 00:16:36 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange-amber color. The orange-tinted head is initially quite tall, with a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and sticky lacing is left all over the top of the glass as the head recedes.

S: Some maltiness in the nose, with moderate caramel notes. Maybe even a little brown sugar. Some herbal and citric hop aromas, with some lightly piney undertones. Not particularly vibrantly hoppy in the nose, which is a little odd considering the 133 IBUs. Bittering hops don't contribute much to aroma, but they must have used a fair amount, right? Some fruity esters linger.

T: Fairly malty up front, with caramel prominent and lesser notes of bread crust and brown sugar. Very aggressive hop bitterness arrives early and stays late. Hop flavors are piney, herbal, and citric, with particularly pithy grapefruit/pomelo character. This is not an especially clean fermentation; there is some yeasty character, primarily by way of fruity esters.

M: Fairly creamy up front. Carbonation is on the light side of average. Bracing hop bitterness adds considerable and lasting dryness to the middle and finish of this beer.

O: This is a big, hoppy, jagged IPA from Sly Fox. It's not a bad beer, but it's full-frontal and a little less graceful and pleasant than some of my favorites.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 23:40:20 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of IPhantom


4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a huge, fluffy pure white head, leaving a solid ring of lace. Nose is sweet citrus and bready malt, with maybe just a hint of pineyness. Taste is big on hops up front, very assertive without being too bitter, with a nicely balanced sweetness. Mouthfeel follows suit--crisp and bitter enough without being too sticky. A very solid IPA that has a lot of the flavor of an Imperial without the headache (or limited availability). Try it out if you feel like you're burnt out on too much hoppiness or can't find what you were originally looking for--it's hard to imagine you'll be too disappointed.

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 00:22:30 | More by IPhantom
Photo of FLima


4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper color with a one finger thick head that reduces to a constant plate and leaves a wall of laces.
Aroma of caramel malt, bread, faint herbal citrus and earthy hops. Although, it is not heavily dry-hopped, it is quite pleasant.
Very original flavor for an IPA with an initial bitter punch, triggering a couple of sneezes (my internal thermometer for hopness). Notes of caramels, citrus, herbal and earthy hops, pine, tea bag, grass, pineapple, and American spice yeast.
Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is definitely not felt.
This beer is a hop sampler, quite opposite to a single hop. Hard to interpret its multiple personalities, that sometimes even fells assertive. Recommendable. In my opinion it is underated.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 16:39:17 | More by FLima
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark golden tan/brown. 1 inch foamy head with lots of lacing.

Smell - Some dank hops, malts, a little sugar note, not getting much else.

Taste - Starts off with a big malt note with a piney, grapefruit hop kick. Some sugars add very minor sweetness to battle the caramel malts and bitter hops. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets lots of malts, then the palate gets the hops and some sugars. Aftertaste is hop bitter and dry.

Overall - A one-two punch, you get caramel malts, then you get bitter piney hops. Id like to try this beer with less malts so the hops can come out front and really take over. Hell, add even more hops, add dry hops, make this a dipa if you will. Decent beer, just nothing special.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 23:40:18 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 00:37:02 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 09:06:17 | More by flyingpig
Photo of jmdrpi


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, with 6/15/13 date stamped on, assume a best by date.

appears dark copper in color, fairly clear. about 1/2" of off-white colored head. good head retention. smell is a mix of biscuity malt and fairly strong earthy hops. the taste is fairly similar flavors. starts sweet but finishes a tad bitter, but hops not that strong. medium body and higher carbonation. overall - fairly easy drinking IPA, good for summer.

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 03:02:37 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Cylinsier


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a deep amber gold, off-white head retains as a film.

Smells of piney hops and bready malts.

Bready malts with a mild citrus zing and a dry, piney hop bitterness in the taste. A hint of grapefruit bitterness as well and something I can't place, maybe something a herbal.

Medium body with a sharp stinging carbonation on the tongue, a little softer on the roof of the mouth.

Interesting and flavorful IPA, has a weird off taste that I'm not sure is supposed to be there, but its minimal. Despite that, I'd actually describe it as tasting very fresh. Worth trying, but I have had better IPAs. I will probably have this again just to see about the strange taste element I'm getting.

Serving type: can

02-04-2013 02:03:10 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of GiantMidget


3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had at Wegmans in Collegeville in a can.

Drank straight out of the can.
Scent of pineyness and citrus minimally, with hops essence.

This had a quite dry enjoyable flavor that lingered in the back of the tongue.
A slightly thinner mouthfeel is probably the only major negative about this, but it wasn't so unpleasant as to deter me from enjoying.

Sly Fox brewery is near where I live so i Know this is fresh. I've actually had it on tap years ago and recall really liking it back then too.

Good solid American IPA in the repertoire of Sly Fox.

Serving type: can

01-11-2013 01:21:07 | More by GiantMidget
Photo of cbutova


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2013 02:42:41 | More by cbutova
Photo of jifigz


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2013 17:03:23 | More by jifigz
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Route 113 India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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