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Route 113 I.P.A. - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Route 113 I.P.A.Route 113 I.P.A.

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334 Reviews

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Reviews: 334
Hads: 814
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 07-04-2003

A big, flavorful IPA, brewed with Pale and Crystal malts, and hopped with Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, and East Kent Goldings. Bold and Spicy.

113 IBU
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Reviews: 334 | Hads: 814
Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest has a real friend in Brian O'Reilly and the Giannoplous family, lemme tell you! CAN you dig it?!?

Wow, another CAN which was filled almost to the brim and which could hardly contain itself when cracked open and began to foam out briefly! I got two fingers of foamy eggnog-colored head off of my initial pour before I had to back off lest it foam over the lip of the glass. As the head fell, a lot of sticky Belgian lace began to form on the edge of the glass. The nose was redolent with hops and my mouth was watering as I typed. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was full, thick and creamy with a riot of hops up front with a sweet malty undertone. Wow! Finish was incredibly dry, very spicy with hops but with just enough sweetness to keep it in balance. Look out, Red Racy IPA, you now have competition for cooler space!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rusty gold with a nice head of foam and excellent lacing. The aroma is intense, very fruity, and consists of hops(2 cs[cascades centennials], goldings, and one other I think), some sweet biscuity malts, and a special IPA spiciness that sometimes rears its head. The taste is hoppy as hell in the front, with some strong malty flavors in the middle, and a somewhat sweet, fruity, hopbomb-like finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and to style and the drinkability is very good as well. One of the best brewpub IPAs I have had in a while.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. I must confess, I went into Sly Fox thinking this was going to be the ONLY brew I was going to drink...

Silly rabbitt...

This IPA presented with a deep and rich golden, almost hazy peach color... hey, I am color-challenged... The aroma filed my sinuses with beautiful hops and a good bit of citrus, but not to a fault. I caught some malt lingering in the bushes, so to speak, and I liked that from this offering... A beautiful rendition of what an IPA should be, and sneaky at that, being 7.3% ABV...

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My bottle of Rt 113 IPA poured a crystal clear dark amber.
A fluffy white head with generous bubbles welled up from the beer.
Tenacious lacing clung to the glass walls right to last drop...
Modest fruity citrus nose heralded the hops flavor to come.
Hops galore is the first note of this fine IPA taste. The flavor differentiates into a hops and citrus with a long lasting bitter that sweeps into a clean finish that doesn't quit.

Flavor brokered a bold up front IPA body with a very congenial personality that makes this IPA a beer to request and enjoy over and over..

I like! I like!

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Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear light amber with orange highlights. Thick 2" fluffy head.

Smell: the nose picked up the hops as the glass was just slid next to me at the bar. As the glass was brought to my nose the citrus and floral hops were very pleasant and up front.

Taste: this was a well balanced IPA, as malt and strong bitterness was joined with grapefruit dancing in background to round it out.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. The finish was also very dry and long on the bitterness.

Drinkability: I found this beer to be extremely drinkable, and if you are a hophead, this beer is for you.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a vicious craggy cratered vanilla 2 inch head cap atop a well filtered polished copper hue with a few rising bubbles. Killer foamy frothy head cap that just wont quit. Yee-haw!

Aroma is a stark piney bright hops with a crisp honey and grassy compliment. Robust deep vanilla meets pine sap.

First swigs: Woody pine aspects meet well with a slight tea like malt balance but the full front is hop woody. Enjoyable blend of tea aspects and dry white grapefruit slices.

Feel is medium bodied and clean as all get out. Quite drinkable and solid. Too bad that finding this is getting too rare as its popularity increases. Make more!

Last swigs: Could I drink these all night? Ummm..yup! Gimmie more!

Beer is good. Happy good beering.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: My wife bought me a case of this one at our favorite local distributor, In-N-Out. The guys there are very knowledgeable and recommended this one to her and am I glad. This beer poured a beautiful thick frothy two finger head. As I drank the beer it got more impressive with amazing sticky lace. The side of the glass became covered from top to bottom. The color was a very clear orangish amber.
Smell: Grassy hops backed with caramel malt.
Taste: Plenty of grassy hop flavor with just a touch of spice. The hops are domineering, but are balanced well with the sweet malt flavor. Quite good, I'm glad I've got 6 more 22 oz. bottles.
Mouthfeel: Course.
Drinkability: This one went down easy and I'm sure I could easily down another 22 ozer.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 1/6 of this on the suggestion of Matt @The Beer Yard. Fantastic brew. This is the last beer from the keg and it's STILL amazing with perfect head and carbonation in the last glass. I could be crazy but the keg over 2 weeks seemed to mellow out and become better with each passing day. Anyway, it poured a deep and clean amber/copper color. The scent was very Hoppy --- strong asertive hops, not light citrus hops from the west coast. This just felt like an East Coast IPA. The taste was smooth and raw at the same time. The only way to describe is earthy and grassy, but clean and crisp as well. There was a nice toasted malt backbone as well and the sweetness was nice but not overbearing. The moutfeel as I stated before was effervescent and lasted until way after the last sip. This was TOO drinkable --- at 7% this puppy sneeks up on you quick. A great brew from a small but noteable brewery. This IPA is up there with some of the great East Coast IPA's (even Hop Devil).

