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

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 03-05-2006

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Photo of danieelol
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With thanks to MrKennedy for bringing this back for me from Warners at the Bay.

Route 113 pours a pretty red colour with nice head and lacing.

Smell is nice. Definitely get some caramel malt with fruity hops.

As for the taste, this must be one of the driest beers I’ve ever had. I mean, you can still taste the malt and detect the sugar when you search for it but it’s just really dry. It is bitter but not hugely so, I think it needs more malt to carry the bitterness further.

Mouthfeel is medium, resiny, medium carb.

Overall a nice beer but no wow factor at all. The bitterness is enjoyable though.

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

Served out of can and into an American pint glass.
Appearance- Amber, with medium carbonation.
Smell- notes of grapefruit and pine.
Taste- big ole juicy hop BOMB! In a good way.Tart notes of grapefruit and pine.
Overall- 113ibu's my goodness, for those of us who love hops.Not for the faint of heart.

Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apparent best-by date of 4/29/12. Cystal clear, it's one of the darker IPAs I've had in a while with notes of red, orange and brown. Decent one finger head had pretty good lacing.

Nose is pretty good balance of citrus and pine, nice and spicy but a bit tame for an American IPA. Hops show themselves a bit more in the first sip, but the caramel malt puts up a fight and adds a fantastic balance.

I would never guess this is as high as 7% abv. Hopheads will likely be disappointed, but I really enjoyed the drinkability of this. The heavy malt sweetness sort of take the I out of the IPA, but I would definitely buy this again.

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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours lovely amber with a pretty large tan head that sinks nice lacings.

S: American hops galore; both bitter and floral; pineapple, grapefruit and oranges. Grassy notes from the sweet caramell malt. Bready.

T: The hops are very strong, but not overpowering - nice. Bitter and citric as well as piney. Caramelle malt, sweet and a little bit buttery.

M: Medium body and smooth light carbontion. Aftertaste stays for a long time and holds both bitterness but also a bready sweetness.

O: A nice American IPA, rich in hops, but balanced.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Giant Eagle for 4.99

A - A nice clear amber maybe a touch darker than typical offerings with a slightly opaque inch of head that has some moderate lacing.

S - Bitter and herbal with some sugar and bread malts to keep it in check.

T - Well I didn't get a big rush of hops so I assume my bottles a bit old but it does have a touch of pine that quickly pushes to a sugar like gram cracker malt. Slight sticky post hop bitterness too. Eh.

M - Light to medium this is the best part that it drinks rather easy.

Overall I remember this being a "hop assault" in a can but a 2 month old bottle is actually pretty decent (best by date 12/22/11). Maybe it's my palate so I will have to review the can someday.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny/clear clay orange, 2 finger khaki head,
fine lacing

S: nice grapefruit, lemon peel, floral, grassy pine

T: mild grapefruit/lemon peel, floral, grainy/malt,
slow bitter piney/oily finish

M: med/light body, light bubbly/dry mouth

O: Nice American IPA in a can, ABV is
well hidden. Wish it had slightly heavier body.
Would get again and recommend.


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 Jwale73
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Soonami for the opportunity to try this one. 10/24/2011 indicated on the base of the can (assuming this is a consume by date). Served in a tulip nonic at 53 degrees. Pours a lovely translucent copper with a thick, rocky, two inch, cream-colored head that just meets the lip of the glass. Head eventually settles into a solid, frothy, quarter inch cap. Thick textured strands and bands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses a light citrus quality, a suggestion of the can and only a faint hops aroma - maybe some residual earthiness. Taste expresses quite a but citrus acidity, a light piny hops presence, biscuit malts and a trace of caramel - flavors seem to come together as an English/American IPA hybrid in my opinion. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and some residual burn at the finish. There's also a slightly oily texture to the mouthfeel. Overall, a decent IPA - not something I would want to drink more than one or two of in a sitting due to the assertive citrus acidity and the carbonation level; however, it's worth a try and the can makes it appealing.

Photo of biggsbowler
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can - This is a pretty good IPA. Some nice caramel notes with a good amount of Cascade in the taste. Balance is nice, and the thing I like is that the hops are bitter, but not the same old IPA hops. The nose is a little weak. Also there was not a lot of retention in the head.

