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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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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 03-05-2006)
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Photo of Mit
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this in the grocery store when I was shopping across the border.

A-Poured a nice dark amber with a fairly long lasting head. Some lacing

S-Malty brown sugar notes were most prominant with some citrusy hops rounding it out.

T-Def more Malty in my opinion with the hops being more of a spicy influence than a bittering punch you in the face taste like other AIPAs. Still very hoppy but I just found the hops to be slightly different than in some of the other AIPAs

M-Somewhat heavier almost as if you were getting some hop oils in there as well as speaking to the higher ABV of 7%.

D- Very drinkable although with the higher strength you may not want to have too many. It seems like it would be a great beer to have on a cold fall day or while shovelling snow. The spicyness reminded me of colder times for sure.

Mit, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

far333, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Why can't you make a beer as big as the road which runs by your door? I glanced out at the route 113 sign. Why not indeed?"
-from the bottle

Pours a beautiful golden red, with orange highlights and a thick white creamy head.

Smell is nutty and sweet. Caramel like with hints of pineapple and candied fruit.

Taste is sweet off the bat. A little brown sugary and nuts. Some caramel and maple syrup. As the beer warms a bit, some more bitterness is present and some more citrus and pineapple comes out.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Somewhat heavy and oily with a smooth easy to drink bitter finish.

Overall i like this IPA from Sly Fox. In a congested category, i wouldn't call this a complete "standout". It is however a really good IPA.

BigMike, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of IRNBRU
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber. No date.
Enjoyed in a pint glass after work on Friday, Memorial Day weekend (romantically making it my first beer of the summer if you're corny like me and mark such things.)

Route 113 pours a golden, hazy copper color that hints at burnt orange in the sunlight. It is quite dense and sports a creamy, vanilla head that rings about an inch and a half thick throughout the duration.

It's aroma is rich, but subtle - earthy pines followed by sweet molasses. After the beer warmed a bit, that richness seemed to fade and I smelled a toasty caramel malt. The scent isn't as robust as other IPAs but pleasant enough and I found it to be pretty enjoyable.

The taste is decently complex. At first, I taste honey, toffee and maple syrup. In a minute, it becomes a bit more citrusy and spicy and I taste orange and grapefruit rind. The hops are fairly balanced and they creep up on you, but they aren't overpowering.

The mouthfeel is frothy velvet initially, but the party in my mouth is quickly crashed by an excessive carbonation that hinders the beer's smoothness. Still, it's drinkable and goes down pretty easy.

Sly Fox is a local and I've enjoyed their beers for a while now. Although the 113 isn't my favorite of their brews, it's a very good AIPA and definitely worth a try. If you see it and are a fan of the style, pick it up for sure.

IRNBRU, May 22, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon. Poured into a shaker glass and appears a clear rich amber color with about an inch of dense off white foam. The head leaves a nice lace on the inside of my glass. Smells of toasted, sweet grains, and citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. Tastes of tropical fruits such as pineapple, citrusy grapefruit, sweet malts, bread, and a hint of pine. This IPA is just about medium bodied with no noticeable alcohol notes and amply carbonated. Worth a try.

ClockworkOrange, May 04, 2009
Photo of steelerguy
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

steelerguy, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Pours a hazy amber with a big off white creamy head. The head lasts very well. Has a good hoppy aroma. Hints of sweet caramel malts also. The flavor is good. Not as hoppy as I hoped for but very well mixed. Has a good subdued hoppiness. Nice blend of malts with it. Good carbination and a wonderful mouthfeel. Has a medium body. An oily texture. A good fiinish. This is very tasty.

Birdiebeagle, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of csmiley
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

csmiley, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

prototypic, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of deereless
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of a dirty tea tinged with some amber, very fine particles are noticeable in the beer, ring of foam along the edge - 4.00, S: Much heavier aromas of malt than hops, the hops that I do pick up have imparted an earthy smell - 3.50, T: Lots of bitterness on the palate but far from overwhelming, definitely an IPA though with a solid malt backing, quite piney - 3.50, M: Very smooth and mellow on the mouth - 4.50, D: A good representation of the style - 4.00

deereless, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber into the pint glass this one pours a solid amber color with a medium off-white head and tons of lacing. The aroma brings on a malty brown sugar and a mild piney hops, very pleasant. The taste is a very nice mellow combination of bready malt and piney hops. Mildly carbonated and a very likeable ipa. Smooth, mellow, highly drinkable medium body ipa. Nothing complex, just super solid, a possible session brew I think.

Durge, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox Rte. 113 India Pale Ale is a dense, vermilion light-brown ale with a soapy off-white head that leaves dense lacing and has good retention. The aroma is sweet and spicy. The hops come off as herbal in the nose. The malt smells earthy and semi-dry. It is medium-full bodied with a silky feel and a crisp finish. Citrus (orange, grapefruit and lime) is the dominant flavor. It's very bitter, but well stacked to deliver it smoothly. The base flavor is oaken, earthy and mossy. I would consider this an extreme beer, but nothing's out of whack with it. Is this really from PA? It tastes very 'West Coast'. I'm pro-it.
(rated Jan 11, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of dgthompson
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

dgthompson, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from DrJay as part of the Trance/Dance/EDM BIF. thanks jay!

