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

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 506
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 18
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Knapp85
2.21/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out as a nice looking copper orange color with a thin white head on top that settles into a thin film on top. The beer look pretty good. The smell of the beer to me smelled like teaberry or menthol of somekind... really not what I expected from an IPA. The taste was off too, not much of a crisp hoppy flavor by any means... the flavors that it does haven come and go quickly. The mouthfeel of the beer is decent with a good carbonation. Overall this beer, much like most of the Slyfox brews left me underwhelmed. I want to like them but I just can't seem to grasp these beers they make. (594 characters)

Photo of Swift989
2.41/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a fabrication.

It has a beautiful color and head retention A+ for appearance.
It barely smells of the hops that are about to blast you in the tongue, actually spells sweet like a brown ale or esb.
Taste is intense, but there is no way there are 113 IBUs in this IPA. That is some BS, probaly around 75 max, or else it would be called a Triple IPA RIGHT!?!?!?! and why would they brew the Odyssey DIPA!? THAT IS WAY HARSHER THAN THIS! Taste is sweet breadyness and bagel up front then moves into drying sensation that becomes grapefruity then grassy then just plain old bittttttterness.
Mouthfeel is nice, then very dry. Definitely has that dry mouthfeel alot of people look for.

Overall I can't take this beer seriously. It looks like a great IPA, and it tastes like an IPA a lot of people want, perhaps drier then desired, but it smells like nothing, and has two overly dominate flavors: sweet upfront, grass on the tail end. Plus negative 1 overall for saying this is 113 IBUs. (995 characters)

Photo of jameswaldo
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Just sampled this from a can at Ithaca Coffee Co's weekly beer tasting downtown. The barman was running through a spiel about how Sly Fox is trying the disprove the "negative associations" beer snobs feel about aluminum cans. These cans are lined with the same plastic used for baby bottles! Yikes. A sad intro, IMHO. But pour looked good: nice head, pretty color. Smell was sadly lacking any distinctive hoppiness. Taste was missing hop wallop as well. This is a timid brew, with very attenuated nearly watery mouthfeel, peppy carbonation, and a long lingering hoppy bitter aftertaste the only clue that they're trying for an IPA style. I wouldn't want to drink this again unless it was free and there were no other ales available. (732 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
2.69/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Enjoyed on tap at Bocktown in Robinson Town Center. Pours a very clear, pure amber with some golden/orange highlights. Frothy, light tan foam recedes with some chunky lacing abound. No visible rising carbonation.

Bready, sweet but husky malt. Nutty toastiness with floral/spicy hops. The hops are overall rather mild in the nose. Ok, mostly mild caramel malt.

Well balanced, spicy and floral hops mix with toasty malt and very clean, peppery notes. Noticeable booze warmth, even when still decently cold. Very floral, almost potpourri-like. Hop notes mix with the buttered, toasted bread. Rather one note-ish in my opinion. Not a lot of depth. Enjoyable but seems to die on the palate quickly.

Crisp and bright with lingering bitterness and warmth. Dry and matted in the finish. Worth a try I suppose but that's about it. Also the drinability suffers from the booziness and lack of complexity. I've got to assume this one would become pretty taxing in a hurry. (966 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a quarter finger of white head. Color is an amber bronze.

Aroma: Smells like amarillo hops. Floral with some orange citrus notes. Smells like a brewhouse.

Taste: not too hoppy. Again, orange citrus and amarillo hops. Bready and pale malts. a bit floral.

Mouthfeel: a bit bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall not the best ipa. Too sticky and not hoppy enough. This one wasn't for me. (446 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber almost hazel like color with auburn highlights. Nice clarity and a huge tarnished white head. Noticeable toffee malt on the nose with piney pink grapefruit hops lingering through the room.

Lingering caramel sweetness after the swallow. Head doesn not wanna die down. Earthy and piney hops are big players in this beer. For 113 ibus the beer has good balance and a nice toffee and caramel malt body to back up the hops. Some bite still exists but not as much as expected. Spicy earthy hops are present with a floral bouquet like finish. Medium body. Pretty good and slightly different offering. Complex. Nice blending of the fruity hop bombs and subtle earthy ipa offerings. (693 characters)

Photo of PADIV
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I stopped into the Sly Fox on my way home. I bought a six pack of the 113 IPA since it is on a promotional sale.

I drank this from the can. Poured some in a glass to see the color.

Amber color with light carbonation. The beer smells hoppy with "outdoor" hints as well.

The taste is hoppy with a bitter after taste. The bitter flavor is a little much for an IPA and is long lasting.

Mouthfeel is average and nothing special just the left over bitterness.

