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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: 351
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Donnie2112
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of ncvbc
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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!

Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

Route 113 India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.