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

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

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%

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:
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

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 07-04-2003)
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Photo of Kadonny


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at TJ Everydays into a slim nonic pint glass.

A: A nice deep orange reddish color with a minimal off white head from the hand pump. Obviously carbonation was low.

S: The smell was more of a biscuity sweet malt smell with the underlying hops poking through. Hops consisted of citrus and pine with a decent amount of floral earthly smell.

T: The malt kicks in first on cask as the beer goes down oh so smoothly. Sweet bready biscuity malt gives way quickly to the citrus and earthy pine floral hops. The hops take control of the finish and the bitterness lasts in your mouth upon finishing. Very smooth as expected from cask.

M: Medium mouthfeel that just feels creamy and heavenly while drinking.

D: High on cask. They are oh so smooth and very enjoyable. You can put back more than a few of these.

Overall what a treat to find this on cask. I see I am only the third person to review this on cask and it was well worth it. Excellent beer that is even better served the natural way. Great job Brian, keep up the quality beers.

Serving type: cask

06-05-2008 19:42:02 | More by Kadonny
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Brazen Head's Cask Festival in Brooklyn.

One finger head, more head than most of the other cask beers I had that weekend. Red-orange, cloudy appearance, looked nice. Smelled was of caramel malts, an amber scent to match the look, with just a little bit of a hoppy whiff. A misleading smell, because the taste gave way to a powerful hoppy kick. A grassy, earthy flavor, with a tangy citrus character (grapefruit), and a slight caramel malt undertone. Delicious! The finish was pretty dry, almost enough to leave me thirtsy, and the taste lingered on for quite a while. Not very carbonated, medium-to-light mouthfeel. Recomended!

Serving type: cask

05-14-2007 16:57:42 | More by micahgoldfus
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a copper brown color with a thick cream colored head that leaves good lace. The nose offered sweet fruit, hops, some grapefruit and malt. The taste had good hops notes, green, woody, slightly smokey. Smooth mouthfeel, with a drying finish and lingering bitterness.

Serving type: cask

01-21-2007 23:28:38 | More by dherling
Photo of ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Cloudy, burnt orange with a two-finger width, light tan, soft/frothy head. Head slowly disappears and leaves lacing all the way around the glass.

Aroma - Combination of caramel sweetness and floral/resinous hop flavors.

Taste - Similar to the smell with the caramel sweetness and the floral hops.

Mouthfeel - A very, very bitter IPA that almost numbs the tongue. Slight carbonation. Some stickiness to go along with the overpowering bitterness.

Overall - First beer from Sly Fox. Didn't have any real expectations going into it other than knowing it would be a bitter IPA at 113 IBUs. The bitterness of the beer just overpowered all the flavors/aromas which took away from my overall perception of the beer.

Serving type: can

01-21-2014 18:07:20 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Six pack from Giant Eagle $9.99
Undated can at 40 degrees into goblet
Aroma piney
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, mostly lasting
Body dark orange, hazy
Flavor begins with a piney bitterness, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Ends with a light chalky astringency
Palate medium, slight oilyness, carbonation lively

I’ve had this on draft, in bombers, and in cans. It’s a nice, go-to IPA, easy drinking.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 15:34:10 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of Beer54


4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is a great bold tasting IPA, packed with 113 IBU's you will definetly taste the floral, grapefruit, and spicy notes coming from the 4 different hops used in this beer including Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, and East Kent Goldings which are from the UK giving this IPA its bold and spicy characteristics.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 05:18:02 | More by Beer54
Photo of stacket1


4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: always enjoy a can brew on a nice summer evening

Smell: average, did not burst from the can

Taste: pleasant, hoppy, hints of citrus and maybe thyme?

Mouthfeel: thin but approipriate for flavor, enjoyed each sip

Overall: solid not special IPA, especially nice from can

Serving type: can

08-26-2013 02:48:25 | More by stacket1
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 20:13:43 | More by utopiajane
Photo of papaglide

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint.

A- nice copper color with a thick 1/2 inch tannish head

S- nice blend of sweetish caramel, maltiness with a floral hop background

T- caramel, toffee malt. Little to no hop flavor just hop bitterness. Starts out sweet caramel then BAM, a bitter and dry finish with a touch of alcohol warmth. Nice.

M- almost chewy from the heavy malt bill, appealing actually.

O- Its called 113 after the ibu's, but do not let that turn you away from this very tasty and drinkable brew. The high ibu's are nicely balanced with a delicious, caramel malt that has the ability to fend off the hops to make for a nicely balanced IPA. Sly Fox is spot on with there rendition of an IPA. It is a nicely balanced ale that is quite drinkable. It is 7%, but beware because it is so drinkable. May I have another please?

Serving type: can

05-29-2013 22:03:14 | More by papaglide
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized patch of medium thick head (with a lot of larger bubbles) and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness with some light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts forming a foundation for the hops flavors - there is a light amount of initial sweetness that is then overtaken by the hop flavors and bitterness. Moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit rind and earthy/herbal hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky with just a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be pretty enjoyable and easy to drink - there is only the slight hint of alcohol warming in the mouthfeel as the beer warms up which is good considering the moderately high ABV. I would get this again, especially if I get to go out on the boat again this summer.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 22:57:26 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of JWU


3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 00:48:46 | More by JWU
Photo of TheFightingMongooses

New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 01:17:34 | More by TheFightingMongooses
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 00:45:43 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Knapp85


2.19/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 15:14:08 | More by Knapp85
Photo of PADIV

3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2013 01:14:53 | More by PADIV
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing on in my Pennsylvania project:

From the can into my pint glass:

A: copper/amber colored body that yields a three finger foamy white head that slowly dies in to subtle lumpy valleys, spectacular foamy spider web lacing dots the sides. Slowly moving carbonation is seen rising.

