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Route 113 India Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Route 113 India Pale Ale
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 03-05-2006

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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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head; plenty of lacing left behind

Smell: A surprising amount of caramel malt in the aroma for a beer with 113 IBUs, but there is a melange of hop elements on the nose as well

Taste: Plenty of caramel malt up front, as was anticipated in the aroma but, by mid-palate, the hops assert themselves - with a global range of hop styles, one can pick out the different elements though I would suggest that the English ones are dominant and they linger in the aftertaste, giving an earthy edge to the caramel malt elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting experiment, mixing the English, German and Pacific Northwest hops but, for a 113 IBU beer, I would prefer to have a bit less malt presence in the mix

Thanks, smokeypeat, for the opportunity

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

Radiant rustic orange with hint of a reddish bronze blush. I don't know if the beer is filtered, but there's nothing to disturb the absolute pure clarity of the liquid other than the occasional slowly rising bubble. The orangish ecru crown was milkshake creamy immediately after the pour and is now a hugely rocky, high altitude mesa squatting atop the beer. A little more lace would be nice (much more eventually arrives), but the cap is magnificent.

The nose is wonderfully hoppy and is a pleasure to inhale. If only it were more aromatic and more vibrant, it could proudly stand beside some of the best IPAs. The hop bill was extremely well-chosen: American Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe; German Northern Brewer; English East Kent Goldings.

Even without knowing the malt bill (pale and crystal), I could have determined that the second of those two was present. Crystal malt (also known as caramel malt) lends a distinctive caramel flavor to the proceedings that permeates every mouthful and gets in the way of my hop enjoyment. There's still enough hop flavor and bitterness to go around, and I like the beer just fine as is, but I prefer not to have my Centennial, Simcoe, et al, sullied by a sticky caramel coating.

As I enter the middle third of the bottle, I'm more impressed by bitterness and less impressed by hop flavor. This is as valid an IPA recipe as any other, but I'd love for Sly Fox to jettison the crystal malt to see what these hops could do if they were able to break free of their gooey, sticky caramel shackles. The finish is long, bittersweet, increasingly resinous and ultimately lip smackingly dry.

There's nothing at all wrong with the mouthfeel. That tells me, almost more than any other characteristic, that these guys know what they're doing. It's neither thin nor heavy and serves the beer well. The carbonation (lively without being intrusive) is also enjoyable.

I had no idea what to expect from Route 113 India Pale Ale, never having heard of Sly Fox before. I have to say that, overall, I'm impressed. My idea of an outstanding IPA doesn't quite jibe with their idea of an outstanding IPA, but this is still tasty beer. I look forward to drinking more of what Sly Fox has to offer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours out as a orange amber earthy color, the head is foamy and white. The smell is pretty hoppy, smelled like a typical IPA. The taste is a little bit of the earthy hoppy side. It's not like some of the citrusy IPAs out there. The mouthfeel on this brew is kinda slightly thicker than most regular IPAs. Overall I'm more into the citrusy hops than the earthy ones so this IPA was overly impressive for me.

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

Another solid offering from this gem of a brew pub up in PA. I swear, I have had more from them then anyone else lately! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/16/2008.

Nice rich dark amber of a pour. Solid carbonation gave way to a full tow inches of rich head. Nice retention here let it settle down slowly but surely into a pillow like form that had some nice side glass lacing.

The aroma was a bit light, but still very solid. Nice resin like pine malts with hints of orange and grapefruit dancing around inside. Some nice touches of bready malts presented themselves as we took the first sip. Well balanced, though a touch light on the floral hops, this was still a very solid IPA. Nice carbonation here with a medium body that was almost slightly chewy but never getting really that far. Far under the 7% that it was advertised as I wasted no time at all with putting this one down.

Overall a very, very solid IPA here from Sly fox. I have liked most of what they have put out lately and this one is no exception. Very consisitent and enjoyable.

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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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 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 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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear dark amber with a finger of off white head and some decent retention.

Smell: There is some sweet malt along with a faint hint of citrus hops and some grape along with the malt.

Taste: Better than the smell. I'm enjoying the malt component of this beer. Citrus peel hops blend with the bready malt and make this one quite pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The malt profile of this beer is good. There just isn't anything very special here.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MasterSki
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Highly hazed, deep bronze color, slim beige head, settles as a tight ring.

Aroma, deep, dank, herbal, and raw. Big hop attack, some pine, some citrus, and the English hops are showing their side, definitely. An intriguing mix, one you don't encounter often. A little butterscotch and toffee, too. Soft, and surprisingly sweet. Much malt in the mix.

Taste: Bitter and herbal, with a hearty malt backbone. Apples and cherries, with citrus in the background, pine is there, too, but faded, in the distance. Slightly grassy.

Why did I fall in love with craft beer in the first place? Hops. Hops in English ales, and then hops in American pale ales and IPAs, west coast or English IPAs. I've loved them all, and here they are together as one.

Does that work? Well, this one doesn't really shine or sing like a 113 IBU IPA should, doesn't spank the tongue in a feverish fashion. Much malt below does it's work, and I'm not sure if the cocktail of hops really delivers. Perhaps I'm too used to English ales that are just so, or American IPAs that smack of citrus and pine. This is a bit muddied, some of those flavors I yearn for are missing, or in the back, just a ghost, competing with the English and German hops character.

Medium bodies, soft, light hoppy finish.

Despite those criticisms, it's a good 'un, and I'd drink it once in a while if I were in PA, but it just doesn't trip my trigger.

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangish copper with nice clarity and a thin white head. The head descends to a well-retained thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is herbal and citric with some sweetness.

The taste is of herbal hops upfront, with some citric notes. Vanilla, caramelish sweetness follows. Lemon zest mixes. Well-balanced for the style. A tea-like leafiness gives it a dry finish.

The body is medium and creamy.

Fairly sweet for the style. A nice IPA, not as citric as many other American IPA's, something different about it.

Drinkable and smooth. A nice "change-up" IPA.

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting tight head of three fingers. It retains its shape well as it recedes and leaves some chunky bits of lace on the glass. The color is deep amber, bordering on brown. It's clear enough to read through.

More fragrant raw malt than one might expect in an IPA. There's a soft, floral bitterness to the nose from an understated hop presence.

More prickly from an in-your-face, black-peppered hop bite than the smell lets on. There is a brief creamy malt start, but this is quickly overrun. The swallow is bitter and the aftertaste lingers a very long time. Full-bodied with an above-average level of carbonation. All in all, a fairly typical A-IPA entry.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Route 113 India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.