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Photo of nlmartin
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very dark amber coloration. The beer has tight carbonation. The head is thick and puffy with a biege coloration. The head never fully resolved while drinking this beer.

Smell: The beer delivers a major grape fruit and pine cone resin hoppyness. The malty backbone has a sweet caramel kick.

Taste: The beer is seriously hoppy. This beer delivers a major grapefruit lead in. The caramel maltyness comes in breaking the intial hoppyness. The beer then goes pine cone oily and citrus zest bitter. The beer has a very good dry finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is on the plus side of medium bodied. The hop oilyness prolongs the flavor. This is a well balanced hop treat. This is a very easy to drink beer. I had problems setting this beer down while drinking it.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear amber with a tall billowy head. Aroma is toasty malt and a ton of hops, fresh and citrusy.

Taste is a good toasted malt base with a blanket of sweet hops laid on top. Nice bitter bite at the back of the throat but mostly mild, juicy, citrus hops up front. Nice balance, I like that grassy sweet element.

Mouthfeel is medium, leaves the palate very clean. Not what I would call a hop-bomb but that leaves it quite drinkable.

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Photo of rawhydes1
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

medium amber color, with HUGE, thick, creamy head.

My olfactory bulb is telling me that it's a Schmidt's 12oz grenade-bottle.... reminds me of fetching my dad a beer when I was a kid.

Hoppy, citrus, pine flavorings, with nice bite in the aftertaste.

This is NOT an "extreme" hop-fest, but rather nicely balaced and pleasing.

VERY DRINKABLE, tasty, yet mellow IPA. Very nice beer to stick with throughout an entire evening.

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Thanks to Hero27 for the trade.

Very dark amber with an absolutely amazing head that climbs over the top of the glass and has stood tall for nearly and hour.

Smells like sticky hops and big, fruity malt. Intense, but different than most x2 IPAs. No breadiness, and the balance comes from a ripe, sweet fruit, not a caramel malt. Still, it's pretty darn good.

Taste starts with overwhelming pine cone hops dripping with sap, moving into a tasty fruit and caramel middle, and ending on a long, dry hop. Not the most intense double IPA I've ever had, but with more than enough flavor and complexity to be solidly above average.

Well worth trying, if you can get your hands on it.


As the bomber grows warm, the flavor grows hoppier. Still seeping with caramel, which I know will turn some people off from an IPA, but not as brazenly fruity a malt as it was when it started. Well worth an increase in score to a 4.5.

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Photo of Boto
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a slightly orangish-copper color. A decent bit of a head. There was a good nose of hops. Some hints of both pine and grapefruit. Decent malt backbone to it. The hops are quite well balanced in the taste. My wife, who doesn't like IPA's, liked this one!

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Photo of djeffbee
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber out of a case from the Beer Yard.

Poured into a special edition Sam Adams etched glass.

A- Deep amber with orange hues. One finger head, not much lacing.

S- Malt first, then a slight citrus hop aroma. Was expecting a bit more hop aroma, but still nice.

T- Upfront hops, nice malt balance, great finish.

M- Bitter (good), tingles on the tongue with no sign of alcohol.

D- Very easy to drink, perfect carbonation. Could drink this one all night...

Another SlyFox flagship masterpiece...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a beer run to Monster Beverage in Glassborg, NJ.

Pours from the bottle a pale orange, nearly a caramel color. Very thick head, that dissipates very slowly and clings heavily to the glass.

Smell is a malt start with citrusy hop finish. Not as strong as I anticipated.

Taste is malt at first, with a citrusy hops follow up and bitter finish. Not an overpowering aftertaste. I like the strong malt notes and citrus hops combination.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, considering the bitterness. Lightly carbonated and pretty smooth finish.

Very drinkable, I could put back a few so I am glad I picked this up in the 22oz bottle.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a clear deep amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head. Smell is domianted by pine, citrus and fresh cut grassiness. Taste is also strong on hops with enough malt to provide a good balance. Finishes on the dry side with the malt mainly supressed. An extremely enjoyable beer with too easy drinkability for a 7% beer.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gift from the east -- and another in the first of my canned-crafts.