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 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 beer2day
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, with darker caramel. 2-finger tan cream head. Very good retention and nice, but sparse, lace.

Nose is quite the mix of hops and malt. Floral, citrus, and light pine all come together here. Plus, there's a heady shot of bread and light caramel malt. Nice, but a bit malty for an ipa.

Flavor is very malty for an ipa. Metallic finish with roasted caramel malt. I get some light citrus, but the malt and tin are really all over the taste.

Feel is heavy for the style, but appropriate for the flavor.

Not a favorite and not sure I'd get it again.

Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date to be found. Poured from the can into my Newcastle schooner. Nice copper color with a fluffy two finger head. Somewhat chunky after dissipation. Agree with other posters about floral hoppy aroma. Not much pine or citrus. More herbaceous than most. Pretty nice actually. More herb and flower in the taste as well. Medium drinkability and a nice basic flavor makes this a good canned brew. Would definitely try again. Next stop, Pikeland Pils.

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

Pours a clean and clear burnt orange color, cap of bubbly white head, decent retention and lacing. Scent is a strong mix of earthy, floral and grassy hops with a kiss of citrus, large brown sugar and carmel malt backbone. Taste replicates the components of scent. Hops are bitter and the malt is sweet, yet the flavor of the hops stuggles to find their place. Clean tasting, lighter side of medium, refreshing carbonation. A decent, earthy IPA with a touch too much sweetness and slightly lacking in hop flavor, but not bitterness.

Photo of Morey
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with no freshness date. Beautiful dark red/amber color with a two finger cream colored head. Plenty of lacing left behind as you sip on it.

The aroma is very mild for an Ipa and what little aroma there is, is basically biscuit, grain, and malty tones.

Thankfully the hop profile comes through a lot more in the taste. Nice up front bitterness which is balanced quite nicely by a sturdy malt backbone. The hop flavor lingers on through the finish, but not overwhelmingly so.

Medium body with a pretty good carbonation level for the style.

Overall I would have to say that this is a slightly above average Ipa.

Morey's Bottom Line: Been wanting to try this for a while, but all of the bombers in my immediate area always looked to be a bit on the old side. Glad I picked up this can in Pittsburgh. I don't taste the 113 Ibu's, but it's still pretty tasty and relatively easy to drink.

Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was delighted to see this at a grocery in Champlain, NY along with several other goodies.

Pours a mild copper with a one-finger head into my glass. I have no qualms about the color.

Mildly hoppy (for something with 113IBUs) with just a hint of citrus, grassiness and biscuit-y malt.

Lingering grassiness and biscuit malt dominate the mouthfeel.

It's not the best IPA I've ever had in a can but it's certainly a good thing to have on a hot day! I want to see more examples of this style in a can! For this reason, I have to give the appropriate props.

Photo of MammothBrew
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from kadonny. Thanks Keith, hope to trade with you again!

Poured into a pint glass from a can.

A: Pours a transparent brownish amber, somewhat red. Two finger foamy white head that settles into a thick frothy layer that sits on the beer the entire time. Moderate lacing is occurring as well.

S: Caramel, malts, piney/earthy hops. The scent is somewhat faint(or my nose isn't working)

T: Hoppy, piney, grapefruit goodness. Taste is much stronger than I would've thought from the smell.

M: Smooth, even creamy, but somewhat thicker than I what I imagine for an IPA. Somewhat bitter as well.

O: Not the best IPA, but not bad by any means. I would definitely like to acquire this in a trade again.

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 jwinship83
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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

The advertised 113 IBUs of this IPA caught my eye. What can I say, Im a sucker for hop sabre rattling.

It pours a russet color with a thinnish off white head that throws up a plenty of lace trails on the glass. The aroma is much more subdued that I expected, some caramel, barley and never brash herbal hops. The taste is more akin to an English IPA than an American imo. There's little pine and grapefruit and more of the cedary, herbal, woody hops from Europe in here. Also theres a strong, doughy malt balast that reminds me of a lot of English Ales. Some grapefruit shows in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and hops provide a decent 'numbing' effect. The booze is well concealed throughout.

This beer lacks the intense bitterness of most American IPAs. Its far more balanced, with quite a strong malt presence, than the norm. Its good, but not the hop bomb I was hoping for.

Route 113 India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.