Overall this is not a great beer but it is drinkable. I wish there was a better balance between the hops and the bitterness. (588 characters)

Photo of vtfan77
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice, coppery ambery type color with about a half inch of head, leaving behind a good deal of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Doesn't give off as much of an aroma as one might expect. Thin caramel malt and pine are the dominant smells. There's also a bit of a metallic edge. From the can, perhaps? No, can't be, can technology has been perfected by now. Get out of my head, preconceived notions!

T- Just a hint of malt sweetness before the bracing hops take over. 113 IBU? That seems... excessive. Hop character is piney and the bitterness, while strong, is not unpleasant. The malt makes an unexpected return on the finish, this time with a toasty character. Actually, most of the flavor in this beer comes from the malt, which is kind of the opposite of what I was expecting from a beer that has its outrageous IBU count in its name. Perhaps it's old? No, the best by date on the bottom says September '14. Plus, I'm pretty sure these cans can preserve beer for literal eons. I have a few that I plan on willing to my grandchildren. So that can't be it. The flavor's not bad, but I was hoping for more hop character.

M- Rather smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation gives it a little bite, but not too much.

O- It's not bad, but I can't say I love it. When a beer boasts 100+ IBU levels, I expect a good amount of hop flavor. This one just doesn't deliver in that respect. I'd like a little more than just toasty malt and bitterness, which is pretty much what this beer is. It's probably not one I'll be buying in the future. (1,546 characters)

Photo of stellashay
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: light brown-ish copper color with a good amount of carbonation evident upon first pour. About a one inch thick head that rested for a while, even after a few sips.

S: smelled very metallic (though that might just be from the can), and quite hoppy.

T: This was one of the most bitter IPAs that I have tried, and I have tried several. When the liquid hits your tongue at first for a brief moment there is a tinge of malty sweetness, but that is quickly overwhelmed by the bitterness. I found this to be slightly overwhelming of the other more subtle aspects that might have been present.

M: Slightly thick, not very light or refreshing. Enough carbonation to keep every sip interesting and fresh tasting, however. (717 characters)

Photo of TheFightingMongooses
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before date of 5/15/13. Poured into a nonic.

Appearance - I really like the way this looks. Dark amber color with golden-orange hues and a beautiful cream colored head that dissipates unevenly from a vigorous pour. Carbonation is a little on the low side but I think that is mostly due to the glass.

Smell - Hard to pick up much smell here, partly because my dad is trying to remove a super glue spill with lacquer in the other room and partly because of the age on the beer. I get really toasty, caramel malt and a faint waft of floral hops. The hops really have no kick or twang here. Not good for an IPA, but I think it would make for a pretty nice amber ale!

Taste - First hit by moderately sweet caramel malts with a faint fruitiness and floral character from the hops. Again, this wouldn't be a half bad amber ale, but since it is an IPA, this taste is not cutting it. It takes a few seconds after the first gulp for the bitterness to become apparent, but once it does it pretty much takes over and makes for a pretty unpleasant finish.

Mouthfeel - Aside from the lingering bitterness, the mouthfeel is pretty nice and just what I like for the style. A solid medium body with good presence on the tongue.

Overall - This one is near the end of its shelf life, which explains the lack of hop presence. The malts, even as strong as they are here, do not keep the 113 IBUs quite at bay, and that definitely detracts from the beer for me. Not a bad beer if I didn't know what they style was (blind, I would probably guess an amber), but not a good IPA. (1,563 characters)

Photo of Sam21
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle marked best by 3/16/11 into imperial pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a large fluffy off-white head with incredible retention. Leaves sheets of impenetrable lace along the sides of the glass. Body is a deep orange-red. Definitely a dark IPA.

Smell - Pungent and ripe citrus fruits with freshly squeezed grapefruits and oranges. There may even be a hint of sour green apples? Seems a bit off. Underlying all of this is a nice malt backbone, although completely overwhelmed by the hops.

Taste - The citrus fruits start sweet mixing with the sweetness from the malt before turning bitter. The malt adds flavors of toasted bread to the mix. The citrus flavors clash a bit on the tongue with some spiciness before mellowing out into a long bitter finish. Everything feels a bit harsh and messy.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied and creamy. Nice feel.

Drinkability - Decent drinking. The elements are all there, but they just don't come together in the best way possible. The citrus flavors stand out the toasted malt flavors, which all feel get a bit beaten up by the bitterness. There are so many great IPAs out there, so this one is rather unremarkable. Enjoyable, but nothing to write home about. (1,212 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can, best by date clearly printed

A - Clear copper, one finger thick white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S/T - Sweet, bready malts up front (in an IPA?) rounded off with earthy, pine hops and a little spiciness in the finish.