S: hops and the pine up front and some slight caramel coming out as the beer warmed.

T: hops and pine more powerful than the caramel. In fact, I barely taste the caramel at all. The aftertaste was dry and hoppy.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. Though a decent ABV, this is still very drinkable.

O: I'm impressed, this is very good for its style and to me.

Serving type: can

11-20-2012 21:49:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Finn


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep copper colored beer, with a tidy amount of off-white foam sitting atop. Aroma is heavy on the caramel malts, with a touch of herbacious floral hops hiding behind it. A firm bitterness is followed by smooth caramel, and then bittrness finishes up the show and lingers. Pretty full bodied for an IPA. It's tasty, and more malt driven than most IPA's I have had. Drinkable for sure, but not in the way a less malty version is. Good.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 02:05:10 | More by Finn
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a passable IPA. Seems to be a touch of tang with the spicy hoppyness. The bitterness is fairly present as well, but the whole thing seems to carry too much of that tang. So I can't really say something beyond it being an alright IPA. I'd appreciate a bit more balance and something distinct in there.

Serving type: can

08-19-2012 07:56:57 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #176
Served On: 06/21/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.0%
Date/ Code: -

This can was from a 24-pack I picked up at Brewskee’s of New Oxford, PA.

Look: Poured a very clear copper color with 2 fingers of impressive beige foam. Heavy lacing was evident after the very first sip. Carbonation bubbles were surprisingly sparse.

Smell: Sweet cotton candy hop aroma. Also a light pine smell.

Taste: First off was a hard-tack candy character that quickly moved into a nice hoppy pine. The typical IPA bitterness hit in the middle and was followed by some remaining malty caramel notes in the backend. Aftertaste was a washed out grapefruit that slowly faded into just plain bitterness.

This was an excellent IPA that would certainly stand up to anything like a SN Torpedo or a Bells Two Hearted. - Yes it was that good.

Serving type: can

06-22-2012 00:05:32 | More by CraftBeerTastic


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. ½ Pint Shaker glass. Amber color, crystal clear appearance. Yellowish & thick crown. Nice collars & rings. Noble & resiny hoppy aromas. Gentle sweet malty flavor at first sip followed by oily hops provides such an smooth bitter palate. Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly ripe quince astringency. Dry hoppy finish. Resiny aftertaste. ABV well hidden. An elegant, no rough, real American IPA where high IBU profile is very well balanced. Refreshing & drinkable.

Serving type: can

06-17-2012 21:03:24 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 00:14:34 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 03:31:25 | More by jtierney89
Photo of B33R501


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow if this is 113 ibus my palate must really be adjusted to bitter, because i didnt think this was bitter at all.

real good little ipa that packs enough punch to be completely satisfied with 1/2 a sixer. pretty beer, dark amber, huge creamy head, nice lace and retension. big blast of citrus hop on a nice caramel malt base, reminds me of sixpoint bengali tiger, another cool canned ipa, probably a little better. nice creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. this would be nice at the pool.


Serving type: can

03-07-2012 13:39:10 | More by B33R501
Photo of PatDreadful


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my DFH Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A big white head rises from the dark orange body. As the pint empties and the beer warms, the brew takes on a distinctly pumpkin colored hue. Crystal clear with nice sticky lacing make for a beautiful experience.

Smell: Woody hops. Most likely German? This is undercut with faint hints of pine and the slightest amount of citrus. Of course, this is all followed up with a nice bready finish.

Taste: Follows the nose but not as intense. The woody hops are a bit more subdued which allow for more of that West Coast flavor to shine. The malt is consistantly present from start to finish and provides a nice canvas for the flavors. This ends with a refreshing hop bitterness that is very nice. I would have gone 4.5 here is there was just a tad more hop character. This is just as much a hoppy amber ale as it is an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light and drinkable. Despite the ABV (which is nicely hidden) this is a highly sessionable beer which would be great for tailgates, cookouts and camping trips. As a big plus- it also comes in cans!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 22:46:05 | More by PatDreadful
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a hoppy balance to caramel malt flavor, the beer straddles the line of where Amber Ales stop and IPAs begin- best of both worlds?

Medium amber in color, the beer pours with an everso slight haze that's light for highly hopped beers, yet a shade darker in color than IPAs as well. A froathy ivory head floats the beer with solid retention and moderate lace. The foam character is satisfactory albeit terse for IPAs as well.

Surprisingly, caramel is the first characteristic to penetrate the olfactory sense instead of hops. But a quick follow up of citrus, pine, and grass round out the aromas after a few visits to the glass. Pungent malt aromas also rise and promise a near-perfect balance.

Balance continues in taste as the malty forefront of caramel malt and crusted breads are intent on stating their ground. But the rush of hops add elements of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and pine resin particularly in finish where bitterness dictates rather than sweetness. Low on fruity esters or spicy phenolics, the beer is a clean interplay between malt and hops.

Medium to start, the malty weight and creamy carbonation gives the impression of more weight than what is actaully there. Lifting carbonation and amplified hops assist the dryness in finsih and is accompanied by alcohol warmth and semi-dry maltiness.

If standard IPAs are too one-sided hoppy and if Amber Ales don't offer enough intrigue, then this IPA should be as comfortable as baby bear soup. But prized IPAs celebrate hop aroma, flavor and bitterness in part by surpressing malt character so that there's no attempt to balance, but simply a supple support to the hops all leave this IPA much less dry than I more normally appreciate.

Serving type: can

02-17-2012 05:07:00 | More by BEERchitect
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Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.