22oz bottle. sampled nov 17/08.

pours deep copper orange, nearly red, with a small dense pale yellow head. the head quickly drops to a fat ring around the glass with a wispy layer on top.

aroma is nice. grapefruit. bit of pine. light alcohol. orange and tangerine. biscuit. bread. bit of cracker.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. light alcohol. grapefruit. orange peel. bit of pine. biscuit, cracker, and a bit of white bread. just a touch of caramel sweetness that comes out a little more as it warms. a bit more citrus dept also seems to come out too.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced and easy going. not overly bitter or alcoholic. straight forward and tasty. good stuff.

grub, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of gciccarelli
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 16 oz pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a huge, creamy, 2.5 finger head. Leaves heavy lacing on sides of glass. I'm talking incredibly huge lacing. A beautiful amber-brown color. Similar to many other IPAs, but this seems to have a bigger, foamier head.

Smell - Hoppy, as an IPA would be. Also a small hint of citrus. Not quite as strong of an aroma as some other beers of the style...

Taste - Very, very smooth. Get a good amount of hops, and a lot of sweetness/malt flavor. The malts hit you first and the bitterness from the hops linger for a while afterward.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. Good amount of carbonation, light coating to the mouth.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink - excellent carbonation and body to combine with good taste.

An enjoyable brew, not the best of the style but not the worst...would definitely pick up again.

gciccarelli, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of SLeffler27
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange hued brown, with a tall manila foam, that leaves big patches of sticky lace.

Fills the nose with orange peal and pine, which subside to reveal brandy and molasses.

This is a bitter road, with nice balance and a long and winding finish

The prickly carbonation accents a medium body.

Route 113 is a fine beer, which I will likely return to in the future, but it lacks the complexity or stellar attributes that would invite one to have a second round.

SLeffler27, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Biggness
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poureda dark amber which was semi cloudy. I tried and tried but I could not get a smell from this beer. When the waiter presented me with this beer with a ibu rating so high I was thinking it was going to taste like hopslam but it was totally different. The main flavor was caramel, hardly any citrus flavor @ all, and the alcohol taste is nonexistant. The mouthfeel is nice for such a high ibu rating, I personally have a hard time beleiving that this beer has a higher ibu rating than hopslam. Its a fairly easy drinking beer, but not something that I could drink all night.

Biggness, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation (really too much), nice two finger plus foamy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, with some hops, very very slight citrus/pines, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, not much hops in this one, with very very slight citrus/pines, with caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, but a more malty IPA.

Wasatch, May 13, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: translucent golden brown, 1/4 inch of white head, nice but not very sticky lacing.

smell: very light, a bit of crackers and maybe some citrus, not at all what I expect from an IPA

taste: a cereal like malt flavor, I would say plenty of it too except that it only seems that way because there isn't as much hop flavor as you'd expect from an India pale ale. Although, it's light the flavor that is there isn't the least bit offensive and on a second taste has a bit of caramel to it and the hops have a bit of citrus to it.

mouthfeel: oily and creamy not a bunch of carbonation but enough to make it crisp. Just a bit astringent on the finish

drinkability: For the ammount of alcohol in this it's a pounder. It's fairly light and not at all offensive. I'm going to say that the overall package creates a better product then the some of it's parts.

I'm ready to quit writing and just enjoy this one.

Donnie2112, May 12, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
2.9/5  rDev -19%
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.

brewandbbq, May 05, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky amber with an annoyingly massive head that won't seem to go away. Thick and creamy and hard to get beer into my mouth from here. Damnit, seriously, go away head! Oh yeah, I gotta smell it first or something. It's very earthy and dirty in the hop department. Big malt presence also with caramel and a light hint of chocolate, I swear. Taste is first pretty bitter and hoppy, herbal hops and slightly tasting of flowers. Sometimes I don't mind a little balance in my IPA but the malt seems too big following this. Starts sweet with a big hop bitterness in there but I think with a little less malt reinforcement this would shine a bit more. Mouthfeel has a good drawn out bitterness despite the big malt flavor in taste. The malt makes the hop flavors short-lived. Not really balanced in the hop and malt department. A bit out of whack for me but not terrible. Tweak this a little and it might stand close to the best.

Thanks to plaid75 for this in the Secret Bunny!

ncvbc, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color... thin white head.. good staying power.. some lacing...

S: Citrus hops... subtle... mostly grapefuit.. some piney hops at the end..

T: The grapefruit kind of falls out and is more piney than the nose would suggest... a tad weak for my tastes..

M: Lighter side of medium body... crisp finish... but lacking some punch in the middle

D: A good entry into IPAs for the non hophead... a hophead like me will find it a little weak for our likings.

callmemickey, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours an amber color with a bit of chill haze and some yeast sediment. Creamy light khaki head builds on top, recedes to a pretty decent chunky lace and leaves some stick.

Smell is not terribly robust for an IPA. Some citrus and pine hop aromas, caramel malt and a bit of toasty aroma.

Taste also doesn't pack the punch I'd expect from an IPA. Good malt base of some toasted malt and caramel sweetness, but the hops don't offer enough flavor. Some orangey citrus flavor and a bit of pine, moderate bitterness. Not bad, but for my taste I'd like more.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium bodied, slick and smooth.

Not a bad IPA but nothing special either. Pretty pedestrian for the style, but drinkable too.

number1bum, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy gold with a three finger white head which laced the glass to the last drop. It had an aroma of hops, citrus, and wheat. The taste was excellent. The hops and citrus flavors were well balanced. It was a nice smooth beer to drink. Very easy on the palate and very easy to drink. Cask was the way to go on this beer. Definitely a session beer for me.

ROMER79, Mar 21, 2008
Route 113 India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.