M - A bit heavy for the style (almost full-bodied), but has a nice carbonation level making it slick across the palate with a mostly clean finish. Little lingering pine bitterness in the aftertaste.

O - Not nearly enough hop character for an IPA. I probably won't buy this again. (534 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a beautiful, clear dark amber, with a big creamy light tan head. Fantastic lacing.

S- Big caramel malt notes, with a bit of earthy, and almost minty hops. Way unbalanced here.

T- A flash of the huge malt bill is mainly caramel in origin, is quicky crushed by a huge bitterness. There's little hop flavor, perhaps some piney, earthy hops, but mainly just a big bitterness here.

M- a heavy medium, there's so much malt in there to attempt to balance the bitterness that it's pretty slick, which is nice.

O- A completely unbalanced brew, and that's not a complement as it may be with some brews. If they backed the bitterness off, I think it would be much more pleasant. (713 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is about a finger high with a heavy cream shade. The texture is a bit rough-looking, even for the style. Retention is okay at best. Webs of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S: The aroma here is pure old-school IPA - which means lots of crystal malt and lots of floral, herbaceous hops. It's malty, sure (and the kind of malts I don't like in IPAs), but I'll still give credit for how well the hops come through. I'd enjoy more citrus or tropical notes, but whatever. It's decent for what it is...keep in mind that I significantly prefer more modern IPAs.

T: Flavor-wise, it's what I kind of expected. The malts are very prevalent to start - loads of toffee and caramel.There are even a welcome kiss of esters floating around. It's hop profile is mainly floral, piny bitterness lacking in hop flavor. Ironically, the huge amount of crystal malt does actually balance the (rather significant) bitterness - still, I can buy this having 113 IBUs. I still think it's too reliant on malt sweetness to give it flavor instead of the hops, but it's alright. Regardless, there's WAY TOO MUCH crystal malt here!

M: Starts off crisp, dry finishing, and easy to drink...then the maltiness takes over. Then the malts dominate. It doesn't *taste* sweet, but wow does it feel sweet. Drinkability is moderate for the style. Carbonation is on the low side - dare I say it feels a bit lifeless?

O: Another day, another IPA. This one is pretty plainly midpack - there are some nice qualities, but nothing here helps it stand out among the superior examples. If you like bitterness, this is a rock-solid choice. If you like crystal malts, you'll love it. Me? I'll stick with IPAs more to my personal tastes.

3.2/5: Too old-school to be great in my mind (1,816 characters)

Photo of muletrane
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can (best by 7/3/11) into a pint glass.

This beers pours a real nice amber colour. 2 fingers of thick off white head which eventually dissapates but never disappears completely. Minmal lacing. A real nice looking beer.

Very light in the nose. A little bit of floral hops but that's about it. Not too impressed.

Taste was much better than the nose! Very brief sweetness up front and than the hops come in hard. Lots of hop bitterness from here on out. Some grapefruit in the finish as well. Slightly dry.

Moderate body and carbonation. Some stickiness on the lips.

Overall this is a nice IPA. Just a little one dimensional. But for 8.99 a six pack, I'll visit this one again. Perfect for concerts and camping :) (729 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Sly Fox IPA pours out a mostly clear amber color with a big, creamy head. The aroma is wood and piney hops, although the hops aren't particularly strong. Biscuit malt flavor with caramel. Piney hops come in, but they don't taste as fresh as they should. Some herbal hops too. This isn't a bad ipa, but I find the hop flavor very odd. Bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium. Decent drinkability. Just ok. (423 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

loved the look of this brew. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- amber. Like a lil'nugget nectar. Webbed and stucco like lacing along the edges of the pint glass

S- slight sweet malt flavor. Lack of the flavor profile that an Am IPA contains. Again, lightley sweet

T- a full dry malt flavor. Not too sweet. No question, the brew lacks the expected floral hops that an Am IPA has

M- medium bodied and carbonated. The flavor is all over the brew

D- this is very simple to bang out. It has ok flavor but dumps down easy. I won't go out of my way to grab another one. However, I won't dump it down a drain. You can drop it in a glass and be fine with it (660 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was pretty fresh, dated 12/22/12. I poured this into a tapered glass. There was a pretty decent amount of foam from the initial pour. The foam led to some mild lacing on the glass.

The nose on this one is primarily citrus hops. The aroma is proper for a single IPA. The flavor is not as clean or as well balanced as the nose. You get more of the bitterness and metalic presence.

Overall this is a decent IPA. (422 characters)

Photo of sid6581
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stella glass

Gushed when I opened the bottle but settled down after I started pouring. Very nice head with a fine lace left behind.

I smell caramel. Hops are not very strong in the aroma.

