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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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345 Ratings

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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 ROMER79
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

BeerImmediately, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of bosco7
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler obtained at the brewpub.

Pours a deep copper with an off-white head. Perfect clarity. Gorgeous looking beer.

Apricot, grapefruit rind, lemon, caramel, and some floral notes in the nose.

Big malt presence right off the bat. Caramel, toffee, sugary crystal malt flavors dominate the palate upfront. Grapefruit rind and piney hop flavors take over in the middle. Some candy orange flavors as well. The hop character is very fresh and I am now curious to see how the bottled package compares. Bitterness is high and makes itself known in the finish. The finish isn't as dry as some IPAs but not cloying either.

Big mouthfeel almost DIPA in feel. Oily and slick as well. Very nice.

One of the better East Coast IPAs I have tried for sure. Malty without taking anything away from the hops. Recommended.

bosco7, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle copped from Nutley Wine Shop in Nutley, NJ... great amber and copper appearnce with an impressive foamy and frothy head... smell was loaded with ultra-fresh hops, caramel, and slight vanilla... taste strongly paid homage to the flavor with a burst of strong, fresh hops, honey, bittersweet florals and vanilla... a very classic, IPA taste... true-to-the-style, classic, and original... Sly Fox hit the money on this one... a real, flavorful American IPA... one of the better ones out there.... a must-try for all hop heads... loaded with flavor, character, and style... the best Sly Fox brew I've tasted thus far... definitely worth the $4.99 I paid for the bottle... both the smell and the taste were top-notch.... an awesome depiction of the style... If you like IPA's, this one is certainly recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

ColForbinBC, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, medium dark orange with a massive off white head that melts very slowly to very thick lacing.

Aroma is woody and a sweet orange citrus. There is also a little bit of a stale odor to it.

Flavors are sweet orange citrus peel with a bit of a woody back to them. Very interesting for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is full of tiny carbonation and smooth from the sweetness.
Aftertaste is all citrus peel.

IntriqKen, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Cloudy dark orange, like cider. Large, proud head. Like a beautifully dark orange IPA, lit from within. Remarkable look.

The smell is a slightly hoppy aroma with a spicy fruit (orange?) scent. Quite unique with even a woody accent.

The taste is a very bitter hop flavor with a slight -- not overpowering -- oaky taste. The sweet fruity accents (apple? orange?) are a good compliment. Very spicy (as in a spicy orange) accent.

Has a creamy, bubbly feel. Feels like a saison/farmhouse ale. A little too fizzy for my liking. Not a smooth IPA. Overall it's a bit harsh in both taste and feel. Jagged, not smooth. This beer seems to be less than meets the eye.

williamherbert, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of macster
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-bronze color creating a 1" beige head. Admirable head retention throughout the glass with spider-web lacing.

Aroma is a pleasant blend of citrus, pine needles, pineapple, toffee, caramel and a touch of freshly cut hay.

Mouthfeel was a bit light and a tad too fizzy. Less CO2 and a bit more body would have made it nice.

Flavor profile seems well balanced starting off with a sweet caramel covered citrus fruit presence followed by a moderate blast of grapefruit/lemon rind and pine resin hoppy bitterness in the finish.

A easy goin’ sessionable IPA with a nice balance.

macster, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Franchise
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this offering in NY, poured a dark amber with a clear body and a golden raisin color at the bottom of the glass. The pour left a frothy white head. The nose is tart, sour fruit, lemon, lime, citrus rind, airy stale hops, with a back drop of caramel not to great of a nose. The taste is nice, a real hot hoppy feel of citrus, lemon rind, finishing with a pale honey malty feel for balance. Overall this is a good IPA aside from the nose.

Franchise, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of mcallister
2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

mcallister, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze; pours an insane amount of off-white head; great retention & lace.

S: Grapefruit, grassy & piney hops, toffee, cotton candy fruity esters.

T: Grapefruit, piney & grassy hops, plenty of dark toffee, hints of dark fruit; good bitterness; alcohol extremely well-hidden.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated, acidic, dry finish.

D: Really drinkable for its strength... a bomber catches up to you in no time!

Derek, May 30, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

oberon, May 28, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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

sleazo, May 28, 2007
Photo of rayjay
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this 22 oz bottle. A word of caution: this beer really foamed up on me when I poured it out. The beer is a hazy deep amber, with a tan colored head alot.

Rich malty notes of butterscotch and lots of carmel malts, with notes of nutty toffee. High alpha hops, with a big cirtusy hop aroma. Slightly oxidized flavors are present. Most of the hops reside in the nose and in the bitter fallout. This is one of those British-influenced IPA's with a sticky malty body. The body isn't overly carbonated like I thought it would be, although it certainly benefits from the slightly higher than usual CO2 level. As it settles, it almost resembles a cask ale.

I like it, but I'm not crazy about it, and I'm sure you'll agree that there are better IPAs out there. Its got a fun fruitcake-like flavor, but it doesn't have the right kind of hop aroma and too much malt for me. Cheers!

rayjay, May 22, 2007
Photo of AChamberlain
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

AChamberlain, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

jwc215, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of loren01
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

loren01, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of DGryger
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date of 4/6/07 (on case, but not bottle)

Appearance: Murky sun tea color, rusty orange brown. Very cloudy with noticeable sediment. Enormous ivory head that clings to the glass and laces their entire way down. This head has load bearing capacity, that is how significant it is. I think that it has the most impressive head I’ve ever seen on a beer. Deserves a 5 on the appearance for the head alone.

Smell: Hops! Epecially grapefruit notes and some other citrus varieties, but mostly grapefruit. Toasted sourdough bread notes in the aroma as well.

Taste: Again, hops. The aroma and taste are very similar, with the grapefruit, pine resin, and pepper hop notes dominating and malts providing the biscuity toasted notes. Although not very balanced in my opinion, it wasn’t supposed to be and Sly Fox clearly makes it known on the label.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sharp in front with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes dry with a bit of a kick to it. Oily body, not too thick and not too thin.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable in my opinion. I could easily drink way too many of these. This is one of my current favorite beers. If the ABV was lower, I would rank it higher.

DGryger, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of AudioGilz
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

AudioGilz, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

hopsaplenty, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a dark amber with fair carbonation. Frothy off-white head that stuck to the glass for quite some time.

S - Strong hop presence with earthy, floral tones. Faint whiffs of citrus in the background.

T - Bitter from the start as the hops make themselves well-known. Floral residue in the taste with the tartness of lemon rind. Loaded with hops...not as many supporting flavors to balance out the bitterness. Would have liked a little sweetness, but tasty nonetheless.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Bitter, but crisp, finish. Peppery-hop aftertaste...nice. No real detection of alcohol.

D - I've been drinking a lot of IPAs lately, and this stands out as being different...not sure how to describe it, though. One of those 'hoppy for the sake of being hoppy' beers (heard that once..). Something about it is just different. Good offering from Sly Fox.

JohnnyM2002, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerBeing for this bomber I received as part of the Double Trouble BIF.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a massive, rocky head. Lots of chunky lacing sticks to my glass.

The smell has some orange, brown sugar and something that reminds me of vanilla ice cream. It could be more assertive, though.

The flavor isn't one that stands out in the crowd. It starts with resiny citrus hops and ends dry and peppery. There's just this weird dish soap flavor lurking in there that makes me wonder about all those bubbles in the head.

Feels pretty good in the mouth. Dry and bitter aftertaste, but that damn dish soap keeps getting to me. Not sure where it comes from, but its bringing back memories of childhood and foul language.

Imstillthegman, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

hoppymeal, Jan 07, 2007
Route 113 India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.