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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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Reviews: 177
Hads: 511
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 70 | 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: 177 | Hads: 511
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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... (516 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
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! (597 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.36/5  rDev +16%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of Gasp100
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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). (983 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of rawhydes1
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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! (268 characters)

Photo of djeffbee
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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... (504 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

HV (774 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of rotsaruch
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 (556 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (1,315 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a vibrant amber and orange with a thick, slightly yellow tan head that left some wonderful lacing.

Smelled of light apple juice sweetness with a big cedar and nectarine hop character that really caught my attention. There was also a little smoky dryness floating around the nose as well.

The flavor was dominated by hops with a light ambiguous sour fruit coupled with a huge woody pine. Later, this faded into a under ripe pineapple and grapefruit dryness with a pleasant lingering (non-metallic thankfully) dryness.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with an invigorating carbonation that lightened the dry hop character.

Over all, this beer was beautiful, tasty and easy to drink. (720 characters)

Photo of boelker62
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on a hazy Memorial Day afternoon...
Appeared - with a firm, frothy, hite, 1" head and mostly diminsihing lacing through the draft. Nice, clean, clear amber to orange body.

Smelled - as most Sly Fox IPA's do, very lightly. Being an addition of a few varietal hops, this does give off a light hoppy nose, with a backbone of light resin. Oddly, you can pull just a little of yeastiness out of it, maybe even a bit of cardboard or paper.

Tastes - as all of the aromas, with a bit more. This is where some of the light citrus punches cmes through, but the combination of hops smoothes out any one distinguishing factor here. A soild IPA, and just as good in bottles than on tap, unless you get a Firkin Friday offering, then we are talkng about serious changes.

Mouthfeel - somewhere etween the usual, expected average watery blend to approaching the oiliness of an Odyssey Imperial IPA.

Drinkability - these combinations of hops and feels, with an average ABV for the style, make this a backbone of the Sly Fox arsenal. You can spend a long time with this berew. Lord knows I have.

Cheers. (1,110 characters)

Photo of
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Wow - first overflow pour in a loooong time. Huge light tan head, very rocky. Beer itself is slightly hazy, orange/gold in color. Laced very well.

Grapefruit hits you right off the bat. Maybe a bit of lemon and grass as well. A little later, you start to get some honey and caramel notes.

Taste is, wait for it...., GRAPEFRUIT. Very dominant initially, and never left center stage, but you also start to get honey, caramel and biscuity notes as the beer picked up some temperature.

Medium + in body and just a bit grainy in texture. Feels very appropriate for this beer. Huge carbonation, big zing in taste, perhaps a bit too much. Dry as it gets.

This is my kind of IPA. No balance and no prisoners. A grapefruit/hop blast with just enough of a nod to the malt to provide some balance. There are a lot of DIPAs on the market that would be embarassed if compared to this beer. As a final note, the beer did become a bit more balanced towards the end, but whether that was a result of temperature or my palate being char-broiled is hard to say. (1,072 characters)

Photo of laintringulis
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a publgass. Pours a bronze/ruby color, very cloudy with a thick beige head. Moderate carbonation, head lasted a long time with a little lacing.

Has a spicy smell primarily. Pine, lemon, and sweet maltiness are also present.

Tastes great! Serious hops initially with a carmel/toffee back finish. Nice brief sweetness in the middle, then more spicy hops. It finishes less dry than it starts, leaving you wanting more.

Good mouthfeel. Medium plus body, moderate oiliness in the middle, but it used well and I think adds to the beer experience.

Easy to drink, complex enough taste without being too much. If you like IPAs I think this would be sessionable. I could drink a couple of them. (707 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber

What a pour - hazy, burnt orange, with a thick tan colored head, that's rich and creamy.

Smell those hops, 'good ole hops'. Didn't get any malt aroma from this beer.

Taste is good, I've had better, but this ain't bad stuff. Priced reasonably, which makes it taste better than most of it's 'peer beers'.

Creamy in the mouth up front, then some sweetness of malt, followed up with a real good hoppy bite at the finish.

I want more, 22 oz at 7% abv is usually enough for me, but I still want more! (522 characters)

Photo of sdmrtn
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Als of Hampton

Appearance: copper orange tan head nice lacing all the way down

Smell: I smell pine hops and some fruitiness, very nice.

Taste: pine hops and fruit, good bitterness

Mouthfeel: is rather light which I like

Drinkability: I could certainly down a few of these (303 characters)

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