A -- Rich, deep amber-orange color with a soft, light tan head that settles to a persistent cap.

S -- Mellow spicy and earthy hops dominate. Biscuit malts peek through with more warming.

T -- Fruity esters up front that blend into spicy, earthy hops and mellow biscuit malt making a strong backbone. Very English character in the malt balance and nodding to U.S. influence with just the right hops. Finishes with fruit esters and a pleasantly bitter kick in the aftertaste. Very delicious and deceiving at 7%.

M -- Light medium body with a crisp mouthfeel. Dry in the finish.

D -- Flavorful and tasty -- well-balanced, luring you to want another... and maybe another. This is not the most extreme IPA out there, just very well crafted.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The latest can from Sly Fox. Very happy to see it!

A-Pours a hazy copper with hints of amber, a frothy off white head and nice sticky lacing.

S-Seems more aromatic than the bottle to me, especially in the citrus part of the nose. Nice grapefruit, some juicy peach and good strong caramel malt.

T-Nicely crisp and earthy. Sweet and slightly roasty malt in the front, earthy bitter hops kick in nicely in the finish. Nice complex, well blended flavors. Again, I prefer this to my recollection of the bottled version.

M-Medium bodied with a good crisp dryness.

D-Completely enjoyable. Great flavors, crisp and fresh. Travels well in a can, which was a great thing on our recent vacation. No room in the car for lots of beer, so carting the cans was a huge space saver.


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Photo of yesyouam
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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)

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Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel/bronze colour with a short, off-white head. Great retention and lots of lace, with rings around the glass indicating the size of each sip. Intense orange/grapefruit aroma - I could smell the hops as the glass was set on my table. The malt smell was almost completely overpowered by the hops, but a bit of toastiness came through. Solid malt sweetness hits the palate first followed quickly by orange hop flavour. Bitterness is strong without passing over to the aggressive side. The finish was full of drying hop bitterness and the hop character really lingers. A bit of pine resin showed up as well. Medium body with carbonation on the low side. Powdery hops and fairly dry. A nice balance overall, with just the right amount of bold hop character. Very tasty and it seemed to keep getting better as I kept drinking.

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Photo of IPhantom
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a huge, fluffy pure white head, leaving a solid ring of lace. Nose is sweet citrus and bready malt, with maybe just a hint of pineyness. Taste is big on hops up front, very assertive without being too bitter, with a nicely balanced sweetness. Mouthfeel follows suit--crisp and bitter enough without being too sticky. A very solid IPA that has a lot of the flavor of an Imperial without the headache (or limited availability). Try it out if you feel like you're burnt out on too much hoppiness or can't find what you were originally looking for--it's hard to imagine you'll be too disappointed.

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler on 6/30/03; consumed 7/20/03.

This the second batch of Brian's 113 IPA. It only gets better; especially if you like your hops.

Deep amber, almost copper-color appearance. Head retention moderate with noticable lacking. Citrusty hop aroma dominates. The taste is a grapefruit and piney hop tones. It has a bite, but its not overwhelmingly bitter. There is a hint of malt in the background providing some balance to the overall mouthfeel. A friend and I finished the growler in one sitting and wished we had more of this delicious, 7.3 abv IPA

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A brown 22oz bottle decanted cool into a nonic.
A - A brilliant amber w/ a light tan head of about 2.5 fingers, the head is fluffy like cool whip. There is an abundance of hop-oily lace.

S - Nice piney scents of hops and a sweet herbal scent w/ light malt odors. More hops jump out as it warms that are both citrus and piney.

M - A full feeling, sappy, resinous hop dominated feel w/ a drying efffect of leafiness in the finish.

T - The taste is full of fresh sweet citrus tinged hops. A deep piney flavor w/ a lightly bitter effect on the palate w/ the sweetness of pale malt cushioning the moderately intense hop dose. A nice blend of malt and hops working in tandem as the bomber gets warmer. A lasting warmth clutches the roof of my mouth indicating a tinge of alcohol in the mix. The malt stays true to the smoothness all the way through. There is a dry hopped intensity that keeps the flavor of cascade fresh and the aromatics make the taste all the more fulfilling.

D - Great taste, aroma and appealing to the eye w/ great stickage as a result of all the oily hops in this tasty IPA. I would have two bombers, I recommend it, it is worth the dynamic flavor. Great drinkability - I highly recommend this ale if you enjoy fresh hop flavor.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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...

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Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.