Very well-balanced and easy drinking. I could see this as a session beer at my local watering hole. Not sure I'd buy it again in a bottle though. Nothing remarkable or ground breaking here. (409 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA

Poured a clear orange-brown, capped with a nice two fingers of foamy white head that receded to just a thin layer. Light aroma: citrusy hops in the nose right off the bat, floral, with hints of malty sweetness. Taste of grapefruit and orange zest, bitter hoppiness, with sweet malty undertones, for a decent balance. A bit light, not too flavorful, but still decent and fairly drinkable. (435 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served an orange amber color with a medium white head. The head faded fast to give only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell had a big caramel sweet and bready base with notes of pine and a lemon citrus. Mixed with these aromas was some lighter aromas of some earthy hops.

Taste – A hopped bready malt meets the tongue. The hop is mainly of a pine and earthy nature in the front. A sweet caramel comes more into the middle of the taste. This is mixed with a citrus hop flavor. The sweet in the middle loses ground more toward the end where the lemon and grapefruit citrus hops intensify and leave a more bitter taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is a little above average in terms of creaminess with the carbonation being the same. Both suit the beer fine, but are nothing exceptional.

Overall – It was a rather run of the mill IPA in most ways. Not bad, but also not great. (948 characters)

Photo of Vendetta
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
October 11, 2008

Pours a lightly bronze/orange hue with a huge head, an super sticky lacing that lingers down the glass. Beautiful looking beer. Strong, hoppy scent. Taste is dominated by hops, of course, but it's very well-balanced and the 113 IBU count doesn't dominate the beer like it would seem. Some citrus and a bit of malt round out the beer, a very good IPA. Palate is average, bitter aftertaste, smooth and not too carbonated. This one's a winner in my book, give it a try. (506 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can to tulip pint: Attractive amber, 2 fingers assertive tan head that drops & leaves loads of chunky lacing.

Smells of pine & grapefruit hops, pretty mild with a slight veggie smell. A pleasant (but subtle) caramel emerges after a while.

Taste is dominated by challenging citrus zest & pine, on the harsh side but with a slight underlying tea-like sweetness that's all but buried. Just like the smell, caramel picks up, making for a mix of harsh hops & sweet caramel.

Sharp, attacking the palate at first. Smooths & mellows out further in.

Eh, fairly typical IPA -- a little too harsh then a little too sweet. Not bad overall, but I don't think I found anything really new or interesting with this one. (707 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark copper orange amber. I thought the color especially dark. I couldn't really make up my mind if I thought it was clear and it's close enough. Has a beige head ofterrific soft foam that fell slowly and left really great lace.

Nose is faint. Light pine. Not much brightness or fruit to speak of. No real tropical notes, but some orange and lemon. Mostly herbal and floral. I would like to know which kind of hops were used. They are earthly and not too sharp at all. Not what I was expecting. The malt is caramel malt but nondescript. It does get a little sugary sweet as it warms. There is a strange kind ofspice on the nose that I would not have thought odd in a pils but that I do think is odd in an IPA. It has a vegetable quality.

Taste is lackluster. The muddled citrus on that bland malt. It left a good bitter on the mid palate but it finished dry and with lots of oil and pine. It has a strange sweet quality to it that I am sure is due to the type of hops used. That pilsner type spice is no compliment to what I am expecting in the way of an ipa. A good strong bit of alcohol has crept into the nose and onto the palate. The hops remain steadfast at floral only, earthy only and without any fruit to tempt or tantalize.

This was at best a fair IPA. I would not attribute all it's imbalance or flaws to the type of hops used although I am pretty sure that might be a factor. The nose improves substantially as it warms and wouldn't you know it's east kent goldings and bravo hops. I will say that it drank better as it warmed. In fact after I read what kind of hops were used I adjusted my opinion. Hmmmm. (1,630 characters)

Photo of bigone4
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle I picked up in NJ on a work trip. This brew has a nice clear orange amber coloration. The orange color certainly comes thru when back lit. Large fluffy off white head that dissipated quite quickly. The head left a slight lace in the glass. This beer certainly has a hop profile but it was not really detected in the smell. I thought it smelled rather sweet from malt with hints of alcohol esters. Maybe a slight hop oil scent in the back ground but there was certainly more of a caramel malt tone in the nose. The bitter flavor of the hops certainly comes out in the taste. No really malt flavor in the taste but it does have some caramel tones. Smooth sharp bitterness right away on my pallet with a nice rolling hop flavor throughout the mouth. The taste leaves a bitter tone on the tongue with some citrus flavor mixed in. Overall a very drinkable brew and it is quite enjoyable. Good mouth feel with just enough carbonation. I found this beer to be a decent brew that I would certainly like to try again. (1,034 characters)

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